Thursday, December 24, 2009


Last night, for the first time in nearly 14 months, I came home.

It was a long plane flight and United didn't manage to get my baggage onto my connecting flight (it got delivered this morning). But I'm home, the family is all here, and it's pretty much Christmas, so it's all good.

Unfortunately, I forgot the charger for my laptop, so I won't be able to upload any pictures until I get back to Tokyo. I'd also planned to work through a ton of pics from fall that need processing, but that'll have to wait too.

One of my first orders of business upon arriving was to introduce my family to the Tim Tam Slam, probably the best thing to come out of Australia ever. Seriously, that shit will blow your mind. Tim Tams are available at a lot of the major import shops in Tokyo (I brought back a package each of classic, dark chocolate, double coated, and caramel), but apparently they're a bit harder to find in the US and they only offer the classic and caramel varieties. Still, if you can get your hands on a box DO IT. All you need is hot chocolate/milk/coffee and Tim Tams. Once I get a chance, I'll post a photo tutorial on the proper technique for consuming them (not that it's even a little bit difficult), but in the meantime Youtube provides plenty of videos .

I've proclaimed that I fully expect to gain a solid 5-10lbs during my 10 days here and, considering the amount of cookies I've been eating already, I'm probably on track. In any case, the starting point is 156.5 lbs, so we'll see how it turns out in the end.

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