katsuno_hitomi: (Default)
I turn 23 today! Man, do I feel old.

My parents and siblings are going to see Styx tonight. Why am I not going. Because I didn't realize I could enjoy rock concerts until it was too late to buy me a ticket. Yeah, I can be an idiot at times.

And now, a segment I like to call: "Births, deaths, and other important events that happened on my birthday!"

Births:
Augustus Ceasar (cool!)
Kublai Kahn (neat)
Empress Go-Sakuramachi of Japan (the most recent reigning empress of Japan)
Mary Mallon aka Typhoid Mary (yay?)
Su Buqing (Chinese mathematician and educator)
Mickey Rooney (it's funny because he's short and I'm tall)
Bruce Springsteen (Rock on!)
Maki Goto (Awesome!)

Deaths:
The only one that really interested me was Hiroshi Fujimoto(aka half of the manga writing duo Fujiko F. Fujio) in 1996.

Other interesting stuff:
We have the discovery of Neptune(neat), the founding of Nintendo, the publication of the original Phantom of the Opera novel, the founding of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the first gas chamber experiments at Auschwitz(not neat).

What are my birthday presents, you ask? Well, only the LORD OF THE RINGS BLU-RAY. ALL OF THEM! I am a happy nerd.

RP news

Aug. 18th, 2011 10:16 pm
katsuno_hitomi: (LOTR)
I told myself I would never join another dedicated rp game on LJ. And then I saw the game that the ever awesome [livejournal.com profile] lynxgriffin will be modding/playing on the flist a week ago. Here's a link to all the info on it. http://itsjustthemads.livejournal.com/profile


I am seriously considering applying for multiple characters in this game. That has never happened before with me. That's just how psyched I am for this game.


In real life news, the rents are out for a little getaway until Sunday. Younger bro will be gone til Saturday on a backpacking trip. It's going to be a great weekend!



Just as an FYI, I'll be playing Galadriel in this game. First choice for a second character would be China from Axis Powers Hetalia. What can I say, I like millenia-old characters who look to be in their 20's.
katsuno_hitomi: (Fluttershy)
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Once upon a time, I had a beginners understanding of French. Now all I can remember is the above phrase.

I actually plan on majoring in Japanese once I get to BYU(don't know when, but I will make it happen!). Other languages I want to learn are Mandarin Chinese, Quenya, and Sindarin. Notice that half of these languages are Tolkien constructs. That's how much of a nerd I am.
katsuno_hitomi: (rage)
You people sicken me. I wish I could put into words just how despicable you have become in my eyes(you were despicable to begin with, Mr. President, but that's another story). I can't think of a single one of you who isn't a liar. You promise one thing and do the total opposite. You think that you are above the law just because you bring it into existenece. You think you can do whatever you want with the taxpayer money you recieve without any consequences. Above all, you think that you can control us, the citizens of the United States of America.

Ladies and gentleman of Congress, Mr. President, I've got news for ya. You are wrong. Dead wrong. Do you honestly think that if this country's economy fails that we citizens will just sit around and do nothing? I don't think so. In fact, I daresay that should that happen, your positions of power will be stripped away from you faster than you can blink.  And then what will you do?

I implore you, do not let the country fall. If you do, I shall be among those who testify against you at Judgement Day before God himself. And I will not be alone. 300 million others will be right there with me.

I pray that you will look inside yourselves, that you will see just how far you have fallen, and that you will exert all your efforts to get back in good standing with God and the nation.

(Sorry about the politics in this entry, flist. Usually I avoid the subject, but I had to get this off my chest.)
katsuno_hitomi: (Luka)
I'll bet you never thought me to be much of a classic American rock fan. Well, I'm not, but yesterday the whole family was going to see Kansas and I decided to come along. We had a great time, even if it did rain before the concert proper. Actually delayed it for a full hour. I didn't get too wet, though I was wondering why everytime we try to make happy family memories, rain is involved.

Kansas did pretty well for a bunch of guys who've been doing this sort of thing since the early 70's. I might have to check out some of their songs tomorrow, especially "Carry On My Wayward Son." It's pretty cool when a band can still draw crowds after 38 years.
katsuno_hitomi: (Default)

worldblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/06/07/6803346-after-tsunami-elderly-couple-rebuilds-a-small-life 

This is just one of several stories about people rebuilding in the tsunami affected areas. I was especially touched by the fact that the wife wanted to rebuild because she wanted to remember her brother, who had built the house.

