Monday, January 28, 2008

I bring you... my washing machine!

Are you ready for the most exciting post ever? That's right, it's pictures of my WASHING MACHINE. Also, my LAUNDRY. Thrilling! (Sadly, this actually was the highlight of my weekend. Buying my washing machine.) Also, the sole picture I managed to get of my neighborhood covered in snow before my camera decided it didn't want to take any more pictures, and I didn't have time to fiddle with it because I had to catch the train for work.
It's too cold for sightseeing, so there probably won't be any more pictures for a while. It's too cold for much of anything, really. I don't even like to go out shopping in this cold! I've stopped going out for lunch at work, too, because my goal is to spend as little time outside as humanly possible. I know you people up in Ohio probably have no sympathy, but I am not used to this and I freeze easily! I think it feels colder here than it really is, because you have to be outside so much more. No just hopping in the heated car and driving to your heated destination; instead, it's a ten-minute walk in the cold to the train station, then a wait on the cold platform, then another five minute walk to work after the train ride. And shopping isn't all in one heated mall, it's spread all over whichever district you're in, which means more walking in the cold. Even grocery shopping or just running errands means a lot of walking in the cold, since everything is clustered around the station which is a ten minute walk from my apartment. I seriously can't wait for spring. Apparently Feb. is the coldest month though, which makes me miserable just thinking about it ;.; (Admittedly part of my cold-loathing at the moment is coming from me HAVING a cold, and feeling out of sorts and icky and not looking forward to going to work tomorrow in the cold with a cold.) Who wants to send me some money so I can go vacation in Australia? : p The trains are all full of advertisements for travel to Australia right now, and it is so tempting, or would be if I had any money at least.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

We interrupt your regular viewing for a special broadcast


This may not be anything exciting to all of you up in the frozen North, but I haven't seen snow in FOREVER. It's COLD. And I have to go out in it! ...pretty soon actually. Off to take a shower! (it's eight in the morning here, gotta get to work soon)

Monday, January 21, 2008

Long overdue Christmas post (beware - LOTS of images)

So I've had pictures sitting on my computer for quite some time now, but I was too lazy to go through and resize them. I finally did, so it's time for some Tokyo illuminations. I don't remember how this state of affairs came about, but apparently some time before Christmas I actually had a bit of free time, and went around to a couple places specifically to see some lights and take some pictures. These are from Shinjuku Terrace City, right outside the south exit of Shinjuku station, the Takashimaya illumination circus (also in Shinjuku; Takashimaya is a gigantic department store also out the south exit), and Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi. The pictures don't quite do justice to the lights, but then again pictures never do, right?

In other news... well, there really isn't much. Settling back into the daily grind after the new years holidays. Looking forward to my paycheck on the 25th. I'm planning on buying a washing machine, first thing. I'll make another post when something noteworthy happens, I suppose...