Kat
04 May 2017 @ 07:06 pm
[community profile] 15kisses is a new transformative fanwork challenge community! The prompt sets are based off of the Zodiac signs! I'm so excited about it! >w<

The Price of Acceptance by Sarah Winifred Searle. Content warnings for: weight loss, eating disorders, fat shaming, and drug addiction. This was originally published by the Nib in February, but I only read it today when a friend retweeted it. I'm a fat girl and I've come to accept my body and my friends and family support me, but this still hit home in a lot of ways, particularly when I think of my younger self.

Best Anime 100 results revealed for NHK's Nippon Anime 100. These results were determined by an online poll that ran from January through to March, and it really shows in the rankings. I'm honestly surprised at how low Akira is on the list! (97?!) I'm not a big anime fan--I get intensely into a handful of series, but I tend to shy away from the 'big'/long-running ones--so I don't feel like I have any vested interest in the rankings. It's clearly based on popularity rather than quality.

Welcome to the Ballroom PV 4. I saw this yesterday and thought it was riding a little bit on Yuri!!! on Ice's coattails, which is fine, but what really took me back was the necks. I'm guessing it's a stylistic choice designed to emphasise the showy movements of ballroom dancing, but it looks uncomfortable.

I'm back at university and I was able to make some headway with my next assignment. My tutor helped me out a huge amount with my master's application by being able to signpost me towards the actual application, which is something that I've been struggling to find (the university website gives you the wrong directions!), and by talking through a couple of my research areas with me. I think I have a stronger idea of what I want to do, but I need to research it some more... once I've gotten the rest of these essays out of the way.
 
 
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Kat
It's been, like, five months since I last updated, so here goes.

I've finished my first year of university! We haven't been given our final grades back yet, but I'm pretty sure I passed with a 2:1 (I would loved to have gotten a first but I think my practical projects have dragged the mark down a bit). I'm back in my hometown but I'm not home for the summer officially--I'm going back a week today for another week, just to pack everything up, and then I'm coming home the following Saturday.

It's kind of sad because I've made a really good group of friends and I'm not going to get to see them a lot again until September! I haven't really been able to see most of them much the past few weeks because either everyone's been working or, in the case of one of my friends, broke his knee. :| (He's fine, other than the broken knee. It is a pretty funny story, we went out to party and then spent all night in the A&E.)

I saw Foo Fighters on Monday, which was the third time I've seen them and I think the best. They played a 25 song setlist (originally 30, but they ran out of time, I think) over the course of two and a half hours, and it was awesome.

Other than that, not a huge amount to report. I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron, Pitch Perfect 2, and Mad Max: Fury Road a couple of weeks ago and I enjoyed them all to varying degrees (although I have some issues with all of them), but Mad Max was my favourite by far. I've started watching Daredevil but I've been rewatching It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia for the past couple of days (because it's easy watching), and I've been playing a lot of the Sims 2 and Super Smash Bros. 4 (3DS).

I also read my first book in a day in the longest time last Sunday! It was Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Ship? and I liked it right up until the part where Deckard wanted to bone Rachael, and then I was kind of like "gdi" and the rest of the book just made me kinda sad. I've got China Mieville's Railsea to read as well, but I haven't cracked into it yet.
 
 
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Kat
31 December 2014 @ 11:10 pm
Aha, I haven't forgotten about this place! I haven't had time to write an entry.

I don't have a huge amount to say about this year, other than it's been a weird one. A good three quarters of it when way too fast because I was waiting for university to come around, and then the last quarter has been quick but also kind of slow? I guess because I've been doing more.

So far I really like uni! I've made a good group of friends and I'm enjoying my course. I'm still good at essay writing, so that's a small relief. I've (hopefully, we're still waiting on some guarantors to sign for it I think) got a place to live in September with some of my friends. It's a bit of a mixed experience--I still have bad days and they hit pretty hard, but I've noticed that being at home for three weeks with not a lot to do has actually made me feel worse? So we'll see. I guess keeping busy is good for me.

