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Today I went to the movies. GANTZ came out yesterday and I have been waiting to see this movie since I first heard of it back in the summer.  I really enjoyed it, but since it was rated PG14, I was NOT expecting it to be anywhere near as gory as it was.  I mean..I had to look away from the screen a fair amount through out the movie.  If this had been shown in Canada it would have definitely been rated R. But there were lots of kids in there and they all seemed just fine.  Hell, I even saw one of my students and I know he isn't even in grade 6 yet!  

Sometimes I just don't get Japan. I really don't.


I went online this morning to look for some study guides and or textbooks to help me with the JLPT N2 test that I will be taking in July.  I found a series called Nihongo  Somatome N2  that has 4 books: Grammar, Vocabulary, Kanji and Reading Comprehension.  I am not bothering with the grammar book because I have lots of those, but the other 3 have been ordered. They weren't that expensive either, only about $13.  So I ordered the three books (not the grammar one) from Amazon.ne.jp  and the thing I love about Japan is I got to choose the day it will be delivered to me and the time! So it will be here ont he 1st of Febuary between 6pm and 8pm.  And I pay for it at the door in cash! Nice!  Now I don't have to worry about putting more on my credit cards, I can just go get the money from the ATM machine the day before delivery and pay the guy at the door. :)  Very convenient!

I got my invitation to Aya's wedding in the mail today..or maybe it came yesterday, I don't know.  Anyways, she's getting married on April 2nd and I can't wait!  I'm now trying to figure out if I should go down Friday and come back after the wedding on Saturday, or go EARLY Saturday morning and then come back on Sunday...or just fork over the extra money and go from Friday night until Sunday.  The other thing is finding a place to stay....I don't know any places that are all the close to where the wedding will be held...and the hotel where the wedding will be held is $209  a night plus 15 bucks for breakfast....  also check in isn't until 3pm and the wedding starts at 1:30...so I'm not sure what to do with my bags during the wedding... 
The hotel I usually stay at is rather far from where the wedding will be held...so I need to think..and I should probably talk to Aya's family. Maybe they can suggest a hotel to me that isn't too expensive.

I wish it was only Friday night...instead it's Sunday night and I have to work tomorrow...and all week...when all I really want to do is sleep.  I have a stupid low grade fever that just won't go away. I don't even feel sick....but I feel tired.  Right now my temp is at 37.5C which, if I was in Canda or the US would be normal...but for some reason when you are in Japan your body temp sits  at about 35.3C.  I don't know why, but it does.    So I'm taking lots of Vitamin C and hoping it will go away. 

I'm also going to bed early.  It's 8:30pm and I'm heading off to bed. I won't sleep right away..but at least I'm in bed and hopefully that will help.  I'm tired, I'm just not all that sleepy. :(

On a happier note, I bought Skippy Crunchy Peanut Butter today! It's the only peanut butter I can find here and I've only found it at one store.  Peanut Cream (the consistancy of margarine) just isn't the same. lol

My weekend

Oct. 11th, 2010 07:19 pm
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Good day all!

On Friday the lady that gave me the Japanese Census (Michiko) the other week stopped by again with her American husband (John) and we talked in my doorway for about 30 minutes.  He's an author and had written a book that has just recently been translated into Japanese. He does all his own illustrations too.  So I got their phone number and was invited to go to some free concerts with them in 2 weeks. I'm looking forward to it.

So Saturday I went to Taira to do my groceries. Before going to Taira I bought my Weekend Ticket to go to Tokyo. It cost me $79 for a return trip but it also included free fare in Tokyo on the JR lines.  So I got to go all throughout Tokyo on the train for free.  A one way ticket to Tokyo costs about 6000 yen ($60) so it's a great deal!  I checked the movie theatre to see if there was anything good...there wasn't. or rather there was but I wasn't willing to wait for the movie to start.  I did went to Ito Yokado and had a banana custard chocolate crepe and ran into 2 Americans.  I asked if they were visiting or if the lived here in Iwaki. They apparently have lived here off and on for about 15 years and consider Iwaki home. They are missionaries. I almost laughed because I honestly didn't think peopl used that word any more.  I  was invited to Church on Sundays, which I probably won't attend. We talked for about 20 minutes or so and exchanged phone numbers and such.  It was nice to talk to them. 

On the way home I ran into John on the train. He came on and sat right beside and didn't really notice I was there until I said hello.  So we talked the entire way back to Izumi and we split up down the road from the station.  he lives about a 5 minute walk from me :)

I cooked dinner and went to bed early and I woke up yesterday morning with a sore throat. I decided to take medicine right away. Then I washed my hair and while I had the hot water turned on I poured myself a glass of very warm water and added salt to gargle. Then I gagged and choked and coughed and bashed my face on the faucet and gave myself a black eye! Wonderful.  Then I had breakfast and headed out the door at 5:50 to catch the train. It was raining. And while trying to open the umbrella I pinched myself good and gave myself an umbrella hicky! Painful!!  All before 6am!!

