Jan. 3rd, 2012

sarah_sensei: Midna: LoZ Twilight Princess (Default)
I feel like all I do is complain these days on LJ/DW. So, I'm going to try and lead off with a positive entry for the new year.

I had a very nice Christmas with my husband. We did a lot of nothing on Christmas Day, mostly we just watched cartoons and movies and hung out together. I really enjoyed that.

I got a couple of new games and I had a lot of fun with those (Super Mario 3D Land, and Mario Kart 7). Mario 3D Land is really good and not terribly difficult, Mario Kart 7 is brutal but kinda fun anyhow.

One of my favorite new things to play with is Swap Note, which is a little note writing/drawing application that is free on the 3DS. You can send notes to strangers or you can send them to people on your friend list. You can get really creative with it because it allows you to design pictures in 3D (two layers: a front and back) and you can add stupid attachments like pictures and recorded sounds XD Unfortunately, I only have my brother's friend code, so he is the only one I can subject my silly doodles to. But man, it is way too much fun to play with.

We went to Pittsburgh for the New Year holiday. My parents just fixed up the master bedroom in their house and we got to stay in it. They did a NICE job on it and it's easily the best looking room in the house right now. My poor dad was beat when we visited from all the work, and it didn't help that the county is trying to raise their taxes by claiming their house is worth $40,000 more than it would ever sell for 9_9 So, he spent a lot of sleepless nights angsting over it, trying to build a case to have their assessment lowered and that meant he slept a lot during the day (this has happened before and he successfully got it lowered, but you have a limited time to make your case). I got to spend a lot of time with my brothers and that was special.

I made a LITTLE progress on my book. I am now on "book 2" in my little epic. I have about 40,000 words done in book 2 (as mentioned before, book 1 was about 75,500). My goal is for this one to be slightly longer than the first. I seem to be on track to achieving that goal. Still no illustrations for either... but I think I just want to get all my thoughts into rough draft form before I go back and draw up some designs. I spend the better part of my free time daydreaming about it, and I spend most of the ride to work going over important scenes/events in my head. I'd like to get them written down before I forget them.

Honestly, working on the book is probably the most exciting thing I do these days, which isn't saying much. It just feels like something I need to do right now... People who have seen some of my "vacation" photos know I tend to take pictures of EVERYTHING. My husband's family made fun of my photos of Turkey, calling them my "pictures of rocks." I tried to argue that those rocks had carvings of flowers and other things on them, but it was kinda lost on them. When I went to China with my aunt several years ago, I spent a lot of time taking pictures of every little detail I could. I apologized at one point for taking so long and I told her that I didn't know why I had to take so many pictures, only that it was "important."

I think I know why it was so important now...


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