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24 August 2015 @ 01:09 pm
kids start late, actually, but i set up all my trainings back to back to with my year-start days because of all the insanity this summer, so today is the last day of being not on school schedule. I sort of am back on a better schedule, but that includes passing out on the couch for no reason as if exhausted even though i've been doing basically nothing. but I also seem to be sort of sick, since I've had a sore throat for a solid week. I broke down and went to the patient care place near me yesterday morning. I wish it would stop, though, it's excruciating and nothing helps it.

I've been writing a decent amount at least, for shiritori anyway. It seems to involve Reia a lot at the moment, which I blame on the cuteness of him in person. I can't wait to watch whatever part of the finals Gamushara decides to televise, even if I'm more sure than ever that it's not a real competition. There's so much cool stuff going on this fall too, Kisumai cons and Shounentachi especially. It's a bummer I can't go to any of it (and didn't manage to see kisumai at all while I was there), but I'm happy SixTONES and Snowmen are getting to do stuff and I hope it helps them grow. Sounds like Snowmen, Kawai, and Kitayama had a great time in Singapore! I bet Kawai and Mitsu were super happy to work together again.

Catching up on seasons 4/5 of My Little Pony on netflix since I fell behind. It's still really cute~ not as much fun music in season 4, but I get that's expensive and stuff. Guess I've been spoiled by Steven Universe. I should do a rewatch of the second half of that before new episodes start too. It's a lot easier to just keep netflixing stuff though. And I'm not done catching up with Dr. Who either.

JE FQF has started posting! 6 fics are up so far and there's a bunch of days left of posting, so go enjoy that if that is your thing. a pretty good scattering of bands too (Arashi, HSJ, KAT-TUN, SixTONES and Jrs so far).

 
 
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21 August 2015 @ 02:19 am
me: okay listen school stuff starts next so we need to normalize. please?
body: normal? Normal is passing out on the couch from 9-midnight, forcing chinchilla time to start at midnight, and then having some kind of terrible stomach woe at 2am, right? right?
me: ......nnnnnnno.

Shinchilla had a vet adventure today. She's had a sticky poop thing going on for nearly a week now, so I broke down and made a vet appointment. But she's still eating and acting normally, so the vet said to just ride it out for a little bit longer if it doesn't seem to be getting any worse. We can do antibiotics if it's still going on next week, but that's likely to cause more stomach distress. Anyway, I bought a carrier to take her there and she was emphatically NOT pleased about being inside there. We waited ages and she kind of tired herself out though, so when the vet finally did see her, Yuri let the vet pick her up and feel around and stethoscope her with next to no fuss, and the vet praised me for having a really well socialized chinchilla who was used to being handled properly. That really meant a lot to me, given how it took like 18 months of chinchilla training/bonding to get there.

Boo end of summer. We start school late this year since Labor Day is so late, so I have some extra time but it's never enough, haha. My department has a bunch of new people so I'm a mentor again. I went in for a little bit today but it's so hot in the building yet and uuuugh so honestly I looked at my room and then turned back around. Feh. It was enough just to go in and say hi to everybody I ran into. baby steps.

I decided I was going to be Rose Quartz for halloween and basically have my entire costume at this point, sans maybe shoes, because it's like a tiered white-to-pink skirt and then a Mr. Universe T-shirt. I'm thinking about letting my hair grow out until then so I can do better sausage curls. I have a pink half-wig but I'm debating doing anything with the rest of my hair, like dying it or chalking chunks of it or idk. but, you know, school, so I can't do anything that'll be crazy on either side of halloween. ...probably. honestly I have questions about if anybody cares what I do there lol. debating having my next hair appointment right before halloween and getting chunky pink lowlights instead of my usual red ones.

relatedly, come on with new steven universe episodes already! I'm so ready!! esp given that on a normal schedule instead of a steven bomb we'll only get one new one a week.

now at 3am I am super awake. come on, body, why.

