i know as a white male in japan I have a lot of privilege. my experience is totally different than other foreigners. a lot of things are gifted to me and people are nicer to me and i am approached differently. I feel like with all that I shouldn’t complain about living…
My PB&J: Episode 12 - The 3rd & Final Trimester
I’ve made it y’all!
I’m all up in the third trimester and it’s killing me but it’s a wonderful sign that I’m almost, just almost done with it all!
Here’s an update of what it’s all been like and what I’ve been doing with myself to stay comfortable and sane!
Pray for me!
lokidtroika asked: Can you explain the difference between 生まれる and 産まれる? They both have the same meaning?
生まれる and 産まれる both mean “to be born”, but 産まれる has a narrower meaning than 生まれる.
生まれる is sort of the standard everyday word for “be born”, so it’s usually the one you’ll use if you’re talking about what city you were born in, etc. It can also be used for abstract things, like when an idea or feeling is “born”.
産まれる is less common and more specific. It focuses on the actual biological process of giving birth, so you can’t use it unless there’s literally a baby coming out of someone right then (or an egg, if the mother is a bird or something).
If you’re saying something like 子供がうまれました (a child is born), you could use either, but 産 will sound a lot more medical.
Erykah Badu, amazing singer, is also a birth doula!
Okay. I want Erykah to deliver my child. Who wants to go halfsies on a baby??
I wonder if she sings to calm mothers down during childbirth? Can you imagine how blessed that baby would be to have Erykah’s voice be the first thing they hear upon entering the world? Just entire life be charmed like a motherfucker.
I feel alive today!
Over the past week I was not about this life. Pregnant, bored, and Daisuke was sick…I was too through but today, today is a different story.
It actually all started yesterday. I haven’t been sleeping well so I slept on the couch the other night and got like 11 hours of sleep without a pee break. I don’t know how I didn’t piss myself. There’s something about that IKEA couch. It contours to my body so well that I don’t even need my maternity pillow which I die without when I’m in bed. I’m about to overhaul our bed with a new mattress topper because I refuse to be uncomfortable these last few weeks.
My one lesson of the day got cancelled at the very last minute so I actually had time to come back home & make dinner out of random leftovers which is the best. Ain’t got to think too hard and you don’t have go out or starve.
I actually had enough energy to study and we even stayed up until midnight talking which is hella rare because we conk out by 10:30 most nights.
This morning, I was out of bed by 9am! Threw open all the curtains and talked to my sister while I plucked/shaved all my random facial hair (girls, y’all know what I’m talking about). I tweeted at 5 in the morning that I wanted a donut and you know what? I fucking went to Misdo and ate TWO donuts for lunch! I feel like I’m in heaven because nothing’s better than getting actually what you’re craving.
Now I’m on my way home with some goodies from Kaldi & some more yarn for Baby-chan’s blanket which I’m almost finished with.
Yeahhhhhhh, I know my life is pretty boring nowadays but I’m enjoying the silence and stillness of these days because they about to be all over. I need to go to the movies a few more times because that’s the one thing I’m gonna miss the most….
Anonymous asked: Hey! I'm a second year jet and I feel so awful about what happened to me this past week and I need some advice. I work at a school with a really low English level and the students in some of the classes are really bad. I've never personally had a problem, but last week the students started yelling "fat" at me and they thought it was hilarious. The JTE knew what was happening and didn't stop it. I'm dreading going back. Any advice? I'm super bummed about it. I didn't react to them.
I would talk to the JTE upfront and express how you felt about the situation and what you would expect him/her to do to help deal with the students’ behavior. Since discipline is not your job and most teachers let all kinds of behavior slide here, talking with them about what your expectations and feelings about how that behavior is disruptive and damaging to the English-learning environment may make some shifts….but honestly, don’t expect a lot especially if your JTE doesn’t have a strong teaching philosophy or disciplinary plan. Most JTEs don’t.
One of my schools was pretty similar when I was a JET and I let it be known each and every time that I couldn’t teach if I didn’t have support from the JTE. There is only so much you can do as an ALT in the classroom and that’s the sucky part. Everything is a dice roll!
But one word of advance I can give you, is if you push through and just be friendly with your students regardless of how bad it can get, the students that are on your side will make it so worth it! I had horrible classes but once the kids saw how chill and down to earth I could be with them, most of that crap went away. It got to the point where I was the disciplinarian because the students didn’t want to upset me or lose the “fun” Amanda-sensei because if they want to play around, you got to listen and get through what we have to get through or I’m shutting it down and it’s going to be the driest, most bland, typical Japanese English class ever!
But with comments about your physical appearance, etc…that is to be expected. They are kids. In Japan, joking about how people look or how different you are from them is the norm and they see it on TV and in their daily lives. You have to find a way to cope with it. I had students say pretty hurtful things about my weight, hair, makeup, clothes, everything under the sun, but you learn how to flip it on them by turning the joke into a positive, by showing them there is nothing wrong with you and that you’re fine with being who you are or show that you are more than those things!
You’ll make it. Just remember why you came here in the first place, what keeps you going, and find ways to get the kids on your side because you’re here for them and if you’re going to continue this job, it’s for your own sanity!
Good luck and don’t let them get you down. Most of how they feel is out of ignorance and is very temporary.
What the fucking shit is happening
i cant stop laughing omg
BUT WHY IS TOMMY LEE JONES TEACHING IN JAPAN
AND WHY DOES HE HAVE SUPERPOWERS
SOMEBODY EXPLAIN THIS PLEASE
Tommy Lee Jones has been starring in a series of commercials for Boss Coffee for years now and they are MASTERPIECES OF CINEMA. The plot is that he’s an alien investigating life on earth, and each commercial is a problem or situation.
Continuation here (without subs)
Men In Black 4 looks great