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10 January 2011 @ 10:53 pm
Random life...  
This is just a random update on my life/ stuff. ^^ I've been thinking about a lot of things recently..

I guess you could sum them up with:
1. Oh man it's cold!
2. I'm hungry...
3. I wanna have a body that I love..
4. How can I get more people to read my blog?
6. Ooh, downloads! Youtube videos!! Hey, a book! Distractions!
7. Boyfriend looooooooove.

Not that I'm being lazy about most of them. I'm exercising almost every day. I never get sick (though I did feel slightly under the weather yesterday, sorry twitter people ^^;), and I usually cook my own food. Yesterday I turned back to the old "shirataki and spaghetti sauce" in order to cut down on calories. Shirataki are noodles that feel basicaly like gelatin. They are made from a root and have virtually no calories. They're pretty tasteless, though they smell like fish, but they are good in nabe and passable when smothered in spaghetti sauce. Oatmeal is another staple recently. Fiber!!

And on the cold.. I know it's a lot colder in most of the rest of the world, but Tokyo is extremely cold recently!! The weather just dropped an average of 15 degrees Centigrade in less than a wee. COOOOOLD COLD COLD!! It doesn't help that most buildings (including mine) do not have insulation, so they needto be constantly heated. For some reason, Japan recommends things like kotatsu (a table with a heater in the bottom and a blanket attached, so under the blanket is really warm, even if the outside is FREEZING, and wrapping yourself up in layers.... as opposed to building houses what, you know.. retain heat/warmth. I can't really fathom why. My kerosene heater is on full blast right now, but because it is not pointed right at me, my fingers are so cold that they're almost numb! During the day it's a little better with the sun shining in the window, which brings some relief. But stiiiiiill. ^^; When I one day build a house here, it will have heated flooring, central heat/air, double-paned windows, and tons tons tons of insulation! (and maybe a pool.. we'll have to see. Japanese summers are really short. So maybe a hot tub).

Speaking of which, I really need a nice jacket. A nice, warm jacket. I think I will have to give in and make one, but I am not sure of the best material. I'm thinking something like this: http://clockworkcouture.com/?q=node/694 Maybe. But to be warm it needs to be sheepskin or something, and I haven't found a good place that sells it for cheap.. I'm also thinking about how to make one of those hideously bulbous down coats that make stick-people look fat, look good on my gigantic body. They are warm, that's for sure! There must be a way to make a cute one! Any one have any ideas? (I'm talking about these http://www.nissen.co.jp/sho_item/regular/1406/1406_02601.asp?book=1406&cat=cate001&bu=5239&thum=cate001_001_055_000-01) Some people use belts to make them thinner-looking, but those are people that have no hips. I tried it in the store and it... looked.. really.. weird ^^; Maybe I will take a picture later to show you what I mean!

Ah well..... so I need to get to sleep! I'm in the middle of the Tales of Narnia right now.. it's my first time reading more than just the first two books, and it's great so far! I'm not sure sure why I waited so long!

I'll read a little before I go to bed.. more updates tomorrow sometime after I get back from the dentist's I suppose! ^^

PS: The picture at the right is a random one I drew recently.. For some reason it didn't scan well, so I didn't use it for anything. LOL
Whitneykashewmoo on January 10th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
Honestly, when it comes to winter coats, it's better to be warm, even if they're "unfashionable." I personally like puffy down coats even though it adds on extra padding, if you will, if only because they keep you warm in extremely cold temperatures, and when it comes to winter time, I'm not one to really care about what I look like so long as I'm not going to freeze. :P Perhaps living in Colorado (and in one of the fittest cities in the world) has done that to me, though.

I'd also recommend a wool coat - you could always try looking on the Kohl's website, and see if someone could ship to you. I have one from there that's fitted and cinches in at the waist, so you actually get some definition in a coat, which is rare.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 10th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
This year, I am choosing fashion over warmth if necessary, since being cold only makes me miserable, not sick (seems to make everyone else sick though, not sure why..). but I would prefer to combine the two if possible! ^^

