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December 7th, 2008 (08:30 am)

Hopefully going from the hotel to York U won't take too much beyond 30 mins via taxi. Streets out here are looking okayish although it seems awful cold and icky outside. The weather forecast never mentioned anything *this* cold! Didn't bring anything suitable for this sort of cold (other than my coat). >.<;;

Yesterday proved to be most painful for the Visa bill. I blame Ysa and Ginny for that. *nods* That sounds like a good plan. :P There was much chocolate, and tea, and YARN! O_O;; FSU will share a bit in all of these, but the bulk is mine. ^^; Choco was simply evil; pure and simple evil. (And your fault Ysa.) Teawise, my tea selection was starting to look a bit scant after November, so it's just as well that I managed to pick some things up. But the greatest damage was definitely done by the yarn. >.<;; I'll be giving some to FSU, hopefully she'll like it. ^^; Hopefully I bought enough for at least a vest or a simple sweater. (I think so...) ^^; And there was some nice sock yarn (sadly FSU's >.<; ) and a really nice and soft yummy. ^o^ That one's *mine* Hands off! No sharing! Yes, I greedy. :P Thanks so much for a lovely afternoon Ginny! ^o^

Last night, I finally sat down and tried out a couple sections of a practise test. (Wait, aren't I supposed to do that much much earlier?!) Listening seems like it should be okay, but the vocab! O_O;; I didn't expect it to concentrate so *utterly* on kanji and reads. >.<;; If the actual test is like that, I'm sunk. I'm not that precise in my reading. (Why figure out a word read rather than gloss things over and getting the meaning from the kanji itself?) *sigh* Add to that uncertainty with the reading comp and...... it's going to be iffy. I guess I should've started studying more than 1-2 weeks in advance and not procrastinated so much in the process either. ^^;

Ah well, such is life. ^^; The worst thing is that I'm really not keen on studying *words* anymore. I'd rather pick them up in some sort of reading concept. Still, I might see about picking up a kanji-a-day or a word-a-day calendar and hope that might help me. >.>

Anyhow, reg is from 8:50-9:50. Time to head out. (I'll be taking a certain GH doujinshi with me to read if I get bored while there. I was bad and started reading it on the flight over.) ^^; Good luck to everyone writing the JLPT!


Posted by: Maria (reynardine)
Posted at: December 7th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)

Good luck to you!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 8th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)

Thanks! I definitely needed all the luck I could get for it this time. ^^;

Posted by: Ysabet (umadoshi)
Posted at: December 7th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
Glomp (sleepdebtfairy)

But I wasn't even there...! (Mmm, Soma chocolate.)

I'm glad you guys had such a good day, even if I am still very sad that I didn't get to meet you too. (;_;) We should overlap trips sometime. Preferably not in the winter. I've had enough Toronto winter. >.> (Not that Halifax's is any fun, but if I have to have Toronto winter I want Toronto rest-of-the-year to go with it.)

Good luck today! I hope it goes well!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 8th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)

*laughs* That didn't stop either of us from blaming you for it though. :P I agree we should try overlapping some time, but definitely not in the winter. >.<;; Things went cold and it's now *bitter* outside.

......We won't talk about how it went quite yet... ^^;

Posted by: Ysabet (umadoshi)
Posted at: December 8th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Haru glare (merrychildicons)

Hmph. No fair blaming me when I don't get to have any of the fun, I think. ^_-

Toronto has a nice spring--at least, it warms up faster than it does out here...

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 10th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)

Hmm... so you'll take the blame if you get to share in the fun? :P

Posted by: Ysabet (umadoshi)
Posted at: December 10th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
CM Garcia intense (iconistas)

It'd make me more amenable to the idea. ^^

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Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 8th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)

Yeah, knitting's great therapy. Or is it the yarn that makes great therapy...? ^^; I actually don't use metal needles much since most of them contain nickel which neither FSU (female sibling unit) nor I can handle. Both of us *love* handknit socks however. They're much better than store bought. :P

Cheers and welcome! ^_^

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: December 7th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)

I'm glad you had fun! Sorry about the damage to the Visa. That really wasn't on the plan. O_o

I hope the test is going well! I shall be optimistic for you to the last.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 8th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)

*laughs* I had my suspicions considering what was on the list of stops. ^^;

The test... was. *nods* That's a good description for it. ^^;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: December 8th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)

Well, that puts you ahead of me. I had deluded myself that since we'd be visiting places in my own city, I wouldn't get too badly dinged. *sigh*

Well, the test is done now. I suggest tea. ^_~

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 8th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)

^^;; At least we avoided any pen shops (at least ones that were open). Otherwise, I might've bought myself a little present to celebrate doing NaNo in J. :P As it is, I think I need to reconsider what to do for NaNo next year. There's no question in my mind that I'll need to redo JLPT 1. It would've been a close thing if I'd kept it together, but...... Oops. ^^;

Tea! I'm having mango tea courtesy of hot water from room service and the Starbucks cups in the room (with lid) as a makeshift teapot. :P I couldn't stand the idea of having more bagged tea after such a horrible test, especially with all these lovely teas calling to me in this room. ^^;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: December 8th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)

Well, there's that pen shop just beneath your hotel. You could go there tomorrow. It's where I had my most spectacular failure of willpower. You could make it a tradition.

Yeah, bagged tea with all the yumminess in your possession would be pretty heartbreaking. Good thinking there!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 10th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)

*laughs* I did pop by, but fortunately did no further damage to the Visa (at least not there). Picked up some teas from Holt Renfrew, but their Fauchon selection was only bagged and extremely limited (no Un Apres Midi...) >.>

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: December 7th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)

ganbatte ne!!! :)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 8th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)

*laughs* I tried, but I more than suspect I'll be taking this again next year *after* doing some real study for it. ^^; I'm hoping to get to your first bit tonight, but I'm not sure if the brain can handle anything yet. Should be okay tomorrow night though. ^_^

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: December 8th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)

awww I'm sure you did well! plus you know japanese like the back of your hand :)

Yoshi!! looking forward to smut translation...
trying to decide which one I want next ensei/shuurei or gintama smut *would prefer seiran x shuurei smut but at last couldn't find any plus I'm sure you've got your fair share of that from the past translations lol)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 8th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)

*laughs* It's pretty unlikely I made it this year. Screwing up a whole (lesser) section last year wouldn't have changed whether I passed or not, but this year...... With the increased material plus the higher passing grade, it's pretty unlikely. ^^;

*laughs* I should take a look and see what doujinshi I have for Saiunkoku. I don't have much, and I have no idea if any of it's smut. ^^;

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