thanks very much for the kind words on some of my posts of late. it's nice to know that some of my readers would be my friend. that means a lot to me. thank you.

now, on to something i should have posted about sooner. first, nay gave me my first award! isn't that nice? here it is:

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If you are a recipient of the You Cheer Me Up Award, please find the blogs that cheer you up, copy the code to post on your sidebar and pass Ethel and Lucy across the blogosphere. You can use what cheers you up in your post, or copy this one, but please send your award recipients back to the original post on A Nice Place In The Sun to get a copy of the award code, post the image and read the instructions. I want to try to maintain a page of original and ongoing award recipients, so feel free to let me know if you've received an award when you pick up the image code.

thanks nay, that was very sweet of you. now, here are some blogs that cheer me up:

medea is my best friend in japan, i just wish we lived closer. such is life, however, and i wait patiently for her updates.

international marriage?!? kuri writes beautiful posts that i can often relate to. her girl scout post from the past week is one prime example. thanks kuri!

homesick home L. has a wonderful blog and i wonder if i will be writing some of the same things in a few years. of course, i'd have to be lucky enough to move back to the states with my family. she has just started a new life, with her husband in tokyo while she and her kids stay in san francisco. good luck, L., i hope the year passes smoothly and quickly!

ok, and so, i also received another award. woo hoo, two in a month! yay. here it is, from lulu:

cool! so, i am passing this on to the following bloggers (sorry if you've received this before):


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crazy thoughts

lulu's laundry blog

thank you for some awesome blogs!


well, today is the last day of march, and i didn't do so well with keeping lists, did i? well, april is all about letters. let's get it on!