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Apr. 1st, 2013

Video games are supposed to be fun...

Not depressing.

Been playing Assassin's Creed: Revelations lately, trying to finish it so we can play Assassin's Creed III before Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag comes out in Oct.

But it's been damn depressing. And because of that, it pisses me off easily and I quit for a day or so.

In other words, I simply don't WANT to finish the game.

I will admit, Altair and Ezio are my first favorite video game chars. (Mordecai and Zero from Borderlands are the others. Don't get me started at what happens to Mordecai's Bloodwing in BL2. I'm still not happy about that.)

So if I finish ACR, that means their stories are finished. I have all 5 Masyaf keys. I've done the memories for them. Each one was progressively more depressing than the previous.

I know- they're just pixels, they're not even real life people. But you know what? This is why there are books I will never reread and why there are entire book series that Mark will never finish.

I already know how the game ends- I have the Assassin's Creed books and I've read the one for this game. Yes, I wanted to throw it across the room. I have before- I threw one of Gail Dayton's Compass Rose Trilogy books across the room when she killed my favorite char in the third book. Needlessly, senselessly, in a pointless and utter idiotic way.

I get too attached to inanimate objects.

Maybe I won't finish the game. Maybe I'll stop playing it right where it is, with everyone still alive- and I mean everyone, including Yusuf, just in a sort of limbo. Or maybe I'll go kill more Templars and Ottoman and Janissaries and not worry about advancing the story line any further.

Maybe I'll start playing Bioshock myself- watching Mark play Bioshock Infinite is fun. Or finish Skyrim, or start playing Uncharted or even start Dishonored that's been sitting here. And we have Defiance coming this week too. And Mark wants the newest God of War. Or I could go finish the first Borderlands. And we're playing Borderlands 2 through again on True Vault Hunter mode and Ultimate Vault Hunter mode is coming soon. And there's Sims3- I still don't have University yet...

So see? I don't have to finish the game if I don't want to.

Even though, I already know how it ends.

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May. 31st, 2012

No grills were seriously damaged in the making of this post....

No canines, felines or avians either.

So THIS is how my day is going to go, eh?

Why, yes, Caena managed to not only knock the grill up on end, but flip it over and around the side of the house this morning. While I stood there watching, bemused, as it happened in near slow motion.

Her lead caught the corner of the ledge on the grill and pulled it up on the wheels. Which promptly startled her and made her try to GET AWAY FROM THE THING that was clearly after her. Which caused it to swing around, tangling the lead further, and pulling the grill over onto its top.

Then she saw me standing there with my phone, and very contritely walked over to me, head hung low, tail slowly wagging.

I couldn't help it. I laughed at her.

(The grill is still there. It'll take both of us to move it from its current position back into place. Not because it's heavy, but because it's awkward.)

The Carolina Wrens who built the nest on the front porch, right next to the front door, either have eggs or, more likely, given how actively they've been bringing insects and such back, have babies in the nest.

They spent 5 solid minutes berating the Chipmunk who dared to come on the porch to eat the bird seed. Much like they do the Blue Jays, the House Sparrows, the Tufted Titmouses, the Nuthatches, the Indigo Buntings, even the poor Purple Finches and the poor, much maligned by the Blue Jays, Crow that comes by sometimes when there's peanuts out.

Now, I'm getting 'looks' through the window where I sit at my desk, as still as possible, when they land on the chair or the baker's rack right outside it.

Cute birds, but really, this is getting nuts. It could be worse though, I could be getting divebombed everytime I go out the front door, like the poor Crow does by the blue Jays.

Got rid of the majority of the rats. They disappeared for roughly 3 weeks, completely. Then, a small, halfgrown one showed back up again. I'm gradually moving the rocks that were once around the pond out front, that'll never likely be rebuilt, to the back, along the fence and around the Wisteria, as that seems to be where they like to burrow under the fence to come eat the bird seed that falls to the ground.

With the Chipmunks showing back up (finally, after years of being gone), I'm hesitant about putting out more rat poison. But it's looking like I may not have a choice.

The Tomatoes( Hillbilly, Great White and Black Krim, you can see them to the right in the above photo) are finally budding and blooming. They've grown 4 times the size they were. Combination of good compost before planting and plenty of water, I suppose. Hopefully we'll get lots of maters this season.

Much of the rest of the gardens are doing quite well. A few of the Irises my GrandAunt Rosie gave me last summer, have bloomed. Nearly all of them came back and doubled in size. Several plants need to be cut back, such as the Lemon Balm and the Greek Oregano, as they're trying desperately to take over where they are. The St John's Wort tripled in size over last year and bloomed abundantly this year.

The Wisteria is being trained along the fence, mostly on my side of my fence, because I noticed that the guys doing the yard work on the other side, had weedeated really close to the fence, killing half the Honeysuckle, much of the Strangling Dog Vine (thankfully) and whatever else they did, affected a few vines of my Wisteria. So I pulled it all back to my side. Better safe than sorry, and besides, I'd appreciate more blooms next year than an empty house will.

The Love In A Mist has nearly taken over the front Iris bed. There's dozens of seed pods. So when they ripen, I'll collect them, and pull the plants out. The plan is to lift the remaining Irises from the bed this fall and compost/replace the soil before replacing them. Hopefully that'll give them a much needed boost next year, as simply top feeding them isn't working. Many didn't bloom this year either.}:/

In 4 days, it'll have been 4 years since Dante-Inu left me.

