Things are going really well.
I got moved into my new place a few weeks ago. Then I started my new job.
My apartment is ok. I'm on the 2nd floor and it's facing a somewhat busy street but not the main street so it's not too loud. You need a key to get into my building so no creepy lurkers can get in. The laundry room closes at 9 PM and I never get home til at least around 5 so I still have dinner and stuff to take care of... I never end up using the laundry room here at all. Not yet, anyway. I just take my laundry down with me to my boyfriend's place and do it there on weekends.
My job is great! It's very interesting and challenging and I am learning a million new things. I get to do website administration as well as translate documents and take meeting minutes and e-mail all the company bigwigs. I'm learning technical terms for manufacturing in English and Japanese. I'm in the Quality department so I get to learn all about defects. Today I was all alone in my department because everyone else was away at one of the plants in another state (T^T) so I had projects to work on by myself at my desk.
Things with my boyfriend are great! I am getting along well with his family, too. In about 2 weeks it will be our 7 month anniversary. We didn't really get to do much for 6 months because I started my job right before that and moved maybe we can do something fun one of these times.
Might go into Chicago sometime in the next 2 months. Kind of tentatively planning it for December but any time after is ok. I'm still saving up money and I'm going home to visit my brother this month. My boyfriend is coming home with me for Thanksgiving. And I'm taking the JLPT on Dec 1st. I haven't been studying for it other than here & there. But I'm learning a ton of new Japanese at work... not that "welding" is going to be on the exam (T^T) but one can dream... right?
PS - I wanna do a kiriban for 10,000 page views. Send me a message after I hit 10,000. I will draw your request. But I can't promise that my drawing will be good, lol. Also, I refuse to do anything offensive or rated-R. Only feel-good cute drawings please.