Other stories of the aftermath include a father and son rebuilding the repair business they had lost, a fisherman contemplating a daunting future, a teenage girl orphaned by the disaster saying to feel sorry not for her, but for little kids who lost their parents, and an increase in weddings after the disaster by those who had previously put it off.

These are probably just a few of the stories of the affected people rebuilding their lives. Many more will probably never be told, but are no less inspiring.

This is not a phenomenon restricted to Japan. People everywhere pick themselves up after a natural disaster and do their best to keep going. That's how humanity does things.

So why do I consider this epic win? Because anyone picking themselves up after great hardship is made of epic win in my book!



katsuno_hitomi: (Arwen)
I probably should have written this yesterday, when the memory of it was fresh. Still, it's better than not writing it at all.

So if you didn't know already, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Yesterday I went to church without any real expectations other than maybe getting a new insight on the scriptures or something. Just to give y'all some context, Latter-Day Saint church meetings are held in three-hour blocks. Sacrament meeting is first for my ward(congregation), and is where the members give talks(sermons) on Gospel subjects. Sunday School is next, followed by classes in Relief Society and priesthood(the women's organization and the men). In family wards there is also Primary(kids ages 3-12), Young Men and Young Women(ages 12-18), and Nursery(18 months to 3 years), but since my ward is specifically for single adults ages 18 to 30, we just have priesthood and Relief Society.

Sacrament meeting went fine, though nothing really stood out to me. It was Sunday School that the experience started. The lesson was on the Jesus's parable about the Prodigal Son. That's when the Holy Ghost hit me like a ton of bricks and got the tears going. I hadn't really strayed from the church, but it certainly felt like I was spiritually lost due to sins I had committed that I don't want to go into detail about. Let's just say I had to talk to my bishop about them and leave it at that. In any case, yesterday was the first time I had felt the Spirit so strongly in quite some time.

I had so many emotions running through me at that time. Sorrow for sinning, fear of what I had to do to repent, gratitude for the opportunity to repent and for the lesson being given, but most of all, I felt like my Heavenly Father was telling me " I love you. I want you to be happy. I want you to succeed in life. I want you to repent because I love you and want these things for you." I heard no voice saying these words, but I had the same feeling in my heart that I would have if there was a voice telling me those things.

I probably got the teacher a bit worried because the tears were flowing so freely. Fortunately, my ward is so very loving and accepting of both me and my linguistically delayed younger sister who goes with me. Why, that very day several folks tried to help her understand the word "expound" when it was said to her.

I didn't cry as much in Relief Society as I did in Sunday School, though the lesson was no less meaningful to me, even if I can't quite remember the exact topic. The whole rest of the day I was feeling spiritually wonderful. I didn't even go on Lord of the Rings Online like I had planned to after church because I felt that if I did go on, my spiritual high would be ruined, and that was the last thing I wanted to do after not having experienced such a thing in so long.

Why am I sharing this with y'all? One: because I felt the need to record what I felt. Two: because I want to share with you all that I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am not afraid to say "Hey, this is what I believe to be true. This is what I stand for."

I realize that some of you will probably just dismiss this or ignore it. I know for a fact that one person on my friends list is an atheist and probably thinks this whole thing is stupid. But you know what? It really doesn't matter to me if you don't believe what I believe, or if you find this entry silly and pointless. What matters to me is that I make this entry in the first place. I can preach until I'm blue in the face, but it's your choice to use or ignore what I say.
katsuno_hitomi: (Default)
Get productive on a consistent basis by September 1st, or you get an efficiency apartment with only the basics for survival. That means no TV, no internet, nothing but four walls.

That's the ultimatum my parents have set for me. I guess I'm just one of those people who won't do anything unless severe punishment is threatened. Not the best way to go through life, let me tell ya.

I hold no ill will towards my parents for doing this. Heck, I was the one who suggested that I need a deadline to accomplish anything. My parents are only doing this because they love me and want me to reach my full potential, which I certainly am not doing at the moment.

