Saturday, March 31, 2012

Ise Okage-yokocho


I went to Ise with a friend last week. While I took a bunch of photos and I've been meaning to write up a post about the trip and how crowded the bus was because it was spring break and explanation of all the food and why I went to Ise in the first place and all this other stuff, but that's just going to take too long so here are some of my favorite pics from the day. Minus the food shots. I'll try to get those up in a different post with actual commentary. The Flickr set from the day is HERE, if you'd like to check them out.

Friday, March 30, 2012


Had brunch and a chat with an old friend. Good times.

Back to work.

And not entirely happy about it.

Still coughing plus a cold sore. Though both meds are kicking in, so that's good.

AND! I'm seeing an old friend for morning after my early shift. Yay.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Still coughing and stuff but I have enough energy to go down to the market to get stuff for spinach pesto and salmon mushroom cream pasta soup.

Made and currently eating while watching The Mummy. Good times.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


I've determined that I don't know how to breathe with a mask on.

At least the coughing's gone down.

Monday, March 26, 2012

On the advice of a client

So it turns out teaching 8 English lessons isn't the best way to treat a sore throat and cough. Imagine that.

Thankfully they all put up with me coughing up a lung.

One suggested the cough drop-shapped meds. I took a mental not of the name, but when I saw them, I totally remember these for some reason.

Okies. Sleeping now.
Good night.

Didn't run for the train this morning

Because I didn't have to and I didn't want to.

I closed my 7am so I wouldn't wake up to a surprise and the next train still gets me there in time for it.

And I have reading material now. I spent way more time than I should have reading these last night. I forgot how much I love this series. The sweet couple-y goodness. It was the anime of this series that lead me to Danshi-ryo and Tatsu and started me down the path of seiyuu fandom.

And I get to see the movie in June! How awesome is that! Already have plans to see it twice. Yay!

Life is good. I may be coughing up a lung (Oh yeah, haven't mentioned here yet that I've had a cough since Saturday. It's getting better.) but life is awesomesauce.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

4 books (3 of which both my mother and I own in hardcover):3,000

Hours of sleep to be lost: Unknown

Trying to keep from grinning like an idiot on my commute: Priceless

So awesome!

Friday, March 23, 2012

The weather forecast says rain

We'll see. I have my umbrella with me as not to tempt fate.

It's kinda scary to think that this early morning schedule is becoming "normal". Though I admit, if this were a 5-day-a-week thing, I would not be so obliging. And out of the 3 days when my alarm goes off at 4am, I only need to survive a morning shift. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy teaching -in fact, I like it more than I expected- but I fear failure. I consider myself an extremely negative optomist. I tend to see the worst in a situation, but I also strongly believe that everything will work out. I've trained myself to seek out the best in a situation, but for the most part, it's more efficient to use the optomism and figure out the best way to go forward, so I rarely find the silver lining because it's enough for me to simply know that it's there. Knowing that no situation is as bad as I think it is.

This method has its pitfalls, but it works. It works for me. And that's what counts right now.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

White Day Presents

I meant to post about this last week. I got a few White Day presents. Yay! And yum.


So I wandered up to to the Gusto to get some work done and eat some fries and today turned out to be some kind of mommy and munchkins gathering. Quick count gives me about 20 kids. You can imagine the volume. But the moms are currently futily figuring out the bill, as their kids run wild, so they'll be out of here in about 30min.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The commuter train

After getting used to the relatively empty train at 6am, the 8:30 train fells quite crowded. Though I'm sure it's nothing compared to the trains in Kyoto.

Now, why am I on a 8:30 train? I'm headed out to Ise with a friend.

But right now, this train is just draining. Ever since my temp job with its hour commute on a jammed freeway, I've appreciated the necessity of enjoying a commute. Otherwise it takes 1-2 hours to get into the rhythm of the day. Trying to learn Brazilian Portugese on CD and singing along to TOKIO at embarassingly loud volumes or reliving my Cal days via a cappella albums all got me ready to hit the ground running. (And kept me awake so I would get in a fender bender)

Well, at Meieki. Might update from Ise. Might not. Only time will tell.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Life is good

It just is. Though when I say this, I usually jinx it, but life really is good these days. I suppose it proves that I need to stay busy.

