Didn’t do much at all this past weekend. It snowed/flurried plenty, so it was rather cold which meant no planting of plants for me or traveling South since there was ice and I wasn’t about to deal with that. My brother was gone the vast majority of the week. It was nice except I got tired of dealing with just my mom and not having someone my age to be around. I managed one RW update and felt so good about myself that I played video games. Oh, I guess I did get around to finally staining that photo cube and then ordering pictures for that cube and the one at work. Lots and lots of Ni no Kuni II (PS4), for the rest of the time. I can’t even begin to tell you how glad I am that I’m free of that whole cable/phone switching thing…speaking of which, I need to check my grandma’s email tonight to see if there are any responses.
Ni no Kuni II is a good game (I think I’m about 1/2 to 2/3 done with it) and I was drawn to it originally because it seemed similar to a Tales game (which is silly because I still have Tales of Berseria to finish–I’m at 3/4 or more on that game). Well, I was correct about that, but as it turns out, the whole game is basically a conglomeration of like 10 different games. As much as I appreciate the varied aspects of the game, it seems almost like it tried too hard. I’m all for effort in video game making, and I’m not usually one to deride a “different” game because otherwise we would (and already are) be playing carbon copies of games since tried and true is better than risky and new. Oh well. If you want to play, by all means, I’m not done with it, but I’m hanging around a 7.5-8.0 out of 10 (it’s probably more like a 6.5-7.5, except the sheer volume of side quests is impressive if not excessive). Just don’t play it on English dub…do the English subs and the Japanese voice. I usually try to do the English dubs if I can because they spent time and money and plus I already can guess what Japanese voices sound like–I’ve watched and played many Japanese anime and games…you can guess to a T exactly what a voice will sound like based upon their character design–and it gets tiresome to try and read and watch at the same time as sometimes you can miss something if the text is too small or is ongoing while you’re trying to fight something. Definitely going to finish most of the side quests. It’s my goal as a completionist! Pfft. Completionist…that’s totally silly given that I’ve probably finished about 30% of the games I start.
Whenever Spring rolls around, I always know the exact time it’s going to start because I begin to feel restless. My dogs are great indicators to because they get extra excitable twice a year, but I’ve begun to feel that “I need to do something, accomplish something, get a mate,” feeling. That coming out of winter feel. Also, I tend to get sick. Haha.
Around last weekish I started feeling a bit depressed again and I realized that it was because the end of March was the anniversary of when M graduated from his Academy and the start of the end for us. Don’t get me wrong, I am truly 98% over it. I can say his name now, think of his face, look at pictures without feeling any sort of emotion at all. I’ve almost completely forgotten that feeling and can 100% look back on it all as if I was taking a course on dating. Totally objective, empirical data mindset. In fact, I’ve been tossing around the idea of dating again, but remembered that I told myself I wouldn’t do that until I sold my house and gotten a place of my own. That would make it all sooo much easier.
I really need to read real books. Instead, I settled on Manga online since it’s free and doesn’t require me to go to the library which his silly because I should go to the library darn it! Or at least the book exchange store. Anyways, I remember now why I like watching anime or reading manga. They’re good but the manga (honestly it’s probably because I’m attracted to the romance ones) drive me crazy because of the misconceptions or maybe ideas they place on a reader are all exactly the same. The character portrayals are all so very frustratingly similar too. Then again, I don’t like watching movies too much maybe for the exact same reason. The hot guy who is troubled but very cool, being overly protective to the point of abusive, but that’s totally normal in manga and its OK because he’s hot and “loves” her. And she’s this bumbling, pretty girl who can’t seem to do much on her own and claims that she’s not interested but she’s a 9th grader and still hasn’t had a boyfriend and holy crap do these kids have parents??? And why do 9th or 10th grade boys look like college students and are terribly strong? Parents? What are those? They’re either always working, gone or have zero power/influence whatsoever. The silly part is that I keep reading them. It’s pretty typical in anime and video games to have barely-out-of-their-teens protagonists making life or death decisions while adults are basically useless and stand aside as supporting roles.
Library. Me. Staurdays. Let’s go.
It looks like warm weather to come and stay starting the end of this week! Yay for gardening! Looks like I’ll be heading south more often now! I have no idea why my brother or mom or anyone can’t let me alone for a time period. I planned originally to try and take next Thursday off because I don’t work Friday so that I can go down and have a few days to do things…my original birthday week plan to do so didn’t work out so well. Yesterday, my brother told me that he wants to take the entire week off next week and go down there. I’m like. Great. Of course. I did mention that I wanted to try and take the 19th off. I am PLAGUED by never being able to be alone. Yes yes, I keep complaining and I’m well aware that one day I’ll regret it because maybe one day I won’t have my family to “annoy” me and then I’ll just be sad and regret I ever complained about anything. However, how can I get away and just be by myself?
In other news, I’m doing a pretty good job of not spending money in an effort to recover my finances. I have 2 more months or so before I’ll be out of the woods, but it’s a good practice to have. Be happy with what I have instead of placing it into material things I don’t need at all. Save money, and all that good stuff. Lay low.