arise: (final fantasy ♥ reconsider life choices)
Tried to play Final Fantasy XIII-2. Got about an hour in before consigning it to trade-ins. Between Serah looking disconcertingly thin and the plot taking itself so seriously when the dialogue is so stilted... idk. Maybe I just don't have the patience I used to. It's too bad, because the battle system was fun and I did like XIII, but oh god it is like everything I hate about J-RPGs.

I've been pretty ill lately, so gaming is once again a concern. Went to the hospital twice in as many days. Fortunately baby is absolutely fine, all problems are with mama. DX Though yesterday's hospital visit seems to have been a freak case of food poisoning.

Not sure what to play next. Any recs?
arise: (tales ♥ cherryblossoms)
Haven't posted for a little while, not due to any real reason, just getting stuff organised. My enrolment is all sorted, and I've registered with the equality and diversity department at the uni. They're being pretty excellent - since my due date is right at the start of the exam period, my exams are all being moved to the end of the period, and I'm getting extra time. It really does mitigate a lot of the stuff that I was worried about :)

In other exciting news, we're organising the wedding! :D I'm trying out a new signature. It's so weird! My signature is A-[Surname], and even though my future married name starts with the same letter as my maiden name, it's weird writing something else. /lame problems

I'm impressed with the DW import journal tool. I put it on a little while ago, and while I'm still waiting for comments to come through, everything else imported within about half an hour. It's really nifty! Also reminds me that I should probably write a proper bio and sticky post at some point. idk lazy.
arise: (final fantasy ♥ he's so dreamy)
Have mainly been replaying Final Fantasy X and watching Battlestar Galactica for the first time (late to fandom lol). Realised that Auron and Papa Adama (as opposed to Baby Adama) actually look a lot alike. Cannot unsee.

We had our first appointment with the obstetrician yesterday, which was overall pretty good. It took forever, but they gave us a bunch of goodies, and everyone was really nice. We had to get a couple of blood tests done to see if we were carriers for some disorders, but apparently that's routine, so I'm not too worried. If something like that did come up, we'd handle it, but there's no point in getting freaked out about it prematurely!

On the negative side, my stomach is getting really noticeably big and I feel really crappy and self-conscious :/ Especially since I'm too sick/drained all the time to exercise very much.

Watching Theo play El Shaddai right now, as he's in a bit of a snit with Skyrim, something to do with a skeleton. It's amazingly pretty - I've never seen anything quite like it. I actually really want to show it to my dad, but he's still away overseas.
arise: (merlin ♥ oh shit son)
I hate it when you make a decision that makes perfect sense at the time you make it, given everything you know about the probability of certain events occurring, and yet it goes on to be proven completely wrong by unpredictable external stimuli. I especially hate it when you realise that it has gone wrong just in time to be fully aware of the implications, but not in time to correct your course of action and make the other choice.

In this particular case, it was not taking my sleeping medication because I was going to sleep much later than normal due to heat and had to wake up early in the morning for a doctor's appointment. Usually this would result in a non-restful sleep that nevertheless sees me through for a few hours. Unfortunately, it has now resulted in complete insomnia. I have to be up in three hours, so there's no way I can take the medication now as I'd be rendered effectively comatose (and prone to the side-effects, which are really unpleasant!), but I do not like my chances of sleeping without it. gdi. ;;

Also it seriously took me like twenty minutes to type this out in a remotely sense-make fashion. As subject line says, I have no idea if this is even coherent. Icon about depicts my face upon realising what the time was and going, "Well, if I have to wake up at 7am and it is now 3:30am..."

tldr BAD CALL
arise: (larsa & vayne | the new regime)
I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a paid account on Dreamwidth today! I'm really enjoying using it, I like the ethos that the designers have, and it's really not that expensive. I've got to get a whole bunch of icons, though - I actually lost most of mine when I was switching computers! I'll still be crossposting to LJ, though. I might change my username here. I'm sure that arise seemed awesome and hipsterish to me in 2009, but here in 2012 I'm just sort of baffled by it. I think I was going somewhere with it, but where?

