Gone....

Aug. 13th, 2007 05:49 pm
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Today we got up bright and early to say goodbye to Yuka. She gave Linds and I the pictures she drew of us, and she also gave me a bookmark from Japan. It has a sting ray on it. I smiled and laughed. We went and checked her in. She did the check-in in Japanese so we had no idea what was going on. There were about 20 kids from Alaska in line with us, which made me kinda sad and miss my best friend. I’m sure I’ll see both of them soon. Yuka gave me the times for her school breaks and told me to visit her again in Japan soon. I gave my parents my patented pleading look. I don’t know if it worked. I hope it did though. We said our goodbyes and I only got a tiny bit teary eyed. I’m going to miss her so much.
I came home and moved back into my room, and then I decided the best way to cope with my feeling was to watch Andromeda. My life is over.
Laters
Nyssa
Manga Count: 503
Comic Book Count: 12
Word Count:
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Book Count: 15
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I went to two museums today, the natural history museum and Explora! I love museums. They are my favorite thing. In the natural history museum I got to hold an albino snake named Alby. S/he was so cute and did not want to let go of me. There also was the T-Rex in the lobby, who is now my hero. He fought other T-Rexes. He broke ribs and got holes punched in his skull by their teeth. He broke his neck and healed! That is a hard core T-Rex. So he is my hero now. There were also pictures of wolves. I love wolves, adore them madly truly deeply.
Explora was fun. I still love the motion capture and the cold room. I also love playing with the logic puzzles. I saw a kid from my Honors class there. He’s going to be studying in Spain. I hope he has fun.
We came home after that, and spent a lot of time just hanging out. Yuka did her last drawings for her stay here. They are as follows
Monday- Pizza
Tuesday- Dog walk
Wednesday- Traffic jam, view and Bandelier cliff
Thursday- Prairie dogs
Friday- Sandia crest, ultralight
Saturday- Me, Linds (3), Grandpa, rice cooker, dinner, dogs
Sunday- Dogs again
I will miss her so much when she is gone.
Laters
Nyssa
Manga Count: 503
Comic Book Count: 12
Word Count:
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Today we did the tourist thing. We went to the aquarium (a stingray tried to kill us) and then to old town. There was a homemade salsa festival with dancing and free water. It was awesome. I bought jelly bellies somewhere along the way and they were yummy! We went to The Palms and I bought these tiny little bear beads and I am going to do something with them. I just haven’t decided what yet. They are neat though.
We started up the rice cooker tonight, and I love rice and these neat seasoning things that Yuka brought with her. I will be eating much rice in my future. We also had steak and many other things. As things began to die down, I set to work on my project, which consisted of me copying things I had written on notebook paper into one of my 20 notebooks. I had over 30 pages of story just lying around. I finally finished just a tiny bit ago. But Yuka brought out her art and she started sketching. It was interesting because I had no idea what she was drawing. But at one point she showed us and she had drawn me, Linds and my grandfather. It was neat! Then we started playing the writing game since Linds says I write to light and then it devolved into Yuka trying to teach us how to write our names and us all laughing as we drew random and horrible things. I drew Linds. I drew for the first time in months. It felt awesome. Yuka kept trying to draw Linds but something kept going wrong so Linds was declared “injured”. It was a lot of fun. We talked about many things for like two hours and then finally surrendered to the call of the shower and tiredness. 
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Nyssa
Manga Count: 503
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Word Count:
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Today Yuka woke up at four in the morning to go flying with my dad. I was not woken up by excited dogs for the first time all week. It was wonderful. I drove my mom to work, picked up Dusty and prepared to wage war with many a college. It worked out pretty good though. I got unofficial transcripts and then I got an official one sent to UNM. I hope they get it soon. We then went to UNM and I first went to the math department, then was told where to go in the Civil Engineering department. I found the advisor I needed and got into my Civil Engineering class. There were 12 seats left. My math book is the same one as last years and I really really don’t have a book for my AMST 182. I am happy. I went back home, and lent Dusty some things (After School Nightmare vol 3-4, Peter and Mugglenet book). Then everyone passed out around me and I read my mangas and tired to be quiet with a dog dropping the most disgusting slobber covered tennis balls in my lap.
After everyone took a very very long nap, we went to the crest. I love music. And it was windy and awesome and I ate ice cream. We then went on a stroll to eat wild raspberries, which I did not partake in mostly because I don’t like raspberries. I did however collect grass in order to make something I think will be awesome if I can manage it.
For dinner we went to Sweet Tomato and I didn’t get sick and even found things to eat. Go me.
Laters
Nyssa
Manga Count: 503
Comic Book Count: 12
Word Count:
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Book Count: 15
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503!

