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Well I was having a reasonably decent day today...


...until somebody tried to hack my email account. Given that this would've been on flight itinerary information and concert printouts that were in my stolen backpack...I doubt this is coincidental.




I feel like they've just robbed me all over again. It's bad enough that I can barely sleep, and barely want to leave my house because I'm so worried they'll this? It's like whenever I start to relax or feel remotely safe/okay something else happens. I realise they've taken something else...or this happens.


The account they're trying to get into is where my Paypal info goes. If they get in...they'd probably have access to my bank account (since it's linked to Paypal). I'm on the way home from work so will contact the bank tonight, but ...that was the ONE account I thought was safe.





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Tired, tired, tired. I am very tired. I should be sleeping or packing my stuff but instead I'm Facebooking and emailing...and now LJing. Well if I'm going to procrastinate via internets I might as well do it here too ;)

I'm an hour into my birthday in Melbourne time but an hour away from it in Osaka time. For some reason -- maybe it's the weird mood I'm in -- I find the time difference more amusing in this situation than it normally would be.

I was meant to be spending my birthday in transit to Nikko where I'd be spending a few days. But we had a day trip there recently and I've been there before/have seen most of what's around, so...I decided to be CRAZY PLAN CHANGING PERSON and head back to Tokyo instead. Those of you on my Facebook might have seen a cryptic post a few days ago about me doing something 'bad'. This is it.

I got a full refund for my Nikko accommodation and used it to book an old haunt in Ikebukuro (the Sunroute was slightly out of my price range *sigh*). So poor old Tokyo has to put up with me for another few days. Just when it thought it had gotten rid of me, eh?!

Okay. I'm really going to bed now. Really. I need to get up at butthurty hours of the morning to catch my train. And drag that monster suitcase around. Plus the netbook battery is bitching about power being low and I guess that's as good a sign as any, right?

I will make a more interesting post one day. Not tonight though...this much is clear!

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Well thanks to the super speedy Japanese postal system, my At the Night Side t-shirt arrived just in time for casual Friday this week! Woohoo!


Of course, being the klutz I am, it's already had coffee AND beer spilled on it...damn. But wearing it sure helped make my shitty workday...less shitty.


Very bad photo in very bad light...




If that even works I'll be surprised. But YAY t-shirt XD


Bitching about work...

Sometimes I really hate how passive-aggressive people can be at work. I had Friday off (my RDO) and on that day -- I found out later -- Dennis from my team wasn't feeling well. He saw a first aid officer and was sent home.


I found this out because another TL wrote me an email, CCing my boss Ben in, saying...


"Can you please have a serious discussion with Dennis about his behaviour on Friday? He saw Liz (first aid) but didn't tell anybody he was going home sick."


It's the CCing the boss in that annoys me. So many people do it and it feels like such a...for lack of a better word...dibber-dobber-ish.


The only good thing is when the person writing the email has made a mistake -- as this person had -- I then get to have the fun of hitting "reply all", ensuring my boss is also CCed in on my AHAHA YOU ARE AN IDIOT WHO DOESN'T CHECK YOUR FACTS response.


Or in this case, the email where I politely pointed out that Dennis had done the right thing by seeing a first aider, but that it's the first aider's responsibility -- not Dennis's -- to notify management if Dennis is sent home. So, no, I won't be having that serious discussion.


Okay, okay, yes my response is probably just as passive-aggressive as what I've been complaining about but...I never send the original emails. Just the replies.


(I'm still guilty, I know. And...if this seems minor and not worth bitching about, this is just the most recent example. It happens ALL the time!)


Anyway...enough about work.


Someone really needs to post a concert report about the At the Night Side shows. My friend Chizuru went to one, but she's not on the comm, and concert reports on the comm are usually awesome to read.


Speaking of Chizuru...I asked her if she could get me a t-shirt and sent her some yen. She sent me an email yesterday saying she got one -- not sure which yet -- so I'll be stalking the postman in a few days time. Woohoo!


And...she dropped a bomb in the email too. She's planning a trip to Finland this year (she has friends from there -- also B-T fans, I think maybe she collects foreign fan friends at concerts lol -- and has spent a few years learning the language) and because of that, her boss said she can't have leave in September.




She said she'd like to give me her parade tickets. If I want them.


I haven't replied yet. FUCK. WHAT DO I EVEN...????!!!....I HAVE NO IDEA!!!!!!


I can't be a responsible grown-up adult where B-T are involved. I realised this when I got the email. But I tried to get past the mad flailing and think rationally and my options seem to be...




2: Say yes. Take the tickets. It would mean knocking a day off NY and flying to Japan instead of to Melb. It would also mean living on crackers and soup and never ever doing anything social ever again. Or at least for quite some time. Also Claire probably wouldn't be too happy with me :(


( could be done.)


3: See if she'd be willing to still give me the tickets if I can't go...but if I tell her I'll try to find someone who can take them (I was thinking a post on the comm, maybe?). But she may have other people in mind to offer them to if I say no.


To be honest my first thought was that if I can't use them I'd like someone on the comm to be able to. Okay I lied. My first thought consisted of flailing. But...after that...


I think option 3 is the more sensible one but my rational brain has been replaced by OMG OMG TICKETS!!!! Thankfully she won't expect an immediate reply so I have time to think. And talk myself into behaving like a rational sensible person.




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Oops. Didn't mean to let so much time pass between posts!

So what've I been up to?

Finally starting to learn Japanese. Very slowly, I should add. I've got most of the hiragana and katakana memorised -- though still have trouble remembering what they change to with those little dashes or circles on them! But every now and again I come across something that I can actually read (rare, but extremely exciting!). The thought of kanji is scaring me looks very daunting.

Work is still work. Not much going on there. My new boss -- since Jan -- is interviewing for the role. He's on secondment at the moment. I really hope he gets the job. He's lovely.

Claire and I finally -- after 2+ years of talking about it -- booked tickets to New York. We'll be there from Sept 8th - 21st. Then I head back to Melbourne and she flies on to London. I would've been heading to Japan then but didn't score tickets to the Fest shows in the lottery. I think it's better this way though as
a) more time to save and
b) hopefully more chance of meeting up with Jen and Lee <3

It's Comfest time again in Melbourne so I'm getting ready to go see Ross Noble tonight with Jess and her boyfriend (ahh third wheel? Maybe a little but I don't care!). My work social club had really cheap tickets! Yay! And tomorrow it's back into the city for two German film festival movies with a friend from TAFE. Thankfulky we have a public holiday on Wed this week -- ANZAC Day -- so I have chance to recover from this crazy social weekend!

And I'll try not to leave it another two months before my next post! ;)

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I'm pretty sure that posting from the train, on the way home, after having consumed numerous pints of beer, is probably not the best of ideas. And that is why I am typing very carefully! But it was Barny's last day, Kay's last day and Dan's birthday celebrations. So I had to go. Ignoring the little inner voice that says "Steph, sure you had to go but did you have to drink THAT much??" (well clearly the answer is yes. And this answer is brought to you by JEEESUS WHAT A SHIT WORKDAY THAT WAS!).

Can I go back to Japan now? I'm sick of dealing with this stuff!

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There is a cup noodle museum in Yokohama!

I went past it today but it was closed.

My heart is broken!

(No, really! A museum! About cup noodles! With a gift shop and everything!)

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Woohoo...wifi! Thanks Yokohama hostel :)

Jen and Lee, if you're going to visit Yokohama, you should definitely go to Minato Mirai. It's lovely and there's a few nice things to do XD