Monday, June 24, 2013

Stand Up!


By Lead. This was Hitman Reborn's 6th ending theme song. I really love this one.:la:The harmonizing is awesome, and even the rapping part is cool. Has a fun jazzy feel. Looked through some other Lead songs, but it doesn't seem like this is their normal 'style'. So, it's interesting that this is so different. Lead debuted in 2002. The music video with the band is kind of weird with all the corn, but it somehow grew on me too.:iconseychelles-plz:I like the ending sequence to Hitman Reborn more, but it's not the long version. The band looks like they're having fun, though.

I didn't feel very well last Friday. (Or most of last weekend.:iconlietplz:) So, I didn't go to the mini-reunion event at a local bar and grill. Sounds like it would have been fun. Although, for some reason, I feel like I made a fool of myself at the mini-event before that. Maybe that was just because I was so nervous.:iconchibilithuaniaplz:Probably a lot of other people were too. 

The next one is Friday night. But, I won't be going to that one. There are 2 other events happening at the same time. One of them seems more personal to my family, so chances are I'll go to that. That would be the Trans Pride march. I'm an ally, and my dad's trans. Plus, I've gotten to know a lot of other trans people. There are other fun things after the march related to it. The other event would be Pride Shabbat. That can be fun, but we don't really know anyone that's going. So, the reunion mini-event would be least important to me.:iconkikuplz:

At some point, either Wednesday or Thursday, I might get to see one of my cousins, too. I've never met her before, but should be fun meeting another family member.:iconchibinitalyplz:

The next day is the reunion's main event. So, I'll definitely be there!:iconprussiaplz:It's for a good chunk of the day, which is nice because we'll get a chance to catch up a bit with people. Apparently, dinner's going to be a buffet. They told us to pick what we wanted, so I thought it would be like they serve you or something.:iconnorwayunimpressedplz:I picked the salmon dinner with mashed potatoes. Another thing is that they said they won't be able to make the mashed potatoes, and now it's just going to be roasted potatoes.:iconpolandplz:I think the food part could have been better planned, but they're doing what they can. A classmate's going to be playing a large portion of the music. So, that should be interesting. There's going to be a slideshow, open mic, dancing, and more. They'll be selling memory books too. With answers to the questionnaire people filled out online. They're going to be checking everyone at the front door, so nobody needs an actual ticket. Should be a very interesting experience. I'll be with people I was more comfortable with in high school. So, I might be a little less nervous.:iconusaplz:They're up to 130 people so far. Seems like a lot, but we had a large class of 500. At least some are coming. The next day is a potluck at a local park for lunch. I might go to it. Still semi-undecided about that.:iconchibiaustriaplz:Not sure what I'll bring. 

Then, not too long after, a couple I've known for a while (who are also our neighbors) are finally getting married. They were essentially waiting until they legally could in this state. I'm so happy for them!:dummy:About a month after that, another couple we've known for a while (I'm not as familiar with them) are getting married. For similar reasons. So, yay! Happy times for people!:iconlachoirplz:

In Tokage, they found out that Terashima is really the spy who's working for the Spider. But, even he doesn't know who the Spider's real identity is. This is getting intense, but interesting. 

In Kaichou wa Maid sama, they held their athletics tournament. Almost every anime seems to have at least one episode devoted to this kind of thing. Kind of like the obligatory summer episodes too. Anyways, Misaki tried to participate in as many events as she could. It was boys against the girls. She nearly collapsed from winning so many events. The last event was a cosplay one. Usually it's so the people who aren't very athletic have a chance at winning something. You have to run over to some bags full of costumes, grab one, get dressed in a tent with no light inside, then run back in costume to the finish line. Supposedly, this way you can't see what you get until you're already in costume. She helped one of the boys in the end for that event. He was being laughed at, because he was stuck with a maid costume and kept tripping over it. And, he's a serious cosplayer. She stuck up for him, saying what's so wrong about being serious about it? She purposely disqualified herself by using a bunch of miscellaneous costumes she found lying around, and ripped them up to get a certain look. Usui helped with it all. I'm starting to really like this show! 

