Friday, October 30, 2015
I usually turn off my music on shrine grounds but I had to let Taichi's song play out. He loved it here when he came for おさんぽジャパン. He's got a thing for trees too.
Refreshed and relatively recharged.
Time to pick up some stuff at Tokyu Hands (I swear, it's for necessary things this time.)
Worse than I have for a while.
And for no particular reason.
It just happens.
And I deal, because, you know, life.
But today, I popped in the DVD that came with my new TOKIO single that I picked up yesterday.
Feeling much better.
It's always been these 5 that make getting out of bed easier. For years.
Time to get ready for the day.
Posted at 9:46 AM
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Refills, new year card stuff, another new pencase, some gifty things, and other bits and bobs. Also, tracked down the insoles that best fit my feet.
Fun stress test for my Galactic Empire bag! Whee!
I need to wait until February to watch the movie, but グラスホッパー, Mockingjay, and The Force Awakens will keep me busy.
And so now I've moved on to a book I picked up in England. Another astronaut book. This time non-fiction.
I really enjoyed the TED talk Chris Hadfield gave and that drew me to his book in a bookstore in Penrith. I spent the cash then instead of waiting until I was back in Japan because I wanted something to entertain me on the train to London, and later, the flight back to Nagoya, but I got distracted.
Now with my brain totally about astronauts and reverting back to the space nerd I was as a kid (How nerdy? In high school, I won a gold medal in the Astronomy event at state level in Science Olympiad.), I've picked up the book again and am currently devouring it.
Posted at 12:58 PM
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
What I didn't account for was how much he, well, Andy Weir (the author) would make me laugh and how that laughter would constantly do a number on my sore post-training abs.
It's good pain on all accounts, but damn! it hurts in a rather stupid way. Which makes me laugh more and, well, you get the picture.
And now to get back to my book.
Posted at 1:38 PM
Monday, October 26, 2015
I mean, look at it! It says Galactic Empire in Japanese! The back says Opened in theaters in Showa 52.
And it's a totebag. I was just looking for a totebag! (Yes, I just got a new bag, but that one is an everyday messenger bag. Completely different things.)
It cost as much as my R2 and I feel about it the same way: Zero regrets.
Also picked up The Martian at Maruzen. And some postcards. Whee!
Post-training-wise, today has a bit of sleepiness to it. Will report more on soreness tomorrow.
Now to head back to the house.
Posted at 6:53 PM
Sunday, October 25, 2015
They had a number of various bags there, but you could also custom order color combinations. I couldn't resist. Even with wait list of 4 months, I wanted one with *my* colors. Filled out and order form, paid up front (so it would be a present from my past self when it arrived), and then just waited.
On Tuesday, I got an email that it was finished and ready to be shipped. When I told them I was going to be out of town for a few days, they adjusted the shipping date so there would be a higher chance of me being home. Props for awesome customer service! And I was, in fact, able to be home when it arrived.
And I love it.
I'm really glad I went with these colors. I think the guy who took my order was surprised I went with pretty run-of-the-mill color choices, but I love the turquoise blue peeking through the black and the bit of blue on the back pocket. The inside is a light grey so it's pretty easy to find stuff. Nice heavy canvas. It's the right size to fit my wallet, planner, notebooks, and iPad. And it matches my Millenium Falcon pass case. Also, lots of pockets!
Been using it for three days and it's been great so far. I'm looking forward to seeing how it changes as I break it in.
Wish I had it for England and Tokyo/Kyoto, but now that it's here I can take it on a bunch of other adventures.
Posted at 9:25 AM
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
And while still being sore, I'm craving some movement, so I'm taking a walk around my grandmother's place.
After the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, the quiet is a welcome relief. And I've seen a few things that make me want to take up drawing again. Combined with the need to get off my lazy butt when I'm at my grandmother's, I may have found a new habit. Time will tell if it actually becomes a habit.
Alrighties, heading back for lunch.
Posted at 12:34 PM
Monday, October 19, 2015
Life is good.
Now I'm at Loft picking up more Star Wars merch for a friend (hi Kathryn!) because Loft Nagoya has more than the Shibuya Loft. Viva the inaka! (Even though it isn't really *that* inaka here.)
Posted at 5:46 PM
Sunday, October 18, 2015
I'm getting into Nagoya around 9, then it's the half-hour trek back to the house.
First, my salmon and ikura dinner. いただきま〜す！
Posted at 7:22 PM
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All in all, I'd say that's productive. :)
Just gotta remember to breathe.
So many people...
Posted at 1:31 PM
I opted for my rolly suitcase for ease of riding trains (though transfers might be a bother), making it easier on my shoulders, and having space for the inevitable awesome yet bulky DisneySea merch.
That being said, I packed more clothes for this 8-day trip than my fortnight trip to England. Oh, the temptation of having space to spare. I totally gave in there.
First stop today is meeting up with a friend from elementary school who by pure magic coincidence also just arrived in Japan for a week vacation.
Then it's off to NRT to pick up my travel buddies for the next week. It's going to be awesome. Expect Tokyo and Kyoto Instagrams.
And after I get back, I'll finish up the London ones. :)
Posted at 8:35 AM
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Part of me wishes I had a camera. I mean it was perfect. Like it had been choreographed.
In other news,
-My R2-D2 is the cutest thing ever
-I have one day left of work until vacation time. Need to pack.
-Soreness report: Just the calves now, though the ribcage/upper abs were feeling it yesterday
-Seriously, my R2-D2 is adorable.
Posted at 11:04 PM
And while I resisted the silicon Death Star ice mold, I fell to the R2-D2 talking fridge gadget. He's just so cute! I was going to play with him at work, but batteries not included.
Star Wars Merch has always been my Achilles heel.
Posted at 2:00 PM
Monday, October 5, 2015
Those in my possesion, I went up to the stationery floor and the variety floor Where lo and behold The Force Awakens merch! So much merch! I love that Japan loves Star Wars!
As I tried to contain my excitement, I realized that by pure coincidence I was wearing my Angels Star Wars Night shirt. Slightly embarrassing, but that didn't stop me from acquiring a glorious haul of merch. Will post pic later.
I have a bad feeling that I'm setting myself up for the same disappointment that came after Episode One, but I can't help myself. It looks awesome.
I'm supposed to do some translation tonight, but with two books and all the glorious Star Wars merch...Priorities. Right? :)
Posted at 7:51 PM