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Time:12:16 pm
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Yay! I finally have the internet at my apartment! Now I can do homework and check email and go on an enormous reading binge (which of course means that the homework doing will probably never happen anytime this month).

However, there still remains the small problem of having absolutely no money whatsoever, not even of any kind. I need a job. Badly.

Especially because Kumoricon is coming up in about 4 months. We're doing Soul Calibur III costumes- Rose is doing Sophitia (2nd player alt.), I'm doing Cassandra (2nd player alt.) and Teal will probably be Talim (normal version). Someday, when I actually find decent pictures of the costumes, I'll post them. But basically Cassie is going to cost me a hell of a lot of money because of all the leather she wears. Not to mention all the materials I'm going to need to make the props.

So yeah. Onward with the job search...
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Subject:Okaeri...
Time:09:43 pm
Current Mood:contemplativecontemplative
We just got back from California this morning- we had a terrible 7am flight, but at least that meant that we got back early and I got to spend the rest of the day goofing off and watching Firefly.

The trip wasn't really as awful as I was expecting. The whole point of going down there was for my grandmother's funeral, so naturally I thought that things were going to be really somber the whole time. But apparently I didn't count on my relatives' weird sense of humor. I don't know if it's an Irish thing or a Haggerty thing to celebrate someone's life by drinking and telling crazy stories, but I think I like that tradition.

It's odd but the mood was a lot lighter this time than it was when we were there last time, while she was still alive. I guess that's because we all knew she was dying last time, and that's harder to deal with than someone who's already gone. At least now we know that she's not suffering anymore.

Besides which, I don't think it would've been possible for anyone to feel depressed with all of my relatives around. My family on my dad's side is overwhelmingly huge, to the point where even a small reunion like this almost feels like too much. It was like being in some big Irish ghetto for several days.

It was fun, though, and I think my grandma would've liked it. She had more personality than most of the people I've known in my life combined (which is really saying something).
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Subject:Sakuracon and... stuff
Time:02:14 pm
Current Mood:boredbored
Since I'm too lazy to write a full con-report for Sakuracon right now (or possibly ever), I'm just going to recount some of the highlights (and lowlights) of the experience:

1. Stress- as in, costumes half-finished, up all night in your hotel room hunched over a sewing machine kind of stress.

2. BEST IN SHOW. And, Best Skit, Novice Category. I'm not really a humble person, so I'm not going to try to be- our skit rocked, our costumes were awesome, and we had a great time performing this. For those who don't know, our skit was called Revolutionary Private Eye, Utena (written by yours truly with comedic assistance from Teal and Rose) and we cosplayed as Utena (me), Yuuko from XXX-holic/Tsubasa (Teal) and Sakura from Tsubasa (Rose), plus an extra as Shinigami(?) from Bleach (John).

3. Fanboys = Creepy- So our roommate did, in fact, turn out to be a weirdo. Granted, I think underneath all the girl-crazy desperateness he was probably a decent person, but so help me God I'm NEVER sharing a bed with a strange guy again. This is probably the only time I can ever say this, but I'm too nice for my own good.

4. Introducing the Shoujo Mafia- for some inexplicable reason, known only to Rose, we've been making mafia-related cosplay jokes for ages now, which ended up transforming into our group's "theme", and thus the Shoujo Mafia was born. I'll be working on a website for our group, which should be up within the next month or two (hopefully...).

And that about sums up Sakuracon '06. Our next con will be Kumoricon, in Portland, which takes place during Labor Day weekend in August.

I'm going back to California again this Friday and I'll be gone until Wednesday of next week. My grandma passed away and we have to go down there for her funeral. Needless to say, it's probably not going to be a very pleasant trip; mostly I'm just grateful that we made it down there last month to see her, rather than waiting like we'd originally planned.

