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Birthday weekend and TV show poll - A Sorta Fairytale
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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Mon, Feb. 27th, 2006 06:44 pm
Birthday weekend and TV show poll

*happy sigh* I wasn't even looking forward to this birthday. With my teens and my early twenties now behind me, I am starting to drag my heels about the idea of being another year older. But it's good to have an excuse to celebrate. My sis-in-law's (Vanessa, aka nessabutterfly) birthday is today, and since our birthdays are so close, the last two years we have been celebrating in tandem. This year's dual celebration turned out to be really fun.

My birthday got off to a good start. The teacher I work most closely with at school brought a chocolate chip cookie cake and had all the kids sing to me before they were dismissed for their afternoon P.E. class. Better yet, my students behaved themselves better than usual all day. :D

After work, I was off for a very busy, but fun, weekend. I opened a birthday card from springdove as soon as I got home, then quickly changed in to my dancing shoes. My brother picked me up and took me to meet Vanessa and a group of friends for dinner at a 50s-style diner. After that, we went swing dancing. Vanessa and I got to do the birthday dance, which is when they put you in the middle of the floor for one song, and different guys keep cutting in to dance with you. I’m a pretty mediocre dancer, and I was a little tired that night, so some of my dances turned out a bit awkward—but over all, I still had fun.

That night, I spent the night at Mark and Vanessa’s new apartment. First we had birthday cake with a few friends. Then, Vanessa and I finished working on our costumes for the next day (you’ll see) while watching the anime show Fruits Basket. We were up until about 3 AM. Heh.

The next morning we went to MegaCon, a convention focused mainly on sci-fi/fantasy, comic books, and anime/manga. So. Much. Fun. For me, the main attraction was the anime/manga aspect of the convention, particularly the merchandise and the cosplay. (In case you don’t know that term: cosplay = “costume play”, or dressing up as characters from anime/manga/video games—or anything, really).

I really, really got a kick out of the cosplay. There were so many cool costumes, and it was neat to see the creative things people did, and to get a chance to chat with them and admire their costumes. I cosplayed as Sango from Inuyasha (see pic below--I did her traveling kimono, though it seems people who dress as Sango usually do her battle gear), and it was really fun to have people call out, "Hey, Sango" to me and ask to take my picture. I had fun locating other people at the convention dressed as Inuyasha characters and asking them to pose for pics with me. A guy dressed as Miroku (the character with whom Sango has a bickering proto-romance with) posed for one picture with me, and then offered to do a "lecherous" pose with me as well (Miroku is a very lustful character, and is always trying to grab Sango’s rear, usually getting slapped, elbowed, or at least yelled at as a result), but he didn't press it when Vanessa, who was taking the pic, declined on my behalf. I was actually pretty amused by the offer.


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I should add here that my late-night costume preparations before the con consisted of allowing Vanessa to cut me some bangs and faux-sideburns to match Sango’s hairstyle. A bit extreme, I know, to cut my hair for cosplaying, but I’m actually really pleased with the result. It’s been years since I’ve had bangs, and now that I’ve got them again, I have no idea why I didn’t cut them sooner. I look really good with bangs, if I do say so myself. ;) Anyway, if you want to see a pic of me in my Sango get up, Vanessa has posted the one of me with Miroku in her LJ here. Please ignore the one of her fixing my hair, as the lighting in that one makes me look awful. Just scroll on by to the one with Miroku, plz. I’ll post more pics from the weekend in a later post. BTW, I did 95% of the sewing of that costume myself. It was pretty simple, but I hadn't sewn anything since home ec class in middle school, so it was a big accomplishment for me. Vanessa, who also made her own costume, is an expert seamstress, and she helped me design the costume and figure out what the heck I was doing with the sewing machine. <333

As you may have seen in her LJ entry, Vanessa did a gorgeous costume of Neo Queen Serenity (sp?), one of Sailor Moon’s many incarnations. She got an extraordinary amount of attention and requests for pictures, and she even got a runner-up award in the costume contest. She was really happy because she got to meet so many people and make quite a few new friends due to her very conspicuous costume.

