Don’t let the title deceive you, the trip was actually quite uneventful and Emi behaved quite well the entire time. Actually, she straight up slept the entire trip, both ways. I just liked the title because it’s the name of a cheesy 80′s movie starring Jennifer Jason Leigh. Awesome.

Anyway, as I said, Emi slept in transit both ways, and really only woke up while we were actually IN the consulate trying to get everything taken care of. Of course, she was fussy then, so Daddy had to use every magic trick in his arsenal to keep her placated, much to the amusement (or bemusement) of the Consular staff. I got smiles and a compliment on my singing to her, which is always nice.

Ego stroke for the win.

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Very quick post, as it’s really early and we’re about to head off to Osaka to get Emi’s passport stuff taken care of. She’s awake and looking around, no doubt curious about the ruckus, but being calm about it all. Hopefully that trend will continue.

Emi chillin'.

Wish us luck. We’re going to need it…


It’s been an interesting week or so at work. Being a new faculty member can be a bit of a challenge anywhere, I imagine, and getting used to the changes from being either a Post-Doc or even a student can be overwhelming at times. I’m not sure how it is for anyone else who has been in this type of situation, but I feel sometimes I am having difficulty trying to integrate into the department. I feel that became abundantly clear this week.

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We had a big weekend chock full of action here at the Whitaker House. A lot of things going down, but nothing overly noteworthy. Since it is getting rather late, I expect this will end up being a rather short post insofar as my rambling prose is concerned. However, I didn’t have to rely on others to utilize my camera this weekend since I was around with them instead of at work, so I was able to grab a bunch of new pictures and a couple videos as well. I think I’ll start with perhaps my favorite one…

Emi Smiles. Ish.

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Alright, just a quick post here to show my pride. It turns out my little girl seems to be following in the footsteps of her old man. Emiko is all about the Metal! Some of you might be saying to yourselves right now that it’s too soon for Emi to show any real preference for music. Some of you might be wondering what proof I might have to make such a claim. Some of you probably think I’m full of it anyway, but will continue reading because you’re curious whether or not there is some small grain of proof at the center of these claims.

You people in that third group make me sad all day.

Anyway, I state that my little Emi-chan is Metal for these reasons:

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Today was quite possibly one of the longer, more exhausting days that I’ve ever had that didn’t involve experiment time at a synchrotron facility. I was up with little Emi-chan at the crack of dawn and played the role of Super Daddy battling the onslaught of the maniacal criminal genius himself, Poopy Diaper. Once again, the forces of good had triumphed, and the streets of Matsuyama proved safe for little Emiko to go about her business, allowing breakfast to be underway in short order. I hopped into the shower and got ready for work, and by the time I was finished, little Emi was back sleeping in Mommy’s arms, which made it much more difficult to leave.

Emi sleeping on Mommy.    Kiss goodbye.

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Today (Thursday, September 30) I spent most of my day dealing with the bureaucratic red tape that goes along with having a baby in Japan. Because of this, I left the camera in the hands of the Huggins women for the day. Unfortunately, the ONLY pictures they took were a few shots of Emi sleeping on Siobhan, like the one below.

Emi napping with Aunt Siobhan.

I guess in retrospect it was quite fortuitous that I forgot to include the videos that I took yesterday in my previous post. Here’s some more eye candy to keep your appetites for Emi-chan sated.
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After all the waiting, my girls have finally come home. I’ve never felt so acutely aware of just how small our little Japanese-style apartment is until now, but I’ll take all the cramped spaces necessary if it means I get to have them home with me. It was a ridiculously busy day with lots to be done, but it was a good one overall, starting with Miss Emi getting her wake up call in the morning.

Wake up call.

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One more day… Just one more day…

I got to the hospital this morning, and Emi was awake and hanging out with her mommy. It was nice to see her up and looking around. I seized the opportunity and took a few pictures of some of the other emotions and expressions Emi has started to exhibit.

Uneasy Emi.
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So today’s post is going to be on the short side for a few reasons. First, I spent about 2 hours going through my software, trying to edit a video file and it just wouldn’t work. Then I put it back on the camera and edited it there. Talk about a waste of effort…

Second, I was at work again today, so I wasn’t with my girls for most of the day, which leaves me with less than usual to write about. Third, Sara was in charge of the camera today, and only snapped a couple of pictures and one exceedingly long video that I had to cut down a bit. Here’s the “Emi Presley” picture that Sara took of our little girl today.

Elvis Baby.

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