Monday, June 24, 2013

How My Brain Works...

On Monday of last week, I weighed 164.4 lbs.  Same on Tuesday.  Wednesday, I weighed myself to find I was at a lower weight than I had been in years.  I thought to myself, "Hm.  All this eating right and working out are actually working for me!"

So I tried to be good this weekend.  I had one drink on Saturday, one on Sunday, and when we went out to eat, I took half of my meal home.  I even resisted the urge to drink far too much homemade Irish Creme (so thick)!  I told some of my coworkers that my goal was for the scale to show the same or smaller number than it did on Friday, since I always gained weight on the weekend.

Friday:  163.2

Monday:  161.8

And here's where the title of this blog comes in.  That's OBVIOUSLY not from my handiwork, at least in my own mind, because what did I do?  I made little decisions and didn't even usually take walks after meals, and it rained on both attempts we made.  So...WTF?  And me, poor little old me, starts to think.

Do tumors weigh less than other tissue?  Maybe I have some kind of disease and my body is slowly dissolving from the inside.  Maybe it's just all my muscle (as if there's much of that...) leaving in a huff...I mist be sick.  I can't have possibly lost two pounds this weekend...because...that would mean...

What?  That eating better actually helps?  That being a little smart and conscious about what goes in my body might actually lead to shedding some of this spare tire?  That I don't have a suspicious wasting disease?

And I know I'm not fat.  But I also know I'm not satisfied with the way my body looks.  So...all that discussion there.

You brain is stupid.  Like...terminal-disease-instead-of-hard-work-paying-off stupid.  Either that or I'm dying.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Nothing to Say...

You ever try to transcribe an inner life? write out what is going on inside you?  Virginia Woolf made a very successful career out of it.  But I can't seem to make it happen.  I suppose one must have a very real and concrete sense of what is going on inside them if they plan to put it on a page.  Maybe that's my problem.  

Not sleeping.  No appetite.  I've been here before.  

Yesterday a lady at work offered me a donut.  Doughnut.  From a local bakery.  My stomach flipped over inside me at the thought of it.  Progress, I say!  "I'd rather eat the pear I brought."  And for once, it was actually true.  Maybe I'll lose my middlecakes.  That'd be the li'l band of blub that rings my middle...probably from cake.  But not eating offered pastry?!  That's scary!  New!  Who knows...maybe those dreams where I find running to be a fun and exhilarating experience will come true and I'll be set.  

Although...this bum shoulder I've had since March is stopping me from doing ANY kind of shoulder-related exercise, which means no chest exercise...which, vain as it sounds, it actually really bumming me out.  I want a chest, damnit.  More than an eleven-years-old girl!  

Well...I might have a full-time position at my branch of the bank come August 1st...and if not, guess I'm job hunting again.  Seriously.  If they split it into two part-time positions (again), I'll flip my shit.  What bank needs twelve tellers?!  But I've got the seniority at my branch as far as part-timers I should be first in line.  Anywho...all that is to say that I might finally have insurance.  I might finally be able to go get my shoulder looked at.  See what the deal is.  Have done with this friggin' ridiculousness.  

We can dream, right? to do dishes and play some Animal Crossing...and work on my jigsaw puzzle...and maybe play some Far Cry 3, since I haven't finished my game for the month...running short on time!


Monday, June 17, 2013

Poem a Day With This Little Gay...

Not that I'm going to be sharing them here, almost entirely because blogging poems here makes publishability questionable.  But I just wanted to throw out there that my document is at 10,700 words exactly.  April 1st to today.  I've written 50,000 words in a month before...but still.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

On Father's Day...

I remember when I found out you were stalking my blog.  Crowbait in my visitor's feed caused me pause, and a few clicks led me to pages and pages of vitriol aimed at me, what I had written, and how I was disappointing you in every way you could think of.

Part of me was flattered, as sick as that sounds, that someone had spent so much time and energy looking at the words I had written and writing their thoughts.  What hurt was that you called me worthless, said that you wanted to cut my limb from the family tree, and misinterpreted everything I wrote about you.

