This diary entry is part 9 of 29 in Lily's diary dated 26 - August 2023

Hi! It’s me! Lily!!!

And we’re getting back to normal.

It still feels a little bit like we’re travelling, but.. it was nice to be back in my bed with Marie sprawled all over me.  She’s a good dog.  Just a bit overenthusiastic sometimes.  Cat even sat at the foot of my bed, purring.

So today I did my run (I’m a bit out of practice) and then Sabby and I went to the shop to see how everyone’s doing.  Baker was really happy to see us – I don’t think she likes to be the karen-wrangler, I mean, manager.  She just prefers to bake.  I don’t blame her!!!  Cat-girl was doing her thing, behind the counter in her costume selling cookies to fanboys.  I told her about that app, and she said, and I quote, “ohhhhhhhhhh.”  Yeah, she didn’t know either.  Japanese fanboys are something else!!!!

But I had a present for everyone.  For Baker, I had a Japanese kitchen gadget that did something completely incomprehensible to me, but Baker knew exactly what it was and hugged me.  Being Japanese, of course it had an animal face on it and said “KAWAII”, but I guess whatever it did, Baker knew exactly what to do with it.  For the dooters, I had some genuine Japanese cat ears, which they giggled and put on.  And for the cosplay girls… that was hard choosing something for them because they already were stocked up on everything I could think of them needing, so I got them some anime schoolgirl costumes (the same kind that the girls got – awwww), even with the bows to make twintails.  Cat-girl and skintight girl liked them and gave me a hug, but anime-girl literally SQUEEEEEED.  Apparently it’s really hard to get those costumes here at a good price, and even moreso, genuine Japanese ones.  She even went in back and changed into it right away, and when she came out, well, there was a Japanese tourist who got a nosebleed.


Well, not really.  But it looked like it!!!

And the best part is, we wrote them off as a business expense.  Because, well, they were,  Haha!!!

And I also had some bags of multi-flavored kit-kats I put in jars at the front and told the dooters how much to sell them for.  That made it a business trip for us, too!!!

Well..  maybe pushing it.  But I’m sure we could write some of it off.  I’ll talk to the accountant.

If they sell well, I’ll put in a large import order and make it a staple.

This evening I went out with Jack!!!

I think we spent about ten minutes just kissing.  I missed him so much.

He took me out to a nice restaurant (well, an iHop if we’re being honest, which is okay but I’m not sure “nice”… but it has chocolate pancakes so I’m happy) and we talked a lot.  We even sat on the same side of the booth.

It feels a bit like Romeo and Juliet in some ways now.  And not really in a good way.  I mean…  I do want to go to school in Japan, and Sabby thinks given the political stuff going on here that’s a really good idea, but… what of us?  I don’t want to be away from him for four years, that’d be awful!  But…  then what if he went to college too?  We’d be apart exactly the same way.

I told him that.  He knew it was true.  He still doesn’t like it.

I don’t blame him.

After dinner, we went to see the Barbie and Oppenheimer movies.  The Barbie movie was a waste of time, and Jack thought so too.  The Oppenheimer one…

I don’t think I like nuclear bombs.

But they are surprisingly pretty when they explode.


Some of the most dangerous things are the most beautiful.

Like cat-girl!


Well, she’s not dangerous.  That’s not fair.  Just a bit… umm… uninhibited.


Jack’s not getting his very nice present until his birthday, but I gave him a slightly less nice but still nice present.  Some Japanese gadget that he really liked.  It was an anime girl figurine that, umm… bounced.  You know, boing boing,  He thought it was hilarious.

As much as I missed him, I didn’t go back to his house.  I’m still jet-lagged and there’s plenty of time.  I did send back some presents for his parents though.  Just a fancy chopstick set.  He thinks they’ll really like them.

It’s hot.  It looks like it’s going to be hot for a while yet.  I hear it’s because of some volcano that blew a lot of water vapor into the upper atmosphere.  Awww.  But hopefully it gets better soon.  The heat’s getting to all of us.

I guess I should go.  Marie’s whining.

Love you all!!! ❤

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