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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Subject:[Rant] I hate my co-workers
Time:11:13 pm.
Mood: angry.
Seriously, people, I have some of the laziest and least-motivated co-workers on the face of the entire planet. I understand that yes, we do get busy at some odd times (Tuesday? Seriously...), but it's honestly not very difficult to make sure you're putting things on the proper "go back" carts, or to, you know, not pile them on the counter because you're too lazy to turn around. It's also not that hard to follow procedure and measure and roll your rems before you take the next customer.

Because that way, you know, the girl who comes in to redo the draping and reorganize the store won't have to do all your work for you. In three hours. Which turned into four and a half.

I love my co-workers as people, I really do. Amy and Carol? Some of the sweetest women I know. But they need to get some serious motivation.

I suppose I should explain what I did at work today, first. I arrived early, at about 6:20, because I always leave early in case traffic is backed up, as I take Highway 53 part of the way to work, and sometimes traffic is horrendous. The first thing I do, before I even go to the break room to drop off my stuff, is stop by the Cutting Counter to see what I'm scheduled to do for the day.

I was beyond horrified. Fabric bolts and rems piled up everywhere, no organization at all... And there wasn't a list of what I was supposed to do with the planner like there usually is. So I went up to the break room, dropped off my stuff, talked with the manager for a bit (we caught our shoplifter, finally). I asked if I could punch in early and start doing recovery instead of my normal re-draping and reorganizing, and Laura said that I should.

So I did. Between 6:30 and 7:45, I reorganized the "go back" carts, cut for some people, and put away everything that belonged with the craft fabric and quilting, and straightened and tucked every aisle in those sections. So one back corner of the store and one half of the Cutting Counter were perfect.

Between 7:45 and 9:45, I restocked everything that went in the apparel section of the store. I cleaned it all, and tucked all the aisles. I was scheduled till 10, we were told we had to be out by 10, and I thought, "Surely they'll be done with trims and Home Dec by now and be started on that pile of rems that were left over from the day people".

I was kidding myself. Amy was about half done with trims, and Carol had barely started putting away Home Dec fabric. I decided to help Carol, and, I'm really confused about this, but somewhere, "I'm going to help you put these away, Carol" transformed into "Even though you and I both know I shouldn't be lifting these without my brace, I'm going to take over doing Home Dec now and you can go do something else".

By the time I finished, it was a little after 10. Luckily, Amy had finished trims by then, so I set about writing up rems, hoping against hope that Amy and Carol would realize that if we got those done, we could leave. Did they help me?

No.

Carol insists on putting away a stray Home Dec tag rather than do it, even when I told her "Rems are more important, leave the tag for later". I forgive Amy for not helping me, she was putting away Notions returns, but GOD DAMN, Carol... Rems ARE more important than your stray Home Dec tag!

We didn't end up getting out until fairly close to 11. By which time I was about ready to seriously injure all of them, for not helping me. And Joe wonders why I go insane every time I work and why I hate the Cutting Counter so much and am always so desperate to do other things.


And fucking Bob... I used to think he was just an odd old man, but today he pissed me off immensely, and now I think he's just an asshole. After I spent two hours putting away the apparel stuff as fast as I could and making sure everything was straightened and presentable, I stopped to catch my breath at the counter before launching in to something else, and he had the fucking audacity to yell at me for it. After he'd been standing around talking to Carol for a good ten minutes before that. D: Angry Demi is FUCKING PISSED. One of these days, I will make him realize that just because I'm young and he's old, he CANNOT treat me like crap like that.


Thank god I have Chrissy, Nick and Sean to work with sometimes. They're the best co-workers anyone could ever have.
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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Time:12:42 am.
Mood: bored.
Random (and minor) PSU update, for lack of anything better to do.


Demi - Newman - Level 48, Fortetecher 3 (almost 4).


Raven - Human - Level 25, Hunter 5 (will be fortefighter eventually).


Lucius - Human - Level 16, Force 2.5, Ranger 2 (will be guntecher eventually).


Yura - CAST - Level 5, Ranger 1.


PSOBB Update:

I will probably continue to play PSOBB with Aerin until the servers are shut down. I just can't let go of PSO like that... I only play a couple of times a month, but it's still just as fun as ever.

