May. 26th, 2007 12:34 am
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Quite a long while ago, VG Cats created a comic that poked fun at a few of the most famous anime.

Well, it was funny, obviously, and now a new T-shirt design has been introduced that takes the old comic's gag and uses the artist's current drawing style. I always got a kick out of the joke, so I ordered it. I thought the international shipping would take at least until next week, but it arrive yesterday. And the peasants rejoiced...

I love VG Cats; it's joked about everything from Harry Potter and Fullmetal Alchemist (more than once) to Final Fantasy 7 (several times) to Inuyasha to Pirates of the Caribbean to Kingdom Hearts to Bleach to One Piece to 300 to Death Note.

I love my new "Detergent" shirt. ♥

Random Music:
Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman- "Time To Say Goodbye" (5.71MB)
It's pretty and operatic; definitely worth a listen.
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Just a note for anyone who would like to visit or live in England: If you ever get sick, make sure you do so between nine and five o'clock, Monday through Friday. If you're unfortunate enough to get sick outside of regular office hours, then you're more or less on your own.

Cut for length, sarcasm, and the occasional randomness... )

But in the end, I'm fine. Just tired, I suppose. Today's schedule consisted of a nine o'clock lecture, running to the pharmacy across town, another lecture, heading back to college, tutorial to go over collections, then work from three-thirty to seven o'clock, followed by our Guest Night Dinner. The dinner was great, and Clare and I had Penny, Farhana, Helen, and Sarah over as our guests. (They arrived, fully dressed and ready, around seven o'clock, to find me still mopping the floor in my jeans and flip-flops. "Cinderella wants to go to the ball!" ; P) Good food, and even better company, made for a lovely evening.

And now it's definitely time to sleep.
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I finally got up about four-thirty this afternoon.

This is going to sound really melodramatic, so please forgive that. But I spent a few hours in the hospital last night. Boy, was that fun.

For those of you interested in the whole story... )

Just to reiterate, I'm just fine now, there's no need to make a fuss, and we should have this whole thing sorted out soon. ♥
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First and foremost, happy belated birthday, Christa! And welcome home, Molly. : )

Where has the past week gone? Or past few weeks, for that matter?

Another One of My Short And Dirty Lists of Events:
♥ St. Hugh's College bop: Fun, and the inflatable pirate ships really brought the kid out in everyone. Farhana was a lovely hostess, providing tea and Internet hilarity to all. And one of the most beautiful pairs of shoes that I own mauled my feet. No one was surprised, since the attractiveness of shoes has a direct correlation to how vicious they are.
♥ Punting on the Cherwell river: Half of the "Ubley Crew" was present. Enough said. : ) (Also, there are few things in this world cuter than baby ducklings.)
♥ Regent's Park College guest night dinner: Looking back on the trip there, I can only laugh. I tried to walk all the way from Cowley, once again wearing very pretty shoes. They were red, with 3 1/2 inch heels. Bad, bad idea. Also, I got lost and ended up walking all the way past Green College. (Those of you familiar with Oxford are probably wincing by now.) Finally made it to dinner, which was delicious. Meeting [ profile] sccye's friends and seeing his college was nice, and the fiesta-themed party afterward was great. Again, the child in all of us was delighted, this time by the pinatas. I also had the chance to actually sit down and chat extensively with Dan, which is unusual. Thanks again for letting me come, Dan!
♥ St. Hilda's College ball: Victorian-themed, and gorgeous. It was a bit cold, but at least it didn't rain. Marco, Ada and I had dinner beforehand in a Portuguese restaurant, and I plan to go back there again sometime soon. The belly-dancers, henna, caricaturist, and chocolate fountains were really cool, not to mention the free ice cream and plum pudding. Thankfully, I was wearing comfortable shoes.
♥ Clare's house: Always a location of joy. From movies to television marathons, it's a great place to be. David Tennant as Casanova...Now that's an afternoon spent right.
♥ Japanese night at Ada and Marco's: Amazing. It was the first time that I've ever tried sushi, and it was incredible. Major kudos to the two of them for putting that huge platter of food together. The teriyaki pork was also sinfully good. We spent the whole night sitting around talking, and I ended up walking home at six-thirty in the morning. In other words, I hope to have more dinners there this summer.

