Just as an update, I spent last week surviving the aftermath of a stomach bug and slight sinus infection (icky — but no one else got them! Thank you, Jesus!), and we spent this weekend driving to Tokyo, dropping off some stuff, seeing friends and meeting new ones, riding trains, searching for a “Big size” shoe store, and taking a trip to COSTCO (which was a little shocking, needless to say, after all the “small” things about Japan). We arrived home late last night and are recovering from the hype. It was super refreshing to be away from home for a day or two, which is strange given that driving, speaking a foreign language, meeting tons of new people, and riding trains tends to be draining. I’ve been thinking much about my beloved blog, despite my absence, and hope to post more thoughts soon.