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Well, this is awkward.

February 21, 2012

I am obviously horrible at posting, as one can see from the fact that I’ve posted a total of two entries, the last one being some five months ago.

That’s pretty bad.

Part of it is that school ate up a lot of… energy. What it didn’t take up in time (university here requires seriously fewer hours of commitment than ones where I come from, as far as I know) it took up in… mental faculties? I guess this is just a fancy way of saying that I was too lazy/too busy doing other, not-school things in my spare time to post.

Also the fact that I really don’t think what I have to say is interesting contributed to my lack of enthusiasm in keeping this updated. While Being In Japan!!! may be Cool! and Interesting! and Exciting! and Exotic! to other people, if you think about it, this is just ordinary people’s ordinary lives. And while there’s always something exciting to be found in the mundane or whatever, I am not very good at finding it! That isn’t to say, of course, that I think my life here is boring; oh no no nonono, I am thoroughly enjoying my time here and with five months to go, am already dreading returning to my home country. It just feels like everything that I may or may not have to say has already been said by countless others, and why bother giving an account that people already know?

This isn’t exactly the way to think because who is even reading this anyway; why don’t you just do it and get some sense of accomplishment out of at least completing something, Lauren? …is what I thought recently, and since I’m on break right now and have pretty much nothing else to do, might as well use my time productively! If anything, maybe I’ll be able to look back on this in a year, half a year, thirty years, and think, ‘wow, what a loser, but look at all the fun times I had!

Anyway, hopefully I’ll start updating soon. I have stories to tell I guess!

to unfulfilled ambitions~


This is Food Post (vol I)

September 29, 2011


It’s difficult to drink this coffee milk (or milk coffee, as the carton says) without a straw.

Usually whenever you buy a smaller drink in a carton like this (ie milk coffee or strawberry milk or one of those yogurt-like things in a cup-shaped container), the cashier at whatever convenience store you’re at will stick a neat, individually-packaged straw in your bag so you can drink your beverage with (more) ease. The same goes for things like pudding, where they’ll give you a tiny spoon (also wrapped in its own sanitary plastic packaging), and probably other stuff that I haven’t much experimented with yet.  Since I don’t really go to convenience stores in America I can’t say if they do this or not, but then I also don’t think American stores sell 500ml cartons of strawberry milk either.

Although, not getting a straw for my drink isn’t the Worst Thing Ever to occur. I did accidentally lie and tell the cashier that I had a member card for the store (which I don’t! Maybe I ought to invest in one.), and I was also buying a 2L bottle of water, so it makes sense that she didn’t give me one. I can’t drink a 2L bottle of water with a standard straw. That would be silly.  It’s just a bit hard to try to drink a 5ooml carton of coffee milk straight. Or maybe I’m just unskilled.
(By the way I’m still recovering from the sickness that was plaguing me last Friday, so I’ve been drinking water like a beast and spending too much money on 2L bottles of water. Why don’t I just boil tap water or something? I’m not very smart.)

Anyway, this Cake told me she was looking forward to my next post, so next post-ing I am! This will be an uninteresting post about food, I guess. I haven’t taken pictures of everything I’ve consumed because that would be ridiculous (though awesome), but hopefully I’ll have some things here. Read more…

I don’t know what I’m doing

September 23, 2011

I’ve been in Japan for a little over two weeks as of today. This is obviously my first blog post, and I apologize to certain Cakes who probably wanted me to update sooner. I’m not very good at blogging.

My name is Lauren and like many, many others before me, I am writing a blog about studying abroad in Japan. I don’t know what I’m going to write about, or how often I’ll write, or much of anything. But I’ll write! Probably. A thing about me is that I never know what to write about because nothing seems particularly outstanding (unless it does); things just go the way they do, and that’s something that happens every day, all the time. Special things do happen though, I guess, so maybe I’ll write about those.

So far my two weeks have been either very hot or very wet. After about a week and a half of heat and humidity that I’m not used to (never have I used the word “melting” to describe myself so often), we were hit with a typhoon, which was also new for me. I’m used to rain, given where I come from, but this wasn’t just normal rain. This was crazy rain. More than the rain though, the wind was insane; I live on the 11th floor of my building and I could feel the place swaying at times. It wasn’t that scary, just a bit weird to experience a sense of vertigo when… you don’t have vertigo. I don’t know.

Today is absolutely beautiful outside though, and I really want to go out and experience the first day of fall (which is a national holiday, by the way) for myself. I would probably be doing it, too, instead of writing this post, but I’m actually sick, and that actually sucks. Hopefully I’ll be better by tomorrow.

I don’t know how to end posts so I’m just going to end it here. Two days until classes start!