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Saturday, June 19, 2021      14 comments

The first thing I felt on hearing that Spark was going to close was shock and a sense of loss, like all of us. Then I was surprised at how quickly people were saying their goodbyes because the site still had more than two months to go. After tha... Read more
Very sad
Sunday, June 06, 2021      11 comments

When I heard the news, I steeled myself thinking changes on the Internet are always disappointing. Then it hit me - no, not disappointing - devastating because of all the wonderful friends all over the world - also the daily motivation to stay i... Read more
Two months into “retirement”
Saturday, May 29, 2021      12 comments

I’m two months past retirement and two months into part-time work. I have four classes instead of five, but all of them are big, including a writing class. Last year, two of them were very small. After three weeks in class, we went back on line,... Read more
Tuesday, May 11, 2021      17 comments

I always think that Japan is a very efficient country and it is, but the vaccine rollout is quite perplexing. It’s a slow mess. In a way, I’m lucky that I’m a kind of expat because we have our groups where information is quickly passed on. I lea... Read more
Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 09, 2021      11 comments

Mother’s Day and one month into semi-retirement. It was a good day, starting with a video call with our son, DIL and 20-month-old grandson. My son has been teaching his little boy to recognize us from a photo (on paper) I sent. We’ve met them tw... Read more
A bit of a wild ride
Friday, April 23, 2021      14 comments

I’ve been teaching as a part-timer for three weeks now at the school where I taught full-time for 24 years until the mandatory retirement age for full-time teachers. It’s been a bit of a wild ride but I’ve enjoyed it. I’m back in the class... Read more
New campus
Friday, April 02, 2021      14 comments

Yesterday I went for a workshop about all the new whizz-bang equipment at the new campus of the school where I worked as a full-time teacher until March 31st. From yesterday, I have become a part-timer. Tomorrow I’m going to suss out my classroo... Read more
Lots of new experiences
Wednesday, March 17, 2021      16 comments

In Japan, spring is a time of new beginnings, as I suppose it is everywhere, but here, even the school year starts in April (in New Zealand, too, I think.) My last year as a full-time teacher has been completely online. What a strange last... Read more
Anger and softening 2
Thursday, March 04, 2021      13 comments

DH had his operation just over a week ago. He came out of the theater many hours later. The doctor who had seemed so difficult was relaxed and pleasant. Today I met him again. He told me the operation was a success. The nurses and physioth... Read more
A lazy day
Friday, February 26, 2021      14 comments

I was going to go on one of those long hikes with my two intrepid friends. Not great timing. Yesterday boxes of stuff arrived from my office because of retirement, and the nurse wants me to go to the hospital for DH’s colostomy training, but it’... Read more
Anger and softening
Monday, February 22, 2021      16 comments

DH went into hospital today. It was a different hospital because his usual hospital was converted to Covid. There he had a wonderfully compassionate doctor but some of the nurses were surly. Here, the nurses are kind and professional and the hos... Read more
Non Scale Defeat - Happy about it!
Thursday, February 18, 2021      12 comments

I haven’t kept up with exercise recently, except walking - chores to do with retirement, and days in outpatients for DH pre-op. Today, I was free and got back to Pilates. I hadn’t lost much strength, but for the first time ever, my left arm coul... Read more
Self pity?
Sunday, February 07, 2021      13 comments

When I was 19-year-old student, I was having a tough time with the subject I’d chosen to study. An older student, 29, advised me not to slip into self pity. He said that would be the worst thing. I didn’t understand why it had to be the worst th... Read more
Thursday, February 04, 2021      12 comments

I’ve just handed in the students’ grades - the last big job as a full-time teacher. I’ll switch to part-time next semester. Our daughter is moving back in with us this month. It will be fun and some weight will be taken off me for caregivi... Read more
Friday, January 22, 2021      14 comments

I went to pick up DH at the hospital today. He has had one spot fixed and he will go into hospital again in five days to have the bigger procedure done. He’s cheerful and stronger than I expected. He has some inconvenient symptoms so he wants to... Read more

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