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I've noticed that some journals require you to have an age statement in them for security purposes or that you leave your year of birth.  Well since I refuse to leave my year of birth listed anywhere on the web due to my own personal security purposes here is my random age statement.

I am way over 18 or as stated in my first post I am in my late 40's, so I think I can pass any age requirements out there.

Thanks and I look forward to getting approved to join your journal!!

Sandi

I'm Back....sort of

Well, it's been quite a few rough months for me.  Found a job, made it through 3 months of training, then was finally a full time employee, then had to have a minor surgery with only 2 weeks recuperation time.  During that 2 weeks I ended up having problems with what I thought was my spinal stenosis of my neck, turns out I had a herniated disc and bone spur in my neck.  I lost total use of my arm for about a month.  Ended up having surgery, but also lost my job due to being off work for so long even though it was medical leave.  I'm finally almost done with my recuperation time for my neck surgery (spinal fusion) and am now starting to look for a job.  During all this time I lost track of my livejournal account and Arashi shows, so now I am slowly starting to dowload all the videos I missed, going to take a while to download and then watch them all, but I will get a hefty dose of Arashi which is definitely a good thing.

On a better note, my daughter is now in college (community this year) and next year will be going to Ball State to major in Japanese and Telecommunications.  She's hoping to one day go to Japan and work for one of the tv networks as a translator.  I am so proud of her in pursuing what she really wants.
I just received my issue of +Act with Oh-Chan on it, the scans were great but the actual pictures are even better!!!!!  He is soooo beautiful & sexy in those pictures.  Just had to share!!!

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It's almost 5 pm here in southern Arizona and I am sitting at home watching Japanese PV's (mostly Arashi of course), listening to the thunder and playing on my computer.  Now listening to the thunder part is a good thing, hopefully it means we will get the rain we have needed for so long & the wildfire on our mountain will finally be put to rest.  We haven't had a good rain in almost a year in our part of Arizona and the wildfire on our mountain (Monument Wildfire) has caused a lot of damage and forced a lot of evacuations for a while.  Although it is mostly contained now, the rain would definitely help.  Having the PV's on isn't a bad thing in and of itself, it's just that I am sitting watching them instead of what I am supposed to be doing.  What is that you say?  Well, I should be working on packing for our upcoming move from Arizona to Lafayette, Indiana (leaving in 22 days).  I have so much packing to do, but just can't seem to break myself away from my computer to do it.  Maybe once my daughter is home from work we can get some done.  Well, better get back to what I am supposed to be doing.  BTW are there any Arashi/Johnny's fans on live journal from Indiana, especially the Lafayette/Indianapolis area.  Would be great to find some additional fans in the area, I'm sure my daughter would love to meet other teens with her same love of Johnny's, etc.

Back to work!!!  Sandi  Wait Crazy Moon just came on, will watch it then get back to work!!!

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My Best Arashi Match!!! Yay!!!!


You Scored as Ohno Satoshi

You're most compatible with Ohno! You are content with simple things in life and understand that happiness is intrinsically generated. Ohno seems to prefer someone who is completely relaxed and free to live life with expression and honesty - with him, you get someone to grow old with. Results based on a 2006 translated interview about ideal marriages - therefore, you may want to take everything with a grain of salt. ;)

Ohno Satoshi
80%
Aiba Masaki
73%
Sakurai Sho
70%
Ninomiya Kazunari
65%
Matsumoto Jun
53%

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Been a while....

Well, it's been quite a while since I posted anything here on LJ, so I figured I would do one now.

I've been pretty busy lately, dividing my time between job hunting, getting ready for Con-nichiwa 2011 (Tucson anime convention), making cosplays for Chloie & Eva and having a German student visit for a week.  Today was actually a day to take it kind of easy, doesn't happen too often.

Con-nichiwa 2011 is quickly approaching, we have less than a month until the con...can't believe it.  We have some awesome guests this year including Sonny Strait (Maes Hughes from Full Metal Alchemist) and Todd Haberkorn (Italy from Hetalia & Death the Kid from Soul Eater).  I'm really looking forward to working with them at the con.  Guess I better get their schedules done pretty soon so I can email them to them.  I still have to finish a  couple of contracts and finalize everything for the staff/guest lounge, better get busy.

