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Moving Pains

I was going to post about something I made a few weeks ago today.

But then I couldn’t find the usb drive that had the pictures on it.

After searching in various places, I finally found the usb drive.

“Victory!” I thought, “Now I can write a new post, FINALLY!”

And then, I realized I didn’t know where I’d put the recipe.

I looked in a few different boxes, but, alas, to no avail.

I think I’ll have to wait until after we move to Houston this Thursday.

Moving is a pain.

June 11, 2012 at 8:11 am Leave a comment

Almost Moving Day!

Tomorrow is moving day! Well, tomorrow and Tuesday.

There’s still so much to do! Agh!

In other news, I finally finished my cheese press! Yay! And just in the nick of time too!

I would have a picture for you, but I’m not sure where my camera is… I packed it somewhere…

Maybe my suitcase?

Ah, moving…

June 3, 2012 at 8:16 am Leave a comment

Menu Plan Mayhem

I know the title seems a little over dramatic. But if there’s one thing we value in my family, it’s a good drama queen (or king in the case of you guys).

Yes, yes, we have a slight tendency to be over dramatic about pretty much everything in my family. Seeing as both my parents are over dramatic, I figure, well, genetics are to blame, therefore, if I am over dramatic as well, it’s not my fault. 🙂 Great logic, right? Ha!

My menu plan for this week was thrown together kind of last minute, and the theme for this week is fast and easy.

It’s been busy as ever here preparing for move number 1 of 2 next Monday (my parents’ move and then me and Hisa’s move). Although this weekend, I think we spent more time doing stuff for our move to Houston.

First, we had to buy furniture. Hisa gave all of his away when he moved back to Japan, and all I have is a twin size bed (not very comfortable for two people) and a desk and chair. We’re taking the desk and chair, and my parents are giving us their couch (they’re getting a new couch set) and a bookshelf, but that still leaves us lacking some necessary furniture.

So Saturday, my parents, Hisa, and I headed to good old Mathis Brothers Furniture store in OKC, where my parents bought their new couch set, and Hisa and I bought a bedroom set, matress, and dining table and chairs.

It sounds so simple when I type it in one sentence like that, but picking out furniture takes awhile. We were there at least three hours I would say. Maybe longer. It’s kind of all a blur.

We weren’t done yet though! Not by a long shot!

After the furniture store, we headed to the Honda car dealership, and Hisa and I bought a car.

Right now we only have my old (old…old…) Chevy Malibu, and we’ll need two cars to get around in, so we decided to get a new car.

Again, “We went to the car dealership and bought a car,” sounds so short and simple. It never is at a car dealership though. We were there another good three hours at least. Here’s what I’ve learned from my first experience of buying a car:

  1. Don’t drive a rental car there, because you have to have proof of insurance to buy a car.

We drove the rental car, and therefore didn’t have proof of insurance (it was in my car at home). We had to call the insurance company and have them fax over a copy. Then, the insurance policy only had my dad’s name on it, and not mine. So we had to call the insurance company again, to have them put my name on the policy and not just listed as a driver, but by this time they were closed.

2.  If you live on a rural route address, be sure to bring your 911 address.

Evidently a rural route address doesn’t count to 911, so they created different addresses for people with such addresses. When you call 911, you have to give them your special 911 address, and not your normal address (like I’ll remember it in a crisis when I actually have to call 911! I’ll be lucky if I remember my own name, much less some special address they assigned to us a week ago!).
The car dealership people have to have your special 911 address as well, because they want to be special too.

3.  Car dealerships do not accept temporary checks.

That’s all we had, so we have to go back today with a cashier’s check. Yay.

4.  Leaving the country for four years is bad for your credit.

They never tell you these things when you first go abroad. Unless you use your American credit cards or are paying off American loans while abroad, no matter how wonderful your credit score is, it will eventually go back to zero. Burn.

So although we spent three hours at the car dealership, it was a very enlightening time. Fortunately, the people that helped us were very nice and helpful, so it wasn’t too painful of an experience. We did have to take the insurance by yesterday to actually be able to pick up our car, and we have to go back by today with a cashier’s check (the banks were closed yesterday for Memorial Day), but then we’ll be done! ….At least, I hope we’ll be done! Maybe I shouldn’t say that, or I’ll jinx it somehow.

Oh yeah, we also have to pack, and we have one week to find a moving company.

No worries! Right?

…Right?

 

Menu Plan for May 28 – June 2:

Spaghetti with meat sauce and tossed salad

Chili and corn bread

Make your own wraps (put out a bunch of things to make wraps with, and let everyone put whatever they want in their wrap)

Puff Pastry Pie

Grilled cod with ginger sesame sauce, green beans with almonds, and tossed salad

Chicken gyros

 

May 29, 2012 at 7:48 am Leave a comment

What a week…

 

Hey! Sorry for the prolonged silence…

We’ve been so busy around here, busyness is practically oozing from my pores!

