wednesday_10_00: (Rainbow Dash - chillin')
These were actually taken on the correct days, I just forgot to post over the weekend. Also, I might be running out of ideas for interesting pictures.

star lights
This is a crappy picture (taken as the bus was pulling away from me as the red light turned green), but...this bus has star tail lights! Cutest bus!

foods
A small sampling of the gluttony from [livejournal.com profile] mereflair's Halloween party Saturday. (Not shown: pizza, tacos, fries, pop, etc.) Other than eating a lot, we played Mario Kart (I was good at this game like 3 platforms ago...) and Typing of the Dead: Overkill, which is kind of hilariously bad (or good?), and which I am way better at than normal shooting games because I can type. However, I'm better at complete sentences than single random words, so I still kinda sucked at it.

try, try again
I've been trying to get a good picture of this gorgeous Japanese maple for a while now, but I kept missing out on good daylight, and now that most of the leaves are gone, I guess I've lost my chance until next year. Oh well, it's still kinda pretty.

(Incidentally, this was taken yesterday on my bike ride, and it was kind of a pain to stop and take pictures because I had so many dang layers of gloves. BUT my hands were nice and warm, even at 40F.)
wednesday_10_00: (halloween)
koala!

Continuing with the Australia souvenirs (with a thematically appropriate prop for the holiday--and yes, he is still sitting on this pumpkin with the rest of the Halloween decorations).

Confession: the other day (while whining about the hoodie situation) I told [livejournal.com profile] mangaroo that my parents aren't very good at guessing what sort of souvenirs to bring back for me. This is mostly true, but then sometimes they get stuff that is perfect. (And I really do believe it's the thought that counts, so I hope I'm gracious about presents they get me.) I think this koala is adorable, and really love the pearl necklace my mom picked out, so between these and the awesome hoodie, I'm pretty sure I'm never allowed to say anything bad about their souvenir-picking abilities again.
wednesday_10_00: (...)
rising sun?

I'm sure this is just some sort of quality test mark, but it made me laugh anyway. Patriotic Milk Duds! I bet you can't even find Milk Duds in Japan.

Sorry to say that I was tired and crabby yesterday and pretty much forgot to take any pictures. (This was the only one.) I might be even MORE crabby today (car woes), but I'm trying not to let it get me down.

ETA: email from mechanic: "I'm sorry your car is being a tool." This makes me laugh more than it probably should. I'm really happy I found this shop.
wednesday_10_00: (Rainbow Dash - chillin')
roo!

Kangaroo hoodie!

Let me share the hilarious story behind this sweatshirt. My parents were two weeks into their three week Australia vacation when I suddenly decided I needed a hoodie from Australia and/or Sydney. I immediately texted my mom and...if you don't have an iPhone, let me tell you that when you text someone else with an iPhone (or iPad), it tells you when the message is delivered/read. So I noticed that my text to my mom wasn't marked "delivered." After a while I realized that they must not have any signal on their cruise, so I had to wait. A few days later, I got a text from my mom and I immediately texted her back, but nothing. A couple days before they got back, I was looking up when their flight left and trying to work out when they would be back in civilization, but still didn't hear from them until they were at the airport. (I guess they went straight from the ship to the airport?) So I'm texting them like, "Nice to hear from you, glad you enjoyed the cruise DID YOU GET MY TEXTS I NEED A HOODIE." (When I get fixated on an idea...) My mom and I texted each other back several times while they were at the airport, but at no time did my mom say, "Sure, we'll look for a sweatshirt." I know my parents well enough to expect that they would look, but still. Anyway, the above is what I ended up with, because my parents are the best (they did not at all make fun of me for my desperate pleas for a freaking sweatshirt). It is super soft on the inside, and my dad said he was going to keep it if I didn't like it. (No way!)

My Awesome Night

9:25pm - Get ready to leave for airport to pick up parents. Car door won't unlock. Huh? Think the remote is dead, unlock door with key (how quaint). No lights come on when I open the door. Realize car battery is dead.

