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…

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…

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…

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…

Happy 1 year to us!

Last weekend Trav and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary.  Our plan was to go downtown for the weekend, and Travis had made a hotel reservation in Ginza.   But then Saturday morning, the day we were to leave for town, I had an abrupt reminder that it was also my 1 year anniversary of being an Air Force wife when the…

Dogs in Japan

  I wouldn’t exactly consider myself a dog person.  Please understand, I’m not a dog hater.  I have nothing against dogs.  Dogs are great.  Other people’s dogs are awesome.  I just don’t want to be fully responsible for something that breathes anytime soon, and Travis has agreed that we will have a no dependent policy for as…

Tokyo: My new hometown

I’m not a city girl, but I’m becoming one. It’s been a little over two months since I’ve moved to the world’s most populated city.  Tokyo makes Manhattan look like Benton, Arkansas.  And it’s even more bizarre to me now that it’s sinking in that I’m not just on a vacation. This is indeed my new “home town,” for the next 3-4 years,…