rinlin: (OMFG)
I'm an official graduate of Indiana University~! I'm so happy! :D

Today was graduation day. It was a very long day, but most of it was pretty good. Being herded around for two hours before the ceremony with all of the other graduates was tedious, but the ceremony itself was nice. Greta and I got to sit together, so it wasn't as boring as it could have been. A lot of important people said heartfelt things and it really hit me. My college was a such great place to spend four years. I couldn't have asked for a better school.

After the ceremony, Mom, Dad, Adam, and I went out to dinner at Asuka. It was yummy and I got a nice bento box set of food (and some umeshu). Then we returned back to my place were we vegged out and watched the newest Star Trek movie. Later, before everyone else went back to their hotel, we went and got ice cream at Jiffy Treat.

Tomorrow I get to pack up the rest of my stuff and move back home. I have mixed emotions about it. On one hand I will miss it very much. I'll miss the people I usually see (my geeky friends ♥) and the places I normally go. Bloomington is a lovely town. On the other hand, I'm ready to leave. It's been four years and I've had a lot of great times, but I feel like it's time to move on and start the next chapter in my life. Before I was freaked out about graduation, but now that I know what I'm doing I feel like I'm ready for it. I need to go!
rinlin: (OMFG)
I'm an official graduate of Indiana University~! I'm so happy! :D

Today was graduation day. It was a very long day, but most of it was pretty good. Being herded around for two hours before the ceremony with all of the other graduates was tedious, but the ceremony itself was nice. Greta and I got to sit together, so it wasn't as boring as it could have been. A lot of important people said heartfelt things and it really hit me. My college was a such great place to spend four years. I couldn't have asked for a better school.

After the ceremony, Mom, Dad, Adam, and I went out to dinner at Asuka. It was yummy and I got a nice bento box set of food (and some umeshu). Then we returned back to my place were we vegged out and watched the newest Star Trek movie. Later, before everyone else went back to their hotel, we went and got ice cream at Jiffy Treat.

Tomorrow I get to pack up the rest of my stuff and move back home. I have mixed emotions about it. On one hand I will miss it very much. I'll miss the people I usually see (my geeky friends ♥) and the places I normally go. Bloomington is a lovely town. On the other hand, I'm ready to leave. It's been four years and I've had a lot of great times, but I feel like it's time to move on and start the next chapter in my life. Before I was freaked out about graduation, but now that I know what I'm doing I feel like I'm ready for it. I need to go!
rinlin: (Kuranosuke)
Been a bit of a busy bee this week, but I've finally got some time to update.

Last weekend was quite nice. [livejournal.com profile] stellawind came to visit and we pretty much had a steady stream of friends coming in and out of our house all weekend. Jamie even visited for a bit.There was much delicious food and watching of awesome things (Glam Nation, Inception, A Very Potter Sequel).

A lot of my time was eaten up this week because I had an 8 page paper due in International Business and a speaking exam in Japanese. It's finally done though and I can relax for the rest of the week. I don't even have any class tomorrow because they're doing the speaking exam in Japanese and I've already completed mine!

I've also got a nice start on my Kuranosuke cosplay. I don't think I've mentioned it here yet, but I did end up registering for ACen this year and I'm planning on cosplaying Koibuchi Kuranosuke from Kuragehime. I'll be wearing his outfit from the first episode. I got my awesome curly pink wig in the mail this past weekend and this week I managed to buy the cowboy boots and a purse to go with the outfit. I bought the purple tights a while ago, so now I just need to get the turtleneck, fabric for the shorts, paint for the details on the boots, and supplies for the belt.

This weekend should be fun too! [livejournal.com profile] stellawind will be in town again! This weekend is also Little 500, IU's annual bike race/weekend of drunken revelry. I don't usually bother with it. Our form of celebrating will be going to Uncle E's to watch Zuryvette and Alie perform in the drag competition. Alie won the competition last month, so she'll be there as a performer this month. I'm sure we'll find some other fun things to do, too~
rinlin: (Kuranosuke)
Been a bit of a busy bee this week, but I've finally got some time to update.

Last weekend was quite nice. [livejournal.com profile] stellawind came to visit and we pretty much had a steady stream of friends coming in and out of our house all weekend. Jamie even visited for a bit.There was much delicious food and watching of awesome things (Glam Nation, Inception, A Very Potter Sequel).

A lot of my time was eaten up this week because I had an 8 page paper due in International Business and a speaking exam in Japanese. It's finally done though and I can relax for the rest of the week. I don't even have any class tomorrow because they're doing the speaking exam in Japanese and I've already completed mine!

