rinlin: (Tea Time)
Last night was such a good time! Alex was nice enough to invite me along with DJ and Chris to her family's beach house. The house is located at the Indiana Dunes, so we drove up there late yesterday afternoon. A few of Alex's other friends, her boyfriend, and her awesome mom, Tyra, were also there. It takes me a bit to feel comfortable around new people, but it's now gotten to a point where I've hung out with them a few times and I'm starting to feel more at ease around them. They're a bunch of fun and sweet people. The house was quite nice, too. It's kind of old, but light and beach-y. It's a large house, but it's split into a bunch of small rooms, so it still feels cozy. It's also not even a minute's walk from the actual beach. Shortly after we arrived, all of us went down to the beach and tried to watch the sunset. Sadly, it was a bit too cloudy for a really nice looking sunset, but the beach was still very relaxing. We returned to the house to grill some burgers and also brought out some booze. It was nice because we all had a bit, so we were relaxed and giggly, but no one drank to levels of stupidity. It was Alex's first time drinking, so she was a bit nervous, but she ended up being just fine. We also played a game of Circle of Death and Tyra even joined us (XD). It was all pretty amusing. We meant to turn in for the night afterwords, but half of us ended up staying up pretty late. DJ and I ended up giving advice to a few of the others because they're a couple years younger than us and we had already gone through some of the things they're currently going through. Oddly, enough the same half of the group that stayed up late was also awake surprisingly early the next morning. We spent time talking with Tyra, while we waited for everyone else to get up. Once they were awake, we all crowded in the adorable little kitchen while Tyra made us raspberry pancakes. DJ, Chris, and I had to leave shortly after that. The whole time just put me in a very good mood for today.

I'm going to go wake myself up a bit with a cup of tea. Though I'm not quite as tired as I would have thought with the lack of sleep I've had the past couple nights.
rinlin: (Tea Time)
Last night was such a good time! Alex was nice enough to invite me along with DJ and Chris to her family's beach house. The house is located at the Indiana Dunes, so we drove up there late yesterday afternoon. A few of Alex's other friends, her boyfriend, and her awesome mom, Tyra, were also there. It takes me a bit to feel comfortable around new people, but it's now gotten to a point where I've hung out with them a few times and I'm starting to feel more at ease around them. They're a bunch of fun and sweet people. The house was quite nice, too. It's kind of old, but light and beach-y. It's a large house, but it's split into a bunch of small rooms, so it still feels cozy. It's also not even a minute's walk from the actual beach. Shortly after we arrived, all of us went down to the beach and tried to watch the sunset. Sadly, it was a bit too cloudy for a really nice looking sunset, but the beach was still very relaxing. We returned to the house to grill some burgers and also brought out some booze. It was nice because we all had a bit, so we were relaxed and giggly, but no one drank to levels of stupidity. It was Alex's first time drinking, so she was a bit nervous, but she ended up being just fine. We also played a game of Circle of Death and Tyra even joined us (XD). It was all pretty amusing. We meant to turn in for the night afterwords, but half of us ended up staying up pretty late. DJ and I ended up giving advice to a few of the others because they're a couple years younger than us and we had already gone through some of the things they're currently going through. Oddly, enough the same half of the group that stayed up late was also awake surprisingly early the next morning. We spent time talking with Tyra, while we waited for everyone else to get up. Once they were awake, we all crowded in the adorable little kitchen while Tyra made us raspberry pancakes. DJ, Chris, and I had to leave shortly after that. The whole time just put me in a very good mood for today.

I'm going to go wake myself up a bit with a cup of tea. Though I'm not quite as tired as I would have thought with the lack of sleep I've had the past couple nights.
rinlin: (Lockon/Tieria)
I finally saw Toy Story 3 yesterday. It was very good, but bittersweet. I think it really hit me because I'm in college and have realized that I'm not a child anymore. Pixar chose the perfect time for the full emotional impact of this movie. All of the children who originally saw Toy Story in theaters are now around college age. If I didn't love Pixar so much, I'd hate them for how emotional their movies can make me.

After watching So You Think You Can Dance last night, DJ and I picked up Kala. We then met up with Jessie and her friend Josh at a bar they had gone to. It was kind of a dive, but we had fun chatting and having a few drinks nonetheless. Jessie and Josh got me a Jagerbomb, cause I'd never had one before. It was okay, but not fantastic. It was also karaoke night, but I wasn't in the mood for singing in front of people.

