Today is Presidents day in the U.S.A and it is holiday to pay respect to past presidents who served this country.
So most people take a holiday today and most banks and schools take holiday.
But I am not so familiar with this holiday that I have a normal day for me.
At our apartments, today looks quiet and calm like Sunday because today is holiday.
Today, it is raining a little outside, so David and I gave up taking a walk after our meditation time.
With rain, we can walk together with raincoat but today we didn't go for walking.
In the U.S.A., national holidays are less than Japan.
So some holidays looks so precious for American, I can feel.
A few days ago, I got organic cacao nibs at our favorite supermarket.
It is made by organic cacao beans and they are roasted and looks chocolate chips.
So today I made a banana cake with cacao nibs for David's snack.
All ingredients are organic and everything mixed so nice that I could make nice banana cup cake finally.
David will love this taste because cacao nibs will let David taste like a chocolate chips inside the cake.
Cacao nibs are not sweet at all but the texture is crunchy and nice flavor of cacao beans.
I really love this cacao nibs and I want to arrange for other sweets to use it for David again!!^^
Today is Christmas Eve but I don't care about it so much.
But David wants to enjoy something special for Christmas holidays so we got his favorite fish for our dinner.
For me, every day is like special because no one day will come to me not as same as it is.
So I want David to enjoy his Christmas for special meal so I will cook for his fish as possible as I can.
I am vegetarian and I don't need to eat fish or other animal products but David likes to eat fish sometimes.
So I can adjust my diet after today so I am learning how to be flexible to live with David.
What is special??
What is the best Christmas for him???
I don't know exactly how much I can treat him as special as he can feel.
To adjust each opinion makes our better point of each compromising feel comfortable way of living, we are looking for it every day, I feel.
If we can not feel good and happy each other, it is not my hope at all.
To adjust each opinion can lets us feel better mind in peace without argue and frustration.
Men and women is different kind of person so sometimes we can feel each difference.
But we can communicate each other to understand each difference, I hope.
Marriage life is long way of our life.
So day by day, many things can bring me to understand each other more and better.
I wish that you will have a great Christmas Eve with LOVE & SMILE at your favorite place.
I pray for everyone's happy life in peace & benevolence as you wish...^^
Soon Christmas will come.
And this week has already come holiday's atmosphere for Christmas.
David & I went to shopping some foods today and many cars are lined up on most roads.
And there were many cars parked in some big shopping malls.
Most people tried to get some present for Christmas and they will buy get something before Christmas.
David asked me what I want for Christmas.
But I told him, "I don't want anything."
Because I have things enough already.
And I felt satisfaction with my staffs and I don't want to get anything for Christmas at all.
Most people tend to think that we want to get something more for Christmas.
But it cause to make them think by Christmas mood & economic advertisement.
I realized how I can feel content with present life.
And I don't feel to want something more at all.
I am very happy with my present life with David.
So I wonder why most people want to get something for Christmas.
I don't know why people want to get something more and more.
To find the content of present life is easy for me and I just want to be with David for Christmas.
And it will make me happy on Christmas even we won't do something special.
But David seems to want something different from normal life on Christmas, so I want to follow his needs.
I found this "FRYE Art Museum" in internet before.
And I asked David to take me there in his holiday for the first time.
Today it is cloudy and very chilly day so it is the best day to enjoy this Museum together better than going outside.
This FRYE Art Museum is free for all program and I cannot believe it.
The building was very fancy and I really liked it.
And all exhibition were very great and David & I really enjoyed there together.
We looked around this souvenir shop inside this museum and I found some Japanese products there.
All exhibition are not connected with Japan but some souvenir goods were made in Japan.
I am a little proud of it and we really had a nice time together.
Also I found this "Starbucks Reserve (Roastery & Tasting Room)" before and I wanted to visit with David.
This Starbucks is completely different from usual one and it was very cozy and stylish.
All menu of coffees & teas are selected so high quality that all prices are double price of normal Starbucks.
It was too late for us to drink coffee today so just we enjoyed looking around in this special Starbucks.
There were huge roaster machines of coffee and they worked so wonderful.
And there were many good of this special Starbucks and I just had a nice time to check them out.
David and I talked to visit here again to have a coffee time, for sure.
I thought that I want to bring someone who will visit us in Seattle someday here to enjoy this special Starbucks.
This place is very recommendable place to visit!!
Today was David's holiday after his 10 days continual working.
He seems to be tired after long working days but he got up early to finish his task for us.
After that, he looked so happy that he felt relieved to complete his errands.
I felt happy that David's real smile with happiness & relieve.
And we went to take a walk together after dinner.
Every day I take a walk but today, we choose different course with my normal walking route.
And our walking course today is filled with lots of trees and silent peace in the forest.
So we felt so nice during walking all the way.
Today's walking was a little long time and David got a little sweat on his forehead.
But we really enjoyed walking together.
Usually I take a walk by myself but on his holiday, I can enjoy walking with him today.
And we could feel so much love each other and just we are happy together today.
In the U.S.A., this week is special holidays for Chirstmas.
Many people will have long holidays to spend time with family together and any places are crowded with many people.
Only shopping at supermarkes, it is difficult to find a parking place before shopping.
Anywas many people seems very busy for shopping and doing something for Chritsmas.
On the any roads many cars are running and sometimes traffic jam are around here and there.
