I had a Monkish moment today in art. I was looking at the wall where all the designs were posted (note to self: work on art project this weekend and get it printed) and noticed all the pushpins dotting the wall, mostly in the center. I had the strongest urge to go organize the pushpins into rows, or scatter them more evenly across the wall.
I’ve been a lazy blogger. Bad me. Umm, lessee…
December 27th, Wednesday, took my car in for 30,000 mile maintenance. The service area’s computers were out, and we (Daddy and I) waited an hour then found out the computers were back on but they didn’t tell us. -.- Um, I think Mum C and I went to Westside Pavilion so C could return a shirt he got for Christmas that he already had, and to look for calendars. Weren’t any there, so then Daddy C and I went to Fox Hills to look for calendars. I got my guinea pig calendar, wahoo! :D
My car didn’t get worked on until 2 in the afternoon, and so my car wasn’t ready until the next day. Argh. I woke up at nine to see if the car was ready but they didn’t call so I called them, then got put on hold for about 5 minutes before I was disconnected. (It’s a very busy place with not so good channels of communication open with the customers.) So then Daddy C and I went in the van to pick up Noelle W88 and SM00 for the weekend.
We stopped by Grandma and Grandpa’s on the way to pick up bills, and Daddy left the key in the car so C could listen to the radio (what we did at the bank), but this time C decided to go in too, and locked the door so the keys were locked in the car. :o Grandpa had to drive Daddy to Mum’s work to get the other key. So we left our house at 10 only to actually get on our way to Ventura County at 11. Blah.
On the way back from picking them up we went to Amoeba. Heh, a minivan on Sunset … pretty scary stuff. But I guess Daddy enjoyed driving. XD; We got home about 3ish, I don’t remember. Oh yeah, we drove home from Amoeba on La Cienega (I think?). It was interesting to see parts of L.A. I don’t normally see. ehehe.
So that was Thursday. Friday we (everyone, Mum Daddy C Noelle W88 SM00 me) went to Mitsuwa in Torrance. Well first we went to Daddy’s work to pick up a bonus something or other but his boss wasn’t there. Then we went to some Japanese weapons place but it was closed. After that we went to Mitsuwa. Mmm, good udon. *grin* Everyone else (except Daddy, he didn’t get anything) had ramen.
Went to the bookstore. I bought the Paradise Kiss manga series in some special large(r) format. I don’t know what it is, I can’t read the Japanese on it, but I do know it’s an inch or so larger on the sides. Then we went to Fry’s, but Mum Daddy and I stayed in the car. They had the Wii but you had to buy 5 games with it. o.O Odd.
Hm, I don’t remember if it was Thursday or Friday night, but we went to Barnes & Noble so W88 could return a Japanese book that he didn’t think was any good. Oh yeah, it turns out my car was ready at 10 on Thursday. They must have called right after we stepped out the door. ;.; We went to pick it up at 3 but their computers were down again so we couldn’t pay with credit card. ARGH. So we left then came back at 5 to pick up my car.
C rented Talladega Nights from Blockbuster, we watched that Thursday/Friday night, I don’t remember. We thought it was really funny. ^_^;; Daddy and I (and N, some) watched practically all the extras. I really liked it. But this movie had less, er, guest roles? (drivers from NASCAR) than Cars did. :/ I thought that was kinda boring. But I guess they didn’t really fit into the story.
Friday morning I had a dentist appointment. I drove there all by myself! It’s the first time in 4 or so years that I could actually remember the way there. >.> (I think it’s because Mum always takes into account the traffic, so we always went different ways to get there.)
Saturday Noelle W88 SM00 and I went to Westside Pavilion. I thought there was a Hollister there that SM00 could go to, but it turns out it’s opening next spring. D’oh. Oh well. SM00 and I went to BCBG and Victoria’s Secret and I also checked out this store called “Image” that looked kinda interesting but it’s outta my price range and actually it’s not as nice as the display window.
