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I want to be a ninja, she says.

Today was a busy day. I had to wake up a little bit earlier than usual in the morning so that I could make Miyu her onigiri (rice ball) to complete her obento (lunch box) since her class went on a field trip to the zoo. My mother-in-law cooked the major parts of her obento, thank God, because I did not have the time or energy to make it myself.

Work was stressful because our building was doing its annual carpet cleaning so I had a lot of anxiety with all the clutter and junk that accumulated in my office over the years. I had to get all the little movable things off the floor, but luckily I had help from my coworker friend and he actually did all the heavy lifting. We threw a lot of old stuff away and it felt good to get rid of junk!

I ordered a few things from Amazon the other night. One of the items was a new apron for Miyu for her cooking lessons at school. She had outgrown the one we bought her nearly two years ago now, understandably. I also got a small bathroom clock for our shower area (on top of the vanity) because I always find myself needing to check the time each night when we shower. I feel like a lot of my anxiety is centered around time. I hate that I always find myself rushing each night and each morning. Like water through my fingers, I just keep losing track of time. Nevertheless, I need to find a way to break this awful, anxiety-inducing cycle. Friday nights (or any other non-work night) are my anxiety relief days because I don’t have to worry about the time. Go figure.

I also bought Moringa tea. In the Philippines, my family eats Moringa leaves regularly (made into a stew). In Bisaya, it’s called “Utan.” Well apparently, it’s supposedly very healthy, especially when consumed regularly in the super concentrated powder form, which I also bought. I watched a YouTube video claiming that this miracle powder completely reversed their arthritis. So we’ll see about that.

And then lastly, inspired by her Yoshi’s Crafted World game on the Switch, Miyu has dubbed the Amazon cardboard box we received this evening her new “adventure car.” 🙂


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Sad Face Band-aid

My head is pounding and I have to wake up for work in about six and a half hours but if I don’t purge today’s activities through writing, I feel like implosion will be imminent. So I must.

I had my doctor’s appointment today regarding my joint pains around early afternoon. I didn’t bring Miyu to school so she came with me. After my doctor’s assessment of my joints and their mobility, he said that I’m not presenting a classical case of arthritis so he ordered a blood test specifically for items that are pertinent to arthritis such as rheumatoid factor. I had five vials of blood taken. Miyu was fascinated the entire time. At one point she exclaimed loudly, “Wow! There’s so much blood coming out of Mommy’s body!” I laughed and said, “Yup…That’s right.” The technician who was drawing my blood said that Miyu should work in the medical field. I asked Miyu, “Do you want to be a nurse?” She replied like a boss, “No, I want to be a doctor,” as she proceeded to examine what I studiously avoided examining myself (since I get queazy if I look at my own blood being drawn).

Afterward, we went to the commissary and bought a few things. I’m going to try Quinoa and see how I react to it. We ate at Denny’s again and I had beef stew while she had her udon. Half way through her udon, I offered her some of my beef stew and she ended up eating almost half of my plate. Then we went to Nishimatsuya (Baby/Kids store) and bought a few things, namely a pajama vest thing because she has a habit of throwing her blanket off in the middle of the night and some winter accessories. Lately she has an obsession with cats.

Earlier this week Miyu scraped her knee pretty bad at school. So these past few nights after our shower, I’ve had to dress her wound to make sure it’s healing properly. She’s taken a liking to these bandaids I bought with these funny faces. Tonight she requested a sad one. Then her right index finger has an extremely dry spot that she picked and it bled so I had to dress that too. I decided on a whim to draw on it and that made her really happy, so I’m happy.

Despite the pain in my wrists and arms, today was a good day.

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Miyu’s Drawing Time


I woke up this morning with excruciating pain in my wrists (more so my left), so I had to call in sick to work because there was no way I could drive. Certain movements of my fingers triggers the pain, as well as certain rotations/positions of the wrist. It feels like I sprained both of my wrists somehow. So I ate breakfast and took two Tylenol caplets (1,300mg) and hours later… what do you know, it didn’t even make a dent. I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow. Apparently they want to see me again since it’s been a year (since I went there regarding arthritis issues). I’m planning to get a referral to a Japanese hospital that my insurance recognizes.

I’ve been tired all day. I just have this overwhelming sense of fatigue. I took a three hour nap but I’m still tired. I’m going to eat dinner and this time I’m taking Motrin because it did help when I took it a few days ago.

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Math Homework Reward


I suck at math but here I am, on a Sunday night, doing homework for the one and only math requirement on my degree plan. I couldn’t even write earlier because of my busted finger, but I made it work. My reward for completing my math homework tonight? One of Miyu’s mini chocolate cupcakes. I thought the photo was funny because my hamburger mug actually has hot green tea in it, but it just looks so bad. And it’s right next to my newly acquired Motrin, which I’ll probably need again tomorrow after I have this cupcake. Sigh.

It’s a Japanese holiday tomorrow so I took leave since Miyu’s daycare isn’t open on national holidays. I’m planning to work on my other two classes tomorrow…and possibly play some Luigi’s Mansion 3 with Ken and Miyu. 🙂