Aug. 9th, 2007 11:32 pm
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Today, Dusty and I took Yuka to the mall. It was fun. We wandered and showed her American trends and I think she thinks the entirety of America is insane. We ate pretzels for lunch and Barnes and Noble was the best.
I bought many things… a ton of Harry Potter… lol
I bought a Sirius Black wall scroll, with his wanted poster on it. He looks deranged and it makes me ecstatic to have it. I also bought a Sirius Black shirt… I then bought much candy and a Harry Potter poster book. I can now plaster my walls with Harry Potter. Everyone back away. Then I bought 4 mangas, pushing me into the great realm of the 500s. I did a good job I think. I bought Nodame Cantabile, which Yuka recommended. If they had had Red River volume one, I would have bought it. She also mentioned Mushishi and how it was just released as a movie in Japan. Maybe I’ll buy that one sometime. I also bought Le Chevaleir d’Eon, which I have been tempted to buy for a while since seeing a review of the artist in Otaku USA. Then I got Godchild volume 6, which makes me giddy as we are now drastically treading into the land I know not. I downloaded scanlations of Godchild and Count Cain years ago, and never really checked up on it so now I am giggly and excited because I have no idea what is going to happen. There are only two volumes left. The next one comes out in November. I am soo excited. I have to buy Count Cain though, as well as Godchild volume 2… I like having them physically, and having all thirteen volumes would be awesome. Finally I bought the final volume of Shout Out Loud. I originally downloaded the first two volumes years ago, and wasn’t that interested, but now it is one of my favorite series.
I think I need to make some sort of list thing to work with, piles and piles and other things that I just go through every once and a while and just cross stuff out.
After all of the mall excitement, I took Dusty home and agreed to meet her tomorrow to argue with UNM. Then we went to Papa Felipe’s, and I ordered the largest burrito I have ever seen. It was far to much for a single person to consume in one sitting. And me being scrawny and pathetic, it was damn near impossible to eat half.
We then went to see the prairie dogs. Yuka loves them. I think that they are cute in a disturbing way.
Laters
Nyssa
Manga Count: 503
Comic Book Count: 12
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Ugh today was a long day. My feet hurt like hell.
We got up bright and early and headed off to Bandelier. This is my second trip this summer. Yes, my second trip. It was just as long as I remembered. I did not have a window seat this time though, so my sister turned into my makeshift pillow. Serves her right for not letting me have the window seat. We got there at around eleven ish. We did the main loop and then went over to the terrifying ladders, four of them, three of them about 40 long. I hate the ladders, mostly because I simply do not feel safe on them. But it is my adrenaline rush so I went. The ladders were so hot I was worried I was going to burn my hands. We also saw a deer from like three feet away. It was cute and kind of clumsy as it tripped over a rock. We then made our way back to the visitors center and ordered food from their little café. While we were waiting (said café takes forever) Yuka and I looked through the gift shop. She loved the fetishes. It was neat. We then went outside and ate our food and got to listen to the most annoying group of 5 years and under girls I have ever heard. One of them started the “and the next day and the next day and the next day” and I was tempted to get up and strangle the brat. We left, after showing Yuka around for a bit more.
On our way back we stopped at the Valle Grade and Soda Dam. Linds actually found someone she knew out there, which was funny and creepy at the same time. We finally headed back back on the highway and got stuck in traffic for some reason.
During the traffic jam, Yuka pulled out this box I had seen her carrying around and opened it. Inside were many an art work, set up like postcards that she had drawn thus far.
Monday was a Pizza
Tuesday was walking with the dogs
Wednesday she did in the car, drawing the scene outside of the windows, then drawing the view forward in the car, then drawing Bandelier. It was so awesome just to watch her draw. I was impressed and amazed
That night when we got back, she painted them, which was also a spectacle to behold as her brush just moved so fast and so well. I am still stunned in my girly OMG way.
Laters
Nyssa
Manga Count: 499
Comic Book Count: 12
Word Count:
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Book Count: 15
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Day Two!

