Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Jaded - or not...

Today did not begin well. I was scheduled to go to Rishiri today, which means catching a bus at 6:24 or 6:39. Imagine my surprise when I looked at my clock this morning and it said 7:00! I was in for a much better surprise when my alarm clock went off and I realized I'd been dreaming. Pshew!

It actually turned out to be a pretty awesome day! I visited a school that I really enjoy. The classes are really small and the kids are a lot of fun. This afternoon, they were doing some preparation for their school festival. I was able to watch them practice their dance, which was totally cool. I also got to help them make decorations for the 3rd year classroom...cough, cough. Those of you who know my amazing artistic abilities can pity the school. I almost missed the ferry coming home - they were just about to wheel away the gangplank (??) thing when I came flying through the doors of the terminal. I would have hated to miss the ferry...not because it was merely the last ferry home today, but because it was my favorite ferry! This ferry is totally lux! It has comfy SEATS and gorgeous decorations. Plus, it doesn't stink! I happily ensconced myself in a seat and prepared to enjoy the journey home with my new toy - an iPod touch. I bought it to study Japanese, yet somehow I find myself playing the Oregon Trail, Lemonade Tycoon, or Tap Tap Revenge quite a bit. Oops. You can also get several free books to read! Oh, and you can track your calories, use the thing as a flashlight, do crossword puzzles, or keep track of your grocery list.

Anyhoo, I was just going to run out and take a quick picture of Rishirifuji and then be done with pictures. I was looking forward to the Oregon Trail and relaxing in the warm cabin. This plan worked well for about 5 minutes.

None of these pictures even begin to do justice to tonight's sunset. It. was. incredible.

Wish you were here!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Why not?

I recently found about about this fun (or fun-sounding) project coming up in November. Basically, the goal is to write a novel in November. You do this by writing 50,000 words. I'm going to try it out and see how it goes. I'm hoping it will help keep me from going into hibernation. When it gets cold, I just tend to spend my free time buried under a pile of blankets. This works fine for Mississippi's short cold spells, but I don't see it working out well here in Wakkanai! I have no idea what I'm going to write about! If you'd care to join me, you can click here.

It will be epic.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Uh oh...

The weather in Wakkanai has been so fabulous since my arrival in August that I had slightly forgotten just how much I hate being cold. Buildings here are rarely air-conditioned, and the weather has basically been that nice temperature where all you need is a light jacket. Well, apparently the weather decided to change while I was away. Now, it is COLD! My house is starting to get that unpleasant chill. Tomorrow or Tuesday I am going to ask my supervisor how my epic heater works. I'm pretty sure he will laugh! I'm really not ready to go into heater mode, but I also really don't like being cold. I've fallen asleep in my dorky winter hat a couple times.

I do have some good news, though! I found that the cafe across the street serves really nice hot drinks. It may be my new after work spot! Today I had a caramel milk tea (YUM!). Perhaps I really should consider joining Curves! Yes, there is a Curves in Wakkanai!

So, if you don't hear from me for a little while, it's probably because I'm burrowed somewhere. And fall has just begun!