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Forty Shades of Green and Gold

This past December I hit the big 40 with the coming and going of my latest birthday. It’s crazy to think that I’ve been on earth for 4 decades now and how my life has changed over the years. So why not ramble on a bit in this post as a way of seeing what I want to accomplish in the next 40 years.


Good Riddance to 2020

I’m sure that I don’t need to say it, but what a crazy year 2020 has been. I’m sure that for most people, 2020 was a year to throw out any plans that you may have had, and I’m no exception to that.

So as has been my tradition over the past few years, I’m going to attempt to once again take a look back at a topsy-turvy 2020 and try to write what I hope to achieve in 2021.

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A Year in Turmoil

One of the few posts I get around to writing regularly, other than my countless Hobonichi planner posts, is my yearly recap and outlook for the year that passed and the year to come. This year though, things have been rather… interesting to put it lightly.

First things first though. Let’s talk about 2019.

Happy New Year clipart

Hello 2019, Goodbye 2018!

I’ve taken some time in the past to try to reflect on how my year is been and what the upcoming year holds in store. So with New Year just having passed us by I think it’s time to take stock of how things were in 2018 and how I hope they’ll be in 2019.

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Falling Into Autumn

Another long break between updates to the site! That must mean that the intervening time has been chock full of awesome and ventures and exciting tales right? Wrong!

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Early Morning Missiles

What should have been a rather boring and uneventful Tuesday morning turned out to be rather eventful with my town’s emergency PA system blaring out a warning around 6am.

white and gray hallway

A Stitch in Time Saves… Sixteen?

A couple of weeks ago I had to go into a local hospital for a small operation and the entire experience reminded me why I am so in love with the Japanese healthcare system.

yellow and white fish under water

A Good Couple of Weeks

Seeing that it’s Friday and that I’ve finished teaching my classes for the day I thought that it might be a good chance for me to post some quick updates on what I’ve been up to the last few weeks.

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An Ode to Being Lazy

A few weeks ago I could feel the first onset of a cold, which was not surprising as this is the time of year that my body decides to just give up any semblance of defending me from the onslaught of viruses and bacteria and let me succumb to their illnesses and ailments. The winters here in Nagano kill me.

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Bye Bye 2016, Hello 2017!

Gah! It’s already 2017! It feels like just yesterday that a bright and shiny 2016 arrived at my door with promises of awesome things to come, but now it’s gone into that cold, dark night where time disappears to when one is not looking.

So seeing as it’s a new year I think I should quickly type out a few thoughts on the year that’s been as well as the year to come. So let’s get to it then shall we!

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