Friday, May 7, 2010

Happy Not Golden Week

Hello everyone! Happy Friday!

This week turned out to be a long and wonderful week! When I last wrote, I was...wait, I have to go look...

OK, so when we last talked, I was bemoaning the wind! Perhaps the photographic example will help explain my position. That thing blowing away is a fairly heavy sketchbook. That's all I'm sayin'...

So anyway, on Sunday afternoon, I met up with the ALT across town and the ALT who lives out on one of the islands. He was on his way somewhere else, so we all hung out for a while. We wound up eating dinner at the Russian restaurant, which was yummy.

The next day, Monday, three more ALTs arrived from further south in Hokkaido. They stayed at my apartment Monday and Tuesday nights, so I tagged around with them and pretended to be a tour guide.

Their first afternoon, we just hung around Wakkanai and did a few things in town. On Tuesday, we went to Rebun Island. It was a perfect day, and we had a lovely long rambling hike.

The weather was just gorgeous for hiking! The wind was a bit intense, but I suppose that's not too unusual!

Wednesday, we went to Cape Soya! It was my first time to actually stop there instead of whooshing past in a car!

It was insanely cold! And yet, we ate ice cream, anyway! Japan's northernmost ice cream!

Overall, it was a really nice Golden Week! Staying home actually turned out to be really fun!

Anyway, enjoy the mixed up pictures! It will be a game - can you match the picture with the place?

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Happy May 2nd...?

"I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!"

This was running through my head as I attempted to bike to church wearing a long skirt today. It did not work out well. It looked so easy in the Wizard of Oz, but in real life, I had to contend with my skirt trying to head north the whole ride. I thought ladies' bikes were designed so that you could ride in a skirt.

Come to think of it, it may have been the wind. I am beginning to have strong feelings of dislike towards the wind. When I try to bike against the wind (and it always seems that whichever way I go is against the wind), it absolutely takes my breath away. And I don't mean in the fun way. It feels like it sweeps into me and pulls out the air I'm trying to breath. Grrrr.

Aaaaaaaaand, it almost ate my artwork!!!

I need to do some research on the wind and see what the point of it is, besides torturing amateur artists on bicycles. Then, maybe I can feel some benevolence toward it.

Well, strong wind seems to be a good excuse not to torture myself on a diet - I need everything I've got to remain earthbound!

Er...just Googled it and went to WikiAnswers. Somehow, I got a whole answer about the book of Revelation and the Apocalypse. Um...thanks? Let's try again.

What? Huh? Oh, sorry! I must have drifted off for a minute there. Now, what was I doing? Oh, yes, reading the Wikipedia article about wind. Hmmzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz-z-z-z-z-z-z-z.

Well, as scintillating as that was, I think I'd rather go read one of my books!