The Grand Scheme…

I got together with a few friends for breakfast and games this past weekend.  They made a big plate of bacon to share, and one of my friends got up and grabbed six paper towels.  “Wow, that’s a lot of paper towels,” I said.  It was one paper towel for each of four people and […]

The In-Between

I never was very good at posting regularly, even back in Japan.  I had forgotten about that, until I went back and looked through old videos and posts and saw how often an apology graced my opening sentences. I’m not here to apologize, but it really is crazy how fast time can fly, even when […]

The Bare Necessities

I’ve gotten rid of everything I don’t love or need, and I’ve put all except the bare necessities into storage.  Big thanks to my mom and friends for helping me hoist my furniture and almost everything I own down my apartment stairs, into a truck and two SUVs, back out of the vehicles, and up […]

Is It Crunch Time Already?

I knew I needed to get my butt in gear early because the final months leading up to move out/move in were going to be hectic. Of course, I didn’t get my butt in gear and now it’s August and I’m kind of overwhelmed. Just like I knew would happen. *face palm* The lease on […]

It’s Not All Whimsy

I would like to explore the idea of “wanderlust” and what it truly means, as a movement.  When you think of wanderlust, you probably think of exciting vacations, Tumblr blogs filled with stunning landscape and cityscape images from across the world, airplane tickets and inked-up passport books.  The term invokes an incredible feeling of whimsy, […]

The Mission Revived

This blog has been dormant for too long.  I’ve tried to write a few posts since returning back to America from Japan, but I couldn’t figure out why I never kept up with it.  I love to travel and explore, and I love to write, so what was the problem? When I created this blog […]

A Full Circle

As the end of my time here approaches, I’m having mixed feelings.  I remember when I could barely believe I’d been here for a full month, and now I can barely believe I only have one month left. Studying abroad is an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life and then some. […]

Monetized on Youtube

Something pretty exciting happened to me today.  I got an email from Youtube informing me that my account had been getting enough views to be eligible for partnership.  Now there will be advertisements before and during some of my videos.  I know ads kind of suck, but I may actually be able to make a […]

What Not To Do In Japan

Dear world,Please, whatever you do, do not get seriously ill in Japan.  Should you realize one day that you are not feeling quite up to par, you will not receive any real help from the doctors here in Japan.  They will either tell you that you are not ill at all, or that you are […]


Hey all, Alysse here checking in.  It’s finals time, so my butt is in high gear.  Well… it was.  Until I got sick.  But anyway, I’ve blocked myself from Facebook and Youtube, so until next Friday, it’s all books and sleep for me.  I can barely believe nearly 8 of my 12 months have already […]