Artist: FictionJunction

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Hello! My name is Mari!

Just the words of a shy introverted girl~.

Mirror of my soul...♪

Gaia Online

I just looked myself up on google and found some REALLY old gaia stuff, and wow, it kind of makes me embarrassed. They were seven-eight years old. I was 12-13 years old back then. It’s so weird to think about it. I’ve been on the internet for so long. Seven years is a long time. Wow, I’m just sort of trying to take this all in.

I had quite an opinion back then >.>.

~Earrings and Necklace~

A friend of mine told me about SammyDress, and I was really really excited about how cheap those prices were! Well, until I tried to by some clothes there and found out that the shipping costs a whole bunch, and it kinda balances out the cheap prices of the clothes~. Anyway, the website has a few good deals that I can use to avoid the huge shipping price, like clicking on the “free shipping” tab, or clicking on the “clearance” tab.

I decided to go into the “free shipping,” tab, but noticed that most, if not all, of the items in the free shipping section jewelry, and decided to buy a necklace/pocket watch, and a cute pair of lock & key earrings. The whole process, from when I ordered, took 1 month & 5 days—I ordered on March 2, 2014, and it came today (yesterday?) on April 7, 2014. The shipping is long, I admit, but sadly that’s how long it usually takes when I order stuff from China~. Anyway, ON TO THE BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTS~~!

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The earrings and pocket watch came together in a regular sized, padded envelope, and when I cut open the bubble wrapped envelope, these two were inside wrapped in plastic. Decent protection, but I guess you don’t need much protection for such simple items O.o.

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Of course, I AM a Kingdom Hearts fan, so I’m automatically attracted to anything that is key shaped, or even heart shaped; I was lucky to get both a heart shaped and a key shaped earrings :P.

The earrings were a lot bigger than I expected, both about an inch in height. They’re so cute! Unfortunately, when I looked back on the page, it says it is now out of stock @_@. I think I was lucky to get these before they went out of stock >_<.

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If you can compare it to my nail (and I have small hands), the bear pocket watch seems pretty small, but bit enough to view the time. To open the pocket watch, I have to open it manually, like a locket. The watch works, and so far has been telling the time correctly for these past few hours.

I think the prices went up for these two though O.o. I remember the total price (I had free shipping, so shipping not included) was only $6.69, but currently they both add up to $7.00+. I am happy with these products overall =3.

I’m also planning to get some sexy sexy lingerie. What do you think? (It was in the section, okay o.o?)

I’ve been seeing a lot of reviews about SammyDress, and how their shipping is really really slow (up to 2-5 months). I expected it would take a month, it did for me… so I have nothing to say about it. I might buy more stuff again though, since this time was successful o.o.

nephilimdaily:

Maybe this time was different. Maybe this love was different. It felt so different; surely that had to mean something. Maybe the year to come would be a good year for both of them. Maybe this time things would work out the way Magnus wanted them to. Maybe Alexander Lightwood would not break his heart.

Race

Despite the United States being a huge “melting pot” (or so we like to call ourselves that), some citizens are so hung up on race. I remember being in a class where my professor was teaching us about how a black couple had a white baby, and everyone in the class was shocked (me included).

How is this possible?! How did this happen?! A Black couple having a white baby?! GASP, SHE CHEATED ON HIM!! THAT’S THE ONLY ANSWER!!

No. It turned out the baby was from both of members, and the baby was just “white” because of their mixed heritage. Somewhere in there, I assume that they both carried a recessive gene for blond hair, and I guess maybe lighter skin too. I remember my professor also showed this picture of Obama and his grandpa, and some people were also shocked because apparently adult Obama looks similar to how his grandpa looks, except Obama looks darker, and his grandpa looks whiter. (And some people didn’t know Obama was mixed, and were shocked about that too).

My professor then shows us a picture of twins, one black, and one was white. Again, my class was surprised at the outcome. (I was more fascinated by the fact that their features are all similar, except their skin, eye, & hair color).

