i'm good!

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so the basics since i last said anything to anyone via the internet are:
1. staying in japan for a third year. this was a tough decision, but the facts that my car and my pets at home are gone, i have no boyfriend at home anymore, no job, no place to life or college plans yet to speak of, and overall enjoy my life here made me decide to go for the full 3year possibility. this means if you still haven't visited me in japan yet, you have a while longer to do so.

2. my work is pretty crazy, since my board of education just adopted the schedule changes i proposed back in feb. approximately 3 weeks after the school year had already started. this is going to take some getting used to all around.in theory, it'll give me less work and more time with a smaller group of students. we'll see if it works out as intended after this initial run.

3. the change at work really surprised me, as the new rotation requires 2 English teachers and i thought as of next august we were going to have only one. yet, i walk into a meeting to find my old proposal laid out and translated, so it seems as though there will be more than one person next year. mixed messages from the board of ed. aren't helping. if i do end up on my own next year, things are going tobe really messed up.

4. i ran for a position in AJET, the association for japanese exchange and teaching participants, but i lost. slightly a relief, though a bit of a let down.

5. went to hong kong to visit my friend robin one last time before she heads off on the rest of her adventures through india and china, after which she'll go back to canada. she was my only friend from tokyo orientation onward, and it really saddens me to see her go. still, we had a great time in HK, and if you want to see photos, they are available on my facebook, let me know and i can send the link if you're not already part of the fb masses.

feeling good on the whole, although things can be stressful at times. it's now golden week here in japan, a time of national holidays and vacation, so hopefully a couple of these days will help me unwind.
gb shaw

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also, is this really a new Bonnie "Prince" Billy album, or just some random songs thrown together for a kind of EP? Because it's kind of...disappointing.

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Even with the total and complete bombing of the JLPT, I had a fantastically fun weekend. The best in a long time. Cities and friends and plain old good feelings. My failure today was a huge success, hehe.

Also, why didn't anyone tell me "Conversations with Other Women" was so damn good? You all get 2 demerits!
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EVERYTHING is dying!

first the cat, then the car, then my mp3 player, and then the hamster. add to the list of dead things demonoid.com. jesus. talk about going into a harsh winter...

EDIT: sad news. Dave is officially no longer with us. I had hoped he'd mend enough to make it to Christmas, even though I knew it was unlikely. A night of quiet mourning is called for.
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animate things too, it seems...

my sister's dwarf hamster Fluffy passed away today. Fluffy was the best littlest creature i ever knew. she's the only hamster we ever had, so i don't really know if 3 years is a normal age for a hamster to go, but i do know they were 3 adorable, fluffy years.

seems to be a bad time for pets in the Kennedy household.
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it's like christmas here in fukusaki! i got all kinds of goodies today.

first, my new mp3 player came a day earlier than expected. sweet! her name is gigi, as that just seems to suit her. she's been charged up and filled with music, and we'll be getting better acquainted in the next couple of days i'm sure. super exciting.

while i was waiting for her to charge up (the instructions indicated it was best to charge it up before putting data on it), i went downstairs to the sushi place next door and had a nice dinner. then, because the weather was so lovely, i decided to go for a bit of a walk. ended up at the second-hand media store that sells movies, manga, video games, etc. i found the first 5 volumes of Kare Kano (an old favorite of mine, and probably good for studying) at the very reasonable price of 150 yen each. looking around a little more, i found a used copy of the DS Zelda game, another fun item that i've heard is helpful for kanji study. i'd been looking for a second-hand copy for a while, so this was a pleasant surprise. picked up all this for less than 4,000 yen.

now, time to play with all these fun new distractions. work or no, i may be up later than i should be tonight.
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inanimate objects keep dying on me

today, my mp3 player met its end, at the very start of the day no less.

on the way to work, just out of the door, i pulled it out of my purse to choose the music before i got to the car, to save a little time. it slipped out of my grasp on the stairs. short of defenestration, stairs are absolutely without a doubt the worst places to drop things. they hit and bounce and hit and bounce until they've come to a stop at the bottom. such was the case with my poor little mp3 player. i knew it would be the end of her. i felt it in my gut as she slid out of my hands. after picking it up, it would turn on, but only to make an unpleasant whirring noise then say, "Error! Cannot Read from Disk" and gave me only one option: power off. ::sigh::

she didn't have long to live, i know that. she wasn't holding a charge the way she should have, and she would randomly shut down on me more and more frequently. but it was a slow, steady degradation. i was holding out buying a new one because this one still had at least a few months left in her. but instead of a long, lingering illness, she went out with a bang. like a cancer patient getting hit by a bus. poor old girl.

though i mourn, i am not overcome by grief. i spent my free periods at work today looking up replacements. these new-fangled mp3 players have more space and functions than my old one, and cost less than mine did when i bought it. i really can't complain about that too much. i looked through a few choices and purchased one online this evening. for that week or so before it arrives, a friend has been kind enough to offer the use of an ipod shuffle, which is much appreciated.

still, let this post serve as gravestone for my little archos gxmini. may she rest in peace.