arisha: (lady gaga doesn't wanna be friends)
The water main at work burst tonight, sending water raining down on the hallway that leads to the theatres where we keep our less popular movies. It was a little bit stressful but the guests were pretty good about it and there were seven managers working when it happened so it could easily have been a lot worse. (Although it could've also been better, because seriously it was raining inside for like forty minutes. And then when it did get fixed, we lost all of our water and had to close the washrooms for half an hour. And then all the lights went off in the opposite hallway?? At no point did I really have any idea what was going on.) But my goodness did it make for a very strange evening! I was going to write a big post about it but then on the way home I told everything to my mom and now I've lost my desire to tell it again, haha. Although I will say that I especially loved that when my co-workers realized what was going on (I was trapped in box office and thus missed most of the chaos), they made it their first priority to save our Narnia standee. Good thing, I guess, because the thing is huge and is now doing a pretty respectable job of blocking off that hallway.

Anyway, my favourite part of all this came after our ceiling had been dripping water for a good twenty minutes. I was walking along the part of concession where one of my co-workers had just turned on the tap so he could wash a couple dishes. "What the heck!" he cried. "There's barely any water pressure!" haha dude, no kidding. Have you looked behind you recently? xD
arisha: (shakira don't bother)
So some of you may recall how, upon my return from Japan, my co-workers all bombarded me with questions about my trip to China. I have not had quite so many people mistake my trip to Peru for a trip to somewhere else (and one of my co-workers has even come up with quite the epic story about how I spent some time in a Peruvian flute band), but I do have a manager who has yet to get it right. Before my trip, she believed I was heading to Chile (to do some post-earthquake work that I would've in no way been qualified for); the other night, she came up with this:

"What do you mean you haven't done anything summery? What about those two months you spent in Brasil?"

Oh yes, I remember now. The summer I spent in Brasil. Was that before or after the winter I spent in Peru?

Man, even convincing my co-workers that South American countries have winters has been an uphill battle. I know it goes against every depiction we ever see of these places, but is it really that hard to believe? Sorry I didn't come back all tanned, maybe you would be less dismayed if you actually believed me when I told you Lima is one of the cloudiest cities ever!

Oh, oh, I forgot to post about this one:

Co-worker: "So when you were in Peru, did you miss being able to go to the store?"
Sarah: "... Peru has stores."
Co-worker: "Yeah, but did you miss going to stores that had actual brand names?"

FOR THE LAST TIME, I WAS NOT LIVING IN THE BUSH!!!

I even ate Kraft Dinner while in Lima. Seriously. :|
arisha: (potc3 liz not amused)
Oh my god, have I been submitting quotes to Not Always Right in my sleep or something? Because I have definitely had experiences very similar to this one, minus the bit of awesomeness at the end. :P

I shouldn't be complaining; the worst guest experience I've had in recent days was not actually all that bad. I walked into concession and a woman asked me if a till I happened to pause beside for a second was open. I told her that the only tills currently open were the ones at the very end, and she huffily replied, "Well, someone should have told me that!" I just love how the fact that nobody was standing at that till and everybody was over at the other tills wasn't enough to clue her in.

brb working fewer days next week because I seriously need to start enjoying the summer! What are some awesome (and free? because srsly. so broke.) summertime things I should do? :D
arisha: (epic mickey: in which disney blows my mi)
~ Is The Black Cauldron seriously getting a 25th Anniversary DVD release before Hercules or The Hunchback of Notre Dame get proper DVD releases? I mean, I'm digging the whole ~love for unloved characters~ thing Disney has going on right now, but seriously??

