|Our building name: Sakura Heights|
So, I mentioned this was a newly renovated building. Pretty neat that we have brand new appliances to enjoy. Not so neat that it hasn't been tested yet, so we found out some things did't quite work like they were supposed to. The first: Kris woke up Thursday morning to get a shower and get ready for work....the master shower didn't work! So, we called the housing office, who quickly sent out four workers-one of which spoke English (yay!)-and in one minute they had it fixed. Turns out, someone forgot to turn the switch inside the water housing unit so the water would come out. Next, when Kris goes to fix lunch (maybe it's Kris that's messing things up!) the oven preheats, but as soon as preheat switches to temperature the oven blows a fuse. Another call to housing and we have someone to look at the oven, who speaks no english. He looks at the oven for a while, then makes a phone call and hands the phone to me. I then learn that the wiring for the oven is American style, which is more sensitive than Japanese wiring, so it kicks the fuse at a low temperature. He says this is a building wide issue and we aren't allowed to use our oven at all. Oh great! And, now they have locked the fuse box so we can't just reset a blown fuse. Geesh. Okay, so I'm not one for breaking rules, but we have been eating take out food for two months now. And, I have a beautiful new oven in front of me. What to do...what to do....test it to see just how many burners I can use before the fuse blows. One is okay, two...good, three...still working....fourth burner...POP. Luckily I have a husband with some skill, and he manages to get into the fuse box and reset the oven. :) So, two burners should keep my oven working just under the POP-zone.
I couldn't think of any other way of displaying our house pictures, other than just piling them all in with captions. Here is our new home....sans our own furniture.....
|Last sunrise view from the hotel|
|Looking through front door to entry and living room|
|Just inside front door to right...laundry room|
|Just inside front door to left...kitchen|
|Family room. Far left of pic is entryway. kitchen is back left. Dining in back of room with balcony. Just behind recliner on right is hallway door.|
|View of family room from dining room|
|Balcony. We got the side of the bldg with the biggest balcony! Mackenzie says we have enough room to plant some vegetables in the spring. I wonder how easy it is to grow stuff here. I already miss my fresh herbs from my kitchen window.|
|Hallway....on right is the big closet. Just past that on the right is the kids' bath then our master bedroom. Straight back is the linen closet. On the left, back corner is Mackenzie's room. The first door on the left is the boy's room.|
|Mackenzie's disaster area|
|Master Bedroom...separate closets, to the far left is the door to hallway. That ugly monstrosity in the back is the metal door to our balcony and behind where I'm standing is the bathroom.|
|View from our balcony|
When we were living in the hotel I realized just how much I missed having a few simple things...a room to myself, rooms to send the kids to when they were driving me crazy, a room to send Kris to when HE was driving me crazy and a laundry room where I didn't have to put 8 quarters in to wash and dry one load of laundry and a laundry room that I didn't have to stand in line to use. When we moved into our house, I was so glad to have the room. Now, I'm missing things like: my own bed and blankets, art supplies to keep the kids entertained, my shoes and clothes, and my cooking utensils. We are moving in steps...they may be slow little steps, but steps none-the-less. We will get there. :) I'm happy to have a place to call my own! Even if it is a place that I like to call a house and then Garytt yells at me because it's actually a PAWTMENT!!!!