Tuesday, February 23, 2016

So I Have the Flu

Hello, so yes, I have the flu.
I thought I could get through winter without getting sick, but it happened unfortunately. I look and feel like crap right now and even though I have class today, I don't think I can get through my hour and a half without blowing my nose a million times and disrupting class that many times. Plus my ears feel like I have films over my eardrums because I'm only hearing things distantly. And can I just mention that I slept in until noon today because I just couldn't get up - I feel so unproductive ugh.
I hate being sick.

風邪ひいてしまいました (泣)
今年はひかずに乗り切れると思ってたら急にきてしまいました。今日授業があるのですが、ほとんどくしゃみと鼻をかむ時間になってしまうと思うし、耳をふさがれている感じがしてあまりよく聞こえません。あと疲れのせいで12時まで寝てしまって本当に最悪です。
風邪嫌いです。

Anyways, what have I been up to? Well I went out a couple nights ago with the lovely girls of the Team Vingt-et-un aka the only three 21 year olds from work and had a lovely time just talking. It's really amazing how despite us all having lived the same number of years, our experiences have been worlds apart and yet, we can share similar thoughts and emotions.

何日か前にバイトで一緒に働いている友達とゆっくりしてました。みんな21歳で、生きてきた年数は同じなのに今まで経験してきたことが一人一人全く違っていて、なんだか別世界のようだなとおもいました。驚きもありましたが、色々気づかされることもありました。そんな違いの中、考えや感情を共有できたことが嬉しかったです。あと、カクテル美味しかった。




Saturday, February 20, 2016

VLOG: MY DAY 19.02.2016

If you happened to read yesterday's post, you know that I was really frustrated with my museum vlog/editing app. I was ready to pay for the upgrade but then I realized that I have 3 free "trial downloads." I decided to take advantage of those 3 downloads and made vlog number 1 to let you follow along on my day as a student. It was beautiful day yesterday and I had a lot of fun filming and editing. Sorry for the shakiness but hope you enjoy!

昨日の更新でビデオの編集が上手くいかないと書いたのですが、悔しくていいものをアップロードしたいと思って新しいビデオを撮りました。お金を払ってアップグレードしたら好きな長さのビデオをダウンロードできるということでそうしようか迷っていたら、3回までトライアルとして無料でダウンロードできることが分かりました。気づいてよかったです。ということで、わたしの一日をちょっと撮ってみました。カメラが揺れている部分があるのですが、楽しんでもらえたら嬉しいです。



Friday, February 19, 2016

VLOG: Musee d'Orsay

I hope you have all been doing well. I've once again taken a mini hiatus on my blog posts, which I apologize for but I have been a bit busy. How have I been? Pretty good actually but I'm starting to stress again because I'm falling behind on my studies and I'm realizing that I'll be graduating in less than 1.5 years. I'm ready for it but I'm not. I also have a really long road ahead to where I want to be; it's daunting but I'm going to try to enjoy the ride. I also lost my only umbrella the other day - I used it on my way to class last week but forgot to keep it with me after I sat on the steps to wait for the previous class to end. I didn't realize until 3 hours later when my class ended that I didn't have my umbrella and of course, it was no longer at the steps. I really don't feel like buying a new umbrella.
Anyways, I have been having to postpone my trip to Musee d'Orsay multiple times but I finally made the time yesterday to do so. I decided I would do a video instead of photos and used an app to edit it. It only allowed me to export 30 seconds at a time, which frustrated me but you know what, I understand. It's free for a reason. But then, I tried to use a video merging app on my laptop but it wouldn't recognize the videos?? I needed to go through a whole 'nother conversion process so I am sorry but I'm uploading 3 separate videos - they're all connected but cut off at awkward moments. I'm enjoying videos a lot more than photos so this will probably not be the first. The next one will be better than this one, I promise.

Musee d'Orsayという美術館に行ってきました。今回は写真じゃなくてビデオをしようと思ってエディットしていたのですが、30秒づつしかエクスポートできませんでした。無料だからしょうがないのですが、今度はビデオをマージするアプリが上手くいかなくて。。。
今回は長いビデオが三つに分かれている状態でアップロードします。
写真よりビデオのほうがエディットしていて楽しかったので、問題を解決してからまた更新します。


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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Hello, it's me

Hello, hello!


