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My darlings, I have not dropped off the face of the planet—though it sort of feels like it—no, I am in California, and here I stay for the foreseeable future. Mind you, I can only deal with the future about two weeks in advance, so you see the problem with my life planning skills right here.

I have traveled by train and by car from one end of the country to the other, with lots of detouring in between and a brief stint where my friend M and I seriously considered becoming casino waitresses in Reno and then writing a trashy novel about it. [livejournal.com profile] mousapelli took me to a palace of wonders called Chocolate World and let me sleep on her couch and bond with Datte and watch all her con DVDs.

This has actually backfired, though, because now I’m in a KAT-TUN phase, and somebody needs to take all my music away from me, because I keep listening to 勇気の花 and then sobbing every time it gets to Hittori ja nai yo, nakama ga iru yo.

See, I'm crying again. No, stop. A road trip is more than what you leave behind. I have seen little harbor towns and shining cities and also elephants and a whole lot of sagebrush. I have participated in philosophical conversations about the human condition (lasting most of Kansas) and masqueraded as a German tourist (super useful for thwarting obnoxious panhandlers). I have visited the first coffee shop west of the Mississippi and driven past a mountain forest fire at night and seen the Milky Way.

Of many peoples—their cities he saw, and understood their minds;
Many perils his spirit suffered upon the sea.


Because a loose and selective translation of Homer is always relevant. Always.

More soon--I will try.
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I have been adventuring and therefore delinquent as usual, I see.

First there was a brief flying visit with [livejournal.com profile] snowqueenofhoth in New York. (UNIQLO, Organic Coffeehouse fro-yo, and karaoke--very fancy, I even wore a dress.) )


The following week I took a tiny tiny plane to visit my friend M. in the Adirondacks. We talked about poetry a lot; a lake tried to devour me; it was great. )


In between trips I caught a magnificent cold and got teary-eyed over the Declaration of Independence and the thought that people used to just WRITE like that. I mean, "When in the Course of human events..." BAM! Cue tears.

What writing gets you all teary at its sheer greatness?
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Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah, and also Belated Solstice! Here is a list of things I have learned this holiday season, mostly related to work:

1) Breakfast is important. No, a single slice of pumpkin bread is not breakfast. It is delicious, but you will regret it when the hordes descend and you realize it’s still three hours till lunch.

2) Don’t order individual sub sandwiches in quantity. Just don’t. It can only end in heartbreak.

3) Your bandmates co-workers are your most precious things. Do what you have to in order to keep them functional. If this involves using part of your break to get them sandwiches (but see #2), or playing ridiculous jpop before opening to make them laugh, or making them read Strawberry Moshi or Fruits Basket, or watch The Hobbit trailer or Stephen Colbert-Rain dance-off without sound on the sales floor, so be it.

4) Sometimes, if it’s very early morning and still dark out and you haven’t had much sleep, the blue lights in the trees at Central Square really look like stars.

...

Off to read some more of The Dark Is Rising and check on that pumpkin pie in the oven. It's important to make your own traditions. I think these are two excellent ones to be going on with.

Don't forget I love I love I love you.
timeripple: (attir'd with stars)
Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah, and also Belated Solstice! Here is a list of things I have learned this holiday season, mostly related to work:

1) Breakfast is important. No, a single slice of pumpkin bread is not breakfast. It is delicious, but you will regret it when the hordes descend and you realize it’s still three hours till lunch.

2) Don’t order individual sub sandwiches in quantity. Just don’t. It can only end in heartbreak.

3) Your bandmates co-workers are your most precious things. Do what you have to in order to keep them functional. If this involves using part of your break to get them sandwiches (but see #2), or playing ridiculous jpop before opening to make them laugh, or making them read Strawberry Moshi or Fruits Basket, or watch The Hobbit trailer or Stephen Colbert-Rain dance-off without sound on the sales floor, so be it.

4) Sometimes, if it’s very early morning and still dark out and you haven’t had much sleep, the blue lights in the trees at Central Square really look like stars.

...

Off to read some more of The Dark Is Rising and check on that pumpkin pie in the oven. It's important to make your own traditions. I think these are two excellent ones to be going on with.

Don't forget I love I love I love you.
timeripple: (moribito: guardian of the badass)
I started watching Avatar: The Last Airbender back in December, and promised myself I could finish it after I finished That Damn Paper.

That Damn Paper is finished, and so last week I watched the second two seasons of Avatar within the space of about four days. (Look, eating and sleeping I was willing to eschew, but I had to go to work sometimes. Luckily some of my colleagues are even bigger dorks than I am. ♥)

Anyway I finally finished watching and it is PRETTY MUCH THE BEST THING EVER. Below the cut are some of my favorite lines and flaily real-time reactions to individual episodes.

KIND OF SPOILERY. AND FULL OF KEYSMASH. )

CONCLUSION: MIND-BLOWINGLY AWESOME
timeripple: (moribito: guardian of the badass)
I started watching Avatar: The Last Airbender back in December, and promised myself I could finish it after I finished That Damn Paper.

