Friday, April 25, 2014

Ramen with an Egg and Anime

This evening, I was lazy so I decided to make some ramen.  It was a spicy Korean ramen and the picture on the package had a cracked egg in it.  So I put a cracked egg in mine, just to see if it was good.

 yum yum~!

I also added some cooked chicken.

It was pretty tasty and the egg gives the ramen a whole new dimension.  It makes it more.. rich I think... but I'll probably leave out the egg next time.  I felt like a lot of it went to waste since I don't drink the soup.

The egg does make it look more authentic though..  xD

Now I'm gonna watch Soul Eater.

It's one of my top recommended anime (still need to write a review for it).  The art style is fun and quirky and the story is hilarious yet has a deep theme.  I like how one of the main themes is about partnership and what it really means.  This is my second or third time watching through the series.  That's how good it is! x3  I'll probably read the manga soon.  I hear around the forum-sphere that if we think the anime is good, the manga is even better!

There's also FMA Brotherhood I'm re-watching for only the upteenth time.  I must have watched through that series at least 3-4 times now.  The story is just sooo dramatic and amazing!  But most people know about FMA so yeah, no surprise there, lol.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's spring again!

Hello, hello!

Today was okay.  I finally got through my three days with that one coworker...  If you've read previous posts, you've already seen all my complaining, discussion about that micromanaging, condescending, crazy person I work with 85% of the time.

Anyhow, I'm happy since the weather has been getting so much nicer.  The pretty pink flowers in our tree are finally in bloom.

There's nothing like taking a walk and then all of a sudden, see a beautiful pink blossomed tree.  I feel so special since our house is the only house with a pink blossom tree like this. x3  It almost looks like a real Sakura tree...

I've started to get into self-help books such as this one:

This is a book I found in our basement while we were cleaning out stuff for donation.  I decided to keep it and I'm glad I did.  It gives some really great advice and I feel like I'm on my way to becoming a wise, young sage.. lol

I might quote some stuff from this book, depending on how inspired I get from it.  My uncle actually gave us this book a long time ago.  After I finish reading it, I'll probably write a letter and thank him.  It's truly helped me a lot.

Today, after work, I went to the local corner store and bought some Bio Oil.  It's originally about $19.99 but I got it on sale for $14.99.  It's used to fade scars and improve the skin.

Summer is right around the corner and I'm already starting to wear my shorts and skirts.  I have some scarring on my legs from razor cuts so I'm gonna see how this baby performs. ;D  I may also use it on an acne scar I got from a recent, evil pimple. 

Lots of people rave about this product so we shall see how good it really is!  I'll take a picture of the scar on my leg and track it's progress.  This may be interesting.

My mom is such a lucky duck.  She flew Maui today and is gonna chillax and party with my grandma and aunty in paradise. ( "> ^ <";; )  I'm so jellies!

I told her to take pictures so if I get some nice scenic shots from her, I'll be sure to post them.  Who doesn't want to look at gorgeous island scenery?  

Nighty-night-!  おやすみなさい!:3

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Watched 'Wolf Children' last night

The full title is おおかみこどもの雨と雪 (Ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki) "Wolf Children Ame and Yuki."

I thought it was good but I wasn't that impressed.  But I may have ruined the suspense for myself since I read the movie synopsis before watching it. xP

This is a movie that centers around motherhood.  I thought the theme was quite obvious.  I was a bit put off by how a lot of the side characters were only plot devices.  They only seemed to appear when the story needed to move forward and I felt a lack of connection to them.  I know they're side characters but still, side characters are important too!  This movie could take some tips from Miyazaki-san.  Side characters in his movies always have important roles in the story and are memorable.  They don't just show up when the plot needs them to move forward. 

The dad turned out to be a lot more dull than I expected.  I wish the story did more with his character, even if it was with flashbacks or something.

This movie did make me think about it for a while after watching; I'll give it that.  I was asking questions like, "how exactly did the dad die?" and "why was Ame's departure was so lacking in emotional impact?"

I rate this around 3 to 4 out of 5.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

How to deal with a condescending person

In case anyone doesn't know what 'condescending' is, it's when someone does anything and everything to appear and feel superior to others.  They have the need to express their superiority, especially by treating others as if they are are less intelligent than them.  They usually do this by 'talking down' to a person and treating them like a child.  Other common characteristics of the condescending person is insufferable bragging and bossiness.
At my current job, I'm at an information front desk.  I'm literally grounded to a 'tiny island' area unless I have a lunch or break.

One of the coworkers I work with is the most condescending, boastful, and micromanaging-obsessed person I've ever met. 

There are a lot of things she says to me that makes me realize how condescending she is.  It seems that even though I've been working at this job for almost half a year, I will always be in the purgatory of 'in-training' with her and she'll always believe herself to be my superior.  She usually does not trust my judgment and will jump at any opportunity to correct a 'mistake' I made.  These days, a lot of these cases of her jumping in to correct me has resulted in her being wrong.  Even so, she still likes to try and criticize anything and everything that fits her version of less than perfect.  To put the icing on the cake, she also likes to repeatedly declare how fast or efficient she is at trivial tasks and about all the discounts and freebies she gets because she was apparently so nice to various store workers.

I will usually hear at least one condescending phrase from her a day.  Usually more than that.  Most of the time, it's her correcting me and having me do something her way (micromanaging).  We all know the truth.  These people are just trying to push their delusional superiority and dominance in a sick and twisted way because of insecurities, social-anxiety, power-hunger, control-issues, and more.

I've compiled a list of common phrases I've heard from her and my detailed, creative responses to those phrases.  (Depending on new experiences, I may modify this post.)  This is going to be kryptonite for those condescending bastards!

PS: I don't want to hear any of the "kill them with kindness" bs, because that method is only an enabler for condescending people.  Going along with what the condescending bastard wants is only going to allow them to continue controlling their victims.  The only way to defeat the condescending bastard is to be direct and use carefully selective wit and optimism.

There is no 'universal-type' of condescending person, and I understand that.  This post is themed particularly around the CONTROLLING and BRAGGING type of condescension.

I hope this helps anyone who has to deal with a condescending person in their lives.

1.) Easiest counter attack.

This is a phrase I hear a lot.  It's pretty annoying and it's one of the most obvious condescending things a person can say to someone else.  It's literally what a parent says to a child.

Condescending b*tch: "NO."

You: "YES." (Continue to repeat as needed.)
"WHY?" (Continue to repeat as needed.)

2.) Straightforward and mature answer.

Here's another phrase that's just as condescending as the first.  I think that the best way to stop someone from doing this in their tracks is to either tell them not to speak to you like a child because it's condescending, and/or to tell them to ask you nicely.

Example 1:

Condescending b*tch: "Don't ever do that again."

You: "Ask me nicely and I might just do that."
"Ask me nicely."
"If you ask me nicely, I'll listen to your reasoning for why you insist on doing it that way."

Example 2:

Condescending b*tch: "Don't ever do that again!"

You: "Okay, (insert name), I would 'appreciate' it if you didn't speak to me in that condescending way.  But, I will be happy to listen to whatever you have to say if you ask me."

Example 3:

Condescending b*tch: "Don't ever do that again!"

You: "You could be more specific and just ASK me not to do something."

Example 4:

Condescending b*tch: "Don't ever do that again!"

You: "Okay, I would like it if you didn't use that phrase with me, it's condescending.  I'll be happy to cooperate if you ask me."

Example 5:

Condescending b*tch: "Don't ever do that again!"

You: "First of all, please don't speak to me that way again, it's condescending.  And you'll need to be more specific."

As you can see, there are a lot of ways to respond do a condescending statement like this one.  Feel free to get creative but make sure to verbally practice your responses if you're not the confrontational type like me. ;)

3.) Argue your point.  You could be right.

The bossy condescending person commonly tries to point out things that you may or may not be doing wrong.  This is all power play.  If you're sure you're right, don't be afraid to say so.

Condescending b*tch: "That's not right." / "You're doing it wrong." 

You: "Yes it is." (If you're ABSOLUTELY sure you're right)
"No, this IS the way to do it." (State 'why' if you must.)
"Why?" (If you're unsure)

(If they continue to pester you as to why their way is somehow correct or better, you always, always, ALWAYS have the right to say "NO," and that you will do it your way because that is what you believe to be right.)

(If they continue to pester you further after this, simply tell them that you are open to having both of you talk with the manager about this 'disagreement'.  Depending on the situation, you may have the right to tell them that this is YOUR work, that they have no business telling you how to do YOUR job, and that it will ultimately be YOUR responsibility if anything goes wrong.)

4.) It's okay to do what YOU want for a change.

