Top Ten Snacks (Japanese) (Top Ten #8)

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* This list is in no real order; these are just my favorite Japanese snacks I have tried over the years at cons or on-line.

#1. Chocolate Chip Melon Bread

#2. Coffee Bread

#3. Chocolate bread

#4. Steam Cake

#5. Strawberry mocha

#6. Coffee Milk

#7. Yogurt drink

#8. Chocolate Koalas AND Hello Pandas (Chocolate)

#9. Fish Crackers (strawberry and/or chocolate)

#10. Hi-Chews (strawberry)

#11. Chocolate Almond Crunch Pokey

#12. Japanese Carmel candies

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June is slipping away like a balloon

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words32Weather: Hot, but not overly bad yet

Working on: Uploading Youtube videos and preparing for my summer school classes

Websites up: Youtube

Eating/Drinking: Brown Sugar and Cinnamon oatmeal and milk

Wearing: Tan capris and my white Mickey Mouse shirt with rainbow stars

Currently playing: Kingdom Hearts 3Ds (23 hours baby!)

Currently Watching: I finished the anime, I, My, Me Strawberry Eggs, a few days ago

Currently Reading: JUST finished the Paranormalcy trilogy.  Now starting “Jessica Rules the Dark side”, book #2 in the “Jessica” series

Thoughts: All the errands I have to do

Feeling: Good

Hey there!  Hi there!  Ho there! 🙂  Where has June gone.  I blink and poof!  No more, it slipping through my fingers like a balloon on a windy day. It’s been about 2 weeks guys!  Good golly, Miss Molly, I’m sorry about that but I have been working nonstop cleaning house and finishing up all my summer school plans and set up, which starts Monday.  My program is called College for Kids or CFK (and YES, I know it is KFC flipped, but we do not teach four weeks about chickens!  >.<) and it is a lot of fun for the kiddos, but a TON of work.  I have 3 new classes this year, which is a lot, so root for me please.  PLUS, Natsu is in the middle of all of this because they had to move their con date a month from last year…-_-;;  Not.  Cool! But, I will do my best and still have fun.  ^_^  I have also been editing.  Chapters 7-9 are looking fine, but 10 I am worried about for it is long and detailed, but, I will be working on that today and tomorrow.  Getting close to halfway done with first edits.  Not sure if that makes me happy or not for I still have half of it to go…:(  I DID get past that Sora boss I was stuck on and now I am on the final boss with Riku on the second to last world (finished Sora’s).  MAN!  This plot is think and confusing!  I hope it will be explained more clearly at the end of the game.  I also had to help my brother clean his room for two days.  It looks SO much better and we had so much fun finding all our original Power Rangers, Pokémon, He-Man/She-ra, and other nerdy awesome toys!  I icon is inspired on that and the Youtube information below. My hubby and I also celebrated our 2 year anniversary.  We dressed up, ate good food (we were the ONLY ones in the place), had bad pie, watched our WHOLE wedding video and commented on everything, laughing, exchanged gifts (I got all practical stuff: a heating pad, a new door coat rack, and a pink Sailor Moon tote bag.  I got him a Minecraft foam Axe, a Crusade helmet mug, and the new Halo 4 DVD, all FUN stuff…something is off here…0.0).  But, we had a great time and I love him more and more each day.  OH!  I also wrote him two poems, hehehe!

I updated my “To be a nerdy Otaku” section a little and of coarse, added a new top ten.  For the next month, they will be themed based on what I am teaching at College for Kids.  My first week will be Around the World type classes.  Please check out the top ten and to my anime fans out there, I hope the icons make you smile. ^___^  Please also check out my Youtube channel.  I will be adding either today or tomorrow the videos of my friends and I doing Smosh’s Pokémon video challenge.  We had a blast and yes, I am wearing my Smosh shirt.  🙂  You will have to turn your audio up to hear us, but once you do, I hope you have some enjoyment out of it. There are 4 parts.  PLEASE subscribe or add all my social medias.  It would help a lot!  😀

Well kids, I have tons of errands to do.  Stay safe, smile with your eyes closed, and help a turtle cross the street.  Peace!

Top Ten Hayao Miyazaki Movies (Top Ten #4)

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#1. Castle in the Sky

#2. Howl’s Moving Castle

#3. Kiki’s Delivery Service

#4. The Cat Returns AND/OR Whisper of the Heart

#5. Ponyo

#6. Porco Rosso AND/OR From Up on Poppy Hill

#7. The Secret World of Arritery

#8. Totoro

#9. Spirited Away

#10. Princess Mononoko AND/OR Naussica  & the valley of the winds

* I have also seen “Tales of the Earthsea”, which is by his son.

