Nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award

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Yesterday, while eating a lunch of convenience store yakitori and rice balls, I received a surprising notification on my phone. I had been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award thanks to Michael over at JapanTrekker, a photography blog that I have been watching for a while now. A lot of his recent posts have been some stunning shots of Japan, but there is photography from all around the world in his archives.


ABOUT THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD

The Rules: 

1) Display the award on your blog.

2) Thank the blogger that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

3) Share seven facts about yourself.

4) Nominate 15 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blog.


SEVEN THINGS ABOUT ME

 

1)  I am a teacher, currently focusing on students from the ages of three through fourteen, though I specialize in teaching adults.

2) I can speak conversational Japanese, but can read a little Spanish, French, and tiny bit of Chinese as well.

3) I studied Graphic Design for three years during high school and two years in college.

4) The majority of my photos are taken with my cellphone to and from work.

5) I have suffered from severe food allergies since the age of twelve, although my condition has improved a lot from living in Japan, and taking large doses of medication everyday.

6) My childhood dream was to be an archaeologist specializing in underwater and forested ruins.

7) I cannot swim. At all.


MY NOMINEES

Cooking with Wallflower – delicious receipts along with stunning photos

Twocatsviews – our world and universe, according to cats

Sakura Junction – amazing Japanese food and sweets

Joshidaniel – moving (hearts, not images) photography

Abandoned Japan – urban exploration pictures

Yoooya – a seasoned traveler and photographer

Wrong Hands – an interesting take on life, as drawn by a graphic artist

Abandoned Kansai – urban exploration at its finest

Uncle Mel’s – various photographs and musings

Abandoned NYC – urban exploration of the big apple

What the Ducks – a bit of everything along with some adorable ducks

Aquacompass7 – one man’s look on where we came from and where we are going (JAPANESE with an occasional English Post)

Bite-sized Dhamma – a little bit of Buddha for our crazy lives

Helloalissa – quality articles about teaching in Japan and live as a teacher

Leaf and Twig – Plants, flowers, and a whole lot of nature

If you have some time, please make sure to check these awesome blogs out.

Let Me Know Your Thoughts

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Apologies for the Absence

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Long time no see, huh?

I’m sorry for the lack of updates for the past 2 weeks. I’ve been settling into my new apartments, which until now, did not have internet. I tried to log on and post via my phone, but it’s been slow going.

So, now that internet has been restored to me, I will be able to post a bit more frequently.

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A Fun Weekend

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Friday afternoon, I got out of work a little bit early, and went for a hike with my Auntie. She picked me up from work and drove us to a farm on the outskirts of Sleepy Hallow. We walked for about 2 hours (until well after the sun went down) before heading home for the night. It was all really fun.

Saturday, I went down to the city with Mom, to do a bit of shopping. We ate lunch out and then visited a bunch of stores in search of heavy sweaters and snow boots. We found the boots, but unfortunately not the sweaters. It seems that the offerings in women’s wear this year are a bit… lacking.

Today, I continued my Christmas shopping. I was able to find a few things I think Mom would like, and something that I was looking at for Brother, but I am having a hard time of it this year. I have no idea what to get anyone… everything makes me wonder, “does XX really need this?” or “Will XX ever have a chance to actually use this?” or “Is there something XX can use more?”

I am loath to buy anyone on my list some stupid little gift set or the like. Most of my friends are men, who have no use for scented shower gels or jewelry. The three ladies on my list don’t care for that sort of thing either. To be honest, video games used to be my go-to gift in the past, but none of us have time or energy to play them much anymore. That leaves clothes, food, or money.