It's easy to not think about it and just go along with whatever the condescending person says.  But if you want things to change, you're going to have to speak up and say what YOU want.  If you don't, they will continue to push you around and do whatever they want without taking your feelings into consideration.  You basically have to be a little selfish sometimes.  Condition the condescending offender by occasionally pushing to do what you want.  You can also negotiate.

Condescending b*tch: "I'm gonna have you cash out at 3:15."

You: "I wanna cash out at 3:00.  I take a long time." (In times like this, it's sometimes good to give your reasoning so you don't have to state it after they inquire about 'why'.  Try to make the reason simple and direct.)

5.) The joking tone.

Depending on the situation, you could also retaliate by joking around.  Sometimes this condescending person seems to have a sense of humor and likes to joke around with people.  If this is the case, and if you've known them long enough to feel comfortable doing this, it's appropriate to use the 'joking' approach of retaliation.

One thing you can do is state what you want to say with some attitude.  You can also combine the joking tone with some mature retorts which makes it especially effective.

Condescending b*tch: "Don't ever do that again."

You: "WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO IF I DON'T?!" (If you use this, make sure you've got some comebacks up your sleeve just in case they actually have an answer.)
"Ask me nicely." (Speak s-l-o-w-l-y and clearly to get your point across that you won't be talked down to.)
"Tell them then." (If they threaten to tell a manager  ~ *worst case scenario*.)

I know these sound pretty childish and silly but hey, that's what you're trying to do.  Be un-serious.

Of course, only react in this way if you're ABSOLUTELY sure they're completely wrong and out of line.  If you don't, you'll end up the fool.

Sometimes the joking method works better if you don't want to appear overly serious or if the condescending offender claims that you're too serious and overly sensitive when you try to retaliate the straightforward way.  By using the joking approach, if the offender tries to retaliate, you can accuse THEM of being too serious, tell THEM to 'lighten up', and to stop freakin' micromanaging the crap out of ridiculous nonsense. 

6.) Throw them off guard with confidence.

In certain situations, I think it's ridiculous how some people think that they have the authority to be snooty and judge your performance as 'just okay'.  When a person is being condescending this way, don't kill them with kindness, kill them with confidence.

Condescending b*tch: "You did 'pretty' good today."

You: "Pretty good?  I did AWESOME."

Condescending b*tch: "Well, that's what you may think."

You: "Everyone's entitled to their own opinion.  And I happen to value my judgement."

7.) Mess around with them.

This is one of the BEST ways to joke around yet clearly show them that they don't have power over you.  Clearly defying them yet making a joke of it is a form of light mockery and showing that you're not taking them seriously.  You can take advantage of this situation and continue to defy them just to get on their nerves; it's funny because apparently, they're so sensitive to things not going their way.

NOTE: Make sure to do this only if:
  • They're not qualified to tell you what to do.
  • You're not involved in a safety/ethical issue or breaking a rule.
  • They are micromanaging.
  • What they are telling you is out of line.

Condescending b*tch: "Don't do that."

You: "You mean THIS?....  Nyahaha!" (Do exactly the opposite of what they said not to do.)

8.) "You 'need' to..."

I remember reading an article recently about how someone thought that the English language should dispose the phrases: "You need to...," "You should...," and "You have to..."

I can relate.  I mean, all of these phrases are aimed to 'control' someone else.  It's understandable if these phrases are used for teaching and raising children but they're so often abused in the real world by people who don't have the authority to speak to others this way.

When the condescending person starts to do this to you, especially when they're perfectly capable of doing the task themselves and obviously abusing the "favors" and ordering you around, try these responses.  Depending on the situation, and if you're willing or unwilling to do that task, the answers may vary.

Example 1:

Condescending b*tch: "You need to _____."

You: "Say the magic words~!" (NOTE: They should be saying "please" here.)
"You could always ASK me." (I mean seriously, they could just ask you properly like a decent human being.)
"YOU need to do that yourself." (If you're unwilling to do the task.)
"No I don't." (If you're like, "f*ck it" and want to be blunt.)
"No." (If you want to be super blunt.)

Example 2:

Condescending b*tch: "I need you to _____."

