Monday, October 30, 2006

Welcome back/birthday party

On Saturday I had a party to welcome myself home and celebrate my already passed birthday. The last Saturday in the month, it was then or never. I had waffled all month long whether to throw it or not, and deciding a week in advance obviously wasn't enough time to get as many people as I wanted. No invites, telling most people only once, probably most had weekend plans already. If I'd decided right at the beginning of the month, I might have got the 40+ attendees I half-expected. Nine came. But we had fun. We did a class of games so I could do my English teacher (game-teacher) thing, and we could have some fun and learn about what I've been doing at the same time. A Chopstick game, a couple quiz games, and the janken train game (janken is the rock-paper-scissors game). That was only about an hour though. Otherwise there was potluck delights, some slides in the background, and later a crazy Japanese tv program in the background. When many had left the remainder of us played Carassonne, which was pretty fun. Also, Dion and Ayumi brought me something from their private stash shipped from Japan:

You don't know just how happy I am to have some proper bottled green tea from Japan again. Mmmm this is going to be great!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

While on the train with Dan...

"To the passenger who lost a damaged elk, we found it in first class, near the front of the train. Could you please come and pick it up."

"That's my damaged elk!"

"Can you prove it is your elk? Where is it damaged?"

"Erm... left rear leg?"

"I'm sorry sir, it's not your elk."

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Still no job.

Well, sort of no job. I have yet to land a job I really want, but in the meantime i'm back to painting a few days a week. And it's depressing. The guys I work with are great, and my hands remember how to use a brush as well as they ever did, and the work is no problem. What's a little frustrating is that it feels like a step backwards. I threw out all my painting clothes before I left for Japan, promising myself not to ever go back. "After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you." (1pe5.10) That was in my bible reading today. I recieved it as a promise and something to cling to for hope.