Still, it is rather nerve-wracking to have to make so much change in a relatively short amount of time. And as long time followers know, I don't like change very much. It's either change or go through hell, though. I think I'll go with change. I've been through enough hell as it is with my schizophrenia and other mental problems.

So yeah, wish luck. I could certainly use it.
katsuno_hitomi: (rage)
26. My mother did better, and she has said I've got ten times the brains she has. That may be true, but I also have ten times the laziness and motivational problems.

Let's face it. I need to make a lot of changes in my life. I'm about  100 lbs overweight, I am lazy as a sloth, and I don't use my God-given talents at all.

Baby steps, girl, baby steps.
katsuno_hitomi: (awesome)
Bin Laden is finally dead! I know I shouldn't be this excited about someone dying, but this is just too momentous an occasion not to be excited! Finally, after almost a decade of wondering and waiting and watching and pretty much losing hope of us ever finding him, we got him!

To be honest, when I first saw the news, I was skeptical. Mind you, I first saw it on Twitter, so my skepticism was well founded.

You know what though? I'm rather sad that it had to end for him this way. Mass murderer that he was, he was still a child of God, just like Hitler and Stalin and Mao were. It's sad that people can become so wicked that the only way to prevent them from hurting others is to kill them.

I am fully aware that the short term ramifications include the people venerating him as a martyr and thus carrying on attacks in his memory. I really think that in the long run, the world will be a better place.

My mom had the weird idea of sticking his body on a pole at Ground Zero, Vlad the Impaler style. It would certainly be quite the message. It's also kind of disturbing coming from my mother.

My brother, whose birthday is September 11th, is positively giddy with joy right now. We have all been trying to calm him down, but to no avail.

Bets on whether this gets more news coverage than Friday's royal wedding.
katsuno_hitomi: (Kingdom Hearts)
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My city is nice looking and all, but there just aren't any places within it that I would consider "destinations." I think the only reasons you would visit my city are: A)You have family here, B)You have friends here, or C) You are looking to move here. Which is really sad because Utah has a lot of great destinations that are really beautiful, like Temple Square(obvious choice is obvious) or Park City.

So yeah, my town kinda stinks in that regard. But it more than makes up for it with the great people I know.
katsuno_hitomi: (Arwen)
This is a serious disaster. A nuclear power plant is on the meltdown as we speak. They are going to have to redraw parts of the Japanese coastline because the tsunami waters are not receeding in those places. This is quite possibly going to be the most expensive disaster in world history. And that's not even counting the emotional damage.

I didn't cry yesterday about it, mostly because I was crying for more personal reasons.

My goodness, though. So many Western otakus are doing their best to help the country they have fallen in love with. Be it donating money or making an AMV to encourage the Japanese people. I'm donating the rest of my recent paycheck to LDS humanitarian efforts(sorry LOTRO, you'll just have to wait a bit longer). And that's just what I've seen on my flist. It warms my heart, that's for sure.

So yeah. Do what you can to help Japan, even if you are not an otaku. Every little bit helps.

Edit: I just saw a stamp on DeviantArt that says "I bet you only care because it's Japan." Harsh, but probably true.

Edit 2: And now there are scientists blaming the whole thing on global warming. Either they're desperate or assholes. My guess, both.
katsuno_hitomi: (Ayumi Hamasaki)
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Three words: Motivation, motivation, motivation. Specifically, motivation to do stuff I don't want to do, like study for the ACT or do laundry. If I could get that down, I'd be so much happier.

I've been answering a lot of questions on the Writer's Block lately, haven't I?
katsuno_hitomi: (Ayumi Hamasaki)
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Funny that this should be on the Writer's Block right when I'm studying for the ACT. As to how I feel about them, eh, they're a means to an end when it comes to college.
katsuno_hitomi: (Enya)
Psychology is out. Not that I'm not still fascinated by that stuff. It's just a little too expensive to get to for me, especially at the moment. I still want to go to BYU for higher education, though.

So, what will be my major, you may be asking? Japanese with a minor in Japanese teaching. Seriously. Outside of theatrical and vocal performance, the times I've most felt like I was doing the most with my talents was whenever I was learning a language. Whether it was French in high school or Quenya just for the heck of it, I always felt like I was doing something meaningful when I studied these languages. Heck, even just thinking about learning languages makes me feel good. Plus, I love Japanese stuff to begin with, so I'd have tons of motivation to do well.

