wingblossom: [heyyoitsmj] (fandom (persepolis))
Packing is going swimmingly! Well, sort of. Now that I've put a heap of my books into cardboard boxes, I have to contend with everything that I'm planning on: 1. sending ahead to Kobe, and 2. presumably getting rid of, since there's not enough space for all of them. I feel like I should take an inventory of all the books I own, but I think it's a little too late for that. *g* At any rate, looking through my old notebooks/journals/sketchbooks has the effect of making me flip through every single one of them, albeit briefly.

While going through one of my journals, I also found an entry with brief notes I took on Persepolis for an article in the Free Press a couple of years ago. In honor of my new icon, I'll c&p them here.

FROM 2008 )

Tomorrow, I have to pick up the rest of my money in traveler's checks from the bank, and then go to the dentist for the last time in hopefully a very long while. The day after that, Ellen is coming over to help me finish the rest of my packing, and then I'm going to the pre-departure orientation in the city. Later, I'm meeting a childhood friend I haven't seen since fourth grade (!) for dinner, and then...after that? Who knows! Probably more packing, I'm sure.
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I have been panicking like a crazy thing over the past couple of days. As I may have mentioned in my earlier entries, I'm getting ready to leave for Japan on July 24th. The mandatory pre-departure orientation is on the 23rd, and while I haven't finished all of my packing yet (or even pulled everything that I need out of my drawers to put into my suitcases), I'm equally worried about my mom moving out by the end of August. I know that if I just leave my stuff as is, I'll lose a ton of books and various knick-knacks that are pretty important to me, so I've been trying to figure out what to do with them.

One of my friends has offered to hold onto some of my books, which is reassuring -- but I'm wondering if it might be more sensible to put some boxes into storage instead. And then there's the question of how many books I'm going to bring with me to Japan. I doubt I'll bring much manga with me (after all, it's not exactly in short supply there), but what about all the books I've grown up with, from the novels I bought in high school to the illustrated hardcover stories I received as gifts from family friends as a kid? I don't want to pack too much, but at the same time, I don't want to forget anything that I might regret later.

The kicker is that we're only allowed to bring two suitcases with us, so it's not like I can cram the entire thing with books and be done with that. Decisions, decisions; I'm going to have to give this issue some more thought, and fast.

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