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Monthly Archives: November 2012
We had breakfast in Oceano. I first went to the restaurant alone and finished mine, while Katya was taking care of Mariya in the room. Then, Katya took her turn and I was playing with Mariya. Mariya has been a very good girl during the trip. We took a boat, Isle de Vacances III, from Hatsushima to Atami, leaving at 11:10 AM. From Atami, we drove to our apartment in Kofu. I left Katya and Mariya at our apartment, and drove alone to my parents’ in Shimosuwa taking the Chuo Freeway. At our parents, I saw Maya-san; she was happily came to kiss me as usual. Although she enjoys being with … Continue reading
Today is Saturday. I woke up and had a buffet breakfast in a restaurant Oceano, while Katya took care of Mariya. Then Katya had breakfast in turn. We have been very tired and sleepy after the birth of Mariya. We took a nap until 2 PM. We then went out for a walk. It was not rainy but windy and cold, so we soon walked back to the hotel. Katya and I took coffee and a cake in the lounge. In our room, we watched a sumo tournament held in Fukuoka. Katya somehow likes to watch sumo. Hakuho, the grand champion, won the tournament. At 6 PM, we went to … Continue reading
Today is Labor Thanksgiving Day, a holiday. From Shimosuwa, without Maya-san who stayed with my parents, we drove to Atami. It has become the first long trip for Mariya. It rained on and off on the way. From Atami port, we took a boat, Isle de Vacance III. We sat in the special area in the very front of the boat. The boat arrived at 4:30 PM to the island. It was already getting darker. A shuttle bus took us to a hotel, Grand XIV Hatsushima Club. The room was assigned on the sixth floor. From 6:30 PM, we had dinner at an Italian restaurant, Porto. Mariya was with us, … Continue reading
Katya, Mariya, Maya-san and I left our apartment for Shimosuwa at 4:30 PM. Katya drove me to Shimosuwa Production Support Center directly for my talk. She then went to my parents’, left Maya-san, and, with Mariya, went to see her Ukrainian friend living in Shimosuwa. In the seminar, eleven people came to listen to me, who were managers and engineers of small industrial companies in/around Shimosuwa. They wanted to have some hints of the business in the near future. My talk started at 6:30 and ended at 8:30 PM, with many questions. It seemed that they had understood me. The director asked a visit of some of the members to our institute … Continue reading
In the morning, the mailing system was still down. Therefore, I used telephones and my private mailing address for the communication. Fortunately, the mailing system recovered in the afternoon. I suddenly got busy I kept working on preparing my presentation scheduled in Shimosuwa tomorrow evening. I finished the abstract and have sent it to the organizer of the meeting. Tomorrow, everyone in the family, Katya, Maya-san, Mariya, and me, will go and stay at my parents’ in Shimosuwa. Then we go on to a two-night trip to Hatsushima, our favorite island. It will be the first long trip for Mariya, who will see the ocean.
Our mailing system for the teachers and the office workers (only) in the university was somewhat tied up. I worked all day without an e-mail, which was weird; I was nervous whether I miss some important information. I was invited to give a talk for company managers and engineers in Shimosuwa, my hometown. I asked my parents if they wanted to come, but they hesitated. Anyway, I started working on the presentation, which requires no internet connection. It will be a two-hour talk for non-specialists, my first experience in my life.
I received an e-mail from a person in the governmental office in charge of my project, telling me that they had received my answer sheet. It will be passed to the judges on the 27th. Another e-mail arrived from a friend of mine in France with a paper attached; a Chinese student of his lab did the job in our institute while he was here and wrote the paper. I will check it soon. In the afternoon, I taught a class. Another e-mails and another jobs not accomplished last week. Typical Monday.
In the afternoon, Katya and I went to Lake Shibireko with Maya-san and Mariya. Mariya was well asleep. She eventually did not notice that she was out in the mountain. It is a small caldera lake in the mountain and very natural. Katya and I went out in turns; one of us was in the car with Mariya. I liked the lake. Unfortunately, Katya did not like the place because she wanted to see the leaves in vivid autumn colors. Maya-san enjoyed walking in the nature, the chance of which became less after the birth of Mariya.
Today’s Saturday. In the morning, there were monthly presentations by students, which ended at noon. A student of mine, who got sick in the lab, did his turn, too. He did well. However, I try not to have him work too much. I went back home at 5:30 PM, then Katya went out for shopping. I was with Mariya, who was mostly sleeping. I wished she had been a little bit active with me.
In the morning, I woke up at 3 AM to finish the answers to the judges of my project. I need to submit the answer sheet today. In the afternoon, Katya and I took Mariya to Nagasaka Clinic for her one-month inspection. Mariya was very healthy, although she cried because she became hungry after the wait. Katya and I felt somewhat tired, too. I asked the doctor whether we can take Mariya for a trip. He said OK if we use a baby seat. We have one; we could go on a trip next week. After the inspection, I came back to my office. I submitted my answer sheet. I hope … Continue reading