Saturday, June 27, 2015

A little announcement

I’m not sure if you remember or not, but about a hundred years ago I had the flu and then went to the Post-JET conference immediately after. Oh, you don’t remember? Well, that might have been because I didn’t blog about it, apparently. The flu will do strange things to you.

Anyway, the conference was held in Yokohama, which is a little bitty city of 3.6 million people. It’s tucked next to Tokyo.

I really can’t believe I didn’t blog about this.

But I digress.

The whole reason for this blog is to let you know some exciting news! It’s a little sad, but also exciting. In September, I will be teaching in…Yokohama!


I’m still working in the same job, just in a new location. From the sounds of things, the classes will be quite different.

It’s good to try new things, even though it’s hard to say goodbye sometimes!

Here’s some purikura from the last time I was in Yokohama.


Friday, June 26, 2015


Here's a little project we did in class. We cut out Popsicles from the Internet and wrote messages on them. 
Today was a little strange with only 4 classes. Tuesday is going to be strange as well. On Mondays, I only teach in 1 department, so it won't be weird at all. 

I can't believe we're so close to the end of the term. But it has felt long. I'm looking forward to the rest of the term , my almost month in Hokkaido, and 3 weeks at home. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Hello, I am finished teaching one of my departments. Okay, just so you know, this is a voice written blog post. I did not start this post by saying hello. Paragraph. Okay, saying paragraph didn't work.

Anyway, today's two goodbye parties were pretty good. We had a lot of sweet farewells, and we took tons of pictures.

Some students stayed for a long time after class, and then waved all the way down the hallway as they left. Kind of felt like being at the airport. Again with the allergies. They're pretty strong this time of year.

Unfortunately, most of today's pictures have identifying details. But, not this one. Again unfortunately, I looked a bit goofy. Actually, really goofy. The students had my phone and I didn't know what they were doing. I was handing out goodbye cards to students.
I can't believe one department is already finished. On the other hand, I do feel like I've been in Nagoya for ages.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


This term I have 3 last days. Today was one of them. Last term, I had one. 

Now that I think about it, I had at least 11 last year in Hokkaido, so I really should be grateful! Ah, perspective. 

It was sad, but I think we got most of our sadness out the day before. Today was mostly fun and pictures. 

Of course, I can't show you pictures of students, but I can show you some of the presents they brought me. Awwww.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I'm not crying, it's totally allergies!

So, this happened today:
I'm down to my last classes with the bulk of my students. One of them teared up today when she realized I wasn't coming back in the fall. 

I hate the ends of things!!!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Post Birthday

I met some coworkers after work today, and they treated me to a yummy dinner. Here's our food (and laps)!

This week is going to be intense. It's the last week with a huge chunk of my students, and I'm a little sad. Well, I've certainly been here before!

A Nagoya Birthday

Well, it was a strange birthday, but it definitely had its charms. 
More on the above later. 

The day dawned rainy and stormy. To be honest, I love thunder, so I didn't mind much.  I started off with cinnamon coffee on the porch.
But I was going to go to a cool cafe for breakfast with my coworker who lives on the 3rd floor. We started off, but our shoes and calves quickly started getting drenched. So, we decided to go to a cafe near the apartment. 

We lingered over breakfast (brunch?¥ and then decided to check out an area we'd both been wanting to see - Kakuozan. 

When we arrived, there was a small street market going on...
OCTOPUS! Bwahahaha!

We also had amazing strawberry shaved ice. It had real strawberries and condensed milk. Mmmmmm. But, it did not photograph well. 
We wandered around and found a cool garden. 
The summer green was actually pretty with the garden. 
Saw a certain plant and thought of you, Mom!
Also saw some cute turtles. 
We got back on the subway after that. I meant to get off at Imaike, but I missed my stop. So I rode until my friend got off, and then just decided I would ride the line to the end. Some of the subways rise out of the earth at the end. This line did not. 
(Dark subway selfie)

I rode twenty minutes back, and missed my stop again. Ugh!

I got off one stop past mine and decided to just walk back to Imaike. Easy Peasy.  
Excuse me, why does that subway say Kakuozan? I was walking in the opposite direction...right?

Nope! Came full circle!

Finally made it home and decided to pop over to my cafe for a quick cup of tea and maybe something to eat. 
Yep, here is my tea. 
It was a pretty afternoon. 
Then, this:
And this:
Then this:
I started getting ridiculously full during the above. But then this came:
I had a great time chatting (and eating) and didn't leave until after 9. 

Let the new year commence. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Birthday Eve

Birthday eve breakfast. It looks icky, but it was amazing. #cleaningoutthefreezer
Birthdays in newish places are always kind of weird. It's an odd subject to bring up!

So, today I went for a forest walk for my birthday (eve). Mostly because it was free! Here are some random shots
The sign for the course. 

The path

Then, I went a little selfie crazy. 
But then...I remembered the timer function! Ooh, jump shot!
No jump, but it does look like I'm dancing on pointe. Let's try again. 
What is that? OK, I give up. 
I should probably be banned from timer shots. I did also have time to do some writing, which was nice. Ooh, writerly selfie!

We even got some almost sun, which gave me some hope! We've had lots of gray. 
Hey, it's now my birthday! I brought it in with blogging and one of my favorite songs, Steady, by for King and Country. Here's to another year!