In 15 days, Caena will be 4 years old.

I have not played Skyrim in nearly 3 weeks. Haven't played Assassin's Creed Revelations since Dec 2011. My computer has actually been behaving itself for the last 2.5 weeks, so I've been enjoying playing Sims3 for the time being.

And here comes a Carolina Wren with what appears to be a cricket. Must be feeding time again.

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Jan. 26th, 2012

Bleak Falls Barrow is not my friend.

For that matter, neither is Ustengrav Barrow. Or the local wildlife. Or it seems, those who don't like Dragonborn.

I have a knack for making 'friends' in Skyrim, can you tell?

Overall, I'm thoroughly enjoying myself, even if I've never played any of the previous games. We have Oblivion for the PC- Mark plays it, and I borrowed it for the PS3 from the InLaws, but I've not actually played it or any of the preceeding games- there ARE preceeding games, yes?

After all, if Oblivion is The Elder Scrolls IV and Skyrim is The Elder Scrolls V, it stands to reason there was a I, II and III. Right?

Haven't picked a side (Imperial or Stormcloak). Though I'm now a 'Thane of Whiterun'. Go me? Heh. Something about killing a dragon, even though, really, it was mostly the other guys. So. Um, yeah.

Haven't gotten back into Assassin's Creed: Revelations yet. No particular reason.

Seems a small percentage of multiplayer people in ACR are really, REALLY unhappy with the MP that came with ACR, and it appears, back to ACB. Something about glitches, MP mechanics not working like they think they should, PC players getting content so much later than console players (really??? REALLY?? this is a problem that'll make you boycott the game??? Seriously? Most game developers don't make the bulk of their money off the PC version anyway, so no wonder they don't release them at the same time), etc.

Umm, it's a video game, there's going to be glitches. You either deal with them, don't play anymore or inundate the Dev team with emails asking when a patch is coming. But really? Boycotting the game after the creators already got your money? Seriously? Saying you're not going to buy the DLC- as if the game creators make any sort of significant amount of money off them in the first place (here's a hint- they don't.)?

I think this is a proper place for that good ol' phrase, 'First world problems'.

Me, I could care less, as I don't play Multiplayer, so therefore, they don't get money from my for MP DLC anyway. When the game itself stops being fun, glitches included, then I'll stop playing it and stop buying it. Until then, whatever. Hell, I've run into glitches in the 6 hours worth of playing in Skyrim already. It's to be expected. That's part of playing video games

Tonight I get the 'fun' task of setting up my new computer. Last night's attempt was an utter fiasco, as we couldn't find the disc for the photo program I use, and when Mark downloaded an updated version on his new computer, figured out that it will not work with Windows 7 anyway. So now I need a new photo editing program.

And reinstall all the other programs I use, set up all my quick links...

Yeah. Fun.

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Dec. 30th, 2011

Happy Happy, Joy Joy

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With judicial budgeting and bonus gift cards as well as christmas money from both sets of parents, we were not only able to get a new PS3, we were able to get a new PS3 twice the size of the old ( the old was 160gigs, the new is 320gigs) AND we were able to get the combo package that had the Playstation Move system in it as well. And it came with a game. And we have enough money leftover for another Move controller and another game we'd both been wanting.

But the BIGGEST happiness is the fact we were able to successfully transfer all of our information off the old PS3 and onto the new PS3. With the exception of losing a theme that was somehow corrupted, that we can't even remember what it was- that's how often we change the themes on our profiles, heh- everything appears to be there.

I was even able to get in Assassin's Creed:Revelations and play for a few minutes. Heh. Just long enough to be sure that my exclusive content did transfer over as well.

I've decided that I'm going to start Revelations over from the beginning as well. Why? Because I can.}:P

But first, my new copy of Alamut by Vladimir Bartol, and the book Assassin's Creed is based upon, arrived today, so I'll be over in my corner reading...

Dec. 10th, 2011

And that's that.

Because nothing is ever easy here- we have to buy a new PS3. The old one cannot be fixed cheaper than buying a new one.

There's a circuit that controls the optical drive & is integrated into the motherboard , that circuit is apparently fried. To replace it, the entire motherboard would also have to be replaced.

So. Yeah. New PS3, a 320gig at that, would be cheaper than fixing our current 160gig.

Guess what we'll be getting for Christmas, maybe? Yeah. *headdesk*

No Assassin's Creed indefinitely. Not happy to say the least.

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Nov. 30th, 2011

It's a hot beverage kind of day.

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With or without an 'extra' added ingredient...

Still haven't replied to that last email. Not sure I ever will, honestly. But it's now residing at the back of my mind, ready to bound to the forefront when I'm not paying attention. Quite honestly, I'm not sure how to politely respond.

Had a breakthrough on my dad's side of the family. I found his birth dad's grave site and that he was essentially told a tall tale by his birth mom as to when and where he died. Even have a photo of the headstone now too. So that was pretty cool. Also turns out his adoptive father comes from one of the first Pioneer families in New York, and a very illustrious family at that. There was even a book written about his 6th Great Grandfather and his descendants, which fills in a lot of gaps as far as dates for me too. That was pretty cool.

