During the weekend it turned out the registration for the language course for this semester ended last Friday. I have to admit I “forgot” it kind of intentionally, because I still didn’t know if I should take any classes at all. In the end I went to KyoDai in the morning and tried my luck if I could still register. One of the administrator seemed to know me by name (how? o_O) and after a bit of grumbling I could register. There’s still the placement test this week, but I hope I can take Intermediate III classes on Thursday and Friday.
After lunch at home I left for Seika – and the heat is still unbearable for walking around orz In class we started watching a recent Korean animation – an interesting experience. At the supermarket on the way home I found some delicious-looking chestnuts. It’s expensive, but I felt like eating them, so I bought it, and tried to bake half of it. Unfortunately it wasn’t very successful as more pieces literally exploded in the oven (I never had that at home o.o), the skin didn’t really want to come off and they are not sweet either *sigh* Now I’m trying to figure out how to do better with the second half of the pack…
I only had one lecture at Seika, because the pHD seminar was used for personal consultation. The lecture was about Murakami Takashi and Kitazawa Rakuten (separately, not together), so it was interesting. After the class I just came home and tried to learn a bit for the placement test I wanted to take tomorrow – without much luck.
It was raining in the morning and I felt quite bad anyway, so the day wasn’t that great for me. I really considered taking the placement test on Thursday, but I just wanted to get over with it. While I was walking from Demachiyanagi to the Yoshida South Campus of KyoDai I was caught by a guerilla rain. It lasted for like 20 minutes only, but it was raining so bad that I got totally drenched despite having an umbrella. Now I really felt like I should have stayed at home for the day, but there was no return. I took the test but it wasn’t easy, and feeling bad and cold I was impatient too. I wasn’t really sure if I could pass for Intermediate III, but at least I felt it was better than in April. Anyway, the results would be out of Tuesday.
Although the results won’t be out till next week, we already have to attend the classes we would like to take, so in the afternoon I went to the two classes I had my eyes on. Both are reading classes, but I will drop the first one, because I don’t care about economics vocabulary, and the teacher has issues with speaking and hard to understand. I guess I will take a kanji class instead… After the class I dropped by the Hyakumanben 100-yen shop because they had their monthly discount~
The two classes I had my eyes on are in the morning, like starting at 8:45, so after a long while I had to get up early once again. That’s something very hard to get used to with my daily routine here, but I guess I will keep these classes. I just have to figure out the breakfast/brunch situation – today I bought something at the bakery, but it’s not an option on the long run or I will get hopelessly fat. Hm… It was nice to have the afternoon free, but I was just too tired after sleeping late last night and getting up early in the morning, so I was hardly usable for the rest of the day.
I was lucky enough to have a carrot sale at the supermarket the day I had to make a soup~ After shopping I had to cook, otherwise I was enjoying not having to go anywhere for a change. The temperature went down a bit, so it’s not that hot anymore, though still not enough for me. And a bad thing happened too: I wanted to bake the second half of the chestnuts today, because I thought they have dried enough over the week, but it seems they were infected by some parasite, so in the end I had to throw out the whole thing :( Talk about wasting money *sigh* But now I know the chestnuts here are no good, so I won’t be tempted anymore…
Today I had to prepare the main dish for my lunch. Not particularly difficult, but it took a lot of time with my one gas burner. While I my rice cooker prepared the brown rice I fried the tofu I marinated yesterday. Unfortunately the tofu here is so soft it’s breaking at the slightest touch, but well, it tastes good anyway. Still, I would like to find a tofu here that’s more firm. While I fried the tofu in three rounds I cut the mushrooms (shimeji and bunapi), onion, and I fried these next. I could buy some butter for a good price recently, so I decided to use it in the dish. I fried the onions in oil, but when I added the mushrooms, I mixed in some butter as well. The seasoning is plain, salt, pepper, chili, and the most important: parsley. The end result was delicious, the butter gives a nice accent to the mushrooms. Actually the whole thing was screaming for white wine, so I guess I have to buy some to use it in dishes like this. My salad was a mixture from p-man and cucumbers, and my apple vinegar was perfect for it.
Nothing else happened, only that someone tried to deliver pizza to my room ^^; I was watching a Hungarian TV show on my laptop with a towel on my head, so of course I didn’t open the door – not to mention it’s not sure he would have believed I wasn’t the one ordering. The poor guy stood there for a while, though I don’t really get that either, because they should have the phone number of the one who ordered. Anyway, I hope he found the right address in the end.