David knows the Christmas season well in the U.S.A and just I am surprised this crowded atmosphere...
For Americans, Christmas is very special holiday for everyone.
But I am Japanese and I am not familiar with Christmas so well.
David seemes to enjoy some special atmosphere for Christmas....
And I am thinking for cooking something special for Christmas, like a cake.
I hope he will enjoy eating it for Chirstmas to feel the Christmas somehow.
I wish you will enjoy a happy Christmas with someone special as much as possible...
After Christmas, this year will finish soon...2014 will pass so quickly!!
I hope you can enjoy the rest of this year to connect a new year soon...
David picked this movie "the impssibe" in the library to watch together.
It is based on the true story of actual earthquake & tsunami at Sumatera island in Thailand.
A family visited there for Christmas hoiday at beach resort.
But their holiday suddenly turned upside down by a huge earthquake & a mssive tsuami.
The scene of earthquake & tsunami were very dynamic and this was a strory of real family.
This is true stroy so it was very impressive.
After watching this movie, we couldn't talk about it so much.
But I want to recommend it to watch this movie if you fave some time.
The possiblity of an earthquake exists always in this world and nobody can predict when it happen.
So I think that I want to live this precious day with gratitude...
To live today without any disaster & terrible accident is worth to gratidude for this fortune.
David likes Pizza so much.
And sometimes he misses the taste of pizza and we found an organic pizza at our favorite store.
It is made by orgainic tomato source & paprica and it is very simple.
So I added orgainic onion & mashroom on the pizza.
I cooked for vinaigrette salad with pizza to eat more vegetables.
David seemed so much happy to eat pizza and I am happy to watch his smile.
This organic pizza is frozen but the taste was really good and not expensive.
David sometimes wants to eat so much so I want him to eat his favorite foods.
I like cooking for vegetarian without cheese always but David likes the taste of cheese.
So always I don't want him to be patient without his favorite taste.
So sometimes we can enjoy his favorite taste together.
David liked the pizza and he said "let's buy the pizza tomorrow to eat again!".
But I told him ," O.K. But not tomorrow but later again, please."
David & I talked what to eat today sometimes and we try to compromise with each other.
To eat foods together makes our body & mind every day and it's very precious time...
Yesterday, on Independence Day, many fireworks sounded from the morning to night.
And also neighborhoods enjoyed fireworks in the evening.
After 9 p.m in the night, sky is still bright so fireworks started from at 10p.m at night.
Fireworks need darkness and many people seemed to wait for it.
David wanted to watch it so much but usually, we sleep at 10 p.m already...
From Friday to Sunday, many people took a holiday for Independence Day and they looked enjoying the holidays.
But for me, special time is not necessary only in holidays.
And I don't like the atmosphere the uproar and noise because everyone does so.
David wanted to do somegthing special but I didn't feel so much.
Fortunately , David came home from work erlier than usual by his senior's discretion.
And I suggested him to go to the common pool in our apartments.
The pool is not so big but it's nice to enjoy the water enough for the residents.
We sat on the pool side to enjoy talking because 5 boys were playing so hard.
I suggested him to enter the pool but he hesitated to do it with boys.
Little by littly, many clouds started to cover in the sky and I felt chilly a little.
Finally David didn't swim in the pool but we had a nice relax time together.
We started to sleep before noisy fireworks ,so the sound were so obstructed for our sleeping.
But many people enjoy it and it doesn't matter for us.
For me, the time to be with David is always special & happy time.
It's not only in holidays but every single day.
To wake up with him in the morning, to sleep with him at night and every single moment are my plesure time...
Last year , we were in Japan together.
And we are now in Seattle.
Anywhere we are together , I can feel so much happiness with David always.
I wish you feel happy every day as mush as possible with someone special for you...
On 4th July is a national holiday for the independence day in the U.S.A.
Normaly, bank & company & school take a holiday today and everyone enjoy celebrating with family usually.
But David went to work today, too.
His working place is very convenient to work in holidays like Saturday & Sunday.
He seemed not to work on 4th July, I knew his thought.
On independence day, I asked David " what everyone do today?"
He answered , " Mostly people enjoy a barecue with family and swell inside heart for festival.
Maybe they feel to leaps for the joy with joyful atmosphere.
Yesterday & today, sometimes I heard the sound of fireworks.
From the beggining from this week, there were the decoration of this celebration for Independence day outside of some shops.
In the U.S.A., national holidays are less than Japan, so everyone want to enjoy the limited holidays.
But for me, this holiday is not familar at all.
Instead of celebration for it, today is just before day of David's Mom's birthday.
So, I am happy for us today on her birthday eve.
If David's Mom wasn't born tomorrow, of course David was not here.
So I am very thankful for Mom's existence it self today & tomorrow.
David can't take a holiday tomorrow for Mom's birthday , because Saturday is the busiest day of his work.
But next his holiday , we planned to see her to celebrate with her birthday with his brothers' family together.
David's Mom loves me so much like her real daughter.
I am very looking forward to see her next week, so does David.
Anyway, on any holidays everyone seems to be happier than usual.
To look at happy faces of people is very wonderful thing for me.
Happy smile & atmosphere makes this universe happy & peace, I believe...
So I want to pray for everyone's happiness for today's holiday.
How is your holiday today in the U.S.A.?
Author:Masuda Keiko (増田佳子)
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