Out of it

May. 31st, 2009 10:33 am
aide: (Ohnoman)
I'm so out of it. I took Friday off for Elle who came down and spent the day before flying back to the States yesterday. I'm glad I just called Tatsuya directly, instead of the office (and the real boss, Mr Oishi) like last time. He didn't guilt trip me or anything. He was a bit concerned whether I would go in on Monday which was kind of sweet. He was only worried because he's coming to watch me during 3rd period. FUCK. I don't even know what my schedule is for next month. I hope to god it's not a 1st year class. All that needs to be said is this: 2nd and 3rd year are almost done chapter 2. 1st year has barely started chapter 1. It's been 2 months. What the shit. I'm holding my breath.

I didn't do much of anything yesterday after Elle left. I burned some videos, watched some videos, deleted some videos, played some FF4, napped. All around good time. It's muggy and nasty out there again today. Not approved.

I'm going to call Alison at noon (8pm in Van) and catch up with her. JC actually stopped by my parents house with donuts like he said he would! ♥ I love my best friend! The whole crew was there too, even Sean! Mom's probably going to write me and say, WTF.

Does anyone know of an .mp4 video trimmer? 13 episodes of Merlin will not fit on one DVD, only by a couple mb and I'm not havin' it! I want that shit all together! I downloaded some random one but the gay trial would only let you convert 50% of one file. Help?
aide: (大野 → Pouty)
So this week has been fucking shitty overall.  On Wednesday, Yao, the Chinese boy at school had 3,000 stolen from his wallet.  He thinks that it was Kobayashi, his helper/friend but of course denied it when asked.  But it was rather suspicious that Kobayashi started feeling sick and then went home early.  Luckily I had Chinese langague support installed on my computer so Yao could type and then translate to Japanese.  It wasn't perfect but better than me floundering in two languages I can't speak fluently.  I don't think the money was ever found.

Yesterday I had no classes because grade 6 are in Nikko.  I went to Toyoshiki and worked on my Japanese-singing-in-English thing for English club (and found so much good stuff!) and then to Ni-shou for 5th period.  Which ended up being 6th period but whatever because they had some kind of practice.  Naito-sensei had to leave early so I would be by myself.  Alright, that's fine.  I pretty much teach alone anyway.  But the fucking class were 15 minutes late and then took at least 5 minutes to put all their stuff away and no one had their book or nametags and they chatted the whole time.  And then when I gave them their work to do, which was pretty much just homework since they didn't even have time to write their names, I was one copy short.  So I went to the teacher's room to run off a copy and when I came back, one boy is lying on the floor at the back of the room clutching his stomach.  I thought maybe he was sick or something but I think another kid punched him.  I flagged down a teacher walking in the hall for help and ran for the nurse since I thought it was serious but I guess not.  And then the vice-principal was supposed to come and do the end-of-day aisatsu but he disappeared.  I didn't know what they were supposed to do (which ended up just being "Sayonara" and then they are free to go).  Ugh. 

I just get the feeling that no one takes me seriously.  I didn't yell at them like I usually would, but maybe I should have. 

This morning I wake up to a dozen crows outside my apartment.  They are flying all over the place and fighting in the street.  Where the hell did they come from?  They are huge.

I think I might try to get tickets to Nino's play this summer.  Anyone interested?  How many tickets should I try for?  Of course this has to happen when I am on a super tight budget.  If I don't score, I'll get my money back anyway.  It's right when I'm off work for summer!  I wonder what show time/date would be the least busy. 

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No, I'm not actually but I'm still in a bit of a funk from Saturday.  The redness of my eyes is finally starting to go down, though they still feel sandpapery no matter how many eye drops I put in them. >.> 

Work was boring.  Kaneko is teaching the Araragi kids English this year.  Actually... I kind of think that's a good idea.  He can go as slow as he needs to and it doesn't matter so greatly if they go off course.  3 of the 4 are really bright--the 4th came in late so I don't know about him.  Otherwise I made a handout for Imai-sensei and read some fic that I had emailed myself.  And got my ankles raped by mosquitos. :X  I'm sorry Lydia, I haven't gotten through the first installment yet.  I want to get into it, I know I like it but I can't read it for long stretches.  What's wrong with me?!  The schedule today was all fucked up and no one told me.  It didn't really matter since I didn't have classes but it would have been nice to be included in the loop.

