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ゴキブリ, "gokiburi." A Japanese word. Sounds cute, right? Try saying it. "Go-ki-bu-ri!" Adorable. It should mean something cute, like bunny or kitten.

But it means cockroach.

But I just love the sound so much, I say it all the time. :D
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Grey-ish sky, with the temperature anywhere between Cool and Frigid!

OMFG y'all, autumn has FINALLY arrived. For the first weekend in a long time, I actually felt like getting up and doing stuff, instead of just laying in bed all day, and I'm 100 percent sure it's all because the weather finally cooled off. :D *HAPPY DANCE!*


Mikan oranges are starting to arrive in the supermarket, persimmon trees are blooming, and I finally got to sleep in my loft last night. :D It was too effing hot up there in the summer.

Spent the weekend riding around on my bicycle, shopping and killing time, because I COULD! Because I could actually go outside without fear of passing out! It was FABULOUS.

Happy autumn!
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OMG, just get national healthcare already!!! I really don't know what people are so scared of... having now lived in two countries with socialized medicine, I can say from experience that it is a WONDERFUL thing. The problem is that the US will never do it RIGHT. Obama's original ideas were great, but due to America's fear of "socialism," they've been watered down so much that they really aren't going to make the system work like it should. People should have affordable healthcare, period. It is a basic human right. It is one of the main reasons I have no plans to leave Japan any time soon, and hope to return to England rather than back home to the US if I ever do.
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I love pretty much everything about Southern holiday food. But I guess my all-time favorite would be the macaroni pie. It's not really a holiday dish, as we ate it pretty regularly when I was growing up, but it WAS always served at Thanksgiving or Christmas.

I also LOVE AND ADORE those canned Hostess hams! LOL. That was the Christmas and Easter tradition at my house. Ha ha. Serve it with mashed taters, macaroni pie, pole-beans cooked with hamhocks, and of course, my Granny's CORNBREAD. Sweet tea to drink. Ooooh, and of course, collard greens and black-eyed peas for New Year!!! OMFG... collard greeeeeens... *drool*

Things I don't like would be anything made with Jell-o, Watergate salad (I think it's sometimes called Ambrosia?) and pecan pie. And ewww, eggnog. *gag*

I'm honestly not too fond of many of the traditional British Christmas food, especially the sweet stuff. I was lucky enough to spend Christmas 2006 with Liam's family. His mother is an AMAAAAAAZING cook. The dinner was ridiculously delicious. But the desserts... ha ha. "Christmas pudding," which is basically a brandy-soaked brick of fruitcake, served drowned in heavy cream. Ugh... I'm not really a fan of cream with cake or pie, to be honest. The first time I was asked, "Would you like cream with your cake?" in England, I assumed they meant whipped cream, and said yes. I was really confused when I was served what appeard to be cake-soup.

Mince-meat pies would be the other British thing I don't like. Liam got a big care package containing both from his parents this year, and he is soooo excited, LOL. Me, I'd rather have a big slice of my Granny's cornbread.

I once went to a Christmas party hosted by a Swedish girl, and she served something called Glogg. (sp?) It was warm red wine, mixed with spices. Dunno if it's a holiday thing, but DAMN it was yummy.

This is my fourth Christmas in Japan. It really has become just another day to me. I'm not religious, so that aspect of it doesn't mean anything to me. I've been away from home for so many Christmases now, it doesn't even phase me. No matter how much Japan tries to be Christmassy, it just seems awkward and weird. (What's up with them celebrating a Christian holiday, anyway? It just seems weird to me. Yeah, there are some Christians here, but most of the population isn't. It would be like if the US suddenly decided that Tanabata or Obon was really cool, and tried to celebrate it. LOL.) This is the first year in ages I haven't had to work on Christmas day. I'm pretty sure it's gonna be just another day for me. Though I WILL be thinking jealously of my family, and all the good food they'll be eating...
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I think the ONLY movie to ever truly do justice to the book was The Green Mile. Shawshank was pretty good, but The Green Mile just kills it. (Aside from Tom Hanks' terrible accent...) They didn't leave anything out, and they didn't change anything. I'd rather have a movie be three hours long, and tell the whole story correctly, than be cut to bits and changed around.

I also hate when they cast actors I don't like for characters that I do... Rat-faced, skeletal Keira Knightly as Elizabeth Bennett??? Who the hell okayed that???

Did anyone see The Time Traveler's Wife??? I ADORE that book, but haven't seen the movie... thoughts? Seems like it might have been difficult to translate into film.
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The seasons affect me, but in the opposite manner than they affect most people... I absolutely fucking HATE the summer, dude. I have a very low threshold for heat. If the temperature rises above about 60 degrees, I think it's too hot. Add the ridiculous humidity of my part of Japan, and you have a very unhappy girl. From May until November, I am miserable. Absolutely miserable. My brain just doesn't work when its hot. All I can think is, "FUCK ITS HOT!!!!" I end up yelling at the kids in my classes, and being very short with the adult students.

The fact that Japanese people DON'T SWEAT makes matters worse. I will be pouring sweat from every pore, my clothing sticking to me, my bra and undies chafing like hell, and my students will all whine about how cold they are if I turn on the AC. I bring a fan and wet washcloth with me to every class in the summer, ha ha. I seriously sponge myself down mid-lesson. I don't care. ITS FUCKING HOT!

Summer makes me want to be a lazy slug. I just want to barricade myself in my living room and blast the AC 24/7. I dread going out and breaking a sweat. Come fall, though, I feel a surge of energy... perhaps because I'm not sweating myself to death.

I'm not a fan of the sun in general... gray, rainy days make me feel peaceful and happy. I LOVED the weather in Scotland when I visited a few years ago. If I could pick the perfect place to settle down, Scotland would be it. Cold, drizzly days every day? Yes please!

Speaking of hot weather, it won't be too much longer until I have to endure yet another summer in Ota... what makes it really bad is that my company is too cheap to turn on the AC until like, August... and then, all my Japanese co-workers will whine about being "samui!" if a single little draft of cool air touches them... I seriously wish I could hibernate all summer.

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