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In the parent's vehicle on the way to my Grandmother's "Easter for the lapsed Catholics," or "yet another thinly veiled excuse for a family reunion" dinner, and Madonna's "Like A Prayer" just came on the radio. I guess somebody in the South Jersey radio station business has a sense of humor.

Happy Easter, or whatever, everyone.

Mood complacentMood complacent
Music radio commercials
Tags: music, wtf
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So... Natsume Yuujinchou is pretty darn cool? I hate the fact that I have this HUGE HUGE WEAKNESS for characters like Natsume. Lost characters who are just aching for a kindred spirit. I hate that I identify with these kinds of people, but I can't help but love them despite myself. AND OH MY GOD, MADARA/NYANKO-SENSEI, WHAT THE SHIT, WHY ARE YOU SO AWESOME?

I'm so behind all my other shows, what is wrong with me.

Anyway, I recently finished the Librivox recording of Pride and Prejudice that's done by Karen Savage. HEARTILY RECOMMEND. She has a smart English accent and she "does the voices," but not in a hammy way, which is just how I like it. And then I went nuts and re-read all my favorite P&P fanfic and also maybe Mr Darcy Takes A Wife. Oh self. You so trashy. Although I found it funnier this time around? I'm mildly disturbed saying this, but I actually enjoyed it more having read P&P just before it. Does that make any sense at all?

I have been listening to a prodigious amount of ABBA and ELO. I bought their greatest hits CDs with the last of my iTunes gift card money. ABBA is rather self-explanatory, but oh my God, Electric Light Orchestra. When put up against my recent hardcore classical music immersion after Nodame, their classical touches just send thrills through me. Also, my Dad stole my CD backup of the ABBA and has been playing it non-stop. This included hijacking the mix I painstakingly created for my mother's party, and telling everybody how awesome they are and how they should listen to them, which, I can't even explain how unnecessary that was in my pop-oriented family.

Actually, regarding the party, we were rained out of our usual outdoor location, which rather literally put a damper on things, but we made due at the house, even if it was in no way prepared for visitors. It also put a strain on the theme, seeing as we were no longer in the park, but everyone took that better than my mother. Half of them didn't even get what the theme was, hahaha. It didn't stop us from making them wear (New Years, plastic) top hats!

I also reread How To Marry a Marquis and Sorcery and Cecilia, and in my fit of Regency love, I dragged my mother to two separate libraries one day when our true motive for going out was to acquire a Personal ID card for me from the DMV, since I've given up even the pretext of acquiring a driver's license in the near future. We went to one library before the DMV which required doubling back, and then after the DMV we stopped at the other library which was 20 minutes out of our way. My mother is a saint.

So I acquired To Catch An Heiress, the "prequel" to How To Marry A Marquis, as well as Darcy and Elizabeth: Days and Nights at Pemberly, the sequel to Mr Darcy Takes a Wife. To Catch An Heiress was AMAZING. The ending didn't quite live up to the beginning or middle, but SUCH a beginning and middle! I had to put the book down multiple times because I was laughing so hard I couldn't read for my shaking. Most of those times involved something with Blake's butler who was HILARIOUS. I made a start at Darcy and Elizabeth, but I got 60 pages in with no humor, intrigue, or truly, anything of interest sighted which was about the time I consulted the reviews on amazon and saw that even people who 100% enjoyed the first were thoroughly disappointed by the second and I put the book down like a hot potato. Sigh. I've also acquired Mr Darcy Presents His Wife, which I'm hoping is at least marginally more interesting. Also, These Three Remain (twice in as many months!) and have been rereading favorite passages. My love of Dy only grows upon reacquaintance. And to round out the numbers, I also took out two Heyer books, even though they are in large print, which annoys me. They're Heyer; that should count for everything.

I've made a (very) unofficial goal for myself to have finished 15 books by the end of the summer. Just for reference, I've read 9 books so far: Aidan's Darcy Trilogy, Victory of Eagles, Pride and Prejudice, Mr Darcy Takes A Wife, How To Marry a Marquis, Sorcery and Cecilia, To Catch An Heiress. Don't think I don't see the running theme, it will be broken by Breaking Dawn whenever I get around to that. Speaking of, I avoided the release frenzy on principle, but I'm chafing at all the spoilers on my flist. I swear, when Deathly Hallows came out I barely stumbled over spoilers even when I was looking for them. What the hell, Twilight fandom.

