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Hmmm...

I'm feeling very nostalgic today and it's making me kinda sad to remember things that were in my life almost a decade ago and not anymore. Talk about "you can never go home again".

My life kinda sucks right now (but is also kinda good in other ways) so I've essentially become a temporary hermit.

Who the hell decided sunshine was so great anyway?

Hmm... I need to find some new, good anime to watch.

By the way, the nostalgia was largely started by hearing about the new Evangelion Rebuild stuff and Batman fics based off storylines from years ago.
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Happy Mother’s Day!!!


To all the mothers out there on my flist (and to my mom, even though she’s not going to be reading this)

I am officially out of school for the summer! I didn't fail any of my nursing courses, so I'm still in the program. Three whole months of sleeping and… well… sleeping some more. And watching anime and Farscape, and catching up on LJ. Awesome!

I’ve got to get back to losing weight and living healthier this summer. I bought a pretty kickass pressure cooker for that purpose. I’m also burning through a new awesome anime I just started watching- Gurren Lagann. The full, dubbed episodes are on Youtube via Bandai or Aniplex or whoever the hell it is that puts it out, which is sweet. I also managed to finally watch all of Shin Chan that way.

Plus, I’ve got the first two seasons of Farscape downloaded onto my laptop so I can watch it while running on my treadmill, so I think it’s going to be a good summer.


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Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who posted with suggestions and comments during The Great Tampon Ordeal of 2009 ^_^

You'll be happy to know (or grossed out, or don't care at all XP) that the second time was the charm. I managed to get the applicator in far enough to push the tampon where it's supposed to be (I had to angle it a bit differently and look at some porn beforehand to... ease the way? Better than Vaseline, I would think)

It didn't hurt at all then, but it wasn't comfortable (wasn't really UNcomfortable either... more like just very, very... THERE) Sorry to the die-hard tampon supporters. I'll wear them for swimming but I prefer my pads.

But thanks again for all the advice! I feel we've grown together as sisters and *insert more "womanhood"-ish mushy crap here*


Also, for anyone who's ever worked with Humane Societies or Animal Shelters... is there any, like, financial aid for adopting? I really wanna get some more cats (my current very-anti-social-furball be damned!) but they want almost $50 to adopt an adult cat, which I don't really have. But, I mean, if it's a cat they're going to just euthanize anyway (like, one who wasn't adopted in the set amount of time given), wouldn't it be cheaper to just GIVE the cat to someone than put it to sleep? Sort of like a "last chance" freebie? Then again, I don't even know if my local Humane Society puts animals to sleep.

I WANT MORE KITTIES!

Anyway, I've also got my 8 Things To Be Happy For Today to do:

1) Nice, long workouts at the YMCA
2) Making that workout at the Y obsolete by eating Reese's peanut butter cups... which are delicious...
3) Getting my assignment for English finally turned in. I suppose late is better than never. One assignment down, 2 million more to go ^_^
4) The weather! 50 degrees, wet, windy, and overcast! I LOVE that sort of weather!
5) Realizing I love my car's gas mileage. A 45-minute-each-way roundtrip to Ann Arbor yesterday and it only used a quarter of the gas in my tank, which is about $7 worth.
6) Stealing kisses from my cranky bastard of a cat, and the horrified and offended look on his face when I manage to do it successfully without him attacking me.
7) Being generous. I got a $8 coupon for my local grocery store (it was one of those "buy such-and-such product and get $8 off your next shopping trip!" deals) Instead of spending it on myself, I grabbed a bunch of kids' winter gloves that were on uber!sale (60% off, then an additional 50% off that) and bought them with the coupon. They were packs of three pairs of gloves that ended up costing 80 cents per pack, and I got 6 packs. I'll donate them to charity next winter. I feel warm and fuzzy with that one.
8) Of course, successfully wearing my first tampon today. It may seem weird and, like, no big deal to most people but this is the kind of stuff that I'm really, really no good with. Doesn't help my mom doesn't wear them at all (even before she had her hysterectomy) so I've had no one who actually knows all about the tampon-related-girly-bit-issues to explain some of that crazy shit to me.
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Answers to OTP meme

Yay! Everyone did really awesome on the OTP meme thing. Especially since most of the pairings are pretty old and/or obscure. Here are the answers to the rest of them (yeah, I probably should wait longer and some of the rest might be guessed… but I’ll forget if I do that ^_^)

2) the Japanese photographer and his “morning prayer” (who’s had the Crappiest. Life. Ever.)

