hakkai_sensei: (Inui Illogical)
My family has cracked up, big time.

For those who had better things to do for the longest time (and I don't blame you), we have three dogs.  Yeah, I dunno why, they don't breed, but they multiply somehow.  We started with Cody, who's half-mutt and half-something that looks like a breed I feel I should recognize, Smokey, a pure honest-to-goodness mutt who's only rational claim to the name is his chocolate color, and the latest is a pup named Midnight who has basically chewed up like half of my collection of house slippers.  That, my dear friends, is a big crime in my book, because I live in a household where a number of people (resident mom and visitor cousins) have the same shoe size.  Due to some unwritten rule that I've never been informed of, they somehow feel it is perfectly within their rights to filch my slippers at the drop of a hat.  Which kind of sucks.  Which kind of sucks terribly.

But I digress.

Anyhoo, Midnight was from my mother's friend, and the name was a hand-me-down.  The friend's daughter named it, and its name ranks among the most ridiculous misnomers in my history because the pup's mostly white, although some people might stretch it because he has black spots over his eyes.  Whatever.

So, from having no pets less than three years ago, we are now a certified dog household.  I'm not sure anyone else read the announcement, though, because yesterday this kitten walked down (fell? parachuted? flew?)  into the weird gutter-slash-crack between our house and the dividing wall of the next property.  It spent about half the day yowling (because dude, whatever sound it made, it was NOT a meow; meows are the height of sophisticated animal sound and does not make one feel like one is chewing tin foil) at us.  No one in my household speaks proper kitten (I'm reasonably sure), but we all spent some time convincing it to go away, citing reasons ranging from "your mommy will miss you" to "beat it, this is a canine-infested dwelling, don't you smell the dog breath," but apparently, we fail at persuasion.   Or maybe it really couldn't get out.  Maybe it has sikrit evil plans of infiltrating our domain and establishing itself ruler over the dogs.  Maybe it's the spirit of my grandmother, who was always imperious about getting her own way, the word 'no' only being in her vocabulary whenever it suited her.

To cut my ramblings short, the adults (I don't  consider myself an adult in our house, because hey, the verisimilitude of youth cuts you a lot of slack, you know?) finally gave in and rescued it from the crack, fed it, and adopted it.  I assume that's what they did because really, you don't feed an animal, plan to give it a bath and a de-lousing if you're not thinking of keeping it.  Most especially, you do not name it Sunrise. 

Well, most normal people wouldn't name anything, let alone a kitten, Sunrise, if the damn thing were black all over except for its nose, right? 

I don't know if this is a good idea, people.  I'm torn between wanting to protect it from the (maybe well-intentioned) pawing of the dogs which are all, to an animal, at least ten times bigger than it is, or taking out my phone to record the fireworks.


Welcome to Animal Planet.
hakkai_sensei: (InuKai Sweethearts)
Please join me all in wishing Mana-chan - blogger, PoT shipper, nurse-in-training, fic writer, wisher on dandelion fluff, and lover of all things Masa - a happy, happy birthday.
I am blogging from my phone, so my apologies if I cannot provide any shiny to go with the birthday greeting. I'm glad this day has come, and I wish that each of your birthdays will be more awesome and brilliant with kira-kira than the last. *tosses confetti*
Omedetto gozaimasu!
hakkai_sensei: (Kaidoh_Pillar)
I went on Wikipedia today and I found out that Peter Jackson is thinking of making a film adaptation of Temeraire.

*hugs self*

Oh, life, why so sparkly?




The only other thing that would make life sparkle more is if I got my hands on the pret-teh, embossed, original versions of the books.

hakkai_sensei: (Hitsugaya-Taishou)


I was invited to go join [livejournal.com profile] coffeebased  and her cousins at the SMX for the Shizen Orchestra con last Saturday.  Since we're nearing the end of the month, there are about twenty million things that need doing at the office.  On the one hand, you have work, my pride and the source of my livelihood, and on the other you have Hope and Lian and Ina ( including, I discovered later, the charming Nadine and their pretty and refined Tita Cathy;  I also got to see [livejournal.com profile] limextreme  and JM, and I also met JM's Ron for the first time), plus a few LJ people.     Being the mistress of prioritizing that I am, I of course stayed at work for the usual twelve hours before taking myself off to the MoA area.  (The work didn't get finished - sometimes I think it never will - but I can kill myself getting it done later this week.)

On the cosplayers who were there:  Hard Gay had nice legs, and Hard Geisha was too disturbing for words.  We had some great characters show up, but not many that I recognized. Sailor V was there, and a guy who wore an Urahara hat. (where, o where shall I find a Kaidoh-bandanna? *insert wailing here*)  There was someone else wearing a Seigaku jacket, but like me, I don't think he'd meant to cosplay anybody. And no, Ina, Lian, and Nadine were not cosplaying for some obscure fandom.  Especially Nadine.  Should anyone inquire.

