Some sad and beautiful things about temporarily teaching in Japan

At school, you’re a novelty until you’re not. Students swarm up to you giggling, in awe of your blonde hair and “small face,” attempting English questions about how old you are, whether you have a boyfriend, and some surprising ones like whether you’ve ever seen a ghost. But then you show up for weeks, months, … More Some sad and beautiful things about temporarily teaching in Japan

My surgery story

[Warning: graphic tumor image ahead] Before my open abdominal myomectomy, I went on a mad Googling spree. I wanted to know every little thing I would feel or think or need before and after my body was dissected for the very first time. And despite the bad rep of search engine k-holes, my frantic research … More My surgery story

Uterine fibroid myomectomy: commence freakout

It’s inching closer and closer to the date of my abdominal fibroid myomectomy, and the panic is real. I’ll be admitted to the hospital tomorrow afternoon, and the surgery is scheduled two days later. I’ve spent so much time looking forward to getting it over with, that I skipped over all the bad stuff. “Recovery will be nice,” … More Uterine fibroid myomectomy: commence freakout

Baby’s first love hotel: Hotel Enzo, Buzen

For those not familiar with Japanese love hotels, they are exactly what they sound like. They are hotels for bonin.’ You may be thinking, “Pshh, whatever, I can bone in a regular hotel,” and you would be right, but there is something novel about a space specifically designed for it. What’s more, love hotels offer a … More Baby’s first love hotel: Hotel Enzo, Buzen

Around Nakatsu: city streets

It’s amazing how quickly scenery becomes commonplace, and how refreshing it is to see your town through the eyes of a visitor. Our friend Bubs took these beautiful pictures of city streets when he visited us in Nakatsu last month. [Photos by Bruno Filip Lumetta. You can see more of his work here:]