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17 August 2015 @ 02:24 am
Title: Bara Bara no Jigsaw [SixTONES (full group, gen)]
Rating/Warnings: PG
Summary: Even if all six of them have outgrown their Bakaleya days, there's no reason that they can't keep growing until they find a way to fit back together again.
AN: Repost of Wakamono fic. For elindar, who wanted "some general Bakaleya6 centric fic, maybe about what's happened with them lately and how they feel about being together again." Bet you didn't expect them to get a name suddenly after you left that prompt, but fortunately for you, that's how this fic was born. Initial interview with Hokuto and Taiga translated here and Taiga's comments more recently here were the inspiration for the title.

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16 August 2015 @ 04:53 am
Title: Teamwork [Juri, Jesse]
Rating/Warnings: PG, gen
Summary: Juri has some feelings about the summer split, but Jesse helps him sort them out.
AN: Set kind of loosely after the pair of Gamushara shows I saw where Ra beat Ga in both matches. Juri seemed kind of frustrated about missing his first back-dunk, and some other stuff too. Clearly I don't know what exactly he feels like about any of this, but I do know that all of 6T is really glad to have each other to come back to in the end, so this is what came out. Also I may or may not have googled some tiny Hip Hop JUMP Juri and Jesse for the purposes of feelings.

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12 August 2015 @ 04:31 pm
Since I had a long flight just the day after, I wrote down all my feelings. It's a lot of what I think about stuff that happened/people I saw rather than a concrete list of what happened, but in case anybody's interested, here you go.

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Also there was quite a bit of obvious SixTONES fan gear/representation, which makes sense given the two teams we saw, but I was glad to see it anyway. I really, really hope Shounentachi goes well for both SixTONES and Snow Man this year and that SixTONES can start building up some momentum again. I think having Gamushara back to back with Shounentachi is probably a good lead-up activity in terms of that, given the distribution of audience support/yelling that I witnessed for 6T members vs non-6T.
 
 
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07 August 2015 @ 09:57 am
due to continued unforeseen disaster I'm stuck in Sasebo for a few hours so I guess have some kind of update.

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Second day we went to Kiyomizudera, which is my very favorite, first thing in the morning, and then out to Karumazakijinja, the temple they took Yasui to on Gamushara, where entertainers go to pray for their careers and they can buy a red fence post with their name on it. It took a lot of hunting to find Yasui, and on the way I turned up Shin, Yugo, Juri, and Taiga all together:



Daigo, Fukka, and Genki were right there too so I guess they went in a group ♥ If you don't mind the trip out, it's a nice little shrine.

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But then in the middle of the night Dad had a serious vertigo attack (he's had a few of them in the last month or so) and he was up all night puking. He finally kept down some medicine this morning, but it's 11am and it doesn't seem to be doing anything. The hotel is letting us do late check-out until 1, but we can't stay here since they're full for the night. I have no idea how we're going to get to Kagoshima, or anywhere, when dad can't even stand for 5 minutes.

I probably need to go find myself some food or something. I'm tired of being in charge.

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Wrapping up summer class -- final essay done and I did about as much research as I intend to do to write the longer paper. I was hoping to have started writing some of it today before heading home tomorrow but that...didn't happen. Class itself was fine, although the topic didn't really excite me at any point. The prof was nice and entertaining enough that long class hours were not a problem, but I was mildly distressed over how young he was.

Surprisingly my adviser suggested I skip next summer and spend it reading, but idk. If the topic sounds interesting I kind of want to get these summers out of the way, but if it's something like this where it's really not my bag, maybe I'll take her suggestion. Also I have to learn German and something else, probably French. Pretty sure fangirl Japanese will not count. Also i really want to take both spring classes and I really shouldn't do that. Whyyyyy.

Magic birthday happened, so Hasshi is 22 and Shintarou is 18. That is craziness! Why is that happening! ON MY WALL YOU ARE STILL BABIES. seriously though I need a new together birthday shoot more than most other things. I'm also not over how Juri and Hokuto are 20 and legal adults. Noooo.

