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09 June 2010 @ 09:17 pm
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I've packed the things that I'm supposed to pack (mostly), I'm leaving behind some stuff that I can't fit.  I decided not to mail my stuff because it's actually cheaper to pay for the extra baggage costs at the airport than it is to ship UPS  (well, unless I do ground and then don't have any of my towels until thursday - but that's not going to happen)

It's going to be a kind of amazing trip. 

+ down / got home from the family trip and promptly had a bit of an emotional breakdown.  I've been having these, and they're really not that fun, but I'm surviving through them, which is the important part.

+ up / finally saw Iron Man 2 and was pleased with the film.  I won't say more in case there's someone else who hasn't seen it yet, except that it was EXACTLY what I expected it to be, and that was pleasing in an explosions-cgi-men-behaving-badly-kind of way

+ down / the emo has mostly been because I've been attempting to work through some heavy duty relationship and house stuff.  I'm still working through it, and I hope that there's sunshine at the end of the rainbow, and I'm working towards it as hard as I can.  It's too early to tell, but i'm hopeful, even if it's really tough going.

+ up / went out with my girlfriend last night for dinner and really laid the whole thing out with her - and even though she did get in one gentle 'why am i always right?' she was overwhelmingly supportive and bracing and beautiful and  just what I needed.  And we even moved on from that to actual other stuff too - thoughtful stuff - and that was nice too.

+ up / i'm coming to realize and accept that the WAY that I enjoy media is to engage with them on a critical level.  I'm not *criticizing* the show - I'm ENJOYING it... it just so happens that I can laugh and be in the moment AND see how the relationships are being structured or race is coming into play (or being erased), or gender roles are playing out, etc. I've been having conversations with friends and family about this kind of thing I do, and some people I know also do it, and others feel like it's working too hard or somehow picking apart the texts (so it's aside from enjoyment).  Everyone is allowed their own bliss, I just think that's mine.  I'm also realizing that's probably part of the reason why I'm in fandom - so I can read other people's meta.  Fourthvine pointed out all fanfic is a kind of meta, and I kind of agree ;)

+ up / I am almost done with my kradambigbang art and I can't show it to you yet!  :(  but I will, someday!!

It is weird to think that I won't be writing in my journal in english for 9 weeks.  weird weird weird.  Oh, and I'm going to leave the poll open (though I think most everyone who has an opinion has voted in it) until I go to make my first post in Japanese.  Right now the 'unlocked' is narrowly winning over 'locked'.  I wish you all luck with Goggle translator (be warned, Japanese translations come out hilarious.  HILARIOUS).
savoy trufflesavoytruffle on June 10th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Have a great experience. I'll miss you!
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on June 11th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
I'll miss you too lady!! &hearts
literate and stylish: glomp!mishloran on June 10th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
Unseasoned as I am in Japanese, I will miss you these next 9 weeks (NINE?!!!). Be good, and good luck! x
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on June 11th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
I know, NINE! it's so insane!!! but i will try my best to be good even though i'll be missing you!
capybaroncapybaron on June 10th, 2010 07:44 am (UTC)
my rusty language skills
I am going to have to brush up on my Japanese. Since I have been mired in gainful-employment-type work, are you requiring comments to be in Japanese as well?
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on June 11th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
Re: my rusty language skills
HA, no, not at all. though i would probably respond back in japanese just because it's more a limit for me than it is for you guys

Kat: *facepalm*seductivembrace on June 10th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
Poll? Wait... what? Did I miss something? Crud! Then again, these last few days have been insane-o at school. *SHUDDERS*

When do you start with the all-Japanese all the time? My son is totally into Japanese culture and I'm trying to convince him to study it in high school. Plus there the bribe of a vacation there. (And, it allows me to learn it at the same time. *grin*)
my monkied brain: _nihon-flowerkatekat1010 on June 11th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
you found the poll i see! and i start as of Sunday. If there's anything I can do to help you convince your son, let me know? i can recommend cool movies and things if you think that would be a tipping point? also, the thing that got me was that my mom had japanese exchange students stay with us -- nothing like having someone live in your house for a week or so who is cool and talks about their country!