Hello again Friday. How did you get here so fast? If you checked out our double high five for Friday last week, you saw how crazy our week was! This week was a lot more mellow, which I am not complaining about!
Typhoon Fitrow is headed towards us as we speak. In case you didn't know (which I did not before we got the the island), a typhoon is a hurricane in the Pacific ocean. We have never been through a typhoon before, so we are a bit uneasy. I've been told that I will be rethinking wanting an ocean view. Luckily, Jake likes to be prepared. We have about 7 boxes of MREs. I don't think we will go hungry if the power goes out, but I REALLY hope it doesn't come to that. He also prepared the "bugout bag," I'm pretty sure you are supposed to stay inside for a typhoon, so I doubt we will be "bugging out."
I have been running around filling up water jugs, getting non-perishables at the store, putting batteries in flashlights, and bringing in our outdoor furniture. These things are known to pick up cars, so I hope my teeny tiny Will is safe (I've named him Will.I.Am in case you were wondering). And in most recent news, another one is headed our way Tuesday as well. This one is predicted to go right over the island.
I've started a garden! We have always lived in apartments and have moved around a lot. Now that we have a yard and will be settled awhile, I wanted to start growing some veggies and such. Inside I have a few pots of herbs. Outside I have a lemon tree, which seems to be doing great. I also have a tomato plant that may take a long time to produce anything. In another pot I have green onions, some sort of leafy green, eggplant, and cucumber. Those are all not doing very well. I will be honest, I have no idea what I am doing. That's what google is for, right? Any advice from the gardeners out there?
I don't ever post selfies, but there is a reason behind this one. I finally have a reason the get out of my yoga pants and put a real outfit on. I got a job! Now before you get all excited, it's just teaching English to local children for about 4 hours a week. It is not a full-time job and I definitely won't be bringing home the bacon. On the other hand, I am so excited for it! I will get to be teaching, at least, and it will be a great experience!
I have started back on my strict clean eating habits again. I will share how clean eating has changed my life in later posts. It was near impossible to eat as clean as I wanted during our transition. I wasn't feeling great and was so ready to get back on track! My days of course start out with a green smoothie. I am grateful I can still find all of my ingredients here. I also made two really great meals this week; BBQ cauliflower salads and zucchini nachos. I loved them both! Jake has even begrudgingly jumped on the clean eating train, not without some wishful thinking that there would be tortilla chips with his nachos instead of zucchini.
I finally solved the curtain debacle after 5 trips to the store! It was quite the ordeal. Thankfully, they already have rails with rings attached to the sliding glass doors in our house. The curtains in the stores come with clips for the easiest curtain install ever! I'm glad I didn't have to worry about drilling holes and hanging rods. I did, however, have a hard time figuring out what sizes would work. The packages were in Japanese so I could not figure out what was happening. Some sizes came with a set of curtains and some only came with one panel. We would get home to hang them up and there would only be one or it would be too short. It's all figured out now and we can finally stop getting dressed in our closet so people don't see us. This living in a foreign country thing is exciting, but definitely is not absent of struggles.
Lastly, I wanted to share my Friday letters with you, just cause I need to rant
Dear J.Crew Factory, sorry we can't be besties anymore. I really do miss you, but I am not an online shopping kinda girl. I need to try on your clothes to see if my weird shaped body actually works in them. You do not exist here in Japan, so it may be awhile. My bank account is not sorry, though.
Dear Target, how I dream of you at night. I wish I could hop in my car, visit you, and spend hours roaming through your aisles. I hear through the blogging world about all the new wonderful things you have and it makes me sad. We may meet online soon, though. Dear cable TV, you are so, so missed. I've tried to be cultured and find new things to enjoy, but it doesn't stop me from wanting to watch you. I missed the season premieres of Glee and Grey's Anatomy, and cannot get them here in Japan. We may have to find a way to meet again soon! Dear Okinawan drivers, why must you park in the middle of traffic. I do not like having to drive an obstacle course everyday. Dear typhoon Fitow, please be easy on us. I have never met your kind before and I am not sure what to expect. Thank you in advanced.
Hope you have a great weekend. We will just be here snuggled up waiting for this thing to pass!