Saturday, May 24, 2014

Breakfast at McDonalds

Today, I had a Good Idea. I should try something on the McDonald's breakfast menu that I've never tried before. 

So, I picked the hot dog breakfast set. 

Can you buy a hot dog breakfast set in the US?

I have to say that eating a hot dog for breakfast tasted pretty different for me. 

I don't think I'll try it again, but I'm glad I tried it once!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday on Flower Island

Delightful day on Rebun today. It went from gray to blue and back again. I have to hurry to get this done before midnight, so here's a photo essay of the day. Maybe you can predict the day from the pictures!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Island Thursday

Hello from Pension Uni, one of my favorite places to lodge!

This morning, when my alarm went off at 4:05, I had one thought. "........................" 

Clearly, I'm quite eloquent at 4:05. 

I packed everything the night before, so it wasn't too much trouble to get out the door at 4:45. 

Although it was freezing, I decided to walk the 2.5 miles to the ferry terminal. I put some good music on, and set off across town. 

The morning was not only freezing, but cloudy. I really hoped I'd be able to get a spot on the ferry!

About 1.5 miles into my walk, I passed my favorite building. 
Isn't it cheery! They start serving food at 6:30, but I was long gone by then.

And boat parking...

I made it to the ferry terminal and stopped at the Meguriai branch for a cup of coffee. It looked so pretty under a light!
Today's ferry had plenty of room for everyone! Oh, happy me! And, I ran into one of my coworkers. It was her first visit to Rebun. 

The first half of the trip was pretty rough, so I just tried to take a nap. I like listening to podcasts on ferry trips when I can't read, so I did that, too. 

At school today, I got to visit all the classes, which I enjoyed. I wish I could talk more about school! We had fun with trivia, clues, and tongue twisters. I have a really hard time smoothly saying, "I wish to wash my Irish wristwatch."

Checked into Pension Uni this evening and was excited to get my beloved room with a bay window that looks toward the sea. 

Since I finished work, I've just been relaxing, watching sumo on TV, reading, and writing. It's nice to be in my cute room with the heat blasting. 

A little later, I'll meet some teachers for dinner, but I'm going to go ahead and post this blog now!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Night School

As soon as I stepped out the front door into the warm sunshine of the day, I realized that I had committed a grave sartorial error. Surprisingly, my error had nothing to do with the weather. I often wander out the door in a heavy coat in warm weather or no coat in chilly weather, but this error was totally different.

Unlike my hair that enjoys daily dance parties, my trousers are fully devoted to the principles of gravity. I tied them up with a belt made of elastic (hey, I spent a lot of my childhood in Kentucky – what do you expect?), but gravity seems to be winning this war.

In addition, both of my tops have those hangar holders that like to escape. I really need to cut them off or something.

If I don’t move, I look great.

In other news, today is a glorious day in Wakkanai! I wish I were on a ferry today – it would be a perfect day to put on a jacket, sit on the deck, and let my legs soak in the sun.

I had some time in the office today. While walking to the office, I ended up in a small group of people headed for the building. I was hoping that we would end up with four people crossing the last street in a single file line. Every time that happens, I get a small giggle imagining that we are recreating the Beatles’ Abbey Road, or whatever it was.

But today, it was six people, and someone was out of the nice line. Guess he was in a hurry to get to work!

Today also involved a speedy trip to the post office and the drugstore. Apparently, some of the vitamin drinks have scorpion or something in them. This makes zero sense to me, and I dearly hope I misunderstood. But just in case, no thanks!

Here's a cute cover. 

I got to school early to meet with a student. Then I headed over to the evening division, met some new teachers, and chatted before school. 

School itself was nice - got to meet new students and eat a huge dinner in the school cafeteria. We had inarizushi, tempura, and udon with chicken and vegetables. And tea. 

After school, I headed home and realized that I could go to the gym for a short workout before it closed. Grabbed my stuff and hit the walking pool. Caught the last bus home, packed for tomorrow, and picked out 30 things to throw/give away. 

Good night! My alarm is set for 4:05 AM. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Traveling south

I think Rishiri may have been moved while we weren't looking. It's been either cloudy or hazy out there the past several train trips.

Today was a day at my southernmost high school (I think!). I got to go to all the classes, and I only tried to head off to class an hour early twice. Over eager?

It felt like a crowd got on the one car train this afternoon heading north. Students, daily travelers, and maybe a few visitors got on. 

I settled into my seat and took an excellent nap. 

The evening was coffee, groceries (ugh!), gym, and chatting. 
I have no idea why I took this picture this morning!

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Monday in the life

The weather today started out icky, but it was a little bit warmer than it has been. I cleaned my house for the Skype interview and headed to work. I wasn’t there for long before I came home for the interview.

I won’t say much about the interview, but my family is right. I talk with my hands a LOT. There was some time at the beginning of the interview that was audio only, but I was still waving my hands around (I’m surprised a plane didn’t land in the backyard.

By the time I got off work, the weather had turned beautiful. So, I decided to go out for some exercise.

I made my way down to the bay where the boats park (dock?).


Saw a bird


The water was just so pretty.


Came home, weeded the back yard, and then conked over on the couch. I really wanted a food-that-shall-remain-nameless, so I went to a shop-that-shall-remain-nameless. The shop was populated almost entirely by my high school students (and I was in exercise clothes with a big jacket tossed over). It was fun to greet the students and have a short chat with them.

Then I came home and had Bible study with my friends, and now it’s time for bed!

And that was my Monday!

Just sitting here

I have an interview in 8 minutes.

What will we talk about?

Logically, I know that if this isn’t the job God wants me to have, it isn’t the job God wants me to have. No problem.


He gave me this! I suppose I really don’t have to worry, right?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Cold Sunday

The weather has been so cold lately! All I want to do is burn my heavy, black, winter coat. It is not cute for May! 

However, if I do a ceremonial coat burning, I am pretty sure that another cold day will arrive. 

July 15th, everyone is invited to the ceremonial burning. No open fires are allowed around here, so alternate plans are in process. Perhaps a ceremonial microwaving. 

Anyway, I'm going to try to do as many posts as possible over the next 31 days or so to give you a brief glance into daily life around here. 

Today has been a pretty chill Sunday so far. Almost caught up on a teaching class on the internet. Chatted with the family. Went to church. 

After church, we had tea and chatted for a long time. After that, I took myself out to lunch at Meguriai, a cute cafe. 

There was an older gent sitting at the counter when I came in. One of the owners pulled out the third counter seat for me, and I sat down. Then, a woman about my age who I've met several times (we work in the same building and have a mutual friend) came in and sat in the second seat. We all chatted with each other and the owners for quite a while. It was fun! I love Meguriai, because you never know who you are going to run into there. 

Now, I'm on my way to the gym for some water walking (maybe something else - I haven't decided yet). 
My favorite forsythia bush - it's just so spread out. 

Some sakura are still left. 

Why not?

And in the very first picture, if you look closely, you can see that there is something sewn onto my sock. 

That's been my day so far!