It’s been a while.


But here I am. Sitting in my room in Albany–well, what used to be Alex’s room, and is now her old room with most of her stuff still here but with all of my things in boxes stuffed into the closet. Plus my desk and dresser. But that’s not what I came to write about.

Actually, to be blunt, I don’t know what I came to write about. I obviously am not motivated enough to post here on a regular basis, but I guess you could say I must have either felt inspired to write or to ramble in order to come back here. Either way, I don’t see why I shouldn’t, so here goes.

(Eh, I cut out what I had written here. Was unnecessary.)

That aside, life’s been good for the most part. Different, but good. Ups and downs as always. But I try and focus on the ups. That’s something I’ve been working on doing for a few years now, because it’s not worth it to waste my time being unhappy. Granted, yes, sometimes it’s unavoidable. But I do my best to avoid it.

I’m taking a drawing class in Albany right now, so I’m sort of stuck in my apartment 5 days a week. But! I’m making the best of it. And by “making the best of it” I mean cooking for myself and spending my free time playing Final Fantasy IX and watching movies that my boss suggested I see.  Surprisingly, this has yet to bore me too much. I’m sure sometime next week I’ll be itching for friends and money and the ability to go out and have fun, but for now I’m broke and can’t really. But I’ll be home this weekend, which means LOTS of work, but also friends and fun. And my brother’s HS graduation~!

Hm what else. Dannie came to see me yesterday. Dannie, a girl I’ve been friends with since we were like 8. I love Dannie. Dannie put the word in for me to get my job at the theatre. Dannie and I worked together until she left for college. And now she’s home for the summer again! Whoo!

Wish I could figure out a good way of ending these entries. I bought Pulp Fiction the other day, fuck yeah. And uh, it looks like I’ll be staying up an hour later than I expected to, seeing as how the new Futurama is on and I missed it at 10 when it premiered. Though I suppose if it sucks, I’ll go to bed. Good night!



June 25, 2010 at 12:10 am Leave a comment

I can feel the iced tea in my stomach. I drank too much of it. But Panera Bread was so good…

I’ve been sick this week. I don’t know what happened but I threw up on and off for 10 hours on Monday. I’m feeling mostly better now, but I’m still tired and sore and can’t decide when I’m hungry or when my stomach just hurts. I’ve lost 7-8 pounds because of all this–definitely not worth what I’ve been through.

I know I haven’t posted in a while. That doesn’t surprise me. I apologize to anyone that may be checking this occasionally, though I doubt anyone would after two more months of no updates. I just figured I’d write something.

I’m reading a book for a class called Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book. The reviews on Amazon are split between revering it and calling it trash. Parts of it are okay. A lot of it doesn’t make sense, at least not to me. There are too many references to too many things that I have no knowledge of, and when the story fades in between reality and other universes I can’t tell which is which.

The weather outside is beautiful. I wish I could spend more time out there doing nothing. I bought a dress and shorts today in preparation for spring and summer. I’m hoping it will be this nice again in a week and a half when my spring break starts. I want to dress up while I’m in the city with Brent.

There isn’t much else to update on. Work is good. Brent is good. The apartment is good. School is okay, except I’ve missed much of it this week. I have a lot to do next week but at least spring break is soon. I’m still taking photos every day, I just haven’t been posting them… I should really get on that soon.

I’m always terrible at ending journal entries. Especially when they’re all over the place like this one. Again, I don’t know when I’ll be posting after this. If you want to talk, e-mail me: I’ll be around.

March 17, 2010 at 6:58 pm Leave a comment


It’s been almost 3 months since I last posted here. I’m terrible at remembering to update anything on more than a few select websites. I can’t guarantee I’ll remember to come back here soon after this, but I figured I should at least provide a “new semester” update.

School is just starting again for me today. So far so good–Archaeology was my first class and my next one isn’t until 2:45. I’ve moved into the apartment with Alex (my best friend) and Etta (our other housemate). My room is HUGE–I’ll try and post photos soon, especially when I finally get up to date on my flickr project… I’m waaaaay behind. :/

Brent and I just celebrated our half-year anniversary on the 12th. Pretty sweet. He visited this past weekend; I’ll see him again next weekend. The whole seeing-each-other-every-two-weeks thing can be tough but I think it works well for us and makes our time together more valuable. It’s going to be tough to balance school, living in Albany on weekdays, work and seeing him every couple weeks, but I think I’ll manage. I haven’t started searching for a second part-time job yet, but I may soon. It’s hard to motivate myself when I have a loan refund that will cover my rent until the summer, haha.

