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perhaps from middle dutch.
04 March 2020 @ 04:17 pm

Art by hamlet_machine, banner by thilia

Hey there, sports fans, I'm nebulia, and I'm your host here.

I'm really easygoing and friendly and crap, but I accidentally exposed my livejournal to some folks in real life who I really didn't want to see what was here, and so I went friends-only. You can comment to be added...but if you just add me, I will probably add you back.

If you are looking for writing, there will not be much of it here. It can be found at con_noncuranza, so head over there. You're still welcome to friend me regardless. :D

So, I'll see you around, have a good time.
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perhaps from middle dutch.
15 February 2016 @ 11:01 am
On Jeff Peachey's Blog.  
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perhaps from middle dutch.
19 November 2015 @ 12:57 am
 
hi hockey people

if you're reading this really you probably should not read any of my previous posts

because they are v old

dont do it

i do not recommend
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perhaps from middle dutch.
30 October 2013 @ 09:54 pm
but i still love you and shit! any challenges or anything i missed out on?

...fuck it, life is really bad today, it's not even worth it. but. like, i'm here. i guess.
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
26 August 2013 @ 10:51 am
big job interview today! it's a job I really really want and I'm so fucking nervous, holy shit.

I had an interview on Friday for a position I'll like, but this one pays better and I think will be more valuable for my future and more fun and also more hours? So just generally a better job. but I'm SO goddamned nervous, oh my god.

I have recently acquired some new friends via the hockey friending meme on home_ice Welcome to all of you! There's a fairly recent and complete description of who I am and what I care about on my tumblr: nebulia13. Feel free to comment/talk to me/etc. I'm currently living a fairly sad and lonely life so I appreciate any and all company! I haven't touched my LJ in roughly a year and haven't cared much about it for longer, so it's interesting to come back to the site and get back involved with everything.

Usually I'm FO, but I'm keeping this entry public so that if you friended me from home_ice and I haven't friended you back, you can let me know here!

So yeah. that's what's up today, I guess. Hi all!
 
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
Originally posted by sapphirestar_ at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by popkin16 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by elayna88 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by capra_maritimus at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
And where the US goes Canada eventually follows. *sigh*

Originally posted by philomel at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Taken from a post by zelda_zee at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012 (and others before it).


All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Seriously. WHAT THE FLYING FUCK WORLD.

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox News confirms this:
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/03/17/us-isps-become-copyright-cops-starting-july-12/

Youtube video explaining this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5OG0R-yS-c



ETA: Petition for RIAA and the Obama Administration: Stop ISPs from launching a massive copyright spying scheme this July 12th.


Fuck. This. Shit.
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
25 December 2011 @ 12:11 am
Everyone:

I wish you the happiest of Christmases, Solstices, Hanukkahs, Kwanzaas, other holidays, general holidays, or Sundays. For those of you who are alone or sad this season, I wish you could come to my house where my family would cook you massive amounts of food and you could sit in front of a warm fireplace. You are all in my thoughts.

Thoughts on moving to dreamwidth will be posted after Christmas, because I'm not dealing with it here or now. D:

Merry Christmas!
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
14 August 2011 @ 07:31 pm
psa  
Think you know Iowa? Five Ways You're Wrong

Thanks, NPR! I'm so glad you're sticking up for us. :D
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
27 May 2011 @ 05:33 pm
HI GAIZ FORGIVE ME

I've been keeping up with my flist, but I haven't posted in like a month or something and SO MUCH has happened so I'm not sure where to start.

Actually, this post I'll just talk about the good things, there were a lot, and not the bad things at all.

Went home to Iowa to surprise my mom for her sixtieth birthday. She was surprised! It was great.

THEN THEN THEN my 21st birthday happened and the rugby girls threw me an awesome party and well I mean it was my 21st and it was fucking EXCELLENT and it's great and so yeah, that happened.

Then I went home and my friends from high school and my mom conspired to throw me a surprise party because I told mom I'd never had one (I also told her I didn't want to be the surprisee, I'd rather be the surpriser, but the party was pretty low-key so it was perfect). I was pleasantly surprised without being embarrassed and great fun was had by all.

Then I went to a bar for the first time, it was a gay bar, and HLBF and I hung out with a bunch of old queers (as they described themselves, they were only in their mid-thirties) before smoking weed in a church parking lot. We also smoked before going to the bar, in the park, a five minute hike from the car in the dark and the mud by the creek. It was awesome.

And NOW NOW NOW NOW I'm in fucking CANADA and it's fucking BRILLIANT and I've only been here like an hour but I'm loving it so much. Super super stoked, guys. Gonna be awesome.

So Imma go explore and I promise to update more often, really. I love you.
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
25 November 2010 @ 11:43 am
psa  
Sorry I've not been around recently: between my class, the musical, and being sick I've been kind of not up for posting. Sigh.

Anyway, though, I wanted to wish all you Americans a Happy Thanksgiving, and everyone else a happy Thursday! Love you all, have a wonderful day. :D
 
 
and how do you <i>feel</i> about that?: sicksick
 
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
07 September 2010 @ 04:08 pm
My friend shiegra has an unholy amount of dreamwidth invite codes and is itching to give them away.

