Natalie Goes to Japan

40 year old very married blonde woman having a midlife crisis who heads to Japan alone to follow her dreams. Be careful what you wish for ... you just may get it.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

The World's Worst Geisha

I made the world's worst Geisha. I think I looked more like a ghost of a failed geisha. But the Japanese thought I was wonderful (at least to my face). But it is all over now. I'm finished with Halloween Parties. Yeah. I'll drink to that. I am so exhausted. The apartment is a minor disaster, with costumes and Halloween items, craft supplies, papers and books and dishes everywhere. It looks like a circus threw up in here. Between the parties and the lingering cold I am one exhausted old lady. I also had a meeting with a potential new student. It went well, we'll start classes in two weeks. And I had Salsa class. On top of the last 4 parties. I have to say I pretty much came to the end of my patience today. Lots of kids turned down the face painting. My Let's Go one class eventually saw the light, and they all went for it. But the Let's Go 3 classes just did me in. I eventually said "Forget it" and told them Goodbye. We still had 15 minutes to go in the class, but I was just sick of threatening, cajoling and begging. But it's all over and I have a trip to Nagano planned next week, I have the heating pad turned on, NPR is playing over the internet and I have a Bitchy Turtle (my current favorite alcoholic drink) in my hand. Aaaahhhhhhhhh.


At 6:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Daughter/Playboy Bunny/Princess/Geisha, the kids look great. Time to rest.Mum

At 1:22 PM, Blogger Sallie said...

WHAT is a Bitchy Turtle, and HOW can I make one?? Just for the name, I want to try it!

At 9:01 PM, Blogger Natalie said...


A Bitchy Turtle is a variation on the Leap Frog. But as I changed it to suit my own needs I changed the name in honor of my recently deceased turtle Adrian. And she truly was the world's bitchiest turtle...she made the small animal specialist vet cuss. Come visit me and I'll make you the drink and relate some of my stories. But in the meantime if you want to make your own Bitchy Turtle it is a simple recipe:

2 oz Gingerale
2 oz Lemon Juice
2 oz Gin

Mix and add 3 ice cubes. Very refreshing. It has been a life saver of a drink for me here in Japan.

At 1:57 PM, Anonymous Nicole said...

Hey Nat!

Sorry to here about Adrian. I only saw the feistiness in her. For a turlte, she sure could move fast.


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