After several quiet weeks, we trimmed our asking price.
Then we buried poor St. Joseph upside down out on the corner of the lot.
We tried sprinkling some humor throughout.
All to no avail. A bold step was needed. I was urged on by my Chicago realtor, who assured me that it would guarantee a quick sale. And now that I've done it, I don't care about the house. In fact, I hope we have no action around here for at least a week or so. (Shoo! Get outta here! This isn't the house for you. Really.)
Monday, I purchased our tickets to Japan and three weeks from right now, I'll be stretched out on a futon at Molly's place. We've had this trip penciled in for what seems to have been forever, but always framed by possible complications. Now, we're going! Once I paid for the tickets, Molly and I hit the ground running. A long, free chat on Skype, followed by emails shooting back and forth all week. Lists of requested items (foods, toiletries, yarns,) contacts made with Japanese friends, consultations on *presento* (omiyage) suggestions. So much to do, so good to change the subject.
I can't tell you how wonderful it feels to have shaken off everything else. Honestly, this is the first time I've felt like my old self in months. We haven't seen Molly since she was home last Thanksgiving and unlike my previous trips to Japan, this time there are no expectations or big plans. The weather will still be warm so we can literally throw a bunch of summer clothes in a suitcase and go. I usually have some side trip suggestions or hopes in mind, a list of shops to try to hit, favorite items to be on the hunt for...paper mache figures, Japanese patterned dishes, fabric. (Ahem) But on this trip, I think we'd be happy to sit and play cards (or whatever) with Molly the whole time. M & I can really use a break.
And thanks to Superbuzzy, no longer should I feel compelled to divert from paths to every destination to check out local fabric haunts. Although, in the spirit of full disclosure, I *may* have mentioned the possibility a quick stop at Otsukaya (six floors!!) on our way to our family friends' home in Toyoake. (Molly would definitely have outed me in the comments if I hadn't 'fessed up.) I love Japan, though, and having read the recent news, I would like to do what I can to help out.
- TOKYO, Aug. 30 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Japan's retail sales shrank 2.2 percent in July from a year earlier to 11.35 trillion yen for the second straight month of decline, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Thursday. The contraction was led by slower sales of textiles....