The nice thing thing about arriving in Yokosuka this time around is that I know the place pretty dang well after spennding four months there. I already know where I prefer to frequent & where to go for our needs. The downside to this is that there isn’t much left for me to explore in town! Last time, our joint goal was to put away some money but my own goal was to take full advantage of four months in Japan and see as much as I could in that time. I didn’t see everything I hoped to but I spent quite a bit of time in Tokyo!
This time, it was all about the money. It was a significantly shorter trip for me, lasting only three weeks, while Rob still has to power through until mid-April 2020.
Right now, I’m sitting in the Tully’s cafe at Tokyo Narita, with quite a bit of time to kill before my flight. Once again, I’m flying Japan Airlines. My flight out here was a pleasant one so I’m optimistic about tonight’s flight also. I went back & forth on checking my bag, and decided against it, much to my regret. Last time was a learning experience after we way over packed, and now we pack on the lighter side, so it isn’t a big bag but it’s inconvenient to have to lug around the airport. My logic was that it would save me the extra step of stopping at the baggage claim after I arrive back home. I showed up far too early with big plans on how I was going to entertain myself at the airport but I’m always too nervous about running into a problem so instead of doing all the fun stuff I wanted to do, I went straight through security and then found my gate. I probably need to worry less. So, rather than shopping and getting one last Japanese meal before boarding the plane, I sit here, drinking my mocha, eating my mousse cake and waiting for the time to pass.
I don’t mind plane rides but my flights to and from Japan this time were on my own and I don’t like that. I get a little nervous when Rob or I have to fly without the other one. I know nothing is going to happen but it still makes me feel uneasy.
Leaving Rob this morning was no easier than it was back in November when I dropped him off at Sea Tac. When I originally planned this trip, some things were different with my job so I had a specific plan regarding my work schedule. Now, I’ll be working in a different location which changes that specific plan and NOW, I fly back to Seattle, work one day and then have two more days off. Had I known, I would have taken that one work day off and had three more in Japan with Rob. I guess the bright side is that I won’t be able to spend a bunch of money on Tokyo like I’ve been doing all week and within the next 10-12 hours, I’ll be back in my own home with our cats. I hope they’re happy at my return rather than angry over the length of time I was gone! Additionally, I’ll have some time to rest this weekend.
Rob & I have had different thoughts on whether I should visit Japan one or two more times between now and April. He initially said one more should do, because he wanted to save the air fare that a second trip would cost us. I wanted to make two happen but that will also depend on work. If I can work it out with my boss, I think Rob might feel a little more inclined to have me out twice now, because he enjoys life in Japan much more when I’m here with him. He was a little bummed this morning when he left for work, knowing I wouldn’t be in the hotel room when he returns.
I can’t believe our three weeks together is up and I’m waiting for my plane back to Sea-Tac.
I’m not sure exactly when I’ll be able to return. Hopefully sooner rather than later. Next time, I’m going to change my focus from Tokyo to some of the other ancient, small areas around Yokosuka. I want to visit Enoshima Island, there’s one or two more things I’d like to see in Kamakura, and I’d like to look up what else might be worth seeing so we can check those things off our bucket list. Down the road, we’d like to take one long vacation to Japan. When I say vacation, I mean vacation for both of us, not just me. We want to spend part of it in Tokyo, checking off a few more things for me and giving Rob the opportunity to see anything he hasn’t had a chance to visit yet but would like to. Then we want to travel down to Osaka and Kyoto, which are a few hours away from Tokyo by train or a little over an hour by plane. Osaka is known as “Japan’s Kitchen,” and they are renowned for their street food, although I’ve heard there isn’t as much of it as there used to be. I’ve read Kyoto is what you’d expect to see when you think of ancient Japan, and is the main hub for the old geisha culture. I’ve read there’s tons to see there. We talked about maybe just going down there for a weekend if Rob can get the time off but that never happens. Plus, I want to see everything without being rushed or having to choose and miss out on anything.
We wouldn’t mind coming back to Japan for work but we aren’t going to do another one of these long trips. Now that we have pets, it isn’t practical to leave them for months on end, plus it’s hard on them and hard on us! I’m allowed to take time off of up to six months at a time per 12 months, which is pretty great, but only so much of that can be done before it has a negative impact on my professional development. Rob’s job sometimes has month long trips, which would be ideal. We would probably just have him work for the month, and I would meet up with him at the end, and we would take a week and then be able to do the fun stuff! We have no intention of ever being apart like this again.
I can’t wait to plan my next trip out here. As of right now, I’m not sure when I’ll see my husband again and I am really not into it, and neither is he.
Even though this is my last couple of hours in Japan before returning home and I’m typing this up, there is still plenty I have to write about. I have to update my previous blog posts as I move them over from the other blogging platform I was using, and I actually have a couple that I never posted from our last trip but will be doing soon. I also have several from this trip of days in Tokyo so there’s plenty more coming soon.
Usually, when I go to Tokyo, I like to get somewhat of an early start towards the train station but I just could not get moving this particular morning, and then I was distracted by all the miliary activity taking place just across Tokyo Bay. Things to do in Tokyo open a little later than what I’m used to back home and it’s kind’ve a trek to get there so somewhat early is best.
Our room has a perfect view of the water! First, the submarine popped up, then a short time later, I watched an aircraft carrier arrive. Even though I’m from a military area, it’s still really cool to see, especially since I can watch from our balcony!
Anyway, for this trip to Tokyo, I was on my own. If I was going to run late on a trip into the city, this was the day to do it because Rob was working late. I missed the train I wanted to take but no big deal. One of the great things about the trains in Japan is that they run constantly so if you miss your train, another one will arrive in just a short time so we never rush or stress about catching them. It actually worked out nicely, because I missed the train rush hour, which ends around 9 am. Usually, it takes well over an hour to get to Shinjuku but I found a train that was going to get me there in less time with only one transfer in Yokohama so I was pretty excited about that.
Naturally, that would have bene too easy… so there was a delay with the route and I ended up having to transfer at Yokohama AND Shinagawa. It’s not hard… just an extra step and a little extra time.
I was going for a day trip to Shinjuku. The sun was shining and the temperature was pretty alright. This is the warmest December I have ever experienced! I was wearing a blouse and light sweater, and was totally fine. It feels like an October day back home, before the temperature drops with the change of the seasons. Maybe even warmer, like a nice September day.
