Everyday Livin' · Personal Thoughts

I want you, but I don’t need you: Personal thoughts on self-validation.

Social distancing has got me in the throes of passion. Passionate reflection, that is. Today's topic is self-validation. I might have touched on it here, but it's bothering me, so I'm going to yammer on about it again. The Backstory I have a love-hate relationship with social media. I've had a MySpace, a DeviantArt, a Gaia… Continue reading I want you, but I don’t need you: Personal thoughts on self-validation.

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Self-isowhat?

Never would I have thought that I’d be stocking up on non-perishables and learning how to make a mask. Sure, the folks who have believed the zombie apocalypse would be coming all along have been prepared for ages, but what about the rest of us who can’t even grasp the idea? Part of me is… Continue reading Self-isowhat?

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Give me corona, or give me soap!

"Give me liberty or give me death" certainly wasn't how I thought I'd start this out, but it came to mind anyway. I suppose it fits the current situation nonetheless. Everyone is aware that the coronavirus is wreaking mayhem across the globe. It's seeping into our already weakened economic sectors, scaring politicians into denial, and… Continue reading Give me corona, or give me soap!

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Cold, Cold, Aa-choo!

We've all been there. I was there earlier this month. Whenever sudden symptoms crop up, we rush to the internet and research them. 99.9% of the time, it tells us we have some rare form of cancer when in actuality, it's a cold. Next, we look up "easy ways to get over a cold" or… Continue reading Cold, Cold, Aa-choo!

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A Weekend Diary: Summer Break (Part 2)

Being alone with my thoughts during this extensive summer vacation, of which ends in one more day (hooray!), has led me to wonder if I’m doing the right things in life. I suppose those are the kind of philosophical mysteries that I’ll never know the answers to. Even historians debate about the correctness of events… Continue reading A Weekend Diary: Summer Break (Part 2)

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A Weekend Diary: Summer Break (Part 1)

Do you have those kinds of days? Those kinds of days where you’re sat in your chair or aimlessly walk around the house, staring into space? Since summer break started, that’s ALL I’ve been doing. That’s not saying I don’t have things to do – I have plenty – I just don’t have the interest… Continue reading A Weekend Diary: Summer Break (Part 1)

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I’ll be back, Japan.

All (good) things must come to an end. Good things come to those who wait. What do you think about when you’re reminded of these words? For me, they put what it feels like to be standing on the precipice of change into context. Lo’ how the mind can so easily waver. Who knew emotions… Continue reading I’ll be back, Japan.

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Ashley Goes to the Konbini

As I was eating my food, I realized that I could do a segment on the things I buy and try out. Unfortunately, the items I'm going to share with you today have already been ingested and are now succumbing to my acid. Wait... that doesn't sound right. Let's try that again! Unfortunately, the items… Continue reading Ashley Goes to the Konbini

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What do you mean ‘I’ll get lonely?!’

Disclaimer: Any advice given or situations are from my own experiences. Please take what I say with a grain of salt when comparing it to your own situation. When you type into Google “teaching in Japan” or “ALT jobs in Japan,” it may not cross your mind that you’ll be lonely. You can only think… Continue reading What do you mean ‘I’ll get lonely?!’

Cuisine of the Middle Class

The Ramen Virgin

I can’t remember offhand when I finally got around to having ramen, but I did give it a shot. On an unexpectedly cold day, I thought I would warm up by stopping in at this family-run joint next to one of the train stations. My first mistake was standing there waiting to be seated. As… Continue reading The Ramen Virgin