It's those movie tix. And tomorrow I'm off to Ise for the day. And then I get to sleep all day. And I've got an Osaka trip coming up next month and I'm planning a Tokyo trip for early July, which will hopefully consist of libraries, chinese lanterns, yukata, and seeing a few good friends.

But first! To get through work today. For whatever crazy reason, I put in for the whole day. Meh. I'll survive.

Monday, March 19, 2012

"Energy drink flavor"?

While I must agree it's an accurate description of the flavor, really? Was there nothing else?

Rent: Paid! Pair tickets: Get! Single ticket: Reserved!

Three tix for the same movie? Yes.

Why? Because I can.

And Animate has a special poster. Yay.

And the single tickets and pair tickets have different designs.

What? I'm an obsessive fan. If you haven't figured that out yet, you obviously haven't known me for very long.

Oh yeah, and which movie? If you can't tell from the image showing through the wouldn't know it if I told you. I'll write another post with the poster when I get it. (^_^)v

The relationship between number of tasks and productivity

I suppose it's just the way I'm wired, but if I have nothing to do I get nothing done and if I have a long list of things to do, I get all of them done and more. The challenge to find the most efficient way to get things done is enough to get over my general llaziness. Though I might be speaking too soon, today I have an almost full schedule starting at 7am and ending past 9pm and between shifts, I need to get cash and pay rent and pick up some movie tickets at a theater in Fushimi and at Animate at Meieki.

The plan makes perfect sense in my head. I don't have much time to mess around.

And totally unrelated, but some old dude just blatantly cut in front of me. Dude!

Anyways, today is run around town day.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Stitch and yogurt(strawberry)

Out of all the images of Stitch, they pick the one where he's picking his nose with his tongue to be one of the ones to go on yogurt packaging.

Probably to get people like me to buy it, in which case, the marketing worked.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Caffeine withdrawal?

To get some work done yesterday, I drank three cups of coffee and three cups of tea and I went to bed with a splitting headache like I was hungover. A little nauseous too.

I'm just hoping it's the caffeine and not something I ate because timing-wise it would mean it was something at my grandmother's which could mean she's sick too.

In anycase the nausea isn't so bad now but I still didn't want to risk breakfast so now I'm starving.

And no relation, but my train is late.

It's going to be one of those days.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


At my grandmother's, which means Gyoza!


You should be. ;)

But seriously, making gyoza at my grandmother's has become a regular thing. She gets all of the ingredients ready for my bi-weekly visit and I make them for Thursday dinner.

Mmm gyoza...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Trying something new

I usually walk all the way down to the first car to insure a seat. But the Shink usually empties out quite nicely coming into Nagoya, so today I'm lined up for a car closer to the center.

We'll see how this goes.

Got in line fast enough to beat the crowds. Sweet.

It's all about the price you're willing to pay, isn't it?

In my world standing in line is worth getting a seat.


They're all really nice and patient. I've also taken the stance of "I'm clueless. Help me." which probably helped things run more smoothly. Total deer in headlights.

The best part was as the second guy helped me go through all of my receipts and crap, I pulled out some postcards that had complete information on them and he reached for them like they were a godsend.

He was really patient with me and even got me a huge rebate. Which will then go back to the country as pension money, but it's all good. Being poor has its perks.

As does being clueless and willing to admit it. My pride of being self-sufficient and my shame of all the times when I'm not usually gets in the way.

But now that I've tasted the ease of showing up and having people walk me through it, I'll probably do the same next year. Though I'll try to have all the paperwork ready and organized since now I know what they are. I was so unprepared that I just brought what I thought was necessary. I knew nothing. And yet I was okay. A few years ago, I would have found my state of incompetence totally unacceptable.

Past the 30 mark and I'm finally learning to let go. Not be so uptight. Trust people. Forgive myself for being human. Accept that I am human. Accept my faults and my morality.

Hey, nothing is certain but death and taxes, right?

