First, let’s talk about clothes.
Remember how I mentioned that my office is exceptionally conservative? And how it’s really, really, REALLY hot and humid here (maybe I didn’t mention that, but it’s true)?
Well, not to be dramatic, but these two seemingly unrelated factors come together in a recipe for disaster.
I have a fabulous wardrobe. Let’s just put it out there that I have a fabulous wardrobe of super cute and — I thought — professional pieces. Sure, they have small patterns, but they show off my adorable, fun personality.
Ahh, there’s the issue. Work is not the place to show off your personality, you silly American. Please!
So now I am banned from wearing my pretty prints, which leaves me only with white button-downs. But it’s also approximately 75,000°C out there, and we’re only allowed to turn the A/C down to 150°C.
That’s 100% factual. The only people who read this are Americans, so you guys don’t know Celsius anyway, right? So yeah, it’s sweltering.
What is a girl to do? Shopping is, like, always the answer!
(…No, but it’s a good answer this time. Gonna get some nice plain beige short-sleeved tops, a nice plain white short-sleeved top, and maybe a nice plain off-white short-sleeved top.)
Second, I want to continue to discuss the weather.
(Yeah, the weather. You see my new work personality starting to affect my everyday life?)
People are out here like, “Yeah, we’re so glad the rainy season just ended!”
And I’m like, “Oh, word, so it’s time for nice weather?”
And they’re like, “It’s now TYPHOON season :)”
…how ’bout that.
Next, shout out to the lovely locals who used to be my neighbors for a few years back in Marietta.
They took me on a short drive out of Takaoka City to a famous restaurant with beautiful mountain views to sample a local delicacy: sweetfish.
We had it raw, grilled, and fried. Despite its name, it was a little bitter. But super delicious and super fun!
Then we found a cute cafe and finished off the afternoon with cheesecake. Mmm.
Thanks Alice, Leon and Leona for a great Sunday!
Finally, I would like to report a series of small victories.
1. I met one of my neighbors. He’s a local and everything. Yay for branching out of my small circle of fellow foreign English teachers!
2. I got praised at work yesterday. I don’t even remember what I did right, but it felt good at the time.
3. I navigated a Japanese website and signed up for a 10k in Tonami in November.
3b. I found a local park and went for a jog. There were lily pads with pink flowers and koi fish in the pond, and it was quite lovely.
4. Not sure this counts as a “small” victory, but I went to Kanazawa and drank this whole thing (sorry Tita Baby)!
Thanks for reading my blog. It makes me feel less lonely 🙂