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    Published on : 2018 (translation)   ||    Format : print   ||    Location : Japan One line review : Keiko would rather behave exactly as others expect her to so she doesn't disappoint "society", and so she works at the same convenience store without changing anything about her life, but very soon the same society expects her to "upgrade" (change career and find a husband), except there is no manual on how to do these.  ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆   When something was strange, everyone thought they had the right to come stomping in all over your life to figure out why. I found that arrogant and infuriating, not to mention a pain in the neck. Sometimes I even wanted to hit them with a shovel to shut them up, like I did that time in elementary school. But I recalled how upset my sister had been when I’d casually mentioned this to her before and kept my mouth shut. Thoughts : When I started reading Convenience Store Woman , I had no idea what to expect. The synopsis does not give a

The Sunday Salon (Yet another Sunday) -- October 3, 2010

The Sunday

When I started writing this post, I realized that I didn't have anything to talk about. I don't mean in the bookish sense, but in the usual personal sense that my Sunday Salon posts are always about. I thought long and hard about how this week has been (yawn!), about anything dramatic that happened (something better than the two terribly rainy days we had on the East Coast), or any new stuff that I bought (at least the last couple of posts had something to that effect). Heck, I don't even have any dog or cat pictures to share, so I thought maybe I should steal some cute pictures off the net and talk about some made-up cat or dog antics. But, nah, that didn't sound exciting to me!

What a scary thought! To run out of words. At least when you speak, you run out of things to speak about eventually. It rarely happens when you write, because if you really look at it, the start of your post could be in Mars and the end in Pluto. Well, that different! I've never run out of things to write about to date, so it's a little jarring to be in that soup! So I'll just ramble and see where this post ends - this can be interesting!

After four weeks of the Game-On! Diet game, I did meet the goals I set out with but now my new interest is to actually cook something exciting, something new and challenging. I'd been watching MasterChef and Hell's Kitchen for a while now and looking at all the magic those contestants do with their dishes, it's kind of hard not to be bitten by the bug. Besides, I stay alone, and I don't have to worry about how my dish turns out. I don't know how long this interest will last. I keep pursuing new hobbies all the time (dancing, aerobics, learning new languages, knitting, interior deco, etc), each lasting for a teensy while. Blogging is the only one which really stuck, and I'm surprised at myself for having lasted this long. Of course, I really wanted to, when I started out, but during that first month, I wondered every day if this will stick. I wasn't worried that I may lose interest, on the contrary, I was worried that my already busy schedule will intervene. After 9 months, I'm so glad to have lasted it out, and at the moment, I know this will continue for a long long time.

We're one more month closer to the end of the year, and I don't know if that makes me happy or sad. I am glad that the summer is over (What a horrible heat wave!) but winter isn't the most cheerful of times. At least it's the best time to curl up anywhere with a book. I'm not so much into outdoor reading, so the term summer reading doesn't mean anything different to me. I've been on a reading kick over the past week, and I cannot express fully how glad that makes me - like meeting a long lost friend or seeing your family after ages! I have to accept that reading slumps have their merits because when you finally get out of it, you appreciate the written word even more. I have plenty of reading planned for this month and a really exciting new feature that Ash and I plan to start in November (sssh! That's all I'm telling you now!) So with one and the other, I'm looking forward to October!

Happy Reading and Happy Blogging! (Meanwhile, let me swallow up my own statements about running out of things to write about.)


Funny how we think we have nothing to say and then we can produce a great post! Good luck with the cooking; I wish I were interested in cooking (I'll be my daughter wishes it too).

I've got to go and do my own Sunday Salon post! Have a great week!
I know what you mean, Aths...sometimes, I feel as though a post without pictures wouldn't be complete. But sometimes words are enough.

In your post, I could glimpse bits and pieces of your life and feel like I'm getting to know you a bit.

You mentioned interior dec as something you enjoy. When I have no other pix, I sometimes post photos of rooms I've rearranged.

I'm curious about the Game On diet. I've noticed that others are doing it, too.

I'm thinking that I need to do something more...I haven't even been to the gym for awhile, because I was having problems with my asthma. Excuses?? LOL

Anyway, I liked your post...

If you want to visit mine, it's here:
bermudaonion said…
Sometimes it's nice to not have any excitement in your life. I can't wait to see what you and Ash are up to!
Right now my life is drab and dull!

Here is my Sunday Salon post!
Harvee said…
Good you have been on a reading kick this past week! Hope to see your reviews! Here's my Sunday Salon
Care said…
Happy October to you!
Athira said…
Helen, isn't it interesting? Just take a pen and write what runs through your head - it always amazes me! Cooking is a recent interest for me, so I won't put my money into it yet, I'll see how things are after a month. :)

Laurel-Rain Snow, thank you so much! :) I love doing new things all the time. It livens up the monotony and makes things more exciting. Reading is enjoyable in itself, but heck, a girl needs more.

Kathy, I agree. After so much excitement, just having a boring week is rewarding.

Gautami, awww.. I hope things get interesting soon!

Harvee, I know, I'm so thrilled too! It's been months!

Care, thank you! Happy October to you too!
I loved the heat wave because we have had such a mild summer. It is hard to fight the urge to start something in the kitchen when watching those shows. My stepdaughter isn't here often, but she always has the food network on when she is. That drives me crazy because I am immediately hungry, even just hearing them talk about something scrumptious from the other room is too much for me!
Athira said…
Gwen, That's exactly what inspires me to cook too! I know my dish won't turn out half as exciting as what I see on TV, but that still doesn't discourage me from experimenting!
Ash said…
Yes me must be very secretive about our feature!