Saturday, November 29, 2008

Wrappin Up


Klizeks
Originally uploaded by bakagaijiin
I need to get drunk and wrap presents more often.
They turned out pretty good! More pix in the flickr photostream.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Bombshell

Just got word from the Zaibatsu (corporation) that they want us to extend until March 31, 2009.

I am trying to reschedule the packout. It feels like stepping in front of an oncoming freight train and saying "stop, please."

Also,
I JUST did all my xmas cards and put information in them about our temporary contact info. Sheesh.

Also, also,
I GAVE AWAY THE XMAS TREE. I hope Tatum will let me borrow it back!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Laundry List

Posting at 11:58pm JST. Way past my usual bedtime!

A lot of phone calls tonight, from family and friends. Cp called and I was SO excited I actually had to sit down. The job interview that was supposed to happen at 10pm did not. I'm hoping it was simply an oversight.

Tore through 25 items on my to-do list, not easy stuff either, with the last thing remaining being to call my company's travel office and get stuff set up for our fly out.

eta: it's now 12:44am. The Japan hotels are booked. The flight is booked. The rental car is booked. The only glitch is there's no extended-stay hotels available for the month of January anywhere in Baltimore. Argh.

The shopping for T-Day is done, the rented tables and chairs have been picked up and set up. The tablecloths got ironed and I got the place settings arranged :


Not happy about the paper plates, but I had to cut some corners somewhere in order to accomplish everything. At least there's not paper cups. Tomorrow, oh, no, wait, today's Monday. I don't have to start any cooking/baking until Wednesday.

I woke up with this joke in my head today: What do you get when you cross an Amish guy, a Chinese guy, a spastic, a polack and a dumb blonde? Misawa's Server Support Group. Ha ha ha.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Blog Update

I don't know what to blog about.
Benri the Ninja told me, quotes are a good spot to start at.

And now I am done with my update! Domo, Benri!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

First Snow in Misawa

video

Here is our first snow, right on time as predicted. My last first snow in Misawa. =(

Our packout date is December 4. The packout means the movers come and cram all our things into crates and get them shipped out. Our "final out" for the house will probably be the 6th of December. We will be staying in a hotel until the end of the month, although this is subject to change.

I am sad to be moving out of our darling house but at least we are moving forward again, after being stalled out.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Shokuyoku no Aki

Shokuyoku no Aki - Autumn is for eating, Japanese proverb.

We spent a late autumn weekend away and it basically amounted to finding something to do between eating fantastic kaiseki meals. Autumn is for eating? Hells, yeah!

So we (being me, my spouse and Benri the Ninja) travelled to Hakodate, a city on the southern end of the island of Hokkaido. This was our third trip to Hokkaido, our second to Hakodate. Chris and I were celebrating our 5th wedding annivesary. Benri was celebrating being back from the desert, seeing clouds again, and tempratures less than 140 degrees farenheit. We spent Friday through Sunday at the beautiful Wakamatsu, a traditional Japanese ryokan.

Ryokans are reknowned for the level of service, the loveliness of the rooms, and the fantastic kaiseki meals. Some ryokans have onsen or hot springs, too. Wakamatsu had a gorgeous onsen, all marble and pale wood. The outside bath was on a balcony!

We were the only people on our floor and there were scant few guests at the rest of the ryokan. We had a huge room with a gorgeous ocean view - we were about 100 feet away from the water. The sound of the surf was amazing! I can understand why the Japanese Royal Family chose to stay here.

Did I mention the food? I think I did. But I will mention it again. The whole stay revolved around eating.

You can see pictures on my flickr photostream.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Five Years (Happy Anniversary)

Unconditional love. That's what this is. I love him, as is, fully. I've had to stop arm wrestling with the facts. Why me? Didn't I already have a big love once? And lost it? So why should I get it again? I've had stop trying to look for cracks and flaws to prove that it's not as good a it seems. Because it's as good as it seems. Even when we fight we fight inside a container of good. Somehow, through a flip of the coin, I ended up here. Feeling like somebody at the top of the heart-lung transplant recipient list. Damaged but invigorated and fucking lucky.

Magical Thinking
Augusten Burroughs

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Friday, November 07, 2008

RRRRRRRRRRRRRRAGE

small woman + big diesel truck + judas priest on the stereo = four wheeled terror bearing down on slow-poke japanese drivers. I think I may have made some old obaasan poop her pants.

My truck is done sold. I had to drive Chris' enormous Surf today, which I hate because it is so huge and I feel completely lost in it and I swear to the zombie babby jeebus that it doesn't fit in the parking spots no matter how carefully I manuever it.

I will say the Surf is considerably more POWERFUL than my Tonka Truck ever was and as a result I ended up consistently 30 klicks over the speed limit. It doesn't feel like you're going all that fast for some reason.

Anyway, no news on the repatriation home front. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Baby Steps

We had our household survey. It will take about 1 day to pack up our approximately 4 tons of stuff.
That's really 4 tons, I am not exaggerating.

Sylvia is 25 days out from departure.

We are 39 days out.

We told the Aizawas on Sunday (11/2) that we are officially leaving. They took it well.

I am anxious and excited but totally bummed that I will not be in my own home for the holidays.

I also found out that Sylvia has a totally nice butt that really nice to squeeze! I really want to bite it, but a brief discussion with Sylvia allowed us to figure out: a bite on the butt = a punch in the neck, nothing personal, that's just the way it is. ;)

Monday, November 03, 2008

And So It Begins...

I sold my truck on Sunday to a nice lady named Joy. I hope she enjoys my little truck as much as I did.

Today I also stopped by the hospital and picked up my dental records and made arrangements to get copies of my medical records.

The I went over to the comm squadron and dropped off one of my smart cards/ID cards that I no longer need.

Next was a trip to the Personnel Flight to find out what I need to do transfer my car to the new owner. Short answer, come back tomorrow with Joy to get stuff started.

At work, I packed up my little corner work area and brought all the crap home, stopping to pick up Chris' dry-cleaning on the way home.

I also scheduled the survey of my house for the packout, which will take place in December (date to be determined).

I am currently working on my household goods shipment paperwork.

We are both still trying to find jobs but at least now I can focus and move forward.

Wow. It's really starting to happen!