Journal Entry – 8.18.2018

It is 3:25 AM on Saturday August 18th, 2018.  I’m still jet-lagged but was able to sleep an hour later this morning so assume that is progress.

Life has changed again with the end of the Japan summer trip, school starting and almost back to our normal routine.  There is no Hoshuko today and we’re skipping karate as we still need to get completely unpacked and the jet-lag is terrible.  The jet-lag is always more difficult returning from Japan than going and takes much longer to adjust.

Tokyo Trip 2018 – Second Post

It is 4:07 PM on Monday, August 13th. I’m sitting at the Hub in Ikebukuro and the end of the Japan trip draws close. I wasn’t able to write as much as I wanted in my journal this trip due to a problem with the power cord. I had forgotten that Japan only uses a two socket plug and my computer power cords were three pronged. It was an absolute saga to try and get a connector. First we went to a local computer store but it didn’t appear like they had anything. So my wife ordered one off of Amazon and we went on our trip to Karuizawa and Kusatsu. When we came back we were surprised that it still hadn’t arrived so checking Amazon she discovered that the order wasn’t placed due to an expired credit card. We fixed that and ordered it. It arrived in two days and guess what, the plug didn’t fit.

Tokyo Trip 2018

I’m at SFO airport awaiting the boarding to Japan. Getting ready to travel, especially internationally and for a long trip is always such a pain UNTIL I get to the airport. It is then I am excited.

The pain part is packing, getting the house in order, locked, making sure the plants are watered and fish are fed. Making sure everything is turned off, doors are locked and everything in order for the return. I don’t sleep very well the night before, especially when I have an early flight and then I’m anxious to get to the airport because you never know when you’ll have major delays with the traffic, lines at check-in and security. No matter how many times I travel I always leave too early. It never takes me more than an hour from when I leave my house until I’m past security but I still get anxious.

The Saga of Burning my Blu-Ray Fireplace to File for TV

One thing I wanted to accomplish while I had free time this summer was to burn my fireplace Blu-Ray disk and have it play from my server to the TV.  I did not realize how troublesome this would be.

It all started when our Blu-Ray player died.  I was playing the fireplace Blu-Ray but when I inserted the Nintendo Switch the TV automatically switched from the Blu-Ray to the Switch and the Blu-Ray player didn’t like that since it started saying there was no disk in the slot when there was.

Journal Entry 7.22.2018

It is 8:36 AM on Sunday July 22nd, 2018.

Since my family is in Japan I no longer have to get up immediately upon awakening.  During our normal routine I like to have my own time and that means I have to get up early to enjoy the peace of the early morning before the schedule starts.  I go to bed early during the normal routine so getting up early isn’t much of a problem.  However, now that I’m by myself I’m staying up a little later and now find myself waking up around 6:30 AM.  However, I do not get up but lie there for another 30 – 45 minutes recalling my dreams, thinking of what I’ll do with the day and just letting ideas come into my head.