That Damn Paper is finished, and so last week I watched the second two seasons of Avatar within the space of about four days. (Look, eating and sleeping I was willing to eschew, but I had to go to work sometimes. Luckily some of my colleagues are even bigger dorks than I am. ♥)

Anyway I finally finished watching and it is PRETTY MUCH THE BEST THING EVER. Below the cut are some of my favorite lines and flaily real-time reactions to individual episodes.

KIND OF SPOILERY. AND FULL OF KEYSMASH. )

CONCLUSION: MIND-BLOWINGLY AWESOME
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Okay, so I'm not on my way out to a 2 am rock concert in JAPAN like I was at this time last year. But Drummer Dude across the alley is obviously still awake. Close enough! I could always add some rock violin of my own, I guess. XD

Happy New Year, all. ♥
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Okay, so I'm not on my way out to a 2 am rock concert in JAPAN like I was at this time last year. But Drummer Dude across the alley is obviously still awake. Close enough! I could always add some rock violin of my own, I guess. XD

Happy New Year, all. ♥
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I am here to report that I have seen the famous Akanishi hips in person, and they are just as slutty as promised.

[I wrote that last night, because it seemed really important to get that down in writing right away. Now commences the narrative as I sit on the BoltBus back to Boston.] in great and glorious detail )
timeripple: (attir'd with stars)
I am here to report that I have seen the famous Akanishi hips in person, and they are just as slutty as promised.

[I wrote that last night, because it seemed really important to get that down in writing right away. Now commences the narrative as I sit on the BoltBus back to Boston.] in great and glorious detail )
timeripple: (nyc summer)
Thanks to bizarre circumstances that could have been avoided if Jin actually had a competent management team for his American tour, I will be going to his New York concert on Sunday! (I bet that is not where you thought that sentence was going!)

[livejournal.com profile] mousapelli and I are flailing in preparation for Super Awesome Fun Times in the City. There will be karaoke! and accessorization! I am getting super excited, even though I’m not terribly familiar with Jin's new stuff. Still! There will be bagels. And possibly gold nail polish. And I have tons of thin gold ribbon left over from Halloween. Oh, the possibilities...

...

I showed up to an off-hours sales presentation today in an outfit I’ve been meaning to try out--black & off-white patterned sundress over 3/4 sleeve black shirt, black skirt underneath (for added length), new grey patterned tights, heeled boots. I think it worked pretty well--a cute but dressy vibe, inspired by this classy San Francisco scientist lady and her penchant for layering skirts and dresses all over the place.

I did not expect anyone to notice.

CO-WORKERS: Oh, wow. Do you have a date later?
FIONA: ...I--no, actually I don’t.
CO-WORKERS: You look... very put together. We are surprised and impressed.
FIONA: Hey, I don’t have to dress like a homeless hipster musician, you know.
CO-WORKERS (suspiciously): Are you sure you don’t have a date after this?
FIONA: ...it was laundry day? XD

...

A few days ago I watched 8uppers, the Kanjani8 movie. seven men. one baby. it's pretty clear who's in charge here. )
timeripple: (nyc summer)
Thanks to bizarre circumstances that could have been avoided if Jin actually had a competent management team for his American tour, I will be going to his New York concert on Sunday! (I bet that is not where you thought that sentence was going!)

[livejournal.com profile] mousapelli and I are flailing in preparation for Super Awesome Fun Times in the City. There will be karaoke! and accessorization! I am getting super excited, even though I’m not terribly familiar with Jin's new stuff. Still! There will be bagels. And possibly gold nail polish. And I have tons of thin gold ribbon left over from Halloween. Oh, the possibilities...

...

I showed up to an off-hours sales presentation today in an outfit I’ve been meaning to try out--black & off-white patterned sundress over 3/4 sleeve black shirt, black skirt underneath (for added length), new grey patterned tights, heeled boots. I think it worked pretty well--a cute but dressy vibe, inspired by this classy San Francisco scientist lady and her penchant for layering skirts and dresses all over the place.

I did not expect anyone to notice.

CO-WORKERS: Oh, wow. Do you have a date later?
FIONA: ...I--no, actually I don’t.
CO-WORKERS: You look... very put together. We are surprised and impressed.
FIONA: Hey, I don’t have to dress like a homeless hipster musician, you know.
CO-WORKERS (suspiciously): Are you sure you don’t have a date after this?
FIONA: ...it was laundry day? XD

...