Why did my professor show us these pictures and articles? She did it to show us that features aren’t only limited to only one race… She used Obama’s example when explaining this to us. Adult Obama has a similar nose to his “white” grandfather, and a similar facial structure, yet some people swear that Obama’s features are “black” exclusive, even when his “white” grandfather has similar features. My professor then goes into saying that she’s had some students who say that even Obama’s teeth are black.

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She then goes on explaining that we, globally, cling so much to this “race” thing, but biologically, there are no different races. Genetically, races don’t exist (but socially it does, because we as humans have created races).

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This thought just randomly came to me when I was watching a YouTube video of a girl who called herself black, but one commentor below insisted that her mother cheated on her father because she looked a lot lighter than a proper black person should (wut?).

Lesson of this post: I don’t know…. biologically races don’t exist? I was honestly just trying to get my thoughts out o.o.

Asu e no Kizuna
Artist: HIMEKA

(Source: himeka-sparkles)

I’m beautiful

I may be lacking in self-confidence in every other area, but every time I look in the mirror, I can’t help but think “wow, I’m beautiful.” I like the way my face looks, okay? I’ve been like that ever since I got my braces off o_o.

cassandraclare:

In my editor’s office…

I will be so happy to have Magnus Bane on a book cover O_O.

cassandraclare:

In my editor’s office…

I will be so happy to have Magnus Bane on a book cover O_O.

Cress

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This book, Cress, the third book of “The Lunar Chronicles" series, came out about a month ago. I haven’t really been reading books lately because I usually read at night, and because my classes end late every other day I usually fall asleep before even getting to read @_@. Because of this, I’ve been holding out on getting this book, or at least I haven’t really been thinking of getting it until last week…. but I came across an obstacle.

I seriously couldn’t find this book anywhere I went. I went to Walmart, various of Smiths stores (which is where I got Cinder and Scarlet when they both came out, so I assumed Cress would be there too), and even Barnes & Noble (hey, it’s a store made for  books, so Cress should be there, right?)… but to my surprise I couldn’t find this book. I know I could have just ordered the book online from Amazon or something, but I wanted the satisfaction of finding the book myself >.<.

Anyway, I went to Target today to do some school supply shopping, and that’s where I finally found Cress. I started reading it this afternoon, and finished it in no time this evening.

I swear I love this series. Some parts are hopelessly corny, and some parts are really predictable, but I just LOVE this series.

This is kind of random, but I loved how “bigger” this book was compared to the others >.<. I couldn’t take it if the book only lasted a couple of hours >.<. 
(Spoiler under cut!)

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So for Microbiology, we had to culture bacteria~ We only waited 2 days before checking to see how much our bacteria grew, but a lot of my other classmates had a lot more bacteria growth than I did :(. I expected a lot of growth especially from my phone, and from the bathroom door handle. I don&#8217;t know what happened. Anyway, 1-phone, 2-classroom door, 3-the school&#8217;s staircase, and 4-bathroom stall handle. I was surprised that I also got nothing from the school&#8217;s stair handle.
Straying from the original topic&#8230;. I&#8217;ve noticed that my new teachers learn my name rather fast&#8230; I mean, I don&#8217;t introduce myself to them, but they still know what my name is, and I think that&#8217;s strange considering I&#8217;m probably the quietest person in their classes XD. I&#8217;m thinking it might be because in this modern age, classes are done online now&#8212;and I just happened to upload a profile picture to my student profile. It might be easier to put a face to a name, when they see my photo there O_o.
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Also, I think my phone&#8217;s SD card broke :(. I&#8217;ve been googling what might be wrong with it all day&#8212;I keep getting notices that I have a &#8220;Blank SD card,&#8221; and that my &#8220;sd card was unexpectedly removed,&#8221; and through google searches, I assume that it&#8217;s just busted now. I even tried plugging it in to my computer directly, and even my computer can&#8217;t even sense it anymore. Google also says that Samsung products tend to burn out SD cards&#8230;.. I was lucky enough to have a backup on my computer (because it&#8217;s been going on/off like that for a while&#8230; I thought it would eventually die and saved all my important things), so I ordered a new SD card on amazon. 
I thank whoever created amazon. Seriously. When I bought my first 16gb SD card for my phone at an electronics store, it was almost $20 (with tax and stuff). I ordered it on amazon, and the total price (+ shipping) was $9. I&#8217;m still upset that my SD card is dead in the first place, and I&#8217;m grateful that I at least got to save some money in getting a new one.

