[sticky post]Intro/Friending Post
Yokoo nekomimi
xanithofdragons
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Here it is! My sticky intro/friending post!

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Last updated 2/25/2017

Where else to find me
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xanithofdragons
I feel like everything I post about is something I've been meaning to post about for a while and then finally do. ^^; Anyway, this is old news now, but with the stuff going on and worry about LJ, I finally made a dreamwidth account. This post is the first time I'm trying to post directly on DW and cross-posting on LJ. I'm not really sure things are going to actually change that much on LJ, but better safe than sorry, I guess and it's nice to have a back-up. I transferred all my LJ posts already, and I guess I'll work to make everything go up on both for the time being, which I guess is easiest to do by posting directly on DW and crossposting to LJ? IDK

I have the same username on DW as on LJ, but I'll post a link to make it easiest. Feel free to add me over there, but let me know first by commenting or messaging me or something if you are. I haven't done much with it yet, but it'd be nice if I can find people and communities and stuff.

This is even older news, but I have an AO3 account now too. I think I probably first set it up when I was on a Star Trek fic-reading binge or something and thought it would be nice to be able to comment and kudos under a username and bookmark stuff? I don't remember. But I finally got around to reposting all the fic I had posted on LJ back in April. I say that like it's a lot and not a relatively small number. I also posted this old-ass fic I wrote when I was still in high school that I had maybe never posted publicly on the internet before. It's over 9 years old, but it's somehow the longest fic I have up orz

I also found some practically finished fic I had just sitting around never posted in my hard drive, mostly back from when I was still into Kisumai, and went and posted that on AO3 too. For the record, receiving kudos on AO3 is about as nice and affirming as I was expecting it to be xD There's some more unfinished stuff back from my Kisumai days that it's highly unlikely I'll ever get back to, and I'm still unsure about maybe just throwing that up online too. Well, all of this happened because April saw me getting back into a fic-writing mood for the first time in maybe over a year? So I've been working on a few different Ebi fics (because apparently I'm all over the place) that I'll hopefully be able to post in the near future. Don't know yet whether I'll mainly just post new fic on AO3 or keep posting it on LJ (and DW now) first.

So that's two more places on the internet to find me. I've updated my profile with them too so hopefully people can find that info about me whenever.

Trying to get out more and Yu Yu Hakusho
Perfume party
xanithofdragons
I had known for a while that my local Half Price Books had a monthly board game night, but I just finally went to it for the first time last month, in February. Honestly I haven't made many friends in my area even a year and a half after moving, and I figured this would be a good fun activity that would get me in contact with more people. We played the Ghostbusters board game and another game whose name I don't remember, but it involved getting treasure off of a sinking island. Both of them were cooperative games, which was nice since I can be overly competitive sometimes.

The HPB staff member who was running it last month also started doing a monthly tabletop RPG event and he was encouraging us really strongly to go to it too, so I checked it out and had some fun doing that too. Tabletop RPGs are kind of something I've always been interested in but haven't had enough chances to do. He does one-time games using an open-source RPG platform called Cogent and it's very easy to use.

I really liked both events, so I went again this month. At board game night we played Tsuro which was really nice and chill and Evolution which I liked so much I'd want to get it for myself sometime.

Also this month, I stopped by the store one day to confirm which day the RPG event was gonna be this month, and it happened to be the Friday of the weekend they had a big 40% and 50% off one item sale. I looked around the store and noticed they had the whole series of Yu Yu Hakusho on DVD sets. I really loved Yu Yu Hakusho when I was younger, and I'd always consider buying it on DVD whenever I saw it in a store, but it always seemed so expensive. Well, used and on sale, I figured this would be my best chance to finally just buy it, so I bought the whole series over the three days of the sale. :D

Like I said, I really loved YYH, and I watched it on tv when I could, but I ended up missing large parts of like, the last two story arcs, so I was really excited to watch everything through from start to finish. And well, it's been 2 weeks since I started and I've watched pretty much all of it xD I'll probably watch the last episode tomorrow. I'm glad to find that I still love the series a lot and it's fun to be reminded of parts that I hadn't remembered well and learn about the parts I had missed. It's also fun to watch it subtitled since I had watched it dubbed on tv before. I still love Yu Yu Hakusho ♥

My local post office continues to be incompetent
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xanithofdragons
Today's post is inspired by me remembering that I had made a "wtfuckery" tag and by my local post office continuing to be terrible.

Look, I think public, government-run services are great, even if they're slow or overworked or made cumbersome with bureaucracy, but my local post office is very unreliable. I've said in a previous post that I've only ever had a problem with a post office once before moving here, but the problems keep continuing with my local post office.

