Happy 5th of July! I can't even get sneaky and say that technically it's still the 4th of July back home, because it's not. As I write this, most of you are in bed after a day of hamburgers, hot dogs, and lots of fireworks. I hope your day was fun. I spent the 4th at the navy base with some friends. Zach had to work, but he could see the fireworks from his office, so I was happy about that. They put on a good fireworks show, and as a bonus, a big lightning storm was taking place about 40 miles north of us, so we had two shows for the price of one.
Today is super hot! I managed to get outside and pay our electric bill, but I was so happy to get back inside afterward. Here's something interesting that you may not know. We pay most of our utility bills at the local 7-Eleven or mini-mart. There are a couple of different mini-mart chains we can pay the bills at, but we usually go to 7-Eleven. (Yes, they have 7-Eleven here. And AM/PM.) The clerk scans the bill, you give them the money, and then they stamp the bill to show that you paid. It's all pretty slick and fast and convenient.
I also killed a spider today. He was HUGE, and yes, I know they do good things but they are not welcome in our home. This little bugger was fast, and big, and creepy, and just like his cousins before him. Zach had to kill the first one that entered the house a long time ago. He tormented Zach for a few days before he met his end with a large, heavy box on top of him. I am so not a bug person, and this is not a good thing, because Japan has lots of bugs that I have never seen before. Ugh. Why can't they just be happy and stay outside? I'll leave them alone if they leave us alone. I think that's a fair deal.