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★ A Frequently Asked Question ★

February 2, 2012

Many people have asked me how long it takes me to learn a dance. This isn’t really an easy question to answer. (^_^”)> Different dances take different amounts of time. For example, a short dance with simple movements can take a few days, whereas a longer dance with more complicated movements can take a couple of weeks. Then again, a short dance with difficult movements can take longer than a long dance with simple movements that repeat a lot. It also depends on other things, such as how busy I am with things unrelated to my videos, how many other dances I’m learning at the time, and what condition my health is in (and, I suppose, how picky I am about getting the moves as accurate as possible (^_^”)>).

However, even if I could tell you the exact amount of time I take on a specific dance, please don’t try to use this as the amount of time it “should” take to learn! I can’t stress this point enough: everyone learns at a different pace. For example, just because I learned “Happy Synthesizer” in three or four days doesn’t mean you should give up on it if it’s been five days since you started learning it. I’d hate to see someone get criticized for being inaccurate or messy just because they were trying to learn a dance in a certain amount of time.

I sincerely hope I don’t sound stuck up in this post. orz I don’t mean to sound like I’m always going to take less time learning a dance because that’s definitely not true. However, I have been learning dances for over two years, so I may be able to pick some moves up more easily than someone who just started dancing recently. I just wanted to write this post to point out that anyone who plans on learning a dance should focus on learning it correctly and not on how long it takes you to learn it.

~ Stephanie


Old Treasures Part 6: The Smallest of the Stacking Boxes

July 24, 2010

And, finally, in the smallest of the stacking boxes were some of my favorite toys when I was little: a jumping figure of Sabor from Disney’s Tarzan; a pink swan whose wings flap when you move its head; an orange cat that, when you wind up its tail, spins around and then flips; a mini Santa figure; a tiny puppy; a blue dinosaur squirt toy; a flower basket with three flower fairies; and a piece of cake with a little baby inside. I liked them because I thought they were all cute (well, I just liked Sabor because I loved big cats).

Here’s the outside and inside of the little piece of cake.

And here’s the flower basket with the flower fairies in and out.

You could push the bottom of the basket to make them pop out. =D

And that’s the last of the old treasures that I found while looking for my bucket of marbles. Which I did find, by the way. XD

~ Surimu-chan

Old Treasures Part 5: The Middle of the Stacking Boxes

July 23, 2010

This box had the least in it: a few glow-in-the-dark shapes and a little, rubber lizard toy.

I used to have a lot more glow-in-the-dark stars/planets, but I lost most of them. I think I had some on my wall at one point. The lizard toy used to belong to one of my brothers; he named it Spot, because another one of my brothers used to have a real lizard (a chameleon, I think) named Spot. ^_^

~ Surimu-chan

Old Treasures Part 4: The Biggest of the Stacking Boxes

July 22, 2010

Another thing I found in my closest was a set of stacking boxes which had a few things inside them. In the biggest of the stacking boxes were a bunch of Santa Grams (Christmas greetings written on different paper shapes that come with a candy cane, if you didn’t know), a couple of Christmas cards, and, for some reason, a shell that I had painted when I was younger. Hmm.

I remember selling Santa Grams at school; one year, I brought a Santa hat and some jingle bells to try to attract customers… but I was too embarrassed to use them because I didn’t want to call attention to myself. XD How silly.

~ Surimu-chan

Old Treasures Part 3: Prize Ribbons

July 21, 2010

These were the ribbons that I won for track and field events when I was in elementary.

The two white ribbons in the third row are third place ribbons just like the yellow ones; one year, they used different ribbons, for some reason. Also, that white paper by the blue ribbons was the back of another 1st place ribbon; the actual ribbon got torn off. =(

I won’t bore you with the details on every single ribbon. (^_^”)> Most of the first place ribbons were for running (100, 200, 400 Meter Dash) or jumping (high jump, long jump, hurdles). I was terrible at throwing events, though I did get 4th place for the Softball Throw when I was in first grade. XD I was best at jumping events, especially hurdles; I got first place every time I participated. … I found out later that I wasn’t using the proper jumping form (at least, what was considered proper for actual hurdle jumpers). (^_^”)>

~ Surimu-chan

Old Treasures Part 2: Box of Memories

July 20, 2010

I also found this box full of pictures that I had put up on my wall at my old house and a few other miscellaneous things.

There’s a small poster of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and a picture of a squirrel that one of my brothers drew for me (it’s upside-down) along with a small container I made with a picture of a dog inside, some recipes written on index cards, and my elementary track and field prize ribbons (more about those later).

There was also a picture of the Powerpuff Girls, tickets to a SnoDaze (yes, that’s how they spelled it) dance (during which I didn’t dance, but, rather, sat at a table and stared at the clock XD), a tile with a picture of a dog sitting on giant apples, and some old gift wrapping ribbon to name a few things.

I love finding old stuff like this. =D

~ Surimu-chan

Old Treasures Part 1: Pop Ring Pals~!

