Sunday, June 24, 2018


Thanks to a sore achilles, I haven't been able to spend much time outside this weekend. I've missed it! This afternoon, I went grocery shopping. I was feeling kind of blue about being stuck in the city, but then I saw this lovely flower. Hello!
 After I got back from the store, I spent the evening cooking. I made "enchiladas" - they were not perfect, but they tasted nice. The goop in the bowl is a banana pudding with avocado added - it is delish, I promise!
To try to fight the inflammation in my leg, I made this weird turmeric milk that the internet suggested. I don't know if it will help or not.
I'll let you know! Hope to be back on the hiking trails again soon!

Birthday Brunch

It was so good to have a Saturday of fun today. I met up with some lovely ladies for a double birthday brunch - 2 of us share the same birthday. How fun is that?
We had a lovely time of food, coffee, and chatting!

However, it did start to rain and I ruined a second pair of shoes walking home. I hope they will somehow dry ok! This rainy season has been hard on my shoes!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Little World

Today was a field trip to Little World with the 3rd graders. We gathered at school this morning and then headed out on big cushy buses. We did some English quizzes on the bus, and the bus attendant did some Japanese quizzes and stories. We spent the day at the park making ornaments and then the English teachers spread out around the park. Groups of roving students searched for us, asked us questions in order to guess an animal, and got stamps. The goal was to find all five of us.

My location was Italy, which was all the way at the back of the park. While I waited, I decided to visit the costume shop. Tada!
After the stamp rally, the students ate their bentos from home. It was interesting to see how carefully each lunch was packed. Then the students hit the gift shop, and we headed on home.

It was a hot day, but a lot of fun!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

What do you do when people sing "Happy Birthday" to you?

I love it, but I immediately don't know what to do with myself.

I think I got about 8 renditions today, so I got some time to practice. My recommendation - don't pretend to conduct. Afterwards, you just feel like a big dork.

So it was a great working birthday. I treated myself to breakfast at a cafe on the way to work, coworkers brought me Starbucks and cake and stickers and beet juice (long story). I got lots of songs and Happy Birthdays from my students, I ate my least favorite school lunch (well, it's close), I got a lot of filing done, I ate a hot dog for dinner because I am a child at heart, and I had a good time at language exchange. Now I'm enjoying birthday messages on my phone!

So, a good day!
Reflection time at the end of the day

Language fun

My grown-up dinner

Blech. The pile next to the dumplings has small whole stinky fish. Why???

Desk surprises


Morning flowers

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Birthday Eve

Hello friends! This is a bit of a random post, but tomorrow's my birthday, so I thought I'd blog. I should see how long I can blog in this new year of mine! That would be fun!

I haven't done anything super exciting lately - I had to work last Saturday and we are thoroughly into the rainy season now. As a matter of fact, my favorite shoes died today. Farewell, good friends. Haha.

So here's some random stuff happening lately.

1. Clear Coke
Clear drinks have been super popular in Japan lately, but most of them aren't so nice. The worst was a clear latte. It tasted like they had just poured water into an unwashed empty bottle of coffee. But, clear Coke is actually nice. Unfortunately, I got a raging headache after drinking it. It could have been a coincidence, but it is artificially sweetened. Tasted good, though!

2. City Living
I will be moving out of the city soon, but here I finally got a spot at Starbucks where I could sit and relax. It's annoyingly jammed on the weekends. I think this was a Tuesday night.

3. Ajisai season
The nice thing about the rainy season is that it is when the ajisai bloom. They actually look better in the rain, I think.

Well, that's about it for me! I'm excited about new adventures ahead in this year. I'm just starting to study Spanish, so we will see how that goes. So far, I've relearned stuff from university and one new word - guacala - which means yucky. How useful...not really!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

He is risen!

Happy Easter! He is risen!

In honor of new life, here is a giant heap of sakura (cherry blossom) pictures taken with my phone over the last 3 days. Please enjoy!

On Friday night, I had dinner with some peeps and we finished off with gelato. I had sakura and strawberry...yum!

A cute cafe named after sakura.

Not the tomb, but kind of looks like it.

Sometimes you have to take a boring hike to get the shot you want.

Me with a potato tornado. Why not?
 Sakura parties everywhere!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Moving Day!

I started this post to tell you all about moving day in Japan - a day of adventures! But Blogger isn't picking up today's phone pictures yet. So, here's a group of pictures from last night's farewell party.

Here we are arriving at the banquet room. My chair is at the table closest to you. It's the one in the middle facing you, which meant that I had to do that fun twist we all know to be able to listen to the speeches. 

The first course was smoked salmon with some decorative vegetables. I've eaten the funny twisty one in the middle before, but I couldn't remember what it was called. Neither could the Japanese teachers. Haha! I just looked it up and it's called Kogomi (Ostrich Fern is the English translation).

Next, we got some delightful mushroom soup! And bread and olive oil! Also, that is not saliva on top! Whatever it was, it was nice.

Due to the many speeches, I forgot to take a picture of the fish course. But it was goooooooooooood.

Then came heavenly meat. Beef cooked to perfection! Pink and tender, but not bloody. It was so good that I wasn't even sad it was so small. 

Finally came dessert and coffee. A slice of cheesecake and a small scoop of orange sherbet really completed the meal. And of course, coffee!

It was a delicious dinner, but I'm a little sad to say goodbye to so many people this year. 

But I'm not sad to say goodbye to my old apartment! On with the new!