Man, I thought I had more to talk about here but now I can’t think of anything. I really need to get up to date on my flickr postings, though. I feel bad.. Brent paid for me to get a pro account, and now I haven’t been using it. I think I’ll go and try to post some more, at least to get a little caught up. I’ll try and post here again soon, but if I forget, I believe my contact info is somewhere around here if anyone would like to reach me… 🙂

January 20, 2010 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment


(Cross-posted to my tumblr blog)

“It’s raining…”

So I haven’t blogged in quite a while, at least in comparison to the once-a-week-ish that I was when I first started this fall. But I’ve got some down-time right now, and some procrastinating to get to work on, so I thought that now may be an opportune time to put off my other work in favor of writing about what’s been going on and will soon be going on.

The majority of my time these past few weeks has been devoted to work and school. In between all of that? Loads of procrastination, and usually as much talking to Brent as I can fit into each day. Then there’s the occasionally hangout time with friends, but seeing as how most of my good friends are busy with work or school, it’s been hard to occupy myself at times. Things have generally been good, though. I’m still staying positive; still waiting anxiously for each awesome visit with Brent. And of course, Halloween is coming up…

I wish I could afford to put together a really awesome costume. I barely got to celebrate last year, and it’s my favorite holiday, so I’m obviously anxious to take advantage of being back in the states for it this year. But, alas, I am also attempting to save up for rent for when I move in with my friend Alex in January, not to mention I’ve been paying for my own gas for the first time ever and the majority of my paychecks seem to be going towards my credit card bill. I’ll proudly say, though, that I have yet to let my bill go beyond being payable before the end of each cycle–I’ve been lucky and smart enough to not be subject to interest just yet. ;D

So anyway, back to Halloween. Since I can’t afford to do all the things I’d like to, I’m planning on sticking to the basics. I’ll dress as Pikachu, same as last year, with the suit I bought at ドン・キホーテ in Akihabara last year. Having bright yellow mittens and slippers would be a plus, but unfortunately they aren’t exactly the easiest things to find at a normal clothing store. Brent and I had originally planned for him to dress as Ash, and then Brock… But now, I’m really not keeping my hopes up for our costumes to go together. Neither of us has had the time or money to find anything that would work for those costumes for him, so I think we’re just going to wing it and maybe use some of my old costume stuff so he can dress as V–or, god forbid, a total newfag.

Anyway. So, Brent’s coming up this weekend for Halloween. 😀 I’m dragging him trick-or-treating and then we’ll probably be heading up to Albany to hang out with Alex at her apartment. I’ll be working most of the weekend, boo. But we’re decorating the theatre tomorrow for Halloween, and I’m totally planning on going to work on Friday night (and Saturday matinee if we have one) dressed in my popcorn suit (btw, that photo is obviously not of me).

Hmm. That’s most of what’s on my mind right now. I’ve just been preoccupied with midterms and trying to get everything else I need to get done, done. I have an appointment to get my TB test done on Monday, since it’s required by the school.. I’m meeting with my advisor soon so I can get my enrollment number and register for classes for the spring.. Etc, etc. Things have just been a little hectic, but not entirely in a bad way–though definitely I can’t wait for this weekend and hopefully having time to just hang out and have fun with my boyfriend and best friend. 🙂

So that’s about it for now, I guess. I’ve got most of my photo-a-day picture on flickr up to date; I’ll put this week’s up soon. Oh, that reminds me.. Brent also got me an early birthday present: a flickr pro account. 😀 Once I activate it I’ll be able to store as many photos as I want, whereas with a free account you can only see the 200 most recent photos (which would do me no good in a year-long photo-a-day project). So, yay! Brent’s so sweet.

Alright, I think that’s all I can (or should) ramble about for now. I’ll try and get back to posting on a regular basis again; till then, さようなら!

