Relating to anime characters

It’s past midnight, but I’m still up watching Blue Spring Ride [that's an anime] while eating way too many dried mango slices. Life is kind of good. Seriously though how can life be bad when you have mango? Fresh mango, dried mango, mango sorbet, MANGO EVERYTHING. just mango.

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Oranžās Brīvdienas on the stage (I’m the kid in a yellow shirt with no flowers around)

Anyhow, I was a volunteer at Klang [rock festival] and it was great! Me being a volunteer was also the reason why I am wearing a yellow shirt in the photo- all the volunteers had those. Everything was better than I thought it would be, the bands were awesome [at least most of them] and the people were really friendly, I got to meet so so many new, cool people and some I already knew before. Generally it was an interesting experience, I’m happy I went there, my first little festival, yaay!

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pretty much me everyday, don’t even care, dungarees 4lyfe

So ever since I got my phone (~5 months ago?) my call signal has been ひこうき雲, which is OST to The Wind Rises, but I hadn’t even watched the film until last week! I just wanted to say that I was a bit disappointed by it, imo the movie lacked the usual ~Ghibli magic~ and the storyline while promising seemed half-finished and lacked depth. The characters were pretty meh too, Jiro was just a boring, self-centered jar of mayonnaise, but Naoko had no personality traits apart from being fragile and soft-spoken. At least the music was good! Really good, you guys.

For some reason watching The Wind Rises made me want to catch up on this seasons anime [not anime movies] and I started watching Blue Spring Ride, which was one of the few shoujo series as well as one of the few non sci-fi ones this season. I like science so it might seem weird, but I’ve never been interested in any sci-fi things apart from Star Trek, I’ve always preferred realistic books/movies/anime. Soo, BSR isn’t anything wooow, groundbreaking, but it’s pretty cute, very reminiscent of Kimi ni Todoke. I like the main character Futaba who hides away her ~cute side~ and tries to act rough because she doesn’t want other girls to think she’s just faking cuteness to be liked by boys. I also sometimes try to be tougher than I am and talk in deeper voice or things like that, hah.

Also also I feel like I’ve never mentioned that here, but my all time favorite anime [apart from Ghibli stuff] are Aoi Hana, Paradise Kiss and Honey&Clover! I watched them all when being 13 or 14 and I actually learned quite a lot about myself from them all, especially Aoi Hana. If you want to watch some nice anime with complex story lines I really recommend those to you.

Probably no one is interested in this otaku talk, but I used to be a huge shoujo/josei geek when younger and anime will always hold a special and warm place in my heart ♥

Untouchable Face by Ani DiFranco

Shout out to my friend Monika who just moved to Manchester! I have to confess that I only got into Ani DiFranco after Monika posted this song to her Facebook, so paldies, Monika ♥

Other than that I really like this song, if that was my song I’d dedicate it to all the lovely kids here who have this beautiful perfect adorable unrequited crush with silky skin who’s super cool and has great passion for something in life. plz don’t make fun of me I’m not talking about myself here, SERIOUSLY.

and yo, I feel sort of self-conscious and awkward and boring, so I’m just trying to cheer myself up and remind that I’m kinda cool…

… so yea my name is Elizabete and I like indie-rock and psychedelic rock and adult contemporary music and I know near to nothing about making music and music instruments and stuff, and I like shoujo and josei anime and studying the basics of physics and going to places and staying home and being on my own and meeting people and the color pink and shopping in the men’s section and animal rights activism and sugar free cornflakes and everything related to mango and avocado.

 

okay, so tomorrow I’m going to see Skyforger again! Aaaaah, my fav Latvian band!

 

Eli~

perfect gift for pets and rats

hey.

I’m sitting in my room and listening to Russian folk pop. Yesterday I was taking part in a protest by the circus [collecting signatures] and a lady called Marina Kapuro came to sign the petition to ban the use of animals in circuses. When she and her friend(?) had finished she told me she was a singer and gave me her CD. Isn’ t that sweet? Annija joked that I’ll sure write a blog post about it so I am doing just that.

