*Stargazer*It’s been a minute

Oh man, sorry guys, it really has been a minute! I got back from my trip in Tokyo last Friday, and have been trying to settle back in with school, work, and life in general. I have been meaning to write, and now I finally have some time I think I will. The trip to Japan was amazing of course, and everything I had always hoped for plus more. It’s the trip I have always dreamed of doing, and never thought I actually would. It definitely wasn’t long enough, but that’s why we will definitely be going back. There are a lot of places I want to travel to, and I can’t to see all these new and wonderful places. The world is huge, so much bigger than we think, and there are so many different cultures to explore! It’s all really exciting when you think about it, and traveling has always been something I have wanted to do. I don’t want a typical life of working everyday and staying home and settling there is too much out there in the world to do that. So Japan was the first start of it, and that already made us want to just skip coming back home and make a life there. It really was fantastic, and even though we just saw Tokyo this time it was really amazing. It’s totally different there, and you never realize how different something is until you experience it. I am already excited to be able to go back and explore more of Japan. We stayed with AirBNB which was awesome, and our hosts were awesome and really helped make the experience even better. I would totally recommend using AirBNB to anyone who hasn’t yet and is traveling to other countries or areas. It really helps make you feel like you’re living there, and you really get the full experience instead of just a hotel. We did the typical tourist things, and there was a lot of walking. That’s basically all it was except for when we were on the train. I got a nice big blister on my pinky toe, but that didn’t stop me! There was also a lot of sweating from the humidity, and I am pretty sure I lost 20 pounds of body weight in sweat. It was so horrible, and after living in the desert for a couple of years now, you really start to notice the humidity more. I mean I was born and raised in humidity, always used to my hair frizzing and puffing, but now that I am used to it not doing that because it’s so dry, it was definitely another experience. I hate when my hair get frizzy and gross, that’s definitely one thing I don’t miss about the humidity. I also didn’t realize my hair was still capable of doing this because I am already used to the dry air where I live. I do miss though being able to breathe and not having to wake up to a stuffy nose every morning. When I am in a humid place I can breath through out the night, the morning and the day. When I am in a desert, I constantly have to blow my nose, use an inhaler, and barely can sleep because my nose is so stuffed. Anyways, we actually had really good sunny days also, a couple of rainy days that ended basically when we left to go explore the areas. So it ended up being pretty perfect, I just wish we had more time. Next time though for sure we will have more time, and it will be even better! I will show some pictures now!

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See how awesome everything is! I took lots of pictures, and gained lots of memories, and this has me so ready to travel even more! This was my first big, out of country trip and it has already opened my eyes. I have gone to the Bahamas before, but this was nothing like that. Well that’s that for now, I have to go back to normal life until I travel again. Next trip will be back home, which isn’t a big trip, but that also depends. We are trying to save up for our big trips, and I am hoping to go to Ireland next! We have someone we work with who really wants to go to Ireland, and I think it would be cool to plan a travel trip together, so we will see! For now it is back to life, reality, and school and make sure I keep my grades up and pass all my classes. I got to sit down and focus more on my Japanese, especially since I don’t see it everyday or hear it everyday, so I have to work extra hard at it! So until next time!

*Stargazer*First Week of Class

So I finally survived my first week of classes! It all went better than I thought, and it gave me some good insight of what the semester will have in store for me! Which is why I dropped one course, and switched for another one! Ha-ha. Mainly just because I work full-time, and I knew I wouldn’t have the time or energy to put forth the full work I know I am capable of towards this course. I wanted to know that I was doing my absolute best in this one class on all my projects. I need to have the time for that, and it’s a new software I am learning so I definitely want to make sure I have the time for that. It won’t hinder me at all, I will still be taking the same credit hours, it will just help me focus more on my other studio class and do the best I can in that one. So I will save it for another semester when I can better plan everything out, and focus on what I need to focus on. It also doesn’t help that I am taking Japanese as my foreign language since I know that’s extra hard, but it is super awesome! I am so excited to take this class, and it is super exciting when you have things memorized and realize you can start reading things in another language! I love that feeling of accomplishment, and this is a language I have always wanted to learn, so I know I will be extra dedicated to it. Which is super important,especially when learning a new language, because you have to be interested in it in order for it to fully stick I think at least.

Anyways though, yes I finished my first week of school, and look I am able to write a blog post about it, yay! I’m not that busy yet, but I have already had homework, I also have to think of an idea for a cut out animation. I struggle sometimes when it comes to ideas, because I want to keep it simple so it can be an easy process, but I always complicate it. That’s just how my brain works, I come up with these great ideas just to find out, I am going to make my life a living hell if I attempt that. Mainly just because I don’t have the time to do something over the top creative. I guess it can be a good thing I think of these things instead of always just simple thing, but then again I think the simple things are good as well. For this situation, I need simple, and for some reason that’s just so hard. I have been searching for ideas, and some have sparked me, but again I just make them more complicated, but eventually I will come up with something! I also have just had my Japanese homework which is awesome though because I have been making sure I am doing it every day so I can continue to remember what I learned. It’s always harder to learn a language when you know you will never use it. I told my boyfriend I wish he would have taken it with me so we can talk to each other, because otherwise how am I going to keep the language if I can’t talk to anyone! So now I have to find a language buddy so I can keep everything I learn. I have met one person at least in my class, and she seems really nice, so for now I will have her but only in class. Maybe we will become a little bit closer or just have each other to talk with. I think she has some people in her family though that can speak Japanese, so luckily she has that, I’ll still have to find someone.

Speaking of Japanese though, it is officially a week from today that we leave for Japan! I will be able to read some of the stuff while I am there, and that is exciting. What’s more exciting is the fact that I will be in a whole other country, and one that I have always wanted to go to! I am so excited to experience the culture, language, food, and beauty, and I just can’t wait. I am wondering if I am ever going to want to leave, but that may be a good sign for me! I am of course nervous as well because it is another country, where I barely know the language, so it will definitely be an adventure. That’s what makes it exciting though, not knowing anything and just guessing! Figuring out the trains and everything else will be interesting, but there will be so many awesome sites to see, and it will be crazy to think I am in a different country and different time zone. We also have a layover in China so we get to be there for a little bit to rest and eat before we leave again for our flight to Tokyo, so that will be interesting as well. I am little more nervous for China than Japan, but still that will be awesome as well! Two countries in one is a big accomplishment for me, and I have a feeling this will be the best start off to my traveling adventures. This is totally going to have me wanting to travel more a lot sooner than I am supposed to be. Which may become a problem, but hey, I only have one life and I am going to live it how I want and do as much as I can! There are no time limits on things, and if that’s how life is supposed to work out for me then so be it! I will make sure to update while I am there since I have to bring my laptop for my homework anyway and I will even add pictures!

So that’s my update for now and how my week went and what I am looking forward to. Lets see how this second week of classes are, especially since I will have my new class I just added this week. It will all be good, I like all my classes for far, until I get stressed out and hate everything, but until then lets just enjoy it! Until next time!