Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve!

It's Christmas Eve, and all's well!

I'm happy to be home with the family! Almost missed my flight from Dallas to Jackson - by the time we landed and I made it through passport control, gathering my luggage, customs, rechecking my luggage, and the next security check, my flight in a whole different terminal had already begun boarding, and I had about ten minutes before it was scheduled to leave. Let's just say that there was a whole lot of running and praying going on! I was actually on a tram between terminals at 10:27, and my flight was due to leave at 10:30...giant eeek!

But I made it and was so happy to get off in Jackson and in to see MY FAMILY! It is just so great to see them! This evening, we played archery, bowling, and jet skiing together on my brother's Wii after our delicious snack supper.

Today we went to the Christmas Eve service at church, and it was just fantastic. The most amazing thing to me was just being around such a mass of other believers all worshiping God together. Just incredible!

Well, I'm going to sleep now! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Asa gohan

Enjoyed a Japanese breakfast before hitting the road! The umeboshi was delish!

Just waiting to go through security now! I'll be home in less than 20 hours! Woohoo!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Here we go!

My whopping bags and I are waiting at the station to start the next phase of the journey!

Monday, December 20, 2010

The anti jet lag det, day 2

Today was a fun day on the antil jet lag diet. Day 2 is a feast day! Woot! Yesterday was a light eating day, so not bad, but not as fun. Today, I was supposed to have a high protein breakfast and lunch, and a high carbohydrate dinner. I ate dinner at Cafe Zazie with a friend and had a big plate of rice and noodles with a little meat and an egg on top. It was pretty tasty! But, tomorrow is another light day. And even though I have to be out of bed before 5am, no coffee in the morning. I'm glad that tomorrow is a light day though, as I'll be ferrying it up!

I am REALLY looking forward to seeing if this makes any difference. I really don't see how it is supposed to work...but what the hey! The feast days are fun!  Might have to indulge in a croissant in honor of the occassion...

Day after tomorrow, I'll be on my way!!!

I made eggnog!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The anti jet lag diet

5 days! Errr…I kind of have to live one of those days twice (so I’m actually completely confused), but it all works out in the end!

There are people who say things like, “Oh, jet lag doesn’t affect me.” Well, I say boo to that, sirs and ma’ams! Jet lag is a problem for me! I usually can’t sleep very much on airplanes and spend several days awake at the wrong times and sleepy at the wrong times.

Random-fact-I-picked-up-from-the-infallible-internet: Did you know that the time you are most likely to make mistakes when you are jet lagged is between 3 and 5 am in your home time zone? I just read that this week and thought it was pretty interesting. Unfortunately, for me, that will be noon to 2pm in Central Standard Time. Slightly inconvenient!

In the quest for a jet lag remedy, I came across some interesting things. I’m definitely not doing the melatonin thing, which is popular in some circles. Also, am I the only one who gets melanin and melatonin mixed up?

Another nixed idea is taking sleeping medicine once aboard the plane. Although my seatmates would probably be in favor of this plan, it has mixed reviews online. Why would my seatmates be in favor of this plan? Well, I get to sit here for my long-haul flight:

00   000e0   00

(I’m the e.)

In my searches, I did find a remedy that I want to attempt this year. I have a willing human subject (me) and I’m ready to go. This year, I am going to try the slightly-kooky-yet-generally-harmless anti jet lag diet.

Well, I say harmless. But it requires caffeine deprivation for all but a few random hours each day. This makes me a little sad.

The diet alternates days of light eating with days of plenty. I am looking forward to the days of plenty. Things kick off tomorrow with a light day, unfortunately. A light food day AND no caffeine.

But I am really interested to see if it will work! And if it doesn’t, it’s not like I’ll be any worse off than I would have been had I not tried it.

Also, one is supposed to drink something like eight ounces of water for every hour aboard the plane. That is a lot of water. Ergh!

And if you look at this posting date, you may see it listed as December 19th. But I haven’t been to bed on the 18th yet, so I think it belongs to the 18th. It’s possible that I had a little too much caffeine today in anticipation of the deprivation.

And going back to mixed-up words, how about deprivation and depravation? Very different!!

Good night, friends!