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Music Meme: Day 5

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5. A song that reminds you of somewhere.

For this day, I had a good browse through my iTunes folder to pick out anything that reminded me of the best period of my life to date: The College Years. And of course, I had to settle on Death Cab For Cutie. One, they have the most adorable band name. Two, I think they just about capture the growing pains of being uprooted, resettled, and then removed from a place which was so important to your mental and, somewhat, emotional nourishment as a child still stuck in an unfamiliar adult body, drifting between the selfish needs of both. What I was searching for were some quasi-philosophical answers to questions which, I see clearly now, were really all that simple.

While it wasn't really under a sycamore tree where I finally felt I'd found my place to be, it was the scattered patches of greens and solitary benches over which I realized I wasn't alone in searching. The friends I made, the lessons I learned, the bridges burnt were all part of a place which greatly shaped the person I am today and it's one I know I'll always hold dear to my heart.


Music Meme: Day 4

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4. A song that makes you sad.

Despite genuinely liking Bon Iver, there's no denying how depressed they can make me feel. Coupled with a cold December night and break-up blues, this song especially has me pining for iTunes to skip over to something more cheerful. On the other hand, 'The Wolves' in its entirety is fantastic fiction fodder.


Music Meme: Day 3

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3. A song that makes you happy.

My happy place is a warm, dark wood-paneled room on the coldest day of the year, lined with a plush carpet and ornate emerald green wallpaper. There will shelves, cabinets, desks, trunks, and hidey-holes filled to the brim with books, books towering in stacks on the floor, books about Regency Romances, books about time-travel and memories which cross dimensions, books about small provincial towns, books about bustling cities choked with people, books about little girls, little women, girls and women who go to war on fantasy battlefields, corporate board-rooms, testosterone-spewing arenas, and broken homes, striking their fists against every glass ceiling imaginable. All this and more. Spice cake and tea will appear magically from behind plump cushions, and Florence Welch will always be playing.


Music Meme: Day 2

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2. Your least favorite song

I actually feel bad stating this as my least favorite because, unlike most 'artists' in this day and age, Debbie Boone sounds genuinely invested in what she has to convey here. But then, I remember a second cousin of mine who had a knack for singing, enough so that her parents invested in 'professional' lessons for her. I remember having to sit through what seemed like a millennium's worth of proudly recorded-for-posterity home videos featuring a promising ten year old waste her potential on cheesy, flash-in-the-pan one-hit-wonder 70s montage muzak like this. And then I don't feel so bad.


Music Meme: Day 1

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Saw this on monkiainen's journal and decided to give it a go:

1. Your favorite song

I always have this little flash of Muslim Guilt once the first chords of this song start playing, despite it being officially classed as 'alternative rock'. But the concept of salvation through patience, integrity, and a 'higher' (/possibly divine) form of love is one that forms such a core part of my beliefs, both spiritual and emotional. I used to listen to this a lot when I was just starting college, a period synonymous with fresh starts and sometimes-futile escapes. The simplicity of its arrangements, honest lyrics, and the vulnerability in Stephen Christian's voice always gets it right with me.


Hello :)

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A warm welcome to all new additions to my f-list, courtesy of ragnarok_08's post featuring the friending memes. Thank you for responding to my friend invites so promptly. I honestly wasn't expecting such speedy replies!


Looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you. I'll try to comment as often as I can :)

My original friending meme post is right here. And for anyone else who's interested, here's the thread itself:


Tune In, Tune Out

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Rewatching InuYasha! Happy to say, the animation looks as great as ever. Aside from the nice choice of coloring and unique demon designs, I've always liked the way Rumiko Takahashi draws her female characters. The soft, rounded features adds a lovely touch to their femininity, all the while contrasting with strong, independent personalities. I find them very attractive to behold (in a totally non-lesbo way, eh heh). So far, I've only completed the first seven episodes, complete with all the Inuyasha/Kagome bickering which I know I'm gonna get sick of around the 50 episode mark.

Hm, maybe I should just skip ahead to The Final Act series.

The new Hannibal episode has me worried. Agent Katz is suspiciously absent from the teasers aired at the end and I have a niggling feeling that poking around in a suspected serial killer's basement may not have been the best idea. Also, someone's in the kitchen with Hannibal, which is never good news. Overall, a good episode.

I'm pleased to say that I'm making better progress on Apocalypse Minor than expected. Deciding to devote as much time as possible to writing as well as reading is really working its magic on my peace of mind. It's not as great as when I was in college, delirious with joy amid the sea of literature and academia, but I truly believe it's helping make things more bearable. Now that I'm saddled with a job in which, sadly, I usually find myself second-guessing each decision I make (no thanks to a severe level of micromanagement), it's such a relief to come back to a world of my own words at the end of the day.

