This is going to be a combined entry. I fell behind on my note taking and can’t do the individual days justice. On Thursday, the big highlight was the symphony. Eriko and I took the bus (#13/#2) there, arrived on time, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I was a little irritated on the way there, but eventually I got over it. I fell asleep at the end of the first part (which is the way I like it) and got entranced by a few idle members of the symphony on the last part, which kept me awake. On Friday, I came home early; I wasn’t having a productive day and staying longer didn’t hold any interest for me. That may not have been a good move, however, as Eriko wasn’t in a good mood and soon after we managed to both get irritated at each other – which lasted the entire weekend. From Friday evening until Sunday evening, Eriko didn’t say more than a few words to me. I, of course, had quite a few to say to her, but they seemed to fall on deaf ears. Ah, the challenges of taking two individuals and putting them together with no real escape from each other. Especially Eriko; when I’m able to overcome my own emotional involvement in the situation, I can’t help but admire (and cringe) at the place she has found herself in – a foreign country, no friends/family, newly pregnant in a new marriage, and married to me. Any of those individually would be enough to drive a normal person crazy. On Saturday I was able to get out of the house and spent some time helping Zack move from his apartment to his new shared house. He lives closer to me now but I don’t know whether or not I’ll see him more often… Sunday I used the computer, watched Starship Troopers (on TV), ran a few errands (to get out of the house), and tried not to upset (or get upset at) Eriko. In the evening she was finally starting to talk more, although she clearly has no desire/strength for anything more than the most trivial of conversations. I spent the late evening working on this journal entry, trying to focus on Japanese, and procrastinating by reading a textbook on (mathematical) Optimization.