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It's finally happened.

I finally snapped and bought myself World of Warcraft last weekend.

I like the game play. I like the colorful world. I like that the community actually talks and interacts with each other.

I'm enjoying myself.

I'm a hypocrite. I've gone to the Dark Side.

Sorry, world. I know you'll forgive me someday.
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It's been awhile. Again.

I always tend to do this with online journals. I mean, I check both LiveJournal and Dreamwidth every day, but it seems like I never have anything to write about. If I do manage to write about anything, it usually tends to be related to gaming somehow.

Maybe I should work on that. New year, and all that.

All in all, the holidays were pretty uneventful. I got a deep fryer for Christmas, along with a few shirts and some lotion. My parents also took everyone out to Olive Garden for my birthday, which was pretty fun since only Ness and I had eaten there before (my family can be a bit picky about food that isn't just meat and potatoes... yay, farm life).

New Year's Eve weekend was also relatively boring. Ness and I stayed at home and played games most of the weekend. We also went to the grocery store, which normally wouldn't be worth mentioning, but it was the only time we left the house since Friday. I know, I know... we're so exciting.

I also had my Lord of the Rings Online account stolen this weekend. Once I hear back from Turbine, I'm canceling my account... I just can't be bothered to start over from scratch right now. Maybe I'll get some motivation later.

On the bright side, cutting down on my MMO time will give me a chance to get started on some craft projects I have planned for this year. I'm taking part in a few crochet-alongs on Ravelry, which should help me get a head start for this year's Christmas gifts, along with a craft show or two that I'm planning on participating in. Most of my crochet-along projects are still in the planning stages; I need to choose yarn colors for an afghan square and a shawl, along with picking out a different shawl pattern for another group. I also have a scarf and pair of fingerless gloves to finish for my "just for funsies" projects, but those shouldn't take too long to complete.

Oh, well... here's to busy fingers in 2010!
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So, my new computer arrived on Tuesday. My old one crashed on me one too many times (apparently it was just a hard drive issue), and I needed an upgrade anyway, so here we are.

I ended up getting a bad stick of RAM with it (which the company is sending a replacement for), but still, I love this new machine. I'm on Windows 7 now, too, which runs like a dream. I like how organized everything seems to be; even Paint looks awesome. :P

The machine was purchased from CyberPower PC for around $1,500. It's a very good computer for the price, and without all the proprietary crap that other PC companies pile on. Highly recommended.
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My surprise came in the mail today, and Ness dragged me out of bed so that I could open it. I swear, he sounded like a kid at Christmas - and it kind of was like Christmas because four packages came in the mail today (my surprise, and the presents I ordered for his birthday).

Anyway, he bought me my very own Weighted Companion Cube plushie. Yay~ :)

Needless to say, I love it. I'm just not sure where I'm going to put it, since my desk is kind of cluttered at the moment. It's okay though, because I know the Companion Cube will never leave me... or stab me.
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I finally got around to playing and beating Portal. That game is easily one of the best games I've played in a very, very long time.

I think I was put off by it at first because of the whole "OMG THE CAKE IS A LIE LOLOLOLOL" meme that was floating around the internet when the game was first released. Yeah, it's a fun little bit in the game, but really, it's not as hilarious as people thought it was; there were other quotes that were far more humorous. Oh, well.

I'm glad I finally played it, though. I highly recommend Portal to anyone. A+.

On an unrelated note, Ness told me yesterday that he ordered my birthday present and it'll be here in a few days. I'm a bit WTF about it because my birthday isn't until December - why so early? I have no idea what it could be, either... he's not giving me any hints.

Speaking of birthdays, I still need to figure out what to get him for his birthday. Argh.
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Beat this, Piranhas. :P

Read more... )

Dead Air, playing with Ness and two public players. The guy playing Louis did shoot me in the back twice, but it did no damage. Other than that, I was untouched.

Of course, it was on Normal, but I don't trust many public players on any difficulty above that.
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My aunt, uncle, and cousins are visiting from South Dakota/Minnesota this week, and they encouraged me to grab a Facebook account in order to keep in touch with them. Considering that I only get to see them maybe once a year, I decided to give it a go and reactivate my old, never-before-used account.

I am so lost.

I don't think I've ever felt lost on the internet before.

... does this mean I'm no longer rad and hip?
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It's no secret that I'm not a huge fan of EA (with rare exception). I could rant all night about EA's shoddy support, broken games, and money-grubbing ethics, but I won't. Instead, I'll just let this speak for itself:

Sexual Harassment for Fun and Profit!