In Mix Vegetable, Hayato introduced Hanayu to his father. Apparently, he was the sushi chef that made the tamagoyaki that made her want to become a sushi chef when she was little. She tried to get that same taste, but nothing worked until he made some again for her. His dad offered her an apprenticeship at his sushi shop. She told him that she wouldn't agree to it until she finally told her parents that she wanted to be a sushi chef, instead of becoming a patissiere and taking over their family's shop. The chapter ended with her saying she needed to say something to her father. Hopefully, she'll finally say it.

Played my clarinet. Did some klezmer tunes. Sounded pretty good this time. Wrote more of the first short story to my nightmare anthology. For some reason, I think this will be the hardest one to put into a story-form. But, I'm giving it a shot!:iconheroamericaplz:
Did 2 kanji for today. and . When the first one, , is pronounced as しょう (shou): (suf) (math) quotient; dealing, dealer, store. As あきな.う (akina.u): to trade in (commercial goods), deal in, sell. The second one, , is just pronounced as しょう (shou). It means: chapter, badge, composition, design, poem, section, medal. This one only had one compound listed. (Well, common one.) 文章 or ぶんしょう (bunshou): sentence, article, composition; (writing) style. Translated more of a You Maga article. Read an article in Japanese on Asahi's site about how they're celebrating Mt Fuji becoming a World Heritage Site with chocolates and souffles. The chocolates are milk chocolate at the 'base' and white chocolate is used on top to look like the snow on top. They look interesting. The souffle looks huge. And, it seems like there are many different flavors. All kind of shaped like the mountain, too. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

International Picnic Day!


Haven't been to a picnic in a while. Interesting that it's an international holiday. The weather outside would probably be just right for one. Sunny and warm with a cool breeze.:iconchibihungaryplz:

In Cartoon Kat-tun, Ueda, Kame, and Akanishi were visited by a 'principal' of an all boys' school. He had a student, and 2 high school girls tagging along (no one knew why the girls were there). You could tell that they were comedians/actors. I like all the skits they've been doing. Anyways, the principal wanted to show them what makes a real 'man'. I was laughing throughout the whole bit.:rofl:And the guys started laughing like crazy. They didn't care about what makes a real 'man'. Koki was kind of ambushed in the hallway by someone posing as a wrestler. The wrestler did this weird dance and ran into Nakamura and Taguchi's room. Where he surprised them, and told them why he was angry. Then, he tried to pump them up, and get them as angry as he was. It was another funny segment. 

In Hitman Reborn, Tsuna and Gokudera try to figure out where Reborn would be, and bump into the future version of Yamamoto. He's a lot more with it in the future. Apparently, Tsuna had just died in the time he was transported to. He was trying to make a peaceful agreement with an increasingly powerful rival family. But, was suddenly killed during those talks. Supposedly most of the Arcobaleno (like Reborn, Colonello, etc.) were wiped out. But, the Vongola Guardians are still around. Yamamoto takes Tsuna and Gokudera to the family's hideout, and they find the Reborn from their time. He has a hard time with the environment outside, and has to where a weird 'alien' like suit. He tells Tsuna that they were transported to just a couple of months before the usual 10 years. (Well, the usual meaning what happens when Lambo and other people use his 10-year bazooka.) So, maybe they have to wait 2 more months to go back to their time? Meanwhile, their bumbling frightened neighbor turns into a vicious leader of the rival family that killed Tsuna in the future. Really weird. Gokudera from the future had told him to kill that neighbor after Tsuna goes back in time, before he was transported back in time himself and his 'past' self appeared in his place. This is quite an interesting story arc.:iconchibinitalyplz:
Today, I started reading the manga, Akaya Akashiya Ayakashi no, or Aka Aka for short. It translates as: Of the Crimson, the Light, and the Ayakashi. Ayakashi are like ghosts or spirits. It's been very interesting. The story begins with a dream filled with red camellia, and a strange mask. The owner of the mask is Yue who lives at a temple populated with some rather unusual residents. The nearby town, Utsuwa, is holding a winter festival. Kurogitsune (lit. Black Fox), his fox spirit friend decides it's the perfect opportunity for the sheltered Yue to experience the sights, sounds, and most of all the food. Even though Yue is forbidden to leave the temple, they sneak into town. Humans all looked the same to Yue, except 2 people he met while looking at the pinwheels. Once the 'mistress' finds out, she doesn't punish them right away. Saying that the festival is always tempting. But, she said the 2 guys he saw might be special, and that he should become friends with them, then eat them. Kind of crazy.:iconitalyishorrifiedplz:They're not even sure if the people he met were human. This is one of the few josei mangas that have caught my eye. I usually read shounen ones. Josei is aimed at late teens/adult women, and shoujo is aimed at young girls. But, josei has elements that are quite different than shoujo, and often gets confused with shounen. (I hate the stereotypical shoujo 'style'.:iconromanoplz:) Shounen is aimed at young boys. (The older version of shounen is seinen. I've found some interesting seinen ones, too.) Kind of interesting. Funny thing is even if they're aimed at a certain age/gender, people are drawn to all of them. But, I guess it gives people an idea of what type of story it might be, or even where it's coming from.

