Thursday, August 8, 2013

Yep~ Free cotton candy!

Ahhh~ Summer vacation! Woo hoo! Work was crazy busy last week with it being the last week before vacation, but now I'm all happy and well rested. So, time to blog.

So, during my last week at work we said a fond farewell to July and welcomed in August. I miss July's month tag already~ Which means, we have new songs. This months song selection makes me giggle something fierce. Shark Attack! I also was asked to attempt to draw sea creatures in an attempt to get attention for our art project that day. THAT went well. (PS. The 2 humans are my students Haruki and Yuan who informed me that they do indeed live under the sea.)
I went through a major Disney fan mood last week. I ended up doing some shopping at the Disney Store and finally joined their point club thing. Ended up with a new water bottle for work, face towel and a nice beach towel. Among other random stuff like tea and whatnots. Can't wait for Disney next week!
We took photos at work last week for a postcard they send out during the summer. It's a 'Have a nice vacation' type postcard thing and this year they wanted us to all wear a Monsters Inc. helmet and pose. Needless to say, I volunteered to go first~
Last weekend I was quite busy! I had a playdate with Mika on Saturday and then on Sunday I hung out with the girls. There was a matsuri in Natori on Saturday, and we originally planned to go, so I dressed up in yukata. We met in Sendai and went to Glass Forest first, though~ I had some lolita things that I don't use anymore that I wanted to sell, so off we went. The lady who runs that store is so sweet. After that, we decided to grab some lunch, so off to Saizeria we went! I got spaghetti and made sure to not get any on my yukata!

We decided that for dessert we wanted to go to the fancy tart place. I finally got to try the Yamanashi-ken plum tart! And it was amazing~ *____* Sooo yummy!
I also interviewed Mika about her moving cat ears~

As we passed back through the station, I saw the big Disney display in one of the travel agencies. And I couldn't help myself~ I wanted a picture. Hahaha.

It was Mika's birthday that day, so we went back to Natori with the intention of doing fireworks, but we ended up just going out for dinner. Hahaha. We met up with Melissa, Bobby and Kazue at the station to decide on a plan. We decided just to walk over to Big Boy and have dinner and chill~ Which was nice. I got the karaage basket and some mozza sticks. Both of which were pretty lack luster, but I got drink bar and shared my food, so it's all good. I just filled myself up with melon soda instead.
The next day, we all met up again in Sendai with the intention of going to the fancy tart place to celebrate Mika's birthday. But, slight problem. There was a pretty intense earthquake that afternoon right before meeting time. I was actually waiting for my train at the station when it hit and it was pretty freaky. The platform is about 3 stories up and it's an open platform, if that helps give a mental image. The whole building swayed and the lights above were jittering and it was just intense. There was me and this older guy up there and he was just checking his phone and holding onto the rail all calm like. And there I was, clinging onto the signpost for dear life. I don't usually get scared by earthquakes, but that was pretty freaky. Oh well~ No damage and no one was hurt. I texted David right after and he said that he was ok, but 2 of his Gundams fell down. Oh dear.

So, trains were running late because of this. When I got to the station, Bobby and Kazue were there, but Melissa and Mika were going to be late. So, to pass the time we wandered over to BiVi for free cotton candy. Yep~ Free cotton candy! I was pretty excited, can't lie. XD
Good times~ We wandered about munch our treat and then we got a text saying Mika and Melissa were on their way. So, we all met up at the stained glass window and off we went for cake! I ended up getting the same tart again, but it's so yummy! And only available for the summer, so better appreciate it while I can! The patio area is really nice at this place~ There's a sweet little pond and it's nicely shaded and lovely.
After that, we wandered over to Animate so I could pick up the first volume of the Sherlock manga. Oh yeah~ BBC Sherlock got a manga adaptation. It's amazing. *___* So, we got there and asked one of the shop staff to help us find it. I was pretty stoked when I was able to open it and look at the art. Can't wait to learn more Japanese so I can read it.
We all wandered off home at that point, so I picked up a snack from the bakery at Aeon on my way. It's a star shaped pastry for Tanabata! I might add, Sendai celebrates Tanabata 1 month later than the rest of Japan.
On Tuesday I had a date with Belinda! Eeeeeee! I hadn't seen her since our last visit to British Hills, so I was really happy to see her! She was here on a business trip, but we got together Tuesday morning before she had to head back to the mountain. Tanabata started that morning, so we went for a wander around the arcade to look at all the decorations. Sendai hosts one of the biggest celebrations in Japan, so they really go all out!

And wanna know something interesting? ALL of those decorations are made by hand. Can you imagine how long it would take to make just one of them? Holy hell. o___o Anywho~ Belinda and I grabbed lunch and just chatted for like 3 hours. It was really nice just to sit and catch up!
And finally yesterday, I went out with my friend Beckie. She hadn't seen the Tanabata stuff yet, so we wandered through and then grabbed a snack. I ended up with a caramel chocolate frappe thing and a peach chocolate croissant. Yummmmm~ After wandering about, we hopped to Maruzen so she could pick up some stationary. I wandered over to the magazines and promptly made a shopping list of all the issues I need to pick up. Benedict Cumberbatch sure is popular over here right now~

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