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Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Thursday, January 31, 2013
the idea of making new year's resolutions is not only for people of the western world. people here sometimes make them....and as with most of us in the western world, they also are pretty much done with them very quickly.
(i'm thinking that my 'record' would have to be about 2 weeks....i know...awesome, right?)
in one of my classes, we were talking about resolutions and how no one even tried anymore and then, one lady said...."i wrote something for this." all of us were very interested in hearing what she had to say....i mean...really? resolutions? was she serious?
and she was.....in a way.
she then told of us her "resolution".....she decided that this year, she was going to focus on three things: english, tai chi, and volunteering at the hospital.
"i will study english everyday." or
"i will practice tai chi three times a week." or
"i will volunteer twice a week."
focus. she's just going to focus on those things.
i think i like this.
one of the main things i don't like about making resolutions is not the fact that i gave up so quickly, but, the fact that i was so hard on myself for giving up. it was almost as i was giving myself a guilt trip...or tying to anyway. doesn't that sound ridiculous?
so, for the past few weeks, i've been thinking about focusing....i'm liking this idea so much better. a 'non-resolution' kind of thing. guilt and pressure free.
i can handle that.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
no grand reports of world travels
or secret liasons that kept me from
updating since...when? july?
i'm not even sure if i'm on anyone's "radar" anymore.
and that? is okay.
when i started this blog in may of 2006 (586 posts ago),
it was before i wasn't going to be able to go to the states for the summer and, to be honest, i was a little depressed about that. blogging helped me "meet" friends and gave me something else to think about.
since last july, we've been busy....doing a lot of little things....but things that, when i sat down here to tell you about, didn't seem too interesting or "blogworthy". so, i typed out a sentence or two over on facebook and called it good....and that became the pattern.
not a bad pattern, but still....not blogging.
i've missed it here.
it will be
cute, little bitty baby steps...
to get some blogging mojo back.
i hope you're having a good one....
it's cold here in nagasaki and if it's cold outside, it's freakin' freezing INside the house.
yikes. not too much fun.
i may have a blogpost soon on
"how to stay warm in japan"....i've had a lot of experience in this.
stay tuned....my blogging hiatus may be about over.
Posted by dkuroiwa at 1:11 PM
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
cool, wet, humid, breezy, hot
all of the above.
**update to this as i wrote this on wednesday night....friday's weather:
absolutely freakin' awesome!!! sunny...breezy...cool with just a tint of humidity...a great day for a day off and for the laundry to dry!!!
during rainy season, everywhere i look, i see women wearing really cute and stylish rain boots.
and i'm sure that, if i remembered, when i go to the states i could probably find a pair, just as stylish and colorful that would actually be my size.
but...i don't. remember, that is.
so, when it starts to get rainy, i make the annual trip around the shoe stores and pretty much, this is all i can find in my size:
yeah. no. huh-uh. sorry. no thank you.
oh, i'm sure they would work but just looking at those make my feet start to sweat...and i don't like that.
plus, really....fashion-wise, oh no....for a teacher,
they got "glamour don't" written all over them!!
so, this is why i would like to introduce you to
"the plastic shoes i didn't mind spending $40 for"
now, i know that these are not exactly what one would expect in a "rain shoe"....no, they don't cover the whole foot....
yes, there are little air holes in them.....but...
1. they are super comfy
2. they dry very quickly
3. i always have a towel in the car...i can dry my feet if i have to.
by the way...these are the CrosMesh Hover Skimmers....and i'm thinking of getting another pair in pink!!!
so, last saturday, when issei and i were walking in the downpour and the water was almost to our ankles for part of the way?
none. at. all.
i love it when the stress level of my day is less.
you know...i just thought of something....what if....IF...i had a friend...OR TWO...who were way creative with sharpie pens.....could i throw them a challenge to help make those green boots "debbie-worthy"???
heh heh heh......
Monday, May 28, 2012
the "shoot from the hip" photos
(that my friend says i'm going to get busted doing one day and she truly hopes she doesn't have to witness that!!)
she has a theme for the week and people post pictures accordingly.
there are some great pictures over there....all done by non-professionals (though some, i'm a bit suspicious about as their shots are quite amazing!!).
my blogging mojo is needing a boost, so i thought that this might be something i'd try for awhile.
this week's theme is (okay, okay...was) "creative".....and for my first try at this....
here we go....
in march, while we were in colorado, we were waiting at my aunt and uncle's house for a friend to come and pick us up. my aunt and uncle have a small rock garden in front of their house and the boys got tired of waiting and they left messages...
this was one of koji's...."rockman hiking'.