Things I Like About Canada

1. Trees
2. the sky
3. Lakes
4. Tim Hortons
5. Being an outdoor-sy
6. portaging
7. moose
8. poutine
9. cheese!
10. My friends & family
11. Big Dogs
12. Fruit Loops

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soon and very soon

I’ll be going to Canada!
I can hardly believe that in less than a week, I’ll be “stateside!” again!
And today I finished many things that I needed to do before Monday. I finished my Japanese homework for Friday, I finished my lesson plans for Tim, the guy who’s substituting for me when I’m again, and I also finished my regular lesson plans for September, as the deadline for those plans is while I’m away, I needed to do them before)!
I feel good.
But now I kind of don’t know what to do with myself. My students didn’t show up for their class, and so I’ve had a lot of time to kill today. I wish I could have gone swimming.
But I studied a lot of Japanese today, so it’s okay. I want to study more, but I’m so tired!!!

Cleaning Out the Closet

I am cleaning my apartment today, and I found this little prose I had written (unknown date):

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The darkness stirs like a think heavy fog surrounding me. There is nothing but silence. I am all alone. I lean against the cold, stone wall. My feet are numb — it takes all of my energy to just stay warm.
Suddenly, a sound. Someone is walking towards me. I can faintly hear the clinking of keys on a chain. Is that a voice? Again, I can hear footsteps. Coming closer this time.
I get up, gently awaken my muscles from inaction and slowly make my way around the cell. I place my hands on the wall, more for balance than anything else and feel my way around the room. It’s a tiny room, dirt floors packed hard as stone, and three walls I could touch if I lay down and stretch out. As I feel my blind way around, I can hear voices murmuring. I get to the bars — thick, immovable bars — and I can see a light at the far end of the hall. I can barely squish the face through to see two shadows at the end of the hall. One walks away into the darkness and the other moves toward another cell. I can barely see the shrunken prisoner limping out. I imagine the joy that would be on his (her?) face.

***
And that’s as far as I got!

Oops.

Today in my Jr. High class, I was helping the boys (two) have a conversation about their homes, and one of the questions on the worksheet was, “Where do you live?” One of the boys lives in a town called Shin-machi (meaning, new neighbourhood, literally), so the other boy had to write down his answer. But he wrote down “Sinmachi” (because of Japanese romaji, they often don’t write the H because on the computer they don’t need to type the H, so I guess they think they don’t need to write it. Oh, romaji can be irritating sometimes!).

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live in Sin-machi!

Epiphany

From Genesis 1/church

All humans have a desire to create things (refer to the countless advancements in technology and science to the every day things like art, or love, or what have you!) just like God. He is the ultimate Creator, and we are made in His image.

Hmm, now when I say it, it doesn’t sound as exciting as when I first thought it. Sorry.