This just a short update on what is going on with my health and things.

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I really hate having to post things like this, but I should explain my lack of posts here... I've been in a lot of pain for the past couple of weeks, and it seems I have a very bad infection, which may or may not be related to the cancer situation. It is painful even to sit up straight, which means I cannot do much typing on my computer. I can type lying down on my iPad but...that doesn't work that well for longer texts. And to be honest, food is about the furthest thing from my mind right now...So posts will be a bit sparse until I feel better.

Thanks for your understanding. T_T I really hope this clears up soon so I can get back on my feet...or at least. my butt.

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(Incidentally, if you're looking for a replacement for Google Reader and are Mac or iOS based, I've been using NetNewsWire for ever, even before there was a Google Reader. I highly recommend it. Otherwise if you're looking for a web based solution Feedly looks pretty nice.)

This notice applies to both JustBento and JustHungry - it's posted on both since not everyone subscribes to both. (AND WHY NOT??? (just kidding))

So that's it for the techincal stuff. Going back to talking about food next time. ^_^

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Pondering on the use of social media (a bit off-topic).

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An update. Finally, right?

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You'd think that having gone through major surgery, radiation therapy, a burglary, my father's death, and all that kind of thing, my life would be so much easier by now.

But, noooo. It's actually sort of worse. It's now the Attack Of The House.

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My sister is a pretty amazing pastry chef.

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I am back home from New York now, after my father's memorial service last Sunday and an all-too-short Itoh sisters' reunion. We got home late last afternoon, glad to be back, very tired after a long flight followed by a short one and a 2 plus hour drive.

And then...disaster. During our absence, our house had been broken into.

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Hozuki (physalis), Naraijuku, Japan

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I know many people who follow this blog are interested in Japan. I've been translating Japanese news reports on my Twitter account for some hours now, and will try to do so for at least the rest of the day. If you'd like to follow along please follow @makiwi.

Update: I am still updating the news on my Twitter stream. If you want to do something, please consider donating to the Red Cross. In the U.S., you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the international relief fund for Japan. Elsewhere or if you want to donate another way, try the International Red Cross site at IRFC.ORG.

(All of my family/friends are ok. Thank you for asking.)

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