So for Microbiology, we had to culture bacteria~ We only waited 2 days before checking to see how much our bacteria grew, but a lot of my other classmates had a lot more bacteria growth than I did :(. I expected a lot of growth especially from my phone, and from the bathroom door handle. I don’t know what happened. Anyway, 1-phone, 2-classroom door, 3-the school’s staircase, and 4-bathroom stall handle. I was surprised that I also got nothing from the school’s stair handle.

Straying from the original topic…. I’ve noticed that my new teachers learn my name rather fast… I mean, I don’t introduce myself to them, but they still know what my name is, and I think that’s strange considering I’m probably the quietest person in their classes XD. I’m thinking it might be because in this modern age, classes are done online now—and I just happened to upload a profile picture to my student profile. It might be easier to put a face to a name, when they see my photo there O_o.

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Also, I think my phone’s SD card broke :(. I’ve been googling what might be wrong with it all day—I keep getting notices that I have a “Blank SD card,” and that my “sd card was unexpectedly removed,” and through google searches, I assume that it’s just busted now. I even tried plugging it in to my computer directly, and even my computer can’t even sense it anymore. Google also says that Samsung products tend to burn out SD cards….. I was lucky enough to have a backup on my computer (because it’s been going on/off like that for a while… I thought it would eventually die and saved all my important things), so I ordered a new SD card on amazon.

I thank whoever created amazon. Seriously. When I bought my first 16gb SD card for my phone at an electronics store, it was almost $20 (with tax and stuff). I ordered it on amazon, and the total price (+ shipping) was $9. I’m still upset that my SD card is dead in the first place, and I’m grateful that I at least got to save some money in getting a new one.

Winter break is over~

Classes start back up tomorrow (or technically today :P). I was depressed about classes starting at first because I didn’t feel I was ready to go back after doing really really terrible on my last semester’s finals, because I couldn’t sleep for three days due to the anxiety -.-….. but I’m actually kind of excited to go back. I mean, it’s a new start. I’m going to try and manage my time better, cut back on playing Aion, and assign times to do my assignments, so I’m not sitting at desk 8 hours straight working on an assignment (I need breaks yo~). I certainly can study more to improve my grades, but I need to manage my time better, so I’m not sitting there miserable at the work load.

I already feel accomplished after leveling my Aion toons, so while I’m still feeling happy and positive, let me go to college in a good mood =3. My toons are so pretty *_*.

~Merry Christmas~

~Merry Christmas~

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but I recently got HIMEKA’s newest single in the mail~ Her new song “Kagiri aru Yume” is the ending theme to a Rozen Maiden ps3/psvita game that is yet to be released (in January 2014), and the second song “TSU-BA-SA” is the ending theme to a game I haven’t heard of before >.<, and can’t remember at this moment.

I’m loving both songs on this cd =3, but I’m kinda disappointed that HIMEKA herself isn’t on the cover of her own cd. The art of Rozen Maiden is beautiful though, so it doesn’t bother me too much~

Anyway, the first three pictures are of the cd case & of the cd itself, while the fourth picture is the poster that came with purchasing the song from cdjapan =3.

The pages of my favorite books are tattered

I got interested in collecting manga back when I was in middle school, 9 years ago (wow, time flies). Back then, I had friends who were very obsessed with keeping their manga books in pristine condition. They would barely open the book to keep from bending the spine and pages, they would turn the pages ever so slightly to avoid damaging the delicate thin pieces of paper, and they would hold the book as if it were a fragile baby, resting the book ever so slightly on their light pinkies to avoid any spinal scruffs.

