This update has been a while in the working. I'm currently shoehorned into my friend Todd's spare bedroom. I've got all my stuff stacked up in boxes and suitcases around the edges of the already small room. There's enough space to lay out my futon and sleep, but I've gotta fold it up every morning. And this isn't even counting the stuff in the rental box I've rented elsewhere. I haven't been looking for a place at all, which is nice because I've had the past couple weekends to not think about it, so it's been less stress and worry. I've gotta figure out what I'm gonna do when I fly home on the 16th, the two suitcases I plan on using are currently stuffed full of curtains and my summer clothes. I know Indy's had some warm weather this winter, but I doubt I'll be able to wear shorts and a T-shirt while I'm home.
I've got 2 current prospects, I might end up with a roommate, unfortunately not Japanese. His name's Mike, Happy Mike for those of you familiar with the moniker. He's probably leaving Nova in April, I've recommended him for my position, so maybe he'll get it. In which case he has to leave his current apartment. The second option is, I know a Frenchwoman married to a Japanese guy, they're moving to Morocco for some reason or other. Which means their house will be vacant, so I can probably set up shop in their place while they're gone. Since they'll be gone for some years, I'll definitely be gone before they return, if ever. Those two aren't mutually exclusive, but since I don't know how big the house is, nor exactly where it's located, I don't know how up for it Happy Mike will be. It's located in Oiso, which isn't exactly the party center, and I believe it's placed a ways from the station. It's fine by me, since I can bicycle around the town no problem, it's where I'll be working from April. But Happy Mike might end up with my job in Fujisawa, which places him even further than I am now. We'll see.
In other news, I'll be headed home from the 16th through the 30th, so if you're in Indy, let's meet up. I'm planning on a 2-day trip to Columbus, OH to visit family and friends out there, and potentially a trip up to West Lafayette if I can find people around there.
This weird weather we've been having has been playing havoc with my allergies. I've determined I've got the allergy to cedar that puts so many Japanese people behind a white gauze mask for 2 months out of the year, but there's no way I'm wearing one of those things. Last year at this time I was floored with the sinus infection from hell. I foolishly also decided to take a trip to Nikko, in the mountains, where it rained constantly the entire time I was there. That rates as one of my worst vacation trips. Nothing like spending a trip lying alone in your room trying to make the pain stop. But this year, I've successfully fought it off, by getting a good couple days of sleep and not pushing myself. Unfortunately, I've spent the past 3 or 4 nights deprived of sleep, so I might be gearing up for another bout. Keep your fingers crossed, I don't want to be stuck in the US with an illness. The US sucks for medical care when your insurance company refuses to cover you there (it's the only place in the world I'm not covered. WTF?).