Monday, 19 September 2016

Hearthfire 12th - Hearthfire 18th

What a week! I'm totally exhausted!

Monday I had work in the evening. I didn't do much else than that. Spent time on the internet mostly.

Tuesday I had a staff meeting in Stockholm so I had to get up at 6am to be there on time. Luckily I didn't have anything else to do this day so afterwards I went straight home and then I spent the day reading my book and also watching Dracula from 1931, The Wolf Man from 1941 and Night of the Living Dead from 1968. I was too tired to do anything special.

Wednesday was a busy day. First I had another staff meeting so I had to get up at 6am again. Afterwards I worked opening hours until 2pm, and after that I rushed to the train station to catch the next train home and get all the way to the centre and be on time for my tattoo appointment at 3.30pm. I made it in time and recieved my first tattoo ^^ The Deathly Hallows logo on my right wrist. It's not properly healed yet so picture will have to wait a bit. After getting a new tattoo each we had dinner at the Japanese restaurant in town. In the evening we watched Star Wars episode 2: Attack of the Clones. It's better than episode 1 obivuosly, but come on. I read in an interview once that George Lucas thought of the whole story for Star Wars when he was 15 years old. As a writer myself I can tell you that it's painfully obvious.

Thursday was a short day at work. When I got home I spent the day playing the new DLC for The Witcher 3.

Friday was a long day at work. In the hours between shifts I played Pokémon Go, but nothing fun and new happened. But I'm very close to a lot of fun and new things so I just have to keep playing to catch up. When I got home I watched Frankenstein from 1931 and The Mummy from 1932.

Saturday was yet another long day at work. I spent the time between shifts playing Pokémon Go, but still nothing fun and new. This work day was crazy. If you have never worked a job in service then you have no idea how incredibly stupid ordinary people can be. The tourist info desk at the department store is located right next to the restrooms. You need to pay to use the restrooms there, which is quite standard in Sweden. You're paying for a public restroom, but in exchange the restroom will be clean. Anyway, we deal with the visitors to the restrooms as well. This day I had a line going from inside the restrooms all the way out onto the floor of the store, for 2 hours. It felt like all of Europe was going to the restrooms in the store. Ofc people had left their ability to read along with their intelligence and their ability to see at home before going out. It's Saturday no need to think at all! So despite there being a sign next to the card machine for the restrooms no one could read it apparantly (there's probably less than 1mm between the sign and the card machine). So no one managed that basically. And since no one even bothered to read what it said on the screen of the card machine either it all ended up in the card machine going out of order. It said Out of Order on the screen of the machine, but seeing as no one could read this day people kept putting their cards in the machine and then getting angry with me when it didn't work. *sigh* So I took a piece of paper wrote "TEMPORARILY OUT OF ORDER" in capital letters and taped it on top of the card machine. That did the trick. They stopped trying to use the card machine, but instead they came to me to pay and complaining about the queue. *sigh* Basically, everything was my fault. All day. When I got home I watched Creature from the Black Lagoon from 1954 and Nosferatu from 1922.

Yesterday, Sunday, was another long day at work, and I once again played Pokémon Go during my break. Less people in the department store this day, which was a relief. I had company this day too and we spent most of my hours there talking about Japanese grammar, and writing. Practically analysing kanji and their radicals is a lot of fun. I also introduced this colleague to keigo, the three extremely polite ways to speak in Japanese which are required by societal circumstance to know how to use. He didn't know about keigo, his teachers hadn't talked about that yet. I have never really been somebody's senpai in Japanese, but now I am and I quite like it ^^ When I came home I watched one old movie (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from 1931) and a new-ish movie: The Woman in Black from 2012. After the newer movie was over I spent about 1½-2 hours watching nothing but horror movie trailers, which made me very jumpy. Especially so since just as one trailer ended a neighbour came home. So after having watched a bunch of creepy horror trailers I hear steps outside my door... O_o Creepy... When Toni came home we spent some time on Youtueb together and then I went to sleep. Totally exhausted from this week.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Watching old, old movies part 2

