Thursday, 8 September 2011

Beautiful days

Today was a great day.  I want to start by saying we have committed to a house off base.  Now,  just in case you are worried, we are still planning on living on base.  We unfortunately have to wait until housing comes available.  We are still on the shortest list, but every time I check, we are further away from getting a house.
Anyhow, we have found a great house.  It is in Kitikurihama (sp?) about 15 minutes from base.  It is a fairly new house  with 3 bedrooms.  The biggest perks are the dishwasher and bathing room upstairs.  If you have every been in a Japanese house before you will understand how unusual these things are.  There is a small yard and 2 parking spaces, which is also something of a commodity.  Sounds like we will be moving out of the Navy Lodge in a few weeks.  It takes a LONG time to get an appointment to sign papers with the housing office.
The best part of today happened to be when my hubby got off early from work.  We headed off base to sign a paper and get the info we needed for the base housing to start the rental process.   After signing papers we headed down Blue street to explore and possibly get dinner.  We decided to hop on a train. We had no plans and no real place to go, so we headed to Kitikurihama station.  It is the closest station to where we will be living.   We got off the train and wandered around for a bit.  We ended up finding a Denny's to eat at.  (YES I said Denny's lol)  It is totally different from the ones back home, but it was fun to see it.
I have to say that just "being" this evening and enjoying my family and night was one of the best times I have had yet, here in Japan.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Needing a house STILL

Today we saw house #21.   I told my hubby I cannot take anymore of this house hunting. We made a pact to take either house #21 or the house I had liked from last week.  Now the catch is we had until 4pm to let the lady know if we wanted the house from Monday (our 2nd viewing).  We saw the house (#21) and liked it.  The only problem, we like the other house's location better.  So we found out where the bus stop would be for the girl and stewed a bit.  We decided we to go with the first house.  YEAH we made a decision!!!  Which brings us to 4:02pm when we called to say we wanted the house.  We found that our realtor was out and would call us back.  Tonight we find ourselves still on the look out for a house.  They had promised that house to someone else and making a long story short we lost both.  Wow, this housing thing will be a great story of survival by the time we finally move.