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Nifty things

General UpdatesKristina Pino2 Comments
I like nifty things.

For example, I had a dimmer pack installed for the lights in my room so that I could control the level of lighting throughout the day. I'm not really into super bright lights, and I also wanted to have wall sconces to serve as bedtime reading lights, or just mood lights whenever I'm in there but not on the computer.

What's nifty about the deal is the dimmer pack came with a little remote. It's a simple deal with just two little buttons that I can press and hold to adjust the light levels, but it's something that I love having.

Yesterday night, I was thinking about how I'll miss it if/when I get out of here.

Lately, I've been thinking of a lot of things in terms of, "well, if I get hired and take off to Japan in 5 months..."

It feels a little soon, but then again, the time will fly just like that. I applied to the job with Interac just a few weeks ago, and in a couple weeks I've got my interview, and a few weeks after that I'll be at Orlando all dolled up in a business suit and meeting people that will be interviewing me again, except face-to-face. If all goes well, I'm out of here in August.

There are a lot of things I'll have to get used to. Not just getting used to the way of living in Japan, but getting used to being without some things that have become pretty standard here in the States and in my own life. Even something as simple as a dimmer pack on my lights will be something missed. I'm not sure how I'll be able to compensate for it. Perhaps I'll end up buying a few lamps instead of using big lights.

I think I'll miss Cuban food, too. The food in Japan is pretty delicious though, and I didn't miss it the last time (that was a 2 month trip). One of the first things I did when I got back was hit up a Cuban restaurant and eat all my favorite foods, and then I drove to the movie theater to see the midnight premiere of that year's Harry Potter movie. I probably won't go to the movie theater much while I'm over there. I heard there's a Cuban place in Tokyo, too. I might have to make a trip.

Of course, I'll also miss some of the folks "back home." You know, just texting or calling someone up at any random time, getting together with a bud for lunch, seeing friends on the weekend, hugging my boyfriend. I'll be gone for months at a time, so I'll have to get used to Skype dates whenever we can both accommodate it with the time difference.

On the other hand, I'll be spending as much time as I can seeing new places and learning new things. Part of the reason I applied to this teaching job is so I can see more of the country. I get weekends and holidays off as well as observed festivals, so there's plenty of fun to be had as long as I am relatively frugal with my money.

I'm excited. Nervous, but nonetheless.