Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Saturday, December 11, 2004
Now, to research for an hour and then go wait for her call.
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
I would be more upset about my old black coat, but the style is pretty outdated, and it was too long anyway, plus I just bought a lovely new coat that I adore, so I'm not too upset. Also, I wore the black coat a lot last winter, when it was freezing. Still, it's a bit of a waste. I hope the clothes I put in storage in CA are sufficiently protected by that box of chemical mothballs I put with them. I really like that blue ballgown, although I've only worn it once. Maybe I'll wear it on Halloween sometime.
Sunday, December 05, 2004
Sunday, November 28, 2004
I meant to write, "I listened to an argument about who the smartest people ever were." Wow, I'm really losing my English skills. Also, I'm very tired this Monday morning.
So, I don't need anything else for my apt. or my wardrobe.
So, my only guilt-free purchases now are presents. However, I seem to have this bad habit of buying stuff that isn't quite appropriate for anyone. I might have someone in mind when I buy a gift, but after thinking it over, it doesn't seem to fit them anymore.
The other problem is that after meeting a nasty staffer at the Shinjuku post office, I am reluctant to send things anymore. This is a problem, as I bought a couple books for Jackie, but now don't have any way to get them to her. Hehe. Actually, most people at the post office are really nice, so I just have to avoid that nasty person. He wasn't really that unpleasant, but I found it disturbing. The Shimokitazawa and Sasazuka post office staff are very helpful though.
Sunday, November 21, 2004
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
I think TM Revolution is so-so. He's got some catchy music, and he seems to be quite a performer, but it's all just fluffy entertainment in the end.
Gackt is really cute, but I find his persona strange. I guess it's funny, and it's cretainly unique. As far as I can tell, his persona is supposed to be really really stupid. I thought he was just trying to be blase and cool. I hear differing accounts about whether he's just acting or he really is extremely stupid. I think he's just acting though.
In terms of real musicians, so far I can only think of UA.
Ayumi Hamasaki seems a little too plastic to me. She's a Japanese Barbie doll. You know? Ever striving to be cool and have all the latest fashions. Her music isn't terribly exciting either, although it's not bad.
Amuro Namie seems to be the hip hop flavored Japanese Barbie doll. No message in her music either.
Is it me, or is the black-haired Kinki Kid dressing really nasty these days? His hair and clothes are absolutely horrific? That's the one thing I like about Gackt - he looks sharp in those suits.
Fumiya Fuji is a little weird. I think he's trying a little hard to be hip too. That long hair is a bit jarring. It's like Jackie Chan and his long hair. ぜんぜん似合わないよ。 Doesn't suit them at all.
Monday, November 15, 2004
Or anything from Japan really. Frankly, I'm itching to spend money on the cool things I see, and since I can't spend any of my own money at the moment (my last phone bill was fearsome), someone else's money is almost as good.
There are all these cool Studio Ghibli calendars for sale at Lawson - apparently all pre-order only.
I got one for Richard, but I want to buy more, haha. At least one more. I debated buying one for myself, but I need to abstain from a lot of things to make up for my phone bills.
Anyone want anything? Anything at all? You can request birthday gifts and holiday presents too. No guarantees, of course.
Friday, November 12, 2004
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Sunday, October 24, 2004
However, I have plenty of winter clothing. I'm just bored of it. This is not an acceptable reason to go shopping. Especially considering how much I've been spending on food lately.
I can go shopping for some casual shoes though. For whatever reason I haven't made it out the door to actually go look.
That's probably a good thing.
Whew, overslept today, but reached work at the normal time. Thank goodness.
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Monday, October 11, 2004
Next, a radio, and organization for my closet.
I finally delivered 2 gifts. Now, I just have to send Helen's wedding gift and some magazines to Jackie, and I'm all done! Yay!
I'm happy, my cousin and my friend liked their gifts! Woohoo! Feedback makes me happy.
I was reminiscing about some not so happy times in college. Sometimes, errors in judgement really don't make any sense after the fact, but at the time, they seemed reasonable. It is interesting how easy it is to push away reality. I ought to read some philosophy books.
Thursday, October 07, 2004
In other weather news, there was a rather strong earthquake a few days ago. They've all been about the same. Maybe 1 a month? Apparently a bunch of the train lines stopped.
