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So, as you may know, I've been busy at work and school. And instead of spending my limited free time translating so I could get this out today... I watched a drama. It's a good thing it only takes me, like, two days to watch one, sheesh.

Security Police 1-11 (End) )
HnA 31 )

In Chinese class, Laoshi suggested one of my classmates say something rude to his [Chinese] wife and then tell us about the outcome. Laoshi sounds like my kind of person.

Also, does *every* language have a word that used to mean something bad that young people co-opted into something, well, awesome?

Also, Gmail, I am not happy with you and your new colors. This means I'll have to go to the trouble of picking a color scheme, doesn't it? *shakes fist*
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Oh, New Zealand Soap Opera! I give you way too little credit sometimes.

Shortland Street 24-25 + Asexy Stuff )

Go-On 33 )

Nothing exciting happened in Chinese class, either, aside from me realizing that 机 is the simplified 機, which means it is not a desk. (Laoshi: This is wrong. Me: No, it's Japanese. Laoshi: Where does it say desk? Me: [Points] It says it right here. Me: [Thinking] Not like you can read it. Laoshi: That's strange.)

In conclusion, way to many articles, way too little time:

MISS (Aiba)
Baoa (Jun)
SEDA (Nino)

Fineboys (Nino)
...V6 on Channel a? :D?

Follow up with that V6 article that I may have to just translate

Wish me luck.

Soredewa, Lunch with co-workers! :D
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This. Do you see this?

Kate: Haha, who was answering?
Me: Satou Takeru
He was last year's Kamen Rider
Kate: Hahaha
Kate: Sure''


(...I definitely didn't do this just because the RnK articles in Potato and Wink-Up were exactly the same stuff as every other interview they've done and so I decided not to waste my time. No.)

MSta and That's Enkai-tainment )
Arigatou, Okan )
Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo 3 Special )

My Chinese presentation in translation:
My family has four members. My father, my mother, my one younger brother, and me. My father is a soldier. My mother is a manager. My brother is a high school student. My father and mother are both from New York. This pirate is not a member of my family.

Wish me luck :D

EDIT: A meme? Why not! From [ profile] lazulisong

I want everyone who reads this to ask me 3 questions, no more no less. Ask me anything you want (though I reserve the right to not answer or to answer evasively). Then I want you to go to your journal, copy and paste this allowing your friends (including me) to ask you anything.
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I discovered today, the Maou soundtrack goes well with the newspaper.

Chinese was... yeah. There was some whining, as per usual, but mostly it was her teaching us almost everything about telling time ever. Also, we discussed what not to give at weddings (clocks; umbrellas) and what are lucky/unlucky numbers. And then went home to watch the debates :Dv

Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo 3 5-9 (End) )
TFP2 Ryuusei no Kizuna Cast )

So, while I was watching ROOM OF KING, I posted to Twitter:

When I saw Jun's new haircut, I thought, I've seen that on someone recently. IT WAS MIZUSHIMA HIRO. And I don't like it on either of them.

And then [ profile] nicocoer wanted pix, so, here you go, have some horrible hair: )

Ah, I'm so behind on dramas and stuff~ How can that even *be*?? *sigh*
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ASLFKALSFKM wagatomo Ka~GA~mi has finally gotten a gig! Igarashi Shunji is also in this drama, Giragira, about a married middle aged guy who returns to being a Host to teach those young whippersnappers what being a Host is *really* about. So I think that brings the count to five, sports fans (the other four being Cat Street (Ishiguro Hideo), Bloody Monday (Sato Takeru), ROOM OF KING (Mizushima Hiro) and Salaryman Kintarou (Nagai Masaru)).

(thx to wagatomo (verus)~MA~ya(ii) for the head up :D)

Chinese class was... GEEZ. It turned into a whining session starring everyone's favorite, Mr. Epic Kid-Who-Would-Not Shut-Up. I agree, she can be kind of ambiguous about when there are quizzes/tests, but this is *not* too much. He was like, "My friends had to drop out last semester." SO THEN WHY DID YOU THINK IT WOULD BE EASY? I didn't say anything because I didn't know how not to sound condescending, but another kind in the class was like "Well they better suck it up," and I was so grateful. FIVE CREDITS, SIR. FIVE. Welcome to a college level language course.

