This summer, I had every intention of taking the boys to the States at the end of July for a month. My plan also included a small group of Japanese students to go to Colorado at the end of our trip and then after spending a week with them doing 'touristy' kind of things (of which I had set up everything!!), we would all return to Japan together.
Well.....due to one lady's husband getting ill and needing surgery, she cancelled.....and the other 2 (with whom she was traveling), being typical Japanese women....they also cancelled. I asked the remaining two (a very lovely couple!!) if they wanted to go ahead and go....but (and I totally agree with them) they would rather go with a group.
Since part of the money they were paying was going to help pay for one of the boys' tickets, I am now in a bind. So...being the mature individual that I am (I really am!!)...have decided that NOT going to the States would be the best thing. It would be so much fun to go, but....I just don't think that I could truly enjoy the whole trip knowing that I had just charged a little over $6,000 for tickets...just to get there!!! That didn't include food, fun and festivities!!! I would rather go when I don't have all that debt and whatnot hanging over my head!!!
So....in line with all that "thinking positive" stuff I had said I was going to work on this summer...I've decided to make a list for "Why it is good that we stay in Japan this year"....you know...to help me feel better about all this!!
#1. I don't have to spend 18 hours on various planes....with the boys (one very closely resembling Calvin, of late)....and having to eat all that really
totally disgusting wonderful food.
Oh....and the hours in the airports in-between? About 10...in total....IF the planes are flying on time and the moon and stars are aligned and all is right with the world.
#2 Think of the money I will save by NOT going to these establishments (and many more like them). Yes, I know...I can still order from the Internet (except from the VFW....I just go there to drink, dance, play pool...you know...spreading the joy!! I doubt they could send me beer!!).....but...since the US Postal service did away with the Sea Mail....aka "Slow Boat"....there is only Air Mail...and the shipping is dreadful!!!
#3 Do you know how dry Colorado is?!?! Here in Nagasaki, in the summer the humidity factor may be up to 80% or higher.....Colorado? Maybe....just maybe....8%!!! And the heat?!?! Holy Mother of God!!! It can get up to 106 degrees there!!! And windy!! Lord, but the wind never stops blowing!!! I usually spend a small fortune on Jergens and other products just so my skin doesn't just crack and peel off!!! My skin will thank me for this in a few years!!!
#4 Think of calories I am NOT going to consume by not traveling the big water. Yes, of course I drink beer and eat here....but....it's just not the same!!! We all tend to go a bit crazy when we're home....it's all just so damn good!!! My mom's motto/mantra of "Moderation, moderation, moderation" pretty much gets tossed!!!
I may post other things when I think of them. Sometimes I think about this more often than others....consider this a 'work in progress'.
I am feeling a bit better...but...maybe I need just one more thing to help me through
this difficult time.....kind of like a band-aid for an emotional cut....
Aaaaaahh...there ya go. A little bit of Matthew helps all the time!!!