Friday, August 13, 2010

What do you mean it's not Thursday?? Really? It's Friday?? Are you sure?

Well....kiss me on the lips and call me cute.
All day long, I've been thinking it was Thursday.
Sure, I had my Thursday night class last night...on Thursday night.
But...when I woke up this morning....yep....Thursday again.
Or, so i thought.
Yeah, yeah,'s all a part of the charm.
Friday, huh?
I perused through some of the flamingo pictures I have collected--from the Internet, ones I have taken myself, many that were sent from YOU--and found a couple that I don't think I've used before.

Yummm.....this definitely has possibilities...
....and served by a cabana boy of my choice....

...oh yeah.
But then, I'd probably drink too much and decided to get a tattoo, which would definitely look like this:

Maybe next know, if I go to the States.
I hope my own personal cabana boy is okay with that.
It is now Obon here in Japan.  Obon is a three-day holiday to honor those who have passed away.  The Japanese believe that the spirits of our loved ones come back for three days.  You can read more about HERE.
But, if I were to give you a quickie explanation, I'd have to say that it is a combination of memorial day, Halloween, a family reunion and here in Nagasaki, Chinese New Year.
Nagasaki celebrates the final day of the holiday with a special send-off for those who left us in the previous year.
It's called shoro nagashi and it is something that you will only be able to observe here, in Nagasaki City.
There are many videos on the Internet of this event and if you want to see (and hear!!) what this is all about, click HERE.  We haven't decided if we're going down to the main road to watch or not...Koji is not real thrilled with the firecrackers (Which is ironic considering his obsession with pop guns these days....I'm thinking he can control those, so they are not so scary.)

Happy Friday, everyone.
And really is Friday. 
Trust me.


Janet said...

I miss Obon :-)

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Mwah. You're cute.

Please come back to the states. I've got the pool, as you know, and we'll get Gary to be our pool boy. We can invite Janet and celebrate Obon because I want to meet the spirits of a couple of her loved ones anyway. It's a perfect plan, really.


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

You do know BlogHer '11 is in San Diego--and you've got a place to stay in San Diego--and it just seems like you are meant to be here next year!

Hula Girl at Heart said...

Um,did you say something? I was distracted by that cabana boy and missed everything else you said.

smalltownmom said...

Muchos besos, querida!

I do think San Diego is the place to be next summer!!...and if you chose to drive north? I could offer a couple rooms in my lovely rural locale. But I don't have a pool like that braggart Cheri.

Mrs. G. said...

Love those flip flops in your background. I hope you had a great weekend!

yogurt said...

I like this idea of a national holiday to honor our deceased loved ones. This way, grief wouldn't have to be so private, felt in such isolation.

yogurt said...

p.s. Love your bright new blog colors!

yogurt said...

p.p.s. your flamingo expertise was given a shout out on my blog as well as your general, overall, hotness. or was that the overall hotness in Austin? whatever, come check me out.