Friday, September 27, 2013

Double High Five For Friday 9/27

This week has been a wild one (do I say that every week?)! Because I have so much to share, I am cheating a bit and giving you more than 5 things. Don't tell anyone!


The movers brought our stuff on Monday! It had been sitting in storage for about 3 months, so I was a bit worried about what we would discover. Mold? Mice? Let your imagination run wild. The movers showed up in this fancy truck(like I've said before, the Japanese are so efficient about everything). There was only two of them, which worried me because two guys came to move us in the States and it took over 10 hours. Yep, I was not a happy camper. The movers here arrived with our stuff at 8 a.m. and had it all in the house before 9. I was thoroughly impressed. Then, they were gone and I was left staring at unopened boxes. I had been under the impression that they unpacked for us as well. That's when Jake informs me that he thinks he accidentally waived the unpacking while signing the papers. Ok, there is a language barrier. And it is nice to be able to put things where you want it. But, I am so sick of looking at boxes. We finally have everything unpacked and the house is starting to look put together. We have a huge mountain of boxes and bags of paper outside. The trash man might hate us, not the best first impression.

Coolest truck ever

Our stuff, finally!

Let the madness begin

So much trash. Sorry Planet Earth!


We got another car! Jake wanted something a bit more rugged for outdoor activities. If you saw our other car, you saw how tiny it is. We wanted something bigger incase we ever needed to haul anything/anyone. I actually haven't driven it yet. I am scared to drive it on the little roads here. I will stick with my itty bitty mobile. 


Our government furniture was delivered on Tuesday. Since they restrict the amount of stuff you can bring to the island, the military loans you furniture and appliances for your time on the island. The furniture is very plain and boring, but we appreciate it since we have more space than we have ever had before. They pay for one delivery and one pick up of furniture. While they were moving in what we had ordered, I realized we didn't order a washer and dryer! Big WHOOPS. We had to go to the housing office the next day to request them and then pay to have them delivered. It can't believe I messed up like that. Like I said in yesterdays post, I have been quite the space cadet over here.

Oh hey there cutie. NOT

A washer and dryer!


For our first meal in our house, I grilled pork chops on our stovetop grillpan. I wanted to share this with you because it worked out great and might be a good option for some of you! We have lived in lots of apartments that don't allow grills and we haven't wanted to invest in one yet. We got this grill pan that sits on top of your burner and works like a charm! The pork chops tasted just like they were from the BBQ. I got this one for around $35 at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. The other side is flat for pancakes and such.

Perfect first dinner


As we were sitting on the couch, this little cat poked his head up at the back door. I screamed, out of surprise, then went to go check on him. He/she was very small and skinny. It was making this horrible meowing noise. It didn't go away for a couple of days. It sat around on our patio making that same awful noise. It made me super sad that I couldn't do anything to help it. They don't have animal control here. I haven't seen it in about a day, so maybe it found a new home. We were also visited by a cockroach and several lizards.

Just make yourself at home, why dontcha


So we went to take a shower the first night we were here and realized there was a problem. Can anyone figure out what it might be??

 Darkness Outside. Light Inside. Large Window. Naked Person.

We did not want everyone seeing us in our birthday suits.


Solution. Hang another shower curtain. 

It works for now. And we can still see our wonderful view whenever we want!


We watched our first sunrise in our house from the comfort of our bed. I might actually be a morning person now. 


After 4 long months, we are no longer living out of suitcases! It feels so nice to be able to walk into my (very own walk in) closet and pick something out from my entire wardrobe. I was sick of wearing the same things over and over. I was also sick of everything being wrinkly and have to rummage through everything to find something. It's the little things.

Goodbye, suitcases


Jake went back to work on Wednesday. He was so ready to get his job started and I love seeing him so excited. It was also time that we not spend every waking minute together. We, in general, do so much better when we have a routine. On the other hand, I already miss my partner in crime. I feel like I have a million things to tell him, want his opinion on everything, and want to show him stuff. Wah, wah, cry me a river, right? I will get used to not having him around and being my old, independent self, but right now, while every creak of our new house scares me, I miss him. 


