Back to work today after a three week break… I think my boss put it best when he said, “so… when is the next break?”
No, it wasn’t bad at all but wow did the 3 weeks fly by. I didn’t get half the things I wanted to get done finished but I did do an exorbitant amount of fun things while spending time with good friends. And if that’s not what a break is good for then I don’t know what good it is!
Here’s my vacation in quick snippets and pictures:
Met a boy and have started dating said boy.
Went to Osaka. Got lost the first morning (despite living there, although I was trying to waste time until my friend woke up – arrived at 6am) and took pictures of birds on a bridge.
Met up with old roommate and…
…my favorite study / get-into-trouble together buddy.
Got haircut by my favorite hair stylist and good friend.
Saw my most favorite bartender.
Christmas at the Hilton
Homemade Eggnog that tasted like melted ice cream.
Came back to Tokyo and had a “New Japan Culture” day. Weird Anime convention where people dressed up as famous characters (kimoi) and my first and probably last time to a maid cafe.
Exchanged presents with aforementioned boy. He received a “Colorado Midwest” knit hat and a couple others things and…
I received a bonsai and a couple other things.
Experienced some “firsts.” Climbed Mt. Takao to see the first sunrise of the new year from the top of a mountain (Hatsuhinode) while Mt. Fuji slowly appeared on the other side of the mountain (see above) and…
…had my first trip of the year to the temple to pray (Hatsumode). Okay, I admit I did it twice.
Since then I have been enjoying my last few days of vacation with guest house friends before today’s first day of work.
I’ve decided to try and do a thing I’ve read on various blogs for awhile now which is, Things I Love Thursdays.
For this week these are the things I appreciate in my life:
- The girl at Doutour Coffee. After I moved house I started going to this coffee shop before work. After a couple days, the girl working there would say “good morning” in a voice that I knew she recognized me (which is pretty rare in Japan as when they are working they are usually on robot mode). Well, today, after a three week break, I walked in and she said, “Iced coffee?” (which I usually get). She remembered! Yay! Although today I decided on hot which prompted a comment about the weather from her. For an American, it seems like such a little thing but being from a very different culture with a much different idea of social norms, it’s a hugely appreciated human interaction (especially from a stranger).
- This picture made by my sister to include me in the snuggie Christmas action back in the States.
- Christmas care packages from home chock full of American goodness
- My new keitai strap. A cute fuzzy white ball like the one I saw in this movie I watched the other day. Movie wasn’t that great but that white ball sure made an impact!
- Being back to work. I know, it’s not what it seems. I just don’t think my waistline, liver or wallet could take anymore vacation time!
- Back in the saddle. Saddle = my bike saddle.
- Above mentioned boy’s shoes
- My new guest house which provides me with a plethora of opportunities to speak Japanese.
What are you thankful for?