A few days ago I watched 8uppers, the Kanjani8 movie. seven men. one baby. it's pretty clear who's in charge here. )
timeripple: (nakatsu fainted)
At the risk of sounding like T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics: Dudes! I WAS IN JAPAN. I went to see Japan and [livejournal.com profile] snowqueenofhoth, who was the most amazing hostess ever and let me crash on her floor and arranged everything and is basically the Most Awesome Person Ever, is what I'm saying. (Except for the part where she got me addicted to Wieder-in energy jelly, but that might have been a teeeeeeensy bit my fault as well.) I am eternally glad I had that Star Wars cereal box back in first year. Thank you for everything!~ ♥

Our forbears, making poetry of everything in their lives, transformed what by rights should be the most unsanitary room in the house into a place of unsurpassed elegance, replete with fond associations with the beauties of nature, or, Why I Should Not Re-read In Praise of Shadows )

To Be Continued.
timeripple: (nakatsu fainted)
At the risk of sounding like T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics: Dudes! I WAS IN JAPAN. I went to see Japan and [livejournal.com profile] snowqueenofhoth, who was the most amazing hostess ever and let me crash on her floor and arranged everything and is basically the Most Awesome Person Ever, is what I'm saying. (Except for the part where she got me addicted to Wieder-in energy jelly, but that might have been a teeeeeeensy bit my fault as well.) I am eternally glad I had that Star Wars cereal box back in first year. Thank you for everything!~ ♥

Our forbears, making poetry of everything in their lives, transformed what by rights should be the most unsanitary room in the house into a place of unsurpassed elegance, replete with fond associations with the beauties of nature, or, Why I Should Not Re-read In Praise of Shadows )

To Be Continued.
timeripple: (dulac fiddle)
Happy New Year from Japan, where all is clean trains, rooftop aquariums, and sparkly, sparkly lights! [livejournal.com profile] snowqueenofhoth and I have just returned from a concert (it is now 6:30 am) and I am about ready to crash.

But first, two words:

ROCK VIOLIN.
timeripple: (dulac fiddle)
Happy New Year from Japan, where all is clean trains, rooftop aquariums, and sparkly, sparkly lights! [livejournal.com profile] snowqueenofhoth and I have just returned from a concert (it is now 6:30 am) and I am about ready to crash.

But first, two words:

ROCK VIOLIN.
timeripple: (toma guitar)
At the airport, and suspecting those five bites of Cinnabon were a bad idea.

Let’s see if I can do a temporal recap, because a thematic one is just not going to happen. So right after last time we checked in, I informed a bright-eyed incipient Harvard first-year that yes, Boston weather does indeed suck. Check. And then I stole an hour in the bookstore reading about vampire boybands. Check. It was good to hide out for an hour, to feel like myself again.

No, really, Sarah Rees Brennan's story in The Eternal Kiss is like SRB writes JE, with vampires! It's called "Undead Is Very Hot Right Now," and I highly recommend it.

Cut for dust and fish descriptions )

In conclusion: Airports airports airports! I love airports. And my parents' pond of goldfish.
timeripple: (toma guitar)
At the airport, and suspecting those five bites of Cinnabon were a bad idea.

Let’s see if I can do a temporal recap, because a thematic one is just not going to happen. So right after last time we checked in, I informed a bright-eyed incipient Harvard first-year that yes, Boston weather does indeed suck. Check. And then I stole an hour in the bookstore reading about vampire boybands. Check. It was good to hide out for an hour, to feel like myself again.

No, really, Sarah Rees Brennan's story in The Eternal Kiss is like SRB writes JE, with vampires! It's called "Undead Is Very Hot Right Now," and I highly recommend it.

Cut for dust and fish descriptions )

In conclusion: Airports airports airports! I love airports. And my parents' pond of goldfish.
timeripple: (nakatsu fainted)
Why are 7-11s so much sketchier than any other late-night convenience chain? It’s like, 7-11, Automatic Sketch. Seriously, any of the gas stations in Somerville I routinely walk past at 11 pm are less sketchy than the 7-11 down the street in broad daylight.

Still, sketch or no sketch, a Ben & Jerry’s Emergency is a Ben & Jerry’s Emergency.

...

OH GOD NEWS’S Koi no ABO PV. Yeah, a couple days late, whatever.

ASDFKJASD ;KFJA;IFEWA THEY WILL FOREVER BE THE GROUP WITH THE STUPID DISCO MOVES

AND NOW THEY HAVE ELVIS OUTFITS TO SORT OF MATCH

LAUGHING SO HARD

CAN’T BREATHE

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA *COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH*

LITERALLY CANNOT BREATHE. LAUGHING TOO HARD. NO OXYGEN. PLEASE SEND HELP.
timeripple: (nakatsu fainted)
Why are 7-11s so much sketchier than any other late-night convenience chain? It’s like, 7-11, Automatic Sketch. Seriously, any of the gas stations in Somerville I routinely walk past at 11 pm are less sketchy than the 7-11 down the street in broad daylight.

Still, sketch or no sketch, a Ben & Jerry’s Emergency is a Ben & Jerry’s Emergency.

...

OH GOD NEWS’S Koi no ABO PV. Yeah, a couple days late, whatever.

ASDFKJASD ;KFJA;IFEWA THEY WILL FOREVER BE THE GROUP WITH THE STUPID DISCO MOVES

AND NOW THEY HAVE ELVIS OUTFITS TO SORT OF MATCH

LAUGHING SO HARD

CAN’T BREATHE

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA *COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH*

LITERALLY CANNOT BREATHE. LAUGHING TOO HARD. NO OXYGEN. PLEASE SEND HELP.

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