Gilbert Grape *and I’ve been eating lots of grapes today*

Today, I feel really big. Ethan’s friend came over and I didn’t get up to greet him; it would have been too much work. I felt sort of like that mother in What’s Been Eating Gilbert Grape, who would sit on the couch all day. I am looking a bit like her too. These days, I don’t wear clothing or outfits, rather, I drape large pieces of fabric across my enormous belly.

It would be about 10:14 am in Japan right now. Figuring out what time it is in Japan is a  simple formula: Add 12 hours to our time, so immediately jumping the current time to the opposite time of day. For instance now it is 8:00 pm here, so it is 8:00 am plus two more hours, making it 10:00 am in Japan–although they are ahead of us, so it’s 10 am tomorrow. I run this calculation at least six times per day. 

Hannah is, right now, at her first day of school in Japan. She’s attending a private Methodist school for girls, which is rather unusual since Japan is 99% Buddhist. I asked her to have her host family take a picture of her in her school uniform. 

Update: I don’t have a picture of Hannah in her school uniform, but here she is speaking at a Rotary function.

Hannah speaking at a Rotary function.
Hannah speaking at a Rotary function.
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