The Apex of Parenting?

A blog post during the week surely means that you’re just getting more pictures of my kids, because I have no time to actually do anything interesting. But I’m patting myself on the back here for prepping this post in the company of two children. Ray was sitting on my lap watching iPad videos, Leo in his bouncy chair while I simultaneously shook a pacifying rattle with my left hand while uploaded pictures to Flickr and posted them here with my right hand. With periodic swigs from my tall-boy chuhai, I might add. Typing was out of the question though, and the shit hit the fan shortly after I got the pictures up, so we headed outside into the heat to let loose.

So here are some pictures of my adorable children. Leo is very dramatic.

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Perhaps sensing the heat, Ray is keeping pace in the cute-as-hell standings. Leo’s pretty much max-cute right now though, so Ray will have to step it up.

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That’s it from here. Time to bathe children and put them to bed. Tomorrow’s my last day of work until next Tuesday. Can’t beat that with a bat. Good night.

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Cabin Fever

It rained all weekend, and I was getting antsy yesterday when it was time for Ray to go down for his nap. It was a good excuse to throw him in the car and go for a drive, so I headed into the mountains. The rain was letting up but the forest was thick with fog, giving it an eerie feeling. I took a bike ride up here in the spring (or was it the fall?) when everything was brown, but this time around there is vegetation taking over the road.

I have mentioned before that Japan has miles upon miles of these little-used, single-lane mountain roads snaking around the country. One can question the utility of them, but they are a nice way to get off the beaten track very quickly. If the sun had come out, there would have been prime picture-taking conditions with all the sun rays breaking through. Maybe next time.

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Given all the recent rain I was a little worried about landslides; there are boulders and rocks from recent slides all over the place. But we made it through unscathed. I look forward to exploring these backroads again, preferably by bicycle although the riding is tough since most of it is up the side of a mountain.

I also need to get some decent photo-editing software. Flickr ditched the simple software they used to have which was perfect for just tweaking exposure and contrast, and replaced it with some junk that is pretty useless. Might be time to splurge for Photoshop (or score a free copy from someone).

Things are otherwise well. Leo is adorable, smiling and starting to laugh. He turned three months old last week. Ray is also adorable, though lashing out a bit which tests my patience. I suppose I should get used to that. I have a four-day weekend coming up, sandwiched by four-day work weeks. And then it’s just a few short weeks before summer vacation. The time, it flies.

My garden is going berserk, one of my more successful efforts since I started gardening a few years ago. Granted, when I came home from work Friday, after a day of heavy rain and wind, my corn was laying on the ground, it’s soil turned to mush. I propped them up and think they should be OK.

Today also marks four months since I applied for permanent residency and I still have heard anything, which is normal but I’m impatient. Japan also just overhauled it’s immigration/visa policy taking effect yesterday or today, so that could be part of what it taking so long. Who knows…

Hope everyone is doing well! That’s all for now.