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03 January 2011 @ 04:34 pm
Happy 2011!! =^_______^= Let's make this year the BEST!  
Oh my.. I have been insanely busy this last week! I think that after Wednesday, things will settle back down again. I hope... ^^;

I spent Christmas with M just relaxing, and the next day I rushed off to the Xmas party at Lindsay's. ^^ Then on the 29th, I was invited to M's elementary school reunion (I met a lot of great people! ^^), and the next day it was his birthday. ^^ The next day I headed down to celebrate New Years at Sensouji temple with Eda, Tiffany, and Hannah. Then the next day M brought over traditional New Years food (O-sechi) for me... OMG, so delicious!! Then the next day (yesterday), was Eda's birthday and I sort-of-haphazardly organized a surprise party for her. It was a lot of fun!!! Though I feel like I've been extremely busy!

Today is my time to get ready and do laundry (lol) and go grocery shopping, and hopefully Get Things Done, because tomorrow I have filming for Pop'n Press! Then the day after going to hit up the New Year sales with M and see if there is anything out there worth getting. ^^ I promised him a new Coat for Xmas and we waited for now to pick it out, so... well at least there will be that! My mother and Grandmother sent me some money to buy something for myself, too, so I am hoping to find something that I really like. Maybe some jewelry, or... I don't know. Something that really catches my eye! (in that case, more than clothes, it would be something electronic I'm sure ^^; I really want a laser hair remover, but they seem to cost about 5 times my budget..)

What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
I had my work published in Shonen Jump (when I helped Konomi-sensei on his short story, Moonwalker Ltd.)
I was given a soubetsukai -- "farewell party" (from Sensei as well). It might seem weird, but I've never been given one before. Guess I was never important enough before, in my job at least.
I "worked" as a waitress at Hooters (it was for my January Asahi Weekly article.. very interesting!)
I saw Cirque Du Soleil, The Blue Man Group, and Muscle Musical (all also Asahi Weekly articles.. that job is a lot of fun!)
I fell in real love. It feels like everything else was practice for this one.
Had a nabe (hotpot) party.
Cooked Nikujaga (like a japanese stew) and mochi-dango.
I'm sure there is more..

Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Some of them I did, and some I didn't.. I will definitely make more! But just one:

To be honest, I don't feel like I am very good at self-motivation. All of the things that I want to do, and enjoy doing, and want to accomplish-- I put them off time and time again and then go, 'why didn't I just start on them? I would be happier now..' So let's put an end to that! It's hard to break bad habits (like watching too much Star Trek *coughs*), but I am making that my goal this year. Starting today.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Several people I know gave birth, though nobody that I see regularly. (ie: nobody who lives in Japan)

Did anyone close to you die?
Not that I know of.. at least I hope not!

What countries did you visit?
I stayed in Japan all year this year. ^^; More a money thing than anything else. I have the will but not the way, lol! Eventually circumstances will change, I'm sure ^^

What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Money!!! And a marriage certificate to M :3
More drive. Oh, and a driver's license.

What date(s) from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April 1st. ^^ It was M and my first date. ^^

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Finding the person mentioned above.. LOL, broken record.
Also, quitting my assistant job is something that I am glad I was able to do.

What was your biggest failure?
Ugh... not getting myself motivated enough to GET THINGS DONE. Hence my only resolution this year.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope! I never got sick. Unless you count being diagnosed with ITP. But I don't ^^ It's something that I can hopefully cure and really an inconvenience more than anything. I really dislike having to go to the hospital every month. x.x

What was the best thing you bought?
Mmmm... I can't think of anything that I bought last year that is all that exciting. I mostly spent money on other people, or on food/clothes..
Nope, can't think of anything. I guess I will have to buy something really cool this year!

Oh wait.. I did get an iphone!! I can't live without it. But it was free, since I signed up for a plan, so I didn't really "buy" it..

Whose behavior merited celebration?
I feel like even though I didn't get a lot done, I still made a lot of good changes and came through some hard times, so.. me? ^^; I hope to continue to improve this year..

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Meh.. let's not dwell on bad things.

Where did most of your money go?
Food.. mainly food and rent, plus the leftover on clothes or on others. I didn't really have much money this year.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
M ♥
Also, DL7 and Jump Festa were high points for me ^^

What song will always remind you of 2010?
Taylor Swift.... well, anything by her ^^

Compared to this time last year (2010), are you:
i. Happier or sadder? Happier!
ii. Thinner or fatter? A smidge thinner (should be more, though.. x.x)
iii. Richer or poorer? Much, MUCH poorer. But happier nonetheless.

What do you wish you'd done more of?
Making money =D

What do you wish you'd done less of?
Procrastinating (see resolution)

How will you spend Christmas?
It's over! I spent it with M, and then the day after with friends celebrating ^^

What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you in 2010?
Mmmm.. I'm sure there was something, but I can't think of anything right now. /boring

Did you fall in love in 2010?
Yes *^-^* For the first time, I think. It feels so much stronger than any time before.

How many one-night stands?
0, thankfully!

