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2 Mar

Almost a month ago, holy cow I am so behind on blogging, my favorite Japanese sister got married.

If you head over  to my bucket list you will see that I have always wanted to go to a foreign wedding.

I did.

It was awesome. I was so excited that I was able to take part in Yu’s special day.

First my family and I had to travel from Sendai to Tokyo.

Once we were in Tokyo, we checked into our hotel and sat around and drank tea. I’m serious. It is what my Irish family does. After we were done drinking tea we got in a cab that took us to the temple. It was snowing and not the greatest weather out but it was lovely. We started walking up towards the temple and then a lady was yelling at us and pointing another direction. We followed her. Once we were inside the room, we kept telling the people that we were going to be on the Yamaguchi side. No one believed us. Why? Because Yu was marrying a foreigner. Will is from Australia. So, they thought that we were there for him. Once we got that all figured out, we were seated.

Yu came out and she looked beautiful. She was dressed in a traditional Japanese wedding gown. She was wearing a white kimono and was so precious. Here she is sitting waiting for, what we thought was, the ceremony to start.

The shinto priest said a few words and people were talking. We didn’t exactly know what was going on. Then the photographer started taking all of these pictures. Here is a lovely picture of Will and Yu in their formal wedding attire. After all of the pictures, the families were introduced. We did not know that this was just a “meeting of the families”. Next, we headed outside to the temple and the real ceremony started.

In the temple there was incense being burned, a hideous instrument being played, and a priest saying some chants. Before I tell you anymore, let me tell you about this instrument. It was a mix between a kazoo, recorder, and some bagpipes. Oh man it was horrible. I wanted to throw something at the man who was playing it. It was AWFUL! Okay… back to the wedding. So Yu and Will said a few prayers. The father’s of Will and Yu said a few prayers. Will and Yu drank a few things. They exchanged rings and turned around and showed everyone. Then we all had a small sip of sake and the ceremony was over. If you read all of that correctly, you will notice I didn’t mention them kissing. That’s right. There was no “first kiss”. In fact I don’t think I saw them kiss at all the ENTIRE DAY. Gasp.

From the temple we got in another taxi and it took us to the reception. We had to wait for the restaurant to open up. So, we sat in Starbucks and had a cup of tea. Once the restaurant opened up, we had a cocktail party. We were on the 42nd floor of this building. It would have had amazing views of Tokyo, but it was snowing.

Once the cocktail hour was over, we went to the reception. It was amazing. An 8 course meal, or something like that. I was so sick of food by the end of the night. We had 5 glasses. 1 glass for white wine, 1 for red wine, 1 for beer, 1 for champagne, 1 for water. Needless to say… I had to ask for the water glass. I was about ready to do a reverse first miracle and turn my wine into water.

It is tradition that the bride changes out of the white kimono into a big fancy dress. Yu surprised us by asking Caitlin and I to escort her out of the reception. I felt very loved.

This is a marvelous picture of me and my two favorite sisters. I felt so honored that she would ask me and Caitlin to escort her out of her wedding to change into her other dress.

This is the other dress that she changed into. It was beautiful and pink and fluffy. She was so beautiful.

Throughout the entire reception, people were going up to the front table to get pictures with the bride and groom. I was wanting one all night but I didn’t want to impose and I felt silly going up, but I just went anyway. I dragged my sister along as well.

Towards the end of the reception, Will and Yu went around to all of the tables and took a picture with everyone. I was very happy that they did this because I wanted to get a family picture of all of us.

After the dinner reception, there was another party with games and prizes and such. But, we were all so tired that we just wanted to go back to the hotel.

I am so thankful that I got to be apart of this amazing experience. I am so happy that I was able to go to Yu’s wedding and see her on her wedding day.



1 Feb

Some days I really wish I had a maid.

I just don’t like cleaning. After it is past the point of no return, I don’t like it. I am okay with tidying things up and such. But cleaning… heck no!

Within the next 8 days, I have to:

* pick up all of my clothes
* do the dishes
* do all of the actual cleaning aka toilet, bathroom, vacuuming, and such.
* think about what I want to send home with my parents.
* pack 2 suitcases
* get a futon/air mattress and some extra blankets for Caitlin and Joshua
* buy some food
* buy air fresheners
* buy some little “Welcome to Japan” gift

so as I have sat on my bed for the past hour and a half doing nothing; I have yet to make any progress on my apartment.

