If I had to choose an audio intro to this post it would be that chorus— Hit me with your best shot! I don’t know about the rest of the lyrics, but I feel like this would be an appropriate chant for the approach of this topic. Friends… I am on my sixth or seventh… Continue reading Essential Tips for Traveling with Tots
A Little Slower
I have an electric bike which is a momma-must in Japan. It is absolutely wonderful. Lower to the ground, I have easier control for when my kids are wiggling around, or when they feel the instant urge to lean out and point at something. It also relieves a lot of the effort of pedaling 60lbs… Continue reading A Little Slower
There are lots of sounds I’ve become accustomed to after years of living in Japan. The nasally, high-pitched calls of Irasshaimase! when you enter a store. The sounds of crosswalk signals, train crossings, and buzzers for people who are cutting it too close. The almost silent sound of approaching cars with their noiseless engines. There’s… Continue reading City Sounds
Where do we begin?
Last week, my primary work goal was to send out thank you cards to our supporters who graciously donate, which allows us to be able to work and live here. I don’t get to send them out nearly enough as I want to, nor as many times as I actually do give thanks to God… Continue reading Where do we begin?
MB and XYZ…
I find personality tests and differences fascinating. I’ve heard people say that it puts people into boxes and then people feel compelled to behave a certain way or excuse or promote behaviors based on it. Well, I disagree with the first, but can see the second happening. I think we all know that these tests… Continue reading MB and XYZ…
I had a fascinating conversation a couple weeks that I keep reflecting on. The woman I was speaking with is Japanese but had lived in the US for several years as a child. We’ve talked a lot about different aspects of Japanese culture, and how my husband and I dissect many of the conversations we… Continue reading Global Recipes
So, we’d gotten over the initial hurdle in our new neighborhood. The trash spot, per the sempai’s request was now on the back corner of our corner house. We’d managed to subvert the system by rushing our trash directly to the trash men, who more often than not, remember to wave to my toddler. It’s… Continue reading Trash Theater
Trash… All the Trash
Trash is a big deal here. A really big deal. In this two-part tale I will tell of the trashy drama happening in my neighborhood, there are tears that have been shed. They weren’t mine either. Foreigners can get a bad rap here for failing to dispose of their trash appropriately. And for a good… Continue reading Trash… All the Trash
Well, you made it though the saga. Thanks for sticking with me. I had some content for new posts in my mind, but before I wrote those things, I felt it was important for me to write some of this down. For one thing, I wanted to remember this. It was a big trip for… Continue reading Epilogue
The Saga- End of the Journey
Dallas and me are currently not cool. Cancelled on journey home, cancelled on the journey back home (yes, I know I used the word “home” twice), I used to show Dallas some love when other people complained about it. But guys, I have some hard feelings about Dallas right now. Not great, Bob. Anyway, I… Continue reading The Saga- End of the Journey