You: "You can do that yourself." (If they're fully capable of doing the task on their own.)
"I don't want to." (Simple, straightforward.)
"I'm busy with _____.  You can do that." (Make sure you're doing something.)
"You can do that task if it's bothering you so much." (If it's some task THEY happened to pick up.)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

These days... and the week before

Hello everyone, Happy April-!  Sorry I've been kind of a downer for the last post or two..  Lots of stuff happening at work since it's 'school field trip season', which means lots of kids and people going through at work.. and it's LOUD. xP
After working at this job, I feel so much more empathy for all those front desk directory/information employees I saw in Japan (esp train stations).... actually, this goes for anywhere else in the world.  Front desk jobs may look comfortable and carefree but it can get so incredibly stressful!

And this is especially if one has a disagreeable coworker.  I'm having to deal with my sometimes hated and sometimes not-so-hated coworker.  I swear, she's got one foot in and one foot out of my sh*t list. lol.  I also have a certification test coming up towards the end of the month so I'll have to practice, practice, practice if I don't want to spend another $100 or so dollars for another test.  Screw that!  My motivation?  Pass the nurse aide certification test and I get to buy a Clarisonic~!  :D  I've been eyeing it for a while.  I'll be sure to make a review post if I buy one. ;)

So....... the silver lining through all this?  I finally found my long lost mascara today! ( "> w <" )  I swear that thing must run around and hide while I'm asleep...

With all this stress, it's making me consume more than my usual dose of anime..  But who cares?!  Anime is awesome! XD

Currently, I'm re-watching the Pokemon movies with my sis (since somehow, she's into the pokemon anime too, lol).  Netlix recently made the first season of pokemon available again!  Talk about nostalgia.  :3
I may sound like a broken record, but I really miss how the old Pokemon used to be.  Pokemon Black/White is also available on Netflix but it doesn't have nearly as many jokes as the originals.. D:  Is more humor too much to ask?  

I also got back into Sword Art Online since it's also on Netflix. ( ^w^ )  It's so much better to watch it on TV.

The newest one I picked up is Rebuild of Neon Genesis Evangelion.  I recall seeing a while back in NewType that there was a remake but I guess I didn't feel like getting back into the psycho-craziness of Evangelion at the time.  Good thing I didn't watch it then, since it's literally taken them years to produce each new episode.  I've effectively dodged the dry spells between eps, hehe.

I believe there are 4 episodes each (the 'Final' still in production) all 93-112 minutes long.  So far I think it's great.  The animation is especially gorgeous and respectful to the original, keeping the same character design style.  Imo, it's well paced and has good drama.  The ending theme song "Beautiful World" by surprise! surprise!, Hikaru Utada, is beautiful and has great emotional energy.  The song does a nice job of matching the tone of the anime.
I've decided to re-watch the original so I can have the fun of comparing the two.

NagiAsu is almost finished~!  Only one episode to go.  I've been impressed by the last couple of episodes.  Lots of development going on.  I'm curious to see what they do at the end.  Will it be tragic, happy, bittersweet?  Just gotta wait another week...

I started watching Hellsing Ultimate after discovering TFS Hellsing Ultimate Abridged.  It's hilarious, that is, if you like bloody crude humor.  xD
The anime is of course, great.  I would think it would be difficult to make Hellsing bad...  The story is awesome!

Last week was a good one since I got to go eat SUSHI~!  Such good times..  Sis treated. ^^ 

I specially decorated the pics for some amusement.  Hope you all like them!  I'm trying to get back into decorating pictures again. ^^  I've been inspired by works of others and all the new stamps from Line Camera.  ;D

So good-!!!

I made my own sushi too but they're just some simple commoner tuna rolls. lol  Not nearly as pretty as the restaurant sushi but they tasted good! ^^

Sorry, too lazy and didn't feel the need to decorate this one.  xD  I present, commoner tuna rolls.  The cheap sushi. lololol

Okay, I'm heading off to dream land now.  Gotta wake up early tomorrow for the damned meeting..  Speaking of dreams, I took a nap this afternoon and remembered the strangest thing from my dream.  I had this small microchip embedded in my palm and when I tapped it, it would release this light thing and show my genetic code on my forearm.  It also hurt!  Sort of like a pinching feeling.  Weirdest dreamed up thing so far..  It's like it came right out of a sci-fi-!  lol

Hope you all are doing well and staying healthy.  I personally hope I'm not coming down with a cold...  I can feel an itch in my throat so I'd better 'up' my VitC intake. 

Everyone around me seems to be getting sick.  At work people tell me it's because so many kids and people are in the building...  No, must stay strong!!!  C'mon immunity, power up!  ( > . < lll)