Demi - FOnewearl - Level 75
Raven - HUmar - Level 77
Lucius - FOmar - Level 69
Julinka - FOmarl - Level ...something. I forget. I almost never play as her.
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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Subject:~snow~
Time:5:42 pm.
Mood: cold.
Whoooo, lots and lots of snow. I called off work again because of it. I'm sure they're not happy with me, but I'm not driving out there in this kind of weather (it'd take me an hour each way!) for the $25 or so I'd make for working 3 hours.

So, I had the "brilliant" idea to cosplay Haku and go take pictures. I got my friend Zach to come and help me, which is good, because I probably would have frozen if he hadn't been there to help me get my boots back on after the tree pictures. >.< I'm finally getting warm again.

Yay, pictures:











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Friday, January 19th, 2007

Subject:In which Demi shows off her "Giant Needles Hairstyle"
Time:2:28 pm.
Mood: cheerful.
So, a couple of times in various posts and comments I've mentioned that I have a set of eight large needles that I wear in my hair, inspiring some people to ask me how exactly one wears eight giant needles in their hair. Well, as I got bored and styled up my hair that way today (and my camera still had battery power o.o), I thought I'd take some pictures.

Basically, I leave down two long strands in the front, twist the rest into a bun in the back, fairly high on my head. I jam the needles into it (in order from the top going down either side, 8", 12", 10", 6"). The needles are all I ever need to hold it in place - I don't use any pins or rubberbands, and most of the time, I don't use any styling products either. Then I take the strands that end the bun and foof them up. Sometimes, I spread half to the opposite side and pin them there to make it more symmetrical.

Today, however, I went nuts with a small bottle of hair gel I forgot I had, and some of my hairspray that I usually reserve for wigs.


Views of either side.


And this is the best shot I could get of the back.

And now, PSU stats!

Demi - Level 41, Fortetecher 2
Raven - Level 21, Hunter 3
Lucius - Level 7, Force 1
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Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Time:12:50 am.
Mood: cheerful.
I have discovered something... Caffeine and Lareine music makes me really happy. o.O It's odd. I'm not even sure what I like so much about their music. Maybe it's just that it's so much lighter than most of what I listen to. (It's rather similar to Gackt and Gackt-era Malice Mizer, only less of it's in minor.)

Kamijo is damn pretty, though.
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Friday, December 8th, 2006

Time:12:00 am.
Mood: melancholy.
I fail at life and want to destroy all of my art and remove it from my galleries.

But I'm such a coward that I can't bring myself to do it.

Even though I look at it and die inside from the ugliness.

God I hate myself.
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Friday, November 24th, 2006

Time:6:27 pm.
Mood: creative.
Green room is greeeeeeen... And full of sunflowers.



And I finally got a somewhat decent screenshot of Lucius, in his new outfit, no less. ^_^ It was expensive, but at least he looks better now, and a lot less like everyone else. >.< It does make me sad that I spent a lot of time making his eyes super dark green and you can barely tell. >.<;;



I discovered that no matter what I do, Raven still looks girly as HELL doing the double dagger attacks and photon art. >.<;; Oh well, at least it's amusing.



Marijke has got to be Aerin's cutest character yet... Named, of course, after her beloved Marica from PSO... Apparently, Marica is still censored, and she couldn't name the character with the proper spelling.



Further random updates: Raven has gotten a haircut and now has a headband-y thing, which is blue, but matches his outfit surprisingly well anyway. >.> I like to think Lucius insisted Raven get his hair trimmed so it looks nicer, and then gave him the headband, since that's in Lucius's preferred colours. I don't have any nice pictures of it yet, though.

