Lost Car Keys — FOUND!!!!

UPDATE ON MY CAR KEYS: They have been found!!!!!!!!!!! My neighbor found them in her couch. Thank you, Catherine, for returning my driving privileges! 😀 You’re my hero!!!


Painfully Shitty Week :(

I’ve had such a shitty week. I ran out of my Effexor medication – which is THE most important one. I called ahead for refills over the weekend, and the automated system said it would be available for pick up on monday. well, I went monday and they didn’t have it. it turns out that the pharmacy ran out of 75mg doses. and my prescription reads to take 3 – 75mg pills, for a total of 225mg. but I told them that I don’t care if I have to take 10 pills, just as long as it adds up the total dose that I take. well, they said that in order for them to dispense it in different increments, the doctor would have to change it. ugh! and the doctor is my favorite pal, Dr. Woo (yuck!). well, I decided to wait until wednesday, as I had enough to get me through until then, before I called Dr. Woo, as he has up to 72 hours to respond to telephone messages anyway. and most likely, by the time he responds, the medicine will be in.

so I called the pharmacy at yokosuka on wednesday to see if they got in the 75mg pills. I was told that my prescription was already filled and was sitting on the shelf in negishi. (in hindsight, I now recognize that they didn’t tell me the 75mg was in. they just said it was filled. when I called in the automated line, it made it look like it was filled.) so then I called the negishi clinic wednesday afternoon and they said they had it! (again, they didn’t physically check their shelf. they just saw the original automated notice that said it had been filled). I was feeling waaaaaaaaaaayyyyy too tired that day (I slept ALL DAY) and said I’d go and pick it up the next day.

thursday morning comes and I feel like hell. I missed my Bible study group (again), and had to call off lunch with my friend naomi. because I hadn’t been taking the full dose, and at this point I was completely out of the medication, my body had seriously gone into withdrawals. I BARELY left the bed – only to let the dogs out, feed them once, and go to the bathroom once. in fact, catherine just came in the house to check on me (she knew I was running out of the meds), to find me still laying in bed. I was in really bad shape. and my throat was super sore (I figured I had snored a lot, and I knew I was talking in my sleep), so my throat/voice was really scratchy. just before she came over (like minutes before), I called the clinic to see if they’d let me give my neighbor my ID and pick up my meds for me, since I couldn’t get out of bed. but then the corpsman told me that the medication wasn’t there after all. and he told me I’d have to call the doctor to get him to re-write the prescription.

so as I’m hanging up the phone, catherine walks in. I told her that they wouldn’t allow me to give her my ID to get the medication AND that the meds aren’t even there. she took my ID anyway (she had to go there to get rebecca some medication anyway) and advocated for me. meanwhile, I called and left a very urgent message with dr. woo about the prescription. while catherine was there, the corpsman called the pharmacy and it turns out that dr. woo had just called to fix the prescription, but it wouldn’t be up here until the next day (friday).

so I’m super sick all day thursday because I’m not on the meds. I have a very painful headache all around my sinuses and my throat is sore. I figure it’s from all the snoring and talking in my sleep and stuff. I suddenly decide to rummage through my drawer of meds and found an old bottle with 2 – 150mg pills. I immediately downed one of them. that kind of carried me through the evening.

I decide to do some work on my photos that evening. I get stuck on this one picture and can’t figure out how to get the software to work. so jill happened to be on facebook at the time. I asked her about it and she said she could help me. great! I told her I’d be over there in a few minutes. I grab my laptop and went to grab the car keys, to no avail. NO CAR KEYS ANYWHERE. I tore the house APART looking for the darn things. I checked in every place imaginable. at this point, I’m so worked up about not being able to find the keys that I start to get physically sick to my stomach because I’m light-headed and stuff from not having the proper meds. at this point, the 150mg pill hadn’t kicked in yet. I never find the damn keys and am up all night, just waiting for the daylight so I can do another search.

friday morning comes (today). still no keys. at this point, I feel slightly better, as the 150mg pill has kicked in. however, it is painfully clear that I have some sort of cold, head cold, sinus infection, or something. my nose is runny, I’m all congested, my head is killing me, and my throat is sore. around noon I went up to the clinic to get my meds (in catherine’s car), but they said the driver from yokosuka hadn’t been there yet. he had until 2pm to get there. while I’m up there, I decided to go over to security to see if they could do something to help me with my car situation – either jimmy the car for me or help me get a locksmith. they said they could jimmy the car and that I want to try not to call a locksmith because I guess it will cost me around $100 or so.

I drove home and within about 10 minutes, one of the security guys showed up. he tried to jimmy the car open for about a good 45 minutes. meanwhile, the guy who cleans out the dryer vent shows up at the house. so I run over to the house to put the dogs in the bedroom and let him in. the security guy still can’t get the car unlocked. at this point, he’s trying to open the car with the jimmy thingy by attempting to flip over the door lock to the unlocked position. he’s trying and trying, but with no success. while he moves over to another door to do this, I ask if I can try. within about 10 minutes, I manage to get the car unlocked. I unlock ALL of the doors of the car. I immediately try to pop open the truck (this was where I guessed the keys were), but it wouldn’t open. nice. so I search over the entire car, looking for the spare key. no luck. eventually, I try the trunk button again and it finally works. not wanting to take a chance that it might not open again, I dig through all the crap that’s in the trunk like a mad person! I pull all kinds of stuff out – stuff I’ve been looking for, for a while now. LOL still no keys.

