I had a birthday. Mike and the kids celebrated it on Sunday as I had studies and Mike had a base wide exercise (as in war games not P90) in which to participate. I see a theme of self-care in these gifts....relaxation, jewelry, chocolate and hobbies....they did good, didn't they?
Mike thinks my sea glass jewelry is ready to go to the next level.
I spent 3 days traveling to Tokyo, exploring the New Sanno, meeting with Tokyo area PWOC Peeps, and such. Juliet, Asia Region VP, and I also went out on our OWN for a sightseeing trip. We wanted to see if the time we're planning to give the ladies during conference will be enough for them to go see "something". We also wanted to see how hard it would be for those totally unfamiliar with Tokyo to find their way around. We did fine. The running joke on the regional board is that I break a pair of reading glasses every time we meet.....this is the pair I broke not 10 min after seeing Juliet.
Discovered Banana Hot Cocoa on the trip...yum.
Welcome sign at Ueno Station
Myself and Juliet
Incense of prayers....something to ponder and pray about
I was discreet and was not the only one videoing....the routine is to throw money, clap, bow, pray, bow....and there was no bell here to ring....all very sad when you the crowds putting their faith in this.....We speak to nations, be free!
I was really happy to do so well with the subways and trains. It was a blessing to have 3 hours to visit with Mary before she went to the states to be with her father for his surgery. She was an encouragement. I brought these ninja hoods back for the boys.....I got one for Jared figuring he'll use it in a human video.
When I got home I had a bit of an adventure trying to get the taxi driver to my home. He told me repeatedly this was not a Japanese address. LOL We had company that night and the next day was busy and into Sunday.
This week began with doctor appointments and Bible Studies. Then came the accident..... I spent Thursday and Friday on base. Jared and I had appointments and it was easier to go in and stay as we are currently a one car family. The kids at home did AMAZINGLY well with the work I'd laid out for them, Jared got a LOT more done being in a quiet chapel all day and I got much done on various speaking engagements I have coming up as well as the planning the local PWOC retreat.
Arielle and Nolan crushed our "iron fortified" cereal, used a magnet and attracted iron....ew.
I had a cholesterol check this week. I'm thrilled with the lost weight and exercise that my blood pressure is down to 117/78....lower than "junior's". ::snort:: The amazing thing was my cholesterol number. Even with all the weight loss and such, my cholesterol was 300 when they checked three months ago. It's 199 now. I mentioned I could try to go off and maintain again and was told absolutely not. Seems I've aged enough now to be in the bracket where heart attacks are the number one killer for women and he felt having my cholesterol that high for this many years is bad, bad, bad.....so I'll take the pills. It did an amazing job of bringing the numbers down. I hope to be mid-range or low range in 3 more months.
One last funny of the week....when I was meeting with Mr. Kobiyashi about a location for our retreat he insisted I needed to give him a "laugh estimate" by a week before our retreat. I had him repeat it several times, had no clue why he needed a laugh estimate but wrote it down. Annette, our wonderful Wing Chaplain's wife, was also in the meeting. She leaned over and said, "I think he means a rough estimate!" ::snort:: I figured he wanted to know when to laugh during the weekend. LOL
Living all of life before the face of God...