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What I actually did this summer

School starts tomorrow and so will the myriad of "How was your summer?" questions.
Since I'm terrible at ad-libbing, I prepare my answers beforehand.
Q: How was your summer?
A: It was really nice. I was able to really relax this summer. (<-- 100% truth.)
Q: Did you go anywhere?
A: No, I had relatives over instead, so the farthest place I went was San Francisco. (<---also truth)
Q: Did you do anything this summer?
A: Nope, not really. I did nothing. (<--not necessarily a lie)

But before I go around delivering the watered down version of the truth, I decided I should at least write down the full truth somewhere so that I don't start believing I really did nothing. To most people at school, I did nothing worth mentioning.
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very quick! >.

Ahh right after LJ settles down a bit after those...server attacks/issues, I don't have much time to post anything!! T_T (The problems happened during my spring break, so whenever I wanted to go on LJ it told me the site was down. -.-)

Spring break was pretty uneventful though - I slept a lot, read Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol, studied math (aldfjalskdf I hated this part of break), and played with my brother who seemed to be stuck to me with glue (this got very annoying, fast.) I did get to meet up with some friends a few times so that part was good. :)

But anyways, I'm disappointed that I don't have much time to write because I should be packing!! Tomorrow, our marching band (along with orchestra, symphonic band, and jazz band) is taking a trip to Disneyland!! :D We'll be gone for 4 days (missing 2 days of school heheheh) and get to spend 2 days at the park! We'll be performing a bit, but other than that we just get to play around! I'm so excited~~.

Well, at least now you're guaranteed plenty of content for the next post. xD I'll try to take lots of pictures too!

P.S. We have to get to school tomorrow at 5:30am in order to depart. (The travel time itself is 8 hours since we're going by bus.) >.< I want my sleeep~~~
flustered kobato

You haven't forgotten about me yet....right?

asdfasfkjasf it's been a long time since I last posted!! ;_;

Let's see if I can condense everything...

Marching Band
-We've been to two events. The first was a band review and the second was a parade. Both very different.

Band Review: Can something be short and time consuming at the same time? That's a band review for ya. These events take the whole entire day although you only perform for 5ish minutes. Basically the band parades down a street as some judges make comments into their handheld audio recorders. Then you get 4 hours of downtime until you're called for an awards ceremony and you hope you actually win something. We were pretty bad, not going to lie, but we still placed...

Parade: So much different...and yet I think it was harder? Here we perform for about an hour...meaning we play the march about 7 times. And then there are fancy pinwheel maneuvers to get around street corners and you need to avoid horse droppings and there are actually judges at parades (?!) but it was SO MUCH FUN! All those people cheering for you and applauding if we so much as just plain march by...xD Unfortunately we don't do too many parades in our marching season...I think the next one is all the way in March...:/

Tomorrow! We're off to a band review in Santa Cruz....meaning lots of free time. The best part is that we can spend that time at the Beach Boardwalk!! Hooray! Rides, food, and ocean!!! I'm really excited! >w<

By the way...we look like this. :P

I'm a straight A student so far (well one A- but it should count) hehe. It's not really strenuous, pretty boring actually.
Language Arts is still my favorite class just because the teacher is so funny and tells interesting stories. We're reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. Just started actually. The book was selected as the one book the whole community would read together during October so the author came to our school last Thursday to discuss the book. He was kinda cool and he made the book sound a lot more interesting than it seems. So far I've figured out that the story revolves around two individuals, Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay, as they try to make a living as comic book artists in 1940's Brooklyn, NY. I can't wait to get more into it!

Japanese Class
-I had my midterm this week!! It was in two parts, a practical and a written. For the practical part, we sang a song! Specifically, we sang Halloween Town e Yokoso from the Japanese dub of Tim Burton's "Nightmare Before Christmas." I'd rather have done a Jpop song, but we (my group of 3 others) took so long to choose a song that I was fine with anything at that point. It was still a fun song! And in the process, I learned that another girl in my group is a Maaya fan too! ♥ Anyways, I feel very confident about my midterm! :3
- I'm in the process of applying for my second semester of classes.

- Went to the library and stocked up on a load of animu dvds. Okay not really, just Whisper of the Heart, Howl's Moving Castle, and Princess Tutu Vol.1. (And Nancy Drew...but wrong category)
Whisper of the Heart just made it on my favorite movies list. (which is quite short) Amazing movie. And the kid's a violin maker? ♥
- Out of the Fall Season I'm keeping up with Bakuman, Yumeiro SP, and STAR DRIVER. I'm really enjoying what they're doing with Bakuman right now. The opening has nice vivid colors, it's great!

