Posts tagged ‘curry’

February 6, 2013

January Gone

– Where did January go? I’m actually not too sad to see it go, because I am still waiting on graduate school admission results. Those will come at the end of February or beginning of March, so I hope February is a short month. I mean, February is already short because of the number of days, but I hope it feels short as well.

– It was hard to get back in the "swing of things" after coming back from Italy. I do seem to have a hard time with transitions. It was cold, there was snow everywhere, my house was messy, and I had a weird lingering jet lag that caused me to not get sleepy until after midnight and then struggle to wake up in the morning. I usually *always* wake up before my alarm.

– I was back to normal after a couple weeks and started back up with yoga with my mom on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 6am. It’s been really good for me emotionally and physically. She has been teaching me via Skype and it has been wonderful. I finally feel like I am making some progress and getting pretty good at a few things. I hope I can make this a regular thing for me. I just have to remember to go to bed early the night before.

– I went skiing in Owani with my co-workers again this year for our annual “ski school” that my office puts on for district teachers.


It is for teachers to learn how to ski, the techniques of skiing, and how to teach skiing to kids (I think). It wasn’t as fun as last year because I was miserably cold and skied alone for a bunch of the time.


The “Holizon”


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March 13, 2012

Random Observations As Of Late #2

  • I know it is a Friday afternoon when my co-workers get chatty and start talking to me about how hard Japanese must be to learn. This then turns into a 15-minute conversation about different dialects in Aomori and them complimenting me on my Japanese. Ha ha.
  • When my co-workers say that they are leaving for their meeting at 8:40am, they actually mean 8:35am. Which means that they will start to get ready at 8:30am.
  • Japan could benefit from a legion of professional proofreaders. Preferably native English speaking ones. There is bad English wherever you go. The latest, an email from the JET Program Language Course administrators. The subject reads, verbatim: “To whom may take JET PROGRAMME JAPAESE LANGUAGE COURSE”
  • I helped teach a lesson about the kids’ future dream jobs. I learned that many students want to grow up and help people, which is awesome. Some students wanted to be nurses or pharmacists, so that they could help sick people and make them healthy. Other people wanted to be cooks so that they could make a lot of delicious food for people. Another girl wanted to be a singer so that she could make people happy with her songs. I love hearing children’s desires to help people. It is so endearing. Oh, and then there was one girl who wanted to be a cook because she wanted to become better at cooking than her mother.
  • I live in Aomori prefecture, Japan. My little city is called Hirosaki. After 8-ish months, this fact still amazes me. I don’t really realize it until I look around and I see all the mountains covered with snow. I never grew up around mountains, so this is still new for me. I am still getting over the fact that I actually live here and have a life/friends/job/apartment.


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