Snow…

I hate the snow.

Most people will call me crazy, “omg you hate snow! Whyyy?” And all that jazz…

Well, it started snowing yesterday here in good ol’ Japan, and I’m freaking out.
Now, there could be may reasons as to why I hate the white, fluffy ice clouds falling from the sky. One is probably the fact that I spent 4 years of my life in a significantly different snowy country and the novelty wore off. It’s not fun anymore.

Or… It’s the fact that I’m from a state where it snows once or twice a year, about 5 inches so not much, and they are exceedingly unprepared. Every year.

If you’re from the states you probably heard of Georgia’s debacle in January this year where people where parked on the side of the high way, having to walk miles to shelter and spending upwards of 24 hours in those shelters. Which were Targets, Krogers, Wal-Marts and so on.

Thankfully, I was not stuck on the high way. I know people who were. But even if I wasnt stuck on the high way I was suck somewhere else. Home. With no electricity because ‘Mr. Dudly-Do-Right’ (nickname given by my dad) decided to cut frozen branches off of powerlines. Alone. Cutting off power to half the street. On top of that, if I wanted to leave the house I’d have to battle the crazy long, hilly drive way. Then! I’d have to battle our long, hilly road. Both covered in ice.

So, when people ask me why I hate snow…. this is why…. this is why.

Anyway, pic of the first snow fall. No sticking on the road. And about 4 hours later it was 3 inches deep on the grass. And it all melted before 5pm…

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Sugar Sunday!

The spark that started the fire.

I have never been allergic to anything consumable in my life. Though I’ve always been allergic to perfume and scented body products. So imagine my surprise when I ate this delicious Kinder Egg look-a-like treat.

My lips swelled up like someone decked me in the mouth and nausia and headaches soon followed.

It turns out, after it happened 2 more times sans chocolate, but with other consistant factors, that I am allergic to ibuprofen. No idea why or how, but after 25 years of taking it I am now allergic…. wtf?

But I digress.

They are called Futura Choco Eggs, and while they look exactly like their Kinder counterpart, yellow capsule and all, they are not.

These guys. Contained Pokémon toys, which is what drew me to them in the first place as I am ever in love with Pokemon. The chocolate was okay, no where near the quality of Kinder, but still edible.

The only sad thing to come out of this, aside from my sudden allergy, is the fact that I threw away 4 eggs worth of chocolate…..

I know I’ve posted these pictures before… buuuuuut what the hey… lol

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Toll Roads

So, today Mr. A and I took our first solo trip on the Japanese toll roads. We have only ever been on them when out with friends and only recently drove on it, but with someone who knew where they were going.

It was an interesting experience, and my anxiety was pretty high on the way to out destination, but pretty normal on the way home.

The toll road is called Daini Michtoku Toll Rd. And is much like the Autoban, as far as speed limits, from what I remember. And it’s also exactly like American high ways, aside from the tolls. From what I understand you get on, get a ticket, get off and pay for the distance you drive. If it’s a super short distance (like from Misawa to the Shimodamoichi exit) you don’t pay. But we did on the way home.

The toll road price varies by distance, some aquaintences drove to and from Tokyo and they said it cost them roughly $160 round trip. I’m assuming the tolls goes to repairs due to earthquakes and cold.

But anyway, it was our first solo trip on it. Pretty easy to be honest!

And pictures from Aeon mall in Shimoda ^^

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Sorry there was no Sugar Sunday last weekend, I was super sick, but there will be on this weekend!

More Allergies…

So today I had another allergic reaction to nothing at all. My parents convinced me to go to the doc, so yeah…

My lips instantaneously swelled up again, no idea why. First I thought it was the chocolate, but I guess it wasn’t.

There were no appointments at family health, so I had to go to the UCC, sort of an Urgent Care facility. After explaining this incident, the previous one and any other allergies I have they  decided to give me a Benadryl IV.

The Captain that originally saw me sent in an Airman 1st Class and a Senior Airman (A1C and SrA respectively) to give it to me. Both are low ranks, E3 and E4, both were still training… I knew I was in for trouble.

I hate needles to begin with, the skin piercing makes me nauseous. So I told the A1C that he had one chance, and that he had a lot to live up to since my dad was a nurse in the Army and could stick even the most troublesome veins. I think I might have made him nervous, because he lost it. My vein collapsed on him and he couldn’t get it back! So he got another Captain. She asked if there was a history in my family with then being hard to stick, and I told her my mom was and that my dad was the only person who could ever find her veins. And after the Captain finally found one she revealed to me that I have small veins too, like my mother. But she got out on the first try. Which was good.

