Monday, August 2, 2010

Happy Japan-niversary!

So, in honor of the one year anniversary of 2009 Group B's arrival, I decided to take a picture of my dinner. Whatever! It was a delicious dinner that included one of my servings of fish. And, in unrelated news (because this post has been SO on target thus far), I found deheaded/de-tailed shrimp at a distant supermarket today! Yatta! I can't tell you how awful it is to have grey ooze come out of shrimp one is preparing for consumption. Anyway, now that I've ruined everyone's appetite, have a look at my shrimp-free dinner!

Well, this brings an end to my month-long daily photo experiment. I have to say, I had a good time! I felt like I saw my world a little differently, kind of like when I took the Creative Playground course. I'd like to try a new blogging challenge/project now, but I'm not sure what. Any ideas?

So, in the meantime, I thought that in honor of my one year in Japan anniversary, I would post some of my writing from that time. It's from my offline repository (aka a polka-dotted notebook). Over the next few days, I will try to convert some of the other offline writing to blog posts. So, without further ado, I give you August 2, 2009!

1:20pm Tokyo time, 5:17pm local time, 11:17pm Jackson time:
This has been the longest afternoon of my life! I really do mean that quite literally, as we took off from Dallas 10 hours ago and the latest it's been has been somewhere in the 6 o'clock hour. We've crossed the international date line, so I believe it's Sunday now! My poor body is so confused, because I set my watch to Tokyo time when I got on the plane, and I've basically been mostly paying attention to the local time. However, I don't think I'm completely fooled, as I was about ready to zonk out about an hour ago. I took a short nap - I couldn't not take a nap (it was one of those). However, it is so tight there is really no way to get comfortable (now it's 4-something!). My city (Sapporo) is popping up on the map now.

Hey, here's something festive! While I was listening to my friend's mix, the song "Top of the World" played while we were at the top of the world!

Here is the approximate size of my the PLANE! When my seat is fully reclined with my head against the headrest, I can stretch out my arm and place the heel of my hand on the seat in front of me. With my feet flat on the floor, there are about 2 inches between my knee and the seat pocket. The top of the seat in front of me is right at eye-level. At least there are plenty of things to watch and my iPod is loaded! When I book a flight home, I'm so getting a window seat, though! I will also accept donations for a first class or business class seat. At least I have a 36 hour acquaintanceship with the person whose knee is in my nose. It would be really odd to be crammed in here with two perfect strangers.

It kind of feels like I'm in a theater or something. Well, the wave of tiredness is starting to wash over me again, so for now I must say sayonara. Perhaps the next time I write, I will be in Japan - right now it looks like we are flying between the Pacific and the Sea of Ohtosk.


Sharon said...

Your meal is very attractive! Nice creating, Elizabeth!

How did the contract signing go? Just think how much more you know now than last year at this point. Much of the uneasiness or apprehension you might have felt last August will be missing! That's what's so nice about repeating!

I truly enjoyed hearing about what happened last year at this time. Life was so "up in the air" (pun intended) for you, that it was hard to share details. Now your readers can find out some of what you experienced. However, your description of the seat size and the crowding cemented my decision to never travel internationally! Don't know HOW you managed!

Dad said...

It has been wonderful to hear all about your time when you arrived and settled in. It must have brought back a lot of memories both good and bad. It has to be so different starting a second year than the first.