arise: (haruhi suzumiya ♥ cool edition)
I deferred from my uni course today. In some ways, it was a snap decision, but I've been worried about my ability to continue for awhile. Besides, now I can wait for the results from my first degree to come through, and look at a few different Masters programs. Or even take some extra time and do post-grad for my BA. Either way, it's nice not to feel like I'm working to such a deadline. I feel kinda bad, like I've given up, but it's really the most sensible option right now.

I'm honestly a bit worried about my physical state, though. idk, I feel so drained all the time, I keep getting random hot flushes and dizziness, blurred/black spots in vision, weird symptoms like that. I've got a hospital appointment on Thursday, so I guess I'll get it checked out then.

In FE playthrough news, sadly lost Mia in Chapter 24, and Boyd just now in Chapter 26, both to freak criticals. Such is life, I suppose. We're almost there! Our Rhys is seriously fantastic - I've never had much luck with him before, but this Rhys turned out pretty amazing.

Going to start on Mass Effect 3 soon, given that I don't have much else to do with my time. Should be fun! :D
arise: (fire emblem ♥ bright heart)
Going okayish on earlier-mentioned bullshit assignment. Higher education is such a pain sometimes. The whole process is weirdly cathartic, actually - we have to analyse a life transition, and I'm doing the early stages of my pregnancy.

My pregnancy which is coming to an end worryingly soon. It's hard to believe that the baby's due in ten weeks. I've gotten so used to being pregnant that the idea of not being pregnant, let alone having a baby to look after, is bizarre. It feels like so much more time has passed, but really, we've only known about the baby proper for about five months. Ah well.

Inspired by [personal profile] amielleon, husband and I have started a tag team no resets Hard runthrough of FE9/10. Well, almost no-resets - it's only his second time playing, so in order to convince him that this was not AN IMPOSSIBLE CHALLENGE, we agreed to each pick a champion (I picked Soren, he picked Gatrie) and to reset each chapter if they die, and also if Ike dies/we hit a lose condition. Fortunately we've only had one such incident so far, and that was neither of us being aware that Naesala's ravens can and will claim the sieze point on the ship level where you get Astrid. We've lost three units so far - husband lost Shinon way back in chapter 7 and Titania in chapter 9, and I stupidly lost Mist in Chapter 12 when I messed up the raven blockade formation. It's been a lot of fun so far! He's playing through Chapter 16 as we speak.

Have banned self from Mass Effect 3 until this assignment is done. Must. Finish. Assignment. At this pont, it's just become a matter of determination to know what all the drama is about!
arise: (final fantasy ♥ secrets)
Today was a day of good news and bad news! The bad news first, since I like to end on a happy note. I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but since August, I've been taking sleeping medication to help with my insomnia. It's been amazing and basically transformed my life, wish I'd discovered it years ago, etc.. Unfortunately, the medication I'm taking is also technically an anti-depressant, specifically a downer. That's never really affected me because I take it for insomnia, so I'm asleep during the actual downer effects most of the time - I've been awake for it sometimes, but not much. Being a downer, it actually has some pretty nasty side-effects. I've never had the side-effects before, and I've been taking it for months.

Unfortunately, in the last week or so, that's changed. I've spontaneously started falling into a fugue-like state, losing time, having... well, dark thoughts is the best way I can describe it, but in a completely emotionally detached manner. Like, I'll sit down for a few minutes and then suddenly find that it's half an hour later, or, as happened today, I'll suddenly find that I've walked out of a room full of people I was talking to and am halfway across the university with no idea when or why that happened. My theory is that the medication isn't processing through my system as quickly as it should because of some kind of third-trimester change, so I'm feeling the downer effects long after the sedative (and, indeed, the eight hours of sleep) is done. Either way, though, it means that I'll have to stop, or at least cut down on, the medication for at least a little while, and that truly is a miserable thought. It can't be helped, as insomnia is way preferrable to this, but it's a real pain. :(

The good news, however, is that apparently my university enrolment was screwed up! Normally this would be a bad thing, but in this case, they screwed it up by enrolling me in first year when I should've been skipped straight to second year! So, starting next week, I'll be attending a whole bevy of new subjects, and have credit for an entire year knocked off. I'm thrilled, needless to say. The idea of suddenly cutting to second year is a bit daunting, but hey, I've done it once, I can do it again! I do have a whole new timetable to learn, though, and new books to buy! (And the old ones were so expensive...)
arise: (haruhi suzumiya ♥ open-minded)
I know it's not something that anyone else on my flist is into, but I'm super-excited about the V20 Companion Deluxe Edition. Not even so much for the thing itself -not actually a huge Vampire fan-, but for the hope that White Wolf and other game companies might seriously start looking at Kickstarter and the like as a payment and distribution model. Everyone and their mother knows about the Order of the Stick and DoubleFine successes, so I really hope it's something that can extend to the tabletop RPG market too.

Uni has started, and it's been pretty good so far. I've met the other members of my group (lots of groupwork) and they all seem nice. The work is okay for the most part too - kinda boring first year stuff, but nothing too challenging, thankfully. I'm cautiously optimistic about the semester!

ummmm not much else to say. I'm pretty much obsessed with Fallout: New Vegas and Battlestar Galactica right now, though I'm almost finished the former. Planning to move on to Mass Effect 2 afterwards, as I preordered 3 in the end. Anyone else into ME? I played the first one and didn't like it that much, but I've been told the gameplay gets a lot better in 2, and I enjoyed the demo of 3 a lot.
arise: (persona ♥ marin fucking karin)
My paid account on LJ expired a few days ago. I am less distressed than I thought I would be about the loss of icons, so I suppose that's something. I only really go there to comment on communities and read journals that haven't moved to DW, so I guess that's it.

Uni starts next week. The university have been really pathetic about getting the timetables up - everyone is allocated into different groups, and you derive your timetable from that. The groups were only released a couple of days ago. This wouldn't be so bad if it weren't also the case for people who have clinicals - ie, people only found out a couple of days ago where they were going to be working for the next few months. It doesn't affect me, but I feel sorry for them.

I've been kinda out of it for the last few days and have just been blobbing out on the couch. Mostly been playing Fallout: New Vegas. I forgot how good this game is - maybe I was just playing it wrong the first time, but it's way more fun now. Spent most of yesterday running around doing odd jobs for the NCR, then capped it off by wiping out everyone in one of the casinos. Good times.

Also been watching a bit of anime. Specifically, the Persona 4 anime, Tiger & Bunny, and No 6. Enjoying all of them - P4 a bit less so, but I haven't seen much of it so I'm hoping it'll kick into gear later on. It's good for novelty, at least.

Decided to pre-order Mass Effect 3, just in case I do get really into it and end up kicking myself for not doing so earlier. Besides, the collector's edition DLC looks pretty solid. Hopefully I actually like it.
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: (dead rising | my store)
Restarted playing Radiant Dawn. I meant to just do a Hard mode run, but since I'm using Theo's Wii and not my own... there's no save data. I can't even play it on Hard D: And I can't turn battle animations fully off! Which sucks. I'm trying to do it as speedily as I can - midway through the Dawn Brigade chapters now. Typically, I have the Best Micaiah Ever, and also a pretty good Meg and Leonardo.

Kinda bored and not sure what to do with myself until uni starts. Have been filling the time with home renovations and such, but I don't have the energy to move furniture around all that much, and I can only focus on games/any reading at all for an hour or so at a time.
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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