wapiko: mumble mumble (The Office - Angela and Kelly)
I'm tiring of Fable III.

I don't want to play any other video games.

I don't want to continue reading Divergent.

I don't want to continue reading PLL: Killer.

I don't want to clean, don't want to do laundry, don't want to watch a movie.

I'm watching Priceless for the time being but I'm still pretty bored. I can't figure out what I want to be doing at all.

This Friday I'm going to go shopping with one of my coworkers. I've been looking around for some lingerie drawers and of course I want the expensive ones from Pier One. She suggested trying out Hobby Lobby though, and when I was at their website I found this small chest, which looks to be about the same size as my old PEACH JOHN storage set I was keeping my underwear in. The top drawer broke, and now I'm in this predicament where my closet is becoming one of messy legend. I look at this small little thing from Hobby Lobby and see what I'd love to do with it - put some floral shelf liner all over the inside and maybe cover it with some wallpaper design if I don't just paint it white.

I don't wanna wait until Friday. =( I also don't wanna wait until it's warmer out, but I'd rather not do any crafts like this in the basement while it's freezing.

blargh. still bored.
wapiko: (LIZ LISA - white dress)
There's something about a snoring kitteh-kyat that melts my heart. (>w<)
wapiko: cute Chi eating Youhei's pancakes (Chi - I CAN HAZ PANCAKES)
Sometime last month Bowser, my kitten, began playing fetch with me. It started when I was sitting on the bed one afternoon, doing some computer work, and I threw one of his toys on the floor so he would leave me alone.

Then he brought it back. We haven't stopped playing since.

He's so adorable when he plays. We usually play with these mesh catnip tubes that are basically Chinese finger-traps, filled with catnip and sealed on both ends. I throw one into the next room and he runs after it, and after retrieving it trots back to me with it in his mouth and drops it right next to me. When these toys go missing, he gets so restless. I have to occasionally dig them out for him from under Will's desk. When he sees me on my stomach with the flashlight and the ruler (to grab the toy out), he comes over to try to help me. XD

Today I threw one of his toys and it landed on one of the swivel chairs I own (the same style as this one with different colors and base). He tried to jump up onto the chair, first by putting his two front paws on the side of it, but this would cause the chair to spin. This happened a few times before he started crying, so Will had to grab the toy for him. The poor thing...

Even when it's 6am, it's time to play fetch. XDDD
wapiko: (Kuroki Meisa - love meisa)
There's that moment when you start to cry and the tears begin to rise up before they finally spill out.

This moment is much more enjoyable when it's sunlight. I've only been able to achieve it when I'm in the car driving before the sun sets, with my car visor down and my sunglasses on. The sunlight streams into the car in just the right way so that it only fills my eyes halfway.

It feels beautiful.
wapiko: (Rebound - happy cake)
This is damned silly, but I got a little excited when I noticed Poupee Girl has a "Super Cleaning" UFO catcher right now. It kind of inspires me to clean.

I love cleaning anyway. It puts my mind at ease when I'm surrounded by a tidy environment.

Currently I am not. But it's only a matter of hours until the weekend now (aka Friday at 5pm) and I'm going to go crazy. :D
wapiko: from the Beatles episode (Mad Men - Don in his apt)
I'm always on the fence when LiveJournal starts busting out new shit - and I do mean shit. This whole thing with the friends page changes is ridiculous and I'm so sick of all of the spam, primarily because I receive the email notification for old accounts that I don't want to log back into just to delete it all.

I'm still not ready to give up my 200+ icon capability that came with my permanent account, which my friend Miyu gave me a year and a half ago. All I had to do was pay for the rename token, and I regained my old journal name I had previously deleted and later pined for again. I've been very lucky. But I fear their demise is coming within the next couple of years thanks to the fuckwits in charge.

Woke up this morning just before 10:30, which gave me enough time to snuggle with Bowser and still make it to Panera for breakfast.

Oh, did I mention Will got me a kitty on my birthday? =3 His name is Bowser and he's one of my best friends. <3 Even Will loves him, and it melts my heart whenever they're snuggling together.

