August 9th, 2005


Cast of Characters

My folks threw a nice little ice-breaker party the night before the wedding. Everybody attended, but I didn't manage to get all their pictures.

My new niece, Carly. Do we look like sisters?

My other new niece, Rebecca. Such a thespian.

I have a new sister, too. Michelle and girls with coordinated footware.

Old friends - Don and Bobbi with my folks.

It's Hitomi from Kujira no Andy!

Yoshihiro (also of Andy) with Don. He looks like a kid in this picture!

John and Marti - "strictly platonic."

This was how we started our week-long island paradise getaway...

Flakes, flakes!

The Tomonaris brought us some congratulatory nihonshu (sake) with gold flakes.


We ordered a ton of furniture the other day, and three guys are assembling it in our house now. (Pictures to follow.) Little kitten is so afraid of the furniture guys, he isn't even messing with Tortoise - just cowering behind her. Did I mention the kitten has a name, now? He isn't Biscuit anymore; he's Cyrus! Cyrus Damascus Jupiter *Expletive* Pilsner, welcome to the family.

Don is installing our new car stereo and speakers. I don't know how he can stand to do it in this crazy heat.

Today I return to work. Sigh. Just a short flight to Kuwait and back, which is fine with me - it's a painless way to ease myself back into the routine. But I hate to see my vacation end!