Replaying FFX, as I am wont to do. Theo and I have a pretty good system right now whereby he's leveling a pally to play with my overlevelled hunter, so FFX-WoW is in full swing. That said, even though I'm Hunter 4 Lyfe and all, I've actually been messing around with a priest and really enjoying it. Especially dungeons, which is... odd, because I've always sworn not to touch actual multiplayer content with a ten foot pole. But being a healer is simple and satisfying.

To elaborate a bit on the last post - we had the 20 week ultrasound yesterday, and our baby girl is doing fine :) She's absolutely where she's meant to be down to the day. It was freaky as hell seeing the ultrasound, though - on TV, it's always like these smooth images of a serenely floating baby. This was basically a mess of tiny little bones flailing around. I'm not sure which was weirder, the tiny little paw-like hands and feet or the spine. I used to think of babies as fleshy little blobs, but now all I can think of is the skeleton!
arise: (cagalli | snowboarding! fuck yeah)
It's a girl ♥
arise: (shadow!naoto | i find this upsetting)
Went out shopping today, though it wasn't a very good trip. Not because we didn't pick up anything fun (we did!), but because ugh bad customer service. We went to Mind Games (tabletop rp stuff) first and they're always pretty rude, but idk maybe I noticed it more this time? They also treated another customer badly and I'm just kinda over it. We went to Minotaur (comics) afterwards, and even though the guy there wasn't rude (for once!), but because the place always looks like it's had one shelf-sorting per year.

I want to support bricks-and-mortar businesses, but when it's a matter of getting things online cheaply and not having to deal with shitty customer service vs going all the way to shops, attempting to browse their disorganized inventory, and then being treated like crap by the staff... eh. Just gonna buy online from now on and cop the shipping. In both cases, it's not so much that today was oh my god horrible, but that there have been a lot of incidents like this, as well as a few more questionable ones. It's just annoying because those are basically the only two shops in the city worth going to for those respective goods, so there's really no choice but to buy online.

But um we got some cool comics so that's nice 8D Tomorrow is a pretty big day - it's the twenty week ultrasound, so we'll find out the sex of the baby, and also whether it has any abnormalities or things to be concerned about. Everything's been so far so good, so fingers crossed everything goes okay tomorrow. I'm starting to feel the baby kick, which is... weird.

It occurs to me that I should probably make a sticky post for this journal at some point. Or are sticky posts not cool any more?
arise: (zuko | i'm never happy)
I really need to remember that The Escapist is really fucking stupid and I only go there for the videos, even if one or two of the articles are okay occasionally. idk it always gets me more annoyed than it should.

Planning a romantic getaway. Was originally going to be to some regional area in Victoria or maybe Sydney again, but after a chance visit to a travel site realised that it would actually be as cheap or cheaper (wtf) to go to Bali. So yeah, maybe doing that. Still not totally sure because I've never been overseas before and coward.

Have had very relaxing few days. Been kinda down a bit, but starting to feel a bit better about everything. Long periods of inactivity really don't suit me ;; I want to be doing something! Lounging around at home all day always sounds great until you've been doing it for ages!

haha I will so be regretting saying that once uni starts again. Oh well!

Also reading about all the RP communities transferring over to DW makes me want to join one but no I do not have the time or commitment abilitiy. gdi.
arise: (zuko | i'm never happy)
Been slowly playing through Skyrim with Theo. He's much further along than I am, the TV hog, but I'm really impressed by how we've taken completely disparate paths. He's running around as a sneaky archer Companion, happy as a clam, and I'm meanwhile off joining the army and investigating murders with only my heavy armour and warhammer to guide.

