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June 24, 2014

I Guess We Get a Bronze Medal?



So according to anniversary traditions, the 8th year is either bronze or pottery gifts or if you’re going modern, it’ll be lace or linen.

Luckily, Jason and I are not the types who follow traditions because neither of us are really into bronze, pottery, lace, or linen.

So, 8 years. Lucky number 8. My birthday is on an 8th. 8 is my favorite number too.

8 years sounds like a long time but it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. Maybe having kids distorts our perception of time. Either way, it’s been an awesome 8 years together.

We’ve had 8 good, happy years and I hope that we’ll have many more to come!

Happy 8th anniversary, Jason :)

June 24, 2012

6 years and counting


Wow, it’s been more than a month since I’ve posted, huh? I wasn’t planning on being back till at least next month but I’m making today’s post an exception because today marks Jason and mine’s 6th anniversary. Sometimes it still amazes me how fact these 6 years went by but they have definitely been 6 interesting years.

Happy anniversary, Jason :)

November 25, 2011

All in the Name of Love


My friend, Amber, over at Life, Love, Green is doing this monthly challenge where we share the things that we appreciate in our significant others.

Since I don’t talk about Jason as much as I do about E, I thought it would be nice to share some of the things about Jason that I love so much.

There are many things I love about him. One of those things is his selflessness. In fact, there is one specific moment that really sticks in my mind.

This happened several years ago, before we were even engaged. Jason and I had been dating for a little over a year. I had just made a big career change and was starting over by studying architecture at the local community college. I had planned on enrolling into an architecture program once I had enough of the foundations down.

Jason, at that time, was unemployed because he had made plans to go to Japan to work. Working in Japan was one of the things he really wanted to try doing before settling down. That was all before we started dating. When the two of us became a couple, he put his plans on hold.

With our paths going different directions, we had a talk about what we wanted to do in the future.

Jason told me that he doesn’t have to go to Japan to work. As long as we’re together, he’d be fine looking for a normal job in California and that he wanted me to do the things that make me happy.

And that’s when I knew I wanted to marry and spend the rest of my life being happy with him. I also couldn’t let him give up his plans for working abroad for me, especially since he had already planned on doing it when I came along and threw a wrench into his plans.

It really touched me that he was going to give up the thing he wanted to do most so that I can achieve my dreams. That moment of selflessness from him gave me the determination to find the best way for us to accomplish our dreams together.

Within a month after that talk, I found a study abroad program at the university I’m currently attending and applied for it, recommendations and all. And that is how we got to where we are today and I’m glad we both got to do what we wanted to do (though technically, I got a little off track).

Even now, Jason is very supportive of me with whatever I want to do and I’m grateful for that because without him standing by my side cheering me on, I don’t know if I could accomplish the things I’ve done in Japan :)

Sometimes I feel that in order for a marriage to work out, sacrifices may be necessary. But sacrifices can lead to trouble, especially if one half feels they have made the bigger sacrifice than the other and that can eventually lead to bitterness and unhappiness. I think finding a compromise that allows both people to meet in the center without one sacrificing more than the other is a better solution but it’s a hard one to achieve sometimes.

What do you think?

LIfe Love Green
November 17, 2011

The One with the Big Mayo

Food, Marriage

Sometimes I wonder about Jason. He’s a very strange person and he never ceases to surprise me with the things he does.

For example, today, as I began making dinner, I realized that we didn’t have any mayonnaise for the sauce I was making.

Me: Jason, do you think you can go downstairs and buy some mayo? I need some for the recipe and we’re out.
Jason: Sure. I’ll be right back.

Several minutes later…

Jason: Is THIS enough mayo? *holds a bottle of mayo up to me*
Me: *stare at him, then at the mayo, then back at him*
Jason: *he smiles at me proudly* I got this big thing of mayo for only 500 yen! It’s even made for restaurant use!
Me: But that’s a lot of mayo…
Jason: And it’s only 500 yen!
Me: What are we going to do with all this mayo?
Jason: At least you won’t run out of it anytime soon!
Me: *looks at expiration date* But it’s going to expire January of 2012!
Jason: Really? Only 2 months? Then I guess we’ll just have to eat a lot of it before it expires.
Me: You mean you’ll eat a lot of it because daughter and I will be gone most of December.
Jason: Minor point.

So how big is this bottle of mayo?

A whole kilo. How in the world am I going to use it all up?

Well, at least it was cheap.

October 2, 2011

It’s like Chuck E Cheese but not


We had planned to go out to Tokyo Tower today since they have a Baskin Robbins in the small shopping area there and because we live close by. Except we ended up staying home most of the day since Jason was feeling under the weather and the three of us were a coughing mess.

As we were getting ready to go out for some dinner, Jason and I had this amusing conversation (well to us anyway)

Me: Aww, I wish we had gone to Tokyo Tower today. I wanted to get ice cream for daughter.
Jason: Ice cream?
Me: Yea, they have a 31’s there. (yes, I still call it that)
Jason: Oh yea. I always forget that they have one of those up there.
Me: Yea. I wish they had one even closer to us. Like at the place where the Docomo is. (Docomo is a cellphone shop. Kinda like Verizon)
Jason: My love…I think that place is a little too big to become a Baskin Robbins especially since this isn’t exactly a Baskin Robbins type of area.
Me: I know… but they could make it into a combo place like in the US.
Jason: And what, may I ask, will be a good combo for Baskin Robbins?
Me: *Thinks for a moment* Pizza Hut, of course!
Jason: Pizza Hut. Really.
Me: Yea, it’ll be like a Chuck E Cheese!
Jason: *Baffled* Chuck E Cheese?
Me: Well, it’s like you go there to eat pizza and then afterwards you have sweets.
Jason: But the only sweets you get there is a birthday cake and you even have to bring the birthday cake there yourself!
Me: Yea, well I still think it would have been a great idea.

It’s great to see that after 5 years of marriage, Jason and I can still have some of the most random and silly conversations with each other :)

June 24, 2011

The Wooden Anniversary


That which does not kill us makes us stronger. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Ah, 5 years… Jason and I have been married for 5 years today.

5 years is a long time for many people. Others would say that it’s quite short. Still, these past 5 years have been quite an adventure for us.

As I see it, if we managed to….

Move our entire lives to the other side of the world,
Survive our first year of marriage where neither of us worked,
Have our first child in a foreign country,
Raise our first child without knowing what we’re doing while trying to keep sane,
Make it through a rough time when we discovered Jason’s genetic disease,
Survive one of the worst earthquakes to hit Japan,

all during the 5 years we were married….I’m pretty sure we’ll do fine in the future together.

No one knows what the future holds for us but as long as we have each other, I’m sure we’ll be fine.

I love you.

Happy anniversary, Jason :)