9:30pm - Frantically search garage and basement for jumper cables. No luck. Call neighbor to borrow jumper cables, she lends me her car instead (best decision).

9:35pm - Drive neighbor's ginormous SVU to airport. This car is like three times the size of my car, ugh.

10:15pm - pick up parents (plus other couple they are with, reason for needing large vehicle) from airport, no problems.

11:15pm - Jumper cables, are, ironically, in Dad's car, under the false bottom of the trunk. (What do you call those?) We spend at least 15 minutes trying to figure out how to pry this up (can't open back end of car because it doesn't have a key hole), end up doing it with a crowbar, then suddenly realize it can be lifted from the other end. We are morons but it's dark and late.

11:40pm - Finally get jumper cables hooked up, try starting car. Nothing. Decide to let other car run for a while in hopes it will give some juice to dead battery.

11:55pm - Battery still completely dead. Hook up battery charger to leave running all night. Finally go to bed.

(Before you feel too sorry for me, please remember that my dad just traveled FROM AUSTRALIA, maybe 30 hours.)

This morning, we are a one-car family. (My car is still in the shop, hopefully to be picked up today.) Dad had to get up and drive me to work (I think it will surprise no one that the dead battery didn't charge. When you can't jump start a battery, it's REALLY dead.), and then drive an hour away to his aunt's funeral. Poor Dad was so tired I actually had to wake him up at 6:30 (pretty sure it's the first time in my life I've woken my dad up when it wasn't Christmas morning). I guess I should have woken him earlier (I ended up being about a half hour late to work), but I'm not sorry I let him sleep a little longer. Hopefully he can get a good night's sleep tonight.


Unrelated things:

- License plate seen on red Mini Cooper this morning: MINITOR. (Shouldn't that be Minitaur? Oh, I guess that's probably too long.)

- Recently learned lesson: check US iTunes before buying songs on Japanese iTunes, because cost is $1.29 vs. ¥250 and you never know what's on US iTunes.
wednesday_10_00: (sawako - pond)
baby lettuce?

Is this edible? It doesn't look edible to me, but it came in a package of arugula. I suppose it's not that weird to get a random weed in with your lettuce, but in all my years of buying lettuce, I've never had it happen before.

(Not that anybody cares, but in the background, you can see exactly what I put on my salad: feta crumbles, walnuts, and Bolthouse Farms Raspberry Merlot dressing. Yum.)
wednesday_10_00: (kumahachi)
twisty vine

The scent of fresh grapes is one of my favorite parts of fall. By this time of year, the grapes have been harvested and the vines are drying up, but there are always a few grapes left behind, so on a warm, sunny day like yesterday, you can still smell them. (I ate a grape while I was taking pictures, and they taste as good as they smell!)
wednesday_10_00: (uekusa-exercise)
jackets
(...when you spend all day watching anime, the pictures you take might not be that interesting)

Workout jackets! Old, current, and new (maybe--I ordered two with the intention of only keeping the one I like best, but the other one isn't here yet. The other one is the same color, but fleecy on the inside, and has a hood and thumb holes in the sleeves). The pink one on the left is a couple of years old, and is kind of hilariously big on me now; to be honest I thought I'd gotten rid of it, but I was looking for something to wear last night because the orange one was wet (from being washed). I actually like the orange one I'm using now, but since I've discovered the magic of the odorless merino wool, I can no longer stand how smelly it gets after being worn even once, hence the new (very expensive!) one. I have my eye on a bunch of other wool stuff, too, just waiting for my November budget. How have I lived this long without merino wool in my life??

