Monday, October 7, 2013

National Noodle Day!


Noodles are awesome!:dummy:I love almost any kind. One of the few I don't like are cellophane noodles. Maybe I just haven't gotten used to them or something, but they have a strange look and texture that I'm not fond of. This was yesterday, as well as National German-American Day. It was originally commemorated as the date in 1683 when 13 German families landed in Philadelphia. These families founded Germantown, Pennsylvania, the first German settlement in the original 13 American colonies. Originally celebrated in the 19th century, the day died out in WWI, as a result of anti-German sentiment. It was revived and made a national holiday by Ronald Reagan in 1983. This time to celebrate and honor the 300th anniversary of German American immigration and culture to the US. Very interesting.

We had some beautiful sunny and warm weather this weekend. Unfortunately, today's a different story.:iconwtfukplz:The forecast says that it'll stay cool and rainy. Oh joy. 

Tried out a new Jdrama called Pin to Kona, and it wasn't as great as I had hoped. Sad. Well, I might find a good show next week for my Mondays. 
Started watching Log Horizon. By its 11th expansion pack, the MMORPG, Elder Tale, has become a global success, having a following of millions of players. However, during the release of its 12th expansion pack, Novasphere Pioneers, 30,000 Japanese gamers who are all online at the time of the update, are trapped inside and are donning their in-game avatars. In the midst of the event, a socially awkward gamer named Shiroe along with his friends Naotsugu and Akatsuki, form a guild called Log Horizon. So they can face this world that has become reality along with the challenges that lie ahead. I think it may actually be better than Sword Art Online. Not as dark seeming, characters are somewhat relatable, the game seems a bit more mysterious, etc. I say mysterious because there hasn't been a clear explanation as to why they're stuck in the game. Plus, a goal for players hasn't really been given. In Sword Art Online, they were told right away about that stuff. There seems to be more classes as well. Having mages, warriors, assassins, etc. (Different races as well. Like elves, humans, animals, etc.) Like a lot of mmorpg's are now. A good mix of both genders as well. I guess I'll see how this turns out. Good first episode, though.

Watched Hitman Reborn as well, since I didn't watch a Jdrama episode. They were transported back to the future, and the Guardians were also given Vongola boxes. Each one corresponds to their dying will flame color. Apparently, Tsuna from the future had handed the boxes down to them. So now everyone has one. They couldn't open them, because they were too tired. Should be interesting to see what comes out of each one. Basil from the past showed up in the future as well, saying an organization sent him to help them. 

Played my clarinet. Did some tunes from one of my solo books. Surprisingly, I didn't sound too bad.:iconheroamericaplz:Its been a while since I've played. Hopefully, I can make a routine of it again. It feels good to play. 

Wrote a bit more of the 2nd story from my nightmare anthology. I don't know why, but I feel that it might actually be more challenging to do than my first novel. But, I'll try to get back to writing more often as well. That might be the problem...:iconkikuplz:I really want to make a sequel to my first book, though. I guess one thing at a time. And, it's probably good to leave that story for a little bit to make it feel 'fresh' again.
Studied a few more kanji today. First one was: . When pronounced as あい (ai): (pref) together, mutually, fellow, each other. As しょう (shou): minister of state. As そう (sou): appearance, look, countenance, aspect. 相撲 or すもう (sumou): sumo wrestling. 相談 or そうだん (soudan): consultation, discussion. 相手 or あいて (aite): companion, partner, company; other party, addressee; opponent (sports, etc.). Second one was: . When pronounced as おく.る ( to send (a thing), dispatch, transmit; to take or escort (a person somewhere), see off (a person); to bid farewell (to the departed), bury; to spend (time), live one's life; to pass (down the line). It's pronounced as そう (sou) when in compounds. The last one was: . When pronounced as おも.う (omo.u): to think, consider, believe; to think (of doing), plan (to do); to judge, assess, regard; to imagine, suppose, dream; to expect, look forward to; to feel, desire, want; to recall, remember. As そう (sou): conception, idea, thought. 

On Saturday, Dad and I went shopping in Tukwila. She was hoping to find some shoes at DSW, but found some nice ones at Payless instead. Then, I wanted to look at what Halloween City might have for Steampunk outfits. Didn't see much. Maybe a wig, but no actual outfit for it.:iconnataliaplz:Starting to wonder if I'll be able to do it, maybe give up, and look for something else to wear. (Especially after what I've read online. Seems more work than I'm willing to go through.)

We then went to Bahama Breeze. I hadn't been there in a long time. Got their buttermilk fried chicken. It had a spinach, cheese, and tomato mixture in between 2 pieces of boneless fried chicken. The chicken was resting on mashed potatoes that had lots of garlic and some cheese. The potatoes weren't peeled and were still chunky. I love those kind of mashed potatoes.:iconfrancisplz:There was some corn, tomato, and black bean salsa on the sides of it. The rest of it was surrounded by a buttery lemon sauce. Very good stuff! Made for an awesome lunch the next day!:iconchibispainplz:We shared a slice of key lime pie. This wasn't a measly looking slice, like so many key lime pie slices that I've had. It was huge! The meringue was really toasted, the filling had more of a bite, the graham crust tasted homemade with a bit of saltiness to it. That crust was really thick too. It had pools of pineapple sauce and raspberry sauce on the plate as well. Very good, and seemed more unique. Also, I had some iced tea. Dad had ordered Diet Coke. When our drinks came by, she forgot what she had ordered and thought she got iced tea like usual. She started pouring some sweetener in, and it essentially exploded all over the place. It was an interesting and unexpected science experiment.:iconseychelles-plz:She said what was left of her Diet Coke tasted normal, no sweetness added. 

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