Which somehow sounds familiar.  Hm.  That's a disturbing thought.


So I wanted you to know how I truly felt.  I wrote something that couldn't be misconstrued, misinterpreted, or misread in any way.  And you responded.  Wanted me to change my name.  Sounded happy to be rid of me.  We divorced.  Good riddance.

"It's the hardest thing in the world, being your son."

You crashed your motorcycle, spent a few days in the hospital.  You bought a houseboat, so I heard.  Moved to the Mississippi River in a house with no electricity.  Live on a boat.  Mostly.  Pirate dad.  And now I fight for my brother's time, coveting the hours he's in town, counting the days we have left before he escapes West.

So forgive me for not celebrating.  For the tenth time.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Rule Number 34...

As soon as you restart your blog, things will happen in you life that you can't talk about in general public.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

New Pork Chronicles: Day Three...

Ahoy-hoy!  So...let me break it down for you.  Life isn't as interesting as Animal Crossing right now.  Proof is at the end of the post.  So what's going on?  I'm meeting my neighbors, like Queenie.

I can't quite get a read on her she cool?  Is she prissy?  I feel like she could secretly hate me.  She does like Snake, though.  They have something going on...

He even told me about it when he came to see my house.  Nevermind the clutter...I'm kind of a hoarder.  That beard ran me 8,000 bells!  But HAD TO HAVE IT!  Who knows when it'll show up again.  That rainbow screen?  I took a chance to connect to the internet to see if there was a git floating around out there and VOILA!  Present.  And this right after I replaced my town flag with a rainbow flag.  Apropos.

But Snake and Queenie most assuredly have something between them.  They talk about each other all the time, which kind of freaks me out.  I hate to tell them it'll never work.  He's a morning person, and she's not at all.

Anywho...besides following the relationships of digital animals, I REPAID MY LOAN!  Bigger house tomorrow.  Whee.  More room to keep my crap!

In real life?  Oh...I cheated on my hair stylist.  She told me I couldn't get a #1 guard on the sides several times, and I knew it would look good.  So...bam.  I chose someone else.  And...I'm happy as hell with how it turned out!  That's the most exciting thing that's happened to me.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Gut Reaction of Nintendo's E3 Direct Presentation...

I took some time today to watch the Nintendo Direct presentation that started at 9 and lasted...oh...45 minutes, tops.  Seemed like about 30 seconds, to be honest.  Honest reactions?  Glad you asked:

Pre-show thoughts:

Hope it's more Iwata that Reggie.  I'd even take Bill Trinen's vacant eyes over Reggie's moist lips, huge  flat face, and so, so calculated hand gestures.  Please!

Hope to see new Wii U Mario in the spirit of Galaxy, more Lint to the Past 2 coverage, footage of Smash Bros with one surprise character (that is NOT Bayonetta!), and an announcement that the Pikmin 3 release date was a joke and it's hitting stores tomorrow.

What's Reggie's terrible meme-based joke going to be this year?

Sure to see more Yoshi Yarn, Mario and Luigi Dream Team, and Game & Wario.

My big dream, though?  Some kind of video or news of some sort regarding the new Wii U Zelda game.  Fat chance...


How did I do?  Well, I was wrong about ALMOST everything.  It was all Iwata.  We got new Mario, but not in the spirit of Galaxy.  There WAS Smash Bros video WITH two--TWO!--new character announcements.  There were no bad jokes from Reggie...nothing at all from him, really.  And all the things I was so sure of?  Didn't see ANY of it.

If you want to know, for real, what went through my head, here goes nothing:


9:00 - The countdown ended.  Where's my video?  WTF?!  Hope I'm not missing anything...

9:02 - Hello?  Flashing elipses?  Where's Iwata-san?  Is it late?  Should I refresh?

9:03 - Refresh.  Search Kotaku for link...maybe I'm on the wrong page...Nope.  Links back to the page I am already on.  Hope I didn't lose my spot in the queue...