Okay, that's enough from me! 'Till next time. :D


I'm still alive~

School's been pretty uneventful and busy at the same time. So I've been unable to post and had nothing to post anyways. Does that make sense?

Work load is still light :) though classes are now in full swing. Oh, with the exception of my English teacher. Her class is REALLY steaming ahead with 3 projects on my plate, weekly essays, and now we have to read The Odyssey. Thankfully it's shorter (and more interesting!) than the monstrosity of it's elder brother. =.=

I don't think I've said anything about the song we're doing in Marching Band? It's titled March of the Mortersons by Chernetsky...something like that. It's a nice little challenge. All the parts have incredibly high notes which is surprising, and the rhythm is kinda funny. Or maybe just because I'm playing the harmony and that always sounds weird by itself. xD

We're going to Disneyland to perform in the Spring!! :D So we're doing a cookie dough fundraiser right now. I've never really participated in fundraisers but I feel kinda fired up for this one. xD I think it's because they told us to go ask the teachers and I was like "Cool, I can do that." So now I've already gotten an order from my English teacher! At least I was able to contribute a bit. :)

Aside from high school, I had my first Japanese class this Tuesday! I tried to be really confident, but walking around that college campus in the evening was kind of eerie and it was kind of hard for me to enter the classroom. So many adults in there!! And there's always that awkward pause as you scan for empty seats. I just walked straight across the classroom and luckily found a single empty seat at the far end. I missed a lot of empty (probably better) seats in the middle, but I don't think I would have been able to sit next to a stranger that day for 3 hours. xD

The teacher, Conway-sensei, is a plump little japanese woman probably in her 40s? I like her. Her speech alternates a lot between English and Japanese which I find kind of interesting. She's always asking Daijoubu? when this is supposed to be a class for absolute beginners. xD She has two teacher aides (I find it surprising for a professor to have aides like that o.O) Jonathan and Ashley. Yes, Japanese is the second language for both of them. Jonathan spent the last couple years living in Japan and Ashley recently took a trip there and she's been studying for a long time.

First we learned introductions, and three types of bows. We watched a video about Japan and then practiced the vowels and Conway-sensei sang to us "Irohaneto." I know I spelled that wrong, but it's the poem that utilizes all of the hiragana. Then we wrote our names in katakana and learned our numbers as well as phrases to use the numbers with. So we asked each other's birthdays and everything was fine. Then she asked us to turn to our partner and tell them your phone number. You could immediately feel the atmosphere tense at once. I feel really bad for the people she selectively called out on to tell their phone number, which she then wrote out on the board. :/

Class wrapped up early since not everyone had their textbooks. (ehehe whoops ^^;) Seems like this course will be spent on learning how to say some phrases and writing hiragana. Seems like a breeze since I know all my hiragana but it's not bad to review and maybe I'll find more efficient ways to do things since this time the teacher is a trained professional and not me. XD I'm totally loving the homework right now though: "Find japanese music you like and share with the class." :DDD
laughing, YAY!!, :D

Everybody loves Ghibli :)

A warm welcome to dreamdischarger  whom I met over at the Umineko friending meme. :) I really need to work on my "About Me" section of my profile, so unfortunately you'll just have to guess at my personality and interests as I post. I hope I don't bore you with my ramblings and I hope we become great friends! :D

Last Friday marked the last day of my summer "job"! As soon as the last kid home the entire staff went out for....linner? We debated about this a lot. It was basically "a meal eaten at 4:00".  Please enlighten me if you know what that's called. xD
I have to say, this whole experience was...amazing. I learned a sense of responsibility and all those standard skills...but I really learned how to interact with little children. I'm not used to it at all...it's generally something I leave to a friend of mine (when we're at Assamese gatherings) since she really enjoys it. So it was really weird to have kids calling my name (in all different ways due to the tough pronunciation xD), vying to hold my hand when we go for walks to the park, and running up to me with a game as soon as I arrived that day. Of course, all that took time (probably a month) for the children to be comfortable around me...no, that's wrong...for me to open up and be comfortable around the children, but when it happened, the days were a lot more fun. It really helped boost my self-esteem. :)
It also helped me to set things up like this. >:3
(With 3 singing, at least one should know the lyrics)

Afterward I met up with some friends at the library to discuss the Iliad (yes I finished the book!!!) so it was a while before I got home. When I did, I opened up the notebook I had been tallying all my volunteer hours in to add up the last bit. The grand total came out to be...

