Nar3: Japan

Pre-Departure Fun
Posted on Sunday, August 31st, 2003 at 12:30am by Brett.
(Sunday, August 31st, 2003 at 1:30pm Japanese Standard Time)

Well...this might not be the best way to start an international trip. I had started feeling a bit bad yesterday, and my throat swelled up a bit when I slept last night. Then today, we had a going away party at my Gramma Kidd's house, and after, mom wanted to go to urgent care just to get some quick acting meds in case I was getting sick. They looked at me, said I had strep, and gave me a shot of penicillin (btw, OUCH). Then I started shaking really badly, and my (already slight) temperature shot up 4 degrees. They gave me some motrin, and kept checking my temperature, which kept going up. Finally, they decided to give me another shot (other cheek) of some steroids. In 15 minutes, that dropped my temperature 0.1 degrees. So by the third time the nurse checked me, I heard the doctor tell him that if my temperature went down at all, discharge me. If not, don't tell him. I was discharged. Nearly 2 and 1/2 hours later....weeeeeee fun! They said I should be feeling a moderately better by Monday.

On a brighter note, I have finished packing! And I confirmed my flight. So I'm all ready to go!

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Ever Closer...
Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2003 at 11:14pm by Brett.
(Wednesday, August 27th, 2003 at 12:14pm Japanese Standard Time)

Brave. This is a word many people have used to describe someone who is willing to leave his country and study in a foreign country for a year. A few people have called what I am doing "brave." I don't feel brave doing this...right now I feel nervous, anxious, and maybe a little foolish...but not at all brave.

In just under a week, I will be in Japan. I have dreamed about being able to go to Japan as long as I can remember. I've wanted, as long as I know, to become fluent in Japanese. The culture completely amazes me. Everything about Japan is cause for awe to me. But right now, I'm not brave...I'm paniced and nervous and worried.

I just realized how very long a year is. (11 months, some people will be quick to correct me.) This is a long time to be...away. Not that I'm prone to get homesick, it's just...a long time for anything. Things change...people change. There's lots of changing going on. I was talking with Quinn-sensee a couple weeks ago. He told me that if I see every new situation in Japan as a challenge and a chance to expand in both knowledge and character, and if meet that challenge with an open and creative mind, I will come back a changed man. ...(More)

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Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2003 at 9:41pm by Brett.
(Tuesday, August 19th, 2003 at 10:41am Japanese Standard Time)

NERVOUS! So amazingly nervous. I finally got my flight information from the AIEJ people. I'm leaving Sept 1st at 9:52am. That's two weeks from today. Minute twelve hours almost exactly. My stomach starts lurching when I think about next week. This is my last week at work. This is like...imagine the times you spend waiting for something to happen. The feeling...the anxiety and nervousness and slight hint of fear. Multiply that by a couple times, then stretch it out over a month and you'll get what I have. Yesterday I woke up and within a half an hour had hives covering my hands. I'm a bit stressed...*twitch*

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First post!
Posted on Saturday, August 9th, 2003 at 11:33pm by Brett.
(Sunday, August 10th, 2003 at 12:33pm Japanese Standard Time)

Welcome to japan.narnarnar.com. If you aren't aware, I (Brett) am studying abroad in Japan from Sept 01 2003 until sometime during the summer 2004.

Background information: I'm a 4th year student at OSU studying at Tsukuba University, Japan. Tsukuba is located about 40 miles North East-ish of Tokyo. The purpose of this site is so I can keep a running journal (a blog, if you swing that way) of what's going on. It's also gonna hopefully keep my parents and grandparents calm. ;)

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