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21 March 2006 @ 11:44 pm
アリゾウナで~!Sunny days in Phoenix, Arizona  
At right, we have the culprits (frop top-bottom, left-right) Me, Elvy, Athy, and Nav. =^____^= Not everyone knows this, but these 4 people are some of the dearest people to me in the entire universe. ♥ Getting to spend time with everyone in AZ felt so natural, so fun and SO right, it was the highlight of my entire trip to America. =^__^= (Though I've had a lot of other fun times too!! ^^)

I have so much to say, and a lot of other pictures that I want to post, but my mom's computer is void of any decent image editing software, so I'll have to make do with this little single picture. (unlike the last post I made, which was at Val's house with photoshop so I had a lot of fun ^^)

I'm not even sure where to begin.... After leaving Val's on Friday afternoon, I got to hang out with Ron. Right away I started to feel comfortable, and like old times. Ron always has been a good friend, and someone that despite all of the twists and turns that we've gone through in the time that we've known each other, he's still someone that I feel surprisingly comfortable talking to. We caught up a lot that day, and then even more on eaaaarly Monday morning, when he and I hung out until I had to go to the airport to come back to Seattle. I feel like despite how much he's changed, he is still the same Ron that I always knew, deep down. It was a little hard to leave him on Monday morn, but I've grown better at farewells over the last few years.. But I still will miss him a lot and really had a blast when we hung out together, even if we didn't do much besides talk and play games. ^__^

From Friday night on, I stayed with one of my best friends in the world, Elvy!! ♥ We had a BLAST together, getting caught up on life, and watching videos, reading manga, and shopping. ^___^ With Elvy, too, it was like I had just put down a book a few years ago and pulled out the bookmark that day and picked it up at the same chapter again. She treated me to dinner and a few other things, and we stayed up until 3 am both days giggling over this and that, chatting and sharing stories. ^^ Elvy now has the CUTEST cat, ever!!!! ♥ I wanted to steal her, but alas it's rather hard to take a cat across the sea. ;__; (not IMPOSSIBLE though, so watch out! ^^) We went to see She's the Man on Saturday night, joined by Athy, Nav, and their mom!! ^__^ I was so happy to see everyone that I just bounced all over! ^^ (Plus it was WARM out! Can't beat that weather!! ^^) It was a cute movie, by the way!! I want the haircut that the main girl has (her girl haircut, not the boy-wig!) I've always loved haircuts like that!! ^__^

On Sunday, Elvy took me to the MOST DELICIOUS breakfast-themed restaurant, The Good Egg. OMG!! I had strawyberry-peanut-butter-chip pancakes, and they were to DIE for!!! OMG If pancakes can be orgasmic, then they definitely were!! (my poor panties!! XD) Then we spent the rest of the day with Athy and Nav!! Even though their house is packed up in preparation for a move, it felt a little bit like stepping into a time warp! It feels like yesterday when I used to come over there all of the time to work on costumes or skits or just to hang out... We too, picked right up where we left off!! SO MUCH FUN!! ♥ For dessert that night, we went to a gelato parlor, and I nearly died in heaven..... omg!! I LOVE GELATO!! They seriously need to carry it more places. I think that Japan would really like it, actually!! ^^ (See, Miyu, I don't hate ALL italian food!! ^o^) Mmmm I'll have to look and see if there is a gelato place in Tokyo somewhere... they have everything else, why not this?

For the rest of the night, I spent it with Elvy, Athy, and Nav, and then with Ron from about 1 am onwards.. Each time I had to say goodbye to someone, I felt like crying inside... but the thought that we'll always be friends has kept me strong. But I've decided, definitely, that if I ever move back to the US for any reason, it's going to be to Arizona. It's mostly based on the amazing people that I love there, but just in general, I love the Phoenix area. ♥ You guys, I miss all of you!! *hugs tightly*

Well.... now I'm back in Washington at my mom's house. Though I've only been back for about a day, I'm enjoying myself. I took a long bath today and had dinner at my Grandma's with Mom, Ken (mom's bf), Grandma, and Uncle Dan. ^^ Some of my other family members were supposed to come, but they didn't... (-_-;;) Mom and I are getting along now and it's even a little pleasant, so I'm content even if WA isn't my favorite place. ^^ Tomorrow I'm supposed to see my Dad (I talked to him on the phone!!), and do some things with my sister. She is so excited that I'm here, and I'm still trying to come to terms with that. The sister that I really remember always teased me and got me in trouble as a kid... it's sure different now. In a good way, I think..

It's about 12:30 am on Wed morning right now.. I leave about 13:30 pm on Friday.. so the countdown begins!! ^^ Lots to do before I go, and I'll make the most of it! But definitely, I'm REALLY MISSING Japan. I can't WAIT to get back and see everyone!! ♥ (also feeling like I'm missing EVERYTHING even though nothing much is happening..)

PS: So many Tenimyu graduations... wow... just, wow, that's SAD. I'm so glad that I have several sets of tickets including the last show.. Damn, graduations..... Damn.. (I'm sad..)

