Category Archives: Life & Other Shenanigans

FALL SEMESTER DONE – 1 more to go.

I MADE IT.

And now, I should only have ONE MORE SEMESTER of my entire college career left. I am dreading one course in the spring, and that would be my capstone for Japanese. I’m dreading it for a couple of reasons:

1. …since returning from studying in Japan in February 2016, I have not been studying the language AT ALL. I slacked big time and need to translate a chapter or two from a Japanese book for the capstone…oops.

2. the head of the Individualized Major Program that the Japanese Studies degree is part of is RUDE, HARSH, AND UNORGANIZED. I’ve only heard bad things about her from the people who have already taken the capstone. Some are even getting flak BEFORE they take the capstone. She was overheard calling the Japanese IMP students lazy…rudely talked about another Japanese IMP student to ANOTHER JAPANESE IMP STUDENT, and she’s just entirely unhelpful and unorganized. I will complain. But she also has tenure. Fuck. Wish me luck!

The other classes should be enjoyable, though.

Thus, just give me a little more time to get back to reading and reviewing – hopefully I can have something within a week. At the moment, I’m trying to still find a car and figure when I can leave for winter break. Which I’ll also have to pack for.

I’m gonna see if I can retain thoughts and feelings for a couple of books I read as stress relief, maybe write reviews.

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In other news, I’m still watching Yuri!!! On Ice and let me tell you…I haven’t been this giddy to watch a new episode for an anime in a long time until now (*_*)

It’s beautiful and soon after the final episode I will probably make a post for it because it was also a game changer in the anime industry. I recommend it!

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Christmas is coming up and I think I’m going to graciously receive Final Fantasy XV as one gift *swoons*

I’m still playing FFXIII-2 and I also have Dragon Age: Origins lined up. Other games I want won’t release until next year.

I hope everyone enjoys their holidays and the season! (It’s freezing here.)

Ta-ta for now!

It’s Been 25 Days Since My Last Post…I Hate Hiatuses…

* sighs heavily* Hi, folks.

I’m not back quite yet, in case you were wondering. Just checking in. I really hate being on hiatus, but I need to get this semester finished before I can really get back to reading and blogging.

If you follow my Goodreads, you’ll see I just started reading a book last night (Kick at the Darkness by Keira Andrews), but this doesn’t mean I actually have time for dedicated reading! (I may actually finish this book soon…procrastination is hard to stop once begun…)

I may review this book, I may not. We’ll see how much I can remember by the end of the semester. I’d like to! But I really wanted a reward for getting my capstone 12-20 page paper done and turned in yesterday…so book.

My ultimate plan is to get back to reading Clockwork Angel, so I can dedicate myself and give a review! I seriously can’t wait to truly get into that series.

On other notes:

1. I still have another 10 page paper to write this week (due the 6th – yikes!)

2. I gotta finish up my Spanish homework (final week!) in preparation for the actual final

3. Still have other capstone things to worry about in the next 2 weeks…

4. My ballroom final is on the 15th…

5. Does anyone play Valkyrie Connect on their smart phones?????? I’m addicted and got my friends addicted…

Anyway, short check-in finished.

Ta-ta for now, worms!

I’m here!! – A Note

Hey, all.

If you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been inactive. The second half of the semester is the worst time… I should’ve put my hiatus warning much later than I did because back then, I still had some time!

However, now is when I won’t be active, really, until I get this big school stuff out of the way. I’ve been sad to not even have enough free time to read a book that I can actually review. Continue reading I’m here!! – A Note

August 2016 RECAP // SCHOOL STARTED and free reading time decreases…

Time is just flyin’! August is already finished, too!

Since school started, I lost time to read freely what I want…lots of school reading…

BUT I ALSO HIT A SLUMP. A small one and I’m hoping to get out of it soon. I had planned some books for August, but nope. Seemed to have only affected young adult books… Like, I still read a few m/m novels, but I was still picky even with those. I think it’s partially because I had so much time to read over the summer.

sad jon snow

I still read 9 books again, though! (6 being M/M)

Maybe it seems like less because I made less reviews this month, too… Lots of relaxing reads. Who knows if a couple of these will turn into full reviews *shrugs*

And I’m still determined to complete my reading challenge!

But yeah, let’s recap this last summer month. Continue reading August 2016 RECAP // SCHOOL STARTED and free reading time decreases…

BOOK (BLOG) BREAK // Books I have to read this semester……

Because of my reading slump and school, I don’t have any blog posts lined up. I plan to fix this within the week.

But I wanted something between my last review and my August recap. And I thought…well, I have to read books for school… How about I share those with you?? And maybe some thoughts about them. A lot of them might be interesting, but the struggle of reading impersonal, academic material is real…

CAN YOU RELATE?

tired of school gif Continue reading BOOK (BLOG) BREAK // Books I have to read this semester……

A Quick Note Involving the Near Future

School is coming.

Creeping ever closer to swallow me whole.

First day is August 22nd. *screams internally*

I was gonna do a Top Ten Tuesday today, but gave up. Too many topics and then I realized I can’t even make it to 10 with the one I chose. Boo. So this post was originally going to be at a later date, but now it’ll take the TTT’s place.

