Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday night, 11:30 train

Packed! Worse than rush hour. I'm also starving. Thank goodness for combinis.

Got a rather full day tomorrow and I'm quite unhappy about the end of cool biz. Need to wear a jacket now. Oh well.

Though of all things, I really just want to watch Castle.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My mother is AWESOME

At my grandmother's place tonight. My birthday package from my mom was waiting for me.


My next few nights are set! And season 3 has audio commentary! Score!

Personally I'm looking forward to watching A Deadly Affair, Punked, Murder Most Fowl, Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind, Poof! You're Dead, Knockdown, Countdown, Law & Murder, Slice of Death, and of course, Knockout again.

So much in this season!

Also! Heat Wave, Naked Heat, and Heat Rises are on their way. I don't have huge expectations, but I've come this far. Also, there's page 105 in Heat Wave.

Maybe I'll just skip travelling and marathon Castle. Nah, I should go to Kyoto.

Still have to book my trip. Will do that tomorrow. Yay, Kyoto!

Mmm, Castle...


It's an old school Chinese combination lock.

Not hard to crack obviously, since there only 256 possible combitions. Though you have to get it just right for it to open, so even if you have the combination, you still need to know where to line it up.

And no, the pic is neither the combination nor the location.

I like it. I like how it feels. How it can be part of so many stories. Think of the confusion it would cause if I put it on a locker! How many other stories it could trigger.

It found its way to me. Or I found my way to it. I'm glad our pathes crossed.

Late lunch

Soondobu(sp) in Osu. Really hot but yummers.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Yep, it's getting darker

Even though my days off are Wednesday and Thursday, I still feel like Monday is the start of the week. It's gotta be the early morning start. Which is feeling earlier and earlier. And it's getting chillier.

Still getting a handle on my working days, I'm highly considering a Friday to Monday work week with a bit of Tuesday morning thrown in.

But for today, I just need to get through the morning to get to my noon-time nap. I'll deal with the rest later.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

In a state of blah

Samantha's back in Hama and I was at work again today and now I feel drained.

But I still want to grab some junk food and stream some entertainment.

Since common sense isn't really a factor, I'll leave it up to whether or not I pass out.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

At the store with the yellow bags

Got away with purchases totaling under 1000.

At Cesari again

And to answer Andrea's comment: It was really good. We came back today for more (we planned to come back to Osu anyways). We got a seat both times on the second floor.

Some fantabulous pizza. Anyone who comes visit me in Nagoya, I'm taking you here.

Affogato at...some cafe in Osu

Yep. A break between shopping and purikura.

Breakfast at Cats Cafe


Friday, September 23, 2011


Have been meaning to try this place for ages.

Noritake no Mori

Look what we made!

You can probably guess who made which one.

It's a gorgeous day!

I have today as well as tomorrow off. And one of my bestest friends is coming to town!


Ninja food

It's called ninja food.

Green Apple flavored ninja food.

Apparently, it's suppossed to be diet food. Extra hard gummy candy to make you chew more and eat less.

It only cost 98yen. I had to get it.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Drink Bar

I love having melon soda in a Gusto drink bar glass.

Good Photos = Adopted Pets

Photos change how things are perceived. I judge cafes and hotels and other random things through the photos I see online every day. So it surprised me a bit when I stumbled across an article in PetaPixel, a photography blog that I subscribe to (and recommend to anyone who has an interest photography on various levels).

Photographer Helps Save Homeless Dogs Through Better Photography

This article is about a photographer who hates bad photos of dogs up for adoption and now does pro bono work taking adoption shots for a local dog shelter as well as teaching volunteers how to take good photos.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Storm Approaches

Thanks to a typhoon lessons at both places I work were cancelled. Sounds like an official warning has been issued and everyone near Meieki has been ordered to go home.

I had one lesson just before the cancellation order was given out and it was totally worth coming all the way out just for that lesson. It's been a while since I laughed that much in a lesson. I hope I get to see this student again.

Anyways, while cancelled lessons mean less cash and that isn't great, there is a very shiny silver lining to this typhoon cloud: CASTLE.

It's like the universe is telling me something and I shouldn't ignore the universe. *grins*

Going home.

A change of plans and now my next obligation is at 4pm, so I'm going to take a long nap.

And plan a lesson or two for later tonight.

I think I'll pick up a nikuman on the way home. Mmm, nikuman.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Castle! Rise! Tonight!

Or at least in the States. Wow. I can't wait!

Why am I so happy when it's in the States and not here?

