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What is your fondest memory of something related to the stars or space?

I have fond memories of watching various educational shows related to space, particularly the Magic School Bus episode where they visit all of the planets in our solar system. :D I also enjoyed visiting the Griffith Observatory for my grandma's birthday.

What is a celestial body that you find particularly interesting?

Right now, I will say Mars. I blame this on the Dear Hank and John podcast. It's fun to learn about, and I find the idea that it may have had life on it to be fascinating.

When you look at the night sky, what thoughts cross your mind?

I feel small. We are just a tiny spec in the vastness of the universe. It's mostly void, partially stars.

Have you ever seen anything weird or inexplicable up there?

No, I wish.

Would you live in space or on another planet?

Probably not. It's fun to read about it, but I think it would be too much trouble in real life.
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I've been tweeting all evening, so I think my journal should get some love too.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell has consumed my waking mind. I'm nearly done with the book, and it is a massive book. I don't think I have fallen in love with a magical world this much since Harry Potter. The world building is that good. I also love the historical setting. A historical novel mixed with magic? Yes, please! Maybe the book is a bit long, but it's charming and intricate enough to make up for that. Naturally, I have been watching the mini-series and enjoying it as well. In fact, it's the entire reason that I dared to read the novel in the first place. It seems to be a pretty good adaptation thus far. Anyway, it's good to have something to look forward to on Saturday nights again.

It's getting late, but I may stay up to watch Michiko and Hachin. It's premiering on Toonami tonight.
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1. What is your favorite scent or odor?
I love the smell of coffee.... not necessarily in the morning. In fact, I still probably enjoy the smell more than the taste.

2. What is your favorite taste?
My favorite taste is fresh pizza right out of the oven, especially the cheese. Mm, I'm hungry already just thinking about it!

3. What is your favorite sound?
The gentle sound of wind blowing through the trees outside my window. I just heard it right now.

4. What is your favorite texture?
The silky smoothness of my blue star pillow which is here beside me on the bed. I'm not quite sure what it's made of.

5. What is your favorite thing to look at?
The thick, luxurious black hair of my love interest. <3 I may be legally blind, but it's beauty has not escaped my notice.

All of these things are varying levels of nostalgic for me because they have all been in my life for a few years now. They remind me of happy times.
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I got this from [personal profile] dancing_serpent. Comment if you would like a letter as well.
Something I hate: Olives. I've never liked 'em.

Something I love: Oceans! I love the ocean. It's so beautiful and full of life.

Somewhere I've been: Oregon--I've been to this state much more than I would have liked, but I've never been outside of Portland. Overall, I prefer Washington state if I'm going to visit the Pacific northwest.

Somewhere I'd like to go: Ontario, Canada. I've never been to Canada, and I would love to go someday soon because it's right above us on the same continent and everything. I used to have a dream of going to Ontario for Anime North. I loved the anime website LELOLA.net when I was growing up, and the webmistress Pan-Chan would post con reports of that convention all the time. I know for sure it was the third biggest anime con in North America at one time, and I believe it still is. I'm not as obsessed with going to that con as I used to be, but it would still be nice to visit Canada. I could have picked Ottawa, but I'm drawing a blank as to where that is. I know for sure that Ontario is on the east coast.

Someone I know: Miss Kat Orta, a friend on Facebook from my days with the Risembool Rangers. I had the hardest time thinking of anyone who had a first name that begins with O, and she was the only person I could think of with an "o" in her name at all. Unfortunately, I don't know Oscar Wilde or Conan O'Brien in real life... I'm sure I'll think of someone else after I've posted this.

A film I like: Othello with Lawerence Olivier. Like I said, I will probably think of a bunch more films after I post this. I wouldn't say that I love this adaptation, but it is what introduced me to Shakespeare's Othello. I have very strong memories of watching this in the middle of the night years ago. Even though I already knew what would happen because of spoilers, it was still very powerful. IIRC, Maggie Smith played Desdemona.

A book I like: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, which I just read last month. :) I enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting.

"o" seemed like kind of a tricky letter, but it was easier than I thought.
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Today is that special kind of day when Monday and the first day of the month happen to coincide. Happy June everyone! Fortunately, I have been out of school for over a week now, so Mondays really don't have to be any different than the weekend. There are definitely some things I should take care of this summer, but for now, I can be the mistress of my own time. :) Since this is the first of the month, I listened to the new episode of Night Vale. I hope to post a review of it sometime later. Needless to say, I enjoyed it more than the last episode.

Normally, after a grueling semester, I would be spending my time laying around exhausted and wondering what I'm doing with my life. While I have fallen prey to some of that, I have managed to be reasonably productive. I finished Rebbecca By Daphne Du Maurier the day after my semester ended. I had heard that it was inspired by Jane Eyre, but it didn't live up to that novel in my eyes. It was still interesting and much darker than Jane Eyre. Then, I read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for the first time because Twitter told me it was Towel Day. It was a wonder to behold. I also read Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis and In the Beginning: A New interpretation of Genesis by Karen Armstrong for some more serious reading. I liked both, but I had issues with them. I downloaded 12 Books You Can't Miss at Bookcon 2015 for the sole reason of reading the preview of the Night Vale novel, but I ended up reading all of the previews to amuse myself. As it turns out, I'm interested in reading about half of them when they come out. I posted some reviews on my GoodReads account, but I may repost them here as well.

Right now, I'm reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The House of Hades From the Heroes of Olympus series. I hope to do some more writing this summer, too.

The Modern Language Association has taught me to italicize the titles of all novels, but I got lazy halfway through this entry and gave up on that. ...I'm such a bad English major!

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