I go back over to catherine’s and tell her what happened and ask to borrow the car again so I can go up to the clinic to get my meds. but I haven’t showered in about 3 days (maybe even 4). so I shower and wash my hair first. my head cold is absolutely killing me. I suddenly remember that I have some sudafed, so I popped a few of those. and I popped some extra of my vitamin C pills, and one of my iron pills. after the shower, I go to the clinic and they finally have it! thank goodness!!! but still no keys!!!

tonight the elementary school up here had a fall festival that was free. so I went with the neighbors and we had a nice time. as soon as I walked out of there, I felt the sudafed stop working. my head is killing me again. and still no keys.

now it’s a little after 10pm, my entire head (temples, eyes, nose, throat, etc) hurts, and I have had one shitty week. and still no keys.

please pray for me.


kristen 😦

p.s. and now i can’t get the stupid “returns” to work on this post to properly separate my paragraphs. UGH!!!!!
p.p.s and this is all in addition to learning about very sick loved ones, and the death of someone i went to high school with. very sad.

A Navy Wife’s Prayer

A Navy Wife’s Prayer

Dear Lord, give me greatness of heart to see,
The difference between duty and his love for me.

Give me a task to do each day,
to help pass the time while he is away;

Give me the understanding, so that I may know,
That when duty calls he must go;

And, Dear Lord, when he goes out to sea,
please bring him home safely to me.

Yakiniku, Takoyaki and Kimchi … oh my!

My good friend Sandi took me out for a new culinary experience the other day: yakiniku. Yakiniku is basically “Japanese barbecue.” We ordered prepared raw ingredients and cooked them on the grill at our table.

My yakiniku order (top): coconut custard with pineapple, prepared raw pork, (bottom) rice, kimchi, and soup.

It was delicious! It was my first time eating kimchi. It had a bit of a spicy chili pepper paste on it.

Fire up the grill!

Along with the pork and beef we cooked, we enjoyed takoyaki — friend balls of octopus. I thought it would be a chewy texture but it wasn’t. We dipped them in mayonnaise. They were pretty good but could have used a little more flavor.

We topped the meal off with some flan and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Home, Sweet Home

Well we (me and the dogs) finally made it home. It’s no easy task traveling by yourself and two large dogs — and their crates. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, but we got through it with flying colors.

I waited until the last moment to put the dogs on their crates to get on the plane, so they did great. And since tourism in Japan is down, there were enough empty seats for several of the passengers to lay down. I lucked out and got an entire row of 4 seats to myself. 🙂 I was passed out for most of the flight home. Let me tell you, that’s the only way to fly internationally. 😉

George was already in the lobby when our flight landed, so he was able to help me with the dogs get us loaded into the car.

Since our return, the dogs and I have been catching up on sleep and getting back on Japan-time. We’re all happy to be home. ❤

Streaming Live Japanese News — IN ENGLISH

If you’d like to watch Japanese news live, in English, click on the following link for streaming video:


How to Help Japan: Earthquake Relief Options

Japan has often donated when other countries have experienced disasters, such as when Hurricane Katrina impacted the United States. Below are organizations that are working on relief and recovery in the region.

THE HUMANE SOCIETY: Humane Society International (HSI) and The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS) have deployed disaster response staff to Japan’s northern coast, and reached out to Japanese partner organizations involved with animal care and rescue to identify where and how best to provide emergency support and veterinary attention. Donate here.

AMERICAN RED CROSS: Emergency Operation Centers are opened in the affected areas and staffed by the chapters. This disaster is on a scale larger than the Japanese Red Cross can typically manage. Donations to the American Red Cross can be allocated for the International Disaster Relief Fund, which then deploys to the region to help. Donate here.

Donate online or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.

INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR ANIMAL WELFARE: will be deploying a team to assess needs regarding animal rescue. IFAW rescuers have mobilized to Japan to assist with animal rescue efforts following the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the country. We are reaching out to help surviving livestock and homeless companion animals to help residents cope with the tragedy. There will be a huge need for pet food, water, veterinary supplies, vaccines, and temporary shelter. Please make a donation to our Emergency Relief fund now. Animal victims of disasters simply can’t wait. They are encouraging support through donations, which will be used to buy pet food, veterinary supplies, vaccines and other necessities for animals needing help. Donate here.

GLOBALGIVING:  Launched The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund to disburse donations to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Donate here.

Donate online or text JAPAN to 50555 to give $10 from your phone.

SAVE THE CHILDREN: Mobilizing to provide immediate humanitarian relief in the shape of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter. Donate here.

SALVATION ARMY : The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and is currently providing emergency assistance to those in need. Salvation Army personnel are organizing efforts in Tokyo and will soon send a team to help the severely damaged city of Sendai, Japan. Donate here.

 Donate online or text ‘JAPAN’ or ‘QUAKE’ to 80888 to make a $10 donation

AMERICARES: Emergency team is on full alert, mobilizing resources and dispatching an emergency response manager to the region. Donate here.

CONVOY OF HOPE: Disaster Response team established connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and areas where Convoy of Hope may be of the greatest assistance. Convoy of Hope is a faith based organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing. Donate here.

 Donate online or text TSUNAMI to 50555 to donate $10

: Putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities. International Medical Corps is responding to the health needs of the disaster’s victims. Donate here.

 Donate online or text MED to 80888 from any mobile phone to give $10.

SHELTER BOX: The first team is mobilizing to head to Japan and begin the response effort. Shelter Box is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide. Donate here.

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS: is sending two three-person teams to the Iwate and Miyagi prefectures in Japan. Donate here.

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