Come one, come all! anyone want a dw that doesn't have one yet? This is totally your chance! Just send her a PM or comment here or something and you shall receive! So, yeah. Do it. :D
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
16 August 2010 @ 06:49 pm
H I A T U S

August 16th to August 25th.

going to Peru! Won't have my computer! Love you all!
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perhaps from middle dutch.


HANS ZIMMER YOU FUCKING BRILLIANT BRILLIANT MAN.

I'm off Thursday so I believe I will be instigating a field trip into West Des Moines to go see it. Most of the theatres closer will be showing stuff that released last weekend, I think.
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
So, who wants to make or find me a half-crack, half-serious (or completely crack or completely serious) AMV of Seishirou/Subaru to "You're So Vain?"

If you don't know this song:



BECAUSE YES. PLEASE.

H I A T U S

Secondly, animeiowa is in a week, so I may be gone for a while, cause I'm way behind on the whole cosplay thing. I will try to check the flist, but I might not get around to it. >.>

I love you all and will talk to you soon!
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
14 April 2010 @ 11:36 pm
H I A T U S

15 April-18 April 2010

Going backpacking with the rugby girls. Gonna party hard. Will be fabulous and stuff. Will not have internet.

I love you all and hope you have a fantastic weekend! :D 
 
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
18 March 2010 @ 05:18 pm
...every time I see a toyota highlander I am compelled to shout, "there can only be one!"

I really enjoy indulging that compulsion.
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
...otherwise known as, There's an app for that!

That's right, am typing this from my phone. I used to have a boulder--that is, an indestructophone, but dad gave me his droid because it sucks the battery too fast for him and he thinks I want a smartphone. I do, but not desperately. Then again, a) I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth, b) it is quite nice to work with a real, if small, qwerty keyboard, and 3)it was really, really nice of him and we're getting along super well and I don't want to jeopardize that by not accepting what is sort of a peace offering (as gifts between us always are), and I've kind of fallen in love with the fact that I can get daily Calvin & Hobbes comics.

At any rate, it's pretty nice. We'll just have to see if it's loud enough to wake me up tomorrow morning.
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
12 January 2010 @ 10:46 pm
 
In memory of family and friends who have lost the battle with cancer; and in support of the ones who continue to conquer it! Post this on your LJ if you know someone who has or had cancer.
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
14 December 2009 @ 11:09 pm
From synecdochic, your new rage stroke for the week:

* Gender will be a mandatory field at account creation, and it will be able to appear public on one's profile. (I can't tell if people with existing gender specification will be defaulted to "nobody can see it" or "everybody can see it".) (Subsequent changelog reading indicates that the public specificity has since been removed. It is unknown whether this is to require public specificity in the future or if it will remain private.)

* LiveJournal is removing the Unspecified option for the gender field. That's right: you get to be male or female. Period. That's it. (Source.)

If this pisses you off as much as it pisses me off, go to Edit Profile and select Unspecified for your gender option. Then, go to http://www.livejournal.com/contact/?dept=feedback and politely register your displeasure. (The people who read and process Feedback are not the people who make the decisions. They are often the people who are yelling internally about the decisions.)

(This will likely take place at the next code push, which given LJ's history will be either this Thursday or next, so spread the word fast, especially to the genderqueer community. After that point, you will no longer be able to pick "Unspecified" as your gender.)

Here is what I wrote; copy and paste as much as you'd like:

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To also reach someone who's higher up the food chain than the poor staff members who have to read and reply to Feedback, also email anjelika@livejournalinc.com who is Anjelika, GM of US operations.

--

This is BULLSHIT, guys. There is no other way to put it. LJ is someplace I love and I frankly want to keep it that way.
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
21 October 2009 @ 04:46 pm
PSA  
possible H I A T U S 
21 October 2009 to 25 October 2009

Am visiting MBF in Rexburg this block break...I'm going to be on a greyhound and then at her apartment. I dunno if I'll have connection, though my computer will be with me. So, if I'm not around for the next few days, that is why. :) I will see you Sunday for sure though. 
 
 
and how do you <i>feel</i> about that?: excitedexcited
 
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
11 August 2009 @ 12:32 pm

H I A T U S 
11 August 2009-17 August 2009

AnimeIowa is upon us and I am not yet finished with cosplay! AAAAAHHH! And then the weekend is the con, so I will probably have access to the internet...doesn't mean I'll be using it. xDDDDD So I will try to keep up on my flist, but if something important happens, I might miss it. >.> Sorry 'bout that...just let me know or something. 

I LOVE YOU ALLLLLLL! 

I will see you on Monday! 


 
 
and how do you <i>feel</i> about that?: busybusy
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
11 August 2009 @ 12:26 pm

H I A T U S 
11 August 2009-17 August 2009

AnimeIowa is upon us and I am not yet finished with cosplay! AAAAAHHH! And then the weekend is the con, so I will probably have access to the internet...doesn't mean I'll be using it. xDDDDD So I will try to keep up on my flist, but if something important happens, I might miss it. >.> Sorry 'bout that...just let me know or something. 