9:05 - WHERE IS MY IWATA?!  Check Twitter to see tweets about new 3D Mario game...and Pokemon something...I AM missing it!!  WTF?!

9:06 - Refresh again, confident I missed EVERYTHING!  THERE'S IWATA!  AND CHESPIN!  My starter!

9:07 - Video froze...fairy-type Pokemon?

9:08 - Buffering.  Switch to low quality.  Still shitty.  SO FRUSTRATING!!

9:10 - This.  Blows.  Oh...there we go.  October 12th for Pokemon X&Y.

Ah!  New Mario!  Peed my pants.  Guess I'll have to sit with peed pants for an hour.

Looks like new 3D's that 3-star meter in the corner?  Angry Birds?

CAT MARIO?!  YES!!!!!!

Luigi.  PEACH!  TOOOAAAAD!!!!  Oh...wait...PEACH!!!  Hooray, she floats!  Finally.  Multiplayer.  Rob'll be SO BAD at this.  What system?

9:15 - CATS!!  Oh...Super Mario 3D World.  Makes sense, I guess.  I hate the awkward naming system they've adopted...

Not a fan of the clear pipes...they lose something...


New goombas are UGLY!

Also...they added a score counter back.  Online leaderboards, perhaps?

9:16 - Mario Kart 8?!  DAISY!  "Yay Tom!"

9:18 - Computer reads mind when I think, "High quality would look so pretty, but I'm not sure I want to switch and lose my video feed stability...not that it't that stable now..." and the video switches to high quality by itself.  O_o

Fun.  I'm reminded that I hated the Wii one, but loved 7.  This looks more like 7.  It's no Double Dash, but it looks great!  Like...Galaxy Kart with the anti-gravity thing...

9:20 - Iwata can't quite get the hang of saying "multiplayer."  Mulletplayer.

The theme of this video should be "BUFFERING!"

9:21 - Wii Party U turns gamepad into tabletop arcade cabinet, sort of.  That's neat,

9:22 - Video skips to Wii Fit time.

9:23 - Art Academy Wii U?!  No?  Art Academy tools for Miiverse?!  This is awesome!  Well played, Nintendo!

Video skips past.  Damn.

9:24 - Iwata's tie knot is far too it a clip-on?

Wii U montage...pass...pass...pass...shoulder injury from Just Dance 3 leads me to pass on JD4...sour about Rayman Legends still...pass...superheroes...pass...pass...Spyro...pass...guns...pass...Sonic Galaxy...UGH.  Not a fan of Sonic.  At all--video skips, thankfully.  This is disorienting...

9:27 - eShop montage.  Lots of good things.  Scram Kitty?  SHOVEL KNIGHT!!  Um...penises?  Video skips...Ugh.

Wind Waker HD!  Hm...still not sure...but butterflies are in my stomach.  Drool.  Okay, I'm sold.  Day one for me.  Aryll crying out, "Brother!" still chokes me up...

9:30 - VIDEO SKIPS!  ARGH!!!  More HD Wind Waker...Video skips.  Tingle!  Wii U Tingle Tuner!  Nice!  Looking forward to sharing snapshots of WWHD on Miiverse!

Video skips.

Video dies.

9:31 - Video returns...Wonderful 101 looks awesome.  Iwata has trouble with "101."  Says, "One Whoa One."  Cute.

9:32 - New Game!  Donkey Kong on Wii U!  So pretty.  Want.  Vikings as enemies?  That's neat.  They're kind of an underutilized group of people in gaming.  DIXIE KONG!!!!  Donkey Kong Jungle Freeze.  That'll be my NaNoWriMo reward in November when it comes out.

9:35 - Bayonetta 2...nap time.  Why doesn't the video skip through this one?  Meh...was that thug kid supposed to be something?

Video skips.  Phew.

9:37 - Feet.  Monolithsoft.  Mechs?  I'm mot likely out.  Xenosomething?  A countdown clock?  Count me out for sure.  Majora's Mask taught me to avoid a game with a countdown clock...Xenosomething, I predict, will be a prequel to Xenogears.  Bets?  Looked pretty,  Maybe not a prequel.  Sequel? Standalone?

