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DeviantArtist Questionnaire

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 7, 2015, 2:31 PM


I'm just doing this for the badge. :lol: I want my twentieth one. #DeviantArtistQuestionnaire.
  • How long have you been on DeviantArt?

  • Wow... it's been a while. 11 years and two months. :la: I'm old.

  • What does your username mean?

  • Nyiana is the name of my main original character. I created her in May 2004, so I really liked the name at the time and picked it. I now use just "Nyiana" whenever I make an account anywhere. So if you find a Nyiana, there's a pretty good chance it's me. As for -sama that was because I was 13 when I made this account. :lol: I also once made Nyiana before the switching username things happened, so I lost my chance to do that.

  • Describe yourself in three words.

  • Awesome, Quiet, Deadly

  • Are you left or right handed?

  • I'm sorta ambidextrous. I favor my right, but I can use my left hand about 85% as well when it comes to writing and other tasks

  • What was your first deviation?

  • Nyiana-Sama by Nyiana-sama TAAADDAAAA. The original drawing I did of Nyiana. Completed May 9th, 2004 as a Mother's Day present.

  • What is your favourite type of art to create?

  • I love to sketch. I also love to play around with Fractal Art, and to write dribble. Though I would say sketching I love the most.

  • If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

  • I WANT TO KNOW HOW TO COLOR. THAT'S IT. MY LINES COULD BE SHIT, BUT I WANT TO COLOR

  • What was your first favourite?

  • Intruder by DamienMuerte Of course I would choose something unicorn related. :lol:

  • What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

  • Fanart. :la: GIVE ME ALL OF THE FANART

  • Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

  • orin Hands down. I've loved her art since before dA, plus she was such a huge inspiration to me. I read her rant about there being no talent in art, just hard work and endless effort, and I started to happy cry. :lol: It meant a lot.

  • If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

  • How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

  • WELL, LOOK AT THE TWO ABOVE. DEAN AND ELLEN ARE MY HOME GIRLS. They are my internet soulmates, and I love them both dearly. :la: They've both helped me through some very sad and dark times, and they still tolerate me. I can't say how much I love them.

  • What are your preferred tools to create art?

  • I use a standard .5mm mechanical pencil, I use any kind of gel based pen for ink. Then I use Derwent color pencils, or Prismacolor/Copic markers if I use them. 

  • What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

  • The classroom. :lol: Though I've been out of school since 2008. That's why I haven't been drawing. I just don't have a source of inspiration like I used to... nor time. Time is the other major factor.

  • What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

  • WHEN I FIRST RECEIVED THAT GLORIOUS EMAIL FROM Moonbeam13 SAYING THAT SHE WANTED ME TO JOIN THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS TEAM IN 2011. I WAS SO ESTATIC AND HAPPY THAT I WAS SQEUALING, JUMPING UP AND DOWN, AND I MAY HAVE CRIED A LITTLE. IT WAS MY dA DREAM COME TRUE, AND IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I COULD HAVE EVER DONE FOR MYSELF ON THIS SITE, AND PROBABLY THIS SITE IN GENERAL.



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The year I was 24

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 22, 2015, 6:39 PM


Being 24 has been interesting and eventful, to say the least, and now that it is almost over, I've felt like mentally recapping everything and writing it all down, to put it in perspective... here we go.

A year ago, the company I work for went through a massive revolt after our CEO was ousted by his cousin. The company shut itself almost completely down, stopping all shipments, and the customers supported the cause by refusing to shop. Our CEO was reinstated a month later in August, and things are going strong.

In October, I was working when I received a call from my supervisor; he asked me if I would be willing to go full time in a store that was a half hour away. Naturally I agreed, and on October 26th, two months after the boycott ended, I finally got full time. I had been with the company for seven years prior.

On October 28th, I decided it would not be smart to drive my 2007 Nissan Sentra anymore. It was climbing in miles, and it was starting to make noises. I went out and bought a brand new 2015 Subaru Legacy. My first new car, making my brother so jealous he went out and bought his own in early November.

