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I JUST GOT BACK FROM THE DIR EN GREY CONCERT AND IT WAS FUCKING AWESOME!!!

More about this later, too excited to write coherently now!

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IGNORE THE FACT THAT I HAVEN'T POSTED IN SEVERAL MONTHS.

Hi, how are you doing?

Um, yeah, so here begins the last semester of my college career. Can't really say anything long because I'm not even on my own computer. *cough* *pokes at Erica*

Classes for next semester!
- 350
- P-chem
- Econ?
- Kitchen Chemistry?
- Something else?

Goals:
- Exercise more!
- Get off campus more!
- Stop vegetating!
- Post more!

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Hello!

Back to school for Nana! It's her senior year at WC and therefore her last. :( Lots of her friends left her last year so she's left with slim pickings for people to hang out with. But that's okay, because she'll be busy doing her schoolwork, earning money for her trip to Japan to see Gracie, and also playing a certain game. :3

This semester I'm taking Proteomics, doing a 350 (independent research) with my biochem professor, and fufilling my Art req with Landscape & Gardening. I'm actually pretty excited about all three courses as I loves them all. (I will be less than excited, however, next semester when I have to take P-chem to finish my major.) Anyways, my room is about 90% finished organizing.. just have a ton of books left to either try to sell or somehow get rid of. I've sold four books already (though none of them being my uber expensive science texts.. ;-;) but it's still a nice feeling as I haven't been as productive in that area in previous years as I should have.

In other news, I'm learning how to drive and hopefully finally get my driver's license. I took 5 hours worth of driving lessons with Brookline Driving School and I really enjoyed it. I highly recommend the class. The instructors you get will be a toss up - I enjoyed the first guy the most because he was very relaxing. The second guy was one of the owners of the company and he had this Russian accent that was slightly hard to understand. Anyways after my five hours, I was able to drive to & from WC when moving back to school so I think I did pretty well. I've always had a perpetual fear that I would crash into someone/thing and wreck the car or kill myself but I think I'm getting over that.

To kill the little time I had left before school started, I've been watching Sapuri, a Japanese drama with Kamenashi Kazuya and Itoh Misaki. I'm really enjoying it so far. :3 Although I usually don't like the younger man/older woman type dramas this one is really nice. Anyways, it's about this woman who works at an advertising agency who becomes involved with new assistant/errand runner. I've watched about eight episodes so the plot is about to draw to an end soon. I hope it's a happy ending! :D Also apparently Kame's doing another drama next season so I'll be sure to watch that as well.

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All about lab!

Top Nine Reasons why I love Lab:

9) Shakers - Aren't they fun to watch? Especially when they're at max speed and the machine just looks like it's having a seizure.

8) Ethanol Spray - Applicable to cell culture rooms and anywhere else one needs to keep things 'sterile'. But I abuse the spray I must admit, especially when I'm spraying something to bring it under the hood.

7) Cold Rooms - Fun in short amounts of time, because if you stay there too long you'll freeze! Or worse, die of hypothermia. But seriously, the lab is like one big cold room because it's *always* so cold here. x_X

6) Pipette Drums - Up & down.. up & down! Sometimes I get the buttons mixed up in my excitement and confuse the buttons. And then I get bubbles. Lots & lots of bubbles, whee!

5) Dry Ice/Liquid Nitrogen - I especially love playing with the liquid nitrogen cell storage tank. Ahem, did I say playing? I meant.. using. Right. The highlight of freezing cells! And well, dry ice, everyone's pretty much played with that so I won't go into it further.

4) Disposable Gloves - I have a huge propensity for wasting these babies. It's because I keep on putting them on, thinking that I'll be doing something.. decide that I don't really have anything to do, take 'em off and throw them away. Sometimes, sometimes when I feel like being resourceful I'll reuse them. But usually they get tossed into the garbage.

3) Incubation Time - Come on, who doesn't like incubation time? Especially 4-hour long incubation times.. like the one I'm in the middle of now whilst typing up this entry.

2) Kimwipes - <3 Thou doest not know how thee loves Kimwipes. They are good for everything, especially for getting glass sparkling clean. I want to steal a box and use them for my glasses.

1) Last.. but definitely not least, parafilm! PARAFILM. Whoever invented this deserves an award or something. It stretches & clings, and is strong. Words can not express the hours of entertainment parafilm can provide. :D Parafilm cranes are one of my favorites.

- Nana, slave to the cell culture room!

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Yay!

...to being able to drink legally!

Nay to not having the ID to prove it. :P

Oh well, eventually I shall get driver's license. :)

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Pasta Neopolitan

I got this recipe off the trattoria bambina subsection of the おいしいプロポーズ (Delicious Proposal) website, which is a drama currently airing this season starring Hasegawa Kyoko and Koide Keisuke (who is not *gaspgasp* a Johnny's boy!!). The premise behind this dish is the character that Keisuke plays, Haruki, is taking his older brother's former fiancee Saori (Kobayashi Mao) to dinner for her birthday. His elder brother is dead, hence the former. Haruki is actually in love with Saori but she doesn't feel the same way about him. Anyways, they go to the trattoria bambina for Saori's birthday dinner and Suzuko (Hasegawa Kyoko) makes this dish for them. At first Haruki is really upset at the simplicity of this dish, but it turns out it was a dish at Saori's favorite restaurant when she was a child and she has fond memories of it.

So without further ado, here it is.