October 28, 2009 at 2:14 pm Leave a comment

風邪を引いている ;n;

My bikeSo for the past few hours, I’ve just been lounging around on campus, reading for the classes I have this evening and then grabbing a cup of hot cocoa and another packet of tissues. Since Brent left on Monday I’ve been developing a cold (as the title of this entry says–‘Kaze o hiite iru’), and because of that it’s been really hard for me to focus and be motivated (moreso than usual). But I’ve been wanting to write in here for a while since it’s been almost two weeks, so I figured I’d take the time to try and put together an entry before my next class.

The past week or so has been going fine. I’ve still got important phone calls to make; New Paltz sent me a letter saying I’ve got to start paying back my Stafford Loan, so I need to contact them (or the loan people) and tell them that I can’t because my withdrawal from NP was because I was transferring, not because I was quitting school altogether. I also am about to have a hold placed on my account here at Albany because I haven’t had a tuberculosis evaluation recently–but I don’t want to pay for the shot, so I’m going to try and see if I can get a waiver for that entire thing… We’ll see.

The weekend was for the most part nice, almost entirely due to the fact that Brent was visiting. I picked him up after work on Friday and he left on Monday evening. We didn’t get to do too much since I had work most of the weekend, but we did go to the Germantown Harvest Festival on Saturday night, at my friend Alex’s suggestion and invite. That was unexpectedly backwoodsy but also very fun–we contra danced for the first time. I think Brent enjoyed it (I hope!); it was definitely a new experience for both of us.

Work has been more frustrating than usual lately. I feel like I’m constantly messing things up–or at least, my slip-ups are the only things that are being pointed out to me. Thankfully, after my Sunday night shift I got a “Good job this weekend” from my boss, which was MUCH appreciated, since he seemed to be the only one acknowledging the fact that I was trying to do well like I usually do. Unfortunately we had a disagreement on Saturday, but he sort of made up for it in a sense by helping me out with another dispute I was having with a coworker. I’m still upset about what happened on Saturday, but I think I’ll avoid going into any detail. I hate lingering on things.

In other news… I got my grandma’s old bike fixed up on Friday. And by “fixed up” all I really mean is that I got reflectors and a bell for it. The lady at Revolution Bicycles in Saugerties reassured me that the tires didn’t need to be replaced as I had thought they may, and the bike was in fine working condition aside from a slight bend in the back wheel and the fact that the gear shift doesn’t work too well. I asked her how old she thought she bike was and she said probably about 40 years, guessing that it was made sometime in the 60s. She also told me that if they were to have a bike like mine and fix the gear shift on it and sell it at their shop, they would ask for about $150 for it, which surprised me. So I’m very happy with it, and I’m definitely planning on using it to get myself around Albany on days that I don’t have the car and don’t feel like taking the bus.

Hmm, what else… Well, I’ve got plans to go and visit Brent on Columbus Day weekend. His 22nd birthday is the 13th so, while I won’t actually be able to stay in the city until then, it will be nice to spend a weekend with him to hang out and to celebrate that (and our 3-month anniversary on the 12th ;)). I’m not quite sure what we’ve got planned yet, but I’m trusting that he’ll figure some things out for us that won’t demand too much money, since he knows I’m a bit low right now. We’ll definitely stop by the Fordham area, though, and get pizza–and he also has a kickball game that Sunday for the adult league he’s in, so I’ll get to watch him play. =)

I suppose that’s all I really have to say for now. Class starts in 40 minutes and I should get coffee or something to make sure I can stay awake for it. I’ll try and post again sometime next week(ish). Till then, さようなら!

September 30, 2009 at 3:40 pm 1 comment


Panera Bread Iced Tea(Well, maybe I won’t write only on Tuesdays.)

So right now I’m sitting in Panera Bread, enjoying a bowl of broccoli cheddar soup (theirs is the best) and sipping iced tea while I wait to head back to campus for my next class. I was borderline late to my first one today–I left Catskill around 10:20 and stopped to get gas at a place that has it for $2.51/gallon, and right after I parked and started walking to class thinking I had 15 minutes, I remembered that on Wednesdays, Japanese is at 11:30, not 11:45. Thankfully I was able to power-walk down the hallway and ended up coming in right behind my professor, who had just left the bathroom. Score. =D

So now I’m eating lunch, and my next class isn’t until 4:15. I really need to find something better to do with the 3 hour 45 minute gap I have between classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. Usually I just sit on campus and fiddle around on my laptop, maybe read a bit for the classes I have later. If only part-time jobs were more flexible… It would be awesome if I could find a 3-hour shift somewhere.