The problem with workout clothes this time of year is that I have to choose between short sleeves and a shirt with a jacket over it. Because I have long-sleeved shirts, but they don't have pockets, and I need a pocket to put my phone in. Okay, I do have an armband, but I really hate using it, and anyway it slips around like crazy when it's over a sleeve. So I need pockets. It's hard, being a slave to technology, but my phone tracks speed, distance, and (when I'm doing intervals) tells me when to walk and when to run. I wonder if the Apple Watch will be able to live without its phone partner for long enough to solve this problem? Because that would make it super sexy to me.
wednesday_10_00: (bookcat)
I spent way too much time this weekend watching Magi this weekend. It is...not a great show, but some people keep reblogging amazing fanart on tumblr so here I am. (For the record, this is the picture that made me go, "Okay, I give up, I need to see this show.") You forget, though, when you read a lot of BL, that shipping some background characters in a shounen show can be really frustrating. Oh well, at least I've gotten to like Alibaba and Hakuryuu, the dorks.

In other news, I'm soliciting opinions on two problems ("problems") I have:

1. How do you shelve manga when the author goes by multiple pen names? It's not really a problem for changes like Moto Haruko --> Moto Haruhira, but then there's Ukyou Aya/Sakyou Ayane. Right now I have her stuff all filed under Ukyou (because I bought stuff by her under that name first), but obviously I'm more into her BL stuff so it's starting to seem weird to file her under her shoujo name when that's not really how I think of her. Anyway, I'm kind of curious how other people handle stuff like this.

2. A few weeks ago I went on a doujinshi shopping spree and snagged a bunch of stuff off of Yahoo Auctions, and somehow, a set of Love Stage manga found its way into the mix. I already have digital copies, but I decided I wanted hard copies also, and I got them on Yahoo Actions because I found a listing for a set that included the Animate-exclusive cover. (For reference: original cover) I assumed the book would come with both covers, but it didn't. Here's my problem: I like the original cover better. BUT I love the way the alternate cover is like an alternate view of the same picture, which means I need to have both. So I'm wondering: what would you do?
A) No need to buy the book again, you already have it on your iPad
B) Buy the book to have both covers, keep both books
C) Buy the book to have both covers, throw away extra book
D) Something else I haven't thought of
wednesday_10_00: (Rainbow Dash - chillin')
yard leaves

I don't mean for this to be "30 days of fall colors," but, well, I am very fond of fall colors. I think my favorite part of this is the mums you can see way in the background. Runners-up for the day were some pictures I took during prep of a butternut squash soup. The soup was very yummy, but the pictures were just okay.

I also added a comparison shot of a normal woolly bear to my Day 1 post.
wednesday_10_00: (nyanko-sensei: sakura)
fall colors

Thing I am enjoying: taking pictures of a bunch of random stuff and then going through them all at the end of the day to pick which one I like best. This is a bush outside the building where I work. The leaves are more red in real life, but I love how the colors of this picture (taken in the shade) came out.
wednesday_10_00: (nyanko-sensei: noodles)
self-portrait?

Is this me? I'm pretty sure this is me. (You are what you eat, right?) This might be cheating, because it's a picture of a picture (from the book Peanut Butter & Cupcake), but it's so perfect I don't really care. One of my other candidates for the daily photo was the basket of fries I had for dinner.
wednesday_10_00: (Rainbow Dash - chillin')
Okay, here we go. First, let's establish some rules and things:

1. So I'll have the whole day to look for photo subjects and choose what picture I like best, pictures will be posted the following day.
2. No cats! You guys, I take so many cat pictures. I don't need an excuse to take more. However, I may post a bonus VKS (virtual kitty snuggle) in the comments, so those of you who like cat pictures can enjoy those as well. These will not necessarily be from the previous day.
3. I may go longer than 30 days because I want an excuse to include Thanksgiving dinner at the end, haha. We'll see if I can keep finding stuff to take pictures of.
4. This is an exercise in positive thinking, so I will avoid piles of papers on my desk, the spot where the (still missing!) tape should be, and other things that make me feel crabby.
5. I'm not going to bother with cuts (I don't foresee these being NSFW), so if you feel the need, filter my journal accordingly.

