Nothing much else involving gaming makes my blood boil like the idiots who blame video game violence for real world violence. I'm really sorry to go off like this and i know that my general blog audience will mostly agree with me, but I feel the need to rant.
I just read an article about a town in Connecticut that is having a "trade in a violent video game for $25" day. They're going to collect the games, snap them in half, deposit them in a dumpster and then probably burn them. Really? We're going back to book burning days?
The sponsors of the event explained that they're not blaming the recent shooting on video games, but they're trying to encourage parents to have the conversations with their children about violence. What? They want parents to actually TALK to their children? Maybe instead of blaming a video game for violence in society, parents ought to communicate with their children - and maybe parents should try to raise their children instead of just shoving them in a room with whatever will shut them up (whether that be a video game, an iphone or some other flashy electronic device).
What other message is going to be presented by this event than video games are bad?
How many people play COD, BF3, Halo, etc? How many have shot up a school? That's akin to saying that going to church causes violence in society if one person who goes to church shoots up a school! I may get flamed out of the building for that analogy, but it doesn't make it any less true.
Well, since Matt wrote a blog a few days back, I felt like being a copycat and doing the same.
it hasn't been quite as long since I wrote my last blog, but still been awhile. For some reason, I don't seem to have time to spit sometimes, let alone put my thoughts on electronic paper in a blog. Then I start wondering what I'm doing to be so busy all of the time.
There are several things that keep me busy. I took a new job almost 2 years ago at a power plant. It's a bit more of a drive but definitely more $ and an all around good move to get out of consulting. I also help Matt with the Pole Vault team when I can make it to practice. Indoor season will be starting next week. Seems like we just ended last season. I love that we are able to share coaching.
On the gaming front, I've been playing Black Ops 2 with Matt - I still suck at aiming, but I do (surprisingly) enjoy it. I also got a 3ds and Matt was kind enough to get me Zelda Ocarina of Time for Christmas. It's great fun, but kinda hard. My current OBSESSION though is the iOS app Hay Day. That's right, I've become a farmer.
Why in the heck have I become a farmer? I think because as I get older, I look for simpler things. BO2 has too many buttons and is not something I can play right before I try to go to sleep - too much adrenaline. Zelda is challenging and I don't want to think hard sometimes after a long day at work. So, I harvest crops, collect animal products and decorate my farm, lol. I think it goes back to just wanting a one or two button controller like in the old Atari days. See, old!
Regardless of my age though, I still game daily and I really can't imagine life without it. Even though I do miss the olden days often, I am still curious about and anticipating the next-gen of gaming - the WiiU doesn't really count in my opinion.
i wish a happy and successful New Year to everyone out there.
Wow, it has been a long time since I've been here. Feels a little like going back home - except my Mom isn't here which is a bonus!
First of all, Hi Everyone! Hope everything is good in your worlds. I'm not going to take a bunch of time to catch up right now because I need to get something out of my head and sometimes writing it does that for me.
I still game daily and I have entered the world of online MMO's on my iPad. I went through a few before I finally settled on one that seemed ok - Lords and Knights. I really like the game concepts and mechanics for the most part. Right now after spending months and months building my kingdom, I'm ready to punt the game to the curb. Ok, NOT the game, but the other people playing the game.
At the risk of sounding like johnsteed7, I HATE PEOPLE!!!!!!!
So here's how it goes down...I join an alliance, become a member of the council, help build up smaller players by sending them resources...haha, when I put it down in black and white it sounds kind of ridiculous. I worked my butt off for that alliance. But I digress...the alliance merges with another, things go downhill (too many cooks kind of thing), several original people create new alliance and I gladly jump ship. Well, in my opinion, the new alliance was not everything that was promised by the leadership so I decide to part ways with them and just play my own way til I get tired of the game. Matt is also playing and we have our own 2 man alliance that is great fun.