Маменька by Marina Kapuro

I found a song from the album on youtube, turns out that Marina is pretty famous! Actually I quite like many of her songs, seriously, not in ironic way, her voice is sweet and the musicians she plays with are good too. Also why is it that people from Saint Petersburg are so distinctly different from other Russians, say, Muscovites? I’ve never been to Russia, but that’s what my Russian neighbors say and it’s the impression I get from music/films/art/ etc. Ugh, I kind of wish I knew how to read in Russian [ok, I can read some simple phrases, but that's not it], talking wise I am fluent because I just picked up the language from TV and neighbors when little, but I’ve never properly learned how to write or read.

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found a picture of myself in a sort of news site [source]

The signature table is the best spot, it is way more interesting than, say, standing with a poster. All the time there are people to talk with, also yesterday a little Chinese girl [a tourist] signed the petition and wrote her surname with hanzi and then asked to take a photo with me and Sandris. Cute stuff.

paint you B’Owl lips!

One night I was in mood for some anti-humor so I turned to the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! which is pretty ridiculous yet I can’t help, but laugh at their stuff. Anyhow, THAT B’OWL COMMERCIAL. Isn’t it adorable? idk I just really like B’Owls, okay.

This week has been fun so far and I hope it will get even more interesting. I’m kind of worried about volunteering at that rock festival though, full with drunken metal heads, you know? I really like various genres of rock and metal, but I don’t really feel comfortable in that scene. It would also be cool if more fans of hardcore music were straight edge and vegan, hah.

 

Eli~

 

stoopid, evian teen slacker

Once again I am feeling bad and confused and hating myself. And the way I act like a 14 year old brat at home. And how I act like a quiet, shy and brittle flower outside the house even though I am not like that and don’t want to be, I just can’t do this people thing, you know.

Fast Car by Tracy Chapman

Have been listening to Tracy Chapman a lot. Fast Car is her most famous song and it is, hm, really moving. Listening to it always makes me a little sad, it’s about the poverty circle, about escaping your hometown and hoping for the best, but ending up stuck in problems there and dealing with an alcoholic partner just like the mother of the song’s character did. Kind of hopeless, but also powerful, having the strength to escape when needed and the strength not to run away from problems.

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sitting in a tree house in Lithuania

Also I went to the Lithuanian countryside for a few days to meet foreign animal rights activists. I can’t say much about that, but it was pretty interesting, a new experience. As most times when I leave the house I got slightly allergic and was being depressive and talked as little as possible even though the people there were really nice and funny and knowledgeable. I just felt quite uneasy about being the youngest and least experienced one there. Anyhow, I am happy that I know people like them and some of them are even kind of friends to me [even if they wouldn't consider a baby like me their friend].

pretty sure most of you have seen this video, but I need some cute vibes to the blog:

Just One Of The Guys by Jenny Lewis

holy virgin, I now have the hugest crush on Anne Hathaway and KStew and Brie Larson and Jenny Lewis’ hair and that Lisa Frank suit. Say what you want to say, I know the song and the video are quite banal, but I mean, look at their cuteness ◔◡◔

Talking about cute things, last week I went to Joana Estrela’s comic book’s Propoganda presentation, you can see some parts of the book on her website! Also I got cute buttons for free there [some of those, but in button form]!

I feel a bit overwhelmed with all the things I’m doing this summer, I’ll also go to some festivals for the first time in my life . This weekend I will be a volunteer at a rock festival Klang, next week I’ll go to a festival Laba Daba where my mom will probably go with her friend too [idk why, but it feels kind of weird] and the week after that I might go to a four day astronomy seminar/camp thing, haha.

Vēl kāds brauc uz kādu no šiem? Būtu jauki satikt kadu pazīstamu personu, hah. Būtu īpaši jauki, ja kāds pievienotos man astronomijas seminārā, es varu pārsūtīt vairāk info par to [cerams, ka vēl ir brīvas vietas]!