Played my clarinet. Did some jazz and klezmer tunes. Sounded pretty good this time.:iconyayhanatamagoplz:Only made a few mistakes, and that was from miscalculating my breathing, and trying to get it perfect. When I stress too much on getting it perfect, I fumble more often. When I'm relaxed, I play much better. Have to keep that in mind.

Edited and printed off some of my 'posters' or 'flyers' for my novel, Alliance. Didn't get to writing more of my first short story for my anthology of nightmares. Figured out more about how I'm going to do my next drawing. It's a drawing that'll have all the characters from Alliance standing up next to each other, with a height measure next to them. They'll be interacting with each other. Kind of to show their personalities, how tall they are, figure out more of their 'design', and clothes. It'll probably take a long time to finish, but it sounds like fun.:la:Going to the support group later tonight, too. That should be interesting.
Today I continued with more compounds for . 所感 or しょかん (shokan): impression, feeling. 所管 or しょかん (shokan): jurisdiction. 所見 or しょけん (shoken): view, opinion, findings. 所作 or しょさ (shosa): conduct, behavior; movements, gesture; performance (on stage, etc.), dance, acting. 所在 or しょざい (shozai): whereabouts. 所在地 or しょざいち (shozaichi): location. 所持 or しょじ (shoji): possession, owning. 所属 or しょぞく (shozoku): attached to, belong to, member. 所存 or しょぞん (shozon): opinion, intention, thought. 所得 or しょとく (shotoku): income, earnings. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

National Apple Strudel Day!


Apple strudel's awesome!:iconheroamericaplz:The oldest known strudel recipe is from 1696, a handwritten recipe now at the Viennese City Library. They say that the pastry has its origins from earlier Middle Eastern pastries. Also, last Friday was National Strawberry Shortcake Day. Another one of my faves! 

For my dad's birthday dinner, I made some pasta with tomato sauce and meatballs. Had some chocolate eclairs for dessert. Then, later we grabbed some snacks, and watched Moonrise Kingdom. It was really weird, but I liked it. Didn't LOVE it, but it was good.:icontinoplz:One of the main characters looked a lot like one of my friends, even though the actress is supposed to be 12. It kind of added another odd element to it. It seemed that they got the time period pretty accurately. Which was a plus. Anyways, that was a nice way to celebrate her birthday during the week.:iconchibinitalyplz:

On Friday, I did a ton of cleaning around the house. Didn't realize I could get the candlesticks so clean! That was nice. Another 'highlight' of my cleaning, was taking down a massive cobweb in my room. It stretched to all the corners of it, and was like spaghetti.:iconchibichinaplz:I freaked out a bit when something flew rather lazily out of it. Maybe it had been caught, was paralyzed, and about to be eaten. Then, I saved it, and it woke up a bit, and flew. It was kind of funny the sound it made as it went by. I don't really know what it was. 

I also applied to be a bakery clerk at the new Safeway that'll open soon. If I get it, I'm guessing I'll have to be trained somewhere else, and maybe work temporarily there, until this new store's open. I like baked goods. And it may be fun to work there. Not sure how many things I'd actually be 'baking', but that would be fun, too.:la:The smells would be great. They have a shorter waiting time compared to Starbucks, for when benefits kick in. Like, health/vision/dental insurance. So, it might work out even better for me. Interestingly, everyone will be new to this store, as well. So, I won't be alone. I liked Safeway when I went there for things while I was in college. There were 3 other positions that sounded interesting to me, but this one seemed to have the biggest draw. They need to fill 25 more positions. That's quite a lot of people still. By the way, it's so close to where my house is, when the store finally opens, that I'll most likely walk there. (It won't be a very long walk.)

