Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hello birthday!

 My birthday turned out to be pretty fun! It started with one of my favorite fast breakfasts - bacon cheddar cream cheese and a blueberry smoothie.


But then I got caught in a storm on the way to school. I got soaked in the rain.
 The wind didn't do much for my hair, either.

Things improved at school, though! Classes were fun, and school lunch was great! Got lots of happy birthdays from my little ones - lol. Curry and rice is one of my favorite school lunches and we got a chocolate mix-in for the milk! We only get those once or twice per term!

After classes, my coworkers surprised me with cake in the file room! I had some suspicions that something might happen, but I wasn't expecting it to be there! It was such a fun surprise!

Here's the cake right before it was eaten at dinner! So gorgeous and delicate and delicious.


After the birthday party, we had a coding seminar for an hour and a half. It was cool! I want to learn to code now!

This evening, I was just going to chill out and relax, but I wound up having dinner with a friend instead, which was a fabulous way to spend the evening.


It was a lovely day, and I'm enjoying finishing it with a birthday facemask and a book from my coworkers. I'm excited about the year ahead and coming adventures!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Back in the Saddle

Hello!

I haven't been blogging lately, and I really have missed it. So, I'm determined to get back in the saddle and get back to blogging. Here we go!

So, what's been happening in Nagoya lately? Summer is slowly coming, and it's slowly getting hotter. I'm always surprised at how long it takes to get really hot here. After church today, I went for a walk across the city. It was a heavy gray day, but that's ok!

Here's a big shopping district - Osu. There are a lot of fun and unique shops to poke around in!

I found some gorgeously fragrant gardenias along the way. They always make me think of Mom!


As I was wandering, I came across a walled garden. It was open to the public, so of course I went in. It was full of people, but refreshing in the middle of the city! Sometimes I just get tired of city city city.




I also went through the middle of a Brazilian Festival! It was fun and loud and full of delicious looking food, which I didn't eat. I just meant to take a crowd shot, but I really like it.
I finally ended my wander at small group. It was kind of a weird day, but it was a good one. I needed some time to think and pray, and I got it!

See you soon!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Last day of Fall 2016!

So, it's been a little while, and a few things have happened. And here we are at the end of the fall contract! My new contract starts tomorrow, and I'm heading to Tokyo for orientation.

Spring is almost here! It's still pretty chilly, but things are starting to bloom. Just barely starting!

This spot is going to be so pretty in a few days! I hope I can find it again.

Little white flowers blooming.

These trees have been blooming all over Nagoya. 


The trees along the Yamazaki River are so close to bursting into bloom.

Look at those buds!

Hello, blossom!

 A few were popping out along the river.

 I love the trunk blossoms.

Hi!
Well, I'm sure more blossom pictures will be coming soon as we head into flower season! I'm definitely looking forward to some warmer weather and being able to enjoy the outdoors again!

Happy Spring!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A BOP 2

Here's another blizzard of pictures from December 30 to New Year's Day

Here come a ton of pix from the train ride from Horonobe to Sapporo (2:30 to 8:30)




 






























 








































 













  Train change!


Adventure toilet!



 Finally! Tomoko! If I look exhausted, it's because I am!


The next day, we wandered around Sapporo




 Bye, trolley!

Hi, snow!











 Watercolor sky
 I went to Hokkaido Orientation here!






New Year's Eve dinner! Steamed egg custard, sushi, and soba








 Tomoko and I rang in the New Year with a TV countdown and a phone call to the US. That was fun!

 Early the next morning, we went to see the first sunrise. I don't know why I took this selfie! Exhaustion?

It was cloudy, so we couldn't see much. But it was a fun party!



















Look at the reflection!





New Year's Day dinner - a traditional Japanese meal called osechi



Everybody squished in to one pic!


A traditional soup called ozoni - yum!

Dessert shaped like a chicken (this is the year of the rooster)


I'm not sure why I felt disgusted enough with this pile of snow to take this selfie





Yay! Meeting another friend!

When I can, I'll try to send the next chunk!