Aug. 7th, 2007 11:25 pm
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Today I was awoke by the sound of an enthusiastic dog, who, thus far has not clawed Yuka to death. I am so proud of her. Yuka joined my dad on the walk with the dogs, giving me a good 20 minutes to fall back asleep before they returned and I had to wake up because it I really hard to sleep in the living room of my house… especially with a Holly. Today was pretty easy going in the morning. Lots of dad showing Yuka things and us arguing about what to do on the trip. Yuka is a saint I swear. Each hour I notice an improvement in her English. I have started to remember small bits of Japanese and learn things. For example, one thing I learned yesterday is that the translation of the Japanese word for tornado is “Dragon Roll”, which is just awesome. I also downloaded the character pack for my laptop finally. Yuka pulled out these neat cute little speakers for her ipod. They were pink and they folded up into this little cylinder but when you opened it, it opened up into a perfectly balanced tripod with good surround sound. Anyway she wanted to look something up on yahoo!Japan so I downloaded the character pack and she got to use my laptop. I am so happy!
Yuka made lunch for us too. I missed Soba. Have I mentioned how much I miss Soba? It was one of my favorite foods in Japan. Noodles and sauce and dipping and chopsticks and I miss Soba. I need to find it here and make it I think.
Anyway, later that day while my sister was at her final driving hour, we went to target and to an oriental market place to look for a rice cooker. The thing is tiny but OMG RICE SOON! I was excited!
This evening we went to Flying Star. I ate cheese cake. It was wonderful. For all the fact that flying star is horrendously overpriced and very crowded, they have damn good cheesecake and ice cream.
When we came back, we talked about Yuka’s job. She is working as an art teacher at a middle school. She started just after we left last time I think. This will be her third school she has worked at. The principal at the first school told her to look around first before deciding on anything final. While a full job would mean better pay, she won’t have as much freedom and vacation. Anyway she is also substituting as well at this school. She seems to like it but says it is difficult. The school she is at had 6 classes per grade, wach with 38 students. The school is called Nishidai, the other schools she worked at were Sakura Michi and Izumi, both of which had smaller classes. She has to grade like ten projects per kid a semester. I do not envy her in that regard, but she is teaching what she loves so I am kinda jealous.
She also works as some kind of bus moniter for foreign embassy kids. So she gets to read the names of Saudi Princes and listen to their Ipods on occasion. They like her a lot. She is sooo sweet!
After that everyone went to bed. Yuka had taken a nap that afternoon and I am a night owl so we were both up and got to talking. She game me a list of Manga that is popular in Japan right now with the youth, as well as clicked on some neat things on yahoo!Japan that I am going to go back later and save to my bookmarks. The mangas are:
Boys Over Flowers (popular enough to be a TV Drama, VIZ publishers)
Nana (still popular after 2 years it would seem. Haha I got it before it was cool! VIZ publishers)
Red River (Yuka likes this series so I think I will have to track down volume one and check it out, published by VIZ)
Beck (Yuka’s friend likes this one, since it is a band drama. Tokyopop)
Nodame Cantabile (This is another music drama. Yuka likes this one too. Published by Del Rey)
Kimi Ni Todoke (not published yet as far as I can find)
Kare Kano (Really popular in Japan, Tokyopop)
And maybe a few more. But I will be watching that site now. I will be ahead of the curve once again damnit. We talked about SDK, and she laughed at me because I like a boy’s manga. I laughed to because really, most of my manga is shonen. But anyway, we then moved onto music. We both find Dir en Grey to be a bit terrifying, and I told her how they came here at one point. In Japan right now, someone called GReeeeN is really popular. I listened to a clip and I like it. We then talked American Music and discovered that we both like Maroon 5. I think I am going to have to burn a whole bunch of CDs for her before she leaves.
Eventually though, I started to get tired (at around 1) and we are now calling it quits for the night. I am so excited to show her the Manga collection at the mall! Tomorrow, we are getting up bright and early to go to Bandelier.
Laters
Nyssa
Manga Count: 499
Comic Book Count: 12
Word Count:
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1,046 / 10,000
(10.5%)