After a few weeks of blissful peace, I get a message from leader of last alliance asking me if I would be willing to trade some of my castles since they're in his area. He said some of the other big alliances wanted them and he was expecting me to get attacked soon. I get that, alliances pick on the little guy. I checked with some of my other sources and found that there were no plans in the works for taking my castles from anyone else There were only 7 and they were in an ok spot, but nothing special. I had friends still in the neighborhood that I would help out from time to time and I was probably a little emotionally invested since they were my original castles. Regardless, I was mad because I felt like I was being threatened...if you don't let me have them, then someone else will take them kind of thing. I politely declined and said I wanted to keep my castles.
Lo and behold, 2 weeks later I get frantic messages from several people still in my old alliance that there are plans to take my castles by force. I know, I know, I'm so threatening and scary that they needed a whole big plan. . Wth? These are people I considered my friends and of the whole lot of them, 4 people decided to not attack me? And I know, it's a game of conquering...I get that...but just because it is a game does NOT mean that there are not real people with real feelings behind those pixelated castles. Does loyalty no longer exist? Is friendship not worth anything to anyone if it gets in the way of world domination (even on the server scale)?
After a few days of relentless attacks, I'm down 8 castles - I gave 5 to a neighboring player NOT in said alliance just to spite them. I'm trying to give away a few more before they're taken. I'm defending the heck out of the rest so that even if they do get them, they're going to take tons of losses.
Back to where I started: I hate people....so, put a whole bunch of people together and give them some power and they become monsters. I guess it's probably worse online because of the anonymity. People just don't care...it has really reminded me of the psychology experiments Matt and I have watched that involved making one group the prisoners and one group the guards and seeing how they interact. Give people some (make believe) power and it's Lord of the Flies all over the place. :/
I think my time with game is nearing an end - after I hold out for a little while longer and prove that I won't die. Lol, you can't really die in the game, you get reset and have to start all over. I could continue to be a thorn in their sides forever! They can never win because I could keep coming back. . It's not worth all that to me, but I know I could do it. :p
Thank you for listening. I feel lots better. . Have a great day.
I know I've been kinda quiet on the GS front, but Matt has kept everyone up to date on our dramatic lives lately. Thank God for having him there by my side through thick and thin. I think I've really been testing the "for better or worse" thing lately. To cope, I have immersed myself into gaming - to get that numb feeling, I suppose. I guess you'd call me a gameaholic, but with doctor's orders (sort of). She told me to use it to stave off anxiety when I can. Anywho, enough depressing stuff for now. I just don't think I can stomach it.
So, I'm playing Final Fantasy III on the DS. We've had it for a while but I hadn't yet picked it up. After finishing DQ IV and V (I really need to update my "Now Playing" lists) I jumped into FF III. I like it. I like it a lot The ONE thing I DON'T like is that I have to send mail to a Friend through Mognet in order to get some cool stuff (like the Onion Knight job). Grumble, grumble, grumble. Why? Why? I have a request...anyone out there have a friend code that they'd share with me (by pm is fine) so I can get the stupid Onion Knight? I kinda feel like someone I know (@Johnsteed7) here. I don't want to chat with you - I just want to get the stuff See, this is why I don't do Facebook or MySpace. I don't want a million friends, lol. I enjoy my handful of friends here and you guys are AWESOME, but lordy, I am so unsocial. I was really afraid to post this request on a forum board for these reasons Ok, don't ask me where this is going, but I have been tending to babble a lot lately.
If anyone would be willing to help me out, I would be grateful. Drives me crazy when I can't get the ultimate equipment and such (Final Fantasy X and Cocobo Racing anyone?)
On a completely off-topic note, Matt taught me the basics of pole vaulting last weekend. Oh my, I am old and out of shape. It was a week before I wasn't sore. I have become the official scorer for pole vault meets and it's been fun to get so involved.
Hope all is well with everyone.
Well, what I thought would be a foray into the shooter genre has quickly become a long-lasting love. I spoke most kindly of Dead Space and when I finished it, I was left wanting for more. I perused our library of existing games and settled on Half-Life 2. I'm playing it on the PS3. We have the PC version as well, but I'm spending so much time on my computer for work that I can't bring myself to use it for gaming right now. So, what I give up in the graphical presentation, I am more than making up for by being able to sit on the recliner
I've decided that I really, really like to shoot things. That sounds a little disturbing, huh? Oh, don't be that way, I know that most of you like to shoot things, too. I just got the crossbow and there is huge satisfaction in that soft thwack followed by someone crumpling in the distance. I think my favorite weapon thus far though is the shotgun. It's very satisfying to shoot those head sucker things.
One aspect of the game that I LOVE is the puzzling. Stack some boxes up here, throw some blocks on that ramp, jump on the rocks to avoid the antlions - grr @ that one. It's not just a hack and slash or a plain ol' shooter. One has to think while playing the game. While that can be frustrating, it is huge amounts of fun!
So, as I delve deeper into the shooters, I'd like to know what your favorites are. What did you like about it? Let me know and you'll be helping me pick the next one.
Sorry for the excitement over something that is probably old hat to most of you who have been playing shooters for a while, but it's new and exciting to me!
Heya fellow Gamespotters. I have decided I'm tired of looking at my old blog (makes me angry every time) so like many of you, I'm blogging to get rid of it!
So, yeah, my laptop is smokin'. Why you ask? Well, because I get to do this super awesome thing called running a computer modeling program for work. Yeah, truly, it's awesome. It works my poor machine to death and it's so hot that I keep expecting smoke to come out of it.
I'll explaina little for anyone wanting to listen. The program is called XPSWMM and it's a modeling program that will simulate what's going on in a sewer system. That's right, I'm a poop engineer Anyways,a localcity (like hundreds of cities across the country) needs to stop sending sewage out to the river every time it rains a bunch. Yeah, I know, it's gross, but I'm really, really trying to help them stop. The one obstacle is money. It would cost about $150 Million (yes lots of zeroes) to fix it completely. The City just doesn't have that much cash laying around.
Anyways, the program lets me simulate how much raw sewage is going out to the river during a specific rainfall and letsme change things soI can figure out how to minimize how much hits the river. The program isrunning right now and takes about 20 minutes to run through a month's worth of rainfall. It seems to take longer, but that's it. (And I know, I'm probably slowing it down by being on the internet). So, I enter some data...let it crank for 20 minutes...check it out...change some things...start all over. Yay! Yes, that's been myworklife lately. Well, it was broken up today by a conference call with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). That's always exciting.
I do get all kinds of pretty graphs and things and tons and tons of text files of data. That definitely makes my work very satisfying the one really, really great thing about having to do this work is that I scored a new laptop and it's pretty sweet. I even managed a 1 Gb graphics card and 4 Mb of RAM. I can run anything we own in terms of pc games. Right now it's got L4D, Doom 3, AOE IIIand Chessmaster installed and not a problem with anything.
Ok, that was my day...how was yours?
(Yay, my old blog is gone!)
Well, what exactly do you think when you see a blog title laike that? Sorry, random musings, I can see this is going to be hard to follow already. Feel free to not read on. I'm ok with that.
Anyways, something about tprezzy - I can't communicate very well in emotional or interpersonal situations. Have me stand in front of a town board/city counciland talk about their stormwater project? Check! Have me present a paper on a new type of wastewater treatment system to a very large group of peers? Check! Have me interview with a group of people to get more work for my company? Check! Talk about my feeeelings - eww. No. Not going to happen. But see, if you don't let things see the light of day once in a while, you end up being not a very nice person. And yes, sometimesI can be a not very nice person. Sooooo, I'm trying to speak up more (it's hard - and surely a result of my childhood, but I'm not ready to blog about that) and it's going ok, but it's been suggested by a few people that writing might be easier. So, I'm giving it a go.
