Life Lately: June, July & August

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So Summer, that’s a thing that’s happening right now. I have been so offline compared to past summers and that’s because I have just been way more busy not just with work life but also with personal life. I’ve been traveling a lot more on my days off, spending time with my family and friends, going out, doing things.

Right now my family is in the middle of harvest, we’ve had a bit of a rough start to the season. We had some machines rebel against us, so we had to make some decisions on how we were going to handle them. This made me so stressed out, where we are also had a heat wave which didn’t help anything. We’ve made it through unscaved basically and are back on track with our harvest. Right now I’m working 10-18 hour days so I don’t have much of social life just because I’m so tired after work. I’m glad harvest is only about a month and half long.

I haven’t done a life lately since sometime in the spring, so since then I’ve had my half birthday, in June, that was really fun to celebrate with my family and one of my pen pals/friends/brain twin sent me a fantastic little package. I made myself confetti cupcakes, and my mom gave me a unicorn topper kit for decorating. My boyfriend gave me a Fluffy from Despicable Me Pop Funko which is super adorable. It was a great day!

In July I went to a Geek Girl Brunch in Portland, it’s the closest chapter to me. We went to Sandy Hut, which is this grungy little dive bar that has an amazing breakfast that is inexpensive. The mimosas were $3.00 each way better than like $7 like at some places (or more). I also loved that the chapter leaders made up these amazing coloring books and gave us crayons. It was also so, so great to meet Mercedes finally. We’ve been friends on twitter and talk, but it’s so great to put a face to the name. That day was full of making friends, and hanging out. I can not wait to go to the one in September. I get really nervous before going to them, because I feel like no one is going to like me or talk to me and it’s always the opposite. GGB is such a fantastic community and I’m happy to be part of it.

I haven’t really been playing a ton of video games lately because of work. But I have really been enjoying Albion Online and Splatoon 2. Splatoon just had a splat fest of Mayo vs. Ketchup. I picked team Ketchup, because hello, it’s Ketchup. But I guess Mayo won…? I think its garbage how so many people picked team ketchup that there were tons of Ketchup vs Ketchup matches and those didn’t count towards the totals. Apparently this is an ongoing problem… *sigh* I hope they fix it in the near future. Not sure how many more Splat Fests I’ll be doing if this is their attitude. As for Albion Online, I’m going to do a whole separate post about it. I really enjoy the game, I’m a solo player – no guild- which some say is the “wrong way” to play but I disagree. It’s a great game for me to play this time of year because it’s very much a grindfest which takes little thoughts. Additionally the combat is simple and fun.

I started a brand new bullet journal this month, I found one that was on sale and I think I’m ready to get back into it. I used a bullet journal system, before it was know as bullet journaling. I used my system all through middle & high school, and into college. Then I used it organize my social irl life and my social internet life. Since finding the Erin Condren Life Planner I thought it would be a bit much to keep both up, so I’ve just been using the ECLP. But I really miss my bullet journal, and it works so well for me. I’m almost done with the ECLP so in 2018 I will be using a bullet journal and a recollections planner from Michael’s. Way less expensive than the ECLP, and planning, in my opinion, should be inexpensive (I got my recollections planner for about $15, while an Erin Condren can cost between $55-$60).

I’m also using my bullet journal for the Iggle Daily Journal prompts, it’s fun to put a bit of a spin on my old system, and make it accommodate new things. I also got a new toy, it the HP Sprocket that prints little pictures that are stickers you can stick to things. It’s been a ton of fun to incorporate them into my journal so far. The first spread I did for August is meant to celebrate Harry Potter because that Monday before the first was the 31st and Harry Potter’s birthday. I did red and yellow for Gryffindor and had these two really cool washi tapes that were perfect for the spread.  If you like seeing bullet journal spreads, or planning related stuff I share my spreads on my dedicated instagram.

 

This week is IGGPPCamp! It’s my third time going to camp, and am so excited. I got sorted into Troop Chimera. I also made a map of the campgrounds for in my bullet journal in the IGGPPCamp section. I think it turned out pretty cool.