Which reminds me… I need to start looking into jobs. I’m so picky, though. I really hope I can find something decent for when the winter break hits. I move in with Alex at the beginning of January–which means I need to start paying rent then, too. Just working at the theatre definitely won’t cut it, so I’m going to have to find something up in Albany, either for the mornings or the evenings, depending on how my class schedule ends up working out. Like I mentioned before, I’d reeeeeally love to work at this old theatre called the Madison Theatre, but I’m not sure when I should apply for a job that I wouldn’t want to start until early January. Hmm.

Oh well. I think I’ve still got some time before I should really start to get worried. In the meantime, I’ll just focus on trying to save up some money to cover the first couple months’ rent if I can. It’s just been difficult so far because I’m not used to paying for my own gas all the time, but now that I’m the one using the minivan the most, it’s on my shoulders (and wallet). Hopefully I’ll get my bike all fixed up soon, though, so I can use that instead of taking the bus. Once that happens I’ll probably only use the van on the weekends.

Okay, I’m starting to ramble. Hmm. I need to get my more recent photos of the day up. I really should go back to posting them on the day I take them. And I need to work on finding interesting things to take photos of… Sometimes I find myself just taking photos for the sake of having something to post, and that definitely isn’t what I was aiming for when I decided to start my photo-a-day project.

*sigh* I guess I’m all out of things to say. I could have sworn I had more I wanted to talk about today, but I must have forgotten. Oh well. Hopefully next time I’ll write something a bit more intriguing. =P


September 16, 2009 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment


Rawr!The title is supposed to say something along the lines of, “It looks like I write every week on Tuesday, huh?” At least, that’s what I’ve done for the past two entries, and now this one. Maybe I’ll make a habit of it… Hmm.

Anyway. Everything has been going quite well since I last posted. I worked over the weekend, as always, and the majority of my time spent not at work was spent playing (and on Sunday, beating) Arkham Asylum.

Great game, by the way. I’m very glad that only one portion of it got tedious (Croc’s lair, for those who have played); the rest was challenging but not absurdly so, and it was nice to know I could explore all the areas I went to without having to trek through seemingly-endless mazes of rooms and air vents–though they still made it difficult to find some of the more tricky Riddler trophies, which is a good thing. I still need to go back and work on finding the rest of them. (And I don’t even need to explain why the Scarecrow parts are both awesome and creepy as hell.)

That aside… Hmm, not much else has been going on. Man, I say that every time I write in here, but I really just can’t think of anything amazing to talk about. I’m seeing Brent on the 25th… Yay! He’s coming up that weekend since we both have off school that Monday because of Yom Kippur. I’ll be going down to see him on Columbus Day weekend since his 22nd birthday is October 13th; then he’ll be coming up again for Halloween weekend. Originally we had planned for me to visit him that weekend so we could go to the parade in the city, but I have to work, so I guess we’ll save that for next year. I’m planning on dragging him trick-or-treating with me this year, though. 😀

I’ve really got to think of a select few topics to try and focus on when I write here so I don’t have to jump around so much. Japanese is still going fine, but I’m still surrounded by people who live for anime and don’t care enough to pronounce ‘manga’ the right way. Oh well. It comes with the major, I guess. So far, though, it’s been really nice not having to worry about a ton of classwork. I’m sure that next semester will be more difficult, but like I said before, I’ll worry about that when the time comes. For now I’m just going to focus on getting good grades in the classes I’m taking, and…hopefully starting my job search in a month or two. Eep. (Madison Theatre, please please hire me, I would absolutely love to work for you next semester.)

Edit: Oh, and I’ve also started doing a small project, though I’m not sure how long I’ll keep it going. I’ve been posting up some post-it notes in random places around campus, with various things written/drawn on them. I don’t know if that’s actually legal, but… I thought it would be fun. 😛

September 15, 2009 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

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