AnS 103 )
VSA Special )
Handoku!!! 5-11 (End) )
Romantic Princess 5-8 )

So, the problem with wanting to see all of someone's filmography is that they were inevitably in something that will be hard to find for one reason or another. So now that I only have ~four left~ (well, three now) in Nino's filmography, this is inevitably where it starts to get difficult. I decided to look for Nekketsu Renaidou (incorrectly listed as "Nekketsu Renai Michi" in dramawiki). Unfortunately,I went to all my usual haunts with no success (although I am getting Minami-kun no Koibito right now), and even people in Italy and Spain and Thailand didn't know (from what I could puzzle out, anyway). But. BUT. Do you know who does know? CHINA. ILU CHINESE INTERNETS. Lesson learned here: always look on the Chinese internets first.

Nekketsu Renaidou )

My last thought on this one: In Toma's story about being a Gemini, he almost messes things up with the girl, so he calls her, and she's like "I hate you," and then he's like "I'm coming to see you!" AND THEN HE DRAMATICALLY RUNS ALL THE WAY THERE. I WAS LAUGHING SO HARD I WAS AFRAID I WAS GOING TO WAKE UP MY FAMILY.

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You guys! I won the solicitation! Which means I am now proud holder of the ~crown~ :P (It's on my cow.)

Chinese test was fine, although I did forget how to say "repeat after me." It was a weird test, though, b/c the questions would be, like, the same. I know it's only a chapter's worth of material, but. Also, who holds class after a test? Like, I guess she didn't want us studying through the lesson, but. Geez.

I watched a lot of news! I'm... tempted to cut it, but, can you have spoilers for news?

Firstly, Sho told me about the recall election that I guess Japan is actually having? For those not paying attention, in a repeat of Abe (why would you copy Abe?), Fukuda bugged out earlier this month, leaving Japan trying to find a new PM. Aso was mentioned. Of course. (This is his third or fourth bit for LDP head and, by extension, PM.) But he actually did it this time! And at first I was all ":/" but then! Sho tells me elections will be on October 3rd, and the LDP is in really bad shape, so it's possible Aso will only be Prime Minister for nine days. I would laugh SO HARD, you guys. There were also lots of graphics explaining how you dissolve the House of Representatives, who the other failures at PM were (four other PMs who all served for a double-digit number of days), and the cute names for dissolutions in the past, such as the "You're Stupid" one in 1953. Apparently they all have cute names, so Sho asked Murao to come up with one for this dissolution, but it was LAME. (Sho is also going to be getting a text from his mom about messing up :P) Also, apparently, something about Japan's food being poisoned? The uploader only put Sho's part up, so I only got the commentary on that, and the Beeb didn't say anything.

Next, Jon Stewart informed me about OMG HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE TREASURY'S BAIL OUT BILL. I JUST. CAN YOU. NON-REVIEWABLE???? The US Gov. is SERIOUSLY SCARY recently. (The scarier part is that the Today Show had two senators on to talk about why the opposed the bill and neither mentioned that was in the bill.) Also, Bill Clinton was on! I don't really... have... an opinion on Bill Clinton. Which I guess is because, he's new enough that there isn't much in the way of "lookbacks", and so all my info comes from what people say and what I remember from the news growing up, which was mostly about his sex scandal(s?). But anyway, it was a good interview, I really did think so.

And finally, the Today Show told me it is vitally important that I convince my parents to vote for Obama, because apparently McCain can't with without Virginia(?) They went to Williamsburg, so it was linked on [ profile] william_mary (which was the only reason I watched it). What was hilarious was, most everyone had a McCain or Obama sign but one guy had a WARNER sign. Just. What. Nobody cares about Senate elections!! Also, I don't even know who he's *running against*, and I literally just looked it up in Wikipedia. That's how much it's not even an issue. The Today Show also told be about some woman who's toddler is "missing" (but she apparently probably killed her), Palin (ugh) and the French First Lady be-bopping around New York, and Clay Aiken coming out, which, aside from me having already heard from [ profile] metaquotes (Your source for news!), I thought, wasn't he the A one? ALAS.