Or maybe that’s just the lingering humidity that came back from Houston with me…

Rather than complicate things with a long, drawn-out story, here’s the breakdown:

  • Hisa got the job in Houston he interviewed for.
  • We’re moving to Houston.
  • We visited my brothers, my sister-in-law, and my brother’s fiance in Austin.
  • Hisa and I slept on the couch/air mattress at my brother/sister-in-law’s place while frantically searching online for somewhere in Houston to live.
  • We extended our rental car for another week (which caused much strife and anger against the car rental company….but I won’t go there)
  • We went back to Houston and went to look at as many apartments as we could.
  • We had margaritas to battle the stress/fatigue of apartment hunting…
  • We found an apartment! Yay!
  • We came back to Oklahoma yesterday.

We now have a little over a week to find a moving company, get them out here to get all of our stuff out before my parents move out of here on June 3rd….
No pressure…

Oh, we also have to buy furniture; open a bank account; sell our old couch; help my parents pack, move, and unpack; get another car; and get car insurance for said car all before we move to Houston…

Fortunately, we won’t actually be moving into our apartment in Houston until June 15, so that gives us a little more time for those last things.

Like I said, the busyness is oozing from my pores.

Needless to say, I won’t be able to post as much as I want to in the coming two weeks, but I will be posting some! Even if it’s just an update post like this one.

Hisa and I are super excited that he’s found a job, and we’ll be moving to Houston. Of course we’re a little sad that we’ll be 8 hours away from my parents, but we’ll be closer to my brothers, which is great.
We’re also excited to be moving on with the next big step of our lives!

Oh yeah, being 30 minutes away from the beach AND the biggest mall in Texas is a big plus too. 🙂

May 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm Leave a comment

The Move

After two days and what seems like a never ending trip up and down the five flights of stairs in our apartment building, we’ve finally moved out of our place!

All I can say is, thank goodness for moving companies. Packing stuff, throwing away stuff, selling stuff, etc., was tiring enough, without having to actually carry everything out to the moving truck. The moving company guys did all of that for us. And considering our apartment is a weird two-floor apartment with the entrance on the upper floor, and most of our living space on the floor below, the moving guys had to haul our washing machine and refrigerator up the steep, narrow flight of stairs in our apartment to the entrance on the floor above. Not something I would ever want to attempt. Actually, I have no desire to move a refrigerator anywhere. That includes moving it from one side of the kitchen to the other. No thanks. Go moving guys, go!

There was a lot more involved in moving, but it’s kind of all a blur to me now. Let me just say, I’m glad it’s over. We’re done! Now Hisa and I can relax until we leave Japan on Dec. 6th.

Right now we’re staying with Hisa’s parents in Tochigi. Right now I’m in the living room where Hisa, my sister-in-law, and my 3 year old niece are watching My Neighbor Totoro. Good times.

It’s really distracting though, because I like this movie, hehe. So for now, I’ll leave you with this picture of our empty apartment.

Goodbye our home for the last two and a half years!

Next Tuesday, Hisa and I will be leaving to travel around Japan for about a week via Shinkansen (the bullet trains). I won’t be able to post during our trip, but I’ll try to post before and after our trip while we’re still in Japan (thought it probably won’t be everyday as I’m not cooking any here). After going back to the U.S. I’ll start posting more regularly again.

For now, I’m happy to be able to rest for awhile. 🙂

November 19, 2011 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

Menu Plan Monday for Nov. 14 – 18

First of all, let me just say, things are gonna be a little crazy around here this week.

In case you haven’t heard, Hisa and I are moving out of our apartment this Friday.

Hisa had his last day of work on Friday, so we’re cleaning, packing, throwing stuff away, and much more this week.

I have a couple dinners and a couple lunches planned this week, but nothing else.

This is why:

This is our fridge. Take note of all the empty space.

The remaining contents (from top to bottom) include: olives, plain yogurt, ground flax seed, cornmeal, the last of the apple butter, some yogurt cups, the last of the bread, some cheese, and abura-age (fried tofu thingies).

We’re trying to finish everything off before Friday rolls around, so we haven’t been buying much food. There’s also some stuff in the refrigerator door and the cupboard, but not a whole lot. Thursday morning we’ll be getting rid of all our pots and pans (not that we have that many), and that evening someone is coming to buy our gas stove (Japanese stoves are small portable things with two burners and no oven like American stoves), so Wednesday will pretty much be my last day of cooking in this apartment.

We also need to turn off our refrigerator sometime on Thursday, so the freezer can thaw out, and we can clean it.

So please pardon this week’s short and rather simple and uninteresting menu plan. I felt I should explain why so you wouldn’t think I was holding out on you. I’m moving. Internationally. Have pity.

I just noticed there’s a large blob of sauce on the side of the bowl. Opps. Bad food picture-taking me.

Menu Plan Monday for Nov. 14 – 18:

November 14, 2011 at 11:35 am Leave a comment


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My name is Rachel. I'm a small-town girl born and raised in Oklahoma, currently living in Japan, who likes cooking, baking, reading, working out, and traveling. Join me in my culinary adventures, my domestic doings, and the story of my life, one day at a time.

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