The advertisement on Twitter has been removed (haha), but, fortunately, Kotaku was kind enough to save it for the world to see.

So thank you, EA, for objectifying women, alienating your female and gay gamer demographics, and continuing to stereotype people who play video games.
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There have been quite a few things going on the past few weeks, most of which are of the Not Good variety. Awesome.

Most recently (and most important), my grandma was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday. Apparently her doctor found water in the sac around her heart and had her taken to the local hospital here. They kept her overnight, were unable to treat her (big shock), so they transferred her to Spectrum's heart center in Grand Rapids. She'll probably be there for a few days, but the doctors are taking good care of her; she's improved a lot since being transferred.

Random L4D fun-time thing: When we got on the elevator to go to my grandma's room, Ness turned to me and we had this lovely conversation:

Ness: "We've been immune so far, but if I start to turn, promise you'll shoot me."
Moi: "What if your beard starts to turn? Can I shoot that?"

... yeah. We've gotta stop playing Left 4 Dead. But anyway...

The other major thing going on is that my sister is getting a divorce. She found out earlier this month that her husband had been cheating on her for about a year or so. I don't know all the details, but she's a mess and it's causing a lot of stress for everyone (mainly because her soon-to-be ex-husband convinced her to drop out of high school [twice!] and insisted that she stay unemployed). The real mess starts next week in court, since all the adoption crap for my niece has to be started again. I'm just glad I'm not directly involved.

It hasn't all been bad, though. Ness and I drove around on Wednesday and found this nifty little miniature golf course/arcade in Newaygo that neither of us knew about. We thought about stopping to play, but it started raining (with hail!) so hard that we could hardly see the road. Instead, we (slowly) drove over to the Hesperia Variety Store to see what goodies they had for cheap. I found a metric shit ton of yarn on sale, so I picked a bunch up for future projects. I bought four skeins of Lion Brand Jiffy for two different shawls I have to make, along with a bunch of cotton so that I can do some pot holders and hot pads or whatever.

The Baby Food Festival also started this week. I really didn't want to go to that thing, but the library was having a used book sale and I couldn't pass that up. We got a few books on Thursday, but we went back again this morning to pick up a few books for my grandma to read. I'm glad we did, too, because apparently today is the end of sale and they dropped their prices on everything. They were selling plastic grocery bags full of books for only $3.00, including antique and hardcover books. We didn't get as many books as we wanted, but we walked out with quite a haul.

Oh, and still no luck on the lost engagement ring. :(

I would continue, but I think I've rambled enough for one day.


Jun. 30th, 2009 04:20 pm
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So, I lost my engagement ring last night and I still have no idea where it is. Needless to say, I am Not Very Happy.

All I remember is setting it on Ness' desk yesterday for some reason or another and, when I came back, it was gone. I instantly panicked and proceeded to turn the room upside-down looking for it, but I'm still empty-handed. Ugh.

It's obvious, but I suspect the cats had something to do with it. Even so, I know they couldn't have taken it very far and I'd be very surprised to find it outside the room it was lost in. Regardless, I've checked every air vent in the house, under all the furniture, and even sifted through the trash can that Ness keeps in his room (I don't recommend this activity). I guess my last resort is to get my hands on a metal detector and take the kitties in for X-rays, unless the ring disappeared into some weird hammerspace, in which case I'm just SOL.

Normally I wouldn't be so upset over jewelry, but this is my engagement ring. Not only that, but it was the ring my dad proposed to my mom with, so... yeah.

I hope I find it soon. I really don't want to have to explain to my mom that I lost her ring.
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After whining for weeks about not having a good multiplayer game to play (I canceled my LotRO subscription until I'm sure we're actually saving money each month), Ness finally got me to break down and try Left 4 Dead.

I think I'm now an addict.

Despite being an FPS (and I suck pretty hard at FPS games), I'm having a hell of a lot more fun with Left 4 Dead than I ever did with most MMOs that I've played. It's refreshing, simple, easy to play, and it's always a different game each time, thanks to the AI director.

I think one of the main reasons I like it so much is that a lot of teamwork is involved in playing the game - you can't be the hero. MMOs are about teamwork as well, but, from my experience, it takes a lot of solo play to reach a point where your character is useful in a group (and if you're a dime-a-dozen DPS class, good luck finding a group). Even though I'm pretty new to it, I feel like I'm still contributing in some way, even if it's just healing a teammate or running away from a Tank so that everyone else can kill it.

