11/28/16 04:22 pm - Let it be known that November 28th is...
This has been such a nice day.
My roommate was out, so I left my door open for the cats to walk around free, and one of them woke me up shortly before my alarm would have gone off, so I got those drowsy moments of "I refuse to budge, and by the way, I totally don't have to." I did some laundry and read over an assignment I gave to one of my students last week, and was very proud to see that many of the other classmates worked together with her on it (I had her do it because she seemed like the only responsible one, haha! ^^;).
I took a walk out to my tea lesson, my second one since reaching Shanghai since I'm busy and my teacher is often busy breastfeeding. I got there really early so I had fifteen minutes to kill and caught a friend on a Skype chat who I've been missing lately, and then I got to very, very thoroughly enjoy my lesson. I got to drink tea from a tree that is over 500 years old, and it had a really lovely fragrance and smooth texture. My teacher had me start using some of the tools, and she's looking fired up to give me more frequent lessons next year. She gave me a little gaiwan to practice with and some nice tea to try out and see if my family might like trying that variety when I visit home in January.
After that I took a longer walk through that neighborhood and found a street where they've begun not sweeping up the leaves. This part of Shanghai, the old French Concession, has a lot of character and when the weather is nice and sunny, you often see people out on the streets taking fashion photos. Many of the people I passed by seemed to be distinctly enjoying themselves.
I was looking for a cheap lunch, but accidentally got an expensive French lunch because it had my name on the sign. Eheh. It was a tasty galette. I had the terrible little pleasure of listening in on what bits I could overhear of a table of Japanese women. They caught my attention with the unmistakable "eeeeeh?" all in unison while listening to someone's story.
Here at home, a few of the items I ordered on Saturday came in, and I was surprised by a very nice little homemade Christmas card from a family I spent many, many good times with in Yasugi, an even smaller town next to Matsue. As for my items that came in, I was prepared to be disappointed because online shopping is still a jungle to me, and but I really like the short I was give-or-take on, and the sweater than came needed some more fiddling around with, but it gave me a fun excuse to try out a bunch of accessories with it. Verdict is that it will work.
I edited my students' work, and while I don't know how it's going to work performed, it was a charming little read. That was the last of my "must do" items for today, and I still have plenty of time to work on my story. I'm fairly certain I will finish writing it tomorrow, which is exciting (a) because it will be done, and (b) because I happened to finish my 2014 novel on the same date and (c) 29 is my lucky number anyway. The climax is going really well so far; I have one more long chapter of action to write and then two chapters of wrap-up, which will probably be on the short side.
Another one of my items I ordered on Saturday just arrived, and it's my calendar for 2017. I wanted the exact same very of the one I'm using for 2016, which hangs in the perfect size and place on my desk and has exactly the right minty color I used among my other turquoise and teal items throughout my bedroom (which I worked very hard to try to get perfect--every day I regret any decisions to leave Japan, I look at my clock and remind myself what a very, very good decision that clock was). Unfortunately, this calender's border is not the minty color I thought it would be, but it's a distractingly bold shade of bold.
But I'm not throwing fits about those things now like I was a few months ago.
And hey, it matches my little Mawaru Penguindrum penguins on a couple of my desk shelves.
Anyway. Time to find a snack and then get to writing. WRRRIIIIITTTTIIIIINNNGGG~~~~!!!