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first day jitters

I'm trying to convince myself not to be nervous at all. I can small talk like a pro. I can focus on making lessons productive even if I forget the exact format I'm supposed to use. Im at a new school today, so it can't possibly be back to back lessons (altho, maybe that's better...less time to think and worry and more time to just DO) And worst that could happen? Silence for 30 seconds and then I smile and ask the students to ask each other a question from the lesson. right? Right! So, yeah, outwardly im not nervous...but inside, somewhere, there's a a reason for my stomach ache. And Im not sure that the cinnamon roll I just downed is helping! But it sure tasted damn good.

Unlike the sushi I had last night.
On the whole, food in Tokyo towers above food in NYC. It's just better. I think people here care more. Quality is important. Except at the 100Y kaitan (?) sushi place we frequented last night. Someone even said "wow, you can't get food like this in the states!" and I thought..."unfortunately, you can!" the clam was SO fishy, I just about puked. And the crab..what was that?!! Where was the taste! ? The tuna looked dry, like a stiff plank. Im a food snob, I admit it. And I was totally disappointed...and frankly scared to ever go back to any kind of sushi place flaunting 100Y plates. Too bad we went there, actually. A couple of the girls I went with don't eat much sushi (and in fact, this might have been the first experience), so I really hope that whatever they had wasn't as terrible as my choices. I made up for a bad dinner with a purchase of grapefruit gummies and a bubble tea.

But, hey! It's all part of the fun! Live and learn!


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Jul. 23rd, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
Lisa, Don't you think that you sooner or later have to cook at home? I mean, really????
No offense kiddo, but although you are enjoying new things, new tastes, etc. and I am thrilled to watch you ... perhaps you may have to be somewhat realistic and at some point realize you have to cook...I mean financially, it will save you in the long run. I do not know your habits when it comes to eating, but let's be honest you are not earning a big salary there and you really would benefit by being a little conservative that way and not eat out everyday if you are. Please do not take offense at what I am saying, I am just trying to be considerate of your pocket!!


Jul. 25th, 2008 10:24 am (UTC)
Re: Lisa, Don't you think that you sooner or later have to cook at home? I mean, really????
i hardly ever cook for myself. i wouldn't be saving that much if i did...same in NY.
Jul. 25th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
So you never cooked in NY huh?
I didn't know that. Well it was just a suggestion anyway Lisa. Okay make me that list of some goodies you want so that I can send them to Jo Jo when he has his P.O. Box up..

See you either on justin, ustream, nekomimilisa.
Jul. 23rd, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
this is yuta
hey bb 2u
its none of your business at all.
care about your own
Jul. 25th, 2008 10:30 am (UTC)
Re: this is yuta
Hey yuta!
I was only making a suggestion to her, dont be huffy dude!!!
Jul. 24th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
I would eat out all the time! I'd want to experience it all. You're doing great! I wish I was footloose an fancy free!
Jul. 24th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Sushi Blues
Oh man....that sucks! I had Sushi at ben shui a few days. some of it was good and some of it was dry. The terik. chicken was dry, but the white fish and sweet shrimp sushi was awesome! Just keep looking, Japan is probably like the states where it has its good places and its bad places. I enjoy your entries about work because it is helping me to know what to expect a little bit.

Thanks for doing this!
Jul. 24th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
Sushi Blues 2
Sorry I forgot to also ask if the quake reached you? I haven't been on for a few days and was hoping you were ok.

Jul. 25th, 2008 10:26 am (UTC)
Re: Sushi Blues 2
I felt the quake, not no damage. The building here are all pretty stable. It lasted a long time...like a long train passing under the building. thanks for asking!
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