Since I had turned the lights out past midnight I was not quite at my best all day. Did manage the complete morning routine anyway. Haven’t touched the manuscript since the 8th, though, and am really half-assing Chinese.
I had a pretty slow morning where I didn’t exercise and take a shower. At noon I woke the boy up so we could walk to the nearer supermarket to get a Christmas tree because there is a vendor in the parking lot. But first we had to spend some time hunting down work gloves for the boy. There are at least three possible locations for work and garden gloves in the harden shed but all we found were very flimsy ones with holes and what looked like a pair of fairly new ones that turned out to be both left gloves. There is a reason I keep my own garden and work gloves in the house because my mother-in-law never remembers which are hers and which are mine and seems to just randomly stuff them in random places. My husband keeps his gloves separate as well but his are safe because his hands are so much bigger. The boy and I walked to the supermarket, looked at the four remaining trees and waited for someone we could hand our money too.
After ten minutes we gave up and walked back home. We decided the guy must have been on lunch break and that we’d try again at five when I had a break between students.
We ate leberkäs for lunch:
This was one of those cooking stories typical for my husband. The reason for the leberkäs was that he had sown cress some time before for the potato salad but then there were suddenly mushrooms growing in the pot and the cress was looking sickly and unappetizing so we had the whole meal without the cress.
I had an early start to the teaching day but my third and fourth student had canceled so I used that time to do the dishes. The boy had hung up laundry before that. Then I did my foot strengthening exercises. My feet still feel very weak but it was really motivating that the exercise where you have to alternate lifting your big toe with lifting all the other toes is going much better than when I did it first in June or so. Hurray for doing foot stretches and exercises two days in a row.
I taught another student, then next one had canceled as well (everybody is sick at the moment) and the boy and I set out to get a Christmas tree. We walked to the supermarket again – no sales guy. Then we walked to where the boy had bought a Christmas tree with his grandmother a few years ago – no trees. And then we walked back home. Just in time for my last student of the day.
I googled where to buy Christmas trees and all the places I could find are at the other end of town which is no fun without a car and with bad feet. So the options would be to get a very small tree and use the bike trailer or get a regular size one and either use the wheelbarrow or have two people carry it.
My husband, who doesn’t want a Christmas tree, was almost more disappointed than we were and had the idea of just using the rather small spruce that is growing next to one of the rain barrels. We’ll have to look at it again later today when the light is better and it is tiny but that might be a good idea anyway, sustainable, doesn’t cost anything and maybe cute. My husband had been thinking of cutting the tree anyway because it sits in a weird spot.
Then I ate dinner, talked with several people who showed up in the kitchen until it was later than I would have liked, started writing this post, did some Duolingo, watched an episode of C-drama and went to bed.
Today is the last supermarket run before Christmas and all the teaching all afternoon. Oh, and I need to take that shower I never got around to yesterday. And stretch my poor feet.