~ I got paid today and have already ordered another batch of JLPT books. I have soooo many language learning books now haha. I've been thinking of starting a blog or something and posting reviews of these things, but I can't decide if that would motivate me to study or if it would just distract me. :P

~ A couple days ago I finished the first chapter of the textbook I'm using to teach myself Korean! (Don't be too impressed - the most complex thing I can say so far is "I'm not Korean, I'm American," which isn't even true.) I don't think I picked the best language to try to teach myself - the pronunciation is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be - but overall it's been going okay. It's not as completely similar to Japanese as I had been led to believe (or maybe it is and I just can't tell yet, haha), but there are definitely strong similarities, and I do love it when I can guess what a word means just because it's pretty much the same. xD I have no idea how to transliterate anything, but "college student" is "daigakusei" in Japanese and "dehakseng" in Korean and I think that's awesome! xD Also, I love that some of the particles have different forms depending on whether the preceding word ends in a vowel or a consonant. Such a rule would be all but useless in Japanese! xD

~ In boring rl news, I've spent most of today feeling nauseous; I got sent home from work early (my managers are awesome sometimes) and fell asleep in my uniform, ewwww. So that sucked. (brb stocking up on stronger painkillers for next month. -_- ) But I also managed to get caught up on all the most recent Yesterland articles, which was a perfect way to spend the afternoon I think! Man that site is way too fascinating to me. :)
arisha: (vampire scrabble)
From [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda's most recent entry on Eclipse:

I would argue with Owen Gleiberman that the movie series is not a return to the male gaze; it is a very strong assertion of the female gaze. Look, you saw New Moon, and if you didn't, I'll catch you up: Bella spends 80% of the movie in three layers of shirt and a parka, while the camera lovingly watches Edward jaaaaames deaaaaan across the parking lot in indie-rock slo-mo, and Jacob administers shirtless first aid with the finesse of a Chippendale. In Eclipse, the Jacob fan service is so prevalent that a character actually asks, "Doesn't he own a shirt?" ... The not-sex scene ... focuses almost entirely on the unbuttoning of Edward's shirt. These are movies that understand that their primary audience does not need or want to see Bella's goods, and they know exactly what their audience is there to see--they're there to see the same things Bella wants to see. That's the female gaze in action.

And if it makes male viewers uncomfortable or disdainful: we, as women, have been living with the male gaze as the cinematic default since pretty much forever. ... Guys, you having to sit there and watch the camera ogle these two guys is what life at the movies is like for us.


So fascinating!! And yet another reason for me to roll my eyes at the guys who come to box office whining about how their girlfriends are dragging them to "chick flicks." Whatever, dude, suck it up. One thing I love about my co-workers is that some of them are guys who will openly admit to liking Twilight, although one of those guys apparently isn't such a fan of Eclipse. When I asked how he'd liked the movie, he told me he laughed through the whole thing. Why? "Because it was like watching two seagulls fighting over a grape."

Oh, Twilight ... xD
arisha: (vampire baseball is my favourite sport)
I left work about half an hour ago. As I was preparing to leave, a couple people arrived with sleeping bags and started setting them up outside our main doors.

Guys. Eclipse doesn't open for another twenty-three hours!
arisha: (myrna loy is awesome)
So my dad sometimes goes on this local TV show where a host and several guests (usually people in the media) sit around talking about issues in the news. Having noticed that women are only invited onto the show about 10% of the time, and the only non-white guest is invited on maybe once a year, my dad developed a habit of looking around at the others just before filming begins and announcing, "Well, I'm glad we're representing the full diversity of the community - from middle-aged white male to middle-aged white male." So he thinks it's his fault that they recently hired a second host, who is younger than middle-aged (although he's still white and male) ... and of course my dad hates him. haha! Apparently this new host comes from the Stephen Colbert school of interviewers, twisting your words around in a desperate attempt to make it sound like you're arguing in favour of something horrible. Keep trying, Dad! ^^;

I realize that lately I haven't been posting at all about what's actually going on in my life, lol. Yesterday my manager asked me how many shifts I want in the upcoming weeks and I had to remind him that I'm leaving in eight days! (Those of you who remember the fiasco surrounding my JLPT weekend may come to the conclusion that this is kind of in-character for him, haha. I really like him when he's not making a mess of my schedule!) I'm nervous of course, and still kind of panicked about getting everything done before I go, but I've also started getting really excited. :) I've just returned from one last doctor's appointment, I'm done all my shots and oral vaccines, I guess now I mainly just have to finish packing and finish writing our itinerary for the first week. I got my volunteer placement a little while ago - I'm going to be working in a daycare that's run by SOS Children's Villages, which is actually a child sponsorship organization! (You might have seen their TV commercials starring Mike Holmes.) So that should be interesting, and hopefully enjoyable. I always wish I could hang out with kids more often so I guess here's my chance! :) [livejournal.com profile] the_wykydtron told me last night that she thinks I'm going to return home speaking little kid Spanish, lol! Maybe! xD

