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Over the past... uhh... two weeks, I've caught up on YEARS of Doctor Who. [Jun. 26th, 2011|12:35 am]
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No, seriously, I had to start with End of Time, which I had been putting off watching because TEN OH TEN I LOVE YOU DAVID TENNANT!

Except I have to admit that I had been getting a little sick of how insufferably cocky Ten had been getting. Still though, surely no one could replace Tennant in my heart! WRONG ELEVEN ELEVEN ELEVEN OH MATT SMITH I LOVE YOU BEST OF ALL! AMY! RORY! I ALSO LOVE YOU! I JUST NEED TO SHOUT AT EVERYONE ABOUT THIS!

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Anyway, reasons I can't spend tomorrow just like today:
1) I'm caught up on Doctor Who.
2) I've eaten all the Nutella.
3) I really need a haircut.
4) IDK, basic human socialization is important?
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I have some time today, because I haven't decided what I'm going to do with myself yet. [Jun. 4th, 2011|04:36 pm]
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So I figured I'd post some soccer things.

To be honest, I probably spend at least two or three percent of every single day, even when I'm working and have no free time, actively wishing that Bastian Schweinsteiger or Sergio Ramos would caress me tenderly. Or even just that Sergio would be my neighbor and BFF and wingman and we'd go clubbing and he'd let me borrow his clothes.

In both of these fantasies, I have long hair again. So what does that tell you?

Anyway, this came to my attention recently.


1. Sergio, your rhythm and your shirt. Please be my neighbor and BFF and let's go clubbing and I will help you take off your clothes while you caress me tenderly.
2. Thomas Mueller, I am utterly convinced that for you, God or your parents or whatever took the essence of sunshine and daisies and cute baby animals and made you out of that.
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(In case you needed a refresher.)
3. Philipp Lahm. Sometimes but not always I am very fond of you on a personal level. Those times always make me very pleased and only a bit surprised.

BUT. BUT BUT BUT. Even with all that, for some reason utterly unknown to me, a mere glimpse of Pepe Reina smiling is possibly my favorite sight in the world. I have no idea why. I've never seen him play; I have no particular attachment to Liverpool; I don't seek him out, ever. AND YET he always causes me great joy. So thank you, Pepe Reina, for your presence on this earth.

Okay, next thing:

I think I'm going to make a proper effort to watch the Women's World Cup this summer. Because the German NT, I am buying what they're selling. But in this case, with no team or player ties, I think I'm going straight up patriotic in my support this time. AMERICA, FUCK YEAH, and all that. I MISS YOU, BABY, DON'T FORGET ME, I'M COMING HOME SOON! #tessahomein2012

Either I'm flying straight home next April, or I might go bum around Europe for a bit, maybe work as an au pair until grad school starts. But those are two whole other conversations.

And finally, Neuer is officially moving to Bayern.
I don't know, I love love love guys that are total homeboys and only ever play for one club (Basti, Iker, I even feel a significant amount of affection for Steven Gerrard). And honestly I don't know why he'd move to Bayern NOW. Sure, Schalke didn't do well in the table, but CL Semi-final, Pokal, fucking having Raul? BUT if he knew he'd want to leave soon and that next year would be a free transfer, I can see it making sense to get as much money for Schalke as possible. Personally, I'm glad he stayed in the Bundesliga AND THAT HE CAME TO BAYERN WHAT WHAT, but objectively if he wanted to develop as a player, I think it would have made more sense to go abroad. BUT he's still very young, don't forget, so there's time for that later.

Regardless, I'm more upset by the negative fan reactions, both from Schalke and Bayern. If it helps, ILU BB, AND I'LL SUPPORT YOU ALWAYS.

Rene Adler. I miss you.

Right. I think that's all. NEW GAME OF THRONES IN TWO DAYS THANK GOD!
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I still haven't passed my Japanese driver's test. [Apr. 25th, 2011|08:51 pm]
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I'm not at Sushi Monday right now, because I am lame. So, so lame! I am the lamest. I haven't even seen Katy Li in THREE WEEKS, which is simply unacceptable. Hopefully she won't be busy during Golden Week and can just come live in my apartment for a few days.

