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Work was busy.  ‘Nuff said.  

It was raining all day and now it has ceased.  The crickets sound happy.  Dad is going to take down the sun room tomorrow if the weather is nice. The project of having a dream backyard is now underway! After destroying the sun room, a new pool with a fiberglass liner will be placed in our coffin pool next week.  I’ll take before and after pictures and post ’em.

I recorded a short piano cover of aiko’s Star.  You can listen to it here.  Just enter the 3 letters you see in the top right corner and wait 30 seconds.  You can download it and listen to it on iTunes.  Enjoy!

Time to go study some hiragana.

Edit: Learned 4 sets: s-set, z-set, t-set and d-set.  First, the s-set: さ (sa), し (si or shi), す (su), せ (se), そ (so).  When ten-tens are added, it becomes the z-set: ざ (za), じ (ji), ず (zu), ぜ (ze), ぞ (zo).  Following that, I learned the t-set: た (ta), ち (ti or chi), つ (tu or tsu), て (te), と (to).  With ten-tens, the d-set: だ (da), ぢ (di or ji), づ (du or zu), で (de), ど (do).  I’ll study this for a while and maybe tackle the final set in the lesson: the n-set.

Now I’m going to work out and head to bed.

Uphill Battle

It’s a little sad that all I really have to talk about lately is this drama of my job.  But it’s something to write about, and write I shall.  I talked with the general manager (insert organ sound/thunder storm much like the sound in the middle of this song here) today and a transfer to the Men’s Dept. in the Eaton Centre is in the works.  Tomorrow I’m going to hand her my school schedule and hope for the best.  If not the Men’s, then the Women’s! If not the Women’s, then Bloor St.! If not Bloor St., then I don’t know! Coach or Banana Republic! Will the madness never end?

I learned the k- and g- set of hiragana tonight.  That includes か (ka), き (ki), く (ku), け (ke), こ (ko).  The same symbols with ten-tens added makes the g- set: が (ga), ぎ (gi), ぐ (gi), げ (gu), ご (go).  Tomorrow is the s- and z- set.  I also practiced Imagine, a bit of my RCM, and a few songs for my vocal lesson on Thursday.  Tomorrow I have to work from 1-6 and go to the clinic to get my second round of TB shots (for reals this time).  I was too lazy to get out of bed and go and get them done.  I have to do it or I’ll have no time and I won’t be able to do a placement in school (which means EPIC FAIL).  

My link to the Japanese Embassy came into work today.  I tried speaking a little Japanese to her and French came out instead.  I was informed that this will happen often.  2nd and 3rd languages will battle in your brain and while you may be thinking in one language, you will say another.  I sold a pair of jeans and a few shirts in French today.  A Quebecois family was visiting and wanted to get something for the father.  Must of been a business trip.  Languages rock.

Point of No Return

I told one of my managers about my job offer at Coach today and since I’m on probation period with the company (it’s 3 months long), it would appear that I’ll be going to Coach for sure since I have almost burned a bridge (I’d say the match is lit).  Tomorrow I’m discussing it with the head manager and going from there.  I also have to get my second TB test completed for school.

My Mom just popped her head in to comment on my progress in my lessons.  She says my vocals are amazing (before it was kinda ennnh… but now she loves it.  Even after one lesson I’m better), my technique in piano has improved (less sloppy!), and I’ve learned the basic 5 hiragana symbols: あ (a), い (i), う (u), え (e), お (o).  I’m taking baby steps with the writing and alphabet.  Tomorrow I’m going to learn the k and g sounds.  It’s pretty tough to write out hiragana with pen and it doesn’t look quite right now… but it’ll get better with practice.  Doing the exercises reminds me of when I was 4 and in pre-school.  I’d learn the English alphabet by tracing the letters and numbers on these sheets that my baby sitter would give me.  Then I’d learn a little bit of Tagalog, and as a reward, I’d play Dr. Mario or Super Mario Bros.  Ah, fun times.

I’m currently reading all about this 15 year-old (now 16) girl’s adventures in a year-long exchange program that she did in Japan.  Pretty fun stuff.  After this I’m going to do some physical exercise and then head to bed.

Small Update

My parents are back and they bought an idea with them: what if I was to work at the Eaton Centre when school started? That would save me time and the trouble of commuting from Toronto to Mississauga.  I’d love to work at Coach, but my parents brought up the point of transportation.  Square One is not exactly the easiest location to get to without a car (there are Go Busses and other forms of transit, but a car would be the best method).  Something to think about for the next few days.

I started learning Japanese last night thanks to the Instant Immersion Japanese Software.  After reading the review that was on it, I’m going to start learning kana and sentence structure.  I know some phrases and stuff, but it won’t do much good if I can’t write it or make a proper sentence.

Time to have a drink with the folks.

Japan Calling…

I’ve been reading a lot about Westerners who are currently living in Japan, and it’s so fascinating.  Reading about it makes me really want to do the JET Programme.  However, I’d prefer just to go down to Japan and work on my recording career, but if I have to teach English at the same time, so be it.  I think I’ll buy some books on the Japanese language and start studying those.  There’s a lot of kanji to learn… something like 2000 characters? Over time I’m sure it’ll become easier.  Starting is usually the hardest part when it comes to anything.

I had a Godiva Chocoelixir today and it was so good! The manager seemed to like me and asked if I could drop off my resume tomorrow… If I worked at Godiva Chocolates, I’d be eating all of the chocolate and there would be nothing to sell.  It is something to consider though.

Time to eat, rush off to my piano lesson and then come back to work and paint the store display walls.

Future List

I was reading over the first post of my blog a few days ago and I noticed that I had made of list of things I wanted to do next summer after Katimavik:

Looking forward to next summer, I’m going to do the following:

– Take singing, alto sax, guitar, or dancing lessons, and possibly get my Grade 8 piano.

– Work out and gain an upper body.

– Improve on fashion more.

– Learn sign language and improve French.

– Post more in this blog.

– Find out what I want to do with my future career-wise: Music or Social Work?

– Visit friends in other towns more.

I can say that I have or am starting to accomplish most of those things in that list, except for the sign language (I’m going to be learning Italian, Spanish, or Japanese instead), and taking sax, guitar, or dancing lessons (I opted for vocals).  Everything else I’ve done during Katimavik and I am continuing to do now.  I’m doing exercises and becoming stronger and more filled out on the upper half of my body.  I’m even more aware of what’s in for next season in the Fall since coming back to Banana (structured jackets, all black, and panda eyes) and reading WhoWhatWear (love that site).  I made a commitment to post more back in September… but I’m definitely holding up my end of the bargain now at least.  I found out during Katimavik that Gerontology is what I want to do as a safety net for my music career.  I had a visit in London last night and I’ve been to Cambridge a few times over the summer so far.

The sub-conscious mind is a powerful thing.  I never thought about that list when I was setting out to complete these goals, I just wanted to learn or improve some skills.  May as well continue this idea and make a list of things to accomplish for next summer:

– Get a demo recorded with original songs

– Save money by only using so much cash a week

– Buy clothing that expresses individual style and has a fantastic price (I’m going to start buying sweaters and knits.  I don’t do much layering.)

– Get at least a 3.3 GPA in all of my classes

– Receive my Grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate

– Continue to exercise

– Learn another language (Spanish, Italian or Japanese)

– Network in Toronto to help music career

What about everyone else? How do you realize your future goals?