9:40 - Last one?  SMASH...Crossing?  Ahhh!!!  Sooooo cute I have chills!

New art style?  Meh. changed...better!  Maybe the drawn style is on 3DS and the better one is on Wii U?  Bet that's it.


Final smash, maybe?  Can't tell because video is FUCKING FROZEN but the sound effects are neat...stupid video frozen on Mario's foot...2014.  Thanks, fuckers.

9:42 - New character!  Simon Belmont?!  No.  MEGAMAN?!  YES!!!!  Video frozen...NO!  DAMNIT!

9:43 - Crashed.  Saw a glimpse of what appeared to be Leaf Man's weapon?  Maybe?

Now it's offline entirely...

Off to Kotaku to watch trailers again without the skipping and buffering...fucking buffering...


After seeing the things I missed:  Is the Animal Crossing character playable?

OH!  I missed that entire portion of the video when it froze.  Sweet!  He IS playable.  Wonder if the girl will be one of his palette swaps.  New favorite character.

The Smash video seems to hint at a new Subspace Emissary-type subgame.  Sweet!


And that's pretty much it from me.  Can't wait til the Smash people start a drip-feed news site that I can stalk constantly for the next year and a half, because you KNOW 2014 means holiday for something like this. we all just have to wait and see what happens.  EXCITING!


Monday, June 10, 2013

Animal Crossing...Crossed Off!

Yesterday after work, I drove my little self down to GameStop and touched base with something I've been dreaming of having since it was announced--Animal Crossing:  New Leaf.

If you're unfamiliar with what this is...I don't want to oversell's the most important thing to ever happen in the history of the Nintendo 3DS.  Maybe everything.  How can that be?  It's a real-time game where you move into a town full of animals and live your life.  As mayor.  You want to catch bugs and fish all day?  Fine.  You want to grow hybrid flowers?  Good luck!  You want to collect fossils and fine art, clothes and furniture, umbrellas and gems and all kinds of things?  You must be me.  

Seriously.  I'm such a whore for collecting things in video games.  It's a sickness.  Gotta catch 'em all.  

I moved into New Pork with my character, Trigg, who quickly was mistaken for being the mayor.  Two days in, I'm still settling into the TENT they gave me to live in while I wait for my house to be built.  Umm...a tent.  Some welcome!  

But I got one of my favorite neighbors in my town, as you can see:  SNAKE!  It's pretty awesome, considering the sheer number of animals that could have been there upon my arrival.  So...I'm obsessed.  Absolutely obsessed.  Call AA.  Or is it ACA?  Either way...I need a twelve-step program.

If you're keen on joining me, my friend code is up there.  Please share yours with me in the comments and let me know you've added me.  

Thanks, kids!  


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Getting to Know You...

I suppose, instead of just leaping back in to my day-to-day, I should tell you all a little about myself, so you don't have to go searching for it.

I'm currently 30, working at a bank as a teller, and engaged to my man of almost 7.5 years: Robb.  We have a 16lb. cat who is somewhere between 12 and 15.  We've been his boys for over three years now. We live in northern Illinois, where the summers are hot and the winters are cold, and he loves the cold and I love the hot.  So...there.

I wrote for my college newspaper while I was getting my Associates of Arts for journalism, and then I went on to get my Bachelor's of English.  That explains why I'm working at a bank.  Part-time.  Which might change soon.  Other than that, I write short fiction (very occasionally), I write a novel every year (I have completed seven; none are published), I've written four scripts, and I have been really into poetry as of late.  Since April 1st, I've written a poem every day.  Some good, some very bad.

In my free time, when I should be editing or something...I play video games.  I have a goal to complete one game each month from my backlog (or something).  I think I buy more than one a month, I'm not really making progress toward finishing my backlog of games...but I'm having fun.  Also, I'm in love with music.  I'm easy to please, but there are certainly bands I loathe (Creed, Nickelback, Shania Twain...).  My favorites?  Ben Folds, Fitz & the Tantrums, Five Iron Frenzy, The Rolling Stones, and Andrew Bird, just to name a few.

