Playing the Game of Life


Need some Mana?

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

A simple sewing pattern for Mana and Potion bottles. :)

What I'm CrochetingGamingDoing!

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I want to crochet ALL THE THINGS!! However, I hurt my hand at work and I'm still not sure if I would be able to finish a project. Since I think I actually bruised the muscle of the meaty part of my palm at the bottom of my thumb I haven't wanted to strain the muscle in any way, so I haven't tried crocheting anything yet.  Before I hurt my hand though I did learn a new technique  for invisible decreases.  I was very happy with the results because it definitely did create a smoother decrease so I'm going to get into the habit of using it. :)

Other crochet things include finishing the penguin I started (I think I just have to sew on the feet and I'll be done), finishing another Black Hole Cowl (I need to get more yarn first), and I also want to start some other projects:

Candy Corn

Mr. Fox

and all the owls.

I got passed my dizziness, but now I need to get passed my hand hurting. :/  While I've been waiting for my hand to get better though I've finished Pokemon Black! Wahoo! And finishing the game I see how the meta-game became such a bigger deal for people.  The meta-game being: finishing the pokedex and competitive play.  In addition to competitive pekemon battling being more of a big deal now at the end of the game it was specifically emphasized that I should complete the pokedex.  However, it wasn't just for the sake of completing it, but I felt like I would actually be rewarded for doing so.  I then looked up the rewards for completing the pokedex for Pokemon Black and there's not really a reward but I could see how it would benefit me in my completion of Pokemon Black 2's pokedex as the rewards directly aid in the meta-game. For details click here for the Bulbapedia page.

Other than finishing Pokemon Black I've been making progress on Guild Wars 2, specifically on my elementalist.  I've been neglecting my ranger pretty much since she hit the level cap because other than getting achievements with her there's not much else I can think to do with her.  I don't want to get world completion with her yet because I don't want to spoil those areas for my other characters.

I've also been oogling over the PSVita. I want it soooo bad!! But that's not going to happen for some while since my boyfriend and I are getting a Wii U. Luckily I've arranged my Amazon wishlists so it will make for easy access to the games and accessories I want for the Wii U.  Even if I don't buy something on Amazon having the list there helps me keep track of the games I would like to try and things I need like college books.

Speaking of college I am still going to try to get in for the spring semester, I doubt I'll get in with my current GRE scores, but the 60$ application fee isn't so bad that I don't want to try. Wish me luck! 

So New STUFF! and rambles about random stuff...

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

So ha! I guess I'm going to officially come out and say it on the blog but I'm bi! yay! And I told my first family member yesterday! Wahoo! I came out to my little brother and he was fucking awesome! :3 Then we talked about pokemon for a bit and then I let him go off and finish working on his homework. Maybe I'll get him a 3ds for his birthday since it's at the end of October, but at the same time I don't want to distract him from his school work. :/ He has the same tendancy as I do of telling myself that I'm going to take a 10 min break and then looking up from a video game 2 hours later.  I was going to say that I wouldn't be able to afford to buy him one of the pokemon games... but I do have both X AND Y pre-ordered at gamestop, so I could give him Y (sorry squirt X is mine :3).

We talked for a bit and that was nice, not to be a downer, but I haven't been over at my house for a long while because I was having panic attacks over there cause you know lying evetually gets to a person ^^'. But I need to try to mend things and try to force my walls down so I can feel like a part of my own family again. But I wish it wasn't so damn hard and the mask wasn't so comfortable. :( And here I am being a downer. :/ I do feel a lot better since coming out to my brother though and the other day at work I had almost a whole day without anxiety! ^_^ (I have too much time to think by myself while stocking shelves). 

After I came out to my brother since it didn't go horribly my boyfriend and I went to go finish watching FMA:Brotherhood. AND IT WAS ALL THE FEELS!! I <3 it so much! Tonight after going to the gym we planned on watching the movie and I'm so excited! :3 After this anime is concluded I think I'm going to make my boyfriend watch Avatar: The Last Airbender (the show, not that god-awful movie).