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
What's even cooler is they have these big promotional flyers for the movie. I think I'll get 3 pristine copies and frame them. Hehe.
Anyone want them?
Monday, October 04, 2004
I also need a haircut. A low maintenance hair cut.
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
- A laundry drying rack so that I can hang things up inside my apt. when it rains.
- A compact set of dustbins which fit between my sink and my refrigerator. Alternatively, a rolling little cabinet for trash, with 2 drawers and space on top to use as extra counter space (direly needed). I can't decide which would be better. I really need both. I'm leaning towards the rolling cabinet, since I really need more counter space. I will use the space next to the fridge for my rice cooker and storing laundry stuff.
- I want a laundry rack so that I can keep stuff above my washer (like clothes basket, detergent, and bleach).
- I'd like a little hanging rack for my umbrellas. Something I can hang from the door.
- Carpet to cover kitchen
- Carpet to cover living room. Problem is that I already have 1 carpet, but it's not big enough. 2 carpets might look a little weird. I want to protect the floors from water damage though. A little late, but might as well do what I can. I think wood floors beneath 2 inches of acrylic is probably my perfect wood floor. Laf. They won't ever get destroyed!
- I should get hooks to hang up my mirror.
- Portable speakers
Wanted but not as immediately useful:
- Little upright seats
- A nicer toilet mat. Mine was 100 yen and fits perfectly, but it's really not that attractive. Orangish stripes on white. I have a small toilet room though. 33cm between the toilet base and the door.
- A nice lamp.
- A little rolling night stand/toiletry stand (called a cosmetics wagon in katakana), as my stuff is taking over my table. No space for my computer.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Monday, September 27, 2004
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Sunday, September 12, 2004
Perhaps it's only meant for ladies who sweat delicately.
I don't like the Kanebo hand lotion I bought either. The scent is too strong, and it's quite greasy. I guess it's meant to be a strong moisturizer, which I don't like.
I really should have brought my No-Ad sunblock. Although slightly greasy, it's really effective. Damn. I think I should just wear a short wetsuit when swimming. I always burn my shoulders.
When swimming, I spent half the time thinking that I really want to buy some comfy flip flops. And a beach bag, for carrying towels and wet swimsuits and things. Laf. Total materialism.
Thursday, September 09, 2004
Monday, September 06, 2004
I want to buy "Hole in the Head" by The Sugababes (pure pop fluff, but really catchy). However, it doesn't look like the Island site has implemented https properly. Of course, even implemented properly, there is no guarantee of security, but that's an easy first level check.
Other songs I want to buy:
Melody's "Believe me" (again, fluffy pop)
Jamelia's 2004 re-release. "See It In a Boys Eyes" is ludicrously addictive.
Olivia's (Olivia Lufkin) most recent album. Some really pretty songs on it. And rock is always good.
This song rocks: Mousse T feat. Emma Lanford - "Is It Cos I'm Cool"
Did you know that Tiffany Amber Thiessen(sp?) and Denise Richards were both models in it? Thiessen looks much better now, but I always thought Richards was pretty. Her hair was always really nice. Her acting seems really subpar though. Guess that's not a requirement for Bond movies. I think the movie with Michelle Yeoh was probably the best for women characters. I've seen all of maybe 3 Bond movies though, so perhaps there's a better one.
Sunday, September 05, 2004
I've wanted to buy a clock/radio/cd player for a while. However, I haven't actually gone and looked for one. Part of the reason is that I'll get my cd player when I visit SF, and I already have an alarm clock. So, I guess I just need a radio. Radios ought to be cheap. An MD/radio player/recorder would be cool though, so that I can tape music and such. Hrm... digital recordings. Where are digital recordings?
I also discovered that a little rolling cabinet/trash receptacle (11000 yen) would be perfect for my little kitchen, to give me some more counter space. One with a little slide out table would be great. There are also these vertical trashcans (4000 yen?) that would fit between my fridge and my sink, but it's not as much of a priority as the rolling table.
I'd like a rack to go above my washer. I can store my laundry basket and supplies there. A rack appears to be about 8000 yen.
I'd also like a drying rack strong enough to hold a rug. About 7000 yen for that. Then I can dry towels inside my apt. when it's raining outside. At the moment, I don't have anywhere to hang more than one towel.