Sadly, we're starting with a bit of a blurry subject:

woolly bear

Tiniest woolly bear! When I go for walks, I rescue woolly bears crossing the road, because smashed woolly bears make me really sad. Yesterday, I picked up this tiny little guy. (If you've never seen a woolly bear, they're usually 2-3 times bigger than this.) Funny thing: I thought I took several pictures, and got one in good focus, but there's only one picture on my phone. Maybe the good picture was in my imagination. Hopefully this project will improve my photography skills!


ETA: woolly bear comparison shot (now with actual focus)!

woolly bear
wednesday_10_00: (Rainbow Dash - *grump*)
things that suck )

Now that that's out of my system...I don't like that I'm feeling so crabby and stressed-out lately. (Stress is partly financial, partly health, partly crap at work--and I don't mean the tape-and-scissor thief.) Friday is a "break day" (students and faculty get the day off), so I've decided to use a vacation day and have a three day weekend. Maybe I will work on some manga reviews, or putting doujinshi/special booklets in my database. Or maybe I'll just sit around and veg with the cats. I'm hoping having an extra day off will help my disposition.

Too bad I don't live close enough to work that I could go home at lunch and have a kitty snuggle. Here's my virtual kitty snuggle instead:

virtual kitty snuggle

I was reading about a journal project where you take a picture every day and then write a little bit about it. It was supposed to be printed out pictures in an actual book, but I'm thinking posting it here will work just as well. I think it would be fun, and maybe give my mind something positive to focus on. Need to focus on the positive. Can't let dealing with crabby people make me crabby, too. Today I will think about Wednesday's soft, warm belly fur and try to be less crabby.
wednesday_10_00: (kagami/shingo)
Rio: cute leopard, or cutest leopard? Discuss.

[spoilers in the comments, obviously]
wednesday_10_00: (seekrit OTP)
greatest witness of all time

I'm not quite done with Dual Destinies, the new Phoenix Wright game (I finished the main story, but there's a bonus case I haven't finished yet), but I'm going to go ahead and call it amazing. I enjoyed Apollo's game but never felt the same love for it that I did for the first three. This one is right up there with those, though. It's awesome to get to play as Phoenix again, and I really liked Athena, the new lawyer character. Fairly early in the game, something happens to keep Apollo from using his (horrible) power, which made me laugh really hard because I know that was pretty universally loathed. (You do end up using it a couple of times, but it's not too bad.) Athena's power is way less annoying. But most importantly: EDGEWORTH. It's not an Ace Attorney game without Edgeworth, so writers, thank you thank you thank you for bringing him back.

(It's hard to tell in the screencap above, but yes, that guy is on a Segway. The whole scene was amazing. I only wish the picture included the epic BGM.)

cut for more screencaps - no spoilers )

In other news, I'm having more frustrations with Amazon.jp and their nonsensical shipping policies. However, I am going to be strong and not cancel my order of Love Stage Blu-rays to put individual discs in separate manga orders, because the price on them has gone up ¥500 (each) since I placed the original orders. I'll have to wait until January to get my BRs, but since I just watched the show, I'll live. I'm more annoyed with myself for putting the Yokozawa movie in that order (especially since it WAS in a different order). That one has only gone up ¥300, so I may cancel just that. Which would also require canceling my current manga order and placing it again. Ugh, Amazon, why are you such a pain??

On a more positive note, I've been reading about how amazing merino wool is, so I ordered an Ibex undershirt to wear while walking/running in the evening, since it's getting quite cool here. It really is amazingly warm for being so thin, and did not smell at all after I was done with my workout. I went ahead and ordered a Buff (because I noticed my neck got cold yesterday) and a pair of Darn Tough socks to try those out as well. (If I like those, I have my eye on a heavier pair for skiing this winter.) I would also like to get a pair of leggings, but I'm trying to decide if I want the heavier weight or the same as my shirt. (Also, should I get a heavier weight shirt?) Also also, it's October 1st and I now have $14.39 left for clothes in my October budget.

