Well, the counter is down to 19 days remaining. Friday, October 19th is my last day of work. Some friends from work and myself are going out tomorrow night to celebrate, and I'm looking forward to spending some quality - albeit probably intoxicated - time with the people I've had to spend my time with nearly everyday.
Lately I've been a little lazy with the Japanese studying - shame on me! Except for something really cool I've found - read on to find out...
I do plan to study my oshiri off as soon as I'm done with my job, but until then I'm just trying to stay afloat and not forget anything.
However, there is a valid reason for this recent slacking (kind of). My new shift has been from 8:30AM to 5:30PM, and although I like the day shift over the night shift by far, by the time I get home from work I don't feel like looking at a computer screen, let alone trying to study on a computer. Even studying with good old pen and paper is often too much of a chore as my job leaves me mentally exhausted.
I work at a call center doing tech support for HP computers. A lot of stress. 'nough said.
Anyways, as an alternative to hard studying, I have had the chance to exercise my 日本語 (read: Japanese language) in an entertaining and indirect way. I've found myself nearly addicted to a number of Japanese Drama TV series. I can finally rationalize wasting hours on end watching TV, as I get to practice listening comprehension. Mind you, subtitles are usually included, but just the same I try to go without reading them as much as possible.
Anyways, as the time to take-off creeps closer and closer, I find the reality that awaits me sinking in. I'm getting ever more excited, and slightly nervous. I wont lie, part of me is borderline scared, but I'm just as anxious to get my feet wet and step outside of the western world for the first time.
Well, I'm off to watch some more J-drama. Ja...