I LOVE YOU ALLLLLLL! 

I will see you on Monday! 


 
 
and how do you <i>feel</i> about that?: busybusy
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
02 May 2009 @ 04:02 am
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perhaps from middle dutch.
It appears my fic has been somewhat uncanonized by the release of xxxHOLiC chapter 180. Sorry 'bout that.

The rest of you (other than the wonderful and lovely eoedad, who was my beta) will have to wait a bit to read the fic, but it'll be soon enough, I suppose. :D It'll probably go with my huge fic dump.
 
 
and how do you <i>feel</i> about that?: blahblah
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
10 April 2009 @ 05:38 am
Last night I had a dream that I had a fever, and the only prescription was more cowbell.

That's right.

It was AWESOME.
 
 
and how do you <i>feel</i> about that?: amusedamused
 
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
04 April 2009 @ 10:33 pm
Yuuko sets down her spoon and fork and says, “I was to have two traveling companions, servants of mine if you will. But one took ill quite suddenly and the other insisted on staying behind to care for him.” She smiles the mocking smile again and beckons the servant to refill her goblet (for the sixth time, and they’re only on the second course). She giggles, and even that is elegant. “They have a deep connection. It’s a shame that they couldn’t be here.”

“Your servants are married to each other, milady?” Morgana asks curiously.

“They are not,” Yuuko says, “Just connected by the red thread of destiny.”

Merlin goes white. Arthur has discovered that Merlin hates destiny. “Destiny,” he says.

Yuuko finishes her wine and the servant hops up to pour another glass without her even asking. She swirls the wine in the glass, looking down at it for a moment, and then she smiles, slow and dangerous in a way that makes Arthur a little afraid for his sanity. “Destiny,” she affirms, voice low and full of certainty. “It is a fabulous thing, isn’t it? But there is not just destiny; there is fate, too—how some things are certainly to be, and how some things are not, and you cannot change that.” Her smile grows. “In my country, we call it
hitsuzen.”

Merlin is looking at Arthur with a very certain Look on his face. When he catches Arthur’s eye, he mouths,
fuck fuck fuck fuck.

Arthur is suddenly inclined to agree.



Guys, it is Merlin/holic crossover because sapphirestar_ just happened to put a Merlin icon up when she replied to a comment of mine and we had this big discussion and she's finally forced me into actually thinking about what would happen when Yuuko and the Great Dragon meet and WHAT THE FUCK AM I DOING.

Someone stop me. PLEASE.

...or don't. I can't decide.
 
 
and how do you <i>feel</i> about that?: creativeWTF.
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
03 April 2009 @ 06:59 pm
Changed my layout a couple days ago. We have moved from MirrorMask to Delacroix and Hugo. xD It's also, IMO, easier to read. And easier to decipher my flist to boot. xD

Um. Not much going on. I've been really lonely and down recently, and then realized that I've been forgetting to take my meds. So hopefully remembering those will help me feel a bit better. Gymnast is coming over tonight too, so that will be fun. I can't wait until she gets here.

was thinking about that, actually, my names for my friends. MBF and HLBF (MormonBestFriend and HorseLoverBestFriend), haven't changed, thank God. But DrumMajor is no longer a drum major and Gymnast no longer a gymnast. gothsocks changed her name so many times that I just eventually stopped, because it was confusing. xD And then I realized I haven't really talked of my friends a lot recently. I blame Costa Rica, I was kind of out of the picture.


BUT THE NEWS OF THE DAY

Today, at 8:30 this morning, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously voted to

LEGALIZE GAY MARRIAGE!!!!!!!!

I'm SO HAPPY!!! Guys, it's awesome! It goes into effect in 3 weeks and IA will be only the fourth state in the country to do it, after Massachusetts and California (and they struck it down fuck you prop 8) and Connecticut, and it's IOWA. MY state! I'm so happy!!!!! My little, hickish, 3 million people, farming, mixed-up-with-Idaho-and-Ohio-all-the-time state. WE DID IT!!!! :DDDDDD

If there's any external event that could pull me from depression, for at least a while, this is it. There are not words for how happy I am. :D

This is the most wonderful thing ever.
 
 
home is where your rump rests.: bedroom
and how do you <i>feel</i> about that?: ecstaticecstatic
music of the day.: the rake's song (the decemberists)
 
 
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28 March 2009 @ 12:09 pm
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25 March 2009 @ 07:14 am
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“You OJ it is me. And I'm just calling you had been kinda happy this morning. I've been listening to 94.9 K G G O the classic rock station. I'm on my way into town for work but I heard that I was state one or the Iowa state girls on the basketball game last night against Wall Street and so now their in the sweet 16 and it's really exciting even though I know you're not a sport fan, it's so really exciting and awesome. Then ___ which means that in 2 games if they won the next few games they could be in the final 4 and I'll be really exciting and be squished on. Anyway, I'm happy so that's the news. Bye.”

Auto-Transcribed Voice Post - spoken through SpinVox
 
 
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18 March 2009 @ 07:19 am
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perhaps from middle dutch.
10 March 2009 @ 08:50 pm
ARGH I am having the hardest time with buying contacts for Bonten.