Anyway, I'm off to bombard my volunteer coordinator with some more annoying questions. xD
arisha: (morning musume shabondama)
hahaha you guys, I am such a horrible Facebook friend and I LOVE IT. There's this girl who worked with me at the movie theatre for like two months before she quit. I had her on my Facebook for like a year and we never ever talked to each other, so at one point when I was clearing out my friendslist I took her off. She came to see a movie at some point last year and was all, "I think I accidentally got deleted from your friendslist," so I felt guilty and added her back. Then I remembered that all she does with her Facebook is complain!! And also never talk to me. So I took her off again. Today I got this message from her: "How do I keep getting deleted from your list :P"

HMM I WONDER!!

Also what the heck, why does she seek me out every time I delete her. Srsly.

Also, today on Lang-8 I corrected someone when they spelled "Disneyland" as two words. So it begins.
arisha: (morning musume shabondama)
~ Soooooo my MJ class got cancelled. I am seriously unimpressed. :| How did that combat trauma in Euripides class not get cancelled but these two rather more mainstream ones did? I guess people who are interested in mainstream things are not always the same people who take university classes just for funsies, but geeze. How frustrating for me.

~ Went to the doctor today and got a list of shots that I need to get before my trip! Typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis, and, if our plans change to include places outside Lima, malaria as well! hahaha oh my goodness, how exciting. (Originally we were definitely going to visit places other than Lima, but now Machu Picchu has been closed indefinitely due to flooding. My life right now is full of disappointments, apparently.)

~ Off to work again ... Two more shifts until my weekend! Which has become even more of a weekend, now that I don't have any classes~~~ ;_; ;_;
arisha: (morning musume shabondama)
omg, this dialogue from Not Always Right makes me so happy. It reminds me of one of my favourite work-related entries (look! I found the excellent typo I referred to in my survey post!!), and I am so glad that I am not the only one this ridiculous situation has happened to.
arisha: (potc3 liz not amused)
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I get to go to work!

DON'T BE TOO JEALOUS NOW!!

My next day off isn't until the 28th. :(

I was going to ramble on a bit but I don't feel like it now, lol. Happy Christmas Eve to those who celebrate it, and an awesome Thursday to those who don't. :)

Random edit: One of my co-workers asked me today if I had a "music device" (haha, cute), because she wanted to listen to music on her break. I just find this amusing because I dunno, I feel like I listen to the most random assortment of music without caring what anyone else thinks about it, and so I wonder if she'd even be able to find anything in my collection she'd want to listen to. xD

WHY YES I DO THINK I AM MORE UNIQUE THAN I AM

WHAT OF IT
arisha: (tdr mount prometheus)
1) I am not a fan of Earth Hour because, in my opinion, it encourages people to feel like they are doing something to help the environment when they are not actually doing anything of the sort. I tend to dislike symbolic acts in general, but another reason I hold this opinion is because I spent my first Earth Hour sitting at work, listening to guests tell me that they'd been bored sitting at home with all the electronics off, so they got in their car and drove to the movie theatre. Wow, guys, you're a regular ol' Captain Planet over there!

2) I am very frustrated that we hear so much about the need to save energy and resources and everything like that, and yet just as many houses this year are decked out from top to bottom in Christmas lights. I am very frustrated that I can look out the window at four in the morning and see that these unnecessary lights have been left on all night.
arisha: (morning musume shabondama)
So I totally forgot to change the excerpt on my NaNo profile before I went to work today, and by the time I got home it was too late! xD hahaha, oh well. But huge congratulations to everyone who won!! I know I've said this to several of you already but I'm just so proud of you guys that I feel the need to say it again, lol! I'm already looking forward to the next crazy novelling season. :)

