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04 May 2012 @ 12:47 am
I've had a lot of new people friend me in the past day or so (probably from my most recent mod post? IDK...) and so I'd like to get to know those of you that have added me that haven't commented on my f-only post. In exchange, I'm posting an introduction! It's been a while since I've made a post like this, and it seems appropriate now, doesn't it?

[About Me!]
My name is Andii. I've been in the Arashi fandom since 2005ish though I've been a 'fan' of many things throughout my life. I'm 27, happily married and the mommy to one adorable almost-five-month-old girl named Amelia (who I think currently has a stinky diaper but who is asleep...I'll leave that for daddy).

Most of my posts are a combination of rl, random fandom things and nails. I'm currently in school to become a nail tech and so my life kind of revolves around that and the baby right now. After about a year of being mostly-absent from fandom, I'm trying to work my way back into the swing of things and work on being a more attentive mod at a_ra_shi.

If you've friended me for scans, uploads, fic, graphics, etc...don't hold your breath. None of that has been posted here for a long while and actually not a lot of it has been DONE in a long while. I just don't have the energy or time to do it anymore. I still write from time to time, mostly for exchanges, but I'm kind of crap at reposting them to wemakestorm. I'm trying to be better about that, though and I do now have an AO3 that I need to update. 

I post randomly and not on any sort of scheduled frequency. I'm crap at commenting and replying to comments - though I'm trying to be better. BUT, if you're on my flist know that while I may not comment, I 9.99/10 do READ. I don't always have a lot of time to check my flist so some long posts can sometimes be skimmed and for that I apologize if I miss something. Mommies don't have a ton of free time. :|b

I'm an aries and as such I'm highly opinionated. I apologize in advance if I say something rash and offensive - I've been working on it for a long while and have gotten good at policing myself before I say something I will regret. DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK, though, especially when hormones are all wacky from prego times/post-prego times. :/

I like to RP, though I haven't been doing as much as I used to, and not in a large group setting like I used to as well. I've played all of Arashi, but I usually drift to Ohno or Jun as my main muses. 

I've been to Japan twice: once in 2007 and again in 2011. In 2007 I was able to see w-inds. live at a fan club event and also had the opportunity to talk to Aiba on the phone thanks to his mother and her unlimited amounts of awesome. Though, by 'talk' I mean babble incoherently in highly-horrible Japanese. It's okay, he laughed. In 2011, I had the opportunity to not only see real snow for the first time, but also take part in the Final for the Scene tour at Fukuoka Yahoo Dome. Yes, the one that was made into the Scene Dome DVD. It was a great experience and I had a ton of fun at my first and probably only Arashi concert, especially given the fact that I got pregnant two months after (and had a kidney stone while there that I didn't know about!). My other Arashi-related encounter happened in 2009 at the NYCC for the Yatterman premier. I had the opportunity to sit in on the press conference with Sho and Takashi Miike. 

I have the Arashi kanji tattooed on my ankle, and a cluster of cherry blossoms on my lower back, right side. My husband wants me to get the kanji covered up, but I'd rather get it 'integrated' into another tattoo instead. We'll see how that debate turns out. XD

Enough babble, on to the links!

Andii Around the Web:

a_ra_shi - the Arashi LJ community I moderate.
iza_now - Its sister fanworks comm.
sonokotoba - my graphics comm
wemakestorm - my fic comm. (will include link to AO3 once I put stuff up there).
Twitter - gimmick_game (currently locked, I'll probably open it sometime soon)
Tumblr - gimmickgamer // andiiscandiis (nail tumblr)
Pinterest - gimmickgame
Nail Blog - Andii's Candiis
email/gchat: gimmick(dot)gamer(five)(at)gmail(dot)com
AIM: gimmickgamer5

Feel free to add me/contact me through any of those mediums. Don't feel bad if I don't respond right away - I don't always have time to, but I try. :)

Annnnd...that's it!
30 July 2030 @ 11:37 pm
friends only

This journal is now locked. Seeing as this journal contains my RL blogging as well as some fandomish things, I'm only adding people I know. My PUBLIC fandom blog can be found at gimmick_game @ dw. Sorry for the inconvenience, but my flist is a bit to large for me to manage as it is. If you are looking for my fic, you can find it all at bunnycrack for now and all fic as of September 2009 at wemakestorm. All of my graphics can be found at sonokotoba//sonokotoba @ dw and scans and uploads at: very-danger. Feel free to leave a comment and I may still consider adding you, depending.
EDIT: 2008.12.28 - All previous comments have been deleted to start fresh. :) Comment to be considered.
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
04 June 2013 @ 05:36 pm
Wow...so I haven't updated in almost two months. Shit. Well, it has been INSANELY busy between being prego, work and chasing after a toddler.