I've had a pretty crap week. Ok, the whole summer has been kind of rough and there are a ton of reasons. I'm not going to say it was terrible because we definitely had some great times and some good moments, but I'm carrying around a bunch of baggage that I have to let go. Alright, catch! Here it comes...
There is one thing this week that has me really fried. You all know that our 15 year old is not seeing her not-so-nice dad at her own request....ok, no problem there. We live in a different school district than her dad and we wanted to let her continue at the same school she started her high school career at. Not only is she comfortable there with all of her friends, but her older sister goes to school there. I requested a permit about a month ago after speaking to the principal at the school. She had no issue whatsoever with Erin staying at the same school. Then yesterday I get an email fromher dad(the only way we communicate) and he said that he doesn't think it would be a good idea for Erin to continue at the school because there could be problems. Problems? What problems could he mean? He went on a little more in his message, but he didn't explain what problems he could mean. I didn't even respond I was so shocked.
So, I called Matt and asked him to meet me over at the school with Erin so that we could talk to the principal aboutthe permit. It hadn't been approved yet and with school starting next week, I figured I needed to get it squared away. We met with the principal and she started by saying that she hadn't approved Erin's permit yet because her dad had been in and had some concerns about her staying at the high school. I asked her if her dadgave any reasons and she told us that he had said that he was afraid Erin would have trouble with her sisters. Plural. Well, she only has one sister at north, but her dad's gf that he lives with has a daughter (Lexie) that will be a freshman. I asked the principal if he mentioned Lexie and she said yes, he had. So he's more concerned with his gf's daughter than he is about his own daughter? That's what I was getting out of this.
I was flabbergasted. The principal looked at Erin and asked her if she was going to have any problems and Erin told her that she had no problems and that she loved her sisters. The gf's daughter actually has a history of being in trouble at school and doing poorly - we'll see how she does in high school. The principal seemed to be a little confused by Erin's dad and flat out told us that she had no reason to deny the permit and that it would be signed right away. She's probably seen it all and saw thorugh his bull.
The question I keep asking myself is: What kind of person would try to force his own child away from her comfortable environemnta AND her sister just because he's mad and wants to teach her a lesson? (his words) I sent her dad's email to my attorney and he laughed. He said he'd like to see him go in front of a judge and try to defend this. It all ended up ok, but getting there was a pain. Why? Why do people have to be like this? I understand that he's upset that his daughter wants nothing to do with him. I really do. I've also gone thorugh times with them where they were unsure about being with me. But I worked my butt off to solve the problems and get past them. Their dad will make no effort whatsoever to try to fix this. He is sucha control freak and it's his way or the highway (also his words) and he can't even begin to admit that he has any fault in this.
I sent him an email telling him I'm saddened and disappointed in his behavior and that Erin would be attending the school unless I had a court order saying otherwise. That made him mad. He responded to me by saying that he was fed up and done. He said that all of the girls don't like either of us any more because of the fighting we're doing. Fighting? I'm not fighting. I just point things out as I see them. He HATES having faults pointed out to him or to be told that he's wrong. He HATES not being in control of a situation. I kind of feel like he's losing it a little because he's so mad. That's a little scary. Never know what people are going to do. I talked to all of the girls tonight and they still like Matt and I so I don't know where their dad is getting that. I cant help it that his relationship with them is just so screwed up.
Ok, I'm looking this over and thinking that it does feel a little better to let it out. (ok, ok, you were right ) Sorry if you guys feel like it's not worth reading - and really, that's ok. But I feel a little saner tonight and that's all very good.
Anyways, it's later and I need to get some sleep. Depression tends to make me sleepy and pent up emotions make me depressed...so I'm sleepy Wow, yeah, sleepy. Thanks for being the ear. I appreciate it more than I can ever tell this awesome random bunch of internet friends that I have
I started playing Dead Space about a week ago. Holy Cow, it's some scary stuff!
