Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Checking In

At the end of the week, I'm headed back to the States for a bit. I planned this trip very shortly after I sent Ben packing. On hard days, I've been telling myself that if I can just get to the airport on Friday night, everything will be alright. Only three more days to go!

It's going to be wonderful to see some of my family and be with my little dogs. There are some doctors' appointments, a haircut, a pedicure and a few job related things on the calendar. Otherwise, I just want to relax, soak up the sun, enjoy the companionship of my family, and revel in the English speaking environment.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Fourth of July in Tokyo

No fireworks. No BBQs. Don't expect any Americana!

It was just like any other day except:
  • One of the other American secondees wore American flag socks to work.
  • We made a special effort to go to a burger place for lunch.
  • The firm planned a beach party for the summer associates, but it was cancelled due to rain.
Really, the American flag socks were the best part! I'm most homesick on American holidays like this one. There are so many pictures on Facebook and Instagram of my friends with their spouses and kids at the beach or pool or park or even just the backyard. It makes me happy to see everyone together. I just wish I could be a part of it!