Rob’s schedule really sucks. He works swing & typically starts work at 3:30pm and works until either midnight or 2am so that has really messed with our sleep patterns. We’re actually up many of the same hours as all of our friends & family back home, which has its benefits, even though we have a 16 hour time difference. At first, I was forcing myself to stay up so I could spend time with him after he’s home from work, and we were gradually staying up later and later. We often end up in bed at like 3 or 4 am, but sometimes, we’re up until 6 or 7 am. It’s tough for him to come home and immediately goes to bed, and he needs some time to wind down. As a result, we’ve both spent many days sleeping late into the afternoon. However, I’m regretting this because now I feel like I’ve slept away some of the days here in Japan that I could have been out doing stuff so I’m working hard to get my sleep schedule back on track. This is easier said than done, & it’s been really challenging but I’ve been waking up at 9 am the last few mornings so I’m getting there. We have over two months left here & I want to do a better job of making it count. It makes me sad that Rob doesn’t have all the free time with me to check out the things we want to see, so I just have to save the super awesome things for his days off. I know he wants to see stuff too but the only downside is, that means he’s busy all the time. Most weeks, he’s working six days so then we try to go do something on the 7th day so he can experience something too so he pretty much never rests. I know he thinks it’s cool to be in Japan but I also know he’s looking forward to the end of this trip just so he isn’t forced to work six 10 hour days every week. His supervisor did tell him he has too much overtime right now so hopefully that means he’ll get a weekend off soon but we’ll see.
So, it’s kinda neat because this is the closest we’ve ever been to real city living. This is a place where you really don’t need a car because most things can be found within walking distance. At first, I compared Yokosuka to a clean Bremerton but then we explored more, and it’s way bigger than Bremerton. I wouldn’t say it’s as big as Seattle but it’s definitely the city.
I’ve done quite a bit of cooking since we’ve been here. I bought a big, red Rachael Ray stock pot (I have an orange one just like it at home) that I got on sale at the NEX store so that’s been helpful, plus the dishes I told you about in the early blog about where we’re living, & I’ve gotten a little creative in figuring out ways to utilize the toaster oven. That’s actually been eye opening because we received a toaster oven as a wedding gift and it’s totally still in the box but now we have a new appreciation for the appliance! We might actually open it when we get home… well, I guess, when we find a home. Anyway, cooking has been very necessary here so that we don’t have to eat out every day. Also, with Rob working evenings, I need to have stuff to send with him. I’ve made a few Asian things but I’ve still made a lot of our normal stuff for Rob. Today, he has chicken & mashed potatoes with chicken gravy… all American. Yesterday, I gave him an Asian chicken dish with rice and he really liked that. I eat out a little more often than he does since I have the time to get dinner and because I’m more open to a lot of the foods around here. I have to say that I never realized how often I used Worcestershire sauce until I came here and didn’t have it in my kitchen. The grocery store also offers some seasoned & marinated meats that I buy occasionally and Rob has really liked those so far.
The above picture is beef I purchased that actually came already prepared in some kind of Japanese style sauce, it almost tasted like a BBQ sauce. Anyway, I just cook it, make some rice and make a sauce for the rice & Rob is a happy guy!