Sunday, July 31, 2005

First sight of Japan yesterday

So, the plane didn't crash

It has been such a long and confusing day. It's currently 8:44pm on Sunday July 30th here in Tokyo, yet I seemed to have skipped over Saturday night and Sunday morning. I've slept three hours since Friday morning, and I'm beginning to feel it wear on me a bit. Like a lot.
The trip here was fairly uneventful. They didn't put our luggage on scales at all, they didn't make us turn our computers on, but true to form, they did scan me with the metal detector and dust my computer and electronics. Why me? It only seems to be me that gets stopped, every time.
Anyhow, after a teary and reluctant departure, Kenny and I boarded our plane and each had the pleasure of receiving window seats-- on the opposite sides of the plane. I met a fabulous girl named Stephanie though and we had quite a great time for the length of the flight. The flight really seemed to go on forever, and only one of my earphones worked. Movies, stupid shows, more movies, more stupid shows, more movies and star trek was what the flight entailed. I tried to sleep but only succeeded in dozing once, for about ten minutes. Tokyo is nothing very special, the buildings look a lot like those in Toronto. We did, however, go out for dinner once we checked into our rooms-- Kenny, a few random girls and I--to a little Japanese restaurant that had fantastic pictures to accompany every item on the menu. I love pictures! I ordered my first meal in Japan and was pleasantly surprised- I ordered "Kroket" or something of the sort, which was mashed potatoes balled and fried. mmmm. A bit of a challenge to eat with chopsticks, but I think that I managed well!
I shall be off to bed, I'd like to see if I can by-pass the whole jet-lag thing. I'm hopeful. G'night all, konbanwa!

Saturday, July 30, 2005

So long for now

Hey all, so I'm at the last leg of the Ontario journey for a little while, in two hours I'll be leaving for the airport to continue the Japan journey. I just set up a phone account with Vonage, so I've got a Hamilton phone number if you wish to contact me-- just send me an email and I"ll send you the number. I won't actually have my phone set up for a week or two, but feel free to call me and leave a message anyways! I like getting messages!
Have a grand week, everyone! (and Andy, I'll post the pic when I get to Japan.)

Monday, July 25, 2005

Busy week

The lost boys once of dorm 27 are making their glorious return to Canada this evening, though perhaps it might not seem like such a glorious return to them! Imagine leaving behind the wonders of Europe for the hot and sticky matter that we call air here in Hamilton.
My dear brother David boarding a flight at 1:30pm tomorrow bound for South Korea, where he will, I am certain, take the country by storm. Good luck to you, Dave, I'll miss you!
On friday evening, the ever-procrastinating Mr Ben Goheen (well seeing as how you're moving to Vancouver you really *should* start packing soon...)will take Ms Mylana Spoelstra to be his wife. Congrats to the both of them! May you have a fantastically happy life together!
On Saturday morning, Kenny and I arrive at the airport and fly away to Japan! I've had surprisingly few travel-anxiety dreams so far, here's hoping the trend continues!
I'm not sure when I will be equipped with internet in my apartment so updates might not be posted right away. I will do my best to do as much as I can, however.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Now that takes guts

As I sit here contemplating my fate for the upcoming year in Japan, I find myself becoming a little self-indulgent and self-pitying. Yep, it's gonna be rough. I'm scared to death and I've started having wacky dreams and losing sleep. This afternoon, however, I took about an hour to read up on what the Sea to Sea folks have been up to. To my surprise and delight, I found my dearest Mary in several of the pictures, even though she is just one of the hundred cyclists on the tour!

Mary decided only a few weeks before the deadlines that she was going to undertake this goal-- Biking from Vancouver, BC to Halifax, NS. She finished her child and youth worker programme at Fanshawe College in December and nannied for a couple in London until June 16 when she graduated from the programme, went home to say goodbye to family and friends and flew to BC to begin her journey. What a way to transition from living in the student world to joining the "real world"! I'm so proud of her for having the courage and the strength to do this-- from what I've been reading, it hasn't always been an easy task!
As the group is heading into Chaplin, Saskatchewan today I wish them all of God's blessings and strength in the hot weather!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Introducing....


Evan William Renkema, b. May 26, 2005. Evan was seven weeks early, his original due date was July 14, two days from today. After spending almost four weeks in hospitalization Evan was brought to his new home in Orono, Ontario by his proud parents, Marya and Eric. It was my absolute pleasure to spend some time with the new little family yesterday and today. Yet one more face that I will miss dearly throughout the next year.


Look at those toes!

Friday, July 08, 2005

Those were the days...

As of today, I am a free woman... free, at least, of work at Verbinnen's Nursery. And it feels pretty fantastic!
This means, however, that there shall be no more mornings of this....

...no more breaks with this beautiful lady...

...or these fine folk....

And sadly I will see my dear Kenny much less in the next three weeks than I should like!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

My first digital photo


This evening, in preparation for my move to Japan, I purchased my very own digital camera, a pretty little Canon SD200. (I believe, Shanna, that it's the very same as yours... I fell in love with it, I must confess!) If you pick up a AA battery and hold it upright between your thumb and forefinger you've got the height of my camera, more or less... I'm so very excited!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Current thought:

I'm terrified about my upcoming move to Japan.