Monday, August 28, 2006

Busy, busy, busy ... AND our rental car!

We have been very busy this past weekend as the mover’s completely finished delivery and unpacking of all 109 boxes in about 3.5 hours. Completely amazing! That was Friday morning from 8:30 to around 12:00 p.m. and then Ashley and I were on our feet for what seemed like an eternity as we continued to unpack, arrange, rearrange our house to make it more suitable for living … we finally went to bed in our “real” bed (for the 1st time in nearly 2 months) around 1:00 a.m.

Saturday and Sunday we drove around to some stores to purchase more “homeware” items that we didn’t have and need. Driving is getting pretty easy, we don’t really have to think about when you turn right you must turn into the left lane sorta thing. Sunday night we meet another ICT’s, Lynn; that is starting at the same time as me. Actually Lynn went to Speed School at the same time as I did and just so happens knows Tommy Fell (I went to Male and UofL with him). Tommy and a co-worker just happen to be in Japan right now and ran into Lynn yesterday so they called Ashley and me up last night and we met and then went out to eat. Lynn lives a minute from our house and she is here by herself (boyfriend in the states) and seems very similar to have the interests that Ashley has so we will probably get to know her pretty well.

For all of my car fan friends, really, this goes out to Rich Wojnar; we never got the chance to put the pictures of the rental cars we had to choose from on the website yet. The pictures don’t really do any of them justice, but we had the option of Lamborghini, Ferrari, or Porsche. It was a hard decision and after thoroughly test driving them all we chose the Porsche as a salute to you Rich, “Mr. Porsche Lovin’ Harley Ridin’ Ford Truck Drivin’ Cowboy Redneck Guy!”




We actually fit into our neighborhood very well because within three blocks of our house there is a Porsche Boxster (white), Porsche SUV (silver), Ferrari (red), Mazarati (red), Cadillac Escalade (black), and several high end BMWs and Mercedes.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Iron Man married The Flash

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Monday, August 21, 2006

Moved in with no furniture!

It's Tuesday afternoon here (Monday night there) and Jonathan is at work again today. We got all moved in on Saturday. Our air shipment made it here with no problems (nothing was broken or missing). The only problem is that the only furniture that we have is 2 small desks, a loveseat, dinning room table, night stand, and our blow up bed. So we are still living out of our suitcases, at least until Friday when the sea shipment comes with all our other stuff. After the movers left Saturday the relocation lady took us around to the local stores and we got some of the basics at the grocery.

After she left we decided to veture out on our own. Jonathan wanted to drive (so I let him) he immediately got the keys and walked to the left side of the car, opened the door then realized that he was on the wrong side and started laughing! Then the whole time he was driving every time he went to turn on the turn signal he turned on the wipers! So I did a lot of laughing Saturday watching him drive. We made it to 3 out of 5 places that we tried to go to and one was closed. So shopping Saturday on our own wasn't super successful.

Sunday we got up and got ready and I drove to SNT which is a Japanese style wholesale store (similar to but not similar to Sam's) and home with no incidents. I used my turn signal every time not the wipers. Then Jonathan wanted to do a dry run to work so he would know where to go the next day. That was interesting. The navigation system in the rental car is crazy! Sometimes it locks up and sometimes it has you go crazy ways to get to where you are going. But we made it, somehow.

Yesterday, was my first day alone and Jonathan's first day at work...we both survived! I did stuff around the house and read about the area. Then the cable guys came to hook up the internet at 5 (which took forever) and Jonathan got home a little before 7. He said that he had a good day yesterday. Since then it seems like we've been online almost the whole time. It's hard going 4 days without being able to check your e-mail or anything this far away! We both had full inboxes which was nice (for me at least :) ).

If you have MSN messenger I get on in the morning (night there) and Jonathan is on at night (morning there), so feel free to send us a message.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Leaving the Hotel

Well, we are minutes from going to our house and moving in. We will get our air shipment today and our sea shipment next Friday. We will not have intenet ability until Monday night (your Monday morning). Besides that, we will be driving today for the first time. I know I said we would yesterday, but by the time the car guy finished explaining the navigation system to us it was dark and we didn't really want to drive around in the dark (literally and figuratively) for the first time in Japan!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Giterdun!

We have been doing lots yesterday and today.

Wednesday, August 16:
  1. Registered at the Meito-ku Ward Office. We registered as aliens and should get our alien card within a couple weeks.
  2. We dropped off 3 of our suitcases at the house to lighten the load on Saturday.
  3. We ate lunch at The Old Spaghetti Factory! Yes, it is the one that is in the states but the menu basically only has spaghetti.
  4. We went to the immigration office and applied for our re-entry visa so we could easily come-and-go as we please while we have work visas.
  5. We got our cell phones from the provider "au".
  6. We ate at Yama-chan restaurant, known for their famous chicken wings ... we will take all of our visitors to this restaurant.
Thursday, August 17:
  1. We took the subway to the Honga station and meet our relocation helper. We went to our house and met the water people, electric company, and temporary furniture movers to turn on the water, electricity, and receive our temporary furniture.
  2. Then we did local area introduction: general physician, video store, home good stores, electronic stores, and bookstores. Saturday will be drug stores, groceries, etc.
  3. We ate at Hanabusa for lunch, a very good Okanamiyaki "Japanese pancake" restaurant ... we will take all of our visitors to this restaurant.
  4. We had a long day so we went ordered room service and just had supper in the room.
Tomorrow we will be getting our rental car and putting more of the stuff we bought today away at our house.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

We made it!

Just wanted to let everyone know that Ashley and I made is safe and sound to Japan and through customs with our 5 bags of luggage, 2 carry-ons, and 2 personal bags. We will be sending out an e-mail soon to everyone that has all of our personal information over here.

Monday, August 14, 2006

We're leeeeavin' on a jet plane ....

Hello all. If you don't know it yet then you will after reading this, but Ashley and I are leaving for Japan today, August 14. We are currently in the Northwest lounge in the Detroit Airport. We left Louisville at 11:24 a.m. and arrived here at 12:40 p.m. We went to Chili's and ate lunch and have since been waiting for our plan to begin boarding, probably around 3:00 p.m. (10 minutes). We will arrive in Nagoya at 6:00 p.m. (Japan time) / 5:00 a.m. (Kentucky time) on Tuesday, August 15th.

We would just like to say thank you for everyones prayers, thoughts and well-wishes as we prepare for this new chapter in our life together. Ashley looked at me today once we got to Detroit and said, "It's just me and you now." I told her, "There isn't anyone else I would want to be with." We do know that all of our friends and families prayers are also with us. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful families (physically and at church) and friends. May God bless you all while we are in Japan and just as much as you want to hear from us we also want to hear from you and your family. Remember, it wasn't "Bye," but simply "See you later!"