In December, I experienced my first time. Due to the nature of the site, I will not say much about it, but it happened.

On Christmas, my sister announced to the family that she was pregnant. She admitted the timing was a surprise on her end, but my sister and her now husband were eventually planning a family. It just happened a year sooner than they had thought.  

In January, I found out that I was transferring stores. I had a miserable time in the new store, and it left me feeling constantly horrible and drained. I asked the supervisors if I could move back to my old store, or one of the other two in that area. I was initially told I was going to the brand new store about twenty minutes from my house the other direction. That was fine, as long as I was out. A week later, I was told I was going back to the store I had spent seven years working in.

On February 1st, I made it back to my old store. Everyone welcomed me back with open arms, and it felt great. Though I had gotten used to the ways of my previous store, so it caused my manager and I to bump heads for the first two weeks. I was broken in again though.

In mid-February, I decided to join Match. I knew that within a month’s time, I was going to be alone, and I didn’t want it to be that way. I am horrible at meeting people, so I decided to give it a try. The first guy I met seemed great, and I basically had an instant crush on him. After three weeks he dumped me though. I was shocked and sad, and in that state I deleted his number, the texts, and every way I could communicate with him. It is a good thing I did. The next day I was filled with so much rage one of my co-workers thought I was going to murder someone. She took me out for a coffee and a giant doughnut. I felt a lot better.

During those three weeks, at the end of February, Danie, my best friend, and I went to see the Legend of Zelda Symphony Orchestra in Boston. We stayed the night in a hotel and we ran into our friends from Anime Boston. It was an exciting night. That was the last major trip that Danie and I would have together before she left. So we made sure to make the most of it.

Beginning of March, I met the second guy from Match, and as soon as I saw him, I knew the answer was no. It was a very awkward date at the restaurant, and I could not wait for it to end soon enough. The only highlight though was that Danie was at a girls going away dinner for her. We met in the bathroom, and I went to her family for a few minutes and they invited me over after the date ended. It had been a long time since I had seen those parts of her family, so it was nice talking with them, they salvaged the night for me.

On March 14th, I watched my sister get married. It was a small ceremony in their house, and both sides of the family went out for a celebration dinner after.

March 17th was the last time I hung out with Danie here at home. It was her last full day before leaving to join a Monastery in New Jersey. We went on an adventure to Walmart to buy some last minute things for her, and we hugged and said our goodbyes. After I got home I broke down crying. My best friend, my only friend, was leaving. I was being left all alone.

For the rest of March and into April, I suffered through a lot of depression like symptoms. I would break down crying a lot, and it would be over stupid things. I broke down and hated myself because I couldn’t remove a sticker from a DVD package. Things like that, it was bad. Thankfully I had Dean and Ellen to talk to, if it was not for them, I don’t think I would have handled the emotional breakdowns as well as I did.

It was also in that time frame where I started to talk to the third guy from Match. We spent over three weeks sending mail back and forth to one another before deciding to meet. I was initially hesitant when I first saw him, and for the first four dates, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go through with it and wanted to call the whole thing off. Dean called me out on it, and made me ask myself if I was just scared. He was right; I was still hurting from the first rejection.

I decided to stay with Nate, and now I couldn’t be happier. He accepts me for who I am, how I act, and understands me. He’s truly helped to fill the void left in my life after my best friend left, and he is helping me to become a better person. We became official back in early May… or something. Neither of us really knows, we’ll probably pick a date later on. But I ended up with my first official boyfriend.

Also in early May on the second, sadly, my German Sheppard, Brandy, died. It was 1:30am when I woke up to her crying. I tried to ignore it for a few minutes, but she kept crying. After about ten minutes I went downstairs to see her. She had been really sick for a few days and couldn’t move on her own anymore. It was a Sunday morning, and we had planned on calling the vet to ask to put her down that Monday if she made it. I spent the next twenty minutes with Brandy, telling her what a good dog she was, how everything was going to be okay, and that she would be fine. I was crouched over, petting her head while laying my other arm across her chest. I felt her stop taking in air, and after a minute she stopped exhaling. There was no breathing, and it was then I realized that she had died in my arms. The dog I had spent the last eight years with, a third of my life, just passed in my arms. The whole experience left me extremely shaken, and it made me realize how insignificant I was in the whole scheme of things. I was happy that she was no longer suffering, but the experience also changed how I felt about death.

