Ok, so I'm alive an well an all that. I've been in Morioka for about a week short of a month and I'm happy and enjoying life here. There's a lovely amount of grapefruit flavored things which makes me happy.

Basic daily schedule for me is complicated but . . . Mondays I go to classes at a local university from 9 to 4 but I usually try to get in early so I can use the internets and check in with people and leave a little late to do the same things. Tuesdays I get up and head out to host school, buy a lunch at a combini on the way. (MACKENZIE, QUESTION: did you ever go to the bento place sort of near us on the corner where you turn to get to Morioka Eki??) Then I do whatever my English teachers tell me to do in classes. There are 2 women teachers who I work closely with and then a group of 5 student teachers at my school and usually at least one of them is observing one of my classes so I spend a lot of time with them in the teachers room. They're really cool and fun and I want to spend time with them outside of school but don't know them well enough yet to bring up that option. My school was the only Junior High School in the area to be physically damaged in the earthquake to the students are separated into 3 school buildings. The English teachers rotate what schools they spend time at I think but I'm not so clear on the pattern. So far I've only been working with the third year students but tomorrow I have my first day with the 2nd years so I'm excited. They're all really sweet and cute and intense and they remember all the ALTs they've had before and want to talk about them. Then I help the students clean the teachers room and go home and collapse for a nap while my host sister takes her nap. Then there's dinner and Full House and all sorts of stuff with homework shoved in there somewhere before bed. Wednesdays I got to my host school for half a day and then usually go somewhere shopping or wandering around with one of the other SICE people or I go to Gandai for the internets and get home around 2:00, just in time to go pick my host sister up from preschool. Thursdays I have classes at Gandai again and then I have homework time and Thursdays are Pokemon night. Fridays are another full day at my host school, just like Tuesdays. The group seems to try to meet up on Friday nights but I haven't been able to go yet so hopefully this week I'll be able to.

This past Saturday to yesterday we went to the coastal area of Iwate to do some volunteer work and help people clean up after the tsunami and earthquake. We spent most of that time at a camp sort of place called Shinomori that's run by Waseda students and has been there for like 50 years or something. It was founded after a big forest fire in Tanohata and the main purpose of the camp is to take care of the forest on the surrouding mountains but me and mountain climbing didn't work out so well because it was soooooo steep I got dizzy and couldn't keep really move so much. I'm proud that I didn't actually throw up but I wanted to. So for the rest of the time Rosa (knee problems) and Katie (???) and I copped out of the mountain climbing part of the camp and helped them clean up the beach and deal with the debris / garbage we found there. There was a lot that was sad, a lot that was sort of astonishing, and most of it was unidentifiable. It was hard to see everything that was lost but Tanohata was on the good end of the disaster so things were already starting to look up and I'm hopeful. The last evening and day we spent in Tono at a volunteer center place that I need to find out the details of because it was really great and welll organized and awesome etc and it would be a good resource for people who want to volunteer in Japan. We spent the only work day we were there cleaning out an irrigation ditch around a rice field. We found a lot of house building materials and a lot of car parts and a lot of small posession things that hit hard but it felt good to do and was a really good experience. And Xan and I made a friend at the camp who will be in Kyoto when we are there and wants to meet if possible so I'm excited for that.

Otherwise I'm good, generically awesome but the program is a very full program so I am having a hard time finding time to myself which is starting to take it's toll. I am also upset that I tried to buy Sexy Honey Bunny and the only (non used) CD store that I can find doesn't have it! My fangirl is upset. I'm happy with the food, with my host family, with classes for the most part (I don't like being the only student in my Japanese class, it's really draining and the class is three hours long with only one break so I'm dead at the end of it and it's only lunch time) and I'm having lots of fun. ALSO, there are Okada's on Gandai's campus so that makes it all better.

Sorry for taking up so much space and I'm sure there's so much more I should tell people but I can't think of it and I'm out of information to share atm. If you ave questions for me etc, either email me or ask them here. I can only get online a couple times a week but I'll get to answering them as soon as I can.

I love and miss all my peoples out there so contact me, keep the love alive!! I'm getting silly, I need to stop typing :)

x-posted to my tumblr so sorry for additional spam if you have one of those too!

Why is the power out on the night I was going to be motivated and start doing work for my summer online course that doesn't have any deadlines until mid July. I have not yet started reading the textbook yet which is bad. I need motivation in my life.