I also like the fact that there's a female character in this game, and she's not sexualized like most female game characters are (I'm looking at you, Ivy... and Lara, and Rayne, and the entire cast of Dead or Alive). It may be shallow, but playing a female character helps immerse me in the game, so I'm happy to play as Zoey. My favorite character is Francis though (because he's a smart-ass), but Zoey is a close second.

My only problem is that I still have some issues going through doorways. I'm used to a third-person perspective, where I can actually watch my character go through openings and avoid any obstacles. First-person is taking a lot of getting used to, but frankly, I'm having so much fun with the game that I don't care if I suck or not.

But yeah... Left 4 Dead is fantastic.
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The Sims 3.

Released tomorrow.

Release date shipping/delivery from Amazon.

Can't wait.

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I finally got around to messing with my journal layout. I found a nice one over at [community profile] dreamwidthlayouts, so here we are. There were a few problems with Photobucket, but I got it all figured out. I like it a lot, so yay.

Putting in the layout also gave me a chance to look into how Dreamwidth does their specific HTML tags; nice and easy to remember! I always get confused with LiveJournal's system, since I never remember which tag uses dashes or whatever (lj-user vs. lj user, for example).

Mother's Day came and went, and while I never did manage to make anything for my mom, I did find a few things at the store for her. I ended up buying her The Pursuit of Happyness, along with a movie theater-type bucket of pop-it-yourself popcorn and a pair of fuzzy aloe-infused socks. She liked it well enough, but I'm hoping to actually give her something handmade next year, though I honestly don't know what. Sigh.

This week has been pretty uneventful. My computer is partially borked due to something that managed to make it past my anti-virus, causing it to be unable to update and error randomly (which causes my browser to stop responding until I restart my PC). I also can't open my registry, and Google searches get randomly redirected to ad sites. It's a bit of a mess, but it'll hopefully get taken care of soon. As for now, my anti-virus is uninstalled and that's taken care of the issue temporarily. I can't say that I'm too comfortable with that, though. I feel like I'm running around naked on the internet.

Oh! I also picked up Grand Ages: Rome the other day. It's a pretty fun game, though definitely more of a city builder than RTS. The graphics are lovely, and I love being able to zoom right down to street level and watch my citizens go about their daily lives.

I'm also playing catch-up on Animal Crossing: City Folk. I barely played the second half of April and all of May due to the grass deteriorating so quickly. This week I caught myself up to May 1st by doing a log in/log out for a few game days, and then running around collecting fruit and stuff to sell for a game day (along with writing letters to everyone). I made sure to play around on the game's holidays; Bunny Day was a waste, but at least I made some extra cash by selling the furniture. I'll probably catch myself up the rest of the way this weekend.
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We ended up doing some grilling today since the weather was so nice. Ness manned the charcoal, but he made sure to step back when it came time to actually cook the food; I think he was afraid of killing us both via food poisoning or something.

Anyway, while I was making dinner (turkey burgers on toasted kaiser rolls - quick, simple, and yummy), he attempted to take a picture of a rabbit that hangs around the neighborhood. He didn't have much success.

After dinner, we decided to grab a couple of flurries from McDonald's and sit at the lake for awhile. It seemed like everyone had that idea, so we weren't there for very long. It was also starting to get a little chilly at that point, so we headed home to play a round of Battle for Middle Earth II. Fun times.

All in all, it was a pretty uneventful Sunday. We'll probably have more to do next weekend with Mother's Day and all that.

And speaking of Mother's Day, I still don't know what I'm going to do for my mom. I don't want to give her a flower since I gave her one for her birthday a couple weeks ago. I might do a crochet bag or something, but I'm not sure what yarns I have left in my stash. Perhaps sorting through that can be a chore for tomorrow, eh?
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I received my invite code on Friday morning, so here I am on Dreamwidth. Yeah.

To be honest, I don't really know what I'm expecting by being here. I don't really want a "new beginning," though I do like the idea of a clean slate, at least as far as journaling goes (I'm not even sure if that makes sense). I do want to update more often, which is something I've been neglecting to do on LiveJournal; I'm not entirely sure why, either. I also would like to try getting more involved in the communities. I've always been a lurker, so maybe that will change as well.

As far as Dreamwidth itself, I do like what I've seen so far. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next. In the meantime, though, I have a layout to mess with and icons to search for (if I can still find my hard drive from my old PC...).


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