It's hard to even remember when it all started, but in September, I think, I ordered two of these phone cleaner plushies, one for me and one as a late birthday present to my sister-in-law. Well, to cut to the end, my sister-in-law never got her birthday present.

I picked air shipping, and it was taking longer than usual, but there was tracking. According to the tracking, it made it to my town's post office, but it never went out to be delivered. After a couple of weeks I decided I finally had to contact the post office to found out what happened to it. I hate talking on the phone and found out there was a way to make inquiries by email, so I sent one out. The Saturday after I sent the inquiry, someone from my post office called me (even though I entered into the form that I preferred email contact, of course), but I didn't answer because I didn't know the number.

She left a voice mail though. And ugh, she acted kinda put out that I had sent it by email using the national form instead of calling my local office first. When I told my family this story, they guessed it probably made them look bad to get an inquiry, but seriously it's their own fucking fault if they look bad. (# ゚Д゚) But she said they'd investigate and get back to me by Monday. She also told me to check with my apartment's office (as if I hadn't already multiple fucking times) and to call her if it was there. It wasn't there when I checked after work on Monday, obviously, so I didn't call her. Unfortunately she also didn't call me. Even though she said she would. I never heard from her or anyone else at my post office again.

After waiting a few more weeks, I checked the tracking online on a whim, and it was being returned to sender. So at some point they had to have found it. And they never bothered contacting me to tell me. Ever. Great fucking job post office. Great fucking job.

Like, I suppose I could have contacted them again, and I thought about it a couple times, but I shouldn't have to. I shouldn't have to chase after my mail just to make sure it doesn't get lost or mis-filed and actually makes its way to me. Ugh.

Well it's been returned to sender, and at least their policy is to refund the cost of items returned undelivered. I'm still out the eight dollars I paid for shipping though. :< I'm trying again, and hopefully this time my sister-in-law will get a Christmas present. I picked EMS shipping this time and I'm seriously hoping nothing else gets lost. I might have to move just to live somewhere the post office isn't so shitty.

2016 may be the year of movies for me
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xanithofdragons
I've been watching a lot of movies in 2016, at least a lot more than I normally do, although that's not saying a lot. I've already watched three movies in theaters this year. Three whole movies I've watched in theater this year and I might even watch another one in theater? The three I've seen are Concussion, Deadpool, and Star Trek: Beyond. And yeah, that may not seem like a lot, but the last time I had seen a movie in theaters prior to this year was 2013. Yeah, that's how much I typically am not a movie person.

Early-ish in the year, I heard a lot about Star Wars The Force Awakens and decided to watch it and liked it enough that I decided to watch the rest of the Star Wars movies to get the full story. And now I'm slowly starting to get into Marvel Cinematic Universe. And ngl part of why I'm so interested in MCU is the fandom, or more specifically the shipping. Because I am exactly the kind of shipper who gets into something because a ship in it seems interesting. xD

But part of why I say I'm "slowly" getting into it is because I started to watch some stuff and then talked with my brother and sister-in-law and we decided to watch through what we wanted to see together, but we only tend to meet up about once a month. >_< But now I'm really getting excited and really getting into stuff and can barely wait to watch more. T_T

Maybe what I can learn from this year is that it's a lot easier for me to get into movies when it's a series or a franchise. It's hard for me to get really enthusiastic about it otherwise. ^^;
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A month of games
Yokoo
xanithofdragons
This month I actually bought two new video games! And I basically bought them as they came out, too. That probably doesn't seem that exceptional, but it's been a struggle at times post-college to get back into gaming the way I was before and carve out time for it.

The first game was Ace of Attorney: Spirit of Justice, and I didn't even realize it was coming out until this month, but I think I downloaded it about the day after it was released? The stories and the characters are interesting as always. ^^

Don't get me wrong, every one of the Ace Attorney games has been tons of fun and had interesting stories, but I feel like they've almost gotten themselves into a bad cycle of trying too hard. Like they're trying too hard to introduce new gameplay elements every time and it feels like they're stretching in more ways than one. ^^; I guess maybe for me the basic gameplay and premise was already so great to begin with that I don't think they ever needed more than to keep writing interesting stories and updating for the new possibilities on new systems (which they've of course did with 3D graphics). But of course, I'm absolutely enjoying the game and the story.

I was really hoping to finish Spirit of Justice before the other game came out today, but alas I'm not done yet, not even with the main story (I will probably buy the dlc and play that too lol).

And the second game I was looking forward to coming out this month is Yokai Watch 2. I ended up getting the Bony Spirits version, and I even preordered it. I don't remember if I ever mentioned here that I got the first Yokai Watch game either, but I did and I really enjoyed it and I finished it wishing it was longer and had more stuff to do. From what I've read about Yokai Watch 2, it seems like it should be the more (and hopefully longer) I was hoping for. I've only barely started playing it tonight, clocking about an hour, and I can hardly wait for the game to really get going.

