The students studying Japanese at UAA, University of Alaska Anchorage, had an afternoon of Japanese food, green tea, Pikachu, Tai Chai and other activities to try or watch.
Being that my husband, David’s, Dad spent the first 11 years of his life in Japan because his parents were missionaries there., so David has always been interested in Japanese things. They even started a food co-op which the last we heard was still going.
My daughter, Heather, and I have not really had any mother daughter time since I got back from my 5 week vacation. We love our time together and have really missed it. I am usually available but Heather is always so busy. She is the CEO of the biggest manufacturer in Alaska. Yes there are not many manufacturers in Alaska but I am so proud of her. She has grown the company so much since she has been with them. Anyway that is a whole other blog at some time but here is their web page if you are interested.
Back to the subject the one thing that Heather and I love to do is hit Value Village, a second-hand store, when they have a sale. Well Saturday was 50% off everything in the store. Well we had to hit that before we set off for the garage sales. We had given Daddy, Dan, the day off since he is the one that stays home with the girls. When we got there we each grabbed a baby and a basket. Off we went to do some shopping. I do have to let you know that Heather is a real clothes hound. She has this huge walk in closet while poor Dan has a very small area to hang his clothes and it is almost full. It is so big that right now they have the babies’ bassinets in there and still room to walk around. Anyway back to the story. I didn’t want to look at any clothes because I am losing weight and wanted to wait until I could buy smaller clothes. I did need some small muffin tins to make fat bombs and David asked for me to look for him some new work clothes. He had only been wearing the some paint clothes for years and I am not sure what color they are any more because of all the different color paint on them. I wonder if we could start a new thing called paint dyed. I always look at the patterns. I found all that I wanted, so I started looking for little girls clothes. Heather was wanting the next size up 3 to 6 months and 9 months. While I was doing this Heather was looking for clothes for her. I have seen her on the news here and see what she is wearing thinking I remember her buying that at Value Village. Well I was done and had to wait for mom to finish shopping. You can see how interested the girls were
Then we finally got out of there and off we went to garage sales. Moving from garage sale to garage sale Heather would pump. She has this great pump that runs on batteries. She puts in on under her bra and can just keep going. She can pump while driving. Of course, she looks like Dolly Parton with them on. She used to be so worried about things like that now it is like who cares. I think she has turned into a Mommy. We went to lunch and while we were there woke the girls up so they could eat and get their bottoms changed. We hit a sale that was $5 for a grocery bag of baby clothes. The girls got even more clothes. Grandma was looking for some toys and car seats for her house. I found a few little things. I used to have tons and car seats but since I have not had new babies in the family for 6 years I had got rid of it all. Well it was getting to be late afternoon and we decided to call it a day.
Heather asked if I wanted to go to Target with her to help with the girls. I told her fine. It is really funny to watch this short, little Mom try to get a car seat in the seat of a shopping cart. She almost has to lift it up over her head. Anyway, Kate started to fuss so Heather tried something new.
She loved this and spent the whole time looking at her formula. Heather tries to mostly breastfeed but she does have a hard time trying to pump while at work which is making her milk production drop some.
The girls are five and half months old but being 7 week early they are a little small for their age. They don’t do things as fast as a normal baby because of being early but they are catching up fast.
Well we had a wonderful girls day out and Dad got to work in his garage on cars which he loves. He did say he sure missed his girls.
I am really getting into this and learning to always look at the things you checked off and not the ones unchecked. Today that is just what I did.
