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ewoks join the fight!

My mom picked up a Star Wars book for the kiddo, and I love it! It has become the first Star Wars-related thing he's gravitated towards all by himself (apart from my gentle encouragement as a lifelong fan), and "speeder bikes" are now a regular part of his vocabulary.

ani_mama, here's what I was talking about!

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whoa, it's late! and back again

Time for another "It's been so long! There's no place like LiveJournal! I'll try to update more often!" posts! Haha. But all of those statements are true. And I really do miss this place.

I'm still lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom to my little guy. Most of the time I absolutely LOVE it! Sometimes...not so much. And I've been struggling with some mental health stuff, among other things. But I try to keep in mind that these days won't last forever, and we get by.

Now for the currentlys:

Watching: Bonobono, Transformers: Rescue Bots season 4, Orange is the New Black season 4

Haven't really had the time to get into much this season, but I came across Bonobono on Crunchyroll and gave it a try. It's one of those super cute and simple shows that you instantly just accept and love. The kiddo and I enjoy it together.

Still trying to find time to catch up with Dragonball Super by the way! Although I am aware of recent plot developments (*cough* Goku of a certain color *cough*)and am so hyped up and excited!!!

As for Rescue Bots, I think it's pretty clear WHY and for WHOSE SAKE I'm watching (looking at you, toddler son) but I really can't overstate how much this darn show has endeared itself to me. I'm INVESTED, now, goshdarnit. More on this show probably at some point in the future, so I can explain how I'm actually not crazy.

Only watched the first episode of the new season of OitNB, but it's looking wonderful as always.

Reading: Victory by Susan Cooper
The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper is one of my all-time favorite book series, and I recently started re-reading the five books in random order. You know you REALLY love a book series when you start looking for different editions just for the artwork. While searching, I realized I hadn't read much of Susan Cooper's other works, and hunted down a copy of Victory. I'm halfway through and while English history isn't much of my thing, I think it's great so far.

Playing: Super Meat Boy (again)
Back in 2010, I got hooked on this notoriously difficult game, and to this day it remains one of the few things that can make me curse loudly and frequently. I would transform into one of those characters that fanfic authors have to tag "language" for. I couldn't play it while I was pregnant, because it would honestly stress me out so much. I did manage to beat it way back when (only the Light World stages anyway) but now my son likes to play, so we started all over. He's actually very good at it! Can clear stages that some adults can't manage. But I still have to help now and then so hence my re-playing. Apparently Super Meat Boy has been released on the Wii U, but without the original music -- which is a huge shame, because the soundtrack is amazing! Still a great game, though, with exceptional attention to detail. When you're in a determined mood and dying 34782 times won't get you down too much, I highly recommend it!

Listening: nothing really at the moment
Arch Enemy. But other recs would be appreciated. I can't remember the last time I listened to a song on repeat...

Currently addicted to: finding good manga to read
A young relative of mine has recently gotten into manga and anime, and in lending her all my available manga, it made me realize how little I owned. Over the years of collecting, I've managed to not get bogged down collecting titles that I don't absolutely LOVE, but at the same time I feel that I'd like to branch out and find some new stuff both for her and myself. So I've been scouring ebay and other places like garagesalejapan for some good series and some good deals, which is actually what brought me here to the update page.

It's getting really late now, though, so I better wrap it up. Hopefully I can attempt to wander through the friends list soon.

*flamboyant anime guy engrish voice* my sweet honey!

Augh, a headahce...I haven't had one in a while, which was really nice. But then I took a nap and woke up with one and I hope it goes away by the morning.

My son has recently had the flu (two days after getting a flu shot darnit), and while he's a whole lot better now, his pesky wet cough doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon. I'm worried, but the pediatrician said he should fine. He's been having a hard time sleeping (so of course that means we all are) but he's too young for cough medication, so I've been relying on a myriad of things that just aren't helping much. I mentioned this to an old friend of mine who reminded me of the old honey-and-lemon remedy to soothe coughs. It's really popular among Hispanic families, but my mom never made it for me and so I never really thought about it or learned how to make it.

She said it's better to use very local virgin honey with the comb still in it, so we headed out to the local flea market today to get some fresh New Mexico honey from a man who sells it there. It was pretty empty because of the unofficial national holiday Superbowl Sunday but thankfully he was there! He didn't have any with the comb, but I figured it would be okay. But then before bedtime, I realized I didn't actually know the recipe. After googling, I used this modified recipe:

Heat 8 oz. water on stovetop or microwave.
Stir in 1 teaspoon of local honey.
Stir in 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.

