faded_lace: (Shige: ?)
Why does it take so long to put stupid chocolates into stupid bags?? Sheesh. I spent like 2 hours today packing up the chocolates for my JHS so that I can give them out tomorrow... 36 baggies, which is less than half of the total chocolates I have to package up over all. T__T;;;

But at least it's done, and I can do elementary tomorrow, and everything else as it comes, so I'm not too worried about it at this point. The worst of the chocolate-ing this year has passed. T__T;;

In other news (haha, news), I've now listened to Emma more times than any other NEWS song, and the obsession isn't showing signs of stopping OTL. Why did this happen to me?! And that doesn't even include plays on other people's phones and plays of the PV. I read an analysis of the lyrics on a Japanese blog and the fact that there's way more there than first meets the eye only made me love it more, OTL.

Also!! How about that Peach Girl trailer! Inochan's first crossdressing on TV *EVER*! And NEWS announced an album today, too. So I really can't really complain; today has been pretty good XD;
faded_lace: (Shige: smile)
Today was exhausting. I had to meet a new coworker (the replacement for someone who I really, really disliked and who was generally a rude, racist, sexist asshole, so I was glad that he was being replaced, but also nervous that his replacement might be equally awful) and teach the class of kids who have intense behavioral issues, and then also teach an observation lesson that parents would be watching, so I was pretty much dreading the day from when I woke up in the morning. Luckily, I had a brand-new shirt to wear for the first time, and I felt like my outfit looked great and fashionable despite being a modified suit outfit (I had to wear a suit jacket for the observation lesson, but wore a cardigan for the rest of the day), and I also think my makeup looked great. For me, feeling like I look good in the morning and having that confidence boost can really make or break a day for me, so I started off on a good foot!

And then I met the new coworker, and he was, as far as I could tell, polite and respectful and not awful! When I had first met the previous awful guy and he found out I had way more experience than him, he'd gotten all up in arms and told me that I "had to respect him" and tried to nitpick literally everything I did to a ridiculous extent. The new coworker, when I told him I'd been working at my school for 4 and a half years, responded, "Wow, you must really know your stuff, then!" When Japanese coworkers, including the principal of the school asked the previous asshole guy to do anything, he'd say "WHAT?? Speak English!!" and argue with everything they asked of him. The new guy was very careful to be polite to my coworkers and do whatever was asked of him without getting in the way or being a bother. I don't really know anything about his personality and I don't think we're going to be best friends or anything, but I already have a positive impression of him. It's amazing how much just a respectful and polite attitude can get things off to the right start! (Also, as an aside, it's amazing how horrible and entitled and generally gross some foreign people can act in Japan.)

The horrible class was maybe slightly less horrible than they're fully capable of being, and then the parent observation class went fine, and randomly, one kid ran up to me outside of class announcing, "Everyone's talking about how Miranda-sensei is really good at kanji! Actually, katakana, hiragana, and kanji, the rumor is that all your writing is really neat and good!" Which was really cute, and made me feel good about myself. XD I'm not sure where this "hearsay" came from, but I was flattered, especially coming from a ten year old who really clearly was just saying it with no ulterior motive, and not trying to suck up to me, or anything like that.

And then I came home and watched the Emma PV a bunch of times, so all in all, it was actually a pretty successful day! I'm exhausted now, and ready for the weekend, but I'm glad that I was able to get through this day!

T_T;

Jan. 6th, 2017 11:20 pm
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Well, I meant to post again today, but instead, I came down with a gross bug, so I slept all day. >< I'm heading to Tokyo this weekend (here's to hoping I feel better tomorrow...), and Monday is a national holiday, so that means I'll be back online and back to work on Tuesday.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

I'm alive!

Dec. 29th, 2016 01:06 pm
faded_lace: (Inoo: cosy)
I'm back from Hiroshima and Kobe! I had a great time, and if I can find the time, I want to post photos here eventually, but for right now, I have one day at home before heading into Tokyo for New Year's.

As it turns out, a friend and I managed to hit for tickets to JUMP's shows on the 31st at 5 and the 1st at noon, and we're also going to Countdown, which means we're going to 3 concerts within 24 hours, yikes. We won't be getting a lot of sleep and I'll definitely be really busy, but I get back home on the 3rd, so I'll try to check in again then!

