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Bonjour, le Monde!

December 02 2017

Bonjour, le Monde!

Bonjour! Je m’appelle Betty, et vous? Je suis américaine. Je suis étudiante le français. Mon mari est étudiant de français, aussi. Nous sommes apprendre ensemble.

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I Need You Around

November 24 2017

I Need You Around

If I could stand to be on my own
Then I would probably just leave you alone
But I’m gonna feel this way till I’m six feet underground
Crazy as it sounds, I need you around

Turning, tossing and turning
My love is burning me down

—Smoking Popes

Hello, Japan!

November 23 2017

Hello, Japan!

I’ve titled this post “Hello, Japan!” in keeping with the theme I’ve got going but this is really a farewell post. We spent almost three years in Japan, exploring the country and the culture from our homeport in Sasebo. According to iPhoto, I captured more than 10,000 memories. Losing César in Japan will forever cast a shadow on our time there but we made so many good memories there, too.

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Hello, America!

November 14 2017

Hello, America!

Technically, this is part IV of my “Homeward Bound” post but “Hello, America!” seems more fitting. We covered 12 states and the District in six days. According to iPhoto, we are making some serious progress on our Places map!

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Stop Talking Already!

November 13 2017

Stop Talking Already!

Pro tip: If you’re given an opportunity to learn something for free, take it. You have nothing to lose and the stuff you learn might save you from totally losing your shit in public someday.

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EmporiYUM

November 12 2017

EmporiYUM

I don’t remember how we heard about The EmporiYUM but I do recall that we whipped out the credit card for VIP tickets with a startling quickness. Don’t judge. Three years is a long time to go without delicious American decadence.

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Homeward Bound, Part III

November 10 2017

Homeward Bound, Part III

On the day of our flight, we got to the air terminal super early to check-in our luggage and await our boarding call. George was a peach the entire day. He would not poop but otherwise was an excellent beast. He mingled with our fellow passengers, giving hugs to the two guys who needed it, and greeted everyone who walked by. He was perfectly fine until it was time to go.

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Homeward Bound, Part II

November 08 2017

Homeward Bound, Part II

When we checked-in to the hotel on Yokota Air Base, we were told the pet-friendly accommodations were on the other side of the base in a repurposed residential tower and oh, FYI “no dogs in the elevators!” After a long day of driving, we were so anxious to get to our room until we actually got there. If it hadn’t been for the sign out front, we would have assumed the building was condemned and kept looking.

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Homeward Bound, Part I

November 05 2017

Homeward Bound, Part I

Our return to the United States was a little unusual, even for our community. We had to drive from Sasebo to Yokota Air Base to take a military flight back to SeaTac where our car was being stored so we could drive to Washington, D.C. For the kids counting at home, that’s a total of TWO cross-country road trips on TWO continents AND a trans-Pacific flight.

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