So last night Snack Monkey had a late job cleaning carpets and floors in a restaurant after they closed and had sent all of their patrons home. He left here around 9:30 p.m. and I went to bed around 10:30 - 11:00. Now I don't really watch much TV anymore, what I do watch is either on TiVo or Netflix so I can skip commercials, so I heard absolutely nothing about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan before I went to bed. Snack Monkey came home sometime after midnight and climbed into bed without waking me up much beyond a vague awareness of his presence.
Around 2:30-3:00 a.m. I got up to use the bathroom and as I was climbing back in bed Snack Monkey started talking about something "hitting" Japan. I thought he was just talking in his sleep or having a bad dream so I shushed him and went back to sleep. This morning I was heart-sick to see news of the devastation on Yahoo!. Several years ago a cousin of mine spent two years in Japan for religious reasons and, while he was there, met a pretty girl named Kaori (pronounced Cow-Dee). After that I am a little bit foggy on the details but I think she came to the U.S. to attend school originally and they reconnected and, eventually, got married.
I have always been a fan of Asian culture, history, cuisine, etc. so Kaori and I became friends almost immediately when we first met and we kept in touch for awhile trading recipe's back and forth via email. I have no idea where her family is in Japan or how far the damage reaches there but I can't seem to get her off my mind today. I've sent her an email, because I don't have a phone number for her, letting her know that I was thinking about her and hoping that her family and friends are alright. Japan is asking for humanitarian aid from our military and I'm hoping we grant it. On the one hand I can understand that there will be concern over whether or not the U.S. has a stable enough economy to be sending aid and potentially financial funding to Japan right now but, on the other hand, I'd much rather our troops be in Japan helping a peaceable people in the wake of tragedy than in Afghanistan getting shot at. I'm not religious but I do wish the very best for those poor people and for my cousin and her family. It's just so sad.
8 glasses of water
1 cup of coffee w/creamer
1 Fiber One bar
1 serving greek chicken salad
1.5 dinner crepes (from the food bible)
>>w/chicken instead of ham
Daily Caloric Intake: 1,072
Walking: 3 miles (6,137 steps)