There has just been a typhoon warning over the town's loudspeaker - one of which is conveniently located in our backyard. Typhoon number 18 is meant to be very big and we are in the whirly circles on the telly weather report which means we officially have to batten down the hatches, check our torches for working batteries and report to the town office that we have enough cans of food and bottles of drinking water. Well not quite, but I have gone to buy new batteries and searched the house for candles. Can only find tea candles and those silly faffy ones you light at the alter - so if we do lose our electricity tonight then house will look like setting for romantic dinner and praying to the dead party.
At the moment there is about ten drops of rain and one knot of wind. Wouldn't be bowling me over that's for sure. Christ, wouldn't even be bowling over my fat little finger. Luckily our awesome adventure playlodge and swing and slide set is staked into the ground.
Ryu and I got lots done today. After dropping the sproglets off at kindy I attacked the washing basket - rah, naw, woof, bang, pow. I then copied, colored, cut and laminated some flashcards for English - to use in today and tomorrow's lessons. After Ryu woke from his nap we ventured out to do some errands...
Where I came to the same conclusion that as per every other bloody month we have no money and yet still have 13 days till payday. Doesn't help when hub's salary continues to decrease - as does bonuses. Not because useless bastard but because government officials all getting cuts. Me thinks the only people getting a decent bonus this year will be those working at companies manufacturing face masks and hand wash! Oink Oink.
The post office
Where I FINALLY exchanged my useless new years postcards - the ones I had fucked up either in writing the wrong address or running out of ink half way through. If you pay five yen per card they will refund almost the whole stamp post card price - but not in money, must exchange for more postcards or stamps. Also sent half of my thank you cards for prezzies we got when Ryu was born. About time. Was afraid for a while there that friends and family back home wouldn't be getting them till Ryu left home!
The one in the next town over. When I went to get Shou's passport photos from the shop in Kunimi it took TWO weeks - and cost over two thousand yen for four! Bloody rip off. Went to one click wonder photo shop today an cost half that for six! Took the bumbo and Ryu sat in that. They said I could hold him but from memory the New Zealand Passport place was very strict and they sent Shou's back the first time. While they were processing them I went to the
Where I bought food enough to last us until the end of the week in case typhoon is worst every typhoon in history of typhoons and we have to survive off rashins (?) for five days. Also got some crazy ass hot kimuchi that am having now and shite, tongue is burnies on fire. Lucky I'm typing as would be impossibility to talk. I saw the new 'gaijin' at the supermarket. The new JET English teacher. Not many of us so when a tall blond person appears you think hey, there's a foreigner, or hey, there's a new half with a blond wig. (new half is man - woman) She smiled as went past and that was it - probably thinking fuck, that's what will happen to me if I renew my contract for three years!
And so it will, pert little young, naive, just started JET wee thing. I was wild and carefree ten years ago too. Fuck me, never did I think I would be married to someone I was then working with, living with his mother, having three sprogs in three years, and gaining fifteen kilos!!
Also at supermarket got stopped by vestling on way out - she had been following us around and I was wondering what she was up to. According to her (and me of course) Ryu is cutest baby in entire universe and she had forgotten all about her shopping by trying to catch his eye and make him smile! Crazy woman. Will starve herself if keeps up that kind of carry on.
Where paid for Internet shopping bill. Topping up the bonuses of those people making hand gel!! Ordered some ages back - or about a month ago when oinky flu was all over the news.
Docomo cell phone shop
Where tried to fix fact that can't send text messages overseas. I used to be able to and I can still receive them but when I try and send it says 'input SMS center'. I have tried resetting the settings but no luck. The gimp at the phone shop tried to tell me was probably something wrong with inside of phone - and they wont fix it cause outside of phone has obviously been dropped on floor, fallen out of pocket, and thrown at husband. He said he could try and look but I should buy a memory card first just in case I lost all phone book memory. Ryu had just done a big dump (yay for doing smelly dump in gimp phone man's shop) so I said no, would do it another day.
Then went back to photo shop to pick up pics and got told had to take again cause some shadowing in the last ones. Bugger. Ryu starting to get snotty. Took ten minutes of 'hey, Ryuuuuuuuuuu kochi kochi da yo'. But we did it. We got the perfect mug shot and hopefully I will sort out the application forms by the end of the week.
Got home, put the groceries away, vacuumed and got ready for four o'clock English class. Coffee Chiemi came round for an hour beforehand. If the typhoon holds off or bypasses us we are going to go have real curry tomorrow for lunch! Would you believe there is a little proper Indian curry shop up in the hills about half an hour away. Very random.
Hub got home after the dinner and bath mahem - during which Shou AND Marina thought would be fab idea to scream in turn for about ten minutes. Ryu not impressed. Neither was I as was when all four of us were in the bathtub and that room echos like a friggen tunnel.
All kids asleep by half seven - yippy yi yay.