I am sitting here, looking out on a beautiful Thursday afternoon that's making me itch to go outside. Like wow, it's gorgeous. The past couple days of bipolar rainstorm/sunshine, rainstorm/sunshine weather cycle the last couple of days have just left me a bit confused...is the weather purposely trying to keep me indoors? Weather has so much affect on my mood and today, I am very happy.

I feel like I constantly keep reiterating my themes for 2016, which are "challenge," "experience," and "productivity" and I just feel guilty when I have "free time." Like, what the hell is "free time"? There's ALWAYS something to do. Anyways, I'm just a bit frustrated in myself because I spent my morning bingewatching Casey Neistat's videos, not that it was a waste of time because this guy is hands down the best Youtuber out there and his videos are amazing. I just had things I had to do and ya, that didn't happen.

What has been happening, however, are my daily morning yoga sessions. I'm not really a morning person so I'm not exactly up to doing hard core cardio first thing in the morning, but yoga, I can do. I feel like I start the day on a better note than I did before and it's been great. YouTube, you are a godsend.

I have also finally (FINALLY) taken on Spanish and Indonesian and have been learning a little bit each day. Languages are so fun to learn and I find myself losing a sense of time when I'm (don't laugh) looking at various grammar structures (HA.HA.) But seriously, I'm having so much fun learning new languages.

So I have a talent when it comes to adding new shows to my list of "shows I must keep up with." A couple weeks ago I gave the long running hit "Law & Order" a go and loved it. A couple nights ago, I turned on "NCIS", hoping it'll help me fall asleep, but didn't go as plan. Obviously there's a reason why this show has been airing for 13 seasons. Obviously. I was awake but wasn't awake enough.

Running along with the theme of crime and law, I recently read a Beginner's Guide to Criminal Psychology by R. Bull, which was very fascinating to me. The book covered a wide spectrum of subjects and was really thorough on the jobs on a criminal psychologist. I'm planning to read more on the actual psychology aspect but overall, it was a great introductory book. Totally recommend it to any other geeks like me.

Alright, leaving for class soon.

Byyyyeees

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

It's one in the morning and I can't fall asleep. There's a lot on my mind and a lot of things to do. I've had a running theme of not wasting any time since the start of the new year and from the moment I decided that, I just don't seem to have enough time for all the things I want to do, experience, and learn. It's both a blessing and curse because now my head is so filled with thoughts that I just feel awake all the time.
Anyways, flash back a couple of days when I visited two museums in the same day. This is part two/post only class of the day at Musée des Arts Décoratifs right next to the Louvre. I'd been really excited to see this museum - it showcases both modern interior designs but also those from history. The modern designs are right up my alley of interests and I particularly enjoyed seeing the various wall paper designs and the children's rooms sections. There was a chic yet retro vibe about the entire building and am looking forward to what other treasures this city holds.

夜中の一時だけど全く眠れません。最近「時間を無駄にしない」をモットーに色んなところに行ったり、勉強したりしているのですが、とても充実している一方、常に頭の中が考えでいっぱいでなかなか眠れません。
そんなこともあって今日は夜中の更新です。前回の更新で1日で2つの美術館に行ったと書きましたが、これがパート2で、Musée des Arts Decoratifsに行ってきました。モダンのものから中世時代のものまで飾られていたのですが、全てインテリアをテーマのしたものでした。昔のものより最近のアートの方が好きだなと思うのですが、特に壁紙の部屋はとても色も雰囲気も明るくて気に入りました。次はどこ行くかお悩み中。














