Hey, everybody. It feels like it's been a while since I've written a post of substance... Will this be the day I buck that trend?!

This weekend I accomplished precisely nothing. Well, I did get my hair cut, ate sushi, walked around Kichijouji taking pictures, and took some more pictures in Shinjuku this evening after having supper with Alexis. We went to the gayer than gay Sweets Paradise, and I was already amused that we were most likely the only non-couple F/M pair there, but given our main topic of conversation over the food, it was kind of funny. Or ironic, I suppose.

Another thing I accomplished was finally finding an acceptable purse and buying it. It's pink! And not the dusty old rose that everything seems to be this season *yawn* but a nice bright one. I didn't have a pink purse yet. Another thing I bought is more nail polish, because I definitely needed more of that! But I can blame Hannah for eliminating any vestiges of shame I might have had left on this particular topic, as she rightly pointed out that, "Nail polish lasts forever."

It feels a bit late to write in detail about my time in Canada, but there are a couple of things that were really driven home while I was there.

The first is that goddamnit, I really miss speaking French regularly.

Those of you I met in Japan might not realise it, but before moving here, my life was mainly conducted in French. I've always spoken French with my mother; all my schooling, except for kindergarten, grade 1, and 2/3 of my university classes, was in French; I studied ballet in French; I taught French full time for three years; most of my closest friendships in Canada were conducted in French; and G and I always spoke French together. As for English, apart from being the language I speak with my father and brothers, it used to mainly be my language of cultural consumption rather than daily life: the television shows and movies and books that I choose have always been overwhelmingly in English (or subtitled in English, in the case of anime), but I never lived my day-to-day life in English until I came to Japan, where I work in English and conduct most of my social life in English.

Juste pour le fun... )

The second thing is that I'm starting to really notice the shift between... living in Japan and having been in Japan for a long time, I guess. Almost four and a half years! The inevitable question of, "When/Are you coming back?" was asked more than once -- not by people close to me, though -- and I found it a bit harder to answer than I used to. While I still don't intend to spend my life here (I'm not ruling it out, but that has never been my intention), it seems that after four years, "I have no reason to leave yet, and I really like it in Japan" is starting to shift toward, "I have good friends there, a good job, a cat, a good place to live, and I'm happy." And isn't that what we strive for when we build a life for ourselves?

All right, that's enough [badly expressed] self-reflection for now.
Last night I stayed up late working on a translation job due for tomorrow morning, because I wanted it to be mostly done so that I'd just have to proofread it tonight and impress my editor by sending her stuff early. ^_^

Well, GOOD THING I HAVE TIME TO GO OVER IT! Seriously, I made some of the stupidest mistakes I've ever inflicted upon the French language. I'd die of shame before even thinking of showing them to my mother. XD
*waves at all the lovely people met at yesterday's hanami festivities*

Ah, hanami. Bringing drunk people together since the dawn of alcohol. XD~~~

And now, a list. I shall call it

Things I Could Be Doing At This Moment Instead of Wasting Time:

1. Watching Lost -- or any of the roughly ten thousand movies and series languishing on my external hard drive -- while making progress on my curtains;
2. Working on the costumes for Oliver!, which I need to hand in in just under three weeks;
3. Calculating a budget for my family's week in Tokyo, so that my father knows how much money to bring along;
4. Uploading pictures of the various hanami events I participated in;
5. Writing reviews of the plays I've seen recently (Richard III and the crack-fest that was 桜 SAKURA サクラ);
6. Finishing the transformation of my old jeans into a mini-skirt;
7. Painting my nails;
8. Studying Japanese;
9. Tossing out winter clothes that I know I won't wear another season;
10. Preparing a detailed shedule for the next few weeks, because it'll be insanity until I leave for Hawaii and I need to manage my time more efficiently than I've been doing;
11. Writing about my little soubetsukai (NO MORE SECOND JOB!!!!oneone! :D) and about my new full-time schedule at the preschool.

You see? So many constructive things I could be doing... But here I am, sitting at the computer, wishing I had more sushi, and being distracted by LOLcats. @_@;;;

Is it wrong that I sometimes write items I've already done on my to-do list just so I can immediately cross them out?


Ooh, ooh, I must mention that yesterday was a momentous day because I got to speak French (albeit very briefly) with two different people, neither of whom was my mother or one of my French students. It's really starting to get to me, this living in English with a healthy dose of Japanese and barely any French. It'll be nice to back home for a while this summer with my homegirls (that would be A-L and M-P, yo! XD).

Today was my first afternoon lesson with three 7- and 8-year-old boys: Fuya, Noaya and Shuuichirou, none of whom know any English. What they lacked in knowledge they certainly made up for in gambaru pawaa, and the lesson ended up going by incredibly fast. At the end of class, I asked them how they found English. "難しかった?" "ちょっと英語がわからないけど、楽しかった! " answered Fuya.

I think they're going to be a lot of fun, and I'm chuffed they all gave me a rating of "楽しい! :D" for their first English class ever.

All right, I think I'll tackle the winter clothes before sitting down for some Lost. Otherwise I'll never be able to catch up to the current season and then I won't be able to follow the podcast K insists I'll absolutely love and she'll disown me and then who will I go to Stitch 'n' Bitch with? ;__;

Speaking of which, I think there's one tomorrow night. And you know what? I CAN GO! BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE A SECOND JOB ANYMORE! AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! :DDDD
1. Leave me a comment saying, 'interview me'.

2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.

3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions. (You must do this, even if it's filtered for my eyes only!)

4. Include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

So I asked [livejournal.com profile] krk to interview me and she started off with a bang, asking about my thoughts on yaoi (sort of). XD )



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