DW! How they hangin'? Let's get started, eh?
★ Work is okay. It's busy all the time, it seems. The more fabulous ideas my boss has, the more I get to do them. That on top of having to do other peoples' jobs because they suddenly refuse to handle situations. For example, we were expecting two French students to arrive during the Thanksgiving holiday break, yet nobody had done anything to prepare for them. Cue me dashing through Wal-Mart to pick up pillows, blankets, microwave foods and snacks, fruits, etc. It all worked out because I'm a rock star, but I don't think I'll let it happen again. Need to be prepared next time!
★ The Monday of that week, Grandma had a minor heart attack. She spent the week of Thanksgiving in the hospital where they did some surgery to open up blood flow from her heart to her brain. She's currently in a rehabilitation center where she's supposed to be learning how to take care of herself again so she can go home. She's caused a little bit of trouble by being a diva, but we expected that. She seemed to be doing really well - walking wonderfully and carrying on great conversations - but I guess today she was saying that people who have been dead for years are the ones taking care of her. It's... a little... odd. =/ I have no idea what's going to happen with all of that.
★ My friend, Azusa, came from Japan to spend Thanksgiving with her host family and my family. We had her Thursday night for dinner and then on Friday, she and I went to Indianapolis to meet two other friends. One of the friends, Daisuke, is an athletic trainer for the San Antonio Spurs basketball team, so he got Azusa and the other friend courtside seats to the Spurs x Pacers game! (I'm sure he would've done the same for me but he didn't know I was in Indiana and we're not super close.) It was fun catching up with Azu. In some ways, it's like she never left. We did normal things like pig out on junk food and then go to the dollar store to buy useless crap for a buck. XD
★ I can't even with Christmas right now. I just... can't. Actually, I think I've bought all the gifts I need to, but the problem is I have NO IDEA what to tell my parents to get me. I don't want anything! There are little things that would be nice but nothing I actually need. I think I'm just going to go around the internet and find stocking stuffer items and say "Whatever. It works. There ya go." There's one thing I do want, but it's something my parents can't buy me. That'll have to wait for another entry though, because there are LOTS of pictures I need to show you. @_@
★ I was in the local German restaurant Saturday night and had a chance to run into the German teacher I knew from high school. Her name is Erica Cantin, but we all just call her "Frau" because that's what she said to call her when we were 16. She's a waitress part time in the restaurant, and I was actually hoping I'd see her because I needed to talk to her. I found out a few months earlier that Frau is basically the only one in the city keeping our Sister Cities program alive. Remember how I volunteered with the Duluth Sister Cities program? Well, I thought it would be something nice to do here as well -- especially since this is my hometown. When I e-mailed Frau, I never heard back from her, so I was happy to see her in the restaurant. I gave her my business card and explained who I was. She said, "OH! I did get your e-mail! I've been meaning to get in touch with you! In a week or two, I'm going to be meeting the school superintendent (note: my junior high school principal!), and I'm going to try to convince him to promote the Tajimi, Japan exchange to local kids. I really want him to go check out Tajimi and lead a group of students."
Me: "FRAU, TAKE ME WITH YOU. I BEG OF YOU. I lived just an hour outside of Tajimi in Nagoya! I've BEEN TO Tajimi! I can lead! Pleaseohpleaseohplease let me help!!"
I think she could tell I was enthusiastic. XD So she gave me her business card as well and put her cell phone number on the back. She seemed hopeful that there would be enough kids to go on the exchange, but it just takes getting local parents to agree to the idea. I hope it works out that I can be included in the program here, if nothing else because I know how hard it is to coordinate these things and one person alone will go crazy trying to do it.
As we finished our meal and paid our bill, I asked Frau if I could get a slice of Black Forest cake to go, and she said that was no problem. She boxed it up, I took it home, made a cup of tea, and settled in to eat it while I watched "Arashi ni Shiyagare." When I opened the box, this is what I found:
"Great to meet you! Keep making our world a better place!"