yuuago: (Birds)
Anonymous commenting is on and IP logging is off. (This goes for the rest of my journal too). If you have something you want to say to me that's unrelated to other posts in my journal, this is the place for it. I love talking to people, so just comment away!

Note: My journal has a permanent "reverse friends-cut" policy. If you find yourself tired of reading my daily nonsense, just remove - no worries!

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yuuago: (SweNor - Get lucky)
I decided today that I'd spam my journal with a bunch of things that I like, the way one would on Tumblr or summat. Of course, by "spam" what I really mean is "put everything in one journal entry beneath a cut or three because I am considerate like that".

Oh, but first - yesterday [livejournal.com profile] tinediserp wrote me some Swe/Nor fanfic because she is wonderful. It's very cute and romantic and just lovely aaaand it can be read here: Beach Comber.

Anyway, on with the rest. Let's go! Oh, just a warning - this will be pic-heavy and vid-heavy. And with a bit of tl;dr too because I like talking about why I like things, I suppose.

Photographs first... )

Now, some music! )

And some APH fanart too )

☆ I'm surprised that writing this post has held my attention for so long. Well, let's call it "done", for now.
yuuago: (SuFin - Foxfire)
Okay, forget everything I said last entry about it not feeling like winter yet. We got a ton of snow dumped on us and today the temperature dropped to -19C. I had to rummage around in the basement for the box with my winter headgear in it, 'cause there was no way I was going out running around downtown in that unless I was wearing the furry hat with earflaps.

Looks like winter's here after all.

That said, here's a writing-related meme snagged from... several people:

I think it would be fun to talk about stories, but the usual memes are like, "What happens next?" "Tell me about Character A?" Which isn't so much talking about stories as it is writing more of a story. But you know how sometimes you read something and you're like, "I got ___ out of this story, I wonder if I have that right?" or "What on earth was ____ supposed to be?" and it's too awkward to ask the author? Now you could totally ask!

I've heard people say that writing is hard because you have to make decisions, but we never really talk about the decisions we make with stories or why we make them. We talk about plot ideas, but not about how we actually turn them into a story.

So, if you wanted, ask me questions!

What were you trying to do [here]? Why did you decide to ____? This is what I thought about xyz, is that what you were going for? What made you write ____? Why did you decide to do this? And so on.

Anything I've written applies here. My stuff is indexed here if anybody needs a refresher. Unfinished things posted on my drabble journal also apply, and I'll unlock (most) entries there on request. Unposted stuff also applies to those who have been able to read it. I guess people who're familiar with my old stuff could ask about that as well, though I doubt I can remember anything about the process or my intentions on those ones, so answers will probably be completely made up.

... And once again, I'm talking about writing more than I'm actually doing it.
yuuago: (EstFin - I missed you)
alksdkjfkfkjkdf That Episode 18

You guys. You guys

I normally don't get excited about the anime nor do I usually write Hetalia-only entries but oh dear gods this episode warrants it, I just

I just

Oh my gods Estonia and Finland, so cute so cute so cute, I can't handle it! I seriously. Can not. Handle it.

I've been flailing like an idiot for a good ten minutes, good gods I haven't been this happy since the Nordic Five strips came out, ahhhhhh!

I'm going to have to write something to celebrate, or something. Something with Estonia and Finland. I don't know. I'm just. lsakdjkldkfjkdfjk!!!
yuuago: (Omgwhee - Cat dance)
.... Well at least the winner wasn't a song I hated. But still.

I am slightly disappointed and not entirely sober. And now my head hurts, sob.

And now to figure out what to do with the rest of my Saturday.

Where the hell did my Saturday go?

Scratch that, where did my entire week go.

Oh yes, it washed down the drain with the rain we've been getting. :| It's been raining almost all week and it'll still rain tomorrow and I'm getting sick of all this rain.

And because I haven't been doing anything because of the rain, aside from schoolwork and watching Eurovision, I have nothing to report. So-oooo how is everyone else?
yuuago: (Estonia - Our song)
How did Finland and Poland and Estonia not qualify. HOW.

... Well, okay, I guess it's not so much of a question. More like, HOW THE HECK did Russia and Belarus qualify. 8| ARGH. Acutally - I do like Russia's song (Yes, I know, I have questionable taste) but those other three, I like them so much better.


