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13 September 2010 @ 11:07 pm
Happy Southern Day (and stuff!)  
That's a reference to last Sunday, when Kimberly had a Southern Day party. Fried everything! It was fun, and a LOT to eat. I ate way, way too much!!!

But I need to get together with friends like that more often. As often as possible. Even though I'm slowly getting busier.

Actually, I do have a few pictures...

Playing with Kimberly's doggies in the park ^^ They were taken with my iphone, so they're not stellar quality, gomen! ^^;;




Emily, Adele, and Tiffany enjoying the nice weather.


We all really needed a walk after all of this food!!


Tiffany and Kimberly walking Tatami and Mugi ^^ I actually stole this picture from Emily. ^^


Tatami and Mugi.. aren't they cute?!


Back to my digicam.. You can really tell the difference, can't you?
Tiffany loves chikin =D


Kimberly gave us a test on how to speak Southern. Emily and I WON!! =D =D =D =D =D Born Southerners =D Adele, you were my favorite, though ♥


Adele made some omg delicious desserts! I was so full, yet I ate so much! I would kill for that pie right now =D


Emily is all about the brownies =D


Totally unrelated. It is still this hot outside, even though it's fall. Oh lovely weather =D



And I really just want to ramble on about things... I don't know if anybody is really interested, but if you are, click on! =^-^=



Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh! I just felt like saying that..

And in another note, yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!! I've been waiting for weeks for Google to send me my pin number so that I could turn adsense on. I didn't notice that way back in April, since I didn't enter the unsolicited pin number that they'd sent me, they had turned off anything that makes money on my account! My bad, because I didn't pay enough attention, and I merely glanced at the japanese postcard that they sent me. I mean, I use the site in english even though my address is registered as Japan, so I figured that any correspondence would come through in english and anything else was random ads. They've sent me letters in both before. I really wish that I'd looked. Mainly because I might have earned money for doing nothing but making fun posts in my blog.. ^^;;

When I realized it nearly a month ago, I requested a new pin number twice before it finally registered as "sent," and waited.. and waited.. and waited! Even though it was my oversight that caused it, it really felt like Goo*** was stealing money from me. Does that make any sense to anyone but me? ^o^;;

Actually, right now I'm doing a lot of different projects, and I never feel like I have enough time. I'm trying to get a new manga name done soon too. It's not going bad! But I'm not at the hard part yet. ^-^;;

.......

To be honest, I wrote the above about 9 hours ago.. XD Makoto came over and then we hung out the rest of the day. Mako-time is my only self-designated relax/play time. The rest of my time, I want to try to do something productive if I can!

I've started exercising again. It took me a long time to clean up the new apartment. I was super-thorough in a way that I've never been, and put everything away properly, organized, etc. I'm also trying my best to keep it clean, but I never realized how much work it really it!! Until now, I've always been kind of -whatever- when it comes to cleanliness. Sometimes I was downright messy, but I did prefer it clean. I just lacked the drive to keep it that way for more than a day or two. Now though, I'm being super-strict with myself about it! If I don't take the time to clean up after myself the same day (if not right away), then I feel so sloppy. It's really weird. I'm still living alone, but myGOD it takes forever to clean, or at least it feels like it! I cant get the marks off the floor (you can onlysee them reflected in the light) from where I set a super-cold glass or something and it's driving me crazy. When I think about it. I would have never known that something

By the way, I'm really happy with Mako. I see him a lot now that we live so close by each other. I love it!! He's a lifesaver sometimes, too, taking me to the hospital and Costco and things like that.

Speaking of which, Costco!! Mmmmmmmmm it is just so much cheaper to go to Costco, even if it takes over an hour! I got a 2kg bag of mixed frozen berries for $10, whereas the same size of raspberries costs me $40 online! I hadn't had berries in a long time for that exact reason.. they are just too expensive! But not anymore! Unfortunately in less than a week, I've polished off almost the entire thing and craving more. ^^;; The best candy EVER, I tell you! Plus, now I have peanut butter to last a lifetime and so much oatmeal and cheese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love Costco. I've decided that in Japan, I can't live without Costco. It's true that lately I've been really enjoying japanese food, but there are still things that I love that are hardto get and/or expensive here. Things that I consider staples of my diet (like cheddar cheese and oatmeal =D) So so grateful =D

Maybe I should have talked about the hospital first.. ^^;; Does this show where my priorities lie? LOL So I've been on something called Predonine (stereoids) and Seftac (seems to be for protecting the stomach lining) for almost a week now. I've also started taking vitamins (thank you Costco!) and vitamin C (thank you, regular drugstore! =D). I'm not sure if it's the vitamins fault or due to the medicine, but I haven't felt this energetic all summer. Or it could even be the berries and copious amounts of oatmeal (the gas is definitely due to the reried beans, but we'll leave that one out of it). Whatever it is, I feel a LOT better! I even started exercising.