Wow, I haven't heard this song in ages.  I wish Nine Days had made a second album.  I should go through my music folder and purge shit I don't like/don't listen to anymore.  That would free up space, I'm sure.

I got my pay stub in the mail today.  This month is going to be fucking tight.  I thought I was getting more.  Or what I was getting felt like more?  After taxes it's only about $950.  I have savings but I don't like to be that tight.  I'm already off to a bad start this fiscal month with two trips to Tokyo and a laser appointment.  I'm also going to look at picking up a new back pack tomorrow.  My messenger bag is wrecking my shoulders with the weight I have to carry to work and my other back pack is too big.  I'm expecting to pay 5,000 yen for that.  Plus dinner with Andrew tomorrow and Kumiko on Saturday.  Sigh...  Damn!  I really miss my extra income from Keigo's lessons.  I should Yuuko a line and say hello.

I finally got a letter from Kevin!  After 6 months, all I get is 1 page.  But I guess when all you've been doing is studying your ass off and writing a thesis, there isn't much to report.  I wrote a reply already and want to add some pictures.  I've realized that those printing machines from Bic Camera are real shit.  There's a print shop on the first floor of Station Mall, next to Starbucks.  Maybe I should check that place out, though it'll probably cost a little bit more.  He wants to see the cherry blossoms.
aide: (大野 ・相葉 → Bitch slapped)
Why is it that CD Japan always has a listing up for goods before any of the Japanese distributors do? I want to place an order for this book somewhere since it's limited. It's supposed to be released in two weeks; talk about short notice. I guess I'll check again tomorrow.

I got a solid 8 hours of sleep--actually woke up before the alarm went off at 5:55--but I still feel a bit tired. I don't have class first period so I can have a coffee and read my book or something. Or look productive and put some stuff together for elementary school (not that I have to do anything really). Then just one first year class and then two electives (Eiken test prep)for the 3rd years. But Kaneko is doing all of them. -__- So it's going to be a very long day.
aide: (大野 → Pouty)
Because I need to do something to keep me awake until I get my second wind. Memes! I've seen those anon memes floating around before but never did one because I have this complex that I think no one really knows me/likes me on the internets. Which was recently proven to be totally not true, but I still think that way sometimes. What the hell! Let's just do it.


And the photo meme: ask me to take a picture of any aspect of my life that you're interested in - it can be anything from the house I live in to my favorite shoes. Leave your choice here as a comment, and I will reciprocate by taking the pictures and posting them as an LJ entry. That way you get to know a little bit about my life, if you're remotely interested in it.

Anything goes. I'm not shy.

I had to use my Chinese again at work today. At lunch, Tamaya-sensei (♥!) asked me if I could speak Chinese--fuck, hasn't that gotten around yet?--because he wanted me to ask the new kid some questions. Apparently, he's moving to Shin-Matsudo and the school is kind of like, "Urr why? That's kind of problematic." I don't think there are any rules about catchment areas or whatever but it would mean he'd have to take 2 trains or a train and a bus to get to school and that's just a pain. It would only be for 1 year though and he already started at Toyoshiki and has made a couple friends? Or at least has people friendly to him. Mineo has been somewhat assigned to be his buddy for the meantime because he can at least understand some Chinese. I even heard Kimura from 2nd year say "你好" to Yao in the hallway. XD His written English is pretty good too! I am looking foward to seeing him in class soon. I kind of freaked out and did a crash course by looking up key words like "when", "where", "why", "leave", "arrive", "station" at lunch. Though when I had to ask him when he was going to move I kept saying いま instead of 現在 and couldn't remember 几月几日 to ask about the date. -___-

I don't like having only 3 days at jr high. I've got about 4 classes a day, consistantly, but I don't even have enough time to get to see each class once a week. Today we only had 2 periods because the New Philharmony Orchestra Chiba came to play for us. It was awesome! I never really appreciated orchestra music before but it's so fun to watch. Watching the string intrument players get all synchronized is amazing. It's like a dance. They did some explaining about the different sections of the orchestra and played a bunch of different pieces from Indy Jones to Swan Lake. The even did a Pirates of the Caribbean medly!

