Friday, April 04, 2008

Anxiety and Meme from ETK

I have mentioned before that i am an anxious pre-traveler. I am running around like a chicken sans head getting ready to leave for Japan tomorrow morning and worrying about what i may have forgotten.

What if Grey Cat disappears like he did for 24 hours earlier in the week and i can't find his fuzzy ass to take to the cat boarder? I'm not letting him out tonight.

I went to the money place yesterday and got 430,000 yen. Sounds like a boat load of money doesn't it? It's about $4,300. Which is a boat load of money. All they had was 1000 yen notes, so i literally have a pile of money about 4 inches high. How will i fit that into my wallet?

I haven't had a period since January (TMI, i know.) But what if i get one in Japan. Should i take supplies or buy them there?

And so on.


I was tagged by ETK over at
I'm Just Sayin'.

She thought maybe i was too cool for memes. Baby, i am too cool for everything.

Here are the "rules";

List one fact about yourself beginning with each letter of your middle name. If you don't have a middle name, use your maiden name or your mother's maiden name.
At the end of your blog post, tag one person for each letter of your middle name. (I am not too cool for memes, but i am waaaaaay too cool to tag anyone.)

As it happens, my middle name is really long. Sigh.

E - is for the Elephant that i will feel like in Japan.

L - is for Lugubrious. I am often ridiculously sad. For no reason. It's absurd. I want to slap myself just to give me something to be sad about. (Wow, i just heard my mother there.)

I - Irritating and Inert.

Z - Zounds! This will have to be for Zoo. In the 5th grade, my best friend and i made an elaborate plan to run away from home and live in the bird house at the Smithsonian Zoo in Washington DC. We plagiarized this brilliant idea from the brilliant book
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. We saved up almost twenty dollars towards this goal, and then got bored and spent it all on candy and comic books.

A - Couldn't be anything other than Anxious right now.

B - Ha ha, what else could B be but BITCH? As in Bitch is the new black.

E - is for Edamame, which i love. I especially like the sensory experience of eating them. Popping those little beans out of the pod, licking the salt off my lips, tossing the shell into the discard bowl. Mmmmmm.

T - is for Turtle. I hope to take a trip to the Galapagos with my friend Kim next year and see some turtles. Plus some Blue Footed Boobies.

H - is for Hairy, but i plan to take care of this little problem post haste.


I'm off tomorrow morning for almost two weeks. I am not taking my laptop (gasp) but the Mister will be taking his. Mayhap he will let me use it to check in with y'all.


ETK said...

Yay!!! Thanks for doing the meme - great job (I wish mine were that good! Lucky for you that you have a B in your name!) I also LOVE your zoo plan.

That's my name by the way. :)

I think you should not take supplies. you can get them there if you need them. Have fun! I'm jealous and hope you post pictures!

Princess in Galoshes said...

Murphy's Law says if you take tampons, you won't need them. Conversely....

amusing said...

I vote take supplies.

I got mine the day before I left (TMI back at you) and I took enough to hold me over knowing I could always restock when I got there.

Besides, the last thing you need when/if it comes upon you is to be running around looking for little blue boxes.

Have a wonderfull, edamame-filled trip!

thailandchani said...

Safe travels, Meno :)

100 Thoughts of Love said...

safe and exciting trip!! Enjoy every moment!!

Mignon said...

First, in my book, there's no such thing as TMI, and you should bring Supers, if you need them. I remember hearing a friend say recently that it was easy to find plugs/pads, but finding the bigger sizes was difficult. Also, be forewarned, I found many toilets were not capable of flushing both western-sized poo or tampons. Ugh.

The edamame in Nihon-no bars are the best evah. Enjoy enjoy enjoy, girlfriend. I'm so incredibly jealous.

Anonymous said...

That book is one of my all-time favorites, too! Do you think it's any coincidence that all of my favorite childhood books involved escaping reality? :) Too funny.

Have a wonderful, safe trip! I'll miss you :)

AC said...

Safe travels, take pictures, get non-anxious fast.

peevish said...

A. How dare you not take your laptop? Think of your public.

B. Buy supplies there! Think how fun it will be to see the packaging, and bring it home to show people. Ok, maybe take like 1 or 2 supplies to get you by in a pinch. Like on the plane. Yikes!

C. Breathe.

Bob said...

don't worry. the anxiousness won't be able to survive the long plane ride.

have a happy and safe trip. if you cannot blog while gone, take good notes and write us up a recap.

I know you'll have a great time.

flutter said...

