Japan in less than a week now! I've fallen into denial land, which always seems to happen in the week or two before I go do something super exciting. My savings are A+! As soon as I get this next paycheck (on Wednesday) I'm totally set, with a great amount of spending money. I'll even be getting a few hundred extra, thanks to the great exchange rate right now! I'm looking forward to everything except maybe the long flight. Even then, the airline we're taking has excellent reviews, so it should be about as nice as a 10+ hour economy flight can be! Also, I'll have Super Smash Bros to play, so that'll help the time go quickly. I'm going to make the most of this trip and do my best to enjoy every minute of it. I hope that pheonixxfoxx
and I will have a smooth, fun, happy journey, and I think we will!
I'm going to be very careful about what I offer to pick up for people, as I'll be picking up a lot of very large items for myself and I'm worried about space (going to EMS ship things back, but even then), but is there anything elusive and reasonably small that anyone is after? I'd rather not pick up stuff that's readily available in online shops, but if there's something that's difficult to find that you want me to hunt for, I'd be happy to! I'll be doing a lot of shopping, and it's fun to "treasure hunt"!
Tosca is still not home, but the possible sightings continue at random intervals. I had a game cam up for a few weeks, and a cat that looks a good amount like her showed up many times on the camera. It was always far enough away that I couldn't say for certain, though--spots weren't visible. Unfortunately, I caught some guys in the act of trying to steal the camera, so I had to take it down. The other day, a man who lives right in the area where many of the sightings have been saw a bengal cat playing with another cat across the street. I rushed there, but seemed to just barely missed the cat (and I had to go to work so I couldn't hunt around). This man's grown son has a bengal, so I do trust him to know what one looks like. It may sound unrealistic, but even though it's been so long, something in my intuition tells me I'll get her back... Maybe it's just that I can't handle the alternative, but...it's just this feeling that's stuck with me and I really want to trust it. If nothing else, at least it stops me from falling into total despair.
Otherwise, life is pretty good for the most part.