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Moving hosts

I’m not really back from hiatus, but I had to pop in quickly to say that I’ve switched webhosts and moved eeeeeeeverything over. There may be broken stuff lying about but I can’t be bothered to hunt them down. I also basically recreated one of my other (personal) sites from scratch and moved over my English lessons website. I AM SO TIRED.

Anyway, the hiatus keeps on rolling, see you all next Monday, maybe.

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Hiatus

Think it’s time to face the music. Today I was pushed far beyond my limits and am too exhausted even to complain about it. I need a break from thinking about this blog for a while. It’s one tiny bean being lifted off the pile crushing down on me, but it’s all I’ve got. I did my best, I’ve got a solid month of blog-writing in, even if most days I just wrote excuses about how I’ll be back later with real content.

I don’t want to set a deadline for myself because then what’s the point of taking the bean off the pile, but if I don’t set a deadline then I fear the next time you hear from me will be 2020. Let’s say… til next Monday? Gimme a week. One week.

‘Til we meet again!

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Too tired

I meant to write about all the board games we played yesterday, but oh my god I am so tired. I have been doing chores all day, then I ended up getting work out of the blue (!!!), and then at night we ended up playing more board games. I started a draft but I am just so drained. I need a break. I need a break from making all these excuses.

Today is the 29th so it’s been exactly one month since I started this daily blog project. This isn’t exactly the auspicious one-month anniversary I wanted. Tomorrow I have a long day of work in Tokyo which is already a total nightmare because of the morning rush.

I hope I can find the energy tomorrow to write tomorrow. I just haven’t been up for it at all these past few days. I don’t want to give up this daily blog project but also I can’t think of anything I want to do more in the world oh my god.

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All the games

I spent all day playing board games and am now so tired that I can taste colors. I know, I suck, but I’ll have to do a full write-up tomorrow.

Since I can’t just end on yet another pointless aside begging forgiveness, a haiku for you:

Cats who keep purring
A nonstop engine of love
Covering my lap

Happy Sunday, everyone.

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Fish bones

Tonight’s dinner was a hot pot full of bits of fish. I guess in winter, the egg sacs inside of the fish are more prized than the fish meat itself, so they sell these chopped up leftover parts super cheap: the fins, chunks of its back, the head and spine. You know in old cartoons, the kind of fish parts that you see cats try to run off with? You can buy cases of them super cheap, freeze them, and use them as soup stock. If you throw them in the hot pot, it makes everything smell wonderful and hearty even if the soup itself is pretty thin. The only thing is that little meat there is falls off the bones fairly quickly, so you’re left with all these fish bones sticking up out of the soup like needles. When I’m feeling especially morbid, I remember the bubbling pot full of bones into which the witch was preparing to throw Hansel and his sister Gretel.

I’m once again late with this blog post. I’ll probably be late with the one tomorrow as well since I’ll be out til evening, at the earliest. I shall leave you with an awkward conversation I had with someone this morning:

Is it cheating to put bits of my Twitter on here? Nah, other blog writers do this all the time, I should be covered. See you tomorrow when (hopefully) I’ll have thoughts on BOARD GAMES FINALLY.

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ぎりぎり

It’s almost 11pm on Friday night and I’m just plain tuckered out. I worked all day in Shinjuku, then caught the train to Yokohama for my evening classes. I was tired even before I woke up and now I am just flat on my ass tired. DK is playing video games in the background and every second I am here typing is precious time I could be spending with him instead, so I’m going to make this quick. I know, I’m sorry, I suck, etc.

This upcoming weekend looks like ass. Tomorrow morning (and, possibly, every Saturday morning for the foreseeable future? sigh) I have seminars, then on Sunday we’re playing board games in Kamakura. I should be excited about that but honestly I really just want to sleep.

Next weekend is also pretty ass because I have that same seminar and board games in Yokohama. The weekend after that, another seminar, the inaugural meeting of my book club (!!!), and an all-day ELT convention in Tokyo. I really just want to, like, sleep. I’m not trying to humble brag about my schedule, I’m saying it is stressing me out just thinking about it.

Why can’t I just sleep.

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Cold

I found out today that my favorite bakery in Kailua, Agnes Bake Shop, is closing its doors on Sunday. I’m heartbroken because I loved that place. The Portuguese sweet bread is the stuff of dreams, and the malasadas were, let’s be real, better than Leonard’s. I haven’t been since at least 2015 when I last visited Hawaiʻi and I’m too sad that I won’t be there to snatch up the last few loaves before they close.

Even worse, I found out that they have Agnes Bake Shop in Japan, but it’s awful. It looks like every crappy tacky wannabe-Waikīkī cafe. I hate it.

AUGH

AUGH

Why is a good 50% or more just a big blob of white rice? Why is there a blotch of pasta (?!) in the upper right corner? Why is the meat so tiny and covered with shredded daikon? What on earth is that salad?!?!?!

The other pictures are also disappointing (pancakes?! shitty overpriced craft beer that nobody in Hawaiʻi actually drinks?!) and have made me lose all my will to live. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over this. It was bad enough learning that Agnes was going away, worse still knowing that it’s going to live on as this trendy Tokyo abomination.

I just want a loaf of Portuguese sweet bread from Agnes. Sigh.

AGNEEEEEEEEES

AGNEEEEEEEEES

Don’t look up your heroes, kids. You’re better off not knowing.

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Quickie

I couldn’t find time to write today, eep. But three quickies:

  • Trying to get back into comics, or to be more precise, get my husband to read English comics so I have someone who will pressure me into getting back into comics. Yeah, I dunno how my brain works, either. I’m trying to get him started on Chew, while I try and polish off Usagi Yojimbo‘s back catalog once and for all.
  • Watched sumo, which might be one of the very few sports I can watch for longer than two minutes without being bored out of my mind. I don’t know anything about it, but I love the whole “psyche out your opponent and throw a bunch of salt” phase before the matches start.
  • It might snow in Kanto tomorrow for the first time this winter, so uhhhh, that’s certainly something. Wonder if it’ll be too cold to ride the stationary bike…

Okay that’s a wrap gotta go byeeeee

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Slump

Okay, I know, another Aside. I am a monster.

I’m going to have to figure out how I’ll keep up these daily blogs during the week since I am just weary after working all day in Shinjuku.

I read more of Wicked Wonders on the train home at least. I’m not finished yet, but I have written up thoughts up on each of the short stories as I read them. I’m going to try to finish this sometime soon (tonight? tomorrow?) and write up a fer-real review during my break tomorrow.

God, I just realized, tomorrow I have to work all day in Shinjuku and then teach evening classes in Yokohama. What is my life. What am I even doing.

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Book Club

I’ve been making a lot of noise lately about wanting to start a book club in my area, and today was the day I finally got off my butt and started doing something about it. I have posted to a few sites and am now in the process of selecting some books that I want to recommend to the group.

I am very much aware of how unlikely this will be successful due to the language barrier, location, and the general busy schedules that adults have. I am still hopeful though that this will work out. It’ll be fine! I think!

Today was another black hole sort of day because I’m still recovering from how tired I was yesterday. I have work for the next two days as well so I’m going to be exhausted when the weekend rolls around. Thinking about this book club has got me excited about stuff, but it is also using up all of my energy just thinking about it.

Anyway, this is another plea for forgiveness for these short Aside entries. I suspected that this first week back to work would kick my ass and unfortunately that looks what’s happening, argh.