One of the day’s goals was ramen. Shinjuku and Shibuya are both well known for their competitive ramen restaurants. I put a lot of time into researching the perfect ramen place for me, but I just couldn’t decide… I’m not familiar enough with ramen recipes to know what I’ll like and I haven’t enjoyed either of the ramen dishes I tried last time I visited Japan so I went to he who knows best: Paolo from Tokyo, who’s favorite ramen restaurant in all of Tokyo is Fuunji. I walked by several ramen restaurants getting from the train station to Fuunj, and it seems common for the good ones to have lines, and Fuunji is no exception. They say you can tell a good restaurant by the number of locals inside or in line, so even though I don’t prefer to wait, I always keep this in mind. After wandering around the streets of Shinjuku for a while, I decided to take Paolo’s advice. Fuunji is was.
I’m sure I’m one of like a million people who have come here after watching Paolo’s video. I wanted to try my own ramen experience because I don’t just want to copy others all the time but this just seemed the safest course of action in this situation. So, here I was, waiting in line for a dish I’m unsure of, to eat noodles & broth fairly quickly with chopsticks. That’s another thing… you’re not supposed to take your sweet time at places like this. You eat then move along so the next patron can enter.
Long lines full of locals are a good thing. They have a lot of options to choose from so if you see quite a few of them choosing a specific spot, that’s a positive sign. Fuunji is a famous, highly regarded tsukemen shop who also serves a delicious ramen option. Those are their specialties and I’m not even sure if you can get much else, if anything else, on the menu…? I coud be wrong. I can’t read the Japanese language so sometimes I miss things. Anyway, tsukemen uses thicker noodles than ramen and they’re served cold with a warm, rich dipping sauce. I’ve read that ramen tends to be more popular in the cooler months, while the more hearty tsukemen is the preference in the colder months. To me, the tsukemen sounded so much more appealing! I don’t know… I might never try ramen again!! One article described tsukemen as “revolutionary ramen,” like an revamped, updated version of it.
As I neared the entrance to Fuunji, I looked behind me and the line wasn’t getting any shorter. For every person who went in to eat, at least one more person lined up. When it was my turn to go inside, I selected what I wanted from their ticket kiosk, and continued to wait. The staff has everyone line up against the wall, standing about a food from the people eating. It sounds awful & awkward but it’s actually not a big deal to anyone eating or standing. It’s just how it’s done, as seen in the picture below…
I lucked out and was able to cut in front of several people, per the directions of the staff. They won’t seat you until the necessary number of seats become available to seat your entire party. I was party of one so it was easy!
Okay, so I kinda messed up and starting eating before I took the picture of my food. My bad. So I went with tsukemen, with the thick broth and dipping noodles. I am no master at chop sticks so it was a little messy for me. My chop sticks efforts weren’t horrible but I’m sure everyone around me could tell I’m not from around these parts and let’s just say I’m happy I have stain remover in the closet at home. Some things are pretty easy to eat with chopsticks but I don’t find noodles to be one of them.
Tsukemen is incredible. Oh my goodness. It was so good.
Like I said before, this place is famous for their tsukemen, plus when I was inside, I looked at all 15 people seated, eating their lunch, and all 15 were eating tsukemen. As they left and were replaced with other customers, the next person also ordered tsukemen. I figured this stuff had to be too good not to try and it was a great decision. This stuff is so delicious, I think even super picky eater Rob might like it. They only serve regular and large sizes and I ordered the regular, which was enough. I wasn’t terribly full but I didn’t leave hungry.
If you ever have a chance to eat tsukemen, do it.
After I finished my tsukemen at Fuunji, I just wandered the shopping areas near the train station. Shinjuku, like so much of Tokyo, is famous for it’s designer brands but they have a lot of other cool stuff. I went into Tokyo Hands, a department store that’s well known and sells everything from make up to tools. I rarely buy any of it because I don’t feel like I need the stuff and then there’s the hassle of carrying it on the train and then getting it home. It’s a whole thing but it’s still fun to wander the streets of Tokyo. Sometimes, it’s still surreal to walk around and say, “I’m in Tokyo!”
I decided it was time to go home around 3pm, because I wanted to be back when Rob came home from work but also, my phone battery died. Knowing I was in Shinjuku, Rob was less than thrilled when he couldn’t get ahold of me for several hours while I rode the trains back to Yokosuka, via Yokohama and Sinagawa, and then stopped at the market below the train station. Poor guy! At least I know I can find my way from Tokyo with no assisitance from my phone.
I just love this place. We’ve never been to Egypt so I have nothing to compare its authenticity to, but I don’t care. It’s so good.
Obviously, Alibaba is not new to blog mentions around here but I ordered something new from there today and it’s totally worth talking about. Their Egyptian sandwiches are popular & any time I see somebody eating one, I always think how good it looks. I asked for the Egyptian shrimp sandwich but they were out of shrimp so I just got the chicken instead. It was so delicious, I don’t even care they were out of shrimp. I really wish I had another one right now but I’m going to exercize self control & refrain from embarrassing myself by ordering a second one in the same meal timeframe. I’m going to convince Rob to try one because I think he’ll really like it. Unfortunately, hes at work right now. This was tonight’s dinner & it was such a good idea! Usually I get the curry but this was so delicious that I’m not even sure if I’ll ever order curry from them again because I’ll just get this from now on instead.
UPDATE: Fast forward a couple weeks…
Today is Sunday & unfortunately, Rob had to work but at least it was a short shift. He’s worked every day since last Sunday, and is working through AT LEAST next Saturday, possibly even longer than that. The only day off Rob has had in the last week was last Sunday, and we went to Tokyo so it wasn’t a day of rest for him & today after work, he wanted to relax. For dinner, I suggested Alibaba’s Egyptian sandwiches! They’re open during primetime bar hours so they open after he’s already at work for the evening so this was the perfect opportunity to get him in there. I kinda wanted to smoke some hookah but I wanted him to get his relaxation time, so maybe we’ll do it another day. Anyway, Rob was sketpical but open to the idea since I kept telling him how good this food was. Hessem, the guy I ususally order from, was working this evening & it’s always a good experience when he’s there. We ordered our Egyptian sandwiches to go & came back to the hotel room, & I was excited that Rob liked his! At first, he said, it’s “pretty good,” but I could tell he enoyed it because he mentioned it a couple more times as the night wore on. Like an hour after we ate it, he says to me, “Good call on that sandwich.”
