Ishida House, Matsudo

This morning we got to do calligraphy. I'm not sure what was wrong with me, but I was royally sucking at it. Two years ago I did fine, but today I just wasn't able to get it down. I went through almost two dozen tries before I tossed in the towel. Maybe it was the brush I used? Blech.

After class Harioka-sensei helped edit my album comments, so now I've just got to format and print it. I stopped by the bookstore on the way home and picked up a kanji mnemonic handbook.

Poor Mayuko has been trying to play her dog game for a few days now, but the stupid dog won't remember its name. She goes through the naming process, entering the name and everything, and then the dog just plays around for five minutes. Then the dog forgets the name, and she has to go through it all over again. The game won't let her do anything else until the dog gets its name down, it's really frustrating. I don't remember having this problem with my dog game at all.

I'm still sick, although I've been slamming echinacea and cough drops for days. No headaches, just an occasional hack and cough. My host mother is starting to worry about it, and so will I if I don't feel better soon. I've heard tales of Lee (a previous intern) being sick for much of his time in Japan, and another girl even having to return home because it was so bad. I'm probably blowing this way out of proportion because of such worries, but this never happened to me two years ago.