There is pee in my boot.

This past week, I went on a field trip with the grade 11 students from my school. We went to Gunma Prefecture to do some outdoorsy stuff and be at one with nature. Now, I am not the most outdoorsy type of person so I had my reservations initially, but it ended up being really awesome. The camp is about 3 hours outside of Tokyo, so I put on my headphones and got some work done on the ride with about 35 talkative girls. No biggie. The scenery was amazing on the way up and you could just smell that…

5 things you need to know before traveling to Tokyo.

I’ve been living in Tokyo for a year now and it’s a beautiful and exciting place to visit. I’m often asked a lot of questions from people interested in visiting and I thought I’d put together a few things that I think are important to know before coming to visit. Here they are… There are no public trash cans. Or very few, rather. There are bins that collect bottles and cans near vending machines and sometimes outside of conbinis (convenience stores). But don’t bank on these being everywhere. It’s not uncommon to have bags of trash in your book bag because there is nowhere…

We went to a UFC fight this weekend. 

   There he is. My boy. All excited after waking up at 5:30 to ride the train to Saitama to see grown ass, muscular, sweaty men pummel each other. It was awesome, actually. Clearly he and I were watching for two different reasons, but we both had a fun time together. I, personally, enjoyed my kid’s commentary the whole day.  Here are a few highlights: “If you’re gonna scream like a school girl every time the guy with the beard comes out then you might as well go up there and drink beer. It’s not like you’re gonna date him…

One month later…

It’s been a month since we arrived in Tokyo. And in the last 30 days, we have experienced two typhoons, an earthquake, many tears, more laughs, several visits to Ikea, and far too many meals at fast food restaurants. It has been challenging, to say the least. But now we are settled into our apartment. Jumping head first into work and school, we have not had much time to explore Tokyo, but we are looking forward to more lazy Sundays and free weekends to be tourists in this city we now call home. In reflecting on the last month, here are some…

First day. 

In spite of the delirium and exhaustion of jet lag, the boy and I began our first days at school. We walked to my school and rode the bus over to his together. He is getting older and even to get a picture was a struggle. But in the end, he smiled and posed with me. Although I’m still nervous and second guessing myself every other minute, I know he’s okay and doing well. I’m excited about this new experience for the both of us and I look forward to seeing how well he thrives here in Tokyo.

If you wanna hear God laugh…

As plans often do, mine have changed. While traveling over the last few weeks, I was asked to interview and was offered a position in Tokyo to be the psychologist at an international girl’s high school. So it seems we are now moving to Tokyo, Japan now. Although I was looking forward to living simply and exploring Cambodia with the boy, this opportunity would afford a better education for him and less stress and more freedom to do more in my position. Over the last few years I have done more assessment and less therapy and I miss that. I will be…