It’s time again for Non-Consumer Mish-Mash, where I write a little bit about this and a little bit about that.
A Dormancy Explanation
You may have noticed that The Non-Consumer Advocate has been sitting dormant over the past few days, and for this I’d like to apologize. I’ve been unbelievably busy this week. My mother had surgery, I had to work three days, there was an evening meeting at the kids’ school and the Japanese exchange teacher who lives with is leaving on Monday, (sob) so I’ve wanted to spend quality evening time with her. It all added up to some very long, very busy days that did not lend themselves to the quiet time that I need to write anything worth reading.
One of the nice things about writing this blog, is that I make the rules. I write about whatever I want, and when life gets in the way I’ll rerun an old post or occasionally not write anything at all. I’ve even been letting Saturdays be a blogging-free day, which has been nice for me.
But if you’ve been worried about The Non-Consumer Advocate this week, you can let those worries go.
Getting Ready for Japan
Yesterday marked the one-month mark until my two-week trip to Japan. I’ll be one of three parent chaperones for my son’s eighth-grade trip, and it sounds like it’s going to be rather fantastic. However, there are a number of things I need to acquire before going. Luckily, I think it will be completely possible to borrow not buy most of these things, which are:
- One extra roll-aboard suitcase.
- A watch both for myself and for my son.
- A nice pair of slacks and a dress shirt for my son.
None of these items are things we need for the long term, and all are most likely easy to hunt down within our community of friends and family.
I also need to fine tune what we’ll bring as host family gifts. Although neither my son nor myself know that particulars of who we’ll stay with, I can start to figure out what to bring. Since I went through the same dilemma two years ago for my older son’s trip, I feel I’m pretty prepared. My plan is to bring mostly consumables, Goodwill-purchased coasters Mod-Podged with maps of Portland and all contained in some kind of handmade tote bag. Omiyage (Japanese host family gift giving) is a big deal, so it’s important to get it right. But since I’ve been the recipient of dozens of omiyage gifts from Japanese exchange students and teachers, it would be pretty hard for me to get it wrong.
Of course, my secret goal is it to keep the gifts lightweight and small.
Have a great weekend!
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