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You know what I just realized?

My last entry in this thing was half a year ago.

And even then it was just a random chatlog dump. It's been nearly a year since my last entry with actual content.

You know what I think? I think life update.

So the schoolyear came and went. Generally speaking, it was a HUGE improvement over the previous year. I was right about risk-taking being the key to building confidence, because on the social side of things, the year went fantastically. Unlike last year, I actually felt sad to leave when it came time to pack up and go home.

Academically, though, it wasn't quite so great. I came to realize this year that I've been setting my performance standards too low-- not just this year, but ever since leaving high school. Letting myself get bored with my classes had a terrible impact on my grades. Unfortunately, it took putting my Major qualifications in jeopardy for me to realize this, and that rude awakening only came about two thirds of the way through the year. I wound up having to retake Phonology in the spring, and I will have to retake Japanese 301 in the fall as well.

The good news is, I picked up the slack, and my grade point average for spring quarter was higher than it has ever been in my life. Including high school. I am absolutely pumped to continue this good streak in the coming year.

Speaking of Phonology, I've made the decision that, in addition to my Japanese major, I am going to attempt a double major in Linguistics. The upper level Ling courses have been such an amazing experience, and have done wonders for my motivation. I'm feeling that same little click that I felt when I began studying Japanese in my first year of high school-- that it just feels right to be in this field.

I'll be doing the Japanese concentration of the Linguistics major, which means that a lot of the requirements will be taken care of just by way of the language courses I would have been taking anyway. In addition to that, it also involves a couple Japanese Linguistics courses that I've been dying to take-- but with the recent budget cuts, these may or may not even be offered this year. I'm told that I can talk to the department head for a workaround in such a case, though, so I'm optimistic.

Summer, though, has been a bit of a different story! I haven't got much to do around here, aside from job hunting-- which, when you haven't got a driver's license or any work experience, happens to be really hard. Doing my best to rectify both deficiencies is my current priority!

My mom got married over the spring. My new stepfather's name is Bob, and he's been an excellent source of support for her, both emotionally and financially, as she's been struggling herself to rectify her unemployment. She's found a few temporary jobs, but nothing permanent yet. I feel absolutely terrible for the financial burden he's signed on for here, considering both of our employment situations, but the man is an absolute saint. I nearly cried tears of joy when I got the news that we finally had medical coverage again. Well... no. Not just nearly.

My happiness for them and my guilt for myself are in an unsteady equilibrium for now. Just another reason for me to sort through my emotional problems and get a goddamn job already, clearly.

But at any rate, wow this has been cathartic. Please excuse the wordspam.

WoW banter

Jan. 27th, 2011 09:03 pm
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majutsukai: still, it was only my second time healing and there were quite a few hiccups
majutsukai: ...like the time I accidentally cast Levitate instead of Greater Heal on the tank
majutsukai: honestly, so many "hand-with-glowy-sparks" icons, why does Levitate even have an icon like that
majutsukai: it's like Death Knight skill icons, all skulls and weapons caked with varying amounts of blood
En ik ri-j op een mammoet in het rond.: I keep the utility abilities seperate from my actual stuff, but yeah, I know what it's like
majutsukai: I don't even know why I was going for my action bars, I have most of my primary heals hotkeyed
majutsukai: panic I guess
majutsukai: saw the glowing hand icon, CLICK
majutsukai: speaking of click, I completely forgot my clique binds
En ik ri-j op een mammoet in het rond.: Hehe, reminds me of Dara O'Briain
En ik ri-j op een mammoet in het rond.: "Oh my god I'm in a gun battle! Which of these ISN'T crouch?!"

And another, nerdier one )
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I'm starting to wonder if me studying Japanese is just a habit.

That's a pretty distressing thing to wonder about your major, right? I mean I genuinely find Linguistics classes more engaging than Japanese classes! But I don't know if that's just because Linguistics is more novel, or is it because I really do enjoy it more?

Where is that passion that I felt for the subject in high school? Walking into Mrs. Jones' classroom last winter and smelling the familiar smell of that room brought the memory of it back.

I don't think that I could stop studying the language now. But I need something to restore the novelty and fun that I used to have with it.

How do you do that?
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I think I'm happier than I've been in a very long time.

This will be an amazing year.

Posted via LjBeetle
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(Edit: I've updated this with some newer information gained in the few days of playing around I had after writing this.)

Okay so I've been participating in the Open Beta of FFXIV, and I just finished the last of the three opening storylines, so I want to opine about it a bit. )
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Okay, since Loudtwitter is now defunct, I think I'm gonna go through and delete all of those spammy entries. Except the ones that have comments.

Hopefully this will reduce some of the friggin' clutter on this thing, but it will take a while.

Oh yeah, for those of my friends that use it who haven't noticed: Loudtwitter is dead and it's not coming back.
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This is a test of an LJ client for the Droid.

I don't really know how this will be useful, but it seems like a cool thing to be able to do!

Posted via LjBeetle
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GOD DAMMIT.

I've spent all afternoon and evening reading up on the SCP Foundation. I'm basically trapped here!

And now, so are you.
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Placed under multiple cuts because big.

Dorms )

Me )

Other stuff )
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I find it hilarious that this question is being asked on LJ.





I also find it hilarious that I pretty much only post on these things to comment on the questions themselves, never to answer.
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Wasn't this already asked? Verbatim?
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There is no such thing as a perfect film
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Alarm clock.
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God dammit.

I'm going deaf in my left ear.

I need help.
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A short exchange between me and one of my suitemates just now:

Him: It's, like, 3:30 in the morning. You know that, right?
Me: Yeah?
Him: Just throwing that out there.
Me: You're awake too.
Him: Yeah? We party hard, you party harder. Got it.
Me: ...
Him: Later, man.
Me: *rolleyes*

Yeah. Because partying is the only reason anyone could ever have to stay up late. On a weekend.

Fuck you.
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Have you ever met someone who never seems to say anything seriously? Or at least who you can never tell if they're being ironic or serious?

The sort of person with whom you can never tell exactly what they think, because whatever they really mean seems to be trapped under an inch-thick veneer of irony?

I seem to be rooming with a whole den full of that sort of person.

It makes living very uncomfortable.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WziyFLzOS_4

Great, now I'm going to be randomly cracking up at the most inappropriate times when I suddenly remember lines from this video. I hope you're all happy.

(link is nsfw)
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No, because that makes no sense and it's stupid.

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