Ultimate Blog Challenge - Day 22: A Day in the Life of... Also: More Questions?

Monday, ugghhh. What are we doing for Day 22 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge? 

The official assignment is to ask you guys what questions you've got for me?

We kind of had this on Day 10 already. but hey, by all means, go ahead and ask me anything, I'll try to answer it in tomorrow's post. 

Other than that I'm going to tell you about my day. 

Usually Monday is my day off work. Hubby leaves for work, Colin goes to school. Time for me to get the laundry done, go grocery shopping, maybe drop the recyclables, make lunch, make dinner, you get the picture.

Today, teachers in the entire state have a training day, and therefore the students have a day off. 

My son's class has a special project, and it's suggested they use this day to work on it.

In connection with their career orientation, students are to interview someone who does their dream job. Now for those who want to be a nurse or a banker, it may be easy to get an interview. Everybody knows a nurse or a banker or knows somebody who knows a nurse or a banker, right? 

Now Colin wants to go into journalism. Sports, preferably. He has a few "celebrities" that he likes, and on occasion he's even met some of them. Steffi Buchli is the hockey lady in Switzerland.

Career Day 2018

However, they're hard to approach. E-mailing to Info@TVStation.com usually doesn't produce any answers. 

Colin found out the home address of his favorite ice hockey writer, and he sent him a letter, printed on paper that looks like ice, and in the letter he used typical wording that particular guy loves to use himself. 

I was pretty sure this was not only going to get his attention but he'd also grant Colin 15 minutes of his time. 

Well, it's been over ten days, and nothing.

You can learn something from every situation. In this case, even something useful for the journalism profession: it's difficult to get interview appointments!

Good thing us parents have people within our network. So  today at 10am he had a Zoom call with a client of ours who used to work for a radio and a TV station. 

Yet another lesson for a future journalist: it's important to know people who know people!

I don't know what happened behind closed doors, but he seemed satisfied with his interview, and we were ready to leave.

It's been a bit of a tradition to have lunch at our favorite Sushi Train Restaurant at the Mall on a day off like this. Today was no exception. Colin loves his sushi. Has been from a very young age. How come?

See, he - along with millions of other toddlers - was obsessed with Disney Cars, the movie and the toys. There was this scene where Mater mistook Wasabi for Pistachio Ice Cream:

Colin would watch it over and over and repeat "scoop, scoop" and giggle. 

"Mommy, what does the green stuff taste like?"

I tried to explain. Pungent, spicy, and if you eat too much, it makes you feel like your head will explode. 

"But if you only try a tiny bit, like the first serving, will you be OK?"

Sure, in fact, there's a little bit of wasabi in every sushi, I believe.

"What is sushi, can you make it for dinner, please?"

It's raw fish with rice, not sure if you'd appreciate it. Plus it's hard to make, I have neither the skill, the necessary equipment, nor the patience to do it!

"I'm sure I will appreciate it! I like fish sticks, and I like rice. Please, Mommy?"

I can't remember how young he was when I took him to Yoji's for the first time. Between three and four probably. 

If it tasted funny, he didn't let on. 

Colin especially enjoyed the fact that the dishes may be picked from the sushi train or ordered via tablet, which also featured a regular internet browser, as well as games. So usually for the youngster it's sushi and Tic-Tac-Toe!

For my own record, these pretty and delicious things are called Salmon Aburi Rainbow.

After lunch we went for coffee, which also means, we went to see my former coworker, one of the very few who are still with Starbucks. (or, in his case, again). He's one of the sweetest people I know, and it's always a pleasure to talk to him. 

I just realized, I finally get to do what I always wanted: take the time to really listen to the store managers. When I was their HR Manager and Director, I had to run from one meeting to the next and was never able to really spend some quality time with them. 

The last time  we were there (I can't believe it's been over four months. I'm usually a better mall goer) Colin made fun of me in his chat: 

We admired the Christmas tree and quickly stepped into the bookstore before heading home.

We're home now, and I'm supposed to start dinner.

So if you have any questions, let me know. Otherwise I'd like to know how you feel about sushi and wasabi ;-)


  1. No questions, but I'm amazed that Colin likes sushi so much. Personally, I don't like anything raw, especially fish. Too bad the journalist didn't respond! Colin's letter was so well-crafted.

  2. I'm getting hungry with your foodie photos. My question to you is, did you make them yourself?

  3. Good morning, Tamara. I'm enjoying your day while having a cuppa. Colin sounds like an enterprising young man. I love Japanese food but not the raw fish. I have a Japanese cookbook but have not tried any of it. Now that we have so many Asian grocers, I might try. I used to be a mall goer, too. There's no reason why I can't still be. That's a thought. A question: I gather you are a human resource person but I can't remember if you've told us what kind of business you work for.

  4. LOL about the Karen moment! My question - in America, we joke about "being Switzerland," and we mean that we aren't going to take sides or get involved, but will remain neutral. Would you say that you have this tendency in yourself?

  5. I'm not a sushi eater, but from your photo makes it look delicious!

  6. Maybe you would have liked to become a Journalist?
    I can't tell you how much i enjoy your blogging - not only on this current challenge, but in all your endeavours... I am tempted to make comparison with the man who I think should be regarded as the father of blogging even though he read out his "Letter from America" - Alastair Cooke. https://how-would-you-know.com/2020/04/a-is-for-alistair-cooke.html
    You are definitely my "Letter from Switzerland"

  7. I missed this yesterday! I like some sushi but definitely not wasabi. I don't remember that scene from Cars but it's been a while and if it is in the second movie, I'm not sure I saw that. My daughter used to have a collection of the cars as they were being sold at local Chevron stations and my mom would buy them for her when she got gas. I think we still have some.

    Janet’s Smiles


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