J's art class - session 3 

2011年02月18日(金) 9時46分








☝A police man peeking from a window...
刑事、張り込み中の図

Vitamix 

2011年02月16日(水) 6時59分
ずっと気になっていたVitamix、ついにCostcoに登場。

昨日出かけて行ってデモンストレーションをとくと見てしまい、ますます欲しくなってきた!!!
ブレンダーを越えたブレンダー。これ以上のものはない。もっと安いのを買ってもいずれVitamixが欲しくなるのはわかっている。でも、やっぱり高いんだよねー。日本行きのためにガマンしなければ、とも思うんだけど、Costcoの値段より安く買えるとは思えない。

うーーーーーーむ。悩む。

Valentine Party 

2011年02月15日(火) 10時56分
Jのクラスでバレンタインのパーティーがあるというので、下の子2人連れて行きました。

そうしたら、なんとワニ族のショーのようなものをやっていました。きっと動物園のようなところから来たんだろうと思われる、あのオーストラリアの故スティーブ・アーウィンのようなお兄さん(おじさん?)がきて、1年生の前で1時間もいろんな「は虫類」を見せてくれてました。ヘビ、巨大なゴキブリ、タランチュラ、ワニ、しまいにはアナコンダまで。長女Mはアナコンダの一部を抱っこさせてもらいました(ギエー!)。Jはああいうのは苦手なので寄ってもこない・・・。

写真をアップしたいのですが、新しいSDHCカードは私のカードリーダーでは読めないことに、今日になって気がつきました。よって、後日。


We were invited to J's Class Valentine's Party, but we didn't know they were having a Reptile Extravaganza! There was a guy, who looked like Steve Irwin, showed us monster cockroach, snake, tarantula, lizard, alligator, and ANACONDA!!! They were all friendly kinds, of course. M got to hold a part of anaconda!!! J wouldn't come close to such things...

I took a lot of pictures, but my card reader doesn't read SDHC card, which I didn't know until today, I have to get a new, updated card reader first.

J's art class - session 2 

2011年02月10日(木) 21時14分


Given image




Result

デジカメ、その後 

2011年02月09日(水) 7時07分
結局パナソニックは返品となりました。

あまりにもしっくりこなかったので。今まで使ってきたカメラに比べるとブレもひどいし、90%以上の割合で被写体となる子供達の動きには全くついていけませんでした。

幸いCostcoのカスタマー・ケアは素晴らしいので、返品、そして今度はニコンのS8100にトライします。

最近いろんなレビューを読んでいるけれど、結局使い勝手なんてその使い手それぞれのものであって、参考にはなるけど真に受けてはいけないものだということを学ばせていただきました。ちゃんちゃん。

買っちゃった 

2011年02月06日(日) 13時31分


日本に帰るために節約しなきゃならん、と言いながら、、、

私の大きいsonyだと持ち運びに不便。なので最近ではiPhoneで撮ることばかり。よって写真の質はあんまり。今年のカレンダーを作るにあたって写真を選ぶのに苦労した。

Costcoで$199

でも子ら3人抱えての外出先では、きっと重宝するに違いない!

Here we go again 

2011年02月05日(土) 23時21分
Snowing again...

Funny, the district school would be closed for this amount of snow (3~4 inches), but not Japanese School, but will start an hour late. Well, we only go once a week, so if they cancel school the loss will be big.

I had bad allergy attack yesterday and thought I won't go today if I didn't feel better. I guess I have no choice now!

finally 

2011年02月05日(土) 4時35分
So, I was freezing for the last 3 days, and couldn't stand it anymore. I'm from Japan, I like warm weather!!!

I called the heating company. A service person came within an hour and found not much. The filter seemed to be not exactly the right kind (but not sure), the thermostat seemed to be acting a bit strange so it got replaced, and the heat sensor got cleaned. He couldn't come up with the exact explanation, but the furnace was shutting itself off blowing cold air.

Anyway, it's now at the warmest in the last several days, 68F!

way too cold for me 

2011年02月05日(土) 1時45分
It was -4F over night yesterday. Last night, it was 6F. This morning when we got up it was 61F in the house even though I set it for 70F. Now after several hours of using space heater, it's still at 63F (I set for 72F).

What's wrong with this house!!!!!!!????????

It's hot in the summer, cold in the winter and I feel like we are just wasting all the energy. When we go to friends houses, it's so warm and inviting. We come home and have to fight with the cold air and dryness. I want to move. It's fine if we are saving money by not using heat, but we are not!!!

Entertainment 

2011年02月04日(金) 7時58分
3rd day of no school.

It was 4F when I got up this morning, and the house was only 61F (I set for 70F), and didn't warm up. I turned the oven at cleaning setting hoping that would help making the place warmer.

Anyway, I don't mind that kids' school take days off. I enjoy having them at home. I trust school's decision, especially in this special weather condition. After all, we don't usually get this kind of weather. No once really is use to this. Last night I started reading parents' comment on school facebook page. Wow, that was unbelievable! Parents with their names shown, argue about school's decision on closing the school for the 3rd day. The reason school gave was 'due to the icy condition in some part of the district." Some of the worst comments I found were like "I don't send my kids to this school to learn how to become wimp", "I think the teachers just used the weather to have vacation", "I'm not a stay-at-home-mom. I want my kids to go to school so that I can go to work"... Unbelievable!!! But then there were comments like "think about the poor bus drivers carrying kids on the icy roads", "it is for kids safety", "just enjoy the time with your kids". Some parents are commenting back and forth fighting.

It was quite entertaining, but at the same time I felt embarrassed to know there are parents who don't care writing such comments on place like facebook (with their real name shown)!

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