Saturday, January 21, 2012

From the plane

I was going to blog about something else, but then I ran across this pic from out the plane window. It’s as we are approaching Hokkaido. Looking down at the clouds and the ocean below, I felt like I was upside down and looking at the sky.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Goodbyes

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This is a reminder to me about things to look forward to during the upcoming year.

I’m ever so slightly morose about saying goodbye to my people. OK, maybe ever so hugely morose. But intellectually, I know that good things are ahead. Still not easy.

One thing I have to look forward to are fields and fields of daisies. Can’t complain about that at all! I love seeing daisies growing all over everything.

I have had an amazing time in the US these 3+ weeks. I’ve loved being with my family – both home and away. I’ve loved seeing my dear friends – both the ones in town and one far away. I’ve loved the weather, delicious food, shopping, reading Randy Alcorn, visiting Mom’s classroom, seeing my old workplace, and going to the dentist (guess which one of those is a lie). It’s funny – I feel like I‘ve been here for so long.

Well, I have to go to bed before I get n trouble!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunshine and shopping

January 14, 2012

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The best parts of my trip so far have involved spending quality time with my family and friends.

Visiting the dentist did not rank very high. No offense to the many wonderful dentists out there, but perhaps merely threatening suspects with dental visits would be an effective form of interrogation. I’m just sayin’. Although someone would need to see if that would violate the Geneva Conventions.

Anyway, off that rabbit trail now.  Hey, speaking of nothing, did you know that gater is a real word and pute is not? Playing Boggle with my family has been not only fun, but educational as well!

So, what I was originally going to say is that I posted this picture, because it brought together two elements of this vacation: sunshine and shopping. The weather has, for the most part, been utterly beautiful. We’ve had lots of sunshine and decently warm days. I’ve really been enjoying soaking in the sunshine while I can. I love the snow in Wakkanai, but I do miss the sun when it disappears for a long time. I’ve also been doing a lot of shopping in this second half of the vacation. Things like pants are difficult to find in Japan, due to my height. Also, I can neither confirm nor deny the addition of mint chocolate to my suitcase. But it has been nice to be able to find the things I need at reasonable prices. Yay.

But I’m not sure that I’m ready to head off, even with all my loot. Goodbyes are a whole lotta no fun.