So I mainlined the entirety of Steven Universe and you should too. I know it looks dumb and Adventure Time-y, and for the first couple episodes it doesn't seem that intelligent, but ugh that's just an innocent front so you aren't prepared when it starts ripping pieces of your heart off one at a time. It's also very difficult to explain why you really need to watch it without spoiling anything, but I will try:

Several reasons you need to watch Steven Universe
1. First cartoon on Cartoon Network created, written, and run by a lady (Rebecca Sugar). It shows in the exceptional pacing of the story and the surprisingly emotional content.
2. Episodes are only 10 minutes so it doesn't take long to catch up. I youtubed all of them but there are a bunch on Hulu and Cartoon Network has some full episodes too.
3. Nearly all the main characters are female and aside from Steven himself (whose powers come from his mother), all of the characters with special powers are female.
4. It has a clear and well-paced narrative arc done so thoughtfully that when I rewatch even very early episodes, junk that I thought was totally random is really not random at all.
5. The show is always fun and sweet. As Steven starts to understand the backstory of the gems, some things are dark and sad, and characters sometimes hurt each other in a realistic way, but because Steven himself is such an optimistic character, that becomes a strength of the show rather than a drawback.
6. Ladies kiss in this show! To be real, I'm stunned Cartoon Network is airing this as is. In general, I'm so pleased with the representation of alternate family structures, various relationship types, even the design of the characters. I had a moment where I realized I could cosplay Rose Quartz because her body type is just like mine. That's never happened before.

I could keep going but I'll stop. Basically SU has wrecked my life for about two weeks now and all I want to do is talk about it or force somebody to watch it so that I can watch them creepily as they watch it. Wait, no, I do have one more.

7. There's music, they sing. Not a lot, only when it fits in really nicely, and the music is all great. I've been singing a couple of the songs to myself all week. And Steven wrote the theme song for the gems on his ukelele.

So you should watch it! A lot. Right now. At least until you get to the one where they make fun of my state's square pizza, lol. (Steven's dad: "Son, there will come a time when you learn to accept all pizzas.")

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Current Music: Garnet Amethyst and Pearl...AND STEVEN
 
 
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13 July 2015 @ 01:08 am
Title: Born Under the Same Star [Shintarou, Hashimoto]
Rating/Warnings: G, gen
Summary: In some universe somewhere, Shintarou and Hashimoto are the same age and form a cute duo unit thanks to their shared birthday. (AU)
AN: There is indeed a birthday shoot with these two when Hasshi is turning 15 and Shintarou is turning 11 (it's up on my wall), and I hope someday we get a grown-up retake of it. I think this is either Eri or Midori's fault, although I can't remember with who I started bullshitting about it. Happy early magic birthday, you two. I definitely hope the two of you get whatever birthday wishes you make this year.

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29 June 2015 @ 09:52 pm
It's that time of year again -- the annual pilgrimage to FL is this weekend.

As last year, I'm open to any music recs people have from this year. American/Western pop or rock, jpop or jrock, kpop or krock, I'm pretty open to suggestions. Especially western stuff because honestly, aside from playing Pandora in my classroom it's what I have the least exposure too. Full albums are easiest, but hey, whatever.

For sure I'm taking the new Kisumai album, new Jin album, and new JUMP album. Anything I'm missing? I might be an OOR album behind too actually.

Anybody know how much data it uses to stream pandora on my phone? Dad will be along for the drive back and I can burn a bunch of 60's whatever for him, but if I can stream it I'd just as soon not. My data isn't limited, though, I share with my family so I need some sense of whether that's feasible or what.

I also had a migraine that went the entire way down my face today, very suddenly, which has never happened before. Thank you for that, the pill, as usual you take all of my irritating symptoms and make them four times worse. I also appreciate the acne and the weight gain! Thank you!

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26 June 2015 @ 11:43 am
Dad wanted to know where the Apple store was after his laptop's close brush with power cord failure this week, so I'm looking at the 15-in macbook pros. Honestly I'm probably going to stick with the 13" screens forever -- I just would rather drop the money into the memory.