At the end of May, my sister had her baby shower. It was the first one I had ever been to. I felt horribly out of place. I do not like children; I never have, so being near friends and family “oohing” and “awwing” over the idea of kids made me feel upset and angry. I had countless people there ask me when I was going to have my own child, and countless times I had to explain I didn’t want any. Only two of the women who asked understood. The rest just told me that I was too young, at 24 years old, to know what I want with my life… okay. Besides that, it was a great day. My sister got a lot of things for her son, William, and it brought together a lot of people we haven’t seen in forever.

In June I took my first paid vacation, I had been planning on spending the week at a beach with an old school friend, but things fell apart on her end with work. I wasn’t sure what to do with my week off anymore, when it suddenly struck me that I could go down to New Jersey to visit Danie. I called her mom asking how to go about it. I ended up spending three days and two nights in New Jersey visiting Danie, and walking around the town where the Monastery is located. It was great to see her again, and it was difficult to leave, but I remembered I had someone waiting for me at home, so I had a reason to look forward to returning. That Friday and Saturday I spent with Nate, I stayed over his place for the first time, and we went to an amusement park the next day. It was a great week spent.

At the beginning of July, Nate had the 3rd off to celebrate the fourth, so I asked him to join me for my usual Friday lunch routine, since my brother was unavailable. As soon as I pulled into the parking lot, I saw my mother’s car. Ouch. She had seen mine from within the diner, so there was no way I could have escaped. After a few months of not telling my family anything about Nate, my mom and her best friend suddenly go to meet him. Whoops, sorry Nate. Didn’t mean to suddenly spring that on him, but he handled it like a champ. I apologized to him when I went over his place that evening, he said it was fine.

Just this past weekend, Nate and I had plans to go into Boston for my birthday. He plays in a Pool league, and they managed to win and go to Vegas to play, so he isn’t around for my actual birthday, so we decided to celebrate it earlier. He took me out for breakfast to get my favorite pancakes (banana split, ftw), and we went back to Boston and he took me to the aquarium, and bought me dinner. It was a great weekend spent with him, and it made me glad that I still have someone to share my birthday with outside of my family.

The same weekend, my sister’s water broke. On Sunday, July 19th, at 4:58am, she gave birth to her first son, William. No one from either side of the family was there, aside from her husband, because it was a bit sudden. We knew he was going to be born at any time, but my sister had spent barely two hours in the hospital before William arrived.

I also started going to the gym this past week. A week before that I started walking my dog around the neighborhood to help her lose weight. That was when I realized something is wrong with me. After simply going on a walk, with some hills, my knees hurt significantly the next day. They had always been weak and crunchy, but the pain was new. I decided to make an appointment for today. I then also decided to start going to the gym with Nate, since we had both gained a bit of weight since going out. I want to find out what my ideal weight is, and I want to lose my muffin top completely. Thankfully, doing low impact exercises has kept my knees from hurting too much during and after the gym.  

Today, I went for my appointment with my primary. She poked around my knees, asking if anything hurt. Which it didn’t, there were no pressure points that were hurting or injured. As soon as she had me bend my knees and felt the marble-like crunching in them, she became disgusted and immediately told me I had to see an orthopedic doctor. Physical therapy isn’t even an option as far as my primary is concerned. Apparently my knees are far worse than I thought.

So, that about sums it up. I turn 25 on July 24th, and the year has been something else. Hopefully the next year is filled with far more ups than downs. I already have plans for an epic vacation just after Easter, and who knows. Hopefully I can stay with Nate. I really like him, and I am so thankful that he appeared in my life. I don’t know what I would have done if he didn’t show up to bring me out of my sad shell.