Trying to do my taxes

Or have someone help me. This is where my Japanese will fail me. Brought my dictionary. I know enough to understand help, but this too important to fudge and I have neither the patience nor the time right now to deal with figuring out tax paperwork.


Pray for the guy or girl who is going to have to deal with me.

The difference 30 minutes makes

Didn't have a 7am, so I took my time. Unfortunately, I'm the sleepiest thing on this tq.hj (<= tried to write "train")

Was going to write more. Can't.


Monday, March 12, 2012


COLD! came back with a new friend, SNOW!

I'm glad it waited until Samantha went back to Hama.


Thanks to an unexpected overflow of fangirl-related emotion last night, I didn't get much sleep and now I'm in a bit of a daze.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

And back to life as usual

Lots of coffee, pizza, and quality time with one of my best friends. But now Samantha's headed back to Hama and I'm headed back to the house.

Time passes as it does.

Back in Osu

And this time I didn't forget my phone or SD card.

We're back in Osu at Matsuya for some coffee and sweets.


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

The other Meieki clock

While the Takashimaya one is more famous, this is the one I knew of first because my mom's friend would always meet us on this side of the station.

The first time I met someone at the gold clock was when I was on JET and I went to see a Star Wars exhibit with a bunch of people. Lots of memories coming back these days. Just how it is, I guess.

Though if certain people show up out of the blue, I'm going to take it as a sign.

My room

A vlog showing my room and a few plans I have for it. (^_^)v


I wasn't even going to bring an umbrella until I caught the weather forecast as I turned off the TV.


Looks like Samantha and I will be spending most of our weekend indoors. Though with Nagoya's literal underground, there's a lot to do.

Not to mention we've got that date with Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson on Saturday.

And of course the purikura. Thinking of my outfit for tomorrow specifically for the post-movie purikura. I'm thinking poncho or long gunman and definitely the boots. Now for the hair and top...Since I'll have the time, I might go more elaborate than usual for the hair.

Will ponder at work.

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Gotta do my taxes.

Yesterday's workshop made me a zombie.

Yesterday's nabe was awesome.

I may have hooked the new girl onto DGS.

I don't have work today.

Samantha's coming over tomorrow for the weekend.

It's getting warmer.

So I slept until 11. Read manga until noon and have been doing some spring cleaning ever since.

So much damn dust!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Welcome Party Nabe

Chige and Tomato



It's gotta tell you something when you walk out of a workshop and the people at the front desk ask if you're okay and comment that everyone from the workshop looks like a zombie.

Satisfied zombies, educated with new information and such, but zombies nonetheless.

And now I'm free! So I'm in Meieki seeing if I can secure some Sherlock this weekend for me and Samantha.

Passing by the McD's where Samantha, Cat and I chilled after the Nagoya TOKIO GIG of awesome where they found me because of my "Rock hand" and where they announced Harvest and Nagase's "Clap harder!" caused me to bend my pinky ring into a D-shape. Good times with good friends.

It is a dream of mine to see TOKIO in Nagoya again while I live here. This was always concert home territory for me. Nagoya lives rock.

Speaking of which, there it is. Zepp Nagoya.

I'd love to see OCD here too. They could totally get a crowd to fill it.

Well, Sherlock secured, I'm off home.

Headed to work on a Wednesday!

Kinda sucks since I have stuff I need to get done, but it's cert that I wanted to do, so yeah...

To add to the suckiness, there's the welcome party tonight that I'm going to just barely make it to.

But! Samantha's coming over this weekend so yay! Hoping to get some Sherlock and pizza and of course purikura.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Momentary panic and confusion

I woke up wondering what time it was, ready to get ready for a certification workshop. The clock said 4:15, but it's too bright outside for 4:15am. I think maybe it says 6:15am or maybe my clock's batteries have died. I look at my keitai's clock to see it said 4:15pm. I panic because cert starts at 10am.

Then I remember that I crashed into my bed after getting back from my morning shift on Tuesday and according to my phone, it's still Tuesday. Cert is tomorrow, Wednesday.

Maybe I need more sleep...


