asmaria: (Fakir)
Oh my god, this show. ;_; It's only 12 episodes. I cried at pretty much every one of them at some point or another.

I wish it hadn't ended, but at the same time, I think that's the perfect number of episodes to resolve what it did. I wouldn't mind a second season, but I know it would be different from the first.

I need to cosplay from it, though, and maybe read fic. @_@

...pandora, you are not helping here.
asmaria: (Dilandau)
Well this is a spontaneous update. I wanna ramble on about something though, and don't really have anyone to listen.

I started watching Death Parade, and it's really interesting! At first I found it upsetting. The premise is that after people die, they are sent to this bar called Quindecim, where arbiters decide upon who will be reincarnated, or who will be sent to the void/hell. The more I watch it though, the more psychological it gets, breaking down people's motivations and what makes one human, the emotions that drive us, etc. It's just... really, really fascinating.

I haven't been able to hate a single character. More often than not it makes me want to cry. I'm a little sentimental, though. ;;;

And the characters driving the decisions are complicated too, even though they were meant to have no emotion. I'm on episode 9, and I have to get to a doctor's appointment, but it's a cliffhanger and so that means I've got to wait until tomorrow. Augh.

But I have RP to write with my roommate tonight. That's generally how I spend my evenings. As much as I've tried to play in public games, I can't seem to stick with it when I have only a couple of people I can write consistently with and not have all my ideas dry up.

Thus the Dilandau icon rather than Decim or Nona or something, haha. I've been writing him and it's a lot of fun.

I guess I had better catch my ride, though. I might have more to say on this show, later.
asmaria: (Default)
I just found my archives of RP from all the MUCKs I joined over the years.

That sure was some quality RP back in the day... lmao )
asmaria: (Jude hmmm)
This is a test to crosspost to my LJ. Yeah, I guess that means I'm posting there again. :P
asmaria: (pic#)
Okay, I'm making an effort to update this thing. I just admitted to a friend that I don't have the energy to keep up with my journal anymore, but the thing is, I really want to. I really overexerted myself the last few months preparing for Aseliacon. It was worth it, though. I just don't know how to balance my time and all the stress.

The con was amazing. I want to post a report on it at some point. I took a lot of video and have uploaded half of it, then I got sidetracked just being lazy at home and watching old episodes of Hell's Kitchen and playing games. But I haven't even finished those. I started Tales of Xillia and Tales of Symphonia, but the only thing I've been able to wrap my head around lately is the stories I've been writing with my roommate. I know that's boring to everyone else. I wish my brain didn't get stuck in a one-track rut, because I'd like to be able to do lots of other things at the same time, too. I have another amazing RP I'm in and it's like my brain just won't compute and give me the energy to focus on it. I feel like crap for that.

I started working on the boots for [personal profile] insidious's Raven costume. (She's going to be Raven and I'm going to be Karol for A-kon) But my fingers still have not forgiven me for making Alvin's boots. They are cracked and peeling. Hand sewing is a bitch. I need sewing gloves like hardcore. u_u And then I got sick and haven't felt like doing much of anything ON TOP of not feeling like doing anything. -_-

I swear to god I'm going to accomplish something tonight. I took the boots to work and I can't even force the needle through the leather. I guess I'll attempt to awkwardly force them through the sewing machine tonight if that works... Failing that, no matter how uncomfortable I feel, I need to get started on sewing Raven's shirt. I want it done by this weekend.

Nevermind that I have flower accesories to sew for my shop... @_@
asmaria: (Arche)
Posting this to do list here so I have some place to keep up with it... Even if I don't get it all done, I want to get at least half tonight. ~_~

Make dinner
Stitch down ribbon on Leia collar

Take out all the trash in the garage
Pick up all the trash bags upstairs
Clean off my desk
Clean the floor around my desk
Move one of the sewing machines upstairs
Take pics of the manga for sale and post online
Make Alvin boot cuff pattern
Finish Lloyd jacket pattern
Start Alvin vest pattern
Start Leia boot cuff pattern
asmaria: (Default)
I've been sewing lately, getting ready for Aselia Con. I've got 3 costumes to make (Lloyd Irving and Leia Rolando for me, Alvin for [personal profile] insidious). I'm running a panel on Exspheres and Key Crests as Lloyd, and I'm volunteering. I am trying to draw enough stuff to have an art table.

Am I overexerting myself?

Probably.

But I'm so excited. ;_____;

I watched Julie play all the way through Xillia on Jude's side. When I'm done with everything, I'll play Milla's side. I have spoiled myself mostly though, because I kinda had an emotional freak out about the things I didn't know and needed to for RP. It was a little bit dumb of me. But I hope I'll still enjoy my playthrough.