I'm gonna go water some turnips and think about what to eat for dinner. I think I'll make hayashi chuuka men. :D
aide: (翔 → Bros before Hoes)
I like my new dress. I should already know that since I bought it but I'm terrible at passing up sales and this that fit. Because those don't seem to come along as much as they should. It's a nice pastel green sundress but not... more like... smock? Adjustable straps and elastic waist around the chest but you have to (or should?) wear a shit underneath. That's how it was designed anyway. And there's a cute eyelet pattern around the hem. It gives me aboslutely no shape but that also covers the lumpiness. It never cesses to amaze me how Japanese clothes are so flowy and just hang off the body; it doesn't look weird on tiny Asian women but make me look like a whale.

I haven't heard from mom in ages. I'm kind of starting to get concerned? Her MSN was left on yesterday and I sent a couple messages but then figured out it was 9am so she'd be at work. I don't know, what's so difficult/time consuming/taxing about firing off a short reply? Unless something happened and she's doing damage control. Maybe I should email dad and Sean to see what the hell is going on.

Today is going to be a short day. There's no class in the afternoon because of home visits and an assembly during 3rd and 4th. I only have 1st and 2nd and then I'm free~! But I can't go anywhere. I need to make a plan for English club this week so I'll have something to do. I need to make another appointment at Plaza Clinic. Maybe I could go on Thursday? I want to go before Yuka's wedding but I should really wait until after pay day. Well, I don't even know if I could get an appointment that soon anyway.

I always think I have a lot more to say than I actually do.


Apr. 28th, 2009 05:26 pm
aide: (斗真 → Pose :D)
Tomorrow is a holiday, Showa Day, so that means it's ~Wine Night~ for me!  I picked up a bottle of a Japanese wine to give it a try.  I was wavering between this Reisling from Iwate and this stuff called "Koshu wine".  I decided to get the most bang for my buck: the Koshu was 750ml for 780yen vs 500ml for 999yen.  I'll try the other on some special occasion.  I'm going to make spaghetti carbonara tonight and have a nice night in. :)  I'm looking forward to it. 

Nothing is on TV and I don't have a huge backlog of dramas to watch (though I am tempted to watch Quiz Show episode 2 raw since I am impatient) so I might try writing something.  I feel some ideas stirring; I spent my free afternoons at work yesterday and today researching child speech development and baby "milestones". 

Tomorrow will be a laundry and cleaning day since [personal profile] vintage_belle is coming to stay on Saturday.  Any idea when, Elle? 

I got an email from Sachiyo yesterday.  I haven't seen her since... Nikki left.  O_O  That was December.  We made a nail & dinner date after Golden Week.  I'm going to treat myself and see what this nail business is all about.

I want to suggest a feature for the lunchtime broadcast: Foreign Japanese Pop Artists.  I don't know about anyone else, but it really interests me to learn about people who aren't Japanese/weren't born here and are making it.  I have so many artists I want to recommend that might not be so well-known (free promo! since these are the kids going to be shelling out money to see concerts and stuff after I'm gone) but they only have enough time to play 4 songs, at most.  Inoue Joe is at the top of the list, m-flo featuring Monkey Majik -- two birds with one stone (though maybe I should get the original since I only have the remix), Utada (Apple & Cinnamon from the new album, though she doesn't need any promo).  There's also Ito Yuna, Def Tech, DBSK, BoA, Alan?  I don't have that many songs from those artists.  Maybe Ito Yuna's "Mahaloha" that feature's Micro from Def Tech.  Micro's actually Japanese but he's a returnee. 

It's partly for my own selfish reasons of wanting to hear music I want to hear, but I think it would be kind of inspiring to learn about these people who came to Japan and are working hard in a foreign country.  It is possible to become fluent in another language (and Japanese people seem to think their language is so hard).  And maybe one day, you can do it too!  I should also gather up some songs of Japanese artists who have made it outside of Japan, singing in English, for another day.  But those are much rarer; I can't think of any off the top of my head.
aide: (大野 ・相葉 → Bitch slapped)
I want to write.  Prompt me.  I will make a pouty post on my comm.  I went to see if anyone wrote anything for the Anonymeme and I found this: Sho/Shige math!sex.  The nerd in me is regailing even though Math was my worst subject by far

I watched the Utaban performance last night.  I really hate how they do filmings and then chop the shit out of them for broadcast.  But Nino's dumbstruck face was priceless.  Holy shit, they need a new choreographer.  I've seen those moves before.  Ohno looked bored and underchallenged as usual and Nino looked like he was doing the Chicken Dance on speed.