I need a good household furnishings site.
Should I bring my tennis racquet from CA? Hrm.
Thursday, August 19, 2004
I stared hard at the bag but couldn't read the brand. probably looked a bit odd staring at this guy's bag. (-.-;)
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
The sumida river fireworks were lovely. they had very pretty twirly glittery ones that end up in little fan shapes.
Monday, August 16, 2004
I watched the first episode. It was really good! Higher quality than a lot of the stuff on TV right now. The main actress Yamaguchi is really cute, I like her character a lot. She's quite a good actress. The episode seemed an hour and a half long though.
I watched it all in Japanese, as it was faster than reading the Chinese subtitles.
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
There was a McDonalds deal: chicken mcnuggets 5 for 100 yen, yum!
On July 23, it smelled like scallion pancakes. Scallion pancakes are good.
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
They have a nice selection of おにぎり (rice balls) though. I tried the anago one today. The unagi (freshwater grilled eel) one is also pretty good.
I am banned from buying any new non-necessities for myself. I lose stuff too easily. I stopped carrying around my dictionary as I am afraid that I will lose it. I'll just bring it when I study Japanese. Maybe it would be good to put everything on long chains attached to my purse or whatever. Then it would be much harder to lose. I think I'll do that. Laf.
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
She didn't mention if black dresses are inappropriate.
Monday, July 26, 2004
Sunday, July 25, 2004
Dear Miss Manners:
Which side of your body is the proper place to wear name tags and/or jewelry? We have heard that it is "proper" to wear them on the right side, and yet any time we see anyone of importance, i.e., the Queen, Laura Bush and others who should know, they always have their jewelry on the left side. Can you clarify this for us?
Also, can you instruct us on when executives should and should not wear name tags?
Nametags on the right, jewelry on the left. Miss Manners is disappointed that you neglected to take up the question of whether the Queen and Mrs. Bush should wear name tags, and if so, what they should say.
"HELLO! I'M/ Your Majesty"?
"MY NAME IS/ Laura (not Barbara)"?
Miss Manners cracks me up.
Friday, July 23, 2004
Pretty crazy how much I was studying Japanese. And how did I start? Jackie encouraged me to take a Mandarin Chinese class with her at Foothill College. That was a lot of fun - took it for 2 terms, I think. Then I realized that I was still mor interested in learning Japanese, so I started taking Japanese classes too. And here I am, in Tokyo. Crazy, huh?
Thanks Jackie! I really like it here.
Thursday, July 22, 2004
Me: "San Francisco/U.S."
New acquaintance: "Where are you from originally?"
New acquaintance: "No, where are you really from? Where were your parents from?"
Ever have that happen? I've had that kind of conversation in multiple countries, not just the U.S. I guess I just don't look "American" to some people. Some people won't give up until I've explained my parents' entire emigration history. I enjoy baffling them with my "Maryland" response.
While a this kind of inquiry is a little annoying at times, I never realized that it is a violation of etiquette.
I'd like to know a polite response to stem inquiry beyond my reply of "San Francisco."
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Of course, I have a nice white top in a backpack in CA. Laf. Anyone feel like shipping it to me?
I might get an earring. Learn to ride a motorcycle? I'd buy a lot of mens clothes. I really like guys' clothes. It looks very comfortable. Except for ties.
I'd still shave my armpits. I'd work out more. I'd learn all the Japanese slang that I'm not supposed to use now. I'd trek through China by myself.
On a completely separate note, I think it's time to get highlights. I'm a bit bored of my hair. I like it, but it's a bit boring. I'll go to Shampoo in Shibuya 109. Highlights are cheap there!
CD title: Cruise Record, 1995-2000
A 2 disc set I got for cheap at Disk Union. I like it a lot, especially the songs "Still Growing Up" and another one whose title I forgot. Quite worth the 500 yen or so. I think I may have all the older Globe hits now. Still don't like MARC's rapping.
Anyway, since they're only offering 100 lithographs of the Inoue poster, it's unlikely that I'd even be able to buy it. I was unclear on the Japanese text, but the order form seemed to imply that they'd randomly pick 100 people from among the postcards sent in.
I wonder how much one would go for on auction.
