wingblossom: [heyyoitsmj] (fandom (persepolis))
Packing is going swimmingly! Well, sort of. Now that I've put a heap of my books into cardboard boxes, I have to contend with everything that I'm planning on: 1. sending ahead to Kobe, and 2. presumably getting rid of, since there's not enough space for all of them. I feel like I should take an inventory of all the books I own, but I think it's a little too late for that. *g* At any rate, looking through my old notebooks/journals/sketchbooks has the effect of making me flip through every single one of them, albeit briefly.

While going through one of my journals, I also found an entry with brief notes I took on Persepolis for an article in the Free Press a couple of years ago. In honor of my new icon, I'll c&p them here.

FROM 2008 )

Tomorrow, I have to pick up the rest of my money in traveler's checks from the bank, and then go to the dentist for the last time in hopefully a very long while. The day after that, Ellen is coming over to help me finish the rest of my packing, and then I'm going to the pre-departure orientation in the city. Later, I'm meeting a childhood friend I haven't seen since fourth grade (!) for dinner, and then...after that? Who knows! Probably more packing, I'm sure.
wingblossom: (books)
In the city, there once used to be a holy trinity of Japanese-owned bookstore chains: Kinokuniya, Asahiya, and Book-Off.

Asahiya closed down a few years ago, but back in my high school manga-buying days, I used to go to Kinokuniya and Book-Off all the time. As time went on, however, Book-Off gradually replaced Kinokuniya in my affections, both due to its marketing and ease of access with regards to my train route. In addition, Book-Off also stocked a ton of used English books and CDs on the main floor, turning it into a "one-size-fits-all" kind of place. It was located on 42nd Street and 5th Avenue, and...I was kind of addicted to going there! Along with the Strand, it was my favorite bookstore in the city.

Then a couple of weeks ago, I stopped by there, and much to my shock and horror, I found out that the place had closed down! In the store window, there was a note that said a new location would be opening up on the 17th, a few blocks down on 45th Street. Since I had already planned on going into the city that day, I managed to take a look at the new Book-Off on its first day open.



have a look inside? )
wingblossom: (fandom (digimon 02))
Okay. I've been stalling on this for months, but at some point I figured I should go ahead and talk about my JET interview.

Or in other words, mention everything I've been telling my friends for weeks and weeks, rather than relegate everything to the back of my head while I read JET forum posts. Which, let's be honest, is actually a very tempting option! The results of the interview I had in February are coming out sometime this week (anywhere from the first until the tenth), and as much as I'm trying to convince myself that I don't care about what happens, in all honesty, I am a little nervous.

Really. :D

Part of this may be due to the fact that the application process is so very long. The online app was up in early October, my written app had to reach the Washington consulate by November 24th, I received word that I scored an interview in early January, and my aforementioned interview was on February 16th. That's a month-and-a-half gap. And from what I've found by looking up information online, candidates in the U.S. seem to be the only ones who receive no hint as to what their chances are before the results come out.

So as of right now, I'm going to stop imagining each and every little thing I could have done wrong during the application process, and c&p some post-interview thoughts I had while talking to everyone instead.

JET INTERVIEW )

And now, all I have to do is keep my fingers crossed a few more days! No matter what happens, I think I can deal with it.

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