This, That, and The Gruffalo

6 Oct

So I finished going to the fuckin dentist!!! Wahooooooooo. After seven visits, a root canal, two other fillings and a de-plaqueing I paid a TOTAL of 11,000 yen (or roughly 110 US$) and am now the proud owner of a silver tooth. A silver tooth mind you, that is only visible if I am laughing in full force right in front of your left eye.

Hence why I didn’t fork out $500 for the white cap ๐Ÿ™‚

Marina thinks it is sooooo cool that she asked her dentist to put in GOLD wire on her braces – see mum, you’ve only got silver. I’ve got GOLD!!!

Such is parenting.

In other super exciting news Granny K had eye surgery today! We had the following conversation about how she would get to the clinic…

  • GrannyK: Can you take me to the eye clinic on Thursday
  • Me: Sorry, Thursdays are my money making days. I make so much I start shitting yen out my cheeks at lunchtime. I’d prefer not to have to take time off. I could take you at 9am though? (clinic is 40 minute drive away – this timing would be me taking her AFTER volunteer reading at the school and before teaching at the school in the next town over from half ten)
  • Granny K: Meh, but then I’d get there two hours early and have to wait until my appointed time to check in for said surgery.
  • Me: Perhaps there is a bus?
  • Granny K: There is, but I’d still have to wait for an hour and a half at the clinic.
  • Me: mmmmmmm, perhaps hub could take half a day of (paid) leave?
  • Granny K: No, he told me just to catch the bus and wait. Don’t worry, I’ll ring the prized eldest son.
  • Me: But he lives TWO hours drive away? He is also a senior detective in the police force. He is extremely busy (he fuckin better be because he’s shirking all his eldest son responsibilities).
  • Granny K: I’ll try him.
  • Me: But that means taking a whole day off to drive two hours EACH way just so you don’t have to sit in a waiting room chair for 90 minutes?
  • Granny K: If you’re going to the supermarket today can you get me some Tofu?

Turns out the Eldest son said yes and thus today rocked up at 10am to take her. BUT, he rocked up with beer, so I guess all is forgiven. I hadn’t the heart to tell him that next time he tries to make amends for me doing 99% of Granny K’s running to and fro that he needs to order in cases of Cloudy Bay.

And another conversation of note was one that happened this morning – day of volunteer reading at the local school the kids go to.

  • Shou: Hey mum, what book are you going to read at reading today? (said in Japanese)
  • Me: The Gruffalo. I don’t think your class has heard that story for nearly two years!! (said in English)
  • Marina: (from the toilet) ….. ย Gruffalo Soldier, from the heart of America…

In general, and compared to ALL my friends on facebook married to Japanese men, I am completely failing at the ‘raising bilingual kids’ thing.

BUT fuck it, I’ll take a win on this one I think.

And will thus, pour myself a glass of something and pretend it is Cloudy Bay.

Love to the family.




6 Responses to “This, That, and The Gruffalo”

  1. littlebelgianwriter October 6, 2016 at 1:17 pm #

    LOL! I hear Gruffalo Soldier inside my head now. On the Buffalo Soldier tune of course ๐Ÿ™‚

    • gaijinwife October 6, 2016 at 1:30 pm #

      Yay – I’ve been singing bloody ‘Gruaffalo Soldier’ all FRICKIN day. Glad it got into your head too ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Heather Cushman October 6, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

    Bless Marina! This had me in stitches!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ xxx

    • gaijinwife October 6, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

      She was all perplexed because I was laughing so hard – and then when I actually read The Gruffallo for Shou’s reading class (Marina wasn’t there) Shou said – yeah mum, Gruffalo Soldier… ……. with a little sparkle in his eye.

  3. Kathy in Kyoto October 7, 2016 at 4:39 am #

    Way to go on the ‘Gruffalo soldier’.
    Have you tried the Kapuka (-NZ white wine) from 7-11?

    • gaijinwife October 7, 2016 at 6:14 am #

      They’ve stopped selling it down here! Haven’t seen it for months. My local supermarket got Sellini in at my request but its 1800 yen – they are trying to source some Villa Maria too ๐Ÿ™‚ They obviously value my custom (which really is very good) because nobody else here buys wine!

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