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
All my summer stuff is in CA.
Still looking for summer work tops. It's hard to find something that I don't have to iron.
This blog is my online diary now. Heh.
Apparently it's more common for women to buy souvenirs, than men. Higher up people always do though.
I think I'll be cheap like my coworker and stop buying souvenirs. Once in a while is fine though.
Monday, July 19, 2004
I was surprised to find that it is not a rule that the following are not rules according to Miss Manners:
・That the monetary value of a wedding present must equal the amount spent on the guest's entertainment at the wedding reception.
・That a bride has a year in which to thank people for sending wedding presents. Or that she cannot begin to thank people until after the wedding.
I wanted to go shopping this past weekend, but wanted to sleep more.
I will also work on being gracious at accepting gifts. Sometimes I'm not very gracious at all, at the moment. Surprising. It's not as if I receive gifts all the time, that I should have expectations for those gifts I do receive!
Having manners is really quite difficult. Heck, I struggle at following my words with actions.
Thursday, July 15, 2004
I'm guilty of the almost RSVP sometimes. I know some other people who swear by it.
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
Randomly obsessed with finding the perfect shoulder bag.
* can wear slung across opposite shoulder.
* 14" wide
* 12" high
* 3" deep.
* $30 price target
* zipper top (can have flap over it)
This corduroy purse is rather nice... It's a little too designer to be "bohemian" though.
This purse is totally cute, but I don't need it at all.
Hair gel is very effective.
Monday, July 12, 2004
Uniqlo is great for work clothing. I retired 2 of my dress shirts, because 1 is impossible to iron, and 1 is too tight. Of my other 3 tops, 2 have had sad encounters with bleach, and the third is a bit short, so I can't take my suit jacket off when I wear them. That really makes summer days painful. I guess I need another 3 tops, but the other uniqlo colors weren't very nice. Have to find other work shirts! I have long sleeved shirts I could wear, but they're kind of thick. The silk one would work though. So I need another 2 tops. I saw a nice knit top in a shimokitazawa store, but it was $60. I could buy 3 uniqlo tops at that price.
12:00pm note: I just looked at my shirt again in the mirror, and it actually looks a bit cheap. I guess I have to muck around the department stores for some nice shirts.
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
Nakamura Yoshiki's "スキップビート" is my favorite so far. The art and story are highly enjoyable. It's all about revenge, and self-discovery. Not revenge in a "I must revenge my parents' death" kind of way though. It's more of a "You asshole, I'm going to become a greater star than you since you crushed my heart" type of revenge. So not too sappy, and the character is pretty smart and resilient.
"赤ずきんチャチャ" is pretty funny, but I actually like the little author's notes even better. That author is hilarious! She has this one note about cutting her hair short, and how it made every day an adventure. Her alarm woke her up, and she fell back to sleep automatically. The second time she woke up, her hair was sticking up like Vegita from Dragonball (this guy who's hair sticks up like a candle flame, coming to a point in the back). She has a mirror at the foot of her bed, and she looked at herself and woke up instantly. Then she ran through the house to show someone her hair, so that it wouldn't go to waste. Hilarious. Having trouble finding volume 4 on the used book stores. Chacha's kind of stupid though. I'd rather read about a smart heroine.
"やまとなでしこ七変化" is pretty darn funny, but the female character is weirder than she is strong.
I also picked up "パンプアップ" by UEDA Rinko. It was cute and I enjoyed it. The female characters were ok - the first one was pretty strong. I really like the way she draws guys.
I bought "Blue Wars", also by Nakamura Yoshiki, which is kind of funny because the protagonist is a gay muscleman of a high school kid, who loves gardening. It's interesting, but more funny than deep.
I checked out a manga by the author of "ネバギバ！". While nice, "愛っていうのは" (or something like that), especially the cute second story, the female characters again aren't that strong. Persistent though. Persistence is good.
I bought a NASU Yuki book "天使とダイアモンド”which I bought mostly because it's NASU Yuki, the author of "Here is Greenwood". It looks like a bit of mystery and supernatural stuff, which she really seems to like. It's a 2 volume series. Haven't read it yet.
Thursday, June 24, 2004
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
I'm a little appalled at how long my shopping list is, and how little is actual necessities, like daily sustenance. In fact, none of it is necessities.
