こんばんは！Hi, how’s it going? Did you have a good Monday?
Mine was pretty good… at work I got to work on a creative poster project, and I am pretty pleased with how it came out. Of course, I need time to “clean the palette” and then have a fresh look at it so I can make adjustments, but I think the design is solid. 😄
On the home front, Bay requested Jambalaya so Mariko made a delicious version of the dish. She used the boxed mix and added some veggies, sausage, shrimp, and a yummy cream sauce (which I am pretty sure isn’t traditional)! We all enjoyed it! 🍴
Mariko’s home-cooking was greatly missed by me while she was in Japan, and I am so happy to be eating like a king again. 👑 Already we’ve enjoyed Japanese curry, and now Jambalaya. The side dishes are wonderful as well – fresh salad, potato salad, lotus, marinated tomatoes, etc. I’m gaining weight again! And happily. 😊
Well, this weekend was filled with Pokémon GO! playing. Today I took Bay and his friend downtown so they can hunt for pokémon, but Koa and I wanted to play as well, so we took off together to go find some! We ran into Bay and his buddy a couple times at the Capitol building (Bay took over the gym there for a brief time) but after looking unsuccessfully for a Pikachu, we decided to go get some lunch.
Since we were downtown, we decided to head over to our friend’s restaurant, Daruma Ramen, for some yummy noodles. I tried the summer special Tomatillo Ramen for the first time. I wasn’t sure if it would be good or not, but I was pleasantly surprised! It was a little spicy, had a great flavor, and was really satisfying. Koa got the shoyu ramen and mentioned a few times that the char siu was delicious. We were happy! 🍜☺️
You know, Pokémon GO! is a really good game for bringing people together. I had a great time with Koa and Bay this weekend, and Koa even mentioned that it was “good times” hanging out. And you see so many others out playing with friends, or parents and their kids as well!
Today was a fun day spent with my two kids… although separately. In the morning I went with Bay to IKEA to look for a new table so he could set up the 10-gallon aquarium in his room. And while we were at the shopping center, we visited a pokémon gym and he took it over. Then, I battled him (we are on different teams) and I got my beaten badly! But it was fun, and the first time I battled someone. 😄
Later in the day I spent a couple hours with my 12-year-old, Koa, looking for more Pokémon and hanging out. It nice to do the “quality time” thing and also get outside under the sun. I think it will help him with overcoming the jet-lag too!
We went to a nice place in north Austin called “The Arboretum” which has several pokéstops and a pokégym. Plus there is an Amy’s Ice Cream 🍨 shop so we were able to take a break from the Texas heat and enjoy some sweet treats.
What a fun day with my kids! Tomorrow we are planning on heading downtown to walk and look for more Pokémon. What a fun game!
Today the kids and my wife have been struggling with jet-lag. For the past month or so they have been in Japan, which is 14-hours ahead of Texas so it’s quite a severe time-difference! My youngest son didn’t sleep a wink last night, but took a long nap this afternoon, and in the photo above you can see my oldest son sleeping at around 5pm. We had to wake him for dinner. 😴
But my sleep schedule was affected immediately by them being home, and I stayed up til 1 AM the night they arrived, and then tonight I am up way past my usual bedtime again… which leads me to believe that jet-lag is highly contagious! 😝
Today my wife and kids returned from Japan! And when they got back to the house they were hungry, so I broke out the Jamaican patties that I brought back from Miami on Sunday. The patties were delicious. 😄
It’s very late now, but I think Mariko and the kids will be up super-late because of jet-lag. I, on the other hand, need to sleep… 😴