Monday, September 30, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
This being the case, my reading is limited to my commute, breaks, and restaurants. Combined with my general love of Soup Stock and need for food after a weekend shift, 4 books in, reading Ghosthunt as I enjoy some delicious soup has become a habit.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
First off: Planners
You know you have a problem when you go to a stationery store and spend half an hour flipping through planners when you already created a system for next year that you are completely satisfied with. I've done this three times in the past two weeks.
I could say I was looking for inspiration and additional ideas, but let's be honest, I just wanted to look.
I'll introduce my system another time. :)
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
In a way, it was a decidedly "Japanese" movie. If there were an American remake, there would be more hugging and crying. Though I wonder what usually happens in America when parents find out their children have been switched at birth years after the fact. I was shocked to hear they just switch them back in Japan (according to the movie anyways). More nature than nurture. Hrm. Though this is the main question of the movie.
Oh, and the kid who plays Keita was adorable. We're not talking typical cute levels here. This was fluffy-baby-bunny adorable.
Also, Masha was hot. But that's a given, right? :)
At the morning to lunch turnover time, I got in after 5 minutes.
I like the feel of the place. Will be chilling here for a bit. I have a book that's almost finished and an iPad. Muwahaha.
Time for a change.
This 2-year limit might pose lots of problems, but first, I need to get through today.
Posted at 6:14 AM
Monday, September 23, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
But climbing the stairs at my local park might just well be.
I'm decidedly out-of-shape, both physically and appearance-wise. Gyms don't work because of the effort to actually go and the "I paid for it so I need to get my money's worth" incentive doesn't seem to work for me. Also, there are no 24 hour gyms around me so it just never fit my schedule.
Well, almost everything didn't fit my schedule which is why I'm now quite sure I need to change it.
-a few hours later-
And now that I got to spend a relaxing 3 hours to get ready to leave the house and go to Komeda for an hour before going in to work an hour and a half before my first lesson, if it books.
I like this lifestyle. I really do. I feel so happy and relaxed and energized and satisfied.
It's what I need: Time and space so I can breathe before I figure out what I want. Or at least which way to start walking.
Posted at 9:59 AM
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Even though I only got a total of 4 hours of sleep and I feel fine right now, the crash that will inevitably follow always sucks and I have to stop doing that to myself.
Time for a change and to find a healthier rhythm.
Posted at 6:38 AM
Monday, September 16, 2013
The typhoon's already passed so I opted to wear the rain shoes I bought for London but didn't have a chance to wear. One step up from jelly shoes. Check out the dots! :)
Posted at 11:11 AM
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Having read the original novels multiple times, I already know what will happen. I'm here for the presentation of the squee-worthy content and Yumi-sensei has done it again. I can't even begin to write about what happened for fear of subjecting you to senseless babble (not that I don't already do that).
I'm reading it again when I get back from work.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The movie was better than I expected. It paused for some classic "boo!" moments, while keeping a generally good pace and keeping the audience in the same state of confusion as the main character, which works in this movie. A bit predictable, but what zombie movie isn't?
I do like how it didn't bite off more than it can chew (no pun intended), though I pray that Hollywood doesn't take that as a cue to make this into a series (if they haven't already).
All in all, worth taking a detour to watch.
Which means he's walking around the streets of London. Eating and drinking and talking to random people. Still jealous of everyone who gets to just run into him.
Yeah, still bitter.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Couldn't it have been a week earlier? Not that I would have known since I didn't check his blog while I was gone, but still!!
London! Of all the cities in the world, he had to go to London right after I get back.
I know, the odds are totally against actually bumping into him, but still!!
I don't quite know how to describe this feeling.
I'm sure you'll see me spaz again when whatever he's doing in London airs on TV.
Dropped into Gusto for a late dinner and to take advantage of the free refills while I worked on some sketches. The waitress seated me conveniently next to the drink bar. Score! I might just stay until closing.
Posted at 8:22 PM
I stayed indoors all day thanks to my adjustment to London definitions of "hot" and jetlag. It's too damn humid to go outside if I don't have to.
My workplace is open until late tonight so I'm taking advantage of that. I have three more days to readjust to Japan before going back to work.
But then I'm going back to SoCal for 10 days in a month.
My brain is all jumbled up until November when I finally have my first normal month of work since...May? It's been a hell of a year and there's still a quarter of it left.
But first, to take care of today's to-do list.
Posted at 6:01 PM
Sunday, September 8, 2013
I have to catch more of these. Let's see: 2001 Space Odessey, Gone with the Wind, Roman Holiday, Pretty Woman, West Side Story, Lawrence of Arabia, and Ben Hur.
Some of those choices are simply for the sake of seeing it on the big screen.
Hama has a different schedule, so there's also: Mary Poppins, Casablanca, Rocky, and Godfather 1 and 2.
Normally these movies are at 10am and I may have to go with that next time. TOHO Baycity is a short but secluded walk from the station and not too smart to walk alone at night. Yep, not doing that again.
But movies, hell yes. Personal favorite way to escape reality.
Needing to actually do something with my day, I finally unpacked my bags and balanced my checkbook. My pounds, euros, and yen were delightfully all correct. Then as I started to fill in my new notebook, I realized should watch Raiders of the Lost Ark before I start up work again. I looked up the times and found I could make the 20:30 show tonight so I threw on some clothes, ran out the door, and bought a ticket on the train.
Whee! Impulse movie watching!
Posted at 8:05 PM
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Funny thing, I left Gate 11 at Heathrow and arrived at Gate 11 at Centrair.
Didn't sleep much. They had TailSpin and Duck Tales. Also watched Two Weeks Notice, Knight and Day, 30Rock and other stuff. Sleeping like a rock when I get to my room.
Just blew through Immigration and now to wait for my suitcase.
The weather is looking like not torrential downpour, so that's a plus as well.
Posted at 9:18 AM
Friday, September 6, 2013
See you on the flip side. :)
Posted at 10:53 PM
First of all, London was awesome. I didn't get the chance to post on the actual blog, butI gotsome choice shots up on Instagram, so some of you may have seen what I was up to.
Cat and Jacob were lovely hosts and Cat planned a great week filled with London goodness that left me determined to go back soon (which I'm sure is all part of her plan). I have a few days off before going back to work, so I will try to write up some posts and upload some pictures and sketches.
But first, I need to get back to Nagoya.
A smooth flight from Heathrow to Helsinki. And while the bus shuttle from the plane to the terminal was awkward, nothing serious. And I didn't have to go through security again, meaning I got to keep the 1 liter bottle of water with me. Score!
Seriously, Helsinki is damn expensive. €2.50 for 500ml of water at the vending machines. There's a special at the store I'm in front of: 2 500ml bottles for €3.60. If I can't find a drinking fountain, that may be my only choice. Grr. I have a nagging feeling alcohol is cheaper.
Aside from my only slightly over-exaggerated water woes, I'm good.
Now to check how many euros I have left over from last time so I can stock up on my water supply.
Posted at 10:02 PM