I also enjoyed the dealer’s room. Personally, though I made up my mind not to spend much money (I made a rule beforehand that I could only buy my one favorite item of less than $20, and a birthday gift for Vanessa), I thought it was fun just "window shopping" and seeing all the crazy merchandise that is out there. I bought a Fruits Basket T-Shirt for myself, and a DN Angel CD for Vanessa. Mark and Vanessa bought me a plushie of Kyo (my favorite Fruits Basket character), to go with another one I had received the day before (now I have one of him in his cat form, and one in his human form with a cat hood). Another friend bought me a little chibi Inuyasha figurine. In addition, one of my friends had given me a Sango keychain (in the traveling kimono, like my costume) and Sailor Moon chopsticks the day before, so I ended up with a lot of anime merchandise this weekend despite my resolution not to spend too much. :D

ETA: I wanted to add that I regret that I didn't get a chance to line up to get an autograph from John Schneider (Mr. Kent on Smallville, and one of the Dukes of Hazard). He was one of the celebrity guests at the convention, and I really like him. I think Marcus Flint from the HP movies was there, too, as well Darla from Buffy and Angel and Deanna Troi (sp?) from ST:TNG. I didn't really pay much attention to the guests, other than a few wistful glances over to that section of the dealer room, wishing I could at least get a glimpse of Schneider (I never did). Mark got the autograph of one of the main voice actors from Ren and Stimpy for his friend dtmoney. [/edit]

ETA 2: I was just looking at the program and saw that Chris Rankin was supposed to have been there, too. O_O I wonder if he really was there, though--he might have had to cancel like he did for the other con in January due to filming for OotP. [/edit]

The best part was the company, though. Some of you who have been on my flist a long time will remember that I once didn’t have many local friends here in Orlando. Well, that has begun to change. Last November or so, I got assigned to sing on the same rotation as a girl named Christie in my praise team at church, and we instantly hit it off, mainly because we share an obsessive interest in fantasy, anime, Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc., and—more importantly—we seem to like those things for some of the same reasons (not to mention our shared interest in music and theatre, and our shared religious beliefs). Anyway, last month she invited me to a Chinese New Year’s party at her house where we had Chinese food and watched lots of anime, and I got to meet several of her friends. I’ve seen them a few times since then, and now they are becoming my friends, too. Anyway, Christie herself wasn’t able to come to the con on Saturday (she went on Sunday), but I spent a large part of the day with friends that I made because of her, and it was really fun.

I also enjoyed talking to the other cosplayers, especially some teenage girls dressed as fellow Inuyasha characters. The teens I met at the con were really sweet, and chatting with these delightfully geeky, anime-obsessed teenagers just filled me with a warm feeling of nostalgia for my own geeky teen years. *sigh*

Saturday ended with a very late dinner at Doc Chey’s Asian Kitchen, which was really, really delicious—by far one of the best Asian restaurants I’ve been to.

Sunday, Christie and I had our turn to sing for church services, and in between the two services, we got to chat about anime and such. I also got several compliments on my new hair do from friends at church. After church, I did all the work I had put off all weekend (writing curriculum and cleaning my room) and got caught up on LJ. I enjoyed reading all of your birthday greetings. :)

All right, for months now I’ve been meaning to put up a poll like the one chicagoamy did a while back, to find out who on my flist shares an interest in the same TV shows that I like, and my current desire to find other Fruits Basket fans has prompted me to do it now, even though this post is already ridiculously ginormous. Please fill this poll out!


Poll #681440 TV show survey

Which of the following current shows that I watch do you watch, too?

ER
3(37.5%)
Everwood
1(12.5%)
Smallville
0(0.0%)
Veronica Mars
3(37.5%)

What is your favorite current TV show?

Which of these TV shows (A-L) that I used to watch did you watch, too?

