Friday, 9 April 2010

Things to love on a Friday

Where did March go? Here I was thinking that I'd have lots of free time to do all sorts of things before April hit and I'd be working 5 days a week... and then the reality of March happened - with a class trip, frantic extra work at the museum getting a special exhibit ready, and before I knew it my dad was arriving and grad was happening and now it is April... eek. So, here goes a long-last Things I love Thursday - a day late.

- graduation (wearing a hakama wasn't nearly as bad as I had expected it was actually great fun! the worst part was wearing heeled boots - I don't do heels!!)
- discovering that my actual diploma has two parts - one in Japanese and one in English
- having my advisor tell me that just because I was graduating didn't mean I was no longer his student and DEFINITELY didn't mean I was going to stop learning (or attending his study groups!)
- coffee dates with my dad (proving I can blame my coffee addiction on genetics)
- making the same puns as my dad (at the same time too!) and then being able to make similar puns in Japanese too!
- cooking for my dad (he LOVED the crab and green onion miso soup I threw together in a few minutes)
- sharing graduation with my dad (and having him take TONS of pictures - including a priceless one of me and a friend in our hakama with the university's football team!)
- chatting with my dad (umm, do you see a trend here?!)
- good meals with plenty of drinks shared with my father and my friends (we went out for dinner/drinks with my advisor, my sempai, a family friend, and...)
- three days in Shizuoka with my men - we ate amazing seafood, the boys drank sake and bonded... it was an amazing trip and a great way to break the ice. They both really like each other, and both are excited about a trip to Canada for Christmas!

My dad left yesterday and I miss him a lot - although I must admit it is nice having my itty-bitty little apartment back, it really is too small to share comfortably for any length of time when lare suitcases are thrown into the mix!


  1. I love the new look! Congrats on graduating, you looked great in hakama!!

  2. Congrats on your graduation - glad things are good with you!

  3. Thanks guys! I'm still trying to figure out how this next step is going to go, but having pretty pictures and an even prettier diploma sitting on my desk is making me feel like I can do just about anything I put my mind to!

  4. Awwwww. Sounds like you spoiled your dad rotten, and vice versa. Great to hear the men bonded! love, C

  5. C - there was a moment on the weekend, when I watched the two of them together doing something, that just made me so happy. I hoped they would get along, and they did! One meeting down... one to go... rumour has it that may be happening in a few weeks... eeeeeek!

  6. So happy to hear. Eeeeek! I'm sure it will go well. What's the part you're most nervous about? love and hugs, C