I have my Visa, pretty much the last necessity and I'm good to go! And SUPER excited. Today was my okaasan no tanjoubi (my host mother's birthday). I sent her an E-card.
Sad news (for me). Shiori left for Argentina in February and won't be back till January 2011 :( so I won't have a sister until the end of my trip. I mailed Shiori a necklace (Made in PA, https://www.wendellaugust.com/page/welcome) the other day.
To be honest, I'm not really nervous. But sometimes I get these moments where all I can think is "Wow, I'm really going to miss my friends and family".