Finding contacts isn't the issue. Deciding what color Bonten's eyes are aren't even the issue.

No, but Takayama-sensei sometimes colors his eyes green, and sometimes blue, and on one interesting occasion in the artbook (as everything else seems to be real color), indigo-ish.

Screenshots I dug up from he anime had his eyes as blue. And more of Takayama-sensei's pictures are definitely blue. On the other hand, I've always had this feeling of Bonten having green eyes, and so it feels weird to buy blue ones. I found a couple nice teal-colored contacts, a perfect mixture, but the problem is, they're non-prescription, and the last time I checked, canon Bonten wasn't blind as a bat. So, since I've been arguing with myself about this for the last hour and a half ("just suck it up, you dummy, and buy the blue ones!" "no!"), those of you who read Amatsuki: should I get blue contacts or green ones?

Look! I'll even be professional and make a poll:

Poll #1363380 Contacts for my Bonten (Amatsuki) cosplay: blue or green?

Should my Bonten contacts be closer to blue or closer to green?

closer to blue
0(0.0%)
closer to green
2(100.0%)


So vote! And ease my weary mind. :)
 
 
and how do you <i>feel</i> about that?: sicksick
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
18 January 2009 @ 12:53 pm
Quick thought on holic and trc (finally caught up)

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perhaps from middle dutch.
08 January 2009 @ 03:09 pm
I WAS I AN EARTHQUAKE, GAIZ.

SERIOUSLY.

IT WAS THE MOST EXCITING 10 SECONDS OF MY LIFE.

Apparently it was a mag. 6.2, and now all of San Jose (including Alajuela and Heredia), is on red alert. And no one is allowed to go upstairs. And the study abroad office (which has better internet than the university) is closed. D:

BUT IT WAS AWESOME. SO SO SO SO SOOOOOOOOO AWESOME.

I was lying on my bed watching FMA eps that I'd downloaded a million years ago (read: they were like early first season XD) and suddenly the window started shaking and I thought it was a car or something but then everything began shaking and I was like "HOMG IT'S AN EARTHQUAKE AND I'M NOT GONNA SLEEP THROUGH IT OR MISS IT THIS TIME (I missed a minor one yesterday, sadface D:) !!!!!!111!!!!!!!1"

I was so excited. XD I was like Dane Cook when he realized he was gonna see a guy get hit by a car. That's how excited I was. XDDDDD

And it was great. I'm sure once you have experience it's not nearly as awesome, but I thought it was sooooooooooo cool. :D

I WAS IN AN EARTHQUAKE!!!!!!! *SQUEE*

...

Ahem.

Onto other things. Last night I saw Marley and Me, and it was fantastic. I've never seen Owen Wilson in a role that wasn't ridiculous humor/slapstick, but he was so good. And Jennifer Aniston was great and it was just awesome. :) Definitely go see it.

I love my new roommate way more than I liked my old one. I think we may actually keep in touch after we go home. She's way cool.

Class is good...yeah. That's about all I need to say about class. But no. It really is. It was exciting because Marley and Me was dubbed in spanish, but I understood almost all of it. There were just a few things that I didn't know the specifics of, but I'm gonna have Maman mail the book and I'm sure I'll watch it again in English when I get home.

But seriously, if you have a dog, if you love dogs (or pets in general), you have got to see this movie. It's great. :)

Um...yeah. For those of you who follow my fics, I'm probably gonna have a new part of barcode up today and a holic oneshot up this weekend. :) So that will be great.

HEY. GUYS. I WAS IN AN EARTHQUAKE!!!!
 
 
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26 December 2008 @ 02:36 pm
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perhaps from middle dutch.
25 December 2008 @ 12:30 pm
First of all:

Merry Christmas! Happy fifth day of Hanukkah! I hope your holiday was a good one. :)

Secondly:

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU bombaycake!! I was so happy when I got home to get your card! I can't thank you enough. :D

Thirdly:

My internet connection is acting up and we're moving, so I'm a bit behind. I'm trying to keep up with my flist but I'm not doing too well. Anyway, hope you're all doing well, and I hope to talk to you soon! :D
 
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
21 December 2008 @ 01:24 am
Agh, stress.

I should be at home right now, but actually I'm in a hotel at Houston, because my plane was delayed an hour and a half and then we spent almost 3 hours on the tarmac. We left San Jose at around the same time we were supposed to get into Houston. So I missed my flight to Des Moines.

Gah!

But I'm going to bed, and I talked to everybody--god, it was so good to hear their voices. :) I may voice post tomorrow just because I can because I can use my cell phone again. XD

I'm tired. Bedtime. XD

I'm almost home!
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
17 December 2008 @ 04:36 pm
been quite a while since I posted, huh? XD

I go home in 3 days!!!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED.

SERIOUSLY. I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!

Okay, so now that I've gotten that point across, I am coming back for jan. and feb, but still, 2 weeks at home will be really nice. Not to mention like. Christmas. And real winter. And I'm just so excited!!!!!

I don't have internet at home right now. D: So I'm up at school every afternoon after working out (see that? I'm working out! :D) doing my internet crap.