Today was another full day.  I'm kind of glad my first class got cancelled but that still meant I had 4.  I come back down from 3rd to change my textbooks and Kameyama-san is waiting for me in the hallway.  "You can speak Chinese, can't you?" she asks me and when I say yes, takes me into the principal's office.  There's a boy and his mom and sister there who is transferring in to our school from China and they want me to talk to him.  They don't really need me there since the mom and sister speak (enough) Japanese but I guess maybe they wanted someone who can speak to them in their own language?  I don't know.  But oh my god, I've forgotten everything.  I couldn't even remember the word "when".  Fuck.  He's 3rd year age, but can't speak, write, read or understand Japanese.  At all.  And they want him to be able to go to high school next year...  I wonder what's going to happen... he said he could speak a bit of English but he's not good (haha as if Japanese kids are good, and especially not our 3rd years this year).  They want him to just communicate anyway he can.  I hope he can make some friends.  This kid Kobayashi's mom is Chinese apparently and there are a couple Mongolian kids but I don't think that's going to help at all.  

He's starting on Thursday and the year just started so he'll have the whole year to get up to speed.  I think he should be fine.  I recommended going to check out the Kashiwa Interantional Relations Association because they've got free Japanese classes for foreigners.  Look how far I've come in a year without any particular studying.  If he studies and is surrounded by it constantly, he should be able to become at least conversational by year end.  He won't have a huge problem with kanji and reading comprehension but it's still worrying.  I just feel really bad that I can't speak Chinese anymore so I'm no help to him.  Well, if he writes it down I can read it and look it up and I will study a bit.  I should let the teachers know to tell him if he needs something... he can ask me.  Even though I won't be able to do much.  Kyoto-sensei contacted the BOE today and asked them to send a helper/tutor who speaks Chinese to help him catch up a few days a week. 
aide: (大野 ・相葉 → Bitch slapped)
I don't even do anything at work and I'm fucking exhausted. Although, as proven during my Swiss Chalet days, standing around in itself is tiring work and that's really all I do. By the 4th period straight, my lower back is aching from standing. Fuck me, I'm such an old lady! I suppose walking around the room would help but I'm lazy. Well, it's something I'm "supposed" to be doing anyway... I got to teach the a couple 3rd year classes today and wow, they aren't as dumb as I thought! It really was their teacher holding them back. I think 3-1 is going to be my favourite class. :D

Tonight's menu: (leftover) curry, asparagus, macaroni salad. I should get the salad going at least so that it's got a chance to cool off. I need to get out my Ryouri Navi and check the recipe. Maybe I can find something to do with my aspara in there.

Elementary school tomorrow. I probably won't be doing anything but going over the new materials and meeting classes. I don't have anything to teach them so they better not expect much from me.

Last episode of Entourage just finished! I get so wrapped up in it, it's terrible. I wanted to watch Hamonep (Hamony Nepleague) last night but I totally spaced and missed it. It looked really good! I wonder if there are videos on Youtube. And where's my new ep of Top Model?
aide: (大野 → Pouty)
I'm at work for 1 day and I have to skip 40 entries? Jesus. And it's like the same person cross-posting on 3 different communities. Fuck.

Work was entertaining. Kaneko found a lock for the latop (I knew there had to be one because it was locked up when I first arrived) so it's staying on my desk. :D Teaching with Imai-sensei was great fun. I'm really surprised how good all these kids are. I'll be sad I won't get to see them through to the end of 3rd year. Napped after school. Totally wasn't intentional! I hope I'm not fucked tonight (anymore than I already am).

What to do about dinner... I have left over curry but don't want to eat it. Or raisin rolls and cream cheese but that's more of a breakfast/late nite snack thing. I don't want conbini dinner again~ どうしよ~? Maybe I just have to suck it up.

I got in contact with Nelson. :D I need to write him an epic email.

Last night's Shukudai-kun looks kind of 微妙. No one is raving so I obviously didn't miss much. I'm still going to download it though, once Door to Door is finished.
aide: (斗真 → OH CRAP)
I guess I got more sleep than I thought I did. I feel fine and only got a little sleepy after lunch but that's to be expected from drinking 3% milk and eating a big bowl of rice. Nakamura Shidou II is the guest on Shukudai tonight. I know the guy's face, but I don't know if I care enough to stay up. If I did, I wouldn't have to download it anyway.

