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.
- 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?