Okay. So, as it stands right now, life is good great. Adam and I are living in Japan for 3 months. I’m playing shows 6 nights a week in Fukuoka, the biggest city on the Southern-most island (Kyushu) of Japan. Other than my 4-hour shows at night, my entire day is completely open to spend with him, exploring, learning, and basically living a spoiled life of leisure and excess. Seriously, most days I feel like Lindsay Lohan (minus the train wreck). I mean, we live in a swanky hotel, where all our expenses are paid, our meals are rolled in by room service, our beds are made, laundry taken care of. There is zero stress. Don’t get me wrong, life can certainly get boring some days, and we literally get excited over running errands:
Jen: “So, uh, what do you want to do today?”
Adam: “I dunno… we’re out of peanut butter.”
Jen: “Well, then! Let’s go to the store and get some peanut butter today!”
What an incredible blessing this life is, though. We are so grateful that we get to spend this time together, experiencing married life together. A far cry from the past few years (ahem, 15-month deployments).
You’re probably wondering how it’s possible that Adam can take off from work for 3 months and enjoy a life of leisure with me. In a nutshell: he was in the Army, then got out to pursue federal law enforcement jobs. After about 10 months of applying/interviewing with the FBI, Secret Service, etc., the right doors didn’t open, so he re-enlisted back into the Army. And because he doesn’t have to report to duty until May, luckily, he has a bit of free time on his hands. So, while I bring home the bacon (only 4 hours a day), he’s a man of leisure. We know life won’t always be this easy, so we’re taking it for all its worth. He fills the hours by taking class twice a day at a nearby Dojo, studying Jiu-Jitsu, Shooto, and MMA (mixed martial arts). The fact that he gets to train in Japan is pretty freaking amazing. He loves it.
And who knew we’d ever get to enjoy sushi in Japan? Incredible. The Japanese are such lovely people… so friendly, kind, and generous. They’ve taken such great care of us. And Adam has gotten to be quite the pro at memorizing all the key Japanese phrases. We’ll never go without knowing how to order our food, asking if someone speaks English, or where the restroom is located. Keys of survival, I’m telling you.
Here we are spending the day on a nearby island, Nokonoshima Island: