A Thought on Travel

It’s been 1 year, 9 months, and roughly 15 days since I left New York to live abroad. In that time, I’ve done more traveling than I ever have in the 31 years that I have been alive. In a couple of months, I’ll be traveling once again (to California this time) to visit family […]

The Not-Sorry Sorry

  For many years I worked various retails job and I thing I noticed was the avoidance of the word sorry. I don’t mean that it was never said, but it always seemed so carefully phrased to brush off any blame on the company’s part. At a few jobs, we were actively discouraged or outright […]

Rolling Hills

It’s hard to believe that Golden Week is over. It went by too fast. My next vacation isn’t until August. I also can’t believe that it’s something I can find complaint about. Back in the US, I never really had any holidays. If I was lucky, I might have Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and Easter off. […]

Marigolds

I’ve noticed that I haven’t been posting too much about myself as of late. I’ve been talking mostly about things I’ve seen or places I’ve been. I haven’t said too much on how I feel. I think that’s because I have very little to say. Work has been fine for the most part. I still […]

Morning, Glory!

So, we’ve been handing out a ton of student satisfaction surveys at work recently. They are pretty straight forward, asking students how they feel about their classes, their teachers, and the general atmosphere of the school. It’s set up like the standardized tests back home, with students filling in a bubble on a sheet, with […]

The Past

I just realized that I’ve been here for a little more than a month. Time is flying by so quickly. I mean, yes, I always say that… but it feels faster than usual. This time last month, I was worrying over what to pack as luggage. This time last year, I was going crazy over […]

Wrapping Up

Tonight I leave for Japan. I have lived in the same place, with my mom, for almost 30 years. Tonight, I will get into a car bound towards an airport one state away, to board a plane headed to Detroit. From there, I will get on another plane headed to Nagoya, Japan. Until now, I’ve […]

Erasure

This is my last week at my current job, so I started cleaning my workspace and computer hard drive up a bit. I got rid of old documents, nearly a pound of post-it notes, any anything that I wouldn’t absolutely need in the coming days. I also deleted a ton of old files, dating back […]

Creating Waves

The last two weeks have certainly been an experience. I have been hesitant to speak of it before now, but things seem to be settling down somewhat. You see, my department at work has been going though some… restructuring. It has caused me to do some thinking (a lot of thinking, actually) about my future. […]

Dry

Lately, I’ve had a little more time at work to think. I’ve been instructed to work on cleaning up the databases and reorganizing the data in preparation of the soon-to-come holiday rush. Names need to be changed into the newly accepted format, associations between products need to be created and populated, and spreadsheets need to […]

A Little Peace & Quiet

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about why silence is seen as a thing to be avoided, here in the States. People here seem so uncomfortable to let a conversation lapse for any period of time. Most people I know need to keep some sort of background noise going at all times of the day […]