The other day I also worked on a penguin and got horribly frustrated with sewing the pieces together that it's still not done. :( I think I just have the feet to put on though.  I have thus concluded that  I love making the pieces of amigurumis but I LOATHE putting them together.  I don't think it helps that I think my iron is low again (damn my insistance on being vegetarian... and forgetting to take my vitamin TT_TT). When my iron gets low I go to crochet and I get really dizzy and tired, so by the end of making the penguin I was dizzy, tired and frustrated with sewing it together. So I just put it away.  Looks like I'm going to have to eat a steak in order to right this :/. Oh well, I ain't even bovvered. (if you get this reference I will love you forever.)

In unrelated news I figured out what my GRE test results mean! YAY!! I had to look up a conversion chart to figure it out but whatever.  But it seems I did VERY well on my verbal :D and dismally on my quantitative :(. So yeah. I'm still going to try to get into grad school for the spring, but I'm not going to hold my breath and I doubt I'll be able to study enough and get into another test soon enough for me to retake it in time for the spring semester. This wasn't completely unexpected though, so that's okay I guess. 

Also, I don't think I mentioned before, but I found a legit copy of Pokemon Emerald, but the battery is dead! But that's okay because I got the required battery AND I ordered the weird-ass screwdriver it requires from amazon today! (And I got windshield wipers, but that's not interesting :p).  I also spent way to much of my time today sorting through my amazon wishlists: deleting crap I don't want anymore.  However, I was mostly deconstructing my games wishlist into several different wishlists based on which system a game ran on.

I also want a paperback OR hardcover of this edition of the Orphic Hymns. *flails* Because I will do some serious nerding out over that awesomeness. Although it's not like I don't have many other awesome books that I actually have that I haven't read yet. :( I must get to that.

And this post has officially just twisted around into me just rambling hasn't it? 

Oh Hai!

Posted on August 24, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

So where the hell have I been right? Studying for the GRE! Well, I have been studying all summer, but the last two weeks, but the last week especially, before the actual test day I pretty much stopped everything (except for some FMA episodes before bed time :3) and just studied my ass off to prepare for that four and a half hour monstocity. And it's done!! And I'm so happy! I'm not sure what my final score is or what the score means yet but I'll find out and figure out if I have to take it again to get into grad school or not. But it's DONE! Have I mentioned how happy I am about that yet? Yeah I'm pretty fucking happy! ^_^ 

I'm also happy that I'll actually be able to DO things now! For instance I still haven't finished the details on Leavanny! :( But that doesn't mean I haven't been brainstorming about how I'm going to do the wings in the back (I assume they're just folded up wings).  I've also still been keeping up with my crochet blogs so I've learned some stuff and gotten some ideas for future projects! 

So far I have:

Leavanny (just finishing up the details)

Slytherin scarf (I'd really like to finish this before it gets cold so I can wear it for the winter)

Also there's a craft fair/auction thingy at work that I'm going to participate in and I haven't figured out what I am going to do yet, but I'm pretty sure it's just going ot be a pattern I find online just to make things simple for myself.

[EDIT] I just wanted to add really quick that I went to my state's fair and I checked out their crochet section with all of the artsy stuff and I'm thinking of entering something next year if I have something worthy of submitting/I'm not too busy with Grad school! >.<

But what have I been playing?

Well not much during my hardcore study weeks, but I have gotten some things! 

During my haitus I bought a Gameboy Advance SP because omgbacklitscreen! plus my ds lite has a broken screen so if I want to play a gba game before bed I have to hold the ds lite different so the screen doesn't fall down, which hurts my hands, or sit up and play, which isn't conductive of sleepy times :3. I  got a case for it too, but it isn't here just yet. 

As far as new games go I was able to find a legit copy of Pokemon Emerald! It cost as much as my 5 gba Pokemon games from ebay, but you live and learn.  The only problem with it is that the battery has dried up so the timed events (such as berries) won't work anymore unless I replace the battery, which I plan on doing.  The save file that is on there doesn't have anything worth saving unfortunately. I'm also probably not going to play Emerald until I get the battery replaced, which will be made easier by the fact that Amazon sells the screwdriver for it as an add-on now. ^_^ 

I also aquired, not for myself, but for my boyfriend, a copy of Pokemon Yellow! And it's in great condition! If I decide to play my Pokemon Yellow again I'll probably mistake his copy for mine, its in that good of condition (I was weirdly careful about my games and consoles as a kid).

