Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Right Now

It's November, When did that happen?! and I am trying to plan out my life. No pressure.
I am pretty sure that this is my final year in Japan, and, well, that is about all I know. The idea of not knowing for sure what will come next is both thrilling and terrifying all at once. I am doing my best to get things sorted, but their is just so much I don't know, sometimes I freak out just a little and have to stop what I am doing, and go do some thing that I do know. 
Remembering that while all this is familiar territory now, that wasn't always the case.
Reminding myself to live in the now. In this chapter. In today. 
So, one day, I can say, "Remember when?!"

picture taken by me. edited with instafonts app.

As of now, here is what I do know...

-I can't drink chu-hi.
-Kashiwa has the best burgers.
-Someone will stare at me daily.
-The people at the post office are odd.
-The Shin-Keisei line runs later than the Tobu line.
-The twins across the parking lot will cry at bath time.
-The Starbucks at Shibuya crossing only has tall sizes.
-In a restaurant, my purse will get its own basket or chair.
-The ATM gives me cash in 10,000 yen increments. ($125)
-I know the trains in and around Tokyo like the back of my hand.
-My morning BlendyStick is waiting for me in the tea area at school.
-I will go to Starbucks after school this week. They will recognize me.
-I will have an awkward interaction with someone at some point during the day. 
-The vending machine at the end of the alley has the biggest Cokes for 100 yen.
-The weekly Monday ALT meeting is at 3:45, and I can make it on time leaving at 3:37.
-Someone will be available to skype with after school if it is too cold to do anything else.
-M, W & F are the trash days for burnable items. Thursday is for non-burnable items.
-I will listen to the iHeartRadio app on my bike rides to and from school, singing along in the process.
-McDonald's breakfast ends at 10:30. I can make it from bed to McDonald's in 13 minutes flat.
-Tanigawa in class 3-2 will say, "OHHH Keito! You look grrrreat!"And regardless of my response, he will say, "Pardon?!"
-When asked, "How are you?!"Hikari in class 3-3 will pretend to think about it, giggle, then tell me   that she is, "so-so". And I will act surprised.
-When transferring trains, I listen to E-Pro by Beck, and feel like the queen of Tokyo as I power walk through the station.
-My entire staff room will greet me with a sincere smile and an, OHAYOOO GOZAIMASU, every  morning.

Right here, Right now, 

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Google Search: 130 lbs to kg
Tune: E-Pro By Beck.
Accomplishment: Completing the grammar part of TEFL.
Obsessions: InstaFonts App.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Today At School 3...

...we did a Halloween lesson!
Complete with decorations, an informational worksheet, masks, and a scary story. 
The kids ate it up. 

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Is this not the most terrifying Lady Gaga mask?!
I read the scary story as the kids followed along.
The last 2 minutes of class, the kids begged Keima for a scary story.
He gave in and told a story he knew,
but not before they ran around turning off the lights and closing the curtains.


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Monday, October 29, 2012

Weekend Update

highlights included...

[1] a stamp i received from the mom of one of my speech contest kids. 
she made it, how cute is that!
[2] a saturday spent at our school's cultural bazaar.
[3] a few hours at starbucks helping debs make cards for her students.
[4] an enkai with my teachers that took place on a private boat in tokyo bay.
[5] the enkai concluded with late night dessert with a few of the other female teachers.
[6] mcdonalds breakfast.







hope you all had a lovely weekend!


Sunday, October 28, 2012

San Francisco Baseball

Reason 546,735,438 why I love this city.

2012 Champs!

Feeling homesick, 

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Thursday, October 25, 2012


It is no secret that I love to travel. I love to meet all different types of people and see all different types of places. But my all time favorite thing, is when they all come together to create one, big ball of international-ness. I stumbled across this on Pinterest and fell in love.

Pinned Image

City Livin, 

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Must Read: The Island Where People Forget to Die...NY Times.
Google Search: Kristin Wiig
Tune: I Cry By Flo RIda.
Accomplishment: Some great Halloween lessons at school.
Obsessions: Blendy Coffee.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Avocado Cheese Burger

Because sometimes that is exactly what you need.

C Seto Onegaishimasu, 

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Must Read: What did Watson the computer do?...NY Times.
Google Search: Most haunted places in the world.
Tune: I Cry By Flo RIda.
Accomplishment: Finishing my whole burger.;)
Obsessions: American graham crackers.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tea Time

For the past few days, my friend Debs has been staying with me. 
It has been so lovely to come home to someone, and have a buddy to chat to in the evenings. We fill up our weeknights together mostly discussing the differences between British and American English, coloring things for the little kids she teaches, watching New Girl, and consuming more tea and biscuits than I ever have before. Ever.
We're living up to the British stereotype, one cup of tea at a time.

Polly put the kettle on,
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Google Search: The difference between `a few` and `a little`.  
Tune: The Writer By Ellie Goulding. in love.
Accomplishment: A creative dinner.
Obsessions: Biscuits from IKEA.

Monday, October 22, 2012

US Embassy BBQ

Friday night, the US Embassy kindly invited the JETs in the surrounding Tokyo area over for a BBQ. About 30 JETs and 15 Embassy employees mingled, bonding over where in the US we were from and how long we have all been in Japan. Then we feasted on Mexican food (I couldn't have been happier!) with Coronas and margaritas, chips, salsa, AND guacamole. It was the best meal I have had in a long time. Dessert was complete with a "candy bar," full of candy brought back from the States.

It truly was a great time, thanks to everyone who hosted us!

American foreground, Japanese background.
 US Ambassador, and fellow Californian, John Roos.

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Must Read: Promo for New James Bond's so clever! I can't get enough!
Google Search: Substitutes for cilantro.  
Tune: The Writer By Ellie Goulding.
Accomplishment: Continuing to read my book, despite some slow spots.
Obsessions: Glamour Magazine from Jessica.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Weekend Update

Highlights included...

[1] a Halloween party.
[2] another day a Yoyogi.
[3] a glass of my new favorite red wine.






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