Warning: this blog post contains a bit of navel-gazing…. The doldrums hit hard this winter, lots of contributing factors-but with the start of the new year, life is feeling less intense. I am getting out more even though we have had record-breaking low temperatures. The surrounding area is so incredibly beautiful- the perfect remedy for spirit-lifting. I am waiting for warmer weather to get out in the kayak, but in the meantime I’m taking short hikes and riding my bike.
In an attempt to realize some goals, I decided to set up a schedule for myself. I found that I was spending too much time every day taking care of anything that presented itself and I wasn’t making much progress on any projects. Too many loads of laundry, dishes washed 5 times a day, checking fb way too much, lots of organizing shelves and drawers….I am so easily distracted and without a schedule- I was wasting a lot of time.
I already feel a difference with some structure to my week. I have to teach on Fridays and Saturdays, so I set up something for each of the other days. I also have started studying kanji more intensively and I think I will take the Japanese Language Proficiency Exam in December. I also signed up for a Flickr 365 project (access from the photos on the right side of the blog), and hope that will help me work on improving my photography skills. I am still going to Tai Chi and have now started a stretching class. I started baking again and I will try to write more letters and blog posts.
Today’s adventure was a macrobiotic lunch buffet out at the coast- I went with a young friend from Singapore and feasted on huge meal of all sorts of vegetarian dishes. One food that I hadn’t tried before was okara konnyaku which is used as a meat substitute– it was really good prepared with ginger and soy sauce. I am definitely going to try to make this. We decided to take the long, scenic route back to town, it’s a narrow, windy road that follows the coast. Because I used to work at all the outlying schools, I am familiar with a lot of the less-traveled roads. We stopped by a coastal shrine that I hadn’t seen before and were back in town before 5:00.
Next weekend I am headed to Mt. Kuju for a drive with friends- although I kinda want to go down to Miyazaki to see the volcano eruption. Maybe in a few weeks.
This week I am teaching several elementary school classes. I finished Suite Francaise yesterday and just started M.C. Higgins the Great. We watched all the Star Wars movies this month and are scheming about what to watch next. Any suggestions?