Ally McBeal
0(0.0%)
Angel
0(0.0%)
Beverly Hills, 90210
0(0.0%)
Blossom
1(11.1%)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
0(0.0%)
Covington Cross
0(0.0%)
Felicity
0(0.0%)
I'll Fly Away
0(0.0%)
Joan of Arcadia
0(0.0%)
Life Goes On
0(0.0%)

Which of these TV shows (M-Z) that I used to watch did you watch, too?

My So-Called Life
0(0.0%)
Party of Five
0(0.0%)
The Pretender
0(0.0%)
Quantum Leap
0(0.0%)
Roswell
0(0.0%)
The Simpsons (I think this show is still running, but I don't watch it anymore)
1(10.0%)
X-Files
0(0.0%)

What is your favorite show that is no longer running?

Which of these daytime soap operas that I have followed at some point have you followed, too?

General Hospital
1(50.0%)
One Life to Live
0(0.0%)
The Young and the Restless
1(50.0%)

If you are addicted to any other daytime soaps, tell me what they are:

Which of these children’s (A-L) shows that I used to watch did you watch, too (you don’t have to have watched them as a child)?*

The Adventures of the Little Koala
0(0.0%)
Alvin and the Chipmunks
0(0.0%)
Animaniacs
1(12.5%)
Clarissa Explains It All
1(12.5%)
Danger Mouse
0(0.0%)
Encyclopedia Brown
0(0.0%)
Fraggle Rock
1(12.5%)
The Get-Along Gang
0(0.0%)
Gummi Bears
0(0.0%)

Which of these children’s shows (M-Z) that I used to watch did you watch, too (you don’t have to have watched them as a child)?*

The Mysterious Cities of Gold
0(0.0%)
Rescue Rangers
0(0.0%)
Saved by the Bell
0(0.0%)
Star Trek: The Animated Series
0(0.0%)
Talespin
0(0.0%)
Thundercats
0(0.0%)
Today's Special
0(0.0%)
X-Men
1(14.3%)
You Can't Do That On Television
0(0.0%)

What is your favorite children's show?

Which of these anime series that I like have you watched, too?

DN Angel
0(0.0%)
Fruits Basket
0(0.0%)
Inuyasha
1(16.7%)
Robotech (I think this also goes by some other names, but I forget what they are)
0(0.0%)
Sailor Moon
2(33.3%)

What is your favorite anime series?

What is your favorite anime feature-length film?

Do you ever read manga (Japanese comic books)?

Yes, I like manga.
2(18.2%)
I have read some, but I'm not really into it.
4(36.4%)
Not yet, but I'm curious about it.
2(18.2%)
No, and it doesn't really interest me.
3(27.3%)


*This is only a selection of the shows I liked as a kid. There were so many, I had to pick just the ones that I was really obsessed with, or the ones that were especially unusual (because I want to see if anyone else even remembers them). In some cases, I know I liked a show, because my family remembers me watching it, and I know I had paraphernalia that reflected an interest in it, but I don’t actually remember watching the show very much; I chose not to list the shows I don’t remember fairly distinctly.

ETA:I just realized I forgot a few old favorites: Early Edition and Sliders. If you watched either or both of those shows, please let me know in the comments. Thanks. [/edit]


Thanks for reading. Due to the million and one things going on in my life, I was offline for about 5 days in a row. I was having fun, but I did miss you guys. *hugs flist*

Joie

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alphabet26
alphabet26
that kind of girl
Tue, Feb. 28th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)

Well, first off, happy birthday! I'm glad you enjoyed this one so much.

That convention sounds like so much fun! The craziest I've ever gotten is dressing up for HP, but I'd love to go more all out some day.

And you do look really nice with bangs! I loved your costume, too.

I think I should give Fruits Basket a try. Lots of people I know are watching it. Is it one you can jump into, or should I try to watch it in chronological order?

Poll: Also loved Early Edition, caught Sliders when I could. But I adored Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Also, Reboot was my favorite thing on Toonami. (Ah, the golden days, when it was Sailor Moon, Robotech, DBZ, and the Real Adventures of Jonny Quest or Reboot.)