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Inside Cover Art revealed

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763008pdc23ujbl2Weather: It seems nice…Haven’t been out yet. 0.o

Working on: College for Kids lesson plans…a long way to go…

Eating/Drinking: Had a turkey sandwich and carrots a little while ago

Wearing: Blue polka-dot classic Minnie Mouse shirt and gym shorts

Currently playing: Kingdom Hearts: Dew Drop Distance (12 hours so far!)

Currently Watching: Last thing I watched was Hot in Cleveland, but I enjoyed watching ‘Summer Wars’ yesterday! ^_^

Currently Reading: Everlasting

Thoughts: I am so sleepy…-_-;;

Happy Saturday everyone!  😀  I hope you weekend is going well.  I have been working nonstop all week on book edits and my summer school lessons plans (along with my house organization).  I have been doing great energy wise until…now.  I am so sleepy!  🙁  So, I added my dear Roxas *dreamy sigh* avatar to perk me up.  It says “Weekend Warrior”, which is fitting for both of us.  I am also playing the newest Kingdom Hearts game.  It took me forever to get used to the switching of characters randomly, but I like the combat style and the worlds are as fun, colorful, and challenging as ever!  ^_^

But, I do have some book news!  *drum roll* Here is a sneak peek of what the inside cover for my book will look like!  It was done by one of my seventh graders and Paper Crane Books and myself are thrilled to have this talented young lady be apart of our project!  This will be the cover for the next reveal: in the back of the book, there will be a Q & A section!  I will answer common or unique questions about my work, my inspiration, the writing process for me, and other random topics in Spirit Vision.  If you have a question for me, then please send it to me in an e-mail, a site comment, or through one of my social medias.  Who knows!  It may be answered and printed!  Thanks to my students who have already submitted!

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So, to recap: reveal of the inside cover and a Questions and Answers section in Spirit Vision! WOOT!  😀

I also am honored to now own several prints of art from my main cover artist, Cherriuki!  A small bio and links to her samples and social medias are under a drop link in the “Book” section of the site.  Please check it out!  She is truly a talent.

I also completed chapters 5 and 6 first edits! Chapter 5 was SUPER difficult.  I had to rewrite 7 pages and it was a 30 page chapter on top of that.  We got it done and I am so grateful for all the work my publisher is doing for me.  Luckily, chapter 6 was not nearly as bad.

My cosplay for Natsu Con FINALLY came in this week! I ordered it January 10th and I had to send tons of e-mails for them to work on it (I already missed wearing at to Anime St. Louis, hence Mai, who is still awesome).  I am going as Sailor V!  The outfit is nice and well made, but I have a few little things to fit, such as the wig’s bangs are not right and are just short enough that it is hard to tuck them behind my ear without whacking my face.  The top is also too big, which makes me happy, but I feel odd.  I just need to tighten up the back somehow.  The gloves also are sliding off so I will need to attach them to my top sleeves without it being noticeable.  Have to string and put hole sin the mask too; I can only hold it now…-_-.  But, the rest does look great and I really look forward to bringing Sailor V to life!  I am making her crescent moon compact now (it has to sun for a few weeks before I can paint it).  I hope it turns out okay.  Hard to imagine Natsu Con is only 5 weeks away!  0.o  Scary, but still awesome!  I promise to do a full blog and take tons of pictures like I did for Anime St. Louis.  On a side note, my mom’s surgery went well and she is resting.  🙂  She will go to the doctor on the 12th to see what we need to do for there.

I added the weekly top ten to the Blog page.  Have a look! It has something to do with my icon and of coarse, my childhood.

I hope you guys have a super awesome week.  I need to finish washing clothes and take a quick nap before I work out, do a little anniversary shopping (our 2 year wedding anniversary is in 10 days and I need to get a card still and wrapping paper.  Gifts are all here, haha!), and get pumped to help my messy brother clean his room…again!  Oh well!  “I don’t think life’s that simple or simple and clean…” If you got the reference, you rock! 😀

I will talk to you soon! JA! ^_^


June 16th, 2013

Quick Fun Update:

525647yy1bsln3vpWeather: Warm

Working on: Supply lists for my summer classes

Websites up: Youtube

Wallpaper: Red with Yuko and Wataki from” xxxHolic” dressed as butterfly/Egyptian rulers

Wearing: Black jean shorts and my gray graffiti “High School Musical” shirt

Currently Listening to: “Disney After Ever After”  It’s for ages 16 plus guys!  >.<

Currently playing: Kingdom Hearts: Dew Drop Distance (14 hours so far!)

