I can't believe it's already a week into December. It's hitting me more now than at our anniversary that we've actually lived here for a whole year. This will be the first time since starting college that John or I have lived in the same house/apartment/dorm room for more than a year. It's nice to feel settled, but it's also sort of strange. I'm feeling more settled and even alright about being here for the holidays this year, but there's still a sense of impermanence.
This week I've been doing a lot of Christmas shopping, getting packages ready to send back to the US. It's been fun to buy some of the traditional Japanese crafts for people that I normally just admire. I also bought a Starbucks Christmas ornament. It might be a little silly, but I've spent so much time writing in them this year that it seemed appropriate. And it's really cute.