Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
On a brighter note, I'm back in the game with the NCAA! Louisville beat Arizona! I just need North Carolina to kick some boot-ay! Then, I'm golden!
...I would do anything for a bottle of cough syrup. I would even consider going to the doctor- oh, but I can't. The doctor likes to take Sundays off. Whatever...
P.s. It's Cockroach Season.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Last night, I had a dream that I flew home to visit. It was so weird. It was bad because I didn't realize til I was in Arizona that I had to be back at work the following day! And due to the time difference, I basically had no time to spend home. I didn't even have a return flight to Okinawa- so, I was in trouble! Then, I woke up. And I was magically transported back to Japan. What a dumb dream.
Work was work. The Japanese are still Japanese. All insects have six legs. There are 525,600 minutes in a year. And I'm out.
P.S. Lucky Charms are still magically delicious!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I taught 5 classes today (1 private, 3 elementary, and 1 JHS/SHS class). After finishing class at 9pm, Brian and I watched iron chefs prepare octopus, eel, and pig. Yeah, that was gross. But it made the hour go by fast (we had to stick around because we had a work meeting at 10pm). I hate work meetings. They usually go until 11:00pm, or so...and all I want to do is eat dinner!
I saw one of Bill's friends late last night...let's call him Bob. Bob's dead now. He was a fast mother f*****, but not fast enough! I sprayed him down with all sorts of shiz. The worst part was removing his body from the bathroom floor into the toilet. I screamed a little. I am going to San-A right now to find the most toxic bug killer-spray available. I don't want to get attacked by cockroaches in my sleep. I especially don't want them crawling in my ears, building nests, having babies and eating my brain. Great, now I am going to have nightmares tonight.
Monday, March 23, 2009
After the fight, he crawled into a crevice. He's either extremely sick or in a better place. Rest in peace, Bill; you disgust me, you filthy cockroach.
This afternoon, I got an 80% on my Japanese drivers' license test (I need 90% to pass). I wasn't expecting to pass the second time around, but now I am confident I will pass the third time. So, I am extremely happy about this!
Oh- I finally cooked tofu for the first time ever today! Mom says I need more protein in my diet. This way, perhaps my foot will heal faster (it's taking forever- been 3 months now since the accident), and maybe my bones won't be so fragile to breakage in the future. I am proud to say that I am a pretty good tofu maker! Who knew?
Sunday, March 22, 2009
My family called me today! I talked to Matty, Ry, Mama and Papa. It was the first time I talked to them since Christmas Day (which happened to be my most horrific day to date in Japan). Anyhow, I just found out some very fascinating news- I have yet to determine if it's good or bad. But definitely something I am worried about, and will continue to worry about until I know more concrete information. For now, let's just say that I hate Bush. He really knew how to screw up America.
So, I'm taking my Japanese license test again tomorrow (for the 2nd time). I don't plan on passing it, but am hoping by the 3rd time, I can drive my bike again! I miss my bike! Life is a little more complicated and time consuming without it.
Ok, now I have some research to do. Let's hope the rain stops. More importantly, let's get this humidity down- I don't like being sticky.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I was unable to understand why I was so unfamiliar with the dance/ dancers/ choreographer(s). Then I realized this was the Australian version! Anyhow, it's beautiful. There are only a couple things I can nitpick about this piece. But overall, creative and heart-felt.
Last night, went out to Soul to Soul, Sanctuary, and American Idol. I drank too much Vodka. I'm not too hung-over at the moment, but I could definitely feel better. Stayed out til 4:30am. I was planning to sleep in forever today, but then I received a phone call at 9am this morning. Now I am wide awake- needing to get things accomplished today. We'll see if that happens...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Today was a good day; received the best love package from Cathy Beach (Lucky Charms, pretzels, and magazines), taught 6 classes, and am still breathing. I have a love/hate relationship with Wednesdays. As busy and hectic as they always are, my little ones never cease to make me smile, laugh and fall in love with them all over again. A couple of students impressed me today, as others frustrated me. But that's the norm.
My student from tonight's class:
Claire: "Miss Sarah, Miss Sarah! Do you believe in a Heaven?"
Miss Sarah: "Yes, I do."
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
So, now it's movie time. I should go to bed early considering I have an early start tomorrow. But I can never go to bed at a decent hour. I just don't have it in me!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Today- I failed my Japanese License Test. Hahaha- that thing is impossible to pass! But it's ok! It was only my first time taking it, and no one passes it the first time. In fact, the two (and only) Americans there today had already taken it multiple times (one guy: 5 times, and the other guy: 11). They're going to try again tomorrow. I think I'll try again Friday (on my unique day off). Anyhow, out of the other 50+ Japanese people that took the test today, I think maybe 5 passed. But, with the help of my new American friends, I will pass this thing with ease sooner than later! Woooo-wooooo!
Have you seen the movie, Sweet November? The scene where Charlize Theron (aka Sarah in the movie) and Keanu Reeves are taking a drivers' test- well, similar scenario today. I met Abner (also the kid's name in the movie), dropped my wallet where coins went everywhere (Charlize dropped her groceries) and got into trouble while talking right before the test (except in the movie, Charlize got her test torn up and kicked out. I didn't get kicked out).
But it's also not my fault that I didn't understand a single word that the Proctor spoke! Japanese- No! English- Yes!
Today was a hot mess!
Peace out. I am tired and hungry.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Went out last night to Ole, karaoke in the "Playboy Room", and American Idol. My legs now have bruises from banging the tambourine on them. They're a little sore, I'm not gonna lie. My path came across familiar faces, new meetings, and one promiscuous girl. We exchanged numbers.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
My Angel class (Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm) include Chisa, Kei, Yu-ho, Risa, and newest addition, Keitaro (only boy).
They used to be precious angels, but some (no names) are turning into little brats.
But not my Chisa! She's coming back to the States with me- this one. I almost have a hard time teaching her because she is so gosh-darn adorable! She really has a part of my heart, yet has no idea.
(pictures include: Chisa on the top right, Yu-ho on the bottom left, and from left to right with the 3 girls, Chisa, Risa and Kei).
My Junior High School/ High School boys are some of the most challenging to teach. They say as little as possible and hate talking to me in English. I can hardly get them to say a complete full sentence in English. Yet, I continue to pound it into them, week after week...
This is Yu. He's in 7th grade and goofs off way, way too much in my class. He is always hitting Daiki, flirting with Shino and never working. He speaks far too much Japanese, but actually knows more English than he even credits himself for. He's a smart kid- but a pain in my ass.
So, when Daiki pulled Yu's chair out from under him one night, and Yu fell to the ground- I couldn't stop laughing. No one could! I actually think I cried a little bit, I was laughing so hard! It was the best thing to happen to Yu!
Wow- I am an awful teacher!