For now, happy holidays and particularly an early happy new year!

blegh.

Nov. 13th, 2016 12:44 pm
faded_lace: (Tetsuya: skeptical)
Well, I felt kind of gross yesterday, but today, I woke up with a 40º C fever. I really hope it's not influenza, but I feel like it's likely, so I'm probably going to end up at the hospital tomorrow. Yuck. I've had a cough since Friday and I can't sleep well from the coughing, so I'm trying to take it easy now.

I'm sorry if I'm not super responsive here; I'm trying to get some rest and get better. Thanks for being understanding. ♥

Magazines!

Nov. 12th, 2016 11:52 pm
faded_lace: (Inoo: Pretty princess ♥)
Today [livejournal.com profile] yomimashou came over and we finally got through the backlog of magazines that I had to be cut! 100% of the non-idol magazines (fashion, movie, TV, etc) magazines that I had bought for JUMP or Inoo are cut now! I'm amazed; it seemed like it was never going to get finished XD; I had built up Inoo magazines... since Karafuto Ojisan?? At first, he didn't have that many magazines, so it didn't really matter if I kept the whole magazine or not, but around early 2015, it really started to pick up, and my house was a magazine disaster. I now have 6 wide binders and 5 letter sized (A4) binders of Inoo magazine pages, 5 wide binders and 6 A4 binders of JUMP or other JUMP members magazine pages, 1 wide binder and 2 A4 binders of NEWS/Shige magazine pages, 2 A4 binders of other Johnny's magazine pages, and 2 wide binders of Inoo and Daiki's "with" corner pages. I'm pretty happy about this!

In other news, I'm trying to sort through and get rid of the majority of my old issues of the 5 regular monthly idol magazines. I'm going to either sell them to Book Off or an idol goods store, but if you have a back issue of Myojo, Popolo, Duet, Winkup, or Potato between September 2012 and September 2016, please let me know! Up until then, I got two or three of the five choices each month, so there's a slightly greater than 50% chance that I'll have it! I'm happy to send it to anyone here for just the cost of shipping, so if you're interested in any almost-free magazines, please do let me know.

I think I'm coming down with something. @__@; I can't stop coughing. Time to drink one last cup of tea and head to bed!

Sales

Oct. 15th, 2016 10:15 pm
faded_lace: (Sou: serious)
I haven't had the most productive day (mostly trying to deal with the huge amount of magazines that are in my life >_>) but I also updated my sales page.

Sorry to keep pimping it (I'll try not to do it very often!) but since I'm moving within the next year, I really want to get these CDs and DVDs to good homes where someone will love them.

I added a bunch of Sexy Zone CDs, so if you're interested, please take a look here. ^^;;

Also, prices are pretty negotiable, so please don't hesitate to ask me about things!
faded_lace: (Inoo: Pretty princess ♥)
I updated my JE fic archive today! It was really out of date, oops.

I also caught up on 3-5 and then watched the 6th episode of Soshite Dare Mo Inakunatta! It's a pretty weird drama and the main character is really annoying, but I actually quite enjoy it. I have to admit that the plot twist at the end of episode 5 was really unexpected, and I didn't think it was going to go in that direction, but I'm excited that Inochan seems to be getting more screen time now! I'm looking forward to seeing where it's going, even if I'm pretty shocked about [spoiler] in the preview for the next episode.

I didn't really have anything planned for this weekend, but I still can't help but feel unproductive >_>; Oh well... there's always next weekend.
faded_lace: (Inoo: sunflower)
Well, I did basically nothing productive today except laundry, but considering how busy I've been lately, I'm choosing to view that as a win >__>; Sundays are for being lazy, right? >___> Shh, don't tell me otherwise.

