It can’t get much worse, right?

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The JLPT is this weekend, and I’ve been studying for it since summer.

It’s part of the reason I put Crazy Sunshine on hold!

The other half was because I almost died.

No, really!

My poor car’s rusted front axle snapped in half in the middle of a busy intersection!

It took hours for the Japanese Automobile Federation to arrive at the scene and, naturally, the police also came to avert traffic away from the crash site.

Well, I say crash, but I was told by the cops it was the neatest and most compact accident they had ever seen.

Thanks for the compliment!

Since no other drivers or objects were damaged in the process, I wasn’t charged with anything, but the towing and repair bill made my wallet weep.

Therefore, I had to take some time off and work on commissions to raise enough money for the repairs.


In other news, Winter is here!

You know what that means!

Snowstorms, hailstorms, and mountains of white, fluffy bullshit.

I have turned into such a sloth that even getting up and going to work makes me want to just curl up in a ball and hibernate the moment I step outside.

Despite my car being fixed and outfitted with special winter tyres, it’s still making an awfully scary rattling noise near the front wheels.

My gas stove is also on the brink, despite it just being fixed.

Oh, and who could forget the time I had to call into work with the phrase

Sorry, I’m going to be late. My shower is covered in ice.

Despite all of this frozen hell, I put up my Christmas tree over the weekend for my third Christmas in Japan, and last Christmas up in the north.

It wasn’t all tinsel and glitter though, as some sort of bug bite, dust allergy, or maybe even a Yuletide poison swept through the room and I wound up with giant lumps all over my face for the next few days.

It turns out that after five years of living in this run-down shack I have finally caught a rare skin infection that only affects people living in, well, run-down shacks.


So there’s that.


I am on antibiotics and currently spring cleaning the entire house in the middle of winter.

My butt is literally frozen as I type this.

Despite it all, I’m holding my head high for the JLPT on Sunday!

Wish me luck and thanks for reading!