Friday, June 28, 2013

Retail Therapy: Galileo+

I showed some restraint and got the non-DVD version. And it came with a postcard. Squee. vs 2013 is such a sexy song. Love. Mmm, Masha.

Retail therapy: iPad stand

I bought this a while back, but it's as the photos show: a cat-shaped iPad stand.

It's actually a smartphone stand, but as long as I keep the iPad horizontal, it works like a charm. And while I was taking pics, I just figured out I can lay my iPad down at a lower angle to make it easier to type and read blogs on.

I have iPad stands in my room and at my grandmother's, but they are bulky and are not made for mobility, which is fine. Bought them at the 100yen shop, so no complaints there. I found suction-cup stands, but as you can see from the pics, those won't work on my iPad case. I thought about the folding covers, but they make my iPad thicker than I'd like, plus I really like my cover and have no intention of replacing it.

So after about 5 months of searching, I spotted this at one of my favorite stationery stores. Cute, compact, and practical. And for less than 1000yen. Score.

I had to add a chain so I wouldn't have to detach the two pieces each time I use the stand, but this is me we're talking about; I had a spare chain floating around.

So worth the cash and more.

The subway train doors open and I see this

And this is after spending twenty minutes staring at the Asahi Gold ad from my home station to the transfer station.

Plus, I'm listening to his 5年モノ album and I'm on my way to buy the Galileo+ album.

It's a Masha day.

As for the movie, going to go see it on Tuesday.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Back in Nagoya

Eiga-mura was fun!

I say this, of course, as a person who grew up watching Japanese period dramas and I went with the person who exposed me to them and still watches them.

So for us, a lot of the buildings and streets are quite familiar and it was cool to get a behind the scenes look.

And with it being a weekday and all, the crowds were small. I ended up getting "saved" by the samurai who was "passing by" during the sword fight show, being the "a member of the audience" in the street performer show, and getting to start a fire with a flint in the Everyday Edo Life lecture.

Pretty damn cool actually.

Also, my mom bought us matching umbrellas to ward off the heat, so that probably helped me stand out in the crowd.

Can't complain, though.

More on the more serious reason for my Kyoto trip later.


Pretty damn cool, actually.

Good-bye nice hotel with the giant lamp

My mom and I are off to Eiga-mura for our last day in Kyoto.

More details to come.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

My mother has landed

And is safely at my grandmother's. I still have a day of work tomorrow, but I'm headed over on Monday.

I gotta pack tomorrow night but I still can't open my closet thanks to a sudden urge to rearrange my room Thursday night and while I got the big stuff set, the rest is in chaos.

I like my new setup though.

For now, I'm glad my mom's here safely and I'm headed back to the house to eat something and sleep.

Friday, June 21, 2013

One more day, Three more days

One more day and my mom's in Japan. Three more days and I go to my grandmother's to meet up with her.

And that night, we're having a Galileo marathon! XX then Episode 10, then the season finale in real time. If there's time, we'll squeeze in Episode 10.

Then we're off to Kyoto on family business. And taking in some sights just because we can.

There are other plans in store like fun in Hama, which includes the Galileo movie, of course.

It should be good.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

"Sadaharu fits!" or "Don't make assumptions"

I just assumed the Altoids tin where I keep my MP3 player was too small for the both of them, but look! Sadaharu fits snuggly next to the player!

Match made in heaven.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Found a Gintama gachagacha machine with goods that I want! I got a Gintama reflector and an Elizabeth fortune teller on my first two tries and my third got me the Sadaharu cord reel! So cute.

I wanted to try for the pen case that looks like Okita's eyemask, but I'll leave that challenge for next time.

Yeah, I would say there is a very good chance I'm going to see the movie when it comes out next month.

In the meantime, I'm putting the reflector on my bag and bringing Elly to work with me.

And I just thought of some Vines I could do with Elly. Oooh so much fun potential!

One more!

One lesson at work and then I go back to the house, do some laundry, move furniture around, go climbing, then head to my grandmother's.

I thought yesterday would be torture, but turned out to be decent. Can't ask for much more.

And totally unrelated, but there is this Asahi beer ad on the train featuring the ever gorgeous Masha. *drool*

Sunday, June 16, 2013

At the theater: The Great Gatsby



Headed to Hama.

Seeing Gatsby with Samantha and Misako today. Almost didn't wake up in time. Woke up in a panic and thought the subway time I looked up was the Shink time. As a result, I'm totally on time.

Listened to Masha last night as I did my nails to match my top. Decided last minute to try a moon manicure. The result is a bit messy, but not bad for a first attempt.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Leaving the house at 6:05am. Normally, this is where I panic.

But I closed my 7am, so I'm still good. Put in a no-Friday-morning schedule next month, so after next week, Thursday evenings will no longer be a problem.

Also, it's totally summer. I couldn't sleep last night (and subsequently overslept) because my feet were hot. That sucks. Time to invest in a cooling pad for my bed.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Spending a quiet night at my local Komeda

After sleeping in this morning after four hours of Skype with my mom that began at 3am, I did my laundry and watched about 10 episodes of Gintama. I kinda want to reach the Benizakura arc today, but I'm still about 20 episodes away. Even I have my limits.

Anyways, after I survived the heat of the day in my room, I headed out to the drugstore to pick up detergent and such. It's still a bit warm, so I decided to spend some time at Komeda to sort out my game plan for the next week/rest of the month before heading back to the house.

I like late-night Komeda. I might do this more often.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

On the wall again.

I would never bother finding time to go to the gym, but climbing, I *make* time.

So major discovery today. I find blue problems, which are graded higher, easier than pink problems, which are the easiest. My body moves the way I want it to. Plus, failing a blue doesn't look as lame as failing a pink.

