Well, a month has passed in the blink of an eye and I haven't written anything about it! Let's see what I can remember..
-November 4th: Roomie and I took an excursion to 菓子屋横丁 (Kashiya Yokocho- Candy Alley) after watching a special about it on TV. Took a bit of an unintentional detour on the way there and ended up walking a ways through some really peaceful countryside.
-November 11th: Roomie and I met up with S and our other uni friend Ku in Tokyo for some amazingly delicious Chicago style pizza at a place called DevilCraft in Kanda. It was drizzly that day and the shoes I wore had a hole in the sole of one of them so my foot got completely soaked, but I'd like to say that the pizza and good company made up for it.
-November 13th: Had a date of sorts in Yokohama. Had some breakfast (omelets and pancakes) for dinner, checked out the Chinatown and did some palm reading (of which I just observed), and took a ride on the Cosmo Clock 21. Fun times!
-November 23rd-25th: Three-day weekend! The 23rd was a holiday- 勤労感謝の日 (Kinrou Kansha no Hi; aka Japanese Labor Day)- which just so happens to fall right after Thanksgiving in America, so Roomie and I decided to host a Thanksgiving dinner at our place. We invited S, J, C-chan, and Sushi-kins. Sadly J could not make it, though he did join us for a bit through Skype, and S brought her boy along. Food and wine and shenanigans were had.
-December 1st: I accompanied a coworker from my Other Job to watch the filming of an NHK program called Cool Japan, at Kanagawa University. It was interesting, though quite a long time to be sitting in a hot auditorium with lights blaring in your eyes. We ended up on the same train as a group of the people that appeared on the show and had a nice chat with them, during which I was asked again (3rd time in my life) if I'm British because of my "accent". Irish, more specifically. Which I am but I'm born and raised American and have sadly never even been to Ireland. Someday, though.
-December 2nd: The JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test), Level 2! I feel very confident about the listening part- it was deceivingly easy. The kanji/vocab/grammar/reading comprehension part though.. I'm pretty apprehensive about. Have to wait for nearly 3 months to find out the results. Thanks guys, for making the wait excruciatingly long!
Now, less than 2 weeks until I'm on a plane back to the States for my winter vacation. It's crazy to think about, I've been gone for so long! Granted I did go back for a few days in February, but that was a rather miserable time and it all happened so quickly it felt like I wasn't even there. I'll get to see my older sister and nephew for the first time in almost 2 years as well, very excited about that! It's nice to think about going back to enjoy some time with my family and friends this time. And of course all the food I've been missing too.