But ahhh Serbia, Serbia I love it, and them qualifying almost makes up for ones I like not qualifying. And Greece, too, I loved Greece so much.

Somehow I've been roped into writing Finland/Estonia/Poland, pffffft. Let's see if I can manage to get something short finished by Saturday. These things kind of have an expiration date, really.

Looking forward to the next semifinal, on Thursday. Ahhhh~! We'll see how that goes. Then the final on Saturday. Norway, I'm sorry, but I hate your song. It's so BORING.

And now I must try to get some work done, because I spent all early afternoon on this silly stuff.
yuuago: (SuFin - Stay with me)
Today was just a mess. Yesterday I told myself that today would be better - well... no, looks like it wasn't. Things were going somewhat okay at first, but some rage kind of put a damper on things, and that changed how the whole evening went. It seems no matter how hard I try to stay away from things that make me angry, it just happens, sometimes. Bad for my blood pressure.

I guess this just means that I need to get better at stepping away from things that bother me. I'm already kind of okay at it, and I've learned to let some things just roll off. But sometimes there are things that make me just so angry, so angry, and I can't handle it.

Anyway. I recently re-discovered the "backdate entry" function. Aside from changing date, which you don't actually have to do, it ensures that your entries don't show up on peoples' FLists. Good. I like writing in my journal, but for some reason I just don't feel comfortable making private entries. Not sure why. Maybe just because I don't do it. But this way - this way, I can ensure that at least my whining won't show up on peoples' friends lists. If they want to see it, they'll see it, if they come looking for it. But I won't disable comments on backdated entries, at least not all the time. Sometimes people need to say things.

It isn't like I'm going to backdate everything from now on. Just the really spammy inane stuff I guess. Or, well. I guess I'll just use my own judgment.
yuuago: (Norway - Hush)
Today was the last day of winter. Tomorrow, the first day of spring - that's cause for celebration, I say. I'm going to go out with my camera during the day. I think I'll head down to the river and try to get some photos there, then maybe make my way through the residential areas, with their narrow streets and thick trees. I hope the sun will be shining; photos are always nicer on sunny days. The air, too, feels different. Even so, it'll be a while before things really feel like spring - certainly tomorrow won't feel like the following --

Lenten ys come wiþ loue to toune,
wiþ blosmen ant wiþ briddes roune,
þat al þis blisse bryngeþ.
Dayeseȝes in þis dales,
notes suete of nyhtengales,
vch foul song singeþ.

Or, in translation,

Lent has come with love to town,
with blossoms and with birds round,
that all this bliss bringeth.
Daisies in the dales,
notes sweet of nightingales,
each bird a song singeth.

I've been working on translations of short Middle English poems recently. I probably shouldn't be doing it. On the one hand, translating them does help me understand them a bit better. On the other hand, this isn't what I'm supposed to be doing for my homework! Heavy glossing and commentary and authorial notes, yes, but not translating. ... Oh, well. Since I'm pretty sure I won't be able to use my translations for my final assignment, I might put some up in here later.

And since Ari is doing it, too -- "Ask me something you think you should know about me, something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about, or something you've always been curious about but have never asked, or something completely silly that you'd like me to answer for kicks. No limits on the range of questions, either: ask me anything you want to know about, whether it's a fannish opinion or a question about a fic of mine or trivia about my real life or my thoughts on events in the offline world."

... Because clearly, I want to do anything BUT homework today. And tomorrow, too.
yuuago: (Finland - Moomin)
If you don't care about hockey, here, have something awesome:
China and Kenya to search for medieval Chinese ships on the Kenyan coast






Man, that was SUCH a good game, oh my gods, that Slovakian team played like hell, jesus.

I'm so happy, what the hell, it doesn't make any sense, ahhhh but still, it's good.

And tomorrow.


I can't wait. 8)

(Yeah, I didn't do anything today, either)
yuuago: (Omgwhee - Cat dance)

this almost totally makes up for Finland losing earlier today I mean seriously seriously serious

but anyway






yeah I didn't do anything exciting today
yuuago: (Omgwhee - Cat dance)
Scholar examines reports of solar eclipses in the Middle Ages

Blah blah medieval stuff )

Still feeling incredibly nonsocial. SORRY GUYS. I guess I'm still in a funk.