Kitchen remodel has come to a standstill (which is fine, honestly, as we don't have the money to buy the paint right now anyway). I was primer coating the ceiling when some of the decorative finish (sanded paint like stucco stuff on the ceiling) start peeling off over by the sink. So we figured we'd scrape it down and just paint over it. After all, who looks at a ceiling that much? Well, besides me.

Well, started scraping and found... well, see for yourself-

Yeah. Seems there was STILL a leak somewhere upstairs in the bathroom. I'd originally thought the water staining on the ceiling (not the back wall, that's old) was from when the faucet was leaking under the bathroom sink 2-3 months ago. But when I peeled the finish back and it dripped on me, uh, no that wasn't from 2-3 months ago, this was recent.

Plumbers came yesterday afternoon. Looked under the tub, then pulled the toilet and found that the flange where the toilet sits and where the tub drain connects (which in turn connects to the sewer stack), is cracked. And it needs replacing sooner rather than later. It's not got a temp. fix on it, but that won't last forever.

So now, the landlord needs to figure out when would be a good time to do this because one of two things needs to happen- A- the floor in the bathroom gets pulled up or B- the ceiling in the kitchen gets cut open.

Either way will leave us without a working bathroom for at least a day, so someone else will need to be here while they work in case one of us needs to run to the gas station to use the bathroom. The week he's currently considering doing this may be the week the InLaws are in town for Christmas.

Yeah, fun times, I tell ya.

The only good thing about this is that we may end up going ahead and laying the new tiles in the bathroom at that time too and getting it out of the way now rather than wait until next spring/summer.

Was looking over my sales stats in my Artfire, Zibbet and Big Cartel shops, trying to see if I could justify still paying out $25/month for all three shops, to figure out if sales were still good enough to warrant keeping them all. And quite frankly, they aren't.

Last sale in my Zibbet shop was February 2011. No sales since March. Costs my $10/mon.

Last sale in my Big Cartel shop was March 2011. No sales since April. Costs me $10/mon.

Last sale in my Artfire shop - not including trades as they really bring me no money- was May 2011. No sales since June. Costs me $6/mon.

So. I've had to make some hard choices and one of those will be to drop my Big Cartel shop back down to free status. That means I have to chose 3 of my best items to showcase there, starting in January.

I'll give Zibbet until Sept 2012. That will be exactly one year. Then, if sales haven't picked up to where they are at least paying for the shop, I'll decide from there whether to keep throwing money at it, or to close it.

Artfire is the cheapest and I've been there the longest/ have sort of a customer base, as well as friends, so I'm definitely keeping it. I am NOT going back to Etsy. That's a given.

In other news, I've listed 5 new kumihimo cuffs this week and have 2 more that'll be listed by tomorrow. Tomorrow I'll blog the last 4. After that I'm taking a day or two break from beading/weaving and will have 2 more sometime next week.

After those 2 are finished, I have plans for at least 2 more and a necklace. That should beef up my shops somewhat, I would think. Might run a % off sale for a few weeks in December.

Have decided to not do goodie bags/boxes this year, except for immediate family, as I'll have to send Yule gifts to them anyway- most of which I already have. Food stuffs has gotten too expensive right now, money is tight, the economy sucks, yadda yadda.

I'll still be making my mom's Captain Crunch crack Candy and maybe some sort of cookies, but that's about it. I just don't feel up to it this year either.

And now, I'm going to go open the box of books I just got from Barnes&Noble.com and then go play Assassin's Creed: Revelations. The special content I was supposed to get with the Signature Edition did indeed install. Vlad III Tepes' sword is quite cool, the 'tomb' was a little disappointing as far as how short/easy it was, honestly.

Haven't played since before Thanksgiving, so I'm looking forward to a few hours of play time. Maybe I'll finally get that last Tower away from the coward Templar today, and keep it- which turns out is harder than getting them in the first place, lol. But fun, nonetheless.

So much for that. The disc drive in the PS3 decided to die right when I hit the button to load my game. No more video games or Netflix movies on the PS3 until we can afford the $100+ it'll cost to repair. Wonderful.

Nov. 22nd, 2011

All the world's a stage...

So. Started playing Assassin's Creed : Revelations today.

First impressions? I... like it.

The revamped facial features will take a bit of getting used to. Figuring out how to set up my weapons took a bit of doing. Remembering which button was L3 took some doing too.

Otherwise, graphics wise, it's way cool. I could sit and watch the intro all day, honestly. (If you've seen the E3 trailer, you know what I mean.)

I messed up and just started killing everyone at the end of Sequence 1, so only got 50% sync on that last part, but oh well. We can't have everything on our first run through, now can we? But that first assassination was... well, it left a bit to be desired as it was way too easy to me.}:/

I'm definitely going to be taking my time with this one. There's so much more detail to look at and more to do. And well, I don't want it to end cause it means no more Altair or Ezio.}:(

Also had to jump through a series of hoops and I Still can't tell if I actually got the free content I was supposed to get.}:/ Mark's going to take a look and see if he can figure it out when he gets home.

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Nov. 18th, 2011

This is not the blog post I need to write...