I wanted to be like them. At that time, I saw them as cooler—they were two years older than me. They were “mature” eighth graders, while I was just a naive sixth grader who had just gotten into loving manga, so I decided that I would treat my manga, and other books, like they treated theirs.

I laugh about it now, but I remember having friends borrow my manga books, and getting seriously angry at them, seeing my book come back to me in “less than new” condition, telling my 6th grade self that I would never loan them another book. I mean, if you carry around a book in a backpack or in a binder, it’s bound to get damaged a little each time… which brings me to a quote I saw at the beginning of Tegami Bachi.

    "The pages of my favorite books are tattered. I keep the books I love within arm’s reach, and read them over and over. The tattered pages show how much I love them.” 
—Hiroyuki Asaka (author of Tegami Bachi), 2006.

He also continues with,
    "I hope you wear out the pages of Tegami Bachi." 

The more I think about it, the more I realize how true this is. Although I tried to keep my books in mint condition, because I loved them so much, and carried them around so much, they became damaged over time… and this goes for all my books (and even for all my possessions).

If I loved a book, I would carry it around with me, in my backpack. I would steal a peek each free time I had. Carrying it around in a backpack full of pencils, other textbooks, and other school supplies would naturally damage the book over time. I would carry the books I loved reading, around with me all the time; so naturally, they would become damaged from travelling so much.

I would also fall asleep in bed reading my most favorite books, and sometimes I find that I accidentally fell asleep on them, or the book would fall off the side of my bed… and naturally, this would cause the book to be damaged… and because I loved reading these books each night, these books accumulate more damage each time.

I continuously come back to my favorite parts, opening and closing the book each time, bending that spine, turning those pages, and fangirling at those awesome scenes (and if you fangirl like me, that book is definitely going to get damaged).
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I just found it funny how I started out trying to keep the books I love in mint condition, yet when I take a look on my bookshelf, my most favorite books are the most damaged. You can tell that I’ve read them over and over, reliving the stories I love, over and over in my mind.

So, I came to realize that, just because a person doesn’t take very good care of an item, it doesn’t mean that they didn’t like the item or didn’t appreciate it; it could just mean that they loved and appreciated it so much, that it wore down.

And with that, it’s late, and I should probably sleep now since I have class tomorrow ^^;.

Curry, Boba, Books, etc….

Today (although technically yesterday, since it’s past midnight) there was a volunteer meeting for Anime Vegas 2013 at a curry place~ There isn’t much on the menu, every thing on there is so yummy *_*. I planned to take a picture of the food (before I ate it), but I always forget to…. It seems I can’t follow this “take a picture of your food” trend…. *sigh*.

Anyway, instead I took a picture of the finished plate….. to signify how yummy it was… ehehe ^^;.
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After that, my best friend and I went to China Town and got ourselves some Boba, while killing time walking around the “mall” area~ We had planned to study later in the afternoon, but the library’s tables were all filled by people :/. With no tables to study on, we ended up exiting the library, but nearby, where was a section where the library was selling books!

The books were all SO CHEAP. Like seriously, almost free. Evelyn got nine books, all adding up to the total price of $2.25!!
image. I haven’t heard some of the titles before so sorry if some manga is inappropriate (although I doubt they’d have highly inappropriate manga in a library), but each book, novel included, was 25¢!!! A quarter each book! They were all in “like new” condition too… honestly, I don’t now why they didn’t raise the price higher when the books were in such good condition, but I guess I don’t mind. Two of the books were mine, and I don’t mind at all having those prices so dang cheap.

After buying the books, we headed back to Evelyn’s house and tried to study a but…but sadly we get distracted way too easily ;^;.

I think it was a productive day… I mean, curry, boba, cheap books, and studying (sorta) all in one day XD.

I’m half awake at the moment… so I might fix up this entry when I have time, but it’s been a while since I went out and did a lot of things, so I’m happy =3.

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