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Emma and Taisei got married!

November 2, 2015 Leave a comment

Tribute to my (former T_T) roommate Emma & her new husband Taisei!

When Emma & Taisei first started “officially” seeing each other, there was still quite a bit of fear and uncertainty on Emma’s part.  Actually, that’s putting it pretty mildly. To be frank, Emma was totally freaking out.

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Language Mishaps

September 2, 2015 3 comments

Back from the US after a 2-week trip home in August!  Despite a few hiccups in the trip, mainly due to a sprained ankle my first full day there, it was a fun and relaxing time at home.  I was gonna add some pics too, but WordPress is not cooperating with me at the moment so I’ll add those later…

And back on the blog as well everyone’s favorite language mishaps!  Well, maybe not my favorite…

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Introducing my roommate!

August 9, 2015 Leave a comment

God is really amazing in the way he answers prayers.  Even seemingly impossible and random things like a NEW ROOMMATE.  I mean, seriously, how awesome is HE?

Besides her lovely ability to live with a couple of crazy foreigners (surprisingly rare here), Kana’s sweet, fun-loving, God-seeking personality have made her an easy and wonderful addition to our home.  So glad to have her!

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Flu shot

February 4, 2013 1 comment

Something for all you med students…

With the flu going nuts in the US, upcoming travel, and my recent history of getting sick at the drop of a hat, a few weeks ago I gave into my mom’s hounding and went to get a flu shot.  What with a doctor for a mom, living in the dorms, and then working in a hospital, I’ve generally made it a habit to get my flu shot every year, but there seems to be rather less fuss about it in Japan.

Anyway, the point I’m writing this post (because I’m guessing most of you had no interest in the above) was that flu shots are very different in Japan.  Should this not come as a surprise?

Rather than getting the shot up high closer to my shoulder, I got my shot down at the bottom of my upper arm just above my elbow.

And it gets massive itchy!

The next day I developed a 2-inch circle of red, feverish, itchy skin with my shot at the middle.  I started freaking out, wondering if the doctor had done something weird and I had gotten infected (already had that once in the last year).  Or maybe my body was incompatible with something that’s in Japanese flu shots and not US ones.

But when I asked about it at church the next day, everyone said it was normal!  They said just about everyone got the hot, red, itchy skin to various degrees, some people it covers half their upper arm.

On the other hand (or arm? heh heh), in the US I was always pretty sore for a day, but there was none of that this time.

OK, so I’m guessing some of you have been snoring for a while now.  But I’d be interested to know why there are differences.  Is vaccine production really that different here?  Anybody else have international flu shot experiences?


January 24, 2013 1 comment

Last summer I introduced you to Emma, my Kiwi (New Zealand) friend and fellow missionary.  Emma’s had a heart for Japan for years and came to Hiroshima to work with the Billy Graham Evangelical Association for a festival/revival event planned for mid-2014.  Some of you may remember me mentioning this while I was at home.

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Categories: Daily Life, Pictures

Late Night Cookies

June 13, 2012 3 comments

My all-time recent (oxymoron?) favorite chocolate chip cookie.

Actually, I tweak this recipe a fair amount (for example, no dried cherries in Japan) but close enough.  It’s awesome.  Better yet, it freezes and bakes up again well.  So now I can have cookies whenever even if I don’t have any butter.  Like, right at this very moment.  😀

Which reminds me, prayers would be most appreciated for our team and church!  We’re having a little trouble transferring the money we collected for the new church cross.  Plus, the exchange rate has plummeted in the last month which means we’ll have rather less than we thought.  Every little point helps!!!

Categories: Daily Life, Ministry Stuff

My hobbies are…

April 6, 2012 1 comment

Apparently this is one of the first conversation points Japanese English students learn.  They’re always asking for and describing their hobbies with “My hobbies are etc etc etc”.  But you know, it took a while to figure out why this sounded so funny to me.  And then it hit me.  We never say “My hobbies are…” in the US, do we?  We always say “I like to…”  Even if asked, “What are your hobbies?” (which I can’t remember the last time I started a conversation with such) we still don’t answer with “They are…”  It would sound totally unnatural, no?

Anyway, all that as long-winded introduction to the realization I’ve lost all my hobbies.

I like to go on walks to the park, throw the football around, cook random foods, explore cafes, watch the Phillies, play Settlers/Monopoly Deal/whatever ridiculous game has most recently caught our fancy…  But not only do I not do any of these things anymore, they’re mostly not even possible.

No one knows how to throw a football, the Phillies (well, they’re not quite in season yet) are 14 hours behind me, I don’t live in an area with lots of parks or cafes, and the games?  Well, I’m still trying to figure out if that wasn’t something specific to Philly post-RCFers…

But cooking!  That I can do.  Granted, it takes a great deal more leg work to find the ingredients I need and at a price within my budget.  And sometimes, stuff just isn’t in my budget.  Like brown rice for $12/lb at my usual grocery store. Other times, the ingredients I need don’t seem to even exist.

But in a perverse sort of way, the extra barriers make it all the more satisfying when I manage to put together something that’s not Japanese or Japanese American and didn’t cost me $50 in groceries and gas.  So yeah, expect a few stories about my re-discovered hobby.  No, this is not going to turn into a food blog.  I’m way too lazy to accurately record all the massive adaptations I have to make in order to cook American recipes in Japan.  Plus, food blogs always seem to have beautiful pictures of really drool-inducing food, and being (at best) an indifferent photographer, I won’t even bother embarrassing myself.

I admit, a part of me feels guilty that I would endeavor in what may seem a total waste of time and money.  I mean, it’s not like I don’t like the regular food I eat – I’m totally not hating on Japanese food (which I love) or the Japanese versions of American food (some of which I like better than the original).

But I’ve determined it’ll be healthy (physically, mentally) to keep at least one hobby going.   Something that gets me thinking about something other than Kanji (Japanese Chinese characters) or cultural assimilation or what I’m going to teach at our next young adult English class.