Bits & Bobs

Jun. 8th, 2011 10:31 pm
[personal profile] blodeuedd
I most likely will never get around to writing about them otherwise, so here are some of the things I got up to recently. Please imagine these brief paragraphs as the elaborately detailed posts I meant for them to be, won't you?

K-Pop Extravaganza!

Last month, Eda got her hot little hands on a pair of tickets to the huge K-pop charity concert to raise funds for earthquake relief. There were a million or so acts and it was pretty much a sausage fest, as Eda described it; apart from two girl groups and IU (who is beautiful and adorable and I can't decide whether I want to do dirty things to her or watch her play with kittens), it was all boy bands. So just imagine us spending the evening bouncing along while mostly interchangeable Korean boys DID NOT RIP THEIR SHIRTS OFF on stage. It was actually a bit disappointing! The only guy who obliged was the one wearing the hideous skin-tight pants that he'd obviously stolen from the WWF. Also notable was that when ToHoShinKi (all two of them! XDDD) came out at the end, the entire Saitama Arena went red as the crowd got out its official penlights. "We're in Mordor! D:" I exclaimed. Best act for me was BEAST, who had lots of energy. And it's trashy dance music, what's not to love? Sadly (?!), "Every night I SHARK" actually did sound like "shock" when heard live. Oh, well. It'll always be shark in my head! ^o^

Moving Eda

Last Saturday, Sarah and I helped Eda move. It was pretty much the reverse of what Jill and I helped her do last year, in that this time she moved from Nippori to Nakano. It took two trips, same as last time, but the weather was gorgeous! We discovered that Pickled Nasu Lady has a buddy, Pickled Daikon Lady, in front of whose house I most rudely parked. Not in front of her door, or anything, but in front of the frosted glass window that wasn't even open! She came out and glared at me, but I ignored her, since she wasn't congratulating me on my superior backing up skills. And later, when we were getting reading to leave, she came and asked us what we were doing -- it was so worth it to hear Eda say, in possibly the bitchiest voice I've ever heard her use, "We're programming the navigation system." We didn't see her on the second run, but Pickled Nasu Lady was sitting by the side of the street, and told us, as we drove by, "There's no exit that way." I suppose my very loud peal of laughter wasn't very polite, but didn't she remember us from last year? XDDD

In between runs we had lunch at Big Boy, because that was the only place we could think of that had parking. I'd never eaten at Big Boy before (I only knew of its existence because of Austin Powers, to be honest), and the menu was pretty much just large chunks of meat, but I am in love with the salad bar! For Y600 you can eat mountains of salad, which I did. Who knew salad could be so filling! And I've done some research and found that there's a branch in Choufu within reasonable biking distance from my place. :D~~~

Game of Thrones

This series is SOOOO GOOOOOOOD! There are only two more episodes left to go for this first season, but that just means I'll be able to marathon them all. Tyrion is still amazing; Arya is great; Jon (and Ghost!) are finally getting to see some action; Tywin is perfect; I'll just stop there, because I'm too tired to go into details. Suffice to say, you should watch this series even if you don't know the books. Watch it!

Work

Kids crack me up. I taught my advanced class today (all kids who either graduated from our preschool or are returnees) and the word "boss" came up. I asked them if they knew what it meant, and who their boss was. They came up with, "Mummy and Daddy. And my teacher." So I asked them if they knew who my boss was. Dead silence. "Your mummy?" one girl tried. "No, it's Ms. Y." I pointed at my boss, who was at her desk on the other side of the room, and the look on their faces was priceless. I guess until that moment, the teachers were all just teachers on the same level. Which makes sense, since we all, my boss included, go by "Ms. FirstName". XDDD

Later on, I was giving them sentences and they had to tell me what kind of verb I'd used. I said, "I believe the moon is made of cheese." Chaos ensued! Well, almost. It was the little kid version of OMGWTFBBQ?!?!?!?, so I had to explain the joke, such as it was. At least they all knew that some kinds of cheese have holes in them.

JLPT

My brain is starting to hate me, and I've really no idea how much of an improvement over my last score I can reasonably expect, but at least I'm studying daily! I'll do one of the practice tests this weekend to get a rough idea of how badly I'll do. I wish I were kidding. -___-;;; At least I'm motivated now! I've got less than a month to go, but I'm more or less where I'd planned to be in my studying. Ideally, I'd have been going through the grammar book again as well, but I don't have the time. I can skim through it easily enough, as grammar is not usually my weak point.

