All right. My year in Japan is almost halfway over, so I am going to try to document my time abroad better in 2013. I still haven’t went through my vacation pictures, so I will kick things off with random happenings from my weekend.
I had a pretty relaxing weekend, mostly spent doing laundry and Skyping with friends and family WHO ARE TRULY AMAZING. I came home to some super sweet holiday packages.
Lisa sent me all my favorite things: gossip magazines, new book, and chocolate. The peppermint bark was gone in an instant, and I cannot wait to start Gone Girl after I finish reading Warm Bodies, which is this totally-strange-and-kind-of-gross-yet-interestingly-weird Young-Adult zombie story. I’ve never read anything like it.
Mindi and Tom sent me, like, Christmas in a box. I opened presents this morning with them on Skype, just like I did with my parents before vacation, because I have realized there is nothing sadder than the notion of opening Christmas presents alone.
I ooohed and ahhhed over new books! Chocolate! Cookies! Warm, fuzzy, soft things!
Also, Mindi found this genius Stress-Away stick in Vermont.
It is never leaving my side.
I rubbed it all over my wrists and temples before doing some yoga this morning. I did this free YogaToday Primary Ashtanga class on YouTube. I loved it. A full-hour of my favorite poses. I believe it was also filmed in Jackson Hole, otherwise known as one of the prettiest places on the planet.
Later this afternoon I took the train to Kanazawa to meet up with a professor I worked with at the University of Vermont, who was home visiting her family for the holidays.
We had matcha and sweets before exploring Kenroku-en, the Japanese landscape garden in Kanazawa.
We bought fortunes at the temple. Supposedly, if you get a bad fortune, you tie it to the trees and leave it. Mine said something about a passionate-yet-dangerous romance. I laughed. And kept it.
I got a picture with the fortune-telling/temple girl. She had to be freezing. I was chilled wearing five layers, one of them a down coat.
Before parting ways, she gave me the nicest gift bag of Vermonty goodies: maple syrup, Lake Champlain chocolates, and a homemade scarf.
I got home around dinner time and made my usual chicken, broccoli, and rice medley.
I packed the leftovers for lunch because school starts tomorrow. Crazy. Break went way too fast. I am going to take my yuzu bath and go to bed early.