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Romiさん: Diaries of a Tokyoite
ハンドル名Romi さん
ブログタイトルDiaries of a Tokyoite
サイト紹介文Ramblings of a single mother in Tokyo
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  • Updating my dreams and goals
  • To set my new year’s resolutions, I’ve updated and tweaked my “40 by 40” list, so that it better incorporates myself in 2019. I’m not sure if the freedom to rewrite my list every year defeats the purpose of the list, but I want to make it personal even as the years go by. Hopefully, the list becomes better and more challenging as time goes on.Some additional info about my list.13. Fall in lov [続きを読む]
  • The year of taking risks
  • Heya, Happy New Year! 2019 is off to a slow but steady start with my son and I recuperating from the flu that hit us just as the New Year began. We’re fully recovered and back to normal but I missed a total 17 days of work, which is just appalling in Japanese culture. My first day on the job was spent profusely apologizing. Not fun. But enough with all the negative stuff, exciting things are in p [続きを読む]
  • 2018 in GIFs
  • A recap of 2018 in GIFsHere's the one for 2017, in case anyone is interested. JanuaryNew year, new job, new colleagues, famil
    y flu pandemic, business trips galore, and so so tired.via GIPHYFebruaryTrying dating again and finding myself in super awkward si
    tuations.via GIPHYMarchFrustration over everything especially work. No boss, no plan, no nothing!via GIPHYAprilNew school year, an
    d the kids are [続きを読む]
  • Having the best travel buddies
  • Last December, I finished my last day of work and headed off to an onsen (hot spa) trip with me and the two kids. My first trip al
    one with the kids had been for a cousin’s wedding so that one was out of necessity more than anything else. This second solo-tri
    p with them was the first I would take with them solely for pleasure. Even though I had planned meticulously for that trip, there
    were many [続きを読む]
  • Hopes for the future: Best, Good and OK scenario
  • With the year-end approaching, you can’t help but think of the New Year, the future, and what it holds for me. Truth be told, there’s no way to know what it is going to be like. The unknown used to freak me out, but now I feel like I am emotionally content enough to be able to embrace it. Having lived through the worst year of my life, and being completely happy now, I am confident in my navigat [続きを読む]
  • Down with the patriarchy
  • Recently I was given a very disturbing proposition.“You should forgive him because he feels sorry”.“HIM” referring to the-
    person-who-shall-not-be-named, who I wrote about extensively here, who made me question my self-worth over and over again, who alm
    ost destroyed me last year, who nearly pushed me off the edge of sanity, who made me cry the hardest I’ve ever cried in my whole
    life. (I was l [続きを読む]
  • home is where you make it
  • I'm finally settled in Osaka. It's been quite a transition, but not as hard as I imagined it to be. The move itself almo
    st broke me physically, but it was quite surprising how easy I mentally felt at home in my new place. With the new apartment being
    a drastic downgrade from my former place in Tokyo, I braced myself for feeling very uncomfortable about my new home. From living
    in a new complex wit [続きを読む]
  • On this day
  • Yesterday my son turned four.Tomorrow my daughter turns seven.August 17th is the day in between, the quiet day when I reflect on t
    he years and reminiscence of the days. Motherhood has been the most draining and challenging job I have ever taken on, but the mos
    t rewarding and heart-filling experience I have ever experienced.I am thankful for them every day, but I am thankful for them more
    so today. [続きを読む]
  • Let the (packing) games begin!
  • Packing has finally commenced in my household, and everything is just pure chaos at this point. You realize how much shit you have
    accumulated over the years, and how much of a burden it is to get rid of it all. As careful as I am to not crowd my home with unn
    ecessary possessions, you realize quite early on in packing that you have way much more than you account for.Yesterday, the kids w
    ere helpin [続きを読む]
  • My 40 by 40 list
  • I thought it might be a good time to share with you my "40 by 40 list". It's something I came up with a couple mont
    hs back when my colleague was feeling depressed about entering his late 40s or something. I know time passes equally, and whether
    I make it worthwhile or not is completely up to me.So here goes.1. Travel overseas with the kids2. Travel to Okinawa with the kids
    3. Go snowboarding with t [続きを読む]
  • Osaka, here I come!