On the bright side, Inochan's drama had its first episode tonight, and I think it seems promising! I really don't enjoy dramas that are based mostly around relationships (romantic, family, coworkers, etc), so I was glad he's in a suspense/mystery drama. The main character was really dumb, as main characters in these things often are, but I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes. Also, most importantly, Inochan was really good! It's so nice to get to see him act on TV after knowing from Karafuto Ojisan how amazing his acting abilities are. I'm looking forward to seeing more of him on the drama. ♥

Tomorrow is a national holiday, so no work, yay. It's also the FNS Uta no Natsu Matsuri, which isn't as good as The Music Day, but I'm looking forward to it XD; I doubt I'll be any more productive than today, but… Oh well. >__>;;
faded_lace: (Inoo: Pretty princess ♥)
Sunday was crazy busy, so I didn't really have time to post, but!! Inochan was so good in the Doctor X special! I was sort of let down by how melodramatic the main plot was and how there wasn't much weight given to Inochan's resolution in terms of the skating tournament, but he was really good and I enjoyed his performance a lot. Also! You can see me! My face was cut off, but I'm right behind him when he's speaking in the end, so… yay? XD;

Today was an ALT Day event at [livejournal.com profile] yomimashou's school, and it was the first time I've ever been to her school! Her ALT Days were all on days I couldn't be scheduled to go in the past, so I was never chosen, but I finally had a chance go! There was a part of the activity where the students had to ask me who my favorite famous person was, and it was exciting that most of them knew Inochan without prompting, and all of them knew who he was once I gave some context (the guy who likes cats on Shimura Doubutsuen, lol). Most of them wrote his name on their paper as "Inou," but hey, I'll take what I can get. XD;

This week continues to suck, but I'm going to do my best to get to the weekend. T__T; My friends and I are going to Tokyo to celebrate Shige's birthday, so I'm looking forward to that!
faded_lace: (Shige: smile)
I spent all today watching The Music Day, and I have no regrets! It was enjoyable from beginning to end, and I felt like ever during the day when the show is obviously geared towards an older audience, the enka didn't outweigh the parts that were interesting to me. I enjoyed all the little Arashi segments, and while I don't really follow AKB anymore (not that I ever really followed them hardcore, but I used to follow them more than I do now), I appreciated Milky getting to sing her graduation single.

But the most exciting part of the afternoon segment was most definitely the really long and unexpected segment about NEWS!! I guess it's because they're doing 24 hour TV, but there was a long segment about their history in terms of going from 9 to 4, and it even included a reenactment with actors to play the four members (most notably Koyama) acting out various struggles during the period when they went from 6 to 4. The actors were hilarious just on their own (really only Koyama's actor, who looked absolutely nothing like Koyama, had lines, but there was a scene with the four of them together, and while Shige was maa maa and you never saw Massu's actor's face, they just took an actor, dyed his hair bleach blonde, and put him in a leopard print matching top and bottom, and voila… Tego. I laughed really hard at that… but the segment, which included surprise footage from the Utsukushii Koi concert of everyone ugly-crying, was really moving, and it made me, my friends, and some of the announcers on the show cry. I don't know why the media loves surprising me with ugly-crying Shige, but I'm really happy that they were able to have that moving segment on such a major show as The Music Day, and I was really happy when my friend told me that Full Swing was trending on Twitter after they performed it. It was so wonderful, and I'm really happy for them.

They stayed on after their performance to watch Aiba's Shiyagare segment and have their reactions shown on the bottom of the screen, and I laughed when it turned out Aiba's segment was about making a chorus of entirely tone-deaf people. He used an app to test if people were tone-deaf or not; the app tested if you were singing the right notes and the right rhythm, and then it gave a number score. If that number score was under 40, the person was considered tone-deaf… and I really want to see Shige try the app, lol. Poor baby. I love you even though you can't sing!

And then in the evening came the medley, which was just as fun as usual, complete with Inochan flirting with many V6 members! He was in the same segment as Inocchi, and when the next group came on singing a V6 song, Inocchi jokingly tried to stay onstage dancing while Inoo tried to drag him offstage. Cute! And then during the finale, Inochan and Okada had their arms around one another and were dancing cutely together! Also, random bonus for the fact that Hikaru has once again bleached his hair out and it's no longer all-over pink, just blonde with pink highlights. To me this is much preferable. XD;

Apparently after this, Hikaru and Inoo did Radirer and then came back for the JUMP performance XD In the interim, however (if I recall correctly?), NEWS performed again, this time a medley of NYARO and their new song, Koi wo Shiranai Kimi e. I really enjoyed them having fun and playing around during NYARO, and I liked the new song and performance a lot too. I especially liked the aesthetic at the end when they stood holding their mics in both hands, which I thought was really… I don't know. Pretty? Fitting? It was nice. However, I'm pretty bitter that the first line of the song is Tego's solo line? I mean… I know Shige is never going to be the best singer, but because of that, he usually doesn't have prominent solo lines in any other songs. It would be nice if he could at least have them when it was a theme song for his drama :P I guess Hikari no Shizuku just got my hopes up, but. I'm still bitter about it.

