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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?


Aug. 5th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
Autumn would be perfect. I certainly hope I will have settled in by then.

I will!
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)
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!
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!
Right foot on Earth, left foot in Cloudcuckooland, and both of my feet are left feet.

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