Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Life Post: More Obon Updates

I'm on day four of my holiday, and I've reached that point where I'm not entirely sure what day it is without looking at the calendar anymore. It feels odd.

The number of cases of coronavirus we're getting seems to have slowed over Obon, which I imagine is because everyone's staying home instead of going out. I'm not really looking forward to see what happens after Obon when everyone (presumably) goes back to what they were doing before.

As for me, I'm happy with a lot of the stuff I'm getting done, like writing and such. One thing I do really need to do is start reading Space Struck, which is the current Life's Library read. I haven't started it yet and need to! Though I've at least made progress in the Divine Comedy and The Mill on the Floss.

My washing machine and stove are still broken. Truthfully, I haven't done anything to fix either of them yet because of Obon. Maybe I'll get desperate, but right now, I think I'm going to wait until the holiday is over.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Life Post: An Odd, and Surprisingly Stressful, Obon Week

This week is Obon, a Buddhist holiday here in Japan where people often visit their hometowns. Many people, including me, get the whole week off work, so it's one of the biggest weeks for traveling in Japan. This year, though, most of us are staying home, including me.

Since things are getting worse, the advice to stay home is getting more and more strongly worded, though nothing has been made a "rule" yet because Japan is reluctant to do that. Either way, I was planning to stay home out of a sense of self-preservation if nothing else, so I'm looking forward to a week filled with writing and reading.

However, the week has not gotten off to a great start. My stove has been giving me some difficulties for a while, but now that back burner seems to have completely stopped working. On the same day, my washing machine (which has also been causing trouble for a while) decided to completely stop working in between the wash and rinse cycles.

I let the laundry sit over night (because it was late and I could not find the energy to do it last night) and then handwashed everything in there this morning. It's now taking ages to dry because of how wet it was. Meanwhile, I still have water in the washing machine that didn't drain, but I can't do anything about that at the moment.

I'd been putting off doing anything about the stove or the washing machine because, you know, there's a pandemic. Having someone inside my apartment to fix it didn't feel like the greatest of ideas, but now the issue is a bit more pressing. I know I need to figure something out, but at the moment, I'm so stressed by it all that I need to take a step back. I at least want to let the laundry finish drying and get it put away before I have to deal with anything else. (And I'm trying not to think about the fact that I had multiple other loads I needed to do too.)

I'll get it figured out. Hopefully. But it is a holiday, even if it's a holiday spent at home, so I'm trying (and mostly failing) to forget about the water in the washing machine and the clothes now hanging around my apartment and relax just a little bit.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Life Post: Birthday in a Pandemic

Unfortunately, this is mostly going to be about coronavirus again. The number of cases we have here has been going up pretty quickly compared to during the rest of the pandemic. Earlier this week, our number of cases over the course of the entire pandemic doubled in the span of two days, and it's been increasing since then.

As I'm writing this, we have 28 cases, which still is hardly anything compared to other places, but considering how it's going in the rest of Japan as well, I'm certain that we'll keep getting more. There are now more new cases before reported than there were during the "first wave."

Tomorrow is also my birthday, and my friend messaged earlier asking if I wanted to do anything for it. Tomorrow I actually have to work, but regardless, I don't think I'm going to be leaving my apartment except for work and to buy food for quite a while at this point. Maybe I should have bought myself a slice of cake or something at the store... Or ice cream, which is much better than cake even if my digestive system doesn't appreciate it. Maybe I will do that tomorrow.

This week I work, but the week after is Obon, which means our school will be closed. So at least I have a full week of social distancing to look forward to when it might be even worse than it is now. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't really worried about everything right now.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Life Post: The New Normal (I Guess)

I hate how every time I write something here it's basically just an update on Covid-19, but that's really the only thing I've been paying much attention to other than reading and fanfiction. I've been avoiding going out as much as possible and all of that.

We've started getting cases here again after another (briefer) pause in any new ones. They're all still mostly coming from Tokyo or Osaka, so it doesn't seem to really be spreading around here (yet).

Work is full swing again, with all of our students coming to the school for in-person classes. This week I also taught on Sunday for some kids makeup lessons that they missed when we were closed. It's been nice to see all of them again, but it also means being busier.

I started reading a lot of books while we were closed, and I'm still reading most of them because I have less time now. One of them is a book club book, and I may not finish it before the book club finishes discussing it at the rate I'm going. Fingers crossed though.

That along with writing has been keeping me busy when I'm not at work. I have a fic due in a few days for a fanfiction competition I'm in, so that's definitely keeping me busy. Here's hoping I can also get more of that done before work tomorrow.