Attempting To Find Religion Again

I’ve been struggling with religion for a while. When I was really little, I remember going to a small country church in the woods. I don’t remember much. Mainly Easter egg hunting in a white dress. I must have been 5 or 6 because I don’t really remember my sister being about of the memory. After that church, my family switched back to the church my parents were married in, Carrboro Baptist Church. It was within walking distance from our house. It was in the center of our town near Franklin Street and the playground of it backed up to my favorite Chinese restaurant. The side of the restaurant that faced the church had a mural that depicted the garden of Eden. I still remember the controversy over it showing Adam and Eve in leaves. … More Attempting To Find Religion Again

Starbucks, St Patrick’s Day, And Sex Toys (18+)

Since coming to Japan, one of the things that every wife seems to collect Starbucks mugs. I held out for about a year before I decided to start collecting them too. I bought a Hiroshima coffee mug shortly after I came back in November. Then in February Starbucks released their Sakura line of mugs. As usual, they sold out everywhere in about 48 hours. Luckily my neighbor, Dacia, was in Tokyo where they sell out a bit slower and was able to grab me one. It is a really pretty metallic hot pink travel mug. Two weeks after Starbucks released these mugs, they released the Purity line of Sakura mugs. Dacia and I decided to drive to Hiroshima the day they released to go pick up some new mugs. … More Starbucks, St Patrick’s Day, And Sex Toys (18+)

Bring On The Flower Festivals

A couple of weeks ago our friend, Shawna, invited a bunch of us from the Bunco group to go to a plum blossom festival. It was about an hour south of base near Hikari. Shawna told us to bring Katniss because she was bringing her pup, Mochi. The festival was located on a large hill (small mountain) that had plum blossom trees on top of the flat hill and going down around the hill towards the coast. It was really beautiful. Even though there were some venders there, Jeremy and I brought sandwiches and snacks from 7-11 so we could have a picnic with the others in our group. It was a beautiful area and the kids were having fun playing and running around. … More Bring On The Flower Festivals

The Stranger She Loved: Book Review

The Stranger She Loved is one of the few true crime books our base library has. I picked this book up because honestly I had it confused with a different murder that took place in a bathtub. This book is much more twisted than the crime I had it confused with and surprisingly one I wasn’t familiar with. I don’t remember much of the crime I had it confused with. I had seen it on the ID channel and the only things I remember about the it was that it was a fairly recent murder (I want to say around 2010ish), the tub was a similar shape (a garden tub) like in this book, and that the case was realized to be a murder because of how the towel bar had fallen or was found at the scene. Not much to go on but if anyone knows what crime that was, please tell me because now its bugging me to try and remember it. I don’t have cable anymore to watch the ID channel to see if it will pop up again. Once I realized this case was different than the other bathtub murder, I couldn’t put the book down. … More The Stranger She Loved: Book Review

Last Day In Kyoto

Our last day in Kyoto was a little more relaxed than our previous traveling days. We decided to sleep in before we started out on our last little bit of adventures. After grabbing some breakfast we walked back over to the train depot. We would ultimately be leaving from Kyoto via the Shin from that station. Jeremy and I took our luggage to a locker room located within the station so we wouldn’t have to carry it everywhere. … More Last Day In Kyoto

Vostok: Book Review

I have mentioned a few times that Steve Alten is one of my most favorite authors in the world. I love how he usually does large animal attack style books. I love his Meg series and Meg is usually my go to travel book when I go on vacation. I plan on taking my copy of Meg with me when I go to Hawaii. Especially since we will hopefully swimming with sharks. … More Vostok: Book Review

Last Day In Osaka

The next morning we woke up and prepared to head out to Kyoto. Before we went to Kyoto though, we wanted to check out Expo City in Osaka. To get to Expo City from the hotel we had to take a train and then a monorail. When we walked to the train station we were surprised to find an art gallery in the train station. It had paintings that I had only seen in art museums back home. Japan is full of surprises and this was just one of many for this trip. … More Last Day In Osaka