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27 May 2009 @ 10:48 am
Tadaima! (I'm home!) *thud*  
I'm home!

....
What day is it again?
Wednesday! Right, good. Wednesday. *nods to self*

Dochira kuni ni imasu ka? (Which country am I in?)

Hahaha. I'm actually only half kidding on that score. ^_~ Serious jetlag and confusion here on my part, but I have only myself to blame. I ended up staying in Japan about three days longer than I planned-- I found out the day before I left that, because I work 10 hour shifts, I had amassed about twice as much vacation time as I'd been told by my manager. There's a limit to how much they'll let you take off at a time, so I actually still have two days left even with my altered plans, but I can use those as sick days when/if I want to. My hotel reservations were only for my original intentions of seven days, but a friend from Nagoya U invited me to stay with her and her sister... I had such a good time. The whole trip was just wonderful-- I stayed for about four days in Narita, rode the train into Tokyo to see Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Asakusa, then got on *another* train down to visit friends near Mt. Fuji, and finally over into Nagoya. I'm never able to express how it feels to be in Japan without sounding cliché, and I'm certainly not going to try now, but I returned very happy and refreshed. It was just so satisfying to eat the food and speak the language (and go on crazy marathon shopping sessions with Mitsuko-chan... ^^;) , and yet when I get home it all gains this unreal quality that makes me yearn to turn right back around.

So not an option. I came back in time for Memorial Day weekend-- I slept roughly 14 hrs right off the plane and then had to be in to work. I pulled four days of ten hour shifts and, by yesterday, I was so tired I tried to put my phone password into the microwave at lunch. X-x;;; Yeah. That double-time-and-a-half they were offering for Memorial Day made it worth it, but only just. At one point Josh found me sitting at my desk, staring into space.
"What are you doing?" he asked.
"... gonna clock back in. In a second."
"Are you okay?"
I waved my frappicino-- fresh from the vending machine-- at him. "Desperate times call for desperate measures. Honestly, I'm asleep right now and sitting here looking at you."
He did his little dorky Josh-blink at me and wandered off. (Honestly, I found a chibi arcade prize of Doumeki from XXXholic giving the same look Joshua gives me when he thinks I'm talking nonsense. Obviously, I brought it back with me, Leslie agree it was perfect, and we have installed it on Joshua's desk despite his protests. ^___^)

I got home on Monday just after ten, and only barely remembered to undo my hair before I got into bed. When I woke up, it was 9 pm on Tuesday and I was starving. Obviously, I still have a lot of unpacking and such left over from my trip. I really need to take care of that.

... I'm gonna take another nap first. ^^
-Meredith
 
 
The Band Plays:: "Runaround"-- by Blue's Traveler
 
 
 
Amber: the 4400 | kyle/shawnminttown1 on May 27th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad you had a great time and arrived home safely!
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: badassgarnettrees on June 4th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)
*grins* Thank you! It was a wild ride, but most definitely worth it!
-Meredith
moonspinner: sw: _hugsmoonspinner on May 27th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
WELCOME HOME!!!
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: frozengarnettrees on June 4th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)
*tackle hug* LEIA_N!!!!

Thank you! ^_^
-Meredith
Nebula: emo - squeeauthoressnebula on May 27th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
HIHIHI!!

*hugs you uber-hard*

I'VE MISSED YOU MY WIFEY! I could ask how you are, but you seem happy and squee-filled which in turn makes me quite happy. You deserved happy things after everything that's happened. *hugs you again because I can*

I don't know how possible or how ridiculous I'm about to sound, but could you possibly move there and live there? There's probably reasons as to why not, but something that makes you that ecstatic...I'd move there, if it made me that bouncy and cheerful. ^_^

MWAH!

~Nebula
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: nanimonogarnettrees on June 4th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
*hugs Neb back with inhuman strength* There's my lambykins! Hi! You're right-- I had a wonderful, very rejuvenating time in Japan. Even Josh said how happy and relaxed I looked when I got back, and you know how observant men generally are. *sigh, wink* Next time, I fully intend to carry through with my threat and bring Leslie with me-- you could decimate Shinjuku shopping together. ^_~

You don't sound ridiculous at all! I've considered moving to Japan many times, and I would eventually like to make that happen. Right now, it's not financially possible, and I'm not quite ready to leave my brother and his girls. Maybe in a few years... though I still think I'd get a bit homesick. I'd love to teach over there!

Japan makes me extremely bouncy. It's just... magic.
-Meredith
gamesiplaygamesiplay on May 27th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Welcome home! I'm so glad you had such a good time!
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: darla_dru3garnettrees on June 4th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
Thank you, darlin'! *hugs to bits*
-Meredith