Somewhere, a capitalist is laughing at me.
What a fascinating world we live in.
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
I think leather cleaner, conditioner, and waterproofer would still be beneficial, and I can use those on all my leather shoes. That's 3 pairs of shoes with me.
Rationalization is a powerful thing.
I give up on making charcoal water filters by hand. I need an activated carbon/charcoal, which looks a little difficult to obtain. According to Consumer Reports, Brita is 400% as expensive as Innova but only 5% more effective. It's 300% as expensive as Glacier Pure but only 10% more effective. Time for a Chinese factory startup? Let's make some higher quality activated charcoal and package it nicely, and charge less!
I strolled into work with a white streak of sunblock under my
eye, and clean hair that just looked bad. A pity, because my head was feeling very refreshed. I have to look in the mirror before I go to work.
I'm now shopping for a set of shoe trees (I only have one pair of shoes that might actually benefit from it), leather cleaner, leather conditioner, and waterproofer. I have a bottle somewhere in MD or CA, but I won't be finding it anytime soon.
I bet my mother never conditioned her leather couch. Funny how nice things require maintenance. I don't think she ever polished the wood furniture either. I polished it once, but after 20 years of no care, I don't know how much of a difference it makes.
Monday, June 21, 2004
Thursday, June 17, 2004
E!online has some pretty interesting celebrity photos in their fashion police feature. Kind of fascinating how much money you can spend to look bad.
I bought a "Makeup Manual" from the bookstore today. It's in Japanese but has many pictures. It's kind of interesting.
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Has anyone used that Australian product Nads? I've seen the infomercials, but being wary of infomercials, I'm only partially convinced that the product works. Laf, I shouldn't be convinced at all, since it is an infomercial. Anyway, if you've tried it, let me know. I've decided that getting cut by my shaver sucks and I'm never going to risk it again. Also, daily maintenance is impossible, but once every 6 weeks is doable. So waxing/sugaring/etc. are all open for consideration. Bleach would work but I'd rather stay away from strong chemicals. Don't need to increase the junk going into my drinking water.
Ooh, I love the web. I found a forum discussing Nads. Rather funny quote:
I'm not fond of regular wax. Sugaring I like, generally. Though I've given up using it on my legs because I'm not flexible enough, and I'm on the verge of ditching my underarms because *GEEZ*, the pain... but it works well elsewhere. ;) Sugaring cleans up fast and generally works well.
But yeah, it's definitely overpriced. And I'm not entirely sure how they got away with claiming that the hair eventually wouldn't come back... I still haven't ever met anyone for whom that was true.
Totally sympathize regarding the pain. Haha. I never even thought of waxing my underarms. Hrm.. nope, still can't conceive of it.
Sounds like waxing is the cheapest solution. Doubt I can find salons which can do sugaring or threading here. But maybe I can.
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Too bad the $50 cotton shirt I got from there hasn't been holding up so well - the dye faded from a spot on the collar, and it's impossible to iron smooth. The black pants turned out too be too long, and I don't like unlined dress pants that much. Next time I'll stick to lined pants.
Still, the black pinstriped suit I got is brilliant - lined, comfortable and fits perfectly. I wear the jeans the time. Overall, I like Ann Taylor.
My Benetton suit has its good points and bad points. Bad points being that the waist is too big for me, although it fits elsewhere. I need to get the waist altered. Also, the skirt got caught on something and a thread was pulled out, which I'm not sure how to fix. I'll have to check ehow. The material is great, though, and I don't have to worry about staining it.
My A.V.V. suit fits wonderfully and is lovely for the summer, but the color is a light beige which is really easy to mark up. I'll stick to dark colors from now on. It was quite a bargain though - my cheapest suit at $130 or so total.
My Franco Sarto loafers are great dress shoes. I walk around a lot all day and they're always comfortable. Sure, my New Balance sneakers are more comfortable, but I can't really wear them with a suit. I need some waterproof dress shoes for the rainy season though.
I love buying undershirts from Uniqlo. They have these nice fast-drying v-necked shirts for 1000 yen (about $10). I think I'll go buy another one. This one is really comfortable. Hard to beat! They fit nicely and are well made. Old Navy is such a joke.