One reason I have found to appreciate the cons: DVDs.  Painless way to snag good copies of series you wanna watch.  I kinda suck at it now, since I do want to watch but dunno where to start, and I'm too busy to work the downloading into my schedule.  But I figure the Avatar, Bleach, and Gravitation should help - I haven't seen Gravitation in eons, it feels like.  I have the official Gravitation release which had subtitling made of equal parts Chinese and abomination.  Very pretty container, but only helpful should I finally learn me some decent Japanese.

As far as the merchandise went, it wasn't too bad.  Aside from the DVDs, there were neat things too.  Mostly to do with hats and hat accessories, and teeny-tiny things for the discerning fangirl.  I got a pair of bear earmuffs, and a pin which says "Anime: Drugs would be cheaper."  Incidentally, Hope got me a pin with the Hitsugaya's picture, the one on my icon, that says "Shotacon: The reason he's the most popular character in Bleach," which killed me to no end.  Next con I shall be getting myself a hat.  And definitely more DVDs, as soon as I figure out which ones I want to melt my brain over.

But what takes the cake was the maid and butler cafe.  And there hadn't even been any cake.  Nikki-chan was the awesomest maid (*pats Nikki-chan's head*) and Gyo-chan rocked!! ^____^  They were such fun, and the 45 minutes spent there were the absolute best.  I have absolutely no idea how maid/butler cafes are supposed to work, but the service there was excellent, and I would totally understand why they're such a big deal if what we saw was at least a fair imitation.  What I adored about the whole thing was how there was so much care and thought involved, and how beautifully it turned out because you know that these people you're talking to are fellow enthusiasts, amateurs in the original sense of the word.  By the way, did you know that the word amateur originally came from French and Latin words meaning lover and  to love, respectively?  Inui is leaving the building now, kthnxbye.

When the crowds became too much for us (and the trauma of repeatedly losing her cousins in the crowd became too much for Hope), we went out and sat down outside the doors.  I took this as a fortuitous time to write a letter to Hope's okaasa.  Unfortunately, I belatedly recognize that all the brow-furrowing and staring off into the distance that I did, thinking of things to tell her, made me look like some sad emo person.   ( I had approximately two hours left at this time before Des was scheduled to pick up the lot and shuttle them to a padasal, which is, for Foreigners, non-Catholics, and you Young'Uns, a period of nine days when the family of a recently deceased person come together every day to pray for the soul of their loved one.)  But I really hadn't seen Des in literally, forever, and I miss her like you wouldn't believe.  Which is why I looked like some depressed zombie when [livejournal.com profile] moehoshi and her sis turned up for the con.  I'm SORRY, Moe-chan!  My brain was pretty much fried at the time, having been awake for eighteen hours on little food and lots of worry.  I hope that seeing DenKen made up for my spazzzzzzzz.  *hugs you*  I couldn't even introduce you to everyone because at that point I had trouble remembering my own name, never mind half of theirs.

When I was starting to think that a photo of my letter to Des should be pasted beside the word 'illegible' in the dictionary, we went looking for the Starbucks where Hope's mom would be picking us up.  At last, a blessed table and a frappe!  I went back to writing with gusto, and the kiddies were like, Hakkai, what're you doing? to which I replied that I was writing a letter to their aunt.  I got a second goggling-over, and I had to explain that I was friends with their auntie before I was friends with their cousin, to which they said, "But how old is Tita (Des)?" and "She's old, isn't she?"

Oh, child-RRAAAAN.  *sobs quietly in a corner* 

It will probably take a decade, on the inside, for them to realize that their aunt is a severely cool person to hang with.

Anyhoo, the day ended with me getting to see Des for like five minutes.  Am now officially back to missing her.  And [livejournal.com profile] limextreme is made of equal parts of coolness and style, because he stayed with me until I found a cab to take me home (never mind that I'm older and putatively have my shite together).



On a side note:  My boss just sent me a message about courage.  It actually made me a bit... apprehensive about going to work.  Was it her way of telling me that there's something I need courage for when I go back to work tonight?  LOL.

Ii data.