I'm on a roll here. Even more so because these old movies are usually between 70 and 90 minutes long :P Could easily fit two or three of these old movies in the same time it would take to watch one modern epic adventure movie (I'm looking at you Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings). So the next batch from my list:

(Part 1)

4. Frankenstein (1931)
Another iconic movie. This one set the image for what everyone thinks Frankenstein's monster looks like. Even if you haven't seen the movie you're sure to have seen pictures from it or pictures based on it.
I'm not gonna go into the plot because most people know the broad strokes of this story. Something that surprised me, though (maybe a reflection of the times): in the beginning it says "Based on the novel by Mrs. Percy B. Shelley". Why not just Mary Shelley? Why use her husband's name? As always when I watch or read the Frankenstein story I just feel sorry for the monster. Awakened into a world where everyone's afraid of you. That little girl was the only one to show him kindness, and he accidentally killed her. He didn't understand it wouldn't work that way - that the flowers would float, but the girl wouldn't. How could he? He was nothing more than a baby, really. A baby with inhuman strength that could kill you if he threw a tantrum. The Frankenstein story always makes me question who's the most monstrous; the actual monster who means well, but looks and sounds scary, or the humans whose base instinct is to kill anything that's different? I haven't read the novel yet (it's in my bookshelf waiting for me), so I can't be sure, but in every adaptation I've seen Dr. Frankenstein's assistant is named Igor, but here he's named Fritz (awesomely played by Dwight Frye btw), and in every adapation Dr. Frankenstein's first name has been Victor, but here it's Henry (Henry actually has a friend named Victor which was very confusing to me in the beginning of the movie). I don't know which is the real names from the novel, but suddenly having new names for the characters was slightly bewildering.
There was nothing unexpected about this movie, and although I'd like to call it amazing it doesn't quite reach all the way. It was good. I enjoyed it. But maybe the whole story is too well-known for me already. Boris Karloff was as great as you'd expect as the monster, and Dwight Frye was masterful as usual.

5. The Mummy (1932)
Another Boris Karloff movie. Before I started watching it I had a slight wondering, then when the title cards started showing the actors and their characters, I knew. The Mummy film from 1999 that I absolutely love is a remake with spiced up story of this movie from 1932. I figured that out when I saw that Boris Karloff played Imhotep - the mummy himself - with the same name as the mummy in 1999. The base plot of the two movies is the same: a 4000 year-old mummy is exhumed and accidentally awakened, he then tries to get his ancient love back by using a living girl that looks like her, his love betrays him and the living girl is rescued by her boyfriend and the mummy destroyed. Karloff was amazing. In a speaking role like Imhotep he was a lot more charismatic and appealing than as the monster from Frankenstein. His "mummy-stare" is scary and hypnotic at the same time. (I really understand how he got the Hollywood nickname "The Uncanny"). His voice was deep and appealing (imagine a mix of Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee). I mean, I can see that his looks aren't that amazing, but I sort of fell in love with Karloff here!
In terms of excitement I really liked the story! But then again I may be biased, because I love the 1999 movie so much.

6. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
The creature looks like a mix between the Ice Warriors and the Sea Devils from classic Doctor Who.
The whole story was very King Kong-y. Scientists discover a basically untouched lagoon in the Amazon and begin exploring it for fossils etc. They discover a creature that they call the Gill-Man (sounds like a very stupid superhero name tbh). Gill-Man becomes interested in the woman of the group and attempts several times to run off with her. She's afraid of him and the men of the group keep arguing about whether they should kill Gill-Man or capture him for study. In the end Gill-Man is killed but not brought back for study (for some reason - now they have all the proof they need to show the world of science that Gill-Man was real). I quite liked the movie though, to me it had some similarities with King Kong and Anaconda. I wouldn't call it a favourite, but it was definitely neither boring nor bad.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Watching old, old movies part 1

So for a few years now I've wanted to watch the really old black-and-white horror movies that sort of set the standard for everything we have today. I know horror has evolved a lot and I didn't expect to get scared by them (even modern horror scares me very rarely), but I wanted to see them none-the-less. I didn't know where to start but I found a huge list on IMDB and decided to follow that :)

