Hey everyone, I’m sorry to have been missing in action but I’ve been a bit bummed and insanely busy to boot. I can’t share details yet but it looks like I’m going to have a spare 40 hours of time on my hands every week, starting from June 1. Boo! As I…um…transition from this Formerly Performed Activity That Cannot Be Mentioned in Detail That I Used to Do Every Day in Downtown Tokyo to newfound hours of free time, things have been a little crazy. 2011 has been quite a year so far. Earthquakes, tsunami, Nuclear Crises, then all this. I’m kind of waiting for a cartoon anvil to drop on my head, or nail polish burglars to hit my place. Something strange seems to be in the air…I mean, besides all the radiation.
In good and delightful news, though, I passed 1000 sales in my Etsy shop, which has been really exciting. Mr. NTMG took me out to the Shangri-La Hotel to celebrate and we had a delightfully snooty afternoon tea. I always pile the wonderful thick cream on the scones, though I’m really lactose intolerant and it always comes back to haunt me later. The scone is basically just a cream-delivery device. I always pay dearly for putting that much dairy in my body, but I just can’t seem to resist it. I’ve had afternoon tea at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong (dee-lightful and lots of variety, though the tea is not that great), the Raffles in Singapore (they depend heavily on their great atmosphere and history, because for the enormous pricetag, the actual tea and food were totally forgettable), Mariage Freres (good thing their tea is excellent, because the waiters have unbelievable attitude) and at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo (nice, but totally designed for the middle-aged Japanese woman). I figure I don’t go out to bars and drink, so I can blow the savings on tea and scones.
This year so far been a time of great change, which I’m not really that good with. I’m excited for the next phase of what comes next, but in a lot of ways, it seems like the rug (tatami mat?) has been sort of swept out from under my feet. Once I regain my footing, I think I’ll know more clearly what to do next. I am also leaving Japan this year, which I had been planning on doing for a while, but now that the apartment lease is running down, it seems much more difficult than I had imagined. Phew! I think Task #1 is going to be finding a way to get this nail polish home, since it can’t go by air. Sea-mail would be OK but they constantly ‘lose’ packages.
So that’s things in a nutshell over here. When I’m unsettled, it’s hard for me to be creative. Other people do their best work when they’re off-balanced, but it doesn’t work that way for me, so I’ve just been doing some business-type things, like addressing envelopes and finally setting up a Facebook account for the business side of my nail empire. 😉
Thanks everyone for all your support…I hope next year is not quite as exciting as this year has been so far!