Monday, November 30, 2015

Monday! Deltoids!

Just finished my training session. Wow. Sleepy tired.

It's good, my entire body feels good tired, but I'm on my way to my grandmother's now and still have a bit of a ways to go. Just got on a Kodama and all I want to do is take a nap.

Planning on taking a nice long bath tonight while listening to the Christmas songs I downloaded last night.

Ambitious Japan just played. It makes me happy and proud.

Also, totally random, but I named my bag for training Asgard because I put Thor on it because deltoids. And if you know why Thor and deltoids are connected, you know the lines in The Age of Ultron way too well.

Morning stroll to the Post Office

I like my main local post office. The closest one to me, I still don't completely trust, but the big one is good.

They had a special line set up for people to pick up their "My Number" card. (I now officially am a 12-digit number in Japan just like I am a 9-digit number in the States.)

I found it amazing that out of the ten or so people who were in line ahead of me, half of them didn't bring photo ID with their address on it. It specifically said on the notice to bring ID with proof of address if you're picking it up at the post office. (I almost always walk down to the post office for the exercise and to save me from the paranoia while listening for the doorbell when I request re-delivery.)

Part of me would like to say "Dudes, the foreigner (who happens to be wearing a Capt. America shirt) is more on top of things than you people." But I know it's my obsessive personality that makes me check details, not in any way my nationality.

In anycase, the walk was quite nice and I was able to pick up some stamps while I waited at the post office and I made the copies I needed for work on the way back, so all in all, a productive morning.

Now to pack for training and a few days at my grandmother's.

It's December tomorrow. One year since I bought my beautiful Yosegi fountain pen. Less than two weeks until CreMa. And 18 days until The Force Awakens. I thought I'd be taking it easy in December, but I guess not. At least it's all fun stuff. :)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday Night at Komeda

Love this.

I pretty much get through the weekend knowing about two hours of playing with my planner and journal at Komeda are waiting for me at the end of the day.

Mockingjay took a lot of space this week, as it deserves, so no Komeda corner this time, but I have enough space for my awesome Levistone gloves.

Today was a chill day at work and I was able to clean up my work area as well as discuss a few things with my supervisor. Sure, I'm doing way more than I'm being paid for, but if it's enough to bitch about, I may as well make my observations constructive. I actually like the challenge.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Overachiever.

But you know what? Now thanks to Chris Hadfield, I will no longer allow anyone make me feel bad about being one.

All in all, quite a good week.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Testing Blog Stuff/ Also: Intercostals!

Realized a while back that I had two services sending links to my blog posts to Twitter and today I finally decided to fix that.

This a test post to see if it worked.

Also: I learned that the muscles between my ribs are called intercostals. I'm slowly learning muscle names as they get sore post-workout.

They're still sore today. I know I should get out of bed and move around (and it's past 11am), but I like sleeping in on my days off as a luxury (and not a necessity like some Mondays).

I'll eventually need food.

Okies, let's see if this works.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

After the Theater: Mockingjay-Part 2

That was insanely good. For as unsurprisingly yet undeniably disappointed I was in the first movie, I am quite happy with this one.

And lots of crying on my part. I'm attached to these characters. Just the mention of Cinna's name had me bawling.

Also, got to see the newest Star Wars trailer. Awesome! Less than a month! And in Marvel news, found out that in Japan, it's going to be Civil War: Captain America and not the other way around. Oh Japan.

Okay, it's suddenly really cold. Getting back to the room to bury myself under the covers.

At the Theater: Mockingjay-Part 2

Yay! Looking forward to this.

Tuesday Soreness Report/Are you, are you, coming to the tree?

My ribcage is sore. It hurts to laugh. And to correct my posture.

And as the day progresses, the soreness grows in my quads and glutes.

Hurts so good.


Went to an emergency drill at work. After a month of Chris Hadfield and The Martian, I found the casual attitude disturbing. Yes, it's not space, but still life or death. It was really let's just go through the motions instead of let's do this and make sure everyone here can actually do this when we have an emergency.

Fun part, my workplace is on the 12th floor, so the decent was a bit harsh, but not as bad as it would have been if we had a leg day yesterday.


Post drill, I made my way to the station to get myself to the movie theater for Mockingjay: Part 2. Bought my ticket on Sunday when I was having an exceptionally mentally exhaustive day. Movie therapy.

