Thursday, October 23, 2008

back

i am back from japan. tokyo was fantastic. this is the 'post' part of the trip when i complain about my city for at least two weeks, and compare it to whatever fantastic place i just came from. this behavior only happens when traveling outside of north america. post-travail depression? perhaps. at least i have the distraction of being moved into our new place. boxes are everywhere. how many boxes does your life fit into? what kind of pointless crap are you hanging onto? i am purging as much as I can bear.

being away has put certain things in perspective, and left others lingering overhead.

the internet intravenous was removed for three weeks, and it was a glorious relief. coming back to the internet, my rss feeds, blog, email... the feeling it gave me was dread. we had the cable guy come on tuesday and try to hook us up, but he couldn't get into the electrical room in our building, so no internet until last night. i was kind of relieved. one more day without internet was ok with me. working my way through hundreds of feeds is not as satisfying as it would have been a month ago. sensory overload which then leads to a feeling of irrelevance. especially in the fashion department. from this point on i am going to try and limit my internet usage. it's such a distraction from doing anything productive. hopefully i won't resort to my old habits.

i wasn't as overwhelmed with shopping in tokyo as much as i thought i would be. the shopping catch phrase was 'its all mens' because jon and i would split up in a store and meet back and i would proclaim the catchphrase with a sigh. ofcourse, there were many things i would have purchased had i the money, but not many things i am pining over upon return. i was more impressed with the mens stores than the womens, and secondhand shopping in tokyo is where its at. the majority of my yen was spent at ragtag. and i am also happy to say i got something that i have wanted for a long time, so it was very satisfying in that sense. in a way, there are so many stores in tokyo, it is hard to find something specific unless you know exactly what store to go to, which made my shopping list almost redundant.

proper post coming sometime...

9 comments:

erica said...

yeah, being wrenched away from the internet is very liberating. i used to procrastinate like crazy, but i've been so busy these past two months that i barely have time to go through my blog reader, let alone leave comments or post. i am also feeling less inspired and more overwhelmed by all the blogs out there. priorities are shifting slowly but surely...

i'm trying to draw up a decent paris shopping budget, but at this point i doubt i'll be able to spend more than $400 total. considering i probably won't go there again for years, the plane tickets were cheap-ish, and our accommodations are free, i think i can afford to enjoy myself a little.

i'm thinking of starting a clothing/accessories/whatever online swap blog. the taker pays for shipping, obviously, but how do i ensure that things are distributed fairly? any thoughts?

ALPHABETICAL said...

Can't wait to read about your Japan adventure! Can't wait to see the photos as well. :-)

The Frocker said...

Welcome back! I found your blog just as you were leaving for Japan. Like Alphabetical up there, I can't wait to see the pictures and see what you got! :)

la femme said...

thanks for this...

GΞΛ said...

I'm so jealous! Of both your trip and the jump start to kicking the internet habit ;)
I can't wait to see the photos, japan has always been my dream destination and at least I can see it vicariously for now...

thesearchforchic said...

YAY!!! Welcome back!! =D

Anthea said...

I hope you are going to post more about Japan! I am moving to Japan in one month to live for a year :) I am taking a Japanese class..but I have missed several classes :( EEK! Did you love it there?

Top bird said...

Welcome home. Sounds like you had quite the trip. Looking forward to seeing some more pics! xx

Stephanie said...

erica- ditto on the overwhelmed by blogs. my priorities are shifting as well.

paris was so hard to shop with a budget. i wish you luck. i'm sure there are a ton of adorable baby stores too!

that's a really great idea! i just cleared out a ton of things from my closet (mostly taken to local consignment stores or goodwill) maybe whoever wants it can write about how they will wear it?

alphabetical- i've uploaded some pictures to flikr.. i'm debating on whether i should upload them all...

the frocker- thanks! they will come soon.

GΞΛ- thanks. i am doing ok so far, i just need to cut down on my rss feeds. there are so many i subscribe to!

thesearchforchic- thanks! i've been catching up on your posts!

anthea- you are so lucky. it was amazing and i would love to live there.

topbird- thanks!