Well....I haven't blogged in a while because I've been both busy and very sad. My mom's husband, George, passed away May 15th. He had cancer and we were told that he had 6 months but he died within about 6 weeks so we weren't prepared for how soon it would happen. Needless to say I've been on the phone a lot to my mom and supporting her as much as I can from Japan. I better stop writing about this before I cry.
We also have been busy trying to and finally getting tickets to Canada to visit her in August. It is only May but there aren't many tickets left!! But we got ours so that is good.
I've also been running around trying to get my spousal visa (I have a working visa right now) and there are so many papers to get and sign etc. But finally we are almost at the last step for that one.
We are also preparing to open yet another store....vintage!! We are in the process of buying and preparing items so I'm not sure when we will open but I 'm very excited about this as Japan is a treasure trove of wonderful old things!! I feel like telling my older students not to throw anything away...call me instead!!! Hmmm....that could be a business....going and collecting things! Anyway, when we open I will post it here.
Tonight I got to watch my favorite Japanese TV show called "beforeafter". I LOVE this show!! And I found a clip on youtube!! This is a reform show but I don't remember seeing this kind on TV back home. Basically the family lives in some UNBELIEVABLE house and they usually pay around $100,000~$150,000 and basically they get a new house. You can't buy a house for that little so it is amazing!! They sometimes basically tear it all down to the very basics structure. They have an architect come in and do it all. The "after" usually makes the family cry....I really wish they could do it to our place but 1) we rent and 2) our place is good. If you have some time (each one is about9 mins) watch the clips!!! Each segment is a separate house but it gives you a taste of what the show is about. Oh and in the first clip....the father and brother climb up into their beds and then you see the sister climb into bed...that is actually part of a closet she is sleeping in!!