And then last in the line of things that were my top priority to see was JUMP's performance! I sort of wish they'd start doing stuff from the new album already, but I know this performance was supposed to be summer themed. When they came out, they had a cute interaction with Sho where he called Inoo "Iio," and Inoo got to say "It's Inoo!!" I'm really glad that that joke is still running. XD Sho even called it a "teiban," if I recall correctly, or like… a standard/staple? gag, so I'm glad that everyone still enjoys it. Also! Inochan had his hair tucked behind his ears, which surprisingly didn't look stupid, and allowed me to see his earpiece for the first time ever! It was hard to tell if it was light blue or white, due to the lighting, but it had a K written on it, seemingly matching Daiki's that have a D on one side and an A on the other. Cute! The performance itself was adorable, too, so all in all, it was great.

I'm really glad this year was such an enjoyable The Music Day. Tomorrow is going to suck, but I'm happy I was able to watch this today!
faded_lace: (Inoo: Pretty princess ♥)
Today was TV Tokyo's Ongakusai, and it was fun! JUMP performed really early, so sadly, that was over in the first hour, but they were really cute, and it's really amazing to me how much screen time Inochan gets now ;~~~; I'm so happy for him.

And then, conversely, NEWS was… almost last. XD I was starting to wonder if they got stuck in traffic or something when they finally showed up like 3 songs from the end… wearing their horrifying highlighter fringe-skirt costumes from the tour. They were literally my least favorite costumes of the whole concert, and I was not thrilled to see them on TV. They were about to ask Massu about them when some random guy showed up and advertised his show over them or something? I don't know, it was one of those odd live TV moments where things clearly didn't go according to the script. Also, I was super not a huge fan of Shige's hair. But they were still cute in their performance, so yay. ♥

Tomorrow is going to be busy, but hopefully also productive. And it's almost the weekend!
faded_lace: (Fuma: hmm)
As I mentioned, today my kids had tests, so I basically had the whole day free to catch up on stuff. I was able to:
→ finish planning my ALT day
→ study Japanese at length
→ reply to comments on my LJ (I'm sorry sometimes I get so behind on this ;__;)
→ relax??

However, I didn't really plan anything in advance, like writing a fic, for Inochan's birthday tomorrow, so I feel kind of like a bad person. T__T;;; I wrote a fic last year, and I feel like I'm really dropping the ball this year. OTL I'm a bad fan.

But at least we're going to have cake and since it's my friends' and my regular skype-and-watch-idol-stuff day, we'll watch Inochan videos and at least hopefully have a halfway decent Inoo party.

Also, he has a crazy number of TV appearances coming up, so I'm looking forward to that ♥ And everyone watch out for me in the Doctor X Special on July 3rd!!!
faded_lace: (Shige: smile)
✿ A new NEWS single was announced yesterday, for Shige's role in his upcoming drama! I'm really happy for him and excited about it. I preordered the box set, which is something I've never seen from Johnny's before, but I hope it was the right choice. XD;

✿ One more day until the NEWS concert! I'm really excited, and in my group of four friends, we're doing colored clothes and have our set of uchiwa and the whole thing is just very exciting. XD Until I have 8 friends into JUMP, this sort of thing isn't feasible with a bigger group, so I'm very pumped. |D;

✿ The color contacts I ordered seemed to work okay? I'm not sure what wearing color contacts is supposed to be like, but I definitely could see the color some. Hopefully I can at least wear them for a few hours of the day, like hanging out around the venue before the show. ^^

✿ It's not raining today!

✿ I'll be gone all weekend in Tokyo, so I'll reply to anything when I get back! Sorry for any inconveniences.

going MIA!

Apr. 29th, 2016 11:17 pm
faded_lace: (Inoo: sunflower)
After a stressful day making uchiwa and getting my apartment ready for visitors, tomorrow, I'm headed into Tokyo for KAT-TUN's 10th anniversary concert, and then I'm bringing friends back with me on Sunday~ Then I'm going to do touristing in my area for Golden Week with my friends through Thursday, go to work on Friday, and then go to NEWS in Nagoya on the following weekend.