The good news here is that they are the closest restaurant to us so they’re as convenient as it gets (google maps says they’re 100 feet from our room) & since Rob enjoyed it & I love it, we’ll visit them again! I get pretty excited about them. I am truly going to miss that place when we leave Yokosuka. That’s pretty good for a place I was initially skeptical to try.
We’ve moved! We left behind the tiny closet we were living in and moved into a studio at Liberty Cove. Apparently Liberty Cove is one of the favorites among shipyard employees staying in Yokosuka. Rob put in a request to move there and his request was granted so he’ll be enjoying a little more luxury for the remainder of his stay in Japan.
We were staying at Hello Lodge, which was fine… it got the job done, their staff was friendly, it had a bed & a roof. All the essentials were covered… but it was so tiny! It had walls separating rooms instead of an open floor plan, which made it feel even smaller than it was. If one thing was out of place, the room felt cluttered. We just weren’t into it, especially since there are two of us staying here right now.
As soon as you approach Liberty Cove from the outside, it already looks nice. When we walked into our room on the eighth floor, we were so excited to see that our new room was at least 3x the size of our previous room. This is the nicest one of the three hotels we’ve stayed in.
We are well protected here, too! First, you have to walk by the front desk, who will open the double doors leading to the hallway and elevators. If they aren’t there, we have a key that will get us in. Our front door has three locks on it. No one is getting in here!
There’s so much closet space, we didn’t even bring enough stuff to fill it all. One closet is devoted entirely to luggage because we don’t need it for anything else!
As soon as you enter through the front door, you turn to the left, then to your immediate right is the wash room. Our first hotel had community washers and dryers which was inconvenient, especially when the machines were occupied. The one thing they had going for them was that the machines were full sized & it saved me from the laundromat. Plus they provided laundry detergent! Our last hotel had tiny machines and a dryer that couldn’t dry. These were in our room so that was at least something. Now, we have a full sized modern washer, a small dryer but it can dry within a reasonable amount of time, and we don’t have to share them! We’re moving up in the world! Although, we had to buy our own laundry soap but I guess I can live with that.
Nice big sink and medicine cabinet. I don’t generally get excited about medicine cabinets but when the other hotels don’t have them and this one does, it makes us pretty happy.
Our entire bathroom is just the tub and shower. Literally. There is a bath tub but you don’t step into the tub for your shower. Just just step into the room and turn on the water. You can see the drain in the floor. The room IS the shower!
Welcome to our hallway, which also features all the clothes closets.
Welcome to our closets. New Hotel Yokosuka had real drawers but no one else has had those.
Welcome to the the second half of our hallway, around the corner.
Welcome to our bathroom… toilet room? The bath tub is actually in a separate room so I guess that would be the bathroom. I remember asking Rob, “Why are our toilet and sink so far apart?” The answer: Because there is a faucet on the back of the toilet. It seems so strange! This is the first time I’ve seen this at all, so it isn’t all that common yet, even here in Japan. I am 100% certain that it’s sanitary but it seems so abnormal that the whole thing weirds me out anyway. Maybe this is the future. I read this was done in an effort to conserve water.
Rob is thrilled to once again have a heated toilet seat. It makes all the difference to him.
Moving on takes you to the main room of our studio. First of all, I have to give credit to this hotel. They post signs encouraging their customers to turn lights off when we aren’t here, are trying to conserve water and they provide a compartmentalized can to separate your trash & recyclables. Japan is the world’s leading country in plastic waste but I’ve read it’s a work in progress. There are recycle bins all over the place!
Each of our rooms has had a little toaster oven. It seems to be a staple around here. We actually received one of these as a wedding gift and never bothered to use it until after our last trip to Japan, when I was forced to see what it could do. Totally worthwhile! I like to use it for things such as quessadillas, because I can still get that crisp tortilla without frying it. Rob eats a lot of quessadillas while we’re here because they’re so easy to make in this thing.
We have anywhere between two and four of each dish. They all are all so small though! Our coffee cups & glasses just weren’t working for us so hello, 100 Yen Store. We can roll with the small plates and bowls.
I wouldn’t say our fridge is quite the size we’re used to but it’s definitely big enough. I wish the freezer was a little bigger than it is, because my goal this week is to get a ton of meal prep done and frozen for Rob to eat after I’ve gone. I already have a bunch of homemade burritos, a couple of quessadillas, a bag of burgers, two meals of pan roasted pork chops with rice, and two meals of a rice dish with pork, corn, tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, etc. As we speak, I’m getting some chicken ready to go in there that can be used for sandwiches. He shops at the commissary weekly which is better than going out all the time, because the only things he enjoys around here are the fried rice, fried chicken and yakitori. Oh, and someone introduced him to a new Mexican place that he says isn’t bad.
Anyway, let’s move on to the kitchenette area.
First of all, we have an enormous sink. This is the biggest sink I’ve ever had and it’s awesome. I dont know… maybe my sink at home is the same size but feels smaller because there are two sides. Either way, I’m diggin’ this. I’ve always wanted one of the farmhouse style sinks and while this isn’t that, it reminds me of them.
There isn’t *much* counter space but there *IS* counter space and thats huge. I’ll take what little I can get! We have been supplied with some of the basics, including a coffee pot, a frying pan, a pot, some utensils and knives. I am definitely missing a strainer, but am totally impressed with the kitchen knives. I’m really surprised at the quality they provided us!
At Hello Lodge, I wasn’t excited to use a gas burner because I was inexperienced with them but I’m pretty used to it now. They aren’t so bad! We have three burners here! It’s amazing to be able to cook more than one thing at a time. Our other temporary homes each had one burner so this is awesome.
The smallest oven ever.
This is our first dining room table in Japan. First, we had a big wrap around desk that sufficed, then we had to get really creative in our second hotel because of the lack of space and tables. So this is pretty cool.
Ignore the mess on the desk. I was tired of cleaning up each spot I was taking a picture.
Both of our previous hotels supplied fairly large televisions. I’m not sure of the size of this one… 42 inch maybe? Anyway, Rob wishes this one was a little bigger… because guys always wish the TV was bigger.
There’s no American VPN here to access U.S. streaming services like Hulu, but we can access Netflix. Netflix and Amazon Originals are the only options we have while we’re over here and we are grateful for those.
This mattress is much more comfortable than the one we were just sleeping on so thats a win.
We’re living the high life now! We have huge sliding glass doors that take up almost the entire length and height of the wall. The deck is massive and we have the best view we’ve ever had, overlooking Verny Park, Tokyo Bay and Yokosuka Naval Shipyard. It’s pretty amazing.
