Ian and I actually got out and about this weekend! wahoo! The weather wasn't crumby and snowing but rather raining on the foot and a half of snow that's laying around. So it was wet slogging around on foot exploring down town Towada City. We got some decent internet directions off a blog about how to get to the arts center and ended up getting a little lost finding it. More from my lack of reading the directions than anything else. But we ended up coming upon it from the back and looking at a sculpture covered in snow thinking, "Is that a sculpture or is that a pile of snow?" "Wait a second, there's a giant ant, I think we found it". There is some really awesome public sculpture all around the museum and the building is beautiful by itself. Here's the English link: http://www.city.towada.lg.jp/artstowada/eng/index.html. It hadn't been updated since 2011 so we were a little worried about it being open.
After the Museum we wondered around looking for a restaurant but all we kept running into was french pastry shops. We finally went in one and got a cute little cupcake with a chocolate raccoon face on it, which eventually got smooched on the adventure to Hard Off. After we got cold and wet walking around we made our way back to the car and then started looking for Hard Off. Which is the craziest store name on the planet. It's a huge thrift store. The problem with Japanese thrift stores is they just don't have any good deals. You go in and look at stuff that's in near pristine condition and you pay store prices for it pretty much. They did have an amazing array of electric guitars, plastic anime figurines and tiny mismatched china.
After all that walking around in the cold and wet I was totally craving some Indian food so we drove back to Misawa to try out the other Indian restaurant that we hadn't had yet. After feasting on all the naan and dahl the baby started kicking like a soccer star. I think we've found her favorite food.
Speaking of which, we found out that the baby is a girl. At least it looked like that on the ultra sound. I could say this and she'll come out a he, but in the mean time she is Beatrix to us. We are having lots of fun batting around crazy middle names for her. She'll probably never forgive us. Other than that she seems like a perfectly normal, 14 oz baby, so no worries there.
That's all there is to report at the moment. Maybe we'll get another fun adventure soon, there's another art museum in Aomori that I've been dying to see.