Monday, August 24, 2015

National Peach Pie Day!


One of my fave types of pies!:dummy:I love peaches in general, but putting it in a pie takes it to another level! Haven't had it in a while...Thursday was Lemonade Day, and National Radio Day. Lemonade can be so simple to make, and it's pretty tasty. I just put a little sweetener or sugar in a glass, add some lemon juice, fill the glass up with water, and then mix. Much easier than squeezing the lemon yourself, and it's relatively fresh still.:iconheroamericaplz:I sometimes experiment with the amount of each thing to see how much better I can get it compared to the last time I made it. Haven't made it in a long time, though. Used to do it all the time during the summer. Radio's important, and great that there's a day devoted to it. 

Weather's been a bit weird.:iconwtfromanoplz:Temperature-wise it hasn't been all that bad. Mid-70s to low-80s. But, since our state has so many fires going on, for the last few days it's been pretty smoky here. Air quality is not that great. (I can feel it more after walking a while in it.) At least I'm not on the eastern side of the state where most of the fires are happening. It must be brutal there right now.:iconraivisplz:It's particularly bad because of the drought. Makes it incredibly easy to start a fire if everything's dried out. The college I went to started classes today, and they're on that side of the state. I hope it's not that bad out for their first day. Although, I remember things like terrible dust storms, enough of a bug infestation that it blotted out the sun (and occasionally looked like snow, but was really dying bugs), smells from the farms, people burning stuff on the farms, crazy snow storms, bone chillingly cold at times during the winter, etc.:iconitalyishorrifiedplz:Lots of the 'normal' stuff can be difficult. It's a great place though, besides that stuff.

I decided a couple of days ago that I'd get back to doing my makeup.:iconchibihungaryplz:Doesn't have to be all the time, but I want to do it a lot more often than I have been. I started today with doing foundation, a little blush (not that I really need it...:iconkikuplz:), eye shadow, mascara, and lipstick. I'm not going to do a lot every time, just try to have something on. When I did it more often, I mostly just used eye shadow and lipstick/lip gloss. I've been told by some that I look like I wear mascara when I don't have it on. But, it's still interesting to see. I used to hate foundation.:iconhongkongplz:Especially the liquid kind. Just the way it feels... I have a semi-wet powder foundation that's still rather new. It feels pretty good so far. Sometimes foundation feels cakey, no matter how little of it you use. I'm also trying a different way of doing my eye shadow that I've seen on some Youtube videos and Pinterest. Turned out interesting today. I like my fairly new lipstick, too. They're interesting colors. I like colors that aren't the 'norm'. I'm that way with nail polish, too. I want something fun, but not too crazy.:iconseychelles-plz:I found out a while ago that I don't like eyeliner. It seemed to make my eyes look smaller, and didn't like the overall effect. It feels nice to put makeup on occasionally. Rosie wants to eat it, though...:iconusaplz:

Went through my facebook friend list. I hadn't done so in a long time. Found out 3 people had deactivated their accounts, so I had to drop them. (Funny how facebook doesn't get rid of them naturally if they deactivate...:icongermanyplz:) 1 friend became increasingly malicious sounding over time. It was never about me, but I don't like when a 'friend' talks about their friends that way. Or, about other groups of people in general. It just makes me feel slightly sick to my stomach when I start to see stuff like that. Makes me feel worse when I see it over and over again.:iconwtfukplz:So, goodbye to that friend. (I knew her sinse high school, so it was a bit of a difficult decision to make.) There were 2 others that I dropped. 1 of them never responded to anything I posted, and essentially seemed to ignore me...:iconromanoplz:Even though she's cool in person, it just seemed pointless on facebook. 

Another person I changed to 'unfollow'. They were constantly posting some strange things. I 'met' him and his wife through yahoo messenger years ago. They're an Orthodox Jewish couple. They both are very nice to me. Just weird.:iconhanatamagoplz:The husband runs a radio station online, and posts everything they feature each time it broadcasts. He changes his profile pic all the time, but it's never anything new. And, half of them are creepy looking ones of himself. He also acts like he's personal friends with celebrities. And, I can't tell if it's true or all made up...:iconsighingplz:But, he does some nice things, too. He'll do special birthday posts every year to his friends' walls. Sometimes High Holiday stuff. I think that last one I dropped was actually his wife. She was a bit strange too, and didn't do much. I kept him as a friend mainly because he does something like the birthday stuff.

