Friday, March 28, 2008

Sunsets on Okinawa....

Sunsets on Okinawa are just absolutely beautiful. Kevin and I often walk on the beach to enjoy the sunset views. Our house is across the street from a beach called Toguchi Beach. As a matter of fact, we can even see the beach from our house! Here are some pics we took on our balcony as we were grilling (first grill of the 2008 season!)....




Friday, March 21, 2008


I was transferring some photos from my memory card, when I realized we had a few pics from the cherry blossoms in Nago that we neglected to post on the blog.

Well, here you go! Mind you--when we took these pictures--it was February. Apparently, it was a bit too early for the blossoms. :)

Also, here's a photo of some "kuruma shrimp" (aka 'car shrimp'). A local street vendor was selling them, so we had him cook them over a grill. YUM!

Enjoy the photos. Better late then never, right?

XOXOX, Chrissy

Maeda Point & Dinner with the Pellegrinis

Last Sunday, Kevin and I took a drive to Maeda Point, a location well known to locals for scuba diving and snorkeling. Actually Maeda Point is a place where my parents frequently visited when they lived here on the island over 30 years ago. My parents were newlyweds and my father was enlisted in the U.S Air Force. It's funny--now that Kev and I are living here on the island, we can share stories with my parents about how much has changed in the last 30 plus years.

The weather on Sunday was perfect, not too hot or cold, so we enjoyed ourselves.

I'm not into scuba diving like Kevin, but he seemed really excited about taking a dive here.

Here's a view of the surfers trying to "ride" the waves.

After our trip to Maeda Point, we headed down to a nearby beach. On the beach, we found lots of shells and hermit crabs. Take a look!

Unfortunately, this is the beach where I also got a bit clumsy. I slipped on a rock and fell. I skinned my arm and my hands pretty badly...Ouch! Clumsiness is a Barnett trait, I'm afraid. Before my fall, I was able to duck inside this little cave.

Later in the evening, Kevin and I went to have dinner with our friends, the Pellegrinis. Jamey made bruschetta, spinach and artichoke dip, and a special rice dish called "St. Paul's Rice." After dinner, we played a German board game (sorry, I can't recall the name of it).

While we were playing the game, Jamey's youngest, 2 year old Bailey, found Kevin's sandals! I guess she doesn't mind that they are too big for her....

All in all, it was a good Sunday!!!

Love, Chrissy

Friday, March 14, 2008

Tropical Flowers & Gardening

I wanted to post a photo of the beautiful tropical flowers we recently purchased. We have a Japanese Azalea (which is the bright pink flower) and a Hibiscus plant. Both are doing very well on our balcony. Kevin and I bought the plants at a local nursery. The Azalea called "tsukuji" in Japanese, is actually a very common flower here on the island and can be seen in full bloom in mid-March.

The herb and vegetable garden we have growing on the rooftop terrace is doing equally well. We had some stunting with the tomato plants due to the wet and cold weather during the winter, but now they seem to be coming back. As a matter of fact, our spring onions grew like crazy, so I ended up giving most of those away to our Japanese neighbors. Kevin and I are enjoying taking care of our garden. :)

Take a look at my silly hubby posing for the camera (taken on our roof). Looks like he's aiming the hose at me!

Here's a photo I took of the beach across the street from our house. This is the view of the beach from our rooftop terrace.

The weather is certainly warming up. Looks like spring is here!

Take Care,


Work? Who Needs To Work?

Hi everyone,

Just thought I would post a quick update. Next Tuesday I will be starting my new job working as a "field representative" at the University of Maryland University College Asia campus at MCAS Futenma. It's just a part-time position (I'll be working the front desk Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm), while I wait for my contract to be finalized with MCCS. I'm happy with the schedule as it will allow me time to go to the gym everyday and pursue my other interests. If and when the contract does go through for the MCCS job, guess I'll have to re-evaluate and see if I still want to work in the TV studio for MCCS. Part of me wants the job as it will give me the opportunity to stay in the TV biz, but another part of me just isn't sure. I'm still recovering from my "burn out." After working as a producer for the Discovery Channel for three years, I'm not sure if I'm ready to just dive right in.