Don't ask, I won't tell. (^_^;)v

Picnic Gyoza


Headed out for a picnic! But before that...

I just had to share this month's photo on the calendar near the front door.

Yeah, that's celery. In front of a lake.

October and November are pretty normal -turnips in a crate and tomatoes in front of a field- and then December is another wtf month.

Weird Kewpie calendar...

Check out this awesome weather!

Have the day off.

Going on a picnic.


Sunday, September 18, 2011


Decided to eat out today.

sora cafe curry set

Not bad. Quite yummers.

Tired or lazy?

I would have to say a mix of the two.

I was going to have Oct be a work month, but I can't be bothered. Or maybe I'm just talking about today. Yeah, it's about today. I think I'll take a long lunch.

I have some things I need to work on. And my Oct schedule to work out. I also haven't climbed this month. Need to make time for that next month.

After a lot of thought I think I'll go to Kyoto after all. Maybe just for a daytrip. Hang out in Hama, take a night bus to Kyoto, visit Fushimi Inari and a few other of my must places, take a night bus to Nagoya, and then use the rest of my time off to recover.

Ooh, sounds good.

I think I'll go with that.

And also for random October things, I want to take up kick-boxing again. I need the stress relief.

But first, I need to secure my long lunch for today.

And tomorrow is a picnic!

Ooh, just thought of Nagoya Port and the aquarium. Should add that to my recovery day.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Even though Fridays are my Mondays it is nice that the earliest lesson is at 10 and I get home before, well, 10.

My body naturally woke up at 4am. Which is cool because knowing I still have 3 hours to sleep is awesome.

Changing subjects, I've stopped reading DenYuDen for now because it put my brain into a Japanese mind set that's rather hard to get out of. I need to find something English to read but I don't know what. Part of me is screaming Nikki Heat! but I'm not sure.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Somewhat productive

Did some laundry and took a nap. Yay.

Was going to try to do some blog work, but that wasn't going to happen.

Tomorrow so far is a half busy day. While it is unfortunate that the half is spread out through the day, I might get some other work done in the meantime.

Need to get some autumn work-appropriate clothes. I need some vests. And I want some ties. I wonder if the dresscode will let me get away with it.

In other news, it's supposed to rain tonight all night and all of tomorrow. At least I got some laundry done today.

Not that I'd do it on the weekend when I'd have to leave them hanging outside while I'm at work.

Not as planned

Turns out I had a full morning.

I'm wrestling between being available when I think I'm needed (possibly meaning more income) and scheduling a schedule that works for me.

Should be obvious but it never is.

Back to the daily grind

So my friend has gone home and we are both back to work today.


If my morning schedule is what it was last night, I can be back asleep in my bed at 10. Got night lessons, but it's plenty of time for a nap.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Morning @ Cats Cafe

Yum. That plate? I get it for 150yen when I order a drink. Nagoya mornings rock.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Post concert

That...was a great concert. They really do put on a great show.

And to avoid the crowded train and fill our hungry bellies, we wandered to a small Chinese place.


Filling up a bit

But the stands are still pretty empty.

I'm really curious about how this concert is going to turn out.

About 20min to go.

Linkin Park


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

改めて Yesterday's haul

Library War had me muffling my fangirl squees at work. Yumi-sensei really knows how to please. I also love how much attention she's giving Tezuka and Shibasaki. And of course with an anime in the works, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the return of my two favorite guys on the radio.

As for the artbook, I may have made two guys fans of Kaori Wakamatsu. Always happy to spread the love. The artbook is quite good and definitely worth the cash. I hope she puts out another one soon.

DenYuDen is good so far which is great since there are so many volumes to keep me busy until Narita-sensei writes the next BACCANO! I just feel anxious about a book that has a flow chart to explain the order you should read the books. But then, BACCANO! goes from the 1930s to the 2000s to the 18th century, so I guess I shouldn't have a problem with it.

I keep having flashbacks to the anime. Ryner, Sion, and Ferris. Knowing what is going to happen makes reading this relatively happy time a little hard. But I can't wait to get past where the anime ended. To know what happens next. I have no idea if it will be happy at the end of the series, but I really love the relationship of these three characters. Especially Ryner and Sion. I'm a sucker for guys who will do anything and everything for their friend. In this case...nah, not spoiling it.

Anyways, time for work.

And tomorrow, Linkin Park.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Such a bad habit...

Had some time. Went to the bookstore.

2 and a half hours, I have 4 new books and 5000yen less in my wallet. But I am soooo much less stressed.

