My day today so far–9:24pm
Thursday has become shopping day for me. I got up bright and early, determined to get to the store before 8am, only to find they’re only open at 7 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays now. Luckily I only had five minutes to wait.
The big decision came when I got to the ice cream section. My chocolate-peanut butter Haagen Dasz in the freezer at home almost gone, I could get another one to replace it or go for something else.
What to do?
I got green tea flavour instead. The good thing about going grocery shopping before breakfast is I can’t stand the thought of chocolate until after I’ve had my first cup of coffee.
I may have to have coffee before I go shopping next Thursday…
In other news, I went out for a walk alone tonight and it felt weird.
I’ve been alone so infrequently in the past five months, I actually missed having Alex with me. I felt guilty for not having him with me. (He refused to come, as hard as I tried to talk him into it.)
But the point is, I’ve never felt weird being alone before. Walking around my own neighbourhood with my phone in my hand gave me a sense of unease.
I, who have wandered the streets of Tokyo, a half a world away from everyone I know, with no cell phone and no way to be found and felt completely at ease doing so.
It’s strange what five short months can do to a person.
Photos: A completely flat yard of gravel and the man who’s making it appear as waves of water. Also, a statue of Buddha, a bell, and a plaque explaining where it came from–Switzerland, to be exact. There’s a better description of the place in a link below.
The man spoke not a word of English, but I told him as best I could that his work was beautiful. I hope he understood me. He gave me a pamphlet, all in Japanese, and explained that I should have it translated so I could learn about the place. Honsen-ji Temple, Shinigawa. It is, indeed, fascinating.
Well, this post went off the beaten path, didn’t it?
Why I’m writing this post:
Because if you’re like me and stuck at home already, or if you’re going to be like me soon, the days of the week are hell to keep track of. We have a wonderful community here on WordPress and all over the Internet as well, and I’m sure many people are feeling nervous and/or isolated. I want to make sure every one of us has somewhere to congregate and someone to talk to.
I want everyone to know that you can start discussions with each other in the comments, and if you’d like to write your own “What Day is it Anyway?” post, you can link to this one. Hashtag #WDIIA.
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August 22, 2020 at 2:26 pm
Green tea ice cream? No thanks. Nor green tea lol. One of the things I miss about lockdown etc is having time on my own. But hubby has started venturing out a little bit and I look forward to that. He doesn’t always join me on my (almost) daily walk so that helps too. I need my own space sometimes and I refuse to feel guilty about it. I don’t worry about being out on my own either so that’s a blessing.
August 22, 2020 at 12:09 pm
You bring up a good point, Linda. Like you, I’ve never been uncomfortable wandering around by myself, but after being in lockdown for several months I found my first post-lockdown shopping trip very unnerving. Going out just doesn’t seem like fun any more, and there’s no way now that I’d take a trip by myself. Heck, I don’t think right now I’d be willing to take a trip even with someone else along. It’s just a little too scary out there these days. Hopefully, by next year we’ll all get back to some semblance of normal. Meanwhile, stay in, stay safe and stay healthy.
August 21, 2020 at 5:22 pm
I take the train to work- but it’s an ugly commute and I work in warehouse. I don’t go anywhere else. I feel like my world is dull and ugly and gray.
August 21, 2020 at 6:06 pm
Well that’s no good. 😦 Have you tried listening to audiobooks on your commute? They really lift me out of the doldrums sometimes.
August 21, 2020 at 6:21 pm
I try to read. Or I look at pictures of my dog. But I’m of two minds. Is it helpfull to ignore it?
August 21, 2020 at 7:06 pm
I think of it more as a temporary escape. Like a vacation from it, if only a mini one. And sometimes what I find in that mini-vacation helps me to make it to the next one, or even gives me ideas for things I can do in my free time. In other words, I don’t think it can hurt.
I borrow audiobooks from Libby, using my library card. It’s free, and I listen on the app on my phone. Reading is good, too. 🙂
August 21, 2020 at 8:08 pm
I like that perspective! I enoy listening to old radio shows like Inner Sanctum and The Whistler so maybe I should listen to those on my commute. Thank you for your advice!
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August 21, 2020 at 8:36 pm
I hope it brightens up your days. 🙂 ❤
August 21, 2020 at 12:46 pm
wow! So sorry you felt uneasy walking alone! You aren’t alone there though! I had to lol at you buying green tea flavour! Gimme chocolate peanut butter flavour any time over the icky green tea!
August 21, 2020 at 6:08 pm
Haha! Green tea ice cream is one of my favourites. Or was. I think chocolate and peanut butter has ruined me for life.
August 21, 2020 at 8:35 am
Wait, what…you went shopping before coffee? Linda! You can’t do that.
It’s funny how we feel at ease in places we maybe should be concerned about and uneasy in places that really are our own back yard.
August 21, 2020 at 6:13 pm
And yet I’ve managed to go shopping before coffee every week since mid-March. Go figure. 😛
Yes, it is funny that we can feel comfortable in the oddest places. Though Japan is probably one of the safest countries in the world. Aside from the natural disasters, of course. 😦
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August 21, 2020 at 6:21 am
I have a little calendar made out of blocks of wood. My first task every morning is to turn the blocks. Otherwise I would lose track!
August 21, 2020 at 6:14 pm
Oooh, that sounds like fun!
August 21, 2020 at 5:26 am
Chocolate peanut butter ice-cream versus green tea…Linda what were you thinking 😳
August 21, 2020 at 6:15 pm
Haha! I know! But here’s my excuse: The first time I bought it, it was just logic. I love peanut butter cups, so I was bound to like the ice cream. Now that desperate passion is part of the mix, I’m adrift in a sea of indecision!!! 😉
August 22, 2020 at 2:10 am
Oh! The trials and tribulations of life 💜
August 21, 2020 at 5:20 am
Every day is interesting if we open our eyes!
August 21, 2020 at 6:16 pm
This is true!
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