State of the Brenna, Thanksgiving 2018

Sooo… Happy Thanksgiving, for those in the States. And happy Multiple Days Off Work if you’re lucky enough to have a job that gives you these days off. I’ve had jobs that give these days and jobs that don’t, and if you have one that doesn’t give you time off please be careful driving (especially openers), don’t skip eating to keep up your energy (even if it means just one bite at a time in the back room), keep lots of Advil, etc, on hand (your co-workers will thank you!), and remember:

Just because you have to pretend the customer is always right, that doesn’t mean they are. If they’re “just” dumb and rude, grin and bear it. If they’re being abusive, call them out on it in any way that won’t lose you your job. Or maybe a way that will lose you your job. You know your situation, including if you can afford that risk. …Okay, that went on a tangent. (I do that sometimes.) The point was, they aren’t always right; you already know that just from normal days at work. Try not to let them get to you. If it helps (and this always helped me, even at the apartment complex) make up stories about those assholes as the day goes on. Funny stories. Mean stories. Whatever. It can be a good distraction. (But maybe don’t let your manager in on it, unless they’re the kind to help out.)

But hey, it’s Thanksgiving, right? So I guess I should give at least some thanks:

  • Brian, for putting up with all. of. my. bullshit. And I mean all of it. So much bullshit. Thanks, love.
  • My cats, for keeping me warm when Brian takes the covers.
  • My new job, for being a healthy environment. I never hold hard feelings against my last one, but it wasn’t healthy and I wasn’t healthy because of it.
  • People in the gym who clean the damned equipment properly.
  • Also, people in the gym the same height as me, because it means I don’t have to adjust the seats and such in the timed circuit room.
  • Um… a preemptive thankfulness for the three pairs of jeans I’ve had since 2012, only one of which I’ve ever actually worn, because when I lose about five more pounds and can fit them I’ll have ~$75 of “new” clothes that I won’t have to spend a dime on. Cause seriously, there aren’t a lot of dimes to go around and saving that much money is one of the best things right now. 

Um… Damn. Okay, so I made the mistake of not finishing this post before going to the gym, and since then I’ve had breakfast, played games, napped, and had my official Thanksgiving dinner. That said, I forgot everything else I was planning on writing. Oops.

Anyway, enjoy your Thanksgiving; try to enjoy the weekend whether you’re off work or not, and take care of yourself especially if you’re working. If you go out shopping, don’t be a dick. I guess that’s really all there is to it.

Currently Playing: Stardew Valley (Mountain-Type farm) and Skyrim. Both on Switch this time.
Currently Reading: none at the moment (planning to re-read Good Omens once Brian finishes it)
Currently Watching: The Good Place
Listening To: AltNation on XM Radio (channel 36?), since there’s a free period this week. It’s basically the same as the Google Play station I linked in my October post.

State of the Brenna, Early October

Heyas… I guess it’s been longer than I’d planned between posts. Even my Project365 had to be dropped, thanks to my phone flipping out every time I try to get more than 2-3 consecutive shots of something. And that sucks, cause I was having fun with it. Maybe I’ll try it again for 2019? I’ll have to think about it, assuming I can afford a new phone this year. If not, then there won’t be any point to try it again (yet) since the phone freezing is why I stopped it this year. I do have another idea for a photo series, though; it’s actually one I’ve toyed with for over ten years. Comments on photos would be formatted similarly to my Vampire Protection Door Mat series of posts, but since the subject is much more broad than the one product type I’m having trouble working out a consistent way to measure each item.

Other than trying to figure out that photo series, there’s not much going on. I finally picked up Good Omens yesterday (I’ve had it on Kindle for years, but much like games in a Steam library, the books in my Kindle library are completely forgotten 13 seconds after I download them. >.<) and my GOD I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to start. And since the only thing from the upcoming TV show I’ve let myself see before starting the book is the Angelic/Devilish poster also out this weekend, I was able to read the first few chapters without any influence of the show. Even still, I can see David Tennant every single word, step, and swagger of Crowley; it’s such a good match than I went to watch the trailer anyway, just to see how close it was. And the trailer? Pretty much exactly, word for word, going up to Crowley and Aziraphale having their little lunch date. So, yeah, I’m looking forward to it. The only thing so far (and I’m 20% through, according to the app) that I’m worried about is that there’s so much motion and so much inner monologue to the text. Books-to-screen always seem to fail in that part of the conversion, so I’m curious how they’re going to handle that. Other than, idk, Family Guy style cutaways or something.

Anyway, yeah. My lunch break’s just about over, so I need to go. Until I can find the next thing to post about and/or figure out a format for that photo series, have a picture of Brian wearing a unicorn head:

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Currently Playing: Stardew Valley, mountain-type farm
Currently Reading: Good Omens
Most Recent Anime: Fairy Tail Zero
Listening To: Google Play Music Station inspired by Imagine Dragons’ “Natural” (I have no idea if that link will work; if not just let me know.)