184 Hours!

So now I have one week left before school starts...:/ not even really. I have to go to school tomorrow, and the next day and the next, but THAT'S ALRIGHT! :D Because those days are used for the long awaited...BAND CAMP!! Well I'm excited because it's sure to involve music, my clarinet, and other instruments. (With those, it doesn't take much to make me excited. xD) However, other than that, I have absolutely NO idea what band camps are about. I just know they're ridiculously short too. (3 days can't possibly be enough! D:) I'm a bit nervous though...not because I'll probably be the only one from my school there, but because my dad will be picking me up late....meaning I have to hang around an unfamiliar campus in an unfamiliar city for half an hour while seniors come to register. /dies I should go find myself a nice unnoticeable corner...or beg the director to let me hole myself up in the music room (they're such nice places.)

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That's it for now, next I'll probably give you my impressions of band camp.
I hope everyone is doing well! :D
eh? *notice something*

Look at what I found! :D

Recently during the camp, we've been taking the kids to the local library (my idea! :D) so they can unwind a bit and hopefully learn a little something.

Since we confine the kids to the Children's Room and have to supervise them there(obviously), I didn't bother bringing my library card. After all, I've outgrown the children's room. (Yes, really.)
But I can just kick myself now because look at what I came across while browsing the children's japanese language section. (I was reading the titles for practice.)

afsgdhsgdhdhk Can I just say I effing love our library?<3

Sorry for the sideways pic, phone camera and all...

You know, I'm seriously considering to read this book in its entirety. I think it'll be great practice since I already know the story and the bright color pictutes will keep me from getting discouraged (and bored) because of a wall, erm page, of japanese text. The book itself is pretty thin too...It's perfect! 8D

So now I'm plotting to zip away as soon as I get off of work tomorrow and ninja the book away before dashing off to meet some friends. I would have gotten the book later today (during the time there are only like 2 kids left) but I found it really awkward to ask my teacher if I could run to the library and back....and even more awkward to ask my mother who thinks I invest too much time in this "hobby" of mine.

I really don't want to wait till Monday either...I feel like it will slip out of my grasp. XD

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EDIT: Well we took the kids to a different park today rather than the park next to the library so I had to give it up for today. I'll probably go pick it up after clarinet lessons tomorrow~  :D

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My day seems to revolve around birds...

I got a haircut today and while my hair may have looked like a bird's nest before (mother's words) it looks like plumes of feathers instead. When I saw it for the first time (that is, when I put my glasses back on after it was finished and actually SAW) the first thing that ran through my mind is "LOOK I'M A BIRD." My mom, strange woman she is, loves it. Well, now my nickname (my japan!phile friends call me Pii-chan) fits me more. :/ Thankfully, since it's summer break I don't see people I know often. (' _ ')b

On another slightly bird related note, I started playing Umineko no Naku Koro ni. \o/ I finished the anime recently, loved it, was impatient for a second season, and then decided to just go play the visual sound novel. (While visuals are certainly lacking, the BGM is great.♥) The translations are really top-notch too, so I'll certainly see this to the end. It'll definitely keep me busy for a long while.

Work is going fine, I'm still sticking to my half-day schedule. xD (I think I enjoy being home alone a little too much.) However, my summer doesn't revolve around JUST games, anime, and work -- I did something healthy and hung out with non-otaku friends last week! Yay~ We went to the movies and saw Letters to Juliet, a chick flick. I normally don't watch these types of movies but this one was really sweet and I enjoyed the evening very much.

Oh yeah, another important aspect of my summer which I forgot (purposefully, probably)....my summer homework. =.= I went to Barnes & Noble yesterday to buy my summer reading book so now I don't have a valid excuse to not start. We have to read the Iliad by Homer and......oh gosh, even the title makes it sound so depressing. It's all written in verse so I'm not even sure if I can understand it all....and then there are the 19 essay questions that need to be answered...maybe it's better that this gets pushed to the back of my mind for now...

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Hoping you're having an enjoyable summer~♥
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A second loaf is in the oven

HAPPY WORLDWIDE TSUBASA DAY!!!!!!!!!! I'd make this all sparkly but I don't know how orz

I'm in such a hyper mood, I think if you stick just a little Tsubasa into my day, my mood will instantly brighten but when there's a WHOLE DAY full of it...<333

I'm not sure if it was a good or bad thing that I had school today....well I had a bad day at school but it wasn't as bad as it could have been because I was feeling all Tsubasa-floaty-happy. (<-- what is this word I don't even)
School, obviously I couldn't create much of an uproar (they'd send me, the normally very quiet girl, straight to the asylum) so I showed my spirit by carrying around two volumes to read at random times between classes and like this:

:P I was very proud of it. it also felt like the Dark Mark was on my arm, from Harry Potter? I would secretly conceal this underneath my sleeve and then show it whenever I bumped into a fellow fan, like the Death Eaters would do with the Dark Mark. xD
I also managed to introduce the series to another friend (during Math class :P). I had to give a lot more spoilers than I would have liked, but she's genuinely interested and said she'll start soon. (After Higurashi that is. :D)

Once my fellow fans and I got to my house....well our schedule wasn't as organized as my last post. I was pretty much prepared for this concerning that my friends aren't as hardcore fans but we did end up talking about Tsubasa a lot. It consisted of leafing through the volumes and reminiscing about what happened here and there and ooohing and ahhhing over all the pretty art again. XD I also passed around printouts of lexi_nyanko 's haikus obviously, but we never got around to writing our own. Oh well, at least my friend is inspired to draw a fanart of Syaoran crossdressing. xD
My bread turned out to be a hit, they finished off the whole loaf! :3
Now my parents told me to make another one so that THEY can have their fair share. It was less of a hassle to make this time around because I actually had enough sugar all ready.

I'd call it a pretty successful day! :3
How did you celebrate?

1st cup of tea shared, you are a stranger. 2nd cup, honored guest. 3rd cup, you are family.

Hello. I've decided it's okay to post now and then even when nothing amazing happens. I know, I'm so slow.

School stuff first since it'll always be a big ominous force in my life: We're going to take our state tests this Thursday which obviously I'm not looking forward to. I really wouldn't mind actual finals instead. o.o At least there would be a point to them? Otherwise these tests are issued so that they can compare all the different schools around the state, the scores themselves don't affect us whatsoever. (Unless everyone fails horribly for about 5 years straight at which point the government steps in to "reform" the school. It's actually happened at some place close by.) Main annoying part of the test is that it covers ALL the material you need to know that year. That's all fine and dandy but we still have a good month and a half left. Another month and a half we normally spend learning. Meh. I'll stop there.

I finished reading Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin for a school project. It's REALLY good.
Basic premise: As Greg Mortenson attempts to make his way back towards civilization after failing to climb K2 (the second tallest mountain in the world), he stumbles upon the small Pakistani village of Korphe. These people have hardly anything to help themselves yet they pool together their resources and nurse him back to health. Overcome with gratitude, Mortenson decides to build a school for these children. As he makes valuable friends while struggling to raise funds, Mortenson realizes that children all over Pakistan are in need of his help too. He then goes on to found the Central Asia Institute (CAI) with the goals of improving life in Pakistan. This is achieved in many ways from building schools to building pipelines so that villages have access to fresh water. By the end of the book, over 40 schools are built despite issues of money, culture, and his status as an American in Pakistan when America's War on Terror begins.
I'm expected to give a talk some time this week on the book. Yes, the above was pretty much ripped straight from the talk. I know I'm horrible at writing summaries. ;_; I feel somewhat ready but I'm really feeling the pressure for time. We get 4 minutes max and that's nowhere near enough time to talk about this amazing book. Really. I highly encourage you to buy/borrow/obtain this book and read it. It's very enlightening. :)

Also I'm feeling pressure because this other girl gave her talk today on the exact same book and it was really good. What creeps me out is something she said word for word that I had written. It's scary because I only wrote down my speech yesterday (at home) and had it peer reviewed by a close friend. o.O sigh Looks like I'll have to go back and revise it once more....

Random: While preparing for my talk, I decided to relieve some stress and go talk to my 7 year old brother about the book. His teacher read the children's version Listen to the Wind aloud to them some 4 months back. When I asked him if he remembered it, he thought for a moment and responded "I think so. It's the kids version of Three Little Teacups right?"
XD Thank you brother. I really needed that laugh. <3

Spring anime I'm following: Kaichou wa Maid-Sama! and...I was thinking about Angel Beats! but I've only seen one ep. My main priority is to finish Nodame Cantabile Finale.
Random thoughts about KWMS!:
~It's very refreshing to start back at the beginning because the manga is very far ahead at the moment.
~The anime has also shown me how shoujo the series is. Not that it bothers me but it's kind of in-your-face shoujo, something I never really felt from the manga. I'm guessing it's due to the bright colors and super fast developments between Usui and Misaki. This is what I feel anyways.
~The character design is...interesting. I really don't know what to make of it. More good than bad I suppose.

o.O Looks like I DID have stuff to say. I started writing about 3 Cups of Tea on a whim though, but I really implore you to check it out: www.threecupsoftea.com/