On Friday i woke up pretty late, almost noon. The latest i've woken up in a while.. nowadays i'm up at 10am or earlier, even on my days off. Not a very exciting day. I did a lot of cleaning before biking it to physical therapy. My boss introduced me to one of his doctor friends who does acupuncture and physical therapy. I've had neck pain for probably about a decade, and so my boss brought me to the clinic and i've been going at least once a week since (the first week i went a few times). I was really afraid about the acupuncture thing at first, since i can't stand needles, but i seriously couldn't feel anything the first time he put the needles in. He said, "Okay, it's in." And i had to ask, "Really??" The acupuncture he does for me for free, since he's friends with my boss. Each time i go in i get a little... electric treatment? I'm not sure what it's called.. 電気 (denki, electricity) in Japanese but i'm not sure what you'd call it in English, although i did have it done once in high school when i went for physical therapy. The lady there had it turned up too high and my muscles twitched and constricted and it was not a pleasant feeling. The sessions now are just fine though, and he finishes up with the acupuncture, heat therapy, and a little bit of massage/acupressure. It has been helping considerably, which is amazing because i've been dealing with this neck pain nonsense for too long. And it's really cheap too, since it's covered by the 国民健康保険 (Kokumin Kenkou Hoken), National Health Insurance. Each session is only about $4 USD.
Yesterday was rather uneventful as well. Woke up late again, around 10:30am.. did some studying and sweeping and laundry. Doing laundry when it's raining sucks because i can't hang my stuff outside to dry. Actually doing laundry in the winter just sucks in general because it takes forever for anything to dry. At least it was mostly sunny today, so i put the clothes out in the morning to finish drying. Nothing else exciting yesterday. I stayed inside the whole day in my PJs, it was nice.
Was shaken awake this morning around 10:30am by a rather long earthquake. I usually send S a message when i feel earthquakes to see if it originated up north. Usually they are, although there was one that happened a couple months ago, when i was still living in the guesthouse, that actually happened in my prefecture. I might've written about it before. It was actually kind of funny because it was around dinnertime and i was in the kitchen with all the guys. We were inspecting one of the cucumbers one of our students had given us, as it was rather oddly shaped- really bulbous on one end then it got skinny towards the middle so that if you picked it up it drooped over into the shape of a candy cane. So i picked it up and was like, "What's wrong with this one? No one's going to eat it!" And then suddenly we were all jostled about as a magnitude 5.something hit us. The strongest one i've felt since i've been here. We were all joking afterwards about how we had upset the cucumber god.
Anyway, off topic. So a shaky start to my morning, but i guess it was good because i probably would've slept until almost noon again if i hadn't been woken up. Took my time getting ready. Did a little kanji study before i decided to take a trip out to the local Ito Yokado to look for a little toaster oven. I've been doing without one for a while, but with Thanksgiving coming up and S and Gaki-chan and maybe a couple others coming over to celebrate, i figured it might be a good time to invest in one. Sadly, Yokado didn't have any good ones (good ones meaning within my price range!), so i think i'll head up to the second-hand store on Wednesday (a day off, yay holidays!) and see if they have any good ones.
Right before i was about to leave for the store, a huge rain cloud blew over the area and just opened up with a crazy downpour!
It passed in all but 5 minutes, then i was on my way. The sunset was just gorgeous.
Stopped by Mister Donut on my way back.
|A "Chocolate Ring" and a "Caramel White"|
I love the little Peanuts bag they put it in. Happiness is... two donuts all to yourself! ^-^
On a random unrelated note, was really happy that i fixed the second burner on my stove the other day! For a while i could only get one to work, and i was wondering how S and i would manage cooking for Thanksgiving with just one burner. A couple weeks ago i realized that there was foil covering the second knob for the gas. I always thought the one knob turned on the gas for the whole thing. Anyway, after i turned on the second valve, i got the second burner to light but as soon as i let go of the button the flame died. Then on Friday, when i was cleaning the stove, i realized on a little round part on the burner there was an arrow with the word テマエ (temae), which i guess in this case would mean 'forward' or 'front'. I noticed that the arrow on the first burner was pointing toward the front of the stove so i adjusted the part on the second burner to be the same. Pushed the button and voila! Success! I now have two working burners and i feel proud for
finally fixing the problem myself. :D