So we have further adventures in Tokyo. We make visits to Tokyo American Club. Chase really loves the pool (indoor and glassed in on the top floor). I enjoy having somewhere to sit. Wednesday rolls around and Chase gets dressed for his St. Mary’s Interview and Exam.
I have to admit, Chase was pretty darn cute in his jacket and tie and then you could totally tell he was nervous as hell. His eyes were big as saucers as we boarded each train and got further away from civil-i-say-shun. His interview with Father Szamreta and Brother Lawrence went incredibly well. They were obviously veterans at this and Chase was obviously trying and dropped a few “sirs” into the conversation. All in all no one had to break out holy water and no one’s head went spinning off. As Chase was undergoing his inquisition, Cliff and I were directed to the nearest train station/mall. In Tokyo, train stations are not just places to get in and out of trains. They are also places to buy food, get groceries, do nails, it’s a whole ‘nother world down there. The station near St. Mary’s has an area called the Food Show where all kinds of things can be bought. Anything from a cup of coffee to a leg of goat, it’s there and it’s beautiful.
When we had spent enough time oggling unaffordable fruit like Oliver Twist at Christmas, we headed back. They informed us that once they graded his exam, they would inform us of their final decision within the next day.
Thursday June 2nd we had an appointment to tour Tokyo International School. Before we got there I really didn’t think I would like this place as much given how small it was and how old it was. Let me tell you, this school is fantastic too! It had such a warm welcoming feeling and despite it’s square footage and inner-city vibe, it was really a very special place. I promised myself that I would let Chase decide where he wanted to go when and if we had choices. Fortunately, later that day we found out that Chase was welcome at both. After some interesting discussion on the pros and cons of each school, Chase decided to attend St. Mary’s International School for Boys. Jacket and tie everyday! Even though our experience with ASIJ was disappointing, I have to default to my mantra “God’s Will”. I truly believe this school is the best place for Chase. Mission accomplished.
As we get closer to our departure date, Cliff has informed me that he is flying to Georgia with us. Evidently he has business and he wants to help me with packing the house for Tokyo (June 13-14). We return stateside June 4th and hit the ground running.
Despite getting the bulkhead, it was still not comfortable having the same middleseat passenger with/on me the whole way back!
As I said before, we hit the ground running. This meant multiple trips to IKEA and many last minute trips to department stores and drug stores. By the way, this was my first time shopping in Ikea and the intitial high of finding “such good deals” was horribly crushed by the ”go get it yourself Lady” LOW. WTF?!?!? Then I came across the smartest man in the store who said for $99 I could have everything picked and shipped (HIGH). No brainer. Then, when everything did arrive to the house, I was freaked out by the fact that everything was unassembled and in boxes LOOOOOWW! Anyhow, after putting on my big girl panties and a glass of wine, I pledged to build 1 piece of furniture everynight until it was done.
The Packers/movers arrived the 13th to pack and the 14th for loading. I asked Cliff to give me an hour or 2 each day to just let me get some yoga me time in so I could get through this. Cliff left Wednesday 15th for Japan and I swear, everything was so crazy because of Chase’s camp schedule and Cliff pissing me off and oh-by-the-way Fran wants to show the house the 16th. I basically slowed the car down at curbside and told him to Bear Grylls it out of the truck.
The very next weekend is Father’s Day weekend and as far as I’m concerned the only man that matters that day is my dad. I had coordinated with my sisters already that we would surprise them with a cruise to Alaska. They have been wanting to do this for a very long time. My sister Mary was also coming down for a visit and I couldn’t help thinking that this is probably the last time all of us will be together like this for a while. Bess, Chase and I left Friday and planned to return to Atlanta Sunday. In that little bit of time, we managed to play tennis, go to swimming pool, make all sort of crafts and spend some really solid family time together. The girls are so sweet and I love how they love Chase and hang on him like monkeys on a tree.
That’s basically June. We did have a potential renter but their credit score was terrible so we decided to make them an offer they had to refuse. What the hell is wrong with people today? Cliff may have his faults and we may have our differences, but I am extremely happy that money is not one of these things. We enjoy nice things in our lives for ourselves for each other, but we also enjoy not owing money all over the place.
Anyhow, the latest schedule of events is this:
July 9th Cliff returns to U.S. for business trip. He will probably be here for about a week & 1/2 depending on how meetings go.
July 22nd Chase & I will go to DC to visit my sister and the girlsJuly 26th we return to Atlanta
July 27th I pack up the house for Columbia. 1st night staying with Bess in Town.
July 28th I load up vans for Columbia
Hopefully will be able to meet vans in Columbia that weekend.
August 9th: Chase & I leave for Tokyo!
Until next time…