Wednesday, September 17, 2014

National Linguine Day!

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This was actually on Monday, but I like linguine so why not still celebrate it? Linguine literally means 'little tongues'. I love pretty much all pasta.:iconinloveplz:Last Saturday was International Chocolate Day. Yay! An excuse to eat more chocolate!:iconyayhanatamagoplz: 

Yesterday morning was really bizarre.:iconawkwardplz:I got up at the time I like to, which was great. After getting out of the bathroom, I found out Tasha had thrown up big time all over the banister.:iconlietplz:None of it made it to the carpeted floor, which was at least one good thing about it. Tasha looked embarrassed. Took me a while to clean it up. Meanwhile, my slippers are ripped up so much now they barely stay on my feet. So, going up and down the stairs cleaning it up, was kind of an obstacle in itself.:iconwtfukplz:

When I was starting to make my bed, A huge spider crawled out from beneath the covers. I'm hoping it wasn't there while I slept...:iconchibichinaplz:Scared the heck out of me. Mainly because I wasn't expecting anything there. I thought it went into my pillow case, so I grabbed my big heavy flashlight and smashed it down throughout the pillow and case.:iconmochibelaplz:It was more to scare it into coming out, and never wanting to visit the bed again. Not intentionally to kill it. After that, I was nervous and went out for my walk to clear my nerves. When I got back, I started to take my bedding off to clean it. Was going to anyways, but seeing how a spider came out from it, made me want to clean them even more.:iconannoyedgin-plz:Apparently the spider was just waiting in a corner that was a little further out from my headboard. So, I couldn't see it, and pulled on one of the bottom sheets. It came scurrying out, and went down the length of the bed to the other side.:iconhongkong-wantsursoul:Couldn't tell where it went after that. Freaked me out even more. 

I was so nervous about it, I put my black leather gloves on, and continued with taking the bedding off. Once everything was off, I used something normally used for stains on the mattress, thinking the smell would deter it. Also, sprayed air freshener around and on the corners of the bed. Then, sprayed some of my new body spray all around the edges of the mattress. Then, to try and be extra 'safe' I put some nail polish remover on a Q-tip and went over all the edges.:iconberwaldplz:I think I remember reading an article a while ago that this 'method' keeps away various pests. Later, I put everything back together on the bed. 

Rosie was especially happy for the interesting smelling, fresh, and clean bedding.:iconcuteamericaplz:She's been killing some rather large spiders lately, too. There was a much bigger one in my bathroom a while ago. I usually don't get too freaked out if they're far away from where I normally am and in a corner somewhere on the ceiling. So, I let it be. Apparently, it made its way to Dad's bathroom, and she put it outside with a cup. Then, I saw a big one that was dying and Rosie kept pawing and mouthing it. The next morning we saw 2 dead huge spiders, and Rosie pawing at them again. I think she likes them, but feels odd about actually eating them. Fun to play with and taste, but eating is another story.:iconusaplz:

Anyways, I had a very hard time sleeping last night, because I kept feeling like that spider was going to come back.:iconscaredplz:Once I fell asleep, I was out like a light. (So, I woke up later than I'd like to today.) I barely moved from the spot I started with. The spider never came back. This time, Rosie was rather happy and she had made a small nest around me. I almost feel like she ate it whole, and was having a food coma or something.:iconhanatamagoplz:So, maybe it is gone for good. Probably thinks my bed smells nasty now. Although, it could be under it, too...:iconshockplz:

During that morning walk yesterday, I bumped into one of our neighbors/friends. She said I looked like I was about to cry. Well, first of all, the lighting was strange that time of day so maybe I was grimacing a bit. Secondly, I was deep in thought. Mainly about what I was going to do about the spider. I told her about the spider, and she said I'd never sleep in that room again. Oh, thank you very much for making me feel even more uneasy...:iconjustaway-deathstare:

Dad came home early that day, too. We got to have a walk together, which was nice. Then, we went to group. There were more people this time, but it wasn't all that big a crowd. Had some interesting discussions. Dad and I didn't go to Shari's like we usually do. She needs more sleep, and we would've gotten home really late. Shari's tends to take a while to get our food. So yesterday, now that I think about it, was weird all around. Certainly out of the norm at least. It seemed like even the weather couldn't decide to be sunny, cloudy, cool or warm. It just cycled through all those.:iconitalyishorrifiedplz:

I also did my nails that day. This brand never lists the names of their nail polish on the bottle. But, it's kind of a glittery lilac-like color. Kind of fun and party like.:iconchibihungaryplz:Oh, and recently I got some body spray. I rarely wear that stuff anymore. But, this smells nice enough I'm thinking about getting back into it. It's a nice and warm vanilla smell. Kind of like a birthday cake smell. It's a more intense vanilla than I expected, though. I used to wear jasmine body spray all the time, then got sick of it. There was another time where it was a raspberry something smell (it was like a blend of some sort). I never was totally crazy about actual perfume or cologne.