Now, yesterday, I watched Go-On 31 and New Zealand Soap Opera, which, it was really interesting, because as a woman, it had me reacting very differently to kind of the same thing.
No, please, tell me about this apparently selective feminist lens )

I also saw the new Ryuusei no Kizuna CM, and I am reminded of those roles Nino *used* to play. You know, the crazy serious overdramatic people? SEE: Ao no Honoo, Akimahende, the beginning of Namida wo Fuite, Abunai Houkago. So, I'm kind of looking forward to seeing what he does with it *now*, now that he's had so much more experience, if it does indeed turn out to be that way. And, um, also three new interviews can out and I might have to translate them. orz. At least I can't do the one where Ryo calls Nino a cloud and Nino marvels at how Ryo gets along with Jun, because there aren't may people outside Arashi who can deal with him because the words are cut off. Even if I do find it hilarious Ryo accuses Nino of being popular with the ladies, and Nino being like "huh??" (It's the magic.) Or how Nino scares Ryo a little before informing him, don't worry, I won't be like Nagase. Or Nino reading idol magazines to get info about Ryo. ...Basically Nino is very awesome, and I would be very scared if I were Ryo. But I'm not, so :D:D:D

This is going to be a GRATE drama :D:D:D

I may be going to DTRA for a meeting tomorrow. I REALLY hope not.
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YOU GUYS. [ profile] dimmie is often provider of amazing things, but if you are like me and too lazy to d/l the Geki v. Bouken Making Of, I feel like this is probably all you need to know.

Chinese Day Four )

Good idea: sleeping.
Okay idea: Watching the finale of a drama OR reading the new chapter of DDG.
Idea you're going to regret in the morning: Doing both.

One guess as to which I picked.

Namida wo Fuite 6-11 (End) )
Romantic Princess 2-4 )
HnA + A million YamaTaro appearances/interviews )

I was going to finally get around to scrying for meaning in "truth" (like I've been meaning to for weeks), but in actually sitting down and looking at the lyrics... There's not much to scry. By which I mean, they're pretty straight-forward, particularly for a drama where 90% of your main character's lines have double meanings. The only thing I caught was a possible reference to death, but even that... *shrugs* (A lot of the time dramas like to hide stuff pertaining to the second half/ending in later verses of the theme song because they know the song will not be released until halfway in. And while I guess I could see it in "truth"....)

So I guess that means I'm forced to watch Romantic Princess until I can watch Maou. Woe is me(?)

Also. Am thinking of replacing OTP icon. Not sure with what yet, though. Maybe that Kagami one I've wanted for a while....
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Things tone deaf people should probably not do: try and learn Chinese.

But I'm the Class Captain anyway? :D? )

In other news, have you seen these lyrics? I'm not really sure how I feel about them. Well, I'm not really sure how I feel about the song in general. I've been lurking in the comments, but so far it's mostly just "lol thx" and not any actual thoughts on the song. WHY WILL NO ONE GIVE THEIR 感想s?? (I realize this may have something to do with it not being in English yet, but.)

My tl;dr 感想 on 'Re(mark)able' )

Speaking of DnA (well, I did up there), I was so sad, I only got through one episode of C and one of D before I was too tired to go on. I wanted to watch an episode of Namida wo Fuite D: That said, Ohno can be... interesting when he wants to be, can't he? I also loved the music choice for the barber shop. Oh yeah.

Erg. Too tired of writing to do anything more. I guess I'll go watch Romantic Princess and wait faithfully for the calls of the masses. orz
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[ profile] finalauraburst didn't happen, as you may have noticed. My browser was FREAKING OUT man. Whatever. Sorry other mods! Next week I'll be back to normal, so!

