manders: (tvxq :: kim jaejoong :: step softly)
Irony is pushing everyone away, and then realising you're lonely.
manders: (tvxq :: jung yunho :: brb going crazy)
So ... having realised that spending upwards of 40.00 on a bag of dog food is not feasible, I am now making all of her dog food.

It's kind of hilarious, since I don't even cook for myself, but dog food recipes are so much easier! Plus, I can make a week's worth of food in one go, and just freeze whatever's left over, so three days of cooking gives me almost a full month of puppy food. /lazy In all reality, though, I'm glad I've decided to to try this. I've heard horrible things about what actually goes into most commercial dog foods, so being able to control MaiMai's diet is important to me.

Though, if we keep up with the 1+ hour long walks twice a day, I'm going to need a new pair of tennis shoes soon. :/


Sep. 2nd, 2009 11:50 pm
manders: (text :: i <3 you)
I would just like to say, I have the most beautiful baby on earth.

That is all.
manders: (tvxq :: jung yunho :: brb going crazy)
>> Yasuka's latest post: Simple enough that even I can read it!

Have I mentioned how much I love his short hair? I was a bit disappointed when he cut it, but it looks great on him. He'll never be anything but entirely too pretty, but the slightly more masculine look is good on him, too. |DD;

>> I can stop stressing about how I'm going to pay my car insurance, thank God. Apparently my vacation pay was a lot more than I expected. This is especially good because, uh, I really had no back-up plan.

>> M stopped by today to give me a thing of Mace. :/ I'm not really sure what to read into that, tbh.

>> Yunho's Evisu photoshoot isn't nearly so "greasy" as everyone's saying. The response on omona has me a bit confused since I actually thought it looked pretty good. .__.; Not that I'm biased or anything ...

>> Itzhak Perlman is going to be in Jacksonville on 9 January. Guess who's going to be getting a ticket next paycheck?
manders: (bleach :: yamajii :: i quit)
>> Oh my good grief. I've spent nearly my entire morning trying to figure out how the heck one goes about screencapping. What I have learned thus far is basically, this is why I hate technology.

I've found lovely tutorials on livejournal, on the VideoLan forum thing, pretty much everywhere. BUT NONE OF THEM WORK. :| All I want to do is take a few caps from Yasuka's idol DVD because they're hilarious, and it's pretty much eaten up half of my day. I wouldn't mind so much, except for the fact that I still have nothing to show for it. I'm trying one more program, and then I'm done, but really. Why is this so hard for me?

>> RP continues to be the hobby I really should quit just because it always ends up so frustrating. Except that, for the most part, I am having fun. To be honest, it's also disturbingly educational. On one hand, how sad is it that I'm having to look up all this stuff that Kite & Rin would already know? On the other, ooh hey, stuff I didn't know before!

>> MaiMai's back from the vet, and is actually doing really well. She doesn't seem to realise that she should be hurting, though, so I keep having to stop her from jumping onto the couch or my bed. Also, she's been licking everything within reach all day. I have no idea why, but it's been endlessly amusing so far.


Aug. 18th, 2009 05:17 pm
manders: (geiko :: miyofuki)
I have no idea why, but lately MaiMai has gotten about a thousand times more clingy than normal. She's not just happy to see me when I get back from work, or whiny if I take a really long bath while she's in her kennel, she's practically terrified if I have to leave a room for a minute without taking her along. And I can't think why this would have just started. On the one hand, it's really sweet to have an animal that's so attached to me, but at the same time, I really don't think this is good for her.

She's getting spayed in another week or so, though, so I guess I can wait to talk to the vet then. I don't know what I'm going to do if it's just that she's got a bad case of separation anxiety. From what I've heard and read, the meds for that do nothing to actually alleviate the anxiety, just make the dogs less able to react to it. That's not really a solution in my opinion; really, the only thing worse than knowing my puppy is scared while I'm away is knowing that she's scared and high while I'm away.