So with all of that being said…

Who wants to help me clean? OR Is there any music that you would recommend to help get me motivated to clean?



29 Dec

In my family, we like to make fun of each other.

It is just something that we have always done. We laugh at each other and laugh at the stupid things that we do.

Since being home I have laughed until I have cried a few times.

It has been marvelous for my soul.

Here are some quotes:

My dad ::on the cat running around the house on Christmas morning with a paper bag trapped around her middle :: “It sounds like there was a thousand midgets running around up here! What are you and your Mom doing?”

Me: Dying laughing

My dad has a cold and is losing his voice. He was explaining to my mom and me about how he couldn’t swallow and his mouth was really dry. He said that he got up at 2 am and went into the kitchen.

I’m thinking.. Okay to get a drink of water.

My dad: “Well I opened up the pantry and sprayed some PAM in my throat to help moisten it.”

Me: Choking on my food while laughing so hard no noise is coming out.


In my family there are 2 things that you will notice right away.

1. We yell a lot to communicate that dinner is ready or that we are leaving to go somewhere.

2. We LOVE to laugh.


Have you laughed today?


29 Nov

What is the most exciting thing that you have looked forward to?

It cannot be getting married or having a baby.

Mine… besides moving to Japan, it is getting on a plane to go home to America in 24 days. I tear up every time I look at my countdown.

24 days and counting

Wee Thursday

23 Sep

I think I should name mine Wee-Bit Thursday since I always seem to write it then. :]

{one} what is your happiest childhood memory?

Going to my Nanny’s house and baking with her. We would always make a mess and then we would take a nap and watch Jerry Springer. haha

{two} what is your middle name?


{three} what’s the habit you’re most proud of breaking?

I‘m not really a habit person. I don’t really have a lot of them. I guess caring what other people think of me.
{four} what do you order when you order chinese food?

Sweet and Sour chicken. So heavenly and delicious and full of MSG’s
{five} what’s the best bargain you’ve ever found at a garage sale or thrift store?

The couch that is sitting in front of me. I got it at the second hand store here in Japan. It was Y5,600
{six} what’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?

I think it was in college. My best friends and I dressed up like Rave girls. We were in neon colored clothing and we won the best dressed. Holla!
{seven} who’s your favorite game show host?

bob barker, duh.
{eight} what’s your favorite breakfast food?

Omelets. They have to be made with sour cream and only by my stepdad are they absolutely perfect.
{nine} what’s your least favorite word?

The f word by far. I just hate that word and I hate when people use it for every other word when they are talking. I just feel like it shows that you don’t have a very broad vocabulary.
{ten} describe something that happened to you for which you have no explanation.

I don’t really know. I often wonder how I ended up here in Japan. I knew that I would always live in Japan ever since I was 10 but I always thought that it would be when I was older and I guess older is 23. Who knows.

With love.

Hump Day

9 Sep

The beginning of the down hill slide.

{one} what was your first pet and how did you come up with its name?

My first pet was a kitty and her name was Emily. I have no idea how I got the name Emily. I think I loved her too much because she ran away; well that is what I have been told.

{two} do you like your ice crushed or cubed?

a mixture

{three} do you believe in love at first sight?

Nope. I believe that in order to love someone you have to get to know them. You cannot get to know someone by just seeing them.

{four} do you have any nicknames?

Mal, Mal-Mal, Vern, Flip, Flipper, Mally, Mally Flip

{five} what movie do you never get tired of watching?

Pirates of the Caribbean

{six} how do you like your eggs cooked?

I like them over easy.

{seven} are you named after anyone in particular?

The girl off of Family Ties. I guess my mom loved that show when she was pregnant with me.

{eight} what are three things that you would like to do that you haven’t done yet?

get married, move to africa, have babies

{nine} what one thing always brightens your mood?

A good coffee

{ten} what five things will you always find in your purse?

Phone, keys, wallet, sweat cloth, and hair accessories.

Aborting the USA

25 Nov

I leave in 67 days.

I am moving to Japan in 67 days. This means that I actually have less than that to hang out with my friends and family. I have to take into account that I will be working, sleeping, hanging out with the family, or hanging out with the friends.

So, if you would like to hang out, let me know. We should schedule something fun to do. I love to eat good food, drink coffee, sit and chit chat, play (some) games, and shop. If you like to do any of those things, awesome, we shall have a great time.

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