lighterthanair: (Persona-phone)
~ Haven't made too much progress with Hard Mode in Persona 3 Portable, because it's incredibly frustrating when I've spent half an hour level-grinding and then I get ambushed by things that cast Mudo on me and undo everything I just worked at doing. Yeah. At least I've made it far enough to have a more fleshed-out Persona lineup, instead of just having 3 things at my disposal. For a while I had nothing that coulf cast Zio, and that was ticking me off. Finally fused Omoikane, though, and now that element's covered nicely. Really should get back to playing, though; I was enjoying the challenge.

~ After my tax return came in, I decided to be a little bad and decided to buy myself a new video game. Of course, I only decided this after I had to stop by EB Games (downloading Meloetta for 3 Pokemon games) and found a copy of FFT for the PSP, and for only $9.99. I have the original version, and I know that some of the spell effects of the remake slow things down a bit, but I seem to be much more keen on handheld gaming than console gaming these days, and it was a good price. Plus I got to see an old friend who now works there, so it was a good thing all around.

~ In other video game news, I've started playing Diablo II again. Took such a long break that one of my characters had expired, so now I need to build him up again. I actually think I'm having better luck this time around, at least when it comes to item drops. Pretty happy about that!

~ Finished Gillian Philip's Firebrand and can't wait for the sequel. I wished the sequel was out as soon as I finished the first book, really, because I didn't want to put the story aside! Instead of lamenting that for too long, I just picked up A M dellamonica's Indigo Springs, and got to marvel over how much one of the characters was like a friend I used to have in high school. When this character is something of a diva who apparently ends up discovering that magic is real and goes on to create a cult and sets herself up as a goddess... Yeah, that ought to tell you a fair bit about this person. It's kind of uncomfortable to read, actually, because of the similarities these two have, at least in their personality.

~ Today's going to be a long day, and I'm not entirely looking forward to it. First, I have to wait to call my father because he's on the other side of the country and it's far too early to call him yet. But I need to call him before I go out because I need info from him so I can pick up money that he's sending to me via Western Union, so that I can buy the IUD I need for next Friday's procedure. Then once I've called him, I have to head to the hospital and get yet more blood drawn, to see if my iron levels have improved enough. Then it's off to Western Union to get the money. Then the pharmacy so that I can get the IUD. I expect to go out before noon and not get home until mid-afternoon, and ugh, that seems like such a long day! I know it really isn't, and that I shouldn't complain too much because I'm doing positive things that need doing, but long days still tire me out.

I suppose if I get too tired, it'll at least mean I should sleep well tonight. *knocks on wood*

I'll call him in a couple of hours; should be early for him but not so early that I'll feel really guilty about it.

~ Haven't been doing much cooking lately, and I really miss it. My roommate's been doing most of the cooking so that I can get as much rest as I can before the procedure and before I go back to work. Maybe next week I'll make something delicious. Not sure what yet, but I'll think of something. Maybe something in the slow cooker; that way it'll be easy and not require much work if I'm having an off day, but I'll still feel accomplished and it'll take some of the pressure off my roommate. Maybe I'll see if I have the stuff to make pulled pork sandwiches; they were delicious last time I made them!

~ Happily, the weather's warming up nicely. We still get flurries every once in a while, but it doesn't stay on the ground for longer than a day, and we're getting more rain as the days go on. It's nice to see the giant snowbanks start disappearing, and to be able to wait for the bus without bundling up and still feeling cold. If there's any blessing to having had so much time off work, it's that I missed the worst of the winter and will get to go back once spring's really started to get going.

~ Now that I'm finished my delicious mug of chai, I think I should go get myself a real breakfast so that going out doesn't wear me out more than it absolutely has to! Toast sounds good today!
lighterthanair: (video games)
Why yes, I am up ridiculously early on a Sunday morning. Even excusing the fact that I've been making an effort to get up earlier these days, I'm definitely up earlier than I want to be. This is due partly to the fact that my cats seemed to want to spend their night visciously attacking the new bedsheets, but mostly because my lungs are extra twitchy today. They've been getting worse over the past week, but it's been a while since I've actually woken up in the middle of the night feeling congested and wheezy.

I don't like it.

Maybe it's because of the fact that the weather's getting colder. Maybe some of the stress I've been under with work and my mother leaving and the worry over Tuesday's ultrasound and a hundred and one other niggling little things. Maybe a combination of everything. But I just plain don't like it.

So I'm going to have to start being really careful with my health if this is the way the winter will go. I can't afford to get sick, especially in my lungs. Lung infections always take their toll in horrible ways.

So I was considering going out to the large weekly flea market that's held on the other side of the city today, but in light of a bad night of sleep plus lung problems, I think I'll give that a miss. I really shouldn't have gone anyway, because a lot of crafters have tables there, and as much as I love supporting local artists, I really don't have the money to do so right now. And I would have found the money to do so, even if it meant getting a smaller order of groceries. Which doesn't always work, and has sometimes left me mealless.

So yes, financial wisdom plus health wisdom equal me not going out much today. I'll take a day to recover, to relax, maybe make some headway on other projects. I keep getting distracted away from books I should be reading by books that I don't actually have committments to read. Bad book reviewer, bad! (Or, more accurately, "Damn you, A J Jacobs, for writing another hilarious memoir!")

Maybe I'll do some cooking today. I made a really delicious quiche the other night. Hame, cheese, and spinach. It was my first time making quiche, and it turned out pretty well. I think I'll avoid store-bought pie-shells next time, though, and just experiment with making my own. If I can learn to make a nice light flaky crust, then that would go perfectly with the quiche.

But since I already made the quiche, I'm not sure what I'll make today...

I want to make a batch of baked beans this week, so I'll put the beans on to soak tonight and do the cooking tomorrow before my therapy session. I might also get really daring and try for a loaf of bread. It's been years since I last made any, but I remember that I did find it to be a lot of fun. Punching the dough down, kneading it. And the way it makes the place smell, too! Very therapeutic!

Maybe I'll make the bread today, if I feel up to it. Really, if I bake two loaves of bread a week, that will probably get me through the rest of the week without needing to purchase any from the grocery store. Which will save me money in the long run. Flour's cheap from the bulk store, yeast lasts for quite a while, and the only really expensive parts would be if I decide to make any specialty breads, like that buttermilk garlic bread I made years ago. Delicious stuff (a couple of friends and I ate the two long loaves almost before they had finished cooling completely, because it was so tasty), but since it involves extra ingredients like butermilk, I don't think I'll be making it very often.

Might be a nice Samhain or Yule treat, though. Both of those days I have booked off work, so if I want to make special bread for the evening, there's nothing to stop me! (Assuming I could afford the ingredients, of course.)

But enough babbling about food. I think it's time I went and built my Druid back up in Diablo II. I miss my old wolfbrother Druid. So awesome. But the only question is what to name him... I wish I could remember what my old Druid had been named. That would solve the problem easily! Ah well, I'm sure I'll find something. And the hordes of darkness shall tremble!

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