Thinking About Thinking

I’ve always tried to keep my work life and my personal life separate, and I’ve been fairly successful in this. Even in my blog, I rarely mention my work life. I can’t remember if I ever mentioned work in my blog, actually. This separation of work and personal life applied to even simply thinking about work when I was off-the-clock.…

Excited for Mare

Mare starring Tao Tsuchiya

Mare starring Tao Tsuchiya

The new asadora (NHK morning drama) is starting next week! I’m really excited because the heroine in “Mare” (まれ) is one of my favorite actresses, Tao Tsuchiya (土屋 太鳳). I first saw her in Midnight Bakery (真夜中のパン屋さん), and then followed her in her supporting role in Hanako and Anne (花子とアン). So when it was announced that she would be starring in the next asadora, I was stoked! Can’t wait til next week!

Lip Balm

Over my lifetime I’ve owned maybe a total of three different lip balm or chap sticks, and always ended up losing them somehow. But starting in November of last year, I’ve had such dry lips that I’ve needed to use lip balm constantly. It’s been going on four months now! Anyways, for the first time I’ve actually gotten to the end of a stick of lip balm. My Burt’s Bees finally ran out, and then I used up another Burt’s Bees! It was such a strange experience to run out of a thing that I thought lasts forever…

Well, that’s two down, but I have four more in reserve, although they are different brands. Right now my favorite is a simple, cheap H-E-B brand medicated stick. And it seems to work the best! Maybe one day I will be able to get back to normal, but I’m wondering if I just need to get used to this being the way it’s going to be for the rest of my life.