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I am very much behind in my blogging of this series, so my recap will be sparse. I'm trying to catch up in both my blogging and my watching, though, because we will watch the last 5 episodes in Anime Club this weekend (I missed last week because I went home, so I'll have to try and get it watched before Saturday).

I tried to pick a Code Geass LJ icon that shows off how well this series uses color. Everyone is very distinctive and pretty, which I think is important when you're watching an animated series.

Overall, my message is that I have been pleasantly surprised, and really, really love watching this show.

Spoilers lie behind the cut. )

In Conclusion: Code Geass is pretty sweet.
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For the last few months, my anime-watching has been limited to what we watch in Anime Club.

It's hard to keep track of the series that are currently airing in Japan when I'm busy with school-life and job-hunting, but for now I thought I'd make a list of series of which I have seen nothing, but look interesting. Hopefully, whatever I'm doing after college, I'll find a way to fit anime-watching into my life. Maybe I'll just continue to have a huge viewing block on Saturday nights, in my own place!

Ghost Hound
"Production IG's 20th Anniversary Project, Ghost Hound is set in the modest town of Suiten, located in a desolate region in the island of Kyūshū. The story follows the experiences of three boys who have had traumatic experiences in childhood from which they have learned to transfer their souls to a parallel world known as the "Unseen World". The Unseen World is however undergoing a change, with its ghosts starting to appear in the real world, altering it in unpredictable ways."

An animation studio's "anniversary project" usually means really good animation, and occasionally an interesting plot as well. This one sounds cool! Also, ghost stories. Win.


Piano no Mori
It's a movie, but whatever.

"A tranquil tale about two boys from very different upbringings. On one hand you have Kai, born as the son of a prostitute, who's been playing the abandoned piano in the forest near his home ever since he was young. And on the other you have Shuuhei, practically breast-fed by the piano as the son of a family of prestigious pianists. Yet it is their common bond with the piano that eventually intertwines their paths in life."

Piano-playing and childhood friendship! What more could you ask for? There is a trailer in Japanese in YouTube. My question is....wouldn't the piano out in the forest be severely out of tune?! Humidity has a huge effect on pianos!


Rental Magica
"Due to his father's disappearance, Itsuki Iba has to take over the family business: a magician dispatch service. Their family basically employs countless magicians and other supernatural beings in order to send them out to help those who need magical assistance."

The animation style looks nice, and the plot sounds a bit Buffy-esque. Still, it also sounds like it has some annoying anime cliches. Might be worth a shot.


Bamboo Blade
"Toraji Ishida is a high school kendo teacher. His friend and fellow kendo teacher makes him a bet: if Ishida can assemble a girls' kendo team that can defeat his girls' team in a practice match, he'll treat Ishida to free meals at his father's sushi restaurant for a whole year. Now Ishida must find five girls to join the team."

I've heard good things about this from various people. A girls' kendo team!


Moyashimon
"Moyashimon follows the life of Tadayasu Sawaki, a first-year college student at an agricultural university, who has the unique ability to see and communicate with micro-organisms and bacteria."

Oh, anime. The plots you come up with. I don't know where Antoine finds his anime, but he assures me that it is a good series.


Spice and Wolf
"Spice and Wolf's story revolves around Craft Lawrence, a twenty-five-year-old peddler traveling from town to town selling and buying various things to make a living in a stylized historical setting with European influences. His main goal in life is to gather enough money to start his own shop, and he already has been traveling for seven years while gaining experience in the trade. One night when stopped at the town of Pasroe, he finds in his wagon a pagan wolf-deity girl named Holo who is over 600-years-old. She appears to be that of a fifteen-year-old girl, except for a wolf's tail and ears. She introduces herself as the town's goddess of harvest who has kept it blessed with good harvests of wheat for many years. As they travel, her wisdom helps increase his profits, but at the same time, her true nature draws unwanted attention from the church."

The series Antoine is currently watching. I could try it, although I usually find anamorphic characters kinda hard to get past. (Says the girl with an LJ icon of herself with cat ears.....)
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So yeah, I guess I went from Best Weekend Ever to Crappiest Day Ever. THIS IS NOT OKAY.

--I've lost my car keys. I have looked everywhere, including the coat I wasn't wearing Saturday night and my sock drawer. I raked the snow under my car. It is nowhere. My car is plowed in and was on the wrong side of the street all day. They don't normally give tickets for violating alternate-side parking out where I live, but knowing my luck, I'll get a ticket. I will have to go to the dealership to get a new one. Too bad I can't get to a dealership in order to do this because....

--Chad has gone home to our parents' town because his grandpa is really, really sick and will likely die within the next day. Prayers and good-thoughts for Chad and his family are awesome.

--Apparently, some non-student n00b at Anime Club is making Alt.Room suck for everyone else, and I'm probably going to do some ass-pwning to make him stop, judging by everyone's comments. This is unfortunate - I haven't had to talk to anyone about their behavior at Club in the last two years, and I'm not very excited to do it now.

--I completely and utterly forgot about the Liturgy Training I was supposed to attend tonight. I am on the Liturgy Team. My role was to train people to lector. I VOLUNTEERED FOR THIS NIGHT. And I didn't even realize it until about 5 minutes ago, upon which there was much swearing. I am a terrible person, and I am going to hell. I especially feel terrible because I was supposed to lector (read during mass) Sunday night, and had to cancel because I was snowed in. I feel like everyone on this team thinks of me as such a flake because I never have much to say at the meetings and often can't make extra meetings due to work or school work (OR SUCKING AT LIFE, like today!), and I hate when people have negative opinions of me.

--I am about 3 weeks behind on my Con Law homework.

--Random dude on the way up the steps to the Capitol this morning: Gee, they don't shovel well here.
Me: No, it's not very good. Better than my street, though, my car's plowed in.
Dude: Oh! Well I guess you'll have to get a guy with a strong back to help you!
Me: *weak smile* Yeah.

I HATE SHIT LIKE THIS. I always feel pissed all day afterward, when I decide to be polite and not start an argument when someone I don't know very well says something sexist to me. A strong back?! Who the hell does this guy think has been shoveling and ice-scraping our sidewalks nigh on every fucking day all winter, not to mention shoveling out my own damn car, often by myself, thank-you-very-much?!

--I couldn't go to the post office today because it's President's Day. Which is actually not that terrible at all - just irritating.

--Haven't yet started the presentation I have due Friday. Yes, it's about manga and American comics but I still have to, you know, do it. Also, I don't have a scanner. That should make things a lot more interesting (and difficult).

--I still don't have a job, and it's scaring the shit out of me. Also, due to not knowing where I'll be living, I don't have an apartment yet, either.