Today was busier than I expected it to be. I started my morning off by going over to visit our neighbors. They're a slightly older, retired couple. They wanted me to try and translate something for them. They have a Japanese flag from WWII and it's covered in writing (and dried blood from the war...). As best as I could make out, the flag was for some officer in the army, wishing him good luck. I couldn't get much more out of it than that because the flag was completely covered with handwritten kanji (which is automatically harder to read). There were a lot of characters and combinations that I didn't know and my kanji dictionary on my DS was only so helpful. I did find it to be interesting though. I just wish that I could have understood more of it.

Then, I came back home and made cookies. Afterwords, I spent the afternoon with DJ, which involved things such as trying to watch 9 (but only getting halfway through because the DVD was scratched) and going to Bath & Body Works.. After we had dinner, we went over to Alex's house for a couple of hours. It was a fun time because, even though I don't know Alex very well, her house is always very welcoming.

I'm excited for this weekend! I get to go visit my girls in Bloomington! This makes me happy because I so miss geeking out with them. It's Greta's birthday tomorrow and Alie's birthday next week, so we plan on partying. I believe there are plans to have a cosplay dinner. I should get ready for bed because I'm meeting up with Payne early tomorrow. She's driving both of us down to IU. :D
rinlin: (Lockon/Tieria)
I finally saw Toy Story 3 yesterday. It was very good, but bittersweet. I think it really hit me because I'm in college and have realized that I'm not a child anymore. Pixar chose the perfect time for the full emotional impact of this movie. All of the children who originally saw Toy Story in theaters are now around college age. If I didn't love Pixar so much, I'd hate them for how emotional their movies can make me.

After watching So You Think You Can Dance last night, DJ and I picked up Kala. We then met up with Jessie and her friend Josh at a bar they had gone to. It was kind of a dive, but we had fun chatting and having a few drinks nonetheless. Jessie and Josh got me a Jagerbomb, cause I'd never had one before. It was okay, but not fantastic. It was also karaoke night, but I wasn't in the mood for singing in front of people.

Today was busier than I expected it to be. I started my morning off by going over to visit our neighbors. They're a slightly older, retired couple. They wanted me to try and translate something for them. They have a Japanese flag from WWII and it's covered in writing (and dried blood from the war...). As best as I could make out, the flag was for some officer in the army, wishing him good luck. I couldn't get much more out of it than that because the flag was completely covered with handwritten kanji (which is automatically harder to read). There were a lot of characters and combinations that I didn't know and my kanji dictionary on my DS was only so helpful. I did find it to be interesting though. I just wish that I could have understood more of it.

Then, I came back home and made cookies. Afterwords, I spent the afternoon with DJ, which involved things such as trying to watch 9 (but only getting halfway through because the DVD was scratched) and going to Bath & Body Works.. After we had dinner, we went over to Alex's house for a couple of hours. It was a fun time because, even though I don't know Alex very well, her house is always very welcoming.

I'm excited for this weekend! I get to go visit my girls in Bloomington! This makes me happy because I so miss geeking out with them. It's Greta's birthday tomorrow and Alie's birthday next week, so we plan on partying. I believe there are plans to have a cosplay dinner. I should get ready for bed because I'm meeting up with Payne early tomorrow. She's driving both of us down to IU. :D
rinlin: (Glam)
This weekend was a good time. It started on Friday night, when DJ and I met up with Chris. Chris was house-sitting for people with a bunch of pets, so we stopped by so Chris could feed the animals. Among the many pets there was a sweet bullmastiff and some darling bichon/dachshund puppies. (There was also a cockatoo that shrieked like the devil, which I was not okay with.) That put me in a good mood. We then went over to DJ and Chris's friend Alex's house. Alex was still at work, and didn't get back until a bit later, but we sat around and drank with her mother Tyra for a bit. Tyra is pretty awesome, one of those mothers who is genuinely cool, not just trying to be a cool and hip adult around their kids. She's very accepting, friendly, and easy to talk to. Chris then drove all of us over to Tommy Nevin's Pub because someone we knew from high school was playing there with her band. Tyra then proceeded to buy drinks for all of us there. Lol. (Most of us weren't too tipsy, but I'm glad that Chris played DD for us anyways.)

