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14 February 2007 @ 10:00 pm
First things first:

Happy Birthday to Tara Barnum!!

Second things second:
Been feeling really great lately, productive and on track like I haven't been in months. I had been slacking in my studies, but I'm caught up once again with my Japanese course books. I've been making art again, collages and some paintings as gifts for friends, and I'm really liking the results. I'm also in the process of writing something that may end up becoming a book or a screenplay about some strange goings-on in my life, especially this last weekend in Kobe.

I've officially re-contracted for a second year here, and I'm also applying to be a Tokyo Orientation Assistant for the people coming in this summer. A lot of my friends will be going home at the end of this year, so I'd love a chance to meet some of the new folks and help them out as soon as possible. It'll be in late July, early August if I get it, and it's a free trip to Tokyo, whoo!

The rest of this week I'll be super busy, as I have a quick trip to Kobe again tomorrow night, then Japanese lessons and a teachers' dinner Friday, and Saturday and Sunday I'm going with a friend on a trip to the mountains in Tottori. Knowing I'd be swamped, I actually took today to clean my house top to bottom, vacuuming, doing laundry, dishes, reorganizing things and I even did a little redecorating. The place looks good I think, it hasn't been this well cleaned since just before X-mas. The weather was so warm today, it really was like spring cleaning. It's so warm in fact that the cherry blossoms may come out soon, which will be ridiculously early. Global warming, man.

I also went out and gave my "giri choco". Japanese Valentine's Day is the day girls give "obligation chocolate" to the guys as a thank you for their help and hard work, so people like teachers, bosses, dads and male friends get chocolate along with boyfriends and husbands this day. Japanese chocolate companies made this holiday into a marketing blitz, and do 50% of their chocolate sales this week. In a month, March 14th, it'll be White Day, a holiday started by a marshmellow company to boost their sales, and that's the day when the men give gifts of cake, marshmellows and such to the women to reciprocate. There's also a newer one I just found out about that's April 14th, Orange Day, where I guess couples give each other such presents with an orange theme. That was obviously started by the orange growers, hehe. Crazy Japanese holidays.

So all in all, I'm doing really well for anyone who was wondering. xoxoxoxoxoxo to you all. Happy Valentine's Day.
madbibliomancer: happymadbibliomancer on February 14th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad to hear things are going good :)
xoriana on February 15th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
thank you! I'm glad to hear all is well with you. Happy Valentine's Day!
TotoroJototorojo on February 15th, 2007 10:12 am (UTC)
Happy valentines day to you too! :)

I've finally finished up my thesis and am slowly reaquainting myself with
Free Time. I don't know when/where would work, but I was wondering... are you still interested in meeting up sometime? Gimme a keitai-mail or drop a message in my LJ if you are :3

The plum blossoms are already out in parts of Nagoya. Crazy, crazy weather!

Mellen: loveabsentmammoth on February 15th, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, I meant to say congratulations for becoming a Master of the Universe. That is so the awesomest thing ever! and yes, I would still love to meet up sometime. I live and work in central Hyogo, so not all that far away. I'm planning a trip to Spa World in Osaka the weekend after next, but other than that, no plans on past this week! the weather IS crazy, but let's at least take advantage of it's beauty before the planet overheats and kills us all!
TotoroJototorojo on February 18th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
Hi again, sorry for the delayed reply.

Well, I'm away this week, but back on Friday night. So I have the weekend of the 24th & 25th free. The next weekend might be harder since we're moving on March 10th and have to pack things up, and the moving itself takes out the weekend after that. That leaves the weekend of the 17th & 18th free, then after that it may have to wait until April.

So slightly less free than I'd been thinking, actually, but do either of those weekends sound good? If not I'm cool with waiting until a bit later in the spring. :)
Mellenabsentmammoth on February 19th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
delayed response? no way, mine is far more delayed!!

the weekend of Feb. 24th and 25 may or not be free, depending on what happens with a friend who's leaving Japan on March 1st. I'll be seeing her Thursday, and we'll be working out whether or not something is on for the weekend.

The weekend of March 17th and 18th is still completely open,though, so that might work out better. Just let me know what you'd like to do and we can arrange it!

where are you moving from and to? Within the same area you've been living? I hope it all goes smoothly, I know moving is one of the things I dislike the most.
brendaarei on February 15th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
will you still be in japan when i get there? it'll be in aug 08. if so, we should definitely meet up somewhere. you can show me around or something. it'll be fun.
Mellenabsentmammoth on February 16th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
Hey there! hisashiburi desu ne (it's been a while!) I'll be in Japan until August 2008 as well, and while I don't think I'll be staying a third year, I can never say anything for sure. I don't yet know how late into August I'd be staying, but if I can, I'd love to work around seeing you before I go. I don't yet have much of a feel for Kanto (the eastern part of the main island), but I'm pretty decent with the Kansai area (western half), so if you'll be in that part of the country, I can surely show you around! hehe. hope to see you then!