Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bits and pieces. Winter clothes shopping for the boys.The Orville and AHS Cult. Good eats. And that rockin' cool Amazon dog in the lion costume...

Good morning!!! Today is TGIF day. We made it!!! The weekend is almost upon us! Granted, I will be at Noah's school tomorrow for undokai. But other than that. Friday's are *always* something to be happy about. So...what is up. What has been happening here? It's update schmupdate time! Now that the kids are back into the full swing of school. My honey bunny and I, have gone right back to our weekly....just he and I, lunch dates. This day, we went to the Ohsho in Inzai. The Ohsho is a chain restaurant in Japan that serves Chinese food, really really excellent Chinese food. 
Yep, we sure did turn both huge containers of Kirkland vanilla ice-cream into peanut butter ice-cream. I have been doing this for a few years now and we love this. We still have 1 container of peanut butter ice-cream in the freezer, even now as I type. : )
One day last week it was super raining all day long and I made a great big pot of chicken soup. It had the chicken boiling all day long and in the afternoon, I added mushrooms, celery, carrots, 1 large potato, and I kept debating... if I should ultimately make chicken noodle soup or chicken and rice (soup) and about an hour before the kids were to be home, I decided chicken and rice was what I was wanting. So, I quickly made some rice in the rice cooker. I went and picked up the kids from their pick up spots. And when everyone got home, I added the rice at the last second into the pot of soup and the four of us... had soup. Noboru had 3 servings of soup, Bran and Noah each had 2 full servings. I too had 2 servings. We had actually finished the entire pot of soup. I had none for lunch the next day. hahaha. Which was totally fine. And I was super happy they loved it so much, that they finished the pot. Perfect for a rainy evening dinner. : ) 

Four pair of jeans for Noah, I usually shop at Shimamura or Paseos, for kid jeans or shorts. Noah likes the stretchy waist band. Branden always did too... when he was younger. I like the quality of the jeans. You frankly can't tell if these jeans come from the Gap or what. And most importantly I like the cheap price. 1,500 yen a pair. That's about $14 US. Size 160cm. For Noah. 

I like to buy my kids jeans and shorts early, because they always run out of stock fast in the boys section. Tops and stuff...there's always plenty. But pants or shorts...I find in my area of Japan.... you have to snatch them up faster than you think. Again...it could just be a my specific area type thing. But, I know...for me...I have to buy them as soon as they starting rolling in the cooler weather clothes. I got this pair. I liked the color. It had the soft stretchy waist band and the jeans stretch too. And at 1500 yen a pair. Awesome.

My magic number for Noah... since he goes to elementary school and needs regular clothes 5 days a week for school, plus weekends too, so he needs enough jeans for 7 days a week. That magic number for me is 5. I'd like to get him 5 pair of pants. However...I only found 4 pair so far that I liked. So, pants/jeans-wise I am almost done. So a huge step forward. 4 pair is not bad. And these only cost 6000 yen for 4 pair of jeans. Which is an excellent price. So...if for some strange reason... it should get dead cold next week...I would be okay because at least Noah has 4 new pair of pants now.

Also went to the Gap. I have mentioned this on here before many times but I find Gap in Japan to always have such good deals. They are always 40% off. And as always when we went there the 4 of us last Monday evening...sure enough the sign said...the entire store is 40% off. Plus in addition to that, 5% is you are registered with them online too. Which we are.

Two new sweatshirts for Noah. They will get more stuff in stock...more variety soon. I know. But for now..these 2 were perfect. And at 45% off. Hell to the yes!!!

Winter coat seems pricey at 8,900 yen. About $85 US. And no, even though I could afford to pay full price...I would *never* pay full price. Because that's not penny-wise at all. It's wasteful. I do however...love this coat even more now... because we got this for 45% off. This was nearly half off, by the time we waltzed out of the store.  So Noah's winter coat 45% off. I will be smiling every single time I see Noah wear his new winter coat now. I like my kids dressing cute...while still saving a ton of cash too. So super happy.

This coat is one of those super thin lightweight coats, but super warm. Like these are super seriously warm. These are just like the Uniqlo ones. 

Gap logo that's also a reflector on his sleeve.

All different sorts of blue for Noah's winter coat from Gap this year. So 4 new pair of jeans. 2 new sweatshirts and 1 new 45% off winter coat. Not totally done winter clothes shopping, but a huge step forward. So that's a positive.And at 45% off to boot. 

Branden's necessities. He needed a new school belt. I cut the tags off and he wore it, so only have the belt hangar on the left. Sorry no pic of the actual belt. Also he needed more inside shirts that he wears under his dress shirts to school. He prefers this style in summer or winter. So picked him up another pack too. So school belt, school inside shirts. Just basic necessities for school. 