Sunday was the Chicago Pride Parade! This was my third year in a row going. It was fine, but not as fun as last year was. I think part of the reason why this year wasn't as great was because I didn't know as much of our group. DJ and I ended up being the only ones from our usual friend group who could attend, so we joined up with Chris's group. So, out of a group of a dozen or so people I knew DJ, Chris, and Savannah. The parade was still pretty good though; loud, and colorful, and joyous like it is every year. We had originally planned on finding something fun to do after the parade (like the after party we went to last year), but we were so hot and tired that we just ended up going home. It ended up being a nice, but tiring day.
rinlin: (Glam)
This weekend was a good time. It started on Friday night, when DJ and I met up with Chris. Chris was house-sitting for people with a bunch of pets, so we stopped by so Chris could feed the animals. Among the many pets there was a sweet bullmastiff and some darling bichon/dachshund puppies. (There was also a cockatoo that shrieked like the devil, which I was not okay with.) That put me in a good mood. We then went over to DJ and Chris's friend Alex's house. Alex was still at work, and didn't get back until a bit later, but we sat around and drank with her mother Tyra for a bit. Tyra is pretty awesome, one of those mothers who is genuinely cool, not just trying to be a cool and hip adult around their kids. She's very accepting, friendly, and easy to talk to. Chris then drove all of us over to Tommy Nevin's Pub because someone we knew from high school was playing there with her band. Tyra then proceeded to buy drinks for all of us there. Lol. (Most of us weren't too tipsy, but I'm glad that Chris played DD for us anyways.)

Sunday was the Chicago Pride Parade! This was my third year in a row going. It was fine, but not as fun as last year was. I think part of the reason why this year wasn't as great was because I didn't know as much of our group. DJ and I ended up being the only ones from our usual friend group who could attend, so we joined up with Chris's group. So, out of a group of a dozen or so people I knew DJ, Chris, and Savannah. The parade was still pretty good though; loud, and colorful, and joyous like it is every year. We had originally planned on finding something fun to do after the parade (like the after party we went to last year), but we were so hot and tired that we just ended up going home. It ended up being a nice, but tiring day.
rinlin: (Lockon/Tieria)
DJ's birthday was a good time! Our group of people was a little small, since a few of them are out of the state (or country) and Elise was being bitchy and didn't show. It was still nice though. The group ended up being me, DJ, Allison, Jessie, and Savannah. We had originally planned on staying in., but we changed our mind when the TV wasn't working right. After Jessie arrived she suggested we go to Tommy Nevin's, a local pub where she works. I ended up having a Black & White martini, since martinis were on special last night. It was pretty strong, but good. A little more alcoholic tasting than I like my drinks though. The bartender made all of our drinks strong because we were with Jessie. I was tipsy enough after that one drink, so I didn't have more than one. Afterwords, Allison, who was our lovely DD, drove us over to Denny's to get some food and sober up a bit. Then it was back to DJ's place, where I stayed the night. DJ told me that he enjoyed himself and I'm glad that he had a fun time.
rinlin: (Lockon/Tieria)
DJ's birthday was a good time! Our group of people was a little small, since a few of them are out of the state (or country) and Elise was being bitchy and didn't show. It was still nice though. The group ended up being me, DJ, Allison, Jessie, and Savannah. We had originally planned on staying in., but we changed our mind when the TV wasn't working right. After Jessie arrived she suggested we go to Tommy Nevin's, a local pub where she works. I ended up having a Black & White martini, since martinis were on special last night. It was pretty strong, but good. A little more alcoholic tasting than I like my drinks though. The bartender made all of our drinks strong because we were with Jessie. I was tipsy enough after that one drink, so I didn't have more than one. Afterwords, Allison, who was our lovely DD, drove us over to Denny's to get some food and sober up a bit. Then it was back to DJ's place, where I stayed the night. DJ told me that he enjoyed himself and I'm glad that he had a fun time.
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My birthday was a good time!

This past week was so busy, I was so glad when Friday night rolled around. After our Politics final, our professor Colin took the class out to a bar called Always. We had appetizer type food there. We were also fortunate enough to arrive during Happy Hour for half price drinks. I ended up having a margarita, a daiquiri, and part of Lauren's Long Island iced tea. I was tipsy for a while, but I didn't get really drunk. That was fine by me though. The night was pretty fun, except for a little bit at the end where Lauren turned into a sad drunk and broke down crying. [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious  and I ended up comforting her. There was a bunch of other funny stuff that happened before that though, like Chris drunkenly trying to psychoanalyze me. So amusing.

Yesterday was a bit of a post-birthday celebration, since I had class on my actual birthday. I spent the day with [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious , Greta, and Nicole. Because it was my birthday, I was given fearless leader status for a day. We dressed up in fun clothes and kicked the day off in Ikebukuro. First, we had lunch at B:Lily-Rose. I love that place. This time I had a yummy chocolate cake set to eat. I also got my picture taken with our waiter(ess). When she found out it was my birthday, she had me sit on her lap for the picture. (XD) It turned out super cute! After the cafe, we headed to Closet Child's new location. I got a cute Algonquin's shirt. It's really more of a sleeveless hoodie, and it has a hood with cat ears on it.

