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11/6/2022 Just updating to let you know I am still updating. This update does not update the previous update but continues on with the update.

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Behold, stock photography images!

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The following pictures came installed when I tried a new plugin. I don't know where this is, but it looks like a nice city.

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I am not sure who this person is but I hope she is doing well. And she got paid for her image to be used!

Random element - Not sure what I will use this for yet...

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This Little Moment

My car smells like gingerbread. 

We ventured out this afternoon after the rain stopped. I wasn’t expecting my little one to fall asleep on the car ride home, but she has. And I know it’s not the best thing for her to nap in her seat but – just for a few minutes I want to finish my drink. I need both hands to carry her and our things and to unlock the door. I can’t come back to get my drink and with prices going up, leaving it feels wasteful. So, I compromise – I drink my hot beverage as quickly as I can and then I will carry her inside to hopefully sleep at least a good hour. Hour and a half if we are lucky!

But I am snatching this moment while I finish my drink to write. Just a little while. A grasp of a moment to just put thoughts to virtual ink. My mind stretching and doing. 

And now my drink is done, and it’s time to move. 
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I’m inside now, my little one sleeping peacefully on the futon.

Today my little one was all around the bookstore. Running here and there and pointing at the lights (“ligh!”), the fans (“fan!”). She’s been fascinated with the ceiling fans in this store from an early age. She used to just stare but now she can point them out and say what they are. It’s getting easier to roam around stores. Before she used to grab EVERYTHING. But now she’s learning to “look with her eyes and not her hands.” Mostly. If there’s something that catches her eye she will grab. We call her the octopus – those hands grabbing before you can even register they are reaching.

It’s really fun to see her grow and change. Is it tiring? Oh, yes, it is. But a good tired.

When she wakes up, maybe we will color. Or play with some blocks. Whatever the next moment will be, we’ll enjoy together.

Cold 1, Me 0

Reaching back into my photo archives. Picture not related to this post. Probably.

Okay, so honestly I really was writing a post a couple weeks ago and then got a cold. Just a lovely, run of the mill boring old cold. (How odd to call it that and yet, I’m sticking to it these days!)

Then something else happened, and something else, and something else… Getting back into a half formed routine after being sick is hard!

Not just that, but now I have yet another half finished blog to add to my collection. I am thinking the goal this month is to either finish or archive these blogs I keep starting.

So, this blog is just a check in to get my brain BACK into writing. And to keep up the habit of posting here.

Now, onto the half finished cup of coffee that’s grown cold…

Takamatsu, udon, and SLEEP

Okay, let’s see what I can get done in this limited window of time. Fingers crossed this gets finished and posted!

Welcome back to an actual travel post on the blog I had sort of intended to use as a travel blog! Does that sentence make sense? At this point I’m not sure but I’m rolling with it. Speaking of which, SLEEP. I AM GETTING SLEEP. People always joke about not getting sleep with a baby, and I think it’s stress relief to cope with the trauma of not sleeping. Because not sleeping well for months on end is just not good for one. When one starts getting sleep the brain wakes up and goes “what the heck just happened?”

Recently we took a trip to Takamatsu in Kagawa prefecture. It was the first overnight family trip we have taken when we weren’t meeting with family! Since this was just a two day trip, I’ll try to make this short. However, I will inundate you with gorgeous blue sky pictures since the sky was absolutely GORGEOUS. And yes, that does need to be repeated and in caps since it really was that beautiful in person.

UDON
Our first stop was to get lunch. We LOVE udon (especially our toddler!) so we were super excited to go to the home of Sanuki udon. It was up to me to choose our first udon restaurant. I got darn lucky to find the place with the absolutely best udon I have ever had in my life – so far. I am now on a quest to go find udon that is as good or better than this one. (I don’t know if I will find better, but I will try!). And I think I will keep the name of this place to myself so if you come to visit we’ll take you there. It must already be a very popular place with the locals but – as my husband overheard – not a lot of tourists come visit this particular spot. And yes, I stand out very easily as a tourist. (insert subtle winking face emoji here if you want).

I was lucky to get this picture with a toddler, so my apologies it is not beautiful. Also that’s her fork and yes I gave her some bites of inside of the sweet potato tempura.

The next day we went to another udon place but this was one was TOURIST. Here I go with caps again but I had the misfortune of finding the most touristy place I could. I didn’t bother to take a good picture of the udon because it wasn’t good, it was too expensive, and it felt like we had managed to get into a theme park restaurant. It was a fun experience!

Lodgings
We stayed overnight at a guest house. We sleep on futons at home and with a very very active sleeping toddler (she sleeps! Sleep! Cue the trumpets and confetti!) it felt like a good choice. Tatami mats and a separate floor with only one other visiting family made for a very comfortable experience. Not counting having to move all the decorations and pray she didn’t poke a hole in the sliding door paper or take down the wall hangings. It was fine! Thankfully we didn’t stay more than a few hours.

Park
We drove to a park up in the mountain area on our way home. Such a lovely view along with interesting artwork. It was initially rather chilly but the warm sun quickly brought the temperature up. I’m just going to let the pictures here speak for themselves.


Okay! That’s a decently quick-ish highlight of our trip. I am hoping that we’ll get to go back soon. We need more udon…