Last night I played more Vesperia and got all the way to the scene with Belius and Leviathan's Claw. (Ugh and I wanted to cry, that scene and my feels.... ;_;) Probably should have worked more on Alvin's shirt, but I can do that tonight. It should be done, save the trim on the collar. I'll work all weekend to try and get the rest of his accessories and vest done. Lloyd's gloves need to be finished for me to be satisfied, too.

That gives me like 6 weeks to make his coat, Lloyd's shirt, and Leia's dress. I can do this. I will not panic. I swear sometimes the overarching scope of a project can sometimes send me into an everlasting state of anxiety, but I seem to be doing really well with my sewing again and... not to jinx myself, I think if I just keep at this pace it'll be fine. Dad is having my sewing machine repaired, and I'm borrowing a working one right now besides.

I started cooking bento again. Well, more like last night I finally used the butternut squash I bought back in December. Damn, whatever the local farms are doing to grow produce, that stuff lasts... I know it's a winter squash and it should anyway, but it was still super hard to cut up. I put it in my slow-cooker and so that along with leftovers is my lunch for today.

Bento! )

I hope if I just use the slow cooker a lot I can eat healthy and keep up my strength. I need to stop eating out, to save time and money for these cosplays (and my hotel room e_e). I also had gained back half of what I lost over Christmas break, and managed to get down to 209 again. If I can be 199 by the middle of March, I'll be happy no matter how I look in my Leia cosplay.

Ugh I need to eat now. I'll post more updates later. I'm starving and my head hurts. T_T
asmaria: (Estelle)
So I found out that the airline credit I have with Southwest Airlines is expiring in May, and I had planned to use it for my Otakon flight... only to learn that the flight I purchase HAS to happen before the credit expires. What the hell, man.

I found a con I want to go to. Anime St. Louis has Matthew Mercer as a guest (He plays Alvin in Tales of Xillia), and I reallllyy want to get that man's autograph. So I reserved a hotel room. I just hope I can get the money for the stay in time. The flight's not such a big deal... but getting into the con and staying there sure is. -_-

Is anyone else planning on going? I know my FL is small, so chances are, probably not. But if you are, I've got space in my room, and am looking for someone to split the cost with!
asmaria: (Estelle)
Finally done with the holidays with my family, and I am overwhelmed. In a good way. I got a lot of stuff I didn't think that I deserved. I hope that the gifts I was able to afford to give were appreciated. :)

[personal profile] debbiechan, thank you for the digital card! I didn't see it until recently! D: I need to check my email more often.

So after searching quite a few times, I finally found all the Wedding Peach soundtracks online! *_____* I'm on a kick for this series again. It's so corny, but in a good way, because it's so ridiculous it goes back around again into awesome and funny. I like it just as much as I like Sailor Moon, and while they have a lot of the same old tropes/plots, I think it stands well as its own magical girl series.

You can download them all here.

Since school is over (I GOT AN A!!!! OMG *CRIES* ;o;), I settled down to start playing all the games I haven't been able to touch. It's been too hard to focus. I'm currently playing Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Tales of the Abyss on my 3DS, which I've had most of the year but never had the time to do more than play a few minutes of. I had to restart my game of Abyss because I got lost. And then I started my own game of Tales of Vesperia on [personal profile] insidious's XBox. I got a Vita for Christmas, so when I've finished all of those I have Ys: Memories of Celceta to start. But I haven't beaten the earlier Ys games either, so I should probably do that first... ugh. That's not even everything. But a few at a time, or I'll start mixing the stories up.

And on top of all that? I've been watching [personal profile] insidious play Tales of Xillia, and have become totally attached to the character Alvin. No spoilers though, please... we're only 3/4 of the way through the game. Ugh, my feels for that game may surpass any of the other Tales so far.

...ALSO, IF YOU LIKE VALKYRIA CHRONICLES, SOMEONE MADE AN ENGLISH PATCH FOR THE 3RD GAME!

I try to buy all my games, but if it's not available in English, what can you do? :| Anyway, that's another set of games I want to begin, but I'll have to wait until I finish everything else, and borrow them from my roommate. I just went and put it on my PSP so she'd be able to play it too.

Well, back to trying not to get sick here at work. One of my coworkers is out sick with the flu. I usually carpool with him, but we haven't been around each other all week thankfully. I just hope no one else at the office has caught anything because I haven't had a flu shot. T__T
asmaria: (Default)
Okay, I'm going to write a post today. I've been telling myself that for nearly 2 months now, no more excuses.

