Thursday, January 03, 2013

January 3, 2012 in 5 minutes


Today I woke up ready to study kanji and realized I left it at my friend's house the other day. So instead the day ended up being a mix of Botchan and time wasting. Wish I could just understand that book, then I wouldn't have to waste so much time [dreading the dictionary]. But I'm pretty much running out of time altogether. Only 3 more days before I go back to school...

In the evening I went out with a friend to a vegetable restaurant neither of us had ever been to. I guess they serve some meat and things too; it's not vegetarian or vegan by any means, but just the veggies are super fresh and the variety is impressive. The salad bar had two types of tomatoes, the sweetest carrots I've ever eaten, at least two kinds of daikon, etc. Aside from that we had fried lotus root with melty mozzarella sandwiched in between and kabocha squash with curry gratin on top. That sounds really heavy and gross probably, but it was not. For desert, lemon tart.

And I'm past five minutes...

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

2012 in 5 minutes


In January and February I was doing a lot of anime/manga/videogame news blogging and some reviews and things. I was doing a lot a lot of that because I had already quit my job at Twitter. I was basically just chillin' in my studio in SF until moving to Japan.

A co-worker came to visit and we had some really productive working hours followed by really productive (in terms of relaxation and fun) leisure hours. I don't remember what month that was. I guess maybe Feburary?

My mom and her husband came to visit which meant I got to take them to my favorite restaurant before leaving. They also helped me pack up the rest of my apt that the Task Rabbit I hired didn't already help me pack up.

In the end, I moved to a hotel for the last night and then I was gone.

I reappeared, though, in Tokyo. There is some stuff about it on my other blog, but I was in school from April through July. Turned 27, then had summer vacation, which was less productive than hoped but I dunno, I worked on a farm for a week, volunteered as an interpreter at TGS,

*five minutes goes by really fast*

It was mostly school. And strange social relationships. 2012. It was probably the best number of year that I will live, because I like 12. It ended. I'm still in school and being social is still sometimes rather strange.

2013 so far in 5 minutes


The first maybe 20 minutes or so of New Year's this year were spent in some rowdy gross pub in Shinjuku. The guy I had just met that night for the first time (we ate soba) and I ducked in there because we were in danger of ringing in the New Year on the street and that seemed somehow inadequate, I guess. Really it would have been fine. Anything would have been fine at that point. I had abandoned fineness.

On the 1st I did some laundry, like my sheets. There are some mold spots on my futon but they did not come off when I brushed them with a dish soap-laced toothbrush, so I gave up and just put the clean sheets over it. I also did some homework, like sending a New Year's card to my classic lit prof. Oh, and I cooked for the first time in a really long time. I made spicy nabe with pork and tofu, lots of veggies.

On the 2nd I studied in the morning ("studied?") I am reading Botchan but I have gotten to a point where it's sort of tricky and it's hard to feel like I want to keep reading. I know that if I read more I will have to look up more words in the dictionary, which is a soulless exercise. And then I don't remember the words anyhow. I have learned some words, though, like 親譲り and 無鉄砲 and 無闇.

In the afternoon of the 2nd I went to a New Year's party at a friend's house. Actually, they are more like my Japanese family. We ate a huge spread of traditional Japanese New Year's food and then they made nabe with fish and stuff in it that we dipped in ponzu. Everything was super delicious. We drank a lot. I met some new people and some of them were single. That fact was is always pointed out kind of dramatically because they know I'm single too.

Oops, 6 minutes.