No, not in that way. I finally have more lights for the pad. I bought another Muji aluminum ring light for the guest bedroom. It is bright! (I think my upstairs neighbors must be playing Wii Fit or Tai-bo. I didnâ€™t think anyone else lived here but I guess Iâ€™m wrong. A lot of thumping.). Most lights now are fluorescent lights â€“ Iâ€™m trying really hard to get warm lights. Still, the warm lights are a little too bright and a little too cool. I mention â€œcolor temperatureâ€ to colleagues and they look at me as if Iâ€™m speaking Japanese.
Today was more of the same. But a good more of the same. The weather was amazing. Is this really rainy season? Relatively low humidity, nice temperatures, and good day for walking. And walking I did. I feel like the walking lady in my hometown, except Iâ€™m not eating ketchup out of a McDonaldâ€™s ketchup packet. The Lafayette folks will get my reference â€“ all others just trust me. The morning took me to Tokyu Hands, Muji, and Franc Franc. Conveniently located in one building about 10 minutes from my house. Cool.
Tokyu Hands resulted in a new pot (smallest version â€“ cause Iâ€™m cooking so much (NOT!)) and two notebooks for work because weâ€™re too cheap over here to get real supplies. At Franc Franc I got some silk flowers and a vase. No real flowers for me at this point, but I needed something to dress up the place. Muji was supposed to result in the fourth placemat that was missing from the other store. But, darn it all, it was missing at this Muji. So I bought a light. I came home and installed the lamp and ate lunch.
Iâ€™ve learned not to put off purchases because styles change quickly here and things become unavailable. As a result, the afternoon was planned so that I could go to the third Muji in two days. I timed it poorly from a train point of view, so I decided to walk to Nagoya Station. About a 20 â€“ 30 minute walk. Iâ€™m glad I did because I discovered a funky store my colleague told me about. If I ever need to host a party, I know where to get my supplies! I also stopped at an electronics store â€¦ I want to hook up my TV and Airport Express to some speakers. Iâ€™m having a hard time finding reasonably priced systems that I would consider using. Sigh.
At Muji 3 for the weekend I found one (and one only) of the placemats I wanted. Phew. To celebrate I bought some throw pillows, coffee / tea mugs, and some nice chopsticks. SOMEONE STOP ME!!!!!
From a consumption point of view, Iâ€™m still looking at bicycles (around $200), speakers for the living room, and some dining room light. Will I be done then?
The good news is that I played professional photographer tonight and took some photos of my apartment. I used the highest tech equipment and software I have to photograph my apartment. Aperture and Photoshop help color correct, and the original images are high resolution RAW images. But in the end, it is low res web stuff, so why bother?
Iâ€™m pretty excited about how the pictures turned out. I think you get a good idea of the space. Remember that this is with a wide angle lens (28 mm on a 35 mm format camera) so it looks like I have more space than I do.
Hereâ€™s looking out of my bedroom towards the living room / dining room with the kitchen in the back. I can literally move walls which I did to get this picture.
Hereâ€™s from the hallway looking at the dining room towards the living room. Fancy, huh? Actually pretty cold but I like it!
And hereâ€™s my office / sauna. I think I need another computer or two. Not enough power getting consumed.
And finally my bedroom. Check out the space between my bed and the wall. See why I didnâ€™t bother with a dresser? If you have any questions, let me know.
Last Monday night I had a bit of an Ugly American episode. It turns out that I paid 18880 yen (about $180) for a monthly train pass to the wrong final destination. I thought it was right, but we take this little spur train that we never pay for and so I thought that the main train station was adequate for my pass. Turns out it isnâ€™t. So I had to turn in my old pass and they deducted a TON from it, and then they reissued at full price (and a few more days) plus extra for the spur train distance. Say what? I just wanted to pay the difference for the new station but it doesnâ€™t work that way. I told them I thought they had poor customer service. I should have kept my mouth shut but I was frustrated. I went on a long walk after.
Monday I get my alien registration card and try to open a bank account. Wish me luck!