I did a mini-purge this weekend, of bags and electronics. Found an old cell phone (and MD player, haha) to be recycled, and decided to sell my old iPod. It took some hunting to find a cord that would charge it, but I finally got it powered up and it works just fine. I was expecting it to be full of stuff that was 10 years old--I forgot I still used it for a while after I got my first iPhone. I think I'm going to miss the click wheel (something soothing about navigating that way), but I don't see myself using it anymore, so off to Gazelle it goes. Also considered selling my shuffle (which I have pretty much stopped using since I started doing interval running, because I need my phone to keep track of the time), but it's so tiny it's not really taking up any space, and I would be lucky to get $10 for it, so I think I'll keep that for now. We'll see, I guess.

...I just checked for the heck of it, and there's a music player app (Twitunes!) that has click wheel navigation. I'm actually considering downloading it. Not sure it would be the same without the physical buttons. Agh, I just read an article mourning the loss of the click wheel. No! I hadn't used this device in years! No regrets!!
wednesday_10_00: (bookcat)
...Well, maybe less "cleaning" and more "organizing." (Though I have spent a lot of time with my dust cloth.) My past week has looked like this:

  • mail sorted (junk tossed; useful things filed [actually filed, not just set on file box], former pile on file box sorted and filed
  • manga (all of this year's purchases) sorted and shelved; Japan 2013 manga integrated into greater collection
    (three boxes moved from shelves to closet)
  • Japan 2013 doujinshi cataloged, sorted, and filed
  • DVDs organized and shelved (including ones that had been in a crate since basement renovations last year)
  • new drama CDs ripped to computer and shelved (mostly extras that came with Dear+ issues)
  • Japan 2013 special booklets cataloged [in progress]

Due to the length of time it takes to enter special booklet data, I'm only about a third of the way through that, I think. I'm dreading the Libre "booklets" (can we really call them "booklets" when they're so big I'm planning to shelve them with artbooks?) of 5000 authors each writing a two page story. Once I finish with that, I plan to catalog my artbooks (somehow have never entered those in my database). After that, I'll have to move on to something less fun, like clothes or the bathroom cabinet. (*bleh* to both of those, but it needs to get done.) I also need to dust, and if you think that doesn't sound like a huge project, you've never seen how many knick-knacks I keep on the tops of my bookshelves.

Also, I officially have a doujinshi problem. I did manage to get them all put away, but I'm honestly concerned about the integrity of the file cabinet that holds them. The bottom drawer is alarming in its unwillingness to move; it scrapes the floor almost the whole time, rather than only when pulled out all the way, like it used to. I definitely need to do some purging, and it's been a while since I did a doujinshi purge, so I almost certainly have some I could get rid of, but, well, purging is sad. This would be a first-stage purge (just moving them to my closet), but still. (I should note that the manga mentioned above was moved to the closet only for storage purposes; most of that is stuff I don’t want to get rid of.)

Anybody have a spare house I could borrow? Mine is out of space.

In other news, I talked my parents into getting me a good rice cooker for my birthday. What happened was this: I ordered myself a tofu press so I can make fresh tofu. And I was imagining how good fresh tofu would taste, and I how could have a meal of just rice and nori and tofu, and then I realized, crap, our rice cooker SUCKS. It burns the rice every dang time. (Never buy American rice cookers. Waste of money.) So...new rice cooker. This one, chosen over the "umami" model mostly because of the retractable cord, though the slow cooker setting WAS tempting.
wednesday_10_00: (reading octopus)
I was bored on Sunday, so I started browsing eBook Japan. (The instant gratification of digital manga is very, very dangerous for me.) Read Afureteshimau and enjoyed it. (Tangent: I'm going to have to buy the physical version of this, because reviews on Amazon warn and/or complain about the couple being reversible. Whaaaaat? The uke is so tiny and adorable, I'm seriously having trouble picturing this, and I LIKE reversible couples.) However, this leads to two tales of woe:

