There are few things that suck about working on the weekend.
The first thing is that your family assumes you’re just being lazy shut-in that does nothing but sleep the entire weekend. That’s only true when I don’t have any work! …..
Another thing that sucks is that I don’t have much time to draw for myself, but…that’s my life’s theme, I guess.
Damn, I was taking a nap to take a break away from my work, right? And then I get woken up by a nightmare about myself, struggling with the same work.
Agh. What is this, a cartoon?
Aww I’m sorry to hear that but Obon is coming soon right! Are you going to do anything fun then? You should get a Yukata (if you don’t have one yet) ((Maruetsu stores have them for ¥4000~¥6000, the cheater ones where you don’t need to tie the obi)) ((they have some that are hella cute this year too)) and go out to see some fireworks.
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Diets by Pregnant Women Spur Underweight Babies in Japan
If you’re pregnant in Japan and your doctor tells you to lose weight, tell him to fuck a cactus.
Women in Japan are dangerous levels of underweight when giving birth resulting in cases of premature delivery and growth-restricted infants are at increased risk of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and obesity as adults.
A friend of mine who recently had a baby was told she needed to LOSE weight while pregnant because she was gaining it too fast, fortunately her pediatrician father was shocked at her Japanese doctors assesment and told her to tell him to shove it and find a new doctor.
There once was a girl in Edo period Japan whose house burned down and had to live in temporary housing where she fell in love with a young man. After her house was rebuilt, she had to move back, and the man returned to his temple to continue his training. She missed him so bad that she decided to set her new house on fire so she’d have to go back to the temporary housing and she might be able to see him again, but the wind caught the fire and her whole town burnt down. She was burned alive as punishment.
The moral of the story is kids is that never burn your house down for love.
Being a teacher can be quite a thankless job often, while I’m writing of my days at NOVA or complaining of my time at GreenTea high or EC I’m often venting frustrations over students and other teachers, teaching styles and miscommunications… But today I thought to give you one of the joys.
It was my last day with Class 1-R at GreenTea school. I’m going back to Canada for a few months soon to refresh myself and prepare to teach again. The students of my other classes had done nothing to say goodbye although a few gave me candy.
1-R gave me a goodbye card with well wishes in English from everyone. Then they all stood and bowed giving me an “Arigatou Gozaimasu”
I covered my face, started to choke up and told them all to get out. But I get misty every time I look at those cards.
I makes me so sad and so happy, that I can be a teacher they will remember with fondness. I remember some of the teachers I really liked and their lessons and memories will stay with me forever. I feel honored that maybe, I’ll be one of those teachers.
I try to pretend to be a hardass in class but I also try really hard to make sure each of these kids walks out with not just English, but a joy of having learned it. It’s hard but I want them to walk away remembering at least a little of what they learned.
To all my teachers, and to all my students.
I wish you happiness in all your pursuits. I wish you joy in all parts of your life and luck in your dreams.
May you live your lives with pride, confidence and dignity.
Met up with Soda and one of his friend today at the Metropolis building in Shinjuku. He gave me a call on my cellphone as I was heading there and the conversation went as follows:
BF “We’re going to the two towers today, Ty will you meet us there?”
Me “Look for me in the east on the dawn of the third day. I will be there.”
Me “T_T yea I’ll meet you at 2.”
Turns out Soda has never watched LotR and has never read the books. This knowledge hurts me in my nerdy place. (Gandolf was meeting Aragon in the movie “The two towers” just… nevermind.)
Working is getting a little more hectic but it’s okay because I know I’ll be heading back to Canada soon. I’m looking forward to taking Japanese classes and hopefully I’ll learn something that I can take back with me.
On the 20th I smacked one of my students right in the face.
She is 6.
Bitch was asking for it.
At NOVA. they were very strict about playing “fu fu” gentle games that no one could even remotely possibly get hurt doing, or have fun doing for that matter, so I usually taught kids games from my youth. Duck Duck Goose, Red Rover and everyone’s favourite, “Blind mans bluff” which I just called “Zombie”
If you don’t know the game, it’s tag, only one kid is blindfolded.
FUN EH? WHAT COULD GO WRONG?
Anyway, after a year of playing this game we finally had an accident where one of the kids (A six year old girl) ran into my hand with her mouth.
Now I had a bruise on my hand afterward because essentially she bit me, but she was fine. Shocked but didn’t cry, just checked her teeth, wasn’t bleeding and we just kept playing after. I have high hopes for her in the evolutionary scale of things.
Second best thing I saw today was a 60 year old man in a business suit slowly dottering down the road.
On a skateboard.
I wanted to take a picture so bad but he got to his apartment as I pulled out my camera, kicked his board up and went inside as cool as you please.
Still Sick… But getting better. On the medication front, I went through each of the pills and looked up what they were online, picked the medication I thought I needed and stopped taking the other ones. I think my “Suddenly getting worse and vomiting” symptoms were due to overmedication.
Back to the whole, it’s tough to take things in Japan when you don’t understand what the hell the medicine does or even is for.
101 reasons why my Japanese boyfriend is more useless than not.
I found a user on youtube that has all the gargoyles episodes, you guys remember that show? Watching it again, it’s just as awesome. At points even more so.