The weather is pretty awful here. It was 36 (Celsius, about 97 Fahrenheit) today, and it's going to be 40 (104) tomorrow. Not absolutely unbearable, but it keeps going from hot, dry and airless to cold, stormy and windy, often within the space of a week. (For example, it's only going to be 20 (68) by this Thursday.) So the body just has no time to adjust to the heat. D: Also we're in a weatherboard house with only one heroic little fan, and as it's a public holiday, none of the usual heat-beating locations are open. DX

Maybe I'm just a summer-hating grouch. Bring on winter! :(
arise: (cagalli | snowboarding! fuck yeah)
The perils of sharing an Amazon account with one's (mid-PhD) father. I originally went on there (after spending half an hour trying to remember my password) after reading on one of the Anime News Network columns (I originally just read the Answerman one for the lulz, but some of the review ones are actually okay) that the columnist had bought the DVD releases of the old 90s X-Men cartoons. And, lo and behold, there they were, just waiting for me to gleefully purchase them. That is like my childhood, right there on compact discs. Today is a good day to buy things.

I've been reading and watching a bit more of Ouran Host Club, and I have to say, as much as I'm enjoying both mediums, so far, I really prefer the anime. The comedic parts just work so much better, since so much of the humour is in the line delivery. It's kind of strange because I'm reading and watching them at around the same time, so I'm up to the same point in both. Do the plots eventually diverge? (Is... there actually a plot, or is it just amusing standalone after amusing standalone? Personally, I'm fine with either.) Even more than that, I've been watching the anime in the dub, much to my 13-year-old self's horror no doubt. I like both versions, but dub!Haruhi's deadpan delivery is just so good, and my Japanese really isn't good enough to fully pick up on such subtleties as 'sarcasm'. (As a random aside, it's been nearly a year since I stopped doing Japanese. Taking that into account, I'm surprised at how much I actually remember.)
arise: (shadow!naoto | i find this upsetting)
This annoys me. Isn't the entire point of private schools that they aren't government-run, and thus generate their own funds? Also, having attended an ungodly amount of crappy public schools, they need the funding.

Uh yeah, I completely screwed up my attempt to update every day. Oh well! Off to uni to get my Working With Children's check done! ...and show up to class, I guess. I should probably do that at some point.
arise: (dean | you overshare)
So, being the utter genius that I am, I managed to injure my arm in aikido today when stretching my legs. Yeahhhh. Honestly, even I am surprised by my own level of fail sometimes. I've also got a presentaiton tomorrow that I'm not ready for at all, but eh, it's not actually graded, so I guess I won't worry too much. It's for the one course this semester that I'm actually enjoying, so I feel obliged to try a bit. On a completely unrelated note, but I've been meaning to link to it for several days now: I must say that this Penny Arcade comic is a thing of great truth, if not beauty. I'm pretty sure we must have the same ISP.

One thing I forgot to mention about when I went to see the Wolverine movie - I went to Doncaster, and oh my god their Borders shits all over the Melbourne Central and the Lygon Street stores in terms of manga. Their selection is beautiful. Must return there when I have, you know, money. (Being a disaffected child of the 90s, the comparative content of shopping malls is clearly a key issue.) I also want to pick up Resident Evil 5 sometime, perhaps as a reward for finishing one of the essays that haunt my waking hours. I was put off initially by the whole partner system, given the trouble I have making my 360 connect to Live, but apparently the swine flu fiasco has brought out the zombie-killer in me.

Still attempting to prettify my Dreamwidth, which this is being cross-posted to. Will at some point brave the headache that is old!Photoshop in an effort to construct a header, since Dreamwidth does sadly lack in a diverse range of appealing layouts. My glee at having found this one pretty layout on a graphics journal was somewhat marred by realising the sheer volume of others who had also found it. One thing LJ has going for it is definitely the sheer quantity of pre-made layouts, even if they're not all quality. Also speaking of Dreamwidth - crossposting. I've heard there are clients you can use, and uh I would appreciate advice from flist on what's best and easiest to use. ^_^;;

I'm going to try and undertake a project of updating this thing every day for a week. I was reading through some of my old (high school era) LJ entries, and I was struck by how much I used to update. Granted, this was due to not having any sort of life, but just looking back reminded me of so many (good and bad) things that I'd completely forgotten. And idk, maybe in another three years I'll be thinking "gosh, what was I doing in uni again instead of studying?", and it'd be nice to be able to read back and find a detailed account of "oh yeah, I was playing video games and reading fanfiction".

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