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31 October 2012 @ 04:17 pm

androp - "End roll"
28 June 2012 @ 08:55 pm

Oh my creezus. Freaking love America so freaking hard.
08 May 2012 @ 04:20 pm

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

My subject? Little Pieces of Happiness. One hundred little things that put a smile on my face, give a little sunshine to my day, &, overall, keep me sane when my friends & family are so far away. & this is where I'll be organizing my entries. :)

Number 1: Rilakkuma Contact Case
Number 2: Plants
02 April 2012 @ 08:56 pm

My niece's published book. :)
I'm so proud of Tia! She worked on these book for years, & I'm so happy she was able to finish it.

I have a few choice words for her publisher, concerning the credentials I've seen online, but she seems to be happy with them so far, & that is what is important.
11 March 2012 @ 01:36 pm
I wrote somewhat of a small... letter? Essay? Truthfully, it's not a big deal if you don't want to read it. Even though I (absolutely!) appreciate anyone who has offered kind words or support, I wrote this more for me. I still feel like I could write a book on my feelings concerning this, but I tried to keep this short.

Putting pen to paper felt pretty good, too.
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11 March 2012 @ 12:36 pm
LJ will get a longer post, but for right now, this.
17 September 2011 @ 03:55 pm
In this entry, I mentioned I was going to be by myself this weekend & was thinking about going to visit the coast. Well, that kind of changed! After doing some research, I found out getting to either Minami Sanriku or Kesennuma would involve a lot of train switching & over 4 hours of travel, one-way. I kind of abandoned that & thought about going to Ishinomaki or Matsushima. Ishinomaki is a city (much closer!) partially destroyed in the tsunami, &, well, you should know Matsushima. :)

After more thinking, I decided to just stay in downtown Sendai, afterall. (Y agreed with me - turns out he was a little freaked out with me going to the coast by myself, in case another big earthquake struck.)

So I went with Yasutomo, & we parted ways at Sendai station. I decided to take the path I used to always take before we started dating: every Sunday, I would take the subway to Sendai station then walk through the shopping arcades to Kotoudai Kouen then take the subway back. :) I picked a pretty good day to do it, too! Parco is doing a special Jang Geun Suk "room" right now. (The line was massive!) They're going to do a temporary JUMP store next week, too, but I don't think I'll be able to go. :( When I reached Kotoudai, I saw a bunch of tents set up, so I went to take a look. They're going a Tohoku fair! Large booths were setting up for each prefecture in Tohoku (I couldn't find Aomori, though, LOL.), & then seperated again by major cities. They were selling famous foods, handmade goods, & giving some free stuff. A lot of it was to support the reconstruction effort. :) I got a "Kokoro - Hitotsu ni narou" bracelet. <3!

Now, now, now, in this post, I was asked to take some pictures, & I did, yay! I also took a bunch of pictures from today along with the things I bought. (Since Yasutomo is gone for the weekend, we didn't do our usual Friday night grocery shopping, so I had a little extra money. >;])

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11 September 2011 @ 02:03 pm
Today is the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks & the 6th month anniversary of the 3/11 East Japan earthquake & tsunami - there's a lot of remembering going on in my head right now.

9/11 changed America in so many ways - both good & bad. I think there was a sense of security in our minds, like we were untouchable since we hadn't been attacked (especially on the mainland) in decades, & 9/11 showed us we were anything but. I was just starting my freshman year of high school. Almost every teacher in my classes had the TV turned on to watch the news. I remember my mom was clued to the TV for days after, trying to find out what had happened.

So many innocert people were killed on that day.

& on 3/11, even more innocent people were killed. As an American, 9/11 changed me, but as a person, 3/11 changed my life.

Even without looking back at pictures, I can remember everything clearly - grasping on to the doorframe so I wouldn't fall as the building shook, being held by one of the students as we escaped outside, & then those first few weeks not knowing if what would happen with the Fukushima power plant. I'd never been so scared.

Yasutomo found footage of where he had been when the earthquake struck when the tsunami had come. If hadn't taken the mountain road after the shaking instead of his usual route... I don't want to think about it.

People are still living in evacuation shelters.

I'm not the same person I was before the earthquake. The fear of not knowing if another big one will come keeps me on my toes - it's stressful, but I know I'm lucky. I was kept safe along with the people I know. I was able to have safe shelter as well as people around me. We had to work a bit for it, but we able to get water & food.

I feel like I could write a book with all my feelings from that day. I want to yell at people & tell them all the things I learned. Keep extra bottled water under your sink! Always have candles or a flashlight with extra batteries! If anything happens, immediately fill up your bathtub! I want people to learn from this.

I feel like the things I learned will stick with me for a long time.
28 July 2011 @ 07:48 am