1. Dracula (1931)
This movie is iconic, and I'd heard of it so many times before, but never watched it. The first time I heard the name of Bela Lugosi was actually in the Johnny Depp movie Ed Wood. I know the story of Dracula intimately, though I have never really managed to read the novel (might try again now). Because of the Great Depression this movie's budget was cut, and a great deal of changes had to be made. The movie was originally supposed to be an adaptation of the novel, but due to the cut budget it became instead an adaptation of the play from the previous year. What stood out to me the most being used to modern movies was the lack of ambient music. I don't really notice the music in today's movies so the silence was basically deafening in this one. No ambient music, no suspenseful music... The lack of music actually made the suspense even more suspenseful. The special effects were about what you'd expect for an 85-year-old movie (not many and those that were, quite dreadful by today's standards). The propriety of early 20th century was there. You'd always see Dracula closing in on his female victims, but the camera always diverted or scenes were changed when he was about an inch away from her. Can't show a man tocuhing a woman on film! ;P Another thing that struck me was that I always imagine Dracula in the late 19th century (as in the book and most modern film adaptations) but all the women in this movie had short 1920s hair-styles, so I took it as this movie took place sort of contemporary as to when it was made (despite all the sail ships and horse carriages - they did have steam ships and cars in the 1920s). But what has lingered the most with me was Bela Lugosi's Dracula. I loved his mesmeric eyes; his hypnotic stare. And the scene where Mina is entranced to go into his arms and being encloaked by his cloak was beautifully haunting and at the same time that sort of creepy-cosy that I like.
So despite the choppy storytelling and the weird editing of this movie (due to the cut budget), I really liked it. Also, Dwight Frye was masterful as the insane Renfield (pictured to the right above) - and now I finally realise that Alice Cooper's The Ballad of Dwight Fry actually is all about Frye's Renfield. Makes sense since Cooper himself is a major fan of old school horror!

2. The Wolf Man (1941)
This movie was ridiculous and there are so many things I didn't like. Most of the things I think were due to the times. Not just that it aged badly, but because the way Larry acted towards Gwen. If he had done that today he'd most likely be charged with stalking and/or get a restraining order (if Gwen had had the guts to tell on him to the police). You don't spy on a girl through a telescope (that's creepy and stalk-y) and you don't insist on making a date when she tells you no, and you most definitely don't kiss a girl after she tells you she's about to get married very soon! Was that mirroring the times or was he just genuinely creepy? Other than that the movie was angsty and had basically no plot. Gypsies come to town, Larry and two girls go there to have their fortune told. The gypsy man (played by Bela Lugosi btw) is a werewolf who turns while they're there and kills one of the girls. Larry kills the werewolf but not before he has been bitten. So he turns into a wolf man (no explanation why the gypsy turns into a wolf, but Larry just turns into a man with fur and a wolfish snout).
The villagers find the murder weapon and it's such a unique thing that they know that it's Larry's so he's charged with the murder of a man (the gypsy changed back upon death) while he insists he only killed a wolf. He turns into the wolf man at night and roams around the woods. The villagers set out to kill the wolf they hear at night. Larry is killed. The end. It might just be because I've never been into the werewolf thing, but there's nothing I liked about this movie.

3. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The zombie movie that set the standard for the rest of the century! I'm not a huge fan of zombies either tbh, but this one was interesting because it's so different from what I'm used to, especially how the zombies look, but also that they have some sort of cognitive brain function left. To me it was obvious from the beginning that none of the characters would survive, and I could figure out a lot of what was going to happen by just knowing how zombies usually work. But seeing as they didn't know back then I expect it was a lot more thrilling at that time. Anyway, Barbra and her brother Johnny arrive at a graveyard to place flowers on their father's grave. Johnny is an ass and scares Barbra who runs basically into the arms of a zombie (who they don't realise is a zombie). Johnny dies while defending Barbra and she flees to a house in the middle of nowhere. The house turns out to be abandoned and she finds a dead body on the upper floor (no explanation to why this dead person doesn't come back to life as a zombie). Barbra spends the rest of the movie being an incoherent mess and not doing anything at all but screaming at times and whimpering at others.
She is joined by a black guy named Ben who immediately reinforces the house and blocks all entry. He tries to work with her, but later gives up and just lets her sit in the sofa. Here I was slightly wondering who would die first, which Hollywood trope they'd implement - the black guy or the dumb blonde? They are suddenly joined by another group of survivors who'd apparantly been hiding in the basement of the house. (Why didn't Ben bother to check there when he checked the rest of the house?) A married couple who does nothing but argue, and a young couple who turn out to be quite resourceful. The married couple has a daughter who's sick. We're eventually told that she's been bitten by one of the dead (and that's when I realised exactly how the whole plot would unfold). The group listens to the radio and the TV and decides to try and get to the safehouse in the closest village. Here we're told that the rising dead is caused by the radiation from an exploded spacecraft, and we're shown a big group of villagers that have volunteered to go around killing all the zombies. They promise to be done in less than two days (lol). To get to the village the group needs the truck in the front yard. But it needs gas from the gas tank further along in the front yard. Ben and the young couple decide to get there using fire to scare off the zombies. Except fire and gas don't really work, and as expected the truck blows up with the young couple inside. Ben manages to get back to the house, but the married dude doesn't want to let him in. Ben forces his way in and almost kills the guy. Then all hell breaks loose. The daughter is turned and all the zombies from the front yard are attacking the house in force.
They break through and kill everyone except Ben who manages to survive by hiding in the basement. The next day he hears voices and quietly goes back up. It's the villagers who have arrived to kill off the zombies. They mistake Ben for a zombie and shoot him. The end. As a whole I liked this movie, but there were a lot of things that bothered me, especially Barbra. Surprisingly, the ending didn't bother me. It was the only unexpected thing in the movie and I quite liked it. I later learned that Ben's character was originally supposed to survive, but as this movie was made during the Black Rights Movement in America, Duane Jones (his actor) wanted to have Ben die. At this time black characters apparantly didn't live, they were supposed to die, and Duane Jones didn't want to seem entitled or as if he was asking for attention or anything, so he asked to have his character die.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Hearthfire 5th - Hearthfire 11th

On Monday I was supposed to have the day off, but I was contacted and asked if I could work closing hours. I was reluctant to because it was meant to be my only day off before the weekend, and if I worked on this day that would in the end mean 11 consecutive work days for me. A little too much imo. But according to my boss I was really her last hope of getting someone to stand in, and in exchange she said she could take my shifts for Wednesday and Thursday instead. I was ok with that. So working in the evening. Instead of cooking dinner like I'd planned I went and bought a bunch of ready-made meals instead. Put one in and watched a few episodes of Tribe before going in to work. After work I did some writing and then went to bed.

Same shift on Tuesday. Spent the morning playing Oblivion and then had dinner and watched Tribe before going in to work. After work it was time for Far Cry 3, which I finished.

Wednesday I had the day off and I spent most of the day gaming. First Magicka (which proved really hard) and then Oblivion. Toni made special dinner and then in the evening we watched Fear the Walking Dead and The Strain.

On Thursday I had the day off and did nothing but playing Oblivion.

On Friday I had a long day at work. During the break I played Pokémon Go, and manage to catch an Omanyte and evolve into Starmie :D Got home and played Oblivion.

On Saturday I had the day off, but went into town to meet up with Tiffany. First time in three years! :o We did lots of walking and talking :P First we went to a café and had coffee and did some catching up. Then we walked to the Sci-Fi book shop and while I tried to be very economic I did buy two books that I just couldn't ignore. Two books in Japanese written by a Swedish girl living in Japan. She writes about all the things in Japan that are weird and/or different from her perspective, and I'm sure I'll like them! I've read books about foreigners in Japan before and how they feel about different things and I can always relate. This is gonna be fun.
Afterwards we took a short walk through Old Town and then got on the boat to Djurgården where we sat on the grass and just talked. We then took the boat back, planning on taking the bus to a Korean restaurant I knew of. Turns out there was a friggin half-marathon in town that day so getting to the bus was a real hassle. Runners covering the road and there being blockades all over so that the runners could run their marathon safely. But we managed and got to the Korean restaurant, and then I had bibimbap for the first time :3 Afterwards we split up and I went home. Later at home Toni and I watched several episodes of The Strain.

