I said I wouldn’t decorate my apartment this year, because I wasn’t planning on a Christmas party. But I guess with my early start on Christmas music this year, I got inspired. I just can’t help it! Oh, all the years I would curse at my mother for starting the preparations at the beginning of November – “It’s too early!” I would cry. “It can’t be Christmas yet!”
“Oh, but it is~” and then she would make me hold some trinket or doodad she was about to set around the house.
Now, every year, I find myself more and more looking forward to Christmas. And well, I have to enjoy it while I can.
The good thing is that Morioka puts up more and more decorations every year. In a little while it’s not going to be distinguishable from a real, commercial AMERICAN Christmas!!
My twenty-fifth was spent in Tokyo, where I had the wonderful opportunity to present at the CIR conference. I also had the wonderful misfortune of catching a cold at the worst possible moment, so I was dying in bed of a fever on my actual birthday. Well, maybe I’ll write all about that someday, about my weekend in Tokyo; the lights, the shopping and Passion Pit playing in the background, dancing to a DJ who sure liked Mario Bros, battling tonsillitis while trying to be professional, getting on the wrong train and going back to Tokyo, making my way to Disney Land and meeting a kind-eyed stranger for dinner…
But right now, I’ve just gotten back from my first run in more than a week, and I need some sleep.