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New Year’s resolutions for 2014

January 25, 2014 By: Judy Category: Life

2013 was a pretty good year. I had two major positive changes that shaped my life: 1) my baby girl, obviously, and 2) a new job I love that’s walking distance from home. It’s been exhausting, but most of the time, it’s been a happy exhaustion.

This means it’s time to blog!

My blog makes it look like my life ceased to exist after Ellie arrived, and that’s not completely untrue from the perspective of hobbies and social life. Some typical New Year’s resolution stuff like save money, cook more, drink more water, etc… I just have to do out of necessity these days. I need to stay healthy to take care of myself, who takes care of Ellie. I need to be conservative with spending since we are on one consistent income, but need to pay for child care for two working parents. I need our place to stop being a mess so our crazy monkey girl daughter won’t hurt herself somewhere.

So this year my resolutions are going to focus more on things I want. And I can’t do too many because it’s impossible. I want to knit, crochet, play video games, blog, sleep, watch TV, bake, play non-video-games, surf internet, and hang out with friends… but it just doesn’t work for me. My focus will be this:

1. Blog. At all. I know blogging is dated. I should be summarizing this post in <140 characters and tweeting it. However, I like blogging because I can physically see my voice. I can organize my thoughts. And I like that it requires discipline. So I want to keep doing it. At the same time, I get to mess with some basic website management stuff, so it’s not just incessant rambling.

2. Meet up with friends. I will reach out to more people. I know as a new parent, people will stop talking to you, stop reaching out to you, because they don’t want to bother you because you’re busy and/or tired. And yes, I am busy and tired and generally don’t want to be bothered. But I also miss my friends. And it’s up to me to reach out and bug them, since I’m the tired/busy one. So I will do it.

If I can squeeze any other stuff in my leftover time… kudos to me.

New thing I learned today: Onesies have large neckholes so that you can pull the onesie down past the shoulders. That way, you don’t have to pull a poop explosion over their head.

I saw this fact posted on a Facebook mother’s group. Seriously, why don’t they teach this in new parents’ classes? I would have this infinitely more useful than watching a video about shushing.


January to June 2013 video game tab

January 20, 2014 By: Judy Category: Shopping, Video Games

A post I tried to get done six months ago as a way to get caught up… only to sit in my drafts for another six months mostly done.

Video games and related purchases:
Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS) – $43.39 from Gamestop, including artbook
SimCity (PC) – $65.24 from Amazon, including $20 Amazon credit
Nintendo eShop credit (3DS) – $20.00 from Nintendo eShop
Fire Emblem: Awakening Scramble Pack (3DS) – $0 ($6.50 Nintendo eShop credit)
Fire Emblem: Awakening Golden Pack (3DS) – $0 ($6.00 Nintendo eShop credit)
Fire Emblem: Awakening Smash Pack (3DS) – $0 ($6.50 Nintendo eShop credit)
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) – $32.34 from NewEgg ($39.99 – $10 coupon + tax)
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) – $33.99 from Nintendo eShop ($34.99 – $1 eShop credit)
Total: $193.96

So, I’ve been slightly distracted. Video gaming has taken a backseat to real life, as has blogging and crocheting/knitting. Despite this, I did manage to make some purchases during what was probably the most exhausting period of my life.

I remember when I found out when Fire Emblem: Awakening was coming out, my first concern was not being able to get it due to the birth of my baby. (I really love Fire Emblem, okay???) It was unlikely to be an issue, since I was due after its release date. Kelvin assured me he would help me get the game if that did end up being an issue.

Then February came, and lo and behold, Ellie came early. And I did end up being in the hospital when the game was released. Kelvin did as promised and went to get the game… but the physical copy ended up being unofficially delayed! I was so miffed. I don’t know why I was miffed, considering I had ZERO time to play it. Gamestop eventually got it in a couple days after I left the hospital, and Kelvin picked it up for me as he promised. So I got to stare longingly at the case and artbook for the next couple months.

In March, I was itching to play a PC game. I think I was under the delusion that maybe things would get easier and I would have time to play. Facebook was abuzz with comments about SimCity, so I did an impulse buy. I guess this was before all the comments were about how obnoxious the online system was, because if I had known what a bitch it would be to get a game started, I would have never bought it. The day I got it (a couple days after launch), I attempted multiple times to play it, failed, and never bothered playing it again. $60 and precious time down the drain. Thanks EA.

