#45 days


AS July looms closer, I realize my weeks until departure are numbered. June has been very busy, but overall going slowly. July will come screaming into existence with vacations and last minute details. I know 45 days will fly by-even if I sit here thinking it’s slow!

I have gotten in touch with several people who I will be working with at NIS-and in some cases, living next door! I love that facebook is able to connect us-yes, we email too, but that’s not the same. By the time we all officially meet in August, I feel like I will have some friends already. Even though Paul and I are going together, which I am so blessed and thankful for, it’s important-the friendships. My new neighbors have been very helpful and I am hopeful of a great relationship there. I also have gotten to know my classroom neighbor, who will be teaching grade 2 as well. I think we will get along just fine-and I am really looking forward to working with her! Her roommate will be a TA for both of our rooms, and though I haven’t spoken with her as much, she seems nice! 

I have also chatted with someone who is currently teaching in London-I can’t wait to really sit down with her!! *wink, wink* Most of you know why…England after all is my goal! One day! Speaking of one day…I have to mention something I came across as I was packing up my classroom-I can’t believe I forgot to mention it before. 

Two years ago during pre-planning we did an activity- I think it had a cute name, but I don’t remember. Anyway-we were to write 3 words of motivation/inspiration for the year. We all got paper/markers and spent time decorating and reflecting. We shared a few, and I found mine attached to my bookshelf. 

                                         ¨It Will Happen¨—it was of course drawn over a British flag, but the message was clear. One day, it will happen. I will teach overseas. I will get in international teaching job. I will travel the world. It will happen, in 45 days. 🙂 

I practiced packing this week-amazingly I fit all, and I mean ALL of my clothes into two suitcases! Holly cow-I was shocked. Using 2-gallon zip-lock bags to roll small things into-and realllly squeezing out the air has worked great. I also roll everything…if you have never been told that, hear this now. To save space in your luggage, do not fold clothes. Roll them tightly…this also helps prevent wrinkling…who would have thought!? I still have an empty suitcase-the big bag is close to 50 lbs…and the medium is about 20 lbs. Plus, we were told to keep some essentials in a carry-on bag because they will arrange to have our luggage delivered the next day since they are picking up more than one new teacher at a time. Works for me! I will probably still ship at least one box-just a few things to bring with to make home feel like…home. 

I can’t believe I got rid of enough clothes to fit in these two bags…did I mention that the smaller has only shoes, scarves, and toiletries? 🙂 




Still waiting to hear about Visa/car. I hate waiting! On the bright side, I was asked to advise the National Honor Society! I am really excited about that for many reasons!

1. I get to work with motivated high school students! I have always wanted to work with high school kids, but didn’t want to teach them. So this is great! 
2. It feels like my gifted experience meets my sorority experience. Reading over the new adviser packet brought back memories of when I was active Phi Mu (I head a lot of positions) and when I graduated and advised our chapter. It’s so very similar to NHS and what they stand for, how they run, etc. 
3. I am excited about our local charity work…they have supported the local orphanage for a while-so working with the students as they develop fundraisers and activities for the kids will be amazing to watch and help with. 
So…we will get up and running pretty quick when I arrive…the current president has already reached out! I like her already 🙂


I asked the housing coordinator for a floor plan to get sizes…and it came with pictures! The closets are bigger than I expected-even though the kitchen is tiny. I love to cook, and I am used to space. I will learn a lot about myself in this tiny kitchen I am sure. And I am kind of excited about it! The largest space is the LDK-livingroom, diningroom, kitchen. All one space. Then there are two bedrooms and a bathroom. I can’t wait to get in there and decorate. I miss that about moving…starting a new place 🙂 


I hope the link works 🙂

Learn Japanese

doko ni sunde imasuka-Where do you live? 

   you can respond in two ways: country or house/apartment
watashi wa amerika ni sunde imasu-I live in America
watashi wa apaato no ichi zero ni-I live in apartment 102 (which is true- I think I typed this right)
ogenki desuka?-how are you
genki desu-I am fine

And finally, if you meet someone new…this can happen 🙂

konnichiwa, onamae wa?-hello, what is your name?
Kelli desu
douzo yoroshiku-nice to meet you (or something cordial like that)

So, that’s all for now!


Kelli + Paul



My sweet boy, London, saying he will be spending quality time with his grandparents in Charleston-Yay for them sad for me.



Birthday dinner with my mum! Happy 60th!


55 Days



Below the 60 day mark. Yikes! I feel like I have done so much…and yet there is still so much to do.

House update: We have some low offers…will see what our options are.

Car: The last of my car dealings will be finalized tomorrow when we officially sign over our title. I am shocked…SHOCKED  at how quickly it came in. Loan cleared Wednesday and title was issued from state, and mailed to us, by Saturday. Crazy! But thankful it was fast!

So I guess the biggest news at the moment is about Paul!! Matthew (OUR headmaster) has officially offered Paul work at NIS! He has a couple jobs up his sleeve for the year, but it seems like he will be assisting some special needs students with academics (not sure what this looks like, but I know there are two…upper elementary and middle school). He will also be coordinating and running a SAT prep course over a couple weekends, and finally coaching.

We aren’t sure what sport though. He will talk with high school principal next week about SAT and to the sports coordinator guy later as well.

As for me, we had to let them know what extra curricular activities we wanted to take part in. I sent my ideas and we will see what they put together.

