Why is jet lag always worse traveling from Asia to North America than vice versa? Our plane lifted off from Narita Airport in Japan at about 5:30 p.m. on March 7, crossed the international dateline somewhere over the Pacific Ocean and landed at Vancouver at 8:40 a.m. Thus began our second March 7! We tried to get some sleep during the 8 hour flight but met with little success. Once in Vancouver, we stayed up until evening hoping to get ourselves back on a somewhat sensible sleeping schedule as quickly as possible. After staying awake for more than 30 hours, we slept soundly until the alarm roused us the following morning in time to go to church with Matt and Robin.
Though we feel fine during the day, it’s taken the better part of a week to start sleeping normally again. The second night in Canada, we fell asleep easily but woke up an hour or so later and couldn’t get back to sleep. When we finally slept again, we didn’t wake up until almost 11:00 a.m. Unheard of! We continued to wake up off and on for the next few nights and though we didn’t sleep that late again, we haven’t been getting up very early. Fortunately, we haven’t had to.
We’re visting with family here in Vancouver until Thursday when we’ll fly back to Alberta. In the meantime, we’ve been giving my parents’ apartment a thorough spring cleaning (though spring has not yet come to Vancouver) and catching up with family news. Matt and Robin waited until they were able to tell us the most exciting news in person. They’re expecting their first child in October! Another grandchild, just in time for my next birthday.
We’ve also managed to make many of the necessary arrangements for moving back into our house in Sedgewick. The phone will be connected the day we arrive and we even managed to get our old number back. Considering that we had the number for over 30 years, it’s very convenient for us and it also means that some poor newcomer won’t get a barrage of wrong number calls when we get back to town. The internet will be reconnected the following day so I’ll be able to start updating the blog more regularly at that point. I’m definitely looking forward to sharing our trip to Hong Kong and Macau so please continue to be patient!