Basically all I did on Sunday was read.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

My last 5 books: Fantasy, mystery, and YA.

1. Slaktare små, by Erik Granström. The second book in a Swedish high-fantasy series based on a Swedish table-top RPG. Did you get all that? :P This book had the same problem as the last one. It takes too long to get interesting, but when it does you don't want to put it down. The first book was kind of an introduction to the world and the many main characters. This second book was when everything started going to shit. And while I hadn't really attached myself to any characters while reading the first book, I became very interested in the fates of Praanz da Kaelve, Didra Damagi and Shagul in this book. The language of the series is very old-fashioned and at times it's a very heavy read, nevertheless I really want to find out what happens in the third book and how it's all resolved in the fourth.

2. Agnes Cecilia - en sällsam historia, by Maria Grape. I used to watch the TV show based on this book all the time when I was younger. I loved it because of its creepiness. But for some reason or other I always missed the ending of the show. When I found this book with its pretty cover I decided to buy it in an instant. I couldn't put the book down. It was obvious that it was a teen book, and several times I thought the main character was acting childish (well, she's 14 so what did I expect?). I loved the whole detective part of the book, where Nora tries to find out who she is and where she comes from. To begin with the supernatural element was enticing too, but after a while it became more of an after-thought than something that actually mattered to the story. I'm not at all a fan of the ending. It felt like it came about too abruptly, although everything in the story had been resolved the ending still felt too sudden. I don't know why. All in all, I liked the book.

3. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green. I bought this book because everyone was talking about it. I was hoping I'd like it, but I didn't expect to. I've never been a fan of the romantic aspects in books. I don't like most romance movies or novels. The romance element destroyed Divergent for me for example. I had a period when I was 12 when I read Harlequin books, but that was more because I was curious about the sex, rather than interested in the romance. Knowing that TFIOS is a romantic story between two sick teens, I expected it to be sentimental and melancholic and that I wouldn't like it at all. I was wrong. I started reading it and couldn't stop. The darkness of their situation and the morbid humour was enough for me to like it. It wasn't sentimental. These were two teens fed up with being in broken bodies and angry at the world for making them sick and dying, and then finding some respite from their situation in each other. It wasn't what I expected. It was a lot better. And I cried so much.

4. Heroes, vol. 2, by Joe Kelly. These two volumes basically just collect the webcomics that were published during the show's run. These comics show the background to a lot of side characters that you don't get to know much about in the show. For example I really enjoyed getting to know Candice (mostly because I can relate to her), and then of course learning how Ando and Kimiko came around to dating. I was kind of sad to learn that the rest of the comics weren't released as further volumes. Apparantly vol. 3 was set to be released in 2010 but for some reason it was cancelled :/ All the comics are still available online, though, so I may read the rest at some point.

5. Burton & Swinburne in Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon, by Mark Hodder. The third book in a steampunk series. What I really like about this series is that the main character knows that steampunk isn't what's supposed to happen. What Hodder has done is that he's taken real-life Victorian people and put them into a novel. There is a psychic who can see the future, but she can only see the future that was supposed to happen, rather than the one they're faced with now. It all comes back to what happened in the first book - how a man from the future travelled back and accidentally changed the course of history. In this book Burton is somehow transferred to the future, 1914, and sees the Great War. But it's not the Great War as we know it, and because of the changed history time becomes fuddled and pressed together and after a while the Great War includes elements from WW2 as well... We follow Burton twice over in this book. First as he wakes up as an amnesiac in 1914 after having travelled through time. And also as he goes out on an expedition through Africa to retrieve a mystical black diamond for the British prime minister. In the last third of the book we learn how he came to 1914 and at the same time he manages to return to 1863 from there. He then decides to fix history to the one he knows it's supposed to be, by travelling back 20 years and dealing with the man from the future. And then there's a major revelation and a major cliffhanger. I didn't like this book as much as the other two. I hope he fixes things in the next book, because honestly the amount of death in this book made me sad.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Dealing with backlog: Magicka

I bought this game on the Steam Summer Sale in 2013. I had heard it was fun and a lot of people I knew played it so I wanted it too. Didn't play it until now though.

