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March 26th, 2011 (04:19 pm)

So, what do you get when you spend the day reading about the Battle of the Somme, watching 'Criminal Minds' and 'Who do you Think you Are,' tuning into the latest episode of 'Fringe,' and eating a whole acorn squash for dinner?

.............Evidently, you get a nightmare about having to swim through a stream full of scary fish with pointy sharp teeth while your friends are way ahead of you and don't realize they've left you behind. :P

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Oh, parents.

September 29th, 2010 (09:04 am)

An email conversation between me and my father:

Dad: Off to Lutsen in a hour or two. Uncooperative weather; trip could be a bust, but we'll see.
Me: You mean, your trip could be a bust, be a bust, be a bust in the hall of fame?
Dad: Precisely, Miss Munchkin. In Bayfield Wi for lunch. Rain has stopped.

And an excerpt from a Skype conversation:

Me: Hey, when are we going to see Candide (this being a musical) again?
Mom: Um, let me check. ...We're going to see Candide on the 14th, in the afternoon.
Dad: (in the background) *unintelligible mumblings*
Mom: What??
Dad: *more unintelligible mumblings*
Mom: .......**TSK**.
Me: What?
Mom: He wants to know if we're going to have sweet potatoes while we watch Candide.
Me: Ah.
Mom: ..."Candide yams..."
Me: Yeah, I got it.

And finally, some snippets from my mother:

Mom: Dad is planning on doing some painting today but first he has to borrow a super long ladder from Michael. I'm not excited. Anything you have to borrow a super long ladder for is way too risky in my book.

Mom: If you are on line at the moment, please respond. I just want to make sure you're ok. Don't think I'm crazy, but I've been having weird thoughts and just want to check.

Mom: So I was at Jewel today and what to my wondering surprise did I find. Libbey's canned pumpkin! And lots of it! I bought six regular cans and one large can, so we should be good, at least for Thanksgiving.

Mom: Dad is, as we speak, puttering in the garage. He has "mouse proofed" it in anticipation of leaving the new car up here for the winter. Moth balls, silver flashing material around the baseboards, patching holes in the garage, etc. When we leave he puts steel wool in the exhaust pipe. Mind you, we have never seen mouse droppings in the garage, even after it had been vacant. Evidently mice love sports cars.............

I'll do the Japan Meme later today (probably when I get back from the bank), but first, I stole a two-word meme from Jamie. :D

Two-word answer memeCollapse )

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Random counters self-test.

July 9th, 2010 (06:53 pm)



...What the heck is six?? -_-;

Right, looked it up. 六つ・むっつ. Muttsu. Right. Numbers are dumb!! ^_~

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It's Tiff's Birthday, Charlie Brown!!

October 27th, 2009 (10:05 am)

To my friend Tiffy-Jo: An Inspired Birthday Melody.


Happy Birthday to you,
May your dreams all come true,
And I hope you get more sleep
Than you normally do.


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Karasu Pamphlet Translation, Part III

May 6th, 2009 (10:37 pm)

Part I - Character Info
Part II - Summary

This time, we have blurbs from the screenwriter and the director. Next time, we'll get into blurbs from the boys themselves, and perhaps I can avoid the excessive historical vocabulary and it will progress with a lot more speed. :D

Part III - Screenwriter/Director BlurbsCollapse )

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Karasu Pamphlet Translation, Part II

April 26th, 2009 (08:53 pm)

Interesting how paragraphs are easier to translate than brief character bios...well, anyway.

Part I - Character Info

Part II - SummaryCollapse )

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Karasu Pamphlet Translation, Part I

April 26th, 2009 (10:19 am)

Slow going on the pamphlet, and I haven't had much time this week, but I thought I'd at least post the completed "cast of characters" translation, so here it is. :D

No real spoilers here, but just in case you don't want all the info up front, here is a handy cut.Collapse )

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Dishwashing soap.

April 6th, 2009 (11:56 am)

So, to get some emergency dish soap, I went down to the little family-run convenience store about a minute and a half from my house. It was much more expensive than the place I'd usually get dish stuff, but for the sake of convenience, it was great--and the fact that it's family-run made me feel like it was sort of worth it to pay a little (okay, a lot) more. I ended up getting a pink kind that smells like mint, sage, and other herbs--the fact that it was pink was curiously charming to me. However, I don't know the Japanese word for dish soap, so I had to rely on my questionable Japanese skills to ask the lady at the counter about it.

Me: Sumimasen. Kore wa osara no tame ni desu ka?
(What I meant: Excuse me. Is this for dishes?)
(What it means literally: Excuse me. Is this for the sake of plates? :P)

She seemed to understand me pretty easily, but I wonder if it sounded as awkward to her as the literal translation sounds to me. :P If anyone knows offhand how one would ask this question properly, please let me know. I will look it up in one of my books when I'm not feeling so lazy. ^_~

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Random musings about The Wizard of Oz. :P

February 5th, 2009 (07:40 am)

So, I was randomly musing this morning, and I've decided to put forth a theory about what your favorite Wizard of Oz character might say about you. *infomercial background music*

Just to make this into a lame semi-quiz, select your favorite character from the list below before reading ahead and seeing what the theory is. :P

The Scarecrow

The Tin Woodsman

The Cowardly Lion

Here we go... :PCollapse )

Anyway, tell me if my theory works at all, or if it's a load of bull. ^_~

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O Daye of Manie Appointmentes

January 6th, 2009 (07:32 am)

So, at one point, I thought it would be a good idea to knock off my eye appointment and dental appointment on the same day. Decision on that is pending. I'm off at 10:30 for the optometrist, then off to the dentist at 4:30. Eye exam? No sweat! Dentist?.....uh. Due to the whole grad school thing plus a lack of insurance, I haven't been for two years. I'm sure there are many things wrong with my teeth. Not looking forward to that much, really. :D Especially because my dentist is not a very gentle-handed man, and my gums always feel like they've been polished with a weed whacker post-visit. But this will hopefully give me time to fill any cavities I might have before leaving for Japan. I haven't had a cavity in about six years or more, so the odds are against me, and I'm just assuming I'll have some. *shrug*

The other night, I made chocolate chip walnut pumpkin bread. ^_^ It occurs to me that it's a good and fairly healthy recipe, while also being insanely easy, so I shall post it here.


1 box of pumpkin bread mix (I use Krusteaz, but I'm sure other brands would work just as well)
1 can of 100% pure pumpkin
1/4 C to 1/3 C of chopped walnuts (pecans are also good, depending on personal preference)
1/4 C to 1/3 C of semi-sweet chocolate chips (depends on how much you like in your bread. ^_~)


1) Mix pumpkin and pumpkin bread mix together in a bowl until well blended.
2) Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips.
3) Pour batter into greased/Pammed loaf pan
4) Bake according to instructions on the bread mix box, until you can stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean. It usually is done toward the lower end of the time range given (i.e., if it says bake for 52-57 minutes, it's usually done around 52 for me), but oven temps vary, and all that.

Anyway, I just thought I'd share. ^_~ The bread comes out pretty moist without being oily/greasy, and of course the added pumpkin is a nutritional plus. My dad loves this stuff to death.

Well, I'm gonna go now and floss my teeth for the first time today. *salute!*

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