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  • 900 yen for pictures for my resume (terrible, were never needed). As I was taking the pictures, the curtain blew open, ruining one of my precious shots. I also got suckered into using the useless “soft-focus, beautiful skin” function, bumping the price from 800 to 900 yen.
  • 30 yen printing fees
  • 3980 yen for two silk sleeveless blouses from Uniqlo
  • 350 yen for train travel to recruiter
  • 5340 yen for a blazer from Gap I never wore
  • 1170 yen in train travel to the company
  • 820 yen for a taxi ride when I walked the complete opposite direction I was supposed to and realized 10 minutes before my final interview
  • 1620 yen for a book on Japanese test preparation for interview tests (Japanese, English, math, and a personality quiz). Bombed the test anyway! No one mentioned it in any subsequent interview.
  • 1050 yen for a calculator for the math portion of above-mentioned test
  • 1780 yen on phone calls with the recruiter + the surprise of learning that my new cellphone plan had no free talk time
  • 2045 yen for a pencil skirt from Uniqlo

19085 yen later, I received a formal offer and tendered my resignation! To new beginnings \o/


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october already

So I was sick, and then I took meds, and I felt better but not great, so I went back to the doctor and got a bunch more medicine, and now I feel better? Maybe? My throat still feels weird, but as my mom will inevitably mention, the seasons are changing. Who knows.

At some point during today and the last time I blogged, it was my birthday! It was pretty nice. We had monjayaki for lunch, went shopping, and got expensive Matsuzaka beef bentos at the depachika for dinner. Other birthday celebrations over the last few weeks included: karaoke with my friend, yakiniku with Noji, and lots of cake. woo birthdays!

Anyway, going back to all the being sick– after Noji and I got married, I added his last name to my “registered alias” just in case I ever found that being a Nojima would be convenient going forward. I have no interest in changing it legally– seems so weird! that’s my name, man!– but having it as a registered alias means I have the option of freaking out Japanese people who only see my name somewhere before meeting me. Which is admittedly not that common of an occurrence?  Anyway, for some reason, all my insurance stuff changed over to my registered alias so now when I got to the doctor or whatever I’m Nojima-san. Weirdest sensation. It takes me a beat before it registers. “Who? OH ME?” The last time I went to the doc, I was by myself and didn’t wear any of my rings, so I hope they were all very confused as to where my last name had come from.

It’s not actually possible to have two surname or hyphenated households when you’re married in Japan (unless one of you is foreign) due to the family register system (but also because of the MAN and patriarchy trying to hold women down under the guise of family values). God forbid we don’t all have the same last name when we have our baby cat, because that would just be confusing.

(I’m not shading anyone who changes their name, mind you, but everyone should have that choice and that is not even an option here so seriously, what the hell).

This post is all over the place! Let me leave you with the incredible Chikuhodo blush brush I just got:
I think it’s the softest thing I’ve ever touched.

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I had these grand plans that over Obon, I would catch up on my blogging and comments and beauty reviews, but instead we’ve stayed up until 3am, got up at 1pm, and literally rolled around the house until it’s cool enough to go outside.

We bought a few things for the new apartment, including a new desk which I filled with all my makeup, and a bunch of plastic storage boxes from Muji to hide all our crap under the bed. We had one of those manic “let’s clean all the things” moments at like 2am and slowly but surely things are beginning to look more together. 

Anyway, it won’t all be cleaning and sleeping in. Somehow these made it into my wallet:

Must do something to make this horrible season worth it!

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box post

All our stuff is in boxes! And bags. And suitcases. And a backpack. Tomorrow we move and reverse this whole process.

I have a lot of Stuff Issues, as in I’m a bit pre-hoarder and form emotional “maybe-i’ll-need-it-someday” attachments to junk (not literal junk!). Especially clothes. So hard to say goodbye! Luckily (but also annoyingly) Noji is pretty good about bugging me to make decisions and toss stuff I don’t use, but this week has been more stressful than I expected. I didn’t throw away nearly enough, but (wishful thinking!) maybe I will be more objective on the other end when we unpack.

So sleepy! So much to catch up on. But first we have to tear apart the bed. -____________-

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I went from San Francisco to Burbank, then back to San Francisco to Tokyo, took a nap, then off to Gifu on the shinkansen. It has been a crazy week! Once we get back to Tokyo, it’s back to work right away.

Happy New Year! It’s already 2012 in Japan– so far so good! See you all there soon.

A more reflective post to come.

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I am too tired to function, let alone write a witty (?) blog post. Recap of the last week will commence after I get a good night’s rest.

someone married

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My parents are going to be here in 15 hours!

To celebrate, I got my nails done:

These last few weeks have been crazy and exhausting and I am guessing this next week is going to be the same!

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