My day started off like a normal day. I had planned to go over to my friend’s, Judie, house and we were going to paint some pots. We have a lot of starts that we took off some of the plants at church. We thought if we rooted them and planted them in cute pots we could sell them after church to make money for the church or a charity. Anyway there I go again getting side tracked. I had just got over there and my son called to say they had forgotten their brushes and could I run them over to them. Judie and I say fine but before we leave she gets a call from her daughter and she is in the ER. She has been sick for a while and finally went in. So we tell her we are going to go take the brushes to the boys and then we will come see her. We get to my house and I am looking for brushes, so I call the kid. He says, “Oh, never mind we have a roller working now.” Not sure what that meant. I guess I will ask when they get home. Anyway we say great. Jump back in the car and head to hospital. We go find Trevor. She is waiting to get test results. We are waiting with her, but we are both thinking they are going to admit her. Sure enough test results come back and she has a low white count. She is put on IV antibiotics and told she is being admitted. She asks for how long and he replies at least 3 days. She is starting to stress, we tell her not to worry about anything that we will take care of it. We tell her she needs to just worry about herself. We said tell us what you need us to do. She was worried about her dogs. We said we will take them over to Judie’s house. She was going to send her daughter $100. We said we can take care of that. She was worried about picking Jesse up on Monday. Mom, Judie, said she will pick him up. She was worried about getting some baby blankets finished. I told her I would do that. I better put that on my checklist! Then she was worried they would make her stay more than 3 days and she was supposed to fly to Vegas to see her daughter and meet her new grandson. We told her that she needs not to worry about that because if she has to change her date it is for a medical reason so it would be no problem. We repeat to her just take care of you and we will take care of everything else. Off we go to the car again.
Once in car we decided our plan of attack. First was off to Wells Fargo Bank with a nice crisp $100 dollar bill in our little hands. We get to the bank and go in. Judie tells the lady at the desk that she wants to put $100 in her granddaughter’s checking account. The lady asked if it was cash. Judie says yes and she replies we don’t accent cash. Judie stood there with her mouth open for a split second before she replied you’re a bank and you don’t accept cash. The lady then explained that they weren’t allowed because of money laundering. So this 75 year old woman had to write a check off of her account to deposit into her granddaughter’s checking account so she was not accused of money laundering. I am sorry but I had to laugh.
Our next stop was to Trevor’s to get the dogs and to get the blankets I need to finish for her. We drive up and park in the driveway. All of a sudden my door is open and there is the little boy saying, “Hi, you’re my neighbor. You have two dogs because I have seen them in you backyard. You have two cats because I have seen them through our upstairs windows and I can see right into your windows.” I guess he knows all about Trevor except for what she looks like, considering that Judie is 75 and I am 63 and Trevor is 40. Also, Trevor’s skin is a little darker than ours and she is a lot skinnier than us two old ladies. So we manage to get inside the house. The dogs are no problem. We let them out to go pee. We find the blankets and thread, so I can take care of them. The dogs are back in. We collect their bowls and food. Now we have to find the leashes. They are supposed to be in a hall closet. We look and look and can’t find them. Trevor calls and tells us they have her in a room now. We say great and where are the leashes. She tells us that they are just where we were looking. Finally, after Judie drops a big weight on her foot we see something behind this big black bag. Judie reaches for it and SCORE we found one. Then there was the other one. Now we got the dogs, food, bowls and blankets loaded in the car. We then decide that I should go over to the store to pick up my groceries I ordered. I love this new thing that Fred Meyer’s is doing. You go on-line and order your groceries and pick a time to pick it up. Then you just drive to the pickup area and they load it in the car. If I could get them to come home and unload that would be good. Well look I need gas, so let’s go to their gas station. WOW! was that a great idea. I scanned my rewards card and got 40 cents a gallon off of the gas. Too bad I wasn’t driving the truck but I had to use the points before the end of August. OH shit, I have keto ice cream in my groceries. Ok, so we will stop at my house on the way to Judie’s, it is on the way. She sits in the car with the dogs while I run up the back stairs to put my freezer stuff away. Then off to Judie’s to let the dogs in her house. We set up the kennel, sort out food and water for them. They had stayed at grandma’s before, so it was all ok. I then say well do you want to go to the cannabis store with me. I think this will be fun because Judie is just an old hippie too. We check on google to see where the closest one was to us and off we go again. Judie loves that she is carded at the door. They told her they had to make sure she didn’t have a fake ID. Then the door opened and that wonderful smell hits you, yes we made it. Judie is just in awe. Her eyes get big and she is looking everywhere. Checking every corner out with the eyes of amazement. She turns to me and says, “I never thought I would see this in my lifetime.”
Well as I come home I think I didn’t get too many checks today but think the ones that I did get with all the other things that happened in my day were well-earned and I am proud of me.