I haven't decided what form this blog will take.  I've toyed with having a gaming blog.  I've played at having an online journal, of sorts.  And I've thought about publishing some of my writing here, but I decided against that for the most part, since publishing here sort of negates publishing for real somewhere else. you know me.  I'm kind of an open book, so if there's anything burning questions I've left unanswered, feel free to ask!


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Success! Or not...or maybe so!

This is what success look like!

Apparently the Google+ app can backup your photos, which allows for easy sharing on Blogger.  I finally figured that all out, and now you can see me on vacation in Florida.  This was the Sarasota Jungle Gardens, a tiny little bird sanctuary that houses a cockatoo that was on Ed Sullivan the same season as Elvis.  He's seventy-something.  This parrot is NOT that bird, obviously.  He's a jealously guarded old thing.

The main draw of the gardens is this:

Hm...apparently that success was short-lived.  Now all those glorious photos I had access to are missing.  What the fuck, Google?  What.  The.  Fuck.

Well...welcome to the frustration that occupies 90% of my waking life.  I'm so angry all the time...


I'm going to go before I punch something.


They're back!  Okay...I don't know what's going on here, but...whatever.  Anyone else have an active distrust of all things technology-based?  I didn't used to...but frequent "upgrades" have left me wondering where the good stuff was moved to and if it still exists in a lot of places.

I am aware that I sound like a crusty old man.  I'm not.  But I'd be lying if I said that I saw "improvement" as just a sugar-coated way of saying "change" and sometimes even "changes that allow us to make more money without adding anything of use to you"...but...anywho...

That photo above is my man, hand-feeding a flamingo.  THAT is the main draw of the Sarasota Jungle Gardens.  There is a HUGE flock of them that just come stalking over when you get the feed out.  I had one tap me on the shoulder while I was standing.  They're THAT tall.  Kind of intimidating...but cool.

So...anywho...that was three weeks ago.  Welcome.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Big Deal...

See, the big deal about blogging for me has always been photos.  I love sharing the images I capture from day to day with the people who find their way here.  Unfortunately, after the OSX Lion update, I can no longer do that without 4 extra-tedious, extra-unneccesary, extra-user-unfriendly steps.  So I stopped.  I don't understand why I can't just upload a photo from iPhoto without having to save it as something else in another place than the iPhoto library.

For Apple, it makes no sense.  They're all about ease of use and common-sense interfaces.  This is absolutely NOT intuitive, and it's something no one seems to have a fix for.

So I'm trying really hard to find a way to be able to upload photos from my phone to Blogger.  After that, maybe I'll be back in force.

Until then, though...ugh.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Don't Call It A Comeback...

I miss blogging.  I remember when every day was an adventure, and just throwing some photos and text together was all I looked forward to.  I couldn't wait to tell you all about my day, something I bought, or what some jerk said to me in passing that really stuck with me.

And then I stopped.  I felt like I couldn't be honest here anymore.  Things that I was saying were being misinterpreted in my personal life, and I was finding myself rethinking any story or image that was going up here.  Everything had to go through a filter of, "What am I going to have to say to make this one blow over?"  Not to mention, sometimes I had things up here that I had no idea could ever be a problem for anyone, and then I was blindsided with cold shoulders and attitude for something being read into a post that wasn't even there in the first place.

So I quit.  It was easier than putting up with the fallout.  And it wasn't really a conscious decision, honestly.  I just lost my passion for putting myself out there and not getting anything good in return.  For a few years I found a home on Tumblr at GamesWithBoys, but that's gone now, too.  Another case of not being able to post honestly anymore for fear of being policed.  So...I quit that.

I've been a Shyguy lately about everything that's going on in my life (not that there is much to talk about, which is another reason I stopped...after college there wasn't much excitement), and I'm going to be trying to change that.

I'm not sure what form this blog will take, or if it will take form at all, but I'm looking to start somewhere.  I need this kind of outlet in my life, for whatever reason.

Come along for the ride!