Back on (at least for now...)

Yes, kids, the trip is back on. And despite my cynical title for this blog, I don't think there's anyway we can get out of it now, unless we want to incur a steep financial punishment.

Personally, I am beyond thrilled that we're going. I was heartbroken on Friday when Ricky said he wasn't sure if we should go. He brought up some reasons why we maybe should have waited, the biggest and most important reason being the financial dent this trip is going to make on us. But my argument is, sure we can wait until later, but that doesn't guarantee that later will be a good time, either. And if not now, then when?

That has become my mantra of late. I am beginning to live by it.

So yes, while I am a little nervous about the trip, especially when I think about how much time I'll be spending on a plane, I know that the pros definitely outweigh the cons here. I just know that we will be thanking our lucky stars that we were able to go on this trip once we're actually there.

This has been a nice weekend thus far. On Friday, after both of us talked out the reasons why we should/shouldn't go to Japan, we rented the third movie in The Pirates of the Caribbean series and watched it all. All the way until 3 AM (!). It was good, but the bittersweet ending left me depressed. How could they end it that way?! I didn't see that coming. I won't spoil it by describing it here in case someone is reading this who hasn't seen that film. Not like anyone actually reads my blog, but still.

On Saturday, I wrote a new series on ficlets that is a reinvention of one of my favorite Greek myths, that of Persephone. Go here to read it. Then we went out with some friends of ours, Douglas and Joanna, to a bar on the beach called "The Room Bar." It had only beer and wine, unfortunately, no amaretto pour moi, but some very good indie rock music, like Interpol, etc. Back at their house before leaving to the club, some very strong shots were made, including one that looked like Windex and another, even stronger concoction with Tabasco sauce in it. I guess that plus the fact that I'm on medication to regulate my blood pressure left me all messed up, because I almost fainted in the bar. It was a very scary experience -- all of a sudden, there was an intense ringing in my ears and I was starting to feel tingly and numb all over. Plus I started seeing spots. So I grabbed Ricky and insisted he take me outside, where I sat down on the nearby stoop of a boutique and got my breath back. When Doug and Joanna came outside to see what happened to me, Joanna immediately whisked me away to a nearby Pizza joint that was literally a stone's throw away and made me eat pizza. That helped soak up the alcohol in my system and return me to normal.

Despite that scary experience, I really did have fun last night. Douglas and Joanna are good people.

Today I have a lot of grading to do for my two AP English classes. Which I'm not looking forward to doing, but I must do it because grades need to be in by this week before report cards. And oh yeah, right, I leave to Japan on Thursday morning. EEK! It's only now starting to really sink in.

My destination...Tokyo, the City of Lights!

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