Feb. 12th, 2009

aide: (翔 → WTF)
So, these drugs aren't working.  It is starting to hurt all the time.  It was hurting to chew dinner last night and it was only chicken.  Even on the right side of my mouth.  I don't have any food to eat and I'm supposed to take these pills with food... but I'm not going to.  At least not breakfast.  I am going to swing by the dentist tonight and make an appointment.  I can feel the swelling.  This is not pleasant.  I suppose I should tell mom what's going on, even though it will do nothing but make her worry. 

I really don't like this.

And in typical me fashion, the only thing I can think is, "This going to impede giving head," rather than "This is going to reduce the quality of my life."  

I am feeling so helpless.  Even doctors won't be able to do anything.  It's not like you can just replace what's broken like a knee or a hip from what I've read (which, albeit, isn't much).  I've got 3 lessons today and they are stacked up in the morning.  I don't know if they will let me leave early if I ask since I feel like I've been doing that a lot lately, which isn't even true.  Maybe I can ask Jun to call the dentist for me and see if I need to make an appointment or if I can just go in anytime, and how much a consultation is going to set me back.  Although, I don't even know if he'll be able to tell me anything that I couldn't have figured out on my own.  As useless as it may be, I want an x-ray done.

They say this is caused by stress... how can I not stress out about this?  It's a fucking endless circle.  A vicious cycle.

And to make things even better, I'm being watched by Tatsuya today.  Even though he's well-meaning, even when he has nice things to say, he sounds patronizing.  That's just the way he talks, I guess.  I hope he doesn't have bad things today about my activity today. :/  I don't need that kind of bullshit now.  I think last time I was sick so at least that won't have changed when he asks, "How are you?"

aide: (翔 → Roadtrip)
Good news: Toyoshiki asked for me to be the ALT here again next year. :D
I'm glad because I didn't want to learn a new set of names/faces. I'm
finally starting to remember a lot of the kid's names without having to peek
at their name tags. I just hope Jun and Imai-sensei are here next year
too. I should ask Jun if he will stay or if he's going to move somewhere.
Then I'll give him my contact info so I can bug him for a reference letter
next year.

Tatsuya came to watch me and that was fairly painless. I had to come down
to the office and pick him up and I mentioned the jaw thing (to which he
responded, "I don't think a dentist can help you," but what does he know).
At least he's aware of it in case I have to take time off for something
now. Then he watched my lesson and actually the kids were understanding! I
didn't have to get Imai-sensei to bail me out with Japanese translation.
Usually he sticks around and gives me some feedback afterwards but he was
already gone when I came down. Maybe he had another school to visit? I'll
probably get an email tonight or tomorrow with some comments. I wrote big
on the board, I spoke in short easy sentences. They all got what they were
supposed to do. The only thing he might mention is that I said, "There are
broken sentences on the board. Let's fix them," and the kids probably don't
know the words "broken" and "fix". But that's a minor slip on my part.
Maybe I'll get a raise! I also convertly mentioned my birthday so they know
it's next week. XD But I don't have that class on Thursday.


Feb. 12th, 2009 06:13 pm
aide: (大野 → Pouty)
Why is my effing download speed so fucking slow?  This Zoom In Super clip can't be more than 5 minutes long and it's going to take an hour and a half?!  Are you kidding?  Maybe stopping the torrents will help.

Oh yeeeeea.  2 hours down to 20 minutes.  Amazing.

I bought stuff to make my mushi pan.  I just bought a sifter to turn upside down in the pot from the 100 yen shop.  I don't know how well that's going to work but... we're going to try.  I might have to suck it up and go buy a proper bamboo steamer tomorrow.  I was looking on line and steamer pots are like 5000 yen!  I swear we could buy steamer racks back home.  And we don't even steam food in North American cooking for the most part.  But I had one with my rice cooker so I know they exist.  This bothers me immensely that I can't find one here.  We'll have to make due.

I need a cooking icon.  Too bad Totsugeki Bangohan doesn't exist in HD.  Why don't they release Mago Mago Arashi on DVD?  Seriously.  I would buy that shit in a heartbeat.  

Time to eat dinner and bake!


Feb. 12th, 2009 08:56 pm
aide: (翔 → WTF)
Well, that experiment kind of failed.  The cake is kind of bland and it didn't rise much.  I didnt taste brown sugar or soy sauce.  I tried adding more flour and that helped a little bit but still doesn't look like the picture.  I need a scale.  There goes another 2000 yen at least. :/  The steamer worked alright but I still might buy one anyway if they aren't that expensive.  I'd be able to put more water in the pot that way. 

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