I've also got a nice start on my Kuranosuke cosplay. I don't think I've mentioned it here yet, but I did end up registering for ACen this year and I'm planning on cosplaying Koibuchi Kuranosuke from Kuragehime. I'll be wearing his outfit from the first episode. I got my awesome curly pink wig in the mail this past weekend and this week I managed to buy the cowboy boots and a purse to go with the outfit. I bought the purple tights a while ago, so now I just need to get the turtleneck, fabric for the shorts, paint for the details on the boots, and supplies for the belt.

This weekend should be fun too! [livejournal.com profile] stellawind will be in town again! This weekend is also Little 500, IU's annual bike race/weekend of drunken revelry. I don't usually bother with it. Our form of celebrating will be going to Uncle E's to watch Zuryvette and Alie perform in the drag competition. Alie won the competition last month, so she'll be there as a performer this month. I'm sure we'll find some other fun things to do, too~
rinlin: (Music Again)

I've made it through the first week of classes. This semester I've got Japanese, International Culture & the Arts, Society & Education in Japan (one more class with my favorite professor, Rubinger), and International Communication Strategies. For the most part (with Japanese being the exception) it seems like this semester should be easy enough.

I really can't believe that this is my final semester of college though. I know that I've been at IU for a while now, but it doesn't seem like it should almost be time for me to leave. I guess I'm okay with leaving IU, but I'm not okay with what comes after. I've got to start worrying about how I'm going to find a job and what I'm going to do with my life and that's the part that makes me nervous. It's become an almost constant worry of mine over this past school year and now it seems like I'm running out of time.

I'm trying not to focus on that too much at the moment though. I've got a three day weekend where I'm just going to relax and have fun with my friends. We're going to try to finish watching Avatar: The Last Airbender. We've been steadily making our way through it this week and we're already onto the third (and final) season. I think we also have plans to go see Zuryvette perform drag at Uncle E's again. It should be a good time.

P.S. Two weeks until Ohayocon!


rinlin: (Music Again)

I've made it through the first week of classes. This semester I've got Japanese, International Culture & the Arts, Society & Education in Japan (one more class with my favorite professor, Rubinger), and International Communication Strategies. For the most part (with Japanese being the exception) it seems like this semester should be easy enough.

I really can't believe that this is my final semester of college though. I know that I've been at IU for a while now, but it doesn't seem like it should almost be time for me to leave. I guess I'm okay with leaving IU, but I'm not okay with what comes after. I've got to start worrying about how I'm going to find a job and what I'm going to do with my life and that's the part that makes me nervous. It's become an almost constant worry of mine over this past school year and now it seems like I'm running out of time.

I'm trying not to focus on that too much at the moment though. I've got a three day weekend where I'm just going to relax and have fun with my friends. We're going to try to finish watching Avatar: The Last Airbender. We've been steadily making our way through it this week and we're already onto the third (and final) season. I think we also have plans to go see Zuryvette perform drag at Uncle E's again. It should be a good time.

P.S. Two weeks until Ohayocon!


rinlin: (Tea Time)
Here's some updates on what's been going on in my life recently. The semester is winding down, all I have left is a smallish paper and four finals. I spent a good part of the weekend finishing a ten page paper for Cross-Cultural Communication. I'm so glad to have that out of the way. I can't let myself shut down like I would like to though because I still need to do well on finals next week. I'll be done with the semester next Wednesday afternoon. I'm looking forward to it!

I had an unexpectedly good time this past Saturday. [livejournal.com profile] stellawind and [livejournal.com profile] yaexrae made a surprise visit! They were in town to see the Nutcracker and surprised me with a bit of an early birthday present. They can't be in town for my birthday this Saturday, so it was nice to get the chance to see them. And [livejournal.com profile] yaexrae made me an adorable tiny top hat, with pink flowers and ribbon on it, for my present! (I can't wait until we have our elegant picnic in the spring and I can wear it!) Then the bunch of us went out to dinner at the Irish Lion. I tried some of the escargot Alie ordered, and actually liked it. It tasted a lot better than I thought it would be. After dinner we went out to Uncle E's, Bloomington's local gay bar. Zuryvette was performing the first time as a drag king in a drag competition that the bar was holding. It was a pretty fun time! Zuryvette even won the competition~

Now, I should probably go off the internet and study a bit more because I have an early final tomorrow. It'll be nice to get it out of the way.

rinlin: (Tea Time)
Here's some updates on what's been going on in my life recently. The semester is winding down, all I have left is a smallish paper and four finals. I spent a good part of the weekend finishing a ten page paper for Cross-Cultural Communication. I'm so glad to have that out of the way. I can't let myself shut down like I would like to though because I still need to do well on finals next week. I'll be done with the semester next Wednesday afternoon. I'm looking forward to it!

