Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The adventures continue

I can't really take too many pictures of my adventures these days without violating confidentiality. So here's a random picture of a beautiful flower from a few days (no! years! #friedbrain) ago. 
If you had told me a month ago that I would be substitute teaching and liking it pretty well, I would have been a little skeptical. 
(Sometimes it feels like walking on a creaky bridge. Will you safely cross? Will you tumble through?)

But what I'm finding is that the more I sub, the more I like it! It's not easy. But it's a good challenge, and I'm still learning tons. 

(Pro tip - start the coffee first thing. You may have to fly out the door to go to school at a moment's notice)

I was worried that I would just kind of float between terms in Japan and not learn a lot, but this time in Mississippi has turned out to be adventure-filled!

And there are still 6 weeks left!

Can't wait to see what's still coming in these #104days of adventure!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

New adventures

So, things have been pretty quiet here on the ol’ blog lately. The biggest reason is that I found a little something to occupy my time while I’m here in Mississippi.

What is it?

Well, I can get called anytime and have to be ready to go where I’m needed. I step into the situation with very little intel. I have to be ready to face anything that’s thrown at me. I have to stay calm, gain control of the situation, and show that I have the power to do what I say.

No, I’m not a hostage negotiator.

I’m our county’s newest substitute teacher.

I recently read a statistic that said kids in school spend about one year’s worth of their education with substitute teachers. It was a rather sobering thought.

On a Friday, I was cleared to receive my badge. That evening, I got my first job for the following Thursday. I was relieved to have plenty of time to get ready. Well, that weekend was a holiday weekend. Late Monday night, I got a text asking me to sub the following day.


I did not sleep well during the remaining hours of the night.

Of course, I can’t tell you what happened that day (confidentiality rules, you know). But I bravely grabbed my 8,000 pound sub bag and my lunch and headed out the door.

At the end of the day, I felt like this:


Mwahahaha! I did it!

There is nothing like going into a completely terrifying situation and coming out relatively unscathed on the other side. It is quite the rush.

I’ve taught 10 days now and have learned SO much! Seeing a student’s face light up is one of my favorite things. It’s also fun to share little tidbits about Japan here and there.

And now, the 64 degree sunny day is calling me. See you around!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Foods we didn’t buy for dinner


Could they have thought of a name that was a little more appealing?


I cannot tell a lie – I do love a good King Cake (but am often disappointed).


It’s like a roll…with sugar?


Now this seafood was a bit tempting. Couldn’t find any octopus, though.




Mmm, my ideal choice!


Pizza, anyone?


Burritos, anyone?


Can anyone explain the appeal of the frozen crustless PBJ? I do not understand!

Still not so inspired about dinner. I need some exciting ideas!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

I Heart Libraries

Since I've been back in the USA, I've been to three libraries in our library system. I love finding new books and a cozy spot where I can read. And you can't beat the price - free! Hurray!

Here's my view from today's spot:

If you are looking for me in the next 3 months, check the library!

Thursday, January 8, 2015


A note from January 7th: I found this post in my drafts. It never posted when I was in Tokyo on Christmas Eve, so here it is now!

Although today is a busy day of traveling, I'm never too busy to perform for my fans. 
Haha! OK, it was my first time to try the koto (this instrument). 

I came back from Hokkaido this morning. The few days in Hokkaido were wonderful. Absolutely packed, but wonderful. 
Here's my old train! Didn't ride it, but it came while I was waiting for my big train. 
And delicious soup curry at Zazie! Yum!


It was a great short visit! I'm looking forward to doing it again. 

Next, the US! I board my plane in about one hour!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Mississippi sights

Here's my new car. Ok, just kidding. My brother and I saw this when we were out driving the other day. A tree is growing through the back!