When my blog started out, it was a tool to keep family and friends up to date about my experiences living in a new land. An easy way to stay in touch with everyone, if you will. Over time, I’ve realized that my entries are more like articles in a magazine. Not in quality, mind you, but in terms of how they tend to focus on a particular story, event, or subject. One entry is about a type of dessert in Thailand, another is about a new mall that is being built, another is about a trip to Hong Kong. So this entry is not driven by a particular event. It’s just some random musings about what’s going on.
Since returning from Kauai nearly four weeks ago, life has been very busy with work. With it being the start of a new fiscal year, there are lots of projects under way and I’ve been putting in extra hours in order to get them accomplished. While it can be tiring since all my work is done sitting in front of a computer, I enjoy the work I do and the people with whom I work. To top it off, I feel like the work I do – creating training materials – has a positive impact on people, so it is meaningful.
Barely over the jetlag, the final bits of planning are falling into place for our June trip back to the US. Normally, I wouldn’t travel again so soon but there’s this tricky bit about my yearly visa. It expires in June so I need to return to the US to apply for another one. Had I had my way, I would have waited until later in the summer of even the autumn before returning.
Speaking of the June trip, our original plan was to connect in Tokyo and spend a few days on the way back visiting Daniel and Jason. Unfortunately, because of the unsettled situation there, Daniel’s employer kept them out of the country for several weeks just around the time we needed to finalize our travel plans. They’re back in Tokyo now, but it is too late for us to change our tickets. Maybe if we can, we’ll fit a long weekend visit in later this year. But if we do it, it needs to be before another friend in Tokyo, Taro, moves back to the US to get married. (See? All of these logistics to deal with…)
The trip to the US will not be only for visa application purposes. While there, we’ll meet my sister, brother-in-law, and nieces for a week in LA. That’s right, we’re going to Disneyland! Also a chance to meet two of Tawn’s cousins and their families, along with his aunt and uncle. They’ve been very welcoming to me over the years and I’m excited to see them again. Plus, the cousins’ children are just about the age of my oldest niece, so they should have fun playing together. Of course, I have my own cousins there, too, as well as a few Xangans with whom I need to catch up.
As for Tawn, he’s been very busy with his fashion design studies. He’s supposed to present four looks at a student fashion show in a few weeks. Needless to say, “the annex” (our second condo unit which serves as an office and workroom) has been a frenzy of fabric, thread, and the occasional needle on the floor. I’ll share photos as the time comes. (Seriously, I think of my life in terms of potential blog entries.) In the meantime, I’m just trying to keep my head down and stay out of the way.
Finally, I recently went to the doctor about some pain in the ball of my left foot. He diagnosed it as capsulitis, an inflammation of the capsule surrounding the joint where the fourth toe and the foot connect. Doing some online research, the cause is probably from wearing shoes (esp. running shoes) that are too narrow. I have wide feet and while I purchase some of my shoes from zappos.com when in the US, I also have some pairs that aren’t sufficiently wide. That’ll teach me! Right now, I’m trying to stay off the foot as much as possible and am wearing support pads to help redistribute the weight into the arch and away from the ball of the foot.
Well, not an event, but that’s an update of what’s going on. Oh, as I’m writing this there’s a caramel rice flan in the oven based on a NY Times recipe. That’s an event you can be sure I’ll be writing about soon!