State of the Brenna, June… Something-something.

God, there’s been so much going on since my last general update (about this time last month). In that time I’ve started a new job that’s… not difficult, or challenging, just very busy so it keeps me pretty occupied. It means less time online, and even less for games, though, since I’m so tired* when I get home. (More on that in a moment.)

I mentioned the day-before and the day-of that I was going to the Thursday night opening of Solo, and it was much better than expected. Not some cinematic masterpiece, but good for what it needed to be. Donald Glover as Lando could actually have been more animated, imo, but he wasn’t lacking by any means. The BFD, though? Oh my god, that cameo at the end. (I’m not saying who or what because there are still plenty of people who haven’t seen it, and IMO it’s that big a deal. I will, however, post a link to this gif of that moment–click at your own peril!) When that cameo happened I made noises that Brian described as something “only bats could hear” and that’s pretty accurate. I could only hear half a second the sound I made; I only know I made sound because I could feel it in my throat. Trust me, it’s good.

Um, let’s see…. E3 was last week. I didn’t get to watch all the pressers like I usually do, and still haven’t caught up on those I missed. Overall I was unimpressed with this year’s showing, though. There were amazing games–Anthem, Kingdom Hearts, Cyberpunk 2077, Ghosts of Tsushima, and of course Kojima’s bizarre brain child, Death Stranding. The last one actually had some content in its trailer this year, though; normal-ish (for the subject matter), even. I normally wouldn’t bother with the game in spite of how intriguing it is, but looking back on my P.T. stream from last summer I’m wondering if maybe I should (and stream that as well).

As for current games, I downloaded Skyrim and Pixeljunk Monsters 2 to my Switch. It’s my third copy of Skyrim, but my original is on PS3 and in storage & I’m not able to play on PC for the foreseeable future. So, Switch it is. Also, it has that added Switch-bonus of not needing to be played docked, which means Brian and I aren’t fighting over the tv.

Unfortunately, I have a very complicated relationship with PJM. I adore the games, but I’m so stubborn that I can’t move on to the next stage, much less the next area, unless I’ve collected all available rainbows on any given map. That means I haven’t made any progress at all. Oops.

Finally: the gym. Yep, I’m still going, though I did have to break my streak of not missing a single day due to being sick a week or so ago. I haven’t noticed any weight differences (or more importantly, changes in how my clothes fit, since that’s a better way to track progress, IMO). The only change I’ve seen so far for myself, in spite of being told there’s actual, overall change visible, is that my calves are different. I’m sure that’s mostly from running doing the elliptical, but I also do that 30 minute circuit room so I suspect it’s also a (tiny) bit of muscle from over a month of strength stuff in there. Going after work instead of first thing in the morning is killing me, though. That’s what the * up above was for. The fact that I’m going around 6pm is torture, and I’m basically asleep before I even eat dinner. I’m trying to get myself conditioned so that I can try going before work (OMG so painfully early) to see if that helps again, but I haven’t managed it yet.

Other than that… yeah, I can’t think of anything. Brian’s become obsessed with “fixing” the Pop!Vinyl wall at our closing Toys ‘R’ Us, the cat went to the vet but is more or less okay, etc.

Currently playing: Skyrim & Pixeljunk Monsters 2
Last movie at the theater: Solo: A Star Wars Story
Watching: Parks and Rec, The Office, random history of video games documentaries on… I think it’s Amazon?
Listening to: Postmodern Jukebox at work & my standard techno and metal mixes at the gym

“Offline”

While I have spent the last few days literally offline thanks to feeling rough, I’m not really referring to that at the moment. Rather, I’m talking the not only few games that I’ve streamed from my PS4, but also FFXIV as well. I’m still gaming, for the most part, but it’s been on my shiny SNESClassic. I’ve only put real time into Zelda so far, which I finished about a week ago (adulting means playing only two days a week at the moment, so not bad time at all).

I’m holding off on a lot of the other stuff on purpose, though: I’ve made it extremely clear that I want a capture card for Christmas this year, and when I get that I’ll be playing the other, more significant games on the system on streams. Well, that means I have to fight my way through setting up OBS properly, but Twitch itself looks like it has tutorials for that so instead of muddling through like I tried before I’ll use those to try and get it set right.

Anyway… yeah. I’ll get some more The Wolf Among Us in sooner or later (streaming), and I’ll be back on FFXIV hopefully this weekend since I’m almost at the end of Heavensward (not streaming). FFXV Comrades is coming soon (stream, but also PSN = BrennaCeDria to join me!), and I still have about half of FFXV to replay for my plot-only streams (including the extra chapter 12 content!). I also have, of all things, Hatoful Boyfriend since it was a PS+ game, and I’ll probably play that online, too. So I have plenty to play between now and my birthday. (At which point a hopefully very special game will be out to add to my list. ^_^ Again, PSN = BrennaCeDria to join me.)