Book Count: 15
Mood Theme: 0/132 

YUKA!

Aug. 6th, 2007 11:22 pm
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Yay! Yuka is here. I am so excited that words cannot describe it. I feel all giddy and excited and I just realized that the couch I am on right now will be my bed for the next week. Oh Well. Yuka is here! I spent all morning whimpering pathetically, hoping for my grades to come in and for people to email me back.
I got an A in Calculus II. I am sooo happy. This means that later this week, I can take said credits to UNM and get credit. I love credit!
Anyway, after that crisis, I finished the last cleaning scraps of my room and strolled over to WalMart and Borders over North-ish. I decided to hit Borders first in my quest for a poster for my Harry Potter Madness. I found many a thing instead. I found a collectors Entertainment Weekly, that will be read, shown around to family and then sealed until my great grandchildren find it amongst my belongs after I expire and will probably throw it away. Then I went up to the counter to buy it and had a nice chat with cashier. The lesson I learned today: Be nice to cashiers always. I got four, yes four, of those posters from the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows release party, and I didn’t even have to buy the book. They were prepared to give me twenty. It was awesome. I love Borders. They give me a free rewards card and they give me posters when I am nice and chatty with them.
So I made it back home at around 3:00 and then we (my mother and I) hung out, waiting for dad (who got home at around 3:30) and then we picked up Linds from driving hours and headed to the airport. After a debate about the right way to get there, we finally arrived at 4:25 and sat there, anxiously for about 20 minutes. Then I saw the cute form of my dear second cousin (yes I looked up exactly how we are related, and I actually just call her my cousin). I was so excited! Yuka’s English was a bit hard at first but she pulled out the most awesome invention ever (also known as a computer translator) for the parts where translation got kind of rough. We ordered Pizza, and just like last time, Yuka marveled at how large, fluffy and fluffy our crust is.
We eventually pulled out the photo albums and talked about things. Apparently, Uncle Kuniaki (technically, he’s my Great Uncle) is in the hospital for a lawnmower related incident. He’s doing very well. I am just amazed that it was something related to mowing the lawn instead of old age or something. Everyone else is fine though. Yuka is an art teacher at a middle school.
She brought us presents, which I adore truly. What actually prompted presents was the shredding of one of my shoelaces. She brought me Japanese ones. They glitter! **squeals** She also gave us neat pictures, and this nice smelling potpourri thing that makes me smile and these neat rings that remind me of Kimonos. She also brought us the most wonderful sounding wind chime that I have ever heard. Usually I get aggravated with wind chimes because they are so loud but… this one was just perfect. Yuka was pretty tired so we led her to bed (my bed) and I was outcast to the living room. I could have lived with my sister but I think that would have been a fate worse than death.
I am exhausted as well so…
Laters 
Nyssa
Manga Count: 499 
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12 Word Count:
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Book Count: 15 
Mood Theme: 0/132 
Boxes sent out of room: 1 
I am ditching the badge counter until the urge calls again.

