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16 June 2007 @ 08:44 am
Jitensha o norimashou ne~☆~♪  
Ooooooh has life been buuuuuusy this last week. Again. -_-;; By life, I of course mean work above all other things. I can't WAIT for vacation, and I can't WAIT to switch jobs! It's kind of heartbreaking (and stressful) when most of your waking moments are spent on something that you don't have any desire to do.. I really, really hate that the time is passing so fast, and yet I can't wait to get myself some spare time, for ME! I seem to only have time to draw on the train these days, because that's the only time that I'm sitting down (if I'm lucky) and and not busy with something. Plus of course I was sick a lot of last week, but it cleared up surprisingly fast! I feel pretty fit now, even if fairly tired. But it's finally the weekend, and there are so many things to do for the house, which is still a mess because there just isn't any more time! ^^;;

About the picture... That yellow bike is mine! =D Ami's friend, who was moving away, gave it to me, and I couldn't have been more grateful. The only thing is.... I haven't ridden a bike at all in more than 10 years! To me, a bike is still something that kids do for recreation (and some grownups), but in Japan it's a serious mode of transportation! ^_^; I feel a little silly, but it's made life a LOT easier. I can bike to any place nearby in a few minutes, instead of spending half an hour or more walking, and best of all, putting the things that you're carrying into the basket is a godsend. ^___^ During the summer sometime, I want to sand down the frame and paint it a sparkly yellow with happy faces. I think it fits me well! ^^ About riding-- it was really hard at first! But it's true that you never forget how to ride a bike, and I feel confident again now. ^^ No more wobbling all over the street, which is a great thing for me AND the other people nearby! ^^; I have a lot more to say on bikes in Japan later on... =D

By the way, Ami took the kitten to the emergency vet the other morning because she looked really bad, and thanks to the help of everyone *hugs*, she's been improving rapidly! We're stuck with this vet now because they know what's going on with her, but I am definitely NOT taking her to that vet anymore in the future, they are way too expensive. It was almost $200 the first time and every checkup is almost another $100 even though it only takes 20 minutes!! ^^;; Well, I'm really glad that she's better, but I think they're just charging too much, so I'm going to look for another place this summer. Thanks for everyone's suggestions on names. We decided to name her something like "Miracle" (because it was a miracle that she found us... she'd be dead otherwise) in another language. Though we haven't been able to find anything that we like. Those of you that know other languages, what does "Miracle" translate to? =^.^=

And want to check out the thunderstorm that we had last weekend? It woke me up and I couldn't sleep! Then I found out that unlike the window on my room (which was open because it's pretty warm now) which was under an overhang, the windows over the BOOKCASES on the other side of the house were soaking in puddles of water.. Oops! ^^;;;
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 15th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
It would be a really cute name, except that it reminds me vaguely of some of the spanish swear words. ^^;;
Saeriskippytoad on June 16th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
But I'll bet if you named the kitten that, you'd forget about the other words. It would start getting associated with the kitten.
Rose Thornerosethorne on June 15th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
German: Wunder

I don't know how to read Russian, Chinese, or Korean, or I'd suggest those.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 15th, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
Wunder bread! =D That would be a really cute name!! (yeah, I looked up the word in those languages too but it came out in chinese kanji, korean words, etc... I had no idea how to pronounce them! ;o;)
Rose Thornerosethorne on June 16th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
Chinese: Qiji
Greek: thavma
Rose Thornerosethorne on June 16th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
And the Russian one is apparently pronounced: óäî. чудо
Kiarakaru_chan on June 16th, 2007 09:49 am (UTC)
eto... in romaji the pronounciation should be something like: chudo (could be "chuudo" too... maybe some Russian native speaker can help out here?)

(it's funny that I find it easier to give to pronounciation in romaji than in English _._ )
+: piggybabymoss on June 16th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
Riding a bike is fun ~
That bike is nice, look after it! lol. I think you should name it so you can say "I'm taking --- to the supermarket" or whatever haha ;D Would you be allowed to take it on the train if you wanted? Or is it too congested.

Glad your kitten is okay <3
Vickytoldtojoinlj on June 16th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
Doing a quickie search, miracle in Portuguese is Mirari, which I think sounds cute.
Then there's Maravilla, which is Spanish for "miracle to marvel at".
Nasya, Hebrew for "miracle of God".
dinhu_4everdinhu_4ever on June 16th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Actually, Miracle in Portuguese is Milagre. At least, that's how I've been speaking since I've started to speak ^^
Vickytoldtojoinlj on June 16th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
You're probably correct. I just took the name off of some random baby name site.
Simply NANAtoriru4ever on June 16th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
awww glad your kitty is doing well. damn vet bills are as costly as human medical bills :X
umm in Spanish Miracle=milagros (and it's not so uncommon name for females)
lilly_lethelilly_lethe on June 16th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
I'm so glad your kitten is doing better. I nearly lost my cat last summer, so I know how you must have felt.