To be honest, right before I moved I had a fight with Mako. For me, getting depressed generally means losing my appetite and I don't eat. My sister is actually the same way (which might explain why she is 5'9" and a size 0.. I btw am probably a 6? I'm 5'11ish" btw..) So my weight plummeted to about 2 kilos under the goal that I'd been aiming for! (I wasn't too far away anyways, but those last kgs are hard!) But we resolved it quickly and I feel happier now than I have in a long, long, looooong time. But weightwise I managed to go right back up to where I was two months ago, though, in the month that I've been here. I thought that I could quit my diet and just tone up. Not so. =( So, back on the diet+exercise again!

I dropped a little bit, and maybe it's the exercise combined with the diet/good food, but I feel so good! I think (?) that the ITP might be clearing up too, because I banged my hip pretty hard while in the bathroom the other day, but there is barely a mark. Before I was covered in dark purple splotches just from resting boxes on my hip. I hope this is a good sign! =D I'm having my blood tested again in 3 weeks, and I really look forward to the results! I might be able to go back to normal life! Yay!

The doctor warned me that my appetite would probably increase because of the pills, but actually I've found the opposite. LOL Before I was eating twice a day (you really can't eat more than that if you eat out at all here, because the calorie count in nearly every plate of food is 1,000 calories and up. Whomever says that Japanese food is low-calorie doesn't eat in modern Japanese restaurants). But now because I'm supposed to take medication three times a day after meals, I'm eating smaller meals at preplanned times, and I rarely feel any need to snack in between. It's kind of nice! =D I really love it!

Hmmm, what else to talk about. I was going to go take a bike ride again tonight, but I just heard rain start pounding against the windows. Erk.... I guess that's that T-T Maybe I will hula-hoop instead..

In other news.. I have an audition tomorrow! I failed the one a few weeks ago (for a commercial), and this one is for another commercial. Other than the company, I don't have any information about it, so I don't know what to expect. But I'm going to try as hard as I can and who knows! I really do love the product this time!! =D

By the way, unrelated, but is there anyone who is really, really familiar with Itunes and Iphones that might give me a hand? I had my iPhone synched to the computer that died a while back, and on the laptop it says that it needs to reset to factory settings if I want to synch it. I don't want that! I don't know what to do. I want to use Itunes, and all I want to do is to download some apps that are too big for the phone to do itself. But I refuse to delete my pictures, emails, songs, address, settings, etc! Does anyone know a way out where I can still use itunes and not some 3rd party or jailbreak software? Oi. Why so onery, itunes???? Other than that, I've really loved my iphone so far, but this is kind of a big problem. Am I SOL, should I complain to Apple or have the people at the Apple store help me again?

In other news.. I'm happy because today I started back up my translation of Yanagi Kotaroh's autobiography, and you can find it here as usual: yakubun. That was on my to-do list. I can probably go a lot faster from here, especially because yesterday I finished my japanese textbook!!!!! I'm actually going to go through all of the grammar points and vocabulary again, since I've forgotten a lot of it over the almost 1-year that I've had it, but I feel really good about finishing round 1! ^^

I'm making progress, even if it's slow and I'm distracted a lot. But I have a lot of people behind me, and I couldn't do it without all of you! =^-^= Bit by biiiiiit!

I'm sure that there was more that I wanted to write, but I can't remember at the moment. I suppose it's time to go check and see how the weather is doing! Night night! Tomorrow is another day of putting myself to work work work!! =^-^=

Edit: I just saw a scientology ad on my lj!! LOL! I clicked it and it was actually interesting. Who'd have thought? Maybe Tom Cruise has it right? =D
 
 
 
L.impressioniste on September 13th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the audition and I'm glad you're feeling better.

I was on prednisone (also a steroid) for a while, which is probably something similar, to help with my arthritis, and it made me feel a lot better. It made me feel like crap when they forced me to STOP taking it, though.