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Tue, Feb. 28th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)

I think I should give Fruits Basket a try. Lots of people I know are watching it. Is it one you can jump into, or should I try to watch it in chronological order?

You should probably go in order, but if for some reason you are more easily able to access them out of order, I don't think it would be incomprehensible, as long as you know the basic plot hook beforehand. (If you need that info, let me know and I'll tell you.)


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alphabet26
alphabet26
that kind of girl
Tue, Feb. 28th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)

Oh! I forgot my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE SHOW EVER, Ghostwriter (word). The day I found that show was one of the best ever. I also liked Square One, but GW was frickin' awesome.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Wed, Mar. 1st, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)

I think my brother liked Ghostwriter, but I don't remember it. I liked Square One, though.


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prettyannamoon
prettyannamoon
the laughing cat
Tue, Feb. 28th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)

Glad your birthday was a good one. :) I had no idea you cosplay - cool!

As to the TV shows, some of them I watched, but was too young to remember distinctly (like 'Life Goes On' and 'I'll Fly Away'). Most of the others I enjoyed and remember, but I wasn't able to watch regularly, because we didn't get any channels at home for about ten years. I did watch 'Sliders' with my best friend - I think it was on before or after 'X-Files', and I'd go over to her house to watch. She had the biggest crush on Jerry O'Connell, and we teased her mercilessly about it. :p

Sailor Moon (the first two seasons, at least) is the only anime I've ever gotten into, thanks to Cartoon Network. My first website was Sailor Moon-themed, but I never got into the fandom. Your sis-in-law's costume looks great - is that her real hair? Her bangs are perfect! And your hair is absolutely adorable!


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Tue, Feb. 28th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)

The bangs and odango (the "meatballs") are her own hair, though it is dyed blonde, but the tails are extensions.


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nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
Tue, Feb. 28th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)

try watching it in Japanese. It is SOOOOO much better, and you will be a hardcore fan in half an instant!!

I absolutely killed my hair bleaching it so many times, but I am very pleased with the results!


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crjace
crjace
crjace
Tue, Feb. 28th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)

Happy birthday! Ooo! I really liked your Sango (and your hair does look nice that way).

I don't know if you've seen any Fushigi Yugi, but if you haven't I think you might like it. It's in the same vein as some of the other stuff you like, it has a very fun romance, and it all takes place in a book! (But definately watch it in Japanese--the American voice for the main character is really annoying.)


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Tue, Feb. 28th, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)

Thanks for the reccommendation. I will try to get my hands on that one and check it out.


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nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
Tue, Feb. 28th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)

we really have to get you into full metal alchemist!!! I'm still convinced that you will love it!

Too much anime to watch!


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Tue, Feb. 28th, 2006 11:51 am (UTC)

Random question: Do you like Jeremy Camp?


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nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
Tue, Feb. 28th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)

i know that I really should know who he is. I hear his name all the time, but I'm drawing a complete blank. He's a musician, right??


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Tue, Feb. 28th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)

He's a really, really popular singer on Christian radio right now. He sings "Right Here" (Everywhere I go I know You're not far away, you're right here, right here...), "Take You Back" (I'll take you back, always, even when your fight is over now, even when your fight is over now...), "Walk By Faith" (Well I will walk by faith, even when I cannot see, because this broken road prepares Your will for me...) and "Beautiful One" (Beautiful one I love, beautiful one I adore, beautiful one my soul must sing...) among others.


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nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
Wed, Mar. 1st, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)

oh yeah. I like him ok. Why?


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Wed, Mar. 1st, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)

I got a free CD/DVD set of a live concert of his, and I know I won't listen to it. So I thought I'd try and find out if either you or Tanya or Kristi would appreciate it more and give it to one of you. But it sounds like you are not really a big fan, either. (I like him "ok", too, but just to listen to on the radio, not enough to pop in a CD of his music, you know?)