1. Yesterday, I was happily reading Kimi ga Boku wo Terasu when the book crashed on me. Not the app, the book. One second I was reading, the next second I was back in the bookshelf screen, with the app giving me an error message that the book had a problem and I'd have to download it again. (Incidentally, this crash randomly took a couple other books with it, including Sore Demo Yasashii Koi wo Suru and two of the chapters of Afureteshimau, which I had already downloaded and read the day before. This kind of thing makes ebooks a little scary. Don't steal away books I paid for and own!) But when I went to download the books again...nothing. No downloading. I tried several times over the rest of the day, but never had any success with downloading, or reading them on EBJ's website.

When I got home, I tried the downloads right away and they worked just fine. So...it was a problem with the wifi at work? Confirmed this morning: EBJ works fine at home, but I can't download anything at work. I work for a liberal arts college, mind you; I'm not aware that they block any sites, and I've never had any problems downloading or streaming anything, but somehow they've randomly blocked EBJ? And not the site itself, just large files on the site? I don't really know how to broach this with our tech support, either. "Hey, I had problems downloading a book the other day, any chance you've blocked this site for having porn? Not that I'm buying porn, haha! I'm buying totally non-porn books! They just, you know, also happen to have porn available on that site! What books was I trying to download? Ummmm....." Yeah, that's not a conversation I want to have. Other possibility: large files in general are blocked? I can't actually check the size of individual files, but my iPad says ebiReader is taking up 1.2GB of storage. I have 28 books, so that's an average of ~43MB per book...yeah, it might be the file size. But wait! I couldn't download the free previews either, and I can't imagine those are huge files. Jeez, I just have no idea.

2. I've been meaning to grab the digital version of the Kuroneko manga because Renta! is supposed to have exclusive one page extras for each book. (Paperless papers, haha.) The annoying thing about Renta is that you don't just buy a book, you buy a certain number of tickets (¥100 each) and then use the tickets to buy the book. And of course, you can't buy, say, the 12 tickets you need to buy the two books you want, you can buy 10 tickets, or you can buy 30 tickets. Presumably you can also buy 10 tickets twice, but I figured, well, buying 30 means I get a free ticket, so might as well go with that? So I buy my tickets, mess around on the site for about 20 minutes while I figure out how to A) actually buy the books (this involves way more scrolling than it should) and B) download the books once I've bought them (had to look at FAQ to figure this one out). I finally get the books downloaded (at work, irony of ironies) and...wtf? They look super crappy. Turns out Renta books look awesome if you read them online, but the files you actually download are, I guess, tiny and super compressed, and thus look like crap. Like, they make digital manga from Amazon and Honto look amazing. So now I have 19 tickets at Renta and no desire to buy anything with them. UGH. I guess I'll be saving the tickets for the next Kuroneko books (which will hopefully have more extra pages) and not buying anything else there EVER.

(If you're wondering "Did you like the extra pages?" Well, I need some time to get over the file compression, because right now I look at them and go, "I CAN'T READ THIS, IT LOOKS LIKE SHIT" and reading on the site just makes me angry. I'll get back to you on this one.)
wednesday_10_00: (*facepalm*)
7/30 ひとりじめマイヒーロー 3 限定版A ドラマCD付き  ありい めめこ
7/30 ひとりじめマイヒーロー 3 限定版B きせかえシール+小冊子付き  ありい めめこ


Happy birthday, Denise! For your present, you get to buy the same book twice.

In other news: Gakkou no Sensei is running again in Dear+, yay! So now I don't have to hate the non-ending of volume 8. (Dear+ is my favorite thing right now. I'm honestly sad it only comes out once a month. I wonder if there will ever be a weekly BL magazine?)

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