Upcoming Events:
♥ More punting. Much more. Possibly this afternoon, even.
♥ Katie's performance in Princess Ida tonight.
♥ The Tolkien Society is having a "strawberry and cream" picnic on Saturday, which will be followed by a new episode of Doctor Who.
♥ OULES Pirate Day, with punting, picnics, Pimm's, costume contest, etc. That's going to be amazing.
♥ OULES joy, in the form of two hilarious murder-mystery style plays. One of which will feature me as the dead body. Falling out of a cupboard was never so much fun. :D

Talk about being busy; and none of that even includes work.

With these lists, it makes it look like I've been goofing off all term. True, I've been having fun, but with exams in a month, I've been doing my fair share of work as well. I think that's why having fun during the summer term is so important for everyone, especially finalists. You have to deal with so much pressure due to exams, if you don't have a little fun, you'd explode quite spectacularly.

Also, I was able to figure out how to switch my keyboard to Japanese characters. Isn't that exciting? Just simple things, of course.

日本語 ♥
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The little cartoon of Sakura whacking Itachi on the head with a stick is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long, long time...

Also, Itachi has incredibly girly eyes. (Well, incredibly girly everything, really.) This isn't a new concept for me, but it seemed especially apparent in this episode.
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Why not have a little music?

To say that my tastes are "eclectic" would be the understatement of the year. So here's a little sample of everything; pop, oldies, rock, classical, etc.

Quite a large list... )

To be honest, I have absolutely no idea what's popular back in America right now. Or in Britain, for that matter. But I like what I like, and hopefully you will too.

At the very least, it's free music. That makes it worth a shot, right?

If anything needs to be re-uploaded, just let me know.
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And now, for your viewing pleasure....

The Friday Night Project, with David Tennant.

Yes, that's "the Tenth Doctor" from Doctor Who. And yes, he really is Scottish. XD

Part 1:

Other four parts are beneath the cut... )

So enjoy, David Tennant fans.

PS- Careful, guys....British television can be more than a little naughty and shocking to people who aren't used to it...

PPS- I'd like to thank the OULES social mailing list for bringing this to my attention; you guys rock. ♥
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I just finished watching the newest episode of Doctor Who. I'm not going to write about it here, but spoilers will be given by request.

Also, I have an uber-spoiler as well. The "I was sitting next to someone who has a boyfriend that works at the BBC" kind of spoiler. That will be given by request as well, but you actually might not want to know. It's just one of those things, where you might want to wait and be surprised. I'm all excited about it. XD
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Later, America. See you in August. ♥
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So Margo's having another volleyball tournament this weekend, and I'm holding down the fort while my family's gone. These solitary weekends have been happening quite often during the past month or so, but I really don't mind. Of course, once I'm back in England, I'll wish that I'd had more time with my family...But in the meantime, I'm enjoying the peace and quiet.

I suppose the only downside is that I don't have a car, but that's easily canceled out by how rested and relaxed I am. I think I'll go take a swim, then lay out by the pool for a while. Or maybe walk over to the beach. I only have five more days left in Florida, so I should enjoy it while I still can...

April, if you still feel like hanging out and doing some shopping, give me a call.

Becky, I burned several DVDs for you; just let me know when you're free, so we can work out when I can hand them over.

And if anyone else wants me to burn them a series or two as well, just let me know. I have just about anything you could imagine, including old shows like Tiny Toon Adventures, Talespin, Animaniacs, Pirates of Dark Water, Rocko's Modern Life, etc. (Now all I have to do is find Ghost Busters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.) Ah, those were the good old days...

And since a day of idleness wouldn't be complete without some time wasted on quizzes...