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springdove
springdove
Kristi
Wed, Mar. 1st, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)

hmmm...germy camp...i like some of his stuff. does it have "lay down my pride" on it? i like his voice quality, but it kinda bugs me that he's so "Christian rock/pop star" right now. i'm not sure how tanya feels about him. kent may like him? maybe she's the best bet? i don't know! don't ask me! i don't know! :)


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rhrsoulmates
rhrsoulmates
rhrsoulmates
Tue, Feb. 28th, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)

Again, glad you had a great birthday. It sounds like you had a fun night dancing (even though you were a bit tired).

My birthday got off to a good start. The teacher I work most closely with at school brought a chocolate chip cookie cake and had all the kids sing to me before they were dismissed for their afternoon P.E. class. Better yet, my students behaved themselves better than usual all day. :D

YUM! My kids sang too but I was the one who picked up a snack for them (which I always do so it was fine with me. The kids love it when it's your birthday so I just play it up with them). :)

However, you were much more fortunate than I as far as overall behavior is concerned. I actually had to call the parents of 4 of my students after school on my b-day and didn't leave the building until two hours after dismissal! So much for "Be nice, it's my birthday!" (I guess it was one of those days - they all seemed a bit hyper that day. Oh well.)

As far as the poll, I still watch E.R. weekly - have since the first episode. Most (probably all) of your children's shows were WAY past my time so I didn't check any and I had never even heard of animé officially until I entered the HP forum (not even two years ago) so I couldn't vote in that category either. I used to watch G.H. religiously, since Dec. 1980 but once I started getting deep into this fandom, all hopes of ever getting caught up with my ever-growing tape collection just got to be too much so I gave up. It still saddens me to realize I pretty much stopped "cold turkey" when I *never* thought I'd do anything close to that. But, life moves on.

Have a good week! :-)


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Tue, Feb. 28th, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)

Thanks. :)

I'm sorry you didn't get the "be nice to me on my birthday" effect. Since my students are older than yours (14-15), they are probably more aware of themselves and how their behavior can affect others.


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angua9
angua9
Quite a Machiavellian Figure
Tue, Feb. 28th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)

You look wonderful! I can't help wondering if you're going to keep the sideburn things, though.

I don't watch any of those TV shows, so I didn't even bother to do the poll. Everyone knows what I watch, anyway. :p


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Tue, Feb. 28th, 2006 11:50 am (UTC)

For now, the sideburns are staying, because I'm going to do the costume again for another con in April. After that, they will probably become one with the bangs. ;)


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springdove
springdove
Kristi
Tue, Feb. 28th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)

yay for good birthdays! :)
i watched Early Edition and really liked it, too. and i forgot to put the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for my favorite children's show. i was really more into the movies, but i did watch the animated show. i read a couple of Encyclopedia Brown books...does that count? ;)


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Tue, Feb. 28th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)

HBO had a really neat hour-long semi-regular show with original mysteries about Encyclopedia Brown. I read and liked the books, too, but I loved the show. Not many people will have seen it, though, since it was on a premium channel and only came on every once in a while.

And I totally forgot about David the Gnome--I liked that show, too.


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springdove
springdove
Kristi
Wed, Mar. 1st, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)

aha! that would explain it! we had HBO when i was bitty, but my mom took it off after she and dad got divorced. (she probably couldn't afford more than one, and that one was The Disney Channel...which reminds me, what about Kids Incorporated?) point being, i wouldn't have had the opportunity to watch it.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Thu, Mar. 2nd, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)

I kinda had the same problem with Kids Inc. We didn't have the Disney Channel, so I only ever watched it during Disney preview weeks. I liked it, but I just didn't get to watch it that much.


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sarynx
sarynx
Jared
Fri, Mar. 3rd, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)

emeril says bangs!

Forget I said Spirited Away - it was really great but Read or Die! was cooler.

happy belirthday. :)


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sun, Mar. 5th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)

happy belirthday.

*snerk*


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