But I'm still formulating that one in my head, so it'll come later, possibly tomorrow. After that I need to write a letter.

First, THANK YOU to the random stranger who sponsored a month of pd time on DreamWidth. That was completely unexpected and totally awesome.

Picked up my copy of Assassin's Creed: Revelations Signature Edition yesterday, 2 days after official release date. Would you believe I haven't even started it yet? Yeah. also picked up the Assassin's Creed Lineage dvd as well. Haven't watched it either.

Had to go to three different stores to find the Collector's Edition of the Official Playguide too. Some day I'll find a copy for Assassin's Creed in the Collector's Edition- that doesn't cost an arm and a leg- and have all of them that way.

I did open everything last night, though , and downloaded the Assassin's Creed: Revelations Soundtrack and the Embers animated short film. Listened to much of the soundtrack in the car last night- it makes great driving music, but isn't near long enough.}:P Haven't watched, let alone unzipped, Embers yet. The zip file is 1.9 GIGS in size, so I can only imagine how big it is unzipped. Yeah. Mark's bringing home a 4gig flashdrive to transfer it to, as he has a DVD burner at work and will unzip it there, then burn it on to a dvd so we can watch it on our big flatscreen tv instead of a dinky 17" monitor.

That's really the only complaint I have about the Signature Edition- the movie and soundtrack were downloads. I'd much rather they were on a separate disc than on the same game disc or as a download.}:/

The playguide has great artwork, just like the previous ones. And that's pretty much all I looked at in that. I've been seeing nothing but awesome and great things about the game so far too.

So. After I finish the primer coat in the kitchen, go gravehunting tomorrow, have friends over on Sunday, it looks like Monday will be when I get a chance to sit down and start Assassin's Creed: Revelations. Expect more Assassin's Creed related posts thereafter.}:P I plan to take my time with this one, but well, we all know how that goes...

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Oct. 15th, 2011

Well. That was... interesting...

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I finished the story part of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Credits are, in fact, rolling behind me.

5 hours last night and I couldn't do it, I guess I was too tired (it was 230am when I quit after all). But 10 minutes this morning and done. Sheesh.

To be honest, it was... rather anticlimatic compared to being in the Animus.

Now to go finish the side missions I neglected and the downloaded content I finally got yesterday.

Oct. 12th, 2011

Is it good or bad when you don't really have anything to talk about...

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Gave Caena a bath. Pretty sure I rinsed a few fleas down the drain. Now we need to treat the cats and wash the bedding where she sleeps, just in case. I knew that puppy had fleas from the way he was itching, just the one night he was here. Not happy. We've never had a problem with fleas until now. And I'd like to stop them BEFORE they become a problem.

Speaking of that puppy- whose name was apparently 'Ollie'- I'm fairly certain, ok 99.9%, that the neighbors never went to the shelter to get him. Even after coming over here and raising hell 36-48 hours AFTER the fact. (the one guy came over a full 24 hours AFTER the dog was left out there and had already been taken to the shelter that morning) Seems they'd 'just gotten him', and from what they said, he was gotten from a backyard breeder. There was simply no way that puppy was nearly 3 months old. He was barely 2 months if that and I could see his ribs, for fuck's sake. Purebred Boxer puppies shouldn't weigh less than 10lbs (he was 5-6lbs at best) at nearly 3 months.

The neighbor tried telling me he hadn't been outside for the entire day, despite the fact that I was home the entire day and heard him crying up there. Then he claimed his girlfriend had come to check on him and feed him. Dude, I know what your girlfriend's vehicle looks like, my desk is right near the front door and a window that faces your house. I work from home, remember, I said that? Your girlfriend never checked on that dog. Not once.

When I asked him why in the world he would put the puppy in the farthest point from his side of the duplex, behind the empty side AND tied up with a rope around its neck, he had no answer. When I asked him why there was no food or water, he replied that his girlfriend had fed the dog at 7pm. Bullshit. There was one bowl and it was completely empty and bone dry. The dog was on my side of the fence well before that time.

He claimed he didn't know the dog could fit through the fence. He claimed all he had was papers that list the dog's parents. No shot records, nothing. Now, I may be wrong, but I'm pretty damn sure when a breeder sells a puppy, they're supposed to have at least their first shots. He asked if I knew a cheap vet. I said no, I know a good vet and that pet ownership was not cheap.

He didn't like the fact that he'd get a ticket for no city dog license. Tried to claim he wasn't from here. Yet, he's lived 2 doors down for over a year.

Yeah, I don't think he bothered to go get the dog, let alone call the shelter to say, hey, he's mine.

1.5 weeks until we go on vacation. This will be a bittersweet trip in that we won't be seeing Grandpa for the first time. The Binder Park Zoo Boo will be going on at that time. Yes, it's mostly for kids, but Mark and I intend on going, since we missed going to the Zoo the last time we went up. Not sure if the nieces and nephew will go or not. Probably not, as they'll consider themselves too old for the Zoo anymore.

Need to edit my photos for the Daring Cooks Challenge and do the Daring Bakers Challenge friday so I can get that post setup for while we're gone.

