Sunday, March 31, 2013

I get to use my blogs 'work' tag again!

So, yesterday David and I went for a small ice cream date. There's a Baskin Robbins in the grocery store food court across from us. So, we bought some groceries and stopped for a quick ice cream pick me up. I got the Easter themed sundae~ It was really cute! And it tasted good, too! Pieces of shortcake, whipped cream and sprinkles on top of chocolate mint ice cream. But, the ice cream was pink and blue in colour with pink, white and blue chocolate stars. Sooo cute and sooo good! I'll definitely get that flavour again, if it's not seasonal!
Took those photos with my cell phone~ Not bad, eh? Might start using that instead of my iPod. And today was a big day! I applied for a job late Thursday night on the off chance that I might at least get an interview. I was asked to come in Saturday morning for an interview. And it went really, really well! So well in fact, that I was offered the job less than 2 hours after the interview! Awesome! So, I now work for Little Wonders International School as a part time teacher. I'll be starting on Monday! Whew! Only one day between the interview and starting the job! But, the owners of the school seem really nice, so I'm super excited to start! I think Benedict sums up my current euphoria nicely:
After my interview today, I hopped back onto the subway headed towards Sendai station. I grabbed a quick caramel macchiato and headed for my train to head home. The trains, as I mentioned in my past post, have been decorated for the season. They look so pink and pretty on the outside! I took a few photos of today's model, and I apologize for the blurriness! I was bursting with glee at that point, so my hands might have been slightly shaky.
PS. I get to use my blogs 'work' tag again! Oh work tag~ I'm sorry I neglected you all this time. But don't worry~ We'll be seeing more of each other from now one. <3

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I got Mickey on it this time!

So, David and I were supposed to go to the theatre last week to watch Sugar Rush. (Wreck it Ralph's Japanese name.) But, it was only available in Japanese. Cry. Oh well. We did go out for a nice dinner, though. And on the way home we saw a display setup to promote the new Monster's University movie. coming out. So, naturally, we had to take a picture~
We popped to the grocery store and picked up a few snacks and I picked up a box of Fairtrade chocolate. The box was really cute and the chocolate was nice. It was really cheap, too. Like 100yen. I thought it'd be more expensive, but there you are. At the Sega World near our apartment they had some new prizes, too. And I fell in love with the Hello Kitty x Evangelion collab keychains. We tried to win one, but no dice. Oh well.
So, on the 25th at 4am there was a worldwide livestream event for The Hobbit movie. Peter Jackson was taking questions through twitter and youtube and also giving us a sneak peek of the next movie. I stayed up to watch it. It was awesome! I'm super excited to see The Desolation of Smaug in December. Not so excited to see all the massive spiders, but I'm excited to see Smaug.

George and Keita came up to Sendai on Monday. We all met up and got together. It was great! I miss George. He's such a weirdo, but he's fun. We spent about 2 hours trying to help them find a hotel and then Keita went to do his own thing and we just window shopped with George. We all met up for dinner later that night, which was great. I don't remember the name of our restaurant, but it was Japanese style food and it was so pretty! The presentation was really nice~ Especially for the salad! My iPod didn't take good photos, so I'm sorry about the quality.
While we were in town, we popped over to the Disney Store to buy my ticket for when I go to Tokyo. I'm meeting a friend at Disney Sea on the Tuesday of my trip and we're both buying an After 6pm ticket. It's easier to get them before we get to the park, so we grabbed mine. I got Mickey on it this time! (The tickets have different characters on them.)
And David won me a Kagamine Rin toy at the Game Station in the arcade. It only took one try, too! Lucky!
The cherry blossoms will be in bloom soonish, and Miyagi seems to be gearing up for it. The Airport Access line decorated their trains for the occasion. They're really pretty! I think only the Access line does this. I haven't seen the other trains all decorated, but we'll see~

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

And there, on the shelf was the book I was coveting.