You can see how the show appeals to kids, the plot at points is very simple and there are usually little messages in each episode that even kids can get (Especially “The Pack” episode where the message was blatantly “Don’t believe everything you see on TV, sometimes the cool actors are assholes in real life” and the “Gunz R Bad” episode) The characters are built simply enough so that kids can understand them.
But then you can also see the things that appeal to adults in it too, mentioning Dochoveski (a name few adults will know and no kids that’s for sure) classical mythology and literature references, as well as movie references. Episode 10 of season one there’s a scene where Hudson (The old man) is being pursued by Demona (The “Bad chick”) and she chases him through a sewer to the end of the sewer which falls off into a large reservoir. She’s got a gun and is all “Give it up, this is the end!” and he just looks at her and STEPS BACK OFF THE LEDGE.
Anyone remember the name of that movie where that happens? Was it “The Fugitive?”
Some things (mainly the stuff that makes the show good for kids) bother me, like how dumb Demona is.
I mean I can’t remember the episode (maybe 8 or 9) (I think 8) when he tries to capture the other gargoyles in an attempt to get Demona, once Goliath says “She wouldn’t lift a talon to save us” why doesn’t McBeth just stop right there and go “Wait… She hates you guys? You’re enemies? WELL ME TOO!” I mean even if he believed Goliath to be lying he could have just explained everything better.
It also bothers me that Goliath at face value always talks of kindness and patience and yet that’s only when dealing with other peoples problems, once things affect him directly he’s blowing his top left right and centre. And he doesn’t think things through for all the “Wisdom” he says he values.
Zanatos is pretty cool, I mean he’s an overly rich exceptionally bored guy, and when someone always has money they’ve basically got three choices: 1) Follow in their parents footsteps and keep making more money generally becoming a fat greedy jerkface. 2) Piss it all away by doing stupid things a’la Paris Hilton 3) Become the motherfucking BEST at everything in such a way that you’re so great you want to have sex with yourself and then pursue any crazy whim that strikes your fancy because you’re so fucking rich YOU CAN.
Anyway, I’m gonna keep watching ^_^ Nothing else to do while still coughing up lung butter…
Back in December it started, just a little cough and a tiny fever. Fever went away but the cough stayed nagging and insistent for three weeks. I go back to work after a winter vacation that mostly involved me sleeping and playing video games because of the cough. Soda went out to a few parties and so did Ziggy but other than the one I went to, I stayed in. Two weeks into work the cough is going away, Hallelujah, I may be healthy yet.
On Friday night I’m heading home on the train and I get into a coughing fit that has me dry heaving.
"Okay okay" I think "I haven’t been sleeping well, I’m back at school, going outside and was rained on yesterday. I’ll be fine"
I call in sick to work for the next day thinking a 2 day weekend should set me right. Soda says enough is enough and drags me to a Doctor. I’ve been keeping him awake with my sick for like… A month and a half.
I go to the Doctor, no fever, no rasping in the chest but he says these 4 week minor colds are becoming this cold season normal, prescribes me 5 different medications and sends me on my way (Whut? 5???)
I’m thinking I probably just caught something in the waiting room at the doctors office.
Yesterday I go from having a little annoying cough to full blown fever, runny nose and vomiting. I dunno if it was the pills or what but my stomach hurt and everything tasted like paper.
I fight with the boyfriend to tell me the side effects of the pills.
He won’t do it at first, just telling me to trust the doctor, the doctor knows all. I argue with him, explaining that side effects NEED to be known because if I’m reacting badly, THEY COULD KILL ME. Finally he reads the goddamn warning instructions that come with the medication for me.
Then he actually looks at my medicine and says “Oh, if you get a rash or puke you have to stop taking them immediately, but don’t worry if you start pissing blood.”
0_0 PISSING BLOOD IS A COMMON SIDE EFFECT?!? (Apparently not blood, but just red pee, I guess there’s a dye in one of them)
I took a dose last night before bed, threw it right back up and figured it better to skip the dose than re-take it, and if it’s the pills making me puke, best not to take it anymore.
I didn’t sleep at all last night. The coughing and sneezing and drooling (I drool when I need to throw up) generally kept me awake, my eyes just hurt from being up and my body feels tired.
I took one of my pills that was supposedly the anti-biotic this morning, forsaking the “Blood pissing” and “Potential rash and vomiting” pills. Fuck those ones…
I just feel like I’m getting worse and I don’t know what to do since I’ve called in sick to one of my jobs two days now (I called in for tomorrow too so that will be three)
I’m worried about Wednesday because that’s the last class for the third year students in Green Tea so I really don’t want to call in sick but if I feel like this I will.
Now I need to go brush my teeth to get the taste of infection out of my mouth.
Ziggy and I got a little tree and gave each other little gifts, and while Christmas is supposed to be a time for your significant other I spent it with Ziggy instead.
It’s not like Soda had anything planned for me anyway.
There was a Christmas Party in Kita Senju with some ex-BunnyCo people and I went and brought everyone presents, but I wasn’t feeling well and had to work the day of and the day after so I didn’t stay very long at all.
I’ve been kind of under the weather lately but not really able to rest too much since I’m still working more often then I’m not.