I forgot my water bottle in the sink! I put the blame on garbage duty in the rain. It's my week and today is recycle day so there were lots of bags.


At least with 5 new people coming in the next month, my turm doesn't come around again until late May. (Yep, FIVE.)

I also didn't make breakfast or tea, but I forgot to get eggs last night, so it's just as well. I might have had time for tea, but the idea of chugging hot tea was not pleasant.

I think I'll get the thermos I was looking at last week. After my night yesterday, the morning me of the future deserves it. The decision is simply between sexy red and sexy blue. Of course I'm leaning towards blue, but that red is gorgeous and reminds me of of Castle...


A morning cup of coffee.

Red it is!!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Nothing for dinner and all the non-existant meals that follow

On my way home and I haven't eaten since the morning. On both levels.



Want lots.


And junkfood. I really want junkfood.

Or maybe just carbs.

Potato chips. Ones with ridges.


I might make it to the supermarket just before it closes. I have 10 minutes. I need eggs. Among other things. Like food.


I want meat too.

I think I have enough cash on me to treat myself to sour cream. Then I'll mix in my spinach garlic pesto and create a dip of win.

If I can get to the supermarket in time.

If not...I'll think of something with combini food.

Breakfast for lunch at breakfast

Because when you have breakfast at 5:30, 10:30 is lunch. And since this is Nagoya, we had mornings for lunch. Yay.

Today was a Komparu morning.

Gah! HOT!

So it's raining and a bit cold, and today I want to stay warm, so I put on some leg warmers and grabbed my vest. The leg warmers were a great idea, but the vest? Not so much.

I keep forgetting how warm this thing keeps me. I probably underestimate it because I got it on clearance for just under $5.


Sunday, March 4, 2012


But I'm still wearing my earmuffs and regretting I didn't wear my leg warmers.

I should also mention this sakura started blooming months ago. I wonder how the ones next to the river are doing. It's going to look awesome when they bloom. Total photo walk season.

Saturday, March 3, 2012


Sure, it may not look like much, but it's been a LONG time since I walked out of these doors while the lights were still on. At least to go home.

Now to get back, get some food, and sleep. I need to learn to make food ahead of time that can be heated and consumed with relative ease and low impact on my already tiny wallet. Preferably meat. Ooh, I have oregano. Meatball sandwiches! *drools*

I'd make gyoza, but I do that every two weeks at my grandmother's.

Mmmm. Meatballs...

Maybe on Tuesday. I'll have to dig up a recipe and tweak it for ingredients I can find over here.


Speaking of buying ingredients, I may have reason to buy frozen strawberries in the near future. If we can just get a blender at the house, I'll be making frozen daiquiris this spring/summer. (Even though I got a lot of flack at the house for calling a blender a blender. Just because I don't always Japanese-ify my English doesn't mean I don't know what I'm talking about.)

Mmm...frozen strawberry daiquiris. If we don't get one by the time summer rolls around, I'll buy one myself. The possibility of a cocktail night came up the other night. Who wants to come over this summer?

But first, to feed myself tonight!

Friday, March 2, 2012

The eternal question

To bring or not to bring an umbrella.

The forecast says rain and I don't get back until midnight. But the skies don't look *that* dark. Still, I had the time this morning to see the forecast, so as you can see, I decided to take it with me.

From the looks of my fellow commuters, it was not the popular choice. But my MP3 player is quite happy to select 曇天 by DOES as part of my morning soundtrack. That's kinda cool.

Oh yeah, kinda related except my regular followers are TOTALLY not going to get it, I bought a pair of shoe bags, the kind little kids bring to elementary school, to store my heels at work (one for each office, hence the pair). They have a spot to write name, year, and class. So I wrote my name in katakana and took the liberty to say I was in 3rd year, Class Z. It was a toss up between X and Z, but I already have Hijikata with a protractor on my onigiri bag, so I decided to continue the trend.

See, told you most off you wouldn't get it.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

They got new chairs


But they're not as soft as they look. Bummer.

I realize sometimes I blog at the same pace as I would tweet with the same if not less content. Sorry about that, but it's not stopping any time soon.