I often don’t know what date it is, so I barely noticed that it was Christmas, or rather Christmas eve here, until I began to wonder why all the Facebook traffic stopped. I thought maybe it was the Mayan end-of-the-world thing. Come to find out, that was several days ago, and then I got a great package from Mona’s cousins and it all clicked. It included some long lost photos of me when I was Mona’s age which I will post if I get my hands on a scanner. I would have written about it sooner, but I spent an hour or two reading about The Adventures of Little Bear (the book Toby and Molly sent) with Mona.
Grandma and Grandpa should watch (or at least skip) to the end.
In the mean time, for Mona’s grandma and grandpa, I post this video of Mona opening the package they sent earlier this week. It came the very day that Mona and Tomoe were headed out to Nagoya to visit her Japanese grandparents. Came just in time to be opened, but we did not start eating the cookies until they got home yesterday (or was it the day before?)
Tomorrow is Christmas, I guess, and Mona will be in school. I will try to get some work done that I did not get done this weekend because it was a three-day weekend in Japan and Mona was home. The week before that, while Tomoe and Mona were in Nagoya, I had a potential suport staff/partner for a project I have had on the back burner for about six years now, and maybe, just maybe will get off the ground this summer. For now though, I was just busy soaking in the river hot-spring, and getting my kanjiki snow shoes cold for the first time this year.
Just because it happened around Christmas time, I will consider it my present from fate, but I found an open office space to share just a few minutes from my house, and even fewer minutes from the ski-hill, that is currently being used by a new outdoor education/camping NPO. Not only can I get some time to work in peace, but also should offer some great opportunities for collaboration.