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Jan. 14th, 2009


Writer's Block: Back to School

What fictional high school—from tv, film, or a book—would you most like to attend? Or would you rather never go near high school again, fictional or otherwise?

Dec. 14th, 2008


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Today, I'm off to Nagoya so I get to eat Ichiran.  Hehehe.

Dec. 12th, 2008


Writer's Block: Coast Range

If you had to choose, would you rather live in the mountains or by the ocean?
In the mountains.  Here in Japan, I live near the mountains and everyday I see them on my way from work and they make my day better.  I love seeing how the seasons and the weather affect their appearance.

Dec. 9th, 2008


Ichiran Vs. Villainess

The JLPT is over.  I think I passed it this year, though now I'm ready to start studying for the next level.

In other news, I think the Ichiran ramen shops own my soul.

Ichiran is a chain of ramen shops based out of Fukuoka.  The ramen is incredibly delicious; and it is a perfect shop for anti-social people.  You buy tickets from a machine for what you want, and you sit at a seat at the counter; which is enclosed on both sides, so you can't see the person sitting next to you.  You fill out a form with your ramen preferences (seasonings, broth strength, noodle texture, etc), and then press a button.  People take your order and go.  Whoever invented the concept is a genius; I like it because I can personalize my order and am anti-social; from a business standpoint it seems like a great idea because people will eat and leave faster, and many people will come back to try a different combination of seasonings.

Anyway, I love it.  And I crave it.  There is one shop in Nagoya, and I ate there twice this weekend.  I'm totally craving it again today, but with an injured foot and a budget to follow, it seems like I'll have to wait.

Speaking of owning my soul, I think Villaines might have to battle it out with Ichiran.

I've tried two other products.

Reviews under the cutCollapse )

Dec. 5th, 2008


Writer's Block: Gone but Not Forgotten

Many beloved television shows are no longer with us, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Six Feet Under, and Mystery Science Theater 3000. What defunct television show do you miss the most?
Well, 2 of those (Buffy and MST3K), I adore.  

The show that I miss the most is Firefly.  There was no sense of closure with Firefly, not even after Serenity.  I feel that there is a lot left to explore and learn about in the Firefly universe.

Dec. 4th, 2008


Exam Time

It is exams week for my students.  I don't have very much work-related things to do.  I need to make a Christmas lesson for next week, and that is about it.

I have an exam to take on Sunday, the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.  I started studying awhile back.  Now, I find that the closer I get to the test date, the less I care about studying.   This is not a good thing, as I know come Saturday night I will be freaking out about how much I still don't know for the test.

For the holidays, Jeff and I will be traveling around Kyushu.  I'm excited.  We'll celebrate Christmas early this year on the 19th, but I am not sure what we are going to eat yet.  No roast chicken and no Christmas cake.  I am hoping that we go to Indomura.  Indomura has amazing Indian food; their curries and naan are fantastic.  I worry that I'll never like another Indian restaurant as much as Indomura.

Wedding planning has taken a backseat, I've booked the photographer and I'm happy.  After the test though, we'll get in touch with the DJs, and then tackle invitations and flowers.  Color scheme was decided.  Red, purple, blue and green.  

My new obsession is  Villainess soaps.  More precisely, the scrubs (called Smooch) and body cream (called Whipped).  Shipping to Japan is really reasonable, and she includes two soap samples.  So far, I've tried Gingersnapped Smooch and Whipped, Decadence Whipped, Crushed smooch, and a Scintillating soap sample.

Read on for Scent ReviewsCollapse )

Oct. 22nd, 2008


Busy, busy, busy

I have not posted in a long time.  The journal has not really served it's original purpose at all, so I think that I am just going to use it as a regular journal and use it for prompts occasionally.   I've been pretty busy with work, and life in general.

Some of my free time is spent wedding planning.  Right now, I am trying to find a photographer.  The wedding is going to be a lot more traditional than I ever expected.  I never really dreamt of a wedding (too busy dreaming about the groom), and I'm not very crafty, so I'm worried that the wedding is not going to be very  "us."  Currently, Jeff and I have different visions of wedding colors.  Since when did I become someone who would worry so much about a color scheme?

The rest of my free time is spent studying for the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).  To my shame, I failed Level 3 last year, and this year I plan on passing it.  I wanted to pass Level 2 this year, but I am nowhere near there  (Level 4 is easiest; Level 1 is hardest.  There is a huge jump between Level 3 and 2).

Next month, I want to complete Nanowrimo, so I am going to try to schedule a time to study and a time to write.  And I'll probably book a DJ.  Bah.

In other news, I went to a charity sumo tournament in Kyoto over the weekend.  It was kind of a behind-the-scenes look into the world of sumo.  The sumo wrestlers were really accessible, as it was an event for the fans.  I got to meet one of my favorite wrestlers, Chiyohakuho, and saw my very favorite wrestler, Ama, from less than a foot away.   Unfortunately, Ama is really up and coming so there was NO chance to talk with them.  Jeff and I'll be going to Fukuoka at the end of November to see the Kyushu Tournament. 

Jul. 31st, 2008


Writer's Block: On Your Tombstone

What do you want written on your gravestone and why?
"There are no happy endings, because nothing ever ends."

Jul. 2nd, 2008


Writer's Block: Home is...

Where do you call home?
Home is Clinton, OH.  A tiny little town in the country and where my parents still live.

Home is an apartment in Suzuka, where I currently live.  I'd never truly lived on my own before. 

And Home is wherever Jeff is.

Jun. 20th, 2008


Busy weeks

So much for writing everyday, must get back to that.

In the past couple of weeks, I have...

  • Rescued a kitten
  • Gone to Tokyo for a job fair
  • Walked across the Rainbow Bridge
  • Lost a kilo

This weekend I will...

  • Work at an English seminar at another high school
  • Watch Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull
  • Start cleaning the spare room so Jeff has room when he moves in!

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