Conveniently, directly below us is the JR Yokosuka station and yet another Indian restaurant (closest one yet!).
We’re living like kings now! … and Rob’s friend, Rudy, lives three floors up so that’ll be nice for Rob once I’ve gone home.
Ummm… update! I wish I’d been looking out the window about an hour after I finished this blog and took those pictures of our view of the water. This guy literally JUST popped up a few minutes ago! Kinda cool.
You can’t see it very well but way in the back, below all those cranes, is the USS Ronald Reagan, the boat Rob is working on.
Oh, and now an aircraft carrier is arriving. Very cool to see.
Vending machine beer. I guess we roll with the honor system around here because we bought a couple of beers out of the machine down the hall and no one came to verify our age.
I believe the drinking age here is 20.
We have the dollar store. They have the 100 Yen Shop. They’re all over the place & each one seems different from the last. I was in that was primarily food, while another was mostly household goods and crafts.
Look at this picture of a street a couple blocks from where we’re staying. Notice there’s no trash anywhere and you won’t see many trash cans either. One day while walking through the city, Rob & I noticed how clean everything was, and one morning, we were out and about early, and saw people cleaning up the sidewalks.
I looked into this and generally speaking, people in Japan are just clean. Everyone is raised to clean up after themselves and not to clutter or dirty their areas. The people cleaning up the sidewalks are actually owners and employees of the local businesses and it’s everyone’s responsibility to keep things looking nice. There are few trash can throughout the city because everyone is expected to handle their own garbage, and people are conditioned to do so. I’ve noticed that generally where there are vending machines, there are also recycling bins.
This isn’t the greatest picture but it’ll have to do for now.
This is an apartment that you can see from one side of the hotel. If you look closely, you’ll notice there are a couple apartments with clothes hanging outside to dry.
I’ve heard that apartments in Japan are so small, that few of them have dryers and many people have to hang their clothes to dry. We’ve seen some of this in Yokosuka but we saw lots of this in Kamakura as we rode the train past different neighborhoods.
I guess we’re living the high life with our shared laundry facilities.
We walked by an entertainment store in the mall. Bohemian Rhaspody was just as big over here! These people love Queen! They had pictures and posters in every single window.
Lovely banners such as this one line the streets.
Hopefully we’ll see most of these places while we’re here!
These little dried fish and crabs are sold everywhere & are used to season things such as broths and soups.
The grocery stores back home don’t sell orchids that look like these!
If you’re only looking for two or three glasses of wine, go ahead and get the normal sized bottle. If you’re sharing or looking for a few more glasses, get the big bottle on the bottom. It’s enormous.
Traveling from Seattle to Japan… what a long day. Our flight leaving Sea-Tac was at 12:02 pm but we had heard on the news that people were missing flights due to call outs from TSA employees as a result of the government shut down, and it was advised that people show up for their flights 4-5 hours early. So, my mom & Don were kind enough to get us to the airport around 8:00 am. Going through airport security was a breeze for me but Rob had a lot of electronics in his carry on, which they made him empty and each item needed its own tray going through inspections. He also had several things in his pockets so it took him a little longer to get through than it did me!
Since Rob’s ticket was booked through his job, and we had to purchase mine separately, we were assigned to sit in different rows but Delta Airlines was kind enough to reassign our seats so we could sit together. They moved us towards the back of the plane which was fine with me. I once read an article that said your chances of surviving a plane crash are increased by 40% if you’re sitting in the back. I don’t remember the source but if what they say is true, I’m happy to sit in the back of the plane every time. Rob called dibs on the window seat, which worked out well for me because I prefer the aisle seat. I feel claustrophobic when I’m stuck between the seats, the window and a person. so at least with the aisle seat, there’s nothing to one side of me.
The plane ride was 10.5 hours with no layover. While it might have been nice to stretch our legs a little with a layover, we appreciated the fact that nothing was slowing us down in getting to Japan. The airline does their best to make sure that passengers are entertained for the duration of the flight with an extensive list of free movies, TV shows, games, etc. They offer lunch, snacks and beverages. We each had our own little screen for our personal entertainment, and came across Bad Times At the El Royale and watched it simultaneously on both screens so it was like we were watching it together. We enjoyed it (I especially enjoyed Chris Hemsworth!). For lunch, we both had salmon teriyaki.
Rob was able to get some sleep on the plane but I’m way too light a sleeper for that so I worked on reading the first book in the Game of Thrones series. At this point, I only have about 50 pages left in a book that’s over 800 pages.
I really enjoyed being able to track exactly how far along we were on our flight, as seen in these photos. You can switch your screen from a movie, etc., to this screen that shows you exactly where you are in your flight. I thought it was pretty cool to say we’re flying over the Bering Sea.
Going through Tokyo Narita was definitely more time consuming than Sea Tac. Since Rob is a government employee, he has a different type of passport than most of us and since I’m his dependent, I need a special stamp on mine. It was all pretty easy… it just took forever. Naturally, we had to go through customs and all that good stuff. Rob had to go through the process of emptying his carry on and pockets again. Since we’re here for at least four months, we had one large suit case, two duffle bags and a back pack. Trying to carry all of those bags through the airport was nightmare but at least there were two of us to do it. Rob’s co-workers, Bryce, brought four bags and had no one to help him.
Upon arrival, they have people waiting with “PSNS” signs so they can gather everyone and get them to Yokosuka. They had everyone load buses to get into town, which turned out be like a two hour bus ride to the base. At the base, they had arranged for another shuttle to pick us up and transport us to the hotel but it was only about two blocks so we just walked. I have to admit I wasn’t thrilled about the walk because carrying the luggage was such a hassle but it was that or wait, and we were ready to reach the hotel.
Since all the shipyard guys were there to check in at the same time, the line to check in to the hotel was so long…
By the time we were able enter our hotel room, our day had been 21 hours long and we were so over it. We did sit down in our hotel bar and have a beer so we could have a few minutes to unwind. We had our first Japanese beers! It’s definitely not the heavy craft beer we’re used to but it worked. We didn’t bother with dinner.
We meant to go to Cup Noodles musuem last time we were here but this was an activity Rob wanted to do so I was trying to wait for him. Anyway, it never happened so we made a point to visit it this time! It’s a super touristy thing to do so we figured, it must be cool so why not?
It only costs 500 yen per person to enter the museum.
They give you a little history lesson on Cup Noodles, which began back in 1958. The museum has an entire room dedicated to showing people all the different packaging and flavors they released over the years. It was actually pretty impressive! There are a lot of multiples of the same thing to fill space but it’s still really cool.
