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There are all these things I need to do and I have absolutely no energy or motivation or concentration to do any of them. (Oh, shit, I just remembered something else I need to do today....) I keep doing all these little things that don't need to be done immediately and although it's good that I'm getting them out of the way, there are more pressing things at hand. Like the 90 quizzes I need to grade by tomorrow. (That's what I was swearing about.)

Instead of doing stuff like, oh, work, I've uploaded lots of new icons (see the pretty new one today!)--although many of them need to be cleaned up and resized. I even reorganized my DVDs, watched Volume I of FLCL, cleaned off my desk (well, sorta), dusted off my tablet, and started reworking an old drawing in Photoshop. It's not very good, but it's getting there, slowly. And I'm learning more and more about what all the crazy functions are for. (So that's what "Layer Mode=Exclusion" is for! Not that I will ever use it, of course.) I REALLY want to take a Photoshop class while I'm at OSU. Even if I just have to audit it. I don't care--I just need a little hand-holding because I've been tinkering around with the program for quite a while now and my 'shop drawings still look like shit. I'm getting better, but I want to know how to get that "polished digital" look that everybody else seems capable of, 'cept me. >_< Of course, I don't think "polished digital" is my style, but I'd at least like to know how to do it. Then I could explore more from that particular vantage point.

I've heard that you can tell how "old" a computer is by how many times it's been turned on and off. I wonder if that's true for how many times you put on and take off a pair of pants. If so, my poor jeans have aged about 30 years today. I bit the bullet and biked around sort of where I thought I should be--hoping to run across the Uniqlo I always see the signs for but can never seem to find--and just as I was about to turn in the wrong direction (as always happens--I'm fucking magical when it comes to getting lost), I happened to randomly look left and in the flicker of view between buildings, I saw a small Uniqlo sign. Total Random Act of God, I'm telling you. And so I went in and proceeded to try on various pairs of pants for over an hour.

I hate shopping. I've always hated shopping. I can go about two hours before I start griping and complaining and having hissy fits on the floor. Since I've lost so much weight (nearing 30lbs at this point), my clothes are too big. That's not a huge problem with shirts (although I do sort of swim in them), but it's a very big problem with my pants. They're about to fall off completely. I can barely keep them perched dangerously on my hipbones, and all it would take would be for me to accidentally tread on the hem of one pant leg (my pants hang down so far now that the hems drag on the ground when I'm not wearing heels or boots)--which I've nearly done before--to send my pants down around my ankles. That's all it would take.

The reason I ended up getting my ass out the door and over to Uniqlo in the first place was that I ran into Masa and he was suspicious of the fact that I was going home early (ON MY DAY OFF!!!) and I said that I had stuff to do. He gave me a look and asked what, and I explained the about-to-lose-my-pants dilemma. He laughed and said that if my pants did fall down, the students would be checking to see what color undies I had on. Scary part: he then said, "Oooh, red ones!" and started to laugh. I know it was just coincidence, but I happened to be wearing my blood-red ones today, and that kind of creeped me out. So I said in Japanese, "How the hell did you know that?!" We both laughed for awhile and then he said, "Because I have those kinds of powers!" To which I responded, "You have The Panty Powers?!" ^_^

After that, we parted ways, but I realized that I didn't want to make a liar out of myself, so I checked several maps and still ended up nearly not making it to Uniqlo.

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I'm crafting another entry--rather, I have been crafting one--about the date Shinya and I went on two weeks ago. It will be bursting with ego, skewed random observations, and mushy details. I wouldn't read it if I weren't me, but I am me, so I've enjoyed what I've read ( =written ) so far.

Then again, that's just me.

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I'm apparently too tired to make this entry interesting or coherent. I'll just leave it like it is. Sort of feels like letting a weed grow because I'm too tired to deal with it. Which makes perfect sense, now that I think about it....

Comments

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_paquette_
May. 9th, 2005 06:43 am (UTC)
you're sooo pretty.
alexakaruda
May. 10th, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
::blush:: Thank you!

Actually, I think you're rather pretty yourself. ^_^;;
(Anonymous)
May. 9th, 2005 07:26 am (UTC)
I'm very excited to see your new entry this morning!

I'm sure that by getting all the tiny things out of the way, you'll get down to the big meaty stuff. That's the way it always works, right? You have to get the little annoying things done so that you can concentrate on the important things.

Very lucky that your pants are too big, in my opinion. I've gained about 7-10 pounds in the past year, and a pair of capris that I bought last year (that were even petite, so they weren't too long on me) don't fit in the waist. Somehow, I've managed to lose about 4 pounds in the past month or 2 (including the past 2 weeks when I've been sick), and I'm hoping that I boosted my metabolism by going to the gym.

Have a good week!

~Leona
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alexakaruda
May. 10th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
Thank you! It's one of the few pictures of me that doesn't have me running for the scissors whenever I see it. (Doesn't hold a candle to your icon, though.) >_<

That's some good advice. I'll start working through the tutorial tonight and see what I learn....
impishlaugh
May. 9th, 2005 11:29 am (UTC)
I like your new picture. You look like a Noxema ad.

There is NOTHING better than when pants that formerly bit into your belly start to fall off your hips. Oh, I LOVED that. Congratulations!

Me, though? I left my pants in my janky too-hot dryer for too long and shrunk them. Now they're suck-it-in tight, and even though it's because I shrunk my damn pants it's making me SOOOO mad.
alexakaruda
May. 10th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
A Noxema ad? Isn't that the acne wash stuff? I'm sure there's a compliment in there somewhere....I just have to look harder.... ^_~;;

Thanks! I'm really happy about getting back down to my old weight. What's shocking is that I ever got that pudgy in the first place. I guess it happened so gradually that I didn't notice it until I couldn't bend over to put my shoes on.

That sucks about your pants! I hate it when I accidentally shrink my clothes. Even though you know that it's simply because it shrank in the wash, you can't help but feel fat because that little part of your brain is still going, "But I USED to be able to fit into it!!!" (I hate that part of my brain.)
impishlaugh
May. 11th, 2005 11:17 am (UTC)
Oh, it's a compliment. Noxema girls are gorgeous in a natural sort of way that's the prettiest kind of pretty. They have perfect skin and shiny hair. Denise Richards was a Noxema girl when she was a teenager.
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