Current PSU levels:
Demi - 23 (Force level 4)
Raven - 11 (Hunter level 1)
Lucius - 7 (Force level 1)

In other random news, Black Friday at work was a LOT less busy/insane/evil than I thought it would be. One of my favourite customers from the Schaumburg store came in, and insisted on waiting until I was available to cut for her (she drives out to the Arlington Heights store solely because Sean and I work there now o.o), and she spent $450 on flannel. This is only scary when you realize that the flannel was $0.99 a yard, and it took me two hours to measure it all for her. On the plus side of that, it wasted two hours of my day, and I got to talk to a cool customer, and didn't have to deal with anyone else. ^_^

And tomorrow should be fun, too. I go in after the Doorbusters sales are already over, and I leave before closing, so I get out of the worst parts of the day entirely. w00t. The only bad part is, I'm done at 8, so I'll miss Naruto. Ah well.
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Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Time:12:04 am.
Mood: contemplative.
Random PSU news/pictures from the last couple weeks...



Demi has a hat now! <3 I originally wanted to buy the hat like she had in PSO, except it only comes in orange, and only with short hair. >.< So I went with this instead.


And there's a hot spring on Neudaiz!! ^_^


Oh, how it amuses me that burning is an actual status ailment in this game... At least my Reverser can cure it, because it's actually VERY annoying. >.<


This picture just makes me laugh.


Aerin actually took this one, but I think it's an awesome picture. ^_^


This was the very first Beast-class Nanoblast transformation I ever saw. It was so cool!! (I finally had a rod, at this point... >.>)


I like this picture of Aerin... But this is before she changed her shirt to an eggplant-purple one.


And I finally got Raven a new shirt... I'm not entirely sure I like it for him, but it's a hell of a lot better than what he started out with. >.<;; Though I don't think I'll ever be able to stand drawing it, because of all the stupid glowy stuff on it.


Aerin's Nanoblast is cooler than Yamashii's... >.>


This just makes me marvel at all the detail that's painted on the weapons. o.O


Eggplant!


I don't think Demi has enough sunflowers. (Seriously, every room decoration space in her room has a sunflower on it.) Now I just need to get the thing that lets me redo her room all in green... >.>


Sen, Samber, and Aerin. >.> Samber is so pretty! <3


Demi has a bow-and-arrow!! I want Lucius to use one of these so bad, but you need 31 ATA to use it, and he only has 22 at the moment...

That's it for now... Man, I've really got to get some decent pictures of Lucius, since he's really very pretty.

>.< I'm attempting to draw a picture of the six-person team we had tonight... Demi, Aerin, Hotsuma, Yamashii, Cherry Lunar and Okami... We'll see how it goes. >.< So far, I've got Demi and Cherry drawn, and they came out pretty well.

I had somewhat of an ego-boost today, when Yamashii joined up with me and Okami. I hadn't played with him for a while, so I guess he didn't know how much better of a Force I am now (what with having a Rod and better technics and all)... But he said that it's been a long time since he played with a Force that was good like I was (to which Okami said "You mean one that does their job?" while I whored Resta). It made me happy that at least someone thinks I'm a good Force.

Current PSU Levels:
Demi - Level 20 (Force Level 4)
Raven - Level 6 (Hunter Level 1)
Lucius - Level 5 (Force Level 1)


Total screenshots thus far: 490
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Friday, November 10th, 2006

Time:12:29 am.
Mood: melancholy.
Just when things seem to be getting better at last...

I take a look at my art and realize how much I suck.

I get the schedule of doom at work (1-11 PM Friday, 7:45-4 on Saturday - meaning, yes, I get NO SLEEP).

I keep getting disconnected from PSU, while everything else runs fine.

Life says:

Hey, Demi! I FUCKING HATE YOU.
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Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

Subject:Phantasy Star Universe
Time:10:49 am.
Mood: artistic.
I finally sucked it up and bought the game on my credit card...

Of course, Demi is my first character...



She's a Force, and I guess Forces are high in demand? Most of the people I see are Human/Beast Hunters, or Cast Rangers. Within the first five minutes of me being on as Demi, I was asked by a (pretty) Hunter if I was a Force. I ended up playing with him for quite a while, and I may draw him some day.

His name is Okami:



Later, Aerin and Samber showed up. Samber is so pretty! >.> And we all adventured together, for a while. ^_^



Parum is a very pretty place... Not to mention it makes me happy to see them going back to the original planet names from the earlier Phantasy Star Games (Palma/Palm, anyone?).





And, one of my last screenshots of Demi:



The partner machinery is so cute, but it doesn't make up for the lack of Mags.

