Monday, April 20, 2015

What am I listening to? #5

Hello again!

It's been a while since I've shared what kind of music I'm listening to. Let's fix that!

First off, I suppose I should warn and say that some of the songs here contain spoilers for certain games. Also, most of the videos are under the read more tag because it'll slow down my blog for some people otherwise.

The first song, my favorite so far from this list, is "Self-Inflicted Achromatic". It's actually pretty depressing, but I think it speaks well and is a very pretty song. I kept with the one with the video based on the game Ib, so the video is filled with spoilers, so beware. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tennessee Adventure!

Hello Everyone!

I recently went on an adventure with my two senpai's to Tennessee! We went on vacation hoping to go to a cherry blossom festival, and so we did. Unfortunately, there weren't very many cherry blossoms blooming at the time. They probably had done so earlier and the festival, and we, missed it. But I did find a few, and I laid down beneath one as a break for a while and it was nice and cool and also pretty (even if most of the flowers weren't blossoming).

I talked about my Dreamv yukata before; I decided to take it with me to the festival, only I wanted to actually have a different obi for it. I currently have a pre-tied obi and a hanhaba. I didn't want to do the pre-tied obi to the festival (They really just don't feel as nice when you wear them) and my current hanhaba didn't fit spring or match my yukata in any way. I looked around online and saw that nothing would get here on time for the trip, so I decided to make my own hanhaba obi. I found a wonderful cherry blossom fabric and knew that's what I wanted to use.

But why stop at just an obi?

I actually decided sometime before buying the fabric that I wanted to do a more modern style yukata get-up complete with many accessories. In the end I also ended up making a puchi-heko obi, adding lace to the hanhaba, making my own kanzashi, and stringing some beads to a flower to attach to the hanhaba.  I know it's not very traditional but I really liked how it all came out! Unfortunately, any picture taken of me in it was long after hours of walking around. Luckily I had the paper parasol that my parents had found at an auction. It kept me from getting overheated or sunburned~

Like a lot of things lately, the cherry blossom festival itself wasn't so exciting. What was exciting, though, was the city surrounding it! I got to eat all sorts of tasty and interesting foods, there is no way I could complain!

We then moved on in our journey and headed to the tourist town of Gatlinburg, TN. I've been here several times before in my life. We arrived too late for snow and snow related sports, though. I would have liked to have gone snow-tubing, but I guess that will have to wait for a later year!
I'm going to be completely honest here for a second.
The drive to the mountain chalet that we were staying in was absolutely terrifying.

The road was winding up a mountain with no rails on the side and barely enough room to share the room without scraping each other's cars up. The drops at the side were completely horrifying to even just know where there. With so many hills and turns, you never actually knew if a car was coming up from the other side either! To top it all off, we were basically at the very top of the mountain.  In order to get to town and food, we'd have to drive up and down the mountain at least once each day.

At least the view from the patio was amazing!

The chalet itself was pretty cozy, too! We even had a hottub on the balcony where we could see off the side of the mountain! Pretty cool, huh? The place itself is really cheap to rent out, but I can understand why if people are too terrified to make the journey up the mountain. It's not something I'd ever want to do again, honestly.

For the next few days, we had our adventures around town. It was full of laser tag, arcades, mini golf, fondue, great food, awful food, donuts, going up and down mountains various ways, ducking into places to avoid the rain, window shopping, and really great views.

Speaking of food, if you ever find yourself in Gatlinburg and you like Chinese restaurants here in the states, I suggest going to North China. It's always been my favorite place to eat here.

View from the side of a mountain after we road the skylift up.

I got a few souvenirs to bring back, including these really cool cats that you can 'draw' on by scraping the black paint off of them. My senpai's helped me to win one (it was the cheapest prize anyway) and the guy at the counter gave us three (which were all given to me) and some candy as well!

One of my senpai's also bought me a fox plush as a souvenir. It's really adorable and its head wobbles and stuff. Other senpai named the fox Kory and we've both been carying Kory around until the point that the plush reached my computer desk. 

It was an amazing trip and I had a lot of fun, majorly due to the wonderful company I was in. I hope we'll be able to take more trips together in the future! I love the adventures that we have together!
Also, my cats have missed me so much and won't leave my side now. I'm so happy.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Post Con Write-up: Pro±Con 2015

Hello everyone!

It's been a while again, huh? I really should get back to writing here on a normal basis. I'll try to do so, I really will! Especially since people have told me they like to read my posts on here. I feel so honored and flattered! So thank you everyone who enjoys reading my posts!

Anyway, today I guess I'll write up a bit about Pro±Con!

I've been to this convention for the third time now and I don't know if I'm enjoying it as much as I used to. I'm glad there is a free small convention in the town I live in. I can't complain about price or not getting my money's worth or anything like that, so in the end it's okay, but again, I'm just not having as much fun.

There seemed to be a lot less to do this year. It felt like less events and less panels and less variety in gaming. Maybe it's just that they were catering to different people aside from me, which is fine. For an convention hosted by an anime club, though, it seemed to lack a lot of the anime aspect to it. Sure, there was the anime viewings, but the panels mostly did not apply. I think they probably had a lot of problems getting volunteers to do such panels. It's understandable.

For the second year in a row, I've been part of the maid cafe. While it's fun, I still think that it has a long way to go from the bake-sale environment it hosts. When I got home, I spent the next few days writing up a few pages on how I personally would like to see it improved and where I"d like to see it go. I didn't want to come off as rude so I haven't shown it to anyone really, but if you're part of the staff there and would like my opinion, I'd gladly send these few pages over to you and talk about what I'd like to see, personally.

I spent about 3-4 hours in the maid cafe while I was there, and the other hour at the con dressed as Ginko, trying to find something to do. I didn't find much, honestly, and I was really cold in the outfit, but I went to a ramen shop nearby and had some curry rice and it warmed me up!

Unlike the previous two years, I didn't participate in the costume contest. Just as well, too, because I still don't agree with or even begin to comprehend how it is run. I saw a few things on it swirling around the tumblr universe that I have to say I strongly disagree with (not as far as their choice in contestants but how they are handling the contest as a whole). But it isn't my contest and as long as people are actually enjoying themselves, I have nothing more to say. 

They may be playing with the possibility of holding it in North Charleston instead. Maybe having it in a larger building would do them a lot of good! I feel like they still have a long way to go for this convention, but I wish them the very best. Even if I'm not having as much fun as I used to, I can still stop by and have at least a little fun!

I'm sorry if a lot of this seemed more on the pessimistic side; it really isn't meant to be, and I hope the convention continues to develop, eventually into something extra cool!