Friday, January 15, 2010

Big news!

OK...hold on to your hats, minna-san. Some exciting news is headed your way! I am now the proud owner of... itty-bitty convection oven


...a plastic tote

WAIT, it continues

...a pack of hangers

Oh, yes, there's MORE

...a humidifier


...a green plastic sled!

Oh, yes, I'm living high on the hog, y'all! Seriously, though, I am superbly excited about my wee oven! The sticker on the oven says I can make a sponge cake in there! I don't know how to make a sponge cake, but I am just going to have to try it at some point! And the sled was purchased for the practical purpose of dragging goods home from the store, but I just may have to test out it's original purpose at some point...hmm

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Fun of Jet Lag

I was just about to end the day when I remembered that I had not yet blogged today. So, I shall leave you with a short illustration of the joys of jet lag...

This morning, I woke up on time, which was quite nice. I actually had enough time for a lovely chat with my mom before heading to work. I also ate breakfast, which never happens in my normal world. I went to work, greeted everyone, and settled in to work. Well, I worked and worked. There was probably smoke coming from my computer. I was feeling good - I felt like I had accomplished a good morning's work. I figured I had probably been working for several hours. So, you can imagine my surprise when I looked at my clock and discovered that I had been on duty for less than an hour. That was when I knew it was going to be a loooooooooong day. Sure enough, by about 1:00, my muddled brain decided it was time to go to sleep. Thankfully, I put up a pretty good fight and managed to stay awake and accomplish at least a few more things with my day. Now, though, I think I will let it take over and

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Back in the saddle again

Well, here I am! I am back in Wakkanai, tucked away into my snug little apartment. Well, it is slowly becoming snug! My bathroom is currently -3C. My bedroom was 34F when I got home, but I think it is warming up. Wakkanai kinda looks like it did when I left -dark and snowy! ;-) Although, as I was riding the train home this afternoon, I was quite pleased to see that the days have lengthened quite a bit just in the 3 weeks I've been gone!

It is going to be strange going back to work tomorrow - I've never had such a long break from a full-time job before!

So, I spent a lot of this trip thinkin'. Thinkin' was easier than digging through my luggage for a book. My befuddled brain decided would be nice if passengers coming in from points international could receive a little badge saying something like "Recalibrating." They could give it to people coming through the re-entry checkpoints. Then, those of us feeling fuzzy and trying to readjust to the culture could just stick it on our shirts so everyone would know why we are acting dumb.

Anyway, since this post is not making a whole lot of sense, I think I am going to end it and go crash!


I'm back in Japan! I am all finished with the flying portion of the trip - tomorrow I will have the bus/subway/train/taxi portion. Today really just felt like an unusually long day - when we fly west, it stays midafternoon for the whole trip. I could say more, but all I want to do now is crash...

'Night all!

Monday, January 11, 2010


This will have to be a quick post, as it is 12:37 AM and I really should be sleeping. In a few short hours, I will be leaving home (sigh) and heading back home. Today was a lovely day - we enjoyed a great church service, a delicious lunch, hours of packing enjoyment, a game of Euchre, and a game of Mario Party.

I will try to blog from the road (air?), but I probably won't be able to post until I'm back to my apartment. I hope I remember my three words of Japanese...

It has been a lovely vacation! See you soon!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The best laid plans...

This evening, my family and I played a game of Euchre. Mom and I were on a team, and my dad and brother were on the other team. Now, this vacation has not been the best for me when it comes to winning card games. We have played many, and I have only won or been on a winning team once. I think I ended a game of Dutch Blitz with a score of -40 something. The first player to 75 is the one who wins. I've performed a little better at Mario Party. :-)

So, somewhere in the middle of the game, the opposing team left the table. Well, it was my turn to deal, so I decided to get started. Then, it hit me...I should pull out a good card! Well, then that blossomed into a full-on stacking of the deck. My partner was my lookout. I dealt her a loner hand of spades, gave myself a random hand, and gave the opposing team lousy hands of 9's and 10's with maybe 1 good card each. Then, I flipped up a random card for the first trump, knowing everyone would pass. Then, my bro would pass, and Mom would be able to call spades. Well, dad came into the room just as I was changing one of Jon's cards. Naturally, he thought I was cheating...and I was cracking up. Even after we convinced him to play, he kept looking at me suspiciously. Then, I realized that I was only holding 4 cards in my need 5 to play! Well, when he got up again, I quickly grabbed a 5th card.

We finally began play. As expected, my brother passed. Dad looked sure that one of us would call it and seemed surprised when we both passed. Well, Bro was supposed to pass when it came back around to him, but he called Hearts! Well, this was not a part of my plan! My partner had nothing but spades and a jack of clubs, and I had a completely random hand. dad was getting very confused at this point. To make a sad story short, we completely lost the hand! When Dad and my brother found out that we had not just peeked at cards but stacked the deck and STILL lost...well, let's just say they had a good laugh. We went on to lose the game, too! Even when I cheat, I still can't win!

As Mom said, "Cheaters never win, and winners never cheat!"