So, David and I popped to McDonalds for dinner about a week ago. They have a promotion going on for American themed burgers right now. Do they have that in Canada? Well, I decided to be brave and give the Idaho burger a try. Man, heart attack on a bun. Holy hell. It was delicious, don't get me wrong. A potato patty added to a burger is a wonderful idea~ But I could almost feel my arteries blocking up. Ahahaha. XD
Last Thursday I finally got my test results for my blood work. I was super excited to find out my blood type. With my parents being O+ and O-, I was worried that I'd end up with O+. David has O- and that would make things a bit complicated for us for having children. But, no matter. I am an A+! Wooo! Safe! The ladies in the clinic gave me a card to keep and I was all giddy with relief at being an A+! Awesome!
On my way home, I decided to take a different way than what I normally take. Well, that's only half true. I caught my train in Sendai, but I caught the rapid train rather than the local. The rapid skips my usual stop, but it stops in Natori, so I got out there. Usually I take the main roads back to my apartment, but I thought it'd be fun to take a longer route and see where I end up. I ended up walking by a really nice looking shrine. I was wondering where the closest shrine was, and I guess I found it. I'm gonna go back and take more pictures when the sakura are in bloom. Should be sometime next month!
So, while I was in Sendai getting my results, I also made a pit stop to Jupiter. I ended up buying a taco kit! Taaaaco's! I hadn't eaten a proper taco in almost 2 years! I practically did a jig in the store when I found it. And it was 20% off to boot! Awesome. I also found some really nice tea. I had no idea Wedgewood made tea, but the more you know~ It's quite nice, actually. There's 4 types in the pack: Picnic tea, Weekend Morning tea, Earl Grey Flowers tea and Fine Strawberry tea. Yummm~
And right now there seems to be a big shinkansen thing going on in Japan. The milk tea I like had little toys included with purchase, so I picked up a bottle. I think I got the Hayate model. Or the Yamabiko model. I can't remember. But, it's cute. I put it on the little shelf behind my seat.
So yeah. The taco's. AMAZING. It made me oh so happy eating them. I wish we had salsa too, but it was like 750yen for a little bottle, so I opted to pass. The pack came with taco sauce, so it's all good. And even better, we had leftovers, so I made myself a taco salad the next night for dinner. Woo!
Last night David and I went out for curry. Yummmm~ I tried the pork tenderloin curry this time and wow. Was it ever tasty! I didn't manage to get a picture, but it was really good. I did snap a quick picture of the menu, though. They have an English menu and in the back it has the section where you can choose your spice level. They actually have a rule that you can't eat the maximum spicy level unless you eat a full helping of the previous spice level! It's kinda cute!
I indulged recently and bought a few different treats that I've been meaning to try. I wanted to try the Darjeeling tea flavoured MOW ice cream. It was ok~ It actually tasted like a florally darjeeling milk tea in ice cream form. It tasted a lot more darjeeling that I anticipated! I probably won't get it again, but it was cool~ I also tried a new type of Cafe au Lait. Again, not bad, but probably won't get it again. Meh. Live and learn, I guess.
Which brings us to today~ I had a dentist appointment in Sendai, so I woke up at 7am this morning. Gah. My appointment was at 9am in an area I wasn't truly familiar with, so I wanted to be early. I ended up getting there with about 10 minutes to spare. Normally when I go to the dentist I'm nervous and I twitch and talk a lot, but this time I wasn't nervous. Felt all relaxed~ Utako-sensei is really nice. She's fluent in English and was really sweet about making sure I was comfortable. After my appointment, as I was walking back to the station, I remembered that there was a book I was interested in buying. I wasn't sure if they'd carry it, but it was worth a shot. I'd never been in this store before, so I kinda wandered aimlessly for a few minutes until I stumbled into the English section! The had a whole area dedicated to English books! I was so happy. And there, on the shelf was the book I was coveting. The Sherlock Casebook! Awesome! I promptly bought myself the only copy they had and dashed off to Starbucks for breakfast and a chance to crack it open.
When I got back to Natori and started walking home, I noticed that it was looking kinda ominous! The forecast had said we only had an 8% chance of precipitation. But it looked like we were going to get a storm. I booted it home and it stayed dry. It's all sunny now and we didn't get rain, as far as I know. *shrug* Strange~
As I was writing this up David sent me a text. It looks like he made this drawing with his students. It's really cute!
And that's it~ I'm gonna go grab my new book and curl up with it. Might eat my leftover stir fry, too. Hmmm~
I really like this book. Can you tell?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

A LIGHTNING SABER!

Well, it's been a quiet 2 weeks, really. I've been feeling quiet homesick as of late, so I think that's been interfering with my desire to post. Feeling better now, though. I still wanna go home for a visit, but I'm not feeling so depressed anymore. A week ego I was on the verge of tears almost constantly, but now I think I'm ok~

So, at the end of February I was invited out to dinner with my friend Tam and her international friends. We went out to a Korean place for dinner and it was a lot of fun! I've never eaten Korean food before, so I was super excited to give it a bash. I met a bunch of really nice people and the food was really nice! I got the kimchi fried rice and they included a bowl of pepper soup. Yum yum!
A few days after the dinner I was really wanting homemade chocolate chip cookies. We don't have an oven in our apartment, but we do have a toaster oven. Mum had told me that a toaster oven works just as well for baking, so I gave it a try. They turned out pretty good for a first try! I ended up making about 6 and then I froze the batter for another day. The batter froze really well, too. I've made cookies like 3 times this month already. XD
We went out a few days ago to see Oz the Great and Powerful. It was pretty good~ And Bruce Campbell was in it. So, that automatically makes it awesome. Hahaha. We popped into the Game Station at Aeon before we caught the movie and I saw this in one of the UFO Catchers.
A LIGHTNING SABER! 8D Hahaha. I also saw a few ads for movies that are incoming. PreCure is the big thing right now for little girls in Japan. It's like Sailor Moon, but even more popular and has a bajillion incarnations. I also found a poster for Platina Data~ It's Nino's new movie. I hear it's good, so I may go see it.
I went and had a checkup done recently. I'm healthy and good to go, apparently. I also had blood tests done for the first time ever. THAT was scary. I've never had blood taken before, so I was shaking while the nurses were getting my arm ready. They were really sweet, though. And they spoke basic English and I tried basic Japanese, so it all went well. I got the test results yesterday and I'm perfectly fine. Wooo~ They're going to do a test to tell me my blood type and I can pick that up on Tuesday. Kinda excited to find that out. Blood types are a big thing in Japan, so it'll be neat to see what mine is.
I bought myself a treat on the way home from my check up. The box was cute, so how could I resist? It's like a crunchy chocolate covered cookie thing. Yum yum~ Goes good with coffee!
David has the weekend off, so yesterday we went on a day trip to Tagaj┼Ź. We spent most of the day just wandering about the town. David works there, so we knew where the local Black Shop and Aeon was, but aside from that we were in the dark. We grabbed lunch at McDonalds and walked over to the ruins of a major temple. It was very empty, truth be told. Hahaha. There was like nothing there. XD There was a cute little temple across the road, though, so we took a few photos.
And now, I'm off to do some trip planning. David offered to send me to Tokyo for a mini vacation next month. He says I need an adventure. I have some friends in Tokyo that I'd love to visit, so I think I'm going to take him up on the offer. I'll have to do some budgeting and whatnot, though, so we'll see what happens. I have the best hubby in the world. <3