It’s just a warning.

The warning is that since school is starting, there may be a decrease in posts. I need to get settled, find my groove, come up with post ideas because I won’t have as much free time to read as this past summer. Part of the reason is due to this being my final college year, which means capstone courses. I’m not sure how time consuming it’ll be. Capstones are, like, 2x more difficult/time-consuming than normal courses, from what I hear. So I’m a bit nervous.

I’ve had a bit of a rough patch, possibly I have a little depression, so I’m way more nervous about starting school again than previous years because I don’t want it to cause any detriment to schooling, itself. So that adds to anxiety that could get in the way of posting.

I will have funner courses around the capstone this semester that I hope will bring me back more from the depression, as well as relieve any stress from the capstone. Next semester’s capstone shouldn’t be as consuming. 

  • A small 1 credit astronomy course to fulfill the last science slot
  • Intro to Spanish online
  • Intro to creative writing (I’d like to write stories)
  • Intro to folklore
  • Ballroom dancing!

So that’s all I wanted to let you know.

Thanks for reading! Ta-ta for now, worms!

BOOK BREAK // Upcoming Video Games I’m DYING to Play!

I am a gamer. Not competitively, not those shooter games. I go for games with plot, awesome characters, and fun game-play.

My favorite game of ever (at least for now) is Okami. Highly recommended if you like Japanese style art, want to play a goddess in the form of a wolf, like to draw, and enjoy a good, humorous story. Let’s see if I can find a game to take over that favorite position.

These aren’t in any specific order. Just in the order they popped into my head. I play Playstation games, by the way. I don’t own an Xbox. I do own a Wii and I’m hoping to trade it in for partial payment toward a WiiU because LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD. That’s listed below.

And I highly doubt I’ll be able to play, let alone afford, these right after release. But I still can’t wait ’til I can!


I’m gonna get this outta the way first:

Fuckin’ FFVII remake!!!!!!! (PS4) Continue reading BOOK BREAK // Upcoming Video Games I’m DYING to Play!

July 2016 RECAP // Books and Not Really any Life Updates…

Hey, another month finished! *confetti*

I’ve been having headaches and possibly sinus issues(?) that make it difficult to read. This has actually been going on for several months, but I’ve been pushing through for books! Don’t worry, I’m meeting my doctor.

But anyway, I made it through 9 (almost 10) books this July! *more confetti* Seems to be the same for every month… May and June had 9 books listed, too! (Excluding short, short ones I read.) And that also means 61/80 books for the Goodreads challenge!


There’s not much in the way of life – just enjoying my last month before school starts and I have to worry about packing up and moving. Still trying to find a car, too. I’m so nervous about this semester, though, because I’m doing a CAPSTONE. If you don’t know what that it, it’s death pretending to be a class. I’ve heard it’s 3x harder and 3x more work than normal. And I’m not ready. Then, I also had my big family reunion this weekend!

BOOKSTAGRAM:

i have failed you
I’m not even a Star Wars fan.

I…have been neglectful. More like unprepared. Due to living in my parent’s house until school starts and not wanting them to really know I take pictures of books (they’ll ask too many questions) AND having no props – I suck. I have infrequent posts. Sorry to those who might follow me. When I move and get better props, I’ll have more photos up! Continue reading July 2016 RECAP // Books and Not Really any Life Updates…

June 2016 RECAP // A couple events and book progress!

Another month of reading! And I read some fantastic books 🙂

Life is not going to be especially productive for me until school starts up again… But a couple things happened. I got my campus housing contract the other day, but I realize how expensive it is to live on campus… I mean, it’s not bad, but over $700 with roommates…? I could get a better single place for that, I’m sure. So I’m looking into other places off campus, but I also really need a car to do that… But a friend also says I can stay with her and her hubby until my own place so I can focus on a car first. Ugh, life.

depressed cat gif
Life, sometimes.

The big, best event, though, was my mum’s wedding! Continue reading June 2016 RECAP // A couple events and book progress!

Writing // It doesn’t quite have a name yet…

I made this relatively recently, when I decided I wanted to try writing. I’m not extremely creative (yet?). The little writing I have done so far has been from the eyes of characters created in my head. But I thought I would share something I was a little more proud of. I always love constructive criticism and discussions, so feel free to give any advice if you see something I could alter! For instance, I don’t know if my beginning is too abrupt? If maybe I should have a line or 2 before it…

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I am no garden to be trimmed and molded.

I am a forest to be wild and free.

I am not made of docile flower beds.

I am made of wildly growing vines.

I am not made of binding walls.

I am made of trees, stretching branches however far.

If you want to discover the facets of this forest,

If you want to cherish the life of this forest.

Then my sunlit paths will welcome and protect you.

If you want to destroy the heart of this forest,

If you want to tame the growth of this forest,

Then my dark brambles will tangle and tear you down.

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Creating this, I just want it to be remembered that everyone is their own strong individual selves. No one can change them unless they let them. No one can be controlled unless they allow it. No one can be tamed unless they want someone taming them. And they will always be strong for it, in their own ways, deep in their forests.

A short post that I just wanted to share. Ta-ta for now!