In other news, tomorrow is my sixth of six straight days at work. I'm not too happy that I ended up working six days in a row the week before the JLPT, especially when I booked time off specifically for studying purposes. I'm really getting sick of how understaffed we constantly seem to be, it's ridiculous. At least tomorrow I have the option of leaving early. :/ Fingers crossed I can somehow wrangle my way out of my Friday shift, although I don't really see it happening, so maybe you should save your finger crossing for the hope that I somehow manage to pass the test!! x)

ahaha, won't you guys be so glad when it's December seventh and I can finally stop talking about this?? YES!!!
arisha: (Default)
~ First off, if anyone cares, I edited the answers to my movie quiz into the post. And now I am stealing another meme. )

~ I should probably mention at some point that I have kinda-sorta-mostly dropped out of NaNoWriMo this year. In a previous entry where I was freaking out about my ability to finish NaNo and pass the JLPT, [livejournal.com profile] the_wykydtron correctly pointed out that I would be more upset if I failed the JLPT than if I failed NaNo, and ... there it is. I'm glad I made this decision, because I have definitely felt less stressed since I made it, but at the same time I'm really bummed and really frustrated that I let myself get so behind in both tasks that in the end I had to drop one completely. I shall just have to do lots of writing in December to make up for it, I guess! :3 (lol, but remind me to change my excerpt before it's too late! I'm not sure I like the current one enough for it to be up for an entire year. ^^; )

UGH though, the amount of work I'm having to do to protect my precious little study time! It's like as soon as I decided that studying was my number one priority, all of my co-workers have a desperate need for me to take their shifts. Often because they have exams to study for, lolariously enough. Well too bad, I booked this time off and it is MINE. :P

~ My mom's work is doing this thing through the Salvation Army where each employee is assigned a child in need to buy a Christmas present for! My mom was supposed to buy a gift for a five-year-old girl, and so yesterday she and I went and bought a bouncing Tigger board game sort of thing (and the necessary batteries) and a Dora the Explorer puzzle. (lol, yes, a puzzle - I'm totally going to be one of those adults from whom no kid wants to get presents, haha!) So that was fun! Mom asked what my work is doing for the holidays and I kind of laughed at that. Like, one year I think they did a can drive, and that's about it. I don't have a lot of faith in the humanitarian spirit of this company. :X

~ November has gone way too quickly, what the heck. :|
arisha: (Default)
I've done this before but I'm doing it again!

1. Pick fifteen movies you know/like/love. (I'm only doing eleven because I'm having issues thinking of movies I didn't use before!)
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie. (lol, I never do this. Everyone can guess!!)
5. No Googling/using IMDb search functions.

guess guess guess )

Edit: answers answers answers )

SPEAKING OF MOVIES, the theatre I work at is currently in the middle of its BUSIEST WEEKEND IN FIVE YEARS. Today alone we sold SIX THOUSAND TICKETS, when on an average Saturday we usually hover around four thousand.

SIX THOUSAND TICKETS.

brb passing out from exhaustion. If it doesn't slow down tomorrow, I don't even. Thanks, SMeyer. DDDD:

(Meanwhile, our New Moon-less partner theatre downtown sold like five hundred. HAHAHAHAHA wut)
arisha: (morning musume shabondama)
Things that are not awesome:
1) NaNoWriMo ends in nine days and I have only just now passed 10k. I'm not even really sure why this year is going so pathetically for me ... it just is.

2) The JLPT is in fifteen days and I am so completely unprepared. I am starting to seriously feel like I am going to fail. One of my co-workers asked me what will happen if I fail, and I replied with "Nothing," but ... I still don't want to. I'll really hate myself if I do. I don't want to have to wait another full year to take Level 2 again when it's already been five years since I passed Level 3!!

3) The above two points are frustrating me very much right now. :( I feel almost as if I should give up on NaNoWriMo so I can focus completely on the JLPT, but at the same time I intensely don't want to. ffffffffff I dunno. My next couple days off I just gotta BUST IT. And I have to ignore the temptation to fill up my days off with social outings, because I've just had an awesome four days off, but I definitely did not get any work done. :/

Things that are awesome:
1) I woke up this morning to a Christmas card from [livejournal.com profile] firecrackerrrr! <3

2) My co-workers being their ridiculous selves.

