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December meme

A few of those floating around this year, I'm taking this one from becofoz

Day 01 → a picture of you taken this year

Hm... I posted that one taken on my bday a couple entries ago, so I guess I'll find another one to showcase my purty purty face XD. Ah here's one...

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This was taken a few months ago when myself and my wonderful coworker, Miranda, went hiking on the hill above campus :D. It was hard to get up the hill, but once up there, it was fun hiking on the top of the hills.

Day 02 → your holiday wish list

I don't really celebrate Christmas, or any other materialistic holiday. I do not like them... my wish for this year is to simply finish my papers this weekend and get a good grade for my classes. I have a lot of work to do this weekend! Oh ok, I also want a Samsung Galaxy s7... even though the s8 is coming out. My S5 is getting kinda crappy and it's time for an update!! I love the galaxy line.

Day 03 → talk about movies this year
Day 04 → talk about television this year
Day 05 → talk about books this year
Day 06 → talk about food this year
Day 07 → talk about music this year
Day 08 → talk about games this year
Day 09 → talk about art this year
Day 10 → a photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → talk about volunteering/charity this year.
Day 12 → talk about this year in medical news
Day 13 → talk about hobbies this year
Day 14 → something that made you proud this year
Day 15 → something that made you laugh this year
Day 16 → something that made you sad this year
Day 17 → something that made you happy this year
Day 18 → your favorite photo this year
Day 19 → what you learned this year
Day 20 → a picture of you taken over 20 years ago
Day 21 → your favorite websites this year
Day 22 → new items you’ve added to collections this year
Day 23 → travel you did this year
Day 24 → Something which caught your interest this year
Day 25 → a photo of you and your family
Day 26 → talk about politics or current events this year
Day 27 → 3 goals for next year
Day 28 → your plans for New Years Eve
Day 29 → talk about things you are excited for next year
Day 30 → a list of what you got for your winter holiday
Day 31 → best moment of the month

LJ Idol Week 2: That One Friend

I have some pretty crazy friends, trust me, I attract the weirdos like a bountiful pollinating daffodil attracts the honey bees. But I gotta love them all. Maybe I haven't always loved you in the past, but like it or not, you keep coming back to me.

When we first met, I was 15 and you were 14 and I was in my "Excalibranch" phase. Running around the school grounds like a screeching banshee with my stick. You wanted my stick and I got a stick full of mud when I fell into it, trying to pry you away from it. I was a mess, but I think I was more mad about you stealing Excalibranch than turning me into a mud skipper. I definitely didn't like you at first... I have so many phases of not liking you. Somehow we got to be thicker than clover honey all because of Digimon. We were the biggest fans and it grew our friendship tremendously. I still call you "Yamato-kun" from time to time... even today. I still listen to the music all the time and I think of you, watching episodes with you, commenting on the monsters, finding out as much as we could about the Japanese version before the heyday of subbed anime. It wasn't easy back then, I'll tell you these kids know nothing about how we used to order bootleg VHS tapes just to check out Japanese anime.

We became mutual friends with someone who should probably be your best friend today, someone who's always stuck beside you. I admit, I wasn't that person. You're always such a troll. So antagonistic, so passive aggressive to the max. I get tired of it sometimes. The sleepover from hell ruined our relationship, almost completely. You and I and Annie... my parents were out of town so we invited you over. I almost forgot what started it, but you happen to remember, all these years later. You flipping my remote so much after countless times of telling you to stop, then dropping it... somehow that culminated with me locking myself in my the bathroom while you stopped at nothing to get me out. It would have only been more dramatic if I ended up calling the cops on you. The neighbors thought that you raped me and decided to tell my parents. Well you didn't do that, and those neighbors were nuts anyway, but I didn't want anything to do with you anymore.

I wasn't really there for you during the really bad times. Annie was, and she continues to be, even things have improved drastically. You had a phase with drugs, a phase in jail, a phase of bad boyfriend over bad boyfriend (and actually CONTINUE to have those phases). While I distanced myself from you while you and Annie became close and she kept me informed about your whereabouts. At some point about 12 years ago, we started talking again... Annie tricked me to come over while you were around and I decided to let bygones be bygones and forget about the past. I think I do a much better job of it than you. You still are bitter about the way "I abandoned you" and don't really like to take responsibility for your own actions.

