Happy New Year! I have to laugh because here we go again, lol. Not only have I completely fallen off the bandwagon, but I’ve also rolled into the mud and gotten myself stuck in the muck. You guys can’t see it but I’m shaking my head at myself. Oh, well. That’s the beauty of having a personal blog, I guess I can let things slide. … Continue reading 2023


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


WARNING: Political Rant so please skip this post if this makes you uncomfortable. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Ralph Ellison, Author Invisible Man I am shaking, shaking, shaking. I don’t know where else to air these feelings out, but I figured I’d do it on this blog. It’s not just about personal finance, after all. Part of this blog … Continue reading Triggered