But no, I haven't completed it. I played for a little over 2 hours until it became painfully obvious that it was meant to play with friends. The snake boss took me over 10 minutes to defeat alone. And in the beginning of chapter 3 I just get swamped by beastmen to the point where I can't run away, and they hit me harder than I can heal myself. That said, I do want to continue playing this game, but I need a friend who's willing to join me.

On the positive side I love the graphics and the style of the game. And the humour in it is hilarious. During those two hours I laughed to myself so many times.
It's also fun that the creators of the game are Swedish, and while the characters in the game speak gibberish several Swedish words are discernible.
On the negative side I'm not at all fond of the controls. It's fairly obvious that a console controller was intended for playing it, and the game on Steam has full controller support. If I manage to hijack one of my friends for this game I may try it out with a controller. But I really prefer to use mouse+keyboard in any case.

Watching that playthrough it looks so simple, but I had a really hard time. Maybe I ought to experiment more with the spells... I will try it out more another time. Maybe alone, maybe with a friend. But I liked the game so it's definitely not over. Just for now.

Dealing with backlog: Far Cry 3

I first heard of this game when Toni played it in 2013. Then I bought it during the Steam Summer Sale of 2014. I'm very, very new to FPS (only FPS I've played before is Bioshock), but I thought that it could be worth €5 to try it out :P

Although the game was hard on me from the very beginning, despite having it set on the lowest difficulty, I came to like it a lot, to the point where I bought the rest of the series (minus Primal) on a weekend sale a few weeks ago.

My liking it came to a halt when I realised that the game wasn't quite so open-world as I'd like it to be. I had planned on liberating the whole place, doing all the side quests, and picking up all the collectables before doing the main quest. Unfortunately, the map was divided into two islands and I couldn't get to the second island before progressing through the main quest. That kind of killed my buzz a little and so I went on a week-long break from Far Cry 3. But in the end I really enjoyed the game. I died way too many times to count, and I used way too many health shots, and maybe I got annoyed at the game a fair few times, but none of that ruined the game for me. The many plot twists at the end made for a memorable experience (most of the game was very memorable tbh), and all the characters were likeable.

So, the story. You're Jason Brody. Partying in Asia (probably somewhere around Malaysia) with two brothers, girlfriend, and three friends. You decide to go sky diving from a plane and land on a beach with your friends. You think the island is uninhabited. You get taken captive by pirates to be sold as slaves. You end up in the same cage as your older brother Grant who convinces you to try to escape and rescue the others. You escape together, but just as you're leaving the camp Grant gets shot and the pirate leader gives you a chance to get away. You run for your life, almost drown, and wake up in Amanaki village where you're introduced to the way of the warrior and the ways of the island and the Rakyat. You're an insecure kid having to learn to be a warrior and survivor, your brother is dead, and it's up to you to save your friends.

I have nothing to complain about when it comes to the story. Nothing at all. My favourite quest in the whole game was when you were tasked with destroying the pirates' drug fields, with a flamethrower or Molotovs. While inhaling the smoke. High as a kite with a flamethrower. It was awesome! xD
The only complaints I have is that the all the optional things get a little repetitive. But they're optional so they can be skipped. The game is published by Ubisoft so of course there's an inordinate amount of collectables. While I skipped all the loot containers after a while, I did like collecting the relics and the letters of the lost. The story told in the letters of the lost was really sad and relating to the Japanese Civil War which took place at the same time as WW2. Out of the sidequests my favourites were the Path of the Hunter ones, though they got ridiculous towards the end. Hunting leopards with a flamethrower? Bears with a pistol? Wth?! xD Though I was sceptical towards them in the beginning I really did come to enjoy the Trials of the Rakyat. I never tried to beat the high score. I just did them to have done them and did my best during the time I had. Mostly they were a lot of fun. Especially the one where you used a car to kill as many enemies as possible. Drive them over!!! Whooo!!! xD The one where you used an RPG to take down as many helicopters as possible was a lot of fun too.

