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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. 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!

    1 week ago
  2. 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!

    1 week ago
  3. Love love love you guys!!! Such a cool drying rack. Where can I find it???

    2 weeks ago
  4. 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. ^-^

    2 weeks ago
  5. 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

    2 weeks 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

      2 weeks 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

        2 weeks 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 days ago
  6. 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

    2 weeks 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.

      2 weeks ago