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Thursday, September 29th, 2005
10:38 am - my daddy

i think i like this picture thing.

current mood: open

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2005
12:27 pm

hello. i'm at depauw again. i guess i have been for awhile. a month? here's what i did all summer:

i liked wearing blue shoes to work.

now i'm in a japanese class that doesn't teach me anything, and i spend all my time researching yoshimoto banana. senior thesis... puh-shaw!

guh. being busy sucks.

here's what i wish i was doing all summer:


even i can't believe my awesomeness.

current mood: disheveled

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Sunday, June 19th, 2005
12:46 am - annie

this is my dog:

she is so old. and i love her.

current mood: unexcited

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Wednesday, May 18th, 2005
11:11 am
upon receiving the fortune of an unexpected sum of money, i promptly spent it on the japan-only radiohead release (com lag yes yes yes) and a night of weird folk music on wooden benches, though it may mean i eat very little for the last five days i am here.

ha ha i am so responsible and good with money.

current mood: jolly

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Monday, May 16th, 2005
8:11 pm
i'm leaving in six days.
*chrunches an ice cube*
that sure is weird.
stateside return scheduled for 6:14 am, may 23rd.
it's been a long time.

ps you can count canadian indie rock concert as one of the top ten 経験した事 in japan. follow that with all night karaoke and you've got one memorable twelve-or-so hours.

current mood: wistful

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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005
7:54 pm - from japan to taiwan and back again
i have to get some things out while it's all still fresh.

taiwan was fantastic. i loved almost every minute of it (there were some episodes involving toilets, confusing bus systems, wet shoes, and the like, but, you know, that's travel), and i may have fallen in love with taipei. it's much greener than japanese cities, and for some reason i felt more at home there, despite the fact that i speak exactly zero percent of the language (we could read some though!). the people were extremely friendly and willing to help the weary and bewildered traveller, and i actually ended up having a pretty interesting conversation with a girl who helped us out. the dialogue went straight from "where is your domicile?" to a discussion of various issues involving history, culture, and interaction between japan and taiwan. hooray for human connection.

i had possessed hopes that taiwan would be a vegetarian's haven, but soon found this not to be the case, as the streets of taipei are heavily populated with food stands displaying various parts of their specialty meat (there were some vegetarian restaurants, though they were slightly more 少ない than i had imagined). so there were some minor food complications, though we did our best. the highlight of the trip for me was our journey to toroko gorge, where i turned twenty-one while wading in the water that runs through the gorge and jumping from large boulder to extremely large boulder. i hope i always appreciate things like a child. i layed atop of one of the biggest rocks i've ever seen, hot and sweaty from the hike and enjoying the breeze between the two mountains, and i had to think "what a way to spend my birthday." i have decided i want to return to taiwan and spend a month or so hiking all over the island, because that was honestly one of the most beautiful places i have ever seen. and who could ask for more than a train ride back to taipei with mountains on one side and coast on the other?

other sites of note were taipei 101 (the tallest building in the world, for now), and peking opera, which left me giddy and in need of a musical purchase (urge satisfied for 300 new taiwanese dollars, thank you). we also saw some beautiful temples, a beach, a glimpse of art and history in asia at the national museum (featuring a jade cabbage, yes), and the chiang kai-shek memorial hall, where we saw the closing of the gates and the lowering of the flag (no slovenly-dressed visitors allowed). overall the trip was incredibly worth the time, energy, and money, as most of it was spent in laughter (the company was something more than EXCELLENT :D ), wonder, and/or amazement. i really don't think i could have asked for more. the trip ended with a spitting contest off our hostel balcony 11 floors up (we're so bad), a 5.20 am bus to chiang kai-shek airport, and a very satisfied, tired, and slightly older and more sunburned me. i'm also still itching from about 38 mosquito bites and one giant, ever-present travel bug.

current mood: pleased

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Monday, April 4th, 2005
11:12 pm
note to self: shopping doesn't make you feel better.

but apples do! :]

current mood: schleepy

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3:38 am
yes of course i wrote three essays in three hours.

current mood: pushed aside

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Tuesday, February 15th, 2005
5:06 pm
切る 【きる】 (suf,v5r) to cut; to chop; to hash; to carve; to saw; to clip; to shear; to slice; to strip; to fell; to cut down; to punch; to sever (connections); to pause; to break off; to disconnect; to turn off; to hang up; to cross (a street); to discount; to sell below cost; to shake (water) off; to finish; to be through; to complete; EP

i:m not exactly sure why, but i think i:ll always find english to be the more expressive language.

