guess what i got?
mom dropped by work to bring my mail, and mixed in was a packing slip...i was like, "hey! did i get a box from japan?" she said, "you got thirteen boxes."
exactly two months by surface mail, and japan delivered. even more awesome was that all 22 of my boxes cleared customs with no fees and not a thing was damaged. i was most excited to open my dishes, probably because they are things i delight in using every day, and they remind me of my special peeps.
my bed sheet was too small for the bed i'm borrowing, so i used it to laurenate...laurenize? the living room.
then i invited mom over for some rilakkuma pancakes.
my tea shelf is out of control.
i finally got to use my new bento box! it's my new favorite sack lunch: poached egg on rice with kimchi.
speaking of stuff, last weekend i finally had a chance (and help) to clean out my storage unit. that stuff has been in there for four and a half years. as an added thrill, there was plenty of mouse poop, two dead mice, and some stuffing they had pulled out of the box spring. ordinarily mice wouldn't be that big of a deal to me, but a lovely little thing called hanta virus is carried by mice and can kill you quick. i went in armed with a mask and lots of bleach, but it kinda made me wonder if all that stuff was worth it. i haven't had a chance to open up all the boxes yet, but after unpacking some of my special (you guessed it) dishes, i think it was. however, this brings me to this year's two-part birthday theme:
1. No More Stuff!
i have quite an accumulation of japan and pre-japan stuff, so this year i'd like to focus on just using what i have. of course there will be things i need (non-disintegrating turtlenecks) and things i desperately want (cough*iPhone*cough), but i'm going to try to finish the two hundred projects i have started, enjoy good food, and not add anything to my pack-rattery.
2. Eyes Outward
i'd also really like to focus on not me, though i know it will be hard as a single, introspective only child. i want to stop seeing my problems and needs first all the time and pay more attention to others. i could absolutely stand to be more flexible, so here it goes!