lighterthanair: (gaming)
After a couple of days of crap at work, it's really nice to be able to sit at my computer right now and think, "I'm going to talk about happy things!"

First, I checked my bank account the day before yesterday and discovered $100 more than I was expecting to be in there. I couldn't figure out where it came from, until I saw a deposit for my GST reimbursement thingy. Almost $100 as an expected windfall. This made me really happy, because it meant that I could buy myself a copy of one of the new Pokemon games without waiting for my next paycheque, which was going to be a tight one anyway even if I didn't buy the game.

But then I thought that boo, the game's not gue to be released here until Tuesday. The North American release date is technically October 7, but when sites say "North America", they always just mean "America," because Canada always seems to get video games a day late. And with today being Thanksgiving, that would mean I couldn't pick it up until Tuesday, and then would pretty much have to go straight to work and wouldn't have much time to play it.

But then I heard rumours that WalMart had once again ignored the game's street date and released it early. So I figured I'd check it out, since I had to run errands anyway.

Looks like for once Canada actually got the games without having to wait the extra day, so I happily picked up a copy of Black2 while I was doing my errands yesterday. This practically made me do a happy dance, though I confess to a twinge of guilt because I still haven't actually finished Black or White yet...

But then I ran into a dilemma. See, if I beat the game on Black2, I can unlock Challenge Mode, which ups the ante by boosting levels of trainers and giving Gym Leaders more Pokemon to work with. Perfect! I love a good challenge! Problem is that I also want one of the dowloadable Pokemon that's availably for this game, Genesect, which adds some extra plot stuff and is just generally a cool Pokemon. But if I got that now and restarted my game on Challenge Mode, I'd lose it. So my challenge to get to Challenge Mode is to beat the game before November 12 so that I can restart in Challenge Mode and download Genesect.

Trust me to find a challenge in trying to get an even greater challenge.

Anyway, back to all the good stuff!

While I was out, I decided to stop by the Java Moose and see how much their bottles of chai syrup were. They were less expensive than I thought: $14.99 when I was expecting at least $20. So I bought a bottle, and now I can have iced chai at home, and add chai shots to my hot chocolate. They have plenty of other flavours, too, and I can't wait to buy a few more!

Then it was out to Thanksgiving dinner with a friend's family. It was a small gathering, just 5 people. Unlike the usual gatherings at their house, which often involves at least 7 adults plus 2 kids, and that many people is just overwhelming for me even before you bring the kids into the picture. But a small gathering at a tasty meal was just right, so I was thankful for that!

And there were so many leftovers that we all got send home with a plate of food. My friend also got sent home with a partridge his father had recently hunted, and he said he'd come over and fry it up and we could share it. I've never had partridge before, but I hear it's good. And I'm glad it's not going to waste, since if he hadn't taken it, his father was likely to end up so busy with work this coming week that he wouldn't have had the time to cook it.

So I have plenty of food for the next few days, a new video game to play, and the knowledge that even though it's my regular day off work, I'm still getting paid for it because of the holiday, so my paycheque at the end of the month ought to be a little larger than I was budgeting for. This all feels very nice.

So now I'm going to drink the rest of my tea, and go play some more Pokemon. A good day? Yes, I think so.
lighterthanair: (focus)
Dammit, I'm going to do everything in my power to make today better than the last two days! Yesterday wasn't any better than Wednesday, and there was more than one moment where I was almost in tears from sheer frustration and being overwhelmed. I managed to take a minute and calm down, but still, that isn't a good thing. I know that all jobs have their hard days, but it's like the past couple of days have been nothing but crap.

At least I got an hour off the phone yesterday toward the end of my shift, to do some location research. Having that break made things so much easier. It gave me an hour to step back, to just read and listen to audio presentations, and just generally relax so that the last half hour on the phones was much easier to handle than the first four.

And as much as it looked like my handle time was going to be shot again, I managed to salvage it by the end.

But today, I will make it better. I don't care what that takes. If that means have to spend $2 on a treat from the vending machine, I'll do it. If that means I put aside a callback until tomorrow, fine. But if I have another day like yesterday and the day before, I'm probably going to end up doing or saying something that I'll regret.

Yes, it's been that bad.

I'm not happy about having to leave early (I enjoy days where I get to lie on the couch for an hour or two and read), but I'm heading out east to Gamestop, to download a Keldeo for Pokemon Black and White. It's one of the last days of the giveaway, and I've been putting it off for weeks, and I don't want this chance to pass me by. I have a copy of each game, so I'll be downloading one for each. No reason why not to, after all.

Maybe while I'm out there, I'll get myself a pumpkin spice muffin from Tim Horton's. They only sell them during October, and they're really tasty. They have a dollop of cream in the centre, and have sugared pumpkin seeds all throughout them, and I could just eat them for days.

I really ought to learn how to make my own. They wouldn't be the same, but I bet I could still make tasty ones. And I could make them year round, if I really wanted.

And at least I'll be able to read during the long bus ride, too. I have to read more of Michael Sullivan's Theft of Swords. it's such a long book that reading through it feels annoyingly slow, like I'm not making much progress. An hour of bus time will help with that, I don't doubt.

And then after I get off work tonight, I only have one day left, and then I can have some blissful days off. One of those days will be spent at a friend's family's house for Thanksgiving dinner, which might make me fret about how little time I have, but I'm going to try to squash that down for the sake of anxiety recovery. I need to get used to being around people. It's not like they're going away any time soon.

(Still wish I could just hole myself up inside my apartment and read or embroider all day, though.)

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