Yesterday, for Father's Day, we went to Point No Point. It's a beach that has a lighthouse. Lots of people with kites, cloudy, people barbecuing stuff, others drawing in the sand, kids running around, birds chirping, lots of shells and kelp scattered across the sand as you get closer to the ocean, barking dogs, and other things. It was nice. Went to a newly renovated Chinese buffet place. We used to frequent there quite often before it started renovating. It looks a bit nicer, and there's more choices to choose from. Now they have a steak bar, BBQ bar, and ice cream bar. At these new bars, they have people ready to make things fresh for people. You just have to pick the ingredients at the steak and BBQ place, and they'll grill it for you on the spot. The people at the ice cream bar, hand scoop the ice cream for people. Didn't look at what flavors they had, but from afar it looked like a good selection. Seemed like a better selection of sushi, too. The stuff I usually get, tasted maybe even better than it did before.:iconfrancisplz:

In Kaichou wa Maid sama, Misaki and her friends went to find out where Usui lived and to find out more about his private life. He played them the entire time. Going to fancy looking places, helping out elementary school kids, etc. Eventually her friends got tired of waiting for him to go home and left. Usui had found a stray kitten, who immediately attacked him. But, he took him in anyways. Misaki loved seeing that side of him. He said if she really wanted to know where he lived, she should have just asked and gave her a card with his address. She of course denied that she was interested in seeing where he lives. But, later kept staring at it. From the ending, it looked like he lives by himself in an apartment. But, don't really know. This all started when Usui had helped Misaki's absent-minded mother with apples that she kept dropping. As a thank you, she invited him into their place for the first time, and they ate some of the cut up apples. He helped them out more with fixing the rotting floor boards. As soon as Misaki saw him, she misunderstood and grabbed him taking him to a nearby park to talk about what happened. Her friends were passing by when they saw her gripping his wrist, and heading out from her place. Her friends assumed they were dating, and later said they wanted to know more about him. I don't like how Misaki has been so mean to him. With whatever he does, she automatically assumes he has an 'agenda'. Hope that changes soon.:icongermanyplz:

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge finally was updated. I think because they want to stay ahead of the anime version. I'm actually surprised at how fast the anime is going through the story. Anyways, Kiri finally was able to 'dream' about Grayland. But, it was as he lay on the ground badly cut up. Emily thought she had killed him, doused him with gasoline, and was about to light him on fire. His dream changed him, and he became a mindless killing machine. The worst part for Emily was that Grayland was into torturing his victims with as much pain as possible. So, every time Kiri slashed her she was in agonizing pain. (Much more than whatever pain comes from being slashed by a pair of scissors.) She cried out, and dropped the lighter. Iwai heard her scream, and was going to carry her out of there. But, Kiri found them. Iwai thought if she came in between him and Emily he would come to his senses. But, he slashed part of her neck and parts of her hair, and then collapsed. She was in a great deal of pain, and suddenly her hair grew back. Almost like the curse kicked in again. 

Managed to play some more of my clarinet. Sounded much better this time.:iconeduardplz:Played some of the classical pieces from my advanced book, and some jazz tunes. Wrote a bit more of my first story to my nightmare anthology. Also, remembered another nightmare to add to the list of possible stories. Looked for more writing memes. But, didn't find anything interesting.
Today's kanji is: . If pronounced as しょ (sho): (suf) counter for places. As ところ (tokoro): (n, suf) (also pronounced as どころ (dokoro) when a suffix) place, spot, scene, site; address; district, area, locality; one's own house; point; part; space, room; (after plain past form of a verb) whereupon, as a result; (after present form of a verb) about to, on the verge of; (after past form of a verb) was just doing, was in the process of doing, have just done, just finished doing. とこ (toko) is an informal form of ところ (tokoro). 一所懸命 or いっしょけんめい (isshokenmei): very hard, with utmost effort, with all one's might, desperately, frantically, for dear life. 近所 or きんじょ (kinjo): neighborhood. 住所 or じゅうしょ (juusho): address, residence. 所為 or しょい (shoi): act, deed, one's doing. Translated more of an article from You Maga. Read an article in Japanese on Asahi's website about McDonald's losing sales there after giving a huge discount on the Big Mac. Interesting. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

National Peanut Butter Cookies Day!


