Tomorrow is my last day of school. I was just talking with Kirstin on messenger and she is going to make me the 7 Layer Dip when I come to Victoria. So now all I can think about is that dip....drooooooool! I haven't had any dip in Japan, in University we used to have parties entirely devoted to different dips. Does that sound sad? Well then you haven't tasted my sourdough bread bowl spinach dip, or Christine's hot artichoke dip! Mom and I are going for Mexican food when I arrive in PR on Sat. Ahhhhh, I can see a theme beginning to grow. My trip home: "the summer of food". And of course shopping. I purposely packed very little clothes so I will have to buy new clothes! My suitcase was whisked off to Kansai airport yesterday. Worth every yen not to have to drag it down my stairs, on the bus, and to the airport. It will be waiting for me at the airport when I arrive on Friday. The Takahashi's gave me a big, heavy gift to give to Mom. It takes up about 1/4 of my suitcase but I don't mind. I won't say what it is because Mom may be reading this journal now.
Tomorrow after work I have to go to a travel agency in Hamada and beg for a bus ticket. It's shit like this that really makes me hate Japan sometimes. You can only buy bus tickets one month in advance. So when I come back to Japan I need a bus ticket on Aug 30 that will get me from Osaka to Shimane. So technically, the first day I can buy such a ticket is this Friday, July 30. Welllll, I will be a little bit busy flying to China and Canada so I won't be able to buy the ticket. If I just wait and try to get on the bus on Aug. 30 I will be shit outta luck. These buses sell out fast! So the big plan is to go to Hamada tomorrow and ask the travel agent (who doesn't speak English) to sell me a ticket one day early. Wish me luck!