Well, it seems like it takes a long time to upload these pictures and some of the quality was taken from them, so I'll only upload a few of the less artsy ones and more of the ones that show what it's like around here. You can click them for better quality, I think, though.
Here's by the bridge by my place. There's always huge carp swimming in it and I always think of Animal Crossing (Only 300-400 bells/piece though XD)
Cute shop that belongs in Waukesha:
They have cute everything:
On the way back, I found this guy chilling by the trees:
I tried to get closer, but then he started to move and it was Sayounara from there.
On Monday, I had track practice. I had gone to the gym already, thinking we would go running today, but we ended up going to the gym. Gym Session #2! I love it. =] Definitely preferred over running.
Sou san was doing the Statue of Liberty move I showed them from last week and I joined him and then ended up training Yuuki, Sou, and another member the rest of the time XD. It was really awesome and they seemed pretty darn tired after. Yuuki helped set up some barbell squats for me. I couldn't do the weight he had on, but I will one day! So, now I must build up and started at 50 kg, which is about 110 lbs. I didn't realize that lifting is actually fun. O___O Must. Learn. New things.
There was a ping-pong party held in the gym downstairs for the exchange students, but I had practice at the same time. But after, there was going to be a wine and cheese party. My...two favorite things? Wahaha, so I wasn't planning on going. Then, I ran into the other students and they said I should come, so I ran home (quite literally), got clean, ate a bit since I didn't think I'd be eating there, and then ran back.
When I got there, this is what I saw:
This is an angry looking Pikachu and a not-so-angry Evan:
He even had fruit and kept on cutting different ones for us to try even though by this time, we were all pretty stuffed. We got to try 3 different apples and a few other fruits. He was peeling off the skin and I asked "What're you doing?! That's where all the fiber is. It's good for you." He said that he always peels off the skin because that's his job at home and then his wife does all of the cooking and he then does all of the cleaning. Omigosh, I was ruining his system!
Kirsty and I went home pretty stuffed that night.
Yesterday, I went to class and then Evan and I worked on our project for the festival next week. All of the exchange students need to do a speech to represent their country. Right now, I'm kind of ashamed of where I live. (//mood changer) I can't believe how many shootings there have been, so close to home. It really makes me appreciate the feeling of safety here. I just hope things get better back home and everywhere, really. It's difficult when you're supposed to be doing a project, advertising how great your hometown is when that's not how you currently feel. When my friends from school ask what Wisconsin is like or tell me they're thinking of studying abroad there, I have very mixed feelings. I don't want them to come to a place so unsafe.
But at least we talk about cream puffs in our project. (O'.'O)
And you can bet your bottom yen that this picture is going to be in our presentation at the end, labeled "アメリカ人” meaning "American People."
I TOTALLY SAID I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE A BEE COSTUME!!
lololol, kidding. She sent clothes for Maywynd, too! Which, b-t-dubs, she is already wearing. The clothes smelled like Lauren and Shawn's apartment. XD Candy, Bubble bath, and Spices.
THANK YOU, MOMO!
And so much chocolate. Bridge Mix too! Which I overate yesterday >____<. So. Good.
I had to leave and get ready to go meet up with Grant in Shinjuku. Of course, I took the wrong train and had to transfer a few times to get there. Haha. People are so helpful when that happens though.
I keep getting asked if I'm cold, since it's getting a bit cooler here and I'm usually still sporting a tank-top. I'd like to thank Wisconsin for preparing me. Grrrr, tough skin.
Woof, this post is a big'n. I think I'll continue it later today or tomorrow. ^____~