To ease my woes I have been pretending to be a Scandinavian country on the internet. What is this I don't even. Hetalia, I love you, but you make my life weird in very subtle ways.

I have also made plans with [livejournal.com profile] pentatonikk. We are going to go to Wales. We will travel to it on the back of a giant magical talking fish, and have many adventures along the way, and it is going to be glorious.

Also, hi, it is 2:30 AM and I have an essay due on Tuesday morning and I am nowhere near even close to being halfway finished. Fuck me, what is this. HOWEVER at least it's on something that I know somewhat about. Though I do wish I hadn't left my copy of Shepherd's edition of Le Morte Darthur back at my mum's place. Though I'm also doing the presentation on this, and since I'll be visiting her soon, I'll be able to grab it while I'm there.

I was doing French today, and I kept getting so drawn out by the accent used in the program, because it's so French. Goddamnit, I'm used to hearing oui as "ouais", not "oui", and hearing it as "oui" is so damn jarring. Also, when I was learning it in school, we learned more informal forms of some phrases, rather than the formal. So, having the program tell me to write it as "Comment allez-vous?" rather than "Comment ça va?" throws me out of the whole thing and makes me go WUT. Ehhh that's the only one that really jumps out at me at the moment, though there are others. A lot of this is like, really really basic stuff, stuff I already know. But I'm still glad I'm doing the super-basic stuff first because there is a lot of stuff I forgot, or didn't know, like that there's an accent over the i in "s'il vous plaît". Back in high school I never bothered to take note of the accents because I am a horrible person.

Oh snap, it's getting late. I wonder what the French equivalent of "Oh snap" is. Or other equivalents! HEY PEOPLE WHO SPEAK STUFF OTHER THAN ENGLISH, PLEASE TELL ME WHAT IS THE EQUIVALENT PHRASE FOR "OH SNAP". I love the phrase because it's kind of like "oh shit", but not really; it seems it implies a more suddenness, like the sound of snapping, or being unexpectedly hit in the face with something.

... I think I really need to get to bed.
yuuago: (DenNor - Opposites attract)
As spoken by the awesome Penty. It's too true.

... Speaking of Formspring, I have one. I dunno, I always figured if people wanted to ask me silly questions, they could do it at my journal, buuuut someone poked me into getting one. So there you have it. How on earth do I keep getting dragged into these trends?

Today wasn't too great. I didn't get enough sleep so naturally I felt like a zombie the rest of the day - and I took a nap around suppertime, and now I'm wide awake. Wonderful. :| But I'm going to see about sleep soon. Anyway, part of the reason that this day was a bummer is because I have some important school-related things I need to do this week, and it's just - argh, it's hard. Talking to people and things like that. But I need to make these arrangements. So, I'll get to it, just... yeahhhhh. Maybe if I manage to get everything done, I'll reward myself by going to see Sherlock Holmes on the weekend.

I've resolved to take it easy until my wrist starts feeling better. This means I have to use that hand a lot less than I do. So, basically it means minimal writing (school only, no fic), minimal typing, NO KNITTING, light use in all other aspects. ... Basically my leisure activities will be limited to, uh. Reading, watching TV, walking, and light housework. :| Lovely. I wonder how long it would take me to go insane. Maybe I should take up jigsaw puzzles, I can do that with my right hand (I'm awfully clumsy with it, but I can use it for that).

While I'm thinking of it: I should get myself some cheapass novels from the used book store, so that I have something to read in the bath. :| I have a lot of novels here to read, but almost all of them are ones that I don't want to risk getting damp. I will not read my Christmas present from Tik in the bath, damnit; it's too nice, haha. (But I'm almost finished it so soon I can move onto something else...)

On a lighter note, I'm halfway through watching Saiyuki now. It's kind of brainless and very episodic and repetitive, but I'm still enjoying it so I guess that's okay! ;p Maybe brainless is what I need right now. All I want is bright colours and asskicking and Hakkai being awesome (ahhhhh Hakkai~) ... and man, do I ever love Lirin. I'm pretty sure I found her obnoxious when I first watched it wayyyy back, but that's changed now. I dunno' what it is - she just never fails to make me laugh (or alternately go "Pfft CUTE").