3) I've finally written over 8,000 LJ comments!! bahahahaha. >xD I'm pretty sure the last like 2,000 of those are entirely from July till now.

4) This song.
arisha: (reina tanaka imi ga nai)
So I definitely spent twelve hours at my workplace today (minus a quick trip to the mall to finally pick up some holiday cards for the exchange!): eight hours working (omg so. busy.) and four hours watching Gone With the Wind on the big screen! The movie started at eleven in the morning and, to be honest, I am really surprised that I was able to force myself out of bed in time to watch it. I was actually on the verge of sleeping in and skipping it before I realized that if Sarah of 2008 found out that I missed a chance to see GWtW in a theatre, she would never speak to me again! random rambles about GWtW )

Thus ends day one of Sarah's Week of Star-Crossed Lovers. xD
arisha: (colbert singin' in Korean)
Time for a totally random picture post!

hontou ni waratteru ko nante iru no kana )
arisha: (koharu kusumi)
Uuuugh my sleeping habits are sooooooo gross right now. I had to FORCE myself out of bed at one in the afternoon today. I hate this. D:

But in other news, I just watched this unsubtitled Morning Musume interview and understood quite a large chunk of it, so yay! :) (And yay for Aichan talking about Disney Sea. xD )

Answers to yesterday's book meme:

1) The Elephant Vanishes, Haruki Murakami, and I'm kinda surprised no one guessed this just because I was under the impression that Murakami's so hot right now. I don't love his writing but I like it well enough; mainly I keep this book around because I find collections of short stories somehow really inspiring and motivating. x)

2) The Odyssey, Homer. I thought this would be slightly less obvious than if I had gone with The Iliad but perhaps I am incorrect in that assumption.

3) Full Frontal Feminism, Jessica Valenti, although [livejournal.com profile] the_wykydtron is correct, I ignored the fact that there's an introduction.

4) Notre-Dame de Paris, Victor Hugo. Guys, what's the point at which you recognized this one? I'm curious. xD

lol, one non-fiction and then three translated fiction. Actually I think most of the books I own these days are non-fiction, and a lot of those are language textbooks ... I don't think this meme would work very well with those. :|

In other news, it's Friday night and I hope This Is It sells out tonight because it still hasn't yet!! Meanwhile we have nine showings a day of A Christmas Carol, what is this madness.
arisha: (ai takahashi)
~ I just had a surprisingly pleasant five days of work! I say "surprisingly" because I was in box office the entire five days, and so it could easily have gone worse, but I don't think I had a single frustrating guest the entire time! Faith in humanity: RESTORED!! I also sold a bunch of tickets to This Is It, including once while "The Love You Save" was playing over the lobby radio (I still don't quite understand how that song has made it into our Top 40 station, but it's cool that it has!).

~ I studied Japanese for an hour today, awesomesauce!! :D I learned a couple new grammar points, so that was awesome. I basically cannot explain how happy studying grammar makes me. Anyway, for much of my JLPT studying this year I've been doing the exercises in this book, but now that I'm very nearly done it I decided to shake things up a bit and start doing the exercises in this book, which just arrived for me this week. :3 WHY YES that book is all about learning the Level 2 grammar points in a mere forty-five days! We are getting close to test date and I am getting nervous. D: I also got another book that's all for learning the Level 2 vocabularly in fifty days, hahaha. Too bad I no longer have fifty days!!

(Man I do love my growing collection of foreign language textbooks. xD I definitely also own a textbook or two for languages I'm not even studying ...)

In conclusion, I fully expect my November 2009 to be all about NaNoWriMo and the JLPT, and not much else. I am looking forward to a month of obsessing over studying, it reminds me of when I was studying around the clock for the AP Spanish exam and pretty well lost my ability to understand English. xD WORTH IT.

~ In other news, Facebook just told me I should reconnect with a co-worker I saw every day this week and last saw four hours ago. Oh Facebook, you know me so well.

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