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We surprised my dad with a trip to Baltimore for my birthday!

January 12, 2018


And it was for the sexiest of reasons: my driver’s license was about to expire. If you live in the state of Maryland, you can renew your license on the internet – that’s true. But if you are a Maryland resident (so say my tax forms and home address) who happens to live outside of […]

Our trip to the states: we did other things, too!

July 27, 2016


So, on our trip to the US that was mostly about Steph’s wedding, we did a few other things. As I said in the last post, the main focus was of course the wedding, and getting to spend time with my family, whom I hadn’t seen in about 3 years. But I still wanted to […]

We went to the USA for my sister’s wedding!

July 27, 2016


all photos in this post c/o Michael Stavrinos Photography yay! So in June Mark and I went back to the US for my sister, Stephanie’s wedding. She got married on June 10, and I was lucky enough to be able to go and be a bridesmaid. I also got to walk her down the ‘aisle’ […]

Baking bread in a rice cooker, baking a cheesecake in the ‘microwave oven’

June 30, 2015


File under ‘things that might only happen in Japan’. As some of my readers might know: there is something MAJOR missing from my kitchen in my Tokyo house, and it’s pretty devastating. We don’t have an oven. In general, no one does. They aren’t a standard part of homes, and aren’t in wide use (even […]

I promise, I’m doing more than just reading books and going to art museums.

June 19, 2015


I feel like a bad friend for not talking so much lately. I really think something in my job has caused me to keep my mouth shut so much that it’s dripping into my personal life now. I AM actually doing things that are not: ~ dressing up and going to art galleries ~ trying […]

There are some things that you absolutely cannot do in Japan

February 23, 2015


I’ve learned this year that I can’t keep plants alive through the winter in my house. Or maybe I should say, ‘the plants I’m USED TO HAVING’, I can’t keep them alive in my house. I’m not talking about my immortals, like Kalanchoe or Jade/Money plants. I’m talking about things that bloom, or seem to […]

Japan: no need to buy curtains for half of your windows…

November 8, 2014


I’ve been meaning to discuss this for a while, since in the states we have a phrase or idiom about ‘already picking out curtains’. I think it still applies here, and I’ve taught it plenty of times in lessons, but there’s something interesting about the windows in Japan. We live in a traditional Japanese house […]