Jan. 7th, 2010 02:47 am
yuuago: (Denmark - Coffee)
I have no idea what this post is about, so I'm just going to tell you all that I'm all out of booze and this is really upsetting.

I did nothing today because it is too cold.

I might do nothing tomorrow because it is too cold.

I am sick of it being too cold.

Also I should probably go to the school tomorrow and I do not want to.

Also I feel so stagnant argh and can not concentrate on anything, what the hell is this.
yuuago: (Default)
Soooo. Today was uneventful AGAIN. On the other hand, it was also the first day of school. EXCITING.

We spent the first half hour of class transcribing manuscripts. Ughhhh I've completely forgotten how to read gothic script! ... Not that I was ever good at it to begin with, but uh, eventually I ended up just writing things down even if it didn't make any sense. Oh, manuscripts, I love you, but I cannot read you.

Also had a doctor's appointment to finally get a look at the problem with my hand. ... Unfortunately, it seems like one of those things that will just go back to normal on its own, and I need to wait it out. Sigh. Squished nerve due to basically being chained to the computer for weeks. Lovely. Anyway, the doc wants me to get some x-rays done just to be sure. Urghhhhhl. I am not looking forward to that. Even going to the student clinic is hard from me on the best of days, but this is entirely different, and I am not looking forward to it.

Was going to go to the cinema tonight, but it ended up being like -30C and I just said, "Fuck that shit". Seriously. :| Maybe Wednesday night... or the night after. Sigh.
yuuago: (Estonia - Our song)
Today my mum woke me up at the asscrack of dawn.

... Well, that isn't entirely accurate. It was actually 10 AM. But it felt like the asscrack of dawn, because I had stayed up until 2 AM or something like that, working on the Baltic index. Fortunately, it's finally finished, and I can start on other projects. Anyway, the reason that she woke me up was because we were going to make tourtière. Basically, meat pies - pork and deer meat in this case. Making these isn't hard, but it takes all day, so we had to start early. And it turns out that I'm getting even better at making pastry, and that makes me really happy.

Soooo we made meat pies, and since there was pastry leftover we made some berry tarts as well, and by that time it was late afternoon, so we didn't really do anything for the rest of the day. Mostly I just screwed around like the lazy bum that I am, haha. But I'm totally fine with that, so it's okay.

Tomorrow mum's taking me downtown, as we need to spend some giftcards and such. Sigh, why would people give me giftcards to stores that are only in this city, when I don't live here... oh, well, no big deal. It's fine. Then likely in the afternoon, we'll head up to my brother's place. To be perfectly honest, I don't want to go, but he said that he wants me to see the house, so, there we are. And anyway, we need to go there so that mum can pick up the dishes that my brother borrowed.

OH. AND. Today I received cards from [livejournal.com profile] chinomi, [livejournal.com profile] vocarosia, and [livejournal.com profile] hokuton_punch. YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME. Hot damn, do I ever love getting mail, especially from wonderful people. <3

I have so much stuff I want to do before school starts again. Editing old stuff, writing new stuff, reading a ton of things both modern and medieval... of course, the likelihood that much of that will get done is very slim, but at least I know that I can do some of it!

Oh, and since it seems like everyone on my flist is doing this meme, might as well-
Give me a [series/fandom/etc] character and I will give you my:
+ OTP for them.
+ Runner-up pairing.
+ Honorable mention(s).
+ Crack pairing(s).
+ Ship everyone else seems to like, but I don't.
Series: Hetalia, Arthurian legend, The Iliad/Odyssey


Nov. 25th, 2009 02:02 am
yuuago: (Omgwhee)
Paris rediscovers its first medieval fortifications
"An excavation on the rue de Rivoli is currently uncovering the first Medieval city fortifications of Paris."

Today was absolutely unremarkable. I got some things done, but not enough. I have a presentation on Tomson Highway's Kiss of the Fur Queen Thursday morning, and I am stressed as fuck about it. Aaaagh. What the fuck is wrong with me. Oh, well. I'll live. I think. Nobody ever died from giving a mediocre presentation. While I'm on the subject: This is a novel that I would highly recommend reading. I just love it so much. Even having to write about it and do a presentation on it is not enough to make me hate it.