There was also a room devoted to telling the history of Cup Noodles founders but it was all in Japanese so we didn’t spend much time in there. Rob did pose with Momofuku Ando & his wife, the Cup Noodle founders. Chikin Ramen was the original!
For an additional 300 yen per person, you can make your own personalized cup o’ noodles. We almost didn’t do this because it’s extremely popular and the lines was really long but in the end, decided this was half the fun so got in line anyway. It didn’t take all that long to get through the line.
You start by grabbing a ticket and then standing in line. When you reach the front of the line, they give you directions on what to do. They had some printed in English for us to read. After you have read the directions, you are lead to a machine where you insert your yen and it dispenses your empty styrofoam cup. They make you sanitize your hands, give you a lid and find you a seat where you can sit to customize your cup with decorations of your choice. Neither of us have a lot of artistic talent so ours are pretty basic but some of those people were amazing artists!
I think they offer classes where you can actually make the noodles but we opted out of that. I think that’s what those people are doing!
Once you’ve completed your personalized design of your cup, you get in line once more to pick your personalized flavor. All the noodles are obviously the same but you choose your broth and additional ingredients.
After the Cup Noodles museum, we just kinda hung out in the area. The museum is located right across from the waterfront and a famous amusement park. We grabbed a way overpriced beer and wandered around the mall, which had a heavy Hawaiian influence.
So, now we can check that off the list!
Update: it was about a week before I got around to eating my custonized Cup Noodle… it was delicious! I did such a good job. I’m sure they sell the chili tomato ramen back home but I don’t remember seeing it. It’s my new favorite broth, by far!
This trip to Japan is going to be different than the last one. Last time, I was here the entire time, which was definitely one of the coolest things I’ve ever been able to do, and we experienced so much. With those experiences went a lot of money, too! We still came home with a nice chunk of change but it could have been a lot more if I hadn’t gone to Toyko so many times. Going into Tokyo is like going into Seattle… you go and by the end of the day, you have no idea how you ended up spending so much money! This trip is far less exciting because I only get to come out for short periods of time, we’re spending so much time apart, we miss our cats & this trip is really about the money. We wouldn’t be putting ourselves through all of this, and Rob wouldn’t come out here on his own, if it wasn’t all about the money! There won’t be as many fun day trips to talk about because the money for those will be in our savings accounts instead. Part of me feels like I’m squandering another opportunity to hang out in Japan but the other part of me is just remembering the end game in all of this.
Also, the novelty of the trains has really worn off since we went back home. Before, I was willing to invest endless hours of my life to those trains to get to Tokyo. I’m still willing to do that to a point but not as often. Many parts of Tokyo can take up to an hour and half and I was all for it before. I’ve done it so many times now that I mostly just find it exhausting. I hate saying that, though, because I love going into Tokyo!! One of these days, I woud like to visit Tokyo on a vacation so we can enjoy all it has to offer without the long train rides.
Anyway, this is where we’re living.
Last time we were in Japan, we stayed at New Hotel Yokosuka, just outside the Honch and near the main gate to the naval base. This time, we are at Hello, Lodge, which is a little bit farther out. It’s still very much in the city but not so much a part of “Little America,” so there was a lot less English writing around us! The nice thing is that we aren’t staying on the street lined with bars and crawling with drunk sailors. There are no “massagi” girls on this side of town so Rob doesn’t get propositioned as he walks down the street so that’s nice. We are surrounded by apartments and more of a business district, being near the elementary school, the post office and city council office. Below are pictures of the streets and apartments around us.
The streets and sidewalks are still clean!
This is us.
While it’s a nicer area, it’s also a more incovenient area. It’ farther for Rob to walk each day to and from work. Not by much but still farther. It’s about a 10 minute walk to get to Alibaba, which isn’t far but isn’t the same as being right across the street! Sometimes I wouldn’t even get dressed before running downstairs and across the street to get an Egyptian sandwich. Not I have to walk several blocks to get one. It’s probably a good 15 or 20 minutes to get to Lotus Indian House but fortunately, Gorkha Palace is right up the street and owned by the same people, so I still have easy access to Indian food! We loved the 7/11 next to our hotel last time; they were right next to us, open 24 hours and had so many options! Now we have to walk farther to get to a less cool 7/11 if we want to shop there. There’s a tiny convenience store across the street from us, Tryangle, but they are a poor man’s version of what we’re used. There’s nothing wrong with it… it’s just less variety and all of the “convenient” stores close around 7pm.
I used to shop at Aeon for groceries but that place closed right before we came home in April, so I switched the market located below the More’s City mall on Blue Street. Now, it’s a little bit more of a walk! All of it is still doable but just not as nearby. We are located right next to the Port of Yokosuka, where the seafood is so fresh, some of it is still alive. They don’t have the same selection as the other stores but they work for seafood, some meats and certain kinds of produce.
We have key cards and it’s kind’ve cool because you can’t get in the building without scanning this key card. I like it because that means no one who doesn’t belong in the building can get inside. There are several locations for Hello, Lodge, but they only have one “front desk” between them. The front desk we refer to ins’t even in our building so it’s nice to have that extra safety measure when entering the hotel.
Don’t worry… if you forget your key card, you have a back up key in your own personal box.
When you come inside, you get on this little elevator that’s only big enough for two or maybe three people. We are only on the second floor, right above the entrance. When you look straigh ahead out the window, you look directly at the parking lot across the street. If you look to the right, you get the really exciting view of the convenient store. However, if you look to the left, you get a view of the Yokouka Port Market and Tokyo Bay. That direction is a little nicer!
Christmas is not really a religious holiday over here but it is celebrated as a time of giving and something to be enjoyed. A lot of the businesses have their decorations up, including our hotel!
You will also notice hand sanitizer as well.
This room is smaller than what we had last time. Before we came over here in January, we were told to expect very small rooms, as this was the norm here. We were pleasantly surprised by the size of our room because we saw some that were much smaller! I wouldn’t say this room is significantly smaller than our other room, but the other room had an open floorplan. This room has walls separating the rooms so each room feels really tiny.
The kitchen counter area is a little smaller. Like last time, there’s only one burner but this time, it’s a gas burner. I’ve never used a gas burner until now. I don’t mind it but I can’t help but think this is a fire waiting to happen, with all the drinking these shipyard employees come over here and do before going back to their rooms. Anyway, they only gave him one of everything; one glass, one fork, one plate, etc., so we made a quick trip to the 100 yen store to fix this! We are happy about the size of the fridge. Previously, we had a mini fridge. This fridge isn’t quite the normal depth of your average fridge but it’s normal height so there’s a decent amount of space.
