It feels like everytime I come on this blog, I’m talking about how long it’s been since I’ve blogged. This is one more time. I’ll give a quick summary of what’s happened up til now:
- I’ve changed my position within my department about 5 times. The more people we get in from Japan, the more I got moved around to help those people. I’ve also trained one of my partners so she could help with my job. We work as a team of 3, and our teamwork has been pretty good to this day.
- I’ve become friends with most of the other administrative assistants, and we help each other overcome the boredom that comes with being in this small town. We cook dinners and go to the movies together, we may go on trips to Seattle, Spokane, or Wenatchee to do activities. We also celebrated each others’ birthdays all throughout the year.
- I missed the TOPIK test I talked about in the previous post. I registered for it, but could not change my reservation or make it back home to Atlanta at that time, so I just gave up on that $40.
- Both grandparents visited me for Thanksgiving my first year up here. It was the first time my grandfather had been out here and saw my new life, and he enjoyed it. I think he fits the small town vibe more than my grandmother and I. My dad and little sister also came up early November to see me and my new life.
- I reconnected with one of my Korean friends (that I met in Fukuoka) and he volunteered to help me keep up with my Korean. We were talking everyday on LINE for a good while.
- I’ve been skiing/snowboarding, camping, hiking, etc. and done a lot more outdoor activities than I’m used to. I used to play football and kickball when I was a kid because the kids my age in my neighborhood were mostly boys; if I wanted to play, I had to play what they were playing (although I did convince them to play dolls with me a couple of times :p).
- I returned to Japan February 2017 for a Kim Jaejoong concert, and met up with one of my friends. She let me stay at her place in Fukuoka, then we went to her parents’ place in Nagoya. That was the best 2 weeks of my life.
- Someone TRIED to break into my apartment, but they were unsuccessful and caught by the police. They were arrested before for the same crime, so they were arrested this time as well. Shortly after, I was able to move into a new apartment in what feels like a safer neighborhood and now have a roommate.
- I returned to Atlanta for my brother’s high school graduation. It was great seeing all the family again. 🙂
- Got my first license (I was kind of late to the party lol), then bought my first car. It was more expensive than I would like to pay, but it couldn’t be helped at the time. Before I got my license/car, I cycled to work for about half a month. I felt really healthy because I was biking, but I also made fruit smoothies for breakfast every morning during that time.
- I realized I liked one of the guys I work with. I didn’t know how to react to my feelings, so I never made a move. I don’t regret it too much because I know he’s the type of guy that will break my heart. We also got into an argument and haven’t talked in 3 months. He’s leaving soon to go to a different country, so he’ll be out of my hair, and I can move on.
- I’ve been fishing and skydiving. These were on completely opposite sides of the spectrum. Fishing was calming and relaxing, but skydiving was exhilarating and exciting. My instructor even said she thought I had a mini seizure. @_@
- I went to LA to hike with wolves, took an Aerial Silks class, and a hip hop dance class. I couldn’t keep up with the hip hop, but I had fun nonetheless. The aerial silks class was like yoga on fabric for me. It was calm and relaxing, but at the same time, I felt challenged and strong after.
- I’m working in a completely different department within the department I was in. Where I was previously was more general, but now I’m in a more specific department.
- I took JLPT N2 without studying. I just got my results back, and I didn’t pass, however, it was only because I missed the passing score for the vocab/Kanji/grammar section (you need 19 points and I had 14 >_>). I passed all the other sections. But now that I know that I can almost pass without trying hard at all, I believe I can pass with flying colors if I actually put in the effort. I feel more motivated to sit down and study (I still work at the Japanese company, however, I mostly improved the speaking portion of Japanese, not so much reading/writing).
- I went back to Atlanta for 2 weeks over the Christmas break. I got to spend time with my family and friends, got my hair styled in box braids, and was able to do what I wanted while I was down there. I came back to Washington for work and am working hard to keep up with the resolutions I have set for myself.
In essence, I have been here for almost a year and a half, and a lot has happened. Looking back on it now, it seems like a lot of this stuff has happened so long ago, but compared to the 24 years I’ve been alive, 1 year seems like nothing. It’s crazy how time flies. I may be here another half a year or I may go somewhere else sooner. For now, all I can do is go with the flow, and see where that takes me.