Today's been more than a little overwhelming. We had to take our placement test, and it was all kinds of not fun. I've had about 8 hours of sleep in the past three days or so, and the reading test just about did me in. I understood most of what the teachers said to us throughout the day, but that test was just made up of words that I don't know, and I probably did very very badly. I know I'll be fine once I get over the jetlag and get used to being here, but right now I'm really, really homesick. And cold because the heater in my apartment only warms the area directly in front of it, which is, unfortunately, not my bed.
January 14th, 2009
January 13th, 2009
Made it to Tokyo alive, and am now in my apartment. I'll post more later. I've been awake for more hours than I can count, so it's bedtime now.
January 11th, 2009
I'm not sure if I'll have time to post before I leave tomorrow since I have to get up at a ridiculous hour to get to the airport. =D I leave from here at 6:55 tomorrow morning, and I should get to Tokyo around 4 in the afternoon on the 13th. Looks like about half of my class is coming from Finland, and I've talked to one of the guys over Facebook, so I'm a little less freaked out about being thrown into a group of strangers. I'll post when I get set up in my apartment so anyone who cares will know that I made it there in one piece. =D
January 8th, 2009
I know you can't tell how long it really is because it's folded, but it nearly reaches my ankles. @__@ My brother had better like this thing.
December 31st, 2008
The yarn for my brother's Dr. Who scarf got here today, so I've been working on it all day. I was trying to finish up the stripe I was in the middle of before I went to bed, but I ended up with an extra stitch and a big hole. So in trying to fix that, I wound up tearing the whole thing apart. T__T Now I have to start the damn thing over. I have refrained from hurling the entire box of yarn across the room in a fit of rage at least.
December 10th, 2008
I've spent all day breaking my brain trying to come up with three minutes worth of stuff to talk about for my Japanese oral exam. It's really frustrating to figure out what you're going to say, then realize you have no clue how to say it. And then you realize none of the words are in your book at all apparently. @__@ I know I shouldn't be to hard on myself since I really haven't been learning Japanese for very long, and I actually have one of the highest grades in the class, but I doing this makes me realize that I really don't know anything at all, and I have a long long way to go before I'm any kind of fluent. This added to the fact that I would have a hard enough time coming up with three minutes worth of stuff to talk about myself in English is not making for a very good study night.
I've given up on the Japanese for now and switched to lit, which I'm not too terribly worried about. She gave us a list of questions that will likely appear on the exam, and as long as the ones about comparing the afterlife in The Odyssey, The Aeneid, and Dante's Divine Comedy and discussing chivalry in Don Quixote stay on there, I should be fine. Speaking of Don Quixote, it's probably my favorite of the stories we did this semester, but it's a trigger for getting this stuck in my head. XD;;
God help me if there's ever actually a tornado here, because I'm going to die. I slept through the sirens again. I've been known to sleep through booming thunder and earthquakes as well. It's a wonder my alarm wakes me up in the mornings.
December 8th, 2008
I really haven't been in a good headspace for the past couple of days. It still bothers me that that lady in the parking lot at work yelled at me the other day, and I'm still generally feeling like a terrible person for everything that I do. So today's solution: dig the damn scarf I've been working on for the past couple of months out from the drawer I banished it to after the last time it made me mad and watch Bump PVs. For some reason Planetarium is one of the songs that tends to instantly make me feel better, possibly because of the cuteness of the PV:
December 4th, 2008
Plane tickets have officially been bought. I was looking up info for the flight, since the last couple of times I've been overseas we flew with Delta and this is American Airlines. Besides the fact that on the way there we're going to be stuck in the hellish middle row of five, this may not be such a bad flight.
Oh hells yes. Also, we get The Dark Knight. This is assuming the movies are still there for another month, which I really hope they will be...
Things that need to be done in the next week or so:
-Meet the other girl from UAB who's going to Nihon University
-Figure out what the hell I need to bring for three months in Japan
-Make sure my passport doesn't get lost again
-Not catch pneumonia from my roommate