So what did I get?

Kaori Wakamatsu came out with an artbook, the newest Library War is out (OMG the cover!), just found out the Ghost Hunt novels have been rereleased and I've decided to dive into DenYuDen.

That hill back home is going to be hell, but I'm totally happy right now.

I was going to go home, but...

I got distracted by the nice weather.

Ended up walking to the Oasis and that brought me to the Jump Store. Sadaharu! And lots of awesome ONE PIECE goods. And a Justaway. You have no idea how much I want that Justaway.

With a visit to the Ghibli store next door and a craving for miso-nikomi udon, thanks to a conversation this morning, I have decided to chill in town, take pictures, and walk to my next workplace. May checkout some stationery places while I'm at it.

So going to have to get to bed at a decent hour tonight...

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Am I dreaming?

Or am I actually getting the hang of my job?

Getting the hang of it of course means I need to start shifting to the next phase: libraries.

Or crafts.

Or both.

So far I've kept everything but mornings and weekends empty next month. Gotta check out Nagoya's situation before I fill in the rest. And after experiencing the depression that comes along with a later sunset, I've decided that nights aren't going to happen.

I keep forgetting that lack of sunlight affects me negatively. California cloudy days give me enough but the early winter nights in Japan are killer.

Anyways, time for bed.

Friday, September 9, 2011


...are getting harder.

Without the summer morning sun, my body and brain don't know it's time to wake up. It's still slightly dark when I leave the house and it will only get darker. I think I'm going to have to cut night lessons starting in November. Maybe even October. It's too much.

Today's a bit of another long day. And then, the weekend. Oh the weekend. The only good thing is it's only from 10 and ends by 9.

Okies. Let's do this.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Tokoname - Sept 7, 2011

We went to Tokoname this afternoon. I have loads of photos I need to upload, not just from today but from a lot of of these days. I promise.

But first, here's a short clip of some chihuahuas we passed by on our walk.

OMG. Look at that sky. It is so blue!

Yesterday was great. but with today as my day off, I got to sleep in to this weather. Awesome!

Heading out at lunch-ish


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Random bits and pieces

☆ The subway smells like Thai curry.

☆ I'm not sure about how I feel about work. I thought I felt one way and then the universe proved me wrong. Today was a good day.

☆ I feel very satisfied with the newest BACCANO novel, but I feel a hole in my heart.

☆ My hair is long enough to tie back in a ponytail.

☆ The subway train still smells like Thai curry.

☆ I have a day off tomorrow! The only one this week and I'm spending it traveling.

☆ Izu is looking pretty good for the b-day trip, but I need to make a final decision on how to get there and where to stay.

☆ I think I'm going to buy another 2L bottle of tea on the way home.

☆ Transfered from a Thai curry train to a cigarette butt train.

☆ ...want more Castle and BACCANO!

☆ Have been spreading the brilliance that is Long Way Round.

☆ Two more stops!

☆ I had more cash in the bank than I thought.

☆ One more stop!

☆ Want...cold...tea...

☆ Had a yummy dinner at Goemon. Yay for Japanese pasta!

☆ My stop!

☆ Freedom from the stuffy train!

☆ Hosts passing out tissues at the station exit.

☆ I now listen to Maaya's song Hero in a completely different way.

☆ Tea!

☆ And a breeze!

☆ Yay!

This is bad...

Going home from work, I saw this and LOLed. I'm beyond help.

Season 4 starts Sept 19!


That...was awesome.

The book itself was awesome, but it's also a special treat to read it while listening to the soundtrack and matching the tracks to the scene.

I'm highly considering rereading it just to enjoy that aspect again.

Monday, September 5, 2011

One of my favorite combini foods!



And on sale for 100yen! Got a pizzaman too.

...that looks like something completely different in English...

Sunday, September 4, 2011

At Komeda

After a long fun day, Yucchi and I are in the Komeda near our place.

Saturday, September 3, 2011


With a BACCANO! novel in hand, I'm going to be busy reading instead of blogging. Unfortunately for me, I'm almost halfway done! Noooo!

Maybe I'll rebuy the series. I think there's about 15 of them. Or maybe I will try DenYuDen.


My onigiri case finally has onigiri that I made in it!

The rice is ten-grain stuff my friend gave me. Yum!

Between lessons

Reading BACCANO! at work and smiling like an idiot at Elmer and Graham entering the scene. Damn, I missed this series.


My morning cancelled so I closed everything until 1:45. That means: breakfast!

Toast with green onion and bacon bit eggs. Yum.