In the time after my test (which was on monday) I have played on Pokemon Black, KH3D (even though I haven't finished BBS or KH2 TT_TT but it's so fun!!!), Project X Zone, and Jeanne D'Arc.  All of these games are really fun, but they require varying degrees of attention and time, so that usually determines which one I will play and when.  

Pokemon Black has been fun, I've been enjoying the amount of story they are putting into it versus the earlier ones. And my character actually "said" something! Just passed the 7th gym I have to go to this place that has a dragon pokemon on top and there was a big crash and text appeared at the bottom of the screen explaining what my character thought was going on. It was weird though because I'm so used to the silent protagonist of Pokemon. But it was interesting. *shrug*

KH3D definitely took some getting used to. I haven't played any of the KH games really since the beginning of the summer with BBS (and stopped because the whirring of the psp is annoying).  It's flashy and just like all of the other KH games I always want to play with the sound on because the music is good and it really gets me into the game.  The intro alone is totally worth playing with the sound on because you meet some characters from the game "The World Ends With You" (which I still totally need to get) and they play some of the music from that game when they are introduced.  So far KH3D isn't too spoilery of KH2 so I think I'll be good not finishing it for a while, but to be honest I've probably spoiled most of it for myself by going to the wiki so I could figure out what the hell was going on.

Project X Zone. Hmmm..... I was playing this game one day and I got to chapter 10 and honestly I thought I was either close to the end of the game or maybe halfway through.  The story felt like it was at a turning point at the very least.  And well I was curious so I looked up a walkthrough to see how long this game actually was and there are like 40 chapters!  Maybe I'm just burnt out from the game, but it just feels like it's the same thing over and over again now, not only that but it feels like the game is mindlessly making me do the same thing over and over again by porting different characters around so they are in the same situation just with different characters to hang out with now.  And now I know that I have 30 more chapters to complete. :( I'm kinda disappointed.  Maybe that's fatigue with the game talking, but that's where I am right now with that game right now. 

Jeanne D'Arc is different. Turn-based strategy rpgs usually aren't my thing, sure I play Pokemon, but let's be honest sometimes that's just a matter of pressing A over and over again. Well Project X Zone introduced me to the rest of the aspects in a turn-based strategy games that aren't really in Pokemon, so I do have that to thank it for.  I haven't gotten too far into the story of Jeanne D'Arc yet but so far I'm liking it.  The cut scenes are very very pretty and the game doesn't require as much loading as BBS does so that aweful whirring noise doesn't thow me out of the game as much as it does in BBS. But like I said so far I am enjoying it and I look forward to seeing where it goes.

There are some games I have started but I'm not really playing right now and that's Final Fantasy I for the gba and KH:Chain of Memories.  I think I've finally gotten passed the turn-based strategy hurtle that has been keeping me from playing the FF for forever, but I think I can finally really get into it! The battle system being really fucking stupid in Chain of Memories is what has been keeping me from playing that game, but I went through the tutorial and I think I'll get the hang of it.  I think I'll have to redo the tutorial once I really start playing it though.

Other than that I've just been burning through some FMA: Brotherhood (we're on season 4 :D).  I do have some planned purchases in the future (although I'm not sure how distant yet..or what exactly I want yet to be honest), but here are some certain furture purchases: a booster box of the latest pokemon tcg set and a psvita (wifi).  With the price slash for the vita I'm not sure if I want to get it now or to wait until the holiday season to see if it'll go lower because I don't want to spend that much money right now (I did buy a 3DS XL pikachu edition at the beginning of the summer).  I'd also like to possibly get the lower priced PS3, but since I spend so much time over at my boyfriend's house it hardly seems worth it since I'm 99.99% sure he would just let me use his PS3.