I had an unexpectedly good time this past Saturday. [livejournal.com profile] stellawind and [livejournal.com profile] yaexrae made a surprise visit! They were in town to see the Nutcracker and surprised me with a bit of an early birthday present. They can't be in town for my birthday this Saturday, so it was nice to get the chance to see them. And [livejournal.com profile] yaexrae made me an adorable tiny top hat, with pink flowers and ribbon on it, for my present! (I can't wait until we have our elegant picnic in the spring and I can wear it!) Then the bunch of us went out to dinner at the Irish Lion. I tried some of the escargot Alie ordered, and actually liked it. It tasted a lot better than I thought it would be. After dinner we went out to Uncle E's, Bloomington's local gay bar. Zuryvette was performing the first time as a drag king in a drag competition that the bar was holding. It was a pretty fun time! Zuryvette even won the competition~

Now, I should probably go off the internet and study a bit more because I have an early final tomorrow. It'll be nice to get it out of the way.

rinlin: (Adam & Tommy)
Sent off an important application today. Don't want to say what it's for yet because I don't want to jinx anything. Here's hoping for the best though. *crosses fingers*

This appears to be the magic week because many of my classes have been canceled due to professors being out of town for conferences. I am more than okay with that. Many of my classes for next week have been cancelled too, which is a good thing as I'm heading home for break on Monday night. I can't wait to go home and relax for a while.

It's cold and rainy outside today, so I'm going to spend the rest of the day curled up inside. I've got a bit on studying to do and then I'm going to spend the rest of the night relaxing. I've got some more Inception fic to read and a new episode of Glee to watch tonight.

I'm also excitedly looking forward to later this week and the newest Harry Potter movie! (Must remind Alie to get tickets.) Greta and I were bored the other day and excited about HP, so we finally watched A Very Potter Musical. I loved it! We're waiting until we both have time later this week and then we plan on watching A Very Potter Sequel.
rinlin: (Adam & Tommy)
Sent off an important application today. Don't want to say what it's for yet because I don't want to jinx anything. Here's hoping for the best though. *crosses fingers*

This appears to be the magic week because many of my classes have been canceled due to professors being out of town for conferences. I am more than okay with that. Many of my classes for next week have been cancelled too, which is a good thing as I'm heading home for break on Monday night. I can't wait to go home and relax for a while.

It's cold and rainy outside today, so I'm going to spend the rest of the day curled up inside. I've got a bit on studying to do and then I'm going to spend the rest of the night relaxing. I've got some more Inception fic to read and a new episode of Glee to watch tonight.

I'm also excitedly looking forward to later this week and the newest Harry Potter movie! (Must remind Alie to get tickets.) Greta and I were bored the other day and excited about HP, so we finally watched A Very Potter Musical. I loved it! We're waiting until we both have time later this week and then we plan on watching A Very Potter Sequel.
rinlin: (KEEP OUT)

It has officially become the part of the semester that I hate. School work is piling up like mad. I have one thing due after another; papers, presentations, and group projects, as well as tests and quizzes. I have so much stuff to remember right now that my head feels like it's going to explode if I have to put one more thing in my schedule. I'm stressing and because I'm stressing my skin is breaking out more than usual. It all sucks.

It's also reached that point, usually about halfway through the semester, where I start feeling a bit homesick. I miss my family, my best friend, and my dog. I would love to be able to spend a weekend relaxing at home, right about now. Sadly, it looks like I probably won't get to make any trips home until Thanksgiving break, which is still a month away.

I had a small break tonight when my roomies and I went to see the Legally Blonde musical at the IU Auditorium. The movie is kind of a guilty pleasure of mine, so I wanted to see the musical version. It was a really fun show. I liked a lot of the little changes and add-ins they put in the musical. Seeing it cheered me up for a little while, but I now unfortunately need to get back to my piles of homework.

Can it please just be Halloween weekend already? Then this deluge of crap will be done and I'll be able to relax.
rinlin: (KEEP OUT)

It has officially become the part of the semester that I hate. School work is piling up like mad. I have one thing due after another; papers, presentations, and group projects, as well as tests and quizzes. I have so much stuff to remember right now that my head feels like it's going to explode if I have to put one more thing in my schedule. I'm stressing and because I'm stressing my skin is breaking out more than usual. It all sucks.

