Sunday Afternoon 4/9/2017


I thought I was finally getting over my jet lag, but no, my internal clock is still w-a-y off. This past week was crazy when it came to sleep. I had a good day last Saturday, and went to bed at a normal time and woke up at a decent hour last Sunday morning. I thought that maybe I had licked the jet lag and was back to my normal schedule. Nope. Last Sunday night I didn’t go to sleep at all – I was awake all night, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, finally falling asleep at 6:00 a.m. Monday morning. I slept until noon, woke up feeling refreshed, and the rest of the day was great. I went to bed at around midnight on Monday, but didn’t wake up on Tuesday until nearly noon, and then was awake all night again! Friday night I went to bed at a somewhat normal time for me (1:00 a.m.), but I didn’t wake up yesterday until after 1:00 in the afternoon! Suffice it to say I am miserable right now. I’m getting enough sleep, but at all the wrong times. I told Brett to wake me up no later than 10:00 this morning, no matter what, but I was up on my own before that. Tomorrow and all this week I’m asking for a no-later-than 9:00 a.m. wake-up, and will hopefully be back to a normal sleep schedule by the end of the week.

I had a fretful week as well tracking a package we sent to Meiling a week ago last Friday. We sent both Meiling and WenYu ‘care packages’ filled with goodies and gifts from Japan, using flat-rate boxes, and were given an arrival date of this past Monday. WenYu’s package arrived in Boston and was delivered on Monday, and when we checked Meiling’s tracking number it said it was “out for delivery.” Except it was never delivered on Monday, and the next day it was sent to a different facility with a different zip code. Hmmm. From there it went to another facility, and on Wednesday morning it was sent to yet another postal facility! A package we had sent to her last fall had gotten lost, so at this point I was panicking. I called the post office in Oregon, and it turned out the fourth facility was the right one – different zip code, but it was the one that actually handled deliveries to her neighborhood, and she received her package that afternoon! Both girls were thrilled with their things – we got them each a mug from their favorite anime, a set of drawing pens, a sketchbook, and loads of KitKats and other Japanese snacks. Nothing in the boxes could have been replaced so I’m happy they both arrived safely.

Don’t forget you can still enter Japan Giveaway #2 for the Japanese kitchen set! The giveaway is open until Wednesday at midnight, HST.

This afternoon I am:

  • Reading: I’m still reading A Burglar’s Guide To the City because even though I have been awake at night, I have not been able to read for more than a few minutes. Although I’m awake at night, I seem to only be able to concentrate on a few sentences at a time, reading the same paragraph over and over because I can’t remember what it said or what it was about. Usually reading relaxes me and helps me fall asleep, but it has had no effect this past week. I could be reading in the afternoon, but that’s when I know I will fall asleep which will make it even more difficult to sleep at night.
  • Listening to: Lots of action going on in the neighborhood today – hammering, leaf blowers, lawn mowers, etc. And of course roosters are making loads of noise. Inside it’s quiet though. YaYu is still sleeping, and Brett is out for his daily walk. The washing machine will be starting up shortly too for our weekly Sunday laundry fest.
  • Watching: Brett and I have watched one episode of This Is Us every evening this past week and we love it! We watched the movie version of A Man Called Ove on Friday evening – a lovely film, although we had to pay close attention to the subtitles so we didn’t miss anything. Now I can’t wait to read the book, because I think I’m going to enjoy it even more. I’ve also started re-watching Band of Brothers while I earn Swagbucks before I go to bed.
  • Cooking/baking: Everyone was on their own for breakfast again this morning. Yogurt and fruit for me, with a sprinkle of granola, oatmeal with banana and honey for Brett, and noodles for YaYu. I am going to stand at the stove tonight and make omelets for our dinner – they were going to be ham & cheese, but we have lots of chili pork sauce left over from last night so will top the omelets with that. Omelets are easy to make (I once had a boyfriend that was a chef, and he showed me how to make and flip perfect omelets), but it’s been hot and I have been trying to avoid being at the stove. I wish there was a way to make an omelet in a slow cooker!
  • Happy I accomplished this past week: I got the bird cookies for the first giveaway packaged up and sent off to the winner, Laurel. I rode my bike every day, but only two times a day versus the three I had been riding before our trip. It’s gotten quite hot and humid, which makes it unpleasant to ride, even with two fans blowing on me. And, my current sleep schedule has also made it difficult to fit in a third ride. I studied Portuguese for at least 10 minutes every day, and drank at least eight glass of water a day. I got three items listed for sale on Craigslist and Facebook. But, mostly I didn’t accomplish much of anything.
  • Looking forward to next week: Maybe this will be the week we get to go to the beach. The weather’s really been lovely, but we’ve either been too busy or I’ve been dragging. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to feel tired on the beach instead of at home.

