Happy Memorial Day!
I'd love to report that we had a lovely holiday weekend, but alas we live in Japan where there are (a) no lakes that I know of, (b) no runnings of the Indianapolis 500 and (c) J. left on his latest deployment which made it hard to do much.
I've known for months now (like since before we moved here) that J. would be deploying again in May, but it somehow has a way of sneaking up on you. I mean, how is it May already? Didn't he just return home from deployment? Geez. Anyways, we were lucky because the deployment was delayed by about a week which we found out about in March or April and then it was delayed again just last week by a few days. But alas, the time has come and not only is the boat gone, but the jets have all flown out to meet it as well. And I only find it *slightly* ironic, that my sailor is going out to sea on Memorial Day Weekend.
Anyways, we made the most of our last few days together! On Friday night, J. surprised me with an early birthday celebration because he won't be here to celebrate with me on my actual birthday. I was *very* impressed that he thought this out so far in advance :)
My early birthday present and the cupcakes J. made
Close up ... they were as good as they looked!
And ... J. surprised me with the new iPad! I've been coveting an iPad since they came out in 2010 ... so apparently good things DO come to those who wait! Haha. I haven't done much with it yet, but I did discover that I downloaded three books on my Kindle that I completely forgot about! Whoops. Looking forward to reading those and taking my iPad with me next time I travel :)
Saturday night, we went out to dinner at Yakitori Cocco with our neighbors. It was such a fun experience! It was all you can eat, all you can drink for 4,000 yen/person, which is a really great deal (at least around these parts). We were there for around three hours and Omasu prepared a feast for us. We sat at the bar, so we were able to watch him manning the grill.
Meatballs served with an egg yolk
We ate well. I can't remember everything we had, and I didn't take many pictures because I left my phone at home, but we did not go home hungry! I am happy to report that I tried everything that Osamu served and I think I liked everything. I can't wait to go back and introduce my 141 ladies to Osamu and Yakitori Cocco!
**A note for those in Japan - Yakitori Cocco was located about a block away from the north exit of the Yamato train station. I have Osamu's card and can give you directions if you're interested in going. Osamu spoke very good English and we were able to make reservations. The restaurant is small, so reservations are recommended.**
Sunday was spent saying good-bye and tackling my very long to-do list. Sundays are my day to clean, do laundry and get organized for the coming week!
I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!