Still playing Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Some of the 'Full Synch' requirements are absolute bullshit. There is no way to kill 6 targets in 5 minutes when the first target never shows up until 3 minutes in and the others are scattered across the map, meaning it takes at least 15-20 seconds to get across the map to them IF you don't make a mistake, only to have the next 2 take upwards of a full minute to show up as well. And there's no way to do a Lair in 8 minutes when you have to blend your way across a room, then do a shitload of free running, chasing and climbing only to reach a dead end with absolutely no clear way through, over or around. So I gave up on getting full synchs on everything. It's simply not worth it.

But trying to toss a guard's body from the roof into a well sure is fun.

Oct. 8th, 2011

The road was long and hard...

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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood- Memory Sequence 6 Complete.


It took 2 tries- technically 1.5 as it restarted at the second checkpoint- but I finally did it. NOW I can have fun with my game again as the part that pissed me off to no end and made me want to quit is behind me.

And onward we go...

In other news, we finally have screen doors, front and back. They're lovely too}:P

Sep. 28th, 2011

The end came quickly, it seems.

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I quit playing Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.

Ok, so I actually quit playing it on Sat.

I got to a point in the storyline where I couldn't get past it, no matter what I tried, and it was only serving to make me more and more frustrated. Which, in turn, made me take it out on Mark. The frustration, I mean.

So I quit playing. I realised that, in making me frustrated, I was no longer enjoying the game. I was only playing it to finish it and get it over with. That's no way to play a video game that's supposed to be fun.

I've already broken 2 controllers on this game series- mine directly and Mark's indirectly and was heading, rapidly, towards breaking yet another. At $55.00 each, I can't afford that.

I think a lot of my frustration towards my game and life in general also had to do with the fact that the kitchen repairs took so long, and not having a kitchen to bake or cook in as a source of stress outlet wasn't helping any. And not being able to vent the way I normally do when I get to a particularly hard spot in my game because my landlord was here nearly every day, didn't help either.

Don't get me wrong, I like my landlords, really I do. They're great people and well, they call us friends. But they are STILL just that- my landlords. So, that means there are certain things you just don't share with or do around landlords that you would anyone else who calls you friend. Ranting at your video game and calling it swear words rather loudly, is one of them.

So I quit playing.

Will I go back to it and try to get past where I'm currently stuck, which, ironically, is over 3/4s of the way through the story part of the game? Right now, I don't know. Right now, I want nothing to do with it. In fact, I was so frustrated and angry, I tried to throw the damn game away. Yes, it was in the trash can. Mark pulled it out. It's now stashed in a drawer out of sight.

In other news, I haven't had any Mountain Dew since Sat either. Mark wanted to know if I was feeling alright. Yup, once the caffeine withdrawal headaches stopped, I was. Why'd I quit ? I dunno, because I could, I guess.

Sep. 23rd, 2011

Time, I have so little of it.

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Been busy here. Trying not to stress out and lose my mind over the fact I can't really DO much of anything significant in the kitchen.

Kitchen is still not done. The texture coat goes on, on Sat. THEN, maybe we'll be able to unscrew the kitchen for a month or so, until WE paint it and redo the floor- that'll take us maybe a week or so. The repairs are taking so long because it's only the landlord doing it most of the time. We offer our help and he turns us down. So, yeah.

To do dishes, for example, I have to move the buffet cabinet, then clear it off of the glass baking dishes and baking pans. Then I can do dishes. Because then, I can get to the sink. Doing this month's Daring Bakers Challenge? Was... interesting, to say the least.

Mark's a little under half way through Assassin's Creed II. He's spotted all these coded messages in the puzzles that I completely missed my first play through. Now I'm wondering if there's any in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, not that I've done many of the puzzles- I've done one so far. There's just so much other stuff to do right now, heh.

He's thoroughly enjoying this game series as much as I have. He hasn't touched any of his other PS3 games in over a week, Sundays not included as that's when Charlie comes over and we play Tekken 6 or they play Borderlands together.

I can safely say I'm not expecting to be done with Brotherhood by November 15th when Revelations comes out.}:P But that's ok, it'll give me more games to tide me over until assassin's Creed III is released- whenever that'll be. Hopefully sometime next year.

We were in our local paper this last Sunday. A photo from the Walk to End Alzheimer's was in there. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), while the article is online, the photo isn't. So I need to get another copy to send my mom.

So. Yeah.

Sep. 19th, 2011

What's the point in all this screaming, no one's listening anyway...

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Started Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood last night.

Made it through the prologue and memory sequence 1. This game has broken my heart already.

All that time I spent getting Altair's Armor for Ezio (he's wearing it in at the beginning of ACB), all that time I spent restoring Monteriggioni. And the damn Borgias destroyed it all.

I know it's the story (I've read the books after all.), but still, I'm sitting there during the cutscene (nekkid Ezio for the win, even if you can't really see anything, heh), and going, 'What kind of moron are you?! It's right there! No, don't run out with just the sword! Argh!'


I need to take more time with this game. I have a feeling there's going to be things I'll miss if I don't.

The graphics have marginally improved. Characters from ACII who really didn't appear to age, whereas Ezio did, are now age appropriate- they show that 24 years have passed since the very beginning of ACII- Ezio is now 41 yrs old, so it made no sense for HIM to age in ACII( he was 17 at the beginning) but every other semi main char NOT TO. That bugged me and bugs Mark as well.

