Mimi and Mattresses

My pastors wife Mimi works at the Hilton Hotel and recently she announced that the Hilton was getting rid of their old mattresses. So, I told Jen immediately because of her leg. Well then, she got her wonderful mattresses and I found myself wishing that I wouldve gotten some myself. But it was too late for me. I mentioned this to Mimi this past Sunday and she said that she would check if there were any left.

So, I got a call on Wednesday morning from Mimi telling me that she reserved two mattresses for me, and then Zelda brought them over yesterday, and now I have mattresses to sleep on!! Of course, I kind of miss my futons, but I was so much warmer. Its amazing how being more than an inch off the ground really keeps you a lot warmer when you sleep. So, heres to mattresses!!

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Life on the Train

Well, I got on the train last night as I usually do, ready for my quick ten minute commute back to Kasugai. I got on the train at 9 and got off the train at 10:30. Yep, it was not the quick ride that I was expecting. As soon as I got on the train, they made an announcement that an accident had happened between Kachigawa and Kasugai at 8:43, only one train before mine and the part of the track right before my station. So, I knew that I was in for a long wait. They didn’t even bother to announce when the train would be running again.

So, I found a seat and proceeded to study Japanese for the next hour, listen to my iPod, and text Jen who was at home in our lovely apartment, having eaten a good dinner already. And I was definitely starving on the train.

I made the best of a not great situation and did some good studying. And at least the train was warm. Japanese transportation is all about blasting the heat in the winter. Getting stuck on a stopped train with no other way of getting home other than to wait it out is definitely one of the downsides to public transportation, but at least it doesn’t happen so often.

Its Christmas Time!

On Friday night, we decided to decorate for Christmas. Since we will both be gone for the holidays this year, its never too early to get in the Christmas spirit. Hiro came over and the three of us had a good time listening to our favorite Christmas tunes, putting funky ornaments on our baby tree, and taking about a hundred pictures of ourselves. If only we were making a Christmas card, we have some classic shots. But now our apartment is all festive looking and Pedro the Snowman has taken up his position in the apartment as our favorite south of the border snowman!

Thanksgiving

On Saturday, Jen and I had our Thanksgiving dinner. It was a really good time with lots of good people, and lots of Japanese, considering that for the majority of the evening, Jen and I were the only non-Japanese people there. So, it was a good chance to practice my skills and then realize that I really really really need to study way more often that I actually do if I ever want to get better at Japanese.

Cream Soda?

Joyce and I went to dinner last night to a great pasta place in Sakae. Well, we ordered a set, pretty typical, but then when we went to choose our drinks, we saw cream soda as an option, very atypical. So, we decided to go for it.

Well, after dinner, the waitress brought our cream sodas, and I will say that they werent what we were expecting at all. It was cream soda Japan style. Basically, melon soda with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it. But, it was still pretty tasty. 🙂

Cream Soda?

Getting Cold

I woke up this morning and I definitely did not want to get out of bed because it was really stinking cold!! So, winter weather is finally coming to Nagoya and I think I will have to get my winter coat out finally. And let me tell you what, Im not so happy about it. I think I had this illusion in my mind that it would stay fall and then spring would magically come. Oh well.

But from what I see women wearing, you would have no idea it was winter. Yesterday I rode my bike to the store, all bundled up in a sweater, coat, scarf, gloves, and still feeling really cold. Then I saw a girl wearing shorts and knee-high tights. She had like three inches of skin exposed to the cold night air. I mean, I dont know how she wasnt freezing, but thats winter fashion in Japan.