Since Jake did go back to work, what did I do? Shop, of course! I have been running around the house organizing, cleaning, and starting to decorate. I wanted to get out and explore and pick up some items we needed (and some we don't). I went to our favorite dollar store and got some great stuff! I seriously love that place. I also went to a couple of clothing stores. I wanted to see what they have to offer here. I found some really cute stuff. I didn't get anything, though, because I am in a need-to-buy-stuff-for-the-house and it's-too-hot-for-fall-clothes-but-I-don't-want-to-buy-summer-clothes phase right now. Clothes shopping will just have to wait. I did, however, snag a cute porcelain deer head on sale at a boutique. I figured Jake would like it since he couldn't bring his real ones with him. 

Couldn't wait to style him on our uglier than sin  lovely dresser

So there you go, double high five for Friday! Hope y'all have a fabulous weekend. 

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  1. New to your blog and I'm so intrigued by yalls big move! I'd say you definitely helped the dresser out by styling it cute :) Can't wait to follow along!

    1. Hi Ashley! Now I just need to figure out how to style the rest of the ugly furniture so it's not such an eye sore. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. So glad all of your stuff made it! I'm sure it feels so good to not live out of a suitcase anymore!!! And LOL about the shower at night. I totally wouldn't have thought of that either!

    1. It feels so nice being settled after living like a nomad for 4 months! And now we don't have to move for awhile, thankfully!

  3. Looks like a great week! Can't wait to follow along on your new adventures! New follower from 5 on Friday :)

    1. Hi Jenn! It was a great week, but very hectic so I'm kind of glad it's over. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Yay! Everything looks great! So glad you are getting settled in! That sure is an awkward place for a large window haha..

    1. I was way too in love with the view in the bathtub to realize how much of a problem it could be haha. Showers and large windows definitely don't mix.

  5. Stopping over for the first time and seems like you're in a really busy/exciting time of your life! Can't wait to read more about your big move.

    1. Welcome Sarah! Yes, it has been very busy. It's finally starting to calm down so now we can just enjoy ourselves and our new home!

  6. I'm also stopping by for the first time! I know moving is daunting as a former military brat whose family moved every 2-3 years but it looks like you're making it home! You view is amazing!

    ~ Rebekah @

    1. Welcome Rebekah! I had moved twice in a year so I am ready to be in one place for the next 3 years! My husband and I are not used to this, we both lived in the same place from around 7-20 years old. This is definitely very exciting, though!

  7. Ok seriously how much do you hate unpacking? We moved last week, not a pcs but a local move. And I am not loving the unpacking part. Isn't funny how husbands always seem to not check the unpack box? Our first couple moves my husband did that. Then I got smart and reminded him. We don't have to movers unpack everything. Just a few things here and there to get rid of the really big boxes.

    1. Yes, unpacking gets very overwhelming! I want to stay in this house our whole time here just so we don't have to pack/unpack everything again. I am WAY over it. I didn't mind being able to put things where I wanted, but I just didn't know what to do with all of the boxes once we were done. We finally got rid of them, though, and now it's starting to look normal around here. Good luck with your move!

  8. oh my goodness...if i had more time i'd start your blog from the beginning...eventually i'll get there. found you via the five on friday linkup. yay! can't wait to catch up.

    ps. why bell bliss? my maiden name is bell and i'm having a really hard time letting it go. :)

    1. Hi Karli! The most exciting stuff on the blog is over the past 2 weeks, so you don't have much catching up to do! Glad you stopped by!

      Bell is my married name. I like it way better than my maiden!

  9. Hello, I stumbled across your blog via Lauren's H54F linkup. I can't wait to browse around more and read about your adventures in a new country. By the way, I love the deer head.

    1. Nice to meet you, Ashley! Thanks! I was so excited when I found it!

  10. Your place looks biggy awesome :) I'm loving the bathroom style ,

  11. So excited I found your blog so I can follow on your journey in japan. That grill pan is awesome, wish I would have found one earlier. Better late than never??

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