I was glad to see, during 'present day' in the game, that the Sanctuary at Villa Auditore was, more or less, intact- the family crypt certainly isn't. So it was nice seeing the statues of the Assassin's who've gone before, complete with the Seals still , especially Altair's statue. He remains my favorite in this series so far. Heh.

In the mean time, I need to go back to ACII and do the side missions I passed on the first time through. Maybe I can get that game completion stat up to 100% from 74%. The Villa/Monteriggioni stats are at 100% across the board, same with all Collections, Armor, Weapons, Assassinations.

Oh, and total time it took to play ACII through to the end of the storyline? 54 hours.


Sep. 17th, 2011

I sat there, saying, are you kidding me, over and over again.

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So. That's that then.

For all intent and purpose, I finished Assassin's Creed II last night. In TWO WEEKS.

Well, I finished the main storyline. The 'base' game comes with 11 'sequences'. I downloaded 2 more from the Playstation Store. There's also a 14th 'bonus' one, that is on the disc as well.

But the fact I actually finished a second game even faster than I had the first, boggles my mind. To be honest, I found about 99% of the game to be easier than the first. Maybe coming so soon off the first AC game, into the second, is what made it seem that way.

There were parts I needed help with. I am so not good at the timed events, especially when it's split second moves that you have to make almost perfectly or you have to start again (Visitazione's Secret, and Auditore Family Crypt (Uplay acct members only Assassin's Tomb), I'm looking at you in particular.), so Mark had to help me with those because, quite frankly, after trying them each several times, I was ready to throw my controller.

But even with those 'issues', I had all the Assassin's Seals and Altair's Armor by Sequence 8. Would have gotten it probaby by Sequence 6 if I'd done the Assassin's Tombs as I came to them instead of saving them up to do at one time.

'Capture The Flag' event gave me issues too. I, um, may have actually broken my controller on that one. *looks askance* Maybe. I won't tell. What? It's been dying for awhile now, so I needed a new one anyway...

So now, I've worked my way through Sequence 12 and am halfway through Sequence 13. But I had to stop because Michigan State (my college football team) and Notre Dame (Mark's college football team) are playing today.

Mark finally finished Assassin's Creed last night and got started on Assassin's Creed II. It's amusing watching him play and do things just slightly different than I did. And now we know exactly what to do, to help my dad get past where he's stuck in both games. Heh.

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So. Drywall is being replaced today.

And naturally, there was an issue as soon as they got the old trim and drywall off. That being that the window wanted to fall out. Yeah.

The previous owner had the windows replaced-well, most of them. One window is still the old one. Apparently they never used shims OR nailed the frame to the wall. So the landlord had to fix THAT fiasco before he could even get the drywall cut to size and such. He's hoping to get it mudded and taped today, if not primed for the texture coat to match the rest of the kitchen tomorrow.

The siding gets finished in 2 weeks. After that, we'll get new screen doors. And after our vacation in October, we get to start on remodeling (essentially) the kitchen. Good thing we're not planning to have Thanksgiving dinner here, LOL.

And the landlord keeps telling us to tell him what we want, paint wise and such and he'll buy it. I'm not sure why I have such a problem with letting him do that, honestly. I mean he doesn't care what we do, and it is his place, but... I don't know. Maybe because it's just so much money to put out at one shot.}:/

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Mom says Grandpa's memory is going now. He's on meds to help with his cognitive memory, but they may not be working as well as his doctor hopes. Apparently he thinks he's working, because he keeps talking about 'working hard at his job'.

She says they just talk to him about it, I guess. Says Grandma more or less ignores it at this point.

Maybe it's just me, but it seems the Alzheimer's/Dementia is actually accelerating. }:/

If you want to donate to the Walk to End Alzheimer's, you can still do so through Sept 30th.}:)

There's some things that have, well, come to light about the other part of my family (maternal side that I refuse to have anything to do with), that reinforce my feelings of not wanting any relationship with them. But that's for another post.

Sep. 13th, 2011

Oh, hey, how in the world did that happen...

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So for the last week or so, maybe less, I've been playing Assassin's Creed II.

Mark asked me last night how far into it I was. I said, I didn't really know, maybe on the second memory- thinking it did memories like the first one...

Well, he got to looking through the game guide and said, um, no, dear. You're about halfway through the game already. It goes by sequences, not memories.

I just looked at him with total disbelief on my face.

Because, yeah, even with the 2 bonus sequences I got (finally) from the Playstation Network Store (which took 4 days to straighten out why I couldn't log in), I'm on sequence 8 already. There are only 11 with the actual game.

So, uh, I realise I've been playing a lot, but damn, I didn't realise 'd been playing THAT much. And now I'm trying to figure out what exactly, got my dad stuck , somewhere back in sequence 2, cause, honestly, maybe it's just me and the fact I finished Assassin's Creed and he hasn't, but I'm finding Assassin's Creed II to be easier than the first one. Huh.

At this rate, I'll be finished the ACII AND Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood by the time we head back home for vacation in October and getting impatient for Assassin's Creed: Revelations to come out in November.

Um, so, go me?

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The Walk to End Alzheimer's Event was last Sat. It was a beautiful day for it and I have a couple dozen photos. I'll be editing them and uploading a select number sometime this week. Our team raised $550.00 towards finding a cure. Not bad, considering this was the first year we'd done it.

