The River and the Imaginary Variable

I was raised on the banks of the Saline River in Benton, Arkansas. My “home” was a miniature distributary where the water was just calm and shallow enough to settle in cozily. My “food” was giant sycamore leaves I called fish. It was where I learned to tread water. It was where I caught the…

TOP 10 THINGS I MISS ABOUT JAPAN

Holy Moses it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged!  Things got a little crazy after I got pregnant.  Twenty weeks of severe morning sickness (and a husband that was gone through most of it), followed by a big move back to the states has knocked me out of the blogosphere and everything else. I’m…

A Very Unorthodox Easter

This Easter you won’t see any cutesy family photos from the Patton family.  You know the sort- everybody dressed in their Sunday best Springtime attire, beautifully posed near a patch of flowers or under a tree.  I love these kinds of pictures, and of course it was the plan.  Had it all laid out- Henry was supposed…

Happy NY Japan

It’s that time of year again where we join the crowds in Ome (a country village on the far end of Tokyo with a disproportionate amount of vintage American Western movie billboards) to let go of our Daruma dolls of yesteryear and buy new ones. For an explanation on this fun and superstitious Japanese tradition,…

My first Mother’s Day

I almost forgot that I’m part of the club this year!  It’s kind of like suddenly realizing you get to celebrate another birthday, only sweeter.  All I really wanted to do was sleep in, which I did (until 11:30).  The boys and I brunched at the Officer’s Club on base.  I’m starting to love Officer’s…

Grandparents, Square Dancing, + Cherry Blossom Season

Mexican-ish holidays must run in the fam.  Well, kind of.  My birthday is Nov 2/ Day of the Dead.  Trav’s is 4/20.  And Henry’s half birthday was Cinco-de-Mayo!  I can’t believe my sweet babe is already half a year old, eating some big boy food, speaking fluent Tasmanian Devil (a bllghh–da-da-{fart noise}-ga-ma-{fart noise} raaaa!), crawling…

Made in Japan (and everything before that)

…and I’m back!  We’ve been in the states for 2 months and yes- we are pregnant!  We are thrilled, despite my cavalier facebook announcement that Natalie is knocked up. A little note on that: I’m sorry if I offended any of my wholesome facebook friends!  Travis and I sat on the couch for about 10…

A double dose of luck for 2012

This year for New Year’s Day, I was thankful for a few friends at Yokota to eat peas with me.  For those uninitiated with southern cuisine/traditions, each part of the New Year’s Day meal stands for something: black eyed peas: stands for good luck.  why peas? Soak them and they swell.  Like good luck swells?  Something like…

A Blast from the Past

Today, December 7th, 2011, marks 70 years since Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. And the bombs are still exploding. It seems like an ordinary bright December day at the Yokota Air Force Base in Tokyo, Japan, but much of the base is closed, and instead of going to work, most everyone is taking advantage of this impromptu…

29th birthday weekend

It’s no surprise that the Japanese love Alice in Wonderland, because you never know what rabbit hole you just might fall into when you’re out in Tokyo!  On any given day, there’s so much going on here, and this city does not lack for the wacky, absurd, and unique experiences. We drove into town last weekend to…