Friday, November 28, 2014


I'm so thankful for this view!
Today was a fun day of talking about Thanksgiving and things for which we are thankful. Also, we made a turkey handprint board. Well, why not?
Happy (day after) Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
As usual, today was a regular working day, but I still had a good day. My coworker and I went out for ramen, my mini-tradition. 

I hope everyone has a joyful Thanksgiving! Eat lots of yummy things for me!

Saturday, November 15, 2014


I wrote a blog the other day, but I can't seem to make it publish. I'm going to try again tonight after language exchange. I hope that means you'll get two blogs at once. 

I haven't done much besides work this week, but I'm really looking forward to the weekend and no 5:30 alarm!

Exploring Nagoya

Before Saturday, if you had told me to find my way home from work without using trains and subways, I couldn't have done it. I didn't even know what direction school was from my house. 

It was a really weird feeling. So, I decided to do something about it. Remember, I have no more GPS. So, I took pictures of the map on my computer, and set off. 
Pre-voyage selfie: As you can see, I was worried!

I set off down the road. The playground near my apartment had some pretty flowers blooming. 
The trees are changing as well, but I couldn't get a good shot of them. 
I continued on my way. 

This is life now: City

And more flowers. 
Then, I walked down a long street that pretty much looked like all cities ever. Restaurants, car shops, banks, etc. 

I felt like I was getting close on my picture  map, so I got ready to turn on what looked like the street on the map. 
It was not a street, but a dirt path. I knew that this was the wrong way, but I hoped it would work out in the end. 

I started passing mikan trees (like clementines). 
I really like mikans. 
Please, may I have just one?
Not a green one, thanks. 

Walking along the path was fun, even though it was a bit strange. Pretty white moths swirled around me and flew off into the sky. And everywhere, mikans!

The path began to end, and I looked up and saw this. 
That spire in the far distance is where I work! I had made it! The path had been the right direction after all. 

I was just a little excited. 

There may or may not have been cheering. 

After a few minutes, I arrived at the station! Goal!

Remember the concerned starting selfie? Here is the arrival selfie! Happy face!

I really thought it would be the opposite. I thought I would start out excited and end up worn out. 

Then, it was time to commute home. 
Hail, hail, the gang's all here. 
The funny thing to me is that it takes over 30 minutes to commute 5K. When I ran, I ran 5Ks in under 30 minutes. Wow! 

Anyway, I'm glad that I finally know the way between home and school now (even though I'll be leaving next month)!

And P. S. Happy Pocky and Pretz Day!

Sunday, November 9, 2014


Oops! I forgot to let you know that I made it home safely. 

And I saw this in the subway today!
Now it's time for a nice coffee! It's a cold and rainy Sunday here. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Searching for home


On the bright side, I did locate a gorgeous Starbucks. 

I may never get home, but at least I had a lovely Snow Maple Toffee latte. 

I'll let you know if I ever make it home. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

NaNoWriMo Eve 2014

Every year, I love doing NaNoWriMo as an outlet for creativity. This year though, I thought I wouldn’t do it. With my current work responsibilities, I don’t think there’s any way to fit in writing 50,000 words in one month.

But I got down to the wire, and I’ve realized that I can’t just let it float by. I don’t think I’m going to write 50,000 words, but I’m going to have some writing fun during the month.

So here I am, waiting for midnight (so glad it’s Friday!)