The last two weeks have been so incredibly busy!
We signed the lease on the house.
“Shopped” for a car.
Found a car.
Purchased a car.
Got all of the crazy paperwork, insurance, and registration stuff for the car.
Took my first Japanese language class.
Packed up all the stuff we’d spread out at the hotel. (too much stuff y’all!)
MOVED INTO OUR HOUSE!!!!!
Got the gas turned on.
Got the temporary furniture from the Navy delivered.
Got our express/unaccompanied baggage delivered and unpacked.
Had a leaky sink fixed.
Got the stove hooked up.
Had the electrician increase the amps to the house.
Measured all the rooms for furniture.
Went out looking for furniture options.
Have spent hours trying to figure out proper trash/recycling disposal. (Oi!)
Investigated our local market.
Cleaned the kitchen and washed all the dishes from our express shipment.
And today, we finally got the internet hooked up!!
There is still SO MUCH to do but at least we are starting to get settled in. Next on the list, setting up the wireless router!
Just in the few days that we have been living off base I have realized how much more difficult everything is going to be not being able to speak or read the language. If we were living in just about any other country I could at least type stuff into my translation app or something and figure out what it says since it would still essentially use the ‘ABC’s’. But here, I can’t. The Japanese language is basically a mishmash of 3 different languages and I can’t write it, much less type it. So figuring things out is not easy.
We haven’t even been able to figure out how to get hot water out of our faucets and shower! That’s definitely been the most difficult thing to deal with so far. I HATE cold showers, hate them.
Speaking of which, it’s time to go and try to again to figure it out. And then do the dishes from dinner, no dishwasher is no fun. I guess I like being a spoiled American. 🙂