jiyuuhonpou: ([drrr!!] disappointment)
1.  So I ran 4 "writing samples" through that I write like meme:

Ficbit that will never see the light of day #1: Stephen King
Ficbit that will never see the light of day #2: Vladimir Nabokov
Random Livejournal entry: Issac Asimov
Legal memoranda for a client: George Orwell

Seeing as I've only read one of these four authors, I can officially say this meme is bunk! [And I must say that George Orwell would probably roll in his grave if someone wrote about alternative dispute resolution in his style.] @_@

2. GOD my spoken Japanese has gone to shit. Utter, complete shit! If I have to sign up for classes just to whip it back into shape, then so be it.

I called the local Japan Society during my lunch break and inquired about their summer evening language courses; more specifically, I called and asked whether there was a placement test I could take to get in to their advanced class.  I think I spoke with the teacher of the advanced class, because she asked me how I knew Japanese and I basically said the Japanese equivalent of "3 1/2 years pretending to understand it in American college, 1/2 year ryuugaku-ing it up"... except I sounded like a retarded monkey. Anyway the lady said that I wouldn't have a problem with getting into the advanced class with that kind of background, and that if I was still on the fence about it, I could sign up for the advanced and sit in on either class to get a feel for which might be appropriate for me.

Apparently the intermediate class goes into keigo while the advanced talks about yojijukugo? I love me some yojijukugo, but I feel like keigo is where I need the most practice, so I think what I'll do is sit in on the first class of Intermediate to see if they actually mean business keigo (i.e. kenjougo/sonkeigo/teineigo) or desu-masu "nise-keigo". There's another place that offers language courses as well and it seems they used the textbook series Cornell/Nanzan did, so I might swing by them too before I make my decision, though.   Both places' classes aren't dirt cheap but they're not LSAT Review-level awful or Berlitz-level rip-off, either. 

3. I found out that once my benefits kick in, they'll actually reimburse me for gym membership! So I can join a gym again for a low cost! I keep telling myself that I'll start running again, but I'm always too lazy to wake up that early in the morning.  It's also been too ridiculously humid these past couple of days, so if I get a free gym membership there'll be no excuse for me to not work out. :D
jiyuuhonpou: ([one piece] chopper!)
Y'know, now that I really think about it.... I'm much more likely to "ship" in animanga fandoms (and to a lesser extent, j-dorama) than I am with Western media (television shows, movies, books). That, and I can't really think of a book that I've read in my adult life where I went "d-d-d-damn I ship these two SO HARD, I MUST participate in fannish activities such as reading fanfiction or squeeing about it with like-minded fans!!!11" Maybe it's because I haven't been reading any books where romance was a central plot point (see: every Palhaniuk book ever, all the Murakami books I could stand to read), or maybe it's because I have the attention span of a fly with ADD and prefer reading short story anthologies when it comes to reading fiction.

Long story short: this was a stretch. Also, I need to read more.

Day 14 - What is your favorite book pairing? [90s throwback part II, electric boogaloo] )
jiyuuhonpou: ([burn notice] oooooh... no.)
Technically, I don't even know if this pairing should count as my favorite TV pairing of all time; I'm sure if I really sat down and thought about it, I'd probably be able to come up with more epic pairings or something. Oh well, this is my favorite show currently airing on television right now so there you go.

Speaking of which, I never thought I'd say this when I was there, but I miss Miami. There's probably some fucked up meta I could write about regarding the fact that the times I had the most fun in college were when I wasn't actually within a 500-mile radius of campus, but that's neither here nor there.

Day 13 - What is your favorite television pairing? [it's getting harder to come up with witty comments] )
jiyuuhonpou: ([emma] i do what i want)
Has anyone read the web-doujinshi "Niji"? The one where Kyon and Koizumi have a boxing match in front of the entire school with the prize being (IIRC) a kiss from Haruhi? I want to fangirl about this with someone... anyone... *crickets chirp* ._.

MOVING ON:
Event-planning wise, this probably wasn't the most awesome sauce wedding out there, but it made for a satisfying conclusion to a series I'd been following for a while and it was the first wedding scene I thought of when I saw the question, so yeah.

Day 12 - Who had the best wedding? [if the title didn't give it away, nothing will] )
jiyuuhonpou: (Default)
[I'm probably interpreting this question wrong, but just to clarify: I'm answering it as if "dream pairing"="the kind of relationship you'd like to have in real life", which is completely different from "what pairing would totally be believable in real life". Being a romantic realist sucks, doesn't it.]

So if you asked me what two movies would I watch and NEVER GET TIRED OF EVER, my first answer would be Terminator 2: Judgment Day. And since there aren't any romantic pairings in that movie (unless you count That Deleted Scene, which, while a nice bonus, isn't really up there on my pairings list), then I guess I'm just going to have to go with my second answer instead. What it lacks in the firearms department, it makes up for in romance, more or less. @_@

Day 11 - What is your dream pairing? [Times are hard for dreamers.] )
jiyuuhonpou: (Default)
Embarrassing question: does Allied Forces!boyband fanfic exist? I'm talking something along the lines of 2gether; you know, rag-tag team of pretty boys form a boy band, captivating the world with badly-written-yet-catchy bubblegum pop ballads and slick, sexually-explicit dance moves? Their producer would be Sweden, of course.