Anyway, yeah, I'm actually getting WORSE scores on my driving test. They keep asking me to bring along someone who speaks Japanese. Well, actually, I don't HAVE anyone who speaks Japanese that I can just bring along to this test with me because, you know, they're all at work, since one can only schedule these dumb-ass tests ON WORKDAYS GREAT IDEA JAPAN, speaking of which, I can't keep taking days off, these are my sick days, ARGH I JUST HATE THIS SO MUCH! (keyboard smash that I deleted because it didn't actually make me feel any better) TIM TAMS!

Ugh WHETEVER. I'm over it.

I was actually really excited about this, and I was going to be funny and make jokes about Canada but now I'm just pissed again and so:

1:17 Basti calls Badstuber Justin Bieber

IT'S A REAL THING

Actually, I feel better now.
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Um, I started a music meme a while ago: [Feb. 13th, 2011|02:20 pm]
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I DID THESE ALREADY
Day 01 - Your favorite song
Day 02 - Your least favorite song


Day 03 - A song that makes you happy

Ingrid Michaelson - Mountain and the Sea
Most Ingrid Michaelson songs make me happy, and I actually am less fond of the lyrics of this one than many of her others, but the whole impression of this songs is just so good that it always puts me in a good mood.

Day 04 - A song that makes you sad

The Fray - Vienna
Not sad, really, but wistful. This reminds me of two of my past relationships, for very different reasons, and while I'm not sad (anymore), about the way that either of them turned out, I was at the time, and this song reminds me of that.

Day 05 - A song that reminds you of someone
Oh God, so, so, so, so many.

Bowling For Soup - 1985, Nelly Furtado - Promiscuous, everything by Bon Jovi, basically everything that I love, it all reminds me of Mandy
Matt Nathanson - Still for ages reminded me of The Whore, and still does simply because it did for so long

However, the funniest must be

Jay Sean - Do You Remember
Which reminds me of my sister, Becca, because she caught me dancing to it in our living room in a way that was mortifying and hilarious simultaneously, and then she told everyone that she had caught me doing something embarrassing alone in front of the TV but she wouldn't say what.

Day 06 - A song that reminds you of somewhere

Matt Nathanson - Romeo and Juliet
Every time I listen to this, I can only think of Salzburg.

Day 07 - A song that reminds you of a certain event

Ke$ha - We R Who We R
Erin's wedding and basically all of Christmas break this year which I spent with Ashley and Kevin

Day 08 - A song that you know all the words to
prominently among others:

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

Day 09 - A song that you can dance to
Anything with Lil' Jon I DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU GUYS
And currently:

Enrique Iglesias - I Like It

Day 10 - A song that makes you fall asleep
Two that work every single time:

Dashboard Confessional - Ghost of a Good Thing

and


JamisonParker - I Should Mean More

Day 11 - A song from (one of) your favorite band(s)
I'm very torn between picking something from Matt Nathanson, who if I had to pick would probably be my very favorite singer, The Bird and the Bee, who if I had to pick would probably be my very favorite band, Florence + the Machine, Vienna Teng, A Fine Frenzy, Ingrid Michaelson, but I decided to pick two who I always can come back to, even after months of not listening to them:

Wir sind Helden - The Geek (Shall Inherit)

and
Amanda Palmer - Ampersand
I am not one of her HUGEST fans, but I really love what she stands for and I think that she is extremely clever and I do love her music.

I'LL DO THESE LATER PROBABLY
Day 12 - A song from a band you hate don't like
Day 13 - A song that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14 - A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 15 - A song that describes you
Day 16 - A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17 - A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18 - A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19 - A song from your favorite album
Day 20 - A song that you listen to when you're angry
Day 21 - A song that you listen to when you're happy
Day 22 - A song that you listen to when you're sad
Day 23 - A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24 - A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25 - A song that makes you laugh
Day 26 - A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27 - A song that you wish you could play
Day 28 - A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29 - A song from your childhood
Day 30 - Your favorite song at this time last year
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Two important open letters: [Jan. 11th, 2011|11:03 pm]
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one
Dear my neighbors,

The gasps you heard coming from my bedroom that sounded like an orgasm were actually a protest at the cold I experienced while changing into my pajamas. Do you also feel that there is a problem when a water bottle left on the table is colder than one stored in the fridge?

