August 20th, 2006

i'm good!

really living in japan

i'm starting to get the hang of things around here. i drove around a lot today, managed to find my board of education without any difficulty. i even filled up my gas tank and figured out how to back into my parking spot. i went to the grocery store and bought food all my myself. cleaned my apartment up a bit and started to hang up the artwork i brought from the states. i'll post pictures in the near future if anyone is interested. i've figured out my washing machine and microwave, and most of how the tv works. the phone/fax still evades me, but when i called my predecessor to ask how it worked, he said he'd had to get help too, because it's a stupid machine. i've cooked my own food, and tomorrow i'm going to make breakfast for me and my neighbor before i go to work to get my first paycheck. i also got my first bill in the mail, which i could do without, but oh well. i've started to call everything here "mine" instead of "ami's" (my pred.), and while i feel kind of bad, i've begun to take down some of the stuff he left on the walls in favor of my own things.

i really live here. wow.