So uh, yes. My week. There you go. OTAKON THIS WEEKEND! I realize I never posted about it here, but I semi-solved the problem of companions. Two of my friends are coming along, even though neither of them is any kind of anime fan. One is intrigued by the novelty, and the other's boyfriend is going to be there. Plus, I'm deep discounting their fare in the hotel since I'd rather have them there than be alone, so it is a cheap weekend away for them. I figure they can ditch me for a few hours if the endless parade of panels and merchandise begins to bore them. They have assured me they are up for a laugh, which is all I really care about. I'm excited! :D

Mood goodMood good
Music Miss Independant - Kelly Clarkson
Tags: abba, anime, books, elo, fangirling, heyer, music, natsume yuujinchou, no accounting for taste, otakon, rl
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Sailor Moon and the Scouts (Lunarock).


*rocks out to "Who Do You Think You Are?"*

Music Daddy's Girl - Patricia Tollett (Sailor Jupiter)
Tags: music, no accounting for taste, sailor moon
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I hate the fact that I did not even last a full week before being home forced me into one of my maudlin moods. I mostly avoided this at college--my roommate was way more emotional than I was. I got to be to steadfast one for once in my life.

And now I am home and putting Rufus Wainwright's "Pretty Things" on repeat. Way to fall off the wagon, Elizabeth.

Mood melancholyMood melancholy
Tags: angst, music
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There are a few songs* that call up a moment of my childhood so vividly that my stomach drops when I hear them.

This is one. )

What songs do this for you guys?

*Others, just for reference, include "Tell Me Lies" from Cats Don't Dance and "Help!"

Mood nostalgicMood nostalgic
Music Uh. Self-explanatory.
Tags: music
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I did nothing this break. Not even the necessary things. I am going to rushedly pull together my homework tomorrow and then face the rest of the semester with all of the stoicism and grace of a chicken with its head cut off. I can see it already.

But you know what? I think I needed this. If I have learned anything in my 18.9672 years, it is that March is never a good month for me. I should just stop fighting it. Better to have taken the week off and pretended the March of my academic calendar didn't exist, than to have flirted with insanity like a desperate Regency debutante, which is what I've done every other year of my life.

That last sentence should make it clear what I've done with my break. I re-read Cotillion and got two books farther into the Bridgerton series (An Offer From A Gentleman and Romancing Mister Bridgerton). I think before I sleep tonight I will finish re-reading The Viscount Who Loved Me.

I should probably mention that I bought those two Bridgerton books on a shopping trip with my mother, who offered to buy my not-insubstantial stack as an early birthday present (convenient, really, as I most probably won't be home for the actual date). She flipped through them as I handed them to her, saw the two romance novels, and exclaimed, "Julia Quinn! My daughter is reading Julia Quinn!" Then she started making a big deal about it. Would not shut up about it all the way home! Once we got there, she pulled down some of her old favorites and insisted I take them back to college with me. SHE DID NOT GET THIS EXCITED WHEN I GOT MY FIRST PERIOD. WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT MY FAMILY?

I also battled a sinus-whatsit. My trademarked Changing Of The Seasons Commemorative Cold. I'm so sick of these already and it's only been four years. I will tell you bitterly that I hate mucus more than I hate any other fluid in the world.

Bright spot was seeing The Pillows on Friday with [ profile] splintercat, which was just, unaccountably awesome. Great first general admission experience, definitely. Although I have paid dearly for it with a relapse. I also have aches that have nothing to do with illness to add to the unending party that is my tissue-strewn dorm room. Yet I do believe it was worth it. I hate to say this, but does anyone know where to illicitly download their discography? I really need to catch up.

I'm going to go back to Viscount now, and avoid facing my responsibilities for a few more precious hours. Happy Easter/Spring to all, and to all a good night.

Mood unimpressedMood unimpressed
Music Angel or Demon - Umbrellas
Tags: books, fangirling, music, school, sick, the pillows
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MORE POPE COMICS. My Catholic guilt is assayed by the hilarity.

Also, I have played Electric Boogie 20 times today. Mostly in succession. I expect my sanity to leave me soon, if it hasn't already done so.

Mood chipperMood chipper
Music Electric Boogie - Marcia Griffiths
Tags: music, webcomics
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More numbers.

1. MAXIMO PARK. Dude, this is why Christmas rocks. I ended up getting $75 worth of iTunes gift cards, and I've been trying to use it to buy albums from bands that I like for two or three of their songs. Other bands I'm considering: The Organ, Veda/Vedera, The Pipettes, Nada Surf, Cobra Starship, The World/Inferno Friendship Society. Thoughts? Other bands to try?

