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A trip to Japan is so much better than a Wii anyhow...

So true! *grin*

I keep telling myself it's absurd to feel so deprived so soon after paying for a great trip, but I think that's actually part of the problem. During the first six months or so of this process, I had the trip to look forward to, so it took a lot of the sting out of economizing. Now, while I'd be willing to plan another trip at some point if I could afford it, I have some less fun things I need to save for (notably, I'd really like to replace my furnace before next winter). So, a lot more of the trudge trudge trudge in store this year.

I totally hear you on the September blues in Berkeley. I mean, warm, yes, I usually like warm, but September is just when I'm expecting things to get cool and crisp for the fall semester. I remember September/October days when it was so hot I couldn't drink the coffee I desperately needed to get through my afternoon seminar, and it just felt WRONG.

At least CT is better than upstate NY. It seriously boggles my mind that I survived two years there. It messed with my brain chemistry big time. Here I get snowy cold winters, which are :-(, but also crisp clear falls, which are :-), so it works out OK.

Thanks for the encouragement! It really helps, right now.
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