I have several interests…and for those of you who know me…you know i LOVE to get involved. So I will have to see what they offer. All activities are paid with a monthly stipend of some sort…so that’s new 🙂

What I told them:

1st option-Habitat for Humanity assistant (though I would run it if they needed it)
2nd option-musical assistant
3rd option-middle school student council advisor
4th opttion-STEM type after school club for elementary or mdidle
5th option-assistant coaching a sport…don’t laugh! I don’t play, but I organize very well! I mentioned that if they wanted Paul as a head coach for something, I would be his assistant. That would be wild! We did something like that before when I was ASP director. We ran a basketball club after school. Basketball would be ideal for Paul, but baseball/softball or volleyball would be cool too.

Things are shaping up! I am now waiting on two things…

-Visa paperwork-it will be sent to me then I have to go downtown to the Japanese embassy
-Car for Japan-we turned down what was being sold by teachers leaving NIS, so let’s see what our options are now!

I think that’s it for now…I need to post a picture…
well, howabout this. Paul and I shared our 6th wedding anniversary this weekend. Photos of our cemetery Vaults and Malts tour…(does he know me or what? Cemetery tour on our anniversary…I freaking love cemeteries!), plus, I got a t-shirt. Anything harry potter is exciting, so when we found Hogwarts t-shirts at Target…I so needed it!

For now…


Kelli + Paul


Anniversary in the cemetery

anni3 anni


Forgot to post about my awesome send off at Norton Park! It was quiet, and that’s ok. I have a get together with close friends later in July…but here is a picture of my amazing administrators… I can’t post much else…will get teary. Love them!




Take 2:

Panoramic Picture of inside…

2 bedrooms-master on right. Very large closet. Shocked! Living room/dining room middle, kitchen is the little corner on the left. Through the far door has to be bathroom and second bedroom. Then the door.

Building (10 units total)


View from balcony-community garden! Rent a plot! Paul will try this…me, I have a deadly thumb.


I can’t wait to send pictures from my own camera 🙂 #63 days



Buying & Selling


I FINALLY found out our apartment in Nagoya!!! I was teased a bit when the email came out…it said the building name/number of where we would be and who was currently in it. That’s it! Of course, I couldn’t just google the name of the apartment complex. It doesn’t work that way! 

So I emailed the man living there now and waited ‘patiently’ (ya right, ask Paul about that one!) for him to email me back. I got the full address, and some basic info. I asked for pictures, and he was good to get them to me within 24 hours…I figured, he figured, I would flood him with emails if he didn’t respond quickly!! What gives him that idea??

Paul and I are pleased with our place! His pictures were a little messy, but that’s ok, they are packing. I am not sure what furniture the school is providing us. It could be the same stuff he has, or they could put different stuff in. I finally can see if the stuff I have purchased from other teachers leaving NIS will fit/look good. And they will! 

This weekend we held a 3-day garage sale. Posted stuff online too. Sold ALL of the furniture we were getting rid of bc of online garage sales. Do it people, WOW! 

So glad we decided to sell on Friday…today, Sunday was dead! Maybe had 4 people. But overall, we sold a LOT. Almost everything had hoped. There are still some things I have. Probably go to goodwill (tax credit!). 

I even sold my car!! We still have to do the transaction…but it’s done. It’s kind of sad. I have been wanting to sell my car for a while, to get a mini cooper (of course!) but this obviously feels different. Probably because we will only have one car…that’s weird! I have to take off the stickers…I should have a funeral for those. 

The Hogwarts Express will be no more this week. 😦 Although I must give props to the young man for whom the car is being purchased…he knew I was a potter fan by the deathly hallows sticker on my side window. That’s how I know he was a true fan too. Not just anyone knows THAT symbol! Hoggy is in good hands. 

Still no word on the house. Looking into another Realtor maybe.

My flight is confirmed!! So awesome! We are leaving a day early, but here is the itinerary… 

August 2-Going away party
August 3- 10 am-leave for Chicago
August 4- 10 am-leave for Tokyo!
August 5- 4 pm-arrive in Tokyo (12 hour 55 min flight folks)
August 5- 6 pm- via connecting flight, arrive in Nagoya 

Matthew, my headmaster, will pick us up and take us home. Our fridge will be stocked with basics, a car (not sure which one yet) will be waiting in the driveway, and we get some cash to get us going until payday (Aug. 20). 

Someone will come out the next day and give us a full orientation of our neighborhood and how to work the appliances in our apartment. 

The last piece to that puzzle…is finding out our ride! Sooooon I hope. 

Here are some things I have bought for our home in Nagoya: 
-Ikea like leather chair with foot stool
-a small dryer (they don’t come standard in homes!) 
-coffee pot (thank the good Lord!)
-blender and food processor
-down comforter 
-2 free end tables/night stands
-2 small bookshelves, and 2 plastic storage bins
-2 mirrors
-iron/ironing board
-and I think something else or two…I can’t remember! 

Without further ado…here is our new address (note: I am sending it two ways-one with a description of what each part of the address means, then the full address for mailing)

                         Reconter Casa (building name) #102 (apartment number) Kikko 2-601 (the name of the area and block number)                                        Moriyama-ku (the city area)  Nagoya.

Reconter Casa #102, Kikko 2-601, Moriyama-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 463-0004

I don’t think I will EVER have that memorized. I wonder…do I need to put Japan anywhere? LOL. 


Ok, pictures acting up. Will post on second post. 

For now,