Erm, I don’t remember, one day we watched Shimotsuma Monogatari (English title: Kamikaze Girls) and Dark Water. Was it Saturday? And we watched Talladega Nights on Friday? It was weird, ’cause after watching Dark Water, that night SM00 went into the hallway and she came out saying water was dripping from the smoke alarm. O.o! The girl was coming to haunt us! But it turned out that the toilet upstairs flooded, and leaked downstairs. ehehe That night the boys and I played Texas Hold’em. Then SM00 joined us to play the boardgame Payday. (1994 edition. Apparently, the old version didn’t have the lottery. o.o But that part is so fun! XD)
Sunday we went to their house to make mochi. (Gee, I can’t say “pound mochi” can I?) We had In N Out for dinner. (Why do I mention that? I have no idea. Maybe it’s just my recent aversion to eating burgers, after having eaten a handful of Big Macs last quarter. meep)
Monday, New Year’s, that was fun. I actually got to see the whole Rose Parade for once. o.o I think last year I was too nervous about school to sit down and watch television. And all the years before, we always went to a relative’s house to celebrate and not much tv watching got done. I guess I missed out on the Stephanie Edwards and Bob Eubanks era. :( I remember her, but I never really watched so I don’t know how she did the parade. We had shrimp and oysters for dinner. Well, oysters only for Mum and Daddy (and Jichan?) and N tried one. (I mention that because we didn’t have the traditional udon dinner. haha)
Tuesday Mum didn’t go in to work ’cause she wanted a vacation and the doctors weren’t in anyway and she didn’t have to do payroll. Daddy, C and I went to Borders. Daddy used his gift card that we gave him for Christmas, and I returned the Nana manga that had the security device with the dried up glue that was pulling out the paper (I wonder what they did with it, hopefully not restock it) and got a $20 journal for only $1.73 with the return and my holiday savings. woohoo! Then I went with Daddy to Barnes and Noble. Why? I dunno. Just felt like going out, maybe I felt like looking at their journals and date books.
Wednesday Mum and I went to Target, Petsmart, the bank,
Angel Maid Bakery (it was closed from the 1st to the 8th o.o), Home Depot, Cora’s, then the mall. At the mall we went to Forever 21, Expression, another store that I don’t remember the name of, the gift store in the corner (they had practically everything 50% off, and there was less stock on the shelves o.o I hope it’s not closing), Hallmark, and Sally’s Fabrics.
Thursday I watched a lot of Monk season 3. C and I had to take down all the Christmas decorations. I also helped to take down the tree. It didn’t hurt my hands as much this year. heh, I must be getting smarter. *laugh*
Friday, I don’t remember. o.O Saturday all the relatives got together at Noelle’s house for New Year’s. We left our house at 9 like we planned (shocking; maybe everyone was hungry, haha) and got to Noelle’s house around 10. Had good ozoni. XD C bought Wario Ware, so we played that. I made wonton with Daddy helping. Then the boys played NASCAR I don’t remember which one, for the Gamecube. Then we had dinner. Yummm. Tempura shrimp, sushi (anago, mackerel, traditional kind, football stuff, and California), cabbage salad (I just realized I forgot to get some of that o.o), teriyaki meat, barbequed ribs, wonton, deviled eggs, almond chicken, I don’t remember what else. I’ve got some leftovers sitting in the fridge for dinner sometime this week. XD
Sunday morning I woke up at 8 (I have no idea why) and packed up most of my stuff before 9. After breakfast pretty much all I did was watch tv. ._. Had Cattre sleeping on me. Took a bath. Drove up to school. C drove up to the outlet mall from home. I was still falling asleep a half hour before we got to SLO, and I only drove 2 hours. Hrm. Unpacked stuff. Was too tired to get groceries, so we had some fish filets that’re in the freezer. Tonight we’re going to McDonald’s ($1 Big Macs on Mondays, although I think I’ll get a salad instead even though it’s five times the price and I don’t really like the salad that much [Jack in the Box is much better with the Asian salad], it’s practically the only veggies I eat up here).
I really don’t like my schedule this quarter. Nothing today until 2 (I hope I find parking >_>) then my last class ends at 7:30. Tuesdays it’s practically nonstop (or there isn’t enough time during breaks really to come back to the apartment and return to school without making me feel stressed that I’m cutting it close) from 8 to 5:30; Thursday is similar, from 9 to 5:30. Wednesday is from 8 to 11, 2 (hope I find parking again >_<) to 4, then 6 to 7:30. ARGH.
I dunno, I feel kinda like it’s back to doing nothing. I don’t know how to explain it. I’m just doing the same thing over and over and over again and it’s really boring and kind of aggravating and I guess I just don’t see where I’m going by doing this. I have to buy groceries, I have to go to class, I have to do the art projects, I have to get dinners for C and me, I have to take showers in that disgusting shower, I have to use the toilet every day, I have to wake up every morning, I have to eat breakfast, I have to not feel like gagging while I eat breakfast, I have to pay bills, I have to do lots of stuff, I dunno, I just don’t like it.