Work was boring. I'm trying to convince Kaneko to leave the laptop out instead of putting it in his locker at the end of each day. I don't know what there's a problem all of a sudden. The fucking locker rooms are even locked all day. At least the keys are hanging in the teacher's room. I don't see what's the deal. It's not like students don't come in and take keys to open shit all the time anyway. The 1st year are off on some orientation camp tomorrow and Wednesday so I won't have to see Kaneko for 2 days. Hurrah!
aide: (井上ジョー ♥)
Really bad. Please to listen to these songs. They are only a selection of the ones from the new album (plus one that isn't). He's a fucking magician, a power house. He writes, plays and mixes all his own stuff. He's 6 months younger than I am (and exactly 2 years younger than our beloved Matsujun!) and just so amazingly talented. I really can't rave enough about this kid. His SoCal LA accent kind of is a bit grating at times but it's totally amusing to me whenever he says 'and' in his blog videos. He makes me want to go out and blog about random shit in Japan for the folks back home. The smelliest train in Chiba? Speaking of blogging, I haven't updated my Vox in a while. Not that anyone reads that or gives a shit.

Still no concert information, but I am going.

I am happy that I could finally find the lyrics for 車. I could actually catch most of them but I was like... is this really what I think he's singing about? He wrote about what happens when you don't buckle up. Yep. More to love. Kid even did the infamous Mentos/Coke experiment. He and Aiba would be great friends.

It's amazing--I know maybe 1/10th about this guy (or less) compared to Arashi but I feel more love for him that I (ever?) have for them. That's serious. I'm really in deep here; I have tried to get most of my friends to listen to him. Too bad Andrew and Justin only listen to pop and R&B. Won't even give him a chance. Oh, well. More Joe love for me! ♥

UGH I wish these fucking seasonal allergies would go away! I'm tired of sneezing. I should probably cook dinner, even though I ate 4 breaded goodies after work. Which was a total gongshow. I didn't do anything. Kaneko didn't get fired, but he's not a homeroom teacher anymore. Nakamura is still doing 3rd year and Imai is doing 2nd, Kaneko got demoted to 1st and a new pricipal. There are about 6 new teachers at Toyoshiki and another handful at Ni Shou and a new VP. I get my own desk at Ni Shou this year too! All my favourite teachers are still there. No Watanabe-sensei to look at but 3 or so new younger teachers who I might be able to be friends with. One of them wants English lessons?! So Kaneko told me. I'll see more about that on Monday, I guess. It's going to be a great year. :)

Meeting Blake for lunch before going to Ariel's violin concert tomorrow. I haven't seen him forever. He sent me a message today apologizing for a being a shit lately which I never expected. He hasn't gotten back to me yet about plans though. Smile is on in another hour and a half. I am going to try writing for this Rare Pair Meme to get out of my writer's block funk I've found myself in.
aide: (大野 → Pouty)
I want to write something but I have nothing.  I have a few AU's I'd like to play with but I don't have anything other than the universe.  No story, to events, nothing.  I want to do something new... teachers or a corporation or a restuarant.  It shouldn't be this hard, I have real life experience with 2/3 of those situations.  I want something hilariously ridiculous like JPod (or [livejournal.com profile] misticloud's office!NEWS) but it's been done before.  I don't want to just... reproduce.  I could write a bit more Baby fic but I don't feel compelled to do that either.  I guess this is Writer's Block.

Another disgustingly lazy day for me.  I went to sleep around 3am and got up at 1pm.  I'm going to have a tough time breaking this habit.  What's going to suck hard is that I'll have to get up stupidly early on Friday just to go into work and do aisatsu and that's it.  No lessons, nothing important.  Just go say hi to people.  Well, I'll be able to give away those Korean sweets I bought and get those out of my fridge finally.  But then it's the weekend and I'll be back to my bad old sleep habits.  My life is so hard.

My bio-rhythm is off, I think.  And I haven't had a proper meal in... well.  I can't remember so that's not a good sign.  I was flipping through my Betty Crocker cookbook today and found some really tasty things I'd love to make but I have neither the equipment to do it nor the space to store it afterwards.  I haven't eaten anything but cheese and crackers today which might (definitely) be contributing to my blah mood.

