A while back I got a comment hoping for a new post. Thanks! It's very encouraging to know you are missed! Unfortunately, I haven't been able to post until now, and now is just a quick update to let you know I'm not lost.
So I have successfully moved. I hate moving. It's like the most expensive roller coaster in the world, that you don't actually get to ride, instead you have to climb up it, and then trip and fall down and start all over.
Searching for an apartment that was in my budget and was big enough for all my stuff (not to mention my sanity) but still convenient enough for someone relying on public transportation... Oh yeah, I'm not sure the word stressful is good enough. And once I thought I had found something good (on paper), I'd go see it and the reality would be enough to make me want to cry.
But fortunately I had a good real estate company that worked very hard to find me a good place. In the end, they found a place that would lower the rent to meet my budget and that was big enough. The location is not that great, but not that bad either. I have to say, it's nice to find good companies to help you. (they even had DC Talk playing on their CD player. I heard the song "Jesus is Alright" at least 5 times! Of course they had no idea what it was about.)
I had thought that my Japanese hasn't improved so much in these last two years since I spend so much of my time in English compared to when I worked in public schools, but I discovered that moving this time was SO much easier because I had a much larger ability to understand and communicate than before. Still, you get frustrated when there are still things you don't really get or only half understand.
Moving companies and everything were also stressful, but I did manage to procrastinate less than usual and somehow we managed to move two people to two different places on the same day.
Just so you know, moving is impossible to survive without ice cream. seriously.
I was also moving while still working, so there was a lot going on in a short time, but now it's over.
This morning I threw away the last of the moving boxes.
A little bit more cleaning and arranging and I'll be settled in.
I had a nice spring break to take things a little more slowly and take care of things, and I'm gradually getting used to the new arrangement.
The strangest thing so far is grocery shopping. Before I shopped for two people, and I took into consideration what my roommate liked, and what I thought she would like to eat the whole time shopping. You never realize how much you think of others when shopping until suddenly you are no longer shopping for them. And I had to re-train myself not just in terms of volume of food, but in what kind of foods I buy and such. I think that's when I'm my loneliest. So far anyway.
There are good and bad points with my new place, but so far it's satisfactory.
I'll have my first houseguest this week, a strapping young man will come stay the night.
Of course he's bringing his mother. ;-)
Or rather his mother is bringing him, since he's like what, 3 months?
I'm happy because this will be the first close friend in 8 years that I'll actually get to meet and hold her child.
I think the hardest thing about living in Japan is that. The missed weddings, the children I've never met, not knowing what kind of mothers my friends are, not being a part of my niece and nephew's lives...
So yeah, it's that kind of season. Ups and downs. New and old. Fun things and stress.
All rolled into this one big mess we call life.
No deep spiritual insights right now, just letting you know what's up with my life.
I wanted to show you pictures, but I'm writing this from the computer after work because I don't have internet yet. (frustrating story, but not really important.)
Hopefully soon I'll get the loose ends fixed and see what life is going to look like in my new place.
I just hope I don't have to move again anytime soon.