Almonds are good. Just not my favorite nut.(I love walnuts and pecans.) Nice it has its own day, though. They're very healthy. Apparently the almond tree is native to the Middle East and South Asia. But, today, California produces 80% of the world's supply of almonds. Interesting.
Wow! It's been a while since I've posted...Suddenly became a bit hectic for a while there. I'll try to get back to posting more often.
We celebrated Tu B'Shevat (or literally '15th of Shevat') last week. It's our New Year's for the Trees. Had 2 people over for the seder part. One came over for dinner before we started with things. It was all really nice again.Always more fun with guests, too. We still have leftover fruits and nuts. You're supposed to eat at least 15 different types of fruit. At least one of them should be something you either haven't had in a long time, or something new. You're supposed to have 4 glasses of wine (or in our case grape juice), for each season ranging from dark red, red with a little white, white with a touch of red, and white. Each fruit/nut group signifies something as well. One of my favorite holidays.
Didn't do much for Valentine's Day. I have very mixed feelings for that holiday, so to me it's good I didn't do much for it.Parents went to a fancy restaurant during the weekend before. So, that's nice. Mom got me some Ferrero Rocher. I haven't had that in years. I kind of forgot what it was like. Soooo good!
I've managed to practice almost everyday this past week. Couldn't practice the full hour that I wanted to yesterday, because I had my weird shoulder pain come back. That's ok, got about 45 minutes done by then, so it's not too bad. I'm sounding much better than before. Feels good.
I've realized my shoulder pain might just be a nasty cramp around my left shoulder blade. It feels pretty similar to what you might get in your leg, only slightly more painful.When it's 'worked out', I feel the throbbing numbness I get after my regular cramps as well. Hopefully, it'll stop happening soon. Went a few days before without it happening, so maybe that's a sign?
Watched the movie, Paradise Kiss. It was surprisingly good. It's based on the anime, which is based off of the manga. Yukari is a high school student who's tired of constantly studying. She comes across a group of fashion designers in need of a model for their Paradise Kiss clothing label. (She was scouted by one of the members, and basically forced to become their model.) She's put off by the group's eccentric ways, and doesn't know much about the fashion world. But, soon she starts to admire the way they think and work together. I glimpsed at the art in the manga/anime, and it's not my style. But, the story's great. The way it was done in the movie was really good. Great actors, and music too.
Started watching 11 Nin mo Iru, or Odd Family 11. It's pretty funny. Minoru's a cameraman with little skills in his profession. His wife, Megumi, runs a cafe, but there haven't been any customers for a while. They have 8 children. Kazuo's the eldest, and believes he should sacrifice his own personal interests for the greater good of the family. He takes up a bunch of part-time jobs in order to help his family. The youngest son, Saiko, starts seeing a ghost. She's Minoru's previous wife, by the same name, Megumi. She had 7 of the kids before she died. (I think?) She was jealous of his current wife at first, but after hearing how they met, she changed her attitude. Weird how the only kid who can see her is not her son.
Also started watching Attention Please. I thought it'd be really lame, but it's actually pretty good. There's a couple of actors I like that are in this. So, that's a plus. Yoko's a headstrong tomboyish girl who loves rock and roll, but hates dishonesty and has never worn high heels before. A chance comment by one of her friends causes her to aim for the job of a cabin attendant on an airline, which is completely out of character. Although she also feels that the work's not up her alley, she prepares for the exam with vigor, and miraculously passes the test. She thought she was immediately a cabin attendant after that, but she still has some harsh training to go through.
I've been watching an episode of Fairy Tail every day for the last week or so. Trying to catch up to the current episodes. I'm getting pretty close.I wasn't that far behind, but I thought it'd be nice if I was up to date. Finished a pretty awesome, yet long, arc. Now Gajeel has his own 'cat' or Exceed (Panther Lilly). Carla has the ability to predict the future. (She thought it was just 'planted' memories from Edolas.) Her mother's the queen of the Exceeds, but she didn't feel that she could tell her right away. Happy met his parents, and I think he somehow knows it without them saying anything. The Exceeds went back to Fairy Tail along with the others. And, they're now living next to the guild. They just started another 'arc', this time on the S-class exam. 8 pre-selected participants go up against the current S-class mages. So, they have to defeat at least Erza and Gildarts, the 2 strongest mages in Fairy Tail.They each get to choose a partner that wasn't selected. Natsu's going with Happy (big surprise there...), Levy's with Gajeel, Mest chose Wendy (that's more of a surprise), Juvia's with Lisanna (I'm surprised she was selected, although she's pretty cool), Cana's with Lucy, Gray's with Loke (weird since Loke's a 'spirit'), and there's a couple others.
Started reading Kuzumoto san Chi no Yonkyoudai, or the Four Kuzumoto Siblings. It's really good so far. It's funny, has a lot of action, cool skills, interesting story, etc. What more could you want?The Kuzumoto family consists of 4 brothers with supernatural powers. They're selected to be the 'Supernatural Management Team', a grouped tasked with preventing any abuses of supernatural power that would cause a disturbance to the ordinary people of the town, or allow the discovery of people with supernatural powers. The story centers on the main character 14-year old Sora (the 2nd oldest), and how he and his brothers work to protect the peace in their town. Sora, by the way means 'sky', and they play with that a bit. He uses air. They call him an airhead as well. The youngest is 7 (who doesn't talk much), then there's a 13-year old, and the eldest is 23. I like their personalities.
Worked a lot on editing the heritage meme in photoshop. Got Mom's side (with their mochi) pretty much done. About a couple more left of Dad's, then I work on the America mochi, and myself. Then, I put it in the meme itself. Yay!Feels like I'm almost done with it. Took me long enough...
Also, working on drawing my dragon inspired by Chinese dragons. It's looking cooler the more I work on it. The head looks a bit dog-like, though. And, it looks almost water-based, since it has webbed feet and long fin-like things coming off its body. I'm just going with the flow, and seeing how it looks. I guess it'll be more original and interesting this way.
Managed to get a little writing done for chapter 15. Right now, I'm trying to figure out a name for the local park in the story. I'm trying to come up with it the same way I came up with the name for the restaurant. Where I take a word like 'nature', and look it up in different languages. Then, I try to combine them in various ways. It comes up with some cool sounding names, and it's kind of random. (That's why I like doing it this way.) I've got about 4 good sounding names for it. Hard to narrow them down. I also had another burst of ideas for the story. They usually come at night, while I'm trying to sleep. That's why I leave a notebook next to my bed. Helps me so much!I'm having fun drawing Fray's face, too. He seems to be the 'easiest' one to draw. My idea of him is so clear.Weird how some of them are like that. I have to think about those others more often, then.
Started reading Hamster, yesterday. It's so funny, yet cute. It's about hilarious observations and stories about the author and his hamsters. Doesn't feel like the typical manga.
Found out that the person we invited to dinner before we did the seder for Tu B'Shevat, went to the same high school and is just a year older than me! I knew she looked familiar! She's the barista at the cafe where we go on Wednesdays. We talked a lot yesterday about high school and what people are doing now. She still sees a couple of my old classmates. It feels so weird, but I haven't talked about that stuff in years! But, it was fun.
This reminds me of Buster. I guess any beagle would, but this one looks kind of like him: