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Friday is Mountain Day!

I have no idea what Mountain Day is or what it celebrates, but it’s on Friday! Only one more work day this week before the three day weekend! Our Japan office observes a lot more holidays than the offices in the US . . . jealous.

When I was talking to my partner this afternoon I realized that I only have 6 more days of work here before going home. With the three day weekend and the Saturday before I leave, that makes up the rest of my time here. Before my partner and I lived together when I would travel, I wouldn’t be in any kind of rush to get home. But now, I’ve gotten used to having him around, and I really like it. I miss him when he’s not around.

Who thought I was talking about a lady when I was saying “partner” earlier? 😉

Don’t worry, that happens all the time, neither one of us are ever offended.

I don’t call him my boyfriend, because he never has been.

Neither of us had good luck in the past with relationships, and the boyfriend/girlfriend labels seems to come with expectations, and neither of us wanted that.

I wish I could adequately explain just how different that little change in our relationship made, but I don’t think I would be able to do it justice. Leave a comment if your interested though, and maybe I’ll try 🙂



I got to Tokyo yesterday.

My boss currently lives in Tokyo and flew me out here for two weeks!

This is my first time in Japan and my first time in Asia. Well, basically my first time in Asia. I’ve walked across the bridge in Istanbul.

I’ve done a pretty good job, so far, of keeping the jet lag at bay. I slept for almost 12 hours last night and woke up with my alarm this morning.

The office here is small. Like, really small. Today there are 7 of us here. It’s intimate, to say the least, lol.

Yesterday when I got in my boss took me for a little stroll around the neighborhood and showed me where he lives. I met a few of the kids (he has 8) and he pointed out the grocery store where I could get things like cereal.

For lunch today, we all went out to a place around the corner from the office. I have no idea what it was called or what is what that I had, besides knowing that it was pork. It was delicious!

The office has a private room, so that’s where I’m staying. It’s not ideal, but the “bed” is comfy, the air condition works and the shower has great pressure!

I just found out that Friday is a holiday here!! Three day weekend! It’s Mountain Day. I have no idea what that is, but I am happy to celebrate it!

I’m thinking about going to Disneyland Tokyo next week while I’m here. I mean, when am I going to have that opportunity again?! It’s actually pretty close to where I am.

I’m going to try to blog everyday I’m here, if only for me. I like to be able to come home from a vacation (this isn’t vacation) and be able to actually say things that I did, instead of saying “I did a lot”, haha.

More from Tokyo tomorrow!

Change in perspective

I spoke a little bit a few days ago about the change in perspective that working on cruise ships has given my partner and I.

I want to expand on that.

For four years, over the course of five calendar years, I lived onboard cruise ships. I started off sharing a cabin, but I worked my way up to my own cabin and then to an officers cabin. For the last three years, I had a pretty sweet deal. Double bed, nice closet (most of the time), love seat couch, good size desk and a porthole. I was happy with the space I had and didn’t need anymore. I had a refrigerator and microwave in my room and a pretty good amount of storage.

Ok, let’s be honest, I loved my cabin.

Now, my partner and I live in a two bedroom apartment in Las Vegas. It’s over 1000 square feet and has lots of storage. The day we moved in we ran around our empty apartment with joy! We’ve been here for 6 months and several times during the week we still mention how much we love our apartment and how much space we have.

When I was younger, I used to see large houses and want to have something like that when I grew up. But now, I don’t really see the need.

I’m thankful to cruise ships for changing my perspective like that. 

High School me FREAKED OUT.

This past weekend high school me freaked out. FREAKED OUT. 

I saw Good Charlotte live. They were part of the free summer concert series on Fremont Street. The crowd that showed up broke the record for number attending!

it was hot and there were a lot of people and my knees hated me afterwards, but it was so worth it! 

I’ve been a Good Charlotte fan ever since their first album, 17 years ago. It was love at first listen. I just never thought I would get the opportunity to see them live, which made it so much more special that I did. 

I love doing theatre and being in entertainment, but having a “regular” 9 to 6 job has it’s perks. Like getting to go to concerts. With the theatre schedule, I wouldn’t have been able to go. 

My partner and I talk about that a lot, having a “normal” schedule. It’s still strange for us both.

I think we’re lucky, with the perspective that we have. This time, right now, with “regular” jobs and weekends and evening free, it isn’t permeant. We both know that. We both want to go back to the crazy theatre schedules, it’s what we love, but we’re not rushing it. We’re able to enjoy the normality more, because we know it isn’t what things are going to be like forever.

So for now, I’m going to get back to my 9 to 6 job, go to the gym after work and then go home with my love, make dinner and watch a little TV and we’ll be in bed by 11pm.

And I couldn’t be more happy about it.

Life changes.

So much has happened over the past year. So many life changes.

I no longer work on cruise ships. I’m done. After 11 sign on days, 9 ships, three companies and 5 calendar years, I’m done.

During my last few contracts onboard, I started thinking about where I wanted to live when I was done. I had several lists going, weighing the pros and cons of my different options, and I landed on Vegas.

Las Vegas.

Thru a series of random events, my partner and I moved here in January of 2017. Since we’re both in entertainment, it seemed like a good place to plant out roots at first.

It’s been 6 months since we moved here, and we are actually completely happy. I’m not working in entertainment at the moment, and I’m ok with that. For so long my career was the absolute top priority in my life, and that was ok. But now, I don’t want that to always be the case. I haven’t had a real personal life in so long, that I am loving that it’s my top priority now.

We’ll both be going back to weird hours and working 6 days a week at some point, but currently, we are loving having weekends and nights! Who knew those were so awesome?! Been missing out.

American Football and Wishing for an Error.

I was born and raised in Texas. Football is in my blood. But I love calling football, ‘American football’. Correction, I love needing to call football ‘American football’.

On my ship, I am one of 24 Americans . . . out of over 1400 crew members. I’m in the minority. I’m one of 24 people who know ‘American football’, as football.  It’s less confusing for me to say ‘American football’. And I am ok with that. I love being friends with so many people from different countries that it’s easier for me to change some of my wording of things to make the conversation go smoothly.

It’s actually been pointed out to me a couple times over the past few years that my lingo has changed slightly. And I guess it has. I feel it’s become a little more international; which makes since given where I currently live and work. Soccer, is football. College, is university. Line, is que. To name a couple examples.

I’ve been a part of the theatre business for almost 10 years now. I don’t say the name of the Scottish play. I won’t whistle in a theatre. I don’t wish actors ‘Good luck’. I say a little prayer before a show and only think the good things. I don’t know if I believe all these little things help, but I know I don’t want to test it.

That’s why it is extremely hard for me to want something to go wrong. To wish for an error.

As an automation technician, I run two different automation systems during the production shows onboard. I am responsible for fixing it if something happens to keep the show running. Well, one of my systems has been acting up lately and we are trying to diagnose why. It’s been a game of try this, now this, now this, what about this.

I got an email from my bosses shoreside yesterday telling me the latest move in the game. I’m not going to get into all the bored ‘tech speak’ but the point is that the email ended with ‘now just recreate the error and export the graph of the fault’ . . . Yeah, let me just get on that right now.

Recreate the error??

Do you know understand the words that you are telling me to do? Ok, sure, I’ll just make one of my operating systems malfunction on cue. No prob. Lemme get right on that. How about instead, the next time it happens during a show, I’m gonna call for a show stop, export the graph, and then let’s just keep going. Terrifying thought, but that actually sounds easier.


Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be at the control desk running cues and wanting an error . . . But crossing my fingers too.  Just to be safe 🙂