Because like Pringles, one quiz is never enough... )

Oh, and have an OST or two while you're here...
Final Fantasy: Advent Children (111 Mb)
Ouran High Host Club (226 Mb)
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Well, since I'll be in England for four months straight, it's time to get some new clothes. I've never been the kind of girl who adores shopping, but this is pretty much a necessity now.

Though, to be completely honest, I don't see the point of it.

I'm just going to "change shape" again, anyway. The last time I went shopping for clothes, I needed new jeans because everything was too tight. Then I lost a ton of weight, and now I have to resort to wearing my little sister's jeans. But my weight fluctuations refuse to make sense, because at the same time, my shirts were getting even tighter.

My shirts, of all things. Up until recently, I've been able to wear the same tops I've had since I was fifteen years old, and now suddenly I'm "overflowing". Overflowing, nearly to the point of indecency. Quickly, avert your virgin eyes!

So, for the sake of the children, I'm going to the mall today. I'll be there from about eleven until one o'clock, so if you'd like to hang out there, give me a ring. I'd appreciate the company, not to mention the second opinion.

It's for a good cause. Please...Think of the children.
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Okay, my summer schedule is official. And I'm incredibly fortunate...

I fly back to England on the 19th of April. I finish my last school term of the year, and take my exams in June. Hopefully my family will be able to fly there to visit me for two weeks, the last week of June and the first week of July. Then I stay there in Oxford, spending two months or so working on my immunology project (♥). Then I fly home the 19th of August, and spend six weeks relaxing here in Florida. Come the beginning of October, I'm back in Oxford for Michaelmas term, then flying home again for Christmas on the 2nd of December.

All of my American friends are welcome to visit me in Oxford during the summer; and when I'm back home in the US, all of my European friends are welcome to visit me there. I'm not really expecting visits, because a roundtrip trans-Atlantic flight usually costs close to $1000 (or about 500 pounds), but the offer still stands.

Since England is so close to the rest of Europe anyway, I really want to take advantage of it and do some traveling. Short distances and cheap flights make for good times. Clare and Ada have mentioned that they'd like to travel too, though nothing's been planned for sure as of yet. But if any of you reading this would like to come along as well, just let me know. The more the merrier.

The real question comes down to where we should go. What absolutely should be seen in Europe? I did some asking around last term, and everyone seemed to recommend their home country....Not that that surprises anybody. : )

So far, I've gotten high praise for Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh, Rome, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Athens, Vienna, Prague, Paris, Amsterdam, and Madrid. I've been to Paris and Madrid before, but everywhere else on that list is just begging to be explored.

But what do you think, F-list? I'm always open to suggestions.
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A quick recap of the past few weeks:

Or not so quick...But very thorough... )

And just for fun, here are some St. Paddy's Day facts... )

-As for my Spring Break, I'll be home until the 19th of April. I don't have anything major planned for it; mostly just the usual studying and domestic concerns. My cell phone number is still the same, though, and I’m always willing to hang out if anyone feels the need.

I think that's about it. I hope everyone enjoyed/is enjoying/will enjoy their Spring Break. ♥
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For those of you that don't know (a category which includes most of my American friends), I'm flying home today. I'm supposed to catch the bus to the airport in about an hour, in fact.

So if all goes to plan, I should be back home in Florida this evening.

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I'm feeling so much better today. Within the first two days I was ill, I slept twenty-nine hours; all that rest has really been making a difference. I only needed ten hours of sleep last night, and my throat no longer feels like it's been scalded with boiling sulfuric acid. My sniffles and headache are gone, and I think the fever is on its way out, too. Rejoice.

I felt like a kid staying home sick from school today. I normally have a ton of lectures on Fridays, but I spent most of the morning sleeping. I went and got some lunch in the Buttery, then sat there eating and watching TV. As for the kid reference? I was sipping a juice box full of orange juice and watching Scooby-Doo. Scooby and the gang were in China, and when someone was attacked by a "real" Chinese dragon, it was time to investigate the mystery! Priceless.