I don't have any pictures of PSU!Lucius to share at this point, but here's one with Raven in it:



It's really sad that I haven't even had the game 24 hours yet and I've already got more than fifty screenshots from it... >.<;;



Gah, I've had the translation of the chorus of "New vogue children" in my head for the last few days and it's driving me nuts... Though I think basing a serial-killer villain type character on it might be fun.

If your wings have been broken
And you can no longer move
Come to find your peace with me
Nestled here against my chest
I will welcome you to this place
Where flowers forever bloom
And will give to you a dream
From which you will not awake...
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Friday, October 20th, 2006

Time:1:42 am.
Mood: ecstatic.
OMG I saw Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D just a few minutes ago... It was made of win and awesome.

Like the whole anime club went too, so it was great. Especially since we went two hours early, and spent the time after we bought our tickets dueling in Yu-Gi-Oh and dancing para. >.>

And we decided Arthur is going to cosplay Aya in our PLC group... >.> He has no choice in the matter, though I think he might be a bit angry with us.
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Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Subject:Ah, Engrish.
Time:3:28 am.
Mood: artistic.


I admit I'm not entirely sure what she's even supposed to be saying. Silly Nol and her Engrish. Poor Raven, trying to understand what the hell she's talking about so he can do government quests in Episode II...

I finally finished renaming and filing all 2400+ of my PSO screenshots. >.>

And I found a red baby mag today.



Lucius actually looks pretty good in red, which came as a surprise to me. I may leave him in that outfit for a while. It's a nice change of pace, even if it does look overly feminine and makes him look slightly whore-ish.

Current PSO BB Levels:
Demi - 72
Raven - 76
Lucius - 68
Julinka - 16


I still can't decide whether I'm looking forward to PSU or not. Well, I suppose as long as I can make my characters pretty and take assloads of screenshots I'll be happy.


I want to colour something badly, but I don't have anything that I particularly want to colour. I hate it when I have moods like this. >.<


I. LOVE. THIS. SONG. ^________^


In other random news, Arthur is going to Anime Reactor, and he promised to buy me stuff if he finds anything with YURA-sama or Kazuki on it (provided it's not overly expensive, of course), and I can pay him back afterward. ^_^
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Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Time:8:50 pm.
Mood: cynical.
So my poor little Aveo has been taken away to Wisconsin to have its carpet ripped out and replaced... ;_; I miss it already - Mom's Malibu just isn't the same.

-_- I'm still completely lacking in inspiration or ability to draw, and that continually makes me depressed. I don't think I'm being any more critical than normal, I just can't draw anything that's interesting or pretty.

Anyhoo, I bought the B Side (I think) Roman Hikou single by Psycho le Cému today (it was 40% off, and thus only $6, because Asahiya is closing ;_; ). I almost bought the Doppleganger album, because it's down to $20 (an awesome deal for a Japanese album CD), but I didn't want to spend that much. I'll have to see if they still have any copies after I get paid Friday (they had four copies today). But it makes me happy that now I have the pictures from both versions of Roman Hikou - Karlene bought the A Side single last week Thursday, when I got Gekiai Merry-Go-Round and Ai no Uta, and we had fun scanning the pictures out of all three while we were waiting at school for our night class. *gah* And there was a single from the Doppleganger album and I'm not sure which one it was... It wasn't A Trip to the Arcadia (that's two disks, and this was only one), and it wasn't Kronos (I already have that one), and it's bothering me immensely that I can't remember what it is. It didn't even have the song name(s) on it anywhere - not even on the little obi thing on the side.

They also had a D'espairs Ray single I almost bought... But I wasn't sure which song it was, and even if they translated it for me, I probably wouldn't know offhand which one it was just by its title. I'm sad that I couldn't find anything by Rentrer en Soi or Kagerou, though - that's kind of what I went there for in the first place.

And JP had New vogue children when I went there today. Too bad I already have it. But hey, they're getting in more good music, and that makes me happy. Besides, that means someone else in this area can experience Schwarz Stein without downloading it. Which is always good. The more people who buy Schwarz Stein music, the better. ^_^

In other news, I got a big raise at work, and that makes me happy. I start at the other store on Friday. ^_^
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Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

Time:3:29 am.
Mood: depressed.
-_- Why can't I just draw something that doesn't suck for a change?

