This Cycle Is A Bust

I’m not too heartbroken because we got a grade 2 embryo last month.  So now we have two.   Continue reading


My Mother Wanted A Girl, Not A Tomboy

Whenever we went to church, my mother forced me into the most constricting and frilliest dresses imaginable.  I felt like Bo-Peep.

My brothers would complain about their ties.  Ties!

I would glare at them, and gesture at what had been foisted on me.  They needed to be quiet.  They didn’t know what suffering was.

I had to wear white stockings, shiny black shoes with buckles, and a big bow.

At church my mother would keep frowning at me and reminding me to smile and not look so sour. I’d walk around with an expression of “This sucks”.

I hated dresses.  You couldn’t climb trees or do anything in a dress.

My mother made me wear them. We had a compromise, on Tuesdays and Thursdays I had to wear a dress to school.  I hated Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Those were also the mornings I had spelling tests.  So extra reason to hate them.   Continue reading

Top Five Sights In Kamakura


If you are interested in the history of Japan and Kamakura, its former capital, you’ll enjoy this.  I present to you my list of:

(If you watch to the end there is a bonus feature of my brother Sean lost in the forest. Hehehe).

Sidenote:  Sorry about the clumped-together ads!  They are not supposed to be that way.  I keep trying to fix it, but you tube keeps leaving it the same.  Hopefully, my changes will eventually take.

Sensoji Temple in Asakusa

My husband wanted to drive to Tokyo yesterday to go to the last day of a special museum exhibition on ancient cave drawings in Ueno.

I wasn’t so interested in that part myself, but a ride to Tokyo and 3-4 hours to wander around the city sounded like an awesome plan.  It’s so much nicer than being crammed into the train.

After he parked, we split with a plan to meet up again at Ueno Station.

I headed over to Asakusa and took photos of Sensoji Temple. I explored it and ate my way through.


They change those things that festoon the fronts of the stalls.  A month ago it was red ones, now they’re sparkly pink ones in prep for cherry blossom season. Continue reading

Everything is Awesome

A couple days ago I felt sad, lonely, and down for no discernible reason.  It’s no so extreme as to need treatment.  I just have to remember these things will pass.

But now, since this morning, I’ve been super happy for no reason.  It’s feeling like this song is playing in me:

I wonder how long this will last.  I spill coffee on myself this morning and then I dropped my bagel on the floor.  But I was like “oh well!” Continue reading

Standing Out

I was walking down the street on this spring-like day, when the Black Cat delivery guy recognized me.  I must stand out a lot from his usual clientele.

He asked when I would be home again. He had come by earlier to deliver the rice my husband ordered via Amazon, but no one answered.  I replied 9 pm, but he said that would be too late.

So I suggested tomorrow in the morning.

Still, it was interesting being recognized on the street like that.  Guess I really stand out.

Nothing eventful happened to day but lots of work and yoga.

Tomorrow the weather is supposed to turn bad.

My dreams have been so vivid lately, ever since I started my vitamin regiment.  I wonder if there was something missing from my diet.

Next Saturday will be busy.  I made ONE plan with a friend and then suddenly everyone wanted to make a plan with me on that one day.  Now I might have turned down my husband’s request, but then it turned out to fit snugly against the other plans.

What do you when plans don’t conflict with each other, they just leave you really busy if you do them all?

It’s like “Oh, that time.  That time… um… works fine?”  *silently curses*

Cherry Blossom Flavored Coca Cola Review

Happy Valentine’s Day from Japan!

I found it!

Here’s the video for my review of the just released Cherry Blossom Flavored Coca Cola that I’ve been dying to try:

My thoughts on it.  I like the lemon-flavored coke better.

I hardly drink sodas anymore (I did find Dr. Pepper here in Japan).

The aluminum can it comes in is very beautiful.  It’s cheap (less than $1.30).  It’s also hard to find.  I managed to find it at an obscure super market after checking out convenience stores and my local supermarket with no luck.

Finding one is locating the Holy Grail.   Continue reading