She doesn't have many people to interact with in town. There are two exchange students from Hawaii attending other schools, but they're both boys. Her host family speaks a little English, but not much. Once her Japanese level gets to the point where she can interact more with her classmates, I'm sure she won't feel so secluded.
I was reading at my desk after school when the teachers next to me started talking about Harry Potter. They asked if I had read the latest book. When I said I had, my team teacher asked me what happened in it. She said she had read up through #4, but the thickness of #5 intimidated her, so she had barely started it. I asked her if she really wanted spoilers, and she assured me she did, so I told her.
When she heard it involved character death, she said, "Thank you! You have convinced me to read it."
...I wonder if she meant that the way it sounded...
I received a memo on my desk that there will be three student teachers in the English department for a few weeks in October. (Japanese teachers only have about 2-3 weeks of student teaching. I find this amazing.) I've seen a number of student teachers before, but they've always been in different departments. It will be interesting to work with them (assuming they have any classes with me).
I tried the nori/tofu/cheese dumpling recipe for supper tonight. It made two dozen dumplings. It took me forever (=1 1/2 hours) to finish rolling and cooking them all, and the process dirtied a bizillion (=5) dishes. Most of them exploded while frying, oozing cheese out into the oil. (The fried cheese was good, though.) They were decent on their own, if a little on the fishy-tasting side of bland, but they went really well with tartar sauce. I think if I ever try this combination again, I will just scramble all the ingredients together in a frying pan and cook it like an omelet...or maybe bake it like a casserole...since I don't particularly care whether it looks like authentic fried oysters.