Friday, February 24, 2006

She did it!

I watched the performance of Shizuka Arakawa, gold medalist of figure skating, at least ten times today. First, I watched it live in the morning. Then I could watch her performance in various programs. I also read all related article on the afternoon newspaper three times.
No matter how many times I see it, I am always impressed by her splendid and cool performance. I wanted to see it at the rink!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Quail Eggs

I made won-ton soup for dinner. I usually put boiled quail eggs into this soup.
I boiled two packs of quail eggs, and asked my 7-year-old son to get the shell off. He seemed to enjoy the work. When the shell went off smoothly, he shouted with pleasure. Some punctured eggs went directly into his mouth.
Other than quail eggs, I put dried shiitake and a large amount of spinach. This is taste of mother's cooking for me. My mother cooked won-ton soup in a large pan, and placed the pan in the center of the table. Won-ton soup was self-serve dish and usually there was no side dishes other than rice.
But I made salad and stir-fries today.

Thursday, February 16, 2006


At the children center, my son built this. I think this is the biggest piece by him so far. During he was building, he didn't allow me to help him at all.
He said, "This is an airplane!" or "This is a train!" When I see this piece as a train or an plane, there is some parts looking so.
A little while later, many 1-year-old children came to the room with a rush as their group activity finished. My son's piece was soon broken down by them.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Torino Olympic

It is the fourth day of the Olympic games. As most of games are held at night in Japan, I cannot keep watching them on live TV. I'm cheking the featured program in the next morning.
My son also wants to watch TV. It is very difficult to force him to go to bed at uaual time. I permitted him to stay in front of the TV 30 minutes more than usual. But the program never ends until next morning! So he gets up early next morning, and checks the featured program with me.
I'm sorry Japanese player missed the medals in men's 500-meter speed skating, and ski jumping. Even so, watching their effort is stimulating.
What's next tonight? Oh, I would love to check wemen's 500-meter speed skating. Best luck to Tomomi Okazaki!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Big Job

I undertook an enormous amount of job. I thought that I'll manage it when I got the order, but after I got the data and reviewed it, I realized the weight of the job. I must be buried in it for a month.
I work at home when my children is sleeping. My usual workhours : 1 hour in the morning, 1.5 hours during his nap, and 2 hours at night. But I'll need more time for this job.
I tried leave my son at daycare, even once in a week. My city offers temporary daycare system for mothers like me. I immediately called the city office for reservation. But I found that all daycares are completely booked until next month!
Working at home is very flexible work style. But sometimes it is so difficult to work out enough time. I hope more daycare will be set up.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

I haven't written this blog for 20 days!
I have been all right, but not in best condition. Anyway, I have to restart writing now. Otherwise, I may fail to keep this blog.
I found one thing - Blog writing makes me positive.
When thinking about what to write, I try to remember something good. And when I write about my sons, I can see them objectively and positively. This is very difficult in real life.

Today, I went to a park with my 2-year-old son, and went down on the slide with him. It was long roller slide. This means I have to go up the long flight of stairs. We did it at least 10 times. He gave me plenty of exercises.

Saturday, January 21, 2006


It has been snowing since early this morning. This is the first snow in this winter, here at Tokyo. Children are all so excited! They spent more than four hours outside. I went out to make a snowman, too. There was 15-centimeter fall of snow at the time.
As the snow was dry, making a snowman was not so easy. I must say that I was more absorbed in playing than kids. It was fun!
We are going to play in the snow tomorrow, too.