Running for Trains

The day after Amanda left, I organized the house into items going on the slow boat to America and the small amount of stuff we can express ship and pack in our suitcases. It was a pain deciding and organizing as well as labeling things so Japanese movers could clearly understand. However, I felt ready … Continue reading Running for Trains

Doki

One definition of the word doki in Japanese is “time of”. It is also part of my favorite Japanese phrase toki doki which mean "sometimes". On a very regular basis, someone will remark that Will is kawaii (cute). My now almost standard response is "toki doki". It always gets a laugh and is the only joke … Continue reading Doki

The World Is Your Playground

I am really proud of all the travel we have accomplished in the last three years, but we wanted to squeeze in one more trip. Friends rave about Taipei, Taiwan as an easy, fun and inexpensive destination. We took a short three and a half hour flight from Haneda to Songshan, Taipei Taiwan’s smaller downtown … Continue reading The World Is Your Playground

Mama Bear’s Insomnia

I have not been sleeping well. I once read that your mind is like a bad neighborhood, you have no business wandering around it at 3 am. I am normally not one that suffers from anxiety, but recently I have and it's affecting my sleep. The first week in April, Mike was away for a … Continue reading Mama Bear’s Insomnia

From Snow to Sakura

I love that the first day of spring is an official holiday in Japan, I did not love that this year it snowed. Plans cancelled for the day, we watched enough snow to render leaving the house dangerous but not enough to play in. By Friday, temperatures had warmed and Saturday’s forecast looked great. I … Continue reading From Snow to Sakura