Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Look out Australia! Here I come!

Just checking in. I haven't blogged much here lately. There hasn't been a lot to say. My friends threw me a lovely temakizushi (hand-rolled sushi) party for my birthday. I finished work for the school year and am now on holidays. I've been madly procrastinating getting ready to go away tomorrow. Don't get me wrong - I've been busy, just doing the less important (but way more fun) things in preparation for this trip like making a new travel documents folder and new jewellery to wear. I haven't started packing yet.

It's funny, if you spoke to me a few days ago I would have told you how I couldn't wait to get out of this country. I hated this last winter. I was so cold all the time, I got sick a number of times and everything around me was grey. I got terribly down and had no interest in the things I normally love. The only thing that perked me up was chocolate and donuts and I could not get enough of them.

Now, the days are suddenly warm, the plum blossoms are out, the cherry soon to follow, the sun is shining and I'm in love with Japan again. I'm fully of energy (well as full as energy as I ever get) and have been up until 2am most nights busy making things. I suspect I may actually get homesick while I'm away. Coming from Brisbane, where this isn't a great change in the weather over the year, until living in Japan, I had never realised how dramatically my long-term mood can be affected by the seasons.

But cherry blossoms or not, tomorrow I'm off to Australia, I'll be hopping in with the Easter Bunny. I have a long list of people I can't wait to see and foods that I can't wait to eat. I'm looking forward to being surrounded by English.

See you when I get back!

6 comments:

Megane~kun said...

Wow, you have my utmost congratulations!

Don't forget the omiyages! It is a must.

How long would your stay in Australia be?

Lulu said...

Wow, I have been reading your blog for awhile and I don`t think I realized you were from Brisbane also! I am heading home for a year in May, and I will miss Japan terribly....I always do no matter how long or short my trips are home.

I hope you have a great time, travel safe! Will you be back in time for hanami?

Contamination said...

Make sure you eat a Lamington & Meat pie for me please...

billywest said...

It'll be interesting to see just how much you missed Japan while you were gone.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Hi all! I'm back, shall try to post soon...

Megane-kun, yep, I think half my suitcase was full of omiyage

Lulu - Hi! Cool to know there's another ex-Brisvegan out there. A year away... that's going to be hard. Good luck!

Contamination - sorry, no meat pies (hate them... love sausage rolls though), but I had plenty of lamintons ;)

Hi Billy, I think it was too quick a trip to miss anything other than my husband... will post soon.

Contamination said...

Oh Sausage Rolls... Sigh...

Also you need to do some comment moderation and delete that spam comment on this post.

Hope you are having fun back in Oz. Right now I am drinking XXXX I got at CostCo!