Eiji/Ash from the manga Banana Fish. Eiji, in the manga, is a photographer’s assistant but does take various pictures of Ash and his adventures with him. Ash’s real name is Aslan Jade which, according to the manga (and nothing else I can find) one of those is the name of some Muslim morning prayer. Ash was also sexually abused as a child, ran away from home, was forced into child prostitution, and finally was bought and adopted by a guy who’s been sexually abusing him and other little boys since they first met. He’s also had his entire family be killed or they’ve abandoned him, had friends and his girlfriend killed, and has been forced to shot and kill one of his best friends to save the life of another one. Like I said- Crappiest. Life. Ever. But he’s such a woobie.

Banana Fish is also one of the best manga series I’ve ever read- if not The Best. I sometimes kick myself because I actually didn’t buy it at first because of the art (it’s got 80s manga shounen art) and only bought it because I had money and none of the series I was currently reading had any new volumes in the store.

But seriously people- READ IT!! It’s so good! The ending affected me like I’ve only been affected by Harry Potter (7 huge books and 10 years vs. 19 volumes and about 2 years) Also, when I graduate from college and have more spending money, I’m actually planning on offering to mail all 19 volumes to any of you guys that wants to read it but not have to pay for the series. That’s how fucking good it is (can you tell I’m absolutely in love with this manga?)

5) He saved him from the scorpion, then sold him up the river

Vicious/Gren from Cowboy Bebop. That’s almost a direct quote from the show, as Vicious saved Gren’s life from a scorpion while they were fighting together in a desert war, then he lies about Gren being a spy and gets him thrown in prison. When they finally meet again, Gren actually says something like, “You saved me from that scorpion, then sold me up the river.”

6) The only time one has ever been defeated, was by the thighs of the other

Alexander The Great/Hephestion. A couple hundred years after Alexander the Great’s death, some historian guy wrote something like, “Alexander the Great was only defeated once, and that was Hephestion’s thighs.” Granted, he wrote that to be a bad thing, but I like it just fine.

7) She’ll always follow him, making beautiful dresses together

George/Isabella (a cross dresser, which is why it’s actually yaoi) from Paradise Kiss. George rides off into the sunset at the end of the manga to make dresses abroad and she gives up everything to follow him. Unrequited love is so adorable (though it makes me want to punch George and say “Love her!!! Do it, dammit!!”) Okay, so this is more like me being madly in love with Isabella and having to like George in the pairing with her because that’s who she loves… OTPs are so complicated.

10) Their hearts (and that of their partners') have beat as one

Davis/Ken from Digimon. Even though they did the horrible “flash forward to the future” ending for that season on Digimon and Ken was married to a girl, I count this pairing as fucking canon. Dude, when their Digimon partners were fusion!Digivolving together (or whatever it’s called), Davis is floating in this white glowy light and you hear heartbeats. He says to himself (probably not exactly, but close enough), “Is that my heart beating? No, that’s Ken’s too. Our hearts are beating as one.” That right there, people, is canon.



I will probably update more on real life stuff later, but some people mentioned wanting to know what the other OPTs were so I didn’t want to leave anyone in suspense XP

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STOP! Meme-time...

Because everyone's doing it and, at heart, I am just a lemming...

? Pick up to 15 OTPs.
? Describe them in less than 15 words.
? Have your flist guess the OTP.
? ???
? PROFIT.