--It's also looking like I'm going to have to walk to my polling place tomorrow, which is a bit of a hike. Not to mention, I need to find a bill addressed to me somewhere, because I'm paranoid that I won't still be registered from last spring.
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Most of yesterday sucked. Worked sucked, which is rare. I also pretty much hate my Global Cultures seminar. It being 2.5 hours long has a lot to do with it, as does the fact that there is no lecture component. It's just listening to my peers prattle on forever, and think we all know how much I enjoy that. I think that I've decided that I'd like to do my presentation on media representations of gender roles, as compared by Japanese manga and popular U.S. comics (LOLOL I AM SO AWESOME), though, so that will keep me amused for at the least the next two weeks. The rest of the semester, however, will be spent listening to everybody else's study-abroad experiences. Maybe I can write papers during class or something, and pretend to take notes. We'll see.

Some friends of mine went out after work, but I really didn't feel like walking all the way up State Street again for only 1-2 drinks. So, I didn't. Possibly I'm lame, I don't know. I only ever drink a few, and then I'm done, while most people would rather drink a lot more. And that's cool. I just get bored after a while.

SO! Antoine and I went out for dinner at Vientiane Palace (I feel like I spell that differently every time I type it. I suck.) and it was delicious, as always. In fact, I'm about to make myself some rice and eat it with the leftovers.

THEN, we watched Terminator 2 with Antoine's roommate and roommate's girlfriend. It was pretty damn awesome, although I kept falling asleep and Antoine kept having to wake me up. Apparently, waking up early on Fridays makes my evenings incredibly low-key. I am okay with this. Anyway, I'm now ready to start watching the Sarah Chronicles TV show with all of the spare time I don't have. YES. I'll probably finish Buffy season 5/Angel season 2 first.

Anyway, today is Anime Club, and hopefully I'll continue to blog about Code Geass and Elfen Lied. Elfen Lied better stop being all stereotypical. I also need to come up with a succinct way to articulate why I'm not impressed yet, as I think most Club members will assume that it's because of the violence/nudity, which is totally not the case.
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Random
Due to this housekeeping, my Bookmooch inventory has been updated, for anyone who is interested.

I ended up dropping the "Conflict Resolution" political science course that I had been signed up for, and enrolled in Constitutional Law instead.

Saturday. Do bold headings make you more inclined to read?
Saturday, I went out in the late afternoon to put up fliers for Anime Club on State Street. It was below 0 out, but having friends joined me made it better.

We went to the rec-room of some Club-members' apartment, and watched some first episodes of various series on a big screen. It was a nice pre-Club gathering of friends! Series that were new to me that I'm excited to watch more of are detailed at the end of this post.

Sunday
Yesterday, I bought groceries and watched the Packer game with Antoine. Some friends from work were having a Packer party, but I was pretty damn tired and feeling anti-social. The less said about the game, the better. But I think it broke my damn heart. :(

I am so lazy. Except for when I shoveled the snow off all our sidewalks and driveway, and unearthed my car.
Today, I didn't feel very well until after lunch. I've spent most of the day tidying up a bit (although, of course, my room is still not clean), reading, watching things, and perusing the interwebs. I probably would have gone shopping for school supplies if it hadn't been snowing all day long.

This is what happens when I don't take my vitamin.
Last night, I dreamt that there was some kind of program for the gifted in Green Bay. It was night, and my high school friends and I were by dimly-lit bars. I continually ran alongside the Fox River with two large metal tanks on top of a flightpack strapped to my back. Eventually, if I ran long enough, I somehow got lift and gained the ability to fly. Yes, it was pretty WTF. I rarely remember my dreams, though, so I guess it's worth noting. One thing that's weird, though? Whenever I do remember a dream, I can never remember one in which anyone I met after high school is in it. It's like my subconscious is frozen in place. I'm not sure what that means.

AND NOW FOR THE ANIME.
Code Geass: The premise of this series is that back in the day, a Celtic king resisted Julius Caesar's invasion of Britannia. This affected many other moments in British history: absolute monarchy was never abolished, the American rebels were suppressed in 1776, and all of North and South America belong to Britannia, which covers 1/3 of the world.

Britannia invades Japan, and conquers it with giant robots (come on; you knew that was coming!) called Knightmare Frames in less than a month. Japanese people lose their rights. The country is renamed "Area 11," and the former Japanese are referred to as "Elevens," and forced to live in ghettos. Rebel factions still exist, though, and the series seems to be quite patriotic.

The protagonist seems like he will be fun to watch, and the character design was done by CLAMP. I am sold!

(Synopsis mostly shamelessly stolen from Wikipedia)
More synopsis and screenshots of episode 1 at the anime blog 'Memento.'

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
It's difficult to describe this series. From what I can tell, it is set up into 4-episode story arcs. At the beginning of each arc, about 90 seconds of intense violence are shown, with one character committing acts of violence against others. Then the opening credits play. Then, four episodes are spent leading up to this first scene, explaining why it happens (I think!). The characters are all children, classmates, and friends.

It seems as though the beginning story arcs are all "question arcs," in that even when the arc is "resolved," the viewer still has many questions. Later in the series, story arcs are used as "answer arcs," and explain what is going on.

The character design seems a bit too cutesy for me at first, but I feel like that makes it that much more intense when the characters go apeshit.

Episode 1 screenshots and synopsis at anime blog 'Memento.'

As an added bonus, I like the OP song.

I LIVE

Jan. 19th, 2008 02:52 pm
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I haven't had much to say lately, because I've just been at work and reading lots of books.

Fooding
I baked cookies a few nights ago. They looked like they had been cooked too long, but I did it exactly as long as the recipe told me to, and they're supposed to be a "crispy" recipe. Also, they were really small. Still, Antoine and I thought that they tasted really, really good.

I also just made soup on a whim. I was going to boil some Asian dumplings, but the back of the box told me I could cut up vegetables and throw them in too, to make soup. "I can do that!" I thought, and I did! Onions, mushrooms, green onions, some spices, and some chili sauce. It turned out all right, I guess, but I think I'll try and find a soup recipe before I try again, :)

Why don't people tell patients about potential side effects? THAT'D BE GREAT, KTHX
While I was at my parents' house during break, my dad assured me that Prilosec is meant to be a short-term drug, and I had been taking it for about 6 months. He told me to stop taking it, and if I still had problems, I should see a doctor. So, I stopped taking it for about five days. Every day, I felt terrible, no matter what food I ate. It felt like I was constantly about to throw up, but not in my stomach - more in my chest and throat. Dad told me to start taking the Prilosec again and see a doctor ASAP.