On the bright side, this is her third day in a row without a single potty accident, so she may be getting the hang of this whole housetraining thing after all!

Completely unrelated, but AES can go diaf as far as I'm concerned. I spent all evening and afternoon yesterday terrified that I was going to be in legal trouble of some sort, because of an incomprehensible notice that I am still required to continue paying my student loan. WHAT, BECAUSE THE BIMONTHLY PAYMENTS I'VE BEEN MAKING SINCE JANUARY AREN'T PROOF ENOUGH THAT I INTEND TO DO JUST THAT?

God, I hate scare tactics like that. I'm already taking out as much of my paycheck as I can afford, and I'm more than halfway through with what I owe. And seriously? If you're so determined to terrify me into a heart attack, the least you can do is have your customer service line open. You send out letters like that to everyone who has an account, you'd better be prepared to get countless angry/terrified/wtf calls, thanks.
manders: (bleach :: kira izuru :: i call bullshit)
Currently, I am hiding from all semblence of responsibility everywhere. Thus far, "hiding" has taken the shape of
(1) writing a horribly OOC, mature log involving Kite Eitsumi and a vampiric Hirakoba
(2) writing a horribly OOC background for Kite Eitsumi in which she led a deliriously happy childhood in the wilds of one of Okinawa's southern islands
(3) watching this YouTube video about a dozen times, and wondering why I didn't buy ShitenMyu when I had the chance
(4) plotting exactly how I will go about kidnapping both Yasuka and Harukawa Kyousuke despite not actually being anywhere near Japan
(5) push-ups ... as in about thirty-thousand so far
(6) wondering why staring at my computer screen doesn't make stories for [community profile] drive_a magically appear in WordPerfect
(7) laughing at how miffed Yasuka looks at having his picture snapped

I have tags I need to take care of in the RP I actually play in, comments I should have replied to, e-mails I should have replied to, and phone calls I should have made regarding my transcripts/possible in-state tuition thing/fees I somehow owe FSU after four years? and I haven't started on any of them.

I joke about it, but this habit of just going away when I have things I need to do ... It's getting old, and I have no idea how to break it. At some point, running away is going to stop being a viable option, and I have no idea what I'll do then.

... Note to self: Josh Groban =/= Joshua Bell. No, really.
manders: (tvxq :: kim jaejoong :: step softly)
You used to shine so bright
But I watched all of it fade

I think that if someone said this to me, I wouldn't be able to ignore it, and I might just do something to fix the mess I've made. I wish that simply knowing what I'm throwing away would be enough, but it's too ingrained by now. The thing is, if I can't start fixing it on my own, what right do I have to ask someone else to try?


Aug. 6th, 2009 11:07 am
manders: (geiko :: miyofuki)
I've been meaning to look up Miyako Odori on YouTube for ages, so I guess one plus to LiveJournal going down was the fact that I stopped procrastinating. I was a little afraid I wouldn't enjoy it, which would stink, since I make such a fuss about liking Japan for more than idol culture, right? Well, I ended up getting distracted by a series of Kyo Odori performances, and they are amazing.

The music, and the subtlety of the choreography, and Toshihana! It's just stunning, all of it, so evocative and delicate. I'll have to wait to watch the rest later, but, oh, this was such a wonderful way to start my day.
manders: (Default)
Ahaha, oh wow. Yes, I really would love for LiveJournal to get back on so I can reply to things, but, uh. I'm cracking up at everyone's posts over at Twitter. XDD Best post so far?
I can't believe I just checked Twitter to find out if LiveJournal was down or not. What is this world coming to?

Thank goodness I had the sense to copy/paste my last comment before clicking submit and losing it.
manders: (bleach :: yamajii :: i quit)
>> So, I posted the team sign-up form at [community profile] drive_a a few days ago. My comment is still screened, and the team is still not listed in the actual post. IDK, it's making me anxious, even if there isn't any reason for it.

