January 19th, 2022

Darjeeling looks for any opening to come be a bother when I try to do anything, but I can’t help loving her anyway. I get my revenge when I go pet her every time I have a chance.

I thought I’d finally try the soymilk pudding I bought a while ago, (even though I love dairy products my stomach does not), and as expected it tasted different from normal pudding, a bit weird but not too bad. Then I caught a glimpse of the expiration date and was not happy. I loathe expired food, mostly dairy (childhood trauma), so realizing I had just eaten expired pudding did not fill me with joy as one can imagine. Now I don’t know if it tasted weird because it’s soy or because it was old, so I will have to go and buy a new one.

Something good did happen today though; I guessed the wordle on the second try! That’s how I wake up in the mornings now, with wordle and some yoga.

January 16th, 2022

Took a little walk in the afternoon before we had to be home in time for the repairman to come and fix the drain in the bathroom that hasn’t been draining well lately (we haven’t had anyone look at it for the past 2 and a half years so that would be why)

It was also the day to celebrate Teddy’s birthday! We had some cake, and later I made simmered hamburg steak, french onion soup and fried potatoes that we ate while watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

I am so glad I got this table from Ikea that I wanted for years, it is so functional. We could spread out the other side so we both sat on the same side and this way we could eat and watch a movie at the same time. When we move to Norway I will definitely either bring the table with me or get the same over there, maybe even more than one.

January 12th, 2022

Made a little plan with me youtube video today, planning in my bujo. I really love this orange journal, and this is the third one I am using now.

Darjeeling oversaw me adding subtitles to the video and she also crawled into this basket and got stuck.

Today was Teddy’s birthday, but as it is a weekday we didn’t celebrate it yet, I just made what he wanted for dinner and he is always happy with that haha. The way to a man’s heart must really be through his stomach.

January 11th, 2020

Got a letter from a penpal I haven’t heard from in a while. I run to the postbox every time I hear the sound of something being dropped in it.

When I did the reorganizing of the office room, I left one shelf in the bookshelf empty so Darjeeling could have more space to use and she isn’t one to say no. When she was a kitten she could fit on top of the books, but that is not the case any more. I dream of having a house where I can put actual shelves on the wall, both so I can put flowers and candle light out of her reach, and for her to have fun climbing the walls (would have to keep the two types separate obviously)

January 10th, 2022

Today was a day off for both me and Teddy so I made a big breakfast. My new vase also arrived right in the middle of it and I quickly changed it out. Now it appears to me I need more flowers to make it a bit fuller haha.

After breakfast we went to a bakery, where I got some french toast among other goodies, before we went to this cute little Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s park. We had a lovely stroll around, went into the mushroom house which was fun, but as in the name of the park; even more so if you’re a child.

We stood on top one of the houses and looked down to see a park attendant draw pictures on the pavement using water to the delight of the children.

There was also a little cafe there that looked adorable, but we were already full from our trip to the bakery so maybe next time.

January 9th, 2022

Went out with my good friend to have some モーニング, we first went to a place by the station and I got the french toast morning with orange juice. Then we went to Komeda for a little snack break before wandering about a bit, enjoying the touristy views.

I got myself some flowers, and we went to daiso to see about getting a proper vase but as none of them sparked joy I ordered one on amazon instead, and in the meanwhile will be using my glass water bottle as a vase. It works.

Teddy came home with my favorite tea (french island vanilla from Mariage Freres) and some waffles in different flavours; plain, chocolate, sweet potato and butter, and honey jelly. My favorite was honey jelly, I wish this store was closer.

January 8th, 2022

I ordered a pots and pans set a couple of days ago that arrived today and I wasted no time in cleaning them up and putting them to use. The orange colour brightens up the kitchen and my mood, and while it doesn’t make washing the dishes more enjoyable, it makes for a pretty view.

A slow day of catching up on correspondence and bothering Darjeeling. She is always so cute that I can’t keep away.

Teddy made maguro-don for dinner as I love maguro! We tried giving maguro to Darjeeling once but she wasn’t impressed.

January 6th, 2022

Tried to respond to some letters, but it’s going very slow as every time I put down anything on the desk, Darjeeling will run to come lie on top of it. I like to take pictures of it and send to my penpals.

It was snowing today, causing a big stir in Tokyo. There wasn’t as much snow coming down out here, but I brought Darjeeling out to see the little that came down anyway, as there was zero snow last year to show her.

She seemed to enjoy it, but was mostly puzzled and wary of the cars driving by.

Today too I had gyoza in my soup, with leftover chikuzenni, that was fine even after 5 days in the fridge. I wonder if I can make a big batch and freeze it?

January 5th, 2022

Last day of the new year vacation (for me, Teddy already started work). Went for a little walk around the neighborhood. The weather has been beautiful all year so far, and getting fresh air is a luxury not to be taken for granted (quarantine taught me that).

Been a while since I went to the bakery and got some cat bread, so I went and got the monthly flavour; kinako mochi.

It was delicious and together with some strawberry smoothie it made for a nice snack after my walk.

The rest of the day was spent trying to relax as much as possible. I must say I am not very good at it, I feel like I always have to do something, keep busy, and then I get tired and do nothing and feel bad about it.

This year I want to be able to use my time better, so that I can both get work done and have time to just relax.

Simple dinner today, been hooked on putting gyoza in my soup lately! So easy but it makes the soup more filling.

January 4th, 2022

Went for a little walk, to the bookstore, to starbucks, to the shopping mall. Saw this stray cat again, they’re always at this little park.

I had time to get a birthday card for Teddy before he came to meet me at the mall, I am excited to give it to him as it’s super cute, with cats jumping out at you when you open it spelling Happy Birthday!

I made a lot of tsukune (chicken meatballs) and put most of them in the freezer for a rainy day. Easy and delicious. For dinner we had tsukune and spinach miso soup, a combo I like lately.

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