08 May 2010 @ 04:50 pm
Personal Entry No. 54  

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It's been exactly a year since I first created this journal for posting icons. (My first post was actually on the 16th, over a week after I left school for summer break, but I spent my extra time during finals drawing my first header and getting the layout fixed.) Back then, I didn't think I would be that involved with the fandom outside of graphics--I never had been before, and I'm not that great at socializing.

As we all know, fandom exploded (The Fanbook Project actually pulls through and gets some blog posts from CLAMP! TRC has dozens of Shyamalan-esque plot twists and then abruptly ends! Watanuki becomes an unlikeable drag queen! Kobato. gets a storyline!) and I expanded my tastes to include Mass Effect, Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou, Armored Core, FMA, Tegami Bachi, Umineko no Naku Koro ni--too many things to count!

That said, I've never had a gift with words, so I'll leave it at this: Thank you all so much for a great and eventful year, and here's hoping there are many more to come.

Now, as a celebration: cheese bad photographs for everyone!

This is the crabapple tree I wrote about last month, back when it was in bloom. The flowers were out for a long time; now the tree is in that awkward stage when all of the petals have blown off, but the dry flower stems jut out of the leaves. Everything else looks a lot more, um, verdant than it does in the pictures here, so it's still very beautiful outside. It's a shame that the leaves on the trees now prevent me from spying on that white house, though. (They deserve it! You haven't heard their dog barking for half an hour just to be let in during the winter.)

I'm on the fourth floor of the residence hall, so my room has a dormer jutting out onto the roof. The composite photo isn't pieced together so well--the roof doesn't bend like that!

Also, to celebrate my finally finishing and handing in my Russian paper, here are some photographs of my (giant-mound-of-textbooks-free) room:



This is my kingdom.

If there's anything you see that you think is interesting, I'll be happy to take a close-up shot for you! (Note that I didn't intentionally order a giant laptop. D: My grandmother offered to buy my sister and me our first laptops for school last year, and this one met both my memory specifications and her price range. Weirdly, the smaller laptops with the same performance specs cost more.)

I got one of the worst numbers in the housing lottery last year (the school doesn't take GPA into account, so it's completely random), and somehow ended up with this. It's a beautiful, large room with a great view and little study space that more than makes up for the "closet." (We got the curtains at the local Wal-Mart--I'm sorry, I know it's a horrible corporation--the day I moved in. The closet actually has what appears to be hinges, so it must have had some kind of door once--until some genius built the water pipes right through them.) The closet itself has a lot of space, though, so I shouldn't complain! Everything's so much bigger here than in my room back home.

The residence halls themselves are very nice, too: they're a set of three identical buildings connected by the first floors, and each one has its own color for the doors and tiles. (Isn't that cute? We have red, the middle building has scratch-me green, and the building across from ours has hospital-ward blue.) It's true that mostly freshmen live here, but why was it that the singles in my building were among the last rooms available in general?

I think it has something to do with the fact that a) only a handful of people on this floor are capable of cleaning up after themselves and b) things started breaking inexplicably in the bathroom after a few weeks. One shower has a broken handle and for a while couldn't be turned off, another shower doesn't drain, one sink is plugged up, and another sink's hot water handle can't be moved by a Krogan. On top of that, the hot water is occasionally turned off and the showers are as cold as the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Did I mention that someone once tried to cook a Peep in the floor's only microwave, left behind a gummy mass of burnt sugar, and then tried to fix it by sticking the microwave's flammable safety instructions on top of the Peep's remains? Th-these children are brilliant children, you guys. It only took me about ten minutes to scrub off the microwave's plate so that I could actually make pasta on my own floor. (The poor cleaning people have to put up with so much more!)

Complaining aside--and I'm sorry to take up your time by complaining about frivolous things like this--I'm still going to miss this room when I move out in a few days. I know now that I'm going to get through finals all right, so I can look forward to going home without any dread. So far, I've got both a Russian and Japanese exam tomorrow, a 15-page paper on global corporations' use of sweatshop labor due by midnight of the 11th, and a Russian/Central Asian History exam at 7:00 PM on Tuesday night.
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[identity profile] laury-kos.livejournal.com on May 8th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
OMG!! the pics!

first, lovely! never seen a crabapple tree before, actually I haven't seen a lot of flowers in my life, haha, maybe bcuz I live on a desert, anyway lovely pics again!

Your room!!!! *wants it* I ENVY YOU, is beautiful and it kinda reflects your personality!
So you live in a school dorm? very beautiful, lol despite everything you said xD

Thanks for sharing this! :D
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on May 9th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
If the tree still had flowers, and if the flowers could survive it, I'd ship them to you!