So, cutting a lot of these people out of my list should make for a better feed, too. I don't need toxic people.:iconlietplz:But, I didn't drop too many people, which is great. Started with 161 friends, and am now down to 155 of them. Not too bad. I only friend or accept an invitation if I know that person somehow. Most I've seen face to face. Some I've met online through other sites.

Went through the hanging stuff in my closet. Most of it seemed to be Mom's. Her old blouses, jackets, dresses, etc. She put them in there partly as storage, and partly thinking I'd grow into them and like them. Most were larger sizes than I ever was, even at my heaviest. And, practically all of them were never my style. They still smelled like her, too. That felt really weird to me.:iconawkwardplz:

I still had some of the things I wore when I was 12 and 13. I was quite slim back then, plus my hips were narrower, too. So, even though I still liked most of those things, I had to toss them. There was one shirt, I think it looks like a black long sleeved camisole (Dad said it must have been just a stretchy shirt), that still fits me, though. 

There were some that were from when I was at my heaviest. They were incredibly big on me when I tried them on. Odd to see how much I've lost that way. There was a sleeveless dress that the armpit holes were so big, you could easily see part of where my ribs start. It's supposed to be a clingy type dress. It still clung, but in weird areas. I tried on its matching jacket, but it was too big for me, too. I kind of was swimming in it. Not used to that feeling.:iconpolandplz:The jacket was missing a button, and since it and the dress are a set, I had to throw them both out. 

I'm also keeping a few things as keepsakes. I have my graduation gown with the stole. A traditional Chinese styled shirt I got one year from the NW Women's Show. That happens once a year. There are tons of free stuff, people selling things, demos, food, etc. I remember thinking the person who was running the Chinese clothing shop wouldn't be able to find something that fit me. It fit me to a T back then. It doesn't anymore, and I don't think it ever well. I'm bigger on top than I was back then for one thing...:iconchibiswedenplz:I remember everything she was selling actually came from China. There were some nice looking dresses, but most of it was super expensive. This shirt wasn't too bad. It'd be cool if I could find a similar one that fits me now. But, I highly doubt I would. Putting it on is interesting, too. Lots of buttons and hooks. 

There's also a dress I wore to a big dance for our high school band in New York City. I loved it, but I don't think it'll fit me in the future...:iconohboyamericaplz:Never know with this one.

All in all, I filled 5 garbage bags. An additional bag had another jacket and dress set that I'm donating to Goodwill. It was only used once or twice. I hated it, and it's too big for me now. Hopefully, someone else will like it.:icontinoplz:I think it's the only thing I'm donating so far from my closet. The other stuff was just too far gone. Sad. I think I've filled at least 16 large garbage bags in total for stuff from my closet. (The first several were about a year ago.) That's a lot of bags.:iconshockplz:I didn't realize I had so many things to get rid of. It's actually roomy in there, and I can walk in. The hangar rod goes just over my head, so I could stand without bending in there. 

Now, I just have to go through the storage area on top. It's kind of a mishmash of things. I have a big white stuffed bear that has winter hat on, and a scarf that has reindeer on it. Not sure how I got it. I think one of my geography projects is up there, too. We had to create our own island with topography and such. I came up with a crescent shaped one. And, I think I remember liking the results. There's a box of papers and stuff that looks pretty full. Several more shoe boxes that might hold the possibility of more shoes I can use. I know one of them was actually a part of my science fair project. It shows the phases of the moon when you look inside, with a builtin flashlight, at different angles. I think I placed 1st with that one. There are a few sweaters. Not sure if they fit. So, there might be a few pieces of clothing left that I can keep. It'd be cool if there were more shoes in decent shape up there, too. Another adventure. It feels like the closet as a whole has an endless amount of stuff to go through.:iconhongkong-wantsursoul:

