Friday, June 30, 2017

Haircut, Lake House Trip, Food With Friends, Puppy, Wonder Woman, & Birthday Party!

It's been a pretty busy month! Haircuts, lake houses, going out to eat with everyone, puppies, movies, and a birthday party... My weekends were definitely packed.

I finally got a haircut at the beginning of the month! I've been saying for months that I wanted to get an undercut, so I finally did it! I booked an appointment the day of, and finally got a haircut and a trim, since it had been a year since I last got a haircut, lol. I showed my mom and she hated it. It was great watching her reaction, lol.

My friends and I spent the first weekend of June at David's aunt and uncle's rental lake house, which was hilariously fun. Lol, due to everyone's crazy schedules, we had planned this trip two months in advance, so I'm glad everything went fine. Man, there were so many jokes and pranks during that trip, I can't believe was only three weeks ago!

The best parts were Harrison constantly mooning Jerry, becoming enemies with everyone playing Uno, Kim escaping Alec through the window in her room, Alec unscrewing the doorknob to Kim's room to get inside and bother her some more, watching Teen Titans: The Judas Contract and coming up with Daddy Deathstroke, watching drunk Harrison and drunk Victoria play chess, and eating Harrison and Alec's awesome cooking.

It was definitely relaxing and fun, and I can't wait to do another trip like this with everyone. Luckily I won't have to wait that long since we made plans to visit Harrison's hometown during the first weekend of August. He's told us that the town really supports artists, so there's artwork everywhere downtown, which I'm excited to see. 

I definitely ate out a lot this month. Two weeks ago, Alec randomly decided to see if we wanted to get dinner that night, so I decided to go since it was right after I finished my class that night. It turned out that he was going to the Philippines the next day, so we ate at Buffalo Wild Wings and hungout for a bit. We also ate out again when he came back last week. Lol, there was a miscommunication problem, so Mikey and Victoria actually went to a different sushi restaurant than the one the rest of us went to. 

David's older sis and her boyfriend were fostering the most adorable puppy for two weeks while her boyfriend's dad built a dog house for him at their house. His name is Hercules, and he is the most adorable, obedient, sleepy puppy I've ever met! He's so cute, and he loves to be around people and take naps next to you, and ugh. I wanted to steal him all of the time. I literally came over to their house to see and play with him in addition to seeing David, lol.

Jerry even came over to see Hercules at one point because we kept on sending him cute snaps of the puppy. David's mom had planned on taking their whole family out to dinner, and because Jerry and I were there, we ended up going to get Thai with them, too, lol. It was really funny when I realized that the only single people there (Kim and Jerry) ended up sitting next to each other, so our whole table was coupled up.

We also went to watch Wonder Woman as a group a few weeks ago. It was awesome! We all liked it except for one part near the end about the power of love, lol. Knowing us, we ended up staying in the lobby until 11:30 that night, but instead of leaving while they were closing up, we stayed outside talking for another hour, lol.

The other weekend, Jackie held a joint birthday party with one of her roommates since they had the same birthday, so Meethu, David, Shanice, and I came to celebrate it with her. Lol, it was the first time we had ever seen Jackie drunk, so it was pretty funny. She eventually got into a fight with her boyfriend, so we spent a large part of the night taking care of her, since she was so wasted, but it was still pretty funny because drunk Jackie is even sassier than normal Jackie. XD

But yeah, this month has been pretty busy with everything going on and working out and classes. Definitely an enjoyable summer so far, lol. And tomorrow, we're all going out to Alec's house for a BBQ and fireworks for Fourth of July! :D

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Book Unhaul (4)

I've been combing through my bookshelves and TBR piles lately and found some more books that I lost interest in or have no interest in rereading again. The Tae Kwon Do school that I workout at is helping out a local church by donating books and canned food, so I donated these books to them for the cause.


A Brief History of Montmary by Michelle Cooper
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Dearly Departed by Lia Habel
Winter Town by Stephen Emond
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Shows I'm Currently Watching: My Hero Academia, Fukumenkei Noise, The King's Avatar, Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys, Sherlock

Normally, I'm the type of person who watches anime after the season is already completed, but somehow, I've gotten into watching four anime this season and have been keeping up with them every week for the past month or so. All I know is that it all started with me wanting to watch My Hero Academia every week since I had already read the manga months ago. Then I kept on getting interested in other anime as they came out, and here I am, keeping up with four different series every week while binge watching completed series in between them all.

CURRENTLY WATCHING:


It's as good as the manga that's for sure. This anime is really good at building up the tension and then ending on an epic cliffhanger that makes you burn in anticipation for the next episode. Now I remember how I sped through the first season so quickly--those cliffhangers killed me! I had to immediately go to the next episode! Lol, I feel like I am I even more impatient for the next episode since I already know what's going to happen next.