You crack me up, girl. Oh, and hi? Take some supplies

Irrelephant said...

Have a safe trip, take tons of pictures, and enjoy. *big hug*

Lynnea said...

ok hairy bitch, you better post from Japan, cause I cannot, not wait two weeks to hear from you! but if you can't, have an awesome super ridiculously stupendous time. Love you lady.

jaded said...

I hope you got splurged and got a seat in the front of the plane. Adequate legroom reduces anxiety, whereas periods not so much.

Have a great trip! Remember nodding and bowing solve many cultural blunders.

Liv said...

thank you for not tagging. or domo arigato.

meno said...

etk, if there wasn't a B in my middle name, i would have to insert one.

princess, you are exactly right. So i will take some.

amusing, i will. And i will.

chani, thank you friend.

pat, i will try to enjoy it all. Even the fucked up moments.

mignon, well if that ain't TMI, i don't know what is. But good to know.

half past, i loved that book. So clever.

ac, i am trying. And i will take pictures.

peevish, i am a selfish bitch, i know. Breathe in, breathe out.

bob, i hope not. Usually once i leave i am fine.

flutter, good advice.

irrelephant, thanks for the hug. It helps me relax.

maggie, i love you too. Big.

patches, we are going business class, while the girls are traveling coach. Bwah ha ha ha.

liv, you're very welcome.

Heather said...

Safe travels!

Scott from Oregon said...

Take supplies. In the Orient, the girls all wear their padds the other way...

sari said...

From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is one of my all time favorites. I mean, it's LITERALLY sitting on the floor next to my bed, I have it. I love love love it.

Have a great time in Japan, period or not. I'm looking forward to your stories when you return!!

furiousBall said...

just going from my own experience, i've never needed tampons in Japan, but then again i've never been to Japan or have a vagina

Anette said...

Have a lovely trip to Japan! Bet it will be an interesting trip to a totally different culture!

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth is my middle name as well. Take the supplies and have a good time. I'll miss you.

fiwa said...

You are going to have a great time. You're probably long gone by now, but safe travels.

The mixed up files is one of my favorite all-time books. I have a copy and reread it from time to time.

Bob said...

good for you, going business class. it made the 15 hour flight from atlanta to dubai bearable.

Ortizzle said...

Have a great trip! It should provide you with plenty of blog fodder when you are back.

TTQ said...

happy trails to you! Enjoy yourself.

We expect good reading when you get back. No pressure or anything. (seriously I expect some dam n good stories)

Oh and think of the pictures you will be able to take since you are way over their heads. See it's good to be tall.

tt said...

I'm voting with...take the supplies. You know how Murphy's law is...Don't piss off the jinx fairies!!
Have a glorious time!!!!
Just remember to breathe ;)

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I bet you're having a glorious time in Japan right now.

Thank you for not tagging me. I have a seriously ugly middle name.

Sienna said...

Aaaah! Hope you are having loads of fun Meno! Japan, how beautiful, how sweet the people, you may run into my niece, she is very tall and blonde, "Jessie"...and giggles a lot.

This is wonderful you are visiting Japan.


Anonymous said...

I'm so stupid that I thought your middle name was Eliza Beth.

I would take my super duper maxipads for nighttime, but that's just me. You got a little window into my soul right there, didn't you?

Tink said...

Good luck! Have fun and be safe!

I love Edamame. Hoop calls them, "Japanese peanuts". :)

Diane Mandy said...

Can't wait to hear all about it. Have fun!

Anonymous said...

A nice meme to steal for a rainy day. Elizabeth is such a lovely name.

Sorry I was late and didn't wish you safe travels pre-trip. I'm quite envious, you know, but can't wait to journey vicariously with you during your post-reporting.

QT said...

You are long gone, but I had to stop and say "good luck!" ~ can't wait to hear about all of it when you get back.

urban-urchin said...

crap, I'm late with this, but have a great time!

egan said...

I'm way late to the dance here. I hope your trip to Japan is awesome. The sakuras are in full bloom from what I hear.

crazymumma said...

bring supplies. Japan? you are lucky!

Susanne said...

Have a nice trip. I almost had forgotten that you were about to go to Japan. Safe travels!

Lynn said...

Oh man...I've made it to the dock and the ship already left the port. sigh. I hope that you had/are having a wonderful trip. Being a girl scout leader...I am always prepared.

Anonymous said...





Miss you.

Hope it's all fun.

ETK said...

I hope you're having fun but I sure do miss your blogging!

Poopoo for me!

Mermaid Melanie said...

Have a great trip.