Saturday, July 17, 2010


There are so many gorgeous flowers around Furano. Viewing them today was incredible!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Hello, lovely

Last night, I pulled a luscious loaf of bread out of the bread machine and set to work devouring it. Here is what is left this evening. I seem to be doing a pretty good job on it.

I included my hand in this picture so you could see my dramatic nails. It's a long weekend, so I thought it would be fun to wear nail polish I normally never wear.

Yay bread!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Girl power

"How about we try to think about dinner more as a reward after a hard day of working and playing and less as a dutiful, it’s-coming-no-matter-what, final indignity."

Yes, I singlehandedly turned these horrors into something edible - hence today's title

Tuesday night, a Bible study friend recommended a book to me called "Fine China is for Single Women, too". The premise of the book is that single women should not put life on hold while they await marriage. Like many truths, this was something I knew, but the title put things into a new perspective for me. Unfortunately, now I want china. So, if you are thinking of buying a gift for me in the near future... ;-)

Later, I started thinking about nutrition. I often approach dinner at home as a bother. After all, it comes every night without fail. It also follows a long day of work when all a tired girl wants to do is hit the tatami with a good book or a movie. And honestly, who wants to spend a lot of time and botheration on something only one person is going to enjoy. And don't get me started on the perils of leftovers.

But, on the other side of the equation, what's wrong with preparing something for one person to enjoy? And we all have the same nutritional needs as anyone else - married or single.

So, tonight I'm going to make a real dinner. As for tomorrow, who knows what will happen. But tonight, I'll enjoy my dinner.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Let the battle begin

Although it has not been super hot here, the humidity has increased quite a bit since the winter. Humidity and I are now locked in an epic battle for this tatami. Humidity would like to devour it with mold, and I would like for that not to happen. I hope I win.

...yeah, I didn't have much to photograph today, even though it was a lovely and sunny day.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Winter, meet summer

On my way home from work, I often pass these flowers. What I found interesting about them as I passed by them today is that the flowers are surrounding heating oil tanks. These are both really important things for life up here - summer beauty and heat! Without either one of them, life would not be so pleasant.

Monday, July 12, 2010

The view from my floor

In my tatami rooms, this is what I see when I look up.
...I did not promise that all the photos would be interesting!
It's just life as it happens.

School Festival!

Yesterday, I spent the majority of my day at one of my high school's festivals.

School festivals are major events in Japanese school life. Students work really hard beforehand to prepare everything. Tons of stuff goes on. Yesterday, which was actually the second day of the festival, started out with all students singing as a chorus, followed by the school band performing a few songs. After that, the students scattered to various stations. Each class had a shop where you could buy food or play games. You could even have a mini tea ceremony.

I totally got adopted by the cutest baby! He was about 1, and the son of one of the teachers. First, he wanted to hold my hand. Then, he decided he wanted to be picked up and refused to go to anyone else! It was really nice, because every once in a while, life feels a bit like the opposite. I have a theory that he liked hanging out with me either because he got to be super high or because we have about the same level of Japanese.

In the afternoon, the student bands played. After that, the parents put on a barbecue outside. I was going to leave before the barbecue, but the parents wanted me to stay (so I was quite happy to stay).

Even though I was sooooooooo tired coming home on the train, I was so happy that I went to the festival. It was so much fun to see my students in a non-class context. And the students and people in that town are so friendly. It's really fun to be around them.