The main character definitely has a one-tracked mind, which doesn't maker her as likeable because she's so focused on finding her long-lost friend that she basically becomes insensitive to the people around her most of the time. That, and it messes with her emotions so bad that she creates bad situations for the people around her. I'm not super into this anime and am a few episodes behind, but I still want to continue it to see what happens, lol.


This is actually a Chinese MMORPG based anime that my bro told me about. It's a little confusing because there's so many characters introduced in most episodes, but the fight scenes are cool, and I like how unflappable the main character is. The anime's based off of a light novel series with the same name, which gives a lot more info about the plot compared to the anime. I think there's only one or two more episodes left of the season, so I might start reading the online translations of the novels after the anime is over.


This is an 8-minute episode anime that's based off of a dating game with the same name that was probably made to promote the international release of the game. It has gender bender and martial arts/fighting, which grabbed my attention, lol. Overall, it's pretty entertaining for such short episodes. I just wished that the episodes were longer.


The newest season was finally added onto Netflix, so I started watching it. The ending of the first episode shocked me so much that I haven't brought myself to watch the last episode yet, lol. That, and I haven't had much time for myself to basically watch a movie, lol.

FINISHED WATCHING:


One of the protagonists is a badass deaf samurai. Enough said. It's violent and interesting and heartbreaking learning about people's histories, and the soundtrack is awesome! Definitely give it a watch.


This is more of a who-did-it mystery set in a fantasy adventure setting. I liked the art and character designs for the most part, which initially grabbed my attention. It was also fun trying to figure out who the traitor was, but that ending killed me. Like, wtf?! This anime is also based on a light novel series, with the anime based off of the first book. A lot of people who read the books said that the second novel is better, so I'm tempted to read the series now and figure out what is going on, lol.


I think the English translation for this is called Full Time Magister. This is a Chinese anime that I started watching mainly because I really liked The King's Avatar and was curious about what other Chinese anime was like. Unfortunately, this anime was pretty subpar, especially in comparison to The King's Avatar and Japanese anime in general. Even though this anime only came out last year, the difference in quality was astounding. In general, the anime reminded me of early '90s anime in terms of exposition, voice acting, comedic humor, and action scenes. Man, the action scenes were pretty disappointing; they were slow, the animation didn't make it look exciting, and I felt like the amount of time it took for the characters to talk lessoned the tension. Also, I felt like everything was too convenient for the protagonist, which made everything less interesting.

But, I did watch the entire season, even though it was only 10 episodes long, so what does that say about me? Lol.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Weekly Haul (95)

I bought a bunch of books this month, and it's all pretty random, lol. Lots of poetry books, graphic novels, a manga, a light novel that my sis and bro-in-law got me, a YA book, and a book for one of my classes.


Gifted: 
Overlord, vol. 2: The Dark Warrior by Kugane Maruyama

Bought:
Giant Days vol.1 by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, & Whitney Cogar
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
One-Punch Man by ONE & Yusuke Murata
Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson
Anchors & Vacancies by Kat Savage
Uncaged Wildflower by Jennae Cecilia

Friday, June 2, 2017

Books I Want to Read This Month

Last month was kind of a reading fail since I only read manga online... I've started summer classes already, but I do want to try to make time to read something this month!
  1. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  2. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  4. Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
  5. A Midsummer Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
  6. Seraph of the End vol. 1 by Takaya Kagami & Yamato Yamamoto
  7. Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  8. Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
  9. The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
  10. Never Fade by Alexandria Bracken
  11. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
  12. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  13. Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
  14. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  15. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Thursday, June 1, 2017

May in Retrospect

For some reason, I started getting into a yaoi manga mood, so I read a whole bunch of them towards the end of this month, lol. There goes my plans on reading actual physical novels this summer. However, I think that I've been feeling obligated to read books, which is making me not want to read them recently...

I read:
  • Seven Days vol. 1 by Rihito Takarai & Venio Tachibana
  • Seven Days vol. 2 by Rihito Takarai & Venio Tachibana
  • No Touching At All by Kou Yoneda
  • Even So, I Will Love You Tenderly by Kou Yoneda
  • Rutta to Kodama vol. 1 by Youko Fujitani
  • Rutta to Kodama vol. 2 by Youko Fujitani
  • Rutta to Kodama vol. 3 by Youko Fujitani

I watched:
  • B-Project: Kodou*Ambitious (2016)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  • 13 Assassins (2010)
  • Bungou Stray Dogs Season 1 (2016)
  • Your Name (2016)