It's the last entry of the year for 2009. My work has been so hectic in this period and December 31st is not the usual last day of the year.
This year, my second daughter Yuri, is away from home. My other two daughters are going to apply for each of the next steps; one is graduate school and the other is one of the national universities. Both are prestigious and it's not easy to pass the exams. They are devoting themselves to study. Inside my house all went quiet. It came to a complete silence like someone can hear a pin drop. It looks like my dog, Mocha, knows the situation. He is also quiet.
Yuri is in Nagoya City now. My wife and I will visit her apartment tomorrow and take her and part of her possessions back home. She is set to live in Germany from April for at least one year and has to cancel the contract of her apartment in March, so all her possessions should be sent to home at that time. My wife wanted to save the cost of transportation and we decided to transport them by ourselves. The toll of the highway will be discounted to 1000 yen no matter how many times we used it for the first 5 days of the new year. We'll start just after the change of the year.
graduate school 〈米〉大学院
all go quiet 静まり返る
(Jan. 13th 2010)