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New School Moto for home uni:

Same s*** different day.

I am so sick of dealing with their garbage.

Dear writing,

I miss you.


Please come back.

Sincerely, with love,


Dear Bittersweet,

Dear Bittersweet,

I am afraid I have to stop reading your blog for the immediate future.  Your Thanksgiving posts are making me far to food-sick, and I simply can't take it.  I'll miss Christmas food, but seeing your "turkey" with cranberry sauce and vegetables....it's simply too much for an American in Japan to take.

I guess well meet again when the holidays are over.  Or maybe just when I get home.  D:  I'll miss you.




I'm seriously considering NanoWrimo.  What the heck is wrong with me?


It's official--I have a new favourite J drama: Naka nai to Kimeta Hi.


Life as we know it

Toxic, tragic disaster in Hungary, and these are the top searches on google news:

Top Stories

Maybe no one really does give a shit.

As Dorie would say, "Ch-yaah"

Bitchin!   Guess who just found a Japanese knitting needle conversion online?  -This girl!

Guess who has about 4 patterns she wants to make?  Hooray for chilly weather!


Or not.

So that test I thought went pretty well--yeah, I got a 77.5.  Which isn't bad per se (*straight-A student grits teeth*).  And it's the best score I've heard of so far (out of two others).  But last week it felt as if I had done better.

Dumb misses--on the second section we were supposed to answer with straight ひらがな, even though the answers we had to choose from all used かんじ compounds.  (Thanks teachers, you're so damn helpful sometimes).  So, in future--read directions more carefully.  Also, next section we had to fill in the blank to make the sentences complete (which is challenging with different base languages), and I missed a picture of a no-smoking sign next "what are you not supposed to do in the movie theater?"  (I think she only took one point off my answer though, which was kind.)  I wish she had been clearer about what she wanted I guess that's something I should have seen.  Next time--look more carefully.  General mistakes--expected.  The composition went better than I expected, considering that I've never really had to do anything like that before~16/20.   For next time--remember how to spell いっしょに (no う) , when re-reading/double checking--be SURE to go over particles.  Spelling and missing words are good things to find, but! particles will fuck you over if you don't watch them.

Hmmm...practice, I guess.  More homework, always.  /sigh.

(wantsjapanesepersonwhowilllookathomework/writing/reading/speakingandtellmewhereandhowi'mfuckingupandthenexplainitinhelpfulenglishthaticanACTUALLYuse. お願いします。)


Well, maybe...

I'm still wondering if I'm actually improving with Japanese or not.  This whole week I've been maladjusted and pissed off and ready to give it up.  Yesterday though I was working on something and I realized that I still have patience for some of it.  I started looking through my kanji book, circling the ones I didn't know and looking up curious ones.  I was just starting to figure out what order I wanted to learn them in when I realized I should be studying for my test.  And my good mood went like that~*.

The test today wasn't that bad--I think I did pretty well actually.  So maybe I am learning something.  I was impressed by the number of kanji I knew, and the sentence forms were easy, though she practically gave them away.  The really interesting part will be to see how I did on the composition part.  It was a self introduction about why we started studying Japanese and about our hometown.  A full sheet of lines.  I dunno--I wrote enough in it to be content.  I forgot the word for similar, so I used あまりちがいません, which I can only sort of translate.  (Not very different, I'm hoping.)  I don't know if it flowed well.  I hope it was at least sort of in Japanese style rather than "this is an English speaker using Japanese words".  We'll see.  But I felt that it went well.


Crochetting Problem

So I finally decided what I want to work on tonight--there's a doll I've been wanting to crochet.  And where are my crochet hooks?---In Columbus.  I'm swarmed by knitting needles and knitting patterns that cost money, but did I bring that itty-bitty box that holds my hooks?  Nope.