Went grocery shopping a couple of days ago, and bumped into a couple of people we knew. The same people we bumped into at Costco a couple of months ago. The first thing one of them said to me was: "Look at you, Skinny Mini (or was it like Minnie?)!" Felt odd, yet nice at the same time.:iconkikuplz:She grabbed part of my pant leg and said: "Your pants are so baggy!" Yeah, I'm a little surprised myself at how roomy they've gotten. Might have gone down another size already...If that's true I'll be down 5 sizes from my heaviest weight. (Which means my current jeans would be 2 sizes too big...:iconnorwayunimpressedplz:That would make sense. They feel that big on me now.) Nuts! I'm seeing even more signs that I'm losing weight, too. She kept praising me for my discipline and sticking with it. She said she brags to other people about me. I'm not sure if she should brag about me...:iconseychelles-plz:

I've changed my routine a bit more to incorporate both my walks. This way it's harder for me to 'skip'. Doing things like taking a shower or washing my face (I can't take a shower everyday...) after my morning walk, instead of before. I could wash away a lot of the sweat this way, too. There's other ways I've made it easier to make the 2nd walk more of an important part of my routine, too. I feel even better after doing them now.:iconchibinitalyplz:I seem to be doing them at certain times of the day, too. Rather than all over the place. The only day that's different is laundry day, the first walk is later. But, the 2nd one's still roughly at the same time of day. Since it's at a certain time, I've seen some people regularly on those walks. It's been interesting. 

There's only one week until erev Rosh Hashanah. Or, the night of (eve of) Rosh Hashanah. Holidays start at night for us. I think I've decided on where I'd want to go, and just recently emailed them about attending their services. Tickets tend to be pretty expensive if you're not a member of that congregation. Most people can't afford them, and most places will negotiate on cost. Just got a response pretty quickly back. They said I should call them, and tell them what our 'comfort-level' would be for them and that it's a donation. They're a huge congregation, that have 2 synagogues already. They also occasionally hold Pride Shabbat, an LGBT themed Shabbat service usually during the Seattle Pride. We've gone there for it before, and I think for a couple of Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. Every time we've been there it's been packed. I think they have a kosher kitchen that they use especially for big holidays like this. Shows you just how big they are. They also live stream their services online. Not sure if they'll do that for the High Holidays. I'll call them at some point...I was surprised by how quickly they responded to it.:iconchibiaustriaplz:

I'm trying out some of the newer Jdramas that are coming out for this new season or have finally become available. Have to decide on what to put on hold of the extra anime shows, too. So, I've put Gochisousan on hold, even though it's a Jdrama. It's a long series and has short episodes, so I think I can get back to it in the future. Started watching Time Spiral in its place. (It's one of the new shows for this season. Actually starts the earliest of the 'new' shows I want to watch.) So far it's much better than I expected. I'll mention it more at some point. Still will watch Fairy Tail for that day, too. For Tuesday, I put Shounen Onmyouji on hold. Started to watch Senryokugai Sousakan for its replacement. (It's not as new, but it's the first time it's been available.) For the time being, I'll still watch Rurouni Kenshin for the anime slot. I'm thinking of keeping Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus and Kuroko no Basket for Wednesdays. At least until one of them finishes. I know Kuroko has another season, but I can put that off for a little while. I'm still debating whether I should put Kamen Teacher on hold, or just continue with it until it's done. There isn't much left. Like usual, I'll keep Naruto Shippuden for Thursday's anime. Can't decide if I want to put Hamatora on hold or just finish this first season. It's close to the end of it. I'll keep Ranma for now, too. I could probably put Amatsuki on hold for now, and add a new drama in its place. I'll keep D.Gray-man for now. And, I decided to put Cardcaptor Sakura on hold. I'm not sure if I like it yet. So, I'll have another slot open for a new drama. Keeping Haikyuu for now. It'll change when the new anime season starts though. I know for sure I'll want to watch the 2nd season of Log Horizon. That's at least one anime 'slot' to jumble around. This is kind of exciting, though!:icondenmarkplz:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Joker

