There's really not much left to say about the Super Bowl. I've never been a fan of football; to be honest I couldn't care less about it. Don't understand it a bit. I'm definitely more content with my basketball-, baseball-, and soccer-type sports. However, I won't lie and say that I wasn't caught up in all of this 12th-Man Fever. Being here during such a pivotal moment in Seattle sports history has been pretty exciting, if for no other reason than the atmosphere. Didn't get to watch the game, as I worked the whole time, but I definitely knew it when we won. And I definitely made sure to get wound up in the aftermath. ;)
The horns, the screaming, the blocked traffic and rerouted buses, the mayhem and the chaos... The naked people.
Oohhhh, the naked people. You'll always have a special place in my heart, Seattle!
Just some pictures and stuff from my snowboarding adventure last Saturday. I was worried I'd be just as terrible as my first time, as I hadn't been in the two years since then. But surprisingly I did fairly well, for only my second time (third, if you count the second day of my first time)! Ash had gone a few times before, since we planned to go together and she wanted to get some practice in so we could actually enjoy some boarding, instead of just falling. It was SW's first time though, but luckily Ash's friend is a patient teacher and helped her along. She got the hang of it fairly quickly and was able to enjoy the last couple times down the bunny slope with us. :)
As part of my study routine, I try every week to read an article in
Japanese and write down all the kanji and words I don't know. This week
ended up being a fairly short article so I decided to translate it as
For those who don't know, Yasukuni
is the controversial shrine dedicated to those who have served the
Emperor of Japan in wars up through World War II, including some war
criminals. I have my own thoughts and opinions, but am interested to hear what others think too.
"There Are No Heroes at Yasukuni" PM Abe Explains to Foreign Press
Asahi Shimbun Digital January 23rd (Thurs) Posted 5:13
At the World Economic Forum annual meeting on the 22nd (session in Davos), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzou Abe spoke at an assembly to the media leaders of participating countries about his visit to the Yasukuni Shrine at the end of last year. "It's not to praise the so-called class-A war criminals. There are no war heroes there, just the spirits of those fallen in the war. There's no feeling of hatred or hostility, I wasn't trying to disgrace anyone," he stated.
When asked by the Chinese media, "Do you think the war criminals are heroes?", the Prime Minister explained further: "I just want to comfort the spirits of the dead. I want to show my appreciation to those people. Wanting to pay respects to those who fought for their country is an attitude shared by all world leaders." "I want to create a world where people don't have to suffer the ravages of war again," he also added. When asked about the dangers of military conflict with China over the Senkaku Islands, Abe remarked: "The current military tension is damage caused by both countries. It is very important to avoid any accidental conflict, and am thus suggesting making a sort of 'communication channel.'" Asahi Shimbun Co. (Original article here) (Original text below)
It's that time of year again. I'm rather late with this, and couldn't remember most of my resolutions from last year until I looked them up, which is probably very telling on how I did. On to the breakdown:
1. Keep up with the studying, drinking tea, regular sleep schedule, and regular haircuts.
Hmmmm, I did okay with the studying, but that kinda went down the crapper the past few months after I moved back to Seattle.Same with the tea-drinking, regular sleep schedule, and haircuts. The haircut thing is forgiven because I was trying to grow it out. Still got it cut at least twice though.
2. Go running at least once a week. (Once the Other Job ends I should hopefully be able to do it more than once a week)
3. Budget and spend money more wisely, and build up my savings.
I did decently enough. Didn't save as much as I had hoped but save I did.
4. Read at least one book in Japanese.
Haha! Nope again.
5. Travel to at least one new place.
YES!! Went to Mt. Fuji (and climbed it!) and to Kagoshima/Yakushima with Roomie and Yuu.
6. ????????????????????????? (I will reveal what this is later on..
For now I'm keeping this to myself, because I feel like I'm more likely
to succeed with my plans when no one else knows about them. Strange, I
know, but still..)
I believe initially this was to enter into a Japanese language school, but financially and logistically (due to visa laws/ school policies/ etc..) it just wasn't feasible, so it changed to be "save enough money for and apply to a Japanese language school", which I definitely did!
So, three out of six. Fifty-percent. Eh, coulda been worse...
2. Eat better in general and plan out my meals for each week.
3. Limit my playtime on the internet and do more productive things.
4. Stick to a regular study schedule.
5. Pay off my credit card.
6. Go running at least once a week.
7. Read at least one book in Japanese.
I'm giving myself some leeway and allowing myself to start at the end of January. The sugar thing (and junk food in general) has been spoiled by the copious amounts I received over the holidays. I have even tried to give a lot of it away, but still have a ton which I have been consuming at a disgusting rate. :P
And the internet playtime? Really need to work on that. I do believe it is an addiction, and I hate hate HATE feeling addicted to things..
Ohhhh, and another mystery resolution? You'll have to wait until 2015 to find out what that one is. Dun-dun duunnnnnn!