Did you realize that it's been a year and a half since I posted on LJ? I sure didn't I'm sorry about that and doubt anyone is even reading this anymore. Real life somehow gets in the way and since most of the people whom I interact with on a regular basis are on Facebook or, to a lesser extent, twitter, what little time and attention I have goes in those directions. Having stepped back a bit from the Takarazuka fandom (mostly for financial reasons), i found myself drifting away from LJ without even noticing. But I AM still a fan and still love it (heck, I'm going to see Tsukigumi on Monday!)
To give you an update on my life, after 5 years in Japan, I'm returning to the US. If you weren't aware, I've been an ALT through the JET program, but unfortunately there's a 5 year limit on the program. When I came to Japan, I never intended to stay this long. The plan was to maybe do 2 years and head back to my former profession. Hell, at that time, the limit on the JET program was 3 years. When the economy went to hell only a few months after my arrival, I found myself staying rather than deal with the miserable job market back in the States.
My last day of work in July 19th.
I have to leave my apartment by July 25th.
I'm leaving Japan on August 6th.
It's a crazy time. Job searching from abroad is a pain. I kinda gave up on trying to find web jobs in Japan because most require a higher level of Japanese than I am able to speak. My reading and listening comprehension are really high, but my speaking is miserable. (I passed JLPT N3 last year without studying at all, and was slated to take N2 this past weekend but was miserably sick. I want to try to take it again from the States, whenever the next test is held)
And somehow I can see myself actually picking this journal and Takarazuka and wiki stuff back up once I'm back in the US. Its strange that I'll have more time and motivation to work on things once I'm out of the country. I think a lot of it is that when you're doing EVERYTHING in Japanese all day and everyday, it's exhausting. But being separated from that, I can see myself wanting to keep up with things and fill things in just to keep up with my japanese