So that's it for now, more news/rants/whatever later on.
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Subject:I'm declaring St. Jude the unofficial patron saint of cosplayers...
Time:09:46 am
Current Mood:stressedstressed
Well, things have been a bit nuts lately (lately being the past month or two), and that's putting it rather nicely. Two weeks ago I flew down to San Diego with my family to visit my grandmother, who's been extremely sick and we don't know how much longer she'll be with us. It was good to see her again, as well as the rest of my extended family but for various reasons the trip was at times unbelievably stressful. (See also: Irish mostly-Catholic family does not yet know that I'm gay, due to the situation with my grandparents.)

Anyway, now I'm mostly obsessing over finishing my costumes in time for Sakuracon. Utena is nearly finished- I'm thinking now that it should be done by Monday of next week. That will leave me with about three or four days to complete my Yukito costume. Needless to say, things are going to get pretty ugly between now and the 24th.

We finally found a roommate for our hotel room, which is awesome, but I'm still crossing my fingers in hopes that he's not a complete weirdo. Well, maybe I should rephrase that, since practically everyone who goes to these cons is a bit of a weirdo. So yeah, mostly I'm hoping he's not a creepy, hentai-loving, panty-stealing type of weirdo. Although if he is, between Teal and myself, there will be enough militant feminists in the room to keep him in his place.(His place being the hallway if he tries anything.)

Next quarter I'm taking Japanese 203, Ling: Understanding the Int'l Experience, East Asian Early Civilizations, Methods I and Aikido. I'm thinking that most of the classes should be interesting, aside from the history class which sounds like a lot of work. Nevertheless, I don't really have any choice in the matter.

So that's about it for the time being. Assuming that I survive Sakuracon, I'll be posting again with a con-report and some pictures; and then I'll probably drop off the face of the earth for a while, as I'll be spending the remainder of spring break going on a fic-reading binge to end all binges.
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Time:09:55 am
Current Mood:contemplativecontemplative
Yesterday I had two back to back GLBT panels, which were interesting because we actually had two new people there this time. It's always refreshing to hear a new story for once, although from a more academic perspective I do enjoy experiencing the way people change their stories from class to class, which just goes to show that even history evolves. And now that Kristine, the other lesbian who's been on the panel for the last year has moved to Tacoma, I'm back to being the only woman. This being a Women's Studies class it'd be nice if we had a little more female diversity on the panel, rather than me as the lone lesbian with two trans guys (one gay, the other bi) and two gay guys.

Anyway, the panels were actually really fun yesterday because the classes seemed pretty friendly for once, and asked us some good questions. There was a lot more discussion of gender identity too, which is good because that tends to get left out in discussions of queer issues.

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Subject:Jumping on the cyber bandwagon
Time:12:42 pm
Current Mood:boredbored
I finally got recruited by the myspace junkies, and thus a monster was born. My "about me" thing is ridiculously cheezy and long winded, so I wouldn't recommend reading it unless you actually enjoy bad writing. I mean, Russian corsairs, for God's sake? What the hell was I on yesterday?

Anyway, aside from not being able to do any ironing at my apartment and Teal having apparently fallen off the face of the earth, everything's going pretty well. I started volunteering for this girl who's teaching community ESL, which was fun despite only three people showing up last night. There was this cute old Serbian lady who kept complimenting my English (I don't think she realized that I'm an American...) and tried to set me up with her son the flight controller (who's salary is apparently quite amazing).

And one small rant before I go: where the hell are all the lesbians down here? Not that I mind hanging out with straight people (they're really not so bad...), but I wouldn't mind having at least one other gay person to hang out with. (Just one? Please? That's not really asking so much, is it, God?)

Oh well. It's all good: I've got Jeanette Winterson to keep me company.
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Subject:Gah...
Time:12:25 am
Current Mood:happyhappy
Amethyst Angel has just become my favorite cosplayer EVER. This is why.

Granted, if you take a close look at some of her costumes, she could've done a better job with tailoring them, but I think that her fantastic, gorgeous props more than make up for that in most cases. Besides which, there are a lot of cosplayers who have issues with tailoring (or prop making). It seems like there are very few people who are actually really good at both.

