I advised Akemi that the best way to avoid jet lag and get back on your regular schedule is to sleep through the flight back to the west coast. Leave Japan at 6:05 p.m. local time, sleep for 8 hours, then land in Vancouver at 9:45 local time. You’ll be well-rested, have enough energy to last you to 9:00, maybe 10:00 p.m. and after that, it’s smooooooooooth sailing. So, Akemi took my advice, falling asleep the instant she settled into her seat. I, on the other hand, sat awake, frustrated and tired, counting down the few precious hours of sleep time I had left as the flight wore on. First seven, then six, then five, then four, then three, then two…And, finally, fell asleep. Only to be awakened some twenty minutes later when the cabin lights were turned on for the breakfast service.
We arrived home to a long anticipated reunion with our dogs who were positively CRAZY-happy to see us. And then, after seeing our dog-sitter off, I went against my own advice and joined Akemi – and the dogs – upstairs for a little nap. “Five minutes,”she said. It was actually more like three hours. Alas, not exactly restful between my stomach issues and a neighbor using some annoying motorized gardening tool for almost an hour straight. I mean, come on! It’s 11:45 a.m.! People are trying to sleep!
Okie-doke. Still not feeling great and I promised Akemi that if I hadn’t recovered after three days, I’d go see a doctor. Sigh. So off to the hospital tomorrow! In the meantime, I’ve done some online research and discovered some hopefully helpful home remedies. Right now, I’m sucking on cloves. My mouth tastes like a Christmas tree.
I’m exhausted and not at my best. So, let me turn things over to a blog guest who is at her adorable best not being her best…
Bloopers from Akemi’s food channel: