Waiting by the Phone

On Saturday I started down the slippery slope towards something I thought that I would never do: exploit my child. The Navy base sponsors a modeling fair a couple of times a year so that the Tokyo talent agencies can recruit 1.) cute American children for their Combi catalogs, and 2.) large American adults for comedic roles in commercials and sitcoms (I’m sure they’re laughing with us). Since I am not putting my degrees to good use here, I thought the maybe I could dabble in talent management and start Chip a career instead. Like E from Entourage, only with my son instead of my childhood friend, and the Duet instead of the Maserati. Chip, being the extraordinarily well-documented child that he is, did great in front of the cameras and now we just wait for Tokyo to call. For some reason, one of the people from a talent agency who looked over Chip’s little stats sheet (72 cm, 9 kilos, brown hair, blue eyes, 6 teeth) kept giggling at the name Chip. Now I am nervous about what his name means in Japan.

Million-yen baby. (That's only about $10,000)

With Rob home, more of the house got unpacked, and looks a lot better. Let me take you on a tour:

Dozo! Please to leave your shoes.

On your left, the galley kitchen.

Here is the Dining Room and Office

And here is the living room. Rob organized the books.

Chip would like to show you his room:

Of all the things to chew on, I choose the diaper pail.

Hello ladies. Welcome to the crib.

I won’t show you my room because it’s a mess. And as a final blow from Ikea, they neglected to include a key component of Rob’s dresser, so it is still unattractively unassembled at the side of the room.

Yesterday I got my first haircut in Japan, which was a mistake. I went to a lady on base and asked for a trim. I came out looking a lot like a J-Pop star, with the accompanying bouffant-y layers. All that’s missing are auburn highlights.

Approximation of my hair cut.

I’m not coming home until it grows out.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rob Watts
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 02:20:47

    Arigato! Thank you for the tour! I can’t wait to see it for myself.

    Chip, your room looks especially nice with your mobile up.


  2. Betsy
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 11:47:27

    I feel like I just saw an episode of MTV Cribs: Welcome to Japan! Love seeing familiar furniture in your new home.
    Can’t wait to hear more on the Japanese modeling world. I’m sure Chip did a great job. (He’s so advanced for his age.)


  3. marcia roberts
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 21:14:39

    ran into your mom last week at the grocery store…they’re still eating, too. she gave me your blog site, and said you wouldn’t mind me participating. (hope it’s ok for her to speak for you!) anyway, i’ve so enjoyed seeing pics of chip, your new home, and reading about all your adventures! gosh, what a precious child! have the Tt agencies called? i think it’s the perfect new career for the two of you…nothing like getting chip started early with a good work ethic! ha! o, how’s that galley kitchen working out? and i’m holding my breath about ikea – i had already ordered a new shelving unit for the sewing room, which hasn’t arrived yet. now i’m worried!


    • wattsabi
      Apr 27, 2010 @ 22:35:29

      Hi Marcia! I’m so glad you ran into Mama and she told you about this, and am glad that you have gotten a chance to read it. Thank you! Isn’t Chip cute? I’m not sure how that happened, but I’ll take him. Galley kitchen is a challenge–I can’t make your Hot Fudge Pudding Cake which had become a staple in my house. Got any good stovetop recipes? Good luck with the Ikea shelves…that should keep Marion busy for a weekend! Give him my best, too.


  4. Lucy
    Apr 28, 2010 @ 01:01:22

    Alden – we are holding our breath over here! Any news from Tokyo? We were driving down Bellevue yesterday and Jane just started chipchipchipchipchip….she misses him! We miss you, too!


    • wattsabi
      Apr 28, 2010 @ 05:44:25

      Lu–no news yet. Jane would have a serious future here, though. And no matter how famous Chip gets (or not), he’ll never forget his first love. Ahhh, Bellevue–are the gardens blooming yet? Miss you, too–would love a drink at Salvation Cafe with you (and some of your students)!


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