Also this keyboard is super weird. And I'm not huge fan of this Yosemite's minimalistic no texture stuff either. The dock looks like something I would have designed in my computer art class about ten years ago.

I had iHop, though, blueberry lemonade summer pancakes. And next is Teavana and then Lush. It's a good thing this mall is like 40 minutes away from home.
 
 
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23 June 2015 @ 09:45 pm
I saw Jurassic Park a few days ago with my dad and totally enjoyed it. Good summer action. Plus dinosaurs! I was amused by all the references to the original park that they stumbled over and also found neither the kids nor the lady annoying. I did miss Ian, though.

Then I went with my parents to see Inside Out, which was on the one hand much better than I thought that it would be. Honestly if it weren't Pixar I would have assumed it was going to be kind of terrible, so they outdid my expectations. Lewis Black as Anger is pretty genius. But on the other hand I struggled the whole movie to move past how I felt that Sadness was basically animated me. She even kind of looked like me. Also the way she kept apologizing for being sad/making everyone else sad too, yeah. Bits of it were pretty weepy too. Sigh.

I did some work on the grad paper I was supposed to edit for possible publication, the most tedious part of which was collecting some articles to cite. Not because I needed them in the paper, but because my professor was like it has to look like that to be published "because people in academics are dumb." I have some stuff to read now, and I think the methodology paragraph I wrote is okay. I'm not sure? I've never written an article for publication so idk what exactly it's supposed to sound like. "I read all these plays and picked out the bits where ladies talk to each other." Right? Idk.

Almost at the end of Clone Wars on Netflix, which means I guess I will start Rebels after that. It's total trash that all these people die. They're all great! Mace Windu's faces are the best thing in this show. I think I might rewatch the movies before I head down to FL in a couple weeks.

Also TsumTsum and i are on a break because I only own like 2 premium Tsums and I saved coins all week to pick up a new one rather than try to finish getting the regular ones...only to get one I already have. COME ON. I hate how that only does half a skill and not a whole skill, like be serious. Meanwhile PazuDora is on drugs this week and now you can pick up Hera Ur-Senpai or Student Body President Lucifer.

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19 June 2015 @ 09:35 pm
Shinchilla has decided that her pumice perch has personally offended her and must be chewed to tiny pieces and then the destruction rolled upon mightily. She's been going at that hard for about 3 nights now. Also something happened while I was gone for a week and she's been making guinea pig noises at me. Quiet ones, but recognizably guinea pigs noises. And my dad trained her to be picked up quasi-normally in a week, which feels like a miracle.

I am home safely, clearly, and there was a lot less airport disaster on the way back than on the way to my event, which just figures. I submitted all my reimbursement paperwork and with that all done, I am officially on summer break! Well, kind of. I go to Florida for my summer class in only about 2 weeks and then there's maybe 10 days between FL and Japan, so. This summer is kind of a thing. Oh and I had mentor training yesterday, which is probably going to be totally necessary since I keep getting text messages from people who are quitting my building.

This morning I had follow-up lady doctor visit which I will cut for non-graphic TMICollapse )

tldr I have to go pick up pills tomorrow and i guess figure out when a good time to start them would be.

I finished reading Scorpio Races, which I thought was okay, but I was annoyed by the abrupt ending and some of the stuff in the resolution too, and it didn't move me nearly so much as the Raven Boys books. I haven't decided which other YA thing to start out of the stack. I was thinking about Shiver, which I've owned forever, but I think I should read something else in between since my feelings were so mixed at the end of Scorpio.

also I have to finish my cousin's dumb wedding blanket like immediately. And probably do some reading for my summer class.

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Seems crazy but Latin teacher summer camp is almost over. Every day seems to last a hundred years because you're busy and get up so early but the week as a whole went really fast. I actually even made some friends in the end, as much as I'm capable of doing that in a week, so I hope we all get invited back next year and I won't have to start all over again. One of them is named Sara too though so it's totally awkward to talk about it lol. I should be making the most of what hangout time we have left but honestly I'm so tired I'm just slumming it in my hotel room.

