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Let Me Sum Up

August 9, 2016

Writing up the Mt. Fuji climb took the wind out of my sails on the whole blogging thing, but Michael and I have still been keeping busy. My last post was two weeks ago so I’m just going to list out the things we’ve done since. Read more…

Help Desk of the Gods

July 25, 2016

Today’s outing took us to the electronics mecca of Tokyo, Akihabara. Michael is saving up to buy his own computer (probably sometime next year) and I thought it might be fun to go and drool over some of the options. After some navigational issues on my part we finally arrived at Yodobashi Camera. It is part of the Akihabara train station, but I tried to minimize our train time and went a different way. Not being able to read quickly strikes again. We ended up on the wrong train and it took us twice as long to get there as it should have. Read more…

Life Is More Fun If You Play Games

July 24, 2016

(-Roald Dahl) is one of the better uses of technology int he world. I use it to find technology and industry meetings all the time, but most people probably use it for things like Game Day. In Tokyo there is a group called the Japan International Gamers Guild and volunteer organizers host game days all over the city. On almost any Saturday or Sunday there is a game day going on somewhere in the city. Michael and I have gone to the event closest to our apartment, in Shimo Kitazawa, three times in the past, but they don’t meet until next week so we decided to attend the next closest event, in Shinjuku. We’ve been playing games at home, but many games are more fun with others and you usually get to try new games as well. Also I needed to see if someone else could help me win against Michael at RFTG. His winning streak on this game is getting a little annoying. Read more…

Gotta Catch ’em All

July 23, 2016

I’m a few days behind on my blogging after writing up the Fuji climb, but we’re still having fun. The day after Fuji we took it easy. We both slept in late. Michael slept until 10:30am, which might be a record for him. We played one game of Roll for the Galaxy that day and watched a couple of episodes of the TV show Leverage. It rained from sunrise to sunset so it was a good day to sit around. We ate instant ramen for dinner. I did go out for a walk in an attempt to not be so stiff the next day and also to make sure I won my Fitbit challenge. Read more…

Two Men on the Mountain

July 23, 2016

(or At Least it Didn’t Rain)

This is the third time I have climbed Fujisan. Each time has been different, I’ve been different, I’ve gone with different people, and the weather has been different. I wrote an account of the last time I climbed to the top with my two daughters and our unexpected descent in the dark. Comparing the two trips now the only real differences were that this time I expected to climb in the dark, we got to see the sun rise above the clouds, and there were shops and people at the top. But each climb has its own story. Here is this one, it’s going to be a long post because I want to be able to read this ten years from now and remember everything. Read more…

Son rise to the sunrise

July 20, 2016

Bringing Home the Bacon

July 19, 2016

IMG_2749For some time now Michael and I have been working on a recipe for Sloppy Joes. We cooked this meal on a semi-regular basis when we lived in Minnesota and we have made it once or twice this past year, but we had to make some modifications. Some of the ingredients are not carried in any of the sixteen grocery stores that are within easy walking distance of our apartment. For example we had not seen hamburger buns for sale. Anywhere. It didn’t make much sense to me because there are also fourteen hamburger joints within walking distance so where are they getting all of their buns? After several missteps with butter rolls we sort of stopped making sloppy joes. Michael was missing this meal and let me know that one of the things he wanted to do this summer was track down some hamburger buns and make some sloppy joes. Read more…