Houston + Update 1/5
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ふふふぅ…

Welcome to my house...
私の家へようこそ…


Its been about a week now, so soon enough, on the 5th, I will already be back in Tokyo.
ただ今、一週間ぐらいを過ごした。だから、今からもうすぐ、1月5日、東京へ帰るつもりです。

I feel like my stay in the US has been so short, and while part of me looks forward to getting back to Japan, another part of me is sad to leave.
アメリカにいる時間が短そうね。
日本に帰ることが楽しみにしてるが、アメリカに出る時もちょっと悲しい。

One of my most favorite things about visiting my family is once again seeing my dog, Alice!
実家を訪ねる時、私の犬「アリス」に会って嬉しいです!

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I don't have any siblings so I guess you could say shes like a sister to me? hehe (^^;)
She follows me everywhere...
兄弟がないので、アリスが妹みたいでしょうね!へへ (^^;)
何処も付いて回っている…

The rest of the time I've been moderately busy doing this and that, but most notably I got to see my best friend since middle school before she went back to where she lives now (New York) and my family has taken me to see several movies. I absolutely loved "Big Eyes" and "Into the Woods"!!
それより、あれこれするのが忙しいんですが、
先日、今の住んでいる所(ニューヨーク)に帰る前に中学生の頃から友達に会ったり、色々な映画を観たりしました。「ビッグ・アイズ」と「イントゥ・ザ・ウッズ」が好きだった!!

Today was a shopping day so my mom and I went into a nice area of town where we found an amazing interior decoration shop and I fell in love with just about everything inside!
そして、今日は母と一緒に買い物に行きながら、オブジェの店を見つけて、すぐに大好きになった!

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The truth is, I can only wish that place was my house...
実は私の家ではないんですが、この店の内に住みたいなあ〜(微笑)

Then surprisingly we found a huge Christmas tree in the center of town among other things! (°□°)
その後、ショッピングセンターの中に大きいクリスマスツリーも見つけた!びっくり! (°□°)

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Anyway, I've been receiving a number of really nice emails lately from everyone sending me holiday wishes and saying "I hope you're having a good time with your family!" so I wanted to say Thank You! and make a small post about everything thats been going on lately.
兎に角、皆から色んなクリスマスやお正月の優しいメールを貰って、
親と一緒に楽しんで!と言うメッセージをよく読んでいるので、
ありがとう!と言いたくて今までしていた事を更新したかったと思う。

Also, for those who don't know much about Houston, heres what our small city looks like!
ところで、ヒューストンの事をあまり知らない方々へ、私の小さい町はこちら!

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Compared to Tokyo it seems so tiny! But the reality is its actually a big city and the picture is only of downtown.
東京と比べるとなかなか小さそうね!しかし、実はヒューストンが大きいだよ!これはダウンタウンだけです。

Coming back to the US always feels very surreal to me, so it takes me a while to adjust to life in America. Even at the airport everyone's English feels so fast and I don't know how to respond at first. Whats happening to me!?
The funny thing is, every time I finally become accustom to everything again I always have to leave. (´・ω・`)
This time it really feels like American society has changed a lot...it feels like I hardly even know it anymore.
アメリカにいる時、いつも変な感じて、アメリカの日常生活を変えるために長い時間がかかる。
空港にも難しい事です!皆の英語が速くてうまく答えるためにちょっと考えなくちゃいけない。私はどうなりましたか!?
それも、ついに慣れる時、もう一度アメリカに出なくちゃいけない。大変なあ〜 (´・ω・`)
今回、アメリカのソサエティがなかなか変えたと思います。 最近、アメリカもう知らないようだ。


But regardless, I have enjoyed my time here! I guess the next time I update on here I will be back in Tokyo, so with that said, I hope everyone has also had wonderful holidays!!
しかしながら、実家や友達などを楽しんでいた!
次の更新は東京に戻る時になるかもしれない。
皆さん、素敵な休みになったように!


P.s.
Thank you to everyone who has been sending me emails about solutions for the Digital Madousho!
A lot of the information I've been receiving via email is more or less what I already posted about on the first post I made about the topic, but I also received an email about a different solution that could be helpful to some of you.
Apparently there are situations where credit cards are not working for the Digital Madousho unless you write your last name first and then your first name in the name field. I tried it myself, but I still wasn't able to make the purchase. However, it might be useful for some of you to try!
Digital魔道書について、購入の問題がたくさんので、多くの質問や解答のメールを貰った。
私もクレジットカードを使ってみたい時、購入できない。だから、その色んな解答を試したが、今も出来ない。
兎に角、日本の皆さんはこの問題がないので、そんな解答メールを説明が甲斐無いかもしれない。


If anybody still has any more solutions feel free to email them to me! If we work together on this, maybe we can figure out several different methods to get the Digital Madoushos to work for everyone!
手伝ってくれてみたかった人々へ、ありがとう。日本に帰る時、他の方法を試すことが出来るでしょう。




Jan. 5

I'm not making a whole new update, because this is only going to be a short message.
短い更新なので、新しいエントリを使わない。

I finally made it back to Tokyo safely AND just as I thought, I was able to purchase the Digital Madousho upon my return! I know there are others who are still having trouble purchasing it, though, so not all our problems are solved.
今宵、東京に帰ってきた。それもついにDigital魔道書を購入できた!
しかし、他の人々はまだ購入できないので、皆の問題が解決しませんね。

Speaking of problems, the flight itself was a bit frustrating, but the biggest issue of all is that my luggage is stuck in the United States right now!! ((((; -`д-)))
I guess it will take a day or two to get back, but I just kept having this feeling on the inside that something would go wrong with my luggage... ugh...
問題ということで、フライトがちょっと大変で、
今、私のスーツケースはアメリカで積み残しだった!! ((((; -`д-)))
明後日貰うはずですけど、飛行の間に、私の中にスーツケースの問題があるでしょうと何度も考えた。うっ…

Anyway, I did manage to take several beautiful pictures of the scenery outside the window, but this one is my favorite.
兎に角、色んな綺麗な空の写真を撮ったが、これは私のお気に入り

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Sarah