While making it, I couldn't help but think of this sweet lady haha:


And it was SO DELICIOUS. How have I gone my whole life without this magical drink?! The kiddo didn't hate it, but he didn't guzzle it down like I had hoped, either. He eventually drank a fair amount and I really really hope it helps. He's doing better so far and I hope he stays that way.

To anyone who might read this: I seriously hope you try this honey-and-lemon drink whenever a cough or sore throat is getting you down. I'm 100% sure you won't regret it!
america urgurk

ohio is for lovers, albuquerque is for balloons

So the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta just ended on Sunday, and I went for the first time in many years. Lots of locals skip the 10-day event and just enjoy the balloon sightings all over the city, because getting to the actual event can be a pain (you have to wake up super early, around 3 or 4 am, get bundled up to brave the cold and sometimes windy weather, and head over to the balloon fiesta park, which is usually backed up with lots of traffic on the way in and out). This year two things coincided to make my visit happen: I had been wanting to take my son for his first visit (I just knew he would love it, plus he recently was really into the Curious George spring special that featured hot air balloons) and an out-of-town family member arrived for a visit and came upon some free tickets. So off we went!

And then all our hopes fell quite flat.

The free parking pass we had planned on ended up being a bust.

While we were indeed early enough to get a good parking space, there was also a lot of time to kill in the cold early dark with a sleepy/hungry/cranky kiddo, which was quite a challenge until he finally fell asleep for a while.

Conditions were very windy. Too windy for the early Dawn Patrol balloons to go up. It also turned out to be too windy for ANY balloons to go up. So no mass ascension, no sky packed with colorful balloons, no awestruck joy from toddler. :(

Only a few balloons inflated for display while we were there. And this was pretty much the only good photo from the few we took.

 Dark Side of the Moon
At least it was the Pink Floyd balloon!

Ah well. Despite the disappointment, I think we'll try again next year. I still can't wait to see how happy he will be when he gets to see that balloon-filled sky. And it made me realize how much I missed that sight as well.
america + mochi

hey, I'm still here, and current interests!

Hey, LJ land! Haven't been around much, but I hope to be here more often (aside from keeping up with the friends list). I want to start a Wordpress blog soon, and I really need to practice writing on a regular basis.

Well, I occasionally remember to change my "currently:" info on my profile, and am now going to try making a post about it every time I do. It's just something I have fun keeping track of ever since close friends and family pointed out that they find my fandom "phases" amusing.

Watching: Kuroko no Basuke season 2, Silver Spoon season 2, Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Reading: Allegiance by Timothy Zahn
Playing: Sonic & Knuckles
Listening: Grum, Dragonball Never Ending Story 2 CD Set
Currently addicted to: eBay, interior decorating

Let me just say that it's tough to be a Kise fan in this season of Kuroko no Basuke. I think he's had a total of five minutes of dialogue in sixteen episodes.

Not much to say about Allegiance, other than I should have read it before Choices of One. Oops. It's a little hard for me to keep focused on it, because I don't have as much time for reading as I would like and a lot of time goes by for me between paragraphs. This is made worse by the fact that these types of franchise-based novels with large casts of characters have SO many things going on at one time, and each chapter goes from like "Meanwhile, Mara Jade infiltrates!" to "Meanwhile, Leia is in a meeting with diplomats!" and "Meanwhile, X-character does something menial that turns out to have significance at the novel's climax when all the plot threads eventually tie together!"

Playing Sonic & Knuckles on the Xbox because one day I just realized that I missed playing Sonic games. I think the last one I played all the way through was Sonic Adventure 2: Battle for the Game Cube. Sonic games (and the comics!) were such a HUGE part of my childhood. But to say that I'm "playing" Sonic & Knuckles right now is a little misleading. I'm currently stuck. In an age where you can now save virtually anywhere, even on old gen games, and get codes for infinite lives and almost any mod imaginable, I'm plain old stuck on a boss. A boss that I defeated when I was in elementary school. Dammit. I've been half-tempted to ask my big brother to come over and help me, just like the old days.

I've been selling some stuff on ebay lately, and it's become a nice source of extra cash. It's also where I was able to find another copy of the DBZ 2-CD set I used to have (the second anime OST I ever purchased, actually!). Not sure at what point I lost the first CD, but I knew downloading the songs separately and copying them to a CD would never do it justice. It had actually been on my ebay watch list for years and it was soooo satisfying to listen to it again.

...Whoa, I think I've become a nostalgia junkie.
skwis rockin' it

rock on, kidnapped girl's mother!

Hey, this happened in my city!

