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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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