Life Update!

Well, this week has been a bit hectic so far and I won’t be slowing down too much by the time my fiance arrives for his 3-week stay next Monday. I’m super excited because it’s been a couple years since his last visit and, while I don’t have a crazy amount of stuff planned, what stuff we WILL do is sure to make for a nice vacation.

But, before we get into some good news, I’ve got some bad news to share. As of Monday evening, my 17-year-old cat, Scamper, has gone missing. My parents and I have searched our property and started asking around, but he hasn’t turned up yet. It worries us mainly because, at his age, he doesn’t get around as easily as he used to and has never been away from home nearly this long. I’m hopeful we’ll find him or he’ll turn up, but it’s put a heavy damper on an otherwise good week so far.

Now, speaking of that good week, I spent yesterday in the city with my mom watching the annual Buskers on the Boardwalk Festival. It was pretty good, with this year’s being the first time they’ve run the festival prior to the weekend. Unfortunately, that meant many of the acts either weren’t there yet or just weren’t performing that day, so we had a lot more time on our hands between shows. Still, I got my now-traditional Tutti Frutti-flavored snocone and the acts we did see put on some entertaining shows.

Another plus is, fingers crossed, my Internet connection seems to have gone back to being stable since last week. I’m hoping it was less to do with our modem and more to do with either the lines or something on our service provider’s end. I did hear from my uncle that he’d experienced similar problems, so I guess it wasn’t just us after all. I’m just happy it seems to have sorted itself out before I start spending quality time with my man.

Finally, something I failed to blog about a year or two ago was that I, for the first time in my life, 100% completed the Pokedex in “Pokemon X” It was an arduous task of constantly trading, evolving and breeding Pokemon, but with Japan’s release of Volcanion and me managing to snag one, I can definitely say it was a worthwhile achievement. However, I toiled on and off with the idea of making a LIVE Pokedex (having physically one of every Pokemon and their evolutions), but I’d decided against it because of the amount of work it involved and a lack of interest. Well, thanks to the Sun/Moon information that’s got me pumped to play a brand new Pokemon game again, I decided the time was now. And ladies and gentlemen, as of tonight, I can officially say that I have a 100% complete LIVE Pokedex in “Pokemon X”!

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I’m so relieved and proud of myself for giving it a shot. I’m hoping to do what most people will probably do and transfer my ‘dex over to Sun/Moon. Not so much to help complete the ‘dex there, but so I can continue with it by catching all the new Pokemon. Sure, I had a lot of time on my hands to pull this off, but I feel like I accomplished a big project and now I can just sit back and enjoy it for what it is. Then I plan to never, ever do something this extensive for a video game EVER again. Anyway, I can’t promise regular blogs in the next three weeks, but I’ll still try to get one a week out as usual. See you all then!

Life’s Little Annoyances

You know, people would gladly say I spend way too much time on the Internet, no doubt a product of me only working once a week at the moment. In recent weeks, I’ve been having an old past-time of Internet-users everywhere: a buggy connection. The culprit seems to be the overwhelming heat we’ve had lately coupled with me being online quite often. It’s been mostly aggravating trying to jump-start my modem day after day, even if I DO give it breaks to cool down and such. But oddly enough, I’ve found it mainly annoys me because it interrupts time talking with my fiance/friends and less to do with anything else.

Oh, sure, I use my computer as both that and a TV, so trying to watch shows or even movies while dealing with my recent connection woes has been a chore. And yet, I’ve found that the majority of stuff I watch and do online can be done in only a few hours tops. It’s weird because I thought I had more than that, but I realize it’s because I’ve made a routine for myself. Yes, even on the Internet, I have a routine. At least, with the websites I view. My day online usually starts the same: check my email, check Facebook for messages/birthdays, check sites like Cracked and YouTube (while going back to YT periodically for web shows), etc etc. Aside from the times I DO step out of this routine, like to try out a new show or watch a movie, my main reason for popping on is so that I don’t have to resort to talking with my fiance on the phone. After all, long distance still sucks no matter how long of a relationship you’re in, so having Skype around to see him AND talk is a godsend.

I guess I’m happy in a way that I’m not as Internet crazy as I thought I was (even if it still is one of my main hobbies aside from video games/reading). Does this revelation help me cope with a finicky modem? Yes and no.While it’s nice to know that I could limit my Internet time, I still like using that time to spend with my fiance before I see him in person in under two weeks. It’s never fun when most days you feel like you’re spending more time fighting to get and keep your modem working than chatting with your partner. But I’ve made plans to take a break now and then with it to see if that helps my connection. I’m just looking forward to my fiance being here so we can free up my Internet by using a hotel’s instead.

 

Happy Canada Day!

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You know, I’ve come to realize over the years that Canada Day has never been one of my favorite holidays. Sure, it mainly exists as a celebratory holiday and one to show off your pride in your country, but I never felt all that invested in it. Even today, my only plans are to go to a family barbecue, even skipping out on the usual fireworks display shown in town. I guess that, while I’ve enjoyed being in this country and take some pride in it, I’ve always preferred holidays with a bit more…tradition to them. Halloween, Christmas and Easter all have significance to me as holidays that not only have interesting backstories but also carry deep-seated yearly (for the most part) traditions within my family. Even as a kid, I found Canada Day more interesting thanks to the activities tied with it, not the history behind it.

But on this Canada Day, I’d like to share one of my favorite C-Day memories from way back. When my sisters and I were younger, my family would make at least one campground outing every summer. We would visit a campground called Lone Pine and camp out with our small, very cozy tent. Aside from the usual camping activities like roasting marshmallows over a bonfire and walking nature trails, the campground also had a few facilities on hand to entertain us. Our personal favorites, before they eventually added a mini-golf course years later, were their outdoor swimming pool and indoor arcade. The pool didn’t have a slide and I don’t remember if it had a diving board, but it was just what we needed on those hot summer afternoons. I remember the arcade was pretty small and didn’t have much selection for games, but my sisters and I would borrow money to occasionally try a fighting or shooting game (their names escape me), or even play a round or two of air hockey.

Anyway, one of our summer outings coincided with Canada Day, so the campground had a few extra activities as a result. They hired a goofy clown (never, ever been scared by them) who would do the usual balloon animal-making shtick. I think I got him to make me a balloon dog. Later in the day, they served a cake decorated to look like a Canadian flag with “Happy Canada Day” in big, frosted letters. And finally, I recall they shot off fireworks once it got dark enough. While the firework shows around here are never as spectacular as those in the cities around us, they always fascinated me as a kid regardless. I can’t remember many other details about the day as it was so long ago, but these parts I DO remember have stuck with me all this time. I feel as though it’s because that was one of if not the most memorable Canada Day celebrations I’ve been a part of. Sure, I’ve done something, big or small, to celebrate it every year, but that’s one of the only ones I still look back on fondly.

It’s hard to say how much longer I’ll even get to celebrate it before my eventual move to the States with my fiance, but I have no doubt I’ll end up treating Independence Day in a similar fashion (though hopefully with more memorable results). Still, even if either of these holidays aren’t up there with my favorites, I do appreciate and respect what they stand for. All countries have to start somewhere, and while I might not celebrate as hard as some Canadians no doubt are today, I still can’t help feeling that bit of Canadian pride now more than ever.