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Our Lives in Japan

March 4, 2019

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Kinda boring, eh? I bet you didn’t think it’d go this way. We wanted to show what our lives are like, because I realize we had a very eventful past few videos, in Barcelona, Zao Onsen, and Yamaguchi. Makes it seem like we’re all over the place all the time. Honestly, most of our days are spent like this. Puttering about, recovering from one injury or another, cooking a lot, cleaning a bunch. Nice slow domestic life.

Then we edit for a long time because after all these years we STILL can’t edit quickly. It’s wild. This video was a couple of hours of footage. Sorting through it all and putting it into something not terribly boring took a couple of days. That’s what I usually work on. The boring bit of putting together a story or timeline. There’s lots of dead air between takes, and if we included them all the video would be a mess. So, I put it all in a timeline, drag things around, cut things A LOT, and then try to cut some more. Once I’ve got something that I think would make sense to you as a viewer, Martina takes over, and that’s where you see what she’s doing in video editing.

Ah, I wish I had her job sometimes, because it’s so much more fun! All the colours and sounds she can add in. I’m jealous sometimes. But she’s clearly made for it because she has our music and effect library memorized. And I’m good for my part of the job because I can focus on repetitive work for a long time. Ha!

I don’t mind doing a lot of housework, either. I know it’s easier for me to do than Martina, and I’ve got a good rhythm going on for it in the mornings. I’m not used to talking to anyone for a couple of hours, and I can make coffee, clean dishes, vacuum, do laundry, prepare a slow cooker meal, and make breakfast while answering emails and comments in between. I’ve got a good flow for it now. It wasn’t something I always did. I sure wasn’t that clean when I was younger. I wish I was, and that I didn’t leave it all for my mom when I was younger. I’m sorry, momma, if you’re watching this now and wondering where this was so many years ago!

Ok that’s it for this little blog post. We’ve got some extra clips below, if you’re down:

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  1. Have you guys hear of Toby the cat with EDS? I just learned about him and that cats can have it too. I thought Martina might like to see his sweet face. He looks like a happy cat and I learned something new. https://youtu.be/R8kdgPhD9i0

    4 months ago
  2. Hi guys, long time viewer first time poster before anything else sorry for my English but its my second language, so i was rewatching this episode and made me rethink that i have always loved japan, right now i am unemployed due to some life circumstances long story short got backstabbed by a work partner, so i was wondering and i think you get asked this alot but can you give some advice or some information on how to be able to emigrate to japan? Or how to look for a job there? Really want to make the jump but dont know were to start so im here hope its ok as i dont know were to get this info(in central america its pretty hard to come by with this information), thanks and sorry if this is not the place to ask this, im quite new on the blog and i thought that youtube wanst the best place to post it c:

    7 months ago
    • Ah, that’s not something we really have a lot of info about. We don’t know much about the job market here. We’re lucky to be brought here through an agency, but that’s not an option available to most people. Otherwise, most of the people we know here are in the entertainment industry. Sorry :/

      6 months ago
  3. Just watching/listening to your podcast, and felt like it was kind of the follow-up to this video so I thought maybe I could comment here to further the conversation since it’s obvious something you guise are thinking about lately. I admire that you’re trying to find balance in what you show of your own lives in your videos, your “fans vs friends” and your own life/work balance as well because it is very hard. I think that it will be a constant struggle with your content and your emotions but, like the constant vigilance against injustice required for freedom it will hopefully not have to become a hard or engrossing struggle but rather a background thing. BIG HUGS! I’ll try not to idolized you XDDDDDD ……………..As for showing you going through your period Martina, I was actually glad you included it. I was happy/relieved that you showed it because I was always wondering how much extra it effected/affected you with your EDS or if you’d had the hysterectomy surgery that apparently a lot of EDS sufferers have to skip this pain. Not like it’s any of my business (or anyone else’s), but it’s a big part of a woman’s daily life and I guess the happy/relief-part I feel is that I’m glad that it doesn’t put you into a coma or the fetal position for 5 days a month and you’d been stoically hiding it all these years. I certainly don’t advocate any surgery, it sucks unless you need it. I also get really bad menstrual pains, always have, and I can tell you (from having a child), that they really are to the level of “mild” contractions, which seems like what you get as well. It sucks big time but I have come to deal with it “better” as the years have gone by. I can only offer advice for others here hoping that what helps me a little, can give you a little relief. Please forgive me if it’s too graphic. Vitamin B6 and caffeine. You can take some advil or other anti-inflammatories if you can and they will help a little with the rest of your body cramping up, but sometimes, due to other medications you can’t. If you can take aspirin, that actually helps more because it stops the blood from coagulating as much and therefore it doesn’t make as big clots coming out of your cervex which is where a lot of the nebulous abdominal pain comes from. But if you can’t take either (or even if you can), 200mg B6 and a big coffee/tea in the morning and twice more on your worst day, can really help a LOT more than you’d expect. (this much B complex will give you nightmares, just B6)Frankly, on the first day or two, I’m so uncomfortable, I’m not going to get much sleep anyways, so I don’t worry about the caffeine keeping me up, I just stay up ’til I’m exhausted, sleep, get back up when I’m uncomfortable again and try to sleep it off/nap in the following days. There is no point in holding yourself to a sleep schedule if you know you won’t be able to sleep anyways and lying down is just exacerbating the problem (and making you worry about soiling the sheets). To me, this is only a little inconvenient for my family, but it’s really taken out a lot of the stress around trying to cope with others while I’m in pain. Just my method, I’m always looking for any tips as well…….As for influencers, I was happy that you hadn’t gotten into calling yourselves that, to me, it’s an annoying term but it’s everywhere. Here is a great CBC article about another instagrammer teen that quit, quite candid – as are her own linked words https://www.cbc.ca/news/trending/instagram-essena-o-neill-social-media-isn-t-real-1.3302045

    7 months ago
  4. We made a version of your curry recipe for dinner tonight and loved it. Looking to the next time we go to LA to try Coco Curry now too. Great Video!

