Finally, some reviews! Discuss in the comments? ^_^

Everyone should read these books: Vellum, Ink )

Back to the classics: Good Omens )

Mamma Mia! )

Rome, season 1 & 2 )
I still haven't finished Ink, so Vellum will have to wait another week.

In the meantime, The Tudors, season 1 )

In other news...

Dream Live 6th in Tokyo the weekend my brother is here!

EEEEEEEEEeeeeeeee! :D
Today was packed, to make up for my Saturday of Doing Nothing.

First, I headed out to my old 'hood, i.e. Asakusa, to get in my yearly plum blossom picture fix. If I'd gone last week, I would have gotten more of the five-petal white blossoms I love so much, the ones with the strongest fragrance, but then I wouldn't have had the shocking brightness of that one tree that flowers deep magenta. Next week the pale pink ones will be at their peak.

Next, I went back to the Shrine of Literature, only to find that most of the blossoms were done, save for a few later-flowering trees. There were people selling plum bonsais, and you're sorely mistaken if you think I was not very, very tempted to buy one for myself. Only the thought that I'd have to carry it around Tokyo all day stopped me; if I'd been coming directly home, one of those trees would have made the journey with me.

I met with Jill and Erynn in Shibuya (for real this time, and there was no crazy running around like in my dream). While I was waiting for them at Hachiko, and old guy with a cigarette shuffled up to a spot a couple of metres away from me, mumbling to himself. I ignored him, and he wasn't really looking at me anyway, but then he started to do these weird movement like he was trying to dance and it was very strange. Everyone around was staring at him but not staring, you know, the way Tokyo people do. XD

We had Chinese food for lunch, which is why I still smell of Chinese food*, and afterwards went down to Mandarake to look for porn highbrow literature, and ended up squealing over adorable Jirou, Ohtori and Shishido books. We also saw the most bizarre spelling ever for Jirou: Jirrow. O_O

I didn't have a ticket to Altar Boyz, but Jill suggested I tag along in case they were having a lottery, and am I ever glad I did! I stood in the toujitsuken line and was given number 70, and I'm fairly certain they didn't go past 75, because once I finally made it up to the ticket table, I got one of the last standing-room tickets, and there only looked to be two or three seated ones left. I was standing at the very back (because Japan is not only the land of assigned seating, it is the land of assigned STANDING! :D), but still had a good view of the stage, and it's not as though the room was very big anyway.

And the show, oh the show! So damn funny. I didn't get all the jokes (especially what was going on when the guys were reading out some of the confessions from the box, mostly because they were laughing so hard and it wasn't scripted, so it was harder to follow), but there were some points where I was cracking up at things that went over Japanese audience's heads.

[ profile] dilettantka already wrote a far better review than I ever could (and that review was the final push, after having Jill bug me about it for a week, that convinced me to go, so thank you! ^_^), but here are some of my favourite bits, and our Close Encounter of the Altar Boy Kind: Altar Boyz! )

If you missed the show, they're coming back in the autumn of 2010! That was their big surprise senshuuraku announcement.

* The only drawback I can think of to eating at a Chinese restaurant is that the smell goes home with you.
A week late, and a book fewer than I was hoping (am reading Vellum but have 40 pages left and figure if I don't post these now, it'll be another week...), but here are some reviews! As always, discuss in the comments if you have any thoughts on any of these things. ^_^

Shockingly, there is no death by butter knife! But here is a long review of it anyway. Girls Love )

Featuring the most badly-animated gay pâtissier ever! Antique Bakery (anime) )

Another reason to love KenKen, because there weren't enough already. ^_^;;; Butlers! Happy Boys )

No superlative seems strong enough! So You Think You Can Dance Canada )

I'm a pretty even-tempered girl, and it takes a lot for a book to frustrate me, but this book managed. And how! If anyone would like to read this book, I'll gladly give it to you -- you may want to skip this review, then, because I'm about to reveal the surprise ending, which totally surprised me because it had NO BUSINESS ENDING LIKE THAT! My Sister's Keeper )
Today I saw a play with Jill and Laura, and it turns out it actually has a name: 罠 (wana: trap, snare). Up until now, we'd been calling it "the Kazuki play". XD What? He plays the lead role!

Wana )

That's it for me, I'm off to sleep.
The God of Small Things )

My private lesson was cancelled today, and I'm very proud of myself for coming home and actually doing something productive, in this case putting away all my laundry, reorganising my sewing cubbies -- and I found the extra button for my jacket, yay! -- and making myself a proper meal. Then I sat down to watch 5 episodes of SYTYCD Canada, leaving just the last two for tomorrow night. I'm mostly happy with the top 4 (I wish the last girl eliminated had stayed instead of one of the others, but I like her too, so it's all right) and I think I can guess who's going to win -- or who has won, really, since it's been over for a while >_< We'll see if I'm right!
I love having a weekend with absolutely nothing planned except "tenimyu karaoke at some point". I thought I'd have plenty of time to lie around at home and be lazy sew (AHAHAHAHA!!!), but I ended up going out for Mexican baikingu with K after work on Friday, after which I shopped. Then yesterday's lunch and karaoke turned into lunch, FOUR HOURS of karaoke and sitting around eating pastries and chatting well into the evening. Today I got up bright and early, rushed to get my laundry done then battled the wind all the way to the station on my way to see KenKen With Kids (oh fine, the actual title is 新宿区歌舞伎町保育園), after which we kicked around Ikebukuro for a while and had lunch. And now I'm home watching So You Think You Can Dance Canada and the weekend is almost over! D:

While the hilarity is still fresh in my mind, I bring you KenKen and Kane-chan in Kiddyland: Shinjuku Kabukicho Daycare - a review )

In news unrelated to any myuboys (D:) I was on a roll yesterday morning, and my apartment is spic 'n' span. It's nice, but it's also a bit annoying because I notice every little thread or piece of lint on the tatami that much more, and keep complaining to Tabitha that she really needn't shed so much.
So, um, yeah. Reviews. Have any of you people read:

Shadows Return )

Lady Chatterly's Lover )

Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected )

I've still got all my reviews from last year to do, but I plead cookery as my excuse this evening (don't look at me like that -- it took a lot of motivation to chop up all those vegetables!). And there are no new tv reviews because I'm in the middle of three series at once and not even halfway through any of them. So You Think You Can Dance Canada, The Tudors and Antique Bakery (anime), if you must know.
I'm going to do this if it kills me... Reviews! D: Don't even ask about a recap of the Atami Experience, because my brain would have to be on, and it's... not. I haven't even uploaded my photos!

The Nightrunner series )
I promised myself that I'd do it right, this time 'round. And since I never did get around to writing the rest of my reviews for 2008, I'll write them up along with the new ones. Let's see how long this resolution lasts...

Feel free to discuss in the comments!

Amazing Grace )

Rome, season 1 )

Enfin veuve )

Iron Man )



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