Tuesday, February 22, 2011

313 days to go...

Day 45: Ethan practicing guitar. Did I mention he's playing the guitar in his school's talent show this Friday? I'm taking the day off work just to be there, and you'll know I'll be front and center with my video camera!!

Day 46: Ok, I missed this day. But my excuse is that I was really tired and a little off. To make up for it, here's an adorable picture of Nate and Ethan.

Day 47: Two of my favorite flowers - ranunculus and chamomile.

Day 48: This was part of my school lunch Thursday. Yes, those are whole fish. Yes, you eat them whole, head, tail, bones and all. I've eaten these several times now, they're actually not that bad.

Day 49: Just a part of the rilakuma merchandise at Bic Camera. The Japanese love their adorable characters.

Day 50: On Saturday, it was snowing these big, beautiful flakes. I was trying to catch them with my camera looking out our balcony.

Day 51: My first successful subway photo! I just had to take a picture of these guys. They all came on the subway together, and they were all wearing almost the exact same business attire, and all (except one) with their briefcases on their laps.

I stayed at work until five o'clock talking (!) with some second and third graders. They're convinced I speak more Japanese than I admit to, simply because I usually understand Japanese conversations. I can't explain to them that I really just understand two or three words, and then I just guess about what is being talked about. They were especially impressed when I got onto this one boy for saying something inappropriate about me in Japanese. Honestly, I have no idea what he said, but I do know this boy (he's the one who asked me how "big" my husband was), and from teaching junior high for three years, I have a pretty good grasp on the male adolescent mind. I hit him on the head with my papers and said, "Stop!" in a joking manner. Shocked, he said, "she understood!" in Japanese and now every time he sees me, he rattles off in Japanese as if I'm a native speaker. *sigh* Boys are boys, no matter what part of the world you're in.

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