In the interim, a picture from us tearing up the road, purple eldar-berry style in Yamagata.
So I am finally sitting the Japanese proficiency exam this December – level 2, which I am fairly certain I can pass without much stress (ahh famous last words…), but I’m not taking any chances because I need to have that certification in order to get into graduate school in Tokyo next year and they only offer that test once a year.
To that end I’ve been studying quite a bit recently, but have gotten all “textbook-ed out”. So the other day I went out and purchased a couple of Japanese fashion magazines to get a little “real world” reading practice in. I chose fashion magazines because they feature lots of stylish clothes in pretty colours, patterns and shapes, and because I’m like a small bird when it comes to things like that, they are guaranteed to keep my interest.
Long story short, what happened is instead of practicing my reading, I spent three hours looking at all the pictures of clothes, and then, feeling like all my clothes were hopelessly passe, jumped on the internet and ended up spending $1200 I could ill afford (oh credit cards…) on a new suit and shirts and pants and stuff. The best part was when Banana Republic and J-Crew were both like “Oh heys, j00 qualify for free shipping!” and I was like “omgz, for $1200 it’s not exactly free, now is it?”
Then I got all stressed out and couldn’t sleep all night because I was worrying about how I was going to pay off all these clothes I just bought.
I did finally manage to fall asleep, however, by rocking out to this new(ish) track from my favourite group The Signalrunners. It’s a remix of Sufjan Steven’s “Chicago” and while it’s very club, it’s also very danceable (and if a song can get me, Mr. can’t-move-his-hips-independently-from-his-torso out of my seat and dancing, it’s gotta be at least a little good). As far as I know it hasn’t been released yet (and might actually never be) but through the magic of Teh Intarweb, here it is for j00 to download.
Sufjan Stevens vs. Signalrunners – Chicago (Club Mix)
(08’03″ :: 200kbp vbr .mp3)
I’ll try to finish writing part II on saturday!
Now listening to: umm…. Sufjan Stevens vs. Signalrunners – Chicago (club mix)…?