You're probably wondering "What's the practical application of all this?" Well, the business world could always use a Japanese translator or two. Probably more Mandarin translators, but that's neither here nor there. There are also diplomatic possibilities. I would have to move where such jobs are, like NYC or D.C. and, my biggest hope, Japan.  I wouldn't mind moving to those places, especially the last one. And since I plan on minoring in teaching Japanese, I could teach the language in schools. Again, might have to move somewhere else, but as long as an LDS temple isn't too far away, I really won't mind where I move. Unless it's Florida.

Woah. I just had a strange epiphany. I remember reading in a book about depression that Asia in general barely even acknowledges the seriousness of it. I had the impression that it would be the same for all mental illnesses. If I were to move to Japan for a diplomatic job, I could write a book about how I overcame my schizophrenia. I don't know how that would help schizophrenics in Japan; I might not at all. It's just a thought I just had.
katsuno_hitomi: (Arwen)

Mom really did not want to go back to work at Wal-Mart. She had a bad feeling about it. And to be honest, knowing what I know about God, I'm actually rather glad she got fired. Not only is it time for Dad to take the reins income-wise, but my sister and I are at the point in our lives that we need to become independent, and I really feel that Mom is the best one to teach us how to do that. I'm not mad at the people who fired her or contributed to her firing anymore. I still think they are horrible people for doing that, but I've realized that it's just not worth getting mad at them. Oddly enough, it took me longer to get to that point than my mom.

In other, more cheerful news, [livejournal.com profile] lotrgficbigbang now exists. I can not begin to tell you how excited I am for this. I had even been thinking about how awesome such a thing would be when I found it. Sign-ups begin today(as soon as the sign-up post actually exists), and I am so going for it. It's 20,000 words over 6 months, so there's a bit less pressure than NaNoWriMo. I also have an excellent idea for what to write. Thank goodness they allow crossovers!
katsuno_hitomi: (fail)


I believe that expresses my feelings about her former employers quite nicely, don't you.
katsuno_hitomi: (Kya)
I'm not even kidding. Today was the day Mom was supposed to go back to work after being on disability for months. Instead, they put her on suspension with pay for something she did not do, nor did she have any idea it was happening. The pharmacy techs were clocking out and not leaving, something that should never be done at a Wal-Mart pharmacy. Not only did management do nothing about it until now, the techs all accused mother of authorizing such behavior, something that my mother not only did not do, but would never do. She asked management about it, but they never said that such behavior was grounds for termination of employment. Somebody, I don't know who, is either using my mother to stay out of trouble, or is actively trying to get her fired. Dad seems to think the latter, and I tend to agree with him. My mom runs a tight ship, and she has had trouble with techs not following the rules in the past.

That's not even the worst of it. The worst thing is that my parents now owe $26,000 that on a business credit card that they never used because the business partner was using it as front. He was buying stuff for his family with a business-only credit card. In short, we have been embezzeled and there is no legal action we can take. Suing him would be throwing good money after bad, since he has no money and would just go bankrupt, and the police will not arrest him for his criminal actions.

So, as you can see, my family is in quite the situation. Dad isn't making enough money to cover all our expenses, and Mom has to find a new job. If it's not one thing happening to my family, it's another. Heck, it's often two or more things at once.

Let's be clear, though. I'm not mad at God. He places these things in our way to make us stronger, and they always have in the past. I am, however, very angry at both the local Wal-Mart's management and the "business partner" who cheated us. The business partner used to work with my dad, and we trusted him. Plus he's LDS, which means he knew full well what he was doing was wrong and did it anyway. And don't even get me started on Wal-Mart.

When will these people learn to stop being selfish and start being kind and honest and caring to one another? I know they can, so why don't they do it?
katsuno_hitomi: (Default)
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Lose 50+ pounds, for starters. Get accepted to BYU, and read the Book of Mormon cover to cover at least once this year. Also, I will have a VIP subscription to LOTRO by years end.

While I'm talking about that sort of stuff, time for a special birthdat shoutout to the one and only [livejournal.com profile] starcrossed_sky !

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