Hurricane

First, Important Stuff™: The Caribbean has been hit by Irma far harder than any of us anywhere in the US will be. If you can, pick one of the charities at the bottom right of this page and throw a buck their way. If they ask, specify that you’d like the donation to go to the Caribbean in general, or any of the specific areas impacted, rather than to a general donation fund. (Also I’d avoid the Red Cross if possible; they’re tied for last on accountability and stuff. I think Direct Relief has the highest rating for percentage of funds actually being distributed to helping, rather than going to administrative costs and stuff.)

Okay, personal stuff: Irma’s way out still and won’t even be touching Florida until… midday tomorrow? …but still she’s already inching away from my area bit by bit and we won’t have any effects here until I’m guessing overnight Sunday-Monday? We were originally down for a direct hit but the track has pushed just west of us that I barely expect a power outage. I mean, we only had one very brief outage with Matthew, and that actually was a hurricane when it came onshore barely north of us.

Of course I say that and now she’ll swing back east at us because I have.

Regardless of what she does or doesn’t do, the entire area is still under a mandatory evacuation starting tomorrow morning. I don’t even consider going anywhere for less than a medium-or-higher category three storm, partially because someone needs to be here to assess the post-storm for work but mostly because I’m massively overconfident when it comes to bad weather of any kind. No joke, most of my life I’ve actively believed I’ll go down from a lightning strike, and that doesn’t really frighten me.

So… either way? I’ll be here. Here at home, here online (again, just like last year). I might spend time streaming; I confirmed last time that the lag in my twitch chat is too much to ask people to crowd-play TWAU with me, but I can still play it in general and anyone who’s stuck home but has a connection can watch that if they want. I’m sure I’ll do at least episode two over the next few days. Or other games, or offline games, idk.

I’ll post if anything changes around here, and if anyone is bored I’ll be around to chat.

[Personal] Life and delays

So, a few things, I guess? Basically, work’s been absurdly chaotic for about a month now. I’ve been able to get in some of my anime/tv time as planned, and I got through a first playthrough of Episode Gladiolus, but other than those I’m more or less asleep before I even get home so very little’s been done on any other front. Well, I did catch up FFXV to the back-to-streaming point last… Sunday? …but I’m going to try to put that down while I catch up on Dragon Age stuff. Once I get another few posts to the Re-Everything in, I’ll go back to alternating the two. And the Re-Everything? I’m planning to get one more post up for that by this next chapter of The Stolen Throne. So, tomorrow or Sunday, so long as I can stay awake long enough to type something up.

Let’s see what else was I meaning to include here?

My new hair dye came in yesterday, so I’m going to get Brian to help me with that this weekend. Before and after pics to follow. I went this morning to delete my LJ, since I’ve been planning to do that anyway, and found it already deleted. I guess some admin somewhere saw me post about planning to do so, and did it for me? Either way, that site comes off the “where to find me” posts I have everywhere now. I might replace it with Dreamwidth, but I don’t think I used it enough to need a replacement. I’ll update everything if I decide otherwise.

Crap, I swear I had more to post when I opened up this window. I guess whatever for now…

tl;dr: life is hectic, I’m sleeping more than getting me-things done, but I’ll catch up eventually.

To-Do 3/10/17

Don’t mind me; I’m just updating my list for the week-ish. I finished A King’s Tale, and started Stolen Throne, so those two items are checked off from my last list. What’s left:

  • Continue hunts & side quests in FFXV, then do those other two Imperial bases and start streaming again.
  • Continue Stolen Throne and post more about that. Doing three chapters on that first post worked well, so while I’m still not setting a firm “gotta do this much before a post, no more no less” (cause if I do that, it’s not going to flow) at the same time three chapters is a nice, manageable amount so that may end up being the average.
  • Start I Am Setsuna.
  • Finish the episodes of Fairy Tail I currently have, which is the Blu-Ray set Collection 6. Which, unfortunately… is the Key to the Starry Sky arc. I’m taking it better than Brian is, because I know spoilers that put some of it into context, but that doesn’t mean the arc hasn’t started slower and more awkward than the Oracion Seis did.
    • Order Collection 7 to follow this one up with. It’ll still have some of KttSS, but it also starts the Grand Magic Games!
  • Tinker with OBS.
    • Alternately, win obnoxious amounts of money and go out the easy way & buy the Ripsaw or something. Especially since I could use that on non-PS4 consoles, too. Oh, and if I did win obnoxious amounts of money, put a significant portion of it to good use. That’s one of those things that should be obvious, but who knows.
  • Catch up on: Flash (1st priority), Voltron season 2 (2nd priority), and Supergirl (3rd priority).
    • As for Arrow and Legends, I like them, but they aren’t the same as Flash and Supergirl.

Um… That’ll do for now. I’ll only get through maybe half of this in the next week-ish, but I’m working my way through. It’s not like I want to have nothing to do. I think I’ll start with Fairy Tail and reading, then see how far I can get from there.