Today was our first osampo (outing), that didn’t involve tickets, platforms and trains, in a few months.
It didn’t take much coaxing either, and I was happy for that. All I had to mention was “bicycle”, and he was game! At first, I assumed that I would be peddling him around Kawagoe on my bike…but he surprised me by pulling out his bike!
As you can see, I got a good workout, trailing along behind him. He showed some mercy today, and didn’t make me RUN.
Alot of people don’t make it this far in life, so I feel blessed.
Many thanks to everyone on various social media, for the birthday messages…it means alot, and I appreciate it!
Nothing special went on today…just hung around the house this morning, then went out for a sushi lunch with my family.
I will post those pics later…promise.
Yesterday was the big day…alot of walking, a ride on the shinkansen (bullet train) clambering through a crazy busy Tokyo Station, and more train rides (subway) home.
All in about five hours…but my son was a trooper. You should have been there.
It was for him, after all.
Got to pick out my own birthday treat (not a cake) this afternoon, after lunch. Instead of something chocolate, I wanted something sweet and sour. Can you guess what I chose?
I did get a message from an old classmate, that they would be visiting Japan in late October, early November. It’s been well over 22 years since I saw them last so it would be great to catch up on old times!!
Back to work tomorrow, after a three-day weekend (second one in a row). Next Sunday, I will be attending a workshop on implementing music in english lessons. I’ve always made music an integral part of my lessons…because kids will always learn more on their feet, and just more fun.
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Nothing serious, just a life update, because Facebook threatened to un-publish my page if I don’t post something on here…so here goes.
My son Alex has nine days of school left, before his school’s summer vacation. He is doing great, can read and write both hiragana and katakana. He was trying his best to teach me some, as well! He is a powerful little guy, and we couldn’t be more prouder.
My work and writing are going along. Work itself keeps me busy, moving around Tokyo, but I’m thriving. I think. The kids and parents are both great, showing lots of love and support.
“George” is coming along good…got almost eighteen A-4 sized pages written…with more to come. It’s definitely going to be my most complex story, as far as characters and story-lines go. I’m getting better at my back story, but not trying to put all my creative eggs in one basket right away. Need to save some nuggets for later, right?
I’ve been tossing around the idea of publishing all of my “other” (ok, forgotten and neglected) short stories into one book…why do you think? I may just do it, anyway. I still have the option of re-publishing them individually later, anyway. We’ll see. I’ve got so many other projects that have really fallen by the wayside, and I shouldn’t have done that. Some I put alot of work into, like “Ryo” (the screenplay that I had written, based on my children’s book, “The New Neighbor”)…and I really have to get back into it.
“Ryo” is different from my books, because it would involve casting, directing, filming on location, etc. It would be without a doubt my biggest project to date. So, if anyone may be interested in collaborating, let me know. Just make sure you’re in the Tokyo area, and free weeknights and weekends!
That’s about it…any comments? Please leave them, following the post, thanks!