I have drunk about 5 different kinds of bourbon this week which for me is about pure insanity. somehow I even found a drink that I would say I actually liked, called a Kentucky Maid. Also there was a milkshake made out of caramel, bacon, and honey whiskey which I am still recovering from. We got free hats though, since it was national bourbon day today, apparently.

Twitter informed me this morning that Casey Anderson is in a new group, which is great news for him. He's a talented kid, and seems like a pretty nice guy, so I hope it works out. I congratulated him and he tweeted back a thank you! Awww.

Speaking of adorable little bros, it's Juri's 20th birthday! I hope there is the best Tanaka Bro party ever, and he's the first one to have a group birthday too. Not that Tanaka Bro night can be topped, but I hope Kouchi and Taiga show Juri a good time. Tons of SixTONES summer birthdays! I see lots of silly staff cakes in their future. Ai no Command on Shokura, though. Soooooo not ready for these guys to be grownup hip-thrusty sex rock band. Except for how I'm SO INCREDIBLY READY FOR IT. Shintarou looked fixed, finally, happy and confident and SINGING OMG, and that is such an amazing thing.

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10 June 2015 @ 10:51 pm
I can't remember if I mentioned this properly or not, but I got invited to be an AP test reader/grader this year, and my school year lined up okay, so I accepted. It's kind of a pretty awesome gig, because you spend a week with a bunch of other AP teachers in your subject area, and okay you have to grade 1700 tests in that week for like 8 hours a day, but everybody I know who's done it never shuts up about how it's the best thing they do all year, ever.

So of course my flight gets cancelled and then other flight gets delayed and I miss my connection and spend the night trapped in Charlotte and arrive late and miss orientation and it's totally embarrassing since I'm new so I have no idea what I'm doing anyway. Some super nice English graders picked me up by chance at the airport, who had also been delayed, and got me to the hotel and then the conference center.

Here's what I learned when I finally arrived: 1) There's only two new Latin people. Everybody I meet goes "OH! YOU'RE the new person!!" like it's crazy. 2) Everybody consequently knows I had this crazy airplane thing so then they say "I heard you had a lot of trouble getting here! We kept hoping you'd make it!" I keep wondering, was there an announcement? Are new people that bizarre?

Apparently Latin is super hard to get into? And everybody does it for years and years so they all know each other. Also at the end of the day somebody finally pointed out to me I have a symbol on my nametag which immediately identifies me as a new person.

Anyway, everyone here is super nice, but as usual I suffer from summer camp syndrome where I cannot make friends quickly/easily, and it's even worse when everybody knows each other. My roommate is very nice and as it turns out is a crocheter and stuff, but she tends to leave me places? Like this morning I was tying my sneakers and she was like "Okay bye see you there!!" and I was like please don't leave me I wasn't even here yesterday I don't know where breakfast is!!! But except I didn't say any of that out loud so I just took it. Also she's not really my age and some kind of leading papyrologist or something so I'm a little intimidated by her. And when I went to breakfast all the Latin people were already jammed around two tables so I just sat at the next table over with some cast-off English people.

As an adult I have this really good entertaining chatty game-face, where it seems like I could fit in easily to a new group of people, but I think it just makes the problem worse by covering it up very effectively. I'm sure it seemed like I was having a good time chatting with random English people, but really I was like, see this is why I have such a complex about being left behind.

But after grading I went out and ate some non-site food with a couple other people and that was really nice. One of them is like my strange doppleganger because she is also named Sara and likes anime etc etc. Also it was nice to eat real food because holy crap the food is bad at this site. It's so processed and weird I've been eating salad at every meal which, if you know me at all, is pretty much a sign of the apocalypse.

Anyway, so I won't be around much at all for the duration of this since busy all day, but that's what's up.

