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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 🙂


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.