I hate being the kind of artist that (if I had any self-confidence at all) would be made fun of on 4chan, or deviantart, or ANY of the art sites I'm on.

I hate that my style is ugly and boring and generic and stupid. And I hate being made fun of when I try to adjust it so that I like it better.

I hate it that I can't draw things from interesting angles, and that I can't draw action poses to save my life.

I hate it that I try and try and always fail.

Just ONCE I would like to draw something that not only gets the attention of other people but that actually makes ME happy for a change.

Instead, all I can draw is mediocre crap.

I keep searching for that something that will inspire me to draw something truly beautiful, but I'm starting to think it doesn't exist, and that I'll never draw anything worth.... anything.



The flower garden having withered and fallen to sleep
And the banquet having been frozen over
I slide my fingers through the static air
It's time for me to go...

I turn my gaze towards the sky
Continuing far to the end of the dreaming
And without turning back home
I run on...

Let the flower petals dancing round
Burn away into eternity
And remember - I'll always be with you
In a never-ending dream

I turn my gaze towards the sky
Continuing far to the end of the dreaming
Without turning back for home...

Let the flower petals dancing round
Burn away into eternity
And remember - with you
In a never-ending dream

So remember - the garden will someday awake
And until the next dream...
Until we can meet again...
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Friday, October 6th, 2006

Time:8:57 pm.
Mood: indifferent.
-_- So, continuing my chain of bad luck:

Mom called the dealership where we bought my car to see about having the flood damage fixed (my car ended up filled with about four inches of water, and it may have been deeper before I went out and checked). Apparently, it's very likely to be molding underneath the carpet, and I probably need to have the carpet (and possibly all of the upholstery) replaced. It's going to cost roughly $1000 unless the insurance covers it. -_-

I talked to the insurance lady, and she says it's "on the line" as to whether the insurance will cover it. Which I kind of suspected all along, even though my parents insist that it's likely it'll be covered because it was an "act of nature" that we could do nothing about.

;_; And on my way to work, my skirt caught on my YURA-sama back-fan for my Gekiai Merry-Go-Round costume. It pulled the back-fan cross-ways into the little hallway to my room, and part of the fan thing snapped off. ;_; I'm still not sure whether I can repair it or not. However, I got paid today, so once I get the check in the bank, I can go buy the proper boots for that costume. ^_^ Priscilla's, here I come! >.>

Aaaaand, someone uploaded a torrent of Another Cell to jpopsuki today. And that makes me a VERY happy Schwarz Stein/H-ora/Kaya fangirl. >.> I hope they continue to do collaborative work, even if they don't re-form Schwarz Stein or make another band. ^_^ I'm so happy someone posted it, because I'll probably never get an actual copy, unless it gets re-released (it was a limited release of only 1000 copies).

And I decided to make a list of spiffy bands/musicians that I like, because I'm boooored (almost just a list of what's currently in my playlist):

-Another Cell (Schwarz Stein ftw! <3)
-Aural Vampire (darkwave! <3)
-Candy Spooky Theater
-D (yes, there IS a band that's just called "D")
-Dacco (Lida and YURA-sama! <3 Proof that I DO in fact listen to happy music sometimes)
-D'espairsRay (like Dir en grey, without the suck!)
-Dir en grey (I wish Kyo would sing more ;_; )
-Evanescence (I admit it, I love Evanescence)
-Gackt
-HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR
-Kagerou (I still haven't quite figured out why I like this band so much)
-Kaya (<3 <3 <3)
-Klaha
-Közi (even his post-Malice Mizer stuff is awesome)
-Malice Mizer (FUCK YEAH)
-Miyavi
-Moi Dix Mois (^_^ I must say I enjoyed scaring my grandparents with this)
-Panic! At the Disco (Whaaat? I like American music?! WTF)
-Phantasmagoria ("Actuate Eden" is made of win and harpsichord)
-PIERROT (They even did a theme for GetBackers! <3 Plus, Aiji had green hair at one time >.>)
-Psycho le Cému (WIN and GOD)
-Rentrer en Soi (Nothing too unique, but I love their sound)
-Rudolf Steiner (Even Schwarz Stein's demos are amazing)
-Sarah Brightman (La Luna = win)
-Schwarz Stein (OMFG WIN)
-t.A.T.u.
-X Japan (I like their ballads a lot >.>)

