Monthly Archives: April 2012


I found out my placement Saturday.  I’ve been a little crazy since then.  At the time I was on my way to pick up a rental car.  Then I took a nap and drove from my home town of Eunice, LA to Nashville, TN.  Approximately 15 hours of driving overall.  But this morning I spent all of five minutes in the consulate to turn in my paperwork and they said I could pick it up on Wednesday after 2 PM.

BUT ya’ll didn’t come to hear about that.  Ya’ll want to know about placement.  Turns out I’ll be living in Nara-shi, Nara.

So yea short and sweet.  Now I’m headed to dinner with a friend in Nashville.  Have a great night everyone.

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Japan Prep II

OK so I got my International Drivers Permit yesterday.  But I left it at my mothers house so I don’t have it here to show you a scary picture proving that I can drive around the world now. I know…its most unfortunate.  I did want to add a few photos because I just realized that I never put up photos of the finished product for my luggage project.  So I’ll do that in a bit.  Also I got a call my CoE paperwork should be here by Monday (hopefully sooner) and by Monday at the latest I’ll have a placement *excited*.  I’ll have a whole post about that later though.

Heres the pictures of the luggage.  Theres alot more detail than you can really understand in pictures.

Its unfortunate that I put my favorite stickers here. I put them on first and then they were mostly covered.

Got to have a hiding kuma

All spinners. So they should be easy to get through the airport. The biggest are 29" and the little carryon is 21"

So now I’ve got less than three weeks left until I leave.

Of course when you look at it as 19 days it seems like alot longer.  HAHA.  I have a lot that I’m thankful for.  So many things have just worked in the past year.  Since I left school and went to work this time last year and set everything in motion to move to Japan I’ve been working towards this moment.  God has been helping.  I’m truly blessed, and in the past 6 months he has truly shown how he can work.  The things that have just worked out can only have worked for a reason.  Selling my car, getting the job, having a place to stay in L.A., my grandparents letting me stay with them, and now I’m supposed to be selling my P.C. tomorrow which will help take care of most of my plane ticket.  Fingers crossed for that.

Its been a wild ride but everything in its place.  And I only look forward to more good things to come.  I haven’t left a song in awhile so I’ll leave you with this one.

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Gone Berry Pickin!

Greetings everyone.  Sorry for the lull in posts.  Its been a little crazy the last couple of weeks.  I’ve been sick and busy.   But I’m on top of things.  THREE WEEKS!  That’s how long before I leave.  Can you believe it?  Well today’s Saturday still, and I don’t leave until a Tuesday.  But its really coming fast.  And still so much to do.  I still have to go to Nashville, TN between now and then.  Its taking so long for my CoE to come back.  Its getting stressful, but I’m not letting it get to me.

So to the topic at hand.  The weather here has been fantastic.  We’ve had a couple of rainy days but that has helped what I’m going to show you.  About 2 miles from here is a very large patch of dew berries just off the road.  I rode my bike out there with my Grandmother last week and we picked about 2 gallons worth.  We ate them and used some to make a cobbler for my Grandfather’s birthday.

I thought that it was so fantastic, and there were so many berries that I should take a few pictures and make a video as well.  So we went back yesterday and picked two more gallons.  So here is a video for you guys.  I’ll be back soon with another video and another post that more well organized.

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Count Down

34 days as of April 4th

Greetings everyone.  Its been a bit since I’ve posted.  I’ve been having a cold of sorts for about a week now and its going away now. I don’t usually get sick so when I do its a real pain.  The worst part is I’ve been hoarse since last Friday because of a sinus drip.

So to the point.  Its April so I’ve got a month till I head out.   Now before I wasn’t really in a hurry to leave, I had a lot to do before I left.   The past two months however have been passing in a rush.  Now though I’m ready to go.   I want to leave as soon as possible.  I’m not prepared to leave as far as paperwork is concerned, but mentally I’m prepared.

Most of the paperwork  requires waiting for other paperwork.  So a lot of the preparation is a waiting game.  My CoE should be back soon, then I’ll be off to Nashville to get my visa worked out at the Consulate.

Also I’ve got to mail off the paperwork to Japan for my Yakkan Shoumei.  Which is the paperwork that allows me to bring more than a months worth of medicine with me.  I’ll make a blog post about it in a couple of days.  In the mean time I have a video on my youtube channel ya’ll can watch if you like.

I’ll be back with another update soon.

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