I'm thinking of looking for more clothes and such online, as well as occasionally at the mall. I usually don't see too many things I like at our local mall. There's one quite a ways from us that has a much better selection, though. I've noticed most online sites have approx. measurements for their sizes. So, you can measure yourself, and figure out which one of their sizes you are. That can vary even with actual physical stores. So, it might be more handy that way. Plus, a lot of places online have better deals. Dad found a site that the clothes are actually customizable. So, you give them more detailed measurements, you can choose what kind of style some things are (like what kind of neck style: Scoop, V, etc.), the length, etc. Really interesting.:aww: 

Had a phone appointment with my gastroenterologist last Friday. She asked how I was. I'm getting better slowly (ever so slowly:iconnorwayunimpressedplz:) each day. I brought up that I'm starting to get worried about my hair loss. Luckily right now it just looks a bit thinner. She said she did notice my protein levels were really low the first time they tested for it (during the worst of it), and it's slowly getting better over time with each new test. Also, the new med can have a side effect of losing hair. She wants me to continue eating more protein than I used to, and to just see what the next result will be for it. She asked about how my weight is doing. I'm still losing it, but I personally don't think it's going at too quick of a pace. She said I have to continue monitoring it, and if I lose it too quickly, to tell her immediately. Once I hit the 1-month mark with the newest med, I could cut to 2 doses instead of 3 of balsalazide. (Balsalazide was prescribed to me right after my colonoscopy.) So I'll go from 9 pills of it to 6. I feel like I'm eating a bunch of plastic every day with it, and it's incredibly filling.:iconnataliaplz:Eventually, I'll go off of it. At the beginning of next month I'll get another blood draw. She said eventually I might just have to do it every 3 months. She didn't mention about narrowing the type of IBD I have down. It's kind of frustrating to me not knowing which one I have. I like that she seems to really be listening to my concerns, though. For some reason I thought she wouldn't.

I have been noticing today that I'm feeling very sore lately. Some of that soreness is in my joints, and the rest feels like it's in my muscles around them. I especially feel it after sitting for just a few minutes, and standing up. Doesn't feel right.:icondisgusted-hongkong:I'll email her eventually about it. It can be another thing the disease is affecting. It's kind of hard for me to remember to eat more protein, too. I'll do my best, though. Trying to get back into my sit-ups. Restarting with this week at 10 sit-ups twice a day. Didn't go very well last week. Hopefully, I can get back to doing my walks. Although, right now the smokiness is affecting me. I have to be smart about this stuff, too. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tougenkyou Alien


Or, Alien Shangri-La. It's by Serial TV Drama. It's also Gintama's 9th opening theme song. I've mentioned it before, but I found the long version of it. It's even better.:iconheroamericaplz:It fits the anime so well! Even the lyrics seem to be made for it. The anime's essentially about what happens after aliens take over the world, and everything's in kind of an old Edo-style. There are still samurai, ninja, the shinsengumi, and the shogun. Yet, they have things like their version of TVs, cell phones, radios, cars, flying spaceships shaped to actually look like old pirate-like ships, etc. Kind of a good mixture of historic stuff and modern. Might be partially why it's so popular, the show knows how to mix them well. The main character was once apart of Joi, which is a group of samurai that rose up against the alien invasion. They still want to topple the government that allowed the aliens to take over. (And, send those aliens back home.) Occasionally, they fight the shinsengumi. The shinsengumi consider the current members fugitives. One of the main character's friends is the current leader of it. (Yet, his 'partner' is an alien...:iconseychelles-plz:) The main character, Gintoki, doesn't seem to care about that. More about just protecting the people and town he loves. Whether their alien or human. Serial TV Drama were a 5-member Japanese rock band. They debuted in 2004. Apparently, they disbanded in 2012. Kind of sad. Here's a Gintama amv featuring the entirety of the song. Also, gives you a look at the craziness of the show. Some of it features the shogun, who seems to be unknowingly picked on every time he shows up. He puts up with a lot stuff, but usually gets back at people somehow. He's kind of angelic and naive seeming at times, and doesn't talk much. 

Something last night made me feel really upset, so I didn't get much sleep.:iconlietplz:My guts were really hurting in the morning, and I think it was because of it. Apparently, stress of any kind can affect the pain/side effects of the disease. Yay!:iconnataliaplz:I've felt like I swallowed a bunch of pins and their pricking my insides all day. They feel worse when I don't eat at a decent time. Like the pins burst into flames or something. So weird.:iconusaplz:So, I got up a little later than I wanted to.