It's a fantastic lazy Sunday. I wish I could just stay here all week after work instead of having to go back to my mom's for Thanksgiving. The only thing I'm looking forward to is Black Friday with my aunt and cousin.

I'm 95% decided that I'm going to stay here for Giftmas. That might be difficult to break to my mom, but I'm a grown adult now with a job and a boy and kitten who are essentially my new family. I can't be going back all the time, nor do I want to.
wapiko: (Rebound - happy cake)
I've been marathoning Ugly Betty in the background on Netflix for the past month, and ugh, I am still bitter over Henry and Betty not ending up together. They like the same things, work well together, mesh perfectly, FUCK, they even look like they should be together!

Fucking Charlie had to go and get knocked up...
wapiko: from the Beatles episode (Mad Men - Don in his apt)
I seem to use this journal for catch-up and spillover when I don't want to put randomity in my usual journal or my private journal.

Damn, I've just sneezed about six times in the past minute. (@_@)

Today is Sunday and I feel relatively accomplished, having finally connected the Wii to our flat-screen after about a week of being Wiiless. So many cord jacks, and somehow I did it right the first time.


It's kind of a wonky TV. We have to wait about two minutes after turning it on before it actually comes on. I should really call a representative about that.

It's not yet 11am but I think I have so much more to do. I need to shower, I need to do dishes, clean, laundry, all of this before Will comes home in the afternoon from work. It's weird that he's working this afternoon but I think it's good for me because it gives me time to get everything done. I can't be productive with him here.

That said, I should probably stop wasting my time online and marathoning Ugly Betty on Netflix.
wapiko: (Kuroki Meisa - love meisa)
Things in my life are finally looking up.

I changed jobs. Even though I'm in a temporary position right now, I'm working full-time and I'm fairly confident that I will be a permanent worker with this company by the end of 2012. This is a proper 8:30-5pm office job and I have weekends off for the first time in months.

Finally, I have a purpose. I don't feel guilty for working only 15-20 hour weeks while Will works his butt off cooking at the restaurant, a popular diner chain that many who aren't familiar with mistake for a hotel. I'm going to be able to make enough money to pay my bills, and even buy menial things like tissues, shampoo, paper towels, toiletries. I took all of this for granted until I was unable to buy them.

We have less time together now, unfortunately, but that makes the time we do have sweeter. This has been one of the best weekends I have had this year, if not in the entire time since I've been back from Japan.

Tomorrow is our 2 year anniversary. I'm so happy we've made it this long.
wapiko: mumble mumble (The Office - Angela and Kelly)
I have a baaaad caffeine high. Don't know why I thought it was a good idea to alternately drink iced tea and a latte. To top that off I am hung-the-fuck-over and unable to be productive with my day. I just want to pass out.
wapiko: (Lana Del Rey)
I decided to get a bath and relax with my new bestie, Lana Del Rey, playing from my laptop in our adjoining bedroom.

I love this album so far.

A lot has happened to me, again. It's barely the second month of this year. If this year is anything like January was (a literal wreck), I'm going to die.

I'm attempting to make some pasta using cheese powder leftover from a box of mac & cheese. Hope it turns out okay.
wapiko: from LOVE STORY (Hamasaki Ayumi)
I don't have a lot of friends on here but I'd really like to branch out and meet more people online. So...maybe this is what's called a friending meme? Or am I making that up?

Little bit about me:
- 24 years old
- live in Iowa with my boyfriend
- graduated college with a BA in Japanese
- wanna be a professional translator
- slightly spazztastic, easily excited

Things I like (general):
- Cats
- Bunnies
- Video games (RPGs, etc)
- Japanese fashion
- Pink & cute stuff
- Puns
- Nail art

Fandoms & Brands:
- The Office
- Parks & Rec
- Community
- Doctor Who
- Pretty Little Liars
- Mad Men
- Psych
- Disney
- Victoria's Secret

Things I talk about:
- Daily life: work, my boyfriend, my family, cats - pretty usual stuff I guess
- Occasional random geek posts
- Japanese stuff

If you're kinda similar and/or want to start following me, leave a comment so I can follow you back!
wapiko: (Fukada Kyoko - smexy)
In the past year and a half since I posted here, a world of change has happened to me. I found love, made some mistakes, got terribly hurt, but still, the boy and I manage. I went to Japan and thrived. I returned to America and graduated. I'm on the verge of getting my first proper salaried job, and maybe I'll even be engaged by the end of 2012.