Eli~

There’s a quiet storm

So, last week I finished watching Orange Is the New Black

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♡ ALEX VAUSE ♡

If you haven’t watched it yet YOU NEED TO WATCH OINTB THIS VERY MINUTE. Seriously, it is very well done. And the characters are complex, no one is just pure evil or the perfect kid (Pornstache might be the pure evil though…), the cast is brilliant and diverse. It has many new, great actresses (Samira Wiley!) alongside everyone’s favorites like Natasha Lyonne (omg omg But I’m A Cheerleader, watch this film, kids) and Kate Mulgrew aka Captain Janeaway from Star Trek and and and Laverne Cox! I really like how OITNB is funny, but also engages in conversations about race and class and shows the problems with the prison system.

Buuut, I bet you, kids are watching it just because of cute girls, quoting Pennsatucky:

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OINTB in a nutshell

 Also also also Autosraddle’s OITNB recaps are literally the best recaps of any show ever.

Otherwise, I really like the music used in the show, especially the songs at the end of each episode – they seemed very relevant.

Pulaski at Night by Andrew Bird

I don’t want to give spoilers, but this song was used in the scene showing the bus driving through Chicago and it just, eh, was very right? Emotional in a sort of ironic way.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone by Joan Baez

This song was used in the Sister Ingalls episode, it seems very Sister Ingalls especially when she was young.

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

The song Rosa was listening to at the end of the second seasons last episode when you know who was killed, but, omg what if she wasn’t???

Meanwhile TV things have been happening in my very own life.

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 filming stuff

I got a call from a casting company asking if I wanted to play a role in an episode of this low quality TV show, I know it’s a ridiculous show, but idk I just wanted to try acting and haha, it was quite fun. I also visited the court for the first time in my life for filming purposes, so it was an interesting experience. I bet it will be extremely embarrassing seeing myself on TV in fall.

And finally, my [half] sister figure is in Latvia for two weeks!

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prettty siblings 

aww, ain’t we cute? My [half] sister is seven years older than me, but I’m seven centimeters taller, seriously, I’ve been taller than her since I turned 12, idk why I find it so funny. I like my sister, but I am not incredibly excited for her visiting as we’ve grown quite distant throughout the years, not that we’ve ever lived together or anything. Is it bad to be this indifferent?

Okay, now I shall go watch another nice series starring many ladies in harsh conditions. I’m talking about Bomb Girls – Canadian show about factory workers during World War II!

 

Eli~

Count everything

June 28th was such a nice day, not only was it sunny, but it was also the World Vegan Pizza Day. Certainly, Latvian vegans celebrated too. Viktorija took the photos and put them in Facebook, but I wanted to have some in my blog too.

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1. vegans eating pizzas…

2. …with many toppings

3. sitting pretty ◔.◔

4. as every summer, I’m on my bike a lot, that day I crossed four big bridges and a few small ones.

I guess most of the time this month was spent either by the computer or on my bike. I’m also trying to be more active with animal rights and helping to organize protests to ban animal circus in Latvia. What else… I’ve been studying math a little, solving some problems that will be in the next years final exam, it doesn’t actually seem as hard as I thought it’d be.

Blue by Joni Mitchell

currently there are no songs I’m obsessing over, but we can always listen to one of my favorite albums ever. It’s kind of funny, but I first heard of Joni Mitchell when I was a kid watching Love Actually. It was when Emma Thompson thought her husband (Severus Snape) had bought her a fancy necklace, but actually he bought it for his lovaaah and gave Emma Joni’s CD instead. Because of that episode I still can’t help, but think of Joni Mitchell as a singer for adult women who have given up on their dreams because LIFE happened. But it isn’t really like that. What is adult actually? Sade? Fleetwood Mac? Bryan Ferry? Classical music? Actually the older I get, the more childish all the adult music seems to be?  idk my mom went to opera every week as a teenager, but now she goes there maybe once a year and even then leaves after the first act, rebel babe. And River is my favorite Christmas song. When Christmas time is coming around I too wish I had a river I could skate away on.

 

Eli~