I'm still not sure what I want to do with my life or my degree though. I keep thinking teaching but it'd be teaching about film specifically in higher education (college or university). So, I'm not sure.

I'm going to see Foo Fighters in May! I'm really excited.

I don't have any resolutions other than that I want to practice being kinder and stepping back from myself when I'm feeling negative. I would like to write some more but I say this every year. I'm thinking about doing one of those jars that you fill with good things. I might keep a journal or something. I'm not sure! We'll see what happens.

Anyway! I hope you all have a really good 2015, or at least one that's better than 2014!
 
 
Kat
20 September 2014 @ 12:07 am
I haven't forgotten about Dreamwidth! Except I kind of did, I guess.

I'm going to university tomorrow--or today, actually, seeing as it's after midnight here. I should be sleeping because I have to be up at 7am, but I'm not.

I want to say that I'm feeling nervous but excited, and I guess that I am, but I feel kind of blank about it. I've packed my suitcases and I still don't quite feel like I'm moving out tomorrow. I feel like I have another day or something.

I'm a little bit worried about sleeping tonight--I have no doubt that I'm going to end up dreaming about missing going to university somehow.

So... I will (hopefully) update a little more once I've started uni. I enrol on Monday but my lessons aren't until next Monday.

It's also my birthday on Tuesday!
 
 
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Kat
10 June 2014 @ 12:19 pm
Remember when I said I was going to use this to get back into the habit of regularly posting updates? Aha, yeah. Me too.

I didn't update a lot last month because a) things were pretty quiet and b) I was on DW every day, but I've been busy playing [community profile] colors_tcg. I... really like online TCGs, you guys. I was taking part in their Pot of Gold challenge last month, so that kind of preoccupied my time, but I'm not bothering with it this month because I'm not interested in any of the grand prizes.

Anyway, a couple of things.

I will get around to answering that meme sometime soon... I have a couple of off-site responses to it to collect and reply to as well, but I'll work on it when I have some free time this week.

I have a few things that I want to review sometime soon! I finished season two of Orange is the New Black on Sunday (it took me less than 48 hours, although I know other people have finished it quicker than I have) and I have a lot of things that I want to say about it, so that's first on my list. I have a couple of other things I want to talk about as well, but I still need to finish most of them first. :x Soon, though. Very soon.

It's sixteen weeks (or just under) until I go to university and I'm nervous about money but I'm pretty excited about going. My friend and I went down to the city I'm going to on Friday to go see another of our friends who's in their third year there (and thus leaving soon), and we had a lot of fun! It was really nice to just hang out and talk--and we did talk a LOT, my throat was really sore by the time I got home and on Saturday--and I'm glad I have both of those people in my life.

My mom and I went out for dinner as a spur of the moment thing yesterday as well, and it was really nice just getting to sit and talk with her. I know a bunch of my friends have slightly pushy or overbearing mothers, and it's not like mine doesn't ever occasionally nag, but... we have a really good relationship now. We didn't used to when I was younger but we've put that behind us and we're a lot closer now and I'm glad. It's nice to know that I can tell her pretty much anything.

When I was writing this post in my head, it was a LOT longer than I thought it was going to be, aha. I have some stuff that I gotta do before I can start writing the OITNB post, but I'd expect to see that on your feed sometime soon.
 
 
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Kat
16 April 2014 @ 12:26 pm
Went to bed at midnight because I was pretty sleepy. Didn't actually get to sleep until about ten to five in the morning... and I had to get up at half past nine because I had somewhere to be.

Hopefully I'll sleep tonight.

I had an email from my university yesterday saying that they hadn't received confirmation of my accommodation yet, even though we'd sent the stuff out on April 1st and it was apparently received April 3rd. Got in touch with them this morning and it turns out that they had received my confirmation, but the university had sent the automated reminder out to everyone.

At least it's sorted though? I'm supposed to be getting another email later today to finalize it or something.

I had some creative things I wanted to do today, but mostly I just want to take a nap.
 
 
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