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Sung by the Gakupo vocaloid. I think this is the original version. There are many other vocaloid covers of it. The first one I remember was Miku's, but for some reason it sounded odd to me in a female voice.:iconseychelles-plz:This one's better, and he puts an even more sinister sounding spin on it. I didn't realize how 'mature' it was until I looked at the translated lyrics.:icongermanyplz:(The video's lyrics are written oddly, but you get the idea from it.) I suppose it's more referencing/implying things, than actually saying them. Some people have speculated that it's about killing someone, until they looked more closely at the lyrics.:iconamericachainsawplz:I love the sound of this one, and it's kind of fun. Gakupo seems to not be nearly as popular as the other vocaloids. Which is sad, because he can sound so awesome!:iconfinallyplz: 

On my walk last night, I saw a family walking their pet rooster like a dog.:iconhongkong-wantsursoul:Leash and everything. Kind of funny to see, yet entertaining. It's interesting what I've seen on my walks since I've restarted them. The night before I saw a little boy who was riding his bike with, what I assume, was his brother who was only a couple of years older. The first time he saw me he said hi. The next time he said: "Do you know my mama?". The next time after that: "Could you be my mama?" I was on the verge of laughing at that point.:iconlaughingplz:His brother jabbed him hard in the shoulder. I didn't know what to say to those, so I acted like I didn't hear it because my music was too loud or something.:iconchibiswedenplz:Do I look like a mama or something? Or, maybe he liked the way I looked? Weird. 

Did my nails yesterday. Haven't done so in a long time. According to the bottle, this time it's: Deep Bordeaux. Kind of has a coppery metallic sheen to it, as well. It's fun and pretty.:iconchibihungaryplz:

Rurouni Kenshin is getting even better. I'm on the Kyoto story arc. I think the new live-action movie is based on this arc. So, maybe I'll watch that after. (Might want to watch the first pretty recent live-action movie beforehand, though.) The anime started off kind of innocent and lighthearted, but has definitely matured since. There's still plenty of comedy, but it's more serious/mature at other times. The characters have matured a great deal, too. The 'villain' is interesting. He's based off of a real person in the past. (He was like a loose canon in the real shinsengumi. From what I've read, people never really knew what he was going to do. He'd suddenly kill people around him, including his colleagues, for no reason. Usually when he was drunk. He was assassinated by one of his closest friends, on orders from the government.) In the anime, he became too strong for the government to handle and they tried to burn him alive. Kenshin is his predecessor as a 'man slayer' or battousai. The villain, Shishio, survived the fire but his flesh was badly burnt. So, he's always in a lot of bandages. He's not as sensitive to things as he used to be. So, he can touch something that's on fire or even frozen and not have a problem. His body heat temp is much warmer than the average person's. He even admitted that it cooked his brain and other organs a bit. He's planning to gather all the strongest of his 'allies' in order to bring down the government. They only agreed to it because they want to overthrow the government too, not necessarily because they like him...In fact, some hate his guts. He plans to set off a bunch of fires in different areas of the city at the same time. He thinks it'll get out of control and burn the government officials who live there alive. (It was the capital back then.) Kind of his payback. He wanted Kenshin to join him at one point. Kenshin is definitely against it, and has already fought and nearly killed 2 allies of Shishio's. Kenshin asked the guy who taught him about his specific sword techniques, to teach him the final moves of it. Eventually, he learned them. He wants to become strong enough to defeat Shishio on his own. It seems more personal for him, since Shishio was supposed to be his 'successor'. He's learned that he doesn't have to have his battousai mentality anymore when going up against such strong opponents. The final sword technique can kill if the opponent moves in any way. Otherwise, it can paralyze them, too. He swore a long time ago to not kill anymore. Trying to atone for what he's done in the past, for the rest of his life. He thought he had to break that vow until he was reunited with his teacher. 
For Pandora Hearts, I think I've gotten passed the point where the anime diverges from the manga. There's still a lot more to the manga, too. So, that's kind of exciting. A lot more things are being answered/revealed. Oz, Alice, and Gil decided to go back to what's left of Sabrie. Around the Abyss there were crumbling buildings, the people living in poverty, Pandora has a small headquarters there (haven't seen it yet), and there's a church that's been taking children in who have lost their parents because they were illegal contractors. Once the clock on their chest does a full rotation, they get sent to the lowest section of the Abyss. No one has ever come back from that. Contractors are people who have made a contract with a being or 'chain' from the Abyss. The illegal ones do it without Pandora's permission. Every time they call on their chain, the clock on their chest moves its hands. So, it shortens their lifespan. Oz is an illegal contractor, Alice being his chain. Although, we're starting to find out that she was actually human. Might be why his clock seems to be a little different. Alice apparently has an identical twin, the only thing that's physically different is her hair. It's white instead of black. That twin, also called Alice, is the one who's in control of the Abyss. She's also called the Will of the Abyss. I can't tell if she made up the Abyss, or she actually controls it. Everything seems to be based off her toys, and the room that she resides in looks like the chain Alice's room before she was killed. She even has Cheshire there, who was the chain Alice's cat when she was human. I'm still confused as to if they really are different...:iconkikuplz:Like, they may be the same person, just a split personality. Or, the Will of Abyss is her 'crazy' side? I don't know. Another odd thing is apparently Gil and Vincent were originally from Sabrie before it went into the Abyss. (The 'tragedy' happened over 100 years ago.) Anyways, Oz and the others decided to explore near the 'hole' after they reunited with Eliot and Leo at that church. The Abyss seemed to pull them in, and separated them from each other. Alice, so far, has seen a younger version of herself. Gil saw a younger version of himself, too. Oz felt an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia, and came face to face with Glen. (He's in the pic.) Glen's the head of the Baskervilles. He was once Jack's best friend. They've never shown him before. The Baskervilles were the ones that put Oz into the Abyss the first time, and tried to kill him not too long ago. He probably felt nostalgic because Jack's ghost or spirit lives inside him now. They look oddly similar too. When Oz sees Glen for the first time, Jack says: "Oz, I hope you can stop him, my one and only friend." Stop him from doing what?:iconusaplz:Interesting. 

