Feb. 27th, 2009

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Today was the first snow of the year.  It was falling quite heavily but it had already rained this morning and it wasn't cold enough to stick.  It dusted the trees and some cars a little but it'll be gone by tomorrow, or have frozen overnight.  Thank god it's Saturday tomorrow and I have no plans to go anywhere.  I thought about going to see about renting the other 2 discs of Cashmere Mafia but I was just too damn cold.  Now that I'm home with the AC on, I don't want to go out again.

I slept in real bad for the first time this year today (8:50!).  Luckily, I didn't have any classes.  The grade 6's send off assembly was supposed to be periods 2 and 3.  I felt bad because I was going to be late for that too but when I finally got to work at about 9:40 I found out that it had been cancelled!  Too many kids were off sick.  One class had 8 absent.  Dude, I don't ever remember that man people getting sick at once when I was in school.  Something is seriously wrong here.  Anyway, so I didn't have anything scheduled at all until after lunch so I joined 4-5's PE class (HOLY CRAP I'm out of shape!). 

I was going to do calligraphy with them in 3rd period but Kunii-sensei said she had a new student from the Philippines and wanted me to come chat with her.  Her name is Nicole Anne and she's a sweet kid.  Came to Japan about a month ago; dad is Japanese, mom is Filipina and has 5 brothers and sisters.  One is older (she said 30!) and just got married in Canada.  She speaks Japanese and her English is passing but far from perfect and Tagalog.  She's also learning Chinese now she says.  She was telling me she didn't have any friends in Manila and used to get bullied a lot; she even showed me scars.  She also finished four months of 3rd grade work in a month.  I don't know much about the school systems in the Philippines, maybe someone can elighten me?  Is this normal?!  Anyway, she said she's got some good friends already and likes Japan even though she misses her aunts and cousins. 

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