Sunday, November 28, 2010

Back to the land of the living

I'm back! I haven't actually been away anywhere in particular, just not quite in a space where I was able to sit at the computer. As well as normal work I had a few extra programs - including one speech I had to do yesterday for over 200 people, for one and a half hours.... I was almost grateful when a few of the old men fell asleep in the 12th row! Actually it went pretty well in the end - I always enjoy the chance to discuss the Japanese education system and some of its faults - just a shame I have to do it in Japanese!
As well as this I had a great idea a couple of weeks ago to make an advent calendar for some of my family.... out of different shaped origami boxes/envelopes. The main problem was that I decided to do it quite late in November... which meant it had to be finished very quickly in order to get to New Zealand before December 1st. Another problem was that we needed to make 3 sets of not only the boxes/envelopes, but also 3 sets of all the contents as well. If you are good at maths that calculates out to 72 boxes/envelopes and 72 things to go in them - some bought, but lots handmade too. The children worked really hard with me and we managed to get it all done, boxed up and sent in time for it to arrive before the 1st. In fact in the end I think we had a few days to spare. Fortunately customs didn't insist on opening every single envelope... it may have taken them a few hours! As much as I would have loved to make a set for all my different family members and friends three was our limit this year, so apologies to anyone who hasn't received one. Maybe next year......

6 comments:

  1. Wow, that's some fancy wrapping! Gokurosama desu!

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  2. Anonymous3:41 AM

    And they all arrived intact with about 5 days to spare - and I can't wait for the 1st so we can start opening. They look magnificent - even the origami envelope with the instructions. Thank you.
    Jude

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  3. They're really beautiful Jo. I bet your family really enjoyed getting such a nice gift like that. : )

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  4. next year - when you family tell you they expect them again, let's have a wine and box making night. Love the idea but need you to teach me how to make the boxes. I'll be on wine pouring duties ... :)

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  5. OMG Jo they are magnificent!!!I'm taking them to school tomorrow to show the kids before we start opening them.Meg was NOT impressed that she won't be here. They left today:( Thanks SO much,it's going to be very special.xxdawn

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  6. WOW...stunning! I need to learn how to do that...my wrapping looks like a kindergartner did it! Maybe a kindy kid could do better than me!!

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