Other bands I listen to but haven't quite decided whether I love them or not:
-alice nine
-Isabelle (Aya and seek are in this, but it's just mediocre sounding, IMHO)
-ISOLA (Kaya is win, but the demos for this group aren't that great)
-Luna Sea (good, but I haven't found any outstanding songs)
-Meties (I only have one demo song...)
-MUCC (Interesting and good, but I haven't listened to enough to determine whether I really like them or not. Awesome song names, though >.>)
-The TRAX
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Monday, October 2nd, 2006

Time:11:33 pm.
Mood: depressed.
-_-

I'm not sure what to do right now. I'm worried, and I can't really concentrate on anything. And I was so hoping this quarter would turn out good, but it's already off to a terrible start.

First, I find out transfers to other stores from where I work are NOT guaranteed, and I have to interview for a transfer on Wednesday. Okay, fine. I'm pretty sure I'll be accepted.

Then, Sunday, I get the bitch of doom at the very end of work... She wants this burgundy wired sheer ribbon, and huffs and says, "I'll take the two-yard minimum" (at least she can read, right?), but insists I cut off the end because "it's wrinkled".

Sorry ma'am, but ALL wired sheer ribbons are like that through the WHOLE ROLL. I unrolled about three yards to show her that, and politely said, "I'm sorry, but I don't see anything wrong with it. It's no more wrinkled than the rest and all wired sheers are that way."

She looks at me like I'm pond-scum, so I grab the scissors, say, "Fine, I'm not going to argue with you. I'll cut it off." And I cut it, and she THROWS THE OTHER RIBBON SHE HAD AT ME and storms off. Fucking douche-bag.

But I think, hey, school starts tomorrow, and I can hang out with Lisa, Karlene, Arthur, Chewy, Temari, Zach and everyone again and it'll be great. And I discover that my 3-6 class on Tuesday/Thursday has been changed to 8-11 AM instead. Okay, I can deal with that too - so I call in to work and apologize to Carol and tell her I can't come in at 7 on Tuesday to clean up like I'd planned, and she's fine with it. I feel bad, but I'm willing to accept that I simply can't keep that promise. I'm angry that I have a morning class again, but whatever. I can deal with it.

So then after being home a while and finding out storms are coming, I head to the fabric store to buy the stuff to make the last part of my Haku cosplay for Wednesday.

And being the FUCKING RETARD that I am, I park in the back lot.

Which is now flooded. To (or past by now - I can't bring myself to go out and check again) the top of the bumper of my car.

Because whatever higher power there is hates me. Despises me. Is doing everything in its power to get me to kill myself.

And Mom is being the least helpful person in the universe. 'It'll still start tomorrow', 'Don't worry about it', 'If there's water inside tomorrow, buy a Shop-Vac on your credit card and I will pay for it' (as if there's a place to plug the damn thing in even if I DID buy one), 'Just go to sleep and don't think about it', 'Your Dad can come help you tomorrow if it doesn't start'.

Which does me absolutely NOTHING if I miss my class at 8. ;_;

And go to sleep my ass. I won't get any rest even if I do. I'm so worried about it I'll just toss and turn all night, and I'll wake up more tired than I would be if I just stayed up. -_-

Gods, this is definitely one of those many times I feel I would be better off just stabbing myself through the head with something rather than blundering onward into further misery.

-_- The only good things to happen lately:
-I made progress on my Haku cosplay (I'm almost done with the over shirt, and I've got the pants and stuff cut out and ready to be sewn).
-While the Asahiya bookstore is closing (;_; I just hope the bookstore that's going to replace them will still order CDs for me), they gave away free posters today, and Sarah got a beautiful poster of Subaru and Tsukasa from .hack//SIGN as a present for me.
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Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Time:9:50 pm.
Mood: artistic.
So, I finally have a complete collection of Schwarz Stein music (all 26 songs <3). My Japanese version of the Current single still hasn't come in at Asahiya (and I'm now questioning whether they ordered it for me at all, since the store is apparently closing at the end of October - though luckily it's being replaced by an other bookstore), but I got a Korean or Taiwanese or something Moi Dix Mois and Schwarz Stein single collection that is almost certainly pirated... But I don't care. >.> I know, I know, I'm horrible, but I wanted those four songs so badly... And I HAVE been trying to get the legitimate version, and I will get it sometime soon, I hope.

