Happy Thanksgiving

This year marked my third Thanksgiving since I moved to California, but the first one that I spent here. It worked out reasonably well, as I was able to drive to Camp Pendleton and pick up my cousin James, who got off work at 7:30 Thursday morning. We managed to get to Tracy by 2:30, just in time to sit down for a meal with my brother Tim and his family. Yasu made a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner: turkey, potatoes, stuffing, veggies, rolls, and a Thanksgiving first for me, tri-tip, a California favorite (before moving out here, I’d never even heard of tri-tip). It was a simply fantastic meal. Too bad for Tim that he had to go work a twelve-hour swing shift after a meal like that. But then, James and I didn’t get naps, either. We took the boys down to the park for a while before coming back to watch movies and play games until bedtime. Friday we drove in to San Francisco to visit the zoo, where they had an area set up for ice skating. I took the boys out for their first time on the ice, which they all seemed to enjoy. It did, however, take us a while to finally coax Marco onto the ice. After a short thirty hours in Northern California, James and I hopped in the car so he could be back in time to get a few hours of sleep before going out bright and early Saturday morning to defend freedom. It was a nice holiday. And the year is almost over already. 2009, here we come…

My Mom Is a Blogger

Her debut on the Internets.

I have been incredibly busy lately, hence the severe shortage of posts here. I’ve been going to the gym 3-4 times a week (this week I will shoot for 5 times), still working on my Japanese (nihongo ga sukoshi wakarimasu), finishing school work (I earned an A on my major project for linguistics class, and got a lot of great input from classmates on the second and third chapters of my novel), and plugging away on work projects (after putting together a rough draft of ~10 pages, we decided this week to take a different approach that I think is much more promising). So it may be understandable that, with all of that going on, I haven’t been blogging much lately. I won’t promise it’s going to get much better, either. I’ll be driving up to Northern California with my cousin for Thanksgiving, and then flying to Japan on Christmas day to spend a week and a half with my fiancée and the in-laws-to-be. I’m looking forward to it. With that, I’m out for now.