Apr. 21st, 2009 08:43 am
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(In which Hakkai watches some more BL anime, enjoys the rain outside her window, and learns how to figure out her phone bill, among other things)
Minna-san! This is me trying to post from my phone. Kira-kira confetti to mini Opera which makes this possible!
So, okay, earlier this afternoon I called up customer service to get the lowdown on how exactly it is they charge me for my phone use. I have discovered that a) it is always important to read the fine print, only sometimes it's not available anywhere so you have to call people up, and b) I have lots of service resources that I am paying for but not using. (Gods, I can almost see Inui peeking at my data over my shoulder.) But this is only my second invoice anyway, and the first complete bill. Right now I am preoccupied with thinking how much additional browsing time and text messaging that translates to and how excellent that is for someone who doesn't get to go online as often as she would like. You'll just have to forgive me for the formatting, minna.
Junjou Romantica is a (compound) word that means eye candy and flail and rabu-rabu. I do feel a little shortchanged though, since I would like some more Egoist and Terrorist action. But it did say Romantica, not either of the two above, so it looks like if I wants more Hiro/Nowaki and Miyagi/Shinobu I will have to do some manga reading.
And Prince of Tennis! I know, I know, I'm made of several kinds of lame for not having finished the series before this weekend, but honestly, a lot of people have been into it way longer than I have, and while it's great that I can rush headlong into it without the serialized agony that comes with being up-to-date, I also want to savor it. Time will tell if I came upon PoT during its twilit moments, but no matter how seriously behind I am on much of the canon and fandom stuff, I'll take it as slow as my pitiful excuse for an EQ will allow me and relish the experience. Maybe in a month's time I'll graduate to DramaPuri. Maybe. For now I'll wrap my arms around InuKai love and bury myself in it like the especially-WAFFy blanket that it is.
For those of you who have been requesting some rain as a respite from the unrelenting heat of days past, isn't it phenomenal that you'd get your wish two days in a row? I don't have clear windows so I can't watch it, but I do love listening to the rain pattering outside, and it's almost as cool as if it were January. It's like an Indian summer, only in reverse.
Ok, Hakkai is starting to lose her words so I think this would be a good place to stop. I'm going to keep exploring this totally portable way to keep in touch with the digital world, and hopefully it'll be made of as much brilliant, awesome, and indestructible win as I'm hoping. Oyasumi nasai!
hakkai_sensei: (Hitsugaya-too-short)

Hello hello f-list.  I've been very busy the past couple of days living life and engaging in personal projects, but I would like to take a time-out to greet one very special person.

Joyeux Anniversaire, [livejournal.com profile] delwynmarch !!!

She and I met because Bleach rocks and her fanfic only adds to the awesomeness of it all.  She writes thought-provoking Yumichika/Ikkaku (and not only because she doesn't ship them as a romantic pair...yet), and her portrayal of the 11th Division is, in a word, sidesplitting.  She's a wonderful person to while away the hours with online, and I've had more fun y!mming with her than I can say.  She's also half of a sweet couple and deserves half the credit for a well-loved little boy, who claims Kris as one of his two first names.

Hon, I know this is not the best time to remember and celebrate, but that's the best reason I know for making sure that this one counts.  Whatever else happens, life is still good, baby, and you're worth it.
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Banner courtesy of <lj user="alice_and_lain">

 
(Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] alice_and_lain  for the awesome banner and to [livejournal.com profile] prillalar  for naming the society.  I suck at layouts so I don't know how to put up the acknowledgements right below the banner.)

Break out the champagne (or flask of Inui Juice for the less-discerning or those possessed of a cast-iron stomach) for my OTP, Inui Sadaharu and Kaidoh Kaoru!  I haven't been fangirling over them that long (just this year, if you can believe it), but I truly, truly adore them.  I'm too chicken to have written anything for them, but I love how some talented writers have made their pairing one of 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286208998628034825342117 kinds of OTL.  Off the top of my head I can name [livejournal.com profile] prillalar[livejournal.com profile] disutansu,  and [livejournal.com profile] kishmet , but there are lots of other writers out there who I would like to thank for providing me with my InuKai fix.  Loves to all of you!

(And this is a banner from one of my other InuKai pimps, my love [livejournal.com profile] sixthwinemaiden who is also known as sixthwinemasa when she is sleep-deprived.)
 


 
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I'm at my PC, reading Diane Duane.  I have my headphones on and I'm listening to Matchbox 20's take on Time After Time.

Life is so beautiful.  And mine is complete.

hakkai_sensei: (Default)
That's me in Seigaku Blue 

Yep, boys and girls. As promised, this is me in Seigaku blue.  I had to host a Halloween party and since everybody had to be in costume,  I wore one too.  Dang hot, I tell you.  It was outdoors, and October weather is NOT cool, whatever it is they say.  I mentioned my interest at work yesterday and Susan, one of our managers suggested that if I wore this outfit to work one Friday, the company would donate money to my favorite charity.

So insane.

hakkai_sensei: (Kaidoh_Pillar)
Ye Internet gods and goddesses must be thanked.  I now has internet back up.  And without sacrificing any chickens too!

I am also running rather late for the TriNoma infestation.  More later. 

F-list, I missed you all!  We can now has blogging and convos once more.  :-)  I'll catch you up on my crazy life if you catch me up on yours. Onegaishimasu!

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Oh, flist, the amount of posting carnage you are capable of when my back is turned is prodigious.

I am agog.

To bring everyone up to speed (those who care, anyway), I am at work, in this area where they give us PCs to surf with (so we don't do it in the training rooms). I am here because my friends and I are waiting to find out what happens to us at work next. We have just finished training and the exams, so I'm hoping for good news. I cannot surf the net at home because although our telephone now works, the same cannot be said for our DSL. *mewls despondently* I am somewhat confident, though, that the state of matters will change soon.

I now has a lovelife. Perhaps will say more about it later. [info]delwynmarch turned out to be very very good at predicting when these things will pop up: when you don't want them to.

What with work, the internet (or lack thereof), and my lovelife, I no longer have any idea what will happen next and what my schedule will look like three days from now.

Mercury has turned direct, but my life hasn't.

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