I love peanut butter!:dummy:I love almost any type of dish/baked good that has it. So, of course I'd love peanut butter cookies, too. The Aztecs invented peanut butter, but the version that is known today originated in Quebec, Canada in 1884. Oddly, I'm not as fond of whole peanuts.:iconwtfukplz:Have to be in the mood for it. Oh, and today is my dad's birthday! Hope she's having a great one!:party:

I decided to go to bed earlier than I have been. Wasn't getting quite enough sleep, even when I slept in a bit. So, I went to bed about an hour and a half earlier than usual. Then, I naturally got up an hour and a half before my alarm went off. Odd, but really nice.:iconheroamericaplz:Felt like I actually had a morning. Instead of going on autopilot and being in a daze after getting out of bed, or sleeping a good chunk of it away. So, yay! I already feel much better overall with this. 

In Cartoon Kat-tun, half the guys were interviewed by an actress/comedian posing as a journalist for a teen magazine. She loves to mess with people with her questions and skits. She's a great actress and comedian, and I love it when she gets a chance to show off more of her quirky personality. She made them feel a bit uncomfortable, yet curious about the whole thing. She asked them about what they love about themselves, what they love to do, etc. Then, she made them act out skits about how to treat girls. One was they were on a date at a restaurant, and they suddenly noticed that there was bird poop on the girlfriend's shoulder. How would they deal with that? Tell her up front about it in front of everyone in the restaurant? One of them, I think it was Koki, was very sly, and cleaned it off without her noticing. So, she had no clue. Another situation was how to deal with a girl who wants to kiss you, but you're not really interested. She was apparently drunk in this skit. I like Koki's response to this one too. He told her that she needs to take better care of herself, and wouldn't it be better if they kissed when they were sober and more aware of things. The other guys had to do skits about how to deal with annoying high school girls. She posed as an 'entertainment' manager. The whole episode was hilarious! I love when they do skits.:iconus-xdplz:

In Earl and Fairy, Edgar essentially tricked Lydia into marrying him. But, he saved her from being trapped in the fairy world forever. She had made a pact with Kelpie, that if he helps her save Edgar from the poison; he can take her to the fairy world. He's been pursuing her for a while. In fact, she tried to use a spell to ward him off. Sure enough, he helped her, and Edgar woke up. She left him, even though she promised she'd stay. Edgar finds out, and tricks the fairies who want him to marry their queen, and agrees. Just to get to their world, and rescue Lydia. Eventually they find each other, and Edgar proposes to her. He tells her that if she fakes saying yes to him, than Kelpie might back off, and they can get back to their world. Also saying that humans don't have to keep promises. Once they get back he says she can't back out of it now. Kind of funny, because she's already fallen for him, but denies it. She thinks he's messing with her every time he says he loves her. He looks hurt every time, too.

In Tripeace, Shiro found out about Nana dressing up as a girl. It was the only way he could advance up the ranks quickly, and she wouldn't kill him. She really looks up to strong women, so she idolized him or 'Nanako'. Now she looks pissed.:iconchibichinaplz:He also got some of his memory back. He used to be really ruthless, and seemed to be evil. But, there were hints that he was also once a part of Tripeace. He could do powerful attacks with his hands, making them look like 'foxes'. Now, he's remembered how to use that attack, and has used it to save someone. It'd be cool if they reveal more of his past. Still don't know much about it.