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Apparently it is crazy thunderstorm time here. But since it's been ~90 all week, Shinchilla is enjoying the breeze on the windowsill at least. She gets so huffy when the window is closed and i'm like, you're the one who will die if you go above 80! Then every time there's a lightning flash she looks over here at me like I'm supposed to fix it.

you know, speaking of that, doesn't it rain where chinchillas come from? Ever? No?

Last week of school, mayyyyyybe some official stuff sorted out (fuck, please oh god), and then right after last day I go to do professional Latin stuff. I looked up my roommate online because I'm a creeper like that, and she seems way older and more professional and expert than me. DDDDDDD: plus i'm going to make a terrible first impression because my plane doesn't get in until forever. I'M SORRY. I booked an earlier one and they cancelled it!

I think i booked mostly everything for dad and my trip to Japan. we balloted for the one day of Gamushara I can go to, so fingers crossed, but even if we don't hit we're definitely going since it's the only thing I can go to. Ebi and Hasshi just announced some more stuff, which is great for them! but after I leave, so. I apparently picked just the worst 2 weeks in the entire universe. Last thing I have to do is buy our baseball tickets and I'm excited about that. All hotels are hopefully booked, although i did most of that while I was so sick i wanted to die and as we got out further west some of the options became a bit questionable. WHATEVER it's all picked.

spent most of the weekend babysitting my nephew overnight. We played a lot of Rock Band where I wasn't allowed to choose any songs and nephew tried switching me to lefty mode when he insisted we do competitive mode and then I was actually winning. He was like, well we're all winners and I was like NO. IN FACT I WON AND YOU DID NOT. which I'm sure sounds mean to say to a 6yo but you don't know my nephew. then he played a lot of Minecraft this morning and I watched a bunch of Digimon.

LAST WEEK OF SCHOOOOOOOOL. also i'm on the last episode of parks and rec noooooooo.

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All of Dad and my hotel rooms for Japan are booked! Holy crap that was a struggle. There were too many places and too many options, and on top of that default Japan hotel is double bed, mostly, which I assure you my father and I cannot fit on comfortably. In a few spots I looked into hostels, but the male/female gender difference thwarted me there as well. So I could have done it much cheaper if I were on my own/with mom, but on the other hand everything is near a train station and I spent less on 5 nights in Tokyo than the last time I spent 2 in a hotel in NYC. so I feel accomplished.

I will hopefully even get to see a day's worth of Gamushara! not quite the concert announcement I was hoping for, but still cool. Last summer was way more fun and interesting than I would have thought, so I hope the stuff they get to do this year will be good too. Looks like I'll be shooting for the hokuto/shintarou team vs the Jesse/Juri team, which is the only day that fits into my schedule more or less. Conveniently those are the two teams I want to see most!

i took a half day off work Friday because I have the worst headcold in humanity and I couldn't take it anymore. Worse than the cold itself is the fact that I can't sleep at all; for like four nights now I wake up every hour because my throat hurts or I can't breathe or I'm having an allergy attack at 4am (like last night). so at this point i'm basically destroyed. I can't make even small decisions, like being able to dress myself for work, and I cry for no reason a lot. i was supposed to drive down to 3bro's for the long weekend for korean BBQ and there was no chance of that happening so I was really cranky about that yesterday.

My parents came over for the first round of practice chinchilla time. I thought for sure she would just hide behind the couch the entire time, but she was super friendly??? I was like, really, who are you and where is my chinchilla? she thought my dad's shoelaces were great and in the end even hopped into my mom's lap and let mom pet her. Math teacher friend also agreed to come over a few times before school ends, because upon reflection I think getting the chinchilla used to the idea that various other people might come over here would be better. And really, she's been a million times better behaved for me the last few months? 6 months ago just getting her out of the cage was a struggle and now when I reach in there she rolls over for chin scratches. But I just thought that was, you know, me. I didn't for a second think that I might have actually fixed the chinchilla.