Got new vinyl tiles for the kitchen flooring and the countertop refinishing kit. Only we got about 6 boxes MORE than we need of the tile, whoops. So that goes back to the landlord to be returned- they bought it, I got to pick the color and we'll be installing it.

So that happens after the October vacation and hopefully the kitchen will be completed by Thanksgiving.}:P I'm actually looking forward to it.

Siding guy was here to see what all needed to be done. Landlord comes this weekend to replace the drywall in the kitchen. After the siding gets done, we get new screen doors. Hopefully by the end of this month, I miss being able to have the front door open so sunlight comes in.

Sep. 7th, 2011

The future belongs to the brave...

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I understand now.

I understand why there is such a huge, rabid fanbase for the Assassin's Creed series by Ubisoft.

I started playing Assassin's Creed II last night. 5.5 hours later, I had a migraine but didn't want to stop playing.

Ezio is vastly different from Altair. He's so naive that it's simply precious. I find myself laughing at certain parts- such as when he and Annetta go to her sister's House and he says, 'I think we're in the wrong house'. To which Annetta replies, 'Oh no, this is the right house.'

For all his philandering ways at the tender age of 17, he apparently has never been in a Brothel before. I laughed. Precious, I tell you.

The graphics are definitely improved, manuverability is vastly different- in a good way! There's so much more detail to this edition of the series that I could sit and watch it all day and still not catch everything.

I'm thinking, if Assassin's Creed II is THIS good, how much better is Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, and how much better will Assassin's Creed: Revelations be?

I will find out.

And also- did you know that if you need to change your password on the PlayStation Network, that it can take THREE TO FIVE DAYS to get a password reset email? Yeah, that's utter bullshit. First they don't tell us until a month after the fact that their system was hacked and now they make it damn difficult to change a potentially compromised password. Good thing we don't have any credit cards attached to my account.

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The hockey world is reeling today.

I don't believe there has been a tragedy the size of what has happened since the Marshall University FootBall Team's plane crashed, effectively wiping out nearly the entire Team, and Coaching staff in one blow.

But today, the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League) lost almost an entire hockey team.

There were well known hockey players on that plane. There were potential hockey greats on that plane. There were past and potential Detroit Red Wings players and coach on that plane.

The youngest was 18. None were really that old anyway. All are gone now. Everyone from the main roster, plus 4 of their youth hockey team. All that potential, snuffed out in the blink of an eye.

It's not even really Hockey season yet and already it's breaking my heart.

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That's how many inches of rain they're saying we got from what was once Tropical Storm Lee.

It's also the reason we still do not have a back door. But the back of the house was fully repaired before all this rain, so that's something at least. The siding guy needs to come replace the siding out back and do the flashing around the front and back doors, then we'll get new screen doors on both.

The kitchen is torn apart, somewhat. I need to empty the liqueor cabinet tomorrow, so we can move it, as the dry wall there will need replacing, replastering and repainting.

Have I mentioned I'm tired of home renovations now? Yeah.

Got the Sept Daring Cooks Challenge on the stove, so I'm finally back into getting THAt done a bit early at least. The Sept Daring Bakers Challenge will have to wait until the kitchen is back together again, unfortunately.

The Alzheimer's Walk is Sat. It looks like it's going to be a perfect day for it. I picked up our Tshirts yesterday. Caena is allowed to walk with us and will be doing so. I hope to get photos.

You can still donate now until Sat, if you are so inclined.

And now, I'm off to play my game.}:P

Sep. 3rd, 2011

You and Me, Old Man & one of us has to die, plus House Stuffs

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I hit a milestone today. A first for me, in all the years I've been gaming really.

I finished a game.

Neither of us can ever recall a single computer or game console game that I have completely finished through at least once. Never. This is huge for me and speaks to the quality of the storyline and the action within this series.

I actually finished Assassin's Creed today. I only needed Mark to help me twice- once early one when the Target kept running away and I couldn't keep track of him, it frustrated me to the point I was ready to quit, so because he wanted to play, he did it for me, and the second today, we double teamed the second to last Assassination. Took us 8 tries total, but we managed to have enough health left that I was able to take my Target out with ease. Even had him going, 'Damn, dear, that was good!' as I wiped out 15 Saracens in less than 2 minutes, followed by 10 Crusaders in less than 1.

All I had left was Al Mualim.

Now, I will admit I do have the Official Guidebooks for all 3 Assassin's Creed games currently released (and Collector's Editions of ACII and Brotherhood at that), so I did refer to them for 'tips' sometimes and knew what I was heading into(mostly for help finding the stupid Flags.). But honestly, after Robert de Sable and the Arsuf Plains, getting to Masyaf and taking out Al Mualim was a cake walk.

I expected harder. It wasn't. I expected it to take longer. It didn't. In fact, it went quicker than the previous 2 Assassinations had gone. Now, I kinda miss playing the game already. I do need to go back and finish getting the flags I'm missing though. Maybe I'll kill a few Crusaders and Saracens while I'm at it... you know, for old times sake.

Credits rolled, and I knew it was done.

On to Assassin's Creed II. I sure will miss Altair.