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Um. SO I'M GOING HOME!!!

I'm so sorry. I can't think of much else right now. Spanish is going well, thanks. Subjunctive is a bitch. It still makes more sense than imperfect vs. preterit, though. XD
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
08 December 2008 @ 09:59 am
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Last time you were the stupid!villain in the superhero meme, and now you're the pet. I don't understand. DX
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perhaps from middle dutch.
22 November 2008 @ 12:33 pm
I had these plans. They're starting Supernatural season 4 here tomorrow at 8, subbed in espanol. So, I was going to take my test Friday morning, relax/internet/watch season three in the afternoon, and go to the final symphony concert in the evening.

That all went brilliantly. The concert was fantasic; the national orchestra is as exceptional as the Ticos claim it is. They have every right to be proud of it. Also, I got to see a piece writted for the OSN in its debut last night, which was really cool. I was part of the first audience ever hearing that piece, and I really liked it. It had a lot of aspects of modern classical music, but I love modern classical music just as much as the good old stuff, and it was really good.

So, then, on Saturday, I was going to go to Volcan Irazu, and then relax/watch more Supernatural. And on Sunday I was going to go to Volcan Poas and get back in time to shower, eat dinner, and then actually watch Supernatural on TV. For once. XD

But whatever. Today.

So I get down to downtown San Jose at 7:45 to catch the 8 o'clock bus (the bus comes back from Irazu at 12:30). That all goes brilliantly, and I meet this girl who just graduated from UKansas in Manhattan (Kansas). She's with her boyfriend, and they're in CR for two weeks because her boyfriends from Mexico and they've been doing the long distance thing. That was cool.

Anyway, so it's an hour and 45 minutes or so to Irazu, and by the time we get to the gates it's rainy and windy and (when we get outside) probably around 40-some degrees, maybe less with wind chill.

Whatever. I'd totally hike anyway.

The problem is that there was a rockslide in the park. A ROCKSLIDE. So the park is closed today and tomorrow, and for good reason: not only is it dangerous, but none of the frickin' place has power or water or anything.

So we turned around and went back to San Jose.

On the way home I talked to a guy from Taiwan (though he lives in Florida now), who's here for a week. He was pretty cool. It was nice to talk to him. He'd been to a lot of countries in Latin America, and it was cool to hear about that. Apparently, the traffic in Brazil is even crazier than it is here in San Jose. I'm not even sure how that's possible. XD

So I went and got white grape juice and cookies from the automercado, and I guess I'm gonna start the supernatural marathon early. I think I'll try Irazu next weekend, and go with Susan, because she wants to see a bunch of the volcanoes.

Whatever. As soon as I go home (since I'm at UVeritas right now because I don't have internet), I'm changing into my pajama pants and dry socks and curling up in bed.

It's cold. And rainy. I love it, but I really wish I was in Irazu. D:
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
18 November 2008 @ 04:59 pm
hmm. What's going on.

It's cold here! Which is weird! But I'm outside in a sweatshirt and my feet are FREEZING (because I'm wearing flip-flops) but it's cold!

I don't have internet at home...the router's screwed up, dunno why. I may not have internet at home for the next month (oh my!). Ummm...hmmm.

So. I gave up on the nanowrimo thing because when my computer crashed it ate it all. I'm contemplating having a NeNoWri10 (nebulia novel writing 10 days) and just totally ruining my life and destroying what little sanity I might possess by writing 50K words in 10 days.

Let's see if we can get back on our feet, hmm.

hahahahahahahano. It's not gonna happen. But I'm gonna give it a shot. I'll plot until nov. 20, and then it's off to the races. When I start babbling like a maniac, you might want to give my mom a call, k? XD

So it's cold here, and I don't have internet and I'm homesick. I'm happy about the cold though. I'm also sad because my spanish class for this month finishes on Friday and I really like my teacher. Que lastima. D:

Also, my new favorite thing about Costa Rica:

Age at which you can marry: 15
Age at which you can have consensual heterosexual sex: 18

…wait, what?

XD

um...yeah.

Oh, wait! Here:




You're The Guns of August!

by Barbara Tuchman

Though you're interested in war, what you really want to know is what
causes war. You're out to expose imperialism, militarism, and nationalism for what they
really are. Nevertheless, you're always living in the past and have a hard time dealing
with what's going on today. You're also far more focused on Europe than anywhere else in
the world. A fitting motto for you might be "Guns do kill, but so can
diplomats."



Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.



Obviously, they didn't have Les Mis among their choices, because...really. :D

haha, no. But seriously, it's pretty accurate. If I were to be more politically active than I am. XP
 
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
17 November 2008 @ 09:59 am
So it's not like I miss home so hard it hurts. But I will be really happy to get home and see everyone again. Like...I really, really REALLY miss my friends, and my dogs, and just the normal comforts of home. I love it here, I really do, but I am homesick. Very much so.

Of course, I'm only home for about eight days until I go skiing and then I'm back here for 2 more months. But two months isn't four, and I get a little bit of time to recuperate. I just. Wow. I just miss home a lot.

It's to be expected, I think, considering I've never been away from home this long. It's just, I haven't really been feeling the desire to be home until now.