For once, I'm watching a movie before my mom. Wow! A bit miffed I need to go all the way down to the TOHO Cinemas, but it's near an AEON mall and a sporting goods store, so I can pick up a few things too.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tuesday Soreness Report: Need to learn muscle names

My glutes and adductors are sore. Those names I know. (Learned adductor this morning).

And what I think are my obliques (sides?) and my lats (back?) are also sore. Maybe my pectorals (chest? but right near my armpit).

Time to consult the Internets when I get to my grandmother's.

Soreness is still at "super slow stairs" and not yet "escalator" level. I'll probably be at my grandmother's by that time, thank goodness.

It's close though, sitting down and standing up are getting laughably painful.

Which is honestly why I decided to not work on Tuesdays. Mondays, I go to my training session. Tuesdays, I recover in comic soreness. This allows me to push harder on Mondays. Sometimes just to see how sore I'll be on Tuesdays.

Sure, I'm not working as much, but I am lucky enough that I can set my priorities that way. So I'm going to take advantage of it while I can.

Yeah, walking is starting to hurt.

Hurts so good!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday Post-training Report: Hello jelly legs, it's been a while

The whole of both of my thighs were complaining on the walk down the stairs. This is going to be fun tomorrow.

The past few weeks have been a bit meh sometimes at training because I love my new messenger bag too much and it's taking its toll on my posture. I'm a bit crooked right now. Not the bag's fault; it's just exposing my weaknesses.

And I'm not willing to give up my precious bag, so the only option is to strengthen all aspects of my core. Which is fine by me. And my trainer is helping me do that with my bag in mind because he is awesome.

I'm being good this week and heading back after a quick stop at the grocery store. Then attempting to clean my room...Need to find my climbing shoes.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday night journaling

Chill way to unwind. We'll see how long it lasts, but I'm loving it so far.

Forcing myself to sit down and write and draw. Create. Organize. Regroup. As Chris Hadfield would say, find my attitude.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wednesday Soreness Report

Not as bad as I was afraid of. Which means I need to work harder next week.

My back around my shoulder blades were sore yesterday morning. My inner thighs and glutes started to be sore in the evening, but I didn't need the escalators.

This morning I slept until noon. But I think that's from general fatigue. Hunger finally dragged me out of bed and I'm headed down to a cafe on the other side of the river. Like one of my fave places, it's been there for years, but I just haven't gone.

Not sure what's up with my muscles, but my legs are getting all itchy like they do when I haven't walked for a while and I did almost 12,000 steps yesterday. Maybe I slept too long.

In anycase, it's a gorgeous day today. If I were I runner, I would have probably been out taking advantage of it much earlier.

Still enjoying it all the same.

Alrighties, found the place. Let's see how it is.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Aesthetic of Lines

Saw an ad for this exhibition a few weeks ago on the train and had been itching to go.

Some of it was weird, but there were some pieces that really grabbed me. All in all, it was pretty good. Especially at 500yen.

It was also my first time up to the 10th floor of this building and it's pretty awesome. The view is incredible.

And since it's lunchtime and it's right here, I'm having roasted chicken at Wolfgang Puck. Mashed potatoes and gravy! Yay! I might just come here for Thanksgiving. It'll probably be as close as I can get.

LOVING this new work schedule of mine.

Also, now that I've finished it, I can say that chicken was damn good! As were the mashed potatoes and gravy. Had to resist licking the plate. Not kidding.

Extra bonus: free drink refills with the option to change drinks. Score! Had two ice teas and finishing off my lovely meal with a hot coffee.

And gave in to the server's "Room for dessert?" and got some cake.

Life is good.

Monday, November 9, 2015

At the theater: グラスホッパー After thoughts

I'm not entirely sure what I just saw.

I'm glad I watched the movie, but I also really want to see Uroboros when I get back to my room. Watching that man move makes me want to get stronger.

Toma definitely does a great job though. He flailed while running in a way that makes you forget that he's insanely fit.

I'm always amazed by Toma. I may not like the movies he does, but I love watching him. I find him to be convincing, even if he's often type cast as the cute loveable guy that you sympathize with. This movie is no exception.

I have hopes for 秘密 which is coming out next year. I hear his role is cold and calculating.

Alrighties. Tomorrow is two hours of dealing with one of the realities of living in Japan as a foreigner, even for a Japanese American. Then a bit of New Year card planning. Then the day is MINE!

