June has been a whirlwind that’s for sure. With rainy season having reared it’s angry head, the skies above Nagasaki city have been filled with roaring thunder as the heavens opened up, dropping what seems to be an ocean on the hilly glorified city. Summer hasn’t even truly begun in Nagasaki and already I’m over this sticky humidity. Bring on cool autumn days where I can wrap up in a scarf and drink warm tea without breaking into a sweat.
WHAT I’VE BEEN WATCHING
This month I have been pretty into Netflix. I spent a good half of the month curled up on my couch after long days at work, huddling around a warm cup of tea as my eyes lapped up new favourite shows. My number one favourite this month was Frankie and Grace. A Netflix original, this show tells the story about two women in their older age trying to get a grasp on life after their husbands come out as gay and, get this, plan to get married. A new age comedy sure to bring you to tears of joy and heartbreak.
Another good Netflix original I sunk my teeth into is Love; the story about an awkward guy and a messed up girl finding each other in the chaos that is life. I still don’t know much about this show, but I’m looking forward to finding time to watch more.
As for movies, I watched two good ones this month that stuck with me. The first is one I have already seen but still deserves a mention; Eat Pray Love. This month was particularly tough and I found myself curled up in bed on a sick day watching this uplifting film. I just love stories about women finding themselves and overcoming turbulent times; it gives me hope.
The other film is a new one for me. Stranger than fiction. It tells the story of a writer and her character and how real life and plot becomes intertwined. With some of my favourite actors such as Emma Thompson and Maggie Gyllenhaal, I knew it would be an amazing film and I was not disappointed. Both women play fantastic rolls and Will Ferrell does a great job portraying his stoic, uptight character.
I have two beauty favourites I want to mention this month. One is a skin cream from Lush called Imperials and the other is a beautiful lipgloss from Loreal. I recently made the decision to go cruelty free in regards to make up and skin products. It seemed only appropriate since I’m a vegetarian. This, however, is proving pretty difficult while living in Japan, so I’ve decided to take things slow.
I’ve done some research on Loreal, and at the time of purchase I’m pretty sure this brand was cruelty free. If I made a mistake, please feel free to correct me in the comments below (and maybe offer a safe alternative). Either way, the colour is beautiful and applies so smoothly! I do usually top up once during the day, but for the most part it seems pretty durable.
The lush cream, Imperials, is one of many creams I have tried from Lush, but is by far my favourite. A slightly creamy hue with a floral aroma, it’s a little thicker going on than others I have tried. However, it sinks into your skin in to time and leave you feeling fresh and clean. I use it every night and every morning and my skin has been thanking me for it. Never has my skin been in such good condition, even in this horribly humid weather.
THE IMPORTANT BITS
Many things happened this month, some good, some bad.
Let’s start with the good things; We won a Peron Competition! Smoking the other teams, Nagasaki City stormed ahead and got first place in one of the local Peron competitions. The last time I was on a sports team was back in elementary school, and the feeling of togetherness I get from Peron was only amplified by our win. We worked hard together, cheered each other on and ate lunch huddled under our little tent as the wind began to blow and we shuddered from a cold we hardly felt in our excitement. It was a great day.
THE SWAP PARTY
For the second time, we hosted a swap party. All the girls who wanted to participate brought clothes and objects they no longer want and we swap. You take what you want and whatever is left behind we give to the women’s institute to donate to charity. I stayed until the end and it was a great feeling to watch bags full of clothes and books be carried off for a greater purpose. I managed to find one or two things, but as one of the taller, bustier women I don’t ever really find anything that fits. I did, however, manage to nab this bomb Canada jumper that had Chad chanting ‘Fucking Rights!’ the moment he saw it. Needless to say I’m going to be ‘that’ idiot and take it along with us on our trip to Canada later this year.
As for the sad things, this month marked the passing of my moody shit of a cat, TJ. Thomas Jenkins you were the moodiest, gayest cat I’ve ever met and I will miss you so much. My parents found him close to 15 years ago when we lived in Germany, wondering the streets with a broken tail. We took him in and he had been with us ever since. It’s going to be weird visiting my mam and not seeing you there buddy.
…Going back to good things!!
During one of my bad days, Chad picked me up after one of his gym sessions and drove me to the beach down south. We had intended to eat at the delicious little cafe on the beach front, but sadly it had already closed. It didn’t matter though. I got to watch the sun set with my favourite person and listen to the waves roaring as they crashed triumphantly along the sand. We ended the evening with some kaiten-sushi. It was a perfect day.
This month also marks the first time I’ve started anti-depressants. I’m still a little unsure of them and some of the more subtle side affects are really getting me down, but I’m trying to stay positive about it. You can read more about that over at my new weekly thread, Taking back happiness.
COMING UP IN JULY
July is going to be a busy month. With school closing for the summer, work will be a little hectic wrapping up the lessons and assigning work to students.
My team also has two Peron (dragon boat racing) competitions this month, with the big one being held on the 30th. We will be training more than ever this month and in the light of the sad news that was the passing of one of our coaches, I know everyone will be working harder than ever before. It’s my first year on this team, but it certainly won’t be my last!
This month also marks the date that Chad can officially move out of his old apartment. Due to work contracts and a lot of bureaucratic nonsense, despite Chad having already moved into our new apartment the same time as me, he had to keep his old place. It hasn’t been all bad, since we’ve been using it as storage, but with July comes to the big clean and while it’s bitter sweet, it will be nice to tie up loose ends.
All in all June was a trying month, but a not half bad one all the same. How was your month? I would love to hear about it in the comment section below!!