2. OOFURI. TOSEI GAME = HOLY SHIT WITH THE SUSPENSE AND THE GETTING MY BLOOD UP AND THE BRINGING OF THE AWESOME. GOD. I went into this manga/anime for the characterization and the battery dynamic, but I have a feeling I'll be really getting into the games, too.

3. RADIO SHOW. As in, I'M DOING ONE. With [ profile] loweryourwand! Tune in from every Friday/Saturday night from 2-4 AM to hear us spout nonsense and play weird music!

4. My 21st birthday. Will fall on Easter Sunday. There's a conflict of interest if ever I saw one.

5. THIS MUSIC VIDEO. It's weird, but catchy and kind of addictive.

6. I want bustedtees. Specifically, this and this.

7. Lesson. Never take two extra-strength pain-killers first thing in the morning and then not eat anything. That poor girl in the hallway who saw me standing over a trashcan probably thought I had a hangover, which is so karmically unbalanced I have to laugh. Please go die, uterus.

Mood bouncyMood bouncy
Music Limassol - Maximo Park
Tags: anime, barnard, lesson, music, no accounting for taste, oofuri, rl
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Right, so. Last Friday, I GOT A HAIRCUT. Like, a real, five-inches-off haircut! MY FIRST HAIRCUT. Unfortunately, it was without my consent, so uh, the shock was so great that I got sick immediately after.

A weirdly long ramble about the event and the resulting cold... )

I started feeling better just in time to do one last movie with my friends yesterday. We saw 27 Dresses which was, overall, about as good as we thought it would be. The plot was as surprisingly mediocre (even for a romcom, it was predictable and lazy) as the performances of the leads were surprisingly strong. I never really appreciated James Marsden. I thought he was a pretty kind of okay. THIS MOVIE CHANGED MY MIND SO HARD AND FAST, I AM TEMPTED TO MAKE TEN DOLLAR WHORE JOKES, HAHAHA. God. "Bennie and the Jets" will never be the same for me again. 27 Dresses had its moments, and those moments are enough to make me want to see it again, but I am the kind of girl to which these romcoms pander. See at your own discretion.

And then today I moved back into the dorms. Hello again, NYC. One of my New Year's Resolutions was to take advantage of the city more, so let's see how that goes!

Uh, and I'm starving. Going to go make a sandwich now. Extra-crunchy peanut butter, how I've missed you!

Mood agitatedMood agitated
Music Make Your Own Kind of Music - The Mamas & The Papas
Tags: games, haircut, manga, movies, music, no accounting for taste, nyc, rl, sick
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A number of things:

1) I really want my paid account status back. It really pains me not to have it. I don't care that we've been dumped and given to the Russians, I just want more icons and comment editing. I WANTS IT.

2)I have had a busy "weekend." Friday I couldn't sleep so I ended up watching Enchanted and August Rush from the pirate sites I'd come across earlier in the day. I finally fell asleep around seven.

I woke up at 1, threw on some clothes, and joined [ profile] loweryourwand at Strawberry Fields for the John Lennon Memorial gathering. There was lots of singing and togetherness, and I genuinely had a lot of fun. The only dark spot was that Diana was reluctant to leave for anything, let it be sustenance, shelter, or lavatories, and I had skipped breakfast thinking she would want to have lunch at some point. By the end of the four hours I was there, I was about ready to bite her face off if it would have appeased my growling stomach.

Cinematic Evidence of Our Excursion, or, alternatively, OMG I'M ON YOUTUBE! )

After that we crashed in my dorm, watched Love Actually and A Hard Day's Night, and then had a mini dance party to Beatles music until we were both too tired and Diana wandered off to bed.

I woke up on Sunday around 3, and basically proceeded to work for eighteen hours on a first draft of a paper that I was required to hand in today (er, yesterday). Slept two hours, but paper safely submitted!

3) Today, I finally made it down to Kinokuniya for the closing sale. There wasn't really much left, but I did buy a Pinky:St doll (someone stop me before this becomes an obsession!), a Monokuro Boo lanyard (Nobuta has definitely made me notice the inherent cuteness of cartoon pigs), and a bunch of manga that I'm looking forward to reading when I need to escape finals hell.

4) I have a paper due this Thursday and finals on Friday, Monday and next Thursday. Wish me luck!

Mood tiredMood tired
Music Girl - The Beatles
Tags: barnard, barnard is the school of fandom, lj, music, rl, school
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