I know I found working last summer kinda boring and repetitive and humdrum and really tiring, and the traffic was bad, but at least I didn’t have to make my own dinners? I had a set routine. I have a routine here, but it’s not the same. Classes are at different times every day, and I don’t really like grocery shopping or making dinner or having to remember to pay things in order to not get kicked out or lose services on top of remembering my class schedule and when things are due and when the next tests are and how much food we have left and when to register for classes next quarter. I dunno. I’m complaining. I’ll be quiet now.
(All this typed up in an hour and 10 minutes. Just two more hours until I go to campus and attempt to find parking. -_- I don’t think I’d mind walking to campus for this class, but it’s art, so I have lots of supplies to take with me, which I don’t want to carry. I wish C had his license so he could at least drop me off before and pick me up after this class. But nooo, he doesn’t. Gargh. I’m hungry. What do we have to eat?)
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A computer-less weekend! Oh my!
Let’s start on Saturday. Mum wanted me to help her make the cookies, so I did that. We made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (or chocolate chip oatmeal cookies?) with some coconut thrown in ’cause Mum likes that, and “holiday nuggets.” I dunno what they are. ._. They’ve got lots of shortening and butter and sifted powdered sugar and chopped nuts, and they’re covered in powdered sugar. Very good. heehee.
Since Mum was doing other stuff (I forget what), and
my elbows are so frickin weak, we got N to hold the bowl for me while I stirred everything into dough. ehehe. And since N was sacrificing his time, I thought we should put on some Christmas videos so he wouldn’t be so bored.
We watched Timmy’s Gift (Precious Moments), then It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown (saw the first and last Christmas specials on TV last week), then Care Bear’s Nutcracker Suite, I Love Lucy Christmas special, Madeline’s Christmas (that tape’s going bad ;.;), then Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (and an added short that’s on the DVD), then Mickey’s Christmas Carol, then Brand Spanking New Doug Christmas special.
Grandpa’s birthday was the Monday (or Tuesday?) before, so he and Grandma came over for Chinese take-out to celebrate. My great aunt had them over for dinner earlier that week, too. Uncle R couldn’t come Saturday ’cause he had to work. XD So we had good eats. Then Little Women, the 1933 version with Katherine Hepburn, was on, so we watched that. Grandma could name practically all the actors. o.o But then again, I just remembered that she asked me only once where C was. Hmm. It was Grandpa who asked about a dozen times during the movie, “Is that Katherine Hepburn?” *blink*
They left a little while before the movie ended, to pick up Uncle R? So N popped in another tape and he, Mum, Daddy and I watched the Hey Arnold and old Doug and Edith Ann Christmas specials.
Uncle R came over some time that night to give us presents. Yup. He gave N, C, and me gift certificates to McDonald’s and Papa John’s. *makes a face*
At nine Meet Me in St. Louis was on, so Mum and I watched that until 11. ^^ One of my favorite movies, wheee!
Sunday I wrapped my presents to everybody (except N and C ’cause Mum did that for helping her with the cookies), then made the brownies. Mum watched The Homecoming while she made the yams. I like that movie all right, but I guess at my age it just moves too slowly for me. When I’m older I’ll probably enjoy it more. I didn’t watch the whole thing. I left around the time John Boy went to the church. Oh, I guess I went on the computer over the weekend. I talked to Adam, then went to bed at midnight.
Christmas day Mum woke me up at 8:30. I got dressed, opened my Santa present ($15), then we were actually on time and left at 9. *shock* The streets were so empty. XD One of my favorite parts of Christmas. L.A. is so dead! We got to Auntie G’s, unpacked, hung around for breakfast that W88 and Noelle and Auntie made. N and I washed the dishes and Mum dried and put things away. Then we watched C beat my cousin’s husband at Texas hold’em and win $5. XD; Then we opened presents. Noelle liked her present from us. :D It was a $20-bill folded into a ring and it was in a ring box. XDD Noelle W88 and SM00 gave me a Dooney & Bourke wristlet that SM00 picked out. I like it, it’s cute and not ugly like lots of purses out there nowadays, and it’s definitely classy.
W88 got the Axis & Allies boardgame, so the boys and aforementioned cousin’s husband and Uncle G played that. I did the money. Muahahaha, that is my role in (boardgame) life. I finally learned how to play the game. o.o My brothers had played with my dad’s game since elementary school, then W88 has been borrowing it lately, and we never really knew how to play. ahaha. It’s a role-playing game. o.O Gotta roll dice, always roll dice, more and more dice… I’m okay. I’ve just never seen so many dice in one place outside of a game store. I think they got through three rounds of turns. My cousin’s husband said that’s what he did before he and my cousin started dating, play that game. XD He’s one of us!
