yeeeeeeeeeeeah >_>

Tomorrow morning, I fly to NYC for the Pre-Departure orientation and then Saturday pile into a taxi with [personal profile] grayscale and [personal profile] yomimashou to JFK and fly out for JET.

I'd like to point out that packing, car insurance and laptop frustrations aside, I am still really excited to be heading out to live in Japan for a year or longer. Granted a portion of that might just be that I'm pretty desperate to actually get there and KNOW what its going to be like, but I am excited to meet my students, and the teachers I'll be working with, and my poor, long-suffering supervisor who has been the focus of my continuous barrage of questions for like the past...month. I'm still pretty nervous about the whole teaching thing, but I've got a month before I'll be running any classes, and I've been doing some research so that's mostly abated, so now I just want to get there.

Luckily, all the New York JETs are flying out together, so I'll be with [personal profile] grayscale and [personal profile] yomimashou, and we should be able to finagle seats together which means a 14 hour flight of company and JE variety shows as opposed to mostly misery. Well, some misery is inevitable given the length of the flight and general cramped state but it will be misery with company and entertainment. Yay!

Other things that happened this summer )

and now, to close with some good news, after like a month or more of drought, it rained all yesterday evening and is raining even harder now *does a rain dance* no more slowly dying plants, hooray!
Current Mood: nervous
Current Location: home sweet home
20 January 2012 @ 10:22 pm
Comment to this post, and I will list seven things I want you to talk about. They might make sense or they might be totally random. Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

My seven things:

Favorite Disney movie.

Oh, that's a tough one. I watched Fantasia constantly as a kid - I'm pretty sure it was the only one we owned on VHS, actually, and I'd watch it every chance I got. My friend and I even dragged my mom along to see Fantasia 2000 in Imax when it came out (which was excellent). As far as musicals/movies with plot, probably the Aristocats. I'm a cat lover, what can I say :3

Salt or sugar?

Sugar. I have such a sweet tooth its not even funny. Plus, growing up, my parents pretty much always cut the salt from whatever recipe they were making, so I never really got used to having anything more than maybe a pinch or two of salt on my food. More than that often just tastes too salty to me.

Describe your room.

...Uh, at home or at school? I guess I can give descriptions of both.

My room at home is pretty much a square, cream carpet, white walls, two closets to the right of the door, three windows in the back left corner (one on the back wall, two on the far side). I have four-poster cherry wood bed, set against the back wall, dresser right in front of it to the right of the door. My dad found at a garage sale when I was about 9 or so. I think its really old, but I'm not sure. He built a canopy for it, and I've had a matching set of canopy, comforter/sheets, lampshades and throw pillows since about that time. Its varying shades of green with gold and cream accents, in what really was a pretty grown up pattern for a nine-year-old, when I think about it now, but I still like it at 21 so that was probably a good call. Dresser is also cherry wood, and I've also had that for like my entire life, though it used to fit a whole lot more clothing, back when I was smaller XD Two bookshelves next to it, nearly full, with a sea-green armchair and footrest in front of them (another garage sale find). I have my dads old desk, which is, again, cherry wood, and really quite nice :D I used to just have a painted white roll desk. There were no drawers on it, just a top surface, and so I had no drawers in my desk for like 4 years. Now I hardly know what to do with them. I don't have much on the walls, really, a big fan above the armchair and a calender, and a little cabinet thing next to the door that has nicknacks in it. I have a little wooden step-stool thing that leads up to my bed on one side as well, cause its pretty high and I was a little kid, but these days the only one to use it is my cat.

At school I live in a tower :D So my room is sort of a hexagon shape with a square tacked on one end. I'm also on the fourth floor. There's some cheap plastic shelves across from the door because I have no counter space to speak of and even with them storage spills out onto the floor. Desk is a basic wooden college desk, shelves built into one side and four drawers. The wall in front of it is my calendar and two cork boards that mostly have pictures and fun things on them, plus other notes and such taped on the walls. I have a captain's bed with drawers underneath it that like to get stuck, and above my bed are my May Day posters (Bryn Mawr thing). I was going to hang a string of lantern lights there too but the hooks wouldn't stay up :/ Next wall has some fandom stuff (Prince of tennis posters, my sole Arashi and Doctor Who posters). There are two windows, thankfully across from each other so I get a cross-breeze. My desk is crowded with paper and stationary and work I'm supposed to be doing, plus a canister of rice seasoning, lotion, my hard drive, tissues, stuffed spirit of Fred Weasley, a large jar of nutella and my computer, among other things.