I have a shit-ton of assignments due, and I have no idea when I'm going to find all the time to get it done. I'm going to manage, of course, but it'll be hard. Sigh. Oh, school. Oh, my life.

On a completely unrelated note: Since everyone else has done this, I figured I might as well.

You know how sometimes people on your friendslist post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think "Wait a minute? Since when were they working THERE? Since when were they dating HIM/HER? Since when???" And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you should already know? It happens to all of us sometimes.

Please copy the topics below, erase my answers and put yours in their place, and then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration. One-Word-Answers seldom help anyone out.

Here we go! )
yuuago: (Sweden - Muted)
I promised I would go to bed early today... wtf happened? Oh, right, I popped in a movie and lost track of time. Anyway.

Feeling better with regard to angst + etc. Mostly, now, I'm anxious about school. I have so much to do and I feel like I'll never get it all done. It's piling up and I'm so stressed out. Naturally, there's that little bit inside of me crying out, "Fuck this, I don't want to do this any more". Well, you'll just have to shut up, voice in my head. Can't be having with that attitude.

I'll do everything, and I'll do it to the best of my ability. I can't give up, and I won't. I'm not going to let myself give up, not again. I gave up last year and it was bad. So, I won't let that happen again. Part of my motivation is the trip. Everything revolves around me finishing, and finishing on time, else I won't be able to go (at least, not during the summer). Here is my plan:
-This semester: Get through it (it's hard, but I've done difficult things before. I can manage. I can do this.)
-Next semester: Finish medieval class + do Masters Project. By the end of it, I'll be done. Also, obtain passport during this time.
-During semester or after Project finished: Get a job of some kind (doesn't really matter what)
-Spring (after snow melts): Take driving lessons; get driver's license
-Summer: Finland trip (not sure when exactly)
I can handle this. I know I can. I just need to pull myself up and do it. Do it. There's a real reward here, something more than a piece of paper and a feeling of accomplishment. Don't lose this, it might be the one chance.

Come on, self, remember: Remember those long nights spent in libraries, exhausted, scanning through books for the exact information you needed. Remember walking home at 2 AM, backpack heavy with books, the streetlamps glowing yellow in the dark, the snow falling around you. You felt like a scholar, then. You really did. You can do this. Yes.

Yeah. Well, tomorrow I'll get on that. Aside from school woes, though, I'm fine. Really. Well, there's money issues. I got my credit card bill yesterday, and... uh. Well. It was what I expected it to be. That doesn't make it any better, mind, but... well. That's just how it is, I guess.

School etc

Sep. 22nd, 2009 09:55 am
yuuago: (SuFin - Foxfire)
"I didn't hold back due to them giving standard interpretation because there were so few that reached standard." - One of my colleagues, discussing his first-year students

This is, indeed, the state of things. :| But ahhh, gods, I miss teaching...

More later. :|

[edit 11:55 AM]

Medieval class was interesting. There was a guest-lecture today, as the professor is away in England. Mostly we talked about problems regarding editions (and interpretations) of the Old English "Seafarer". Some bits of translations were passed around and, goddamnit, I want to read the whole thing. It's beautiful.

Well, it's beautiful until all the very Christian, very Religious language comes into play, but that's standard. (No wonder that some used to think there were two speakers or two poems, considering part seems very Pagan, and part seems very Christian). When I have a moment, later, I will put up an excerpt from part of the translation.

I went to bed late, but slightly earlier than I normally would when staying up late, and because the time for class had moved up a bit, I was able to sleep in until 8:30. I'm quite pleased with this, as I got a rather excellent amount of sleep, and I'm feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

I have to do a screening of La Grande Illusion for my film+lit class this afternoon, so until 3 PM I will be stuck at the school. Probably for the better, as I need to work on my project (still). Sigh. I have not physically written anything; mostly I have been doing research. So, I must do the writing for my project tonight (eugh). Mm, it is only ten pages, so that is no big deal. Considering everything, I might very well handwrite the damn thing, as gods know I tend to write very well by hand (and that way I can move around more easily...)