    7 months ago
  5. Hey there! First off, thank you for still making your videos. I have been a fan of you guys since 2013. However, for the past two-ish years I took a hiatus from internet life. I have to say it is so wonderful to see that you both continued making the same quality content that I fell in love with. Your charming, slice-of-life style is a joy to watch and be a part of. I had a pang of nostalgia with this episode and had to jump in and share my feelings. So, yes, thanks again. Love your work!

    7 months ago
  6. Love love love you guys!!! Such a cool drying rack. Where can I find it???

    7 months ago
  7. This week you two rescued me. I do tend to truck along week after week with work and school and happily married life and driving me crazy married life… so much so that I have trouble keeping up with my fave vids from programs and youtubers like you. And then all of a sudden the depression kicks in and ugh! I struggle with depression and PTSD and manage pretty well but still sometimes the emo roller coaster comes and takes over which sadly I also am a somatic depressive which means I get sick. Wah! Anywho… this weekend was tough and your video of a day in your life helped me smile and be distracted from the negative thoughts. Thank you! I started catching up on your videos and am relieved to say that the emo roller coaster is leveling out. Thanks guys! Thanks Martina for being so strong and honest. Thanks Simon for being so adorably supportive. I have a very supportive wife and sometimes worry that when my emo roller coaster rears its ugly head it is too much for her but she is just a kind and supportive as you are with Martina and I am comforted when I see that dynamic between you two. Love it! Thanks for helping feel human again. ^-^

    7 months ago
  8. Awww yeaaaah, what a sweet sweet video. I was prepared to be bored, but I wasn’t, good jorb with the editing and fun times, I’m sure it took a loooong time, so thanks =). Not sure why you threw Fangurilla in there, but whatever, I’ll take a random Fangurilla any day XD. It sure was funny watching Simon make a smoothie to the WANK music in the extra scenes – too peppy! You’re a great homemaker Simon, and very clever with your efficiencies <3. I'm the one who gets up early and makes the coffee as well and that quiet morning time alone is very zen/restful for my mind. Martina, girl don't worry, you look swag even in your old team building t-shirt from your old work XD My weekends look a lot like yours, in the winter. Too cold to go out (it's been minus WTF all dang winter!), I cook, bake, maybe some gaming, maybe some working out. Back to working on fabric design again, we'll see how it goes. Time for indoor gardening now that it's March, just a few plants and some fluorescent sunlight lamps can make all the difference in my mood, gotta start my kabochas ahead of time so that they don't get crowded by sweet potatoes :) (and tomatoes, peppers,etc). Hang tight Martina, spring and hanami are just around the corner, look forward to it. I'm looking forward to many more great adventures this year both for me, and for you. Glad you're both still trucking along – your positivity is a highlight in my week. <3<3<3<3

    8 months ago
    • Ack, I just went to make rice for dinner and remembered your question about washing rice Simon. You should always wash your rice because, whether the rice is stone-milled or steel-roller-milled, they use talc as a dry lubricant and it gets on the rice – you want to wash the rice so that you’re not ingesting the talc (it’s not good for you). You probably never saw your Mom wash rice back in the day (mine either) because in North America it was/is very common to cook “minute rice” or “par-boiled rice” which has already been cleaned through being previously cooked. If you buy good quality rice in Japan (or anywhere), it is not usually pre-cooked, and therefore, not cleaned, so you must do it yourself. Just swish it/rinse the rice around with your hand in some cold water a few times until the water runs clean and then you’re good to go. Some high quality Calrose or sushi rice is pre-washed, but it will say so on the bag if this is the case. Happy cooking <3

      8 months ago
      • Well, that’s a solid answer, and one that I’ll remember when I begrudgingly wash rice from now on. Thank you for that. It’s good to see you in the comments again :D

        7 months ago
        • LOL! I’m only so thorough in my answer because an Asian friend told me to wash my rice back in the day “because it’s dirty” and that didn’t make sense to me, or I thought it was just the “starch” (bit of a language barrier) so I never did it either for many years until I found out about the talcum powder and then it made soooo much more sense to put in the effort. I just didn’t want you to be like me ^^;;;; I watch (and love) all the videos but a) I’ve been extra busy and b) a few of them haven’t made it to the blog.

          7 months ago
  9. Another great video you two! :) Quick question:
    I’d love to know what program you guys use for your video editing etc.
    Thanks!
    Jenny McD

    8 months ago
    • We use Final Cut Pro X. We tried Premiere, which seems to be the industry standard, but I don’t like it. I don’t like how it manages media, and I don’t like how cutting something out doesn’t snap the timeline together. And it’s too expensive. I bought FCP years ago and haven’t had to pay for an upgrade, while Premiere you have to pay for monthly. Fuuuuuuck that.

      7 months ago