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07:39 pm: Every day is full of surprises
Sunday I was invited to take part in an oshie lesson for foreigners. I did this once last year, when I made a simple picture of two gourds. This year the project was a picture of something called an inuhariko. This is a traditional toy. (It's supposed to be a dog, though pretty much everyone at the lesson thought it looked like a cat.) It was chosen as the project because next year is the Year of the Dog according to the Chinese zodiac.

We did everything except the face, which was provided for us (presumably to save time). As always, I worked quite slowly, and I wound up finishing absolutely last.

Monday morning, I called home and spent quite a while on the phone. This resulted in megory offering to pay for me to fly back to Michigan for the holidays.

Then I stepped outside to go to work and discovered that winter had suddenly pounced. My hands were burning with cold by the time I got to school (across the street) and trains were delayed due to strong winds. (That said, the temperature was still slightly above freezing.) At night a thunderstorm rolled in that continued until morning.

Today started with the head of the English department showing up at my desk.

Teacher: Your team teacher won't be here today, so please do something for first period.

Me: ...Something?

Teacher: Something.

So, an unexpected solo class first period, no problem. I then freaked out two of my teachers by saying I would take a vacation for the last three days of classes. They managed to come to terms with it, however. I haven't spoken with the other three teachers yet, but after the surprise solo classes I've done, including the one just this morning, I feel no guilt.



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Date:December 6th, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)
The dog is adorable! I remember when you did the gourds, I still think that's a great craft.

So you're going home for the holidays? That's so great!!!
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Date:December 6th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC)
So you're going home for the holidays?

That's what it looks like. Now I just have to make sure I don't get sick during the next two weeks...that would make for a poor holiday.
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Date:December 6th, 2005 11:00 pm (UTC)
Now I just have to make sure I don't get sick during the next two weeks

My recommendation: don't breathe on the plane. *pout* *cough* ick.
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Date:December 7th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC)
Your oshie project is gorgeous. It's nice to see each one again. A year ago already, huh?

I haven't spoken with the other three teachers yet
I suppose the sooner, the better, so they can be prepared, too.

We are sooo looking forward to your home visit.
Date:December 9th, 2005 09:41 am (UTC)
Home for the holidays? Cool! Hopefully, we'll see each other!
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Date:December 9th, 2005 09:42 am (UTC)
What the heck...stupid computer lab not keeping me logged in after logging in.
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