Managed to play my clarinet today.:la:Haven't done it in a very long time. Did some Gershwin tunes. Didn't sound too bad. I'll be even better once I play more often. Also, read a bit more of my Kabbalah intro book. About halfway through it, and it's very interesting. Parts of it seem too wordy, but good overall. 
Finished going over more compounds for the kanji: . It generally means: heavy, heap up, -fold, pile up, important. 珍重 or ちんちょう (chinchou): prizing, value highly, esteeming. 慎重 or しんちょう (shinchou): careful, cautious, prudent, discreet, deliberate. 荘重 or そうちょう (souchou): solemn, grave, impressive. 多重 or たじゅう (tajuu): multiple. 三重 or さんじゅう (sanjuu): triple, treble, threefold. 重苦しい or おもくるしい (omokurushii): heavy, gloomy, awkward,  oppressive, laden. 八重咲き or やえざき (yaezaki): double blossom. Also, reviewed some previous kanji and their compounds. Went over translating a bit more of a You Maga article on kids who have allergies, and what parents should do to help them. Read an article in Japanese on Asahi's website. It was in their opinion column about recent political ads. Very interesting. 

A hilarious Gintama amv:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

National Herbs and Spices Day!


This was actually yesterday. Life would be boring without herbs and spices. (I can't really fathom that...) Interesting thing to celebrate, though. I love to experiment with them sometimes while cooking.:iconchibinitalyplz: 

Haven't changed my wallpaper for the month yet. Not sure if I will. My spice calendar features fennel this month. It gives detailed info on its history, where it originated from (which was the Mediterranean), wine pairings, and simple recipes. 

My Jewish calendar features an oil painting on canvas called Alley in the Jewish Quarter of Amsterdam. It's by Max Liebermann, from Amsterdam, 1908. Interesting painting. There's also a Havdalah plate, by Bauscher (doesn't give a first name), made out of porcelain and glaze. From Weiden, Oberpfalz, Germany, around 1922-1930. Plus, a spice tower (also used during Havdalah), maker is unknown, and made out of silver. It's from Central Europe, around 1800-1900. Kind of sounds like they have no idea where the spice tower came from, or when for that matter.:iconwtfromanoplz:Interesting one, though. Havdalah is a short ceremony marking the end of Shabbat each week. We smell sweet spices during it, out of decorative 'towers' or 'boxes'. It symbolizes the sweetness of Shabbat, whose pleasant aroma we breathe in one last time, so it might last us through the week to come until we can welcome Shabbat again. 

The month-long holidays are: National Candy Month, National Dairy Month, National Iced Tea Month, National Seafood Month, LGBT Pride Month, Migraine Awareness Month, National Camping Month. Some are important causes, some are to make you appreciate things you may take for granted, and some are just for fun. Sounds like an interesting mix this month.

Lots of stuff coming up this month!:la:My 10-year high school reunion is at the end of the month, and there's a few 'mini-events' throughout the rest of the month. Went to the first one a week from last Sunday. Was just supposed to be a get together at a park. Only 3 classmates showed up. One brought a significant other, and another brought her 2 little kids. (The kids were so cute!:iconcuteamericaplz:) I was the only one not on the committee.:iconohboyamericaplz:Kind of sad. I'm really curious about how everyone's doing. I didn't know the other 2 classmates too well, even during high school. One of them the name and face looks extremely familiar, but I know I didn't see her much. The other classmate I just vaguely remember. But, it's kind of a good opportunity to make new friends, too.:iconchibicanadaplz:

The next event was on Friday at a restaurant near the bay downtown. It's usually so noisy there, so I was a bit reluctant about it. Walked all the way down there. Almost 2 miles downhill. Not as bad as walking 2 miles uphill, but still killed my hips and legs.:iconwtfukplz:The scenery was beautiful, though. Once I was there, I needed to sit a few minutes to catch my breath. Then, I asked about their reservation. The people at the front looked at me like I was crazy. They finally said that there was a rather large group out on the deck overlooking the bay. I had to ask them again about where the deck was. Couldn't see it too well. Very rude staff at the front...:iconchibienglandplz:Anyways, I found them. They had forgotten to make a reservation. Oh joy.:icongermanyplz:There were more people than I expected. Which was nice. Someone recognized me right away, and I immediately recognized him, too. He looks just slightly different, but not much. The girls that were at the park, were there too. A lot of the others looked similar to what they did in high school. One girl I couldn't recognize until she was gone. It dawned on me then. (Sometimes we'd eat our lunches in the cafeteria together.) Got to meet a lot of other people's significant others and kids. That was interesting. Talked quite a bit. Had a hard time actually eating, since I was talking so much. I tend to mumble or talk really quietly when I'm nervous and when I haven't seen people in so long. Feel like I might have acted like an idiot, but maybe a lot of other people were nervous too.:iconsleepygreeceplz:Maybe this will help with seeing people at the main event. 