I'm very tired and frustrated at the moment, but gods know, by tomorrow that will be over. One project down, several more to go. But at least it will be one down. I might celebrate it by writing. Noon put an idea in my head and it will not go away, goddamnit. :| Ice/Nor in that order, waaaaat....

[edit 2 PM]

I've been told that when I go to visit a certain friend I shall be subjected to glorious re-education. I look forward to it. 8D

Also, I've been told that when my work is not getting done, I should say that "it is forthcoming". I like that. Sounds nice and pretentious.

[8:37 PM]

I need a boot to the head.


Note to self: If you suck, it's okay. It's fine.

I'm going to go work on things.

...One thing that is keeping me happy right now is remembering a snippet of a sweet conversation that I had after class this afternoon. Aaah.

[Edit 11:40 PM]
What is this shitto
What is this fail
Ohhhhhhlawd someone put me out of my misery. ;~;
yuuago: (Norway - Stare)
PSA: Do not expect me to be terribly conversational in the next few days; I have a project due on Wednesday morning and though I have been working on it, work still needs to be done.

Anyway. Argharghargh.

I fuckin' hate reserves. Sure, some of them are on extended - the one I need for my project is three days - but still, it still means that I need to return it, then check it back out a few hours later (because they will not renew reserves). Annoying as hell.

Soooo here I am at the school library, and goddamn is it ever busy. The main floor is always terribly busy, and rather noisy too, but in addition to that there is construction, becuase they are putting in a Starbucks. Sigh. Why we would need something like that in a library, I really do not know. Hmmm, there is a quieter place across from the campus, perhaps I should go there to do my work... and then return, in a couple hours, to get out the material I need. Again. :|

(Grumble, grumble, grumble)

This entry is pointless (moreso than my usual ones) but I shall leave it up becuase surely later on I will want to write another, and it's better to have one huge entry with a ton of edits than to have 5 tiny little entries. This is a habit that I've only just started trying to get rid of this year. I used to update 346556234 times per day, all separate entries, and it spammed people all to hell. I'm trying to learn to be nicer.

And since I forgot to mention yesterday; a fandom note - the Baltic index has been updated again. Just a minor update though. Next update will probably either be the weekend or next week. I'm going to try to keep up with it, just because if I do not, then updating it is a real chore.

[edit 3:15 PM]
:| :| :|
I'm just kind of irrationally cranky right now. Homework makes me cranky. BOOOOO.

And of course, because I have to do other things, now I feel like editing fic and doing laundry and all those boring things. SIGH.

Solstice is tomorrow, and I will not be making squash. But I will have squash soup. This actually works out pretty well for me, because I will have to be at the school until a later hour than usual, and I will not want to make a proper supper when I get home. Soup is easy.

[edit 4:55 PM]

Sob. I went and paid my credit card bill today. It was... far too much. But it was all accounted for. Most of it was school-related things. Also money for dental crap. But nnngh, way too much, way too much... I feel like, I dunno. Like I don't have any money. :| I do; I'm good for a few more months. But still.

One thing's for sure: I won't be dipping into my travel money. No way.

I can't concentrate. What the fuck does Starbucks put in their Frappachinos, mannnn. Whatever it is has me wired, and I'm not too happy about this.

And on another note, it's cold, and this is annoying. :|
yuuago: (Estonia - Wink)
So, uh....

Today was completely dull.

I had planned to get a good night's sleep, because I have to be at the school in the morning. And for a while I was feeling kind of not quite right, though I won't go into it because the issue is resolved now. But anyway. Good night's sleep? HAH.

SO MUCH FOR THAT. Noon, Chi, you both are freakin' HOSERS and I love it.

Oh gods, I just love the whole world. 8D


[edit 7:26 AM]

Reading over the e-mails again... looks like continuing grad students aren't required to go to this thing.

... FML. *debates going back to bed* e.e

[edit 8:38 AM]

I decided to go anyway. Just for the first half and the lunch, at least. Might as well meet the new graduate students, I guess - and I get a free lunch out of it, so why not?

But man, am I ever jittery about it. Bloody nervousness and anxiety and everything. I hate this.
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