I'm posting now not only to update here but as a place to post a wall of text I don't want to have to constantly put up on FB. I will be updating every day to keep my family and friends in-the-know.

As of Sunday, my water has broken (it's a slow leak) and I've been admitted to the hospital on bed rest and many, many antibiotics until such time as I either go into labor on my own or 34 weeks, when they will induce me. The infection risk at that point no longer outweighs the good of her cooking longer.

I am at the absolute best facility for this in probably the entire Southeastern United States, which is very lucky. She's already to a point in development where she could either come out breathing absolutely fine or still need to be tubed - but there is no way of knowing - hence hoping to keep her cooking for another few weeks at least. I've had two steroid shots in my butt (ow) to help her lungs develop quicker but they're not guarantee. Either way, like I said, I'm in the best place for this to happen and her chances are SUPER high not only due to her age but the fact that she's here.

SO, B is playing single dad at the moment but LUCKILY Miss Abby here decided to wait for this to happen literally 2 days after I was eligible for short-term disability through work. HOLLA. So yay, not only is my job still ACTIVE (which, really, we're seeing right now how much they need me and ♥ me so it's all good - even if I'd HAD to quit-return, I would have had a job no questions asked), but I'm getting paid at least part of my salary! WOO MONEY. Which is good, because yes I have a ton of shit I need to buy now that we hadn't even remotely started to gather - and adding on top of that is preemie stuff. Ugh. This is our registry at Target if you'd like to help out. Greatly needed items will be the Boppy (Amelia has commandeered hers as a pillow and I don't want to take it away from her), newborn or preemie clothes, and blankets. Lots of blankets. A lot of other stuff we still have but we didn't keep a whole lot of Amelia's smaller clothes, which at this point we need preemie anyway. We'll also need preemie diapers but I don't actually see those anywhere on Target so I'm also making a Babies R Us registry to try and find a few more preemie things. I'll link that later. Babies R Us registry.

For now, it's just a waiting game. I've not had any contractions, so that's a major plus, and the leak is slow. She's doing great so we just have to wait for her to either decide to come or push it to 34 weeks if we can. I told her if she's going to be a June baby she has to pick either the 13th or the 17th. ;) The 25th is Amelia's eye surgery so she can't have that day because her sister REALLY needs to get that eye duct popped!
Before I do the meme, I want to put out feelers of interest for a twitter rp. I've done one before and it was pretty fun and I would love to do another for Arashi. Message me here or IM me on aim at mecchadame if you're interested so we can work out the logistics. :)

On to the Meme! Btw, the lie from yesterday was that I was a Sho-fan first. Nope, completely and utterly Jun-baited.

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Day 2: Talk about a friend (or friends) you have made because of Arashi.
Oh, wow. Yeah. Let's see, where should I start? [personal profile] honooko, who I was actually afraid to friend at first and vice versa. Thanks to Jemzy for that (and Jemz!! :D), considering she was my maid of Honor! I have made a ton of friends online through Arashi that I've met in person: Erin, Elle, Kaille, Katie, Katy, Kacey, etc. I'm not a very social person to begin with, so it's great to have that common interest as a starting point. :)

This entry was originally posted at http://gimmick-game.dreamwidth.org/546695.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
26 August 2011 @ 05:24 pm
Yesterday my konad starter kit came and today my nfu oh #61 came! Of course, I had to play :3

Yay for Florida sun! It looks nice inside but it doesn't photograph well inside at all.

I ended up not getting the Aqua base because I was already paying close to $25 for this with shipping. I found recommendations for using Orly Bonder as a base instead and I'm fairly pleased with the results. This is definitely a polish you can't try to put on quick or you will have many an issue. This was 3 coats, no top. my ring finger is Sally Hansen LE Grape Escape with konad plate m2 stamped over it in Nfu Oh 61. I'm impressed with how well the holo works as a stamp!

