Saturday, 28 February 2009

Ah Saturday

Whenever the weekend comes, I want to be productive. I want to study/write/read/play my guitar (I actually want to play today!). Then I realise I haven't taken care of my living all week, and I find myself with a trashed apartment and grocery shopping to do. So today I turned domestic. I went to the grocery store. Then I went to the home store. Then I spent HOURS cleaning my kitchen and getting stuff off the floor, rearranging storage and whatnot. My icecream still won't freeze by the way. Then I got to chat with Ryan for a while, which I haven't done in the longest time, and it made me feel SO much better. Worlds better really. I miss him. But I had to cut the conversation short cause I had to go pick up Tomoko, the woman who found Soushi, and she stayed until almost 7. She's nice though. I kinda feel bad for dreading it so much. She brought treats for the kitties, and I felt bad cause Soushi's got diarreah again so I've got him on boring food for a while and he couldn't eat it. Then I went to the dollar store to get nail glue (I cut my nail in the shower the other day, down a good ways into the bed) and ended up with new chopsticks, a plate, and drain blockers for my bathtub and bathroom sink. No more dropping stuff down there. Bwahaha. Lets see how fast they rust. :P Then I got home, made a burger, and used my new plate.

We're going to karaoke tomorrow, yay! I haven't been in SO long. Totally not wasting time at subway. Eat and run. Hehe. Then Jen is bringing Seven to my vet cause he's sick. Poor little guy. I hope he does okay on the trains. It's pretty far, but my vet is really good and super nice, and nobody else is open on Sunday evenings.

I wrote a page and a half. I have no motivation tonight. It's late. I should go to bed soon so I can get up and not be late tomorrow. I'm always late on the weekend.

I have a plate. *nods*

My ba~by the boy version. He's still got goup in his eyes though. It got better, and now it's getting dark again. The vet said it wasn't ever going to really go away.

Girl version. hehe. Sleeping in my SOCK BOX AGAIN!! I can't get them out of there. One of these days I'll invest in a set of those clear drawer shelf thingies, but they're big and more than I'm willing to spend, and I'd have to carry it....................... ew.

Ahhhh, so sleepy. I didn't study a lick today. Not that it's paying off so much. I still go durrr when I speak. Ah well.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Just a quick update

To say that I'm still alive. I haven't done much interesting lately. I've mostly been sitting in my apartment, studying and reading. I'm trying to do some writing too.

Tomorrow is payday. I don't think I like thinking of it like that, but that's how I'm thinking of it (cause my accounts are down to almost empty). Though it's also Friday, which means Harajuku with Jen and Amanda. Jen and I are bringing a change of clothes so we don't look like kindergarten teachers. We're gonna go bug Kazu, cause it's war now with him. He's such a putz. haha. Several weeks ago he asked if Jen and I were lesbians. o_O yes.... right.... our only workable theory is that was his awkward way of figuring out if we were single. We ignored him the rest of the night. We didn't go back there (cafe/bar with the world's best pasta!) for a couple of weeks, and when we did he was all tail between the legs "Do you know where the chicken's from? It's really random. Really Random. Know where it's from?? Brazil!! Have some fried chicken skins." (Again I make the face o_O That was an entertaining night) So last week Amanda was there, so we sat at a table instead of at the bar (from which we're in perfect range to harass him or Kei, whoever's on the grill), and he kept looking over at us, cause he was on the grill. It was actually kinda sad without him being a ditz all night. He wasn't there one time on a Friday a couple of weeks ago. We kept expecting him to come in with his PINK coat and perm any time. Anyway, we get up to check out, and of course, Kazu is standing around by the register waiting for us. Then he starts being all "Are you playing video games in dark rooms? Your eyes are really dark. I'm worried about you." And looks at Jen, like she's my keeper, and says "I'm really worried about her!" And of course the two of us are just going "You don't SAY that to a woman!!" (my eyes weren't THAT dark... >_>). He shoots back with a huffy "Fine, then I won't worry anymore." Then him and the new guy who work there are practically falling out of the door sending us off as we left. I have NO CLUE what was up with that. It was amusing though. Full joint, and they're hanging out of the door. So we're fabulousing ourselves up tomorrow with the full intention of giving him endless grief ALL NIGHT. bwahaha. I may splurge and get the pasta instead of the soup..... the pasta is really rediculously good.