Then, it was on to Harajuku. I had originally wanted to get a second set of piercings in my ears to celebrate both my 21st birthday and my time in Japan. I checked out a piercing parlor I had been recommended to there, but their prices were super expensive. It would have cost me around $200 to get my ears pierced, which is kind of ridiculous. I decided to forgo the piercing and go shopping with my birthday money. First I hit the J-rock Closet Child. I bought DaizyStripper's latest mini album and a Gazette tote bag. I then stopped at Takuya Angel. I would have loved to have been able to buy an actual outfit there, but that's way out of my budget right now. I did however buy some adorable arm warmers with little claws on them. Takuya Angel himself was working at the shop when we were there. He seemed quite amused, watching me try on all the different arm warmers, lol. He was super nice. I had some nice conversation with him, me using my Japanese, and he using some English and some Japanese. He even gave me a present along with my purchase, a CD of his most recent DJ set. It's a really nice hour long mix. After that, we went to the Harajuku Closet Child. I bought a pretty cool looking H.Anarchy shirt there. For foods, Nicole bought me a yummy birthday crepe. We then went and looked at the pretty dollies in the Soom store. On our way back to the station I stopped at Paris Kids and bought a few cute pairs of earrings, including their knockoff Vivienne Westwood earrings (because I'm not going to be able to afford any real Vivienne Westwood anytime soon).

It was all quite fun. Now, I'm going to make the most of the week I have left in Japan. I can't believe that I'l be going home a week from now. I'm not ready for this semester to be over. Luckily, even though my Japanese final is this week, I don't have that much class this week, which leaves me with a lot of time to finish things up. I'm already planning out the places I want to go this week. I think Wednesday might be a pretty busy, but good, day.

rinlin: (Default)

My birthday was a good time!

This past week was so busy, I was so glad when Friday night rolled around. After our Politics final, our professor Colin took the class out to a bar called Always. We had appetizer type food there. We were also fortunate enough to arrive during Happy Hour for half price drinks. I ended up having a margarita, a daiquiri, and part of Lauren's Long Island iced tea. I was tipsy for a while, but I didn't get really drunk. That was fine by me though. The night was pretty fun, except for a little bit at the end where Lauren turned into a sad drunk and broke down crying. [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious  and I ended up comforting her. There was a bunch of other funny stuff that happened before that though, like Chris drunkenly trying to psychoanalyze me. So amusing.

Yesterday was a bit of a post-birthday celebration, since I had class on my actual birthday. I spent the day with [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious , Greta, and Nicole. Because it was my birthday, I was given fearless leader status for a day. We dressed up in fun clothes and kicked the day off in Ikebukuro. First, we had lunch at B:Lily-Rose. I love that place. This time I had a yummy chocolate cake set to eat. I also got my picture taken with our waiter(ess). When she found out it was my birthday, she had me sit on her lap for the picture. (XD) It turned out super cute! After the cafe, we headed to Closet Child's new location. I got a cute Algonquin's shirt. It's really more of a sleeveless hoodie, and it has a hood with cat ears on it.

Then, it was on to Harajuku. I had originally wanted to get a second set of piercings in my ears to celebrate both my 21st birthday and my time in Japan. I checked out a piercing parlor I had been recommended to there, but their prices were super expensive. It would have cost me around $200 to get my ears pierced, which is kind of ridiculous. I decided to forgo the piercing and go shopping with my birthday money. First I hit the J-rock Closet Child. I bought DaizyStripper's latest mini album and a Gazette tote bag. I then stopped at Takuya Angel. I would have loved to have been able to buy an actual outfit there, but that's way out of my budget right now. I did however buy some adorable arm warmers with little claws on them. Takuya Angel himself was working at the shop when we were there. He seemed quite amused, watching me try on all the different arm warmers, lol. He was super nice. I had some nice conversation with him, me using my Japanese, and he using some English and some Japanese. He even gave me a present along with my purchase, a CD of his most recent DJ set. It's a really nice hour long mix. After that, we went to the Harajuku Closet Child. I bought a pretty cool looking H.Anarchy shirt there. For foods, Nicole bought me a yummy birthday crepe. We then went and looked at the pretty dollies in the Soom store. On our way back to the station I stopped at Paris Kids and bought a few cute pairs of earrings, including their knockoff Vivienne Westwood earrings (because I'm not going to be able to afford any real Vivienne Westwood anytime soon).

It was all quite fun. Now, I'm going to make the most of the week I have left in Japan. I can't believe that I'l be going home a week from now. I'm not ready for this semester to be over. Luckily, even though my Japanese final is this week, I don't have that much class this week, which leaves me with a lot of time to finish things up. I'm already planning out the places I want to go this week. I think Wednesday might be a pretty busy, but good, day.

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