Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from Kyoto

Side note: I'm blogging from my phone: what a fun new adventure ha.

Happy Thanksgiving! Victor and I are with some friends in the old capitol of Japan for this holiday. It is like going back in time. Think "Memoirs of a Geisha." It's beautiful. 

Luckily, we got a full blown Thanksgiving meal last week with Victor's squadron, so  I don't feel any remorse for eating steak with rice and seaweed for thanksgiving dinner. Sounds weird but it was actually really good. 

I am so thankful this year for the chance to be in such a beautiful part of the world and to be able to see some of it with my best friend. We love traveling so much so we feel so blessed to have the chance to do it. And we are thankful for the Japanese people who are so kind and gracious to us all the time. 

This year I am also very thankful for technology that connects me so easily to loved ones that are so far away. How amazing. 

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving. Love you!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Married Conversations

Me: "I swear, sometimes I feel like your mom having to take care of you."
Victor: "And sometimes I feel like your dad having to take care of you."


Oh, marriage.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Happy Sunday from Cape Chinen

This weekend the city of Nanjo hosted the Okinawa Herb Festival. A whole festival dedicated to herbs?? Oh, Okinawa, I love how you celebrate everything. I'm serious. As I share this post for my "Happy Sunday" series, I was thinking of how coming here to this beautiful park on the ocean to look at herbs could be applied to what I usually write about on my Happy Sunday posts: celebrating God and this beautiful earth. 

I realize now how much the Okinawans teach me about being grateful. They remind me and make me more aware of the wonderful things of this earth like herbs. 

My favorite holiday is this week, and today at church we heard wonderful talks about gratitude. So that's what is on my mind. I just have so much to be grateful for. I don't participate in the daily sharing of things on facebook because I don't like over posting that much and clogging your feed, but let it be known that I AM GRATEFUL. Grateful for my life, for my God, for my family, and for so many more things.  

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week! I love you all. And I am grateful for you too. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Chatan Food Fest

We love the area that we live in. We live on a base that is a 5 minute bike ride to the beach, and is surrounded by so many yummy restaurants. This weekend, those restaurants competed in the Chatan Food Festival just down the road from our hood (our base). They all came with their signature dish, and for a $10 ticket, you get to try three dishes and vote for your favorite with the set of chopsticks they give you--it was so fun watching them try to persuade you to come to their stand. You can eat more and vote more if you want, but we just stuck to three.

First we just had to start with one of our favorite restaurants here, because they we giving out their incredibly delicious cheese fondue.

Then we tried out this yummy beef stir fry from a restaurant we've never heard of but plan to visit now! And after that we tried a really yummy garlic shrimp dish.

 We enjoyed watching some fine entertainment and spending time with fine friends, in some oh-so-fine weather. Okinawa in November=heavenly. That's pretty much the recipe for a very fine day overall.

Hope your Saturday is or was full of delicious food as well!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Stuff You Should Watch on Netflix

Sometimes trying to find great things to watch on Netflix is as useless as searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie. (If you know that movie quote, we are besties). Here are some of those lesser known diamonds in the rough that you should watch!

My friend MaryAnn recommended this movie when she was visiting, and I LOVED it. It's such a sweet movie, and it opened up a culture to me that I really had no idea about: the way that Orthodox Jews and Muslims arrange marriage, which are both very different. I personally prefer the Jewish way, which is through a matchmaker. But anyway, you really should watch it. It's not a documentary. 
How had I never heard of this movie??? I loved it. Jack Black was perfection. It's also a true story, which is crazy.
This is unlike anything Ricky Gervais has ever done. Well, it still is a mockumentary style, but Ricky Gervais's character is so different. He plays an autistic man who loves his job at a retirement home. This series is so funny, while being so thoughtful at the same time.
 Lars and the Real Girl:
Finally watched this movie! Ryan Gosling is awesome. This is probably my favorite movie with him, because he's not the hunky action guy he usually is.
Before it was a tv show, it was a movie, and a cute movie at that. It's about a guy whose company sends him to train employees in India since the company is outsourcing all their business there. Will he accidentally find love along the way?? ;)
And, my favorite documentaries on Netflix, ever since my other fav one got deleted (I HATE how netflix does that)---remember I wrote about it here??

Inside North Korea:
Mind blowing. Before I watched this a few years ago, I never realized the situation over there. 

China's Lost Girls:
All about the adoption of so many of China's children because of their laws concerning how many children you can have. It also talks about other interesting factors of those laws, like how for the first time in the history of ever, childhood obesity is on the rise there, since parents dote and spoil the one child they're allowed to have. So fascinating. Watch it!

Do you have any suggestions for me? Please share, because my husband works so much (poor guy), so I confess, I watch a lot of Netflix.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Life Lately

Fall in Okinawa means cooler temperatures. It means the water is colder, but I still try to snorkel when I can. 
 It means lovely bike rides at all times of the day rather than just at night because finally you won't be a sweating hot mess. 
It means Halloween parties with my little students. Dang, they're cute.

It means fall concerts: Smashmouth! Good blast from the past. When you live on a tiny island, you take any concert you can get. It also means fall plays at the high school (The Jungle Book) featuring one of my young women from church.
 Fall in Okinawa means the Marine Corps Birthday Ball. I finally got to wear my vintage 60s cocktail dress that I purchased last year while antiquing in Virginia with Holli. I have a love/hate relationship with the Marines, but it's definitely a plus to get to dress up and have a fancy night for a change. So happy birthday, Marines. And we even danced! It's s a big deal, since we're not big into dancing.
 So, fall in Okinawa is pretty good. If I could make it better, I would request that Victor wouldn't be working seven days a week and 12+ hours a day during November, but unfortunately, while the Marines throw a great birthday ball, they don't care much about normal working hours when a job needs to get done.

Happy fall to all of you!