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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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  • 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]
  • Son lost and found
  • Parent fail confession. I lost my son the other day. Not lost like in “dead” lost, but like in “lose the keys” lost. My bo
    y is a spunky ball of energy, currently going through his terrible-twos and entering his terrifying-three phase. I feel like I spe
    nd the majority of my day telling him to “calm down”, “be quiet”, “listen to what mommy is saying”. Needless to say, h
    e just doesn’t give [続きを読む]
  • Summer plans
  • Summer is officially here (though the heat has been here longer) and I am super stoked. Even though we don’t have any extravagan
    t trips and such planned, there is so much to be done locally. The kids are capable of having a blast anywhere, and whether it be
    a trip to Hawaii or a local pool, it makes more sense financially to spend our time close to home rather than to spend a ton of mo
    ney on “ex [続きを読む]
  • Cash strapped and freaking out
  • So, my local inhabitant tax went up by five times, and I am officially freaking out. The amount until last year (which I stupidly
    based my family financials on) was from the year 2015, when I was still on maternity leave and shorter working hours; ie. not full
    y back in the work force. The revised amount which reflects my current income is freaking high. To be honest, it’s not so high t
    hat I’m co [続きを読む]
  • Surviving going back to work
  • I went back to work 7 months postpartum for both kids. During the month before birth and the 7 months after birth, I was given a h
    alf-pay of my salary, which I recognize is a very generous situation to be in, when I hear mothers in other countries going back t
    o work weeks after birth. The 8 months away was a blessing but also felt like an eternity career wise. A lot has changed while I w
    as away, o [続きを読む]
  • The philosophical kid
  • My ex and I have always encouraged the notion of “responsibility” and “choices” to our children. Our philosophy is that ch
    ildren should be treated with equal respect and dignity as adults. Their underdevelopment in verbal expression does not grant us f
    ree reign to make decisions for them. Obviously we’re not like “Go! Run out in the streets and get hit by the car! Run around
    screaming in pub [続きを読む]
  • The attack of the hand foot mouth disease
  • Last week, I received a sudden call from the daycare because my son was running a high fever. I get an average of one call a month for both kids, maybe less. I’m thankful my kids are pretty good health wise, but still that phone call means the rest of my workday is a goner, and it usually means the next few days might be shut down as well.Having been a working mom for 5+ years now, I am not hesit [続きを読む]
  • Living with stress
  • So here’s the thing. My daughter has been biting her nails and it is getting really bad. It began with a nail or two ”because the edges were bugging her” she said. Then it was her left hand, and now its all 10 fingers and I suspect some toes as well. They are all very short and jaggered (so short that its painful to see), and she has begun picking the skin around her fingertips, sometimes going [続きを読む]
  • Breaking my children's heart
  • “I want to be a family of four again”My daughter, the sensitive one, had a bout of sadness the other night as I tucked her in
    bed, and was crying that she wanted us to be a family of four again. She was terribly upset and weeping. It came out of nowhere an
    d broke my heart because there’s nothing I can do about it to make her sadness disappear. I knew in the back of my head that thi
    ngs like this [続きを読む]
  • Shared bedroom for the kids
  • My kids have been asking for a shared room with bunk beds for a while now, and I’m saving up for their room makeover later this year. Creating a shared bedroom involves not just buying the beds, but a complete switch of the bedrooms and layout we have going on now. The spare room (a dumping place with no AC at the moment) will become my room, and the master bedroom we co-sleep in now will be the [続きを読む]