My room is getting messy since I haven't gone anywhere in days (except for my little jaunt to Ebisu last night).  Even though its nearly 5, maybe I should throw some laundry in.  It might make me feel somewhat productive.

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What it was about Jun's hair (which I'm liking-- it's Bambino Jr!) that was bothering me:

He's doing the Yamapi Fringe.  That fucking little front piece that falls across his nose that bugged me so much.  I think Yamapi looks good all the time (even with the perm or whatever he has going on these days) but that fucking was like "I WANT TO CUT IT OFFF".  Jun's isn't nearly that bad but that's what it is.  I totally hotlinked from Yuckie; so shoot me.  She said "don't reupload".  So I didn't.  Just think of this as "free advertising". 

Mmmm I'm totally not sleepy.  I should get up at 8 tomorrow so I can be lazy and eat something for breakfast and do my hair and get pretty for the long day.  I've got to be in Azabu Juban at 11am to sign my new contract and that shit is going to take like an hour because stupid boss is probably going to wax poetic about what our contracts say (as if it's going to be tragically different from last year) and do paperwork etc.  I will find out for sure that I'm back at Toyoshiki (I fucking better be) and if I got a raise.  Last year they gave only a couple people raises who did good jobs.  I did a good job, but I hadn't been with them for the whole year so I didn't qualify.  Bullshit but whatever.  They don't have any excuses this year and I had perfect attendance and my school even requested for me personally to come back.  That's got to count for something.  Stupid Tatsuya hasn't even given me my fucking observation comments yet.  I'll ask for them tomorrow, I guess.

I'm meeting Taka for drinks tomorrow night somewhere in Akihabara so I'm just going to hang out in Tokyo.  Go somewhere, find a cafe and get caffeinated and read Wicked.  Andrew's free to do some filming for our CM around 430 so I'll go hang out there in the afternoon.  I don't even know when Taka will be free for drinks.  Probably around 7.  I've got to call him tomorrow.

aide: (ニノ → Woe!)
Today went by a little too fast. I wanted to take a picture with Otsuka-san because she's a sweetheart and is retiring but I was too caught up in organizing my shit and cleaning out my desk. I wrote her a letter thanking her for taking care of me (I'm so Japanese) and gave her one of the mushi-pan I made last night. They taste better on the second day.

Andrew's been a busy bunny, organizing and co-ordinating our trip. We're going to take a tour to the demilitarized zone on the border of North Korea. Ben wants to go to the gay clubs (because he doesn't do anything else). We'll do a couple palaces and of course, shopping! We're going to meet up on Wednesday night to make an itinerary.

I decided to read [livejournal.com profile] je_secrets for kicks. I'm bad, I hotlink.

God, this is so true. )

That's enough. I kind of want to nap now. It's only 6pm. What am I going to make for dinner?

What a day

Mar. 19th, 2009 06:22 pm
aide: (大野 → Unimpressed)
I feel exhausted.  And I didn't even really do anything today.  I had 2 classes with Kaneko and it was just kgjadsfffffff.  I can't believe how fucking disorganized that man is.  He said to me in 2nd period, "I am mentally and physically exhausted."  HOW?  What is it that is so tough and draining that you are doing that all the other teachers aren't?  Nothing as far as I can tell.  I ended up ranting a little bit to Imai-sensei about it when I had class with her.  His lessons are pointless.  It's supposed to be English class, not fucking Social Studies.  I'm all for contextualizing stuff: give them a short passage about WW2 to set the scene for Sound of Music--in Japanese, if you must--and they can read it in their spare time.  It would also help if you brought you fucking shit to class.  He wasted 20 minutes today because he had to go back downstairs twice.  Imai-sensei was like... well, then who's going to teach 3rd year next year?  I don't care.  Anyone but him. /rant

Doctor says the toe is looking better slightly but he's still worried about the redness.  Finish the antibiotics and keep doing what I'm doing with it.  Go back if it gets worse.  Thankfully I didn't have to wait that long to hear him tell me that.

Got the rest of the things I need to wear my kimono!  For 9000 yen. T_______T  Ugh my life.  Thankfully I won't have to buy those things again (and if I think about it, I didn't pay for 1 obi and got the other for 1000 yen at a flea market).  The most expensive thing was the obijime, the braided cord that goes over the top of the obi.  I went with the longer size because I am bigger than the average Japanese lady and it cost 5000 yen alone.  Makes me cry.  But the lady was really nice when I asked her which colours I should get.  I will try it on after dinner and do a test run before Saturday.  I'm excited to help Ariel tomorrow! :D

Speaking of which, my sleeping arrangements for tomorrow are still up in the air.  I really don't want to go home after shopping just to go back out to Yoyogi (well, Roppongi, then Yoyogi) the next day.  It's all Dan's fault.  

