Monday, November 24, 2008

Karaoke!

This is what we do a lot on the weekends. We go out with Leah and Brad to a place called Niagara and sing karaoke, it's really fun. I never thought that I would ever sing karaoke and like it too. But we have so much fun doing it!

I know for some reason my shirt looks wet in this picture, but it's not. Weird


(I also posted a draft that I had below the Marine Corps Ball post)

New Cat!

So Ryan and I got a new cat about 2-3weeks ago. I originally had wanted to get two kittens but the vet clinic didn't have any cats. They put us on a waiting list and call us to tell us they had a cat that was brought to them by animal control. She is about 2yrs old they say ( I think she might be 3-4yrs old), she's de-clawed, fixed and micro-chipped. It sounds like someone just didn't want to take her back to the states with them. She was supposed to be put down, so we decided to get her. We named her Mozart, keeping with the classical musicians (remember Beethoven), or Mo for short. She has been really shy and hiding under the couches and entertainment center, so I blocked them off and she goes under our bed now. But at least I can pet her there. She is so sweet, she just LOVES it when you scratch her head and belly, she also purrs really loud too (which I love). She has started to walk around if we're both just sitting around, but as soon as we get up she runs away. But she's doing a lot better. She has also started to play with her toy (that I know of), it's a string with a furry ball at the end, she first only played with the string and now the furry ball too. It's kind of weird playing with a cat with no front claws. It feel like I have to give up more when I play with her since it's not fair. She'll hook her from paw and hold on to it with her mouth.

She is almost completely black, except for under her stomach she has grayish hair. She is a long haired cat but she doesn't really shed that much. But since she was so shy and she won't let us hold her yet, we had her shaved. So she looks like a regular short haired cat for now.


This is where she hid when we first brought her home. It was in the closet in the second bedroom.




Now this is her under the bed. She was playing with her toy :)



Mozart has really big eyes and is really sweet. She has even started to wake me up at night sometimes wanting attention and she'll lay on the bed with us for awhile as long as I'm petting her. She likes to bury her head when you pet her.
One more of her under the bed. Sorry for the things hanging down. This shows her grey belly. I was scratching her and if you keep scratching her belly she'll roll onto her back and stretch out.

Horseback Riding

I know, isn't kinda weird to think about horseback riding in Japan huh? But my friend Leah loves horses and has horses back home and she found a riding school that you can go and ride the horses. She does there all the time and invited me the last time she went out. It is on the way to chicken shack and because we already live in the mountains kinda, it's only about a 15-20 minute ride out there. It was really fun and exhausting. She kept telling me to kick the horse harder so I could get him to trot but he was being stuborn. It really got my legs tired and warmed me up, which is good because it's really started to get cold here.

Here is the horse that I rode. His name is Cha I think. It almost has an r sounding to it at the end though.





My head looks like a mushroom.






It was fun and I got to learn how to direct horses, so maybe I'll go out again and get him to run or something.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Happy 233rd Birthday Marine Corps!

This this past Wednesday was the Marine Corps Ball. It was weird going to a ball during the week but because there is only one place to have it on base and different squadrons, we had to share. This is us and Ryan's Marines in his shop.





Ryan and me with the guest of honor, Lt Gen Frederick McCorkle. He was funny and didn't talk for too long, he doesn't look too happy in this picture but I think that's just his normal expression.



Ryan and his Commanding Officer, Lt Col Gackle. He's a pretty nice guy and I'm even impressed the he knows my name aswell. :) I guess we're doing something good.


This is the place setting for all of the fallen Marines.




This is my friends Christy, Leah and me.



Leah and her husband Brad.


Me and my friend Leticia. She is 16 weeks pregnant, looking pretty good!




Leticia and her husband Ben




Ryan and me, there isn't a whole lot of pictures of us together, it's not a great one. We got our pictures taken at the ball, they are putting them on CD. We got our pictures done after we'd been dancing, so I hope they turn out good.



This is Ryan and Dunbar. He knows Dunbar from Miramar.
All in all it was a fun ball. I was worried because I had to do my hair myself because there is only one salon on base and I you have to make an appointment 30days in advance and I didn't do it. But I think it turned out nice.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Commercials

So whenever I am watching tv I am amazed at how stupid they are. If anyone has ever watched AFN (Armed Forces Network) for awhile, you realize that they play the same commercials and what is best is the ones that the local base makes. They are so aweful and have some kind of propaganda behind them. I also have some Japanese commercials, one of them is for UNI QLO, which is the best store, it's where you can find the most american kind of clothes and the best sizing. It is almost like an Old Navy. The volume might be low on some, so turn it up!


I know this can be death by video, so watch what you want!
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So that is just a little bit of what I get to watch on tv. Let's just say that I can't wait to come back to the states and watch real commercials!

Iwakuni Festival

On October 18th was the Iwakuni Festival. It was held downtown and some of the Marines and Sailors were having a both open where you could get your picture taken with them. There were a lot of vendors, performances and food everywhere.

This guy was Pokemon, but he didn't want to put his hat on because it would mess up his hair. Most Japanese guys spend more time on their hair than I do!


Ryan and his friend Chris Dunbar, he knew him from back at Miramar (San Diego)


Crazy eyes! Trying to be like on Pirates of the Carribean


Guys making rice cake things that are really gross, especially since they put bean curd in them.






Some performers


Ryan tried to get pictures with all the girls!




Peace!



Some dancers



My friend Leah painting a Kanji saying on a Japanese Defense Force guy









A bunch of the other people there


Them up on the stage being recognized


The Japanese girls would try on that backpack that was half full (45lbs) that the camophlaged girl is wearing and they would fall back and giggle.






This is a Boy Scout leader who spoke english, I think he thought they were weird because they wanted their pictures taken with him.



More girls




Random Japanese guy handing out flyers





It was a fun day and it turned out to be nice outside too! Ryan of course was sweating his behind off!