chigusairo: (kaito kid)
Easter break was...precisely as unproductive as I had feared. ^^;

Right, getting back to my regularly scheduled doom.

Oh, but if there had to be a pick-me-up, it's learning about the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Thanks to Detective Conan. Eat your heart out, U.S. Department of State.
chigusairo: (kinkakuji)
Finals are over!

...and now everything's kind of ending and it feel weird.
chigusairo: (howl)
I killed not one, but two pens on my first final exam.

Paula...I'm so gonna save this review sheet you sent me because it's so full of pauraisms that when you're gone I can look at it and miss you. <3

...we need to do something. Like watch Phantom...>.><.<

my xmas stocking. )

EDIT:This anthropology exam would be so much easier to study for if we would have been taught at least HALF the things the professor put on his "review" sheet. Damnit. I wish I had taken more notes...then again, I wish there had been a reason to.
I just accidently tore my Anthro. folder in half. Oops. I swear I'm not enraged here.....>.>
chigusairo: (Nyssa (Sarah Sutton))
I can get things done. I can do it! =D Except everything that comes out is crap, crap, crap! ;_; But, at least I've been working most of today. I just have to edit my poetry and I forgot it in my room. D'oh. If I walk back to my room I'll probably end up procrastinating again. *sigh* Or buying half-price Takarazuka tapes. Must.not.buy.No.

EDIT: Oh, man. I missed Kagome veggie juices. I picked up an American version of Kagome at the organic store downtown. It's called "True Vegetable Garden." It's drinkable and the other vegetables actually come through the overwhelming (red) tomato ! I hate straight tomato juice, but this is alright. Mmmmmm. However, 野菜生活 is still my favorite Kagome product. What I'm drinking now is missing something. And Orange>Red. Or maybe I should say Carrots>Tomato. Last winter and spring I drank it almost everyday in alternation with Royal Milk Tea. It took awhile to get used to, but I drank it of my own free will and in the end I would get serious 野菜生活 cravings. (Psshh, forget coffee.) I could never imagine doing that in the United States. Drinking something I didn't like until I liked it? No way would I inflict that on myself in the States where everything has to be instant gratification.
Something about being in Japan just makes me want to hop on the next health boom. The U.S.....um, not entirely the opposite, but I really have to force myself to eat healthy here. Also, as far as advertising goes I don't have much information to make choices. In Japan, there's too much information about why this-and-this is good for this-and-that. At least, that's been my experience.
EDIT: God, the more I watch this clip from Takarazuka's "Excalibur" the cuter it gets! Although...I don't like the entire song which makes me worry that maybe I don't want to buy this show....*sigh*
chigusairo: (Default)
X.X Feeling mightly unmotivated to cram for the quiz I have in an hour. I studied, but probably not enough. Just got out of Buddhism test. I guess it wasn`t so bad since it`s all objective and I did study, but unfortunately I neglected to study something that turned out to have really detailed questions. Hopefully I guessed correctly. *shrug*

Anyway, the to do list to be accomplished by Wednesday of next week:
1. Finish Buddhism final paper for Monday. (six pages)
Status: 2 & 1/2 pages written. I`m writing a content analysis of Soka Gakkai International`s photo magazine (because I was desperate for a topic). I`m trying to remain objective. But, there`s just too much of Ikeda Daisaku to wade through and every other sentence I find myself writing `focus on Ikeda` or `images of Ikeda` Ikeda Ikeda Ikeda, etc. I try to write about other stuff, but the actual content doesn`t help me. I`m getting a little bit fed up/ bored with this. It`s one thing to have a founder/leader who has accomplished things you are proud of and share that, it`s another thing to recycle his words, his image and photographs on most pages and most covers.
2. Study for Japanese finals for Monday & Tuesday.
Status: 0% because I had other tests this week to worry about.
3. Write final paper for Sexuality in Japan for Wednesday. (six pages)
Status: 0% Graaaaaaarrrrrrghhhh. Whyyyyyyy.
4. `Study` for Justice test on Thailand on Wednesday. I say `study` because...there`s nothing TO study since the professor keeps `forgetting` to give us the materials we need and other bullshit.

And then I`m free to have some unstressful days in Japan until I go home on May 28th. (YAY!!!!!)

P.S. Last night I think my sanity was in question for a few minutes. I was watching Trivia no Izumi just like always during my break from studying. I normally don`t care for the section of the show where they `make` new trivia, but this time the question was about how many cats would choose the same breed at a `miai party.` The kitties were adorable (albeit clean, prissy pure-breeds) and I laughed hysterically to the point of tears. Me laughing hysterically=I`m stressed out. Cute kitty-stimulus didn`t help me regain my composure, either. This was probably kinda distrubing to my host dad. *sweatdrop* At least everyone ignores me. :D
chigusairo: (Default)
Well, I just got done with my big presentation for Reading and Writing Japanese. It wasn't a complete disaster, which makes me feel a little good about the result. I read off my cheat sheet too much, though. Lots of correcting myself. But, overall it went well so I'm proud. *beams*

For this class, everyone has to pick a novel to read from a prescribed list, the class reads a selection from the work, and then someone makes a presentation and leads a discussion about the selection. My presentation was about a short story from Yoshimoto Banana's 「体は全部知っている」and although I like Banana as a rule, I didn't much care for this particular short story one way or the other. So, I spent the majority of the time on the author. The pile of books in my room about Banana for my research paper certainly helped. XD; And now I need to go home and work on said research paper. I still need to get the titles of manga I'm going to use to the professor. I've just had a hard time deciding which titles will work best with Kitchen and N.P. I've finally accumulated some titles that I think might work....I really won't know until I begin really reading them straight through. What have a gotten myself in to?!

Oh! Oh! Possibly, I'm going to Takarazuka this month! I wanted to go in February (most likely alone), but it just so happened that yesterday my host mom's friend wondered if I was at all interested in Takarazuka and wanted to take me. XD I haven't met the friend yet, but she's a big fan of Takarazuka and goes every month.It'll be so much more fun to go with someone who is a long-time fan rather than by myself since I want to know more about it. My host mom and Mizuho decided to try to go, too. We still need to get tickets though...but there's always December (weekend before scary finals)@_@

My parents are coming to Japan from December 24th to January 2nd. At this point, they have airline tickets, but haven't gotten the hotels figured out yet. They want to travel around so we roughly planned to go to Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Kobe, and possibly Nara. My parents aren't seasoned travelers or anything (neither am I) so I think taking things a little slower isn't a bad thing. In fact, this will be their first time out of the United States...I'm a little worried, but I'm probably not giving them enough credit. Still, anticipation abounds. My parents are going to have dinner with my host family. It's going to be weird and I hope it goes well. My host mom's really worried about her English. I'm a little stressed about figuring out an itinerary for my parents because they are relying on me.You may ask why we aren't going to Tokyo.The answer is cruel and simple: I don't want to go to Tokyo if I can help it. Although...come to think of it it would be neat to meet Kazuko-san in Yokohama again. But, I'd feel kinda bad since I haven't really kept in touch after she was so wonderful to me.

Tomorrow I'm going with a friend from class to Kyoto to do various sightseeing things.

I think I'll go home and have a catnap now.Then get cracking on reading those manga...I need to reread Kitchen as well.

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