Bah.
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
12 November 2008 @ 11:48 pm
So, I went to the Apple store to get Shin fixed. I managed the first five minutes in Spanish, the next three minutes in English, and then the guy and I ended up speaking in this really odd mixture of Spanish and English where he would ask "You necesita this ahorita?" And I would say, "Not ahora pero...soon?" And he would say, "Dos hours?" and I would say, "Si, esta bien, thanks."

Anyway, it was amusing.

But he replaced my hard drive, and now I have Leopard, which is kind of glorious, and 40 gig more of hard drive space, which is also glorious. :D

Spanish is going well. I'm beginning to understand things in general, more often. Not all the time, but...I can follow a conversation, for the most part. Which is cool. :D I'm hoping that understanding stuff will start to pick up as I gather more vocabulary; that seems to be my biggest problem now. I think I'm getting the hang of imperfect tense, thank god, and maybe para and por as well, and hopefully that indirect pronoun thing will just kind of randomly insert itself into my knowledge (the se la, etc. part before the verb is still a little confusing. D:

Hmm...tonight I saw the James Bond movie.

HOMG GO SEE IT. It's fantastic. It's just...fantastic. I would totally go gay for the chick in that movie, seriously; she kicked butt and she was beautiful and her voice was incredible. I love voices, the way they sound. Hers was lovely and low and feminine with a great accent...women with low voices are great. Like Rachel Weisz? She has such a low voice and yet she still sounds feminine. My voice is just a manvoice. XD Oh, and M was great in this one too. And James was exceptionally great; Daniel Craig is definitely my second favorite Bond. Sean Connery will always be first, though; you just can't beat Sean. You really can't. But Daniel Craig's fantastic. And hot. And he has the best blue eyes...dear Lord, the best blue eyes. I would very much like him to marry me. XD

But I digress. Anyway, it's awesome; go see it.

So. There's that...hmm...what else?

Tomorrow is Maree's 21st birthday; we're going to dinner and then dancing for it, so that should be fun. Whether or not I actually dance is up in the air, but I love to watch dancing, so it's okay. On Saturday I'm going to the ballet with a bunch of people too. I love watching good ballet; it's just gorgeous.

So that's the news from Lake Wobegon--er, I mean, San Jose. XD Not a whole lot going on; just kinda kicking back right now, I guess. I dunno.
 
 
and how do you <i>feel</i> about that?: sleepysleepy
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
03 November 2008 @ 08:08 pm
Have I mentioned how much I love my roommate? A lot. A LOT a lot.

We'll never be best friends--at least, not as I'm seeing it right now--but we might keep in touch for a few years or something. But she's way cool. At first I thought she looked down on my 'cause I was younger and SUCH a dork, and not just nerd, and she does look down on me because I'm younger. But not in a condescending way, I mean, I AM younger, and I haven't experienced college yet, and she's cool with that. It's not condescending at all.

And she's so smart and even though we differ in some opinions, we think in very much the same ways, and we're amused by the same things, and we both like Bones, and she's fun to hang out with...so she's cool. I really like her, though at first I didn't so much.

Also, we both desperately miss the people at home, which is just kind of...nice, to commiserate with her on that. And we both don't think in overly girly ways--like, yeah, I fangirl over everything, but when it comes to actual real life, all that girly drama crap just isn't my style. XD So we commiserate over all the girly drama that goes on in this place. Honestly, it's cliquey like stereotypical high school stories are cliquey. XDDDD

Today at lunch I just had the most sudden, base, deep desire to be home. To be in my own room on my own bed with my own weather and my own dogs and everything. It was odd; yes, I'll be happy to go home, but I'm so happy I'm here. But I'm not going to be homesick, because I can't take a chance like this for granted, I really can't. It was just odd.
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
03 November 2008 @ 12:03 pm
Sometimes taking three years of Latin really helps me.

Other times it doesn't.

Like the imperfect tense. In Latin, the imperfect tense is used to describe a verb you starting doing but never necessarily finished, or you were interrupted, like "I was talking to Susie and then I got shot" or something. "I was talking" is in imperfect. It's generally a "was/were + verb" kind of thing.

Which is something entirely different in Spanish; just a basic gerund. Which in Latin gerunds were not basic at all, but in Spanish they are. D:

No, the imperfect tense is used to describe something you used to do but don't do now, I think. I'm still trying to figure it out.

I'm also having problems with indirect pronouns. I'm beginning to follow them when I read them or have to use them for homework, but I can't even fathom putting them into actual sentences during my conversations. Good lord.

Somewhere between 1500 and 2000 words, I think. I will continue! I will persevere! I will be awesome! :)
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
29 October 2008 @ 08:46 pm
Sometimes I forget that I'm in a second-world-bordering-on-first-world (or perhaps it's the opposite?) country. San Jose is a very modern city (as a matter of fact, it was the third city in the world to get electricity, after New York and Paris), but it has power outages frequently, but not nearly as frequently as the rest of the country.

