Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Dragon flies here are nasty looking too. I think they`re pretty back home. Here they`re diareah green or brown and their faces are just evil looking. And I heard they hurt if you get bit.
So, update on my life.
I left GEOS on Saturday. It was painless for the most part. Nobody gave me too much trouble, but I was made to lie to all of my students and say that I was leaving the country due to illness. It was okay at first, unti I had to tell people I care about, and say it 50 different times, and make up a flight time... Very very wrong. I`m not sure when I`ll stop feeling bad about that.
But I did recieve most of my salary. I didn`t get the comission I`m due for renewals and interviews, or the money for the extra hours I worked.... but that`s really to be expected. I`m fairly sure they cheeted me out of something else somewhere. Whatever. By the time I left on Saturday I wanted to destroy the building. It`s over, and I don`t have to deal with them ever again - except when tax time rolls around. *sigh*
I`m also all moved in to my new apartment. If you want my address, email my phone because I don`t have internet, cafe`s are expensive, and while I can check my gmail account on my phone, it gets a little expensive and I don`t do it every day. Though I will probably end up back here this weekend to pay my bills.... unless I can get to Ritchie`s computer...
The apartment`s small, but the loft is nice. It`s cute, but old an the paint is chipping everywhere, and there are roaches (who are currently being slaughtered -hopefully- by a water bomb) and a very large dead cicada outside my door.... It`s to be expected from cheep housing this close to the station and so close to downtown. The bugs are the only thing that bother me. And the stairs getting to my floor. Especially when wet. Stairs of DOOM!!! Steep, tall, and narrow. Not good for someone as clumsy as me. Guess I learn how to move slowly and carefully. I really don`t want to fall down or up them. There are bug corpses there, and that would hurt. I`ll post a picture or two whenever google decides to stop being dumb.
I also started my new job today. I spent most of the day cleaning the room, hanging stuff up, and covering stuff in contact paper. Apparently I`ll be teaching science and math. Math is every morning, science is once a week. I`m excited. My coworkers are all nice, and the expat ones (like me) don`t strike me as the obnoxious type that I`m embarassed to walk next to - the type that make station attendants roll their eyes when a white person walks up to the counter to ask a question like the jerk did with me today - so that`s another bonus. And the teacher I`m working with is really nice. Her voice is really loud though, so it was a little painful when she was going through the curriculum books reading over my shoulder. Hehe.
I have to figure out how to manage my room with no closet. I got a set of metal shelves. They`re small but my arms are going to die carrying them home. And they don`t have drawers, but you can buy cloth boxes or baskets and whatnot... I just don`t have the money right now, and the ones at the stores I`ve been to are dorky looking. I also got curtains, cause I realized last night after my shower that yeah.... two large windows make the room feel nice and airy, but yeah... Well I only bought curtains for the one window cause it`s clear. The other has that fuzzy glass that you can`t really see through, so it can wait until after I scrounge up the money for a washing machine. I considered using coin laundry, but though I live in 1980`s Tokyo suburbia, there are apparently no coin laundry places anywhere near my building. Actually I haven`t seen one anywhere in my town.... I`m not sure how that`s gonna work out, cause I really don`t have the money to buy one this month, but I need to wash my clothes before October rolls around.
Ok, this is long enough. Haha. I`m gonna go figure some stuff out now.
Sunday, 24 August 2008
I moved yesterday and when I went to settle down with dinner and a book a monster cockroach apeared. With its wings out it was at least as long as my middle finger. I spent almost an hour sobbing on the phone and trying to work up the courage to kill it off the door. It finally ran away and dissappeared so I grabbed my bag and food and spent the night at a friend~s house. I~m on my way back now with spray and traps to meet the movers and see if one of them will pity me enough to kill it or them.
And I don~t have hot water yet so I can~t shower.
I wish at least that it wasn~t raining.
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Friday, 8 August 2008
But I just ate yummy tacos and macaroni and a salad and spicy tofu and I really love buffets. Even if they are overlooking a wierd man made park just beyond the edge of the Deathstar. The picture doesn~t quite capture it. It was wierder from the train that was conducted by a computer. I watch and read too much sci-fi for that to not be mildly freaky.
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
My 5 day holiday is down to 4 days. Monday I interviewed at an international elementary school. They had me do an impromptu afternoon with the summer school kindergarten so I was there from 11 to 1:30 and they gave me lunch and money for the train. I didn~t think they~d call me back even though I really enjoyed it. The head teacher kept telling me to help out and play with the kids when she~d peek in...the best moment being right AFTER I stood up from a table going over phonics with the kids(￣▽￣；)
She must have talked to the classroom teacher though cause they called me yesterday and I~m going in from 9:30 to 2 tomorrow. I hope I can take that as a good sign. They pay hourly just over what I~m getting now for 6 hours a day 5 days a week with opportunities for adult evening classes and Saturday school. And they~ll help me find an apartment if they offer me a job. And it~s in a really nice town on the border of Tokyo and Kanagawa. I hung out there with Ritchie all Monday afternoon until 10 when we both decided we should get on the train. It was a fun day and so very unexpected.
I also got to play my new bass in a practice studio-one of the halfadozen things Ritchie and I ended up doing out of the blue.
Today I have 6 classes back to back. (´Д`) And I~m so tired. I kinda wish I had kept this whole week off like I had planned. They~re mostly adult private lessons. And there is a ton of space on this bench. Why do men find it necessary to sit so freaking close? It~s hot which means I~m easily annoyed and don~t they know how bad they smell? （｀ε´） Go sit next to the Japanese girl. She~s not gonna find a place in your ribs to jam her elbow.
Seriously the majority of Japanese men I~ve met 30 or older are disgusting foul manneredpigs. *sigh* I miss my car. Or the Keihan train. That had individual seats.
Anywho. I~m gonna read until my stop and then dose up on caffeen before my classes start.
Saturday, 2 August 2008
Whatever. I~ve decided that I need to spoil myself when it comes to certain things. I~m too exhausted mentally, and I don~t want to land myself somewhere that will make life harder. So that means I~m posting a to-do list from my bed. Probably not surprising, but it actually is a relief to not get up and turn the light on. I like the dark, and it~s quieter here so I~m not scared of it.
So this weekend~s to-do list..
sort out bills
figure out this month~s budget
pick up my room
possibly go to yodobashi camera
interview at an international elementary school
possibly go to ikebukuro
I found a copy of the Nightwatch novel. I~m not sure if it was a novel first-I think it was-but I saw the movie with Ben two years ago I think. We watched the second movie Daywatch this last winter. They~re Russian films. I liked the first better. I think maybe it had a lower budget. In Daywatch they did too much with stunts and graphics and it looked kinda silly at times.
Anyway. I got bored with Prince Caspian even though there~s about a chapter left. It just didn~t have the magic I was hoping for. I~d still like to read it in English sometime though. I did really like the first half. I think I just got ancy. Nightwatch is gonna take a while to get through even if I don~t get bored. I pretty much understand it all but I read a LOT slower in Japanese.
Oh! I met with Tom last weekend. I~ll put up pictures and write more about it from my computer later. Maybe I~ll add that to my to-do list-along with translating the MONSTERS DATA BOOK that Lindsey bought for me. I miss Lindsey. I should write about hanging out with her too- cause last weekend was the best I~ve had since I got here. I might cry though. We~ll see.
My hands are going numb.
I still haven~t beaten Portrait of Ruin....stupid vampire hunter being harder that Death AND Dracula at the same time.
Ok. I think I~m done babbling now.