Yesterday did end up being quite shagadellic and therefore today should have started out better but it wasn't to be. It seems that anything about mum gets me either upset or losing my rag at the drop of a hat. I wanted to get the kids recording onto that card so I could sort things out and send them off. I tried I did. You can't really get a two and four year old to practice first though. I was afraid that 'I love you Granny' would turn out as 'I rub you annie' - don't know what I was worried for because the damn card only recorded the last two seconds which as it turned out was Shou saying 'baka' to Marina. Sigh.
I got overly pissed off at my two little angels for not being able to do this little thing that I so wanted to get right. Anyway, there is only so many times you can try and record onto an 800 yen recordable card, so it ended up getting biffed and I was not happy. I asked hub to take the kids to kindy and he helped them with their shoes, got their bags and piled them into the car without a word - me thinks remembering my last melt down about how unsympathetic he was when I got upset about mum. Bless you hub, thanks for helping out - would have made him almost late for work.
I almost had another meltdown when I got on the scales and realized I am back to where I started, despite the Billy and Bollywood efforts this week. Humph. I got changed and sweated it out to Billy telling me I was 'taking flight'. Had a shower, went to the toilet and got back on the scales and after all that sweating and a loo stop I was in fact 200 grams heavier which was a tae bo kick in the flummy. Ah well. One day people, one day I will be fabulous. And I guarantee that I will still be a ranting whining bitch then too. But hey, at least I'll look better doing it :)
I rang my friend for her birthday. She has the craft blog on my sidebar and is currently doing a giveaway so if you are interested in stationary and crafty shite then check it out - all very cute. I feel bad entering it as would take away from the true crafters out there. I just get an urge every now and again - usually after reading her blog!
I got very productive after lunch and made a whole bunch of flashcards, cut them to size and laminated them. Also got evening class ready and dinner in the nabe (pot). Christ I'm efficient when I set my mind to it. Did I tell you I have a baby? I do actually look after him, play with him, feed him, change his shitty nappies and sing bon jovi songs to him too you know. He is a bit of a sleeping legend though and I can usually get a two hour nap out of him in the morning and a one hour nap in the afternoon. Awesome - especially as some translation work should be coming in soon. Fingers crossed. Need to top up the bank account.
I have finally started a proper Japanese wifey 'hesokuri' - which is a stash of secret money you pilfer away and keep in some ridiculous place like in an envelope sellotaped to the underside of the fridge or something. I have decided to keep one third of the English money - really not a 'stash' so much as a 'in case we need money quickly and can't get to a bank because we live in the middle of fuckin nowhere and cash only gets dispensed from the wall between he hours of 8:45am and 5pm. Does anybody else have a hesokuri and do you keep it in some cool place?
Anyway, best be off. Took video of the kids tonight and need to make it into short dvd for Granny. Is well cute and unfortunately I still don't have a cord to attach video to this computer so can't upload it onto you tube for you all to see.
Nearly the long weekend - bugger it. When you have small children that spend most of their time in paid child care having a long weekend results in cabin fever and meltdowns. Having people over for bbq on the deck on Monday night. Probably the worst night I could have asked for but it was fricken near impossible getting the ex-mayor, the ex-head of the town office and the current head of the planning department to agree to a night. Arrrgggghhhhhh. Tis all for the guy from America - who came over the other day. I suggested I try and get some of the guys who would have stories related to what he wants to research (town planning and merging with the other towns etc) out for beers at the local but then realized quite hard to organize this kind of thing without making sound like would pay for whole beef and beer extravaganza (although in reality this wouldn't happen as the old men would all squabble over who was going to pay). So, decided to do at own house and we would be out of pocket but never mind. Not as much as eating out and hopefully they all bring alcohol or something.
6:30 not ideal time as all our kids will still be awake while trying to slice pumpkin, cut peppers and get the coals hot. Ah well, fun and games really.