Luckily, being sick has given me a ton of time to work on the things due next week; my schedule is looking downright brutal at this point. No worries, though. The weekend is still young, and I'll have plenty of time to finish it all up. And if I push myself, I might be able to finish it all up by tomorrow evening, so I can enjoy Clare's birthday party without the thought of unfinished work hanging over my head like a cloud. It's pretty unrealistic, as far as goals go, but worth a shot regardless.

I missed Wednesday's rehearsal because of the flu, which was truly unfortunate. I hate missing rehearsal; partly because it's irresponsible, but mainly because rehearsals are OULES is a huge source of stress-relief for me, even if I'm not actively rehearsing anything. It's enough for me to just watch and laugh and have my shoes stolen right off my feet. Every rehearsal is a surprise. (For all you know, you could walk in to find shoes hanging from every light fixture in the room...) All it takes is for one person to burst into song, and then everyone's singing because they either know the words by heart or are just learning as they go. There's always an air of familial love about the OULES; but not just any old boring family. A restless, creative, chaotic, mischievous, fun-loving, wacky family that could take any activity and make it spontaneously combust into something joyous. The kind of huge, happy family that could turn a party into a big mess or a mess into a big party. And that's why the OULES are made of joy.

Oh, dear....I think I've waxed a bit philosophical there. I should have at least thrown a few panto references in there while I was at it. Looking back now, though, that description makes us sound like a very big version of the Weasley family.

Are we the Weasleys? Hmmm...

Speaking of joy...Naruto is making me (and about a billion other fans) very happy right now. The fact that both Naruto and Bleach are no longer producing filler is beyond exciting, and I'm on the edge of my seat.

Oh, bring on the good stuff...
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Well, apparently I've caught the flu. Lovely.

Cut for flu-related whining and complaining... )

Oh, and for those of you who don't live in Oxford, it snowed beautifully on Thursday. And for those of you that haven't seen the album on my Facebook, I'm including some of the pictures here.

Cut for gorgeousness (and a ton of large pictures)... )

If you want to see them all, just let me know.

Oh, and here's my room, for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.

I told you it was right on the river... ).

And while I'm at it, here are a few songs that reminds me of that snowy day. (Apparently the FFVI soundtrack is very ethereal...)

"Coin Song"- Final Fantasy VI OST
"Celes"- Final Fantasy VI OST
"The Mystic Forest"- Final Fantasy VI OST

All right, bedtime now.
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I'm attending St. Hilda's Halfway Dinner tonight.

Basically, I'm exactly halfway through my Bachelor's degree as of today.

That's just scary.
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It was so mild here over the weekend, but it's been pretty cold these last few days. Even my British friends have been complaining, which is certainly saying something. Normally, they just throw smug little smiles my way, to go with their cavalier declarations of "Cold? What are you talking about? It's been warm today!" Pure hubris, if you ask me.

At the moment, it's a partly-cloudy 26 degrees Fahrenheit here in Oxford, and the sun set only two hours ago. We're in for a cold night.

Oh, and have I mentioned that I don't get heat in my room at night? Yeah, they just turn the heat off in the entire building. And it's not really on when I have to get up early in the morning. Sometimes I just don't want to get out of bed at all, but I somehow talk myself into it regardless. Maybe I should consider a career in motivational speaking...


Feb. 6th, 2007 12:11 am
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Laugh with me, Bleach fans.

(Spoilers for those of you that haven't read/watched that far yet.)

Aeris as Byakuya cracks me up, not to mention the rat-flail bankai. That particular scene was great, so the whole spoof is just that much better.

Gotta love VG Cats.
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It's such a beautiful day today. The sky is clear, the sun is shining, and it's unseasonably warm for this time of year. I have a lot of work to do today, but if I have time, I think I'll run down to the Botanic Gardens and just enjoy the day for a while.

But first, it's time to recap my week.

The early part of the week, plus Mastermind... )

Thursday and the first part of Friday... )

Friday night, and Oxford's Battle of the Bands... )

So, all in all, it's been a good week. Now, I have some statistics work to do, and a couple of papers to write...


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