When you invited me to Disneyland and paid for my first class flight a couple years ago, I thought it was very nice of you. Although I remembered exactly why I had distanced myself from you. While you did pay for everyone's trip, that trip ended up being a massive drama fest where you kept getting incredibly drunk and causing drama and fights with your latest boyfriend. I mostly didn't pay attention to it and kept away from you, but it caused Annie so much distress and tears. She can't help being so sensitive. She always says that she thinks you guys can't be friends anymore, but I know better. I know it will never happen. No matter what either of you say.

Now you have managed to make a name for yourself these last few years. You run a very popular liberal news propaganda website which generates quite the cash flow. My parents still think you make the money selling drugs. Well, it's a different sort of drugs I suppose. You call me up a couple months ago complaining about Annie and her husband. You hate the guy, but are too passive aggressive to say it to his face. All you can do is bitch with me because I don't like the guy much either. Now, Annie and I aren't speaking, and the two of you are just peachy. She's supposed to be one of my best friends, but I don't blame you...

The great Wada Kouji died last spring. I had to tell you. Something felt lost and nostalgic... something brought me back to the time when we were young teenagers and excited about the latest episode of Digimon. Times seemed simpler then, but when I look back at it, your life was never simple. You always had family problems and always needed to rely on friends. I couldn't be a very good friend to you and you still hold that against me. We're doing better now, but nothing is going to bring back those early days. I'll ride to you in the glittering wind, I'll see you soon. I'm sure we can fly.

RIP Wada Kouji January 29, 1974 - April 3, 2016

Holiday Cards

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Bring on the Apocalypse!

The only thing I have to say is that the idiot majority has spoken and we've elected Supreme Shitlord as the President of the most powerful nation in the world. We deserve every bit of whatever fuckery we will have to deal with in the next 4 years. We deserve it all and it's unfortunate that the ones who didn't vote for him have to deal with it, but like it or not, the American public has spoken and this is what we've decided. I hope they can live with their decision.

Howdy again!

Here I am back for yet another season. My name is Liza, but I usually go by Lisa because Americans can't quite pronounce "Liza" and from a very young age, I decided to make the switch. I'm 31 and Russian-American. My family left Russia in 1990 and I don't remember it at all. I'm going back for the first time since we left in July of next year. I'm super excited and hope that the strained relations between Russia and the US won't somehow alter my trip plans. I used to be a Weeaboo, but stopped when I came back home from Japan in 2008. I began studying Japanese since I went to Kagoshima (on the Southern Island of Kyushu) for an exchange program when I was 15. I used to be fluent in Japanese, but my hobbies and interests changed, so unfortunately I have no interest to keep up the language. I suppose you can say I am fluent in my "native tongue", but I am illiterate and have little interest to change that either. I'm a Gryffindor and very strongly identify with the House and the Fire element in general. I'm rather feisty and opinionated. I'm a huge Pokemon fan and my favorite has always been Arcanine. My favorite types are Fire (of course!) and Dark. I'm quite a seasoned Idol veteran, been doing this since I believe season 4. I never get very far in the competition, but I still do it every year! Sometimes even the mini seasons. My goal is usually to make it past week 10. I do most of the time :).

2016 has been an awesome year for me overall. I've been with my significant other, Justin, since May of 2004. We've been long distant almost the entire time. Mostly my fault. Ever since I left home in 2003 for college, I couldn't quite stay in one place... I would move every 1-2 years and it wasn't fair to ask Justin to move somewhere when I had no semblance of permanency. Finally I was able to secure a permanent position in my tiny West Texas town about 3 hours east of El Paso (it is VERY remote here). Justin was hired almost immediately for an IT position at the University we work at and finally we can get married. That'll be in April.

I have a Master's in Library and Information Science, and I'm working on my second Master's in History. My ultimate career goals are to become a Director of Special Collections and teach some history classes on the side. I'm an Archivist and my little department struggles under the leadership of a rather bad boss. She's pretty nice to me most of the time, but sometimes she's terrible and mean. She has recently faced repercussions for being a workplace bully, so at least the issues are being addressed. In the past, the administration didn't care to address anything and she was able to do whatever she liked for decades as leader of the Archives. Part of my job is to modernize the Archives, which exist in quite a sorry state as if it were still the mid to late 90s. My boss is definitely a Luddite and this has been one of many struggles. I've been here since June and there has been quite a lot of headway into this, but right now we're mostly waiting around for a computer so I can begin. I have a lot of career goals to accomplish while I'm at this gig, and I feel confident that I will be able to accomplish everything, it can just be a slow and frustrating process. This position has been difficult for me because I have never experienced such a toxic hodgepodge of insane workplace politics. Funny enough, my boss seems to like me the best out of the 3 of her underlings and lately I get along best with her and like her the most out of my bitter and frustrated coworkers. It can be difficult to mediate, but this position, among others, has been thrust upon me and despite all the stress I have to deal with in an otherwise unstressful job, it's been quite educational for me in many ways...

