Yay for cheesecake!When I was little, I hated it. But, I was introduced to it again years later, and fell in love with it. Kind of the opposite of what happened with me and mushrooms.(I hate them now.) I like cherry cheesecake with a graham cracker crust, marble cheesecake, chocolate, and a few others. I actually don't eat it too often, since it feels so decadent.
It's been unusually cool the last few days. Even our norm is slightly warmer than this. Well, at least we're not dying of the heat like some people are in the rest of the country.
Watched the opening ceremony for the Olympics. It was amazing and weird all at the same time.I really like their idea for the cauldron. Each nation had a 'petal' that lit up, and then all of them were lifted and put together, to make kind of a flower. Looked really cool from below, looking up. Interesting how they transitioned into the Industrial Age. The doves were interesting. Thought the big baby and flying Mary Poppins' were very bizarre.The love story/their music for the past 40 years thing was interesting. The Queen jumping out of the helicopter was obviously not real, but funny nonetheless. She seemed to be a good sport about it. I've only seen bits of the games so far. I usually like to watch the swimming, gymnastics, archery, badminton, track and field, weightlifting, and a few other things.
Had one of the weirdest dreams last night.Mom had called us and said she'll be coming home in a few hours. I told her that she had passed away, so how could she be coming back? She seemed very hurt by this. (It was almost like she was returning from a long trip or something.) She also seemed to be stuck in the phone at one point. It doesn't sound scary when I say/type it, but it seemed like it was and very surreal at the time.I don't know what my thing with phones is. They seem to pop in occasionally in my nightmares. There was one that used to be recurring, that in short, had a train burst out of it eventually.
I decided to deactivate my accounts with those Jewish dating sites. I might look for more at some point. The ones I was part of were really lame. Some had most of the matches on the east coast. Some were mostly in Europe. Some had guys that were WAY too old for me. And, so on.
So, I joined OkCupid last night. I'm already getting a couple of guys who say they're interested. Plus, a few in my 'quiver' and regular matches. It was interesting to see a flow chart of who I'm really looking for. Plus, the maps of states and countries that have the best matches for me. Kind of surprising. I'm a little addicted to their questions.But, they say the more you answer, the better your matches. I don't like how a lot of them center on sex. I'm not focused on that. I just want to get to know the person really well, before that even comes up.Maybe I'm too old fashioned, but I don't care. Anyways, those are the only ones that irk me. There's a lot more intelligent questions too. I might look at other regular dating sites as well at some point. I'm starting to get a bit nervous about it all, though. But, I think I need to push myself out there.
I've decided on a new routine for walking.I'm going to try and walk for twice as long as I used to, after everytime I eat. That could be just after a snack. Plus, I'm adding 15 sit-ups when I wake up, and 15 when I go to bed. I might feel even better this way.
Went to Silver City for dinner Saturday night. Tried their new gyros. Kind of disappointed about it.Had an off taste. It was good, but didn't really taste like a gyro. The fries were awesome! I also got their brownie. (I rarely ever order a dessert when I eat out.) It was amazing!A soft and steamy large brownie on the bottom, then a scoop of vanilla ice cream, some whipped cream, chocolate syrup and caramel syrup drizzled on top. So good! It was so huge, I couldn't eat it all. Managed to barely eat half of it. So, I took the rest home. I seem to have forgotten about it the last couple of days. But, remembered tonight. I just got to have something awesome later.
I have an appointment, finally, for my orthopedist. Maybe he can do some tests, give me advice on exercises, or something. I'm still in pain.It comes in waves, but I always have some amount of it. The most painful time seems to occur when I go to bed. Almost unbearable. If I didn't have that icy hot stuff, I think I'd be in a lot of trouble. Anyways, the appointment is scheduled for the beginning of next month. I still need to make an appointment to see my therapist. I seriously need to.
For the first time, I managed to order things from Avon. Mom was the Avon lady. She would constantly order things. There was a really awesome deal on my shower gel. I'm really low, and needed to get some anyways. So, a nice plus. I ordered the vanilla, and banana coconut milk ones. (You had to get 2 for the deal.) I loved the vanilla, so I kept it. But, I haven't tried the banana one, so why not? My fave used to be pomegranate mango, but it's not as 'intense' smelling. Also, got some of the vanilla lotion. So, now occasionally I'll smell like a cookie or cake. Yay!
For the parsha on Saturday, it was the first one for Deuteronomy. Kind of uneventful. Like a recap of what happened before. Tisha B'Av was on Sunday, which is a day of mourning. If you're really observant you're supposed to fast. I'm not that observant, and I can't really fast. My meds prevent me from doing so. But, it's still a very solemn day. You're supposed to remember to mourn the loss of the temples in Jerusalem, the Crusades, Jews of England being expelled in 1290, Jews of Spain being expelled in 1492, and many more tragic events in Jewish history.
Started Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu, or The Idiot, The Test, and the Summoned Beasts. Also known as just Baka to Test. It's been interesting so far. Pretty funny, seems unique, and interesting characters. Not what I'd call THE funniest, but it's not bad. By the way, I saw a poll asking people in Japan what series they thought was the most hilarious. Gintama was number one. No surprise there! It's awesome! Number 2 was Daily Lives of High School Boys. Which I agree with as well. That was a hilarious show, that came as close to Gintama's awesome hilarity as possible.
Anyways, Baka to Test centers on Akihisa Yoshii (who's considered the idiot), who attends Fumizuki Academy. A school where the staff rigidly divides the students based on the results of their academic scores. At the start of school, the students take an entrance exam. The higher the grades, the higher the class, and the better the benefits. Class A is filled with the highest scoring students, their classroom's filled with many prestigious items. (Air conditioners, fancy seats, laptops, a free snack bar, etc.) In Class F, it's the complete opposite. Having scratched up mats, wooden tables that constantly fall apart, dust, etc. But, they can fight for the best classroom facilities by calling forth 'summoned beasts' (or avatars of themselves) and battling the higher classes. Their avatar points are based on the subject they decide to fight with. So, if you're good at math, you'll have a lot of points to battle with if they decide on that subject. Really very interesting premise. Kind of smart, actually.
I've started chapter 17 of Alliance. I don't know why it took me so long just to start it. But, now that I have, I can't stop.The only reason I stopped today was because Dad came in to say hello. Then, I noticed my hands were hurting from typing so much. If she hadn't come in then, I would have been in a world of pain.So far, this chapter seems to be rather sad. But, I know there will be a fun part soon, so at least I have that to look forward to.
I've worked more on kanji compounds these last few days, too. It's really starting to click more, now that I see them being used in words/phrases. Plus, I can see how they pronounce them for different compounds. Good to know, because kanji can have many different pronunciations. Also, still working on that You Maga article, and went over some more Japanese lessons. Read an article in Japanese and watched a few vids about festivals that are currently happening there. Really cool.
deviantART fave: WILDCARD: Inner Shadow I did not make this! A really awesome painting done by an artist I watch. The smokiness, and overall feel of it, is really cool.