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18 April 2007 @ 03:31 pm
青い空、早く来い!!!  
This is what it SHOULD look like outside. It's spring, not winter, right?? And yet again, for the third day in a row it's nearly freezing. Rainy and cold!! A few days ago, I put away all of my winter clothes on the assumption that several months late, spring was finally here! But apparently I assumed wrong. I've been hearing about similar weather problems in other parts of the world. Man, something is seriously wrong *puts on The Day After Tomorrow*. I thought that we were supposed to start feeling the effects of global warming nowadays? I guess.... not. 

I really, really hate the cold. I like rain, but only as long as it's warm enough to go outside and play in it. Or when it's beautiful and you can sit and watch it in the window. But it's too cold to sit anywhere near the window, and even with my heater all the way up yet again, it's still freezing in here. I'm not really happy with the environment recently. I wish that it would hurry up and turn this latitude into a tropical climate already. I wonder how long that will take.. (hope that I'm alive when it happens!)

So, I'm kind of in a bad mood recently. Being cold and rainy and me generally not having any money, I haven't been able to get out and enjoy myself. I've read several books in the last few days, and tried to draw a number of times, but I just wasn't feeling it. I'm too pent-up! I made plans to go out today with a friend, but they're cancelled because the weather is yet again terrible... And on top of that I have to go to some meetings for work on Friday which I am not looking forward to. It's weeks until that job starts again, so I don't like being forced to think about it right now. I do have a meeting for a new very parttime job though, tomorrow morning, which sounds really interesting. I think that I'll really get along with the people there, and I'm going to use the money from it to save up for my trip to Italy this summer!!

Um, I've also been thinking about this for a while, and I really wonder if anyone has any suggestions. I want to volunteer somewhere in Africa (some small village, I'm not too picky) this summer, for maybe about 2 weeks or so. Does anyone have any recommendations of an organization to work through? I looked around on the internet quite a bit, but I don't know anything about any of the groups, so I'm not sure if they're legit or not... and honestly, I am not willing to pay money to a companydo it. I don't understand... I mean, I understand paying for my own food and plane ticket there, but shelter and whatever else should all be free. I am, afterall, there to volunteer my time for them, to help people. But every volunteer agency that I look at charges HUGE amounts of money to VOLUNTEER and I can't figure out what that's for. And I'm not talking a small amount. For one week, it was anywhere from $700-3000 not including food and plane ticket. Um, no. I don't understand paying money. Donations are one thing, but I can't afford that so I want to help out personally and hopefully have a really great experience doing it.

I've just been feeling really worldly,  I guess you could say, this week. And maybe claustrophobic. And sentimental. What happened in Virginia a few days ago was terrible. My heart goes out to the people who lost someone that they loved in that shooting. America should outlaw guns, they really, really should (and so should the rest of the world).
 
 
 
Kgods_debris on April 21st, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
Did you take Japanese in high school or college? What do you do for your job? I someday want to live in Japan too and I'm curious as to what job you got (I want to see what range of jobs are available to gaijin). :o
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on April 21st, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
Nope, I didn't study japanese at all until about a year after I got here. As for my job, that's a secret. I don't really like to talk about work, until I start my dream job!! ^^ But you can find tons of jobs online, so I suggest you take a look. ^^
Kgods_debris on April 21st, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
But do you at least like your job? I'm hoping to land a TESL job. =\
(Anonymous) on January 8th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
Hi Jamie,

Would it be safe to say that the cold in Tokyo is absolutely gone by May. I'm trying to figure out what month to travel to Tokyo but having warm weather is a prerequisite because of my cold intolerance. Thanks! Hisano