Well, it was yesterday. But, I love fortune cookies.A lot of the time I just like the cookie part. Every once in a while I get some interesting 'fortunes'. My fave one still is: Happiness is contagious, scatter the seed. I like how some of them have a little Chinese phrase or word and how to say them on the back. But, that might be because I love learning languages, so it's an added bonus for me.
It's been freezing lately!Definitely not end of July weather. I think I heard it got to a balmy 65 today. Wahoo!It's better than getting a massive heat wave, like the east coast's getting. But, really...Maybe have at least 10 more degrees over here? Mom heard from someone that our weather may have shifted a month. So, this month is June weather, next is July. That would suck if we have a major heat wave in September or something.
Sorry about not posting for so long.I'll try to stay on top of it again. Managed to get all my walks in today!Haven't done that in so long... It feels good.
Made dinner and dessert for Tuesday. For dinner, I made a thing called Oriental Hamburger from a really old farmhouse cookbook. (I always feel weird using the term 'Oriental'.) Didn't seem very Asian, but maybe it was an American twist on something? Anyways, it was really good!Interesting to use molasses for it.There was supposed to be chopped up onions, but we didn't have any. So, I used dried onion flakes. Hey, at least it added some 'onion' flavor!Next, for dessert I made a blueberry crisp using a mix from a box. Just needed to add margarine and blueberries. Only hard part was 'thoroughly' mixing the margarine into the topping. But, that wasn't too bad. Bottom pic's what it looks like served. It's a bit blurry, but I still kind of like it. I guess it looks 'artsy' to me.The crisp was awesome!(A tad bit too sugary of a topping, to me, but good.)
Did a lot of dusting today.There's a lot of dust and cobwebs in the pantry. I think more than any other room that I've done so far.But, I'm finished with it. Almost done with the bathroom. I'll finish the bathroom, and make my way dusting up the stairway and into my room next week. My room's gotten very dusty. So, it's in desperate need of it.
Finally got back to my story Alliance this week.Mostly been brainstorming what to do for chapter 14 and on, but it's something.Started putting some of these ideas into an outline so I can expand on them a bit. I'm starting to get a taste for it again. Looked up the minimum word count for fantasy novels, just to see how far I am. Regular novels have a minimum of around 60,000. Fantasy's around 75,000 to 80,000. Read somewhere that on average it's at least 125,000 though. I've got a long way to go.I have a little over 50,000. But, that's ok. I'm not focused too much on that, since it'll be a series. I'm just going to keep it a going.Interesting to see, though.
Since Dear hasn't been updated yet, I tried to read some more of Akagami no Shirayukihime (Red-Haired Snow White Princess). But, I noticed it's starting to get a bit boring.Very interesting concept, but isn't really going anywhere. So, I dropped it. And, started Ao no Exorcist. I'm watching the anime, but I heard from someone that the manga's a bit different. So, why not give it a try.I love the anime anyways. There are a few differences, already. It's moving much faster than the anime, as well. (Or, really since the manga's older, the anime's going slower.) The main part of the story isn't much different (so far), and I'm not passed the spot where the anime is, yet. I've noticed for some mangas to anime shows deviate from each other at certain points. (Some have changed the entire plot by doing this.) So, that's always interesting to see.
Played some classical pieces, rock tunes, and a little Klezmer. All within an hour. Yay!The classical pieces were a part of a compilation for clarinet solos and piano accompaniment. It was crazy, because a lot of them have the highest notes you can play. I hate playing it, but I can do it.Playing extremely high notes hurts my ears. So it's hard even for the player to hear them.I'm a little rusty with them, since I tend to shy away from those. So, I forced myself to do them. Probably scared the cats.Being first clarinet in school meant playing a lot of those high ones. I've always been good at playing them. Got to get back into it, much as I kind of hate it.
Finished a sentence from that You Maga article on Stress Relief Exercises. (Yes, I've been working on this article for a while...Not as into this one as the others, I think that's why.) 深い呼吸を意識しながら、常に背骨を長く保つことを意識して。(Fukai kokyuu o ishiki shinagara, tsuneni sebone o nagaku tamotsukoto o ishikishite.) While aware of your deep breathing, always keep your spine straight.
In Naruto Shippuden, it was more of a lighthearted/getting ready for something big episode. Naruto's about to use a 'key' to unlock the seal that keeps the kyuubi in check. His father told Jiraiya that one day Naruto may be able to control it, and therefore be able to learn one of the most powerful jutsu. Sasuke now has Itachi's eyes. Tsunade's awake and almost back to full health. Supposedly, next week's an hour-long episode. Should finally get more exciting.
Finished editing Max in Photoshop. I'll probably post him tomorrow. Even though I'm a little reluctant for some reason.I think he turned out pretty well. First time drawing a skeleton, then putting clothes on him, and finally making folds in those clothes. Might not be perfect, but not bad.
I decided to become a bit more active on mangafox. I haven't really been active, since I created the account a couple of years ago. Anyways, after introducing myself in one of the clubs I joined, I got someone interested in my novel. I gave him a brief description, and he went to read it on dA. He finished it in 2 days!He said it was a bit of a strange concept, but he really enjoyed it. By the time he got to the end, he said it felt like he wanted to say "feed me more!" He keeps asking me when the next chapter will be finished. It feels so good to find another person who's a fan of my story! Wahoo!Gets me more motivated! I might post some of my drawings on mangafox, I'm still debating. But, it'll be interesting what they think about them. Maybe they'd be more helpful than dA.
Forgot to mention a while back, that I dropped/put on hold VS Arashi. They were doing the same games over and over again. That gets old. So, I started watching a different one called Arashi ni Shiyagare.This one seems a lot more interesting. It's an improv show. Nothing's planned. They get random guests, do random things, random games, etc. It freaks out the group a bit, so it's kind of funny that way, too. The show's still running, and it's newer than that other one.
deviantART fave: LOLShadow An awesome LOLcat. Nicely done pic of an 'evil' kitty.