Friday, April 25, 2008

To 'borrow' from a fellow blogger...."and then my head exploded"

Sorry, Katydidnot...I had to use that....it was the only thing that really fit!! I think that is really and truly what was about to happen tonight....

Issei goes to a gakudou, an 'afterschool' program, that is for kids of working moms. There are about 45 kids who go....everyday until 6:00 and all day on Saturday, if needed. During holidays when there is no school, I know that there is some place safe for him to go.

Since April is the beginning of the school year, we had to meet to "welcome" the 1st grader Moms...and then to introduce the new "Mom's in charge" for the year. Tonight, the meeting started at 7:30...so after working all day, about 35 of us trudged to the gakudou and the meeting commenced. After about an hour, the "official" business was over and the teachers left....we stayed.

The main teacher is someone that we are really not sure should be the teacher and then for the next 2 hours, we each took turns (a basic part of ANY meeting of parents!!!) and voiced our concerns, thoughts and ideas.

Oh, wait....let me remind you that the whole meeting is in Japanese!!!

Okay....so....in everyday conversation....I can hold my own with pretty much any Japanese person that comes my way. When it comes to what I can understand, I'm at about maybe 65%....if I don't understand everything, I can at least get the gist of what is being said...but...no...not the specifics.

I was following it all pretty well....when...yes...it was my turn to speak. Holy Hell. As I was trying to formulate what I wanted to say so it didn't come out like this: a;skldjfoi vnoifjk ksfj;ow!!!.....I flashed on an image of my head...just blowing off...right then. I seriously got a little tickled....the mom next to me nudged me and made a comment like "Come on, Kuroiwa, you can do it." with a smile!! Oh...if she only knew what I was thinking!!! :-D
(By the way...I did okay...some of the moms were nodding their heads in agreement with me...or maybe their heads were about to explode too, I dunno...but I think I got my thoughts across. At least, that's what I'm telling myself.)

Now...it's almost midnight and...well...crap...the night is almost gone. I was going to work on a picture meme that Grandy posted about...but will do that tomorrow. (She also gave all of us on her blogroll an award and I need to get that put up!! tomorrow...tomorrow!!!)

Until then...I checked the Friday Feast questions tonight...and they're not too lame...will do them and then say "Good night, Gracie."


Appetizer
Name something you would categorize as weird.

So much to choose from....okay...and I will offer a blanket apology to anyone who actually does this...I'm pretty much a casual type person...jeans, sometimes a skirt, and a t-shirt or henley t-shirt...but not all together!!! So many girls of every age possible, have started wearing jeans....under a short skirt.
If you are over the age of 10 and dressing like that...for seriously... then....that's just weird.

Soup
What color was the last piece of food you ate?
Oh...I am so busted on this one....the last piece of food I ate was the color of peanut butter, surrounded by chocolate. I was standing at the kitchen sink drinking some tea, when I heard this voice from the cabinet...."debbie....DEbbie...helLLLlloooOOOoo". (I hate it when food talks to me, don't you?!?!)


Salad
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy being alone?
It really depends on the day (weekday vs. weekend), time of day (day vs. night)...but, generally, I'm going to say a 9. I spend so much of my time with other people, sometimes I just "vant to be alone."


Main Course
Fill in the blank: I will _________ vote for ___________ in _______.

I will definitely vote for President in October.
**Yes, October...I vote by absentee ballot and I'm thinking I will get it sometime in October!!

Dessert
Describe your sleeping habits.
Sleeping habits?? Well....even though I only get about 5 or maybe 6 hours of sleep a night, I still have to read before the light goes off. Then....I will almost always lift up my feet and make sure that the blankets are tucked in under my feet. I sleep with 2 pillows...one for my head and the other one I put so it makes an upside-down "L" shape with the first pillow...that part goes behind me....I usually sleep on my left side or on my stomach, with the one pillow gathered up in my arms.

And with that....oyasumi nasai!!! (Good night!) Sweet dreams!!

7 comments:

Family Adventure said...
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Family Adventure said...

Good for you standing up and speaking in Japanese. I'm really impressed! And I'm sure the other moms were nodding, and not suffering from exploding heads. Pretty sure you would've noticed that! :)

It is always so interesting to read about the habits in Japan. Keep writing posts like this one!!

Have a great weekend!

Heidi

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Sweet dreams.

Grandy said...

Hope you slept well lovely lady!!

Cheri said...

I'm glad your head didn't permanently explode . . . LOL.

Claudia said...

Japanese is a language I never learned. I am so amazed by the way it sounds, how elegant and quick and polite the tones are. Passionate. Good for you!! :) That's pretty awesome!

katydidnot said...

have at the exploding head anytime you need it. it sort of helps.