As always, I look forward to be an eager and motivated Idol participant for however long I'm in the competition. I don't do home game, and don't pay attention to the competition once I've been voted out. Have fun this season!

And as an added bonus, here's me on my bday when Justin made me a very lovely Oreo cheesecake : ):

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Thanks everyone for your input with my kitten moral dilemmas! On Tuesday night, we brought in Wretched Thing, gave it a bath (it was quite traumatized poor thing), and then found some fleas even after the bath. We kept it in overnight but in the middle of the night it was yowling for the outdoors. Justin figured out that it wanted to go to the bathroom, but it couldn't figure out it was supposed to go in the litterbox. He immediately let it outside where it met up with its friend.

I've made the decision that I'm not letting either of them come inside while they're still infested with fleas, so I've ordered some flea treatment. Hopefully after we take care of the fleas, we can try to let both of them in again and see if they'll be good indoor cats. We're both hoping that they'll take well to the indoors, but there is a chance that they'll be yowling for outside and I guess we'll have to see what happens then. If they can't handle being indoors well, I'll be for making them indoor-outdoor, but Justin will not, I'm sure.

I'll also be attempting to trap some of the ferals in the neighborhood to get them fixed and try to curtail additional litters as much as possible. The issue with the ferals is that even if the humane society subsidizes MOST of the fees, it won't for all the fees. I'm not sure how much it will be per cat, but probably worth it. The vet that does ferals isn't doing them until the Spring. The other vet does charge more for the ferals but at least is currently accepting them. There are only 2 vets in town.

I still wish I could get a dog XD. I've always liked dogs better. Maybe some day!

Feline Imprisonment

I feel very conflicted. Justin and I are in the process of bringing in Wretched Thing, the most sickly of the litter of kittens that we've been taking care of. It (too young to tell the gender) was somewhat near dying as its mother abandoned it but now It is doing pretty well.

I've had 3 cats get run over while they were young. One kept escaping outside and I wasn't able to find him one night, two others I had given to my mom and against my instructions, she let them be indoor/outdoor cats. Kotik made it to 8 years old before one day he just disappeared. We have no idea what happened to him. My Japanese cat was around 4 when he got run over.

I still feel like keeping the cat indoors at all times is imprisonment, despite all the heartache I've had with cats... Justin feels like I'm stupid :/. He thinks all cats should be indoor-only. At first, Justin was against adopting any of the ferals, but he seems to have changed his mind and now is very insistent on us adopting Wretched Thing and possibly another one from the litter. Right now I'm at the point where I think we should just keep taking care of them and leave them outside because I feel strongly against imprisoning the cat... it was born as a feral and it seems happy outdoors. We live at the very base of the hill where there is almost no traffic. I worry that the cat will be sad imprisoned... but he thinks I'm being idiotic. I really don't know... I think what will happen is that we're going to go through with us imprisoning the cat, but it's definitely going to cause problems if the cat will want to go outside. Justin insists that cats only want to do that when they're in heat, but that isn't completely accurate.

Poll #2056834 How I feel about feline imprisonment

Should people let their cats outside?

YES! It's imprisoning the poor animal
NO! You're putting the animal in a lot of danger by letting it run around outside
I don't particularly feel strongly about this issue

Happy Halloween!

Ok a little belated.

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Before you ask, I'm a goth Lolita : ). A lot of people couldn't recognize me at first. After I saw that pic, I noticed it too. I don't look like myself in that getup!

In it to win it!

Or more like make it past Week 10! LOL, I never get that far, but I still like doing it : )


Happy 50th!

Yesterday was Star Trek's 50th anniversary of it's original airing. I'm just gunna post here something I found right after Nimoy's death. He explains the origin of the Vulcan salute and how he came up with it after recalling his experiences as a young boy in Temple.

I think I'm gunna work on a Trek related UI because I've been a Trekkie since DS9 aired and I'll always be one! I'm rewatching DS9 right now actually. I'm into season 2. DS9 will always be my favorite Trek for the exact reasons dad says it's his least favorite Trek: "It's a melodramatic space opera!" Yeah, I kind of need the drama in any sort of franchise I'm a fan of : ).