breakdowns & breakthroughs

Domo Arigato–Thank you, Sisters in Oki & Beyond

Domo Arigato–Thank you, Sisters in Oki & Beyond

I’ve been challenged by a fellow blogger, the lovely Jaci at¬†Happiness Backpack, to blog about what I’m thankful for. Last November, I shrugged off doing the “Today I’m thankful for. . .” posts on Facebook every day leading up to Thanksgiving. Although it’s a great idea, I just don’t like to do what everyone else(…)

Golden Week, Part 2: There Be Dragon Boats!

Golden Week, Part 2: There Be Dragon Boats!

Golden Week: more people on vacation, more traffic, more festivities. Also, this: Why are there Christmas lights up during Golden Week, you ask? Ahh, my dear Westerner, that is where you’re wrong (don’t worry, I made the same mistake). Those aren’t Christmas lights. Those are GOLDEN WEEK lights.¬† So what’s the difference between Golden Week(…)

To the left, to the left!

To the left, to the left!

When my hubby (who will forthwith also be called “B,” “the hubster,” or any other ridiculousness that comes to mind) was a wee lad, and just starting to learn to write, his mother was delighted that he took after her, by holding the pencil in his left hand. Alas, the gods conspired against her pride,(…)