So, that's what I did on Thursday. After explaining things to him, his theory is that the acne medication I had been taking since either high school or middle school (minocyclene) has the potential to chemically burn a person's esophagus in the long-term, and that that is what happened. Fortunately, a couple weeks before this meeting, my dermatologist had prescribed a different acne medication for me, as minocyclene was doing jack, and I've been very unhappy with my face lately!

So now, I have to take Prilosec for 2 months straight (which is scary to me, as both the doctor and my father have explained to me why taking Prilosec long-term is really bad for you!) to get rid of anything bad, and let everything settle down, and allow my body to adjust to the new acne medication. If the pain immediately starts again after I stop taking Prilosec, or while I'm still taking it, then I need to go to the doctor so that they can stick a long thingie down my throat and see if I have a stomach or esophagus ulcer. WTF ULCER. How do people even get ulcers? I don't know.

I don't get squeamish about blood or broken bones, but the thought of people sticking cameras down my throat makes me want to throw up. I asked the doctor if they could knock me out, and he said no, because they want my gag reflex in case something goes wrong. THAT MAKES ME FEEL SO MUCH BETTER.

Yay!
Anyway, the high today is 0 degrees, but Anime Club (well, hopefully, anyway! It better not be just me!) is going to put up some fliers on State Street, and then watch some anime. Hopefully I don't die in the cold.

Media Update
I hope to write more extensively about these things at a later date, but for now, an update on the things I've been watching and reading:
--Volume 1 of Ex Machina comic by Brian K. Vaughan = win, but based on first volumes alone, I prefer Y: The Last Man

--I read the Magic Knight Rayearth manga. I have to say, I wasn't very impressed. I don't think that the series does anything that Sailor Moon doesn't do better. Speaking of Sailor Moon, I'd really like to reread it sometime soon. Since I've been going on a manga binge, reading all kinds of stuff, I'd like to see how well it holds up. (Please note that the Sailor Moon manga is much better than the anime!).

--I burned through the second Song of the Lioness book by Tamora Pierce - the series is so fun! But, I'm kind of slogging through the second Westmark book by Lloyd Alexander, The Kestrel. I have yet to see any of the dealings with PTSD that everyone was raving about, so I hope the second half pwns the first half.

--Buffy and Angel have both been really, really good lately. I wouldn't have thought that vampire flashbacks would be so fun. Bethany, you might want to check out Angel, season 2 (or at least, the first two discs so far!). Lots of stuff about Darla and Angel's past. It's pretty cool.
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The last 15 hours or so have been exhausting. Anime Club was nice enough. Lovely Complex had some really good episodes, we played Apples to Apples, and Black Lagoon was ridiculously good (and disturbing). People in the Alt.Room watched some Fullmetal Alchemist, and had a pile of games as well.

After that, I went to a couple of bars with my co-workers, to celebrate a friend's birthday. I was pretty tired the whole time, having gotten up early and just watched four hours' worth of anime. Large bars that are packed are creepy. I don't like them. I looked like hell, and I'm not just being all, "I will say that I looked like crap so that you can reassure me of how beautiful I am!" I was dressed for the walk home, so I had a long-sleeved shirt and a hooded sweatshirt on, carrying a bulky coat, and a backpack. My hair was frizzed out, so I had it pulled into a low ponytail, which can make me look pretty masculine. Whatever. Still, when I'm sitting down with a beer and happen to catch the glance of any guy I don't know, I'm met with creepy-as-fuck up-and-down eye movement and a slow smile. How do these guys score with girls? They're not interesting or flirty. It seems like they'll bang anything that moves, which is about the least-attractive thing ever. I understand we all have sex drives, but good God.

After scoring a free beer from a friend, I hung around for a while, and then bundled up and set out for home. The bus schedule really sucks on the weekends. The only buses that run after 11pm are the campus ones, and they are irregular. I didn't want to stand around just hoping, so I walked. It's 2 miles from where I started to my house, and all of the sidewalks and streets were just piles of snow with a layer of wet ice on top. Every time I put weight on a foot, the foot slid about 4 inches, making it really tiring. I talked to Antoine on my phone for the first half of the walk, and then when I got by his house, he came outside and carried my backpack and held my hand for the whole rest of the way to my house. Antoine is the nicest boyfriend ever! I like him! Everyone should appreciate him.

At least I felt better than some of the people we saw outside.... The female half of a drunk couple on the other side of the road fell down on the sidewalk curb, and started hitting her boyfriend when he tried to help her out, and they threw snow at each other. The scariest person I came across was a girl bundled in a coat, scarf, and wearing a backpack, lying on her side in a parking lot just kind of flailing, yelling, "HEATHER!" The bottom kind of dropped out of my stomach as I was like, WTF, should I call the cops or just try to help her up? Then, a girl in a sweatsuit came running across the footbridge that spans Campus Drive and consoled the fallen girl, helping her stand up, and draping her arm across her back so that she could walk. College students are so WTF. Also, alcoholics. I wouldn't be surprised at all if at least 50% of us were seriously alcoholics.

This morning, the snow had turned to a heavy slush. Louise, her boyfriend, and I used shovels and a snow plow to clear the sidewalk and the driveway of the mess. My car had been on the street, and was surrounded by snow. By gunning it forward and backwards a few times, I almost got it free, but then it got pretty hopelessly stuck between piles of sludge. Lots of rubber was burnt trying to get it free, and we were prepared to shovel it out somehow, when a man and his daughter in a truck came by, and offered to use a rope to pull us free. People are so nice! Now my car is on the other side of the street, looking much more car-like, and less like a trapped animal.

I guess it's time to take a shower to warm up and make myself much less disgusting, eat something good for lunch, and use yesterday's library-work to write this damn paper. I'm not worried about this one (although it and tomorrow's stupid discussion presentation will take me all day), but the genocide paper I have due on Thursday is supposed to be 8-10 pages, and that is scary. I'm going to be comparing the Trail of Tears to Armenia, but I have yet to acquire....any sources, whatsoever. ;_;

It's so hard to work when I have Buffy and Angel lying around, along with so much manga. And such a messy room. Seriously, I can barely stand being in here, :(
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Stephen Colbert's first campaign speech. Say what you want about his "fake" campaign, but how refreshing is it to watch a presidential campaign speech in which the yelling and jovial crowd hasn't been brainwashed or isn't laughing to be polite?

Not much to say about tonight's episode of Heroes, except: Yay for speaking Ukranian! Yay Caitlin for saying, "I'm gonna kill the bitch," and boo Claire.

Not a whole lot happened this weekend, which is when Madison college students celebrate Halloween. On Saturday, Anime Club had its annual Costume Contest. It was a good time. Anime Club seems kind of bittersweet. None of my close friends go any more, and the total population is less than it used to be. Still, I don't know what else I could do to make it better by myself, so I'll try not to compare this year to others too much, in terms of attendance. The Club itself actually feels like a club, though. Socializing is occurring on a much better basis than it ever did before, so I'm proud of that. Anyway, so we had our annual costume contest. I didn't take many pictures, but what few I did are here. I think a few other people got some better pictures of Antoine and I, along with two other people who cosplayed Mayama and Yamada, from the same series.
Also! Two really good series won the vote, Lovely Complex and Black Lagoon. I had seen about 7 episodes of Lovely Complex, and am excited to see more, and have heard a lot about Black Lagoon. Anime Club is better when we watch good anime, for obvious reasons.

After Club, Antoine and I walked around State Street (but not actually on it: Boo to $5 to walk on a public street!). There were some interesting costumes, but overall there are much fewer people than there were my freshman/sophomore years here (35,000, and it used to be 80-100,000). I always thought that the rioting that occurred was lame. Not on the part of the students, but on the part of the police, who would arbitrarily start walking down the street around 1:30 or 2am and telling students to leave. Students, mostly drunk and not from Wisconsin, would say, "No," and then get tear-gassed. Useless, lame, etc. And now there are just tons of cops everywhere, and kind of a lame atmosphere. We heard an announcement through speakers asking people not to have open bottles, and to please enjoy their time on State Street, and also spotted a group of 15-20 cops standing on the same street corner, with blue/red blinking lights on their shoulders. It sort of felt like we were in a sci-fi movie.

I raked the yard and then mowed the lawn yesterday, and I think I'm still exhausted from it. Also, it's kind of freezing in my room. :(

Mostly, I'm just really damn tired. Going home this weekend. Lots of stuff to do before then. Still wishing I could cuddle in bed all day and read stacks of books and manga.
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UW campus' Student Organization Fair was tonight, and I feel ready to die from exhaustion. For most of the night, I was the only one at the table, which was sad, :( I like doing it, though. I have two and a half pages of names and email addresses to write to some time tomorrow.

The Fair was a bit different this year, though. Instead of having each student org share a table with another one, and cramming us all into different parts of Memorial Union, this year everything was very spaced out at the Kohl Center, which was nice. It was a lot easier to see the flow of people going by, though. As anime becomes more popular, the stereotype of a "typical" anime fan being a person who is socially awkward and very "geeky" by appearance is becoming less valid. Of course, many people like this exist, and I am glad that Anime Club is a place for them to come and make friends at college, and feel comfortable.

But it still pisses me off that others can be so judgmental about anime as a genre. I understand it's cartoons, but whatever. When you are with a group of friends, and stop walking, look at the table full of comic books and DVD cases, and then look at me, and walk over, and are barely controlling your laughter as you ask me how the Club works while you periodically glance back at your friends with CAN YOU BELIEVE PEOPLE LIKE THIS EXIST faces, and I explain it, are you not being the least bit childish? Do you think that I am not, in fact, fully aware of the fact that you have some weird perception that I have no friends, or don't realize you're laughing at me? Do you think I don't know that your friends just dared you to come over and talk to me? BECAUSE LET ME TELL YOU, I AM AWARE. Hi, I showered this morning, too! And I put on mascara just like you did. I also like going out for drinks with my friends! BUT PLEASE JUDGE ME BECAUSE I LIKE CUTE THINGS AND WELL-WRITTEN STORIES. Bitches. At least one of my Club cohorts consoled me by extrapolating the probability of one of them getting an STD in the next month.

Apparently, there is another anime club that started up this year, too. At first I was very much, "WTF, let's take them DOWN," but then I investigated their booth. An Asian girl was cosplaying adorably as Chii, from Chobits. It seems like their focus is on analyzing the role of anime in culture, and holding contests for people who draw their own stuff. They actually sent a representative over to our table, and we exchanged emails and agreed to advertise for one another for special events, such as said contests. They seem really nice, and hey - if there are ways for more people to enjoy anime, then all the better, right?

This year, it seemed like a lot more international students stopped by the table this year. There were a lot of mixed-gender crowds, in which guys would stop and look on as the girls would totally freak out, shouting, "Waiiiii! NANA! Hachimitsu! Faruba!" Some of them listened when I explained how to sign up to get an explanatory email, while others ignored me entirely, just grabbing volumes of manga and shaking them at their friends with expressions of disbelief.

All in all, it was a good time. I met lots of new people, and hopefully they'll show up this Saturday for Club. A lot of people who weren't freshmen seemed heartened when we explained that we were trying to make the Club more socially-focused, and less like a living room in which people came, watched, and left.
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I really do intend to blog a lot more often than I do. But by the time it gets to be the time of day that I have time to blog, I am despondent and know that if I blog, I will sound whiny. Such is the case right now, but I will proceed anyway.

Of course, you all might want to know how I win against my slings and arrows: it is by going to Antoine's house and demanding that he cuddle with me.
"Your face is in my armpit."
"It's warm here," I say, pulling his arm down so it drapes around my neck.
"Your nose feels cold."
"It is!" I say, pulling down his arm again, so that it covers my neck (which is cold!)
"Jackie, I'm trying to put my glasses on!"
"Oh." And then we giggled a lot.

Also! Antoine threw a blanket on me, because I was cold.
"Thank you, Antoine! You're so nice to me! I like you!"
"Yeah!"
".....This blanket is cold."
"Tough!"
"I hate you! You're so mean to me!"

Tomorrow is September 11th, and I can still never understand why every year, people will say things like, "Never forget" or "Remember September 11th." I would like to say to these people, "Thank you. I think I would have forgotten that September 11th happened, if you hadn't just reminded me." I mean, really. Can't these people urge people to remember something they might have actually forgotten about? To brush their teeth? That the United States has a lot of poor people? I don't know. There are a lot of things that people do that I don't understand.

Anime Club started this weekend, and it was good. On the morning of, I really didn't want to go because The Flaming Lips were going to be playing at a free outside concert (Antoine and a couple of his friends went and I was so jealous), and I was afraid that I would have a horrible time at Club, but it turned out that I didn't.

During the last month or so of summer, we had a couple of meetings to decide to restructure the way the entire Anime Club is run, and to make it a better tool for socializing. I think last night went really well. There was more conversation in the main room than I've ever heard, anyway. It's difficult to get anti-social people to talk to one another, but somehow it was accomplished. The only thing that sucked was that less people than we usually get on a first night were present, and some people who are students who still go to school here just didn't show up. It's really disheartening, because I and other people have put so much thought into changing the Club for the better, and then they don't give it a chance. Oh well, though - I can only ever control myself, so I shouldn't worry about it.

Anyway. I am exhausted, and I still didn't finish everything that I had intended to finish today. It has grown cold outside, and it finally feels like autumn. This is good news to me, as a humid, hot summer in Madison has solidified in my mind, once and for all, that autumn is my favorite season.

Our mail hasn't come since last week Friday, and I am anxious to receive my Buffy DVD from Netflix. Stupid postal service.
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Does anyone else just feel sorry for Senator Craig? I mean, he obviously has repressive issues, to seek out intimate connections in an airport bathroom. There must be lots of self-hatred there, too, with all his work for anti-gay legislation. What a sad existence, :(

I finished watching what I will assume is only the first season of the anime NANA (the manga is still on-going, and nothing really got wrapped up). Wow, what a poignant ending. Also, the flash-forward has me extremely worried, as to the person who is not there!! But yeah. The NANA manga is also awesome (exact same storyline as the anime), but watching it with color and listening to the amazing music just makes the show awesome. At times, I feel silly because it's so soap opera-ish, but then the characters will say something so profound that details exactly the same feelings that I have felt before. It's hard to put into words how this show makes me feel, but it was similar to what Honey & Clover did for me. I highly, highly recommend watching NANA. As with Honey & Clover, I feel that even someone who doesn't regularly watch anime would like this show. I'm dying to know what happens now, though....I might have to start downloading manga chapters.

My week of non-work continues. Yesterday, I cleaned a lot, including the floors of both of my closets. More posters were hung up today and yesterday....maybe I'll take new pictures of my room. It has changed since I moved in one year ago. I also did laundry today, which was exciting. Tonight, Anime Club had another organizational meeting before the semester begins, and I feel happy with it. We're really trying to restructure the Club to encourage the members to be social and involved. If you are a student at UW, or a faculty member (and I know some of you on my LJ Friends List are!!), you should come some time, if you like anime or are interested in trying it. It's neat stuff, and we have some good ideas for the semester's social activities.

Chad (my roommate and friend since birth) is starting his first year of Law School at UW this year, so I get to live vicariously through him. "I think you should do it," he said about Law School after this first day of Orientation, when he was all excited about making friends and meeting neat professors. "If I'm basing my life off of your experience, I think I'll wait until you've had at least a week of classes, and then we'll talk again," I quip.

I went to Antoine's for a while last night, and we did one of my favorite things, which is reading on the couch together. I just picked up Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping, and it's extremely interesting so far. Did you know that while the United States only accounts for 4.5% of the world population, we use 24% of its resources, and emit 23% of greenhouse gases?? How about that 78% of people say that Americans are "very materialistic," but only 8% consider themselves to be materialistic? Disgusting! In some ways, dating Antoine has shown me how materialistic I am. I remember doing a double-take when I realized that he owned no DVDs (at least, none that I have seen). Even now, as I cast my eyes around my room for things I own that Antoine doesn't, I mentally justify everything. "I have six kinds of lotion on my dresser, but I NEED them....I have over 100 books here, not to mention about 200 at home, but I can't bear to part with them!" Maybe reading this book will give me a little perspective.
Antoine read nearly an entire volume of Tramps Like Us manga over my shoulder, and he found it as amusing as I do. I highly recommend it, but pay attention to the "Older Teen" warning on the back cover - it is not for little kids!

Tomorrow's goal is to take the car out and buy some random toiletries that are needed, and possibly a bookshelf if I can find one. And then, I'll meet my work friends at the Silver Dollar for the Packer game, and laugh at them because they worked all week, and I didn't.

It feels like this summer has been a dream and I'm only waking up now. I have a planner, and am making plans in it. The Daily Cardinal is in print again. I am feeling creative. I haven't written anything yet, but I generally take it as a good sign when I think about my characters constantly.

Lastly, I love this blog.

Woe.

Jul. 10th, 2007 11:37 pm
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I will reply to your comments at some point.

I don't know what to say! I'm going to be Juri from Revolutionary Girl Utena for Halloween, I think. Here are some reference pictures. There are lots of pieces and things to figure out. Still, this is as far in advance as I've ever started thinking about costumes, though (I'd like to wear it for Halloween, at at Geek.Kon, the first week in October).

I don't know. Maybe I'll pick something else if it seems too hard. What the hell, cosplay. I just want to look both pretty and badass at the same time, so it seemed Revolutionary Girl Utena was the way to go.

Blarrrgh. I really want to go Up North the last weekend in July, but that's when the Anime Club July showing is. I don't really have an interest in going this month, but it's also really difficult (or at least, it has been this last year) to motivate other people in Club to volunteer to do things. Hopefully something will work out.
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I feel stressed, which is a weird thing to be in the summer. I have lots of little things I need to get done, I guess.

The last few days have been really busy. Thursday night, I went out to a few bars with co-workers after work, and Friday night we went to a co-workers house to watch Disney movies. It was a lot of fun, even though I only ended up getting four hours of sleep Friday night.

This weekend was the June Showing for the Anime Club that I'm president of (UW). On Saturday, people watched things from 2:00pm until 11:00pm, and on Sunday, 4:00pm to 9:00pm. I was there most of the time, although I left early Saturday night because I was feeling very tired and ill, and despite getting about 11 hours of sleep, I felt no better today. Today, we ended things with watching Howl's Moving Castle, which is one of my favorite movies.

Here's hoping that I feel better during the rest of the week. I also hope it stops being so damn hot. I would honestly prefer it to rain, if it would mean cooling off.

I do miss living with a best friend. There was a bigass moth in my room about 10 minutes ago. In the dorm, I would have asked Steph to get rid of it (as I did with spiders), and last year, it was Chad. I mean, there are other people in my house right now, but I don't like admitting that stupid things like moths (wtf) freak me out. Which makes perfect since as, you know, I just admitted it to the whole Internet.

And now, I bring you links.

Human tetris! I love Japan.

The actress who plays Pam from 'The Office' writes her first blog entry after breaking her back. OMF, she is best friends with Angela in real life, and there's a picture of Creed! I miss The Office.
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Dear Ryan, Kristy, and Chad,
Are you coming to Madison at any point this weekend? I NEED TO PLAN MY LIFE, KTHX.

I thought that this article was amazing. EMBRACE THE FAT. Although, I should talk, always reaching for skim milk and low-fat stuff. And a lot of good it does me! Oh, well. At least I'm walking a lot now that it's summer.

Today, I had what was sort of the last meeting for planning the rules for the campus aspect of this fall's Halloween celebration, which falls on the same weekend as Homecoming. Some of you are new to my blog/LJ, so if you don't already know, on the Saturday night of Halloween in Madison, college kids from out of town come, the kids get drunk, and go mill around State Street. To get them to leave around 1-3am, the cops have had to use pepper spray in the past.
I am the president of Anime Club, which meets on Saturday nights. Last Halloween, one week before Halloween, I received a list of nonsensical rules that we had to conform to, on our most important night of the year. Clearly, I was pissed - I sent off angry emails and angry voice mails, but didn't really hear back except that, "yeah but other people decided that, not us!"

A few months ago, Louise and I went to a "listening session" about Halloween, at which the mayor's office, police department, etc. spoke. It was all on the city-aspect of Halloween, and how the city went about controlling State Street. The only students present at this meeting were Louise and I, and two reporters from the two daily campus newspapers. At the end, we had chairs in a circle, and eventually I nit-picked what somebody said and erupted into a speech about how stupid it was that we weren't allowed to provide an alternative event to the drunkenness of State Street. No one was really impressed, except for a few fellow students (okay, there were a couple more, I guess) who were on the Wisconsin Union Directorate. I told them to let me know if any more meetings happened.

And one did. At which nothing happened. But I made my concerns known once more, learned more about how the decisions were made last year (poorly), and finally I got an email about a meeting that involved the Dean of Students, Chancellor's Office, UW police, Wisconsin Union, ASM and other various people who were going to get together and formulate rules as a group for this year, 2007. I went to the meeting, and about 5 follow-up meetings.

In the end, the rules that my club will have to conform to are no different than usual, except that I'll have a sign-in sheet at the door so that I know who's in the room and whether or not they're affiliated with our student org, etc. I am confident that, had I not gone to this meetings, we would have been overlooked again.

Sometimes, you just have to beat the door down until you get what you want. Bureaucracy sucks, but playing the game is pretty easy if you're willing to put the time into it, and can be blunt enough to make people very much aware of precisely what you need. I don't know if anyone else in Anime Club has realized how much time I've put into it, but in the end, I'm satisfied because I dug my heels in and refused to give in because I knew I was right.

I wish I could do that more often, in every area of my life.

Anyway! Tonight was nice. I went out with a few friends to celebrate Jaci's birthday, and brought Antoine. The bar Mickey's has a really nice atmosphere, and it was a nice day out today (except that I almost died walking from the Capitol to Bascom Hall, holy crap).

woe.

May. 5th, 2007 12:57 pm
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I've wanted to write in here lately, but then I never do. It's kind of expected that the end of the semester brings with it an onslaught of stress and the need to curl into the fetal position. Other things have been making me sad too, though.

It has been confirmed by my Political Science adviser that I can't receive credit for another political internship - they all count as the same class number, which I already received credit for last summer. I hadn't realized how confident I had been in my summer plans until I received this information, and took it heavily.

I think my main problem is that I simply have no energy. It's already 1pm, and I still have yet to shower, yet to eat anything beyond crackers. I had wanted to wash some laundry, go to Westfield Comics, and also pick up some cookies for Anime Club, even though it doesn't seem like anyone else will be bringing food.

I've had time to sample about as many new anime series as I wanted to, but I won't have time to make it beyond the first episode in any until after finals are over. Maybe I'll write more detailed stuff later on, but for now I'll say that I highly, highly recommend "Lovely Complex" and "Seirei no Moribito" (Guardian of the Sacred Spirit, in Japanese). And the second season of Victorian Romance Emma goes without saying, of course. And all of the other stuff I've already recommended. "Sisters of Wellber" I'm still not sure about, but am not entirely willing to give up on yet. "Lucky Star" was not really very funny at all, except for the opening sequence. Successor to Azumanga Daioh, my ass.

I guess that to accomplish any of these things, I should step away from the computer.

Current Music: Rinbu (Revolution) - Revolutionary Girl Utena opening
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Can I please tell you how stressed out I am? Yes?

Let's begin.

1) I don't even know what classes I signed up for last night for next semester, and frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.

2) There is SO MUCH going on this weekend that I want to do, and there isn't enough time to do any of it.
First of all, there is the Wisconsin Film Festival, but pretty much everything I want to see conflicts with something else. Like:
2.1) The film "Heart of an Empire" is on Thursday night at 9:30pm. To get home, I'd need my car, and I can't have my car, 'cause I'll be on campus all day. Thus, I can't go.
2.2) I'd like to go to this all-ages Drag Show that is at my friend Gretchen's co-op coffee shop-inside-a-bookstore. I've never been to one before, she would be ecstatic if I went, and Steph wants to go.
2.2.a) This drag show is at the same time as another movie I want to see, called "King Corn." This movie ALSO shows on Saturday, but its showing time on Saturday is during another film I'd like to see - the Animated Shorts one. I've basically decided to skip the Animated Shorts film.
2.3) There are two Cardinal parties that I'd like to stop by. One is a soap opera-themed party, where we are encouraged to slap one another, hurl franzia at one another, and reveal Dark Secrets about our families throughout the night. That's Friday night. The other one is on Saturday, and doesn't have a theme, but still promises to be cool.
2.4) Of course, there is still Anime Club this Saturday. Luckily, I'm not interested in this week's movie, so I'll be there 5:30ish-pm until 8pm.
2.5) I want to see the movie "Linda, Linda, Linda." Luckily, this one is Sunday afternoon and doesn't conflict with anything.
2.6) I have to lector at mass on Sunday.
2.7) I should probably study for Monday's Shakespeare exam somehow in the midst of all this. Or, you know, at least start/finish Antony & Cleopatra.

3) The freaking SLUSHICE keeps falling. On the roof. The thin roof. That is right next to my head when I lie in my bed.

4) I have two papers I should be working on, but have no time in which to do so.

5) Today was a flurry of class, work, meeting, and shoveling endless disgustingly wet snow which made me very sore.

6) I've been going to meetings about using University space during Halloween. Halloween in Madison means people get drunk and riot on State Street. Since the city can't control the problem, the University feels the need to ban registered student organizations (like Anime Club) from using its classrooms on Saturday nights. Last year, we didn't get wind of the rule-changes until one week before the event, and chaos ensued. I get really riled up for these meetings, so it's a little emotionally draining. Why can't I fight for something that matters? I don't know.

7) I'm trying to figure out what to do this summer. I know I'll be working as a Senate Page part-time, but aside from that - should I get more experience doing something else? I want to apply for an internship with Democratic Assembly members, but I'm afraid that my experience with a Republican Congressman/Gubernatorial candidate will not be okay.

8) Going along with that, I really need to update my resume.

9) The state senators are sending out mailing about SeniorCare. Mailings involving placing-on-of-stickers on about 50,000 postcards. So I haven't been getting homework done at work, and now I'm behind.

10) I definitely should have done laundry today, but I didn't really have time. I won't tomorrow, either.

Kurt Vonnegut died today, and damn it all if I haven't read a thing by him yet. I would probably like him, too.

11) I should have been sleeping at 10pm, but it's now almost midnight and I don't feel tired at all.
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I think it's really lame that neither Libby nor Cheney are testifying. Scooter Libby is getting fed to the wolves for something that is obviously someone else's fault, and it seems like there's not a damn thing anybody can do about it. What the hell.

My friend Elisabeth on LiveJournal has been talking to me about the SCA, and I think it's something that I would at least like to try. My only reservations, really, are the dressing up and creating a persona. It's just a tad odd, and the feelings of comfort would depend entirely upon the other people who attend meetings where I do. I feel that the group dynamic would be extremely variable from place to place. Still, I've always liked the female dress style from the medieval time period, and it would be neat to learn how to sew (especially 'cause stuff like that never fits people like me, who actually have busts!), and to do calligraphy, and to do sword-fighting, etc. It's something I'll try, and Antoine said he would too (he's interested in brew making, such as mead, which is something he tried a few months ago and would like to do so again). It'll have to wait until summer, though.

My first day of work was today! It's so wonderful - I think that I can safely say that this will be the best job I've ever had. The Wisconsin State Capitol is really a beautiful building, and it feels immense to me; it will take a while to learn where things are.
The people with whom I work also seem like they'll be really great to work with, and there are many more pages than I thought there would be. Also, frequently we get asked to run papers to other buildings in the immediate vicinity of the Capitol, which I think is cool because being outside while working is nice.
The only down-side so far is that a lot of my business casual/formal dress (the latter necessary for when I act as a bouncer/runner when senators are actually in the Senate Chamber) involve skirts and heeled shoes - neither of which work well when having to trudge through slush and below-30-degree-weather. Having only one pair of khakis is going to suck for a while. On the plus-side, I learned today that I can make it from the Capitol to campus in 20 minutes. If nothing else, the constant walking and stair-climbing that this job involves, along with that trek, should hopefully maybe help me slim down a bit.

Aside from that? Having a job in general is making life much more busy, obviously, but I sort of like it. Today was only my first day, but I feel much more fulfilled at the end of the day, having been a much more productive human being. I think that this will help me stay off of the Internet quite a bit as well, which is a plus.

There was a "Halloween Debriefing" meeting tonight, which mostly consisted of people from the city and the university reviewing the Madison plans to combat the students' history of flooding State Street in lewd costumes in a drunken state and be belligerent until needing to be dispersed with tear gas. My bone of contention was a list of lame rules that were suddenly made known to me a week before the even this past Halloween, causing Anime Club to change all of its plans at the last minute for the biggest night of the year. I have lots of email addresses to contact now, and I'm hoping that by being a total bitch (ie, not giving up), I can help to change the situation for similar student organizations for next year.

Anyway, I think I'll go to bed now and sleep for 9 glorious hours. I need it so badly!
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I feel pretty amazing right now. This week has been pretty crazy in terms of changes, but I think it's all for the better. Firstly, I'll start with myself - I got the job that I interviewed for on Friday. I'm now a member of the Senate messenger staff. It's kind of an everything-job - they respond to needs of the Senate and their staffs, so I'll be staffing committee meetings and debates on the floor. Additionally, members of the staff get paid an hourly wage for their work. I'm pretty elated about it, although that's probably about all that I'll write about in a public blog on the Internet. Anyone could be reading, and etc. I don't even know why I was so hell-bent on getting it. I haven't a job for any of the previous 5 semesters that I've been in college. I guess that once I fix my mind on attaining some sort of status, I don't feel satisfied until I get there. So now, 3 days a week, I'll be working at the state Capitol! Chad laughed at me because 2 days of the week, I have to be there at 8:00am. I think it's worth it. Unlike class, which I don't get paid to get up early for, there will now be monetary incentives, :)

What else changed? Antoine has quit grad school due to being unsatisfied. According to him, he should be getting a Master's Degree in May. Right now he's busy applying for jobs, so it's a bit of a transition period.
Chad got accepted to one of the law schools he applied to and received a scholarship, so though he doesn't know where he's going yet, he'll be going somewhere. I was pissed at him because his good news kind of outshone mine, hehe.

What else? Last night, there was a huge multi-player game of Civilizations IV: Warlords on Chad's computer, with Antoine, Chad, Louise, her boyfriend Patrick, and me all playing. It was pretty awesome. Now it's Saturday and I'm getting ready to spend the evening at Anime Club, and after that either going to a party or coming back here for some more Civ. Gretchen and I are watching the Mel Gibson version of Hamlet tomorrow morning, and then I'll have the rest of the day to work on my homework (reading! Lots!).
I'm a bit apprehensive for Anime Club because some marketing research grad students contacted me via email and want to meet with me an hour before Club to "learn more about anime." They didn't explain why they needed to, so I'm not quite sure what to expect. Luckily, friends of mine will be there with me anyway, so if they're kind of weird, I won't die.

Wahhhh, I haven't had time yet to catch up on The Office or Grey's Anatomy (although Grey's was streaming on a computer at the Cardinal office this week, so I watched the first/last 5 minutes and know what happens.....to Meredith anyway, :O)! Hopefully I can do that tomorrow because I'm dying to see Phyllis' wedding and the bombing Grey's. Grey's has been growing more disappointing with time - I like *watching* the characters most of the time, but it seems like the only one I feel particularly attached to is Izzie. I was upset with the marriage storylines, but it's TV, so I shouldn't care too much.

Oh! And my first book came through BookMooch, so that's cool (except I don't have any time to read it). No one seems to be biting at the rest of my inventory, though. I hope someone does eventually. I need to get rid of lots of books!
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I haven't blogged in nearly a week, which I know is sad for you, Blog Reader, as it has been an exciting week.

Class
Firstly, I'll write on my other 2 classes, since I already wrote about my other 3.
The Victorian Novel - This class is very formulaic. The professor has us write summaries for every reading assignment, and small in-class paragraphs every class session. It should feel like high school, but it's actually rather therapeutic for me, who is used to writing only on midterms, finals, and occasional papers. Also, this professor breaks the reading down into reasonable pieces from one lesson to the next instead of saying something like, "Read all of Wuthering Heights by next Tuesday." We're reading Jane Eyre right now, and I am in love. Why have I never read these books before? Yet, as with Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Charlotte's sister Emily's Wuthering Heights, I really don't think that I would have appreciated these books at an age much younger than I am right now. I don't know why, but I'm confident in this.
19th Century Scandinavian Writers - This is the online class I'm taking. It's interesting because, obviously, it's writing from the same time-period as the Victorian Novel class, so there are many common themes. It seems as though not everyone enrolled is familiar with using online messageboards, so I feel that I have a definite advantage in this regard. Also, it is possible to earn 150% in participation for each lesson. I intend to this!

Basically, my homework assignment for each of my five classes is: "READ!" Luckily, it's lovely reading for every one of them, although I think that this slow slogging through The Diary of Anne Frank is going to get to me after a while. I have been interested in the Holocaust since I was a child, yet I think that the first time I had a real, emotional reaction was this past Friday when we watched a short movie in class. How can human beings be so cruel to one another? I don't know.

Other Things Pertaining to Me
I spent most of this weekend with Antoine, and didn't get quite as much homework done as I should have, but I don't regret it. I feel that time spent cuddling and falling-asleep-on-his-shoulder is time well spent.

Anime Club
The first meeting of the semester for Anime Club was last night, and it was successful. There was one point during the night, after a conversation with some people I haven't seen in a while, at which I looked at the lecture hall we were occupying and realized how many people considered themselves members of this Club that I have belonged to since the second weekend of my freshman year of college - how many of them I would consider friends (not all necessarily of the 'I would trust you with my life' closeness, but close enough that we'll leave Club to get dinner on State Street together, or complain about classes together, or compare favorite anime series together), and then realized that I was the Club President. I know that Anime Club would continue without me if I couldn't make it for some reason, but I like to think that I've done a passable job of getting things a little bit more organized.

Our Club has a pretty intense process of selecting which anime to show during a semester - first, members submit series they own on fansub (only if the show isn't licensed in the U.S.) or DVD through our online forum. Then, forum members vote online to narrow the submitted series (usually 25-35 series are submitted) to 6 or 7. Then, at the first meeting of the semester, the first episode of each of these series is viewed. We then vote, and the top 3 series are The Chosen Ones. We watch 2 episodes per Saturday, and then finish the night with a movie or sampler of a long series. It takes a while for one to adjust to taking in 5 hours of anime in a single night, but somehow, it works.

And for all the geekiness that hangs about the members who attend, it is almost amusing how often members of Club pair up together and start dating. Of course, this makes for great pauses in conversation when telling high school friends or family members about my boyfriend.
"So, how did you meet him?"
"Oh, we met at Anime Club."
"Anime?"
"You know, Japanese cartoons?"
"......"
"But he's not, like, socially awkward, you know? He can function in a group!"

Ah, yes. So. Today, I was pretty productive. I did two loads of laundry, changed the sheets on my bed, cleaned the living room and the kitchen, cooked myself a nice dinner, did some homework, made hand-outs for the Anime Club table for tomorrow's campus Student Organization Fair, and watched Battlestar Galactica.

Speaking of Battlestar Galactica. Here are my thoughts on tonight's episode. )
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I'm going to post now, even though I'll be posting again later with my Post of Doom Detailing Everything I watched/Read over This Break, *Cackle*. It will be a beautiful post indeed!

My Life
First of all, it's snowing again. It looks like there are at least 6 inches on the driveway! Snow isn't pretty any more when you know that you have to shovel it! At least Paul and Louise are here now. Chad should be coming some time today....or at least, I hope so - classes start tomorrow!

OMF, GUESS WHAT!! Paul got a keyboard for Christmas. It's electronic, but it has 88 keys (like a real piano!) and the keys are weighted so it FEELS like a real piano! You can plug headphones into it! You can make it sound like a harpsichord! And an organ! It has some famous songs programmed into its memory, and you can adjust the tempo and play along (it has my favorite Chopin Nocturne!). So, last evening was pretty hilarious because Paul and I kept having exchanges like this:
Me: OMG, you have this Chopin Waltz! I love this waltz!
Paul: The one that goes hmmmm-hm-hm-hmmm-hmmmmm?
Me: YES, THAT ONE!
Paul: I love that one!
Me: ME TOO!
So, Paul has lots of good stuff that I like to play, like Mozart and Chopin, and a little Beethoven (among other things). I am SO EXCITED for the next time I go home, because I bring all of my piano books back with me! We have it set up in the living room.

On Friday night, Antoine and I went out for dinner. People in Madison should try Pasqual's over on Monroe Street! It has excellent Mexican food! We then watched some Battlestar Galactica. I am so excited that he likes it! Heeheehee!

Yesterday, I was at The Daily Cardinal for a while. I did some training in the program "In-Design" because I'll be editing the Almanac page once a week. Unfortunately, it's on Thursday nights (The Office and Grey's Anatomy! Oh noes!), but I'm hoping that things won't be too bad. The content of my page is given to me by various other people, and all I have to do is layout. My plan is to stop in earlier in the day and work on it, and get it on the desk well before 6:00 pm. It's nice coming into this having previous copy editing experience...I'll know how to shuffle things through the copy desk! Then, Jack and I showed Louise and his sister Katie, our Archivist successors, how to lay out the bounds. With only 4 of us, it didn't take very long at all! Jack, Louise, and I went to Asian Kitchen for some General Tso's chicken, which was delicious. I'm having leftovers for lunch, :D

I didn't do very much last night, aside from watching some of my Cowboy Bebop DVDs. It's one of my favorite series of all time, and I've finally decided that refusing to watch some stray episodes I've missed (just because I don't want it to ever end!) is ridiculous. Also, I now have a DVD player in my room, so I've been making more use of my DVDs. I also had to make an emergency Louise-shuttle-run over to the 24-hour Walgreen's for some insulin. Apparently, people who package insulin kind of suck at life sometimes!

Anime Club
On a very geeky note, voting is almost over (we're having a sudden death run-off vote right now because 8 series won the vote and we only have time to preview 7) for Anime Club. The series we'll definitely be previewing are Ouran High School Host Club, Welcome to the NHK, Mai Hime, Mushishi, and Planetes. Of that list, I think Ouran Host Club will definitely win, and I'm glad. It's been a while since our Club had an outright comedy that everyone can enjoy, and it's nice when we have a variety. I'm also 90% certain that Mai Hime won't make it because of all of the fanservice in the 1st episode, which never really tests well at Club, particularly with female members. Out of the other 3? No idea. I'd like Planetes to win, but I can't say for sure how things will go.
Our sudden death vote is between Beck, Kino's Journey, and Basilisk. Of the 3, we'll preview 2. I'd like to see Beck and Kino's Journey, so I'll at least be half-happy no matter what happens, :D

I AM SO EXCITED FOR 9:00 PM TONIGHT - BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, BWAHAHAHA! Such a good way to end a Sunday night - usually, Sunday is a pit of hell of endless homework, but now I'll have something to look forward to!

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