Thank you! It's pretty difficult and expensive to get a room off campus, so almost all of the students here live in dorms. That's the norm for American universities, though.
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[identity profile] laury-kos.livejournal.com on May 9th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
ooh thank you!! that's soooo kind ;_;
but ,lol you don't have to :3, pics are just fine :D

I imagine...
still, the room is lovely, not to mention the view we can see through the window *o*

In in my city,there is no such a thing as campus dorms, or anything, not sure if there are any in other parts of Mexico.Nevertheless I've seen dorms before,when I got the chance to visit L.A.'s USC campus, and let me tell ya the rooms wheren't as beautiful and cossy as yours,lol xD

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[identity profile] arha-chan.livejournal.com on May 9th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)

Happy birthday to your journal!! ^^

Ohhh what a beautiful kingdom! <3 all clean and pretty and luminous. Hope my apartment next year can be just as pretty.

AH, these problems on living and sharing things with others are terrible to get used to D=

Good luck with your exams! but i'm sure you'll not need it <3
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on May 9th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
Now I have a decent excuse to eat some cake. :D

I'm glad you like it! My room is a lot dustier than it looks, that's for sure.

The other girls on my floor are nice enough (this is a co-ed dorm, but the top floor only has female students); even so, I'll be glad to go back to a relatively clean house.

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http://rainmage.livejournal.com/[identity profile] rainmage.livejournal.com on May 9th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
Your room is so neat and cute! I like how full of light it is, and the fuchsia furniture blends well with all the white/cream of the walls.

Pretty tree yay *_*
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on May 9th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
The furniture is actually red--my camera is strange. (I'm so glad the walls are cream and not white, since white walls in dorms tend to make them look like hospitals.) The little chair is named Bernie; we were able to get it for a great price, since someone apparently had it monogrammed for a kid (Bernard? Bernice?) who didn't want it.
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[identity profile] kencana-kencana.livejournal.com on May 9th, 2010 05:43 am (UTC)
Wow, lovely picture. The flowers are pretty too. And your room is really clean.
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on May 9th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I have dust problems with the room, but I try my best to keep it clean.
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[identity profile] grprsa.livejournal.com on May 9th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
WOW! Your room looks so awesome!! I love the way you decorated it. It's so cute, clean, and interesting at the same time. I wish it was mine! I literally vacuumed my office space after looking at your pictures :)

I'm interested in seeing a close-up of the books you have above your laptop.

Good luck with finals! And congrats on your blogging. I find your lj posts very interesting.
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on May 9th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Admittedly, I laughed at the office space part. XD

Here you go:

Image (http://pics.livejournal.com/outou/pic/001ezbp7)

The book that's obscured by Central Asia in Historical Perspective is Religions of the Silk Road; you can see Johan Galtung's Transcend and Transform reflected on the back of Islam after Communism. The giant books on top of the desk are my Oxford Russian Dictionary and my main Russian textbooks--I didn't think it was necessary to take a close-up shot of them, since the dictionary can be seen from space.

ETA: The Japanese dictionaries and "Basic Kanji Book" are all gifts from my older cousin, who studied the language using a completely different method. The textbook we're using doesn't emphasize learning kanji and hiragana for a while, so I didn't get to use any of them!

Image (http://pics.livejournal.com/outou/pic/001f0tya)

And thank you for reading! I enjoy your posts, too, though you should write more often. :D

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[identity profile] mairenn-k.livejournal.com on May 9th, 2010 09:18 am (UTC)
Happy 1 year LJ anniversary! And thank you for this year, I hope there are many more to come too. ♥

The crabapple tree is so beautiful, I love the color of those flowers. Does that tree get apples that you can eat, or are they being grown for aesthetic reasons?

Also, your room! It looks lovely, the colors in it fit so well together, and it has a very calm and harmonic atmosphere to it, from what I can tell from the photos at least. I understand that you're going to miss it. Good luck for the remaining exams!
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[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com on May 9th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
Through thick and thin, through mindless plot twists and blatant attempts to prolong xxxHOLiC's shelf life, we shall stick together. D:< (Thank you, too!)

I'm not sure if this tree produces fruit. Crabapples are normally too sour to be eaten raw, anyway--they're better off used in applesauce and such.

And thank you! I tried my best to make the room a home away from home, especially since I spend too much time holed up in here. XD It normally is quiet, but unfortunately the TV lounge is right outside.
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[identity profile] pink-for-flower.livejournal.com on May 9th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
Aw, happy anniversary! ♥

Also, nice room! It's so ... um, full of light and tidy xD (mine's such a mess ahaha ;;;). And the red armchair looks so comfortable, too. I-is the dorm on campus, if I may ask?

Good luck with your finals and papers! ♥
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[identity profile] cortarr.livejournal.com on May 10th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
You know you are nerdy when you make a pseudo level up post on your blog! It looks like someone has got too many RPGs on her belt! I would be lucky to beat any at the end of this year, I do horrible when you need to commit your time on games. I have an easier skill with passive mediums like cartoons and movies
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