The problem is that because I am tall, my torso is longer than normal. The fitted coats (both here and in America) all hit me between my boobs and my waist. I have big shoulders too, so most are too tight there and if they fit my shoulders, are way too loose in the waist. Then of course most long coats, even in America, come up about 6 inches or so too short on my arms. I can't win, lol. So I think I will make my own =D Just as soon as I figure out where to buy the materials! XD
Kimyunni on January 10th, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC)
Buy Uniqlo heat tech clothing :O They really work! http://www.uniqlo.com/jp/
Alita: boomangelachibayuy on January 10th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah heat tech is brilliant. But they also sell heat tech in other brands too same price, almost every store has a brand now of it and they all work.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 10th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
I actually have one of their inner shirts. But it wasn't any different than wearing a normal camisole underneath, to me. Maybe it doesn't work for me..
Fiammattafusakugyoku on January 10th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Oooh, shirataki... it's so expensive in the States!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 10th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
Really?! I just bought a HUGE bag of it for less than 300 yen the other day. I was like.. JACKPOT! =D I guess it helps living in asia.

I wonder why it never caught on in America. Maybe it's the smell..
Debbieteacup_bunny on January 10th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
If you wash them well, put them in a pan with enough veggie broth to cover and boil them, the noodles don't taste fishy at all. That way I can use less spaghetti sauce to cover the taste and save calories, or just make low cal soups.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 10th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
Yay!! Someone who likes them too!! ^^

I found personally that as long as I wash and boil them, there is no taste at all. It's just the smell, which is mostly gone by the point the sauce gets to it. I really want hotpot now though! XD
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 10th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
Ewwwww, that's way too cold for me!!!

At least your houses have insulation and you mostly travel by car, right? It was a lot colder when I lived in the US, but winter didn't seem nearly as bad. Here in Japan I'm constantly cold, no matter where I am.
DesertCoyote: Lyra and Space Chickendesertcoyote on January 10th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
Donated a cup of coffee! Keep warm! And thank you for the blog- I enjoy reading it.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 10th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
Awwww, thanks so much!! ^-^
The Eunikarakurimi on January 10th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
I agree with the above poster about Uniqlo! In NYC they have the Uniqlo flagship store and I've bought a few of their clothes from the heat tech line~ I layer it with my jacket or a lighter than usual sweater to test it out, and they help quite a bit!

I also agree with the first commenter- go for a wool coat if not a bubble-down coat for the warmth factor. Not polyester but good and true wool, making sure their lining is also up to snuff and keep you warm with it on the inside, too.

Lastly, maybe a trusty sweater can be used under your less-than-reliable jackets - that can make a difference in warmth, too. Either way, I hope you find something that both flatters you and keeps you warm!

Your picture, by the way, looks really cute! I love your style of art. The short-haired girl reminds me of Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura series. :x
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 10th, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
The problem with Uniqlo is that they're so unstylish.. They are great for basics, like cheap underwear and undershirts, but when it comes to fashion.. well, they are not really trendy, you could say. ^^; That being said, I've bought a lot of undershirts from them over the years! Even coats there in the past. But I want to be more stylish now :3

Is wool really warm? I had several wool coats in the past, but maybe they were part polyester or something, because I was constantly freezing in them, especially when the wind hit me. It seemed to go right through it! O.O

Thanks! I hope I will come up with something soon!
The Eunikarakurimi on January 18th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
Ahh! Sorry for being away from comments, but I went on a trip last week.

Wool is super reliable but in my experience, it's worth going around and feeling out the coats, as well as asking folks what their feelings are on the products before buying anymore, especially since you yourself know that some coats tend to let the cold in so easily! X_X I personally think there's a lot of costs cut in some lines of coats that are produced to be woolen, because while it looks good on the outside or it's stylish, their lining falls short of what a coat should have.

I'm more of a Uniqlo fan because I could put the basics with what I have already in my closet, but I agree with you- their stuff isn't that exciting and if you want something on trend, it's best to look elsewhere.

I hope you find something awesome, soon!
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 10th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
$100 is nor abnormal for a coat at all here. I looked at a lot of sales yesterday and the super last-chance mega-sale coats were all above that. ^^; For a good one, I wouldn't mind paying that. Of course, good to me means stylish as well as good-fitting. I've been to Lands End here, but they only carry the sporty-type stuff. Nothing stylish, sadly. ToT
Alita: JunjunMitsuiangelachibayuy on January 10th, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
I would just suggest Uniqlo for coats. They have the good bumpy ones for 5000 yen, no use wasting time making one.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 10th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
Except that I can't wear the bumpy ones.. like I said in the post, they make stick people look fat, so they're much worse on me. They're also not stylish at all. I want to be stylish. I thought about buying one and modifying it somehow to make it less hideous and not bulbous, but I can't really think of a good way yet.
rubybeanierubybeanie on January 11th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
My Nan stole my coat to take to the dry cleaners ... I live in Northern Ireland ... not sensible with our weather at all >.> had to steal my mum's ... so i know your pain ^^ hope you find a nice warmth giving one soon ^___^

