Saturday, May 1, 2010

Happy May Day!

Welcome to the continuation of Golden Week! It's May 1st...and still cold. I got so chilled this afternoon that I had to go take refuge in the cafe across the street with a warm mug of Mocha Banana while my house reheated (kinda makes it sound like a leftover). I'm still pretty much running my heat whenever I'm home.

Summer, where are you? Spring, where are you???????

So today was kind of a random day - called home, went for a walk, biked to the Children's Festival (no yakiniku, but we did get some free noodles!), read, did some creative projects, went to the 100 yen store, bought some flowers and some socks, and now I'm getting ready to go to bed and read for a few minutes.

Now, don't you feel enriched!

Hoping tomorrow is warmer...

Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy random work day!

Today was just a regular work day, but it kind of felt like a holiday because yesterday was a holiday and Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are all holidays. It just felt like a holiday where...you...have to go to work. Written, that makes very little sense!

Actually, come to think of it, I do have to go to work on a lot of days that are holidays back home! So, maybe that wasn't entirely as crazy as it sounded. Or maybe I shouldn't have had that cup of coffee. I don't know!

Anyway, I've been enjoying the whole holiday atmosphere! Last night, we had a birthday party for the other two ALTs in town - one had a birthday yesterday, and one will have a birthday next month (which is coming quite quickly).

This evening, I got some ink for my printer (par-tay down!) and met another ALT for coffee (oops). Then, she came over to my apartment and we had dinner. It's nice to have a mostly clean house. I've had people over every day since it's been clean. I also just like to luxuriate in the cleanliness. Now, there is a room full of junk that we don't talk about, but :-) :-) :-)

So, even though I had to go to work today, Golden Week Fake Day 2 was a good day!

On the agenda for tomorrow...a children's festival (I'm hoping for some yummy festival food)!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Happy Showa Day! Golden Week - Day 1

Hello all! Welcome to Golden Week, a collection of holidays when a huge amount of the population of Japan travels somewhere! As you know, I travel fairly frequently myself, so I am having a staycation right here!

I had some guests come late last night and leave early this morning to catch the ferry - they were actually gone before I woke up (oops). Now, before you think I'm a huge slugabed (is that supposed to be hyphenated? I dunno), I was actually up a little before 7. Ferries leave early around here - well, either that or a very polite rapture happened that folded up all the blankets. Then, we may all be in much more trouble than we originally thought! Ok, I'm pretty sure that's not the case!

So anyway, I wandered around the house in my favorite jammies for a while, and then called home for the sheer novelty of calling home on a weekday. I had a great chat with the fam - talked much longer than I planned, but I enjoyed it.

Then, I had a great Skype text chat with another friend who I haven't really been able to talk with for ages, so that was nice, too!

Since it's a drizzly day, I curled up on my "couch" and read for a while. Now, I'm thinking about folding some laundry. But it is a lazy, wonderful day!

So far, I love Golden Week! We'll see how long it takes before I'm bored! :-)

Laundry calls!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Power to the people!

Japan's Amazon is an amazing thing. It has tons of movies and books that I love and want, and generally for pretty good prices. You can usually get free shipping with no extended wait time, and the packages usually come super fast (even here to the boundary of the country). And...one of my favorite things about living in a cash-based society...COD.

There is only one problem. The packages usually come while I'm at work. Many sites in Japan will let you select a date and time for delivery (which is sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet), but Amazon does not. So, my strategy for the past several months has been to get my supervisor to call for me.

Well, I got kind of tired of that. Especially if multiple packages come in a row or something...it's kind of embarrassing...uhhhh, I bought more stuff...not that I would know anything about that. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

My hands were ready, but my mouth rebelled. So, one time I emailed the company and asked if I could reschedule delivery online. Well, they were quite nice and just rescheduled it on their own (which was an outcome I was hoping for - I love indirect communication). Then, I did some searching online and found a whole blog post about how to call for redelivery.

So, today I bravely gathered up my scraps of courage, and attempted to use the automated line. FAIL! So, I regathered my courage and called the real person line.

The phone rang, and someone picked up the line. I started to read from the post online. "Fu-za-re," and I suddenly realized that I sounded like a complete idiot. I pushed on through the rest of the syllables, and somehow (miraculously) the poor lady knew what I was talking about. I somehow managed to choke through the rest of the conversation - my shining moment was reading the tracking numbers in Japanese. It's actually a little challenging to look at 5 and say "go" when your mind is telling you that 5 is "five." Oh, and I nicely said the past tense thank you at the end.

At the moment, I am feeling the RRRRRROOOOOAAAAARRRRRRR power surge just for calling! If the package actually comes, it will be an even louder RRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRR!

Might want to hold your ears just in case!