One thing that really struck me throughout the whole game was how pretty it was. This game is from 2012, but it's still so pretty.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Hearthfire, week 3

Monday I had the day off work and the only thing planned was my appointment at the optician. It went well. No changes! That never happens! :o Then I went to buy groceries and make food for 2 people for 5 days xD After dinner I just played Far Cry 3.

Tuesday was a short day at work and afterwards I played Pokémon Go. I hatched a Chansey and caught a bad Vaporeon (so I'm keeping my last Eevee until I can evolve it into Vaporeon). When I got home I kept reading my book and finished it the same day.

Wednesday was another short day at work, but this time I had a trainee with me and after work we had to come by the office, so no Pokémon Go that day. When I got home I continued reading my next book and finished it the same day. With a break for dinner and a 2-3 hours walk with Toni. Then we watched the new episode of Fear the Walking Dead, and I played the first episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne.

Thursday was also a short day at work and during my Pokémon Go walk afterwards I caught the last Magikarp that I needed to evolve into Gyarados! Finally! :D Afterwards I just had lunch and then went home. Spent the rest of the day playing Oblivion.

Friday was a long day of work. In the break between my shifts I took a walk with Pokémon Go and caught a Kabuto! :D When I got home in the evening I started writing and then spent the evening until bedtime doing some work on my story.

Saturday was also a long day of work. Between my shifts I took a walk, but didn't really catch anything interesting. When I got home I had planned on continuing writing but I was too tired and spent the whole evening watching The Tribe.

Sunday was my last long day of work for a while. As with the day before I didn't catch anything interesting during my Poké Walk, and when I got home I was too tired to do anything other than organising my music library on iTunes :P

Thursday, 1 September 2016

August favourites 2016

Okay so when I said that August was more autumn-y than the other summer months I didn't mean that the weather should turn autumn immediately. But that's basically what happened. A very rainy and unusually cold August has come to an end.

Books: I've managed four books this month. I thought I'd only manage one, because it was very long, in small print and old-fashioned language. But I still managed three more! :D I'm not sure which my favourite this month is, because they all had their faults although I liked all of them. But I think I'm getting on the hype train for The Fault in Our Stars.

Music: Mostly J-pop this month. I've sort of rediscovered the glory of old Morning Musume. But also some other things.
• Berryz Koubou - "Ai wa Itsumo Kimi no Naka de" & "cha cha Sing"

• Mitsui Aika - "Watashi no Miryoku ni Kizukanai Donkan na Hito" & Muten Musume - "Appare Kaitenzushi"

• Morning Musume - "Dou ni ka shite Douyoubi" & "21 seiki"

• Akagumi 4 - "Akai Nikkichou" & Hello! Project - "Hello! Mata Aou ne"

• Kyo - "Récidiviste" & The Ink Spots - "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire"

Games: I've played a fair few games this month. I completed Game of Thrones. Played two mods for Skyrim. Started a new playthrough of Dragon Age Inquisition. Got a craving for The Sims Medieval and played that. Got stuck in Oblivion for about a week. Played lots and lots of Pokémon Go, and also almost completed Far Cry 3. I also played the first episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne. But favourite game of the month still has to be Oblivion. I was sort of scared all the time the last time I played it and I accidentally rushed through it because of that. This time I'm taking my time and I'm rediscovering it and seeing it in a completely new light.

TV shows: This month I've watched Charmed, The Strain, The Tribe, and Fear the Walking Dead. Out of those four I have to say The Tribe, but mostly for nostalgic reasons. I watched it all the time when it was on TV 12-15 years ago and I loved it back then. So I decided to watch through the show properly, and although it's obvious it's a show for teens and children there's just so much nostalgia love that I can't help myself.

Other: Anything else important that happened in August? My love for Harry Potter was rekindled with the Cursed Child. Other than that, nothing really special.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Hearthfire, week 2

On Monday I had a few errands to run, but was otherwise free. First I went to my old job to give back the work clothes and my tag. Then I took the train to town and went by my optician to get an appointment there. Then I walked home. During my walks to and from the bus and then home I played Pokémon Go. Nothing much happened, except that I caught that last Slowpoke that enabled me to evolve into Slowbro :) When I got home I played Oblivion.