It's also reached that point, usually about halfway through the semester, where I start feeling a bit homesick. I miss my family, my best friend, and my dog. I would love to be able to spend a weekend relaxing at home, right about now. Sadly, it looks like I probably won't get to make any trips home until Thanksgiving break, which is still a month away.

I had a small break tonight when my roomies and I went to see the Legally Blonde musical at the IU Auditorium. The movie is kind of a guilty pleasure of mine, so I wanted to see the musical version. It was a really fun show. I liked a lot of the little changes and add-ins they put in the musical. Seeing it cheered me up for a little while, but I now unfortunately need to get back to my piles of homework.

Can it please just be Halloween weekend already? Then this deluge of crap will be done and I'll be able to relax.
rinlin: (KEEP OUT)
Well, life has continued on. Things have been happening.

Most of my classes are going fine so far. Japanese is doing it's best to try and kick my ass though. I've been making my way through it, but I'm going to need to step up my game. This is going to be a lot of work that I'm not looking forward to. (It doesn't help that our textbook, Tobira, sucks.) One of my more fun class this semester is Intro to Buddhism. Buddhism is a pretty interesting subject and it helps a lot that my professor reminds me almost freakishly of Neil Patrick Harris. At least, Neil Patrick Harris if he were a glasses wearing college professor. It makes me happy.

The kitten has officially been ours for about a week now. Alie bought her a collar and took her to a vet appointment. She seems to be healthy. The vet also thinks that Leroko is about 4 1/2 months old, which is nice info to know. Leroko has also settled in quite nicely. Though now that she's comfortable with us, she's gotten more mischievous. This involves things such as trying to eat food off the table, clawing herself along the bottom of the couch, and attacking people's feet. She can be cute and affectionate (she purrs a lot), or bratty and bitey. Living with a cat has just proved to me once and for all that I am without a doubt more of a dog person, lol.

This past weekend was pretty fun! [livejournal.com profile] stellawind and [livejournal.com profile] yaexrae came to visit us! It was good to see both of them. [livejournal.com profile] stellawind made us a delicious Japanese style lunch on Saturday, with yakisoba and okonomiyaki. We were also able to get a large chunk of our IU friend group together for hangouts over the weekend. We ended up chilling out at Cat's apartment on Saturday night, while she and [livejournal.com profile] yaexrae practiced their ACross skit. Cat even filmed some of our goofiness.

And in more awkward news, I've had two dates with Chance recently. He's a friend of Alie's and he seemed nice, so I decided to give things a try. It just didn't work though. He can be fun to talk to, but there was just nothing else there. I also think he's not quite as mature as I would like him to be. He took me out for dinner and a second viewing of Scott Pilgrim tonight. But, I had to tell him that things weren't working for me. I felt bad because I think I hurt his feelings, but I couldn't keep lying to him. I kind of don't know why I bother sometimes. Guys and I just never end up working out well.
rinlin: (KEEP OUT)
Well, life has continued on. Things have been happening.

Most of my classes are going fine so far. Japanese is doing it's best to try and kick my ass though. I've been making my way through it, but I'm going to need to step up my game. This is going to be a lot of work that I'm not looking forward to. (It doesn't help that our textbook, Tobira, sucks.) One of my more fun class this semester is Intro to Buddhism. Buddhism is a pretty interesting subject and it helps a lot that my professor reminds me almost freakishly of Neil Patrick Harris. At least, Neil Patrick Harris if he were a glasses wearing college professor. It makes me happy.

The kitten has officially been ours for about a week now. Alie bought her a collar and took her to a vet appointment. She seems to be healthy. The vet also thinks that Leroko is about 4 1/2 months old, which is nice info to know. Leroko has also settled in quite nicely. Though now that she's comfortable with us, she's gotten more mischievous. This involves things such as trying to eat food off the table, clawing herself along the bottom of the couch, and attacking people's feet. She can be cute and affectionate (she purrs a lot), or bratty and bitey. Living with a cat has just proved to me once and for all that I am without a doubt more of a dog person, lol.

This past weekend was pretty fun! [livejournal.com profile] stellawind and [livejournal.com profile] yaexrae came to visit us! It was good to see both of them. [livejournal.com profile] stellawind made us a delicious Japanese style lunch on Saturday, with yakisoba and okonomiyaki. We were also able to get a large chunk of our IU friend group together for hangouts over the weekend. We ended up chilling out at Cat's apartment on Saturday night, while she and [livejournal.com profile] yaexrae practiced their ACross skit. Cat even filmed some of our goofiness.

