So, 2 days ago (July 28th) I moved from my apartment in Izumi, Iwaki to Yotsukura, Iwaki. I was only given 2 and a half weeks notice that I would be changing schools and therefore have to move. So I had about 10 days to actually pack up and clean my apartment. Was Not Fun!
I got it done, mostly because of Kiyoko, who came over the last 2 nights before the move and spent 3 and 4 hours, respectively, helping me pack and clean. She even took me out to Yoku Beni (store) to get more boxes and while we were there we grabbed some McDonald's take out for dinner.
I got up at 6am on the 28th and finished packing the last of my stuff (my futon, pillows, alarm clock, curtains, etc.) and then passed the vacuum around again. Then remembered the fridge! lol So I packed all my cold food with ice packs in a cooler bag and packed the rest in shopping bags. Then cleaned the fridge.
It was 9:40 when I was finished the movers were supposed to be there at 9:30. defined came over at 9 to help with the move and Liam and James came with the movers (3 teachers from the BOE). They took the stuff that came from the BOE and wouldn't be going with me to my new place first, then came back for the rest. I got to my new apartment at 1pm and defined and syuria , who lives in the same building as me, helped me set up my tv stand and move some heavier things around.
Liam and James did most of the heavy lifting and carrying all my stuff down the stairs. We passed the lighter stuff down a line we formed on the stairs, but the heavier stuff was all them. I was so tired by the end of the day, I was really looking forward to going to bed!
So I got my bedroom all set up and my living room and then decided that was enough. I went to bed and turned off my light only to have the lightbulb (which is like no light bulb I have ever seen before, it's a tube bulb in the shape of a circle) and the bulb is glowing green in the dark. fml. I had already pinned my curtains up over my windows to help keep the light out of my room, and now my lightbulb is glowing like a nightlight, even though it is off off off! :( So yesterday I didn't turn the light on at all, figuring that it was the charge of having been on and running that made it glow. No. the light from the living room was enough to make the lightbulb glow (not as brightly) for about 2 hours after I went to bed. I know it was still glowing 2 hours later because I was woken up by an earthquake 1 minute before midnight. :(
So this morning I solved the problem (I hope) by taping a black guarbage bag around the bulb! Take that, green glowy lightbulbs!! I'll find out tonight if it works or not.
Turns out my tv isn't the tv that I should have and so the cable to get cable tv doesn't work. So the BOE is trying to figure out what happened to the original tv....and either get me a cable that will work with this one..or give me a new tv. I'm hoping for a nice tv like syuria has. lol
My kitchen, living room and bedroom all are set up. There is one more room to fix up later, but it is a disaster area right now and I just can't make myself do aything about it. I'm just too tired. I think I'll go to bed early again tonight and hope that the earthquakes will let me sleep. There were 4 last night between 8pm and 3am. The one at midnight was the biggest and quite long. It freaks me out a bit not having a tv to turn on and check on tsunami warnings and such..especially as I live a 10 minute walk from the beach. All the houses around my apartment are broken from the earthquake and there is tsunami damage too. Thursday night we went for dinner at a place that had been knee deep in tsunami water. The place is beautiful again, but it took a lot of work to get it fixed up.
Yesterday I went to work with Onoda Sensei, who lives not far from me, and all the students were there for a Farewell ceremony for all the departing teachers. I gave a short speech and was given 2 bouquets of flowers...I now have three in my apartment. After the ceremony all the kids made a really long route for all the teachers to walk through. I high fived and or shook almost all the students' hands. Even hugged a few kids. Was crying by the end of it. Some of the kids were crying too. It was an amazing experience. Very Japanese.
Well I think that's it for now.