Chinese: Day 2 )List of Things Learned )
HnA )

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Taichi gives us a boost on Thursday )

14/25 expressions memorized as of now. The problem is, the ones that are left are the full sentence ones. Good news is, I learned several new hanzis. "Book" is kind of INSANE though. Took me three tries to write it properly (-_-;)

Random stuff about Countdown 20005-2006-2007/KCE on TFP2 )

I expect someone to leave me a comment later tonight telling me to update [ profile] finalauraburst so I don't forget again. Because my friends list loves me, right?
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Coworker: We should have 11,000 left!
Me: [Thinking] That's over 9,000.

Nagase gets us over the hump )

So, I'm going to tell you something I bet you didn't know: Chinese is hard (;_;)

Click bu click!? )
Boring list of things I learned in Chinese class )

In other news, there is no "stop" in "seat". It is actually "earth".

Although I am confused by why, if you add a person to yuuutsu's yuu (melancholy), you get awesome (like in yuushou) and not, like, suicide. It's a puzzlement. (Although, it is also "actor"...)

And now, I guess I have to go look up all those denshi jisho posts in [ profile] japanese and see if I can find one with Chinese too. ALAS.

I am doubly excited for Friday now, because not only MAOU but also DnA with the series that made me an Arashi fan: Ninomiya and Matsumoto's At Home Shopping! I cannot wait. SERIOUSLY. Especially because I imagine I won't know what to flail at Sarah over first. (I actually got to talk to her because we were on at the same time last night! I imagine she's in Latin now-abouts, though. Or maybe something horrifying like whatever EAS core requirement she had left. (Geez, I know she told me, but I can't remember now. orz))

EDIT: Almost forgot, Nino in Duet, LOL man. They keep asking him about stuff (e.g. what did you want to do this summer) that he has no answer for, until finally they ask him something and he can answer. The answer is: In Sapporo Jun and I went to eat Genghis Khan** ("You're going to tell them that?" said Matsumoto), and while at the end Nishikido and others showed up, during most of it, it was just the two of us.

He also takes credit for the success of "truth" :P

**This is a food, but I forget what type right now.
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Dear Northern Virgina Community College,

I realize William and Mary is a (much) higher class establishment than you, but it is *really* that revolutionary to have signs outside buildings telling you what's in them in big letters?

No love,
A student who wandered around hopelessly looking for the stupid bookstore

P.S. Well, and then, when I got there, only two of my three textbooks were in, and those two cost $71. I THINK I'VE SPENT LESS FOR ENTIRE SEMESTERS WORTH OF BOOKS*

*Untrue; I was a *physics major*, after all.

In Tuesday news, Kate and I went to the furniture store of my people! To eat the meatballs of my people! ...And return the cake plate. Somehow I ended up having to tell her the *entire plot* of Maou despite A) her reading my reviews even though she's not watching the show; and B) I only wanted to say something quick about the love triangle. SAA.

We also overheard the people at this other table being all adamant about Star Trek, and Kate was like, "pfft, nerd table." And then I was like, "...You do realize I'm telling you about the intricacies of Japanese law as it relates to Friday night drama, right?"

We then traipsed around sitting on couches and taking pictures of fabric swatches for her mother. And looking at things Kate A) did not need; and B) was not going to buy. Also, a random high school classmate came over and told Kate about her time in Kuwait! (I did not know you were allowed to have that many piercings in the military.)

We came back to my house and I purposefully traumatized shared the *joy* of some of Arashi's finer fashion choices while discovering to my dismay that iTunes was being sneakier about limiting my mp3s than I thought. But, I did eventually win!

We then watched I Dream of Jeannie and she called me her "other" best friend. Now I don't know who this Carmen character is, but he was apparently as offended as me, which I take EVEN GREATER offense to. Kate insists that he is her gay BFF (her GFF, if you will; I checked, animated), and therefore they are two different things, but I AM SUSPICIOUS.

Translation: AnS Staff Blog 8/18/08 )
Yesterday's article OR Arashi is the band that stands at the top of straightness )

This is the most amazing political campaign ever.

I talked to Lindsay AND Fuki today! It's miracle bargain!

Tonight! I 挑戦 yakiniku. Oh boy.
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Okay, okay, I don't want to get too excited because this might come to nothing, but we might have a shot at changing the DSM?? I... wow.

ANYWAY. Here's all the flailing I wasn't able to do yesterday + today's:

Ans 88: Fuji. Saki. MARKET. )

Me: I am translating One Love BECAUSE I AM A CRAZY PERSON

One Love )
All the other random caps I had on my computer (Arashi, V6, TOKIO) )
And some pictures from my personal life, including a Wawa adventure )
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-mixi: check. (for the first time in four months!!)
-FAB: check.
-sentai_ai: check.
-LJ: check by the time you read this.

Of course, FAB was really easy since my list of people I check is being held hostage in my Firefox bookmarks at home and the actual watchlist is gone, so I have to use [ profile] fab_watcher. Maa, whatever. Although I do wish we had a layout with the "link" button displayed so I don't have to keep deleting the "add comment" code... I also don't like how I can't add anyone new, but, you know. I do have my own list if I'm going to be that way :P

But what about the other things on my to do list?
- E-mail that Yuuto fic to self so can revise. I seriously petered out in the middle and was like "and then they fought the monster," so. Well, and, also ask [ profile] icysnowdrop what she wants to do with it.
- RYOUTAROU, CHOCOLATE. SERIOUSLY, AMANDA, JUST WRITE IT. I've had the idea since ever. And by "ever" I mean since, like episode 44 or whenever it was we found out the info that makes the story possible. BUT.
- [ profile] 30_deathfics. ...SERIOUSLY.
- Kabuto fic? [ profile] lazulisong's posts about it have got me reliving it too. Although I will regretfully probably not be supplying her with the Tendou/Kagami makeouts she craves...


Other changes in my journal: I have a new tag for translations, and I added it and a friending policy to my profile! Unfortunately I haven't put anything in there other than yesterday's so it won't be of much use. YET. I just... You can't find them. I was looking for some lyrics I translated, and wow, talk about buried. Hence, new tag. Although, I think I'm going to have to get more obsessive about tagging...


Okay. So. I watched basically nothing last night, so I'm going to talk about what I *did* watch even though I normally wouldn't.

Tetsuwan DASH! )
Arashi no Shukudai-kun 84(?) )

...Twenty-five more minutes. I think I can make it!
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More at eleven after I SLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP.

(No, seriously, I stayed up for 27 hours yesterday, so I still need to cath up after my 6 + 2 hours.)
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So, yeah, I, um. Exams? Well, but, dudes, do you know what is exciting? I can count what I have left to do for college on one hand. EXCITING.

Last Friends 1-4 )
Kimi Hannin ja Nai yo ne? 1-4 )
Zettai Kareshi 1-3 )
Gokusen 3 1 )
Nobuta. wo Produce )
Hokaben 1-3 )
Muri na Renai 1-3 )
Ai no Kotodama )
Yoiko no Mikata 6-8 )
Himitsu no Arashi-chan 1-4 )
VS Arashi 1-4 )
Assorted other Arashi Squee (DnA, AnS, Dream 'A'Live) )
Also, why can't I hate V6? (OR People should prank Arashi more often) )

Fear not, I am getting to Top Sales and Ryokiteki na Kanojo, and most importantly, ROOKIES, I just haven't had the time yet.

And now I'm going to SLEEP. ...Yes, it is 7:40AM.
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So here I am, minding my own business, not writing my History paper, when my roommate looks up from her coloring and says:

Amanda, think about it. Someone, in the world, has Jidai as their favorite music video. ...That is all.

And she calls *me* crazy.
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So I started writing this entry, um, two weeks ago? It's kind of getting very outdated, so let's just put it out there like it is:

➩HAPPY APRIL BIRTHDAYS! Especially the ones that have already passed...

➩Sarah left me alone this weekend, so I watched a lot of stuff on the Internets and left her lots of post-it notes. To include a drama with BRAIN CANCER. WHY?