Also, I hate being home. It depresses me and I feel like
I have to leave the house to just be myself for a little bit. I should do that tonight in the power outage and let my tipsy father snore in his recliner and my crazy mother freak out about her computer dying with no power in peace. Maybe I'll go get a slurpee. I've been collecting 7/11 slurpee rewards codes this summer. If you have any that you don't want, you should share them with me. I'll put them to good use, I promise. :)

That's all for now folks who care. My life is dull. I am BORED!!!!!!!! Save me !!!!!!

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I'll be back at school in a week. I can't wait to get outta here, countin' the days.
Anyways, made some more macros if anyone feels like checking them out.

Photobucket album link that's hopefully correct: http://s799.photobucket.com/home/beastlover89/index
And I'm 'illegally' posting this here because I'm soo bored already. At least I have my own space, well relatively.

Also, I love my daddy.

That is all.
Can you tell I'm happy? I was so excited after it happened last night that I couldn't fall asleep until like 4:30 but I was also too excited to do anything productive like fact finding for my latest project or writing people or whatever. I spent most of the time dancing (well, more like running and flailing) around in my (rather skimpy cause it's hot here) pajamas in the basement with my cat laughing at me the whole time watching the post game coverage. First cup win in 49 years and they worked hella hard to get there. This year's season was super super long too a causa del Olympics.

And this morning I had the first of my last three appointments with my orthodontist! That means I only have my braces for about another month and then I can get the damned things off.

And I had key lime pie today and watched some HanaKimi which is always a happy thing.

And I have a (temporary) job house sitting and watching the lizard of some really great friends. <3 His name's Fred. The lizard I mean, not the friend. My (gran)Papa's name was Fred.

And I have a new project to hopefully dispel my boredom. Be excited. If it works out, you'll know.

An there's a likely possibility that I will have my own car next year! All that's left is for my daddy to agree to MK's proposition and I have my own lovely 10 year old minivan!

And tomorrow MK has to work so I don't have to deal with her. And the whole fam is going to go out to eat to celebrate the Hawks' win so I won't have to do dishes.

And David's FINALLY coming home from school this weekend so I can hug the boy.

Also, I'm going to be doing some major baking this weekend. There's a community picnic.

There's a lot more happy stuff here than I thought there would be. I thought it would stop shortly after Hawks' win and no braces. That in itself makes me happy. Ok, time for me to stop rambling. :D
I went to the half price bookstore today which was a BIG mistake but I was selling some of my old books I no longer need so it was well justified. Or so I keep telling myself. But, I found a gem so it was worth it.
There I was, perusing the games section to see if I wanted any of them for my collection (Taboo for 3 bucks) and found The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide and HAD to buy it.
I have read the introduction and the section entitled 'History' and learned very little. Rock Paper Scissors was developed independently in both Japan and Eastern Europe and was called Paper Scissors Stone in London for quite a while but people turned the abbreviation (PSS) into PiSSers and they changed it to Rock Paper Scissors. They do actually refer to it as janken in the sections discussing Japanese versions of the game which pleases me. 
The authors are either entirely too serious and completely believe that there was a measurable need for this book and slaved away to provide the public with it or are bsing the entire thing marvelously. I rather think it's the first possibility but I have not yet read enough to cement that.

Anyways, sorry about the semi-spam, it just made me HAPPY.

Another thing that makes me happy: Only 1 1/2 weeks left until I return to school and escape my family, especially my mother.
AND I'm going to the zoo Saturday!! I love the zoo.

I fail at communication of all kinds this summer. Well, just on the off chance that anyone would be looking for me this coming week, I thought I'd let the world know I'm going to be in Ole Mississippi without a computer. I'm going to sweat myself into oblivion but otherwise it'll be o.k.

I'm back!!

Jun. 29th, 2009 11:25 am
I feel like I've been gone for a month but it was only 10 days. Anyhow, I'm back! I went to visit my sister at her in-law's cabin on Lake of the Woods in Canada. It was REALLY pretty but really basic. No running water, electricity (so no charging of the ipod ! ), etc. which made it not so fun for me. Besides all that, my crazy insane mother who goes beyond description came so we were all stuck on an island in the middle of this HUGE lake with Mother and nothing to do. We all survived. No one pushed anyone off the boat. (We went fishing and I caught 6!!) The wolves did not attack us. It all worked out but I never want to do it again.
Now, I'm ready to return to the world I'm more familiar with, and my kitty.



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