Sincerely,

A Wisconsinite who can easily deal with your winter weather, but not with the lack of insulation in your buildings

two
Dear Cristiano Ronaldo,

I can easily remember the days not so long past when I hated you vehemently, and I would just like to apologize. If I didn't already have a Fussballgott (Schweinsteiger NOT Poldolski), I would gladly take up chanting the Portuguese equivalent. And if Mesut Özil wasn't my favorite player at Real Madrid, you would definitely be in contention for that spot. Again, sorry about the hate, and keep up the AMAZING work.

Sincerely,

A newly converted Madrista

P.S. Kaka's back; how cute are you two going to be this year?

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Okay, I'm going to try to make this slightly more well-rounded than recent one fandom only posts. [Nov. 28th, 2010|12:05 pm]
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Although I guess my journaling habits have kind of morphed into: Twitter is for real life, ElJay is for squeeing.Collapse )

In any case: El Clasico is on Tuesday! At 4AM! I live in Japan!I feel more like an expat in the specific area of football than I do in my real life.Collapse )

Now on to something completely different, this music meme from ditta_spn. Again, there's no way I have the patience to do it in 30 days, but I'll get to it all eventually, I'm sure.

Day 01 - Your favorite song


WHAT?

Day 02 - Your least favorite song


Even that fact that Jon looks FRICKIN' GORGEOUS in that video can't get me to sit through the whole thing. Mandy and I use that song to describe how much we don't like something. ("I would rather listen to "Joey" on repeat than be in this parking lot ONE MORE MINUTE!")

UPCOMING
Day 03 - A song that makes you happy
Day 04 - A song that makes you sad
Day 05 - A song that reminds you of someone
Day 06 - A song that reminds you of somewhere
Day 07 - A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 08 - A song that you know all the words to
Day 09 - A song that you can dance to
Day 10 - A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 11 - A song from (one of) your favorite band(s)
Day 12 - A song from a band you hate don't like
Day 13 - A song that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14 - A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 15 - A song that describes you
Day 16 - A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17 - A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18 - A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19 - A song from your favorite album
Day 20 - A song that you listen to when you're angry
Day 21 - A song that you listen to when you're happy
Day 22 - A song that you listen to when you're sad
Day 23 - A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24 - A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25 - A song that makes you laugh
Day 26 - A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27 - A song that you wish you could play
Day 28 - A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29 - A song from your childhood
Day 30 - Your favorite song at this time last year

And I was going to write about my real life, but now I'm actually going to watch Merlin and maybe Toy Story 3.
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Finishing up the 20 questions TV meme [Nov. 22nd, 2010|10:42 pm]
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I have things I could be doing, like cleaning my apartment for the Thanksgiving party I'm going to host, or writing to my grandparents, or even journalling about my life in Japan, which is supposed to be the focus of my diary but clearly isn't. Or:

CHOOSE FIVE TV SHOWS:

1. The Vampire Diaries
2. Bones
3. The Big Bang Theory
4. Merlin
5. Glee

QUESTIONS:

COMPLETED
1. Who's your favorite character in #2?
2. Who's your least favorite character in #1?
3. What's your favorite episode of #4?
4. What's your favorite season of #5?
ALSO COMPLETED
5. Who is your favorite ship in #3?
6. Who is your antiship in #2?
7. How long have you watched #1?
8. How did you become interested in #3?
9. Who's your favorite actor/actress in #4?
10. Which do you prefer: Show #1, #2 or #5?
11. Which show have you seen more episodes of #1 or #3?

12. If you could be anyone from #4, who would you be?

That would be darling little Miss Gwen, for sure. Not only because:

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AND:

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but also because this would be my best friend:

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13. How would you kill off your favorite character in #1?

This one I actually have a good answer for, but it's kind of cheating. My favorite character is (obviously) Damon. Well, in the books he SPOILER SPOILER ALERT WARNING DANGER is turned human. I think his would be a really interesting way to go with showvese Damon, who is very different from the Damon in the books. They'd handle it very differently, and I think that would be really interesting to see.

14. Give a random quote from #1.

The first quote on the first website I clicked:

"Lets try not to kill anyone tonight. Your words."