So now I have a bit of a game plan. There is light at the end of the tunnel. I know it's there, but now I see it.


Packed bags today

Two lessons, then I'm going to try to catch a movie, then grad lunch, then climb for a bit.


Well, more bulky than anything else.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Retail Therapy: Old Navy

After the tix for the Les Mis show I wanted to see sold out, I got tix to Disney on Ice. Then I dropped by the Old Navy that opened up in April.

I never really was an Old Navy person, but I couldn't resist the California map shirt, the pink Nagoya shirt, and the from California to Nagoya shirt. I'll take pics later.

In line for Les Mis tix

Underestimated the line. Should have come earlier. And I could have too. Damn. Not too long, but long enough to have me worried. We're going for a weekend show. *fingers crossed*

Up to 12 tix!? Dude!



Or maybe I'm just sleepy.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Fell asleep during TamaRadi

I missed Masha's final "Die Yukawa! Die!" a la Namase-san. He sounded like he was having so much fun.

They're filming the last episode now. Amami Yuki! Which means Salvation of a Saint! If it isn't, I will be very disappoioted.

Fangirled with a client yesterday over Masha's arms in the basball episode and the t-rex in episode seven. If there's anything I know, it's fangirling.

Good times.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Turning Pages: ゴーストハント 旧校舎怪談

So despite parts of my brain screaming NO!, I've decided to read the rewrite of the 悪霊 series. I bought volume one when it first came out, but put it aside after the first chapter because the rewrite was damn scarier.

Summer's coming. Ghost story time in Japan. This is going to be so much fun!

Not too shabby

A lot of possibly not so great things coming up including figuring out insurance premium that tripled, a laptop that might be on it's last legs, a cell phone going wonky, an MP3 player that kinda sorta just blanked for one night, and a lot of psychological blah that I won't bore you with.

That being said, I'm climbing again (possibly twice this coming week), I might have a solution to my work schedule killing me slowly, I have a steady income, work makes sense, my mom's coming to Japan in two weeks, Restaurant Week is coming up, I'm going to London in three months, the first two years of Gintama showed up on the Bandai Channel's all-you-can-watch list, and the people around me are generally healthy. Oh! And it's Saturday, which means Masha tonight!

Quoting Firefly is never a sign of life being great, but

I'm still flying. It isn't much. But it's enough.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Turning Pages: Ghosthunt 悪夢の住む家

Thank goodness I finished this during my breaks at work before the sun went down. Even in broad daylight, I was freaking out. Wow. Just as scary as I remember the novel. The next volume is going to be worse. Can't wait!

Ghosthunt GET!!


Splurged and got the one with the memo pads.

Sooo looking forward to this. Though the cover already has me freaking out. The novel was easily the scariest of the series.

I think I figured it out

The tweak in my work schedule I've been wanting.

Friday mornings. If I get rid of them, I can come back from my grandmother's on Thursday evening, climb, and recover/make breakfast and food for the week/get stuff done in the morning.

That's the theory anyways. Means less possible income, but I don't get too many on Friday mornings anyways.

I should put my new problem-solving skills (will post book info later) to the test and analyze this possibility. But my gut instinct is saying Yes. I just happened to have my first lesson at 8:30 and even just that let me climb without being worried about this morning. I like having that peace of mind. Which also tells me quitting the regular gym and climbing was the right choice. I would never change my schedule to go to the gym, but to climb, yes, I find a way.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

So I started climbing again

Signed up at a gym last week and faced the reality of how much I suck.

Weight gain+overall laziness+a slowly decreasing, but still disabling fear of hurting myself

But I came back this week. And I can do more than last week. I banged up my knees and left some skin on a hold, but I'm doing better than last week.

My goal at this point is to stay for two hours. Not pushing too hard. Just climbing and resting.

And now that my arms feel a tad rested, one more go.

It's Thursday and I'm going to work

Training workshop. But I get out at a decent hour so I'm bringing my climbing shoes and a much more casual set of clothes. I'm going to try getting an hour in and then head back to the house.

Totally different topic, but wearing what I am now, I realize I finally need to dish out some cash and get some more early-30s appropriate work clothes and figure out make-up and such. Maybe when I get back from London. Make-up maybe before London. Never know, the guy of my dreams might be waiting for me. Granted the guy of my dreams wouldn't care that much about my appearance, but I need to catch his attention, right?

Oh yeah, did I mention I'm going to London? In less than three months. It's pretty much my first real trip overseas. Whee!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

In the end

Yesterday was a good day. Some blah and some definite concerns, but I'm still flying. It's not much. But it's enough.

And this would be where I realize how far gone I am. I'm quoting Firefly to say things are good. But it gets the job done.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Feeling chipper

Had a cup of tea this morning.

Even if making breakfast is unrealistic, tea is doable. I'm awake and strangely happy. Not going to question it either. I still don't want to go to work because I'm just that mentally tired and this line of work goes against my nature. But people at work don't need to know that.

And when I would usually be slapping a smile on my face and playing Queen's The Show Must Go On over and over again in my head, I'm naturally smiling now. A large part of this is thanks to the tea and Masha flowing through my earbuds.

TOKIO will always be my number one guys, but Masha is a different kind of awesome. He's one of my ideals. I want a love like the ones in his songs. And his dedication and honesty towards his work is inspiring. I could sing his praises all day. But I have work, so I'll spare you from my rambling.

Today's going to be a good day. I have decided this and no one else gets to make that decision.

Saturday, June 1, 2013


Switched on Radiko for to listen to TamaRadi and got the Kanto region, so the show before is Nakai. And he was playing $10 and I literally choked from shock.

It's been a long time since I've heard that on. Old school SMAP.

Now time for Masha!!

To work!

A short day today. Thank goodness. It's a slow day in Mel World. I think I'll make some soup when I get back. Or just sleep.