>> [ profile] tennisdressing is a horrible, horrible place. Mainly because I've spent so much time there since it opened. :|

>> I hate feeling stupid. Not that I expect to miraculously stop putting my foot in my mouth, but it would be wonderful not to feel incredibly, overwhelmingly stupid every single time I talk to someone.

What would also be lovely would be for the people who make me feel that way to stop commenting on how wonderful it is that I'm still such a simple person. You want to know why I feel inferior to basically everyone else to ever exist on this planet? THAT'S WHY, OKAY. [/hissyfit]

>> I want to be someone else for a day.
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>> My second youngest sister went off to air force camp this weekend. ToT I called her right before she left, and she was so excited. She's looking forward to logging a full hour of flight time, which rather terrifies me, as she only got her learner's permit (for the car) a few weeks ago. XD; But, from the texts she's sent, she seems to be having a ball.

>> Sister no. 2 turned 21 on the 26th, which of course meant that the two of us had to destroy my kitchen, attempting to make some manner of alcoholic drink. Neither of us are particularly interested in actually drinking, but I've always wanted to try one of the recipes in just about every home magazine, and it seemed like a good time. Or something. Sadly, we failed, and hard.

I imagine this is how everyone at Seigaku felt the first time they tried one of Inui's drinks. :/

>> I was making a vegetable tray the day before yesterday, and apparently decided that I didn't really need all of my fingers intact. So, yeah, the first finger on my right hand is currently missing it's tip, and I had to throw away all of the squash I'd been chopping. *is ten kinds of fail here*

>> Oh my good night. ♥ I've been enjoying [ profile] tennisdressing since it opened, but this is already one of my favourite posts. I adore her Kai already, and am delighted that my extremely sarcastic Kite doesn't seem to have irritated the mun yet?. I've never tried to picture Kai as a girl before, but I'm really loving the tone she's got going on.
manders: (Default)
So. [community profile] drive_a.

I'm excited, even if the whole Seigaku is a veterinary clinic thing is silly and lame. I'm excited to work with [personal profile] relle, I'm excited that she might be willing to write something as well as beta, I'm excited that [ profile] doom_magic might be participating, and I'm excited to be excited about writing something again.

Of course, considering how tempted I was to name us Team Chlorodine, perhaps I should take a moment to settle down just a bit.

I am going to have to talk to [personal profile] relle, though. I've never done a collaborative "work" before, and I'm not certain how the best way to approach this would be. And, well, I've never had a beta from the beginning of a piece either. (At the risk of getting repetitive, I'm going to add that I'm excited about that, too.) I can pretty much guarantee that by the time we're finished, she's going to want to come through my computer and strangle me, but I'm looking forward to this. *g*

On a completely unrelated note, HP6 was ... okay. Definitely not as big a disappointment as the third movie, but it was not as good as I'd hoped. I'll probably like it once I'm able to watch it without expecting certain scenes to take place (or wondering why on earth certain other scenes were added), actually. Everything involving Ginny aside, my main issue was the ending which stunk. Spoilers? )
manders: (saitou yasuka :: megane)
As much as I complain about the effects on my paycheck, I really do love having mini, four-hour shifts. I've spent the entire morning playing with MaiMai, baking muffins, and looking through the picture gallery of the Kimono Club. I don't leave for work for another ten minutes, and when I get off, I'll have two and a half hours at the shelter.

Ooh, and on Thursday, M and I are going to (finally!) go see the latest Harry Potter movie. No one who's seen it has been all that impressed, but as I'm pretty much only going for the music and the shiny magic, I doubt I'll be disappointed. Also, I've been promised a treat at The Cheesecake Factory, which would be enough to make up for anything, so~
manders: (bleach :: yachiru :: ooh shiny!)
I thought I'd try crossposting at least once since, y'know, the function is there and I apparently have nothing better to do with my time. On the bright side, this will probably be a one-time only thing, seeing as I use [ profile] nachural almost solely to comment now. *laughs*

So, in the past two weeks or so, I've become absurdly infatuated with geisha in general, and the "Toshi's" of Miyagawa-cho in particular.
Cut for pictures and fangirling )
Actually, I'm a little surprised by how interested I am; this is more the response I expected to have when I discovered Takarazuka. I've started rereading Iwasaki Mineko's Geisha: A Life, and have been enjoying it a lot more this time around. I must have been in a hurry the first time I read it, because I don't remember any of the little anecdotes from before ...