UNM vs CNM

Aug. 1st, 2007 11:39 pm
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I hate UNM. Loath it in its stupid meaningless petty and… petty ways. They are trying to charge me for part time because I can’t actually register for the other two. So now I have to argue with them and actually do crap and force my way into working and arguing. I have to argue with CNM. I have already argued with CNM. I don’t want to argue with them again for at least 6 months. You should only have to fight with them every 6 months. I have fought with them already for this six months, I should be good until like October or November.
New Goals for this month. Same 10,000 words (see I already have 778 words). Boxes and things will become more critical. I think I really need to clean out my room but I am such a hoarder that it is hard to get rid of anything. I also have to prepare to move out of my room because Yuka will be staying in mine. Other goals include, but are not limited to: Reading Anita Blake, Maybe consider selling some Manga’s… buy Harry Potter mags and hoard until my children’s children vomit on them or sell them on the 22nd centuries version of ebay (if the world lasts that long).
For today though, I will panic about my final tomorrow and plan war on UNM using various household objects. I am the sugar.
Laters
Nyssa
Manga Count: 499
Comic Book Count: 12
Word Count:
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Book Count: 15
Mood Theme: 0/132
Boxes sent out of room: none
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370 / 1,000
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Yay the other package came and I now have all three books, a manga and my “guhhhh drool” Anita Blake graphic novel. I also have read a lot. I have read two out of my three books and plan on reading the last before going to bed tonight. I have not touched either of my shiny new books with pictures. I am very proud of myself.
I am trying to figure out what to do when Yuka gets here. I’m thinking the mall and campus, mostly because the entirety of Coronado would fit inside Mervin’s and campus is huge and full of “nothing” which Yuka thought was neat when she came 5 years ago. If she wants I was thinking maybe take her to a movie or whatever hip cool English speaking thing is “in” in Japan. I’m hoping it’s Harry Potter.
Watched an interesting Ep of Bones today. It has become my new addictive show. I love it. But this one was about superheroes and graphic novels. It made me happy and led my mother and I into a long discussion which eventually concluded in Snape being useful and pitying him for having to deal with Dumbledore for years. He’s a decent person. Decent people do not let 11 year old boys fall to their death from very high brooms, no matter if they owe daddy or **DH CENSOR** Also having to watch over Harry, because lets face it, his “EEP Danger!” compass is a bit off.
I get my test back tomorrow. I am eased by the fact that I could get a 38 on the test and still have a C in the class. I doubt I did that badly. I am not worried.


Laters
Nyssa
Manga Count: 499
Comic Book Count: 12
Word Count:
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Book Count: 14
Mood Theme: 0/132
Boxes sent out of room: none
Zone Badges:
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370 / 1,000
(37.0%)

Countdown

Jul. 20th, 2007 07:10 pm
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So i am going to a release party tonight. I am way excited.
Today i did absolutely nothing except read. I read and finished Blue Moon. And then i started on Obsidian Butterfly. And now i am basking in the victory after beating Yaizmat! I also got a haircut.
Lindsay has returned. I got to tell her Yuka is coming. I am sooo happy. She told me many wonderful tales of Denver. There was a shooting on their first day and she got to see a taser that day as well. Ah the city!
I don't know if i am going to make it through the night... but i am way excited...

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Nyssa
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Comic Book Count: 11
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So i woke up this morning to a phone call. I was thinking "great, the parents calling to make sure i got up" so i stumbled out of bed, got to the phone and did the most charming "i've been awake for hours" hello i have ever done. I was greeted with a heavily accented stumbled question about if my parents were there. I said they weren't and the voice continued and said "This is Yuka ****" And i practically shrieked with glee. For those of you unawares, Yuka is my Japanese cousin... or something similar. And she is hopefully coming to visit in two weeks. I am exstatic. She is sooo sweet. I love her to death!... And my day just kept getting better. My amazon stuff shipped, math was easy, I almost beat Yaizmat but decided to wait for my sister. today is a good day!1!
Laters
Nyssa
Manga Count: 495
Comic Book Count: 11
Word Count:
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474 / 10,000
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Book Count: 9
Mood Theme: 0/132
Boxes sent out of room: none
Zone Badges:
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