At work we have a 50% review when we're halfway done with the project. I thought I would do my own 50% review since now we're a little over half done with out trip.
So far it's been just like normal life in that there are things you'll take and things you'll leave. So here goes, some things I'll miss and some things I won't miss.
1. Wrangling Jerry in a two bedroom apartment - Won't Miss
I haven't talked to Jerry about this specifically, but I'm sure he would agree that riding the trains has been a very fun part of our experience. The picture above is from our balcony. When the weather is nice sometimes Jerry and I will watch the trains pull in and out. This is the JR Yokosuka Station.
4. The Balcony - Miss
That metal lid that Jerry is standing on (which I'm not supposed to let him stand on) is in both pictures. It can give you an idea of the balcony layout. The lid is a fire escape. You open it and a ladder drops down to the level below.
5. The Couch - WON'T MISS (all caps on purpose)
Yeah. It's a 3/4 scale Ikea couch. By that I mean it's 3/4 the size of even an Ikea couch. It helps cut down on TV watching and video game playing by making your butt fall asleep and your back hurt. I think this is the secret of Japanese fitness. If all Americans had couches like this, we would look like the Japanese. Sometimes I come home in the early morning and I don't want to wake Chelsea and Jerry so I'll just lie down on the couch. I'm not tall, and I still have to hand my legs over the end.
I also don't like the rug on the floor. It has about zero grip on the floor so it's always moving around and if you're not careful, you'll end up on your butt. When you're trying to stand up from the unusually low couch, the rug waits until you're almost up and then slips. It is sentient. I swear.
6. The Bed - Won't Miss
When it comes to softness, the bed takes cues from the couch. I'm sure they meet about it when we leave. The comforter is not quilted so it's not long before it's just a wad of batting wrapped in cloth. See the two pillows on the floor to the left? Those are the Japanese pillows that were in the room. They have rice pillows here. Did you know that? Neither did I. Anyway, after a week of sleeping on those we couldn't take it anymore and we bought new ones at the NEX. Ironically, I will miss my new NEX pillow.
Just like the couch, this bed is unusually low. It's easily half the height of our bed at home. I don't know about you, but in the morning I'm not usually ready to be standing up. I prefer more of a sliding motion into a standing position.
7. The View - Miss
I really enjoy the view. It's mostly ships and shipyard, but I like the industrial beauty of it. The view is especially pretty at night.
8. Putting Jerry to bed in this room - Won't Miss
This is really challenging about living here. Jerry doesn't sleep well in here so it takes him a long time to fall asleep and he usually wakes up in the early morning and wants to come into our bed. The doors can't be latched and provide almost no protection from the light and sound of the rest of the house. Basically, when Jerry is sleeping (yes we have a noisemaker) you have to be really quiet in the house and you can't turn on the living room lights. In order for Chelsea and I to watch a movie or TV show we plug in an audio extension cord with a splitter and we both wear earbuds.
9. Riding the elevator - Won't Miss