Sometime in April or May, I could no longer just stare at the Fire Emblem case and eventually started playing it. I hadn’t followed the coverage on it very well, but it’s pretty much gone beyond all my expectations and easily surpassed all the previous Fire Emblem games (which had already set a high bar). I remember reading about fan service DLC for the Japanese one, and I was so excited when I found out it was released in the US! I was conflicted over buying the DLC because 1) I’m generally too cheap to pay for DLC and 2) I wasn’t even that far in Fire Emblem: Awakening, so buying DLC seemed dumb when I barely had time for the main game. But then I decided to screw it and buy it anyway. I put in $20 of credit for the eShop and bought the Scramble maps. The leftover credit sitting around made it too easy for me to buy a couple more DLC packs.

June came around, and I got an unexpected package from NewEgg. It’s my preorder for Animal Crossing: New Leaf! From back in… September 2012? When I preordered it, I had no idea when it would be released, and I completely forgot about it after the baby came. So what a pleasant surprise it was to have it show up on my doorstep!

However, there were a couple annoyances. First of all, because I was actively playing Fire Emblem when it arrived, and Animal Crossing is a game you play everyday, I had to keep switching between cartridges. I eventually got annoyed to the point where ate $35 to get a second, digital copy of Animal Crossing to not deal with cartridge-switching. In the end, I think the cost was worth it, but I should still try to trade it for the new Mario & Luigi game or something.

The other annoyance was, after rebuying Animal Crossing, I discovered that $34.99 was the actual retail price of the game. NewEgg never adjusted the price or alerted me of the price change, so it ended up being a $5 off deal versus a $10 off deal. The $5 difference might not seem like a big deal, but it’s enough to consider options that have faster shipping or other promos. (Not that it mattered in my case since I wasn’t following deals at the time… but that’s not the point.) What also irked me was when I emailed NewEgg, a company known for their customer service and fast response time to issues, about the difference, I never got a response. So… boo to them.

Games I beat:

I should have been able to beat Fire Emblem, but then I decided to forget about the main mission and start maximizing everybody’s friendship levels.

New thing I learned today: A troubadour is a writer and performer of songs and poetry between the 11th and 13th century.

Fire Emblem has troubadours, which I have never heard of.


December 2012 video game tab

June 26, 2013 By: Judy Category: Shopping, Video Games

This post was sitting in my drafts. It was only missing me talking about beating X-COM. Not sure why I didn’t just post this back then.

Video games and related purchases:
Letterpress (iOS) – $0.99 from iTunes
Total: $0.99

Actually, the total is really more like 80 cents. I’m always on the lookout for deals on iTunes gift cards, and they typically go on sale for 20% off. Pretty much all my iOS apps and music purchases have been using credit, but I don’t put the cards on my tabs since I use them for things besides games.

Kelvin got me into playing Letterpress. I’ve had a lot of doctor and wellness appointments, so I seem to find myself in waiting rooms a lot. The game has significantly helped with killing time, especially after getting several of my friends into it. I’ve slowed down on the game recently, but I’ve certainly got my 80 cents worth out of it already, which allows you to play more than two people at once and see pretty colors.


Games I beat:
XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PC)

[comments 6 months later]
XCOM: Enemy Unknown really does justice to the original games. However, I didn’t do Ironman mode, so I feel like I cheated. I was able to get through the final battle without any deaths as a result. Maybe next time, but who knows when that’ll be.
[/comments 6 months later]

New thing I learned today: The inventor of “pull-to-refresh” is the creator of Letterpress.

Unsurprisingly, the game has a great user interface. It’s still lacking things like records and has occasional network/connection meltdowns, but it gets better with every update.


Website’s busted, bear with me

June 09, 2013 By: Judy Category: Randomness

Attempting to switch servers with a baby around is as tricky as I anticipated. My website may be in various states of disrepair while I try to get everything back to how it originally was.

New thing I learned today: LAMP is an acronym for a set of software used for web servers: Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP (or Perl or Python).

I can’t believe all these years I never bothered to look up what LAMP stood for.


A new life-changing, blog-neglecting addition to the family!

April 03, 2013 By: Judy Category: Life

Great, this website is still up! This is the first time I’ve logged in since my last post. Why? Because a couple days after that post, I went into labor and eventually this little girl showed up:

I’ve been tending to Ellie nonstop, and that’s been unsurprisingly exhausting. I haven’t had more than five hours of consecutive sleep since I went into the hospital, and I’ve only had two five-hour periods between feedings so far. The vast majority have been two or three hours. Even though things are still very challenging right now, I think I’m starting to figure things out more now and can maybe get back into doing some things I enjoy, like blowing the dust off this blog.

Look! I managed to go outside! And eat a croissant!

Not sure how I’m going to succeed with my goal of blogging more this year. I’ve already started playing games again (<3 Fire Emblem), so maybe there’s hope. Or maybe I should quit my job and become a mommy blogger.

New thing I learned today: Babies have blue or grey eyes when born because of the lack of the protein melanin, which they gain during their first year.

An early picture of Ellie, though her eyes
still haven’t turned brown yet.