Post-disaster Show more
The southern prefectural hospital was filled with water for most of 1st floor. Thankfully no one died but they’ve still got a lot of work before they can reopen. Volunteered 9 am-11:30 and then we got called off because of a power leakage. Found info on how to volunteer from Twitter, which I regretfully re-signed up for. Lots of high schoolers: I think some of those were closed today.
I’m within biking distance so might as well go tomorrow even if no updates on Twitter
food alc mention Show more
It’s the “eat and drink my feelings” phase of the large scale natural disaster!
There’s not much we can do until the volunteer centers get set up anyway.
Our area was lucky. Everything drained away but all the sidewalks are dirty. Flooded maybe a foot or so?
Disaster safety stuff: what to take Show more
We evacuated when the city told us to, but to higher ground, because our designated shelter wasn’t higher than where we were. We brought emergency rations (from kit I bought), 2 water bottles, cat food and toilet & 2 bowls, cat (of course) and carrier, tbrush and tpaste, towels, my passport, raincoat, phone chargers, extra socks and undies. Sleeping bag. Lots of blankets already in car. I forgot: phone charger cord, wish we’d had cat leash and rainboots.
So I went to a local event today! Lots of traditional dancing, 95% of which I’d never seen because lived in a neighboring but different prefecture. I loved it! It was free, and I got to socialize with a lot of older ladies.
The constant “are you an English teacher?” gets annoying but I’d better get used to that by now, because Japan’s gonna Japan...maybe I’ll try countering with a gentle “we’re not all English teachers...” (while thinking: for example, some of us don’t speak English...)
@sophia I can’t figure out how to show you but I just retooted this wonderful pic of a grackle parent with a classic expression
Food Show more
My theory about tofu (maybe wrong):
Do the current step of cooking to it, like “seasoning,” or “apply heat” until you think “this is ridiculous” and THEN, only then, might it be enough.
Todays accomplishments (food mention) Show more
*For 2nd time this week, drove the mobile death cage to supermarket (all the while thinking that I probably shouldn’t call it that and other things in my head, not helpful). Now I remember how I survived driving before, though: repetition of the same routes and *music*!
*Reached out to friend
*Got ticket for local event because I’m going to get out of the house, and be near other humans dammit
*Had lots of satisfying autumn-y soups
*Uh also worked a little
Riven Show more
Ha, I just got a several decades old twinge of “it’s going to ask me to switch CDs now”
Riven had a lot too. Like 6 or 7? (I looked it up: 5) A new disk was super exciting though, that was the good part
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