Gosh just think how much earlier this would have happened if I had understood that I would be doing all the chinchilla training right at her moment of purchase. hm. anyway hopefully the poor animal has had enough stability all year that she doesn't think that I've abandoned her when I go away, which last year she clearly did think.

Then I started playing Pokemon Rumble and can I just say how pleased I am that Gamefreak went the free but limited play route on there, like candy crush or whatever? I have to believe that makes them more money in the end. On the other hand the demo for Mario Puzzles and Dragons was kind of like useless, but since I already play regular Pazudora I guess it's not like I need a demo.

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19 May 2015 @ 09:32 pm
Meant to post all last week about spending the weekend in NYC with Amy and Brina (do you guys even have LJs anymore), and then meeting up with [personal profile] musikologie, but I was so exhausted all week it never happened. New karaoke buddies though!! also Japan Fest was fun and I saw several seconds of the heads of half a dozen members of AKB48.

I joined Fresh20 the other day and today I went to the grocery store for the first time with it. The premise is that they give you a weekly plan for 5 dinners and the ingredients overlap in such a way that you only have to buy 20 things total. I have some issues with its estimated cost (like really, I can't buy a single sausage even if that's what I need? be real) but this week's stuff sounded good, and I loved the one page printable grocery list split up by store section. I made sausage-squash-tomato flatbread for dinner tonight and both mom and I thought it was great.

I just wanted to do something different since I'm making exactly zero progress on the weight front. I'm willing to try new vegetables and things, so why not. there's an accidental capture of me in the yearbook where I look like a giant blueberry and it's so embarrassing.

speaking of my body's failure, apparently I am sick. My throat started hurting yesterday and I've been taking a lot of advil cold and sinus today, which made the all-day training I was at an even bigger struggle than it was already going to be. compounded by the fact that other (other) Latin teacher just proposed to her longtime girlfriend. well whatever. eventually i'll probably learn to cope. with anything.

At least JE has been surprisingly accommodating lately. I'm still really happy for SixTONES, and it's fun to talk about stuff like member colors on tlist. And bless you Taki for letting us have the naming announcement on TakiCHANnel! Tonoooooo. Ebi's album is totally nice, and I haven't watched the stuff yet because too busy, but I'm more proud of them every single release. I especially like Tottsu's solo ♥ And Snowmen were backing for them on their Music Japan perf and in their PV, which is amazing. Kisumai duets!!! It's not until forever, but it's just the best thing ever that that is happening. I'm really proud of them too.

Also JEFQF changed hands and so I signed up. I was relieved about it, and relieved I wasn't the only one. I wasn't so sure about kink format because it's not a thing I'm especially into, but then the principle of the thing won out, so I just went for it.

I started booking hotels for dad and I in Japan in August and honestly I only have one nailed down. I'm worried I'll book something and then we'll decide to do things in a different order, or idk, anything. When I go by myself I don't feel that much pressure about it, but I'm nervous taking him along too. We ordered our rail passes at least. And I'm so busy with the end of school I don't have a lot of time to sit and focus on it either. Every day I think "shit I have to X" but only at a time when I can't do it at that moment and then I forget later. I've had my fingerprint paperwork in my bag for weeks! Weeks! But everyday I forget when I'm at school. It's a bad, bad scene.

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yeah here's a bunch of stuff, idk.

Baka6 has a unit name! Even though 6Tones is kind of JE-kei dweeby, I'm so happy for them, and happy that Taiga has been sneaking into Crea as much as his schedule allows. Somebody tweeted about them being able to say "Our name is...6TONES" now and then I cried because ugh these tiny kids are growing up so much. If just getting a name makes me cry, anything more is going to be USELESS WRECK. Given how much I cry over Ebi, it maybe be too much.

Saw Age of Ultron tonight and it was a bit slow at first but I was satisfied in the end. They're such a good cast, and I love how the movies build on earlier ones and expand relationships. We also got just a TEENY bit more of BFF Cap and Natasha, which was my favorite part about Winter Soldier, really. And Thor talked like Thor, yessss. I think I still liked the first Avengers much better as a cohesive whole, but this one was worth my 3D money, for sure.