I’m also planning on visiting Danie again with my other vacation. I’m thinking of doing that this week next year. So that way I won’t have to pay for a hotel again, I can stay on site. Maybe I’ll bring Nate so she can meet him. She looked over his facebook page and approved of him, so that is always good.

As for the rest of the year, who knows… Though I somehow doubt it will be as interesting and event filled as 24. I had been thinking about this a lot lately, and I just had to sit down, think about it, and write it all out. If you read all of this, congratulations, you earned yourself a cookie. 



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The worst part of my trip to NJ is the lack of service. Only cell service is outside of buildings, and there is no data. I'm constantly on 1X. RIP phone battery... Damn you Verizon. GET YOUR STUFF TOGETHER

In New Jersey

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 23, 2015, 7:59 AM


:la: Hello my darlings!

I'm writing to this from a Monastery in Summit, New Jersey.

:dummy: My best friend, CosmicRiver30 became a nun here back in March, and while I had no plans to visit this year due to money... here I am. :lol: I was supposed to go camping with a friend this week, since it's my vacation, but those plans fell through, so I used the money to come down here instead. Sure, it's not a whole week, but two days is completely okay with me. 

I left my home at 2:30am, and I was in Summit by 7:30am, stopping twice. Once at the beginning for coffee, and once at the end for peeing. I managed to get my Subaru up to 40.4mpg at one point. Amazing.

This is my first road trip. Exciting. :lol: This area is so nice though, I don't want to go back to my dingy city. My hotel is looking pretty spiffy too. I stopped in to change my coffee stained white shorts (oops)

Most of the morning was spent walking around the city. I found a small, yet really good diner for second breakfast. Then I just kept walking. Today is the epitome of summer, so it got quite warm walking. I found the public library and just chilled in there for a while.

I've already meet up with Danie again. She's currently baking, so she's still MIA. :lol: Soon. I have so much anime to show her. Of course, the letters and pictures come first.

She's going to be so happy to hear I have a boyfriend. =P I decided to withhold that information from her in my letters thus far.

Anyway, here's to two or three days of best friend time. :D Plus it's her birthday next week, so there are presents for her. Hope she likes a shit ton of gel pens and color pencils.

Anyway, time to prepare everything for her. :)

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DeviantArtist Questionnaire

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 7, 2015, 2:31 PM


I'm just doing this for the badge. :lol: I want my twentieth one. #DeviantArtistQuestionnaire.
  • How long have you been on DeviantArt?

  • Wow... it's been a while. 11 years and two months. :la: I'm old.

  • What does your username mean?

  • Nyiana is the name of my main original character. I created her in May 2004, so I really liked the name at the time and picked it. I now use just "Nyiana" whenever I make an account anywhere. So if you find a Nyiana, there's a pretty good chance it's me. As for -sama that was because I was 13 when I made this account. :lol: I also once made Nyiana before the switching username things happened, so I lost my chance to do that.

  • Describe yourself in three words.

  • Awesome, Quiet, Deadly

  • Are you left or right handed?

  • I'm sorta ambidextrous. I favor my right, but I can use my left hand about 85% as well when it comes to writing and other tasks

  • What was your first deviation?

  • Nyiana-Sama by Nyiana-sama TAAADDAAAA. The original drawing I did of Nyiana. Completed May 9th, 2004 as a Mother's Day present.

  • What is your favourite type of art to create?

  • I love to sketch. I also love to play around with Fractal Art, and to write dribble. Though I would say sketching I love the most.

  • If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

  • I WANT TO KNOW HOW TO COLOR. THAT'S IT. MY LINES COULD BE SHIT, BUT I WANT TO COLOR

  • What was your first favourite?

  • Intruder by DamienMuerte Of course I would choose something unicorn related. :lol:

  • What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

  • Fanart. :la: GIVE ME ALL OF THE FANART

  • Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

  • orin Hands down. I've loved her art since before dA, plus she was such a huge inspiration to me. I read her rant about there being no talent in art, just hard work and endless effort, and I started to happy cry. :lol: It meant a lot.

