My good friend Joy, who lives up in Princeville, has arranged another spa day for us next month at the Waipouli Beach Resort in Kapaa. We went last year and had an amazing day, and she was able to sweet talk the spa into once again giving us complimentary full day pool passes so that after our spa treatments (massages and facials this time) we can enjoy the hot tubs (six of them, all with sand bottoms) and fabulous swimming pool as well as lunch at the resort’s restaurant on the beach. Joy and I never run out of things to talk about, and I’m excited about getting together and setting the world straight again. Fingers are crossed for good weather on that day!
I am also feeling super happy about those fares I purchased last weekend for our March trip to Japan. On Monday morning, I went back to check on something and the fares had gone back up to $152 more per person, so apparently I stumbled on to a weekend special of some kind. I was also able to upgrade our seats to premium economy, and will have a post up tomorrow with some thoughts about seat upgrades and ways to potentially save on those. There are some lower fares out there right now for our destination, but there’s a reason for that – some of the trips are 19 to 30+ hours long – no thanks!
My mom is still hanging in there. This past week my sister and niece helped Mom have a craft sale at her residence. Mom had a successful craft business for many years selling crocheted items, so this little sale was a nostalgic one, and she enjoyed making things to sell (and sold quite a bit, too!). We thought she might not live through this month, and yet here she was doing her craft thing once again. Yeah Mom!
This afternoon I am:
- Reading: I finished The Secret Place with just a few hours to spare on my download, and was going to start Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South, about the abduction of two young Black boys, both albino, to be exhibited as circus ‘freaks,’ and their mother’s years’ long search to find them and bring them home. The Doll Master and Other Tales of Terror, by Joyce Carol Oates, was recommended too so I downloaded and started that book last night. I was expecting some frightening, ‘traditional’ horror stories, but the monsters in these stories are the ones that already live among us. Reality has always been more frightening than fiction.
- Listening to: It’s cool today; there’s a lovely breeze blowing even though the sky is blue. Lots and lots of birds are singing, and some roosters are making a racket a couple of blocks away, but otherwise the neighborhood is quiet. YaYu had a long, busy day yesterday and is still sleeping in; Brett is reading so all is quiet inside too. My kind of day!
- Watching: Brett and I have been binge-watching Longmire on Netflix. Such a good series! We just started the second season (out of five) on Friday evening, before I switched over to the Hamilton special on PBS.
- Cooking/baking: Brett and I bought a giant apple pie at Costco this past week, and because it will take us a while to finish that there’ll be no baking for a while. Dinner tonight is panzanella (Italian bread salad) with garbanzo beans – I’ll be putting that together later this afternoon. The bread cubes are toasting now in the oven.
- Happy I accomplished this past week: Brett and I got our monthly Costco shop done last Tuesday, and spent way less than usual even though it felt like we were buying more than usual (i.e. Halloween candy). I have had no problems shopping at Costco since I hurt my back because the carts provide good support, but this last week I left in agony for some reason. I was fine the next day, but did not enjoy myself at all while we were shopping (and sadly the Japanese cakes are not in yet either). The Halloween candy has been divided up among the girls, and packages are ready to go out to Meiling and WenYu tomorrow. We also got a package ready with our granddaughter’s baby gift and that will be sent tomorrow as well. Otherwise I spent most of the week once again resting my back.
- Looking forward to next week: Other than my two PT appointments we have nothing planned for next week. I’m looking forward to reading, trying out another macaroni and cheese recipe (this past week’s recipe was amazing), and continuing to help my back feel better. Little by little I’m getting back to my normal routine, and picking up some of my chores again.
- Thinking of good things that happened: My daughter-in-law sent us lots more pictures (and video) of our new granddaughter and grandson. Our grandson is totally smitten with his new sister; it’s easy to see in the pictures how much he adores her. Meiling and WenYu both called a couple of times last week to chat – they’re both doing well and are happy, and I love hearing about what they’re doing. A good friend from Portland, who I hadn’t spoken with in a while, also called last Thursday and we had a good, long catch-up. And, I ‘won’ the Neko Atsume (Cat Collection) game – I finally got all the mementos! I’m going to continue playing and earning though because I know there will eventually be new cats added and I want to be ready. Once again we had no food waste, and we put $16.39 in the change/$1 bill jar.
- Grateful for: I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m again feeling very thankful to be able to download books to my Kindle for free from the library. I very rarely buy book from Amazon these days, usually only when the waiting list for a download is weeks or months long. The time limit for download checkout is very motivating as well. The library has so many wonderful services, and this is currently my favorite!
- Bonus question: What’s your Meyers-Briggs personality type? If you’ve ever taken the Meyers-Briggs Personality Test, you know there are 16 personality types based on three different dichotomies: attitude (introvert or extrovert or I/E); functions (sensing versus intuition, S/N, and thinking versus feeling, T/F); and lifestyle preference (judging versus perception, J/P). I’m a INTJ: Introvert, Intuition, Thinking, Judging. According to 16 Personalities, “people with the INTJ personality type are imaginative yet decisive, ambitious yet private, amazingly curious, but they do not squander their energy.” The INTJ nickname is”The Architect.” It’s the rarest personality type – just 2% of the population are INTJ, and women only .8%) and sometimes difficult for INTJs to find like-minded individuals (Brett is an ENTJ, so we’re close). I’ve taken the test several times and always scored the same, and feel like the INTJ characteristics, both good and bad, describe me quite well. The most surprising discovery was how high I scored as an introvert. I grew up in a family of extroverts, and tried to act like one, but always felt ‘odd.’ It was very freeing to learn I really was an introvert, and that my wanting to be on my own was not some aberration. Anyway, if you haven’t already done so, it’s fun to take the test (free) and see if your score matches with how you see yourself!
That’s a wrap for this Sunday Afternoon! Hope all of you had a great week!