I have a permanent account with a pretty layout that took me a few days worth of work over at LiveJournal. I have well over 200 slots for userpics, a handful of pictures uploaded, and a structured tag system.

Most of these things I can bring to DreamWidth some way or another, but that they already exist elsewhere makes it incredibly difficult for me to fully migrate here. But I am so annoyed with everything LiveJournal has been doing, and these new comment pages are ridiculous. With as many people as I've seen complain about it, something tells me it will be changed back by the end of the week, or even end of the year.

But if they don't?

Gah...thanks for "fixing" something that wasn't broken, LJ.
wapiko: from First Kiss (Inoue Mao - Stupid bitch)
I just realized Photobucket deleted my awesome picture of Nakamura Miu, gravure pirate. Wtf, photobucket. Didn't even let me know.

They also deleted the one I uploaded after that, but I can't remember for the life of me who/what it was. You know, gravure pirate was relatively tame compared to Hara Mikie shoving her boobs into the camera lens or Kuroki Meisa licking her finger suggestively.

What bugs me more is that I can't remember what "04.jpg" might have been. Hmmmm. Anyone? I don't even remember where I posted it.

EDIT: Solved. It was one of Oshima Mai. Maybe the crotch-shot did it.
wapiko: (Sato Takeru - get on wicha fine self)

Sato Takeru, I love you, but and your photobook is kind of erotic trashy questionable slutty amazing. Especially when you make that face. ♥

(Let's not even discuss the photos of him on the toilet.)
wapiko: cute Chi eating Youhei's pancakes (Chi - I CAN HAZ PANCAKES)
i must not drink coffee after 10:30pm

i must not drink coffee after 10:30pm

i must not drink coffee after 10:30pm

i must not drink coffee after 10:30pm

Especially when I have to be awake and ready to go to Omaha by 8am. Sweet jesus, I have never had caffeine jitters this bad, but my hands are absolutely shaking.


wapiko: (Default)
My new phone came yesterday, so I rushed straight to the Verizon store to get things transferred over. The only difference I've been able to spot is that now when I close my phone, in the screen where it shows you if the phone is locked or not, it's a translucent blue bar instead of the old clear one. I don't know how to change that, but I don't care, either. I think the software's a little newer. Also, the battery sticks out just a little more, but pushing it in a little tighter (that's what she said) has become a new habit of mine, much like squishing the plastic phone strap when I'm bored. I figure if I get really tired of it, I can just switch out the battery from my old phone. I haven't really been able to understand why it doesn't completely fit in, but I haven't sat down with my phone and played with it either.

Went to the casino and won $12. Later spent $5 trying to win more, but either way, I walked out ahead, so I'm happy.

Today is Homework Mode. Phone off. I started doing that earlier this semester when I was trying to write a reading response and kept getting texted/called by people. It's nice to disconnect. I've gotten the two Japanese homeworks done that are due on Tuesday. What I have left now are two Japanese Linguistics assignments (one for Tuesday, the other for Thursday), a response paper for Japanese Fiction over Tetsuwan Atom due on Monday, and a response paper due for Sex & Pop Culture on Wednesday. The goal is to finish them all by this weekend, if not the end of the day.

It so does not help that I'm on DreamWidth right now. Damn you, intarwebs!

Ah, but I've done better at writing response papers lately. When you forget everything your high school teachers told you ("Don't use 'I'!") it becomes rather easy. I've gotten full points on the past three papers I've had to write. However, this Sex & Pop Culture response might prove tricky. My TA said it can't be an opinion piece, a summary, or a writing over how it made me feel...I'm like, "So what the hell does that leave!?" What I have written down in my planner (his words) are "What struck me in the chapter, a theme, etc - critical thinking! analyzing!"

