It's already halfway through the first week back at work, and March just can't come fast enough (because it means the end of my Other Job)! Luckily we have a three-day weekend (Monday is 成人の日 Seijin no Hi - Coming of Age Day) to ease the pain of coming back to work.
Just for my memory's sake I'm going to do a list of what I did while back in the States, and throw some pictures up at the end.
21st- Left Tokyo, arrived in LA (I know.. flying on the supposed day of the Apocalypse! I didn't realize it when I bought my tickets, but I wonder if that had anything to do with why they were so cheap?!)
22nd- Pizza dinner at Grandpa O's, with my mum, older sister, nephew, two aunties and an uncle.
23rd- Dinner at Grandma R's with lots of people from that side of the fam. Pizza again!
24th- Took my sister and nephew to the airport, then drove to Phoenix with my mum, stopping for dinner at my brother's house, and to give Christmas prezzies to my nieces and nephew.
25th- Picked up my dad from airport, and had Christmas dinner at home.
26th- Got a cleaning at the dentist for the first time in almost 10 years. She was poking and scraping around for a long time, exclaiming, "I can't find any build-up!" She seemed oddly satisfied when she finally found a spot and started scraping away. No cavities at all though, and she and the dentist marveled at how my teeth were better than some of the people who come in twice a year for cleanings. Can't brag about much, but at least I have clean teeth! Saw The Hobbit that night with my friends Miss C and Miss A, and my little sister.
27th- Got my third haircut of the year, then had dinner at Red Robin with my little sister and our childhood friends.
28th- Dinner at a vegetarian restaurant with another childhood friend, who I hadn't seen for years!
29th- Lunch with one of my best buds in high school Yoshi and his girl, then a Korean food dinner party with Miss C and Miss A, and a couple other friends from high school.
30th- Saw Parental Guidance with my mum and dad, then Rise of the Guardians with my Man Twin. :) Parental Guidance was okay- it was cute and I like Bette Midler. I really liked Rise of the Guardians though.
31st- Did some shopping with my mum and little sister, then had our traditional New Year's Chinese food dinner. Did countdown at Miss A's house with her mom and Miss C.
1st- Took my dad to the airport, and had to stop on the highway to get 3 pit bulls off the road! Sweet pups they were.
2nd- Dermatology appointment, then got a much needed massage at the spa where my friend works (same friend I met for dinner at the veggie place). Then dinner that night at my brother's place.
3rd- Lots of last-minute errands with my mum, then had dinner at a Greek wraps place with my Wifee- one of my good friends from junior high/ high school who I hadn't seen since we graduated. Miss C came over after she got off work to chat with me while I packed.
4th- Had to get up super early to catch my flight from Phoenix to LA, then on back to Tokyo.
Seems like my trip consisted mostly of... eating!