The weather today I can handle - it will get hot, and no doubt muggy, but at least we didn't all wake up sweating. There might even be a bit of a breeze which means washing will get dry. God, the things that occupy my mind. Ten years ago the only thing I was probably thinking on a Thursday morning was that it was nearly the weekend and surely I could twist someone's arm into going out this evening to help celebrate the fact.
I got everything crossed off that list yesterday.
wrap it and take it over.
Sent the electric cigarette - got tobacco 'flavor' but you can get mint, strawberry, grapefruit.... The one I got only came with two spare cartridges that you can 'suck' about 150 times each. Have no idea if my sister will even use it but worth a try.
Four fuwafuwa winter blankets getting dry-cleaned as I type.
Nappies, milk - check
Lunch with friend - check. Ryu absolutely loves my friend the 'blender' (belinda). He probably sees her once a fortnight but there must be something about her because Ryu can go from grumpy to grinning like a rockstar on speed. We had sushi - second time this week for me. The master sushi dude at the place is slowly warming to me. When I made my 'usual' order I fucked it up and he said 'don't you mean such and such' - hmmmmmm, spot the gaijin who goes to sushi and only ever orders ebi, corn and bintoro no aburi!! Ryu had three plates all to himself and I imagine that when the kids get bigger going to the revolving sushi wont be a 'cheap' lunch option anymore.
Got some goodies for hub's bonus day dinner. And he commented on how good the service was. Tried to show even better service at international relations meeting last night and it was going fine - but that's just it. It was going and going and going - for fricken ages. Makes me think hub has a secret stash of viagra somewhere. That's all the meeting was though. No finishing with a bang last night. Hub apologized and said it was because he had had too much too drink. He hadn't really. When he's really pished this has happened before but it hasn't happened for aaaaaaaaaaaages. Must say I take the whole thing very personally. I know I shouldn't what with all the other times lately being absolutely fine but still, there is that 'aaahh, it's all cause I've got too many wobbly bits'. Sigh.
If anything, it has probably given me the motivation to try and hitch a ride on that diet wagon again this month. After a supposed whole month of supposed healthy eating and I am back where I started. I have made a calendar for this month though - so I get to write a big fat (and getting skinnier) cross at the end of each day. I like that kind of shit.
A question to mothers of four year olds, present or past.
When he was born I told myself I would only speak to the kids in English and that when he turned three I would try and start with flash cards and stuff. It was hard to stick to this when between the time he was born and the time he turned three I was pregnant for 80 weeks, in hospital pushing out babies through the saloon doors for two, and breast feeding for a lot of the rest.
I am very bad about speaking to them in English all the time. He definitely does understand most of what I say though. This morning though, after he had deliberately hit Ryu over the head with a cardboard box, leaving Ryu covered in a million pieces of paper that he had spent twenty minutes cutting up before breakfast, we had this conversation...
Mummy: Say sorry to Ryu (said in English)
Shou: eigo de iuwanaide (don't say it in English)
mummy: Say sorry to Ryu please Shou (said in English)
Shou: gomennasai (sorry - said with about as much conviction as alcoholic saying they'll never have another drink)
Mummy: Thank you Shou
Shou: thankyou jyanai deshou, arigato. (not thankyou, arigato)
I don't want to make a big thing of English. I want it to come naturally for them when they are ready - obviously I need to speak to them in it more for this to happen but still.
What did you or are you doing with your four year old in regards to English learning/teaching? The kids watch dvds in English quite happily, and Shou usually just goes about things with me talking to him in English and him answering in Japanese. Must say hub's English, especially his listening, has gotten a lot better lately.
hmmmmmm, I really think one of the best things I can do for my kids is to raise them with two languages. I just wish I was better because I know I will regret it later.
Must. Speak. More. English. To. Kids.
Right, off to hang out washing and perhaps see if I can get the weedeater going without having to ring up hub for an over the phone instruction session - how girlie pathetic.