WTF Post Office
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xanithofdragons
I guess it's kind of a weird change in my lifestyle after quitting my old horrible grocery store job, but now I'm usually not around when deliveries are typically made. And I typically order enough Japanese CDs/DVDs/magazines/books that I'll have something shipped to me usually 1-2 times per month at least. So I live in an apartment complex and the management office can accept packages for me, fine right? I even signed a piece of paper and everything. Things should work out great!

Except in reality it's like 50/50 whether the packages will actually get delivered or get stuck in limbo. All of the stuff from Japan either comes through Fedex or the postal service. Domestic stuff often comes through UPS, but that's much fewer orders. I've had the least problems with UPS; they'll pretty reliably just leave it at the apartment management office (as long as they're open that day) and leave a notice saying so. I can just pick it up and everything works out. Fedex and the USPS are the ones giving me problems. It's not even a matter of whether a signature is required or not. Like sometimes they'll have someone at the office sign for it, and sometimes, just not deliver it? I guess maybe they have the bad timing of coming when the office is closed, but it also seems like sometimes they come back and try to deliver to the office and sometimes don't?

But still, Fedex always leaves a notice, although sometimes the notices are inaccurate for some reason? One time the COD box was checked even though it wasn't COD, and one time it said "check leasing office" but when I went to the office they said Fedex hadn't even come that day. So weird. But still, they always leave a notice, and if it isn't delivered I can wait and hope it's delivered the next day or use their website to have it sent to the nearest Fedex office and pick it up.

The worst, though, is my local post office. I have never had so many problems so frequently with the post office as I have had here. I can think of only one other time ever before here that the post office has failed me. Like Fedex, sometimes they'll leave it at the office and sometimes they won't, with no apparent rhyme or reason. And like Fedex, they're supposed to leave a notice. Supposed to. It wasn't like this right away, but shortly after I moved here, it sounds like they got a bunch of new trainees in or something and now, actually more often than not, they either don't leave any notice at all or leave it in the wrong box. I won't pick shipping methods without tracking any more, because I can't trust the post office to just never leave any notice and send my orders back to sender without ever contacting me. T_T So I watch the tracking and if I see that they tried to deliver, I'll take the note if I'm lucky, or write down the tracking number and my address if I'm not lucky and go pick it up at the post office the next day.

However, the USPS also has a reschedule delivery option through their tracking, and if it's close to say, a Saturday or day I'll have off from work and can just sit around in my apartment and wait for it, why not use it? Well, I have tried this method three times and three times my local post office has managed to fuck it up. The first time I requested it to be delivered on a Saturday, and I waited around with no ring on my buzzer. I checked my mailbox and saw the mail had already come, and then I checked with the office and they hadn't received it either. So I freak out and go to the post office while they're still open, and the person at the counter is like treating me like I'm being unreasonable at first, but it turns out they filed the package wrong and never sent it out for redelivery. >:< The second time, I scheduled the redelivery on Wednesday for the following Friday because my work was gonna be close that day. Yeah, they tried to deliver it on Thursday instead, and I ended up having to go into the post office to pick it up on Friday anyway. And finally, this past week they tried to deliver something on Friday, I scheduled the redelivery for Saturday, and of course, looking at the tracking, it probably never even went out for delivery. I'll see if there's any movement Monday and hopefully I'll be able to pick it up Monday or Tuesday, but yeah, I'm never using the USPS schedule redelivery option again, at least not while I live here.

I guess this is all to say that I still haven't gotten my copies of Johnny's WEST's new single that I ordered. orz
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What is work even
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xanithofdragons
This week so far and last week have been better, but lately I've had plenty of moments of wondering what the point of it all is. Like, why we even work? Or why people make companies (so much work??)? Or why people advance technology? Where are we going? What are we doing? Although that's probably because I was reading lots of anti-capitalist posts, lol. Politics making me existential~ Although I'm kinda bummed I'm missing the deadline to register to vote so I can vote in the presidential primaries, oops. I haven't bothered getting a new driver's license for Illinois yet, and apparently online voter registration (and also online tax filing I've discovered) requires you have an Illinois license or ID. All I have is my weird Wisconsin driver's license where people in other states can't figure out where to find the birthdate! Maybe that's all different states' IDs, though, who knows. Ah well, I'll have to register later I guess.

But anyway, work actually has been okay-ish last week and so far this week? Although last week it helped that I took Monday off for a family trip, so I got a short week. But the week before last week we had our averaging-once-every-other-week meeting with my supervisor, my supervisor's supervisor, and me, and because accounting is really swamped 'til about April, I was asked to help them when I have time. Last week I helped a little making copies and it helped me so much to just have something to do with extra time. ^^ This week so far has been pretty busy with a lot of stuff happening even though normally things are really quiet for me early in the week, so that has been kind of nice, although being hit with a bad cold was not at all nice. T_T I do seem to be doing better now so hopefully it's all up from here.