Hint: Every pairing, despite any pronouns used, is technically slash/yaoi. Another hint, if you know the show/book/movie/fandom/etc you can guess every one from something listed in my interests (mostly because I tend to check people’s interests while trying to answer this meme ^_^ Despite the fact I suck at it. Big time XP)

1) The Angel and the boy who just wants to run away- Kowaru/Shinji from Evangelion, guessed by [info]yaoi_slut
2) the Japanese photographer and his “morning prayer” (who’s had the Crappiest. Life. Ever.)
3) The telepath and the berserker- Schuldig/Farfarello from Weiss Kruez, guessed by [info]the_doro
4) OT3- the fish, the tiger, and the hawk- Hawkseye, Fisheye, and Tigerseye from Sailor Moon, guessed by [info]dead_relena
5) He saved him from the scorpion, then sold him up the river
6) The only time one has ever been defeated, was by the thighs of the other
7) She’ll always follow him, making beautiful dresses together
8) The Alpha And Omega, and the fallen star- Jesus/Judas or God/Lucifer from The Bible (yeah, I know it's cheating to have two, but it's at least given me an interesting fanfic idea where Judas is a human re-incarnation of Lucifer), guessed by [info]rosicrucian
9) One wants to burn everything, the other watched his everything burn- Dilandau/Van from Escaflowne, guessed by [info]wolfalice
10) Their hearts (and that of their partners') have beat as one

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Requisite election post


Hee, I know everyone’s probably sick and tired of hearing about it but I’m going to do my one post-election geeking out, then shut up and go back to studying for my A&P exam

Reading over my flist’s reaction to the election last night, I was very excited to see that not ONE. SINGLE. PERSON. was anything less than absolutely thrilled about President Obama’s being elected. I have the best flist in the whole world ^_^

Personally, for about the last eight years I have been hating and dreading the direction the country has taken. I, literally, worried that the United States was actually on it’s way to losing super power status (the whole “empires rise and empires fall” phenomena is not a thing of the past and with China possibly poised to soon be the next most uber!super powered nation in the world, I thought it looked grim) Overreaction? Probably, but the worry was there.

For the first time in a long time, I am happy, excited, and hopeful about the direction the country has a chance to head in and very proud to be an American (wow, that’s an odd feeling after so long) However, I do realize that Obama is not “the One”, he’s not Neo, and he’s not some kind of savior. The country has a horribly long and difficult path ahead of it, BUT I believe we’re now (well, as of 1/20/09) being led by someone who realizes those facts, has a plan to guide us through it, and obviously has the ability to inspire and bring out the best in the people of this country.

I’m also excited because I feel like a torch has been passed. For the last couple presidential elections, none of them have felt like MY presidential elections. It was all old, white, baby boomer men looking out for the interest of their people- out of touch and uninterested in the problems and voices of my generation. Not only is President Obama the youngest president ever elected (I believe… I should probably fact check that though), he’s got young (adorable) children, so I believe that he will definitely be looking out for not only our country now- but its long term future interests as well.

Also, I was very excited about everything Obama’s election has to say about racial bias and the work the country has done to move past it, however, I still found myself on pins-and-needles during his acceptance speech in front of that huge crowd and silently praying (despite being agnostic-borderline-atheist), “Please dear God, NO ONE shoot him!”

As for non-presidential elections- gay marriage. Yes, I was very disappointed that California banned gay marriage, however, I’m actually not too down about it. It’s an annoying and depressing set-back, yes. However, I fully believe that gay marriage will be legal in the entire U.S. within my lifetime. I KNOW that to be true 100%, without question. It’s going to take hard work and probably another decade or two, but it will happen. Not to mention that the gay community got our first explicit thank-you ever from a president -elect last night from President Obama, so that’s a step in the right direction right there.

For matters closer to my home, I’m also very proud of my state, Michigan, itself (not only for voting Obama) There was a ballot proposal to make stem-cell research legal that passed here (though my city voted against it), which I was very happy about. However, my home city of Jackson did pass a millage proposal to raise property taxes to help support the local library system. This may not seem like much to most people but remember- Michigan has been in pretty much a one-state recession for years (even when the rest of the country’s economy was strong) due to a huge loss of auto-making manufacturing jobs that only got even worse lately. Jackson has had one of the highest unemployment rates in Michigan, which is a state that has had one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. People are poor, at times desperate, and have been for a long time now. However, they were still (almost overwhelmingly- 62% yes to 37% no) willing to pay more money to support a vital part of our community. I’m proud of that.