Favourite TV show?
Mmmm... I watched a lot of tv this year, but I must say that my favorite is the old stand-by Star Trek: TNG. It's been my background noise almost constantly these last 6 months. ^^; (for better or worse)
My favorite "new" show is definitely "Loke Mitsu", but only the parts with Saki-chan. (don't ask)

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
I went through a few changes, but settled on trying to be cute without looking out-of-place, since I am so tall. But I feel another change coming on right now.

What kept you sane?
M. He also kept me insane, though, so...
I guess manga was the constant, and my friends. ^-^

Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't want to hate.. but sometimes I hate people, for a little while. Like ex-girlfriends that I've never met, and people who aren't faithful. Maybe hate is too strong a word.

What was the best book you read in 2010?
Hmmm... I can't think of anything that I read in 2011 that was really any good. Passable at best. Come on world, give us some good literature!!

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Taylor Swift =^-^= My hero! Well, musically, anyways. I love her music. I've never felt someone's music speak to me so strongly. ^^

What did you want and get?

What did you want and not get?
MONEY =D Marriage to M.

What was your favorite film of this year?
Favorite... well.. it's hard to say, because I don't think anything I saw this year was more than "okay". I guess Karigurashi no Arietty, the new Ghibli film?

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
M and I had cake! I had a party a few days before. ^^

What three things would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Getting married to M. ^^
....that's all I really want. ^^; The rest I will make happen on my own time.
It would have been nice to have money, though. Without having to do work that I hate. Something I like would be nice. A random lottery would be better!

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don't really fancy celebrities, really. I did get interested in Saki-chan, though, to a point. ^^

What political issue stirred you the most?
Politics? Umm.. I guess the debate about dolphin hunting in Taiji, though it's an old debate by now. Ugh.

Who did you miss?
A lot of people, here and there. Especially friends back in the States, both in WA and AZ (and OR).

Who was the best new person you met?
M!! =^________^=

What is a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010?
That I must not procrastinate when I want to get things done!

What quote can be used to sum up your year?
"Captain, we're receiving two hundred and eighty-five thousand hails" -- Lt. Wesley Crusher (Star Trek: TNG)

Okay, I just really wanted to type that. I guess a more appropriate quote is:
"Spot. This is down. Down is good" -- Data

If you want to see some of our Xmas party shennanigans, click here: (courtesy of Tiffany)

I rang in the New Year at Sensouji temple with Eda, Tiffany, and Hannah. ^^ Obviously 2011 is the year of the rabbit!

These desserts are like pancakes sandwiched with anko (red bean) paste inside. They are quite tasty, if you like anko ^^

All lt up! Sorry, my camera wasn't the best, so a lot of the photos are blurry. I will start saving for one RIGHT NOW.

Around the temple grounds, before the crowds rolled in..

Tiffany and me enjoying Denny's. XD

Eda and.. half of Hannah XD

Monkeh =D

Lotsa people! I tried to get some better pictures of the temple, but it ended up just being seas of people's heads. Nothing exciting.

This cool vendor spelled out "happy new year" (and 500 yen) in batter. XD

Here is the New Years food that I talked about. It was so delicious!!!!! Mmmmm!!! I will talk more about that at some other time. For now....

..off to go grocery shopping! I will work on getting the next How to be a Mangaka entry when I come back! ^-^
Liz Starsky: ai-chan - glasseslizstarsky on January 3rd, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
A++++ for the Star Trek: TNG quotes. XD Also, I love that shot of Monkeh; he looks so dramatic and noble~~! And fuzzy. :D
sleep_deprivedyurasama_love on January 4th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
Happy New Year!
I just watched an episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Brent Spiner was in it! He was such a jerk!
Kimyunni on January 3rd, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
とてもかわいい~ I hope you get married this year XD...

I'm in the same situation, my boyfriend and I really want to get married, and we've lived together for months now o.o He's so sweet, he wants to ask my parents if it's ok and he asked me if he should wear a suit XD...We stayed at my parents over Christmas and I met his folks... over skype XD

This year is going to be very hard for us though - his visa runs out in March and he has to go back to Japan. I will of course follow him eventually, hopefuly this year. We're both dreading the day he has to go to the airport ; 3 ; But we will endure!!

I'm sure you understand the feeling :D We both know it will work out eventually - we feel that strongly for each other ^_^

Well! あけましておめでとうございます!
ore-samathesundaywriter on January 3rd, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
What a cute Monkey XD
Melissa D. Johnsonmippa on January 3rd, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year! <3 I miss you so much!
(Anonymous) on January 4th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
Dude... Wesley Crusher was never an Lt. (Lieutenant). He never made it beyond Ensign before The Traveler took him away from Starfleet Academy for being to much of a Genius. He now wanders the universe pondering those things that we mere humans do not have the capacity for pondering...
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 10th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
I think you're right.. but I just copied the quote from a webpage with a lot of Star Trek quotes. Maybe he was Lt. in that universe/timeline?
Janelle: SNSD - ramenchibi_rei on January 4th, 2011 09:34 am (UTC)
Sensouji! &hearts I loved it there. I got to see it a couple times when I stayed in Asakusa last summer. Lol did you guys go to the Denny's there?

Good luck in 2011!
Neffiline: AAA Purikuraneffiline on January 4th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
Honestly I don't see why you would need to get/be any thinner, you're so skinny already!!! :D

Thanks for all the pics. I enjoyed reading and looking at everything n____n//

Happy New Year~