Which is something I'm trying to achieve myself, but I've still got a long ways to go, in pretty much every direction.

Fortunately, Utena has been going pretty well. Vallue Village (which is far too good to me) provided me with shoes and red bike shorts, which I've been looking for for ages, and I found an awesome old briefcase at Goodwill (which I'll have to add a fake flap to, since apparently Utena's bag is actually more of a messenger bag/briefcase crossover).

And, best of all, my parents got me my own sewing machine. It's gorgeous, and it kicks so much ass I can hardly stand it. So from now to March I'm going to be obsessing over my costumes as much as humanly possible (especially considering how much I still need to do).
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Subject:And a quick toast to Auld Lang Syne...
Time:06:38 pm
Current Mood:excitedexcited
Happy New Year!

2006 is looking pretty good- I'm registered for SakuraCon in March, I should be going to Kumoricon in August and hopefully in September I'll be going to Tokyo. I'm more or less done with registering for classes for this coming quarter. I'll be taking Japanese 202 (at 8am, goddammit...), Pragmatics, Community Activism Linguistics, East Asian Poli Sci and fencing (again!). The poli sci class sounds boring, but other than that the rest of them should be really fun.

I've got a crapload of cosplay work to do between now and March. I'm doing Utena (from the anime/manga) and Yukito (Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicles). They're both fairly complex costumes, especially since I'm going to try to make the sword of Dios for the Utena costume. My plan so far is to get a toy sword for a base and create the hilt myself using resin and clay and possibly some other materials as well. I'll also be wearing the Xellos costume again, and possibly Chichiri or Pansy Parkinson at one point or another.

I'm also in the process of re-doing my website again, but I found the coolest layout EVER at Day Dream Graphics, so I think this one is a keeper. Eventually I want to host a lot more of my con stuff there- reports, pics, and possibly some movies of our cosplay skits eventually if I have enough space. At any rate, the site should be up soon, but it will probably be awhile before any of that other stuff makes an appearance.

Good luck in 2006!
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Subject:Chrismahanakwanzaka continued (sort of).
Time:11:00 pm
Current Mood:contemplativecontemplative
TEN YEARS AGO I WAS:
10 years old and getting used to Battle Ground and falling asleep to the sound of cows outside my window.

FIVE YEARS AGO I WAS:
15 and just beginning to realize that everything I thought I was, was incorrect in a lot of small, really important ways.

ONE YEAR AGO I WAS:
Still at Clark but more or less the same as I am now.

YESTERDAY I WAS:
Flying a couple of little kids in a cardboard-box-airplane to Bermuda and hoping nobody got sick.

FIVE SNACKS I ENJOY:
-Caffeine
-Sugar
-Fat
-Ranch Dressing!
-Garlic

FIVE THINGS I WOULD DO WITH 100 MILLION DOLLARS:
-Travel the world! (Oh, wait, I'm going to do that anway...)
-Adopt about twenty children.
-Stage a revolution and institute Alan Alda as King of Everything
-Pay for Maya to lead a life of luxury so that she never has to stop writing fanfiction in favor of silly things like working.
-Buy Powell's.

TWO FAVORITE TV SHOWS:
-M*A*S*H
-The L Word

FIVE BAD HABITS:
-Perpetual and life-impairing forgetfulness.
-Eating roughly 5 meals a day and never once touching anything remotely healthy
-The fact that I'm neurotically anti-social
-Dreaming too big (and never finishing what I start)
-My sad addiction to silly things.

FIVE BIGGEST JOYS: (in no particular order)
-The way the world can be so completely insane, absurd and implausible and get away with it every time.
-Costumes!!
-Salma Hayek
-Little kids (and also behaving like a little kid)
-Silly things
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Subject:Happy Chrismahanakwanzaka!
Time:10:56 pm
Current Mood:boredbored
Your Christmas is Most Like: The Muppet Christmas Carol

You tend to reflect on Christmas past, present, and future...
And you also do a little singing.



Good old muppets...
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