~pines along the Imperial Palace Moat, Tokyo, Japan (14 August 2011)~
Where was I?
Since I thanked the Airstream, packed up the U-Haul (with the gracious help of friends and hired hands), moved my 'stuff' and other important cargo (aka the Pointer Sisters, Handsome Stan, and the ever-lovely Haiku) to the Northern Virginia area, unpacked (relatively speaking, or maybe 10% unpacked...) - I spent three days in Tokyo (two days of which were meetings organized by my soon-to-be employer).
Yep, a 13.5 hour direct flight from Dulles to Tokyo. For three days. No wonder it's midnight and I'm wide awake.
And I'm not quite sure where to start - the past two weeks have been a blur, which is an understatement really. But I am... back (whatever that means) and I just want you all to know that although life is a bit unsettled, and that I'm living in a rental home where no one has cared for the yard in years and years, that: (1) there are chives in a little area in the back with bricks around the bed, (2) there is mint in the front yard, (3) there are grapes covering a lovely evergreen that I have been eating (and I do plan to save the tree once the grapes are gone), and (4) that although I promised myself that I would not obsessively garden here (I mean really, how silly would that be?), I did have a tiny break with reality today on my way home from the grocery store (well, it was a little out of my way...) and I purchased six pots of perennials/annuals and some oregano.
I can't help it. It's a disease.
They were two for one. How could I resist that?
(More about everything soon. It's a positive sign that I even wrote this! Maybe I'm slowly returning to the land of the living.)