Wrote more of the 11th story to my nightmare anthology. It's pretty violent and gruesome. Probably more so than the other stories so far. Yet, it's kind of fun to write. I just came up with another idea recently for another story to add to the anthology. It's kind of unique considering I was actually awake for it. It was something I heard a while ago. (Like a couple of years ago.) It might have just been fluid moving in my ears, but it sounded like a ghostly/ethereal choir.:iconchibichinaplz:I have some issues with my Eustachian tubes and too much fluid in my ears at times. So, occasionally I hear weird sounds, but I usually can tell what's normal and what's not. This wasn't the normal sound of fluid moving...And, it kept going on and on. Not only that, but it got louder over time, too.:iconwtfukplz:I might end it with that one, I don't know.

Played my clarinet. Did some Duke Ellington, Gershwin, pieces from my advanced classical solos book, and some tunes from my general jazz book. Sounded better, but still made a few mistakes. Not bad, though.

I practiced writing out sentences in Japanese. I'm thinking in the future of posting them to my blog that's in Japanese. (The sentences have pretty much been about current events with me. So, it'd be similar to what I post on here.) I haven't posted much to it, but apparently people look at it, and have liked it. Practiced some of my kanji and vocab on JapaneseClass' site. I'm really moving up the ranks there.:icongreatjobplz:Got a friend request from a guy in Columbia. He seemed to be new to it. So, now I have 3 friends on there. All from around the world. Cool. 

Colored in more of the drawings of my characters', from Alliance, outfits/accessories. Also, cleaned up in Photoshop more of Junko's (from Alliance) 2nd 'angry' panel in the exaggerated expressions meme. Her eyes look a little odd in this one.:iconpolandplz:Although, this is supposedly in between the extremes of just angry and furious. Sometimes it's hard to draw the in between ones. I like her really furious look though. It's funny.

Shounen Onmyouji has been interesting. So far, it's not the best, but it feels like it's just warming up. (Only have seen the first few episodes.) So, I'll stick with it a little longer. Although, it might be one of the first ones I switch over to a new show for this coming season. There seems to be a lot of promising ones for this fall season.:iconberwaldplz:I even read recently that Kamisama Hajimemashita is going to have a 2nd season. I didn't expect that to have another season.:iconswissplz:Can't wait to see the 2nd season of Log Horizon, too!:la:That one seems to be much better, though. There are a few brand new shows that look interesting: The Seven Deadly Sins, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, Gugure, Parasyte, World Trigger, and Donten ni Warau. It actually looks like there will be some good Jdrama shows, too. Here's what I might check out: Gu Gu Datte Neko de Aru, Sakura, Time Spiral, Zainin no Uso (Criminal's Lie), and Massan. I might get to add them to my empty drama slots, and I'll have to put the anime I put in place of them on hold. I can go back to them in the future.:iconchibinitalyplz: