So a majority of my life I’ve played an instrument or performed on the field through Colorguard. Band has always been my way of expressing what I can’t express verbally. Whatever emotions are running through me at any given time I could put into music. It was the perfect release for me. I haven’t spun or played in a couple years now and I realize it’s driving me crazy. I hear all this musIKE and see this awesome work, but have no way of performing them anymore. It’s not that I’m angry or sad or anything like that, it’s just I no longer have anything to give my all into anymore. Music required more of me than I thought I was capable of giving but I always managed to reach my goal. Just kinda crazy to me I guess.
So I ended up taking out a loan so I could survive here and well it’s gonna be a while before I get the money.Lol. Oh well it is what it is. We started our classes this week and so far my classes seem much like the one’s at the University of Memphis. That’s a good thing, it means we’ve been given a descent education in the Japanese program.
I end up going to the store like four times this week because the portions are so small and I go through stuff quickly. I need to go today but it’s raining and I just washed my hair…don’t judge me. Speaking of hair, I’m loving the new things I’m finding out about mine in it’s natural state. I have curls more so tubes than curls but I love them not the less. I can’t wait until it’s longer so they can hang down…right now I’m just rocking the mini fro.
This week has been sort of a laid back week, and we haven’t done much except put in the paperwork for our alien registration cards. We took a tour of Machida(which I’ve already been to several times) and went to Seiyu(Wal-mart in Japan). Today though I don’t feel like doing much, might take care of a couple of things around the “house”, but nothing to active. I mean it’s Saturday.
Oh! I signed up to teach English here at the International House so that will be a little bit of money coming in…not much but it’s something. I’m not used to just going to class and then not doing anything else. Been a while since I’ve just done the college student thing and even then, I had a part time job. Gotta stay on my Grind.
**Things might not be perfect right now but I know something great is just ahead. The vision has not changed and I’m still keeping my eyes on Jesus. I know that if I get side tracked from what He wants me to do, things will begin to fall apart. I trust Him to be my everything and provide my every need. I can thank Him in advance for the blessings that are coming my way. I feel like while I’m here I am supposed to be a blessing to individuals and they will be revealed to me over this journey. It’s all for the glory of God. When I’m done with this, I know that I will be able to give God the glory for all that He’s done.**
So weird thing…I’ve been having the craziest dreams in the past couple of days. Last night I had a dream and some of my friends were sitting in this giant fireplace. It wasn’t burning or anything they were just sitting on this bench that was above hot coals. Then I walk out and it’s like a mall and this girl walks by and shoots a bullet in the air! Everyone starts running of course but later somehow I convince her that she doesn’t want to be in jail for life and she gives me the gun. I ate some Japanese bugles( you know the cone chips) before I went to bed so maybe that was it.
Japan is proving to be more expensive that I would like it to be so I’m looking into getting a loan to cover the rest of my trip. We’re not allowed to work here so I can’t get even a little side job. Oh well. Everything will be alright in the long run. We’ve had the past two days off so to speak and I’ve just been hanging out at the dorm. The Cherry Blossom Festival is going on this weekend so I’ll go check that out. Hopefully I’ll have some photos to post.
I’ve never liked moving…it’s just bad. You get all your stuff together take it somewhere and unpack it. Once you unpack it you realize how much stuff you need to buy in order to make the new place feel like home. I’m on the tail end of the process and getting normal amenities is racking up big time. Hopefully I’ll be buying just food from now on….well besides an extra mattress pad(beds are hard as a brick!!!).
All my WiFi gadgets are pretty much useless because they have to be able to connect to WiFi in order to get to the school’s site to gain access to JFO’s WiFi. I’m hoping I can find a hotspot somewhere in town so that I can get that up and running. I like having my gadgets….carrying this laptop around isn’t an option.
So far at the end of the day I’ve been exhausted. Maybe it’s jet lag still in combo with the time difference. Either way I fight not to go to bed at 7:30 every night and even if I do go to bed around 9 or 10, I still wake up at like 5:30-6:00am. We took this Japanese Placement Test today for like 4 hours and my brain was about melted afterwards. We have the interview portion tomorrow so we’ll see how that goes. Just ready for orientation to be over now.
So last night apparently there was an earthquake. I woke up and it basically felt like jet lag or that feeling you have when you wake up still a little drunk…yeah. lol. It was kinda cool Im still here though. Ill check out of the hotel and head to campus today so the real adventure will start. Im looking forward to settling in somewhere and starting my routine. The Aeon Mall was like an American mall except you know the staring and people avoiding me. Lol. Didnt buy anything though just ate lunch. Speaking of eating, its time for breakfast! Still haven:t gotten my Japanese bugles yet, theyre delicious!
So yesterday after a good night`s sleep I decided I was going to the local mall. So I went downstairs and as the elevator doors were opening this poor older Japanese lady jumped out of her skin! I`m guessing I was her first black person she has ever seen. LOL. I told her it was ok and walked out of the elevator. So I call myself waiting for the bus only to find out I was totally off about the time it was supposed to be there. I just grabbed some food out of the hotel store and went back up to my room because I had a little while before it came. Little did I know my nap would turn into an all day nap. Apparently my body is still on the old time. oh well. It made it a little tough for me to actually sleep at night here though. I woke up kinda early and was up early enough to watch the sun rise. I tell you what the Lord sure knows how to make things beautiful. I think that was my first sunrise that I`ve ever seen from night until dawn. It was goregous to say the least. I then found a Bible that had the Japanese and English versions side by side. Gotta get some word in ya know. Now I`m just gonna wait for the bus to the Mall again. Wish me luck!