Speaking of college days, I think I'm listening to more punk pop than I should at my current age.


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Is it so lame that I only use Facebook to post seasonal birthday wishes and play CastleVille Legends?

Why, yes. Yes, it is.

Well, to hell with it. It's been a pretty good day so far and I think I've earned the right to be as lame as I want to be. Legends plays a lot smoother than its original counterpart, minus the use of energy meters which I really like, and it doesn't to appear to lag every so often as the latter did. Sure makes up for the uglier character models. And Angry Joe in the background is only comparable to spicy, cheesy nachos on the side with my perfect made-to-order burrito.

(Um, I may have consumed more soft drinks that I should have.)

Besides which, I've had pleasant surprises in the form of unexpectedly nice customers and the company's Annual Leave Plan finally being published, the last of which sees me getting a month off in August this year. Fantastic, considering I only had ten days of leave last year, all of which I spent stressing over work and a failing relationship. I'm definitely planning to make whatever free time I have in the future count for something, preferably furthering my own passions outside of the airport.

On the literary front: hit a snag in my own writing, breezing through The Help. I can't say that it's as great as it was hyped up to be, but Kathryn Stockett deserves credit for knowing how to write a page-turner. I'll save watching the movie for after I've done with the book. A full-fledged review should be in the works for my Goodreads page soon.

Refreshed & Ready

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When I say it rained on Friday afternoon, I mean that it poured by the river. Pretty good timing dictated that I just happen to be out that day, on my way to the bookstore, wading ankle-deep in puddles in waterlogged canvas shoes and trying my best to not get in the way of passing motorists lest I be on the receiving end of a tsunami.

But you know what? I loved it for a change. Always have loved the rain, always will. Aside from my ruined shoes, I found a great excuse to sneak into Seattle's Best Coffee for just that. Overall, a darned good day.

Saturday's been a quiet one. Woke up early, attended to a few chores, read a bit, and decided to forego the usual walk to catch up on my shows. I'm proud to say that I completed the following:

- The Veronica Mars movie: which to be honest, felt more like an extra-long TV special than an actual movie though that's far from a bad thing given the content. Basically, Neptune High gears up for a reunion and there's plenty of potential Logan/Veronica in the air for those who are interested. Great writing as expected and the cast was wonderful.

- Hannibal (S02E03): I feel like we've been left with yet more questions about the Hannibal/Will tension and the former's true motives. It's a pity to hear that the show is in danger of being cancelled because it is really that right kind of dark, eerie psychological drama which has been missing from crime-fiction viewing this year. I do hope the ratings will pull through because it'd be a disgrace to leave this great plot hanging so soon.

- Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound: Pretty meh, unfortunately. The fight scenes were alright, but nothing to really top what came out of the original series. Still okay for a nostalgic kickback.

- Pokemon Heroes: Latios and Latias: Gotta say something about the animation and art design here. It was my favorite part of the film and the story was quite interesting as compared to some of the others in the series. Unexpectedly bittersweet ending to shake things up a bit as well. I'm glad I watched it. Considering I have to be at work for an extra-scheduled shift tomorrow, adorable Pokecritters and their trainers are just the pick-me-up I needed.

Hope you had a great weekend, readers!


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Not yet, at least.

For the few still following me here (and a big, sincere virtual hug to you all!), you probably know by now that I work full-time for a very busy airline which just so happens to be the national carrier of the country I live in and also very conveniently located smack-dab in the middle of the globe which in turn means plenty of flights, transit passengers, and customer service stories ranging from hilarious to terrifying. Considering its reputation, we ground staff have a lot to deal with on a daily basis and on the 6th, Thursday evening, we had something extra special served up for us in the form of a 'technical failure'.

1. All incoming flights diverted.

2. Ensuing domino effect: massive delays and misconnected, understandably pissed-off passengers.


4. Me thanking the Powers That Be that I'm only rostered for morning shifts this month.

Considering how exhausted I was, I'm surprised I still found time for an evening walk. Only to have a black cat cross my path. Um, should I be concerned?

But now for high notes. Yes, there are finally high notes, yay!

1. Finally updated Chapter 6 of Apocalypse Minor and am working on the next.

2. Spit The Dark by empires

3. Kathryn Stockett's The Help, Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, Julian Barnes' The Sense of an Ending, and William Makepeace Thackerey's Vanity Fair all waiting to be devoured.

4. On my way to finding balance. Finally.


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