I got all of these tools a while ago, at Daiso.
The wrench and pliers weren’t rusted when I got them in April.

The doors in my apartment building have a bolt in the closer that loves to get loose, and when it does it doesn’t stay open properly. My inner Monk doesn’t let me ignore that, I just have to fix that.

Bikes with loose chains where the rider is complaining I also invite over for a quick fix.


My Goals

This quarter’s target

3 months ago I couldn’t do things like speaking well or reading a newspaper, but now I am slowly becoming able to do those things.
But, I still have a lot of things I can’t do yet. I probably will not be able to read all of the newspaper, but I want to be able to read more.
Therefore, I plan to read manga. Before being able to speak Japanese well, I think I have to study grammar and vocab. I plan to talk to many Japanese people.


I have to keep my apartment above a certain level of cleanliness or else I have cockroaches, mold, the burnable trash stinks, and the floor gets covered in lint.

This is my trash system here:
There are a bunch of kinds of different trash. Also my favorite cleaning fluid ever, green-tea scented multi-surface cleaner. In order of how much I have they are:

  • Plastic.
  • Burnable trash
  • Bottles (PET, cans, glass and milk cartons are all separate, but I sort them at Seiyu, so they have one trash bag)
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • non-burnable trash (There is surprisingly little of this. In 3 months, I haven’t even filled up a small trashbag yet)

The categories aren’t optional, trash has to be sorted like that. For most people the different kinds of trash are picked up on different days, but I have access to a dumpster so I can take care of trash whenever.

I am surprised at how clean I am keeping my apartment. Dishes get washed, the burnable trash is emptied weekly, the trash can is wiped down throughly with my green-tea scented multi-surface cleaner. If I had access to chickens I would probably empty food trash every day to keep the smell from becoming a problem. I mop about every 2 weeks.

16th Street Mall

Denver New Year's Fireworks
The assignment was to describe a famous building from my country (Colorado), so I had picked the capital building.

But when I starting talking about 16th street mall the other people didn’t believe me. 2 kilometers long, and that there is a bus that runs down the middle of the mall.