Maia Does Japan
Yesterday I was told over the phone that my dog, Wilfred, unexpectedly had to be put down after they found multiple tumors in his stomach. The news crushed me and I had to take the rest of the day off work.
Wilfred was an incredible dog- he was always there to steal my french fries and sneak into my bed to say goodnight. He was always around when I felt sad and always up for a game of fetch or ride in the car. He was smarter than any dog I’ve ever known and I’m so blessed to have had him in my life and be given close to ten wonderful years with him. It was the first time I’ve ever felt so removed from my life back home. I felt an overwhelming sense of guilt for not being there for him and getting to say goodbye in person even though my mother and siblings assured me that he knew I loved him and wished I could have been there.
When things like this unexpectedly happen it’s hard to be alone and not with family or close friends to help you get over it.
I feel like I’ve been on a roller coaster of emotion these past 48 hours. I’m so blessed to have wonderful family to check in on me and someone even created an email account to send me an email from “Wilfred” which brought me to tears by letting me know that he understood why I wasn’t there. Not every day on JET is a walk in the park. There are super hard moments where you question why you’re choosing to be thousands of miles away from family, friends, pets and loved ones. I know ultimately I made the correct decision to say another year, and I couldn’t imagine doing it without the love and support of everyone I have back home. The best thing you can do is hug everyone close when you’re home and cherish every moment you’re with them. 
RIP Wilfred- 

Yesterday I was told over the phone that my dog, Wilfred, unexpectedly had to be put down after they found multiple tumors in his stomach. The news crushed me and I had to take the rest of the day off work.

Wilfred was an incredible dog- he was always there to steal my french fries and sneak into my bed to say goodnight. He was always around when I felt sad and always up for a game of fetch or ride in the car. He was smarter than any dog I’ve ever known and I’m so blessed to have had him in my life and be given close to ten wonderful years with him. 

It was the first time I’ve ever felt so removed from my life back home. I felt an overwhelming sense of guilt for not being there for him and getting to say goodbye in person even though my mother and siblings assured me that he knew I loved him and wished I could have been there.

When things like this unexpectedly happen it’s hard to be alone and not with family or close friends to help you get over it.

I feel like I’ve been on a roller coaster of emotion these past 48 hours. I’m so blessed to have wonderful family to check in on me and someone even created an email account to send me an email from “Wilfred” which brought me to tears by letting me know that he understood why I wasn’t there. 

Not every day on JET is a walk in the park. There are super hard moments where you question why you’re choosing to be thousands of miles away from family, friends, pets and loved ones. 

I know ultimately I made the correct decision to say another year, and I couldn’t imagine doing it without the love and support of everyone I have back home. The best thing you can do is hug everyone close when you’re home and cherish every moment you’re with them. 

RIP Wilfred- 

datdumbartist:

I have never related so much to comic before

It’s officially summer here in Japan. I bought one of all the interesting looking ice creams at 7-11 to find a new favorite.

It’s officially summer here in Japan. I bought one of all the interesting looking ice creams at 7-11 to find a new favorite.

I thought the tights I was wearing today were opaque enough

But two first year girls saw the faint outline of my biggest tattoo and immediately cornered me after class and demanded that I show them next time I’m wearing pants.

Just a matter of time-

It’s a blessing and a curse that there is a kappa sushi walking distance from my base school.

It’s a blessing and a curse that there is a kappa sushi walking distance from my base school.

alegrialeslie:

Quick blog post about my favorite resource for working on my Japanese reading skills. Best website I have found thus far for elementary reading.

alegrialeslie:

natsukashii  (なつかしい)

There is no direct translation for this word in English.  I love this word, particularly because I feel it often.

alegrialeslie:

natsukashii  (なつかしい)

There is no direct translation for this word in English.  I love this word, particularly because I feel it often.

Realizing I bought 6 eraser “pens” for my ESS girls instead of normal “pens” like I thought… Nooooo….

Realizing I bought 6 eraser “pens” for my ESS girls instead of normal “pens” like I thought… Nooooo….

It’s arm/leg sweat season
Glimpses of 宮島

Glimpses of 宮島

The biggest decision in my life right now-

Should I eat coco curry or kappa sushi for lunch??

Edit: I got sushi, crisis adverted
NOPE.

NOPE.

Happiness is a box of Tokyo Banana

Happiness is a box of Tokyo Banana

nihongogogo:

Delicious frozen mikans!

I am obsessed with these

My dad won me a giant Alpaca in Akihabara- 

What should I name her?

My dad won me a giant Alpaca in Akihabara-

What should I name her?