We just had one such outage...at this time of night, since it's dark, you're kind of screwed; there's no internet and you really can't read all that well...it lasted perhaps half an hour or so, though, so not too bad. Most of these outages, though frequent, aren't much longer than that, as opposed to in Iowa, where when we get a power outage, it lasts like four hours. Like the one in early December my junior year, when I got home from a choir concert to find that there was no power--and thus, no heat. This was like 9 o'clock Sunday night, it was fucking cold, hell, it was even snowing, and I still had homework to do. I tried to work, but had no internet, so I couldn't do the research I needed to do and then my laptop battery died and so for like three hours Maman and dad and I sat downstairs and listened to Christmas music before we finally decided to go to bed. It was like 1:30 and I was almost asleep (under like 15 blankets) when the lights, heat, everything came back on. God. That power outage, so discourteous.

But here it's a very normal thing, power outages--which is very much understandable, given that a) it's presently the rainy season, and so thunderstorms are frequent, and b) it's a high-seismic activity area, so though there are rarely earthquakes that people notice, there are still tremors that can disrupt the system. Not to mention--and I don't mean to sound condescending or anything, but the power as a whole is not as high-quality here; it's more expensive and it's more volatile. This isn't to say I don't have fabulous internet connection or the lights go off every night at 9, but it's just a little fact in the background. It's not a huge big deal--in fact, I'm almost as used to it by now as my host family--but this is the first time it's happened in the evening like this and rendered me...without much to do, so it just reminded me that I was somewhere else; I'm still having a hard time believing I'm in Costa Rica. XD I couldn't even write, as the fic I'm working on I'm researching right now too. Alas!

Haha, I'll finally be all used to being in a different country and then like three days later i'll go home. I can just sense it. XD
 
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
19 October 2008 @ 07:33 pm
Thanks to the wonderful bel, I have a new layout: nebulia nebulia nebulia.

It's quite nice, I approve. XDDD Only problem is my icon doesn't match the colors on the layout, XD, but whatev. Dude, I'm not THAT anal.

Right. So, you know, I realized I should probably update my Costa Rica status. Which I'm doing. Right now.

So, I've been here for almost two months, and this weekend, I managed to conquer public transportation. As in, a bus, not a taxi. I caught one downtown, and then took it to the mall. I was exceedingly pleased with myself, especially since I never use public transportation at home. EVER. The dart system in Des Moines is...not rapid transit, let's put it that way. It doesn't help that the nearest stop to my house is a good half of a mile away, and across two crazyinsane roads. Yeah. I am NOT doing that, thanks so much.

People here are like, "Why'd you take the bus when you live a mile and a half from your house?" Yeah, well, with 40 lbs of books on my back in 10 degree weather (or less) for four months out of the year, a forty-minute walk is not my style. And then they say, "Well, why don't you bike?" And obviously, they haven't gone biking when it's -2 out, because your chains freeze. And then you're walking anyway. Hence, school bus.

But anyway, I've got some pretty good friends now. My roommate's not so bad (speaking of, she's been in Puerto Viejo all weekend, she should be home soon), and I've got three other friends I really like. One of them is SO COOL; she moved from Japan to Nebraska to go to school, without her family, knowing NO English. That was three years ago. Now she's pretty much fluent. It's incredible. And her Spanish is excellent too; she's really, really good. She's majoring in international relations, with an emphasis in diplomacy and conflict resolution. I think she's gonna save the world. XDDDD

One of the other girls is a huuuuge manga geek, and we both love Kenshin, so that's pretty sweet. And CLAMP, we both love CLAMP, though I'm waaaay more of a CLAMP whore than she is.

Spanish class is going well; I'm learning okay. I've been having conversations with my host mom, so I think I'm picking it up. I still can't understand when they talk so fast, but I'm working on that. I need to improve my vocab.

Last weekend and the weekend before I went to Arenal and Monteverde, respectively. Arenal is a volcano, the third most active in the world. It erupts 5-6 times an hour, and at night you can see the glow of the lava, which is sweet. During the day, you can see the smoke, and, if you know what to look for, the lava flows as well. We took a hike around the mountain and it was really cool. Monteverde is a cloud forest and it was cool and beautiful there. Soooo green, because there are a lot of epiphytes, and everything was covered in moss and vines. It was gorgeous. I loved them both, even more than I loved Bocas del Toro in Panama.

So, that's the basic news in Costa Rica right now. I need to start updating more about it, XD
 
 
home is where your rump rests.: desk
and how do you <i>feel</i> about that?: relaxedrelaxed
music of the day.: fall down (toad the wet sprocket)
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
03 October 2008 @ 01:26 am


Yeah. That's what we need. Participation.
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
30 September 2008 @ 11:26 pm
So. New experience of the day?

Smoking hookah.

While not exactly related to Costa Rica, I suppose it's part of the experience overall.

I actually didn't mind so much; it tasted pretty good, actually, and it was interesting. And I've got this buzz (trust me, I left the bar like...5 minutes ago and just got home, and I took a hit just before I left), and it's not overwhelming. It's just...easy.

It's kinda nice. I'm not planning on doing it a lot, because it's really odd, and I really don't think the alcohol I had is making it better (so maybe sober? Hmmm...), but it was interesting. And I'd rather smoke something Lewis Carroll (and occasionally Yuuko as well) used in something of a literary masterpiece than anything else.

