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!