And, last but not least, how much do I love Yasuka's short hair? A lot. I was kind of "mehhh" about it at first - all that beautiful hair! - but I'm pretty convinced now. ♥

Oh, wow.

Jul. 16th, 2009 02:17 pm
manders: (Default)
Not that I'll ever be able to afford it in this lifetime, but I want to go on this tour so bad. Experience a dinner with a geiko? Stay overnight at a zen monastery? All those days to explore Kyoto, not to mention going to see Hiroshima, Himeji Castle, and a private tour through Itsukushima Shrine?

I would probably sell my soul in order to do this.
manders: (hetalia :: america & england :: paint by)
Nothing says Happy 4th of July like watching A10 Warthogs in action on YouTube. XDD All the same, they are awesome. No joke, the cloud burst that appears just before the noise? That's when they fire. And they fire something like 4000 rounds a minute. *g*

On the other hand, I'm going to have to rush getting a concealed weapons license. Everyone around here's been talking about it the past few weeks, and it seems to be a general consensus that it will soon be next to impossible to get a gun. Oh well, once I have the license, I can take a little bit more time to save up for the gun itself.
manders: (hetalia :: america & england :: paint by)

Daichan, this is what I get for not peeking at your blog ever more often, isn't it?
manders: (Default)
>> I'm definitely liking the comparison between Genie and Mirotic, because it is frustrating to see SoShi getting all this flak for "succumbing to the sex sells view." I liked Genie before I even saw the PV, and I think that, as a song, it's a really good product. The girls have improved, it's more mature than Gee, and it's good listening. And, yeah, we all joked around that the bed and pimp car were a little at odds with the militaristic look the girls had going on, but it's not like they were writhing around on the blankets or anything. :| Though, having rewatched Mirotic, all I have to say is holysmokes, Jaejoong and Yunho. DO WANT.

>> Marippe is aiming for 101 blog entries today. I feel so sorry for the translators over at Hello!Online.

>> I got the cutest pictures of MaiMai at the beach, and now I can't find the cord to connect the camera to my computer. I've got to teach her personal space, though - every time she passed someone sitting down, she would go over and just plop herself in their lap!

>> Redid Kite's icons over at PoT-LJ, and now I'm not sure if I want Nino or Jaejoong or Yunho. Nino's face is too ... sweet. And between Jaejoong and Yunho, while Yunho's features are a little harder, Jaejoong wears glasses more often & better. And he's got all the catty looks. :/ But, I'm lazy, so I'll probably stay with Nino. *laughs*

>> Sadly, I still haven't heard back from PayPal about opening that dispute. I can't believe I let the deadline pass, but I still have hope they'll be willing to work with me: I've never had any disputes or anything before, and this person has had multiple claims taken out on her. It's been long enough that I don't even want the JSK anymore, and I could use the money back.


Jun. 27th, 2009 10:13 am
manders: (text :: bitch plz)
Who goes to the beach and comes back with a cold? Ugh, I feel like my head is about to explode, and every time I stand suddenly or move around, my nose starts to run like a faucet. Lovely description, I know, but it's getting just a tad inconvenient having to carry around an entire thing of tissues ... On the other hand, MaiMai seems to prefer my singing now that my voice is all rough and gravelly and I can't even pretend to hit the high notes. |DD

Not looking forward to work today, though. I've got a super short shift, but I also feel (and look, and sound :/) like death warmed over. FUN TIMES, LET ME TELL YOU.