I am so wrecked this week because of the dumb Latin Festival, but it's over for another year, and I didn't have to even kill anyone. One year there will be a year where we aren't embarrassing and nothing makes me cry, but this year was not it. SOME DAY. I overslept really far Wed morning and then today I was practically falling asleep on my desk. I'm not sure this weekend will be enough, ugh. so close to the end of the year. SO CLOSE.

at dinner recent breakup friend was talking about how she's been super low and irritable and has to talk herself into doing everything, and how she keeps telling herself it's fine to be sad and it'll pass. I just sat quietly while everybody else was encouraging her because I don't feel like, for me, that it is ever going to pass. Mostly I just wish I would eventually stop caring as much about it, which feels a lot more realistic than thinking anything will be different some amount of time later. 2005 = alone on floor watching anime, 2015 = alone on floor watching anime with chinchilla, I somehow doubt 2025 will reveal shocking change. Shinchilla will still probably be here, really.

anyway. whatever. super excited to do as much nothing as possible tomorrow. And i have some of the apple cider soy wings I made leftover from last night, which were amazing.

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15 April 2015 @ 02:42 am
Title: Hell Yes [Baka6]
Rating/Warnings: G, gen group fic
Summary: Shintarou demands they all go out for dinner, and Juri is amused by his lack of subtlety.
AN: April 14th is the anniversary of the first episode of Bakaleya airing, so I just wanted to toss out some quick fic about that. I love these guys, and I hope they have an awesome time at Crea this summer. Title like HELL NO except yes XD.

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Somehow I spent all night with my mother at a Chinese cultural performance. she pitched the idea yesterday morning when I was leaving the lady doctor's office to go back to school and I was too depressed at that moment to do anything besides just keep saying "okay" so that she would get off the phone. sidenote: i was dutifully probed (who on earth thought internal ultrasounds would be better, jesus christ) and they said everything is normal and long story short I'm giving up on this whole lady doctor thing, as previously mentioned.

I tore through the rest of the Raven Boys canon and then read like every explicit Adam/Ronan fic on Ao3 and some on Tumblr, because yes. At first I was just pleased they were super shippable but then halfway through DT I was like...wait, is this actually happening? And then by LB I had noticed a lot of parallel narrative between Blue and Gansey, and then Adam and Ronan, so. I am excite. I gather from the interwebs that Stiefvater has been hinting at writing kissing and stuff. It would be super awesome if the series gained enough traction over the summer that the last book would have a midnight party. I miss those.

And then I wrote fic. I wrote like one fic and three halves. It's been about a zillion years since any fandom made me want to write really abruptly like that, and then I actually did it, so that's nice. Also people on Ao3 seem mildly excited about that which hasn't happened for a zillion years either. I'm scared to hope it will last longer than three seconds. I'm just going to keep writing as much fic as I can while it lasts.

I recognize that I'm disproportionately distressed by the breakdown of commenting/interaction/communicative whatever in fandom, but like, you don't understand. My RL friends keep leaving/getting married/quitting, and I didn't have that many to start with. Fandom is the thing that's been covering up my inability to get somebody to date me or even be in-person friends for the last, idk, 15 years? So being sad fandom moved to twitter and then tumblr feels exactly like when my RL friends go away -- you can't be like "no don't get married or go back to school or have that baby you can't leave me," there's nothing you can do about it. Equivalently I realize that it's not ideal to have some amount of self-worth tied into how much attention writing gets me, but... it's not coming from anywhere else, and it hardly ever does, so. I just need intensely for fandom to stop feeling like it's left me behind too.

Also my birthday is next weekend and my mother keeps asking questions about what I want to do, and the answer is nothing, especially not put up with all my brothers and my nephew. I don't especially feel like celebrating how until probably always my birthday is now the anniversary of the last time I could coerce somebody into having quasi-unwilling sex with me. Nor do I especially want to explain that to my mother.

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