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Yikes, sorry! SPRING STUFF

Oh Jesus.

First of all, I've obviously been incredibly busy.

I finished my junior year of college (three semesters left because my major's requirements are more stringent than those of the university). I got Dean's List honours this term as well as last and a 3.65 GPA, which, I should point out, is considered remarkable in my major. Just finishing the UMass Japanese programme, assuming I do, is considered a minor feat of strength; I was surprised to learn how highly we're apparently regarded in my field. Anyway, more importantly, I firmed up some friendships this semester too. I had a fight with a friend on the weekend of Easter, which was also my birthday and Anime Boston, but that seems to have, finally, been resolved. I've been on various reading and watching binges. As one would expect I'm neck-deep in Korra right now and have outstanding commitments for various reasons to Heartcatch Precure, The Twelve Kingdoms, and Natsume Yuujin-chou.

I have an entirely unreasonable if not outright alarming degree of FEELINGS about The Prague Cemetery, mostly because it's genuinely terrifying. I had a perhaps more to be expected set about Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman, which made me absolutely bawl.

I was also elected to public office! I'm a member of the Town Meeting of Amherst, Massachusetts, a quaint form of local government used in New England. I'm one of 246 members and I was pretty involved in some controversial zoning votes (our side won in that the terrible development ideas that we were being presented with won't go through this year; we won only by a few votes!). I can talk more about what these controversies were and what the experience in general has been like in the comments if anybody is interested.

A week ago from the day that it now technically is on my side of the International Date Line I was finally officially confirmed in the Episcopal Church. It was the last set of confirmations for Bishop Scruton, whom I'm going to miss a lot. I'm not sure what I think of his potential successors, on whom we have not yet voted.

This summer I'm going to spend some time in Amherst with my friends and also at home with my family, doing a lot of gardening actually. A few weeks ago I finished, at long, long last, the writing project I'd been working on for two and a half years, and I've got something new going on! I've also been working on translating from a Noir artbook that I got at Anime Boston.

I also have a tumblr now!


I'm so sorry about my prolonged absence! How has everybody been?

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atraphoenix
May. 19th, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
Duke. I've never been to North Carolina, but the Nicholas School has an amazing reputation when it comes to ecology and I couldn't pass up the chance to attend. It'll be a culture shock, I'm sure, but it will be worth it. (And I am definitely interested. I'd love to get to meet you in person at long last.)
melengro
May. 19th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
North Carolina is a fairly conservative state still (changing, more rapidly in some areas than others; for example, it voted for Obama in 2008 but not by much and is comparatively less likely to vote for him again), but Duke is by all accounts a fantastic university and the Raleigh-Durham area is supposed to be very interesting and cosmopolitan.

I'm in Amherst, Massachusetts, which is about twelve hours up I-95 from Durham, for most of the year, and the Princeton, New Jersey area, which is a more reasonable drive in the same direction, during the summer (although I'm also going to be in Sapporo, Japan, which is NOT in driving distance of North Carolina reasonable or otherwise, for part of next summer if all goes well). Both places where I spend most of my time are also easily accessible on a rail corridor that goes through Raleigh. I could take the train down into that area but probably would not be able to drive, in which case you'd have to come visit me.

Sorry if this is a little early to be planning, especially as I imagine you'll be in North Carolina for at least two years, but the prospect of finally meeting you face-to-face is very exciting, since I've known you online for so long (almost five years, now!).

Edited at 2012-05-19 10:04 pm (UTC)
atraphoenix
Jul. 18th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry that it's taken so long for me to reply for this. It ended up getting lost in my inbox. (The fact that I'd convinced myself that I'd already replied didn't help.)

It's certainly not to early to be planning. I'm happy to jump on a train if we can find a date that works for us both. I won't have access to a car and I expect I'm just as excited to meet you.
melengro
Jul. 18th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
When are you arriving in America? I'm going to be in New Jersey for the month of August and then Amherst for the fall semester, and I'm not entirely sure after that except I'll be in Amherst all spring too.

ETA: Also, do you expect to have a phone number I'd be able to reach you at?

Edited at 2012-07-18 10:38 pm (UTC)
atraphoenix
Jul. 19th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
I'm arriving on the 15th of August, in theory. Orientation starts on the 20th, but I might have to push my arrival back by a few days due to visa complications.

I don't have a phone number yet, but I will shortly after I arrive. It's cheaper to buy a new phone over there than find a better contract for my existing phone.
melengro
Jul. 19th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
Hmm, if you're going to be starting your orientation or work quite quickly after arriving, I imagine you probably won't really want to be doing too much travel in between? Do you think some time in the autumn would work better? To be honest, there would probably be more in Amherst that would interest you anyway.

All right, just let me know when you have a number I can contact you at.
atraphoenix
Aug. 5th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
Autumn would be perfect. I certainly hope I will have settled in by then.

I will!
melengro
Aug. 6th, 2012 07:08 am (UTC)
How does late September or early October sound? New England is incredibly beautiful that time of year (icon related), and I should be settled enough into my studies to afford to have visitors. You'd probably have to stay at least a couple days considering the distance (especially since there's only one train in each direction a day, and the southbound one is before the northbound one), but we can work out accommodations and stuff when we have to.

Edited at 2012-08-06 07:10 am (UTC)
atraphoenix
Aug. 10th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
That sounds absolutely perfect. I'm sure there will be more than enough to fill the time between trains!
melengro
Aug. 22nd, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
How are things? If you've been in America for a few days, how is it so far? Sorry if you were expecting or wanting me to get back to you before this!
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