Raj says this isn't true, but I'm not so sure. Maybe it'll come back, but at the moment, I am well and truly over literacy. Unfortunately, this fact will not spare me from writing a twenty-ish page paper on the topic over the course of the next month. Plus all the work for my other two classes.
Still, Raj and I took advantage of his long weekend for Columbus Day to go on a fun getaway to the mainland to meet up with friends for a sake festival in Hiroshima and sightseeing there and in Kobe. Here are some photos from the weekend:
Lori, those pictures were clearly taken inside your house.
Ok, so we were going to go on this fun getaway, but then there was a typhoon. Typhoon Vongfong, which means wasp, which made it sound a lot more intimidating than the previous Neoguri, meaning raccoon, though it ended up being the weaker of the two. It didn't really get here until Saturday, but it was windy enough out by Friday afternoon to cancel our flight off the island. Hence the grill and recycle bin inside the house. So we spent the whole weekend on grad school work, which was kind of maybe for the best, though it was obviously far less fun than a sake festival. And makes for less interesting photos for you.
I did go on a day trip last week with some fellow ladies who haven't gotten full-time jobs yet to hike down to a waterfall and then swim. The two of us with husbands in the medical business arrived home to questions about how we were enjoying our leptospirosis, but we probably don't even have that at all. I think they were just jealous that they had to go to work while we went here:
We also stopped by this dam to take photos
where we saw this sign
And we went up to Cape Hedo, the northernmost point on Okinawa, where the combination of sun and windiness made it especially photogenic.
I'm paying for that whole day off from paper writing now, but I still think it was a good decision to go. We have to be reminded every once in a while that there's more to this island than the view from our patio door while we work on reading instruction models and statistics. (Statistics is Raj, not me, thank goodness.)
I do get out roughly once a week to our local Stairway to Heaven for a workout with my neighbor Stephanie. I finally took my phone last week so I could take photos. Here it is as we approach. You can see most, though not all, of the stairs here.
The view from the top is pretty nice, as is the breeze up there. What I need to get a photo of is the World's Most Giant Snail who lives on these stairs. A critter of his size would be somewhat alarming, were he something more menacing than a superhuge snail.
Last week, Stephanie and I were meeting her friend Jen there. Jen beat us to the stairs and texted Stephanie about some stair climbing regulars she'd seen there.
The text read: The bitches are wearing weighted vests.
I felt certain that Jen and I could be friends.
And now you're all caught up. Unless I have any volunteers to finish a rough draft of this section of my paper (perhaps one of you happens to be an expert on what the professional literature tells us about the need for/rationale behind Sustained Silent Reading?) I better get back to work.