Tuesday, September 09, 2008


Stealing this from Jamie O'Donnell who is keeping me on my toes these days. This girl really rocks. Check out her blog here. She did this -ing post that caught my eye. I thought this might be a fun way to sum up all the newness of transitioning to LA.

Buying lots of new things for my apartment in LA. I felt so grown-up buying my first mattress and box springs.

Shopping at Ikea was overwhelming and I know everyone is crazy for Ikea but my first shopping experience there didn't impress me like I thought it would. I expected to love Ikea but I think I was just happy to be out of there.

Celebrating my first year anniversary with Mikey. Wow. I can't believe we've been dating a whole year. It's been so much fun to do long distance, hard but fun. I've learned a lot about Mikey and so much about myself. He surprised me with an Italian dinner, letters he wrote that were delievered by our waiters and a picnic on the rooftop. Ooooooo nice!

Drinking pumpkin spice lattes. Oh yay! It's fall!!!

Cooking is a tad bit overwhelming but not bad. I have yet, to figure where everything is in LA. So I'm still trying to remember what I want to make and what ingredients I have. Mikey was sweet enough to pick up shoyu (soy sauce) and mirin for me at a Japanese grocery store. These two plus cooking sake were my staple sauces I used in Japan.

Wishing that I can go home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I might have to pass on one of those holidays but if I can find a cheap flight home for both of those holidays I plan on snuggling next to the fire with a good book.

Freaking out because we have mice, squirrels and raccoons on our back patio. I have yet to see a mouse or raccoon but rumor has it, they are there.

Mastering the bus/train/bike routes here in LA is one of my top-priority items to accomplish. I'm feeling energized by the task that lies before me. I really want to prove that you don't need a car to survive in America. However, this may take days/weeks/years and tears...

Listening to a sermon that James sent our LA team. I only listened to the first part but it's solid. I need to set aside quality time to listen and journal about the lesson.

Mailing some fun letters to a couple of friends. The post office was the tip of the cultural iceberg in Japan... wonder if I can handle the LA post office?? ha ha...

Going to do some of the things on my "to-do" list.


emily said...

oh sista, be happy you don't have RATS!!!!!!!!

Kelli B said...

that is probably the most ROMANTIC one year anniversary i've heard of. Mikey ROCKS! That is so, so thoughtful.
Love you jo.

Joanna Kay said...

emily killed remy.

emily said...

yes, yes I did. several of them. I have no shame. :)

Joanna Kay said...

it's okay sister. i would have done the same thing. ewwww... i miss you em. come visit me.

jamie k said...

ok i have to add the patio thing- nasty naste. even abigail and josiah would say NASTE to those kinds of creatures. never going on that patio when i come to LA! :) but i will drink lots of pumpkin spice lattes!

Sarah G said...

I had an awful Ikea experience....I don't think I'll ever shop there again! So I can totally relate on that one, Jo. Good luck learning life in LA!