    Japanese elementary students all carry randosaru
  • Thinking of good things that happened: Our grandson started the first grade this past week (the Japanese school year starts in April) – I can hardly believe how fast the time has flown! The elementary school he attends is literally right across the street from their house – my daughter-in-law can stand on their balcony and watch him walk over there by himself. I cried a little when I saw the picture of him wearing his randoseru, the ubiquitous stiff leather backpack that all Japanese elementary students carry – it’s quite a milestone. I was shocked to learn that the backpack can cost between $350 – $600, a big investment for a family, but they are hand-stitched and made to last. Sometimes the grandparents give the backpack as a gift when a grandchild starts school but our son bought our grandson’s. We put another $22.46 in our change/$1 jar this week.
  • Grateful for: I’m feeling very thankful that Brett and YaYu were able to get back to a normal sleep schedule as quickly as they did because they are the ones keeping things going around here, at least the things that need to be done in the morning. Hopefully I can get things back to normal this week.
  • Bonus question: What are your favorite websites for browsing? I don’t ‘browse’ the web very often, but I love any website that has to do with travel, so I sometimes look at Kayak or Expedia or such and put in imaginary destinations just to see how much the airfare would cost from here to there and back. I also love to check out different places on Airbnb, and see what it would cost to stay in different cities around the world. And sometimes I combine the two, and see what a whole trip to a particular destination would cost us! I rarely look at shopping sites, although I probably check out J. Jill every three weeks or so, to see what’s gone on sale. It’s my favorite clothing website, but I don’t think I’ve ever paid full price for anything from them (and even their sale prices can be kind of high, but their clothing lasts). I do read several blogs, but don’t consider that browsing – I have a pretty regular reading schedule for those.

That’s all for this week! How has your week been? What good things happened for you?

15 thoughts on “Sunday Afternoon 4/9/2017

  1. This Is Us is such a wonderful show! We did have to be prepared with tissues during the last few, but it’s oh so worth it. I have another friend who is going to watch A Man Called Ove too, so I’ll be interested to see what she thinks, as she has read the book. I always enjoy subtitles, as I feel I “know” the language ha ha! I think you’ll really enjoy the book. The author really has a way of writing sentences that stop you in your tracks. Sometimes funny, sometimes deep. I just picked up another one of his books: My Grandmother Told Me To Tell You She’s Sorry. I will start it after I finish my current book club book and Hidden Figures, which I put aside to read for book club.


    1. Hopefully the wait for A Man Called Ove from the library wont be too long this time – I really want to read it now.

      We are eagerly awaiting Hidden Figures to be released for streaming on Amazon. We are both super eager to see it. I want to read the book too!

      The trouble for me with subtitles is that I can match up one word in the subtitle with what someone is saying, and then I start to think about it and then I miss the next sentence. Maybe it’s a language teacher thing.


  2. Jet lag is awful…hope this week straightens out for you.

    I really wonder what goes on at the USPS sometimes. I sent my daughter a flat rate package from Michigan to Chicago which should have taken two days max. Instead it went to the W. Coast (Oregon!) before it made its way back to her taking a week. Luckily it wasn’t lost, but I sure don’t understand some of their routing and wonder if someone goofed.

    This is Us! Love it! Can’t wait for the next season!

    *spoiler alert* I went to a movie (in the theater!) with a friend today. We saw “The Zookeeper’s Wife”. It was good, but intense and disturbing as are most WWII movies about brave people hiding Jews from the Nazis. The destruction of many zoo animals was awful. They showed very little direct human violence but a fair amount of animal destruction. Not sure I would recommend it if you’re in a dark mood or feeling anxious. But definitely an inspiring story with a fairly good outcome considering, and it was based on a true story.