  • If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

  • How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

  • WELL, LOOK AT THE TWO ABOVE. DEAN AND ELLEN ARE MY HOME GIRLS. They are my internet soulmates, and I love them both dearly. :la: They've both helped me through some very sad and dark times, and they still tolerate me. I can't say how much I love them.

  • What are your preferred tools to create art?

  • I use a standard .5mm mechanical pencil, I use any kind of gel based pen for ink. Then I use Derwent color pencils, or Prismacolor/Copic markers if I use them. 

  • What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

  • The classroom. :lol: Though I've been out of school since 2008. That's why I haven't been drawing. I just don't have a source of inspiration like I used to... nor time. Time is the other major factor.

  • What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

  • WHEN I FIRST RECEIVED THAT GLORIOUS EMAIL FROM Moonbeam13 SAYING THAT SHE WANTED ME TO JOIN THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS TEAM IN 2011. I WAS SO ESTATIC AND HAPPY THAT I WAS SQEUALING, JUMPING UP AND DOWN, AND I MAY HAVE CRIED A LITTLE. IT WAS MY dA DREAM COME TRUE, AND IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I COULD HAVE EVER DONE FOR MYSELF ON THIS SITE, AND PROBABLY THIS SITE IN GENERAL.



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The year I was 24

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 22, 2015, 6:39 PM


Being 24 has been interesting and eventful, to say the least, and now that it is almost over, I've felt like mentally recapping everything and writing it all down, to put it in perspective... here we go.

A year ago, the company I work for went through a massive revolt after our CEO was ousted by his cousin. The company shut itself almost completely down, stopping all shipments, and the customers supported the cause by refusing to shop. Our CEO was reinstated a month later in August, and things are going strong.

In October, I was working when I received a call from my supervisor; he asked me if I would be willing to go full time in a store that was a half hour away. Naturally I agreed, and on October 26th, two months after the boycott ended, I finally got full time. I had been with the company for seven years prior.

On October 28th, I decided it would not be smart to drive my 2007 Nissan Sentra anymore. It was climbing in miles, and it was starting to make noises. I went out and bought a brand new 2015 Subaru Legacy. My first new car, making my brother so jealous he went out and bought his own in early November.

In December, I experienced my first time. Due to the nature of the site, I will not say much about it, but it happened.

On Christmas, my sister announced to the family that she was pregnant. She admitted the timing was a surprise on her end, but my sister and her now husband were eventually planning a family. It just happened a year sooner than they had thought.  

In January, I found out that I was transferring stores. I had a miserable time in the new store, and it left me feeling constantly horrible and drained. I asked the supervisors if I could move back to my old store, or one of the other two in that area. I was initially told I was going to the brand new store about twenty minutes from my house the other direction. That was fine, as long as I was out. A week later, I was told I was going back to the store I had spent seven years working in.

On February 1st, I made it back to my old store. Everyone welcomed me back with open arms, and it felt great. Though I had gotten used to the ways of my previous store, so it caused my manager and I to bump heads for the first two weeks. I was broken in again though.

In mid-February, I decided to join Match. I knew that within a month’s time, I was going to be alone, and I didn’t want it to be that way. I am horrible at meeting people, so I decided to give it a try. The first guy I met seemed great, and I basically had an instant crush on him. After three weeks he dumped me though. I was shocked and sad, and in that state I deleted his number, the texts, and every way I could communicate with him. It is a good thing I did. The next day I was filled with so much rage one of my co-workers thought I was going to murder someone. She took me out for a coffee and a giant doughnut. I felt a lot better.

During those three weeks, at the end of February, Danie, my best friend, and I went to see the Legend of Zelda Symphony Orchestra in Boston. We stayed the night in a hotel and we ran into our friends from Anime Boston. It was an exciting night. That was the last major trip that Danie and I would have together before she left. So we made sure to make the most of it.

Beginning of March, I met the second guy from Match, and as soon as I saw him, I knew the answer was no. It was a very awkward date at the restaurant, and I could not wait for it to end soon enough. The only highlight though was that Danie was at a girls going away dinner for her. We met in the bathroom, and I went to her family for a few minutes and they invited me over after the date ended. It had been a long time since I had seen those parts of her family, so it was nice talking with them, they salvaged the night for me.

