So that was nice, and I'm sort of stalling about getting to the real thing I wanted to talk about today. Some of you may have noticed that we got our passports yesterday, and there was a little bit of screaming about it. Of course we're excited because it means we have ID so we can use our annual passholder discounts again! And order pizza without having to get cash ahead of time.
But we're also excited in the Bambi sense of the word, because of the reason we decided to renew our passports to begin with. We need to go to Japan again, and we need to stop dilly-dallying about it. The things we like the most in Japan are helping us in this regard, by having a Kingdom Hearts event this November. Of course it seems silly to go to Japan just to go to an hour-and-a-half-long Kingdom Hearts fan event, but we're not going just for that. We're going because we need to go, and having an event to aim for gives us a deadline.
And it just so happens that around the same time our new passports arrived, the Japanese Disney site updated with information about buying tickets to this event. That's where things get a little weird, because they're not selling them on a first-come-first-served basis, they're selling them on a yusen basis. The dictionary tells us that yusen means "selection", but other than that, we don't know what it means. I have some vague idea that it's kind of like a lottery? The tickets won't actually go on sale until September, so we have some time to get the freaking out out of our systems, and then we'll follow the instructions on the website and see if we actually get tickets or not. If we do, then we'll take that as a sign that we really need to get off our butts and go to Japan. If not, we'll...probably...go anyway. But maybe in like February or something.
Anyway, the point is, this thing is starting to get real, and that's kind of freaking us out, so I wanted to come to LJ for moral support. Tadah! We just contributed to the BauBax Kickstarter project to get two of the super amazing travel jackets some of you may have seen on Facebook, so we're all set! ...Except that the estimated shipping date for those is November, and if we go to the Kingdom Hearts event, we'll probably already have left by then. But hey, maybe they'll ship early. (The project already has almost 300 times as much money as it was aiming for.)
We also found out (thanks to Anime News Network) that they're going to have a Yato Matsuri! What! We'd totally want to check that out, except that it's earlier than we're emotionally prepared for. It's going to be in early October. But the point is, there's a bunch of stuff happening in Japan that makes us think maybe we want to go...
Anyway, this is the sort of thing that makes me think of the song "Compass of Your Heart", and it's simultaneously encouraging and infuriating. I'm like, "Yes, follow the compass of your heart! You'll find the best things in life! I get it! I'm going! ...But I don't wanna go!!! Waaaaaaahhh!" ...We're working on it.
Today I'm thankful for 5-cheese Freschetta being back at our grocery store! wooooohoooooooo!!!, people who design super awesome and convenient travel jackets (even if we don't get ours in time for a trip to Japan, they'll be really handy to have when traveling to see family), remembering to donate to the project before it closed, having enough money that we can do that without feeling like we're running ourselves into bankruptcy, and getting to watch Charlotte today.