Pasta Neopolitan
Makes 2 servings

200 grams of Spaghetti (1.9mm)
1/2 Onion
1 Green pepper or Pimento
4 Mushrooms
2 Thick slices of bacon
2 Tbsp White Wine
Salt and Pepper to taste
4-5 Tbsp Ketchup
1-2 Tbsp Cream
Few drops of Salad Oil

Toppings:
grated cheese, hot peppers, and parsley (finely chopped)

Directions:
1. Chop up the bacon, onion, peppers, and mushrooms into fine slices.
2. Add a dash of salt into a pot with water and begin to boil the spaghetti.
3. Add salad oil to a fry pan and stir fry bacon on low heat. Add the finely chopped onion, peppers, and mushrooms to the pan and stir fry on high heat. Add the white wine and cook together.
4. When the spaghetti is almost done, add to the fry pan. Afterwards add ketchup and cream, combine well. Add salt and pepper.
5. After serving, add toppings to your liking.

Notes:
You may substitute bacon with sausage or ham.
You may substitute cream with milk.
You may substitute salad oil with salt-free butter.

I've been in the kitchen! (recipe notes)

Last night I tried my hand at making Leslie's wonderful chocolate chip banana bread. :D It turned out quite well despite a few "mishaps" along the way. Too bad I can't share a piece with all of you.
I wasn't sure how to "cream" butter so I had to look that up online, then when I added all the wet ingredients together it looked kinda.. weird, as if it hadn't been emulsified correctly (which makes sense because butter = oil). My parents also misplaced my vanilla extract (and we had two bottles of it!!) No idea what they did with that.
I also made a few substitutions, and from my memory it didn't really change the end taste:
1) Instead of 1 1/4 cups sugar I used 3/4 white sugar and 1/4 brown sugar. (taken from Leslie's notes)
2) I used 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of regular all purpose intead of 1 1/2 cups of all purpose.
3) My parents misplaced my vanilla extract so I couldn't add that in.
4) The only yogurt I had was from the "fruit at the bottom" kind so I just used the top of one of those.
5) My parents don't like me using the oven and prefer the toaster oven (which is a wee bit tiny) but surprisingly all the batter fit, but since it's smaller and more compact it cooks faster and I baked for about 20 minutes at most. I'm just glad the batter didn't overflow when it was rising.

On an completely different topic, I've been catching up with my Fruits Basket chapters. Can you believe there are only 2 more chapters to go before the ending?? I first started watching /reading this anime/manga my senior year of high school. Back then there were only a few volumes of the manga out, now there are more than twenty! The manga will end at chapter 130. There have been some rather surprising plot twists and I think this manga has the most number of canon pairings I've ever seen (but then again, there are quite a number of characters too.) Towards the ending it has also become rather twisted; I read on a anime/manga weblog an image captioned "Fruits Basket has turned into X" and I can't agree more. That specific chapter even had the birds flying around and feathers floathing around. I wonder if Takaya Natsuki planned this from the very beginning.

* SPOILER WARNING*

Here are the rather startling plot twists:
1) This is THE number one plot twist. I was super shocked. Are you ready? Okay... AKITO IS A GIRL! WHAT THE? But now everything makes sense, the super intimate postures of some certain characters *coughcough* with Akito, why Kureno was always with himher. Which leads to our second revelation..

2) Kureno has slept with Akito! Again, sex? I'm surprised at the rampant mention of sex in this series. Which, brings me to my third point.

3) Shigure had sex with Akito's mom, Ren. O_O Oi..

4)And now for the kicker, Shigure is in love with Akito. AHHH. I can't get this out of my mind. I mean, all those sinister Shigure looks were because he was in love with Akito??? He also had sex with Ren because he was jealous that Akito had sex with Kureno. (I wonder how old Akito is...)

5) Actually now that I think about it, quite a number of the Sohma family members are in love with other Sohma family members. There is also quite an age difference in many of the couples presented in the series, I wonder why in society it is unacceptable but in a manga it seems perfectly alright.

6) Tohru & Kyou is confirmed. :)

But anyways, I still can't wait to see the ending of Fruits Basket even though I don't want it to end!

Well, that's the end of that. Off to go watch King's Man/The King and the Clown. :3

GRADUATION!

To my dear dear friends who are leaving me behind! ;_;

Warmest wishes to (in no particular order) Gracie, Taline, Leslie, Steph, Mimi, Abby, Xinxin, and of course Anita the Mew. ♥ It will be a lonely year next year (come visit me and come to my graduation!!) but I only need to look at my hoop (and all those pictures!) to remember all the great times we've had this past year and before. Good luck to wherever you may be next year, be it as close as Boston to San Francisco to Taiwan, and Japan. I love you guys and I hope we see each other soon!

I also can't forget Yi, who's finally graduating from high school. :D Ah, I still remember when we first met you back in junior year of high school. You've finally made it through the six years of BLS and I know you'll excel in Harvard next year just as you've done at BLS. ♥

Even though we are all constantly moving, you all will be forever in my heart!

What is this...?

What is this outside...? It's so bright.. and blinding. @_@ The sky seems so vibrant. And that thing in the sky that is utterly too bright. What has the world come to? I'm afraid... it's too intense outside.

Dun dun dun..!

The curse of the non-existent red flags!! :(

Maybe I should take this biochem exam Thursday? (But then I'd just feel miserable tomorrow tonight as well.)

*continues incessant rambling*

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