Then one which is pretty random for the show but I did pick it specifically:

"I saw Elena today, BTW--that means by the way"

both (of course), by
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15. Would a #3/#4 crossover work?

Not in canon; Sheldon would pitch a fit about the historical inaccuracies. But perhaps in some fandom way, like at ComicCon or something.

16. Pair 2 characters in #1 that would make an unlikely but strangely okay couple.

Okay, maybe this is an unpopular one, but I'd say VampireCaroline/ANYONE.
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Honestly. VampireCaroline/Stefan. VampireCaroline/Damon. VampireCaroline/Tyler. I'd even go for VampireCaroline/Matt, VampireCaroline/Bonnie, VampireCaroline/Katherine. Not Jeremy, Jenna, Alaric, Elena, or anyone old and gross. But other than that, I say VampireCaroline is fair game. I love this girl, and I think she has the BBoC factor.

17. Has #4 inspired you in any way?

Sorry, BBs, but no. Still love you, though!

18. Overall, which show has a better cast, #2 or #4?

Okay, even before that scandal with David Boreanaz broke earlier this year, I have always thought he was a huge douchebag. Plus, as darling as Emily and Zooey Deschanel are as a pair, I never really connect with either of them. And while I love the squinterns and Sweets, as a whole, I like the cast of Merlin better. Bradley James was a fan of Buffy, so he was excited to meet ASH, for goodness' sake. That is so cute! And I think Colin Morgan might be the most adorable of all actors in the world. And... and... and... just look!



19. Which has better theme music, #3 or #5?

Well, this is unfair, because Glee is a FREAKING MUSICAL, so of course there is no real competition there, even if the TBBT theme song is awesome and catchy.



20. Which of these shows (if there are any) has the most WTF ending and how do you think it should have ended?

All are still airing, so this question is anticlimactically inapplicable.
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I'm still alive and well! Here's a meme to prove it! [Nov. 21st, 2010|10:05 pm]
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Honestly, I do sometimes worry that I'll die and no one back home will know. I probably should call my family and friends more often... Not my fault this weekend, though, I got laryngitis! (But I'm much better now.)

Things have happened to me that I would like to tell you about, but I've been inexcusably lazy this whole month, what?, so that will have to wait for another time.

ANYWAY, this is an f-list participation meme, so help a fellow geek squee about her favorite characters, please? (stolen from leavingubehind)

Post a list of 10 TV shows you watch/ed.
Have your friends list guess your favorite character from each show.
When someone guesses your favorite character, bold the title.
When guessed, tell us why you like that character.

1. Gossip Girl Chuck Bass. Delicious, devious Chuck Bass. He's got a business empire which he began building while still in high school, for goodness' sake. Brains and ambition are sexy. However, his best characteristic is his loyalty. He sticks with his friends, and he defends and protects them without question or judgment. Then there is his relationship with Blair. Chuck and Blair are sometimes so STUPID and sometimes so stubborn and sometimes too proud, but there is no question that they are meant for one another, and that they'll find their way back. Chuck is my favorite because it's clear that he'd do anything for her. Devotion like that is even better than his mere gorgeousness.

2. the Buffyverse

ETA 3. Gilmore Girls I was thinking about this and couldn't actually pick a favorite character. Tristan? Logan? Luke? Lorelai? I just don't know! So, new option:
3. Dollhouse

4. Torchwood

5. The Office

6. Dawson's Creek

7. Bones

8. The Vampire Diaries Damon Salvatore. And this is no secret.

9. Merlin Arthur Pendragon. First, because he is astoundingly attractive. Second, because he is a golden fighting machine. Third, because he loves Camelot and always puts the kingdom first. Fourth, because of his relationship with his father (testing and sometimes defying, but always loyal). Fifth, because he and Merlin have the best scenes together.

10. Doctor Who
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Oh, why not, here's more of that meme. No soccer tonight and I am sleeping forever tomorrow. [Nov. 13th, 2010|01:25 am]
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[Current Music |The Ready Set - Airplanes | Powered by Last.fm]

I go to bed when I want!

CHOOSE FIVE TV SHOWS:

1. The Vampire Diaries
2. Bones
3. The Big Bang Theory
4. Merlin
5. Glee

QUESTIONS:

COMPLETED
1. Who's your favorite character in #2?
2. Who's your least favorite character in #1?
3. What's your favorite episode of #4?
4. What's your favorite season of #5?