I might go to the museum.

Then clean my room and dig out my climbing shoes. And winter outfits. But the shoes are priority.

At the theater: グラスホッパー

Row F in Screen 1 ain't too bad. Definitely worth it.

I've been watching all of Toma's movies in the theater since 脳男 so I'm not stopping now. I mean, I even watched 土竜の唄.

But グラスホッパー looks promising. And Yamada Ryosuke is in it too. I know he has a bunch of action scenes. Hoping Toma gets to show off his action skills too. (If he doesn't, I'll just watch some ウロボロス when I get back to my room.

In anycase, this movie will at least be entertaining. Whee!

Black Thunder's Grey Zone

"Forbidden Borderline!?"

Yuraku has made an Earl Grey Milk Tea flavored Black Thunder.

Honest opinion? Not bad, but stick with the original.


Did a bit of shopping post-training and now I'm waiting for 8:20 to roll around. Watching グラスホッパー tonight.

Yay Toma!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Turning Pages: An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth/火星の人 (The Martian)

That was such a good read!

A bit trippy to read right after The Martian, but in a good way.

And now to trip myself even more, I'm going to read The Martian in Japanese. Whee!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Squee! Toma with TOKIO (and Yamada-kun)

The chaos! Love Toma. Especially with TOKIO.

Toma is looking so good. Love the outfit! And he's so cute when he's with TOKIO. Love Toma!

And Yamada-kun has been growing on me since Kindaichi. He's a cutie.

Totally looking forward to グラスホッパー. I might watch it before 図書館戦争

Okies, this fangirl is going to rewatch this episode, then go to bed.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

OMG! 学校へ行こう!


Loved this show all those years back!

Some things don't change. And others get better with age. Much better.

Oh V6, how I love you.

Toyohashi has free wi-fi! Score!

So, this city has free wi-fi. Wow. Go Toyohashi!

I came out earlier to drop by a fave stationery spot and picked up a few things. I controled myself, but yeah. Stationery.

Now I've buckled down with a chai latte at the Tully's next to the station to write a few postcards before going to my grandmother's.

Tuesday Soreness Report

Generally in the rib cage and slightly in the quads when I walk. Expecting a bit more soreness later today.


Off to my grandmother's this week.

One more thing I love about my days off, I generally don't feel the pressure to wear make-up. I don't hate make-up; I rather like how I look in it. But I hate the implied lack of choice when I go to work. So no make-up on my days off! Or make-up. Because it's my choice.

For my T-shirt and jeans look today, yeah, this California girl says no make-up. Freedom!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Monday, Monday

Monday is my Saturday of a three-day weekend. Every week in November.

You hate me now, right?

Or at least you're jealous.

If you could see what I make each month and my bank account, you would be less so, but that's the price of freedom.

So I'm writing this on a post-training walk to Meieki to pick up or possibly order a book.

The mentally crappy week I had did a number on my posture and my daily planks and breathing exercises resulting in a rather pathetic effort on my part at times today but we got through it. Because my trainer's awesome.

As for the crappy week, I've come to the conclusion that my body, made resilient by over a year of training, no longer crashes after trips. Which is great. Except my brain probably used to take advantage of the down time to unwind and readjust. And now without a chance to breathe, it kind of shutdown and decided to resent reality.

November came just in time. I cut back on my workdays and will finally have a few days all to myself. Full days! You'd think a single 34-year-old would have so much free time, but no. Sure I had days without work, but part or all of it went to my grandmother's or training or volunteer work, of which the first two I gladly give my time to and the third, let's just say I'm biding my time.

But now, glorious guaranteed full days to purge my room of junk and organize my paperwork and get a grip on my life! To actually go to cafes and write letters all day. To go to museums and see stuff and be inspired. To take walks and sketch life. To blog. To make tea. To cook. To let my brain think up it's little plots. To be obsessive. To read. To watch movies. To send goodies to friends. To exercise. To start climbing again. To practice writing Japanese. To work on my Soseki project. To teach myself calligraphy. To be a more awesome me.

All the stuff that I had been putting on hold until I "had or found time". Well, I decided to make time. So there.

And I'm not sure why I wrote all that, but now I'm on the train back. Books and stationery purchased. Dropping by Komeda to indulge on a りんごノワール while I update my training notebook and write some letters and in my journal.