I spent today eating. Literally.
A few of my Japanese blogger friends got together today at our only non-blogger friend's house today. Isn't it amazing how everyone seem to have a blog these days?
I initially almost couldn't get my lazy butt out the door, partly because I was so tired and just feeling b-l-a-a-a-h - but after being reminded by my kind friends via blog comments yesterday that I really ought to get out of the house to start feeling better, I decided to drag myself to the party.
We started around 2:30 PM and continued to eat and eat and eat and eat. There were two separate waves of food, and Ma-chan's dishes from the second wave was SO EXCEPTIONAL that both Jan and I couldn't stop eating even though we were full already. We kept saying, "Goodness, I'm so full, but this is SOOO GOOOD, I NEED to eat another bite!"
Like this lobster!
Like this shiso-wrapped chicken meatballs!
Like this pepper steak!
The party today totally helped me get through some of my burnt-out blues. I think I am letting some of my work stress get the best of me - I just feel like I was stuck in this endless rat race, spinning my wheels, working so hard, getting no where. And I was letting that feeling take over other aspects of my life - like exercise. All of a sudden, I couldn't remember why I wanted to exercise - it felt like hard work for nothing - I was getting exceedingly frustrated that I was running a lot and working hard at it but that my runs weren't improving at the rate I wanted. Perhaps it's because I had forgotten that I started running because I actually enjoyed it that it became more and more painful... And perhaps it's because I'm not focusing on the job at hand and looking too much into the future that I am not as successful at work as I could be...
Intellectually, I understand. But emotionally, I'm still working at it. I'm going to take it slow with running and try to find the joy of running again. I'm going to try to remember that work stress will come and go and try to leave work at work. No more working on Friday nights!!!
Thank you to my dear Japanese crew for a wonderful afternoon full of delicious foods, friendly shoulders to cry on, all the kisses (!), and the happy moments! I guess I owe all of you many dinners for helping me take my first step out of the sadness. And an extra special shout out to Ma-chan and Steve for their amazing hospitality and kindness!
PS: Chris' Pumpkin Cheese Cake and Ted's Dashimaki Tamago are coming soon as future posts!