So.

Class today--basico dos! Hey! I'm moving up in the world.

Panama last weekend. It was fantastic. Maybe I'll post some about it later or tomorrow, but I left the bar because I still had homework to do, so...later.
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
26 September 2008 @ 09:57 am
So I have an oral presentation, right? And this week it was on a local fruit and vegetable, one we don't have much of in the US. Mine were chayote and jocote. The chayote wasn't a problem at all; I got some at the market on Friday. But I ate all the jocote I'd gotten at the market, so on Monday I went to an Hipermas to get some.

No jocote.

Well, I thought, that's cool, my presentation's not until Wednesday, so I'll just go the automercado tomorrow and get some.

On Tuesday, I went to two Automercados and another supermarket and NONE of them had jocote. And by the time I got home, it was too late for me to go to supermarket No. 4.

So I begged my teacher for forgiveness, and she was cool, and she was like, Oh! I saw jocote at the Mas por Menos in San Pedro! And I was like okay, I'll go there tonight and get some.

So after dinner I called for a taxi. And the woman was an idiot. And I said my phone number, like I'm supposed to, and she thought I said seis uno, instead of tres uno, and so she sent a taxi to some other poor soul's house. And so I called her again, and she said, once more, sies uno instead of tres uno, and I tried to correct her ("No, no cuatro ocho seis uno de McDonald's, cuatro ocho TRES uno de Veritas!") but she had hung up, and so taxi no. two went to that poor guy's house, whoever they are.

So I was standing outstide, waiting, wondering if I should go in and call again, when a red car shows up and pulls up next door. And eventually he was like, "Do you need a taxi?" and I was like, "Yeah," and he was like, "Where to?" and I was like, "Mas por menos in San Pedro" and he was like, "Oh! that's on our way!"

Now, this was a REALLY REALLY dumb thing to do on my part. But I was kind of desperate, and I really needed jocote. But first of all, I'm a gringo in Latin America. In Costa Rica I could pass for a very light Tica, because I have really dark eyes, but my Spanish is not all that great. On the other hand, I wasn't just getting a ride from some random guy off the street, but from a friend of my next-door neighbor, who is from a decent part of town. But still. A dumb thing to do.

But they took me to the Mas por Menos in San Pedro and I got my jocote, and I managed to get a taxi home, even though it was like 9 at night, which is not a good time to be wandering about in San Jose, and it was all good. But still. Dumb thing to do. Really dumb.

Last night a bunch of us went to Hanna's house and we watched the Grey's Anatomy premier. And OMG, I need to get back into that show. It's insane! And so high school in a hospital! And I forgot how much I loved its soap-opera ness, even though I miss the funniness of the first to seasons. And Addison. And Burke. But Cristina's trauma surgeon...God, that was brilliant! And seriously! What was she doing, sending him away? She likes when guys do that sort of shit!

But. brilliant. And thankfully, there's no new show next week, because next week Juanes is in San Jose, and we have tickets (excited!), so we'll all be at Hanna's again two weeks from yesterday to watch another episode. XDDD

This weekend we're going to Puerto Viejo again, but only for a night before we go on to Bocas del Toro, which is in Panama. So that should be exciting.

On Sunday I'll have been here four weeks. Jesus, it doesn't seem like it's been that long AT ALL. I mean, I was only at CC last summer for three weeks, and it felt like a lot longer than this. Four months is gonna whiz by.
 
 
perhaps from middle dutch.
22 September 2008 @ 02:33 am
Every Monday, the International Department students get together at 12:30 and play ghetto soccer.

Now, I'm sure somewhere someone is playing soccer more ghetto than we are, but for us being a bunch of mostly white americans in suburban San Jose, it's pretty ghetto.

The park is across from my house (read: literally across from my house), which is nice for me because I can get home from class that finishes at noon and still manage to eat lunch before going to soccer at 12:30.

I suck at soccer. Up until the first Monday we played, I hadn't played soccer in eight years. I was kind of bitter to the game, even though I enjoyed it, because I played in league soccer in elementary school and I was okay--not great, but I did my job--and we were a great team--always first or second the in the league. I played defensive positions, stuff like midfield and sweeper, before we had totally set positions. But I was defense.

And the team hated me. I got blamed when forwards missed shots. We were elementary school bitches to each other, but I was really too nice in elementary school to be a decent bitch most of the time, so mostly they were bitches to me.

So I quit. I couldn't take it. And I hadn't played soccer until three Mondays ago.

I forgot how much I enjoyed it. It's very much a pick-up game; we're playing on a basketball court, and not even a full court--it's about the size of a half court, with cracked concrete, not grass, and when it rains (and it's San Jose during the rainy season; inevitably, it always rains), it gets really slick in places, not that it's exactly nice to play on before it starts to rain.

But it's fun. We play six on six--five players and a goalie, and usually have three or four subs, and everyone's really just kind of happy about it, and if you mess up, it's no big deal, and if you want in, it's no big deal, and it's just fun. I really enjoy it.

It makes me look back on my old soccer days and wonder why I lasted so long.