5. Who is your favorite ship in #3?

Sheldon and Penny
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But let me be clear: I like their friendship; I DON'T want them to have romantic relationship. I just love the way they've become friends despite their differences, and I love how they communicate. Both think that they're being benevolent towards the other by extending their friendship, but it's obvious that they really do care about each other.

6. Who is your antiship in #2?

Cam and Hodgins, although I can't find a decent picture for this one. As far as I can tell, the whole premise of their ship is based on this (quite funny) conversation:

HODGINS: Do you really plan on reading Dr. Brennan's book?
CAM: What? Of course. I only – I bought it – you know, it's on a pile I'm waiting – No. I don't. Please don't tell her. It's just after dealing with murder all day, I can't bring myself to go home and read about it for kicks.
HODGINS: So, for kicks you read...?
CAM: Feminist trash. You know, woman finds her power, leaves her oppressive husband, discovers freedom and fulfillment with an artist who knows how to cry and make love like an animal.
HODGINS: So, sex books.
CAM: Pretty much, yeah.

...which was identified by TJ Thyne as being the turning point for their characters, where they have a real conversation for the first time. That's fine, but having one real conversation does not automatically equal people falling in love.

7. How long have you watched #1?

Since March 26, 2010, when I arrived in Japan and found that my hotel had free high speed internet. I did watch a few minutes of the series premiere, and I'd read the books, but I didn't have the time to get into it properly until I had the internet at my disposal.

8. How did you become interested in #3?

My cousin mentioned it at Thanksgiving a few years ago, and by that point I'd already known that it references a lot of fandoms that I love.

9. Who's your favorite actor/actress in #4?

Is it totally shallow if I say Bradley James?
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WHATEVER I ALSO THINK HE SEEMS REALLY FUNNY AND LIKE A PERSON I WOULD GENUINELY GET ALONG WITH STOP LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT



Also I really like Angel Coulby.

10. Which do you prefer: Show #1, #2 or #5?

It used to be Bones, but now, by a long shot, it's TVD.
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What? Embedding disabled? Who does that? (You ask, I come. I'm easy like that.)

11. Which show have you seen more episodes of #1 or #3?

I've seen all episodes of both, so the answer would be TBBT, because there have been more.

UPCOMING, FOR WHEN I GET BORED NEXT
12. If you could be anyone from #4, who would you be?
13. How would you kill off your favorite character in #1?
14. Give a random quote from #1.
15. Would a #3/#4 crossover work?
16. Pair 2 characters in #1 that would make an unlikely but strangely okay couple.
17. Has #4 inspired you in any way?
18. Overall, which show has a better cast, #2 or #4?
19. Which has better theme music, #3 or #5?
20. Which of these shows (if there are any) has the most WTF ending and how do you think it should have ended?
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Okay, let's see about what's been going on in my life recently: [Oct. 31st, 2010|08:19 pm]
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So. Things have been generally been going as expected, namely me teaching small Japanese children about the English language and being lazy a great portion of the rest of the time. It's now cold enough that I got to pull out my comforters, which for me means curling up in bed reading books and being perfectly comfortable and happy, and is therefore a time I look forward to every year.

Thankfully, I've also been a great deal more social of late, as two new ALTs moved into my town, and they are both nice and I like them very much. My weekly schedule now looks like this:

Mondays: Sushi Mondays with the JETs from the town in which I live.
Tuesdays: Dinner with the Yamawakis, which is one of my favorite nights because it's like spending time with family
Wednesday: Clean apt and catch up on the things I missed on Monday and Tuesday
Thursday: Dinner with the Altia ladies in the town where I work
Friday: TV DAY, also there's usually a soccer game or two that I want to watch
The Weekend: comforters, books, cooking, sleeping, more soccer

For more on what I've been doing this month, here's pretty much everything from my Twitter: topics covered: lots of funny videos about soccer, commentary on Twilight and Japanese children's games, the teachers' drinking party two weekends ago, going to the Setouchi art festival last weekend, me getting in a car accident, the Halloween party this weekend.Collapse )
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