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I’m part of Iggle Flicks and we will be hosting a bunch of watch-a-longs during camp. Mine isn’t until Sunday evening. When I thought I would have time off/be done with work. From what I’ve seen so far, all the activities look super fun this year! I have an activity that will be live on Saturday, so keep an eye out for it! (I’ll put a link HERE when it goes live) Until then enjoy this sneak peak:

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I’m sure I have more to share but I can’t think of anything right now, haha. So for now we’re caught up. Hopefully once work calms down a bit I can get back on a regular schedule of posting things. Thanks for hanging in there with me! ❤

 

 

E32016 In Review; Closing Thoughts

It has been a magical five days, with highs and lows pouring out of E3, there are moments when I think all gamers rejoiced, lost their minds, and ones where we all fell asleep (Nintendo, I’m looking at you). But I think it’s incredibly important to really think about everything we have seen in past E3, and remember that a lot of the games we are seeing this year, on release could be something entirely different, my prime example of this would be Watchdogs. So much hype was around that game, the devs promised we would be able to do all these incredible things, and it was an utter let down.

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E32016 In Review Directory Post

It’s really summer now that E3 is upon us! This is my third year watching the conference and my first year tweeting it. I actually had a lot of fun tweeting, and watching others in the #E32016 hashtag, good lord was that thing moving on my tweet deck! I feel like the bar was set last year with Bethesda mic dropping Fall Out 4 on us, and that made the presentations for this year really bring it, or at least feel the pressure to.

So Far I’m really satisfied with the conference, I’ve never taken so many notes about games I’m interested in before. It seems like this year is about the gamer and what gamers want, which is a nice change of pace.

The following list will act as my directory, because there is just to much to cover in one post. So be sure to check it all out, there are links and videos galore as well as a bit of commentary from me.

Nintendo Borefest at E3

Oh Nintendo, I love you but you need to step up your game. While I do love you and your games I fell asleep during your conference. Literally, while at my desk, at work. I also really don’t like that you intentionally used your twitch time on Sun and Moon then tried to push viewers over when the twitch time ended. I know that instead of pulling those people, they just moved on because you were boring and didn’t hold peoples attention.

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ACAC Series 2 Is Coming!

Animal Crossing Project .jpgPlease tell me I’m not the only one who is like super stinking excited for this!?!

I finished my Series 1 collection in November, so it took me about a month to get all the cards which is pretty good! I think the most interesting part was seeing all the trade sites pop up. I got half of my cards through trading. It was such a great experience, not only did I get to trade with awesome people but I also made some new friends!

Last time I went running all over my city and the right next to me looking for series one, which while fun, also took up most of my day. So this time around I have new game plan! (Because I love to make plans, I also love making lists!)

I am going to the GameStop in the city next to mine because they are a larger one, and get more stock generally. Last time they also did not have rules about how many packs you could buy. Then if I don’t get 10 packs (min, 14 packs max) from there I will be going to the GameStop in my town to see how many I can get. I have pre-ordered 6 packs from Amazon, which are scheduled to be delivered on the 22nd, which is pretty cool. Last time I had to wait like 3-5 days after to get them, so it’s cool Amazon has their act together. I also went to Walmart’s site to pre-order, only to find that I could only order 1 pack so I didn’t even waste my time on that. If it turns out to be worst case scenario, & I can’t get any cards from GameStop then I will be getting more from Amazon. (Apparently Target also will have them, but I doubt the one in my area does…)

I plan on getting a total of 20 packs, I did the same last time. Which is around $120, and 120 cards which I feel super comfortable with. I put Christmas money aside for Series 2 as well as Series 3, umm so thanks relatives for supplying money for my addiction problem. 😀

Once I get all my packs I am going to do a pack opening video (which I am super excited about!), I should have done one for series one but I just never thought about it. At that time I will also be updating my trading site, click here to see it, it’s just a little place where I can keep track of trades, and what I have to offer.

For the next two days I am going feel like I have ants in my pants, with so much build up of excitement! Is it the 22nd yet??