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You Know How I Do

Wow blog, I feel like I am so neglecting you! So I thought I’d do a ‘life’ post. As I predicted, summer is here and things are super busy. My reading has slowed down a little bit, but I’ve drastically reduced my TV and computer time in favor for helping my husband and spending time with him.

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In Japan the summer can get really hot and humid. A lot of people feel like they’re living in hell on earth, but for me it’s a million times better than the dry, freezing, poorly-heated-home winter. Also, Japan isn’t the only country in the world with hot summer, and this causes me endless hours of being annoyed with everyone and their bitching.

A few days ago I was finished with work, it was about 5:30pm, and I was sitting in the train station looking outside at the ocean… and I noticed that there WAS no ocean, just a giant white mist cloud. As I sat there the cloud grew… and grew… it was like something out of a freaking horror movie! The photo above shows the cloud getting bigger within a few seconds of each photo. Pretty freaky!

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In book news I’ve read 7 books so far this month, and I’m DYING waiting for Edelweiss to either approve/decline my requests for the new Harper titles. I also got this lovely swag and SIGNED BOOKS! My co-blogger Sam hooked me up with a signed copy of MONUMENT 14: SKY ON FIRE and I love love LOVED that book. My mom also finally gave up my signed won copy of HOW MY SUMMER WENT UP IN FLAMES and I can’t wait to dig into that. The pen shaped like a match cracks me up! I think I’ll stat using it at work and amuse my students with it.

Also don’t forget about Sam and my CONTEMPORARY SUMMER FLING that we’re hosting. This week we’re going to post about THE MOON AND MORE!

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Spring

ImageImageOn Saturday the cherry blossoms in Hitachi reached full bloom… only to be attacked with a huge rain and wind storm…

ImageImageImageAfter the storm there was a beautiful slice of rainbow stretching down into the ocean, which was filled with angry waves.

ImageImageBut I was lucky enough to enjoy the cherry blossoms in Tokai-mura after the rain finished. The cold wind remained so K and I weren’t able to stay too long… but at least I got to see them!

WWII bomb

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A bomb from WWII was found in Hitachi-city, not too far from my workplace. 

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On the 23rd of December the Japanese Self Defense Force is going to come remove it. I was told this is the 4th one that’s been found in the area, and I kinda want to see it. It’s just so interesting that something so old and dangerous has just been hanging out in the ground for so long. And it made it through the March 11th earthquake without a problem. 

I’ll be in Hitachi on the 23rd, but my workplace it outside of the 500 meter radius that needs to be evacuated (the image above is the map, the circle indicating the evacuation area), and I’m not too worried, but I wish the JSDF good luck at safely removing it.

cranberry juice

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I’m going to be working in Hitachi starting in October. I’ve been there twice now and have fallen in love with the area. Today after visiting my new workplace and figuring out some details I went back to the station and had a 1/2 hour to wait for the train. I found a cafe tucked away inside of the station. The walls are giant windows, and the entire cafe looks out over the ocean. There was a thunderstorm rolling in with the waves, and I ordered a cranberry juice and pancake set to enjoy while enjoying the storm while waiting for the train. 

Next time I go I need to find out the cafe’s hours. I can see this place becoming a regular part of my day this coming October. 

Cranberry juice. With raspberries, blueberries, and REAL cranberries on top.