I have an iPod touch, but iTunes still messes with me. There's probably a program that you can find SOMEWHERE that will let you back up all your stuff, but I've been too paranoid to jailbreak my iTouch to see what works, so I ended up just wiping things. I didn't have tons of photos and stuff on mine though.

http://maketecheasier.com/how-to-copy-files-tofrom-your-iphone/2008/09/05

This tutorial might help. There's instructions for windows users. At the very least maybe you can save your stuff to your PC, and then format the thing, and transfer them back. I'm not sure if that particular program in the link above lets you move stuff from your phone TO the computer, or just from your computer to the phone, though.

Another program someone linked apparently does support both ways, but it doesn't look like it's free. It's fairly cheap, if it works, though. Especially if it lets you save all those files.

http://www.digidna.net/products/diskaid

You might be able to find something else free that works, that's just what I found in a couple of minutes of searching.

Edited at 2010-09-13 02:35 pm (UTC)
ルリdemonruri on September 13th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
haha hilarious and the iphone is "suppose" to take amazing photos with the new bs display on the iphone 4
EMPEROR, MASTER OF DEATH: [BBCSH] Stop thinking about cakemonarchist on September 13th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
I've reset my iPhone and iPod to factory before, and it usually asks you if you want to backup all your information before it proceeds.
Sammi Guiderathat_darn_kat on September 13th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
Be careful clicking your own ads! Google will shut down the adsense account and take any of the money if it gets too many clicks from the same IP! :\ It's lame.

Glad you're feeling better, btw!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 13th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
OMG really?! Thanks for warning me! I actually was interested in them, which is why I clicked them! =D;; Oh my.
Sammi Guiderathat_darn_kat on September 13th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I had a friend who lost about $1000. He only clicked a few ads to see if they were working properly. :|
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The Mighty Bento: kurofai coronatime!tochira on September 13th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
Southern Day, I like that! Should try doing that here, too - no such things as biscuits or proper pound cake where I'm living. (Although where I am, it's Ziploc bags and Quaker grits that I can't get, even at Costco! I'd kill for them...)

Good luck with your new regime, I just spent what feels like three days straight cleaning and dusting. It really does feel like you never stop, right? :P

The Mousenekonezumi on September 13th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
Good luck on your audition!!! I'll cross my fingers for you, and I'll keep them crossed for a week until you have your follow-up appointment at the hospital, too. ^_~

Also: Costco oatmeal!!! I have to write down some oatmeal combinations to expand your oatmeal experience. XD

I'm with you on Japanese restaurants, depending on the place. It's probably about 500-700 for most servings, unless you go for tonkatsu or tempura, in which case it's a lot more. I love Japanese food, but I wish Japanese restaurants gave you doggie bags. The servings in America are bigger, but I don't feel like I'm wasting food if I don't eat everything at once.

And the pictures: I love the one of Tiff with the bucket of chicken. They should put her on posters on the train. And yeah, チーム南人!!! That house is afar!!!
igglepoof: profile house of cardsigglepoof on September 14th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Scientology is cult. Some people commit suicide to escape.

Just my 2 cents.
Janellechibi_rei on September 14th, 2010 06:17 am (UTC)
Whomever says that Japanese food is low-calorie doesn't eat in modern Japanese restaurants
Agreed! Same thing with people saying American food portions are too big. I had a hard time finishing some of the dishes I had in Japan because there was so much! (Mostly noodle dishes).

Good luck with the audition!
Ng (current avatar made with www.moeruavatar.com)ngblog on September 15th, 2010 10:18 am (UTC)
Good to hear that you're feeling better, and how did the audition go ?? :)
nikitanikita2471 on September 15th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Predninsone can "turn off" the switch in your brain that your stomach tells you when it is full. That's why the doctor said you could feel hungry more often while on the drug. For me, I felt hungry all the time, despite having eaten a full meal. Most people gain a lot of weight while on prednisone. I, unfortunately, gained 40lbs! (well, I was on Prednisone for almost a year)

You're lucky that you don't feel the increase in appetite. Just keep eating right and you'll do fine!

Yeah, they gave you the other drug for your stomach because predinsone is so strong, you might develop ulcers. My doctor prescribed something similar for me too when I was on pred.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 15th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know! =D

It's actually hard to increase appetite when you always feel hungry. I don't feel any different than normal, lol. But I actually lost a little weight, yay!