After the needle was in she told me she had to push done saline through to make sure it was good and that it would taste salty. I always thought that was a myth, but sure enough I got this weird salt watery taste in my mouth and started laughing! My husband thought it was rather funny, and the Captain thought my reaction was amusing. Then the Benadryl went in, I sat back, and waited.

Then the first Captain came back in, he seemed surprised that the swelling in my lips hadn’t gone down and advised me to see an allergy specialist and possibly a neurologist since the swelling came before or after a bad headache both times.

Needless to say it was an eventful day, and the Benadryl didn’t make me drowsy. Which was the weirdest part…

Out Shopping

Last week I went out shopping in Shimoda and Hachinohe with Lady S. She’s kinda crazy, but someone I enjoy hanging out with a lot.

We started out getting lunch at her and her husband’s favorite ramen place, which was a new one for me. It’s nick named ‘Cat Balls’ because the sign outside has a huge cat on it with a giant set of them…. it’s weird… Needless to say, I won’t be changing my ramen house of choice, I enjoy Thunder Ramen a lot more.

On the way to Hachinohe I was telling her about how much I wanted a bunny, and almost ended up with one if it wasn’t for the fact that I would have to bunny proof the house and that I would rather have my dog instead. So, she decided to stop at a pet store. Two to be exact… One was dogs, where she got her two, but they also had a goat……

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New goat friend xp

Then we went to one in the mall that sold the Norwegian mini bunnies I want as well as hedgehogs, one of which I also want….. so adorable. No pictures though, the store clerk was helping another customer standing right next to us…. We messed around and walked through the mall afterward, not really doing much aside from the arcade.

We also stopped by the fish market on our way to Shimoda to get my husband his favorite squid cake things. I also saw the BIGGEST apple I have ever seen in my LIFE!!!! I just about died! I seriously regret getting one, and I have never felt that way about an apple…. Seriously this thing was at least 6-7 inches in diameter! Honestly the picture does not accurately show it’s size, I will get one…… Awesome stuff.

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The giant ass apples in the Hachinohe fish market

At Shimoda mall we spent majority of the time in the arcade, she loves her arcades. We played that weird circle rhythm game again, forcing me to play it on super hard with my retarded hand/eye coordination.

Shimoda Mall arcade, first floor.

Shimoda Mall arcade, first floor.

…. And then I saw them… The backpack of all backpacks, the randoseru. For those that don’t know, randoseru are the super square backpacks all the elementary and sometimes middle school students carry as part of their uniform. Most always seen in anime and Japanese movies. I have wanted one for the longest time, since I can remember first seeing them in Sailor Moon back in the early 2000s. Needless to say, I will have one. I have plans to turn it into a camera bag since I can think of no other use for one. But priced at anywhere from 30,000¥ to 60,000¥ (roughly $300 to $600) it might be a little bit. I’ve proposed getting it as my anniversary/Christmas gift. Since both are coming up really soon. ;p

RANDOSERU!!!!! All the needs!!!!

RANDOSERU!!!!! All the needs!!!!

Anyway, we ended the day by running some small errands like stopping at Sanwado, Yamada, and JoyM. As well as getting sammiches for dinner.

But that’s not all……. After I had finally decided to go to bed, my husband calls me at 3:30am. I was sound asleep and it was the best sleep I had had in a while…. “Babe, I had a blow out. I’m on the side of the road just before the beach. I need you to bring the car so I can put my tools and this stupid microwave in it and for you to help me change the tire.” Oh husband, he’s lucky I said “for better or for worse” because I was on the verge of strangling him. The cause? My dear, dear husband had neglected to check the wear on his tires, for a month. Which is something you should do when the camber on your car is super crazy like his. The band and wire mesh was showing through, I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. Then I couldn’t go back to sleep. So my schedule was screwed for a few days. But it’s all good now.

It was a very long day, fun and frustrating, but long. :p

Home Wrecking Game

After watching his favorite lets-play channel, Game Grumps, on YouTube the past few days my husband thought it would be a smashing idea if we bought Monopoly. Danny and Erin, the hosts of Game Grumps, played the Wii version and for some reason it made him want to bring this home wrecking game into our house. This board game, simple as it may seem, has single-handedly ruined millions of families…. probably…. either way it causes lots of animosity amongst it’s players……..

MonopolyIt started innocently enough, about half way through all the properties were bought and we were both doing well, had lots of cash in our coffers….

The high point of the game

The high point of the game

Then I got tired…. it was close to my bedtime. And on top of that he had bought a hotel on Boardwalk around 11:30p….. aaaaaaaaaand I landed on it…. $2,000… and it was too much work in my state of tiredness and soreness from sitting on the floor to do the math to mortgage my properties…. So after 4 hours of playing, I folded. Because screw math when you’re half asleep.