Purchases I would like to make but I'm not sure yet it on the Nintendo side. I don't know if I want to get a new WiiU or buy a used Wii, either way I will be splitting the purchase with my boyfriend. The WiiU plays Wii games, and the only game on WiiU that either of us wants to play is Pikman 3, but that's just not enough to justify the purchase.  However, there are several Wii games I would like to play, and there's still hope that there might be some good WiiU games still to come out.  OR we could get a Wii (less $) and be able to play all the Wii games AND Gamecube games.  There are a few gamecube games my boyfriend would like to play, but I'm not sure if he wants enough Gamecube games or Wii games to care.  Hmm... but we'll mull over it a little more before we figure out which shiney to get. :) 

And I think that's where I should end my very very long post (I've been writing this for more than an hour I'm sure).  I hope you found it interesting at least a little! ^_^ There will be more to come! ^_^ 

What I'm Crocheting!

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

All the things lately it seems! ^_^

Below the cut are pictures of an awesome finishing needle I got, also pictures of Leavanny's finished headpiece! And a new hook!



for those of you the work with yarnstuff, if you have trouble with the regular yarn needles GET THESE! Its been a great frustation save for me! Since my amigurumi is so tight most of the time its easier (but trust me, not by much) to use my crochet hook to finish off the leftover ends.

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Plus its WAY easier to put the yarn in the in the needle. I'm coming from a metal yarn needle so this was heaven! (I have a tendency to split the yarn D:)

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And it's bendy! This has been both good and bad though. When tucking yarns away on something flat its been great because it allows me to do multiple runs before pulling through, but it gave me trouble when I was working in a tight area on the headpiece of Leavanny. :(

For most of Leavanny now I've been working with a new crochet hook! Since I /broke/ my last one O.O


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its SUPER comfy!

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I believe this picture was taken before the edging was done on the headpiece, but its a nice closeup.

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And this is the headpiece finished!


And thats not all I've been crocheting! I've also started a Slytherin scarf using Tunisian crochet knit stitch!

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it curls so much! and its so thick I love it!


Lately I've also gone a little magazine crazy it seems, at least in regards to how I usually buy magazines, which is never >.<

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The crochet magazine on the very left I think is my favorite out of all of these so far ^_^

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Archaeology news! And so many more new animes, mangas, and games I want to check out! >.<



I'm going to be doing something new that I mentioned in the last post: featured artists!

And this post's featured artist is going to be: Steampunk Bar & Grill by Guy Whelan! Also, he has an etsy!

Artist Post!

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This is going a quick and short post but, during my trip to OMGCon I came across a lot of new artists at the Artist's Alley and this gave me the idea to feature some of them, as well as some other artists, both local and those I know from the SCA.


For my first artist entry I am choosing a local comic artist who I know through work. His name is Bruce and he publishes his comics for a local newspaper called the LEO. For more of his work click here! ^_^ On his website he posts his comic strips and his sketches and you should totally follow his websites for updates!


Sorry for the quick post for today, but I started this one kinda of late and now its time for me to go to sleep. >.<

(that last sentence was a struggle..sleep for me...)

So much to talk about!

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

And so little time! >.< I have to be asleep in 30 mins. ugh. Well OMGcon! went really well and I got some stuff, of which I got pictures of, but I didn't actually take any pictures of my cosplays or my lolita. :(


But I will post the pictures of the things I got, talk about the panels I went to, and I'm going to list the business cards I got from artist alley! ^_^


And I now have a new project from the bf who is playing pokemon white right now: I am now going to make him an Minccino. :)

Speaking of crocheting things though, I still haven't finished my Leavanny! D: I took it with me to the con, but I was just so tired that I usually went to bed as soon as we got back to the hotel.


Speaking of bed, I need to go there now so I can be functional tomorrow and hopefully not have to take a nap again after work because I have too much stuff to do for naps! :P Like post a proper entry here!


Anyways, that's what's going on lately, but more later! ^_^

What I'm Crocheting!