Just noticed that they posted some pics that were taken at that event. The only pic I'm in just shows a little of me from behind. So you only see my hair, part of my hands, and a little of the side of my upper torso. With the other classmates you at least see their faces...:iconnorwayunimpressedplz:I wasn't shying away from the camera this time. I'm a little disturbed by that. But, I guess it's their loss.:iconpolandplz:

Got the Philly prime rib dip with fries, and some iced tea. The iced tea tasted really horrible.:iconromanoplz:(Pouring a bunch of sweetener in didn't help.) The sandwich was so full of stuff and lying open-faced, it made it difficult to eat. But, it was pretty good. The fries still had the skins on them, which I love.:iconitalyplz:The waitress was extremely nice. The little kids' meals were served in large paper boats. That was kind of cute, and they got a kick out of it. They told us that the easiest way to do the bill was to have everyone's orders on one, instead of separately. It would have been so much easier if we each had a separate bill. But, it was settled eventually. The classmates got together and took a group pic at the beginning. (This one hasn't been posted yet, and I'm not sure if they'll do it on fb. I'll definitely be in that one.) That was nice. The next mini-event is in about a week and a half at a bar and grill. I've never been there, but it sounds like it'd be fun. They normally have a karaoke bar set up, too. I was told they might not have it for that night, though. It's an adult event, so that'd be nice too. 

That following Friday, there will be 3 things happening at the same time. One is another reunion mini-event at that same restaurant, which I'm not too fond of. Another is the Trans Pride march. I'm an ally, they're kind of like family, and they want me there, too. (Plus, my dad's trans.) They have some little events after the march, too. The 3rd thing is Pride Shabbat. Which is interesting, and can be fun. Don't know too many people that go to it, though. So, I'm leaning more towards the Trans Pride thing. The next day is the reunion's main event. The next day after, is another reunion mini-event at the park that's a potluck. Then, a few days later, I'll be going to a wedding. And, sometime in the middle of this month, someone asked my dad and I to go to their graduation party. So, yay!:dummy:So many things! I'll probably pass out or something.:faint: Oh, and let's not forget that I get to see one of my cousins at the end of this month, too! 

Found out the day before yesterday that my health coverage was dropped. The funny thing is online it's still saying that I have it. Even ordered some meds after the date it said in the letter, and that was covered. So, I don't know. Still waiting for a call from Starbucks about working there. If I do get it, they offer health insurance. One of the many reasons why it'll be the best place for me. Looked a bit more at other places that cover health care. There aren't too many in town. But, I'm also looking at neighboring towns, and possibly at Seattle. It'd be interesting if I end up working in the area I want to move to, before I live there.:iconseychelles-plz:I told myself not to worry too much, because things just get worse if I do. Just look at things calmly. Still do them, but don't panic about things, I guess. Things will hopefully work out for the best this way. When I worry too much I get stressed out, tired, don't think about my own health as much, end up doing something I'll regret later, etc. 

Watched Django Unchained. Much better than I expected. Some Tarantino films I love, and some not so much.:iconfrancisplz:This was brutally violent, extremely hilarious at times, gut wrenching, music was amazing, etc. Lots of spaghetti western parodies. 

Finished watching Great Teacher Onizuka's first special. It was awesome! There's apparently 2 more specials. So, I'll get to those soon. I'll start writing one of the short stories from my nightmare anthology novel, soon. Up to 15 downloads of the free sample for Alliance. Yay! Also, had another person say online that she'll buy it soon. And one person from the support group is interested. I don't have his email, so I'll give him the info at the next meeting. So, things might be looking up on that front. I still have to advertise a bit. 

Some hilarious moments of Nakatsu from the Jdrama, Hana Kimi:

Hetalia amv featuring the song Bad Apple in different languages. It's originally a vocaloid song: 

Cool and touching Gintama amv:

Interesting dance performance:

What happens when a kitten meets a hedgehog: