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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
6:49 pm - Love your country more than you
Well, it looks like tomorrow is the Brexit vote.

People are generally referring to it is that which cannot be named or some other term. Tensions are high. Newspaper covers are filled with proclamations about what we should or should not do. They make bold statements. "We chose, and we choose hope." Do you? Is a stab in the dark hope? What's hopeful about saying "I don't know"?

In the US, it's fairly normal to see people wear political shirts and stick political signs in their yards, but it's not really the done thing here. Yet people are really being bold and direct about what they want. Not just friend against friend or colleague versus colleague, but GP and patient, hairdresser and customer, newspaper and reader, MP against constituents. Everything and everyone is telling us what to do, insisting their answer is the correct one.

This vote has the potential to ... no, in fact, it will change everything forever, regardless of the result. There are a lot of elections like that this year.

Time to see what happens, I guess.

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014
10:31 am - Remember the 6th of November
Been a tough few months for me -- academically, financially, physically, emotionally. I'm still broke as a joke, and tired of being broke. I described my life to my friend on Tuesday night as driving along a road with nothing in sight.

You can imagine my surprise when I won a £50 amazon gift voucher last night, and then my dissertation supervisor called to tell me he bargained for a good mark for me, and I passed my master's degree with merit.

Although this sounds relatively minor, these past 12 hours have been some of the best I've had in England. Take care, everyone.

current mood: surprised

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Friday, October 24th, 2014
2:29 pm - Short Course
Started my short course a little over a month ago. By the time we start teaching again (we have a "half-term" break), there will only be a month left.

The people in the class are more varied than the MA -- the age range is wider (the youngest is 23, the oldest is like 65) and what they want to do is more varied. I was put into a group of all men (there are more men than women in the class) in the evening. They're all older than me and have been working in professional jobs for 20+ years, so it's different.

It's going OK -- the actual teaching part is really helpful. It makes what I've learned in my master's and the feedback I received seem like a pitiful waste of time.

I went to the employment fair/expo/conference in London last week. That was OK, just not as many employers as I'd hoped for. I did get contacted by someone and that seems hopeful.

A classmate and friend of mine did a master's in her country and also did the MA course with me here. She initially refused to do the certification, but decided to start one in January. It's really competitive in the UK -- and the certification is a requirement here, not a suggestion.

Saving a bunch of things to do/watch in December when I'm done with everything, namely Korra season 4. I'm sure it's shaping up to be a great season.

current mood: cheerful

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Monday, September 16th, 2013
1:16 pm - The typhoon generation
Hi everyone. Still in Tokyo. Typhoon no 18 is moving through and Tokyo looks like a ghost town. Parts of it look like Silent Hill. o.o We went to Nakano today and I got lots of stuff (and found a Seiyu!!!) but then Simon got heat exhaustion so we had to go back after an hour or so. I think he's managed to get it most days here. Now Simon is chilling upstairs and I'm here. Having said that there's a typhoon it doesn't look all that bad here aside from the sideways wind and some rain. It's more like a tropical depression than a category 1 hurricane.

I picked up some new glasses at ZOFF last week that look really nice. Glasses in Tokyo are really cheap, less than half the price of England and about 1/4 of the price of those in the US. I think you can order cheap glasses on the Internet in England but then you have no idea what they look like until you get them.

Tomorrow is Shibuya. If I have extra time, I want to go back to Nakano because nearly everything I have been looking for is here.

I feel victorious because I was able to find the ' key. :D

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Monday, July 16th, 2012
5:20 pm - I don't update this enough
If anyone could spare a positive thought my way, that would be great. Going through a hard time at the moment. Thanks.

Currently watching dramas:


1. Rich Man, Poor Woman
The first drama of the season to impress me. It's another one of those "it's not what it looks like" dramas. Really liking Oguri Shun in this one.

2. Beginners
I'm not sure why I like this. Maybe all the bad actors somehow make it work. Like what Akira Mike said about Densha Otoko. It kind of reminds me of the first dramas I watched in the 90s. Fujigaya Taisuke looks like he belongs in a Boys Love AV.

3. Higashino Keigo Mysteries
Need to see more episodes, but seems OK.

4. Renai Kentei
The first episode of this blew me away. The second episode was meh, but it's all different actors in each episode. If this works well, this could easily be in my top ten.

And many more!Collapse )

Not going to watch Beautiful Rain -- that's this season's crying a liter of tears at the center of the world... I hate those!

current mood: blank

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Monday, March 19th, 2012
2:50 pm - Vitamin shortage
Growing up in the US, I took Vitamin D for granted. It's fortified in everything (milk, bread, orange juice and more) and most of the places I lived in were pretty sunny.

Then I moved to England: no Vitamin D fortifying foods, a lot less sunlight, a lot more cold weather.

Since September I'd been feeling super tired and worn down, heart palpitations, irritable, didn't feel like doing anything, etc. Got tested for anemia and magnesium. Iron a little low, magnesium fine. Taking iron didn't help that much.

So I went back to the doctor at the beginning of this month. And they decided to give me a Vitamin D test. The magic number according to the NHS for Vitamin D is 50. Low Vitamin D is 40. Very low is 30.

My number was 29. :/ This means I have to be on Vitamin D for six months. I actually have a written prescription for this now. It's kind of scary that my number was that low, but I feel better knowing what it was now.

current mood: blah

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Monday, October 31st, 2011
4:33 pm - Currently watching dramas
Currently watching dramas:

I'm currently watching and liking:
1. Kaseifu no Mita
I love this. Probably because the writer is the same person who wrote The Queen's Classroom and a bunch of other dramas I like. Yukawa Kazuhiko dramas have characters that are not... typical. I will watch whatever this person writes.

I'll watch anything with flawless perfect cannot fail Yonekura Ryoko in it. Anything. This is also as silly as a Janet Evanovich novel.

3. 11 Nin mo iru
Not typical my kind of drama, but I follow good screenwriters and I think this is OK. I don't LOVE it but I could see it getting interesting.

4.Sengyou Shufu Tantei ~Watashi wa Shadow
I've been staning Fukada Kyoko for 12 years. I don't know why. She usually plays someone irritating and probably can't act. Her voice is high pitched and whiny. Why am I watching this? Why do I like her? Couldn't tell you, but it's OK.

5. Shinya Shokudo 2
I plan to watch this once it's done. I really enjoyed the first season. If you don't like the first season of this, you have no soul.

6. Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu
I really like this and I'd like to see how this goes.

More hereCollapse )

current mood: okay

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Friday, March 11th, 2011
6:37 pm - Japan
Thoughts and prayers to all of those in Japan right now. I'm pleased to have heard from every single person I know in Japan (from people I haven't talked to in like two years to people to people I talk to most days) and their families are OK. But lots of other people... :(

If anyone wants updated news, Maki from Just Hungry/Bento is translating like crazy: http://twitter.com/makiwi
And has lots of good info otherwise.

Anyway, I had NO FARKING IDEA the earthquake happened until after 1:30PM, I called Japan Centre and managed to get my An An but I felt like a derp afterwards. I was at work like D: D: D: D: D: D: D: D: D:

current mood: hungry

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Friday, February 25th, 2011
8:03 am - The 30 day England Meme day 8: Are you a Herbivore or Carnivore?
Seein' as how I copied this from a Japanese meme, I see what you did there, and I'm not answering your question.

Yesterday I went to a focus group and talked about perfume for three hours and made £90. Everyone was nice and chatty, I think it was a lot of fun.

While I was in the middle of cooking something rather complex (spinach, salmon, carrots, and Japanese rice all at the same time) the Employment Agency called and they were like "Do you want a temporary job, Finance/Admin" and I said as long as the finance isn't too hard, so they called back after 10 minutes and said it wasn't. Then they just gave it to me. o_O I start on Monday for four weeks. I find I am very suspicious of this quick job. *makes suspicious face*

At least this way I can justify buying the PSP Metal Gear.

SCHOOL!! 6 has been subtitled and is out which is making me want to do cartwheels.

Anyone on my list trade Japanese dramas?

current mood: tired

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Thursday, February 17th, 2011
11:23 am - The 30 day UK meme day 7 - Which British slang do you use in England?
This is a hard question! I say things like "tons" and "loads" and "massive" instead of saying huge and my mother lolz every time I say "as well." (As in "I'm going to the store but I'm going to the library as well" instead of saying "I'm going to the library too.")

I caught myself saying "quid" instead of "pounds" after being here for a week once!! Hahahahaha. I probably go between quid and pounds equally.

Half the time I say elevator, the other half lift. I don't say "to mah to" though because I think it makes me sound pretentious.

I think it's hard to tell sometimes, I'm unaware of using British slang and British English and I actually am.

"Reckon" is one of those funny words that you hear in British English (and perhaps Australian, I don't know) as well as Southern English but I never said it even when I was in The South! But I use it sometimes now.

My mother thinks I have an English accent but I don't and neither does my best friend. I think I sound as American as the day I left!! And I still use lots of exclamation points too!!! I think I've gotten into more of a Southern as opposed to Midwestern accent though. I still pronounce pin and pen the same way.

current mood: cheerful

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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
11:38 am - The 30 day UK meme - Food that you swore you would never eat but now love (or tolerate).
When I first got here I hated all English food. I'd go out on weekends to eat Chinese or Japanese. Seriously, some of the smell of the food here made me gag, especially lamb. When I pass by the roast pork stand in Birmingham I have to hold my nose sometimes. :(

But food that I like that I used to hate:

1. Mince pies
Oh good God. Morrisons* was making Mince Pie Danishes for about a month after Christmas. They were soooo goood.

2. Roast pork (occasionally but get sick of fast)

3. Crisps/Potato Chips (occasionally)

4. Coffee

5. Cherry flavored stuff

On a sort of related note, my Chinese friend took me out for a meal and we had squid. Sooo gooood. It was like squid tempura almost. I could eat that every day.

I still dislike:

1. Steak and kidney anything
2. Most "curries"
3. Liver, tripe, and marmite (smelling any of these make me gag)

*Morrisons = English supermarket

current mood: cold

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Thursday, January 20th, 2011
12:59 pm - Da da da da da!
Yesterday one of my senior co-workers decided she wanted me (the only American) to make the phone calls to customers to let them know we had an item. The first call went like this.

Me: Hello, may I speak to (customer's name on order phone)
Customer: Yes, this is Customer!
Me: I'm calling from (Store) in Solihull, to let you know that...
Customer: Wha... what? Can you repeat that?
Me: I'm calling from (Store)--
Customer: (Surprised) Are you American?
Me: Ah, yes...
Customer: Are you calling from England!? (I think she thought they were hiring Americans in the US to call customers to tell them an item is in...?)
Me: Er, yes, I'm standing in the store now.
Customer: Wau, sounds like you're speaking double dutch* to me!
Me: Um, well, just to let you know your order is here.
Customer: Oh! Alright then, I'll come pick that up (later in the week).

*Double dutch, according to one of my English co-workers is slang for "I can't understand what you're saying."

Well, I thought I always had decent diction but oh well. I get the "Are you American!?" thirty times daily always followed with a "why on earth did you move to England?" speech. I'm partially glad that Friday is my last day because I'm tired of answering the question as to why I'd rather be in dreary, boring, filthy England instead of 100% warm, sunny, and always wonderful USA!

current mood: full

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Friday, September 10th, 2010
10:04 am - Is this goong?
I took this picture in January when I was in Japan:

It's a little bigCollapse )

I can't tell, is it Goong?

I didn't post any other Japan pictures because I looked utterly horrible there, my skin was super x 3 dry and I felt yucky, so I didn't want to see anyone or talk to anyone and we had no money. Next time we'll go back in a less cold month so my eczema doesn't freak out.

current mood: cold

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Sunday, July 4th, 2010
8:05 am - Happy freedom from the British Day!
This time I really am free. HURRAYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Independence!!!!!!!

current mood: cheerful

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
9:20 am - Book recommendations
Anyone got any decent book recommendations? Anyone ever read anything by Edogawa Ranpo?

current mood: curious

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Friday, August 7th, 2009
9:49 am - More for me than anything
Ghostwriter to download, watch online: http://www.free-tv-video-online.info/internet/ghostwriter/season_1.html

I'm at the library and I can't link anything, don't want to make this private just in case I can't log onto LJ.

current mood: cheerful

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
8:21 am - OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GO OBAMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you to my friend who sent me a text at 6:15AM telling me what happened cuz the internets is broken at home (along with bank account, bag and other stuff).


current mood: excited

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Friday, August 15th, 2008
5:03 pm - Harry Potter: Delayed
Harry Potter movie not coming out in November ya'll


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Friday, August 8th, 2008
2:46 pm - Happy Olympics!
I'm watching the opening ceremony for the Olympics, it's almost 3PM here and it's been on for a while, I can't imagine all the people in the western hemisphere who have to get up at like 6 and 7AM to watch it. o.o

I saw Japan a while ago, but I haven't seen the US or the UK, those are my three teams for this year.

I feel so happy for some of these countries, some of them are just now getting to the Olympics for the first time and hoping to win their first medal, I wish everyone could get something.

Oh there's Canada! Time to watch some more...

current mood: cheerful

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Sunday, May 11th, 2008
7:26 pm - The pill saved me.
To anyone who is on birth control (and it has helped you out) please post here:

The Pill Saves. This site is in protest to the website the pill kills.

current mood: cheerful

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