After Daughter Is Taken, Mother Rams Abduction Suspect's Car

What an amazing mom! These stories end badly more often than not, so it's awesome to hear that the girl is safe. Thank goodness those teens saw the abduction happening and the mom had the chance to chase after the guy. Not that it was the safest thing to do, but obviously that doesn't matter if your child has just been kidnapped. And obviously this lady is a BAMF. I'm so glad they're safe.
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whoa, been a while (again)

Geez, I press the "post" button and then step away, and suddenly MONTHS have flown by! I check LiveJournal almost every day, so it's weird to see that it's been so long since I've written here. Combination of not much to say/not much time to say it when I do, I guess.

It's a little sad that spambots are so active here on LJ now. I'm trying to stay positive and not regard it as a sign of a dying platform. It's just that I remember a time when I'd have to read page after page of my friends list to keep up, and now I can forget to check LJ for a few days and there will only be a couple new posts. Kudos and thank you, regular updaters, for soldiering on!

I might just be getting nostalgic in general though. Remember when LJ didn't have the auto-save draft function, and you could lose a super long entry that you'd been writing up by accidentally hitting the back button? Or when hetalia had about 23,476,901 entries made per day? Or awesome memories like when kc_anathema was publicly blacklisted (because of some ridiculous brouhaha, I'm not even sure what it was about anymore) and a bunch of people started to follow her journal and that of other people on her friends list (including me) in retaliation? Or when all of us awesome Hetalia fans in New Mexico gathered together and held our first Hetalia Day? Good times.

Well, fandom-wise, I'm looking forward to the Metalocalypse "Rock Opera" coming up. I'm up for anything. Just pleeeeeease do not let Toki be dead. Come on, man. Not Toki! I will be inconsolable for a while. There was some confusion about whether or not a complete fifth season will be coming up as well? I hope there will be one. The fact that Jon Schnepp will not be a part of it gives me pause, but on the whole I just want more Metalocalypse. I'm not ready for it to be over. And please head on over here for another concert. Those are my demands. :P

I've gotten into the CBS show The Mentalist lately. It's been around forever, but once I actually gave it a try (and noticed that Simon Baker is pretty cute and plays his character to perfection), I thought it was REALLY good and underrated. It has the underlying mythology and depth that I appreciate in a show. Unfortunately, I'm all caught up on the released DVDs, so I have to wait until the season that just finished airing makes it's way into a boxset. Don't you hate when that happens?

And Dexter ending this season?! Whaaaaaaaat? Noooooooooooooooo. :(

And now, randomly, a few goals I'm working towards right now:

- get a new hobby (it sounds cliche and awful, but really. It's scary when measuring your bookshelves for canvas bins becomes the top item on your to-do list)
- Make more homemade meals, stick to meal planning (getting excited about McDonald's coupons was the last straw)
- complete one home project a month (they pile up way too fast and drive me crazy because I'm impatient)
- read one book per season (monthly was too ambitious, sadly. Haha what has my life become)
- post here more often (I just miss it for some reason)

And now, I am off to bed. Stay safe and happy, everyone.
america + mochi

mmm, the sweet scent of mako no. 5

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Apparently there are official Final Fantasy scents out there, and you can smell like Cloud?!

It's described as a "gray incense to scent a floral bouquet stand middleweight sexy from top to feel the water a refreshing citrus and fruit. Last is a fragrance, oriental notes wafting cool."

Who wouldn't want to smell like a floral bouquet stand middleweight sexy? Mmmm (thanks Google translate). If it wasn't about $75 and if I wore perfume, I'd probably want some!

There are scents for Sephiroth and Lightning too.

In other news, I watched some of the Clone Wars episodes where Darth Maul returns, and I was surprised to find myself riveted (I'm not a huge Clone Wars fan, but it was so cool seeing the Witches of Dathomir in action!) and now I'm in a Star Wars-y mood and off to find some fic.
skwis rockin' it

girl power, mes amis

An online fashion mag I follow linked to an article about a very talented photographer named Olivia Bee, noteworthy because she is doing well in the male-dominated field of fashion photography, and is very young (eighteen). In that extremely competitive field, she has already shot for the New York Times, Hermès, Converse, and other big names. Her work is in demand and after visiting her site, I can totally see why. She makes everything beautiful.

the article @ The Guardian
her site

I love the article. She is so confident and so sure of her ambition. As a woman, it is so inspiring to see a woman out there, fearlessly achieving her dreams despite the odds.
nuinui, stahp

Why doesn't have an AU filter?!

Sometimes, believe it or not, I don't want to read about the characters in high school, or in a band, or gender-flipped, or as vampires, or as mobsters! Sometimes I just want to read about them in the same setting as the show/book/whatever they're in! Sometimes I want them to be just they way they were when I fell in love with them. Crazy idea, right?! APPARENTLY IT IS TOO MUCH TO ASK.

Rafiki rage

I love a good AU here and there, but when a fandom is 98% aforementioned AU clichés, it's frustrating.