Yeah, I suppose not.  Fandom's loss!

 
Day 10 - Why aren't these two married in real life? )
jiyuuhonpou: ([drrr!!] disappointment)
day.09 - The most believable relationship?

I... just got back from a 5-hour drinking session with 3 other twenty-somethings having tipsy lively conversations about expectations in relationships, so I'm not even going to bother answering this one for fear of Freudian slips.

Also WTF, I wrote over 800 words for yesterday's question so I think an amnesty day is perfectly reasonable.

The rest of the days:
snip snip )
jiyuuhonpou: ([hetalia] ice cream)
JEEZ IT ONLY TOOK ME EIGHT DAYS TO GET TO THEM. FUCKING FINALLY *gets bricked*

I have to say if you didn't see this coming from Day 01, then you know nothing about me at all! I tried to stay on-topic, but this post is basically a disjointed horrible failure of an attempt to sort out my feelings about the pairing. People are entitled to their own opinions about pairings and I respect that!

But this is my journal, and I post what I want. Consider yourself forewarned.

Day 08 - The pairing with the most baggage? [OBVIOUS ANSWER IS OBVIOUS] )

I got nothing for tomorrow. Nothing! And possibly nothing for the rest of this meme. Stupid self-imposed no fandom repeats rule!
jiyuuhonpou: ([one piece] chopper!)
NYT article about the circle lens fad.

Putting aside my "lolwhut" reaction to the ladies they interviewed for the article (from the girls that swore by circle lenses to the FDA representative that had no clue what they were)... Big eyes ain't all they cracked up to be, aiight?! One of my classmates in elementary school told me, "You're not really Asian, your eyes are too big!" which made me cry and has given me an eye-complex ever since. (I was in first grade, okay?)

So whenever I hear about people wanting doe-eyes, I just kind of go DDDDD: BE PREPARED TO BE CARDED AT THE AGE OF 40 at them.

Although those purple ones are pretty awesome, ngl.



Meme:
Looking back on it, I could have chosen a SuperUltimate!OTP for this day, but since I already found the graphic for this pairing I'll talk about them instead. (That particular SU!OTP doesn't really fit any of the days in this meme anyway. It defies things like mere memes with its badassery; let's just leave it at that.)

Day 07 - The most heartbreaking scene? )

Tomorrow's choice should be ridiculously obvious, btw. Just saying.
jiyuuhonpou: ([one piece] chopper!)
Posting once a day, every day, is getting a little old already, but I'll soldier on.

It's pretty ironic that I'd pick a kiss from a J-drama as my "pairing with the best kiss", but it was the first one that came to mind. Plus, I'm trying to not repeat fandoms for this meme. Also, I have bad memory, so I'll probably think, "SHIT Couple X/Y had a hot kiss too, I should have used them!" to myself a week from now.

Day 06 - The best kiss? )
jiyuuhonpou: ([haruhi] the connection has been made)
I don't think it was a secret that I watched this show, but looking back on it... it's a little embarrassing that I did watch it.  All 26 episodes.  As they aired.  (This coming from the girl whose first fansub anime was Love Hina.)

Day 05 - The pairing with the least chemistry? )

Off topic, but I am not looking forward to the commute tomorrow with this kind of weather. At this rate I'm going to pass out from heatstroke.
jiyuuhonpou: ([hetalia] honda ♥ dokkyun)
EDIT:  Happy Independence Day to both my birth country and the country of my ancestors ^_~

Have Day 03 and Day 04 in one post.  Also, excuse the lack of witty text - I'm about ready to pass out now, kthx.

Day 03 - A pairing that needs to happen now? [trap pic 01] )




Day 04 - The pairing with the most chemistry? [trap pic 02] )
jiyuuhonpou: (Default)
This question was kind of hard - technically, I shipped Disney Princesses with their princes when I watched the movies, and I can't remember if I shipped Sailor Moon/Tuxedo Mask when Sailor Moon first came out in America, but I definitely remember watching the 8:30PM premier of this show (aniki and I fought with my mom to let us stay up late for it LOL) and going "I hope they become boyfriend and girlfriend!"

My age is showing, isn't it.

 
Day 02 - What was your very first ship? [oh snap '90s throwback!!!1] )
jiyuuhonpou: ([hetalia] ice cream)
I told myself I would never do a 30 Days meme because I dislike spamming as much as the next person, buuuuuuuut I am COMPELLED to do this one. Except I might be hetare or just plain forgetful and end up posting 10 in one go or something. I reflect on my mistakes but I regret nothing!!

Also, I'm taking it a step further and doing no repeats for fandoms, which gives me the chance to rant/squee about fandoms that aren't related to countries being gay for each other I don't usually talk about, yeah?

Day 01 - What is your current favorite ship? [no really, it's not who you think] )

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