Today Dad took the day off so he could come with me to withdraw my money. There is something really amazing about holding that much cash in your hands, even if I did promptly tuck it in a safe envelope, and then distributed it about my luggage and wallets.
I also packed up my suitcase. I had to sit on it to get it to close, but MAN am I glad Cailin taught me that trick about rolling your clothes up to save space, because otherwise there is no way I would have been able to fit two weeks worth of stuff in one bag. (And technically, I still have a few bits of things to stuff in there tomorrow, but shhh! Don't rain on my parade.)
Adrian the iPod is all charged and pretty, and I've tucked his cord into my computer bad. Tomoko the laptop will charge tonight, as will my cell phone Jean Claude, and their respective cords will be packed tomorrow. I'm getting up at 3am, or staying up until 3am. I haven't decided yet, since either way I'll be sleeping on the plane(s). I also packed 'Hana Yori Dango' for us to watch, Chiyo! ♥ I informed the role-play we're in about out leave of absence (realizing in the process how many characters we play). And I bought pocky, too get us in the mood. Not that we need any help with that.
I thought about bringing an umbrella, since it's supposed to rain this weekend, then I remembered that if we need one, we can buy one. It's Tokyo, not the Amazon Jungle.
All in all, I've completed my daily tasks with time to spare, and must now sit twiddling my thumbs until tomorrow. Thus far, I'm not doing very well at being patient, and am practically vibrating in my computer chair.
Oh! And the salon that Chiyo wants to visit specializes in dyes and things, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do this! Yes, that's a boy. No, I don't care. Yes, hot pink is a good look for him, and yes, I realize his are extensions. But I really really want them.
I'm hungry. Time for my last home-cooked American meal for two weeks!
Keep in mind that you will buy a lot of stuff in Japan that you will want to be bringing home in that suitcase, so you may want to lighten your load. Like, if you are going to be there for two weeks you don't need 14 pairs of jeans, you can get away with 4. When Stacey and I left Japan we were literally leaving stuff in the hotel room so that we could get all of our new stuff home.
And you will need an umbrella because 1) it is rainy season and 2) all the women in Japan carry around parasols to keep the sun off of them. It is is great idea, so pick up an umbrella as soon as you get there. And a washcloth, because there are no paper towels in Japan. Japanese women carry them around in their purses.