That's about it. ^^

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

I went on an adventure!

I haven't done that in so long!! I love adventuring here! For one, there's always something making any trip an adventure, and it's never what I expect.

So, we had a holiday today - not sure why, but I'm not gonna complain! I never want to use my weekend to do stuff, especially in the morning, because I like just relaxing and making my living space comfortable. If I go out, I want to go out at night. But Wednesday holiday = adventure. I wanted to get away from Tokyo at least a little, but I don't have the money for a big trip, and it's too cold to go explore the mountains yet, so I searched for something to go see in Saitama, the nearest prefecture on this side of Tokyo. I'm actually really close to it here, but I have to go down and around because my line doesn't head up there. Tokyo and Yokohama people make fun of Saitama for being "the sticks," but "the sticks" Japan looks like urban sprawl to me. It's still more built up than Detroit, or Novi, or Flint, or Lansing, or anywhere in Michigan, just minus the big office buildings. It's like Chiba, where I used to live, minus the rediculously rich people. I like it. I'd actually prefer to live there, but it's a bit too far outside of the city. If I had a job in Ikebukuro or something on the north side of Tokyo, I'd be there for sure! I may actually look there for my next apartment.

I digress! So I came across this page on a temple up there. It's about 40 minutes away from Ikebukuro. It has rooms from Edo Castle in it (which got obliterated), and it just looked neat. So, when I decide I'm going on an adventure here, I don't bring a map. Station name, general idea, it's the getting there that's the fun part. Amanda and I started walking to get some food, and actually had we kept walking we would have run into signs for Kitain on the road we were headed down. After lunch it started getting late so we went to the police box and they gave me a map. We got there eventually, and found the other two sections of the temple along the way. You should read the link I gave you. It's really interesting. And apparently Kawagoe, the city we were in, has no shortage of temples and shrines. I found a link with a list of temples, and I didn't even want to count them.

The inside of the temple proper was really cool. The one room where apparently one of the Tokugawa shoguns was born (don't remember which one or have the first clue how they got a room from Edo to Kawagoe....) was covered in sumi-e paintings. It was really cool looking. I kept getting distracted by the next room. Poor Amanda. I'm really bad in museums and temples and anything with shiny interesting stuff... like armor or really old paintings, or anything really.... I fly through them going "Oh hey!! .. oh! look at this!! Oh!!! OVER HERE!!!" Anyway, then I got distracted by the outside. The way temples are laid out (I WANT A HOUSE LIKE THIS ONE DAY!!!!!), they're flat and maze-like and just have sliding doors making hallways and rooms and walls. A lot of the doors to the outside were opened, and the gardens were absolutely gorgeous. I have no words. I saw the first one, and I didn't want to move. I just wanted to look. I may actually go back soon. It was relaxing just to see. Kinda like drinking water in the summer after working outside all day. Cheesy, but that's really how it was. The temple had signs saying "No Pictures," but I figure, that's inside the temple, right? To protect the old paintings and stuff. So I stepped outside (there's a narrow walkway going around that type of building) and took pictures. The second one was even better. They just kept getting more and more beautiful, and I wanted to walk out into them, but I was in my socks, and I'm pretty sure that's a BIG no-no. The last one was hard to leave. And there was a cat that we kept seeing laying under one of those bamboo water fountain things. But there were a lot of people hanging around there (I don't blame them!) so I couldn't sneak a picture. God, it was beautiful!

Amanda and I hung out in Ikebukuro for a bit before going home. I took a bunch of pictures (go me!) and put them in my scrapbook and wrote about them and everything! (Cause I'll forget stuff by tomorrow cause I'm all "GARDEN!!" still. Seriously, the inside bit of the temple was fantastically cool, but the gardens really really distracted me.) So yeah, read the link on Kitain, and then, adventure pictures! And just so you know cause it's a little hard to tell on the page, there are a few pages of pictures. Click on the picture to see my discription of it, and you should be able to scroll through the pictures on by one by clicking on the smaller picture on the right side of the big picture..

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Sunday, 1 February 2009

I had a really good weekend.

When I get internet next Sunday I~ll write all about it (^-^) But despite work, I~ve had so much fun and I~m still smiling.