It was only after three people or so had gone through the same routine that it struck me they were trying to get packages to arrive before Christmas.
Then it struck me that Christmas is really that close. (Yeah, I'm quick.)
After I got home, I worked a bit on cleaning. In Japan, they don't have "spring cleaning," they have a tradition called "big cleaning" instead. "Big cleaning" happens at the end of the year so that one can start the new year with a fresh, clean house. I started by scrubbing down the bath. There I found, to my shock and bewilderment, a rusty, threaded needle on the floor. I don't know how it got there or how long it had been there, but I'm glad I never stepped on it.
Today I cleaned out the living room. I also worked a little on Jenn's Christmas...um, New Year's present. I got as far as tracing out the pattern, so I'll be ready to start working on it during my next stretch of free time. If I manage to do it right, it should knock your socks off.
I then decided to tackle the lettuce. As one would expect from organic produce, it had its fair share of hitchhikers attached. After I pulled off the chewed up outer leaves and picked off a couple of slugs, however, the inside was okay...and still enormous. I put a few leaves into vegetable soup for supper, and that turned out all right. I'll have to work on thinking of what else I can do with it.