On the otherhand, the part-time job at Univ of MD will be good for me. I'm going to be starting classes shortly to pursue my 2nd Bachelors degree. This time around, I'll be studying Business Admnistration. Call me crazy, I know...
Math has never been my forte, but I have to take this time in Okinawa for what it is. A time for personal growth and reflection. I don't expect it to be easy. Heck, nothing has been easy since we moved here to Okinawa.... The past 6 months have been a roller coaster of emotions, for sure...

In other news, I've started advertising a bit more for my side business as a vocalist. Being involved in community theatre productions here in Okinawa has helped give me a bit more exposure, so I'm thankful for that. If you have an interest for a vocalist whether it be for a baby shower, a birthday party, or a special event, feel free to contact me. Nothing wrong with a shameless plug, right???

Anyway, this summer, I will be the vocalist in my best friend's wedding in Maine. Unfortunately, Kevin will not be able to join me for this trip back home to the States, but I'm delighted and honored that I will be able to perform AS WELL as be a part of the wedding. I will be singing Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me."

Well, I've got to run. I have some pizza dough rising. I've been trying to make Friday nights---pizza nights. My first two tries at making homemade dough weren't too pretty, but I have to say I think now I'm starting to get the hang of it. Ha! Take that, Wolfgang Puck!

Have a good weekend, everyone.

Love and Kisses from Oki,


Thursday, March 6, 2008

I feel better...

Okay, so as some of you know, I've put on a *few pounds since I got married nearly two years ago. Call it the "post-nuptial-15" or whatever, but the fact of the matter is that somehow I've allowed myself to gain a little poundage. Kevin and I are both "foodies" and if you combine that with a lack of working out and going to gym...Sooner or later, you're going to gain weight. Duh.

Anyway, since moving to Okinawa, I've been making an effort to go back to my gym-going days and exercise 5 days a week. And guess what? I actually think it's paying off.

Earlier today at the gym, I ran into someone who made me smile. I've seen this woman several times now (we usually attend the same Turbokick classes at the gym). I hadn't seen her in awhile so when I ran into her today...I was quite surprised when she complimented me on my weight loss. She said she could see a difference in my body. I was so happy, I felt like hugging her..But I didn't.

I had no idea her compliments would make my day. I guess it's just nice to hear my hard work is finally paying off. I feel so much better. :)

So... for those of you who are working on a goal....keep at it! Eventually, your hard work will reap some benefits. Now if only I can apply this thinking to other things. Say studying for my math placement exam for example....(groan)....

*Disclaimer: Please do not ask exactly how much weight I've gained. I can tell you, but I'd have to kill you first.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Say what?!?!

Okay, first the good news. The period of "reflection" is now over. Hurray! The commanding general here on Okinawa finally lifted the restrictions (aka the "lockdown.") Kevin and I are now free to move about the island, go out into the public to go shopping, eat at our favorite restaurants, and so forth. Thank goodness. I was really starting to suffer from cabin fever... :)

Now for the other news. I am still waiting on my contract to arrive for my job with MCCS, but it looks like while I'm waiting, I might be able to work part-time as a receptionist at the University of Maryland University College campus. I know it's just a desk-job (hey, I get paid $8 a hour) but it's something.

This job may come in handy since I'm going to be returning to school here in just a few weeks to begin my studies in *gulp* Business Administration. Say what?!?!!?

I've gone back and forth on whether to study business or Public Admnistration for some time and I'm now ready to get to it. Of course, this means I have to take a math placement exam.

To prepare for the exam, I've been studying. And let me just say....Boy, is my math rusty!

Take a gander at this one:
If 300 jellybeans cost you x dollars. How many jellybeans can you purchase for 50 cents at the same rate?

And this one:
Solve the following equation for A : 2A/3 = 8 + 4A

Ummm....yeah...Obviously, I don't expect a miracle. I will probably "place" in the lower math classes. But that's okay. It's probably better for me to start there anyway.

Well, gotta get back to the books.


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