PPS: Tokyo-people!! I mentioned it to a few of you.. but who wants to go to dinner this Sunday evening? ^^ I get back Sat, and I miss you all so much!! ^^ I'm thinking some kind of japanese-food (for once) on Sunday afternoon/night? ^^ Let's going?
Current Music: Kimeru - Koi no Performance
tsubon on March 22nd, 2006 09:00 am (UTC)
It's kinda odd I know the places you're talking about...I love the Good Egg! That place is awesome. And gelato ice cream is so good. Uh, we're you talking about that place in Cave Creek? I think it's called "That's Amore". The guy who runs the place is funny.

It's great you're having fun! Enjoy the rest of your time! ^_^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 22nd, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
I think that the gelato place was called 'Slice of Heaven' or something like that... o.o;; I can't remember! ^^;; Hopefully someone else will see this and comment back with the right name! ^^

Elvy: Simply Delicioussoundsoft_elvy on March 23rd, 2006 04:34 am (UTC)
The place is called Angel Sweet, and it's in Chandler on Chandler Blvd. & Dobson road. ^_^
-: Kakashistringalchemist on March 22nd, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
Sounds like an awesome time~

And yeah, I hate saying goodbyes, especially to people you really care about.

Be sure to make the best of the time you have left ;]

チャーリーちゃん: AZ~>Niponchar_in_japan on March 22nd, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC)
aaaw... you make me miss AZ even more. lol glad your having so much fun there though!

ps. depends what time the dinner thing is. i MAYBE can go but i go to 花見hanami that afternoon also. i hope i can see ya!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 22nd, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
It's already hanami time???!!!!! ;_________; Are they blooming already? I thought that I'd have another week or so after I got back, especially since it's so cold, to enjoy the flowers!!! ;o;

;___; I hope that I don't miss it!!!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 22nd, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
Ah, PS! ^^ Dinner=5 or 6 or so. ^^
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on March 22nd, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 22nd, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
♥ ^_______^ What time's good for you? I was thinking 5 or 6 ^^
Sana-chan: mada mada da nesana_chan on March 22nd, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
Glad you had an awesome time in Arizona!!
C L O V E R: yanagi : ya na giidyllica on March 22nd, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
The pancakes sound good. I really want some but right now I must focus on school work. I'm a bit sad that all the Tenimyu actors/singers are graduating but deep down, I'm actually sort of happy that they are FINALLY graudating so they have can become stars! :D ♥ BTW, I got Endo, Katou and Yanagi's photobook and dvds! :D I am utterly happy! :D
I'm so glad that you are having fun while I suffer with homework. I better get started!
美夢: Jam *_*_miyuchan_ on March 22nd, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
I did miss this post (for some reason you entries are not showing on my flist >_< it happens sometimes ._.)
I'm glad you're having fun...as for gelato..I don't know that to tell you since "gelato" is simply the italian word for ice cream here^^;;;
But glad you found something italian the you like^___^
ひかり~ちゃんhikarichang on March 22nd, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
kyaaa I hope you had a nice vacation overall in america ^___^
wahahahahahah I hope you return to japan safely and enjoy the show O__O;;
you do sound like you really do miss japan but once your there you'll probably miss america again xD sucks that you can't be at 2places at once!! xD;;
i am a lonely bucket ~:"(emcyclopedia on March 23rd, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
Wow... that sounds really really cool~ I mean... being half way across the world and flying back to the place where you lived as a kid... Picking it right up with friends... just like the old times!!

It's amazing. ^______^

You have really awesome friends. ♥ And I'm so glad that you enjoyed the trip!

*hugs* And the granduation makes me sad. u___u

But but but!! Getting to meet the ones you love again... is the best thing ever!! ^o^
Chiakichiaki777 on March 23rd, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
mmm fun times yes? ^_^
Elvy: Roy - War Buddiessoundsoft_elvy on March 23rd, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
Dig it, yo!
It was GREAT having you back here, hun! SO much to catch up on, so much more to do! But I'm glad I managed to steal the time I had with you.

I was SO flippin' amazed that those strawberry peanut butter chip pancakes were SO DAMN GOOD! O_O It was like eating a peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwich...in pancake format! XD

Have a safe trip home, m'dear! We'll miss you TONS but I KNOW you'll be back for Otaku University...(wink wink, nudge nudge, jab jab). LOL
Naveed: Bwahahaha Uraharahitokiri_naveed on March 23rd, 2006 06:20 am (UTC)
♥ ♥ We are such dorks! LMAO
lilly_lethelilly_lethe on March 23rd, 2006 11:44 am (UTC)
Glad your having a good trip! have a safe trip back!
Cherprudence: you make me smileun_voyage_cher on March 23rd, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
I think I might be free on sunday. Time flies! I'm always glad to hear you're having a great time at home!!
long gone with her red shoes on: alice smile TLWredshoeson on April 1st, 2006 01:55 am (UTC)
Hee, sounds like you had much fun!! ^^ I have a quick q for you -- do you have a larger version of this pic? I would love to get a copy. ^^ Please let me know! :D