Until Assassin's Creed Revelations in Nov, that is.}:P

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If you'd been following along on my Twitter today, you'd have read about how the back door is being replaced. We knew there was some dry rot at the threshold, but what we all found was not what we were expecting.

The entire back wall from the door to the corner, from the base of the window down, needs to be reframed and resupported. The wall itself has dropped roughly 7/16ths of an inch. If you'll notice the lighter, newer looking diagonal boards- those were put in place by the man who owned the duplex prior to my landlord buying it. He knew about the damn dry rot and covered it up.

More photos. )

Sep. 1st, 2011

There were shadows in the hallway, where shadows had no business being...

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Had a bout of insomnia late last night. Or rather, really early this morning. 2am to be precise. As in, wide awake with no hope of sleeping anytime soon. Was crouched in the bathroom doorway, petting Aries who insisted I give him pets, when I watched -3 times- shadows flit across the lower half of the linen closet door.

The only light was from the moon/streetlights, no cars were passing at the time and the door would have been at the wrong angle as well was the area too low for it to be passing headlights. Three times I watched shadows flit across the door, into the back room. Max was sleeping under the chair- I could hear him purring, I'd just left Morrigan in the window down stairs and Aries was at my feet.

I've always known this house had 'issues'. The first Samhain we were here, I was on the back hill near midnight and caught a glimpse of a Native American chief, in full war bonnet at the bottom of the hill, 2 doors over. I watched him vanish. A few years later, I watched a woman in sepia toned Victorian dress walk from my living room into the kitchen while I stood on the stairs. About a year later, something tried pushing me down those stairs. Objects sometimes vanish from where we place them, only to appear in another room, or under a chair in another room like it'd been thrown there.

Things have been quiet here for the last few years though. Until late last night/early this morning. When I saw three shadows in the hallway where they had no business being.

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Now if seeing things isn't a sign that I'm possibly losing my mind, maybe this next bit is. Heh.

So, we refinished the living room floor this past weekend. Which meant I had to pack up a bunch of stuff to move it out. As I was emptying the pie safe (similar, though mine is handmade, drawers are deeper/not as wide and it has screen in the doors instead of punched tin) where I keep my fabrics, yarns, etc, I remembered I had a lovely skein of 90/10 wool/silk blend yarn in a nice blue color that would have gone very well with the pendant in this set.

So, what am I considering, you might be asking? Well, I'm not entirely satisfied with how that set turned out. I mean, I love that yarn, but for the pendant, I think it's got too much green in it and not enough blue. Whereas, THIS yarn, has lots of blue- the color is hand dyed and called 'Denim', which means it has flecks of lighter blue and white in it too- and matches the lapis lazuli perfectly.

If I'd remembered this yarn, I'd have originally done the set in this instead. As it is, I'm considering taking the existing set apart, selling the earrings separately, and remaking the set with the better matching yarn. I'm not happy with it as is, so that means, I will end up doing this.

After I finish the project I'm currently working on with this yarn and the lovely Lisa Peters Art pieces I received in the mail today.

Tomorrow I may not be online, as the landlord is coming to replace the front door, which is where my printer sits on the table near, with my computer underneath. But that'll give me time to can some bruschetta using the heirloom tomatoes from the garden and maybe play some Assassin's Creed before Mark catches up with where I am and gets impatient because he has to wait until I get ahead again. Hey, only 3-well, technically 2- assassinations to go and I'll have finished the first game.

Aug. 12th, 2011

Video Game Playing- Know your Limits and don't go past them.

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So I've been playing my Assassin's Creed game again. I'm 3/4 of the way through. It's getting harder but I'm getting better at it, slowly.

Most days I do very well. Most days I have no issues and can play for up to 3 hours, not straight, mind. I get up and move around often. Any longer than 3 hours, I start to get a headache. Only with video games though. Sims3 doesn't do that. No idea why.

Most days I have great fun playing my game. It's been awhile since a PS3 game caught and HELD my attention this long. Usually I get so stuck it pisses me off to the point I quit playing, or I lose interest in it. (God of War and Darksiders, I'm looking at you.)

This game is different. It's holding my attention. Most days.

Because MOST days, I have fun and want to keep playing. Even when it takes me 7 tries to get to a wall to climb for a view point because I keep missing my jump and drowning. Yeah.

Today, however, was NOT one of those days.

I've come to the conclusion I need a new controller because my R1 button is only intermittently working suddenly. Even with a full charge on it. I can hold it down and watch it flicker between 'Counter' and 'Attack'. It's not supposed to do that. You hold it down, it's supposed to be 'Counter'. Period.

So when I'm sitting there, getting increasingly pissed off to the point I want to throw things and I'm yelling obscenities at the TV, so loudly it scares Caena, I know I've reached my breaking point and I've gone way past my limit. I should have stopped when it first started going wonky. THAT was the limit. But I had to push it.

When I got the urge to throw the controller across the room, I knew I really needed to stop playing my game.

Otherwise, I'll never finish it. And I really want to finish this game*.

Next time, I'll know to stop BEFORE I reach my limit. Cause being this angry over a video game? So isn't worth it.

* And Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed Brotherhood- both of which I also own- and Assassin's Creed Revelations that I have on pre-order. Oh and Assassin's Creed III that's due to come out sometime next year.