Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Yay, snow!

DSC00006 It’s been a while since I’ve seen snow fall. The weather around here has been cold enough for snow for weeks, but nothing till today when it wasn’t even forecasted to happen.
I’m lucky it snowed on the second to last day of my winter vacation. I’ve been hoping it would snow sooner, but at least I got to walk around in it before having to go to work and watch it fall from a classroom window.
DSC00007It only snowed for about 4 hours so there really isn’t anything to pick up and play in today. The snow was too wet and light to accumulate on the ground, although it did create some slush and ice slicks in certain parts of the road.
I’d like to see it snow here one more time before winter ends in late February, early March. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
Some of you wanted to see recent pictures of me, so here are a few from the local museum park during the light snow shower.

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Oh! And by the way, if you click the images you will be able to view the original full resolution pictures from now on.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Loose some weight fatty!

DSC00001 Since I’ve been off the market for so long, I really got comfortable and let my body go… A LOT. So much to the point that kids at school like to run up and rub my belly and sing the “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea” theme song, for massive character damage. I’m not saying the kids are hating on me or even cruel, but since they are kids they are more able to say things the way they really are without sugar coating it like adults would.

DSC00002 So I figured I should add more exercise tools to my growing collection. Billy Blanks is great but my room is too small to do his routines safely and properly, so I’ve put his stuff aside till I move to a bigger place which will most likely be sometime early to mid spring of this year. In the meantime I figured my most problem spot should be focused on as much as possible so I ordered a sit-up bench off Rakuten Japan. It put me back about 3,500 yen after shipping costs but the build quality is pretty good and I can do inclined pushups on it too. I find buying stuff like this online is much better than in stores and I usually only wait a maximum of two days from purchase date which isn’t all that bad. :)

DSC00003 I will probably start running again after I buy a warmer jumper set for winter weather. My windbreaker isn’t keeping warm enough anymore.

I hope I can at least firm my embarrassing gut up before the wedding later this year. I’ll keep my fingers crossed on this one!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Merry Christmas and a Happy New-year from Japan

charliebrownchristmas The weather has been weird all December. It started out being really cold, to the point that it should have snowed here. But once Christmas rolled around, the temperatures here warmed up back to what we’d expect in November. I don’t think we’ll see snow in the city this year.
I missed out on another Christmas back in the US again but I think I had good reason to miss it this year. I am now engaged to marry and I spent the money I would have used toward airline tickets and put it into Yuko’s ring instead. I’m not going to make an engagement post, as most of you have already been sent pictures of the ring and emails. Plus Yuko isn’t into having her picture put on my blog.
kfc-barrel I ended up spending my Christmas in my festively decorated room this year. This year I let Yuko decide how we’d spend our Christmas and she decided she wanted it Japanese style. So we ate fried Chicken, sushi rolls, mashed potatoes, and Christmas cake. Japanese style usually means getting a box or bucket of overpriced Chicken from KFC and an equally small, overpriced white cake. It was all delicious, but I still prefer the American way of doing things.
DSC00001This year I got a few different things for Christmas. From my mom I  got Mythbusters Season 1, Dirty Jobs Season 4, and Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection game for Xbox 360. Yuko gave me a brand new Wii and I got an unexpected present in the mail from Monica, The Mummy DVD. It was a pretty good Christmas as far as presents went.
vlcsnap2010010212h45m03 For new year’s celebrations we spent it at my apartment and watched Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!! 24hr Special on TV. This tie it was another “batsu” game where if any of the participants laughed they would have punishments that usually included Thai Kicks and smacks on the butt. I love Gaki no Tsukai when they have batsu games. I wish they did it more often. This year’s show had it’s fun points but it didn’t feel as solid as previous shows. 
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So that’s it for 2009 I guess. 2009 went by a lot faster than I expected. Soon it will be my birthday again and I’ll be even one more step closer to hitting 30 years old. I wish I could turn back the clock a few years and go back to 23 or something. I hope 2010 turns out to be a really good year and that I get a lot of stuff done and a lot of forward progress in my search for a better quality of life.