Need angry idol icon.


Mar. 13th, 2009 02:31 pm
aide: (山ピ → Peace Out Bitch)
Another sombre ceremony. Aoki-sensei was crying from the very beginning and then again in the middle of reading the students' names and then at the end when they said they loved him and thanks. A lot of the girls were crying through the ceremony too. Jesus! It's not like you're moving countries, never to see each other again. God. Good anyway. And now pic spam!

Gosotsugyou Omedetou~ )

It's only 2:44. I think I will nap. I think I'll postpone my run tomorrow because it's windy as fuck outside and looks like it's going to rain. Don't start bad habits, Heather! I should try and go tomorrow morning before meeting Tomoko or before meeting Tempei except I don't know when he wants to go out. If that doesn't work, Sunday. Just do it!
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I think I need to get a new hair dryer.  My shitty one I inherited from the Abiko place is starting to spark and smoke when I flip the switch.  That can't be good at all. O_o

3,389 words for chapter 12.  I think it's nearly done.  I'd like to get 400 more in the last paragraph to balance it out with the 2nd but I don't know if there's anything else I should add.  And then the epilogue and it'll be done.  I might be able to post it tonight, if not tomorrow.  Pending Lydia's editing.  よろしく!

Today's the last day at elementary school.  I'm going to bring my camera and take pictures.  Tried to upload video from the Okura Kai yesterday and it took 2 hours and wasn't finished yet.  It's only 333mb!  Maybe I should convert it to smaller .mp4 and try again.
aide: (相葉 → Peeeace!)
I'm still kind of sleepy but I fucking slept for 11 hours last night.  I was reading IWGP and then got sleepy and just rested my eyes... I think I drifted off for about half an hour so I said fuck it and just got into bed.  I thought I would wake up in 5 hours (like the last time I napped in the evening) but I slept right through til morning.  It was kind of refreshing!  Using my time for something important like sleeping instead of farting around on the computer doing nothing.  Though I have been good and working on Equilibrium the last couple days.  

I finally remembered one of my dreams.  I was with a friend and we were running around trying to find Destini because I was supposed to help her with some interview project.  We were in this giant mall type place (that looked like Ito Yokado) and then came to the TBS studio on the top floor.  We saw some people in the lobby -- Sho and some random production people -- and no one was wearing their shoes.  They disapated as we got close and then we had trouble finding the door to Destini's office but when we got there she opened it and had this wicked weave going on that looked kind of like Oprah.  And some funky silver suit thing.  We sat down at her desk and she started to ask us questions... and then I woke up.

The first time I dreamed about Arashi... that I remember at least.  And he only made a cameo.  Haha. 

The Send-Off yesterday was great.  I took some video and pictures.  The brass band played and the drama club did a perfromance, then each grade and the student council did a little presentation.  They each sang a song and there was a slide show of pictures and some video messages from past teachers.  The guy who taught Araragi the year before I got there was hot!  And when they went to try and open the kusudama it wouldn't, and they pulled so hard it fell from the ceiling. XD  It went on til 4pm so the day seemed really short.

I've got 3 lessons today - 2 second years and 1 first.  I have to get right to work first thing which does not please me since it's with Kaneko.  They're just doing past exams.  Boringgg.  

My cold has turned into this heinous cough.  :(
aide: (大野 → Ohno Approved!)
It was a hard thing to get up and out to work this morning. It was the worst head cold I've had in a long time and I don't understand where I got it. Unless sleeping all night with the AC on at Andrew's was the cause since I don't do that at home because no one else was feeling gross. I was wavering between hungry and nauseated all the way until lunch and then I felt better. I napped through first and second periods and that helped a bit too. And I read Lipstick Jungle the rest of the day. Very productive. Kaneko fucked up the schedule on day 1 which is par for the course so I had no classes at all. He gave each first year two or three while all the second have three or four. It's going to be a very long three weeks.

It's been a while since I fangirled )

Tomorrow is supposed to be shit weather.  What the hell, February.  What the hell.


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