The Witless Clunkery of a Third-Rate Mind

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Hi! It's been quite a while since my last post, so it's kind of hard to sum up the last 4 months, but basically:

-I finished the 2nd term at university and told my students I wouldn't be coming back; they were quite disappointed to hear that...
-started working in the Tokyo office, a 90-minute commute from my place. Fun!
-debated whether or not to take another job, and in the end, for various reasons, decided to stay with my current job
-got busier and busier at work; did 5 trainings in about 2 weeks!
-smack dab in the middle of that, moved out of my apartment, into a hotel for a week, and then into my new apartment
-enjoyed the cherry blossoms as much as I could while being unsettled and insanely busy
-started school again at the same university as before, much to the shock of my old students, many of whom honestly said (I feel like I'm bragging to tell you this) "You're back? Oh no! I decided not to take English again because I thought, if Jeff's not teaching it, I don't want to take it! Now it's too late to sign up for your class!" That made me feel good about myself and sad at the same time.

Things are very different this semester; we have 8 teachers, up from 4 last term. It is sometimes tricky sharing a room with another teacher, and a teachers' room with 7 other people, but so far so good. I'm enjoying my new classes, loving my new apartment (write me for my new address), looking forward to a visit from Guelph iaido club members, studying Japanese sporadically, going to the gym occasionally, and jodo once a week. Iaido has fallen by the wayside for the moment, as I only have weekend practices and I seem to have had something else to do every weekend for the past month! But hopefully, I'll get back to it before I forget everything I know.

What else is new? Today I saw "Slumdog Millionaire" (it just opened in Japan a couple weeks ago) and it filled me with a determination never to go to India.

I hope everyone is well. Write if you have time!