Sadly, C didn’t know what to do, and W88 didn’t know he had to tell C tactics, so technically the Axis (cous’ hus and Uncle G) was winning when we had to clean up for dinner. Uncle G gained a lot of land, and he had a huge army. N had land, but his resources were thin. C had pretty much the same as at the beginning (oh, plus 6 tanks and no transport XD) and I think W88 had about the same as well. He called me a Nazi ’cause I thought the Axis looked like it would win. booo.
Noelle’s family left after/during dinner (after theirs, during ours, hehe). C had me and N play Big 3 then Egyptian War during/after dinner. Afterwards, I read League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol. II (from C) some then had dessert and sat around listening to grownups talk while C, N, and second-oldest cousin did the dishes. We left soon after that, ’cause N had to work today, and they were starting up The Devil Wears Prada. ;.; I missed it! I uh, also left my laptop and The Secret Garden there. *furtive glance* I was tired and just wanted to leave. ^^;; Mum picked them up from my second-oldest cousin’s husband today though.
Today I just watched my Monk season 3 DVDs (Mr. Monk and the Blackout, I couldn’t remember who the suspect was ¬.¬) and read volume 7 of Gokinjo Monogatari. Wahh, it’s over! But I really liked the extra chapter! Miwako!! XDDD Although I think I might like Mikako more than Miwako now. >.> Probably just because Mikako was the main character and you could go into her character more, as opposed to Miwako who was just a side character and didn’t get much development compared to Mikako or Yukari. :(
Thanksgiving was nice. Everyone but AJ and UG was there. Well, also Bachan. Sorry to drag the summary down. *furtive glance* It really was a nice day, I had a great time. I just had this thought early, before dinner when I saw Jichan, that Bachan wasn’t there. Silly, because she hasn’t been there for a couple Thanksgivings past. Oh well.
I was thinking of taking a picture of the (pool) table with all the food on it, but people were about to start lining up and I didn’t want to run to my room then stand there getting the picture while everyone else waited on me. :o
Oh yeah, a pic of my Japan Expo loot. Shall have to procrastinate on that.
Friday I just sat on the sofa with Mum and ate chips and dip while watching tv. XD Great fun.
Saturday went with Mum to Borders by Santa Monica Blvd. to buy stuff. I wanted to buy Monk season 2 for $20 but it turns out the sale was only for season 1. *shakes fist at Borders* In the e-mail they sent me, they had something covering the bottom of the pic of the Monk box, and they didn’t mention specifically season 1 so I thought it was for all seasons. :( Oh well. Mum got Sylvia Browne’s book on Jesus and I got Othello volume 5. I was going to get Nana volume 4 but they only had 1-3. grr.
O, I didn’t mention, that Tuesday before we came home I went to Borders and used a Personal Shopping Day to buy Inuyasha books and Nana 3. From maybe $48 to $43, ooh I really saved a lot. (End sarcasm.) But anyway. Cliffhanger in Nana 3! *cries* I want 4!!
Saturday night I talked on aim, then when Noelle and her fam came over (after a birthday party, waiting for traffic to lighten) I ate dinner (mmm, turkey soup! *grin*) and watched tv with them.
Sunday, went to Michael’s looking for paper for my art journal. Wouldn’t you know, they’re practically all sold out of any type of black paper. Um, copied over notes for my printing class. Went to Target with N and C. They took down the sign for the Wii (“Due to high demand blah blah blah we don’t have what you’re looking for.”) but they still didn’t have it.
Yesterday … no actually today’s Monday. grar! My Mondays are so long that by the end of it I think it’s Tuesday. O_o Weird, yeah. Had lecture, made me wonder again if there’s a PC equivalent of the FontReserve, ’cause it sounds like a nifty program. Spent maybe an hour and a half making a webpage for lab later. XD; I barely finished when I realized I had to leave. Then when I got to lab I found there were things I forgot to include. eep! But he gave us time to work on the project. ^^ Yay. Worked on XML too, when I wasn’t adding things to the site.
That’s … pretty much it. I copied over a bit more notes for printing class, but I’ve still got 3 more Power Point presentations to go through, and a Word doc too. waugh!
I’m gonna copy over notes for Electronic Publishing Systems tomorrow in the morning. Then I’ve got the art project (pictorial space) to work on, grid examples and pictorial space examples to find and cut out, and I definitely have the art journal on my mind. I don’t know if the “personal theme” I picked is weak, if it fits more under the “formal theme” heading, and I should get down to thinking and pick a real personal theme. I don’t know of one. >.> Guinea pigs? *laugh* That’d be cool. Hmmm…