Obviously I'll have access to my computer when I'm in my apartment, but I'll probably be pretty busy and won't be around much. I'm sorry for any inconveniences and I'll try to get back to anyone who comments or messages me as soon as possible, but I'll probably be MIA most of the time. I'm also sorry I've been slow to reply comments; it's been sort of a stressful time, but I'm going to try to get back on top of stuff when I get back!

For the time being, I hope everyone has a good weekend, and for those in Japan, a good start to Golden Week!

PS: Today was my one year anniversary of seeing Karafuto Ojisan, and I'm still not over that I will never be able to see it again ;__; Inochan was so amazing.
faded_lace: (Shige: smile)
Well, yesterday was extremely shitty, but I don't want to dwell on it! So in order to make myself feel better, I'm going to post a Shige appreciation post. Because who doesn't want to appreciate Shige (don't answer that).

This is pretty much just a random assortment of photos that I've been enjoying recently, but I'll throw them here loosely in chronological order because I like order. |D;

♪〜Baby, listen to the happy music〜♪ )

It's my last free weekend before a long string of stuff (Sexy Zone, KAT-TUN, Golden Week, NEWS), but of course I didn't do anything productive today. OTL. Oh well… I'll just sit here and look at Shige. > 3 >
faded_lace: (Hikaru: charming)
One: JUMP announced a new single! Idk what's up with the title or the fact that there's a B-side called "We are Otoko no Ko" ("We are Boys") but you know what? I'm not complaining! XD Yay for a new single. ♥ It's pretty much on the same schedule as last year, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a tour announcement soon!

Two: Starting tomorrow, I'm going to be traveling out of town with parents until April 3rd. I'll be checking on my phone, and comments/PMs reach me by email, but I won't be around much to post or comment.

Three: Today is my last day at work for the school year, which feels weird and bittersweet but also like I'm so glad people I don't like are retiring. Hopefully they don't move my desk while I'm gone; the inside of the drawers are so messy right now >__>

Four: I have to pack when I go home. Yuck.

Five: My friends are going to the Sexy Zone tour this weekend in Nagoya, so I'm interested to see how that goes.

Six: time put ur hand up~ (tomereru ka? orera wo~)

Seven: The sakura have started blooming at my school! I hope that means the ones in Tokyo and Kansai will bloom while my parents are here ♥

Eight: Catch everyone in April!
faded_lace: (Inoo: kitty)
Life is going about as shittily as it has been for the past two weeks, but I've been trying to have a little fun, too. Yesterday I laminated about 50 namecards that my students made in class to help them remember how to write their names properly in English when they get to JHS (the first day, before they learn anything, they have to write their names in permanent ink on their binders, so it's really sad if they mess up and have to live with it written wrong for the rest of the year), but while I was doing it, there was empty space in the lamination sheets that one of the kids' name cards wouldn't fit in. I obviously couldn't just chop off part of the kids' project, so I decided to cut down some of the colored paper and use it for my own nefarious purposes. |D;

I made some really cool gifts for my friends/myself. )

In other news, tomorrow is Inochan's Shimura Doubutsuen! Stoked~
faded_lace: (Daiki: ♡)
This is quite late, but on the last day of February, I gave out the last of my Valentine's Day chocolates to the other ALTs (foreign English teachers) in my city. We have a meeting once a month, so even though it was long after Valentine's day, it was my only chance to give them out. These ones were matcha and dark chocolate or almond milk chocolate and white chocolate tarts!

Late Valentines! )

All in all, my life hasn't been super exciting. It's that stressful, wrapping-up time of year, but last weekend we took a break and did a bunch of shopping in Tokyo, as well as spending time with [livejournal.com profile] ltgmars, which was super fun! Also, perhaps the insanity pushed me over the edge but I've fallen face-first into a crazy new ship and am knee-deep in the process of discussing it from every angle with my friends… undoubtedly it will leak into my LJ eventually, but for the time being, I'm too embarrassed, so I'll leave it at that. |D;

Archive!

Feb. 21st, 2016 11:20 pm
faded_lace: (Juntoshi: captivated)
My JE Fic Archie and archive are up to date! It'd been a while since I got to them, but now they're good to go!

This weekend, I made chocolates for the ALTs, and once I distribute them, I'll be totally done with chocolates for the seasons! Woo. Photos will come later~

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