current mood: language lab-ish

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Saturday, February 5th, 2005
10:12 pm
there's something about an upcoming 50-minute presentation in japanese that makes me really not want to be in this country right now.

somebody remind me why i'm here.

current mood: shleepy

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Wednesday, January 12th, 2005
11:35 am - my friend is amazing

current mood: bluesy baby

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Tuesday, January 11th, 2005
12:03 pm
i wish i had the time to write about the past five days of my life. there were so many times each day where i stopped what i was doing and had to think, 'how on earth did i end up here? how do these things happen to me?' some highlights include: being given a free bike by a random man i met on the train (because i'm cute, apparently), being told i can't appreciate japanese art because i'm a foreigner by a pompous japanese man, eating a bowl of what truly must have been snot, slowly coming to terms with the fact that many many naked old ladies are staring at me naked, spending the day with the high school kid with a crush and a fashion mullet and being told i'm cute every ten minutes, freezing in the cold while being grateful that the ditch our car landed in happened to be right next to a farm with a tractor (and a friendly man who uses a golf club as a cane and thinks he can lift a car with his own two hands), realizing, as i opened the envelope containing an illegal one hundred dollars, that i had spent the last two days wearing a bright yellow coat and standing in the cold holding a sign working on the election campaign for a pompous man with an eye patch (who i had met the day before) who is running for mayor in tiny town in japan and who values me for little more than my foreign white face.

ha. i love my life.

current mood: warm

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Monday, January 3rd, 2005
10:43 pm
today might be the first day the word "bored" has been capable of entering my mind since i've come to japan. and really, that's okay with me. life has been pretty crazy up until now. it still is, but at least today is relaxed. and it feels good. first semester is over, i moved out of my host family, joel has come and gone (there really aren't any words for it. let it suffice to say that it was wholly GOOD), i semi-successfully cooked my first meal for myself, thailand is in ten days, and i have somewhere around ten pieces of mail waiting for me in the office of the center for international education. i've said it before and i'll say it again: life is good.

i am happy to report that my only plan for tomorrow is to buy a loaf of bread.

current mood: yo momma!

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Thursday, November 18th, 2004
4:25 pm
don't tell me i ain't got groove.

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Friday, October 8th, 2004
10:15 am - jody and me
yeah so...

i'm in japan.

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Sunday, August 1st, 2004
12:34 pm
i'm in the u.s. again.

gone again in three weeks.

i'm tired.

current mood: purple

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Saturday, July 3rd, 2004
8:48 pm - like any good sailor
i am the chore MASTER. ::grunts:: yes. after having failed to find summer employment, i have been delegated all manner of household jobs. number three on the list and still in progress is... swabbing the deck, me hearties. yes ma'am i am scrubbing with a long-handled brush borrowed from none other than Wendy's, scrubbing with a pansy little scrub brush with an awkward handle that cramps my hand after six minutes of continuous scrubbage. what is left is to be conquered by sponges. SPONGES. needless to say, many tedious hours have been spent and are yet to be spent on my hands and knees scraping fifteen years of mold, moss, and mildew off of our back porch.

but wait! a beam of light breaks the horizon: tomorrow at joe's!

::rubs hands and looks devious:: yessss preciousssss, let us see what havoc the four of us will wreak up and down interstate sixty-five tomorrow.


current mood: broke

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Thursday, May 27th, 2004
5:37 pm
it rained very hard the other day, and the water filled up our backyard. we had never had a lake before, so corey and i got on our wetsuits and ran around in the new body of water. then we all got in our canoe and paddled around the yard with hockey sticks.

and today i found a spider in my grapes AFTER i had eaten half the bunch. there was some weird white sac around it. yummy.

these are the exciting times of kathryn barnes in corydon, indiana.

current mood: marrrrrrr

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Monday, April 26th, 2004
8:31 pm - a survey in pictures:

funnest waste of time ever.

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current mood: giddy giddy goo

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2004
11:46 pm
lush grass so damp it stains my skin green earth melting into my veins and joints hair and roots blend my arms branch and bloom thirsty soaking moisture from the ground bones growing creak with waking morning i can eat the air and sun taste my fruit sweet juice runs flows river water rushing over toes rocks pour life into a pool leaves floating follow ripples to edge climb out come home to me rest in eyes mouth ears i want to grow grow grow

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