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

*Cross-posted from my Livejournal*

So remember that Leavanny concept art I made a while ago? Well I finally got the last color I needed, so I can start working on the pattern now! ^_^ At the moment though I am crocheting my second doll (well third, but the second crocheted in my final pattern). I don't actually have the other colors for the Leavanny plush with me at the moment but I'll be able to work on it this morning ^_^



Here's a picture of my work in progress on the doll right now:




Also here's a refresher of what my Leavanny plush is going to look like:



and yeah.. where I wrote cream I meant yellow (I think I was looking at a small picture of the anime Leavanny and it looked more cream than yellow).

Also, today while at Joann's with my boyfriend and my friend I also picked up a big button for my Black Hole Cowl (finally). I also picked up an embroidery ring thingy so I can do awesome thing with embroidery. My friends gave me this awesome book on how to do cross stitch in an anime style and it's inspired me to pick needlework in general up a little bit.


But back to crochet! :D While at Joann's I found a book on the bottom shelf called the Ultimate Crochet Bible and istrKLTHRAEtHGARTejkshsr I want it! Not only did it have some really good techniques for crochet (all featured right-handed unfortunately), but it also had some stitches in the back that were basically needlework stitches and how they could be applied to crocheted items. So not only did I learn some new cool things about crochet, but it has what I need in order to learn needlework too! ^_^ (I so totally going to get that book by the way if you didn't notice :P)


Other than what's happened today nothing has really happened in my crochet life because I've either felt tired, my hands or wrists have hurt, or I've just felt uninspired to crochet. That doesn't mean I haven't been doing things though! And you will have to wait until another blog to hear the 'What I've been reading' and the 'What I've been playing' parts of this week. Not to mention the omgwftbbq 'What I've been watching' from the most recent Game of Thrones episode, but I think I'm going to wait until after I see the last episode of the season to do that one.

Just a quick post..

Posted on September 19, 2010 at 12:08 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey! Just wanted to shout out that this site isn't dead yet and I really don't want it to die I've just been so ridiculously busy with school and getting used to the new campus at UofL.  

For those of you that didn't know I transferred to its been hectic, especially since I'm a commuter now.

But just wanted to say that Border Raids was awesome this summer, and I'll post as many details as I remember shortly.

I got started on some new garb, finished up some research and  I'm almost ready to start my new project. And I finished my green cloak!! of which I will post some pictures of soon. :)

And lastly before I go to bed Happy soon to be Mabon (since I probably wont have time to post another entry before then to say it again).

and this little sca witch is off to bed since my sweetheart is waiting for me. :)

night night kiddies!


Posted on June 14, 2010 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

So this weekend I went to OMGcon in Paducah, Ky this weekend with my boyfriend, almost2blank, and my friends, one of them being Sapphire. :) Me, Sapphire and two other of our friends and fellow con goers ran some panels, including panels about cracked anime, hentia, yuri, and yaoi. They all went really, really well, and I think that the last three were more enjoyable for people than lasts years panels.  I went to those, and they were just boring and very disappointing.  But this entry isn't a criticism of last years panels.

This year was really good though.  In the end we had eight people in our room, which wouldn't have been too bad since we had two beds and we brought in inflatable bed, but we were expecting a couch in the room too.  So two people were on the floor. To be fair only one person was expecting the couch, but even still we all pretty much agreed that we would be fine spending a little extra next year for the Drury Suits to get a bigger room with free breakfast and dinner.

I thought it was really funny that early that week I was already planning next years omgcon. I definitely think that I am going to do the hentai, yuri and yaoi panels again with my friends, but I am also going to try to get a new panel about steampunk too. :) I should have some steampunk clothes by then so I'll be able to dress the part too.

I am still trying to get over my fear of sewing machines, but it doesn't help that I haven't really been shown how to use them yet.  But, now that omgcon is over, the next thing that I am going to get ready for is Border Raids in Elizabeth Town, Ky.  I'm still not sure which side I am going to be on since I have friends on both sides, but I am pretty sure that I am going to go regardless of where I am going to stay.  This means that I need to finish my Pict garb and then I am going to do my starter garb.

Busy, busy, busy