Maybe it's weird, but I'm always looking forward to things like meetings and mandatory trainings. Like there's mandatory harassment prevention trainings coming up and I'm thinking, like, oh how interesting xD I mean, that could go well or it could go terribly, but I'm hoping it goes well ^^; I think a part of it is just because meetings and stuff mean anywhere from a half hour to multiple hours I can look forward to just have something scheduled to do and not worry about it. Maybe I'll start to think our monthly safely trainings are boring in a year when I've been through them all, but idk. Because I also just like learning about things, even things I've learned about before. Mandatory monthly meetings mean I get to hear how the company's doing and other announcements, and mandatory trainings mean I get to learn something new maybe or at least hear things explained in a new way.

But I am a little worried about next week because my supervisor is taking a vacation part of the week and most of her work will fall to me while she's out. orz At least I probably won't be bored? ^^;

Wow I had a lot of things to talk about
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xanithofdragons
One thing I really wanted to do after I got an office job is paint my nails more, and I'm working on that! My company's annual holiday party is tomorrow and I painted my nails for it:

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Maybe if I paint my nails more and more often it'll get easier to paint them without getting polish all over the surrounding skin ^^; I had bought a few new nail colors and I was holding back on painting my nails even though I was excited about it because I wanted to have it fresh to show off at the holiday party. I also bought top-coat and used it for the first time. I feel like such a beginner when it comes to nails. I'd never used a top-coat before and so it would always start to chip off in a day or two orz. But the top-coat I used made my nails look really finished and polished! I'm also really stretching myself and using an effects top-coat for an accent nail. It was a lot harder to work with than I was expecting! I'm also afraid that the stars will come off the first time I wash my hands or something; I'm so nervous.

I am excited for the holiday party itself, for a chance to hang out with coworkers a little casually (?) and to see them wearing fancy clothes and stuff o(^^)o But I'm also a little worried about it because it's 5 hours long (?!) and that's a long time to spend socializing with people, most of whom I don't really know all that well... I don't understand why it's scheduled for so long. Is there really gonna be so much going on that I won't feel bored or stressed? I'll see. >_<

Pretty much ever since the DVD for A.B.C-Z's Early Summer Concert came out and I watched it, I've been in a big Ebi mood. ♥ Ebi always puts on such great performances and puts so much work into everything they do. It makes me even sadder that they've been kind of neglected. :/ But they still make the best of it and do their own thing and ugh they're so good. T_T But it got kinda bad last night when I was struck with inspiration for Ebi fanfic and couldn't sleep. I stayed up like 3 hours later than I really should have, as if I don't already feel inexplicably sleepy most days and have trouble sticking to my self-set bedtime. ^^; But I guess the good part is that I actually started writing some stuff down, including bits of Fuuma/Fumito fic! I've actually had a plot in mind for a Fuuma/Fumito fic (yeah I ship that and yeah only half of that ship is Ebi, I know) for months now, and it'd be great if I could be struck with inspiration enough to even write a full draft for it xD I also thought of an idea for a HashiTotsu fic, but man...

I feel like I need a fic writing cheerleader/light beta? Sometimes I want a sounding board for my fic ideas and I often feel like I have an idea that I think is really cool only to doubt most of it shortly later. But at the same time I feel like my stuff isn't worth it because I pretty much just write ficlets and drabble-y stuff... Which is just more of me devaluing my own work, huh? :/ But primarily English-speaking Johnny's fandom is small and it gets even smaller when you narrow it down to people who like the same groups and ships you. IDK

I also got my copies of the new JWEST album this week, and I'm really enjoying it! I miss posting thoughts posts about Jpop releases and stuff on here, so I'll try to write a post just about it. For now I'll say that I really like this album for the most part. ^_^

最近はまってることがStar Trek
junsmile
xanithofdragons
Wow I really like the Japanese verb はまる. Anyway, lately I've been super into Star Trek: TOS. I used to watch a bunch of Star Trek: TNG reruns back when I was in junior high or high school, but I never got super into TOS. Lately though I'd been seeing so many things about how progressive Star Trek was for its time that I got the urge to watch more of it. So I've pretty much been binge-watching TOS episodes starting from the ones available online and then borrowing the DVDs from the library. ^^

And a couple weeks back I went to an event at a bar with my brother and played the Artemis Spaceship Bridge simulator. It was super fun and I really want to play it again sometime. We got three rounds in. The first two I did weapons and the last round I did science. xD

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