Now- I will proceed to shut up and study (and geek out on other people’s journals about everything) ^_^

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Lasanga to die for… and a couple small victories

Firstly- OMG! I like a lasanga!!!! WTF?

Seriously, I have -never-, EVER liked a lasagna before. But I decided to institute a “vegetarian” weeks of meals in my house (yeah, I’m weaving dangerously close to considering Vegetarianism in my quest to eat healthier… maybe not for everything, maybe just for red meats. I‘m still fine with my chicken and fish)

Anyway, I searched around some recipe websites and saw a recipe for vegetarian lasanga that didn’t have any tomato stuff in there (I hate tomatoes, this one is made with a sort of “white sauce” filling) I decided to fix that to “reward” my mom, since she loves lasagna but we never fix it because I don’t like it, for going along with the vegetarian thing (she’s really freakish about certain food things and considers it “like living in a third world country” to have a meal without meat)

I made it yesterday and it was fucking DELICIOUS!!! And even better when being re-heated *is in heaven* Not to mention that the calorie content is wonderful. It’s three layers in a 13x9 pan and even though I cut it into only 8 huge pieces (recipe called for 12 servings), those pieces are still only 306 calories each.

Let’s just hope the Cuban Beans and Rice recipe that’s next on my meal list goes over just as well (looked like vomit in the picture on the website but seems really good other than that)

 

Nextly- sorry I’ve been AWOL again. I’ve been “helping” my mom with the big project due in her Nutrition class and studying for her Mid-Term exam in Medical Terminology. I swear, for a woman who has been periodically taking college course since 2003, she does NOT know how to study. Really, I’ve seen kindergarteners who had better studying skills than she does. And organization skills. And time-management skills. And test-taking skills (I’ll give her a pass on that one though, since she seems to suffer from test anxiety) One thing that causes a lot of aggravation between us is the fact she seems to be content with coasting through everything without showing any initiative, drive, or direction.

For example, I told her to have her stuff done for this week’s Nutrition assignment Saturday (yes, she doesn’t even know her own school schedule) After she comes home from work Sunday (which is a day she voluntarily picked up to work, even though she has her Mid-Terms this week that she hasn’t even begun to study for) she starts reading this book she got from work. After about an hour or so, this is the exact conversation that occurred:

Me: Oh yeah, I forgot to ask, did you get your groupwork sent out?
Mom: Oh no, I wanted to re-write some of it since I couldn’t find one of the answers.
Me: Ok, did you do your discussion questions?
Mom: Um no, I haven’t done those.
Me: *starting to get twitchy* Then why are you sitting there reading?
Mom: Because I forgot I had that stuff to do.
Me: *did not actually say it* BITCH, I JUST TOLD YOU -YESTERDAY- TO HAVE IT DONE YESTERDAY!!! *bangs head again wall*

Very frustrating. I’m in the process of catching back up with my flist though.

 

Lastly- I’m an extremely happy clam! I bought my first new piece of clothing since starting to lose weight. I don’t go out very often, except to the store for my weekly grocery shopping (at 4:00 am, because that’s how I roll) but all my pants were pretty much either hanging off me or starting to do so. So, I bought a new pair of jeans that were a size…


*drum rolls*


*pets a puppy*


10!!!!!!

*squees like a squirrel on laughing gas*

When I started losing weight 13 ½ weeks ago (I’ve lost 36.6 lbs so far according to my latest weigh-in last Friday, I‘m now 178.7 lbs) my size 18 jeans were tight on me. Now the size 10 jeans I bought are a perfect fit (and it’s not a fluke, I tried several size 12 pairs of jeans even though I couldn’t believe I was even that small and almost all of them were loose on me) and if I didn’t mind a pair of jeans that were tight on me, I probably could have even gone for a size 8.