Somehow, I survived finals without doing horribly in anything. Thank god. -_- And no animation classes next quarter! Hooray! I HATE animating in 3D.

In other news, I've been very unproductive art-wise. I've been picking at my vector some more, but I still hate it, so I don't really feel the need to post an update on it. I want to draw some things, but I just don't have the ambition to do it, or the skill to draw it how I want to.

I've been working some more on my YURA-sama cosplay, and I've gotten Lisa and Karlene so into Psycho le Cému that they've agreed to cosplay Lida (Ai no Uta) and Daishi (Prism - Pirate costume) at some point. Lisa is going to cosplay as Lida because orange is one of her favourite colours (and he always wears at least some orange and has orange hair), and she loves face-paint. Karlene loves Daishi, and she is perfect to cosplay him because she is short and Asian... >.>

Lisa also learned the para dances for Prism and Gekiai Merry-Go-Round, so we randomly dance them in the student lounge, which is quite fun. We got our picture taken dancing either Prism or Speedway or One Night in Arabia (I forget which) in the lounge on Tuesday, by the new director of student affairs (or whoever she is). Which is only amusing because I was dressed as an all-out grunge lolita (I LOVE that dress so much >.>), and Lisa was dressed as an all-out ninja, face-mask and everything.

Blah, I still need to get a picture of my grunge lolita dress. I guess that's a good name for it? It's definitely not a normal EGL dress, because... It's completely lacking in lace because I'm poor. It's just a base of grey-brown-olive-hunter ombre satin, with an overlay of this black satiny stuff with holes melted in it. But it's shaped like a traditional-ish lolita dress... Meh. It's cool, that's all I care about.

I also recently made a proper Japanese kimono... It's pale green, with pink, blue and gold flowers on it. Because my store is going out of business, I got almost five and a half yards of really nice brocade for $19... I'm lining it with pink cotton, but I haven't picked any fabric I like enough to make the obi yet. Lisa thinks I should go gold, but I'm leaning more toward blue or pink... But we'll see what I can find. ^_^ Lisa is making a kimono too - she bought red brocade with black cherry-blossoms on it, and she's lining hers with black. I think she bought some black silky stuff for a simple obi, too.

*rofl* In other cosplay news, we're hoping to make a set of ten "filler" ninja costumes (provided Duckie, Uba, and Llama agree to do it - but they should! Lisa's designs are AWESOME, yet still easy to make)... From a village/country we invented ourselves. Lisa, Karlene, Stephanie and I got the fabric for ours on Tuesday. >.> I'll post more info later, as we start releasing details about it, but the whole thing should be HILARIOUS. There will be one ninja for each colour (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, purple, black and white). >.> It will be so awesome. (I'm green, of course. >.>)

Current PSO-BB levels:
Demi - 70
Raven - 71
Lucius - 64
Julinka - 15

Random: I wish I could come up with something to draw that would translate the mood of Schwarz Stein music into art. -_-


so remember ~ the garden will someday awake
and until the next dream...
until we can meet again...
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Thursday, September 14th, 2006

Time:10:47 pm.
Mood: gloomy.
So, I get to go to work for the first time since the "store closing" signs have been posted. This ought to be fun. -_- At least they didn't force me to take extra hours (they tried - but I explained that most of my finals are due Monday, so I REFUSE to work any more than I absolutely have to this weekend).

At any rate, I finally made a 3d model I don't hate, and I just have to texture it, and I'm done with one of my two art finals. The other, I still need to fix up the animations, render it, and put it in Flash with a movement system (which, luckily, I've already got scripted >.>). I decided not to bother texturing it, unless I get extra time (I'll do a quick unwrap in case I do have time, then I can texture it after it's rigged/animated), and it shouldn't hurt my grade much, since it's a character ANIMATION class, and textures aren't important.

