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June 24th, 2011 (12:02 pm)

current location: parents' house
current mood: bouncy

Hello, poor abandoned LJ. It's been a while.

Well, I finished my first quarter at FIDM. It went by so fast! I was initially worried about the quarter system, since the classes are so condensed, but I think it works in my favor. By week 10 in a semester I'm usually experiencing burnout, but in the quarter system that's finals week. It's nice to have 3-week breaks every three months, too. I got all A's and B's this quarter and I'm on the Honor Roll, which is the first time that's happened to me EVER, so that's good. :)

I'm trying to think of all the things that have happened since I last posted here, but my brain is overwhelmed. I'll just do the ol' bulleted list thingy:

~ I'm home in the Bay Area until the 1st...good to be back in Foster City. ♥

~ I like living in the LA, just not downtown specifically. The driving/parking situation is frustrating. But I love the area. So many places I haven't explored yet! @_@

~ I found two awesome theaters that play old movies: the Aero in Santa Monica and the Egyptian in Hollywood. They play the old good stuff from the Golden Age of Hollywood, as well as new classics like Jurassic Park and Beetlejuice. The Egyptian is the nicer theater, but I prefer the Aero because it's not in the middle of Tourist Trap Central, AKA Hollywood Boulevard. *facepalm*

~ The roommate situation is good so far. Alex and I renewed for another quarter at the Medici, but Hemlata graduated so she's not living with us next quarter, and we'll be getting a new girl. Hopefully everything works out there. *crosses fingers*

~ There is a slight possibility I might move in with Ivy after this next quarter is finished...? It depends on if her roommate is really leaving for Spain or not. And other financial factors. But the rent seems good and it's not that far from school. We'll see.

~ After spending more time in Santa Monica I've decided it's ADORABLE and not the huge tourist trap I expected it to be. Excellent shopping and lovely coastside park. :3

~ Little Tokyo is cute...it's no Japantown SF, but I keep reminding myself that it basically has all the same stuff Japantown has and I'm just being particular because it's not the Japantown of my beloved high school days. It's got a Kinokuniya bookstore, kitchy shops and restaurants...that's pretty much all you need in a Japantown, really.

~ There are a million other things I'm forgetting. *sigh*

Right now I'm trying to juggle visits with my friends...most people are available to hang out on the weekend, but I only have one weekend here and I can't fit everybody, so I'm trying to maneuver people around to weeknights and such. Yeesh.


Posted by: dri (aquandrian)
Posted at: June 25th, 2011 07:39 am (UTC)
mjj janet

Kinokuniya! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy! Oh it is the bestest bookshop in the whole world, I love it so much. I'm so glad you have one close to you now too! Everybody should have a Kino. Well, everyone who deserves one. *nods* :p

I hope you post about the classic movies you see at the theatre. I'm so jealous. The only one I know of that plays old movies and very rarely is right on the other side of the bridge which, you know, I never venture over cause it's evil that side of that bridge. :p

Have you finished the 365 Days Of Song thingo? *puzzled* Maybe you finished it while I was away from LJ ... :(

I'm glad you posted today (and commented on Bookface too) ... makes me a little connected to kindred people across the world. :)

Posted by: The Raddy (the_raddy)
Posted at: June 26th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
evangelion ~ shinji happy

I was soooo relieved when I realized Little Tokyo has a Kinokuniya. I have a little manga oasis in LA! \o/

I had the opportunity to see a couple of newer movies at those theaters (Jurassic Park triple feature and Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing and A Midwinter's Tale) but haven't been able to see any old movies yet because they always happened on a weekend when I had lots of homework! But I'm sure I'll get to see one soon. :)

Oh my goodness, I finished the song meme back in January! You can look at my tags if you want to go back and wade through my mp3s, lol

I'm glad you're posting more often too...remember when you had that unannounced LJ hiatus and I thought you were dead? LMAO

Posted by: dri (aquandrian)
Posted at: July 2nd, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)
mjj dork

Dude, have you checked out Kino's fashion and art design section? I'm sure you must have. It always makes me drool. And I just thought of you the other day because our Sydney Kino store posted on Facebook about these journals they've just got in called Fashionary ... hold on, I'll find the post.

We’re incredibly excited to now be the Sydney stockist for the world famous FASHIONARY journals.

These innovative sketchbooks combine intensive fashion design information with 400 figure templates for instant sketching. It is the perfect tool for brainstorming, fast sketching and quick referencing.

This has become THE must-have item fo...r fashion designers and students around the world and is now available for the first time in Sydney only at Kinokuniya.

Head to the website http://fashionary.org/ for more details and reviews.

Men and women’s versions available.

On shelf today, RRP $24.00

Obviously that's Australian $24. Have you seen them? Do you have one? I'm rather tempted to buy one for my Kuwaiti fashion designer cousin but frankly I think it'd be kinda wasted on her. Much rather buy it for you, really. *lol*

A Midwinter's Tale! Omg I loved that movie so much! Wasn't it Michael Sheen in that? And omg John Session, god I heart him.

Man, that sucks about the weekend timing. Hopefully you can reward yourself with an old movie when term ends or the assignments are handed in. :p

Ack! Okay, I'm definitely gunna go back through the posts and download all the ones I wanted and couldn't back when I had the shitty connection. Yayness!

*lol* You thought I was dead?! Dude, you poor thing. Man, that makes me realise you really wouldn't know if I was dead. Nobody else has access to my Bookface and LJ. Now I'm all curious about how these things work ... *snort*

Posted by: The Raddy (the_raddy)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
hanna is not a boy's name ~ luvluv

OMG I love that section...I found an amazing book called Pattern Magic there and had to snatch it up. It is FULL OF AWESOME THINGS. :D Still looking for volume 2...

I haven't seen those exact fashion sketch books, but I've seen very similar larger ones from the same brand. I'm sure I'll get one at some point...at the time I saw them, I was in fashion sketching class and felt like it would be cheating, haha!

Oh yes, I thought you were dead. I suddenly realized one day that I hadn't seen a post from you in a while, and I checked your LJ and saw that it had been a whole month since you updated...and I thought, "Oh my god, she used to update every friggin' day! SHE'S LYING IN A DITCH SOMEWHERE, I KNOW IT." And then the very next day you updated and I felt quite sheepish. :P

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