Monday, December 26, 2005

The weather outside is frightful

This has been my fist white Christmas in many years. Strangely enough though the weather occupied itself all day by raining. Kind of dismal. There's not much left of the snow.
I keep thinking about all the stuff that I did in my last few weeks in Japan, and there are still posts that I am planning to write detailing some highlights of that. For instance, the Christmas party with my Nakayoshi class, my night on the town with the nakayoshi teacher and my JTE, the Christmas service at my church, and then way back in the day I went to Kyoto with Kenny and my Pastor's wife... All things that I would like to share with you. And I shall, when things calm down a bit.
I don't think that I've experienced very much culture shock, but one thing that was mind boggling upon re-entry to this country-- not five minutes after exiting customs in Pearson International, I found myself to be extremely thirsty. I grabbed my bags, found my Brian, and together we searched the halls for a vending machine. We walked around inside for a good ten minutes without any luck. This might not seem strange to most of you but you Japan folk will understand my shock at this. When Kenny brought me to the airport last week, I was a little thirsty and so while she waited in line with my bags, I roamed the halls of Kansai International to find a drink. The first five vending machines that I passed had very dismal choices-- I was looking for something with a high percentage of fruit juice. Two minutes after I left her and some seven vending machines later I was back with my juice. It's still a little strange, when we went boxing day shopping today I got really thirsty and again, no vending machine in sight. Ahh!
Anyhow, I don't think that I've experienced much culture shock, and I'm not doing too badly with jetlag, although I'm not back to normal. I've been taking naps every day (those of you who know me well know that that's not at all normal) and waking up at least once in the middle of the night for the past week.
Brian, Nick, Laura and I spent three days in Quebec at Mt Tremblant last week. Despite the strike, we got some boarding done and had a lot of fun. I've been in Sarnia since Friday with Brian's family, which is quite fun...finally, I've met all the siblings! Tomorrow afternoon we head out to Belleville and do the Christmas thing there, which I am super excited about. !! My dear Mary Elizabeth Grace is moving to Alberta on me on the weekend, so I hope to spend a bit of time with her before we part ways again.
I'm not feeling very writer-ish today so I'm sorry if you aren't a fan of the detail-listing blog posts. I'll credit two minutes to the end of your day.

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