Today, I woke up with my copy of A Feast for Crows (4th in the Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones) book in bed with me. I thought I put it on the table before I went to bed...I think it's a sign that I either really love the book or it's telling me to finish its last 4 pages. This one is really a battle to get through, but then the last three chapters really get you. Ughh.
This past week has been full of chocolate, bleach, and a church rave. Awesome combo, really.
On Saturday, I went over to meet up with Grant in Shinjuku. Apparently, there was a 7.4 earthquake by Fukushima that people felt all the way over here in Tokyo. The station must be pretty darn sturdy, because I didn't feel a thing at that time. I did feel the one the night before though, which only last about 10 seconds.
Anyways, Grant and I were really hoping the care package from his family came and when we got to his apartment, it was sitting outside his door. YES.
Grant told me that his family said that we should open the package together. Ohmygosh. =]
They also sent Grant's beer recipe book. He went to go get it signed by a ton of brewers, who make beer that he loves, at a beer party the next day.
And we each got books!
While mass eating all of the chocolate, his roommates were taking food from the freezer and fridge that were left behind from people that moved out, and cooking it all together. It smelled like Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing. XD They shared the crazy awesome potluck-ish meal with us.
Grant shared his chocolate with his roommates and some even tried the Tim-Tam-cocoa-eating method. SoOoOOo good.
Grant and I escaped away in the kitchen and tried the Haagen Dasz that we bought earlier. They were a bit more expensive, but way more fancy than your typical ice cream.
Anyways, it was really awesome sitting and talking a bit with Grant and his roommates. Who would have thought we would be eating and talking with people from all over the world.
The next day, I got a phone call from Grant early in the morning, telling me that Carter, his brother, and a friend were hit by a drunk driver during the night. Thank all that is good that everyone was okay. We found out that Carter really was okay after he went to get checked at a hospital. Ugh, very very good news. We're pretty pumped that he's coming here to visit soon ^___^ and that luckily this incident didn't change that.
Grant stopped by to do some homework here since his internet went down, before he went off to the beer party. When he got here, he realized he forgot his homework XD. A lot must have been going through his mind. Toats understandable.
Instead, we bleached my hair. lolol, nearly the same thing, right? Grant helped to bleach the back of my head, which I realized after we had the bleach in, that we should have started in the back first. It didn't turn out quite as dark as I had hoped.
After walking with Grant to the station, I stopped in a local pharmacy-Walgreens-like-store and bought some more bleach.
Of course, all the directions were in Japanese, but it's all basically the same thing and the illustrations are always great. lolz.
I was talking with Lauren and Beth while the bleach was burning my skull. Nah, it wasn't that bad. ^___~ And it turned out way better the second time. So much, that I decided to put off putting the dye in and keeping this bleach color for a bit. A.K.A Until I get bored - Not at least for another 3 days.
Look, Mommy! Blonde-ish-orange-pink.
After dancing around, we sat down for the sermon. They had someone speaking and then there was a man that translated it to Japanese right away. And I paid attention! What is this place....
After the sermon, there was more singing and dancing to close the mass. Then, a few people came up to welcome us and introduce themselves to me, Daan, and Wendy. One girl gave me a small Bible that is in both English and Japanese, which I thought was pretty awesome. Oh, and it has sheep on it. Double win.
I'm not sure when I'll be going back, but it was definitely the coolest church I've ever been to.
On Monday after class, I met up with Yuuki for Track. He told me that the season was ending after Sunday. >___< bOoOoOo. Since it was pretty darn cold, we trained inside again. I asked Yuuki if he could teach me a new exercise using the Barbell, so he taught me barbell squat jumps. It's pretty much the squats I've been doing, but with a jump at the end.
I started off with 30 Kilo. Nope, too easy. We added weight in increments of 10 kilograms. I asked what weight he usually did, and he said 70 kilograms, so I tried to match him. I was happy to say it wasn't challenging enough XD. So, we added 10 more and it became challenging at the 9/10th rep so we didn't add any more. That's still 10 more kilos (a total of 176 lbs) than I was used to squatting - and with jumping!
Okay, done bragging <___<. lolz. Yuuki and I started to playing Dragon Quest 9. It's a lot tougher than Animal Crossing is in Japanese. =[ I felt bad that I was taking so long to read what the characters were saying. Bah! Yuuki didn't seem to mind and helped me to translate some of the sentences. We'll be playing it again today after 2nd period ^___^.
I came home to find that I had missed the package that Diane sent me. By five minutes. GAH. I shouldn't have taken so long translating XD. That was okay though, because then I had something to look forward to the next day.
Evan and I went swimming again after class yesterday. I'm feeling a lot lighter in the water now. I really appreciate all of the help that Evan is giving me on swimming because I was never really crazy about the sport. Now, I'm starting to enjoy it ^___^. We did a few sprints. It's weird being out of breath from exercising, but not sweating. Anyways, it was a pretty awesome workout. Plus, it keeps me off my joints and gives them a rest. So many wins.
Before meeting up with Grant to look for a winter coat, I picked up the package from Diane.
Another awesome package. I feel so loved ()(T.T)()
Since Grant and I wanted to go shopping in Harajuku, we decided to go to Subway to eat for dinner instead of cooking, since shops close super fer eeking early and it was already 5.
It was a bit more difficult ordering from here in Japanese XD.
The Subways here have only 4 types of breads to choose from and also less veggies available. You also seem to get less meat. I did like how the worker only put 1 line of sauce on the sub instead of 10 like back home. Anyways, It was pretty delicious.
We headed off to Harajuku after.
Grant bought me Hello Kitty frame lens-less glasses, which I wore around all night =^.^=. And they don't hurt my big head!
This just made me think of Gwen Stefani:
After Fro Yo, we went to Craft Heads so Grant could try a new beer. I accidentally called it Crack Heads one night and now it's probably going to be forever known as that.
The brewers that he met on Sunday left a message on the table we were sitting at:
It was getting pretty late, so we walked to the station. The train I wanted to board was overflowing with people. Instead of taking the next train, I squished myself in and felt pretty successful. Then, 8 more people followed me. I love Japan. But really, I thought it was hilarious. I looked out and saw that even a Japanese guy standing outside, waiting for the next train, had a surprised look on his face.
Today is a pretty chill day. =^.^= I should start going over old material, since I found out one of our classes, rumored to have a take-home final, is actually having a cumulative exam this year. BAH. Bye bye! =^.~=