What's something you want other people to know about you, but are often too shy to say?

...Aside from the initial are-you-into-slash-yes-no dance around conversation (that's always fun with new people/someone in the presence of someone else who is not into slash, yes I've done that) I usually don't feel I get misinterpreted or misunderstood by people, and speak pretty frankly about my opinions on things, so I don't think there is anything, really. :/ which is not a very satisfying answer I suppose, but there you have it.

You now have a magical power. Tell us what it is.

Either teleportation or flight. Teleportation because it would be damn convenient, flight because I love high places and flying and warm windy days :)

A musical act that you love (besides Arashi).

This is a tough one. I generally speaking don't follow actual people - I sometimes, if I find a song by a particular artist, poke at a their other songs, but I very rarely make any move to learn about the artist themselves. This goes for authors too, or actors - I own just about every Tamora Pierce book and knew next to nothing about her until I decided to make her the topic for presentation in Japanese class. I tend to really like and pay attention to works, but not the people behind them. Arashi is the first time I've been a fan of real, honest to god people since Hanson in second grade.

I guess, if I had to pick someone, Loreena McKennit? She's the only other artist I can think of where I have almost all her music, and listen to it fairly regularly. The Highwayman is probably my favorite song by her, or All Souls Night.

Something you can't make yourself throw away.

Oh god I am such a pack rat. I still have planners from middle school. Maybe even elementary school. I keep everything that I might have the slightest bit of attachment to, basically, in boxes in my closet. I have all my beanie babies, still, as well XD

I suppose, in a what-would-I-grab-if-I-had-to-grab-something-and-the-house-was-burning-down situation (other than the obvious: computer and external hard drive) I would probably grab Puppy, for sentimental value. Puppy is a Dalmatian dog plushie that I got when I was...I guess also about 9 because it was the year before we moved from Delaware. I was a party girl in my ballet school's production of The Nutcracker, and traditionally, party children are attached to a certain set of party parents (guests) for the show. I don't know if this is always the case, but in the two schools I went to, which did Nutcracker, the party parents at some point during production would present their party children with some sort of gift - my party parents that year presented me (and my two "sisters") with the dog plushies. I absolutely adored him and slept with him every night for years. He came on every trip and to college for the first two years as well. I somehow never came up with a more creative name than "Puppy", or by the time I did had been calling him Puppy for so long it didn't feel right, so Puppy he stayed XD
Current Location: the eastern tower
Current Mood: sleepy
06 September 2011 @ 05:20 pm
I love that I have a class where the professor assigns one of the most widely read Japanese novels and then tells us to read it "with our slash goggles on".

That is all.
Current Location: the eastern tower
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: arashi ~ ナイスな心意気
22 July 2010 @ 12:39 am
...and did something similar last summer with PoT and was reading through past entries just now and was reminded Thus I am going to be brave and awesome and weird and ask:

Which bleach character am I most like?

:DDDD do your worst. Pardon my totally unrelated icon it dances and is pretty and distracting and I had to
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03 August 2009 @ 01:39 pm
it's official.

doubles = love.

And for once, I'm not talking about Prince of Tennis. Shocker, I know.

So at like 7 this morning, when I'm finishing my breakfast and about to head out to my early-morning work shift, I'm flipping through the paper. And I stumble on the article by our usual gay-rights columnist. The header?

"Doubles Tennis better than Therapy"

So of course I read it.

The whole thing - the whole damn thing and this is by someone who I doubt even knows what prince of tennis is - is about how the author and her girlfriend have been together 24 years, play doubles tennis, and credit it as one of the reasons their relationship works out so well. That playing doubles strengthens relationships. It ends "In thennis and life, there's simply no joy as special as having a life-long doubles partner."

I cut the article out. I am bringing it to college.

XD I love my life.
Current Mood: giggly
24 May 2009 @ 11:09 pm
[personal profile] faded_lace  MADE ME ICONS!!!!!




Current Mood: enthralled
19 December 2008 @ 03:27 pm
so....I spent the last few days hunting down the detective conan episodes with Kaitou Kid in them, because I'm suddenly on a kaito/conan kick, and need fanservice dammit.

and then, on the way home from my haircut last night, I was listening to the radio and britney spears' new song 'circus' came on. and I paid attention to the lyrics. next  thought?

ZOMG someone needs to make a Kaito AMV to this!!!!!
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