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!