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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Navina's first full day here was a fairly quiet one--jet lag being what it is and all of that. Looking back on it, we were very, very overly optimistic to be thinking we could go to Jordon's all-night gig/event tonight, as its still about an hour before things kick off and I'm having to convince Navina to stay up a bit later so she isn't awake at 4 am tomorrow! That's OK though - we have plenty of time to go out over the next couple of weeks!

Anyway, we both woke up fairly early (going to bed at 10:30 will do that to a person!) and after a relaxing start to the morning headed to Queen's Isetan in Sasazuka to pick up a few bits of groceries - milk and cookies and juice and a few random things like that. It was a nice walk with the venuppi puppy - there was great weather this morning, and so Navina got the brief tour of the neighbourhood.

We got back and chillaxed for a bit, watched Ugly Betty, and got Navina started on Season Two of Desperate Housewives. I've been reading and working on a couple of articles for work on and off. This afternoon, just as we were considering venturing down to Shibuya for a couple of hours, its started pouring, thundering, and lightening -really close to the house! One of the thunder claps was so violent it seemed like the house shook a little bit! Poor Venus was a little nervous and cuddled up with Navina - the two of them are very cute together already!

At 5ish, the storm had blown over, so we decided to go to Shimo Kitazawa, since it's so nice and close, so we walked down there, wandered around a little bit, and then got dinner at the blue and yellow version of yoshinoya. I can't remember the name of that particular brand, but it was a good introduction to vending machine based dining for Navina! We also found a huge, completely random shop selling everything from art and design books to blow-up dolls to cds and vinyl, to flip flops, Japanese books, model designer chairs, buttons, stuffed frogs, stuffed hamburgers, and just about everything else under the sun! Good stuff!

We wandered around the neighbourhood for awhile and then headed back home by 7:30-party animals r us! Hopefully a good night's sleep will have us both recharged and ready to take on Tokyo in a bigger way! I totally understand how she feels though - I think it took me about a week to stop nodding off at 9pm when I first got here-jet lag's a bitch!

Photos to come in the next few days - Navina's been taking lots, so I'll hopefully nick a few off her and post them soon.


PS - This is THE funniest thing ever (link courtesy of Sarah) In part:

"Thousands of Japanese have been swindled in a scam in which they were sold Australian and British sheep and told they were poodles. Flocks of sheep were imported to Japan and then sold by a company called Poodles as Pets, marketed as fashionable accessories, available at $1,600 each... One couple said they became suspicious when they took their "dog" to have its claws trimmed and were told it had hooves."

It's from the Sydney Morning Herald, but it sounds like its from The Onion or something! Although, my eliblot does look like an overgrown lamb sometimes, so I guess there's some similarity between the two of them!

For a great image of a supposed sheep-dog, check out the Sun, which has cheekily copy-protected it and therefore prevented me from pulling it down on to my blog!

...well, its hardly surprising, but leave it to Snopes to ruin all the fun. Definitely entertaining though!

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