There's a nice phrase in Japanese that describes life and the way things are going for us right now. It's umaku ikanai. umaku is from umai which means extremely good (I guess that works) and ikanai is the negative of iku which means "to go." So things don't go extremely well, or things don't or aren't going like they should.
Anyway, that's pretty much what's going on with everything right now. We have tickets to leave for Japan on the 29th so we have a couple of weeks to get settle and enjoy before my school starts, but the universe is working against us. We are having problems getting my visa for different reasons, but they all have to do with the school. We also had problems with the storage we rented.
Suffice it to say, both Rie and I are exausted and ready to go. Unfortunately we are forced to continue jumping through hoops like we're part some kind of circus. I guess we are, it's called government and university administration.
So, we're doing our best to keep going.