I spent a lot of today being a bum, but then I also finally got the drive to go clean a lot of the garage out. I found a bunch of junk in the kitchen cabinets I don't need anymore too, and tomorrow morning the 1-800-got-junk guys are coming to haul away all the stuff I can't get rid of on my own. Goodbye broken chair in the garage, old TV, shelves I don't use, etc. ~_~

In cleaning, I found some interesting stuff, though. Including a buried old notebook from, get this, 2001. XD It's from my first years in college, when I attended with [livejournal.com profile] togabitoion. We used to pass notes in math class, and I drew a lot, too. As the pictures indicate, I was not a dedicated student. Compared to my school notebooks now, it's downright sad how bad of a student I used to be. But hey, lots of Chrono Crusade, Twin Signal, and Fire Emblem fanart resulted... XD

Hey, [personal profile] debbiechan, Look at this! I found it earlier in the week and it reminded me of the art your son made me out of pipe-cleaners. I thought if you hadn't seen it yet, he might find it neat. :)

I think I realize now why I vanish from the internet so much. I mean, I could spell it out plainly before. I get overwhelmed and take some time off, then procrastinate coming back because there's so much to do and so many people to keep up with, it's overwhelming to think of even starting. But I never really considered I had social anxiety until my doctor put it as part of my diagnosis. I guess it makes sense. I just figured I burned out easy and I had too much to do IRL anyway. But most people keep up no problem. I am sorry if I ever leave people hanging. I think it's gotten worse lately because I used to be online ALL the time. Now I use up a lot of my time doing mindless things on the internet without talking to anyone. I kind of miss the ease of being a social butterfly. Is this part of getting old?
asmaria: (Ys)
Obligatory Ys icon because I picked up Ys: Memories of Celceta yesterday! Whoo! (Even though I'm waiting to see if I get a Vita for Christmas...)

Sorry for being scarce, I have been drowning in homework and just have had absolutely no energy for anything else except mindless internet games. x_x I got drawn into Flight Rising, so that's about the extent of me doing fun things outside of work and school.

I hope that everyone in the USA has a good holiday weekend! And anyone else too, anyways! X)

By the way, [personal profile] killua, I have the money for that Kaito figure if you still have it. ;_; Yes, 3 months or so after I said I'd buy it. I'm sorry!
asmaria: (Arche)
Oh and I forgot the best news of all!!!

I CAN FIT INTO MY SIZE 16 PANTS AGAIN!!!!! ;o;

Granted, they're a bit tight, and I still don't look great in them, but they zip!!!
asmaria: (Ys)
I wish I could wean myself off of facebook. Sometimes my friends' feeds get so toxic I absorb that negativity and it ruins my day. Whenever I come to post here too, I feel like I don't have much to say. It's probably messed up my ability to write a normal blog.

Let's see. Right now school has me super busy, but I really wanted to do something for Halloween. I've been invited to a couple of things, but no one can pick me up. I don't blame them, it just drives home the reminder that I need to learn to drive. But I found out my dad is having a party so there's that. It'll be a bunch of his friends, probably, but I found the unfinished Suzaku Halloween outfit from Code Geass, when they all dress up as cats. I can get that done after class tonight even though I'll be exhausted. The band class got moved to tonight instead of yesterday, and it's immediately after math. I packed a soda. ~_~

Oh and last night I spent watching Twelve Kingdoms! We made it to the end of the first case of DVDs! I can't believe that is 5 discs. There's still the second case, and I'm already so confused! But I love it. Youko's journey of character growth is amazing, and Taiki is really growing on me. If only I had the mental fortitude to read a book all the way through. I have gotten halfway through the first novel twice now. Reading is hard for me to stick with and I hate that. -_-

I hope it doesn't rain tonight...
asmaria: (Michel)
I don't find this list complete by any means, but I found it while searching for icons from Wedding Peach, and since that was a fruitless search, I might as well answer it...

Read more... )

Despite not checking some of those, I've read some manga. Like I have read some of FAKE and it's alright. I went ahead and checked Chrono Crusade even though I didn't finish it. I have all the manga though. I'm annoyed that Nurse Angel Ririka SOS wasn't on that list. :(
asmaria: (Default)
I've been a little stressed lately, but hopefully that's calming down. Enough for me to post at least.

I started watching old episodes of The Voice on youtube with [personal profile] insidious. We also saw the pilot of SHIELD last week, but I haven't seen the latest episode because Monday through Wednesday is always so busy. Ugh. We might see it tonight, maybe if there's time after my workout.

I have lost 3 pounds as of the start of the week, which is great.

I tried getting my head together enough to post in some memes, but the thing I never can come up with is how to reply to such random prompts. It works so much better if I have the stability of a game setting, but it makes me sad because I don't have time for something like that outside of museboxes. And those are at a standstill right now anyway.

Sometimes I regret starting school this semester. But then I remember my family is very proud of me and I almost have math out of the way. And that if I stick with Band until next semester, I can play at the Carnival of Steel. I really want to do that.

