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Snow, and lots of it

So right after power was returned to the lands of the northeast, they were buried in snow. About a foot and a half, I would guess. Not exactly spectacular, although it does fulfill someone’s wish of a “White Christmas.”

You wouldn’t know it was going to be Christmas soon here, though. Could be any day in winter. No decorations, no lights or a tree, no Christmas movies from childhood playing on the television. I don’t know, I haven’t really bothered, I guess? It’s hard when no one around you seems to feel interested in the season. It’s just weather, or stress, or the economy or something.

There’s always something.

Fukubukuro are still exciting though the season for that doesn’t really start until closer to January. At least, that’s when they’ll shop up on yahoo!Japan auctions anyway. I preordered a bunch from Liz Lisa but there are other brands I’m contemplating. I wish the fukubukuro didn’t have coats in them, though. I can’t ever fit into Japanese sized coats because of my shoulders. Bone structure doesn’t change, even when you lose weight. I would say that’s sad, but honestly it would just be weird. Your whole body would shift around as a result (@_@)

Still using the kanji DS software, making good progress. About 13% now, which is only 400~ characters but I’m trying to get 100% on each reading and writing lesson.

Cooling down into the turn of the seasons

Well, it’s official. Cooler weather is really on it’s way – I’m making stew right now. Sure, I could make stew in the summer, but that seems a little off-season don’t you think? This isn’t to say I never get cold in the summer… there are nights where I actually use my electric blanket to keep me warm and help me stay asleep.
Next week it’ll be September! Kind of feels like the summer sped by but I think that’s mostly because July was so jam-packed this year that it took me all of August to fully relax again XD This isn’t to say that the activities in that month weren’t worth it – I really enjoyed visiting Tokyo again although it make me kind of homesick for living there, a bit. I want to find more excuses to go back to visit… hehe. But for a while, I think I have to spend some time at home. I still have tons of stuff to sort through and decide where to put and what to do with. (Although this is a process that essentially began when I moved in here about a year ago so who knows how long it will really take…)
Lately I’ve been back to playing games a lot, which I love ♥ On the Wii, Smash Bros. Brawl (mostly single player adventure mode); PSP, LocoRoco and then Patapon; DS, The World Ends With You, which is absolutely fantastic and I will have to go back to it once I’m done with the other games I’m playing.
Other things I’ve been doing (besides playing video games and attempting to organize all of my worldly possessions) include watching Sailormoon R and editing meta-info in iTunes (things like ratings, genres…) and trying to play through all of my tracks. It isn’t as though I haven’t listened to most of them, I just lost my library info a few months back and am still recovering from it (T_T) Admittedly it’s better than losing my library which would be 45GBs of music (@_@) I have three copies (laptop, external hd and iPod itself) so it would be hard to lose all three barring something horrible like a fire so I don’t worry about that too much… anyway, I’m aiming to get everything in a clean, organized, tagged fashion so I can create more smart playlists and regular playlists faster (by being able to seek out songs I want). I still have the task of properly labelling the remainder of my Japanese songs with hiragana/katakana/kanji (as required) titles and artist names…. but that’s kind of a less important task and possibly even more time consuming than rating and playing through the last thousand songs.
Doing things like that are a reminder to me of how organizational systems are good, but have huge learning curves sometimes. It takes so much time and effort to set them up people around you wonder if you’re ever going to get anything done anymore (the Boy keeps saying he thinks I’m wasting time with iTunes, but in reality I’ve actually made a lot of progress by just doing a little every few days) but when you do get a system down, all you have to do is add the new things and you’re set! The important thing is to not let a backlog pile up or your system is for naught (n_n)
I might try to blog more in the coming days, if for no other reason than to babble on about the games I’m enjoying and force my recommendations upon my friends.

why didn’t I do this sooner?!

Yeah, that’s how I feel about a lot of things XD Like PG *points to sidebar* love it. I had an account for MONTHS before I did anything and I totally should have started when I joined but I was lazy and then forgot about it XD
At least I started using Twitter as soon as I found it.
But mixi’s the same way! I could have definitely made way more friends if I’d used it when I was actually IN Japan. I mean, I <3 communicating through the internet but being able to do that AND hang out with people in person? Yes please! Ugh I'm so stupid XD But I'm using it now (even though sometimes I'm a little confused by the slangy things people say/confuse myself based on knowledge I have about something)... I should've probably timed things better though. I posted at a random point and the week I was gone must've been the week everyone had time off or something because I got about 10 new replies the week I stopped checking it XD (Not to mention standard replies by people I was expecting them from.) As I wrote in the mixi, weather's been wacky here (x__x) from 60F and nice to 40F but feels like 33 the next day... ( > >) At least it didn’t snow…. ha ha….
Been doing some huge catching up with manga, mostly 名探偵コナン. I’ve finally surpassed the anime!
Also been making jewelry a bit since I finally got some beading wire that was stiff enough to make earrings out of (the kind I bought was more for necklaces). Once I decide on some designs I’ll probably take some photos :D

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