A bit late this time... Oop
This year I went to Japan for the second time to stalk Morning Musume's spring concert tour. I was able to attend four Morning Musume concerts as well as a H!P kenshuusei event and a Juice=Juice 'high touch' event :3 Idols ♥ I went to both Tokyo and Osaka and it was quite awesome. Would consider doing the same thing again. The only bad thing is that my body was pretty nuts during most of the trip. I had no appetite, needed to sit down a lot feeling tired, eyes went dry and started to hurt etc. I ended up returning to my hotel room quite early each day. I also really started to grow tired of feeling like there were old Japanese men staring at me mistaking me for younger than I am. I'd really like to be able to chat with people closer to my age, ya know. Anyway, I also managed to meet Manamin, TDuck and fushi (T__T) during this trip, so that was great! I think I should give a special mention to Minoo where I went for a walk because that place was absolutely stunning. I LOVE TREES. I also loved the train ride to Kyoto, looking out the window.
It may also count as travels that I spent a month working in Saariselkä in December. Lapland isn't that new to me, living in Pello, but Saariselkä did look like winter wonderland all the time I was there while the rest of Finland was getting rain... So that was great. It felt a bit like going from Lapland to Lapland+++.
Aha I've pretty much stopped following Berryz Kobo and C-ute, and only listen to S/mileage singles once or twice D: But Morning Musume and Juice=Juice (new unit!) I'm still very much down with. Momusu had an awesome year with their electronic sound and Juice=Juice is releasing sort of Tsunku retro songs, so they're refreshing to listen to with the disco vibes and whatnot. Totally LOVED seeing them gals live in spring and being able to see Reina before her graduation (she does shine on stage). I would pay myself sick over and over again for a chance to attend another concert or event. I love Morning Musume.
I think I've grown tired of 'perfection' and the obvious sexual objectification in Kpop MVs. There's nothing fresh about Kpop to me anymore. There were a few good and fun music releases: Brown Eyed Girls and IU of course, Ladies' Code seems like the best new group and Spica is always love. Lee Hi, too ♥ But most of it left me unimpressed and bored, both music and the videos. More than anything though, what a disappointment of a year when last year I felt things were becoming exciting musically and I was really looking forward to 2013! No no, just an utter disappointment.
But yeah. I'm tired of the 'perfect' styling, the perfect make-up and lighting, the same facial features and body type being idolized and how fucking predictable everything is. You would think that someone dyeing their hair bright red would be something to take note of, but Kpop has done it so much that it's just another Tuesday, now. Every girl group MV has the same dance moves of look at my butt and boobs, I can't even watch them anymore. I'm just utterly tired. I'll probably keep checking again this year for new releases that I might like, but the passion is pretty much gone.
I got my new fucking amazing computer at the beginning of this year. I haven't played that many demanding games, but everything does look prettier and work smoother so fuck yeah. I got into Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas this year. Dark and fun, lots of flying body parts. I still find Fallout:NV annoying at times, though, I just always feel that my weapons are useless. o-o So I haven't finished that one yet. I also started playing Skyrim 8) But I keep wanting to start a new game, which I definitely should not do because going through the same places again so soon is not a good idea. So I'm going to stick to my current khajiit mage for now... Yup. I also still did Left4Dead2 with fraaanns and rekindled interest in Terraria, as well. I haven't been playing Lord of the Rings Online as much because every time I play it it has to update and meh x'D Maybe this year.
And yes, I still play The Sims 2 and The Sims 3. Mah babies.
Holy crackwaffle I have watched so much this year.
I gave up on The Walking Dead and Homeland because I got tired of both, essentially. Well, tired of the characters. Can't watch a show if I don't love the characters, or at least love to hate them. I also decided not to watch the last season of Dexter because I read what happens and there's no way I'm going to waste time in witnessing that steaming pile of shit. LOL Sorry but there was exactly one reason why I stuck with that show even through rough patches and that one reason does not get the respect she deserves during the last season. I think Dexter should've died a long time ago and it would've been a better show.
I FINISHED WATCHING ALL OF ER! I'm still working on writing about my favourite characters haha. But yes, what a lovely show, my #3 all-time show and I still can't believe that it's actually over and I can't continue to see what's happening over there right now. Ahhh ahh nuts.
I lost a bit of interest in BWE and Mad Men (again), but still watched all of them of course. I guess I'll stick with them out of loyalty, but I don't see them cracking my all-time top 5 by the end.
I started watching Marvel's Agents of SHIELD for fun, and fun it has been... I see a lot of people dissing the show actually, but haha I like it! I like the characters, the show makes me giggle, but it also has drama and action - it's a nice hour of relaxation for me, a nice change of pace from the other shows I watch that can be quite drama filled.
I also love American Horror Story for disturbing fun. LOL It's just so over-the-top and amazing. But I actually do not like the main actress that everyone else thinks the show would die without. o-o She is actually TOO over-the-top for my tastes... Oh well!
I've been continuing Breaking Bad as well, which is just heart-breakingly brilliant at times. Started The Good Wife, which is great. Also started The Sopranos which I don't love yet and almost gave up on, but I think I'll keep watching it.
And this and that. OH! When it comes to reality TV... I know I had already given up on Big Brother as a format, but somehow I gave a chance to this year's season of Big Brother Australia and it was really good. Really really good. :3 It just left me with a good feeling instead of leaving me hating humanity, which is a nice change. Tim Dormer probably is the perfect Big Brother housemate. I also did watch Survivor this year.
All in all, a whole lot of television this year. But in return, I only saw about 5 movies all year. So I just spent no time on movies and all time on TV. LOL
Well, I had a job in winter-spring that was ok as a job, but because of my coworkers I ended up hating it. I felt so excluded that I actually bought a smart phone just so that I could use IRC at work to chat with friends because I felt so miserably alone there. Yeah. I'm supposed to go back to the same job now, but there should be different people now and I think I've gained more confidence from Saariselkä, so I'm hopeful that this time will be better.
After that I pretty much spent the summer trying to find some kind of a direction for my life. I hit some low points during this time, even after getting a part-time gig at a local motel receiving guests and cleaning - I just thought, is this what I went to university for? But what ended up saving me were I think two things... First, I was taking a web course called Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative which was about Tolkien and Lord of the Rings Online and gave me the inspiration to perhaps go to grad school and pursue a video game topic of my own. (I almost gave up on this idea as well, but I've since received a somewhat encouraging email from a professor and if all goes well, I might be able to hold on to my topic and get started on continuing The Ways Of Knowledge!) Second, I got a job at Saariselkä which gave me something to prepare for and ended up being a great experience from the POV of meeting new people who actually don't hate me and treat me with respect. And I had to challenge myself a lot and also was able to do a lot, so in the end, the experience was very rewarding.
I'm actually looking forward to what 2014 has to bring and have a vague plan of things I could do. I'm supposed to have a job ready to go at least until the end of April (as soon as I can get some papers in to be able to start), I have plans for grad school, and if all else fails, I can consider doing volunteer work abroad bwahaha. But mostly I'd like to become a professional nerd, I suppose.
So that was 2013...