I'm making 3 cosplay outfits for Chloie & Eva each.  The one I've been putting most of my effort into is for our Japanese Matsuri we are having at the con.  I am making them each Wa Lolita dresses for the Matsuri fashion show.  I'll have to post pics here when I get them done, they are really cute if I do say so myself.  Another costume set is from Kamen Rider and the other is from Pokemon, Eva designed the Pokemon ones, they will all be cute.  Eva is such a good artist, she even drew me a pic of my Arashi ichiban, Ohno, it looks so cute, I'll have to post it here once she gets it colored for me.

Last week we had a student from Germany stay with us.  She is part of our towns sister cities program with Mexico & Germany.  She is in Mexico right now and will be back here on Sunday (going to take her to Tombstone) and then returns to Germany on Wednesday.  She's really nice and luckily into anime like we are.

Other than sewing & job hunting I've been watching a lot of J-Dramas, trying to watch all of Nino's dramas, even the older ones.  Watched Tengoku de Kimi ni Aetara today and Haikei, Chichiue-sama this weekend, they were both really good.  I also watched Wagaya no Rekishi with Matsu in it this weekend, it was great, I really enjoyed it to the point of staying up later than usual to watch it.

Well, guess I better get back to the job hunting and sewing, will try and update sooner this time, especially once I get the cosplays done for the girls.

First Post Finally

Ok, here's my first actual post on my live journal account.  I still don't really know what to put on here so I guess I'll just start by talking about me & what I'm interested in.

For those who don't know me, I'm a 46 yr old single mom of an almost 17 yr old daughter.  We live in Southern Arizona for now, but plan on returning to Indiana after CB (that's my daughter) graduates.  I miss seasons & actually don't like Arizona very much so I'm returning to my home state.  I'm currently looking for a job, being unemployed really sucks.  Besides looking for a job I spend time working with clay/ceramics and being on the staff of an anime convention in Tucson, Arizona.

I will be using this blog to post some of mine & CB's happenings here in So. AZ, work I've done with ceramics and my growing interest in Japan, it's people, culture, food & definitely it's various forms of entertainment. 

Thanks to CB over the past 3 years I've become increasingly interested in Japan & it's culture.  It all started out with watching the anime she was watching to be sure it was appropriate for a then 14 yr old, yes, I'm a somewhat overprotective mom.  From there it steadily grew, I started searching out animes to watch on my own, then went to a convention with her & friends in Phoenix, then volunteered to run registration for a new convention being held in Tucson, to the point that now I work at 3 different conventions in the state, watch mostly Japanese doramas and listen to J-Pop music most of the time.  According to CB's friends I'm the cool mom, most of the mom's think their daughters are crazy for liking all this Japanese stuff and wouldn't even consider watching or listening to any of it, let alone encouraging it like I do.  I figure it's better to join them than fight it, at least this way I know what they are doing.

So far I mostly listen to and watch things done by actors/groups represented by Johnny's Entertainment, a large Japanese talent agency.  I started with Arashi, an extremely popular boy band in Japan, and have progressed from there.  I am branching out to people I've seen in shows with Arashi members, so I'm slowly expanding my horizons.  I find the shows refreshing and the music is great, plus they dance with a lot of their songs & I'm a sucker for a dancer, and when it's singing & dancing together all the better.  My daughter thinks I'm crazy cause I like to watch the concerts frequently, I can't help it, I really like listening to the music & watching the dancing, they have some really good singers & dancers.  Besides they are wonderful eye candy as well.

Besides the Japanese interests, I've recently gotten extremely interested in working with clay, especially doing slabwork with clay.  I don't use a wheel to make anything, doesn't interest me at all, instead I mostly form things from slabs of clay and do sculptures.  I'm going to post pics here of some of my work.  For Christmas I made things for people in my family, plus I'm still working on a project for CB for her birthday, but she won't get the completed project on time.  I'll post it when I get it done.  So far I've made 4 drape bowls, they are bowls that you make by draping a thin slab of clay over an upside down mold and then let it dry that way with all the folds left in it for added detail.  I've made two football team wind chimes (Indianapolis Colts & Green Bay Packers) complete with a 3-d cheesehead for the top of the Packers one.  In doing these I discovered I need to use a porcelain clay from now on when making wind chimes if I want them to have a nice sound.  I made a dragon formed around a vase, an anime figurine (Mokona for those who know their anime) a wall plaque.  Right now I have pics of the bowls, wind chimes and anime figure I will post, as I finish & photograph more I will post them too.

Well, guess that's about it for my first post, guess I had more to talk about than I thought.  Until next time.

Sandi