1, 2010 - UnHappy
Today is the one year anniversary since arriving in Japan.
This is my fifth time in Japan, and at one year, the longest
of all the trips. Things certainly did not work out as
planned with the house turning out to be much more of a mess
than anticipated. Working alone for one year now repairing
and replacing almost everything and still not finished.
Aside from a few projects, including the finish floor
coverings on the first floor, the house is mostly complete.
All I can say is I am extremely tired and do not ever want
to go through this again.
December 3, 2010 - Driving Test.
Yup the rules changed and Americans can no longer renew
their international drivers license as residents in Japan. I
needed to take a written test today and scored 100 percent
on what turned out to be 10 pretty easy questions.
December 23, 2010
- Trip To Nara
was trying to figure out what to do today and finally
settled on going to Nara Park. It turned out to be a pretty
interesting day. This was the first time for Shai to
actually play with the deer instead of looking at them from
the stroller. Aside from him falling several times including
once hitting his head on the concrete, it was a lot of fun.
We bought some senbei (rice crackers) which are sold
especially for the deer to eat. Shai received a pretty
decent head butt from one deer. Then we met a girl who had
the same first and last name as Akiko. She introduced us to
her friend who is Swiss and traveling around the world on a
recumbent bike. Pretty cool stuff.
25, 2010 - Holiday Party. Well
with the holiday season winding down, it was time for our
end of the year holiday party. We woke up to temperatures
hovering around 32 degrees F and were happy to see it
snowing outside of our house for the first time. Was not
enough for any accumulation but it was nice nonetheless.
This party began at 1:00 pm and lasted until late into the
evening. Many friends came and returned home during the
course of the day. We took a bunch of group pictures hoping to
get everyone in at least one picture.