As a young woman at the age of 23, soon to be 24, I have decided to begin life as an adult. By this, I don’t mean living on my own, having a full-time job, paying for all of my bills on my own (for the most part, anyway), making sure I eat enough fairly nutritious food to keep breathing, and drinking enough beer to make up for all of you 21+ year-old fools that don’t drink enough on your own. I particularly excel at that last one, but who am I to judge my own drinking abilities?!
For almost a year, I’ve been riding the train with a less than attractive high school couple (well the girl is in high school because she wears a uniform, but the boy? in college? high school drop out?), that clearly like each other very much. Every morning, I ride the same train and get on the same car, and so do they. And every morning, I stare at them, while silently judging them. At first, I thought, “You guys are way too young to be in a relationship, focus on school!” Then, I began to think, “Oh, you guys need to shut the fuck up. And gross, no one wants to see your PDA.” Then, I grew oddly attached to them and began to think, “Oh, you guys are kind of cute. Do your thang.”
Today, I came across a few “How Much is my Face Worth?” posts and it made me really curious about how much my “daily face” is worth. I LOVE MAKEUP. I know I have a major spending problem when it comes to makeup and I admit that I probably spend more on it than I should. But, who’s keeping track, right? Oh right, I am, that’s what this post is all about.
This one’s just for shits and giggles. So please, don’t be offended. If you know me at all, you know I’m a sarcastic bitch. 🙂
One of the things that never ceases to amaze me about Japan is how EVERYONE is interested in my marital status. At every school I have taught at, at some time throughout my first day, someone has asked me if I’m married. And not just the students, the teachers, too!
“Do I have to go today?” Every morning. Never fails. I ask myself how important my role is in the education of Japan’s future. I always conclude that my role is very small, and they most likely won’t remember a quarter of what I teach them in a year from now, but I still force myself to go…
It really seems like everyone in Japan has their shit together. Every morning, I am surrounded by perfectly put together people on the train.
I’ve been in Japan for about nine months now. I’ve had a birthday in Japan, experienced every season, been to awkward drinking parties with Japanese coworkers, and have probably eaten more onigiri and taiyaki than what’s considered normal.
Deer. Temples. And that’s basically Nara. Deer roam around freely, as messengers of the gods in Shinto religion, of Todai-ji (東大寺), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photos from my trip to Nara include deer at Nara Park (奈良公園), Todai-ji (東大寺), Kofuku-ji (興福寺), and Kasuga Shrine/Kasuga-taisha (春日大社).
Opened in 1909, Tennoji Park is one of the biggest parks in Osaka. With the blooming sakura and relaxing pond, it was quite a beaut!
As I’ve just begun my second year as an ALT in Japan, I will admit that there are times that I wonder if I made the right decision of staying here for another year.
A letter to my future husband. 🙂