And in more awkward news, I've had two dates with Chance recently. He's a friend of Alie's and he seemed nice, so I decided to give things a try. It just didn't work though. He can be fun to talk to, but there was just nothing else there. I also think he's not quite as mature as I would like him to be. He took me out for dinner and a second viewing of Scott Pilgrim tonight. But, I had to tell him that things weren't working for me. I felt bad because I think I hurt his feelings, but I couldn't keep lying to him. I kind of don't know why I bother sometimes. Guys and I just never end up working out well.
rinlin: (Adam & Tommy)
Classes today weren't bad. My International Studies classes seem like they will hopefully be interesting. Japanese seems like it will be challenging and hard work, but it generally is every year. J301 is going to be a lot of work, but I'm going to keep trying hard.

Now I'm just looking forward tomorrow night. It's Glam Nation, Part 2! I'm so excited to see Adam perform again. And thanks to some last minute plans Alie and [livejournal.com profile] immelmanturn are now going to the concert, too! I also get to see [livejournal.com profile] stellawind for the first time in months. This whole concert experience is what's going to get me through this week.
rinlin: (Adam & Tommy)
Classes today weren't bad. My International Studies classes seem like they will hopefully be interesting. Japanese seems like it will be challenging and hard work, but it generally is every year. J301 is going to be a lot of work, but I'm going to keep trying hard.

Now I'm just looking forward tomorrow night. It's Glam Nation, Part 2! I'm so excited to see Adam perform again. And thanks to some last minute plans Alie and [livejournal.com profile] immelmanturn are now going to the concert, too! I also get to see [livejournal.com profile] stellawind for the first time in months. This whole concert experience is what's going to get me through this week.
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I'm back at IU now. I'll be going home again next weekend for Grandma's memorial service. We're having a memorial serivce instead of a funeral because Grandma always thought funerals were too sad and depressing. I've just got to get through this week. Outwardly, I'm holding up okay (inwardly is another story). I just need to keep it up.

Classes start tomorrow. I'm nervous about getting back into Japanese, worried that I'll have forgotten too much. I'm hoping that classes won't start throwing too much at me during the first week because I don't think I can take it right now.
rinlin: (Default)
I'm back at IU now. I'll be going home again next weekend for Grandma's memorial service. We're having a memorial serivce instead of a funeral because Grandma always thought funerals were too sad and depressing. I've just got to get through this week. Outwardly, I'm holding up okay (inwardly is another story). I just need to keep it up.

Classes start tomorrow. I'm nervous about getting back into Japanese, worried that I'll have forgotten too much. I'm hoping that classes won't start throwing too much at me during the first week because I don't think I can take it right now.
rinlin: (Gaga Ooh La La)
Last night was the second week in a row that I had dinner with Emily and Brad. They're both in my Kurosawa class and every week before our Wednesday night movie showings they go out for Japanese food. They've recently started inviting me along with them. Brad's girlfriend Kaylee normally comes along, as well. Then, if we have time, we get coffee at The Pourhouse and grab snacks at Bloomingfoods. I enjoy hanging out with them, so I plan to continue joining them on these pre-movie dinners for the rest of the semester.

Currently killing time at the IMU. I had meant to use this time more productively, but I ended up eating dinner at Chipotle with Emily and her friend Shannon. Then, I spent the better part of an hour on the phone with Mom. And, now I don't have enough time to start properly working on my International Studies assignment on Sweden (Su-san!). I'm killing time because I'm going to go see the musical version of Beauty and the Beast at the IU Auditorium tonight! Alyssa and Emilia are coming along with me. I'm so excited because it's always been one of my favorite Disney movies! And, now it's time for me to go meet up with Alyssa and Emilia, so I will report on the musical later~.
rinlin: (Gaga Ooh La La)
Last night was the second week in a row that I had dinner with Emily and Brad. They're both in my Kurosawa class and every week before our Wednesday night movie showings they go out for Japanese food. They've recently started inviting me along with them. Brad's girlfriend Kaylee normally comes along, as well. Then, if we have time, we get coffee at The Pourhouse and grab snacks at Bloomingfoods. I enjoy hanging out with them, so I plan to continue joining them on these pre-movie dinners for the rest of the semester.

Currently killing time at the IMU. I had meant to use this time more productively, but I ended up eating dinner at Chipotle with Emily and her friend Shannon. Then, I spent the better part of an hour on the phone with Mom. And, now I don't have enough time to start properly working on my International Studies assignment on Sweden (Su-san!). I'm killing time because I'm going to go see the musical version of Beauty and the Beast at the IU Auditorium tonight! Alyssa and Emilia are coming along with me. I'm so excited because it's always been one of my favorite Disney movies! And, now it's time for me to go meet up with Alyssa and Emilia, so I will report on the musical later~.

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