Saturday, October 14, 2006

Still struggling

My week off is almost over and I am still flagging.
It is amazing how much a fever takes out of a person! It doesn't help when you have to keep working...
I am well over the actual fever, but I am struggling to keep from getting a secondary infection. I feel terrible still. Today I slept in, had brunch hung then folded laundry and had to lay down. I slept again for an hour and a half!
Then we went for a family bike ride. A nice slow pace. My first work-out since being sick (and yet not altogether better). I am back home with a splitting headache and I feel exhausted. Sheesh! What did I pick up?!
Anyhow, the sunset was nice on the way home. The clock says 5:51 on Sat. evening and it is dark now.
Tonight we are having a one-year anniversary party for our Karate Dojo! Tomorrow night is supossed to be our 2nd test for yellow-belt...but I am in no shape to take it. I will have to break it gently to Edo-Sensei. ;-)

Monday, October 09, 2006

ねつ が あります

That title translates as, "I have a fever".
That translates as, "I am not working out for a few days this week".
Thought I'd give you a heads up...

Last week when I took my daughter to the hospital for her heart check-up, I thought...this place is full of sick people. I am going to be sick in about 10 days or so. (That was a week ago Thursday). Humph. (>_<)

So, I am not sure about work tomorrow. The best bet for me is to go in to work and let them SEE I have a fever. Then they will shoo me home. Otherwise, there is a good possibility they will expect me to have a doctor's note...and I have no way to get to the doctor. Well, I could ride my bike or take the bus, but who wants to do that with a fever?

People here in Japan actually die from overwork, AND that is written on their death certificate! My friend from the next-door prefecture noticed one of her co-workers looked like death one day, so she asked her supervisor why he looked so terrible. The reply was that he had just had his KIDNEY OUT the day before because he has cancer!!!!! That's right. He was back at work the next day. So, I guess I can go to work with a low-grade fever. They don't like it if it is contagious, though...that is why I think I will get shooed home. There isn't a substitute teacher system over here, and they DO NOT want to get sick. Other teachers have to divide and carry their co-worker's load until they return. Very good incentive to not stay away! My position, though, does not carry those consequences, since no one else can do my job.
We'll have to wait and see...

Sunday, October 08, 2006

I love my iPod!!!!!

SO,we finally got out iPod Nano in the mail. I LOVE IT!!!!

Linea, I am now enjoying my rides! ;-)
I rode to a business meeting on Friday and I don't think I have ever ridden so hard...nor enjoyed it so much. I rocked out! I think every Japanese person driving by must have thought I was hilarious, or crazy, or both...but I didn't care! (I did refrain from actually singing out loud ;-)
When I arrived at the Board of Education, I was muddy and sweaty and red-in-the face. (I arrived early and had brought a change of clothes...don't worry). My Japanese Big Cheese is known to be very dour and grumpy, but Yamada-sensei happened to walk by just as I was parking my bike and actually laughed out loud!!!! Now, by Japanese standards, that is actually quite a rude thing to do...but again, I didn't care! :-)
Fun, fun, fun!

Exercise 5/6: Biking
Time: 25 min approx.
Av. HR: really high

Had a business meeting for 3 hours. Then I rode home. The sunset was amazing!!!
Fun, fun, fun.

Exercise 6/6:
Time: 25 min approx.
Av HR: almost as high as before

-rode fast enough to get home before the sunset was over!

Good thing I did all this earlier in the week. Today I have a cold and feel like crap. But, it is only my 2nd since arriving here 15 months ago, so I can't complain.