Aaah Japanese thunder storms, how I miss thee and thy ear shattering loudness (at least in the Hiroshima area). I swear the first peal of thunder sounded like there had been a trafic accident in front of my apartment...It sounded so real I even looked out the window to check.
chibichan03 on June 16th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
So, I am assuming you have shot down the Japanese translation of miracle; kiseki. That does kinda sound weird for an animal name.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 16th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
I actually think that Kiseki is a really cute name, but I wanted something that didn't sound japanese, because being in Japan the japanese name thing has really worn off. ^^;;
Magbabysyusuke on June 16th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
기적 - Ki Jeok (Kee joke)

That's miracle for you in Korean. ^^
Saeriskippytoad on June 16th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
Also, according to www.babynames.com, Pele is also Hebrew for miracle.
Rose Thornerosethorne on June 16th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
http://www.babynamesworld.com/ has two interesting names.

Basque name meaning miracle is Alazne. The Sanscrit one is Karishma.
akibareakibare on June 16th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
There's plenty of people who bicycle as serious transit in the USA too, I'm one of them. :)

I'm always amazed at the cheesy flimsy "hahahaha!" joking excuses for locks that pass, in Japan. I know, I've been to the bike racks that go on for rows, some with attendant, but many without, and yet, people have those flimsy little metal bit that sticks out into the wheel turning, for a lock.

Where I am, those would be gone in five seconds. MAYBE.

I have a metal cable, and a U-lock, cable through whatever wheel isn't getting U-locked and then U-lock through the other wheel AND the frame, that's your basic standard commuter scheme. And yet still, the first time I forgot to remove the headlight off the front handlebars (it releases with a clip) the light got stolen, right out of the parking lot for my building, mounting clip and ALL. Dammit. Modern good LED lights that can actually light up the roadway in front of you are like $50, that hurt. :) People tried to steal my seat too, but it's cabled on. hahaha.

So far this summer though, so good. Leave my bicycle the hell alone :)

We've not had any rain lately, the farmers are in trouble... I've certainly been woken in the middle of the night by thunder to find water coming in (or, just water on my face, and the top part of the futon is getting wet!) but right now there's a tarp on the outside of my window protecting some construction of shelves, so it's all been safe...

Good thing to hear the cat is doing well. Give her an all body squeeze, for me :)
histoiredehistoirede on June 16th, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
Miracle is the same in French, but "prodige" and "merveille" are synonyms...
Anguilaelectragretchen on June 16th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
Milagro in spanish.
Miracolo in italian.
Lisalilitufire on June 16th, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)
200 bucks? Wowser.

Erm - the vet I recommended only charges for tests and medicine, not consultations, IIRC (or it's about 1000 yen). So you can do better than that.
Mewgokumew2 on June 16th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
Yay for bike!! .^^ And I'm glad the kitty's beter~
"Miracle" in Japanese is kiseki, btw. That would be a cute name. .^^
Nakanishi Ryonbrothersleep on June 16th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Ness (Hebrew)

Chyuda (Russian)

Yay kitty!
shiro_majou on June 17th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
Good for Kitty! Yes, it's really a miracle that she was found by such nice people like you two :D
In my language, Miracle translates to 'Himala', but I don't think it sounds very nice ^^;
I'm looking forward to seeing your painted bike sometime :D
certifiedotakucertifiedotaku on June 20th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)
nice, you have a kitty.

Himala is a nice name. it's miracle in Filipino. ^_^
Naomibelgian_ink on June 24th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
Mirakel or Wonder

Merveille (du monde) means worldwonder or something xD...
catsluvdmb on July 1st, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that is way too expensive, even for Japan!

As a comparison, here are some rates from Zobie's vet.

A general wellness checkup, which includes deworming and ear mite cleaning if necessary, is 2300 yen.

Vaccines are 4000 yen for the 3 disease round and 7000 yen for the 5 disease round. Since Zobie never goes outside our vet said to go for the cheaper option since it was silly to pay 7000 yen when she'll never come in contact with another cat.

Spaying is 20,000 yen. It's important to get this done as soon as they're old enough so they don't develop "heat habits" and also female cats can become morbidly ill if they're allowed to go through heat cycles without getting pregnant. One of my friends learned the latter the hard way :( Since you live in Tokyo though I bet you can find a clinic that will do spays for cheap. There's one in Kobe that does them for 8000 yen.

So yeah, 10,000 yen for a check up is ridiculous! You're definitely doing the right thing finding another vet.