Hello all! Not much to report this week. I stayed home sick with both shingles and a cold for three days this week, so it went by quickly for me!
Thursday I finally managed to make it back to school. My doctor told me not to ride my bike for a few days, so I got a ride from my teachers. On Friday I got to one meeting point early, and while I was waiting, I looked over and saw this guy watching me suspiciously!
In 6th grade we practice phonics every week. I get a lot of interesting worksheets! And some cute mistakes, too – “nooples,” haha!
Also, since it’s December, we’ve started doing Christmas-themed lessons. My 3rd graders had to make Christmas tree cards, and one of my students gave me hers!
I also did a little bit of knitting once I got to feeling better! Recently I’ve finished two hats on a knitting loom, and I just started a scarf with some lovely yarn my in-laws sent to me in a birthday package! It looks prickly, but it’s quite soft.
Our last adventure was today – we went to Ikea and Costco in Shinmisato, which is out on the edge of Tokyo. Let me tell you, I have never missed having a car more than ever! We took three trains in about an hour to get there with a couple friends, and Paul and I loaded up two big bags each.
(The tanuki outside of the closest train station to our apartment, Morinjimae, are oddly cute with their vacant eyes. Also: balls.)
Costco felt like home, with its huge carts and copious amounts of junk food in big packages. I’m always disappointed by how expensive meat is – that beef in the cooler in that picture above? Around $35 a package. I couldn’t tell or read what type of cut it was, but here’s a comparison: in the midwest, you can get two nice big beef steaks at the supermarket for anywhere between $7 – $18, depending on the cut of meat. In our supermarket down the street, the only steak you can get is a small cut that’s around $7 (and if I saw it in a KC supermarket it would have been $4, tops!)
That’s probably one of the things I miss the most here when it comes to food – good old Midwestern beef!
(Also, I saw butterball turkeys and whole hams, but our microwave oven is too small, so I just cried.)
And that’s that! Uneventful week, but now we have lovely cheese and bacon and bagels! Everything that makes America America!