We sleep on a queen bed at home and we had a queen bed at the New Yo, so the difference with this double bed is very noticeable! Rob really doesn’t like these pillows. The television stand is just low enough that you can’t easily watch TV while you lay in bed, and Rob is not a fan of this either. I kinda get it, though… this room is so small that there isn’t many places for two people to sit comfortably to watch a show.
We have been fortunate concerning our entertainment options this time around. Last trip, our only options were Netflix & Japanese television. Netflix has a million options so this totally sufficed but there were a couple of shows we follow that we couldn’t get the new episodes of (at the time, Game of Thrones & Shameless) because we didn’t have access to Hulu or HBO or anything else along those lines. This time, we have an American VPN so we’ve been able to watch all our normal programming!
We have tiny desk! Our other desk was a huge, wrap around one that served all of our purposed! Here, we have two little tables and a very small desk area. It’s taking a little mmore creativity to make things work here for two people. I don’t know if we were just fortunate to get the bigger room at the New Yo because Rob has a guest or if we simply lucked out.
This time, we have a lot less storage space, which consists of only two closets. At the New Hotel Yokosuka, we had so much storage space we couldn’t even use it all.
Our deck is much smaller than our other one too. This doesn’t impact us too much because neither place provides patio furniture, plus it’s winter, so we aren’t spending much time on the deck anyway.
I think our other bathroom was a little bigger but they’re comparable.
THIS hotel has a washer and dryer IN the room, as opposed to going to a different floor to use the communal washer & dryer. This is nice & convenient! The downside is that the quality of these machines isn’t awesome and you have to run your clothes through the dryer about four times before they’re dry so doing a load of laundry takes forever. Needless to say, Rob is happy I’m here to do laundry for him!
Overall, I think we both prefer the New Hotel Yokosuka to this location of Hello, Lodge. It’s nice to be in a quieter area than before but that’s the only thing we find more appealing about this place. I don’t have any real complaints though. It gets the job done, it’s temporary & it’s paid for!
Rob went to Japan for work on November 12th and will be there through the middle of April. I couldn’t go for the full length of this trip but have some short trips to be excited about. Being without him really just isn’t for me! I miss him all the time and I think Emilia is wondering where he is. I think it may have even caused her a little bit of separation anxiety at first. Anyway, Rob & I spent the next three weeks Skypeing on the weekends, texting as much as we had time for, and he would call me every night after work. For him, that would be around 3:00 pm, Japan time, while for me, it would be around 11:00 pm, the date before. Japan is 16 or 17 hours ahead of us, depending on the time of year. Sometimes he would call me from th future! We would usually only talk on the phone for about haf an hour because I had to go bed, and we would send occasional pictures to one another.
December 5th came around and it was finally time for me to go! I left American soil in the morning and by the time I arrived, it was still the evening of the 5th Pacific time, but in Japan time, it’s already the 6th. It’s like I lose a day.
Don was nice enough to drive me to the airport… again. Traffic wasn’t too bad and I made it the airport by around 9:30 for my 12:30 flight. I was starving and grabbed a quick early lunch of rock fish taco’s at Dungeoness Bay. This place was nice enough, the fish was pretty good but they were a little stingy with the crema sauce and salsa. Plus, I paid almost $17 for street tacos which is kind of a steep price but it’s fine.
I booked an American Airlines flight which turned out to be operated by Japan Airlines, so essentially, I flew on Japan Airlines. I was curious about this because I’d never flown using this airline before but my friend, Ana, told me she’d had her best flying experiences with them.
Each row of seats has one seat fewer than that of other planes, giving each passenger a few more inches of space. This tiny little bit of space was a surprising difference maker! All of the staff was friendly. I was in the middle section of the plane, with an aisle seat, which is perfect for me! I don’t care about window seats at all because I find them uncomfortable and claustrophobic, and I love the aisle seat because I don’t like having to climb over people when I get up. This seat was ideal! I had Irish beef stew and was surprised that I enjoyed it! The potatoes were good but the vegetables were… meh. They offer you so much food in a single sitting… way more than anyone probably needs! It didn’t seem like they came around with the drink cart as often as other airlines, and the entertainment selection wasn’t as impressive. I planned to power through with no sleep, wanted to read on the plane but then I kept getting tired. I ended up watching three movies! Riding on a plane is the only time in my life I can fathom sitting through three movies. I watched The Mule, with Clint Eastwood, which was pretty good. I usually like his movies so I’d wanted to watch this for a while. The movie selection was so poor that I ended up watching Hustlers, with Jennifer Lopez. I’m not a big J. Lo follower and to be honest, I thought the movie looked terrible but went with it for a lack of other options, and I was pleasantly surprised. It based a real article printed in The New York Times about some women doing some illegal things to get ahead and I was totally entertained. The third movie I watched was a horror flick called Ready Or Not, about a crazy family who tries to kill their son’s new bride during a game of Hide & Seek. It’s a cheesy story line but I was gripped!
I like checking those little flight monitors… the ones that will tell you where you’re at on your flight. This time, I found it a little odd that it got dark so quickly outside the plane and then I realized something… I was flying just south of Alaska and Alaska is currently in their stretch of winter where it stays dark 24 hours a day for like two months of the year. I don’t know why but I thought this was really cool to fly through this.
The entire travel experience was smooth but once I arrived at Tokyo Narita, things became a little frustrating for me. Going through customs was a piece of cake but getting out of the baggage claim area and into the lobby proved to be annoying, mostly because when I was trying to get through, the person helping me didn’t speak any English, seemed confused about what I was doing and sent me a different direction. This baffled me because I could see signs behind him that said, “Arrival Lobby.” I have just arrived and the lobby seems like the logical place for me to go! The process was a little bit different for me this time because I wasn’t with Rob, being greeted by government workers who would lead us to where we need to be and transport us to our hotel. I ended up just going to another person’s line and getting through that way to get to the airport lobby. I understand that I was in an international airport in a city like Tokyo, so a crowd should be expected… but it doesn’t make it any less annoying for me after a 10.5 hour flight. All I wanted to do was get to Yokosuka to see Rob but I still had a two hour train ride ahead of me. I was looking for Pasemo kiosks, the kind of transportation passes I’m most familiar with. I know they have them at the airport but I couldn’t find one so I finally just went to the ticket office, found out the next train was leaving in just a few minutes but rather than the normal, overcrowded trains I usually take, this one was reserved seating and more than double the cost. My other option was to wait an hour, take the cheaper but far more crowded train and not be guaranteed, forcing me to have to stand. It was totally worth it to me to pay the $45 and have a peaceful ride with a comfortable seat than to pay $17 or so and ride the other train that wouldn’t even arrive for another hour. Money was no object here! This was by far the most pleasant train riding experience I’ve ever had in Japan and will be doing this same thing when I return to the airport, and will remember this for all other trips to and from the airport.
