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Christmas stuff

Ever since I got to L.A., it's been nonstop raining!  It's supposed to clear up by Christmas Eve, maybe even tomorrow, but it's getting very tiresome. In fact, it's making me a bit depressed.  What makes it worse is that our house is being invaded by ants who are trying to get out of the rain.  They crawl inside our laptops and everything because I guess it resembles an ant farm, and we can't leave food out.  It's really gross. :< But I finished shopping and wrapping my gifts for everyone except my boyfriend. Since I won't see him until January 6, I have plenty of time. He's coming out to visit me here with my family, even though I think it's a little soon for him to want to do that.  Whatever. I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully the weather will be good.

Our family festivities are rather prolonged this year.  Tomorrow my grandmothers are both coming over for brunch. I'm not sure why we're doing it on the 23rd instead of later, but it's fine. It gives my dad another excuse to take an extra day off of work. Then on Christmas Eve, we're having dinner with my brother's girlfriend's family.  They might as well be engaged or even married, so I've started thinking of them as kind of in-laws.  Finally on Christmas Day we're going to visit my cousins in Brentwood, and they have little kids, so it should be entertaining. We're all spending less on Christmas this year, cutting back even more than last year, and I don't mind.  I don't know what I'm really getting this year, but I said I would like a new coat and boots, so I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Oh, and last night my parents took me to see a really awesome production of Peter Pan. The theater was covered by a round tent where images were projected, and when the characters were flying, the screen moved in a very illusionistic way. It really felt like we were flying.  It was awesome. Plus, Peter was very pretty and Captain Hook was wonderfully flamboyant in a way that reminded my of Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective.  Just a lot of fun in general. :)


Christmas meme

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping paper all the way.

2. Real tree or Artificial?

We have a tiny artificial tree in my apartment that we put up in December, but at my parents' house they always get a real tree, and that's what we grew up with. Something about the smell makes it so special to have a real tree. It doesn't feel like Christmas without that smell.

3. When do you put up the tree?
Around the15th for the big real tree, around the 1st to compensate for my ghetto fake tree.

4.When do you take the tree down?

Usually a week after New Years'.

5. Do you like egg nog?

It's so goooooooooood.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?

American Girl dolls stuff was always what I looked forward to. Some things don't change much! XD

7. Hardest person to buy for?

My brother.  Pretty much anything you could get him, he'd rather have money instead.

8. Easiest person to buy for?

I can always find something pretty for my mom. Jewelry, a sweater, etc.

9. Do you have a nativity scene?

No. My family is not religious at all, so we don't decorate much along those lines.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?

Mail is the best, and my parents do that, but I'm always too slow on the uptake and end up sending emails.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Hm.  It's hard to say.  I hate getting stuff I basically already have.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?

The original animate How The Grinch Stole Christmas, mostly for the song.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

Usually not until I arrive back in California.  I'm going today!

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

Yeah, not gonna lie.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?


16. Lights on the tree?

Um, duh.

17. Favorite Christmas song?

O Holy Night

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?

I always spend Christmas at the house where I grew up, so now it's traveling, but it still feels like staying home.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's?

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen.  And Rudolph.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?

We always do stars.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

Christmas morning, but when we were kids we were so impatient they let us open one each the night before.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?

I hate the bad pop versions of Christmas songs in the stores.

23. Favorite ornament, theme, or color?

Oooh, I'd have to just say I love the lights.

24. Favorite for Christmas Dinner?


25. What do you want for Christmas this year?

A new coat and some RDJ movies. :)


the bells, the bells, the bells

So I haven't been as good at keeping up with LJ as I'd originally hoped, but I've been trying to read posts and comment where I feel I can. 

I got a second wind of LJ nostalgia -- more specifically DN fandom nostalgia -- when I showed Death Note to my boyfriend.  He's enjoying it, and we've just finished episode 25.  Obviously he recognized the epicness of that episode, though he doesn't have the emotional attachment to our dear L that I have. I told him about Haru too, and I might just force him to read "L is for Legacy" when we've finished the series.  I'm terrible.  God DAMN it's just so GOOD!  Every time I re-watch this series I fall totally in lovvvvvve.  I reuploaded some old DN icons, and I found this lovely picture for my default. It's supposed to be L, but he looks just as much like Haru to me. <33 I miss those days obsessing over this stuff with you guys. *wipes tears*

Tomorrow is the final exam for the class I'm TA'ing, and on Saturday I'm flying back to California for Christmas. This means I have just three days to grade 130 exams.  It's going to SUCCCCCK. No amount of coffee and candy will be able to make it fun. But at least I'll be headed back soon for three weeks of warmer weather.  My boyfriend is coming to visit after New Years, and he's never been, so that should be extra awesome.  It won't really feel like Christmas until I get back there, I fear.  We haven't even had any lasting snow, though it's been cold.

So many of you have been almost as inactive as I have.  I want you all back in my life right now! *cracks whip*

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!  For those who aren't in America and don't celebrate, I hope you eat something really, really tasty.  That's what I'll be doing.  I flew to California Monday night and have been enjoying spending time with my family. I hadn't been back to L.A. since last Christmas!  My mom's been cooking all morning and I made pumpkin pie yesterday.

I'm sharing a link to the movie Home For the Holidays, my favorite Thanksgiving film.  It features a younger Robert Downey Jr. as well as many other delightful performances.  It's in parts, on Youtube, via my friend's tumblr here.  Enjoy!

the future is bulletproof...

There are many unfair things in life; Ryan Reynolds beating RDJ for Sexiest Man Alive is just the one that is bothering me at the moment.  But whatever, People is a shit magazine anyway.

I just listened to the new My Chemical Romance album, which they have streaming on their site.  It's definitely different, and I definitely like it.  I love a few of the songs (Na Na Na just might be the best thing ever created) and suspect the rest will grow on me.  My friend and I bought tickets to the May 5 show in Boston, which is super crazy because the last time I saw MCR was also in May, three whole years ago. Insane!!

This week is the final section for our class, which means my teaching days are nearly done.  The grading days will not be over for a long time though, unfortunately. Right now what I'm mostly looking forward to is going home to California for Thanksgiving.  I haven't been back there for almost a year now, and I really haven't seen my dad since then.  So it should be good, even though I'll be spending most of my time catching up on NaNoWriMo.  I really can't muster the enthusiasm for my story the past week.  I only have a few issues I feel like writing about these days, and they don't really fit into this novel, but I do think this concept is something that could really get me off the ground and become popular if I do a good job. It's about a twelve year old girl who is in a plane crash over the ocean and discovers she has the ability not only to breathe underwater, but also to talk to whales and dolphins. She meets a humpback whale who helps her discover her gift and promises to help her get back to her parents in San Diego, but along the way, they encounter many obstacles that take her to the deepest and darkest and parts of the ocean. There are mermaids, which turn out to be the original source of Lena's powers.  It's just generally fun to explore a fantasy realm that hasn't yet been overdone like vampires or monopolized like wizards.  And the ocean has so much mystery to it and it's actually terrifying. :)

I am getting psyched for Christmas too, but I'm trying not to play holiday music until it gets a bit closer. We'll see how long I can hold out. :3

Back from unannounced hiatus!

If you haven't forgotten about me, I'm still here!  The lovely usagi_no_hotaru  sent me a message reminding me that I've been completely neglectful of LJ.  I miss you guys, and I'm not too busy do to this -- just got out of the habit.  I'd been less engaged with the things that got me here in the first place -- can't remember the last anime I watched, though I'm going to get my new boyfriend Drew to watch Death Note with me. I've been really very busy on the weekends thanks to him, and trying to spend my alone time reading writing, though much of the latter hasn't been particularly fruitful.  My job is more time consuming than I expected, but it's a pretty good deal. I like teaching college students for a change!

Anyway, I promise to stick around, try to catch up with some of you, and post things. There's quite a bit to say, so if you have questions please do ask in your comments and I will answer them.

This is necessary to share...

I was on Tumblr and look who I found:

It's Haru!


May. 26th, 2010

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