➩Dudes, let me tell you, a new challenger has appeared!:

My Top 5 Favorite PVs**
1. 20th Century - Ore ja Nakya, Kimi ja Nakya
2. Ok Go - Here It Goes
3. Fatboy Slim - Weapon of Choice
4. Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al
5. Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up

**Not counting the collected works of 嵐 because I love every single one they've done. Except the creepy one that looks like a post-atomic horror (although I do secretly like it better than I let on). But other than that. Yes, even All or Nothing.

(Incidentally, I saw a parody subs version of All or Nothing while I was on YouTube, but if I was going to make parody subs, I think I'd just write the actual lyrics.)

➩I forget what was going to go here.


In other news, very very busy, freaking out due to last days of classes and, therefore, things like theses being due, and also excited about the new drama season AND my 嵐 CD that is apparently in the mail since yesterday. (^^)v

Dramas planning to watch this season (at least give a shot)
- Last Friends
- Hokaben
- Zettai Kareshi
- Kimi Hannin ja Nai yo ne?
- Rookies
- Gokusen 3
- Top Sales
- Ryoteki na Kanojo (a.k.a. My Sassy Girl remake)
- Nobuta. wo Produce

☝No, really, I'm just getting around to watching it.  But I've already finished obtaining it, along with more episodes of YOIKO NO MIKATA YAY YAY YAY.

It's a good thing finals are soon, though, because between all that and my weekly D no Arashi, Arashi no Shukudai-kun, Himitsu no Arashi, VS Arashi, Tensai! Shimura Dobutsuen, Jani-ben, and various incidentals, well. ...I'm a sad person, aren't I?

➪BUT! I am a sad person with a job. Haha, score one for me. Now all I have to do is line up the stuff and NVCC and then start applying for stuff in Japan. ...blergh.

➪ Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a paper to write, a translation to edit, and a renga to finish. (- -;;)
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Happy Easter to those who celebrate it! Happy Spring to everyone!


SO. Apparently I have four (new?) friends! The students from Kanazawa are here, you see, and they remembered me* and now one of them (Asami) treats me like I am a close friend. Which, actually, is nice. I don't tend to make friends easily, particularly IRL, so it was kind of like, "Bzuh?" But in a *good* way. So, I sheepishly went to Heather and was like, "Yeah, if you need any help with anything, I'm there, contrary to my initial wishy-washy response."

*My freshman year there was a class I took that was an experiment in video conferencing, which was expanded last year to the entire 400 level, and the girls (at least) were participants in the conferences.

This is actually all Megan's fault. I AM SUCH AN INDULGENT SEMPAI. She volunteered us to do a Kendo demonstration (for which I gave the introduction in Japanese and I don't really remember it but I know my eye was twitching and I couldn't make it STOP), and while I was catching up with Sarah (not my roommate) who gave an excellent speech about wanting to use boywords (which I totally do; CURSE YOU, HARUKA TENOU!) they (Hikari and Asami) were like "ZOMG YOU GUYS YOU GUYS IT'S REALLY YOU WE'RE SO GLAD TO MEET YOU IN PERSON." I also got to talk to Takuya and Hiro(aki? No word on what he prefers). Hiro does Kendo, too, you see.

But so then we went to Applebee's. Takuya, Asami and I shared three of those pick three things so we could try everything. Topics of conversation included: )

So, then, somehow I ended up with all the students in my car on the way back, and we went and had adventures at Bloom and CVS, because Bloom doesn't sell bottle openers? Bloom is lame, guys. Really.

BUT SO. IT WAS AN AMAZINGLY FUN ADVENTURE. As a matter of fact, the only memorable thing since Spring Break. And on Wednesday, we're going to New Town after my lab~! 夜遊び, as it were. (Which, P.S., I FAILED at writing. It was like


My other big failure was in using casual Japanese, although by the end most of my sentences had shed the です. It was just my yeses. You see, there's hai and ee and un, and hai is the most formal, with ee in the middle (and more feminine/soft) and un as the equivalent of "yeah." And almost every time I spoke I would go "hai--ee--un--*noise of frustration while hiding head in hands*." So, I think maybe I should just embrace it and make "haieeun" my 必殺技. Or something.

(Also, everyone thought it was really cute, so at least there's that.)

And now. Sleep.


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