On Tuesday I only had work in the evening, so I spent the day playing Oblivion, then went to work, which went well, and then went home. When I got off the train I realised that the bus wouldn't come in over 20 minutes - and in that time I could walk home. So I walked. Hatched an egg on the way, a Doduo, which enabled me to evolve into a Dodrio ^^ Then I played some more Oblivion.

Wednesday was a short day at work. Afterwards I played Pokémon Go for a while. Next to Fotografiska there's a gym that I always walk past when walking from work to the centre. When I got there it belonged to Valor, so I decided to take it over for Mystic. When that was done I noticed that three Pokémon had spawned while I was battleing. While I caught them Valor took back the gym. I looked around and noticed a guy sitting with his phone. I was standing with my phone. He looked up and saw me. None of us said anything. Then I took over the gym again. Five minutes later he had taken over the gym again. So I took it over again. And then once more, before I decided to let him have it and started walking. When I turned around a few minutes later I saw that Instinct had shown up out of nowhere and taken the gym from him xD On my way into town I managed to catch the last Clefairy that I needed to evolve into a Clefable :) But that was also the only interesting thing that happened. For the rest of the time when I was out nothing but the most common Pokémon showed up and they refused to be caught. 5+ balls later and they ran away :/ So I got pretty fed up with the game and just went home. When I got home I just played Oblivion for the rest of the day.

Thursday was another short day at work, but I was so tired that I decided to go straight home afterwards. I finished reading my book on the train and then it was just Oblivion.

Friday was a busy day. We started with going downtown to buy liquor and also made an appointment at the tattoo salon :o My first ever coming soon! :D Then we went back home to freshen up and fix the place up. Afterwards we took the bus back downtown to have dinner with friends at O'leary's. Then went back home with said friends for a pre-party before going out. It was a lot of fun ^^

Saturday was spent only playing Oblivion.

Sunday I started with playing Far Cry 3. Then we went for a two hour walk, where I managed to catch a Hitmonchan and hatch a Tangela :) After we got back home I played some Oblivion while Toni fixed dinner. After dinner I started playing The Walking Dead: Michonne on the PS4 :) Then we watched the new episode of Fear the Walking Dead. After that, though, Toni was tired and went to bed and I went back to Oblivion for another two hours before I, too, went to bed.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Hearthfire, week 1

Monday was my last day of work at my other job. And it was complete and utter chaos. Due to the chaos of the previous day, nothing was really completed on beforehand so we were late and stressed already in the beginning. All the drivers arrived on time, but nothing was completed on time, and in the end we finished at 4.30pm. That's 2 ½ hours overtime. When I left the place I got a notification from my phone's pedometer saying I'd had my "best day yet". I was kind of afraid to look at what it said: 37,042 steps, 29,82 km! That's crazy. No wonder my feet hurt for two days. But after this day I was free from work for three days and so I didn't go to bed early. I stayed up for as long as I could watching Charmed and playing The Sims Medieval.

Tuesday to Thursday I had nothing planned but doing laundry on Tuesday. So I spent those days doing nothing much else but playing Far Cry 3. Still working on that backlog and will be for some time!

Friday was work and after work I spent a few hours playing Pokémon Go. I caught my first Vulpix and an Arbok, and I also managed to evolve into a Nidoking! :D When I got home I played Far Cry 3 until bedtime.

Saturday was a lot like Friday. After work I spent some hours playing Pokémon Go. I managed to catch a Mr. Mime, Hitmonlee, and a really bad Rapidash (so I'm keeping my Ponyta until I can evolve it or catch a better Rapidash). I also managed to evolve into Weepinbell and Rhydon.

Sunday was a long day at work and so after I finished I went straight home. I didn't have the mental energy to play something new where I actually had to think so instead of Far Cry 3 I continued on my previously started playthrough of Oblivion. Felt really good not having to go to bed early. No more getting up at 4 am to go to work! :D