Lady Gaga

I spent most of Sunday with Hannah, eating caaaaaake and shopping wandering through stores and not buying anything. Except for Lady Gaga's latest CD, which is even dancier than I expected. I quite like it, though I'm a bit surprised by how retro it sounds. Sure, everyone was going on about how "Born This Way" is Madonna remixed, but I hear hints of TLC in it too, and more than a bit of late '80s/early '90s Bon Jovi in some other songs. I'm not sure whether it'll grow more on me or whether I'll grow tired of it after a while, as none of the sounds sound as unique to me as "Bad Romance", "Poker Face" or "Telephone".

Caaaaaaake

To get back to the caaaaaake, we hit up the Sweets Paradise in Shibuya at 11:00, expecting it to be full of gyarus, but it was mostly full of ordinary folks, including a birthday party of 8-year-old girls. I guess 11:00 is too early for them -- it takes time to apply those five layers of false lashes, after all!

Misc.

I've finally managed to translate my chronic (when can one begin to describe it as chronic, anyway?) fatigue into getting to bed at a decent hour. Go me! I've been averaging about 11 to 11:15, which is amazing, considering I used to rarely make it to bed before half past midnight. I feel better in the mornings, though I still can't get myself to study then most of the time, leaving it for the evening. On the other hand, I've been lazy with Travelpod. Bloh. At least I've been uploading pictures? XD;

Time for some reading before bed. I'm thoroughly caught up in World of Wonders, so lets see if I can manage another chapter or two before my eyelids shut of their own volition.

Date: 2011-06-08 01:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reposoir.livejournal.com
Finally someone on my flist is watching GoT!! I've been dying to declare my loathing for the Lannisters (save Tyrion) and GRRM's penchant for killing off characters!!

Date: 2011-06-19 12:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blodeuedd.livejournal.com
Tyrion wins at everything.

I don't hate GRRM's penchant for killing off characters so much as his ending every other chapter with a cliff-hanger of the "And the arrow whistled through the air toward X's head" variety. DX

Date: 2011-06-08 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kira-shadow.livejournal.com
Moving Eda~ :)
And Mh salad *random*

Can I say I miss Sweets Paradise and going there with lots of awesome people?
*sigh*
*misses you guys a lot*
._.

And mh...yeah Lady Gaga, I think I still like her was it 1st album best?
I love Weird Al's version of Born This Way though XD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUxXKfQkswE

/random

:)

P.S.: thanks for reminding me of the existence of the nightrunner series by mentioning "Glimpses" in your other entry ♥ *rereads the books*

Date: 2011-06-19 12:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blodeuedd.livejournal.com
Eda was very moved. XDDD

Oh, Weird Al. <3 Wearing Swiss cheese! *dies laughing* I want him to make a video for the song!

Mmm, Nightrunner series. ^_^ The next one's due out next year. But I want it now! Do you follow the author's lj?

Date: 2011-06-19 12:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kira-shadow.livejournal.com
aw XDDDDDDD

I'd be all for that. "Cause I bet you've never seen a meat dress worn this way (worn this way)!"

What? I thought it was due October 2011? D: *sadface*
I stumble over it once in a while...? You?

(btw I have recipes up on my LJ again if you're interested!)

Date: 2011-06-08 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angelachibayuy.livejournal.com
Mmm Sweets Paradise.

I'm sorta studying for the JLPT, sorta not. Just taking it really so I can see what the new format is like, need to keep brushing up on my Kanji reading though.

Date: 2011-06-19 12:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blodeuedd.livejournal.com
I have no idea what they'll have changed. Though from the voucher, it seems that it's in two blocks now (reading/vocab/grammar & listening) rather than 3 different ones.

Date: 2011-06-10 04:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hinoai.livejournal.com
I loooooooove GoT too! And now that I've come back into possession of the books, I'm starting to reread them. Erin reminded me the other day that Eda has actually read GoT herself (I forced her), but she didn't like it. XD

Let's marathoning at the end of the month! =D

Oh, and I have been extremely fatigued too. But two days ago I decided to up my vitamin C intake (by drinking those mini lemon drinks, my favorite is キレートレモン), and BOOM! My energy went back up to normal-ish! I'm going to try one a day for a week and see if the effect continues. Maybe it might help you too? I had no idea that I wasn't getting enough vitamin C!

Date: 2011-06-19 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kimchii.livejournal.com
Oh Sean Bean.... too bad about his demise....

Date: 2011-06-19 12:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blodeuedd.livejournal.com
We knew it was coming but somehow, it still managed to be shocking! Can't wait for the last episode tomorrow! Eeeeee! :D

Date: 2011-06-19 12:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blodeuedd.livejournal.com
Yes to marathon! Kimberly will be out of the country until the 14th, but let's have a marathon together after that! She suggested we make banners for our "houses" and choose our colours and sigils and everything. XD Obviously, my sigil will be a cat of some sort. And I suppose I have to come from the north! XD

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