But when we got out of bed and checked our e-mail, we not only had one from Clay, we also finally had one from dad's cousin, who will be arriving back in Japan the same day we get there. So now we have two emergency in-Japan contacts, and one of them even speaks English! The Japanese word for this is "kokorozuyoi," which is the feeling you get when stuff happens to make you realize, "Oh hey, I'm not going to die after all." We can definitely tell the Lord is watching out for us.
Last night I also had the interesting experience of actually getting a headache from thinking too hard. I don't know for sure if that's where it came from, but I do know I was thinking about a lot of things and insecurities and anxieties and stuff involved with meeting Clay in Japan, and at the same time trying to focus on the second disc of Midori Days, and at the end of it all, I had a headache. They joke about making your head hurt from thinking too hard in cartoons all the time, but I didn't think it actually happened. I should have known, though, because there's actually a Japanese word for it ("chie-netsu," which literally means "intelligence fever").
We're leaving tomorrow night around seven, so there will probably be one more LJ entry before we go. In the meantime, tonight Steve's parents (or maybe just his mom, I don't know) are in town, and Mom wants everyone to join them for dinner. On the one hand, we're pretty sure lack of human contact had a lot to do with the going mad yesterday, but on the other hand, we're not sure how well we'll get along with these people. Of course we're staying optimistic, because going in like it's going to be a painful experience is a sure way to make it actually be one, but we are prepared with Disney movies to watch when we get home. Experience tells us it will be alright, just probably a little boring. Maybe a lot boring, but you never know until you get there.
Oh! In all the excitement I almost forgot again. I forgot to mention Tower of Druaga yesterday. There's a new episode today, and the plot is definitely getting thicker. OooooOOOOOooooohhh...
Also, we got a complimentary e-mail on our column! Whee!
Today I'm thankful for kokorozuyoi e-mails, more Tower of Druaga to watch, having time to relax with the kitties, not having to worry about paying the rent when we get back from our loooooong travels on rent day, and fruit roll-ups.