I feel he is slightly contradictory. I am not looking forward to this paper, but I should get used to it because I'm going to have five more due over the course of the semester.

Egh, back to work.
wapiko: (Mariska & Stephanie on set)
I just spent $130 on books for this semester, and I don't think I even got all that I needed.

To be fair, $60 of that was the $4 shipping that each used vendor charged. (And I may have thrown in the Pleasantville DVD and another book that isn't on the list...) And I know I could have it way worse - Bob spent nearly $600 on only a handful of books for his social work studies.

So long, last apartment's deposit check!

(ARGHHHHH I should've bought Miss Pettigrew's DVD and book too, while I was at it!! ...not too late for that really)
wapiko: cute Chi eating Youhei's pancakes (Chi - I CAN HAZ PANCAKES)
I have been without internet since Monday evening.

I don't know why it happened, but I was able to get it back this morning. I'm not exactly able to afford my own internet yet, so I've been hesitantly borrowing the one open connection around here. I'm kind of holding my breath now, but it seems to be okay. It kicked me off once a few minutes ago but miraculously came back.

I've been pretty bored without it. I've tried to keep busy by reading, watching movies, television (I marathoned S2 of Mad Men), dramas, cleaning...when you have no money, no cable, and no new things happening, I was surprised that even a recluse like me went stir-crazy. Sometimes I'd lie on my living room floor and stare at the ceiling. Pathetic.

I love my apartment still. I started work again too. Not too many hours this week, but we'll see how it goes when school actually starts. I want to get this coming weekend over with.

Pictures maybe later today, but my bathroom still isn't finished. =/ I still need a bathmat that either has strawberries or is red. A tissue box cover wouldn't hurt too, because the blue box I have really clashes.

I straightened my hair by myself for the first time Tuesday night. It took about two hours, and man, do I need a haircut. It's too long and fluffy. I think I'm going to shower before going out today in order to bring the curls back. Maybe after I can afford a haircut I'll start doing it again.
wapiko: (Mukai Osamu - Shinobu)
Testing out my new crossposting footer.

I finished the Mukai Osamu fanlisting today! It turned out completely different from what I originally was making, but I like the result. Go, look at Prettypants. If you like him, do join! It's so much more fun with two. <3

Today Charter (our internet provider) had its rewards redemption center open with Mad Men merchandise. According to my mom, what they normally have is pretty crappy, so she's been letting our reward points accrue and today it paid off. The sale started at 11am, and I was able to go there at 5 'til (It was first-come, first-serve!) and get some sweet things. I got us a snowglobe, a soup mug, and the season 2 soundtrack...taking us from nearly 20k points to just over 100. *laugh* Well, that's why we saved up! Really excited for these things though. My mom loves snowglobes, and I didn't tell her I got one. I'm hoping she'll be surprised and the website didn't send a confirmation email or anything. (Additionally, I found S2 at Target yesterday for $20. =3)

I called her to let her know I got to the sale successfully, and it turned out she was leaving work to catch the Metro back to the suburbs, as she had a doctor's appointment at 2:30. That wasn't for a few hours, so she asked if I wanted to meet her and an hour later I was at the station. We went out to lunch and then thrifting in Belleville - I bought eight old vinyls (I decorate with them and listen to them when I can with my mom's player), a strawberry napkin holder, and a strawberry artwork thingie all for under $3. I love that thrift store. We're going back, I've decided. Everything's so cheap. The most I paid individually was 50c for the artwork.

After that she went to her appointment and I walked around downtown some more, ending up in an antique store and buying these lovelies:

Vintage issues of Seventeen, one each from 1959, 1960, and 1961. They're not in the greatest condition, but they're far from falling apart and indeed very readable! I haven't decided if I want to keep them whole (I don't think they'll be very valuable in the state they're in) or design my apartment with the pages.

I've been packing and packing and more packing since getting home. I'm so bored. =/ Mom, stop talking on the phone and let's go watch Hell's Kitchen~~