Trading posts with phrenk!!
→ School is done, yesss. I got a 4.0 and I'm so happy and exhausted and happy and exhausted and happy (and exhausted). Next semester should be less intense, which will be nice, and also I don't start back up until the 26th or something, which is ........... possibly too long of a vacation for me. But we'll see.
→ I've started drawing again!! I don't know if I'll keep it up once school starts (though I would like to), but I've been drawing every day since I got my stylus, and it feels really nice. I started a separate tumblr
to post my stuff because I felt a little weird about posting it to my usual tumblr and hopefully I will keep adding to it. I feel like drawing will be easier to do during school than writing, because writing is so... mood-dependent, I guess? Whereas drawing is easier (for me) to put down and then come back and just pick up where I left off. Anyway, excited for now!
→ I also started a twitter
for the hell of it so uh if anyone is on there and wants to say hello~
→ Christmas/Hanukkah was fine, went to my dad's like usual and ate latkes and had a good time. New Year's was fine, we went to a buddy's house and played games (including one called Secret Hitler that was actually a lot of fun despite my initial dread about playing a game called Secret Hitler) and ate delicious food. Despite literally never playing except for when we hang out with this specific group of friends, I remain the reigning champion of beer pong.
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→ Dogs!! I love them!!!! It's been really rainy here so they've been inside a lot and I think they're starting to get cabin fever, so we bought them one of those toys you put food in and then they have to figure out how to get the food. They seem to be having fun with it. :D We usually have Odin in here with us, and the girls are usually with INB's sister, but Brownie's been hanging out with us the past few days just because. I LOVE THEM. Also, I just have to say: their winter coats are amazing. Brownie has really short fur so hers isn't that noticeable, but Bernadette and Odin have thicker fur and they just turn into these big fluffballs in the winter and it's amazing. I love petting and ruffling up the big floof around Odin's neck and down his back because it's so soft and luxurious omg. I LOVE THEM.
→ Books I have enjoyed reading recently!! Oh man, I had three lit classes last semester so my reading list was fucking enormous (when I bought my books at the beginning of the semester, the lady at the counter came out with a box and two bags, all full and all for me, and said "Holy hell, what's your major?") and there are some things I ...... wasn't in love with ....... but also some things I really enjoyed! Notable items:
* The Awakening
by Kate Chopin -- Brutal nineteenth century feminism, exactly what I expected from Kate Chopin aka the ending was like a stab to the heart.
* The Stranger
by Albert Camus -- Fascinating and extremely layered, there is a whole hell of a lot beneath the surface. I didn't keep this (all my books were rentals) but I might purchase a digital copy at some point because damn. I knew nothing about Camus before reading this and then I wrote a paper on him and now I want to read everything he's ever written.
by Leslie Marmon Silko -- A story about a half-white, half-Native American kid named Tayo who comes home from World War II and is completely shattered, and he has to complete a complex healing ceremony to put himself back together. Woven together with traditional Laguna stories, super super fascinating, has an interesting collection of multifaceted women characters, hard to follow at times but really worth it.
* The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Diaz -- On the surface it's about this Dominican kid, Oscar, and his quest to finally get laid, but really it's a story about the Dominican Republic and Oscar's mother Beli and his sister Lola. This book made me furious at first because it was the last novel I read for my humanities class and almost every other novel was about men and I was so tired of this teacher assigning novels that feature women only as love interests, but this turned out to be a lot more than that. Hilarious and heartwrenching and also v. educational for plebs like me who don't know that much about the Dominican Republic.
* shout out to "Holy Sonnet 14" by John Donne
for being a poem that is about God and also about hot rough sex.
→ Arashi fic I've been imagining in my head lately!! Oh man, I've kind of been toying with the idea of writing an Iwo Jima-era fic about Ohno missing Nino, for reasons, and then the new album came out and Miles Away punched me in my emotions and made me want to write it even more, so that's a thing that may or may not happen but is happening every day in my head. I also really want to finish the fic where Jun is a dragon, but... that will probably be really long... Also the one where Juntoshi meet in a kink club and get super flirty and Jun's getting ready to invite Ohno home with him and he asks what Ohno's into and Ohno just leans in real close and says, "Let's put it this way, Matsumoto-san: I'm a very bad boy." ALSO the period piece wherein Ohno is a sculptor who donates pieces to temples and stuff and Aiba, Nino, and Sho are gods who want to reward him for his hard work so one night after he's finished sculpting a handsome, broad-shouldered figure for a fountain, Ohno goes to sleep and the gods show up and bring the sculpture to life and give it a personality (please imagine the three fairies from Sleeping Beauty, all adding different things to the mix, Nino's like "he has to be charming, charisma is important," and Aiba's like, "make him curious and inquisitive!" and Sho's like "okay but give him a serious side too, we don't want to burden Ohno-san with a charismatic, curious idiot... also make him love food") and they name it Jun and he and Ohno fall in love LOOK I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT THIS ONE A LOT. Also a million stories about steamy Matsumiya sex, because what else is new.
→ Current home situation!! We are fully in the trailer now. \o/ It gets very very cold in here so we got a heater that's just a big ceramic plate mounted on the wall with a little box that heats it up, and it's not that great at heating the whole space, so we bought some thick curtains and used them to partition off the little area where we lay out our futon, so now it's like we have this tiny little room, and in that small space the heater works amaaaazingly well. I've actually woken up a few times in the middle of the night because I was too warm, even though it was literally freezing outside, and took off my socks and sweater and went back to sleep and it was glorious. We do have a little leak on one side, so we put a tarp over the roof, which keeps the water out but also
blocks the panels for our lights, which are almost all solar-powered, so when it's rainy we have to use the lights very sparingly because they won't start charging again until we can take the tarp off. This is, of course, a work in progress; at some point INB's going to rearrange the solar panels so they're not being blocked when the tarp is on, it just hasn't happened yet (no blame or judgement from me because I have been a useless lump since school ended). We have the solar lights and then an outlet for our mini-fridge, microwave, heater, and computers. We don't have running water in here but there's a spout outside. Overall it's nice and cozy, and there's enough room for us and Odin, and it's private, and we don't have to worry about not being too loud once everyone has gone to sleep. I am happy!!
→ Just because I feel like saying it: I DON'T KNOW IF YOU GUYS NOTICED, BUT STAY GOLD IS A REALLY REALLY GOOD SONG. Last year phrenk and I made those solo ranking posts
and I feel like if I did that again today, Stay Gold might be #1. I MEAN, I'D NEED TO THINK ABOUT IT, and of course this ranking has no real meaning because it has changed and will change and is only reflective of my current, no-implications-about-future-feelings feelings, but my feelings right now are that I can't stop listening to this song because it's so so so good and and it'so so JUN (I have always thought, but now more than ever, that this is the spiritual sequel to Yabai) and I just love driving down the freeway singing along to it and imagining Jun in his flowy white outfit with his big stupid beautiful smile. I JUST LIKE IT REALLY A LOT, YOU GUYS. KORE KARA MO ZUTTO!! MUGEN NO MIRAI E!!!!
Aaaand I think that's all I have.