This past week was fantastically full of good news. Let me share.
First and most important, the Japanese Quarantine Service sent me a confirmation number for my dog to come to Tokyo! Assuming everything goes according to plan, now she'll be able to pass through customs in less than 12 hours (as opposed to 6 months)! I'll basically just have to go and pick her up from the airport. I've mentioned before how much I miss and love my dog. Just two weeks until I see her again! I can't wait!
I also found out one of my dearest friends will visit me in May! She'll be chaperoning a Ball State Honors College trip to Vietnam, and she'll fly through Tokyo. She was able to extend her stay in Tokyo for a few days on her way home. Until she learned about this trip, she'd thought that visiting Tokyo would be impossible. I'm thrilled she found a way to visit me!
I already wrote about the fantastic head massage I received at the hair salon last week, but at that time I didn't know it'd be a week of two massages! My boyfriend hosted some Russian Couch Surfers, and one of them loved giving massages. I was a happy camper by the end of their visit.
Finally, I learned that one of my substitute teacher days at work has changed to a permanent shift. I'm now working in four different schools with an additional day of sub duty for a grand total of five working days. Working in five different locations every week isn't ideal, BUT the schools I'm in are full of friendly staff and great students. I've heard that's not always the case. Three of my schools are on the same train line, so that also helps.
For me, having one less day of sub duty more than compensates for having so many schools. Sub duty stresses me out just a little bit. Because of the nature of sub duty, it's difficult to make any plans-- I never know where or when I'm supposed to go for my shift. Having a permanent shift gives me peace of mind; I can make plans, leisurely make my way to my school, and actually get to know the staff. Here's hoping my last sub day changes to a permanent shift!
(Out of fairness, I should mention that some teachers like sub duty. I'm told they like traveling around Tokyo, meeting so many new people, and generally seeing parts of the city they might not have on their own. Those things are awesome, and I'm glad some teachers like it; however, I personally prefer structure in my work environment.)