Currently Watching: Last thing I watched was Fairy Oddparents, I think…

Currently Reading: JUST finished “Devoted” by Hilary Duff (Elixar book 2) (HENCE the icon!) and about to start “Supernaturally” by Kiersten White (Paranormalcy book 2)

Thoughts: What do I have to do next…? 0.o

Hola mi amigos!  I hope everyone is well this Father’s Day Sunday!  To all the dads out there, thank you for all you do, especially, for me, my father and my father-in-law; these amazing men have helped me so much and I am blessed.  ^.^  I am THRILLED to say I am done with all the typing of my full summer school lesson plans.  I had 9 of them and most of them were 18-30 pages so…that is a lot of typing and ink! 0.o  But, I hope the kids will like the classes.  Now, time to get supplies tomorrow, get recyclables organized, and make posters, print-outs, and samples of all the new projects (which is over half of them).  So, still much to do!  At least I have until the 1st.  🙂  I am just happy I have most of my HUGE chores done (car checked, top to bottom house cleaning, and lesson plans).  I am mad at my Kingdom Hearts game (3Ds, ALTHOUGH, I AM PUMPED FOR KH3 for PS4!!! Who’s with me?  :D)!  I am playing as Sora and in Travers Town (part 2), where you have to battle all your old bosses and I assume the new guy.  The fire guy from The Hutchback of Norte Dome world is kicking my butt because he can shot fire everywhere and I am in a small space.  I leveled up 2 extra levels than required, but I will see what I can do.  Why can’t Riku take out the meanie pants Nightmares?!  *pouts and stomps foot* 😉

I am getting some summer reading done, but with all my book work (which I am happy about) and my summer school work along with adult chores, things have been insane this month!  >.< Still, I only have this many books that are on my shelves now that I need to read.  Others I want to purchase?  Don’t ask how many is on THAT list! *blushes*:

Vampire genre: 4 for sure and 3 maybes, so 7 at the most.

Fantasy: 7

Fairy Tale: 1

Realistic Fiction: 6

Historical Fiction: 15

Reference book: 1

Manga: 6

Total: 40-43

I am hoping to get half of these done…20 books by the middle of August!  Wish me luck guys!  🙂 I’ll keep you posted.  Just finished one today! And yes, these are real books (I do not have a Nook or Kindle).

Just wanted to post my weekly Top Ten. It’s in the blog section as usually.  Check out the others too. This theme is for a legendary Japanese director…I will let you look to see who it is.  ;0  But, I did this in honor of my mom, who I will see tomorrow.  She is back at work so her doctor’s appointment must have gone decent.  My brother and I are making her watch Kiki’s Delivery Service!  Okay, if you STILL have no clue who the director is, I feel sorry for you! *hugs*  I also have my last church class tomorrow night along with all afternoon getting my summer supply box ready at the college.  Busy!  But, Tuesday is my 2 year wedding anniversary and I am going to spend it with my darling! ^_^

Have a fantastic week and I will chat you guys up next week.  Stay beautiful! *waves*

Top 10 Pokemon Side Games (Top Ten #2)

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Top 10 Pokemon Side Games:

#1. Pokemon Puzzle League

#2. Pokemon Stadium 1 and Pokemon Stadium 2 (tied to me)

#3. Pokemon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire and Pokemon Trading Card Game (Pokemon Play it) for the PC (tied)

#4. Pokemon Channel

#5. Pokepark 1

#6. Pokemon Ranger: Guardian of Sign

#7. Hey you Pikachu and Pokemon Trozei (original) (tied)

#8. Pokemon Snap

#9. Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness

#10. Pokémon Shuffle AND Pokémon 3DS Rumble (2015) (tied)

Other Pokemon side games I have, but that did not make the list:

  • Pokemon Trading Card game
  • Pokemon Pinball (with rumble)
  • Pokemon Ranger
  • Pokemon Ranger 2: Shadows of Almia
  • Pokemon Coliseum
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explores of Time
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explores of Sky
  • PokePark 2
  • Pokémon Conquest
  • Pokémon 3DS Trozei


My dream Pokemon teams in real life, not game play (I am not choosing legendaries for if we did exist in a Pokemon world, how many people would REALLY have legendaries?):

Generation I: Alakazam, Ponyta, Starmie, Eevee, Butterfree, and Vulpix or Ninetails

Generation II: Typhlosion, Espeon, Skarmory, Teddiursa, Scizor, and Corsola

Generation III: Gardevoir, Mawile, Altaria, Absol, Swampert, and Blaziken

Generation IV: Bastiodon, Cherrium, Lopunny, Dusknoir, Lucario, and Mime Jr.

