Monday, June 10, 2019

Life Post: Getting My Sleeping Schedule Back on Track

In the month since my trip to Korea, things have been a little exhausting to be honest.

I mentioned the TV show Druck a few posts back, and season three of the show ended in early May. By then, though, it had really messed up my sleeping schedule. The show is structured to send out the clips on the internet in real time, so you see everything as it is supposedly actually happening. Because the show is set in Germany, this meant a lot of clips aired while I was sleeping. My brain picked up on that, and I would wake up at odd times of the night. When I was asleep, I also don't think I was going into a deep sleep.

Once the show was over, you'd think the problem would go away, and it did, but it took a couple of weeks before I slept through an entire night. By then I was exhausted.

This past week, I had to travel twice for work. While that didn't impact my sleeping schedule, it did leave me a little exhausted because it was a big deviation from my usual routine, which I never do that well with.

Then, this week, Druck decides it's going to have a special episode and starts releasing clips again. Just when my schedule was finally getting back on track.

I'm thrilled, don't get me wrong, but I'm also preparing myself to be exhausted once again. Sure, it's only one week this time around, but I don't know how long it will take to adjust back to normal afterward. Fingers crossed for the best.

At least the clip we got today was adorable...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Race to the Edge Talk: 5x07 "Dawn of Destruction"

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Life Post: Home From Korea

This is going to be an incredibly quick post as it's just turned midnight, and that means it's my bedtime. I did want to update the blog after my last post though. As I mentioned there, I went to Korea over Golden Week, and I had a rough first day because I was tired.

Well, it turned out that I wasn't just tired: I was getting sick. The next few days got steadily worse. It was just a cold, but between the travel and not sleeping well, it turned into a particularly terrible cold. I probably made it worse as I was determined not to miss out on being in Korea and kept going. That means I did the things I meant to do (most of them at least), but I nearly killed myself doing them.

There was one point where I nearly had a break down at the subway station because of how terrible I felt. Then a Korean woman stopped to help me and stayed with me for about fifteen minutes, which only made me want to cry more because of how thankful I was for her. (Honestly, the highlight of the Korea trip was how warm and helpful Korean people were. I wasn't expecting to get so much unsolicited help from people. I'm not sure it would have felt strange to me if I'd come from America, but after living in Japan as long as I have been, I'm very unused to strangers just coming up and talking to you. I forgot that it's a thing that happens.)

In the end, the trip left me feeling quite miserable, and that led to some disappointment over the whole thing, but I can't be upset with myself or anything else. I just got sick; there's nothing to blame for it. Because a lot of people in Japan were sick before I left and because I was already feeling so tired when I got to Korea, I'm also pretty sure I got the cold in Japan, not Korea.

Hopefully I can go back soon and not get sick. I went to Seoul this time, but I'd really like to visit Busan. I met a number of people from there in Seoul actually who stopped to talk and introduce themselves.

So, the biggest takeaway from the trip is that Koreans are great people and very welcoming, but my immune system failed me this time around.

The important thing is that I started feeling better yesterday, and today, on my first day back at work, I could make it through the day without feeling too bad. You can still tell I'm sick from my voice, so I was coughing some, and I can't hear well because of the congestion in my ears. Still, I feel amazing compared to just a few days ago, so here's hoping it's even better tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Life Post: Hello From Korea!

It's been ages since I wrote one of these, but like the title says, I'm currently in Korea, and I wanted to post something while I'm here just for nostalgia I guess. Visiting Korea has been something I wanted to do since I started thinking about going to Japan too. In fact, for a bit, I wasn't sure if I wanted to teach English in Korea or Japan, so visiting was a long time coming.

This is my second day here, and to be honest, it's been difficult. I wasn't sleeping well before the trip thanks to Druck (the German adaptation of Skam. If you don't know that show, the format is that the clips are posted in real time when that particular scene is happening in the day. When a show is taking place in Germany, and I'm in Japan... Well, you get the picture. I wasn't staying up for them, but it's been as if my brain was aware they might come, and I've been waking up throughout the night recently and been unable to fall back asleep.) With the trip and waking up early this morning for a DMZ tour, I'm utterly exhausted.

I came back to the hostel early today because I needed to be somewhere quiet and zone out for a while, if not sleep. That seems to be working. And I'm going to bed soon and plan to get a full eight hours, which will hopefully help.

There are two full days left of my trip and then the day I go home to Japan. I'm hoping that I'll feel my best and really be able to enjoy them. After the trip, when I'm better rested, I want to talk more about it. Then again, I'm behind on everything I want to talk about here, so we'll see how long that takes me...

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Shadowhunters Talk: 3x02 "The Powers That Be"

This episode opens with Magnus and Alec going to the party to "celebrate" Lorenzo becoming High Warlock of Brooklyn. I love seeing them go to warlock events together. So much of their relationship that we see on the show involves them being alone, with their friends, or around Shadowhunters. We've seen a lot less of them around groups of warlocks, and it just makes me really happy to see Alec making an attempt to enter into Magnus' world.

