What I want To Be When I Grow Up. Hint: It isn’t an Oompa Loompa

The two things I’ve always wanted to be, since I was a teeny tiny tot of a terror, was a writer; and a Star Ship counsellor.  I wanted to be telepathic too like Diana on Star Trek. Whisking through the stars helping humans and aliens with their troubles.  Then writing a best seller about it. Continue reading “What I want To Be When I Grow Up. Hint: It isn’t an Oompa Loompa”

A Beautiful Tsunami Has Reduced Me to Cliche’s

Upon walking into my home you won’t immediately see anything different.  A new pair of shoes by the door.  The strange sounds of Japanese men singing and playing….something…on TV.   Depending on the time of day he’ll be eating his morning gruel or his afternoon Ramen noodles.  I suspect routines mean a lot to elderlyContinue reading “A Beautiful Tsunami Has Reduced Me to Cliche’s”

The Imminent Arrival of Ojichaan. For Reals This Time.

Three years ago when we bought the land and built the house we live in we made the third bedroom into an in-law suite because his dad was going to come live with us. Fast forward three years and now we’ve got two kids and a room full of ‘storage’.   Until this weekend.  Continue reading “The Imminent Arrival of Ojichaan. For Reals This Time.”

Building Resiliency in My Children and Other Lessons I Hate Learning

It’s Super Bowl Sunday!  It’s flu-season! After weeks of keeping my kids away from possible sources of flu-contagion, the flu came right to me.  (Deadly flu-pandemic with extra olives ordered here?  No?) I kept Ellie home from school Wednesday out of a gut feeling there might be flu germs circulating.  I usually trust my gutContinue reading “Building Resiliency in My Children and Other Lessons I Hate Learning”