Normally, the trains just have benches along the sides for people to sit on, and handles for the people standing to hold on to. This train car, however, has nice, comfortable seats. Usually, you’re lucky to get a seat at all because there are so many people on the train and you’re expected to give up your seats for the elderly, the disabled, pregnant women, women with children, etc. None of that here! I had my own seat that no one could take away from me! I think because of the price difference, this train car wasn’t all that full. It was the Tokyo Narita Express… so worth it!
This part of my journey was about an hour and a half, until I reached Yokohama Station, where I had to transfer to one of the regular, overcrowded trains, and yes, I had to stand from Yokohama to Yokosuka. At least I found a pasemo kiosk though!
Next stop: Yokosuka! I was hoping to arrive there between 6 – 7pm, but ended up arriving around 7:45. My plane had actually taken off about 35 minutes late so this pushed all my other travel plans back a little but I made it. When I arrived at Yokosuka-Chuo station, Rob was there to meet me and we were so happy to see each other. While I was on the trains, I was so tired and annoyed that I was having a hard time being excited but when Rob & I met up, none of the rest of it mattered! I wasn’t in a bad mood or frustrated… I was so thrilled to just be able to kiss him hello and hold his hand and have him carry my bag, that my mood completely turned around.
My first job was at the local Regal Cinemas. I was hired on as your basic floor staff, selling tickets at the box office, food & drinks at the concession stand, and tearing tickets. Every Spring and Winter, we had a new round of new hires to train.
I believe Rebekah was a Spring hire but I could be remembering that incorrectly. I remember she was quiet and didn’t say much to anyone and had to put some effort into coming out of her shell. She was a slightly socially awkward, previously home schooled kid so this wasn’t easy for her back then. If you looked at us, you probably never would have guessed we would end up such good friends. She still had a little hint of the goth image she once strove for, and I was the tan girl with the long, blonde hair who had her nails done every two weeks.
Rebekah and her then boyfriend lived up the road from the theatre but only had one car between them and one day, she called and asked me for a ride to work, and I agreed to pick her up. It was barely out of the way at all so no big deal! There was a little chatting in the brief five minute car ride between picking her up and arriving to work but nothing memorable. At this point, she was just some new hire from work I was doing a favor for, but she seemed nice enough.
That same day, we ended up in the breakroom together for lunch at the same time and began to chat a lot more. We compared notes on boyfriends and realized there were a lot of paralells between our then-relationships and realized we actually had plenty to talk about. We both broke up with those dudes maaannnnyyy years ago but mention of them fits the story. Rebekah and I totally hit off and became fast friends after that, and for the last 15 years, she’s been one of my favorite people.
Back then, she and I were both a couple of party girls and we liked to live it up together. There was a lot of drinking in those early days and I would sometimes accompany her to parties or get togethers at the home of her long time friend, Nikki, who was the only person our age who actually had a house! Looking back now, some memories are resurfacing that I’d honestly forgotten about completely, like this bonfire on the beach in Olalla, the first time I went to Nikki’s or meeting some very questionable characters Rebekah used to know! It made for interesting gatherings, that’s for sure.
Eventually we broke up with those boyfriends and not much later, she reunited with her first love, Jason, and the two of them rekindled their relationship. In Jason, she found the person she would spend the rest of her life with while I had to endure a couple more failed relationships before I found my true love! Hey, everyone’s story is a little different.
Pretty much right away, Rebekah & Jason fell in love and were fiercely devoted to one another. We were all young and as so many couples do, they had their fair share of issues but they stayed together through them all. Within a couple of years, they were married and within the next decade, had four sons, Elijah, Levi, Noah and Gabe. I remember hanging out with Rebekah one day, and as I went to drop her off, we ended up just sitting and chatting in my car for a while longer. We discussed some very personal things they had going on but also, she informed me that they had set a wedding: November 9th, 2008. It wasn’t a huge wedding but a lot of the people who mattered to them were there. I remember her wedding day very well! They were excited to get married and chose to do it soon after becoming engaged, so the planning process went quickly. They were married in the community center in Silverdale, her parents took her out and bought her a gown, someone they knew made tiered cheesecake & the food was a potluck. I wasn’t much of a cook back then but made some sort of ranch pasta dish. It wasn’t anything to write home about but I tried! I’ve always been a little sad that she didn’t ask me to be a bridesmaid but it was such a small wedding, that they each only had one witness and didn’t have a formal bridal party to speak of. Years later, she told me she wished I had been a bridesmaid so that was a good feeling. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to get some great pictures of her that day.
Rebekah and Jason really wanted a baby and it wasn’t too long before they announced they were pregnant with Elijah. I have a great picture of us from her baby shower but I have no idea what the heck I bought her? I THINK it was a ton of baby bath stuff, like all the necessities, such as shampoo, powder, lotion, etc. I can’t believe some of the things I don’t recall sometimes. I visited them in the hospital after he was born and spent a little time talking to them about their experience. Let me just say, they were not impressed with the medical staff who delivered the baby! However, in the end, it was still a wonderful occasion and another of their dreams had come true.
There were some moments in the early days of their marriage where they ended up staying with Jason’s family. I remember driving out there to see Rebekah and Elijah one afternoon & getting the cutest picture with Elijah. It took me years to realize what that picture meant to me. I need to look for it!
Rebekah and I didn’t really go out and do things very often when we hung out together, which I guess is kinda weird, but I have so many memories of her. I remember visiting them in them in the Gig Harbor apartment, and she & I walked to get some teriyaki for dinner at a spot she & Jason really enjoyed. She & I love the same kinds of foods, so we ended up for going out for Italian a couple of times. Coffee wasn’t uncommon back then, but mostly, we just hung out in each other’s homes and talked for hours. We never ran out of things to discuss! In between hanging out, we wrote “novels” to one another, meaning we just wrote really lengthy Facebook messages back & forth! As their family grew and I met Rob, we saw one another less, but the time we spent together was of the utmost quality! It was quality over quantity! We were those friends who understood that life was busy, and that it was okay if we went stretches of time without seeing each other, because we knew we could pick up right where we left off as if we’d only just spoken the day before.