Branden only wears regular clothes twice a week. On the weekends. So he needs less clothes than Noah. But he still needs clothes too. My goal is to get Bran, 3-4 sweatshirts. But so far...we bought him 2. Reason? There were a few others to pick from... but Branden didn't like them. No worries. We'll keep an eye out. And a pair of preppy socks for Bran's Vans. Yes, that rhymes. : ) Again...super happy Bran has 2 new sweatshirts. Because if it should get super cold all of a sudden... he'll keep warm. Plus he also got a new pair of Vans for the Fall already, as you know. 

No show socks. Yep...these are socks that are on the down low. People will never know you are even wearing socks. 

Preppy and cool...perfect for my kiddo!!!

While I was at Paseos looking for under shirts, high school belts for boys and jeans for my elementary school kiddo. I saw they had a huge selection of women's winter scarves. All sorts of plaid patterns. So gorgeous. Some 1000 yen and some 1500 yen. I saw one that was my favorite pattern. And it is the same pattern as the winter bag, I bought last January. 

I bought this for myself and I am so happy. 

Pizza did happen this week. I made so much pizza dough that morning. Enough for 1 huge pizza for Branden and Noah. And enough for a smaller pizza each for Noboru and one for myself. Everyone had plenty of pizza. In fact Noboru and I could... only eat 2 slices from our own pizzas. The kids pizza was just pepperoni. My pizza is pictured and it had pepperoni, mushrooms, black olives, jalapenos and onions. Noboru's just had pepperoni, mushrooms and jalapenos. We each added our own toppings. Homemade pizza night at home is always a good night. : )

And this night, we had homemade chicken fettuccine alfredo

Sliced up 2 chicken breasts. And made the sauce. Meanwhile boiled the pasta for 5 short minutes, after the sauce was done first. Rinsed super well and then tossed in the sauce. My family devoured their dinner so fast. They loved it so much. : ) Which made me happy. 

What have I been enjoying on TV lately? A new show started recently. It's on Fox. And it's Seth MacFarlane's show. This show is called The Orville. I love Seth's sense of humor. I think he's a comedic genius. He's pictured here. He's the creator of Family Guy, which I love (he voices Peter, Brian, Quagmire and many other voices on that show). He created American Dad. He also wrote the movie Ted and was the voice of Ted. He also wrote and starred in A Million Ways to Die in the West, which I love...it's so funny, I own that on DVD. And have seen it *at least* 5 times. His sense of humor just cracks me up. So, when I saw he had created this new show called The Orville. I knew I'd have to check it out. It's basically the same concept as Star Trek... except insanely funny. He's the ships captain. His crew is all quirky and weird, in their own ways. And he was waiting for a first officer. One was not available. It turns out...his ex-wife that he recently divorced... because he caught her cheating on him with another person. He caught them in the act. Anyway...his ex-wife is his first officer. So there is tension. But it's hilariously funny tension. 

American Horror Story is back again for another season. This looks like it will be my most favorite season to date. This seasons version of AHS is called Cult.  AHS Cult. This is season 7.

Sarah Paulson's character Ally. She's very upset that Trump won the election (aren't we all). And because she is so upset about that. It unleashed some dormant phobias she has always had. She has a fear of homicidal clowns (don't we all) Anyway, in the show she and her wife and their son live in a house. And Ally... by all accounts seems to be coming mentally unglued. Unhinged? Are the clowns real? Are they in her imagination? She does have a therapist. And she does have a gun. She had a power outage. The nanny left to go home. Leaving Ally (Sarah Paulson) and her son Oz at home alone. Her wife was meanwhile at their restaurant running that and was also affected by the power outage too.

Billie Lourd. I love Billie Lourd. She is obviously the late Carrie Fisher's, super talented actress daughter. She was in Scream Queens and was amazing in that. Anyway Billie is playing a nanny to Sarah Paulson's characters son. And Billie's character is super weird and creepy. 

Billie pinky swearing Oz. Anyway...so in a nutshell. Just cooking meals here at the house. Doing my weekly grocery shopping haul. Cleaning the house. Getting the kids clothes ready for Fall/Winter. Bit by bit. Enjoying some new TV shows. AHS Cult. And "The Orville." Anything else I am loving right now?
Yes...this Amazon commercial is life! It's so cute. Every time I see this commercial, I stop dead in my tracks and watch it...even though I have seen it a million times over the past year. This dog is so adorably sad and cute. Trying and wishing *so* hard for their baby to like him. This commercial might have originally run in Japan for Amazon first. But I have American TV...American cable...and it runs all the time in the US. I love this commercial. And I love this dog so much. I hope that little baby, starts to like this dog. Because my family and I *love* this dog so much! We love you rockin' Amazon dog! And that papa in the commercial seems so nice too...like he's really trying to help the dog out. : ) So 3 cheers for that papa too. But most of all... 3 cheers for the Amazon dog. : )  We love you adorable Amazon dog in the lion costume. : )