I got the train with no problems.  I made it to my host mom's house by 10:15am...so just over 4 hours.  Then we spend the morning catching up with each others lives and then went to lunch with the entire family at Bikkuri Donki. After lunch we watched the DVD of Yuko's wedding. She got married last year in Hawaii! So the ceremony was half English, half Japanese with a Hawaiian prayer thrown into the mix. It was neat. Yuko looked soo happy and Haruhisa looked really nervous. lol



At 4pm I met up with Aya at the train station and we went shopping until 6.  I found shoes!!! I got New Balance running shoes. Size 27.5 (9 1/2 men) 4E width (i'm a 2E in Canada).  $62!!!!  I paied $150 for my New Balance running shoes in Ottawa!!!  So I'm really happy!!!  Then we took the train to Aya's place and her dog remembered me and gave me kisses.  I haven't seen him in 2 years.  We had Curry for dinner and Aya insisted on checking me for fever. I had a very slight one.  not enough to worry about.    After dinner (curry, rice, veggies and banana muffin) we watched some tv and I called Harada Sensei and talked with him for about 20 minutes. He updated me on various teachers who have been in the hospital recently and on current school events.  Then he gave me Motegi Sensei's number and Iwasaki Sensei (the principal)'s phone number and told me to call them! lol  So I got Aya's mom to call the principal and tell her I was there because I didn't know if she'd remember me or not.  So I talked with her for about 10 minutes and she told me to come visit the school the next chance I get. lol  

At bed time we had a small argument over bedding.  I didn't want any because it was too hot and they wanted me to use this thick blanket! I kept telling them that it was too hot for that. It was 23 degrese which is a nice summer day in Ottawa and Aya was showing me the duve she was using on top of her blanket and telling me that this was cool weather and I should cover up. lol.. I got them to settle on a cotton towel. lol  It was long enough and not stifling.  I did end up using the blanket around 3am...but I was fine with just the towel up to then. lol  wow.

This morning I had salad and home made pizza on toast for breakfast and then Aya and I went to the movies in Tachikawa so I could see The Legend of Guardians: the Owls of Gahoole. ガフールの伝説! It was awesome!!!  I enjoyed it very much and am really happy that I got to see it. I was upset because it isn't playing in Iwaki at all!  I've been waiting since June to see this movie and it looked like I wasn't going to get to see it.  So I had asked Aya if we could go and she checked the times and we caught the 10am movie.  Then we had lunch at this pasta place I like.


I caught the 1:00 train to Kanda and then switched to the Yamanote line to Ueno and then took the express train back to Izumi.  It took 4 hours to get to Tokyo but only 3 hours to get home! I love it when connections work well! I made it home just after 4pm today.

I now have quite the fever so I took meds and have a cold stip on my forhead...I have to go to work tomorrow because the BOE (Board of Education), probably Kodama Sensei or Takahama Sensei are coming to watch me teach and this will go towards deciding if I come back next year!  Crap!  So I'm teaching grade 3 tomorrow and the lesson is simple... "what's this?"  that's it!  So I'm going to have them play bingo and maybe a shouting game.  I just hope I last the day!  at least my throat doesn't hurt tonight.  I'm just coughing lots and my nose is either stuffed or running...and yeah, fever...35C is normal here and I'm up at 38C. fun.

So I'm going to bed early tonight...I'm going to eat soup for dinner...even though I'm not hungry. I haven't eaten in about 7 hours so I should eat.  
I hope everyone is doing well!

I'm off to go reheat some soup!


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OK, I'm posting really early today because I am going to Aya's this afternoon. I have to catch a 4:37 train. I actually have to take 4 trains to get to Aya's.  She lives a wee bit away from here. lol   It's going to take about an hour and a half to get to her place.  Her dad called me this morning around 9:30 to tell me they were going shopping for groceries and stuf and to ask me what kind of sweets I liked and what kind of fruit.  So he's buying me peaches and something chocoalte (from what I understand...lol).  Aya's going to meet me at the train station at 6. I should be arriving there at about 5:50 tonight.

SO today has been quiet. I haven't done much besides laundry and went to pick up a few groceries. 

last night I was really hoping to get a good night's sleep.  There were 6 people from Thailand. I went to bed at 10:30 last night, but didn't get to sleep until almost 1am...they had the lights on, coming and going.....most of the time it was one of the small lights so they could get their stuff together...but you know me and light when I want to sleep....and one of them snored. crappy. I finally fell asleep and they all woke me up at 6:40 'cause they were getting ready to leave! One of them didn't notice I was still in my bed and turned on the main light.

so I got up and went to the bathroom and had some jiuce and when I went back to the room that person was alone in the room and had turned the main light off and appologized. She hadn't seen I was there cause I was flat. lol

So they were gone a little after 7:30 and I had managed to doze with the little light on...I went back to sleep after they left.

so I'm still tired...but tonight I'm going to Aya's so I'll sleep well there and I won' t have to get up early in the morning!  I've slept at Aya's before, and I know I'll be comfortable tonight!

So, I'll fill you in on all the fun tomorrow eveing when I post next.
Have a good night/day everyone!

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