I spent several years living in a single room apartment in my early 20’s. At one point, Rebekah & Jason lived in the same apartment complex, several buildings over. They were on the bottom floor and actually had a little grassy yard area where they could let Elijah crawl around. My main memory in this aparment is of the three of us hanging out on their back deck, talking for hours about everything. Eventually, they moved out of there but I still had a while to go before I moved out!
Quite some time later, I was surprised by a knock on my front door, so I looked out the peephole and it was Rebekah! They had moved into the apartment literally next door to me. It was hilarious. I’ll be honest, we didn’t spend as much time together as you might think but I loved running into her randomly in the parking lot. At this point, she & I were in somewhat different stages of our lives, because I was all about being young and having fun in my 20’s, while she was happily married and if I remember correctly, Levi might have been born by this point…? The time together was less but the friendship was still strong.
I have one distinct memory from this time that stands out a little bit and makes me smile. The funny thing is, we weren’t even together for this one. I’d put on a DVD of Young Guns but had fallen asleep on the couch, so when the movie ended, the DVD returned to the main menu, and just looped the same music over and over and over. I slept it through it all just fine! Our television was up against the living room wall of our apartment that we shared with their living room, so she could hear my DVD, just looping repeatedly. I woke up to texts from her asking me about it, telling me it was driving her crazy and even saying, “You must have fallen asleep…” Yep.
This is sort of random but I’ve thought of it several times recently… I had to work during her second baby shower for Levi, and couldn’t attend. She was registered at Babies R Us so I ended up just sending her a $50 gift card. I regret not being able to go to her second shower and I regret that I didn’t put a little more thought into that gift, although she seemed happy enough to have the money to buy something she still needed!
Her parents owned this beautiful farmhouse in Olalla, where they raised Rebekah and her sister. It sat on five acres, the front yard had a barn that badly needed repairing, the back yard was large with a tractor sitting in the middle of it. There was one tree in particular that was the ideal tree for kids to climb and she always had a lot of love for that tree and it’s in quite a few pictures with her kids! It was a white house with a wrap around porch & a porch swing, and it had a great kitchen. Eventually her parents purchased another home they fell in love with, and Rebekah & Co. ended up moving into the farmhouse for a while. Rebekah literally referred to it as, The Farmhouse. She’d spent her childhood in that house and she absolutely loved it and I think this was probably the happiest time in their lives. I would drive out to visit her there, occasionally taking something like a salad for our lunch. Rebekah was a big salad eater… she really enjoyed spinach salad with cranberries, feta and vinaigrette. Mushrooms, though? Forget about it. She didn’t want them anywhere near her.
Rebekah loved to cook and she preferred to make as much as she possibly could from scratch. Her favorite cookbook was, The Joy of Cooking, and she was very proud, occasionally posting pictures of the meals she was preparing on social media. When this passion began for her, I hadn’t developed my interest in cooking yet so it didn’t become something she and I had in common until several years later.
One day, we went to hang out by the water in Olalla with the kids. We just spent the afternoon there, hanging out. She took a bunch of pictures but I never ended up with copies. Looking back, she and I were terrible about taking pictures when we were together over the years, which I wholeheartedly regret now. We should have made a point.
Rebekah & I ate salmon dip.
Rebekah & I ate a lot of salmon dip.
Rebekah & I ate soooo much salmon dip.
Rebekah & I ate so much salmon dip, that we actually made ourselves sick of it and then couldn’t eat it for, literally, a few years! We would eat it by the bowl, just the two of us.
Last May, my cousin, Dylan, & I hosted a joint surprise birthday party for my mom and his wife, Ashlei. Rebekah & family attended, and Rebekah brought back the salmon dip! She always toned down the horseradish for a gathering, but when it was just she & I, we liked it when it burned. Salmon dip is such a small thing but it played a big part of our time together in the early days and I have never been able to see salmon dip without thinking of her and I know that will never change. We would eat that stuff until we were uncomfortably full!
When I became engaged in 2012, I knew right away that I wanted Rebekah as my bridesmaid. She was living in Calfornia at the time, and due to expenses and the kids, I was terrified she wouldn’t be able to make it but it all fell into place when they decided to move back several months before Rob & I were married! She was able to attend my bridal shower, which was a blast and I have so many pictures of her smiling that day. She came out for my bachelorette but unfortunately, became very ill early in the evening & had to go home. I’m saddened to say that we didn’t have the opportunity to take any pictures together before she went left.
There was never a moment’s doubt that Rebekah would be my bridesmaid. Now, more than ever, I am so glad for this. I will always have pictures and memories of her from this very important part of my life.
I hosted a baby shower for Rebekah before the birth of Gabe. I know traditionally, people only had showers for the first baby (or maybe two, if the second baby is the opposite sex of the first) but Rebekah had given away a lot of her baby stuff and I knew she could use some new things! I hosted it in the conference room at a local hotel, which was actualy the same room where we had my bridal shower. Rob is always kind enough to help me decorate for these things, and he is great with streamers, which is awesome because I find it tedious to decorate using streamers. The shower was yellow, black and white, all bumble bee themed, with a salad bar. I’m not big into baby shower games so I only did two or three, the prizes were honey. I had a stand full of vanilla cupcakes with buttercream daises & I found some little edible bees at the store and threw them on. The entire thing went pretty great. I think people assumed she already had most of the things she needed after three other babies so she was given a lot of clothes… all very cute!
I’m pretty sure Rebekah was born to be a mother. As soon as she and Jason decided they wanted to be together forever, having a baby was the exciting next step for them and they wanted one so badly. Their kids were the light of her life.
Rebekah was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2016 and had a long, scary fight ahead. During this time, she posted a picture on Facebook of her with her kids, a throwback of the “best kind of day.” She goes on to say that she wants to see them grow up, she wants to meet their kids and she doesn’t “want to leave them so soon.” It kills me.
Life got so busy for me, and I have so many things I’m working on right now (and always, actually) that sometimes I guess I forget to remember. Writing this particular blog post has been a great experience because some of the memories our time together have just come flooding back.
On November 14th, 2019, Rebekah passed away at the age off 33 from Stage IV metastatic inflammatory breast cancer.