Until the worst weather I'll have experienced to date arrives, I'm going to enjoy the winter turning into spring weather that we're currently experiencing. I'm enjoying my classes, although I enjoy them more when I've studied and prepared adequately for class.
My partner and I are on this wild adventure where we are learning one of the most difficult languages, a life long journey of sorts. I'm doing well so far, and I expect to continue to do my best as final exams draw near. I'm recognizing things that will help me build upon my learning to help me achieve the goals I want to achieve. I'm in the first beginning level and I want to move to the first intermediate level next semester, so I have to get an overall score of 80% across all of my exams. My midterms were 40% of my grade and I did well on that so I'm optimistic about finals (provided I continue studying, or better yet -- study even more than I have been!).
Activities with friends definitely helps to drown out the monotony of being in school five days a week. One of my friends had to leave the school term early and I'm not sure if there will be another person this term that I will feel as close to... add to that the fact that a lot of people won't be staying as long as we are staying... well, people talk about transient relationships here in Japan and I'm definitely feeling that sentiment. I've met a few great people, though, so I'm happy at the moment. And hopefully next semester there will be more people that I find I can connect with.
That's all for now. It's been a while and I just wanted to say hello.