Saturday, February 26, 2011

What a day!

I'll try to do a picture post tomorrow, because I'm really sleepy tonight. My new couch is like a lullaby. But anyway, as a little preview, today included lots of snow!

Oops, again

Didn't blog or take a photo today. Wups.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Foul weather

The weather tonight is utterly horrible. Big drops of cold rain fall onto innocent passers-by with unholy splats. The mix of rain into the snow has turned the world into a cesspool of ice, slush, slicky snow, and muddy puddles.

But the weather tonight is oddly appropriate. Today, I heard sad news from back home on two counts. I won't say much for privacy reasons, but I'm a little down.

Give it your best shot, weather. You've got nothing on what's inside.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Good morning!

Good morning from the ferry deck! Isn't the mountain exquisite today? It looked like a dream in the distance or something imaginary about 10 min ago. It's a cold but beautiful day.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Let the sun shine

When I walked out of work today, there was a lovely sunset going on!

110222_1655~01Immediately, I wanted to sing this song:

This video was definitely not filmed with my cell phone. Heeheehee!

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Valentine’s tale

Yeah, I know that Valentine’s Day was a week ago. But any day can be Valentine’s when there is love.

Let me start from the beginning.

For a long time now, I’ve been searching for The One. Though I’ve come across many candidates, I never seemed to find one that just clicked for me. Most were just not a good fit, and some left me feeling unsettled and I knew they weren’t right for me.

I had basically resigned myself to the fact that I just wasn’t going to find the right one. I made other plans for my home life, and just generally got on with things. It just didn’t seem wise to make the investment with one I wasn’t certain of. And after all, one can have a perfectly fulfilled life anyway!

Well, tonight I decided that I needed to stop by Homeac for some organizational things. I walked into the store, grabbed a basket, and meandered off through the store. As I passed the fish area, I considered getting some, but I’m gone so often, I figured the fish would get too lonely. Also, fish kind of stress me out when they fling their small bodies against the sides of aquariums in what looks like a desperate attempt to escape. Ergh.

Anyway, I had just passed the fish when I turned back and looked down the aisle. Part of a display in the middle of the store caught my eye, so I backed up one aisle to see the rest of it. Well, what to my wondering eyes should appear but The One in glorious perfection!

I quickly walked down the aisle and stopped to stare in wonderment. The beauty! The charm! The size!

When no one was looking, I settled into The One’s blue clad arms. I knew it was meant to be. And The One was verrrry affordable!

110221_1850~01Well, I brought my darling home (sorry about the wrinkles in this pic) and installed it in the living room.

And, happy feature, The One’s arms go up and down, enabling one to find the best position for maximum reading and napping comfort!

All this just goes to show that the old vomit-worthy clich̩ is true Рwhen you stop looking for it, love will appear.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Winter ice adventures

This month, I have enjoyed traveling to exciting places with friends. A few weekends ago, we went to Abashiri way out in Eastern Hokkaido. There was a very short post from the road with a pic a while back.

I had never been to Abashiri before, so I was pretty excited to go. It’s not very easy to get to from the northern hinterlands. The crazy local trains to Asahikawa were actually quite a fun way to travel, even though the trip took forever! I had a good time chatting with a fun couple from Tokyo. They are about to finish university, and are just traveling around Japan before settling down, I suppose. They were quite surprised to see me get on the train. I was a bit surprised to meet them, too.

Once off the trains in Asahikawa, I met up with my peeps. Yay! We spent the night with a very kind ALT in town. The next day, we drove off to Abashiri!

We had to go through some mountainy areas, but it was snowing really hard. 110206_1349~03It was difficult to see anything. I was very glad I was not driving! One the way home, though, we had really nice weather, and those areas were beautiful! This photo is on the way home and does not do justice to the day!

Once in Abashiri, we went to grab some lunch, and saw a zillion other ALTs there. Hello, friends!

After eating, we made our way to the port. We bought our tickets for the sunset cruise, chatted with deluge of English speakers, and eventually made our way to the ice breaking ship.  110205_1731~01

Here she is, the Aurora! Isn’t she a beaut? I dunno – isn’t that what people usually say about boats?

Some passengers took refuge in the warm belly of the ship, but many of us made our way to the outdoor observation areas.

It felt like we would never leave! In the distance, the solid drift ice was visible, and a few chunks even floated into the harbor. I for one, was ready to go!

Eventually, we were on our way and headed for the ice. It was covered with snow, so in a way, it looked like we were about to drive the Aurora through someone’s yard. Of course, that would be one massive yard!CIMG2084 …Almost there…

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Finally, we were there, smashing through the ice. It was really beautiful to see the soft lights of a winter’s evening melding with the colors of the sea and the snow-covered ice.

And yes, it was COLD! CIMG2101 But it was bee-yoo-ti-ful! This picture makes me a little dizzy…how about you?

And here is a video from my cellphone so you can sort of see what was going on. I’m prattling on about something, but you probably won’t be able to hear it!

Yes, this is my first video to post from my phone! Prepare for a deluge! Maybe…it turned out to be a lot of work! ;-)


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