Monday, November 14, 2016

Week 24: It's SNOWvember!!

Get it.

It's November, but it's snowing??


These are the things that cross your mind when you are walking (aka waddling) across solid ice for an hour or more at a time.

And then you waddle back home, sit in front of your heater, and eat ice cream you bought at a convenience store. It's kind of just what you do.

I am literally eating more ice cream now then ever.

Speaking of, this week we went out for 31 (as they call it in Japan AKA 31 Flavors AKA it's actually called Baskin Robins) with our investigator who is SUPER DUPER RELIGIOUS in this super um... What's the word ... Strenuous? Like, really oh STRICT. きびしい. That's the word.  Anyways it's a strict religion called "Sougakakai" or something...?  That one still sounds like a jumble of sounds to me too, so don't worry if you can't say it either. Anyway, she's presh and we love her strong faith in a higher power. She loves the concept of being with your family and friends forever after death, something her religion does not believe in!
Anyway nothing else really happened this week... EXCEPT. This is a short story, but I was using the restroom in a grocery store and I kept hearing something nudging at the door and I was really confused but it all made sense when I came out and saw a grown woman literally doing the potty dance. Apparently she was there five seconds after I went in. I felt pretty guilty, she looked miserable!

Oh today though we had a lesson where our investigator fed us mochi (pounded rice) with cheese inside <<and I almost chocked on the powdery outside, but I only coughed once, like a champ. A darn polite champ.>>, tea made from a root called GOBO, and watched a home video of her performing in a traditional Japanese dance in a festival. Very Japanese evening, I have had.

We also ate this food as a partial district (some of the elders live far away, so... Yeah, they weren't invited) and it’s this awesome Japanese food where you sit at a table with boiling broth in front of you and you stick meat in, let it cook, and then eat it after dipping it into raw beaten egg and it was AMAZING!! It was also all you can eat. And so was the ice cream.

BUT... We neglected to take pictures!

So here is a picture of District Leader Elder Dogfather showing off his boots instead.
We have a lot of groceries to lug home and it's late, so BYE BYE!!

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