I safely made it home from vacation yesterday. Though I brought Pokémon and several other games and Japanese books and magazines to occupy my time, I found that I didn’t have much free time at all. My biggest (game) accomplishment for the week was in モンハン３G finally getting a Rathalos plate enabling me to make a full set of his armor. Truth be told, KC got it for me as I had killed him umpteen times and pretty much given up.
Immediately after getting home I had to study because we missed our first Intermediate 3 Japanese class—the second is tonight. So, I still haven’t found time to relax. My biggest studying accomplishments on vacation (yes I do flashcards as much as possible on vacation) were that I got to the end of my JLPT N4 vocabulary deck. So theoretically I should know most of the vocab for the December test and I got to the end of the deck I made for the Kanji Look and Learn Workbook, so I can read and write all 512 kanji it taught. I feel pretty accomplished with that, but I know I still have a long way to go increasing vocabulary and kanji. I’m resisting the urge to start adding N3 Vocabulary and kanji. I think if I really really tried I could maybe pass the N3, but I think it would be kind of a stressful stretch until December.
The trip while busy, was fun. We drove to Utah for a friend’s wedding and so had to primp for said wedding (my hair and nails done, KC’s hair cut and a straight razor shave) since KC was a groomsman in it. Met friends for lunch, met KC’s parent’s for lunch (he’s from Utah). We even attended Obon practice (not nearly enough of them) and were fortunate enough to be able to dance at Obon with friends.
I spent much of the week telling my friend how adorable his 2 ½ year-old son is. He loves to watch his daddy play minecraft of all things, can count up to 30 or so (though he gets bored at about 16), and thoroughly enjoyed KC picking him up and flying him around to find dandelions in the lawn. I was really impressed when KC asked him a question in Japanese: 「何を食べますか。」 and he responded “milk!” (in English).
I took pictures at the wedding and KC took pictures of Obon (and me in a kimono!) with my 3DS. As soon as I figure out how to get the pics off (and have a minute) I’ll post them.