I'm somewhat despairing over what to do with my vector. I've got a love-hate thing going on with it. I love it for how much detail I can put in it, but I hate it because it's just... ugly. No matter what I do with it, it looks stupid. The fact that the drawing behind it is totally flawed and stupid looking doesn't help any, either.

Gods, I wish I could draw. Or do art in general that didn't suck. -_- And I want to write, too, but... I'm afraid. I'm a terrible writer, and I don't want to be one of those idiots that get made fun of on GAFF for posting their stupid badly-written, poorly-thought-out drivel on fanfiction.net. No amount of beta-reading can save my writing, either. -_- If the plot and foundation (and characters, and everything else) of a story are stupid/implausible (*cough*everything I write*cough*), there's not much that can be done to save it. Which is somewhat depressing.

And for some reason that reminds me, but I hope Jen returns my copy of the book "Howl's Moving Castle" soon. ;_; Since she doesn't work at Jo-Ann's any more, if she doesn't bring it back before the store closes toward the end of October, I'll have to buy a new copy of that book, because I doubt I'll ever see her again after the store closes.

Wow, I don't even have much to rant about today. Just that I hate my art, but when don't I say that?

>.> Mwaha, I have discovered that there IS a CD of Another Cell (Kaya/Hora recording post-Schwarz Stein), so now all I have to do is find it...
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Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Time:7:08 pm.
Mood: cheerful.
Ooh, this is spiffy! ^_^

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Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Time:10:55 pm.
Mood: depressed.
Gods, I'm feeling emo about my art again. Yay. I get this way far too often, and I wish it would stop. I attribute it to lack of Malice Mizer. >.>

And, you know, my inability to draw anything that doesn't suck.

In other news, I got another stupid "A Cut Above" pin thingie at work. I haven't been keeping the cards for them (and I lost several during my various moves), so I'm starting to wonder if I'd even be able to get the stupid gold one once I get ten of them (I'm up to seven now). Not that it really matters, I suppose. Oooh, I'd get a stupid, tiny, ugly gold pin shaped like a scissors with a diamond in it. What the hell would I ever do with that? Aside from losing it, or selling it, because I'm poor. Ah well, at least I made that lady happy, even if the sale was still a small one (around $5).

I also found another very spiffy vis kei band... They're called D'espairsRay, and they're like Dir en grey, only better. I must start buying their music too, once I finish buying Malice Mizer, Schwarz Stein and Psycho le Cému. Meaning, it'll be a while. >.< My total collection of jrock cds is only up to 15:

Dir en grey - MACABRE
Gackt - DIABOLOS
Gackt & Malice Mizer - Complete Singles
Malice Mizer - Beast of Blood
Malice Mizer - Kyomu no Nakade no Yuugi
Malice Mizer - La Collection des Singles
Malice Mizer - memoire/Voyage ~ Sans Retour ~
Malice Mizer - merveilles
Moi Dix Mois - Dix Infernal
Psycho le Cému - Kronos
Psycho le Cému - Love is Dead
Psycho le Cému - Michi no Sora
Schwarz Stein - Artificial Hallucination
Schwarz Stein - New vogue children
Schwarz Stein - Perfect Garden

It'll be up to 16 whenever the "Current" single by Schwarz Stein gets in at Mitsuwa. I still need to try to get Japanese versions of some of them, since I picked up the Korean versions for cheaper. >.>

I don't think I'll be buying more cds for a while, though, because I'm going fabric hunting with some friends in a couple weeks, and I'll need money for it. We're heading downtown to check out some places a co-worker of mine suggested (he's a fashion design major). It should be a lot of fun. ^_^

Though when I do start buying again, I think I'm going to order the Japanese version of Voyage ~ Sans Retour, since I've only got it on a (quite possibly bootlegged) Taiwanese compilation. Or maybe I'll get Bara no Seidou, since I don't have ANY version of it yet, aside from what I downloaded. Though I do want to get ILLUMINATI [P-Type] soon... And I wouldn't mind tracking down Hora's post-Schwarz Stein cds, either...

Gods, I like this kind of music too much.

~magical or merriment?~
~communion with nimrod~
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