I feel like a superhero right now. I solved quite a serious problem all by myself…? Or, at the very least, I got the ball going on a very important matter. Our boiler started making strange sounds last week. They were concerning enough that even my oblivious husband noticed. Just to clarify, my husband usually doesn’t care about building maintenance issues. I’m usually the one … Continue reading Confidence

The Joy of Doing Nothing

The dragonflies are out, which means that fall is around the corner. In Japan (or at least in Hokkaido, where I live) when the dragonflies are flitting back and forth in the air, that means that the weather has cooled and it’s time to put away the swimsuits and the beach sandals. For me, though, that means I’d done with summer break and need to … Continue reading The Joy of Doing Nothing


Today is the middle of the work week. My husband and I just had a leisurely breakfast and spent an hour talking about random stuff. It started out with my husband talking about work and what his co-workers were doing today. For some reason, we moved on to discussing the differences between American homes and Japanese houses. How my parents and my sister both own … Continue reading Chilled