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Still alive sort of

Posted on 2007.09.18 at 20:57
Current Location: my room
Current Mood: stressedstressed
Things are slowly beginning to sort themselves out. Yay! I now have a Japanese comps project, which is good, and I'm even pretty sure I have an art comps for next term worked out. For Japanese I'm researching writing reform and trying to figure out if Japanese is too ambiguous to have a completely phonetic writing system or not (in other words, without Chinese characters complicating things). This has the advantage of being an interesting topic and the disadvantage of meaning I have to read mounds of frustratingly boring books in both Japanese and English. It should be doable though, because it's mostly compiling information and then laying it out in a paper, which is something I'm pretty good at. For studio art comps I'm going to make pieces inspired by my narcolepsy dreams because I can't explain my dreams in words and I think I'll be able to get it across a lot more effectively in art. I'm probably doing ceramics, painting, drawing or some combination of them. I'm really excited about it and planning things already. I'm going to focus on Japanese comps this term while planning art comps on the side, then next term I'll focus on art and finish up my Japanese paper. In theory anyway.

Aside from that I'm still screwing around trying to get Durin neutered. It looks like I have a place to go but reaching them to set it up has been frustratingly complicated. I think it'll finally be set up tomorrow. I want to take him next week and drop him off Wednesday night (he has to stay the night before the surgery) and pick him up on Thursday afterwards. Hopefully we can get an appointment for him so that I can stop worrying about it.

Also tomorrow I'm going to start working as an office assistant for the Asian Languages and Literatures department. I was supposed to start today even though my supervisor was going to be gone, but no one was there and I left a note and went home. I'm hoping tomorrow will be better. I'll be doing 10-11 every morning during the week. I like how consistent my daily schedule is this term.

And finally, I've decided I'm going to admit to myself that I have serious issues with milk and that I really need to stop eating milk products constantly. I really don't think the lactaid is enough. I felt great in Japan and came home and started feeling lousy, and I'm pretty sure that was the difference. So I'm limiting cheese, ice cream and chocolate severely and cutting everything else out. I'm glad my butter was already non-dairy. I'm going to try non-dairy cheeses and hope that I like them. Why do I have to hate soy milk so much?

On a side-note, American rice is so weird and dry and nasty compared to Japanese rice. And the avocados in Japan are better. And they should have wasabi paste at the grocery store because I say so.


(Anonymous) at 2007-09-19 14:06 (UTC) (Link)

Art and its Mysterious Inspirations

Hi, Susan! Well, it's about time to find something positive about the narcolepsy. That sounds really inspired to take something so distressing and indescribable and turn it into a reality that people can try to comprehend. I'll bet you'll become a famous artist, and everyone will think you are tortured like Jackson Pollack or something, and you'll just laugh, feel good, and rake in the money!! Hope Durin is doing better from his fall, and gets through his surgery easily.

Love, Candy
Mene / Moonplanet
moonplanet at 2007-09-19 19:45 (UTC) (Link)
Japanese without the Chinese characters? At first I thought it was not-useful that Japanese had kanji and I wanted it to be all hiragana, but after a while I disliked reading hiragana-only books because with kanji, you can see the meaning immediately. With hiragana there are just too many possibilities and you really have to know all the words to know the meaning - with kanji inserted you just have to know the meaning of the kanji characters which is much easier... in my opinion ^^;
niarasusarin at 2007-09-20 01:27 (UTC) (Link)
Actually, what I expect to find out is that Japanese needs Chinese characters (or something similar) to avoid ambiguity because of all the words that hiragana would spell the same that kanji distinguishes. So I agree with you, I'm just looking for evidence supporting my suspicion that Japanese in hiragana-only wouldn't work.
Mene / Moonplanet
moonplanet at 2007-09-21 19:03 (UTC) (Link)
I came across something you might be able to use on this page: http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%BD%A2%E6%85%8B%E7%B4%A0%E8%A7%A3%E6%9E%90
No kanji and the sentence has so many interpretations XD


* 裏庭 / には / 鶏 / が / いる
* 裏庭 / には / 二 / 羽 / トリ / が / いる
* 裏 / に / ワニ / は / 鶏 / が / いる
* 裏庭 / に / 埴輪 / 取り / が / いる
(Anonymous) at 2007-09-20 15:09 (UTC) (Link)

beyond soymilk

We use almond milk rather than soy, which both my husband and I love. Also, when rice milk goes on sale, my husband likes to stock up on that for his cereal and smoothies. I actually found ice cream to be a really easy switch, there are quite a few good dairy-free brands on the market. My favorite is Whole Soy & Co, but it is hard to find. Here are a bunch we have tried - http://www.godairyfree.org/Table/Product-Reviews/Frozen-Desserts/. Good luck!
niarasusarin at 2007-09-25 23:25 (UTC) (Link)

Re: beyond soymilk

Thank you so much for sending me to that site. It looks great.
Seven Bellfifth
paintedkirin at 2007-09-25 22:22 (UTC) (Link)
Hi. It's Seven from TDF. Just letting you know that in the course of my supremely boring day at work I found your journal and have friended you. Hope that's ok.

Also, I second the commenter above me as far as other types of non-dairy milk. Just for kicks I went on a spree of buying different types of milks a couple of months ago--my grocery store carries rice, almond, and wheat--and they have very different flavors. You might find one you like.
niarasusarin at 2007-09-25 23:22 (UTC) (Link)
Hi! No problem. And I do need to go find alternative milks. Almond sounds like it would taste really good. I have had next to no time for experimenting yet, but hopefully I will soon.
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