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07:59 am: The Witching Hour
Last Monday the school library committee put on a small Halloween party after school. They decorated the home ec room and started by making pumpkin muffins (pancake mix with mashed pumpkin mixed in, cooked in cupcake molds). Once the muffins were done, everyone sat at the various tables while I did a dramatic reading of a Halloween picture book. (Someone snapped a bunch of pictures and put them on the Ritsumeikan Moriyama website.) After that, the representative of the library committee read a bunch of questions about Halloween that the foreigners present all answered. (For example, she asked things like, "Are all Halloween costumes handmade?" and "Do you eat the Jack-o-lanterns?")

During the week, my senior students performed their skit assignment. Some put a lot of work into their props and memorization...some less so. I substituted for any absent students on performance day so that the remaining group members could get a grade...in one group, I performed two out of three roles. @_@ (...And one of the roles was a Japanese person who couldn't speak English...)

Saturday, I cleaned my apartment because gnine was coming over to visit. It's a good thing I did...I think the hair tumbleweeds were on the verge of starting their own civilization. >_< I managed to straighten up everywhere except the hobby room. It will take a lot more resolve to tackle that.

This week the students are preparing for a public exhibition on Saturday. This was formerly the Morijo Creative event, but now it's the Ritumeikan Moriyama Exhibition. I hear that there will no longer be a fashion show, which is too bad, but I guess it's because the only students taking the fashion designing classes are the former Morijo students since Ritsumeikan doesn't offer that as a subject. The exhibition is being well publicized, however. I saw a poster for it up on the wall at the train station.

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From:mangaroo
Date:November 13th, 2006 03:39 am (UTC)
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You were quiet so long, アンパロ先生! I expected to hear you had been absorbed in another major WoW campaign.

"Do you eat the Jack-o-lanterns?"

Great question! (But, really, do they eat pumpkin shell in Japan? Were they asking about the innards removed to create a Jack-o-lantern?)

I managed to straighten up everywhere except the hobby room.

I want a hobby room! Except mine would be a library. But a separate room for stuff would be dreamy.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 13th, 2006 07:01 am (UTC)
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I expected to hear you had been absorbed in another major WoW campaign.

...I created a new character...

(Details: Night Elf female druid named Amakihi. Druids will be able to shapeshift into birds when the expansion comes out.)

But, really, do they eat pumpkin shell in Japan?

Yes. It is edible.
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From:megory
Date:November 14th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
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Aaaw, they really decorated the room nicely. And they look so interested in the reading. What a nice idea. I almost think they celebrated Halloween as much as we did, if not more.

I hope you got a good grade for all of your skits! The very idea, a Japanese person who couldn't speak English... That must have been fun.

Congratulations on the clean apartment.

I guess I understand why they are not doing the fashion show, but, it's a shame to lose that dimension of the exhibition as long as there are still some home ec students there.

(And Japanese pumpkin is so good, including its soft, edible shell.)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 15th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
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And they look so interested in the reading.

I don't know if they were interested in the book or the fact that I was emoting like a crazy person...

I hope you got a good grade for all of your skits!

<g>

Congratulations on the clean apartment.

Thanks...though I doubt it will last long...
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 23rd, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)

BRAH

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Words can't express what i feel when i read this. So i will use none. Good luck in all you do.
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