NaNoWriMo: Caught Up

Ok, not that far behind but it’s still not going as smoothly as one might hope.  Check the counter to the side–at 6300 words when I’m supposed to be up to 10,000 today.  Instead of… Continue reading

The Perfect Day! :)

1.  ::dances:: Even when Obama was 202 points up, I still told all the teachers around me that McCain could take it.  I didn’t accept it until I read this speech.  McCain, you… Continue reading

NaNoWriMo: One day down

Current words: 23,298 Words written for NaNo so far: 1,874 Fun passage of the day: Torn between irrational jealousy at the attention the Browns paid to Mr. Hawes and relief at escaping the… Continue reading


Doing this unofficially because I’ve already started on my project and, according to the NaNoWriMo website it must be a completely new project (so as to facilitate in writing at break-neck speed).  Well,… Continue reading

PotW: October 26 to October 31 (Happy Halloween!)

From all my kids here in Japan: Had a Halloween week.  Taught plenty of Halloween lessons (“Wrap the Mummy,” “Halloween Comics” in which one fills in the dialogue of some comics, “Halloween Haikus,”… Continue reading


This last weekend I took the two-and-a-half hour ferry to Fukuoka, then the two hour train to Sasebo, to meet some other ALTs and see the famous Yosakoi festival.  Yosakoi is a huge… Continue reading

I think I just had an aneurism

Either that or Japanese kindergartners are on crack! 🙂 I just had my first (and only) day at “yochien”–kindergarten–in the school year.  And holy guacamole, it was an experience.  Tons of fun, despite… Continue reading

Just like Christmas!

So in the last few weeks I have recieved several packages, each one just as amazing as the last.  They made me squee with glee and clap my hands, bounce around, do a… Continue reading

Updating you on my silly life

Before I begin, please note that the two entries below this one are the promised entries on Ekiden and Sports Day.  View for fun culture notes, pictures, and occasional sarcastic bits.  I try… Continue reading


Similar to Sports Day in that there’s plenty of running (a whole day’s worth, in fact) sandwiched by speeches galor, Ekiden is the island-wide marathon competition held annually.  Students have to do circuits… Continue reading