November 14 2017
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!
November 13 2017
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.
November 12 2017
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.
November 10 2017
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.
November 08 2017
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.
November 05 2017
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.
October 27 2017
For military members in Japan, the Exchange offers car rentals on base, usually through the Auto Port or gas station. You can rent vans (for trips to IKEA!) or four-door sedans for every day driving. The great part about renting on base is the rentals usually come with toll tickets which, for a day trip to Fukuoka, can save you at least $60.
October 26 2017
Since before we arrived in Japan, I have been dying to visit the weird Starbucks in Dazaifu. It was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and naturally, has become a popular tourist attraction. It sits on a busy street, lined with shops and cafes, that leads to Dazaifu Tenmangu, a popular Shinto shrine.
October 23 2017
When we were forced to accept that our boys would not live forever, we found it difficult to use the common words associated with the end of life. We didn’t want to say the words out loud. It would give them too much power; it would make them real. Instead, we said they would “go to college.” College is fun, right? A rite of passage. A sign of growth. The start of something new, not the end. College is good.
On September 21st, Cesar went to college.