Generation V: Samurott, Herider, Unfezant, Emolga, Swanna, and Zoroark.

Generation VI: …Only time will tell! 😉

Busy end of May!

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cg1Weather: HOT! -_-;;

Wearing: Hello Kitty superhero shirt “Rad by day, Awesome by Night” and black gym shorts

Currently Listening to: “Nothing Suits me like a suit.” by Neil Patrick Harris

Currently Watching: Cake Boss was the last thing I watched

Currently Reading: The Number and Sailor moon, volume 7

Thoughts: I’m hungry, but can I wait until we see Epic…?.?

Feeling: Hungry, but clean

WHAT A WEEK!  I have cleaned my apartment from head to toe, but I still have more to do, organized EVERY folder in my office (which is a lot), organized my closet, had a radio interview for my summer program, worked out every day (although I am still eating bad), saw my parents, got to see my two best friends, had a weekend get a way with my hubby…*takes a breath* And that was from Wednesday to Sunday!  But, I am back now and my Pokemon Top ten is in the blog section! It was fun to do for you guys and there is even a little bonus at the bottom… ^_^

My mom is having surgery tomorrow, which is concerning for her blood disorder rarely lets her clot.  One of her teeth pretty close to exploded and almost hit her crown.  Her cheek was so swollen that she was tearing up to talk to me last week.  She can talk now, but I know she is in pain, so love and good thoughts for you tomorrow momma!

I got to spend the afternoon Friday with my best friend, Marissa, for her 25th birthday.  She is in Texas currently working for an engineering company, so it was nice to see her and celebrate with her awesome family for a Hawaiian theme party and BBQ.  Her mom even let me just HAVE a stack of original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers trading cards! 0.o  I was SO excited, but they all looked at me like I was nuts.  I suppose my otaku was showing badly!  Hehe! ^-^  We also got to see my hubby’s best friend and the one who got us together, Evan, that night.  It has been over 3 YEARS since we had seen him.  It was all so much fun!

Derrick (my hubby) went to Cape, which is south of where we live, for an early 2 year wedding anniversary weekend.  We did something smaller this year due to money, but we still had a nice time.  ^_^  We went shopping of course.  I got too many books and other goodies.  He had to get a game! HA! We also had AMAZING Japanese food and got to see a habachi chef make huge fires for show and he was flipping sushi in people’s mouths to make some kids who were watching him laugh.  The food was so good and we cannot wait to go back.  Our hotel, the Drury, was rockin’; we love staying at Drury’s for the Kick back (free supper basically) and free popcorn for me all afternoon! WOOT! 😀  My husband also gambled for the first time and we had a lot of fun.  I left with almost $16, although I put in $20; he had nothing left after putting in $25.  Still, we had a blast, but did not go broke.  We also walked down the Mississippi River wall, which has tons of lovely wall murals that show the history of Cape and how the river affected it along with famous Missourians.  It was a lovely day to walk by the river (although I did not get too close since I am not a fan of water). We also got this awesome ice ream across the street afterwards; it was really creamy. We went to a Safari zoo, where you got to feed and pet several of the animals.  I like animals, but I am a tad timid.  Derrick LOVES animals and had so much fun petting them and talking to them.  It was adorable *blushes*  I got my history fill by going to a Civil War Fort, called Fort D.  And since it was Memorial day, they had people dressed up and tents sent up along with cannons going off!  It was nifty and I will have to bring my dad there (he’s a history teacher).  I also got to see my college bff, Jennifer, who I have not seen since my wedding.  It was a short getaway, but nice and we had a great time in Cape!

I want to take a moment to thank a special student.  Our dear school and town loss a lovely young woman this weekend.  She was so kind, offering her help and smile to all who needed it.  She always got me tea and my cart because she wanted to and her drawings for me were as colorful and sweet as her.  I want to send thoughts to her family and loved ones for her loss and wish her peace.  Thank you for all your kindness babe!

We had a nice time seeing friends yesterday and we are looking to our annual town fair, Country Days, this weekend. We are going to take an old-fashioned photo…hehehe! 😉

Thanks for reading everyone!  Look forward to more updates!