On March 14th, I watched my sister get married. It was a small ceremony in their house, and both sides of the family went out for a celebration dinner after.

March 17th was the last time I hung out with Danie here at home. It was her last full day before leaving to join a Monastery in New Jersey. We went on an adventure to Walmart to buy some last minute things for her, and we hugged and said our goodbyes. After I got home I broke down crying. My best friend, my only friend, was leaving. I was being left all alone.

For the rest of March and into April, I suffered through a lot of depression like symptoms. I would break down crying a lot, and it would be over stupid things. I broke down and hated myself because I couldn’t remove a sticker from a DVD package. Things like that, it was bad. Thankfully I had Dean and Ellen to talk to, if it was not for them, I don’t think I would have handled the emotional breakdowns as well as I did.

It was also in that time frame where I started to talk to the third guy from Match. We spent over three weeks sending mail back and forth to one another before deciding to meet. I was initially hesitant when I first saw him, and for the first four dates, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go through with it and wanted to call the whole thing off. Dean called me out on it, and made me ask myself if I was just scared. He was right; I was still hurting from the first rejection.

I decided to stay with Nate, and now I couldn’t be happier. He accepts me for who I am, how I act, and understands me. He’s truly helped to fill the void left in my life after my best friend left, and he is helping me to become a better person. We became official back in early May… or something. Neither of us really knows, we’ll probably pick a date later on. But I ended up with my first official boyfriend.

Also in early May on the second, sadly, my German Sheppard, Brandy, died. It was 1:30am when I woke up to her crying. I tried to ignore it for a few minutes, but she kept crying. After about ten minutes I went downstairs to see her. She had been really sick for a few days and couldn’t move on her own anymore. It was a Sunday morning, and we had planned on calling the vet to ask to put her down that Monday if she made it. I spent the next twenty minutes with Brandy, telling her what a good dog she was, how everything was going to be okay, and that she would be fine. I was crouched over, petting her head while laying my other arm across her chest. I felt her stop taking in air, and after a minute she stopped exhaling. There was no breathing, and it was then I realized that she had died in my arms. The dog I had spent the last eight years with, a third of my life, just passed in my arms. The whole experience left me extremely shaken, and it made me realize how insignificant I was in the whole scheme of things. I was happy that she was no longer suffering, but the experience also changed how I felt about death.

At the end of May, my sister had her baby shower. It was the first one I had ever been to. I felt horribly out of place. I do not like children; I never have, so being near friends and family “oohing” and “awwing” over the idea of kids made me feel upset and angry. I had countless people there ask me when I was going to have my own child, and countless times I had to explain I didn’t want any. Only two of the women who asked understood. The rest just told me that I was too young, at 24 years old, to know what I want with my life… okay. Besides that, it was a great day. My sister got a lot of things for her son, William, and it brought together a lot of people we haven’t seen in forever.

In June I took my first paid vacation, I had been planning on spending the week at a beach with an old school friend, but things fell apart on her end with work. I wasn’t sure what to do with my week off anymore, when it suddenly struck me that I could go down to New Jersey to visit Danie. I called her mom asking how to go about it. I ended up spending three days and two nights in New Jersey visiting Danie, and walking around the town where the Monastery is located. It was great to see her again, and it was difficult to leave, but I remembered I had someone waiting for me at home, so I had a reason to look forward to returning. That Friday and Saturday I spent with Nate, I stayed over his place for the first time, and we went to an amusement park the next day. It was a great week spent.

At the beginning of July, Nate had the 3rd off to celebrate the fourth, so I asked him to join me for my usual Friday lunch routine, since my brother was unavailable. As soon as I pulled into the parking lot, I saw my mother’s car. Ouch. She had seen mine from within the diner, so there was no way I could have escaped. After a few months of not telling my family anything about Nate, my mom and her best friend suddenly go to meet him. Whoops, sorry Nate. Didn’t mean to suddenly spring that on him, but he handled it like a champ. I apologized to him when I went over his place that evening, he said it was fine.

