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T - 16 days (technically)
Okay, so I know I said I was going to both get boxes and sort out the "under the ladder" area, but I didn't entirely do all of that.
I got boxes and tape and whatever on the way home and packed one box. And wrote a bitchy email on the bankruptcy list, which I generally just lurk on. And I'm spent.
Oh, but I got more details, today (after basically throwing my version of a fit) : my apartment (you can see the building HERE!
) is actually in Outsu
(hereafter just Otsu), the prefectural capitol of Shiga. This is better than living in Moriyama, I'm sure. It's 9 minutes to Kyoto, 12 minutes to Moriyama and 20 minutes from, 46 minutes to Umeda (North Osaka ; Namba is South Osaka), and 62 minutes to Sannomiya (central Kobe). So location is better. Rent should be less or at least not more than what I was paying in Ehime. And you remember that temple, Ishiyama-dera, whose grounds I was so impressed by? My apartment is, no kidding, within 2 kilometers. :-D What luck, right!? Of course, it's teensy, but bigger than my current apartment, and built more recently, too (which means it has a special ventilation system in the bathroom to speed drying--great for laundry in the rainy season--and a delivery box on the door, and HOLY SHIT, PPL, TWO BURNERS!!! I haven't had two burners in YEARS, WHATEVER WILL I DO WITH THE EXTRA ONE!??!?)! (Compare!
) With a population more than four times that of Moriyama, there should definitely be a movie theatre. The poet Basho liked Otsu, as well, and I like many of Basho's poems.
I also found out more about my schedule. It'll be a challenge, but at least having something to look at and mentally prepare for I feel like I can somehow handle it. I've got a booklist-to-order on Amazon focused on child development (behavior, psychology, neurology, and capacity-wise), classroom discipline, and bilingualism in children that I'll place maybe the week before I leave here. I'll have 4-7 classes each day--more infants (2-4 years old) than three times my current kids' roster, and two babies (1-2 years old) on top of that. I'll have 75 students all together. There are a bunch of names in red on the schedule--the manager wrote that they are "special/trouble" students and she'd send more details later. After hearing that it looks like half the schedule is red, but it can't really be that bad...
The only thing, though, is that Friday is the latest night and it doesn't end until 21:00. From Moriyama, Kobe is about 80 minutes. From Sannomiya to the synagogue is another 10 minutes huffing it, 20 minutes less so. The last train from Sannomiya to Otsu is 23:37. Basically, then, unless it's summer and the last two classes on Friday are canceled I can't make services.... That's a bummer. Otherwise it looks like I'll have more early days as the classes are more grouped in the middle of the day than my schedule here--which is mostly lumped at either end of the day.
Also, the kids' school is moving into the adult school the week before I get there--hallelujah, I don't have to move it, too! I was not looking forward to that. And I'm going to weasel out of as much as possible with moving my current school because it's simply none of my concern and furthermore I've got my own shit to deal with.
I was too tired when I stopped at the grocery store, tonight, though, and didn't get anything for dinner tomorrow... I have some pasta and maybe I can get some fish or chicken at the grocery near work and then be able to come directly home to hopefully plod through a bit more packing. At any rate, it's already a little later than I'd like it to be, now, so I'll wrap this up and try to get to bed...