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Mar. 22nd, 2014 | 08:09 pm
location: Risa HappyLand
mood: sleepy sleepy
music: Kanjani8 - Kujira to Penguin

Halfway done with another semester, the time is flying. The work is really hard but fun as well. This semester I'm taking Women's History and Intro to Women's Studies since my main goal is going to be specializing in helping women and girls and my minor is Women's Studies. The most heartbreaking thing in these classes has been hearing so many women think that abusive and oppressive behavior is normal and acceptable.

I've completely sucked at keeping up with e-mail and phone conversations, this cycle has been pretty hard. For now we're trying CBT before I go on the hard drugs (ha ha, heh heh) because I really don't want to be dealing with weird extras while I'm in school. I've got a 4.0 average and I don't want to mess with that.

I've been reading a lot of good stuff, some cry-my-eyes-out stuff and am ready for some good fiction. If I can find it. It's been wonderful and grounding rereading bell hooks. Now I'm really enjoying Where the Girls Are by Susan Douglas. Some of the books I have lined up are Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I've Been Silent About - both by Azar Nafisi and In the Land of Invisible Women by Qanta Ahmed. But yeah, I need fiction that will make me forget how rotten we basically are to each other.

We've had two older, ill dogs who are thankfully hanging in there. Our Old Lady is 13, has had seizures since we got her immunized and seems now to be suffering some neurological problems. Her younger friend is 11 and had a bad spell that looks like the inevitable kidney troubles. Both are doing much better on a vet-supervised home-made diet with supplements. I can't rave enough about Nutri-Cal.

On the cheerier side of the street, I'm grooving more into the Kanjani fandom. Who would ever guess that Baru would be the key to my Eito love? I really need to take pictures of all my other goodies I've been hauling in lately. My Kisumai and Ebi calendars and Saru's SZ calendar finally arrived! The sticker book with the SZ calendar is soooooo cute. I wish I'd ordered one for me just for the stickers. Ebi calendar is gorgeous, it actually comes with two calendars and the photography is beautiful. Kisumai is two calendars as well. I was kinda bummed because I opened the "normal" one first and it was all basic black and very stark pictures. Not shabby, but not fantastic. Then I opened the 365-day calendar and died from the pretties. It is NICE. When I came back from Japan I was so loaded down and sent things back. I was totally spoiled and it was nice. I always think my grandmother is getting older but when I see her she seems as young as ever. I guess it's true what they say about Okinawans? There's lots to tell about the trip but it will have to wait for another time...

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