Just this past weekend, Nate and I had plans to go into Boston for my birthday. He plays in a Pool league, and they managed to win and go to Vegas to play, so he isn’t around for my actual birthday, so we decided to celebrate it earlier. He took me out for breakfast to get my favorite pancakes (banana split, ftw), and we went back to Boston and he took me to the aquarium, and bought me dinner. It was a great weekend spent with him, and it made me glad that I still have someone to share my birthday with outside of my family.

The same weekend, my sister’s water broke. On Sunday, July 19th, at 4:58am, she gave birth to her first son, William. No one from either side of the family was there, aside from her husband, because it was a bit sudden. We knew he was going to be born at any time, but my sister had spent barely two hours in the hospital before William arrived.

I also started going to the gym this past week. A week before that I started walking my dog around the neighborhood to help her lose weight. That was when I realized something is wrong with me. After simply going on a walk, with some hills, my knees hurt significantly the next day. They had always been weak and crunchy, but the pain was new. I decided to make an appointment for today. I then also decided to start going to the gym with Nate, since we had both gained a bit of weight since going out. I want to find out what my ideal weight is, and I want to lose my muffin top completely. Thankfully, doing low impact exercises has kept my knees from hurting too much during and after the gym.  

Today, I went for my appointment with my primary. She poked around my knees, asking if anything hurt. Which it didn’t, there were no pressure points that were hurting or injured. As soon as she had me bend my knees and felt the marble-like crunching in them, she became disgusted and immediately told me I had to see an orthopedic doctor. Physical therapy isn’t even an option as far as my primary is concerned. Apparently my knees are far worse than I thought.

So, that about sums it up. I turn 25 on July 24th, and the year has been something else. Hopefully the next year is filled with far more ups than downs. I already have plans for an epic vacation just after Easter, and who knows. Hopefully I can stay with Nate. I really like him, and I am so thankful that he appeared in my life. I don’t know what I would have done if he didn’t show up to bring me out of my sad shell.

I’m also planning on visiting Danie again with my other vacation. I’m thinking of doing that this week next year. So that way I won’t have to pay for a hotel again, I can stay on site. Maybe I’ll bring Nate so she can meet him. She looked over his facebook page and approved of him, so that is always good.

As for the rest of the year, who knows… Though I somehow doubt it will be as interesting and event filled as 24. I had been thinking about this a lot lately, and I just had to sit down, think about it, and write it all out. If you read all of this, congratulations, you earned yourself a cookie. 



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Journal Entry: Tue Jun 23, 2015, 7:59 AM


:la: Hello my darlings!

I'm writing to this from a Monastery in Summit, New Jersey.

:dummy: My best friend, CosmicRiver30 became a nun here back in March, and while I had no plans to visit this year due to money... here I am. :lol: I was supposed to go camping with a friend this week, since it's my vacation, but those plans fell through, so I used the money to come down here instead. Sure, it's not a whole week, but two days is completely okay with me. 

I left my home at 2:30am, and I was in Summit by 7:30am, stopping twice. Once at the beginning for coffee, and once at the end for peeing. I managed to get my Subaru up to 40.4mpg at one point. Amazing.

This is my first road trip. Exciting. :lol: This area is so nice though, I don't want to go back to my dingy city. My hotel is looking pretty spiffy too. I stopped in to change my coffee stained white shorts (oops)

Most of the morning was spent walking around the city. I found a small, yet really good diner for second breakfast. Then I just kept walking. Today is the epitome of summer, so it got quite warm walking. I found the public library and just chilled in there for a while.

I've already meet up with Danie again. She's currently baking, so she's still MIA. :lol: Soon. I have so much anime to show her. Of course, the letters and pictures come first.

She's going to be so happy to hear I have a boyfriend. =P I decided to withhold that information from her in my letters thus far.

Anyway, here's to two or three days of best friend time. :D Plus it's her birthday next week, so there are presents for her. Hope she likes a shit ton of gel pens and color pencils.

Anyway, time to prepare everything for her. :)

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