July 19, 2010

A few days ago, when I was searching through my closet for my bucket of marbles (which I needed to help strengthen my foot), I found a few other things that I hadn’t seen in what seemed like forever. The first of which were these little guys…

(From left to right)
Row 1: chef, farmer, cow, bear, koala
Row 2: witch, chicken, artist/painter, bat, duck
Row 3: moose, penguin, unicorn, policeman, octopus
Row 4: ballerina, rhinoceros, baby, owl, bee
Row 5: horse

They’re called Pop Ring Pals. ^_^ My mom crocheted most of them when I was really little, and I loved them (and still do~). My favorites when I was younger were the ballerina and the unicorn. I also really like the koala, moose, and cow. I crocheted the horse myself~! =D

I kind of want to make more… but I don’t know if I’ll be able to find any of the right pop-rings. =( If I ever do find them, I’ll have to make another one. ^__^ (Also, these will be filed under ♠ Random Facts ♠, because they’re not really “Miscellaneous,” but they’re not really “Happenings” either.)

~ Surimu-chan

♠ Random Facts ♠ – 水泳

July 13, 2010

Random Fact #7: I don’t like the water; I’m not good at swimming… or, rather, I’m not really capable of doing so. (^_^”)> There is a reason for it, though. When I was in elementary school, we had swimming lessons at the local pool. I had never swum before, so I was already embarrassed.
We were divided into groups according to skill level (I was obviously in Group 1). Everyone, no matter what group they were in, was required to swim to the end of the pool and back a few times every session. For me, that was impossible, so I had to kind of pull myself along while holding on to the edge of the pool. (Besides this, I should also mention that I have a bit of an allergy to chlorine, so I was already terribly uncomfortable in that pool.)
At one point, when I was in the deep end (which, of course, we had to be in to complete the required warm up “swim”), my hand slipped and I went under. When I finally floundered back up, I grabbed onto the side again, and the instructor said, “Hey! Don’t hold on to the edge!” and a couple of my classmates laughed at me. (>_<*)
After that, it seemed like the instructor didn’t try to help me much. I didn’t learn anything during our entire time there. Even now, I don’t like to get water in my eyes, nose, or ears, because it reminds me of when I went under at the deep end. Still… someday, I hope I can learn how to swim. (^_^”)>

~ Swim-chan… that’s not right. XD

~ Surimu-chan

♠ Random Facts ♠ – Love for Geography

July 12, 2010

Random Fact #6 – I really love maps and geography. I have a world map above my desk (which can be seen in my PV for “好きな先輩”), and a map of Middle Earth on the same wall. I’d like to eventually find a map of Narnia to put up, too. =D

There’s a website that I was introduced to about five or six years ago that I still like to use. It has geography quizzes for many places around the world. I already memorized the maps for North, Central, and South America, Europe, and Asia (as well as the United States, of course), but, due to lack of practice, I seem to have forgotten most of the Caribbean and Africa. (^_^”)> Right now, though, my focus is Japan. =D I know about… twenty of the prefectures so far. ^_^

I love drawing maps, and I always had a knack for reproducing outlines of states/countries without tracing (not from memory, though). At one point, I even wanted to be a cartographer… but then I realized a lot of map-making is done with technology more than by hand any more. (^_^”)>

~ Surimu-chan

♠ Random Facts ♠ – Thanks to Final Fantasy…

July 3, 2010

Random Fact #5: As I mentioned yesterday, it was mostly thanks to the movie Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children that I really got into Japanese music (and Japan in general).
When I was about ten-years-old, one of my brothers introduced me to the Final Fantasy Legend games, and I loved them and spent hours playing them.
After a while, I forgot about them, but then, when I was in middle school/high school (my school had Kindergarten through 12th grade in the same building, so we didn’t really have a middle school; K-6 was elementary, 7-12 was high school), my oldest brother (who worked at the video store) rented Advent Children, and I thought it was amazing. He bought it for me afterward, and, like I said before, I watched it twice a day for at least a week (which is ridiculous, I know). I spent hours on the Internet looking up stuff about the characters; that’s when I happened upon a link to a fan-video of Vincent Valentine (my favorite character in the movie) on YouTube (this was also the first time I used YouTube).
I noticed a related video that had clips of the (then new) Dirge of Cerberus game, so, of course, I had to watch it. I really liked the music in the background (Gackt’s “REDEMPTION”), but I didn’t really pursue anything further, because we had such a slow Internet connection. I did get the song, though, and I listened to it all the time for about a year, I think.
We moved in 2007, and we had a better connection at our new house, so I decided to look up more of Gackt’s music. From his music, I found artists like Malice Mizer and Miyavi, but also, oddly enough, Morning Musume. I saw both of them on a random YouTube clip, thought it was hilarious, and had to find out more about the girls in the sailor uniforms (they were promoting “The Peace!” at the time, I assume).
Upon typing “Morning Musume” in the search bar, I found the PVs for “Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari,” “Kanashimi Twilight,” “Happy Summer Wedding,” and “The Peace!” to name a few. I watched “”Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari” first, and was a bit confused, because I didn’t think there had been that many of them. Then I watched “”Happy Summer Wedding” and “The Peace!” and was even more confused because there were different members again. XD After a while, I figured everything out, though. I started listening to Berryz Koubou and °C-ute some time after.
At one point, I was looking for Ayaka’s Surprise English Lessons, and I happened upon a clip of Aiba Masaki of Arashi speaking English. I loved the clip, so I had to find out more about him (are you seeing a pattern?) From there I found Arashi.
Another time, I was looking for a clip of Morning Musume talking about their latest single (“Resonant Blue” at that time), and I saw a really brightly-colored thumbnail in the related videos called “NEWS SUMMER TIME Performance.” I watched it… and the pattern repeated. XD After that, I found the rest of the Johnny’s groups.
From there, I started watching dramas, and consequently, heard more music and recognized more actors/actresses.
So… that’s how it happened. XD

~ Surimu-chan