My cuticles are horrible because I need to get my gels filled. Pls ignore. XD

Verdict: Well worth the price. I simply wish it was available at retail outlets. Let's see how long it lasts without chipping on my gels. :)
mood: calmcalm
24 August 2011 @ 12:37 pm
As some of you know, I recently started working for HSN. I'd heard of Deborah Lippmann in my recent polish fetishes but I'd yet to actually ~experience~ her stuff. I've been poking around our site and came across this the other day but passed it by because really, Happy Birthday wasn't my favorite of her glitters and I really wanted Ruby Red Slippers.

Today we had a Town Hall Meeting at the actual HSN campus and afterward on my way home I stopped at the Outlet store (dangerous that it's on the way home). Lucky for me, they'd just started a 75% off beauty items sale now through Sunday! Add on top of that my employee discount, and I got the above set for $8.66!!!!! I'm still kind of in shock because that's less than half the price of the Happy Birthday ALONE!

SO! I tested it out and took some pictures from my color wheel. I just did a mani last night I don't want to redo yet, so I didn't want to try it on my own nails yet.

And it comes in an adorable travel case!

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In the end, I'm so happy I found this and got such a great deal on AMAZING polish!
mood: chipperchipper
21 August 2011 @ 09:53 pm
I'm posting this to LJ mainly because I want to post multiple pictures and I don't want to mess up my tumblr with it. XD If you follow my tumblr, you'll notice I post mainly nail art. It seems redundant to post arashi stuff because most of the time OTHER people are doing plenty of it and I'd rather just lurk and look at shiny. SO, that being said I've been trying a lot of new nail art techniques. This is one that I thought would be a LOT harder than it actually is. I want to try it again with a few different colors (and a matte base) and possibly nfu oh's holos, but we'll see.

My starting lineup (I ended up not using two of these.)

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And that's it! I can't wait to do it on all of my nails. Actually tempted to make a full set of tips for this as well, if anyone is interested in a press-on set. I've got tons of clear nails to use up. :)

Leaving this unlocked so I can link it to my tumblr. :)
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
16 March 2011 @ 12:23 pm
I'm still working on gathering supplies to send to Second Harvest, but I've also decided to set up a thread at arashi_on. You can find it here.

If you have ever wanted fic, graphics or a layout from me, now is the time to request!

Also, if you have a thread, could you please link me to it here? I'm going to try and go through and donate to as many as possible come payday.
mood: hopefulhopeful
I'm writing this know because lord knows I'll forget certain things and I DON'T WANT TO DO THAT. Of course I'm posting this a day late due to the lack of internet but whatever, need to get it down.


Today is Harajuku!
mood: highhigh
15 January 2011 @ 06:49 am
I should have made this entry last night, except shouwa and I putzed around Ikebukero and made Uchiwa (WHICH ARE HARDER THAN THEY LOOK GOD DAMNIT.) BUT! Mine is (mostly) done. Gonna try to grab more bling for it in Fukuoka today.



Second side DEFINITELY needs more bling. Definitely.

Flight was good, if tiring. I got extra leg room but I think in reality they should offer extra ASS room seats that are not First Class or business. I may be kinda fat, but I'm not WIDE. I couldn't even tuck my foot up under my knee, which is a kind of default sitting position for me, without a pillow to protect my knee from the side of the chair. I was next to a really nice Japanese lady and her 15 month old named Arisa. She's married to an American so she speaks to Arisa in solely Japanese while he talks to her in English. Arisa, aside from being wiggly, was very well behaved on the flight and ADORABLE. Oh god, she was so cute. Momma (I missed her name) complimented my Japanese when I was talking to Arisa and we had a discussion about why I was coming (she liked that my favorites were Nino and Ohno and saw I'd been rewatching HYD and said she really liked it).

I'm kind of not looking forward to another SIX HOURS of travel today, but luckily it's on a shinkansen, which, compared to a trans-pacific flight is the lap of pure luxury. Speaking of, I need to go make myself presentable and truck my ass to Tokyo station so I can catch one.

I shipped my luggage to Fukuoka, but sadly I will not have it until tomorrow morning. NO MAKE UP FOR MEEEEEE. ;____;

I'm leaving these entries about Japan unlocked so I can link to my family, so be pleasant in the comments, please? :p

Day 1 Pictures (will keep updating this every day!)
mood: coldcold