Hello and welcome to a new decade.
We had a good Christmas. Mika and I both had to work on Christmas Day, but I had a good time, and we had a good weekend following it, with skyping my family and opening presents.
Last Sunday (the 27th), I picked up dad from the airport in Kochi. He flew in from China and has been staying with us over the New Year period.
We haven't done anything really exciting, but we did go to Kochi one day to see Avatar in 3D while Mika and Eddi went to see the Disney movie, Up. We also went to Uwajima to see the castle, and one day last week it snowed a bit, forcing us to cancel our planned trip to Nakamura.
So things around here have been pretty slow, and now I am back in the office ready to face a new year. I've taken nenkyu for the rest of this week so that dad and I can spend the time together, and possibly travel a bit while he is here. That all still needs to be sorted out, but is definitely something to look forward to!
Mika finishes work on Thursday. At eight months pregnant, she is doing very well.
Also, as promised (a while back), I have uploaded all of the photos from my cellphone memory card. Some of them were taken on my camera, as during some of last year and 2008 I was using the same micro-SD for both devices.
Go to my Picasa web album to see some photos and videos from my time here in Japan. It is not a complete collection, but there are some there that I haven't uploaded here; and most are interesting to see. Of special note are the ones about making mochi, which Mika's mum did around Christmas time, in preparation for the new year.
That's all for now. I am planning on getting my hair cut this afternoon and taking advantage of this sunny weather -- despite the cold -- to clean my car. I am still on the lookout for a buyer. The sooner, the better!