Also, we get to see Madzie again, which is always great. Seeing Alec interact with her always makes me smile, no matter how many times I watched those scenes over again. I'm not one of the fans who wants them to adopt Madzie because their relationship definitely isn't ready for that yet, but it does make me smile happily at the idea of them having kids someday.

There's a "surge" of magic during the party that leads to the warlocks losing control of their magic, but Magnus maintains control better than the others. This leads to Lorenzo accusing Magnus of working with Asmodeus to cause it. Of course, we know it's actually Lilith, who's from Edom like Asmodeus. It's Magnus' connection to Edom that gives him a greater immunity, of sorts, to the "power outages", but I can't lie: I like the idea of Magnus being the one who can maintain some control of his magic.

He really is one of the most powerful warlocks in the world. That's said on the show as well as in the books, but I think it's easy to forget without moments like this. Of course, this episode is also when we get some greater information about why Magnus is so powerful: Asmodeus is his father. This is one of those details I was waiting anxiously to see how they'd handle in the show, and I quite like it coming out this way.

The one thing where I was like "Magnus, no!" (not because the writing was at fault but just because it made me sad) was Magnus feeling the need to apologize for not telling Alec sooner. Who his dad is shouldn't matter, so he shouldn't need to make a big deal out of it and announce it as if he was lying by leaving out the information. I think Alec understands that too, but it's sad to see Magnus feeling the need to apologize anyway.

Jace's determination to take Clary on a date despite not having a clue what to do added some nice humor to this episode that I enjoyed. There's a part of me that wonders how Jace could not know just one restaurant he could take Clary too, but I enjoyed the storyline nonetheless. Even the awkward date part of the episode was handled well I think. I like how Clary and Simon learning that Jace and Maia had slept together was a bit awkward but neither of them freaked out about it. It was a good way to handle that whole thing.

We see Izzy dissecting her ruby necklace here, which is a detail I don't think I paid much attention to the first couple of times I watched this episode. It's nice to know that the ruby wasn't completely gone after Azazel destroyed it in the last season. I kind of like that she put it into a bracelet instead of a necklace as well. To me, that seems more functional while fighting, though it's a bit sad to lose the necklace that has so much history.

We also get Alec and Magnus discussing sandalwood shampoo in this episode, which is a nice reference to a moment in the books that can make book fans smile. Honestly, I'm not sure why that bit became such a thing in fandom when the moment in the books is so tiny and unimportant in the grand scheme of things, but I have to admit that I grin a little every time I see things labelled as sandalwood scented because it makes me think of Alec, so it was nice to have that thrown into the show, even if it was a small scene just like in the books.

Alec distracts Lorenzo and helps Magnus sneak in to inspect the ley lines. I loved seeing them work together here, and the significant looks they were sharing were hilarious. I also couldn't help but giggle when Lorenzo accused Alec of not being a loyal boyfriend.

This time around, I really noticed how large Lorenzo's house is though. This guy is living in New York city in a mansion. (Since he's the High Warlock of Brooklyn, I'm assuming the house is in Brooklyn and not farther out of the city.) Now, I've never lived in New York city, so I can't claim to be an expert on housing prices there, but this time around I realized just how much Lorenzo is flexing his wealth having that house. That's an aspect of his personality that's really hyped up in the episode, and obviously I realized that it was a mansion the first time I saw the episode. I just didn't consider how much more expensive that mansion would be in New York than elsewhere until this particular watch. I mean, Lorenzo is really showing off there. Especially when you compare that house to Magnus' loft despite it also being hinted throughout the series that Magnus probably has a lot of money of his own.

The Institute's core comes up again in this episode as Alec has Magnus tap into it as a way of working against the ley lines. To be honest, the core is one part of the story that I don't understand that well. It's something new the show added, and I still don't entirely understand the core's purpose or why it's there. Even after this episode, I don't entirely understand what Magnus is doing with the core and ley lines or how them interacting works. The core itself does look cool though.

I love seeing Alec and Magnus working together to access the core. Alec's line, "As long as you're here, I'm not leaving," was my favorite line of the episode. It comes not long after Jace's really long winded speech to Clary, and to be honest, I find Alec's one line here more romantic than Jace's speech. I don't actually like Jace's speech because of the, "You're more special than the other girls, so I need to be more careful with you," tone of it. Alec's line on the other hand is really simple and not overblown. Plus, with the possibility of Alec leaving having been raised in the previous episode, it becomes even more special, and I think that the line being short and just off the cuff makes it even better.

If Magnus apologizing for not telling Alec who is dad was sooner broke my heart, hearing him say that he hoped it didn't make Alec think less of him shattered it into tiny pieces. Alec's response here was wonderful though I have to admit that I wish he'd said it earlier when he first learned that Asmodeus was his father, since it was pretty clear as a viewer that Magnus was insecure about it.

This time while watching I had a little laugh to myself thinking, "Alec can't judge anyone for their father because his father is terrible." I admit that a lot of my very strong judgment of Robert Lightwood is things from the book, not the show, I'd still apply it to the show. So...

The episode ends with some of the werewolves accidentally activating Simon's Mark of Cain. What was going to happen wasn't a surprise to anyone who's read the books, but it made me more excited for what was coming next with the mark.