Want Vs Need

So, obviously Brandon is in Kamiyama, but I have yet to join him. I’ve been hanging out in Houston at the parental units’ house, spending time with the family and some friends, repacking Brandon’s boxes of stuff he wants sent to him, and living in a constant state of semi-anxiety that I’m going to forget something extremely important.

Brandon and I had a discussion before he left about want vs need. He had four huge boxes of stuff he wanted to ship to Japan and most of it had little to do with me. Some of it is “ours” but there was nothing that was “mine” in those boxes. I’m not sure if you are aware of this, but shipping to Japan is expensive, so we had that discussion I mentioned above and he whittled it down to 3 not quite full boxes. Now we’ve found a place that does sea mail (much cheaper, but much longer), but the boxes are too big, which means they have to be repacked into smaller boxes. I got his three boxes down to three smaller boxes, but in the process have discovered just what my beloved husband deems “need”. Let me give you some examples.

Green Lantern rings of all colors that he got free when buying the comic books.

Things that were imported from Japan to begin with like Gundam models and nano-blocks (kind of like legos, but smaller)

Plastic cups from some restaurants in Austin

Muscle men (you know…those little pink plastic toys from when we were kids)

That’s just a few of the ones that made me stop and say “Really??” when I was packing. It made me realize that we didn’t really define “want” and “need”. We just talked about needing to distinguish between the two and get rid of most of the “want” stuff and keep the “need” stuff. Don’t get me wrong. I was not asking him to get rid of everything he wanted to bring…just get it under control so it didn’t cost us an arm and a leg in shipping.

I have things that definitely fall under “want” rather than “need”…and probably just as ridiculous. For example, I am (shamelessly) bring origami paper to Japan. That’s right. You don’t have to go back and re-read that sentence. I am bringing origami paper to Japan with me. Not all of it. Not even half of it. Why? Because I don’t want to have to go out and find it as soon as I get there. And I know we’re going to be a little broke for awhile after I get there, so I probably shouldn’t be spending the money on it when I first get there. So, I have a couple of pounds of origami paper in my ship box.I also have some origami books, but most of those might get left behind in favor of shoes.

I should also mention that I have an entire box that is nothing but clothes, plus whatever I am packing. Brandon had his suitcases and about a third of a box of clothes. I feel I can justify this, though. I’m bigger than most Japanese women and clothes shopping is not going to be easy, so I packed A LOT of clothes. Plus, I’m female, so that means I get to pack an extra 20 pounds above and beyond what was expected.

This ended up being much longer than I thought it would be. I figured since Brandon had made three posts since the obligatory opening, I should write something. And I’ve been working on those boxes for a few days now, so they’re kind of top of mind for me. I have to finish tomorrow so we can take them to be shipped on Monday.

Next up for me is San Diego. I’ll be heading west on Tuesday for about a week before continuing on to Hawaii with my brother and my nephew. I’m thinking that once I’m off to San Diego, I’ll be able to relax a little more. Everything will be done and there will be no turning back. Hopefully the anxiety will let up some then!

Biking around town…

I was given a bicycle yesterday by the local garage! Everyone has been so very nice. I decided to go for a ride today even though I haven’t really ridden a bike in a few years. I needed a couple of things for the apartment, so I decided to ride down to the local market. It was a little further than I remembered from driving around for the past few days, but it wasn’t a bad ride. The main problem was that it’s downhill on the way to the market which means I had to go back uphill when I was already a little tired from the initial ride. Oh well…good times!

Just a few photos from the ride:

The last photo in the gallery is of our new refrigerator! You might remember the previous one from one of yesterday’s photos. I was on the phone with my brother and one of the people helping to set up the other apartments in the area stopped in to ask if I could use a bigger fridge. They knew that with 2 people living here now, we might have more stuff to store and there was a larger fridge in a neighboring apartment. It is much taller and newer than the previous one. It had been sitting in the other apartment for a few months so it needed a good scrubbing, but it looks pretty great now if I do say so myself :)

Thanks again to the super nice people of Kamiyama!

Kamiyama-cho

Now that I’m semi-situated in Kamiyama, here are some photos from around town and the new apartment! Enjoy!

So far, I’ve met many of my new co-workers, employers, local residents, the Mayor of Kamiyama, and hopefully made some friends. I have to thank Nakamura-san and Emma for all of their help in getting me set up here. It has been a busy few days, but it would have been much more difficult without all of their help and kindness.

I hope you enjoy the photos! If you have any questions or want to see anything else, let me know. I’ll probably be doing some scouting around this weekend and might take my nicer camera this time. I have a bike now(!) and should have a car sometime next week! The excitement continues!

Tokyo Orientation

Sorry this has taken me a while, but I’m finally semi-set up in Kamiyama and had a chance tonight to just relax, edit photos, and post a couple of things here on the blog! I’m probably just going to keep it simple with just photos and short captions. Sorry also for the less than ideal photos…I was using whatever mobile device (iPod, cell phone, etc.) was in my pocket at all times.

These photos are all from the recent JET Tokyo Orientation. Now on with the show!

The Obligatory Open

Welcome to 2BBolloms. At the time of this writing, we are in the process of moving to Japan, which has been extremely stressful and has caused some anxiety, but we are excited. We will be living on the island of Shikoku in the Tokushima prefecture where Brandon will be teaching English in the public schools. I will be gracefully and gratefully unemployed. I plan to do some volunteer work, but mostly I will be reconnecting with the artistic side of myself that I have neglected in recent years and it’s going to be fabulous!

We hope that you will return to follow our adventures. We will both we posting to this blog, so you will be the Japanese adventure from both perspectives. This is a place for everything about our adventure, from daily life to travel to food and beyond. I won’t speak for Brandon, but I plan to post frequently.

See you soon!

Becky (bbollom22)

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