Translated a bit more of that new You Maga article. Still the intro part of the article, so not much yet. Read some articles in Japanese on Asahi's site. One was about the Thai bomber. One of the wounded is Japanese, so they had it from his perspective. Along with what authorities told them about the case. Another one was about a gruesome murder and possible kidnapping. A 13 year old girl had planned to meet up with a 12 year old boy at around 9pm a few days ago. It's believed the girl was running away from home, and both of them had been bullied at school. The girl was found about a day later behind a truck in a parking lot. Her wrists were bound with tape behind her back, and they wrapped tape around her head. There were several stab wounds that cut to the bone. Her face was beaten and bruised. The only way her mother could identify her was by looking at her clothes. She was that badly mangled.:iconitalyishorrifiedplz:They say she suffocated to death. The boy is still missing. I feel bad for both families, and what the 2 kids went through. Hopefully, they find the other kid, and whoever's responsible. 

The channel I'm subscribed to on Youtube that puts up compilations of current Japanese commercials, finally had an update. They tend to do it every 2 weeks, but this one had a 3-week wait. At least it was slightly longer than usual being 10 minutes long. There are no subtitles, despite some people begging them to do it. They said that it'll take more time if they do so. I think it's great to watch them without.:iconchibinitalyplz:Gives me a chance to go off what I already know. I think it helps a great deal, too. It's nice that all the commercials they show are current. So, I get to see them only slightly later than people start to in Japan. They talk really fast during their ads, too. This collection of ads, like many others have been, was really hilarious. The last one especially.:iconlaughingplz:

I also watched some of the ANN News Youtube channel. It comes directly from their Japanese TV channel. They're only a couple minutes each, but that's with each story. I've noticed that we kind of do that with our national news stories in order to fit everything in. It's just I'm used to it being one long video/program. I like their animal news section. It's interesting, but apparently isn't updated that often. It's on things like local zoo news, whales beaching themselves, aquarium news, animal cafes, animal rescues, etc. Not all fluff pieces. I also watch the normal news stuff they upload, that aren't in a particular playlist yet. Also, watch some of the current weather stuff they post. One of the most recent ones of that was talking about typhoon season, and how it's so bad this year. They do have current weather forecasts. Of course, all of this isn't subtitled, so it gives me even more practice in hearing it, seeing the headlines, and such. Some of the videos aren't available here. Which is interesting. Why would they block those specific ones?:iconhanatamagoplz:

Practiced more with sentence structure and grammar in Japanese. Just wrote about a couple of things I did this past weekend. I think it's best to practice with sentence topics I might want to bring up normally. To make it feel more natural.:iconthailandplz:I posted that to my blog that's entirely in Japanese. Only got back into posting to that one a few days ago. There was about a 2-year gap between those posts.:iconshockplz:I think I should post more often to that one. I also talked about my favorite teas on there. I think I'm going to try and post some of my practice sentences on there, and talk about my favorite things or other general stuff about myself. Gives me more practice for that, too.

One Piece has been interesting. I think I'm starting to like it more as I go. In Tegami Bachi, or Letter Bee, Lag was caught in an illusion. An old man had died alone in a lighthouse. He wanted his grandson to stay with him to learn more about taking care of the lighthouse, and to pick it up after the guy passed away. The sad thing is the grandson was taken far away from him by his father, thinking it was worthless. So, he instead wrote out a story about himself and his grandson staying behind to help him. He died caught in his own world he dreamed up. A gaichuu was attracted to the 'heart' that the old man had poured out while writing his story. It lodged itself on top of the lighthouse, and sent its tendrils into it. As soon as he stepped into the lighthouse, Lag was immediately caught in the illusion that the gaichuu created while it was eating the heart there. He had turned into the grandson, and it felt natural to him. He didn't think anything of it until he kept seeing a monster and the grandfather barged into his room saying "I hate you!" over and over again. The 'monster' was really Niche trying to wake him up. The grandfather had hated himself for dying alone, and that all he did in life was to keep the lighthouse going. It was sad. The next part was about Sylvette getting an order in to make a doll right away, and delivering it.