I probably won't join again after that though, because the teacher is too stressful and I enjoy my free time. I miss when I had more time. I don't know HOW I had more time in my 20's considering how much I did, but it feels like I did. Oh well, lol.
asmaria: (Chan family)
I have had a really stressful couple of months. I realize I vanished right after a vacation and feel like that was kinda rude to my friends, especially when I said I'd post about the trip. I'm sorry you guys. :(

And [personal profile] killua, I wasn't able to get you an autograph. The lines were horrible, we nearly got crushed getting through the crowd, and I couldn't find a friend who didn't have something to do already to go through it with us because we were only allowed one. (But if you haven't sold your Kaito figure, I still want to buy it from you? T___T)

I'm struggling through my math class and it's draining me of energy. I'm also starting a fitness program with a friend who's taking kinesiology classes and has to be somebody's instructor for a semester. It pretty much means that my free days, which are Fri-Sun, are work-out days, and Mon-Wed are school (band and math) days. So very little time to do much else, when I'm not doing homework. I hope I can at least get some time in to write, but I always feel drained and end up watching mindless TV instead. That's why I'm fat lol.

I have taken up a game again finally though. Not RP, but on my DS. I lent my 3DS to [personal profile] insidious to play the new Fire Emblem, so I picked up my old one (GBA) and started playing it again. And I got Monster Rancher for $10 at Gamestop.

That's about it though. I've had at least 2 doctors appointments a week for the past two months, which has left me pretty broke. -_- I'm resentful that I have to go to so many of them. Psychologists, psychiatrists, podiatrist, dentist, therapist. It's draining.

I'm back, though.

P.S.

TRAILS IN THE SKY IS GETTING ITS SEQUEL IN ENGLISH! YEAAAAAAHHHHHH! OMG PARTY. Q_______Q
asmaria: (Lime 8P)
Tomorrow I leave for Otakon! My flight is at 9:50 in the morning, and I gotta get everything ready tonight. Excited and nervous and kinda antsy about being on my meds for the whole trip, but oh well!

So far, I've packed:

Komui Lee
Hitomi Kanzaki (sans her pendant and watch, need to remember those!)
and my shoes for Tomoe Tachibana

Yeah, I still haven't finished that costume. It's in pieces about to be assembled, so hopefully I can just finish that tonight and not get side tracked. I haven't felt that well lately. My meds make me dizzy and sometimes my heart gets fluttery. But on the bright side playing Hitomi in the LARP means if I gotta sit down and have a breather, I can just play it off as a vision or something. XD I promise I'll take care of myself.

I'll try to take some pics! My camera wasn't cooperating at A-kon but I'll try to get it to work before I go, or bug someone else to get some!
asmaria: (Estelle hmm)
I doodled a lot this morning )

And now it's lunch and I have the hiccups. -_-

Today's lunch is leftovers, but I made the salad. )

I'll write a whole entry about the weekend later, but I'm starving.
asmaria: (Reever ;;;)
Ugh. So our front door lock broke and the key is stuck in it, so I just had to call a locksmith. There goes more of my money. -_- Got to try to find a way to earn that from something. I can't afford this right now, after all the furniture I bought and a trip coming up.

At least it's lunch. )
asmaria: (Johnny grin)
I didn't put raspberries in my oatmeal this morning because I ran out. Ugh. I had to chug water with every bite just to get it down.

I played some more Suikoden last night. I got all the way to Kouan. Leveled everyone up to 20 or higher, and had to quit because the FAQ said if I went back to Toran Castle then I'd have a lot of plot happen. I really didn't want to go to bed, but it was already 10:30 and I hadn't even cleaned my room any.

Oh well. I did cook dinner, and the extra chicken for the rest of the week for my lunches, and the walk back from Target was kinda tiring. I won't have much energy for a week anyway, so I guess I should plan around that.

This morning I FINALLY found a way to put Guilty Dragon on my cell phone! It's a Japanese only game for .hack//, but you can install it if you turn off permissions and get it from the internet instead of Google's store. I will start playing it after I get one of my other games done.

So yesterday I tried to find something to listen to when I walk home, and I went back to an old favorite site: http://voiceactingalliance.com

It's hit or miss, but that's because it's a hub of amateur voice acting, and it makes me so giddy to listen to people's stories and voices there. Some of the best ones are audio dramas, either the ones written for production, or converted from fanfic. Back in the day I used to try my hand at both voicing and mixing, but I wasn't very good at either.

However, I REALLY recommend Forward Momentum Production's Bubble Gum Crisis Audio Drama. You can listen to it here:
http://voiceactingalliance.com/board/showthread.php?86931-FMP-Bubblegum-Crisis-The-Audio-Drama

It's based on the 2040 series, but even then I like it. My biggest hangup with that one was the art style. Listening to this one is like getting your hands on one of those old Drama CDs from Japan back when EVERY show had one. They have two episodes out so far, and I've only heard half of the first one. It's told from various character's perspective and narration, with any other voices speaking up as needed (if it's their dialogue). It works really well.

I think I'm gonna go finish listening to it, even if that means finding something else to listen to later tonight.

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