    Look forward to the bird cookies! Thanks again.


    1. I think there’s always going to be a problem sending packages to Meiling, as long as her zip code is handled by a different facility. What a nightmare though. Hopefully your cookies come right to you (and hopefully they don’t get broken/cracked any more than they are).

      Thanks also for the movie recommendation and for the emotional ‘preview.’ We will look out for it.


  3. Love reading your blog. 😊Thank you. I particularly enjoy your Sunday posts. Just curious, what are the names of the blogs you like to read? I bet I might enjoy them too. I’d love hear. Thank you for being so consistent in writing your blog. I’ve read it for several years now. Good luck with the sleeping. What a pain! Hope you get back to your normal sleeping schedule soon. 😊


  4. Thank you!

    Blogs I read (and I know I’m going to leave some out, so forgive me in advance): The Frugal Girl, The Non-Consumer Advocate, Frugal Queen, The Hawaii Plan, Living Richly in Retirement, Senior Nomads, Don’t Read This; It’s Boring (and I regularly check out several blogs on her blogroll, like 100 Dollars a Month). I also regularly check my readers’ blogs. The only political blog I read is Balloon Juice (kind of rowdy, but I like it).

    I am making Brett get me up before 10:00 tomorrow – I’ve had enough of this jet lag!


  5. I had a a good week. Hope you’ll feel back to normal soon. I remember I slept for almost a full day when I returned from Asia. I browse momondo and google flights sites for fares, in addition to expedia. I also read various travel guides online, from lonely planet, to fodor’s, to frommer’s, and the official tourism sites of where I’d like to go.


    1. I ended up having a good day yesterday, and so far today is going well so hopefully after a few days of my husband waking me at a normal hour in the morning things will be back to normal. The weird sleeping schedule this time has been the weirdest reaction I’ve ever had to jet lag. Usually I have a pretty normal sleep schedule, just not at the right hours. My schedule last week was crazy!

      I tried Google Flights for a while, but was usually able to find better prices elsewhere. Or, GF had a good price, but the flight schedule was strange, with 20 hour layovers, etc. Lately I’ve been finding good deals on Expedia, of all places! I still always start with Kayak though, and go from there.


  6. Jet lag. . . *sigh* Hate it. I actually recovered from my jet lag the fastest on my last trip, where I did San Francisco to Tokyo to London, back home. I’m back to London in just under two weeks. The jet lag isn’t as bad as Asia, which is really a crusher. Hope you are back on track quickly. Have you tried melatonin?

    Things that I’m grateful for this week: my parents are here this week to spend time with the boys over their spring break. It means the kids get a relaxing week, and everyone enjoys themselves & gets to spend time together. It’s a huge win for all of us. We had a lot of fun by the pool yesterday afternoon – drinking wine/beer & chatting while the kids fooled around.


    1. The “going-to” part of a trip to Asia has always been easy, but the coming back has always been awful. Getting our girls on mainland time after each of their adoption trips was difficult, to put it mildly. I guess going east is the problem – we flew a few times to Orlando from Portland, and we always dragged our first day there.

      I envy your pool ;-).


  7. I’m blessed by the fact that I only feel the effects of jetlag for about two days. Then it’s back to my “normal” schedule. I’m an early riser, and usually in bed by about 23:00. Hope your body has finally recovered!


    1. Brett and the girls seem to recover as quickly as you do, but it has never been easy for me. I’m a night owl, usually up until at least midnight or 1:00 a.m., which may be part of the problem, while Brett and the girls always had to be up early the next day for work/school which I think adjusted/adjusts their clock faster.

      Things were good yesterday, and today is looking good as well :-).

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  8. I had a German backpack when I was a kid. They are wider than the ones pictured here. It was made of leather and I used it for several years.
    I also like to plan trips thru Expedia or various other websites. It is fun but also kind of depressing as I cannot go anywhere at this time.


  9. I’ve seen on a couple of websites that the Japanese leather backpacks have become “fashionable” and now come in a wide variety of colors.

    We’re planning our trip next year, but there’s not much to do right now so looking at the travel sites in kind of depressing for me. My favorite site right now is Airbnb – I love looking at how people decorate their spaces, and what they provide for their guests. Some can super spartan, and others quite luxurious, all for the same price.


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