First of all, I cannot believe we’ve been here just over a month. In some ways it still feels brand new, and in other ways it feels like it’s been forever.
I have a lot of the same feelings I had last week. If you can’t remember, or missed it, just imagine me, bright red face and all the cuss words you can imagine, and some you’ve probably never thought of.
I found out today that another Michigan Family got their sea shipment today, and my heart just sank. I’m happy for them, but most people shipped their stuff out WAY later than we did and are already receiving their stuff. I feel a lot like we’re living in limbo right now. I can’t “sort the house” until I have our stuff. We’re starting to run into a problem that they might not be able to pick up our (Shitty ass) rental furniture at the right time, so I might end up with all of our stuff here AND all the rental stuff. I’m not feeling good about that, it’s giving me anxiety. I feel so unsettled still. It’s no longer a vacation, but it’s still not our home. Today is day 67 without our stuff. That’s a lot. And we’re looking at 3 more weeks like this.
Otherwise I’m hanging in there. I really really miss having a pet. I miss the companionship. I’m home a lot by myself and even when I do go out, the people around me often don’t speak the same language as me. It’s a lot of thought to complete simple tasks. It would be nice to chat *at* someone during the day. It’s weird, but my friend Christina and I were talking about how as we meet more people, we almost feel MORE lonely. For instance, I love hanging out Christina, but being with her makes me miss my friends and family in Michigan. When I’m alone, I just feel lonely. But being with someone new makes me lonely and sad. Does that make sense?
Again, the children are happy. They’re happy at school and thrilled they don’t have school Monday. Glad someone is 😉
Nathaniel is busy at work but seems to enjoy it. His hours are long but he seems happy.
We LOVE Japan. All the growing pains are move related, not related to the country. The country is beautiful and the people are nice. I no longer fear driving which is nice. I can hop in the car and go places when I want to. I also am learning my way around and can find my way based on landmarks sometimes which feels really good. I’m good at the grocery store and the 100yen store (maybe too good. . .how does one spend so much in 100yen increments?!!) I’ve mastered the ATM, getting gas, renting movies (like the 90s) backing into parking spaces without a back up cam or sensors. I’m starting to recognize neighbors and they clearly recognize me. We nod at each other and say hello in various languages and hand signals which is really nice.
I do wonder how much of Japan the kids are getting. They’re at an English taught school, so even though they are in Japanese lessons a couple days a week, they aren’t immersed in the language. Isaac clearly doesn’t understand how BIG of a deal it is to be in a country where the language is different. He often wants us to “just ask” something, but we don’t know the words. He also talks to EVERYONE, but in English and can’t figure out that they mostly have no idea what he is saying. We found some camps that we might send the kids to this Summer to increase their language. I’m still waiting to get my lessons started too. Now I know more what I need to know, so I think learning will be faster. Plus the opportunities to practice are endless 😉
So that’s how I feel, in case you were wondering.
Today I finally did the whole week’s worth of ironing. I had to iron American Sized Clothing on a Japanese Sized Ironing Board.
It looks like this:
but with something HOT in my hand.
I went to our Natural Food Store to get more soaps.
I love that they offer refills here with less packaging. Each of these holds twice as much as the original bottle for about 1/2 the price. It’s good for the environment and the wallet!
I also found some funny items at the 100Yen store.
And I made myself lunch.
And read the mail.
It looks like they knew I was coming. . .
I also did all of the following:
cleaned the floors
put out the plastics
cleaned the tub and bathing room
cleaned the toilets
washed the laundry
hung the laundry
folded the laundry
took down the laundry poles
So that’s today. Nathaniel had me get money out of the ATM for Explore Japan Sunday, so that’s exciting. . . . but I don’t know what we’re doing.
Tonight I’m heating up pizza and we’re having a movie night. What are you all doing?