My shirts are also really baggy so I’m thinking about going to one of the local consignment stores today to buy one or two smaller ones. I just don’t want to spend too much money on clothes at this size because I’m going to be getting even smaller than I am right now (I have 46 more lbs to lose before I’m my ideal weight) Then again, I don’t want to look like a bum with huge clothes hanging off me whenever I go out either.

I’m also glad to report that apparently losing the weight hasn’t thrown off my badass/psycho chick vibe any ^_^ I don’t know what it is about the way I walk and/or carry myself in public (my mother has alternatively described it as “walking like a line-backer” and “walking like you’re going to kill someone”) but people will actually, like, dodge out of my way when I’m walking somewhere. The other day I was leaving the store with my mother and this older guy who was walking in front of us actually pulled his cart to the side and waited for us to pass before he fell in step behind us. And we weren’t on his heels or anything (we were walking probably a good 6 feet behind him) A couple weeks before that, when I was walking behind a different, young guy- he heard my footsteps (which, I’ll give him that one as I walk really fast and heavily but I was 20 feet away this time), looked behind him, saw me, and pulled his cart to the side and let me pass him too. Apparently I’m a little intimidating in person? At 5’1?

I still don’t like my under-arm flab or tummy pooch though ;_; I’ll probably start to have to do some upper-body weight lifting and sits-up (I don’t do crunches) soon to help tone those areas.

 

Flab-and-poochily your’s,

Va-chan ^_^

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Help!

TV Tropes (tvtropes.org) is eating my brain!!!

Seriously, there should be a warning on the front page of that site-

Warning: Do not enter unless you have 5 hours of free time to spend clicking from link to link to link, finally only stopping when your Internet Explorer crashes because you've got 175 pages open at once.

Good times. Good times.
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Weigh In and Gantz

Hmmm... me likey. I lost 5.6 lbs in the last two weeks (1.6 lbs in the week I started my period and 4.0 lbs this last week) I guess it really does pay to work out every day (only 30 minutes, but still)

I'm down to 183.7 lbs, which is a weight I haven't seen since, like, forever (seriously, I was probably in the 6th grade the last time I weighed that) My mom, however, weighs 175.3 lb now ;_; Yes, I'm in competition with her (one-way competition, I don't think she cares ^_^) I'm always amused at the difference in our measurements though. Because I have an hourglass figure, which tends to distribute weight evenly throughout the body and she has a spoon body shape, which tends to be bottom-heavy, my stats are always better than her's *glees* My boobs are bigger (though shrinking depressingly fast), and my waist and hips are smaller, even though I weigh 10 lbs more than her.

I did have a little cool something happened at the store the other day. My mom was shopping for some new shorts and I was browsing some of the clothing racks. I saw a cute little dress in the Misses department (NOT my department) on a hanger that said it was a Large. I figured that since she was trying crap on and would take a couple more minutes, I might as well try the dress on. I wasn't expecting it to fit, but I wanted to see about how much farther I had to go (I want to shop in the Misses department because, with my being a short shit (5'1), the Women's department (especially the Plus-Size) stuff is all too tall and out of proportion for my body length-wise) So I tried the cute little dress on and it fit surprisingly well. The top part was waaay to small for my boobs (which I consider a good thing ^_^) and the rest fit like a second skin, but it actually -fit-, not stretching or anything. Then, I took a look at the tag, and found out that the hanger was wrong- the dress was a medium *squees* Yes, I know that's horribly dorky that I get that excited over being able to fit into a Misses Medium, but I was very happy. I can't wait until I hit my goal weight and can buy a whole new (well, used but new to me) wardrobe (I have $60.00 saved up for that purpose so far and should have at least $100.00 by the time I hit the goal weight)


On the anime/manga front, I've started to read the manga Gantz and I really, really like it. Except the main character- he's a total asshole. It's got the kinda Battle Royale-ish feeling that I occasionally crave in my manga. Izumi has just showed up but I already love him (and yes- I already know about the shooting spree, though I haven't read that part yet.... and the panda O_o Odd boy, that one. But I do love my psychos)