And calorie counting is such a pain isnt it >.< I havent been able to get back on track since after christmas ... switched to weight watcher meals bulked up with veg so i could make sure portion sizes where rihgt and the cals low T^T

Really like the drawing !!! it real pretty ^U^ wish I could daw like you

zombiestarzombiestar on January 11th, 2011 11:08 am (UTC)
I don't know if this will help but
I have a hard time with coats however I find that some of the ebay sites will make a custom coat for under 100$ and I think they will ship it to you

also korea has lots of cheap coats :)
stay warm and I loved the art
Neffiline: AAA Purikuraneffiline on January 11th, 2011 01:10 pm (UTC)
I know you said (or I think it was you) that you don't like the faux fur trend in Japan right now, but I'm in loooove with it. That's what I'd get if I was in Tokyo right now... But I'm not. The coats out here in Canada are SO boring. It's all the same colors. All grey, brown, black, white. Maybe a few purple. That's it. SO BORING.

So I ordered one from eBay, it's PINK! Like HOT PINK! It's from the UK and cost me 45$ with shipping!!!! I can't wait to receive it n_____n//

That picture you drew is rreeaaallly pretty! I love the rabbits n___n SO CUTE! I love rabbits drawn that way!
ore-samathesundaywriter on January 11th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
Shirataki ♥ I've been eating more of them as part of my 'less unhealthy carbs' diet, I like the texture as they're thicker than vermicelli which I find a bit too thin.
Joedoedoejoedoedoe on January 12th, 2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
coat and kerosen
As far as the coat is concerned, i would definitely suggest making sure that it is windproof. That makes such a difference! I have a windproof softshell which is really only an insulated plastic layer and that can be enough to avoid you needing much more padding. But if gets below 0C then you will obviously still need a thick jumper. But a softshell and a thick jumper can handle a lot. I leave the fashionability of it to you, but it's definitely something to consider.
If you do go the 'down' path, make sure that it's real down and not something synthetic. I mean, i hate the idea that feathers are taken from live geese, but real down can be a lifesaver and is a much better insulator than synthetic padding of the same thickness. This is speaking from experience since i've worn a down jacket to the top of the Kilimanjaro with -15C and windchill of at least -25C. Actually before the summit day, i managed with the softshell at heights of above 4000m where the temperature was already below 0C.

And: 'kerosene heater'????? What the hell!!! I hope you have a good exhaust and good ventilation because those things can consume a lot of the oxygen in a room and that can end up making you feel really sick! Be careful when using it!
And, i am a bit shocked that the country where the Kyoto Protocol was signed is not doing better as far as saving energy in housing. Do you have a really old house or is your house more or less representative of the standard?
And i am guessing you are not looking to improve your house with double paned windows or wall insulation, right?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 13th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
Re: coat and kerosen
Kerosene heaters and wall heaters (the A/C unit turned to heat, which costs a fortune in energy and barely heats at all) are the most common heating systems here. That, and using space heaters or kotatsu, all of which do nothing to make the room warm. It makes no sense! Luckily, like every average place in Japan, my apartment is so drafty that I don't need to worry about ventilation. If I turn off the heater, it takes all of 30 seconds to become freezing again. x.x

Actually, I live in an apartment that is only a few years old. Practically brand-new! Even my Japanese friends have complained about lack of insulation, probably because they heard about it's existence on tv.
karisumagyaru.blogspot.com on January 14th, 2011 06:49 am (UTC)
ha! i hear you on the cold... except i got it worse cuz in the school where i work, not only do they NOT HEAT THE BUILDINGS but they OPEN ALL THE WINDOWS!!! they think this will prevent the kids from being sick... ha!!

oh well anyways. that first coat is cute! the padded one, i would suggest that you stay away from them, especially the ones made for j-people (uniqlo) that are basically giant rectangles made for girls that are shaped like rectangles too...

good luck with everything! i am jealous that you are all ラブラブ! ^_-