  • In a surprising turn of events, I am excited to announce that our little family of three will be relocating to Osaka this coming A
    ugust! This blog will no longer be "The Diaries of a Tokyoite", but will be "The Diaries of a Tokyoite transplant i
    n Osaka". This new phase in our lives is the most unexpected, drastic change to happen (minus the divorce thing that came and
    went) but somehow I feel like [続きを読む]
  • Summer thoughts
  • Through the neverending rain and humid days, I can almost feel the summer is right around the corner. I loathe and love summer at
    the same time, as I celebrate my children turning 7 and 4 respectively, but I pass yet another would-have-been anniversary of my b
    roken marriage. Photographs and other memorabilia have been safely tucked away into a box, but I don't need to see and touch
    the items to ac [続きを読む]
  • New experiences
  • The past month or so has been such a blur, I cannot believe that it is late May already! That's practically like half of 2018
    , and it has passed by in a zip!January, February, March has been a bit of a bore. Work was not fun, relationships have not been m
    uch fun either and looking back, I guess I was in a funk.April, my daughter began elementary school with a bang, as I've expe
    cted her to do. She [続きを読む]
  • happy news all around
  • 2017 has been by far the most difficult year of my life, no question, and no one was happier to welcome 2018 than I was. Although
    nothing actually changed on January 1st, being in a different year than the-year-I-almost-lost-my-sanity was enough to make me fee
    l refreshed.This year is shaping to be the year of happy news among my close friends. We are still in February but there have been
    two birth [続きを読む]
  • Things I learned
  • As shown in my year in GIFs post, 2017 was the year with the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. Sometime during late summer t
    o the beginning of autumn, there was a definite turning point and I stopped dwelling on the bad stuff because it was a waste of my
    precious time, energy, and well-being. When I was at my lowest point, I knew it had to get better, but I did not know how much be
    tter it wo [続きを読む]
  • 2017 in GIFs
  • What the year 2017 felt like.Januaryvia GIPHYFebruaryvia GIPHYMarchvia GIPHYAprilvia GIPHYMayvia GIPHYJunevia GIPHYJulyvia GIPHYAu
    gustvia GIPHYSeptembervia GIPHYOctobervia GIPHYNovembervia GIPHYDecembervia GIPHY [続きを読む]
  • Taking a break
  • To be honest, writing doesn’t feel as fun as it used to. Maybe it’s because I do so much during work, maybe it’s a phase I’m going through, maybe I’m just over it; I don’t know. Writing is like trying to pry open my brain with a can opener to get to the root of my emotions. Sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s enlightening, sometimes it’s even fun. But there are times when you just want [続きを読む]
  • Pokémon fever
  • My daughter is obsessed with all things Pokémon these days, and requested that we participate in the Pokémon Stamp Rally hosted by JR. I thought sure why not? You buy an all-day free pass, go around stamping your leaflet, my son gets to ride trains all day long, and the trains are air conditioned. How difficult could it be right? Oh, I was so wrong.Upon further inspection of the leaflet, I found [続きを読む]
  • Loving summer
  • So about that date thing. Let’s just pretend it never happened, because it really never happened. It was canceled the day before, and as bummed as I was about the situation, my son had a fever (again darn it!) due to an ear infection so it all worked out in the end. I was supposed to be dressed up for dinner, instead, I was home in my PJs trying for the 100th time to make my son take his meds to [続きを読む]
  • I have enough, I am enough
  • I’ve been writing lots of mushy things about the kids lately. I guess this is what happens when they have birthdays, and it hits
    you that they are growing up way too fast. Why can’t they just stay babies forever? I want them to grow, but I don’t want the
    m to grow if that makes any sense.As for life on my end, all is going quite well.I think I am finally at a place where I am very m
    uch ok with t [続きを読む]
  • Learning to coparent
  • It has been 4+ months since my ex moved out, and we are getting better at navigating this co-parenting thing. Obviously we are bot
    h new to this, and there has been major ups and downs in between. Both of us have felt frustrated or disrespected at one point or
    another, but I think we are improving as we find our rhythm.On a normal week, the kids are with me during the weekdays. On Saturda
    y evening, [続きを読む]
  • Celebrating 6 and 3
  • My children were born two days apart, three years in between. They shared the exact same due date of August 17th which made for an
    interesting pregnancy (being in the same stage of pregnancy at the exact same date three years apart). My daughter’s water brok
    e on her due date and she was born a day later on the hot summer morning of August 18th, 2011. My son’s contractions began on Au
    gust 15th an [続きを読む]
  • Date with my girl
  • I sometimes look at my daughter and see myself in her.Look wise, she is the spitting image of her father and the only outward trai
    t she takes from he is her locks of strait ash-brown hair. But inward, she is a lot like me or so I think. She is very strong will
    ed, stubborn, apprehensive of new people/things, likes routine, curious, a bookworm, a bit neurotic, and sensitive in nature. She
    also hates [続きを読む]
  • Baby sitter to the rescue
  • My mother in law (ex mother in law to be precise) has been sick and in the hospital for a while, and my ex has not been able to he
    lp out with the kids as often as he could these days. If a kid is sick, we’d take turns taking the day off from work, or in his
    case, taking the kids to work. The other day, we had a few hours where we just couldn’t mesh our schedules and look after our so
    n who had a [続きを読む]
  • My rock
  • With the kids being in daycare, pick up times differ from families to families and I end up bumping into the same moms every day.
    While I love the daily communications, I miss the moms I don’t get to see on a daily basis. The other day, I went back for a for
    gotten umbrella, and was lucky to see several moms I haven’t seen in a while. The kids started playing and we ended up talking f
    or a good ha [続きを読む]