Thursday, February 4, 2016

Musée National de Moyen Age

I am on quite a roll with my mission to visit as many museums as I can in Paris - I took an hour and a half before and after my class today and visited 2 museums. I'll be sharing my visit to the Musee de Moyen Age which was the one I went to this morning.
You may have already guessed but this museum is based around the Middle Ages in Europe and the building itself is actually one from that time. This completely blew me away because despite its rather cute, storybook like exterior, there are not only the regular wooden flooring rooms but also floor-to-ceiling-made-of-stone rooms that made me question whether I was still in the same building.
Like most other educated individuals, I started studying the Middle Ages in elementary school and I don't know how to say it without sounding a bit stupid, but I've always struggled to view this era as something that actually existed. It was more of childhood story-esque period (am I making any sense here???) but that can be said for any history before the 19th century to be honest. It was interesting to see this age "come to life" through countless artifacts and for me to finally realize that yes, this Age was not just words in a history book.
Anyways, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I recommend it to anyone who's interested in slipping back in time for a while.

今日は授業の前後で二つのミュージアムに行ってきました。
ます最初はMusee de Moyen Ageというヨーロッパの中世紀を遺品やアートを見物できる場所です。
実際この建物も当時のもので、中が改造されて一般客が入れるようになっています。
小学校の頃からこの時代の勉強を少しづつ授業でしていましたが、昔過ぎで土地もアメリカから遠く離れた場所だったのでなかなか想像しにくい時代でした。
実際当時のものを見ていくにつれ、本当にこの時代が存在してたんだ、なんてもう少し現実的な風に考えるようになっていました。
外からはわりと可愛らしい建物ですが、中には普通の部屋もあれば、天井まで吹き抜けの壁一面が石の部屋があったり、本当に同じ建物?!と思わせられるところがたくさんありました。
またまた楽しい体験ができました。





Old Chess Board.

昔のチェスボード。







This was the first time I saw stained glass windows literally right in front of my face. I didn't realize how much work was put into each of the very detailed pieces.

初めてこんなに近くでステンドグラスを見ることができました。
作られた年代によって色合いも変化していて面白いです。





Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Musée de Picasso

One of the greatest things about France is that students get to enter museums for free (for the most part, otherwise cheaper than the original price). This blew me away considering how many museums are present in Paris alone and I am a bit ashamed to admit that I didn't realize this until this year. I've visited most of the major tourist spots but I have yet to uncover all of the other beauties that this city has to offer and so, I am making February my "visit museums (and other spots)" month - basically a "let's spend more times outside of my apartment" month. I have been getting too comfortable with he warmth and comfort of my room in contrast to the cold outdoors.
Anyways, I kicked off this month of museum visits with the Musée de Picasso and I have an extremely enjoyable experience there. I brought my passport with my visa, which got me through the gates for free and I got to experience this legend's life story through his arts and artifacts. There was an area that displayed a video of Picasso painting as well as several other ones that left me wonderstruck - I've always loved watching videos on how things are made and I think this was one of those moments.
If you're a student in Paris, take advantage of it and visit the museum because it will be worth it. If you're not a student, well, you'll enjoy it just the same.

フランスに着て一つ素晴らしいな思ったことが、学生はほとんどの美術館に無料またはもとより安い値段で入れるということです。今年に入ってから観光地は結構まわったけど、全く美術館を見ていないなということに気づきました。ということで、2月は美術館とまだ行っていない観光地を見に行く月にしようかなと思います。
今日は授業の前に時間があったので、早速ピカソの美術館に行ってきました。パスポートとビザを見せたら無料で入れてもらえました。ラッキーだし感動。
わたしはアートを勉強したことがほとんどないですし、特に才能があるわけでもないので少し前にアートの才能溢れる友達と美術館に行った時にどうやって見るのかって聞いてみたら、考え過ぎないで直観で好きか嫌いで見たらいいんじゃないって言われました。当たり前のようなことですが、確かに個人的に見ていて楽しいい分になるような絵と少し暗い気持ちになる絵があるし、それで好きだな、そうでもないなと思うものがあります。簡単な一言でしたが、もう少し楽な気持ちで絵を見れるような気もちになれました。
今回行ったピカソの美術館はとても楽しい気分になれる空間でした。各コーナーを通してピカソの一生を学ぶ事ができ、ピカソ自身が絵を描いている映像なども見ることができました。パリに行く予定がある人にはオススメの場所です。