Wednesday, January 17, 2007


I had to actually go to work for a whole day today. No sleeping in, no reading newspapers, no lingering over breakfast and coffee, no deciding what to do today.

How boring.

Next thing you know I'll actually have to go to a class and teach.

Real updates to come soon. Really. As soon as I stop waking up at 3 in the morning and wanting to go to sleep at 7pm.

Monday, January 15, 2007

now here we have snow

I finally returned to my house this evening, only to be more than pleasantly surprised that my neighbors have taken pity on me and cleared my driveway. Wow. Good thing, because there seems to be a lot of the white stuff. It's nearly hip deep on the stairs up to my house.

This is just a short update to let people know I made it back okay. I did miss my flight back to Hokkaido, but I had already pre-determined to take today off of work for jetlag recovery, so it was not a big deal.

It was a great trip home. My one complaint? Too short. Really. I barely had time to acclimatise to hearing so many people speaking English (and then there was all that French) and then it was time to go back to barely comprehending Japanese. I guess that's what happens when you visit five cities in three weeks. Things pass quickly.

Okay -- one more complaint. I lost the majority of my pictures in a freak SD card erasing incident. So I have no proof of my travels to Calgary, Edmonton and parts of Washington, DC. Too bad -- I had some nice pictures of Christmas.

More later. I'm tired and I have to get up and go to work tomorrow.