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09 October 2016 @ 09:58 pm
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One month has passed since Ryu and I moved in together. I'm apparently 3kg (6.6lbs) heavier than when we started this adventure. Part of me is crying inside, hating myself, calling myself a fatty. The other part is saying "Girl, you have no business weighing yourself the morning after you downed a bowl of pasta, half a pizza and a chocolate frap for dinner." Anyway, despite my self-hate this morning, I have no regrets about our celebration -- it was very fun.

We went to a dog cafe, attached to a veterinary service, that made me a bit emotional. When we first got there, it was just a small room with two small tables, and dogs playing around. A baby gate separated the dogs from the doors. Nothing like what I had seen at cat cafes and such. Then I found out that the place existed only to help dogs that had been abandoned, get adopted.The walls were covered in information about the dogs -- history, illnesses, ect. All were microchipped and ready to go. Once all the dogs were gone, the place would close.

Naturally, I wanted them all. A lot of the dogs seemed perfectly fine, so I couldn't even imagine why they were "trashed."

We had dinner in Omiya -- a full sized pizza and individual bowls of pasta, with wine. Then, we went shopping -- Ryu bought socks and undies, and I bought THE GREATEST SHOWMAN dvd. I didn't have enough for the CD so I will buy it next month.
On the way home, we grabbed the new chocolate frapp at Family Mart.

I crashed as soon as we got home, which I'm sure disappointed Ryu. But, before going out to celebrate, I had worked a full shift, so I had already been tired even before we went out. Now I'm recharged. Going to eat a salad, work on our grocery list, clean up and try to get some studying in. I've decided to actually try studying Japanese for once.

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Ryu has to go do work exams today and tomorrow, so I have the days to myself, for the most part. Tomorrow, I have no plans, aside from waiting for my new trainers to arrive, so I'll just spend the day lounging about or dancing around the flat. Today, I got up early to make Ryu's breakfast before he left for work, then headed out myself to meet K for the first time in a long while. We did our usual cake and プリクラ.

I got the usual house tea with lemon, and ordered the ミスハワイ cake, which I had never tried before. It was chocolate mousse cheesecake on a chocolate cake crust, with macadamia nuts crushed in to the cream. It was so soft and delicious and took me about an hour to get through. We had a lot to talk about though, so my slow eating worked out in the end. After that, we did our usual pictures and then went shopping. Before we took our pictures we were redoing our make up and , we realized how light my skin has become and it really bothers me for some reason. The pictures only confirmed it. Granted, I should have realized it much sooner, when the shades of make up I use started changing, as did the color of my clothing. I've always been proud of my caramel colored skin, and never shy away from the sun. None of my facial products have bleaching agents in them, so I'm honestly confused as to why this has happened. Don't get me wrong, I don't see anything wrong with having light skin, but that's just not ME and I've never seen myself that way until now. I guess it's kind of like when you get a bad haircut. When you look in the mirror, it's still you, but you don't feel like yourself...

Anyway, I was able to find a comfy pair of shorts for the summer at a decent price, and was glad to find that I am back to fitting comfortably in a size small.

While I was browsing for some shorts, a girl from (I'm assuming, from her accent) the UK, simply acted like I wasn't even standing at the rack and just kept moving between me and the clothing, cutting me off completely in her own search.Like I wasn't standing there. It irritated me, because I had always been taught that if you are shopping for clothes, and there is someone standing infront of what you want to check, you kind of browse right next to them and wait for them to move, or if you want to directly grab an item, you say excuse me, grab it and go.She was with her mother, who seemed perfectly okay with this behavior. It was like she was holding up almost every pair of shorts to show her mom that they were not size M, and that she was looking for a size M. Her mother would tell her to check again, and the girl would round the rack again and again, doing the same thing. She basically just shoved me out of her way. She did this to me four times, to the point that I just backed up and waited for her to finish checking that rack before I continued my own search. Ugh.

We went to the 鴻巣免許センター to update Ryu's license. I hadn't gone back once since moving, but it hadn't really changed at all much. We swung by the curry shop K and I used to go to after work trainings and just talk for hours. Now, either my stomach has gotten smaller in the years since I left, or the Nan has gotten bigger, but I was unable to finish the exact same meal I'd always purchased and completed without a thought. I didn't even make it 1/4 of the way through and required Ryu's assistance. He couldn't finish it either, but he learned that Nan is actually delicious and is slowly expanding the list of foods he will eat.

I need to buy new running shoes. I'm quite enjoying morning yoga, so I don't intend to get back in to running just yet. However, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have to literally dash to the station to catch my train if I want to get home at a reasonable hour and my current shoes are too heavy and flat to run in.

Went to a meet up for Japanese-foreign couples, and I was surprised at how many gals complained about not getting along with their partner's parents. A lot of the things they complained about seemed petty to me, but eh.  Not wanting to fall in to that, I'm considering asking Ryu's mom for cooking lessons on the weekends so that we can get to know each other more. I only ever go when the whole family gets together, but they are constantly telling me to stop by and show my face, anyway, since I live the closest. My mom thinks it would be great to bond with his parents as well. We'll see.

Also, all these energy saving house appliances have really done their thing. Our first bill came in....and it was.... 2200円. $22.00? That's 1,100円, $11 each.
When I lived alone at my old place, my bill was double that.

I've been living in my new place for two weeks now and while we still need to have a few things to purchase, we've got the majority of what we need. My yoga mat came in last week. The commute from my new place is much shorter, but I've still been waking up at 5 am to do yoga in the mornings before I go, and I've also been making sure to stay away from the elevator -- going up and down four flights of stairs twice a day, thrice on trash days.(Speaking of trash days, remind me to later share the trash system for the city we live in -- they take recycling to an entirely different level!)
Anyway, I'm at that awkward weight where I'm an inch or two too big for a size small, but much too small for a medium. I need clothes, but I'm going to try and lose a few inches first because I look horrible in overly baggy clothes, but I have absolutely zero confidence if I have even the tiniest muffin top.

Unfortunately, I had my first fainting spell in a long while, and I basically broke my chin. The wound has closed, but it's left a bruise type scar I'm hoping I can erase with antibiotics. I'm a bit irritated that it's going to be on my new resident card, but it can't be helped. There are also some spots I'm thinking of getting checked. I had assumed they were moles, but they are starting to appear more and more frequently, and in odd shapes, so I'm worried it could be skin cancer or the like.

Aside from that, there isn't much else to say. My time has been spent working, then running between the city hall and post office, then coming home to unpack/clean/put furniture together. Hopefully we'll have everything done by the end of the month. I've been skimming entries and hope to catch up with everyone soon!