First of all I have to say, that I am not a shooter-type person. I like games that don't require a whole bunch of button pushes or combinations. I like games that plod along a little more. C'mon, give me a break, I grew up playing Asteroids on my Atari. One button, one joystick. That's all. Anyways, I started playing Dead Space and surprisingly, I really, really like it. It's not first-person so it was probably a good introduction for me into this unknown realm. I'm used to things like Oblivion and Fable II being third person.
The visuals of the game are stunning. Everything is generally dark and appears to have a wash. The only things thatare brightare the health and statis meters on Isaac's (the main character's) suit. Even the color of the blood that flows PROFUSELY from dead enemies is a little muted. The music makes the game great (This is the one I was talking about in your blog, Ab.) There is nothing like hearing the enemies coming but not know where the heck they are. I spin around like an idot trying to find them.
The controls are easy to master - I really didn't have much trouble though I still panic sometimes and hit the trigger for my weapon instead of stasis. (Statis stops an enemy in it's tracks for a short time.) There is one enemy that is a big swollen blob. If you happen to shoot him in the body, he explodes into about a million little enemies that are tenacious. They are fun to stomp, but if outnumbered, they're trouble. Stasis works well - then you have to shoot the limbs of theblob to kill it. That's much easier to do if it's not shambling at you.
The storyline is engaging and is told through a series of conversations and audio, text or video logs that Isaac picks up along the way. I'm in Chapter 6 (of 12) and I can detect that somethingbad is going to happen (trying to be spoiler-free), but I don't know what it is yet.
I haven't been so absorbed in a game for a very long time. I haven't even really been on GS lately because I've been so into it. I tried to catch up tonight
Yay for me - I got the trophy for maintaining hull integrity at greater that 50% in the asteroids shooting portion of the game. I guess all of my time with my Atari paid off! Ok, actually, it took me 16 tries to get through it and I got really lucky!
I'm off to try to kill the Leviathan. He's a pain and I'm having trouble. Stupid bad guy
I was reading through the news this afternoon and saw an article about a new hot dog shop that recently opened in Chicago. It caught my eye immediately just because it was about Chicago dogs. If you don't know what a Chicago dog is, it a a beef hot dog with mustard, onions, relish, tomatoes, a pickle spear, a pepper and celery salt. (I eat them with ketchup instead of mustard). Yes, all on on hot dog. Ok, you may say that sounds awful, but seriously, don't bash it if you've never tried one. They're sold by vendors in carts and in restaurants around the City. Having grown up outside of Chicago, I ate a lot of them throughout my life. I made sure I got when one during our recent trip to Chicago. I bought it from a stand right outside of the museum. Yummy
Ok, back to the news. There is a new restaurant that recently opened that is called "Felony Franks." The owner has made a point to hire all ex-cons. He wants to give some ex-cons a chance to make something of themselves after they've served their time in prison. Currently there are 10 ex-cons working there. They serve different kinds of dogs - one is a Felony Frank and one is a Misdemeanor Wiener. How fun is that? There are a bunch of people up in arms in Chicago about it. A local City councilman doesn't like the name. An alderman says it's a poor choice for a restaurant them. I guess people would rather not be reminded that there are people that they brush shoulders with every day that are ex-cons? Of course, we as a society demand to know where every sex offender lives. But murderers? Thieves? Arsonists? As long as they don't talk to me, then fine. Is that the kind of society we live in?
I for one am happy to see people be able to turn their lives around and do something productive. Anyone who has ever filled out a job application knows that an arrest can follow you FOREVER! I know that their are some "bad apples" out there, but I also know that some people get led astray and if they would have had positive influences in their lives, they would never end up in jail in the first place. The movie "The Shawshank Redemption" does a really good job of illustrating how difficult it is for someone to get out of prison and find a place in society. I'm happy to see someone out there not afraid to offer opportunities to people who need them.
The question at the end of the article was: Would you buy a hot dog from an ex-con? I would ask the question: Why wouldn't you? Funny thing is, if you have been to a restaurant, there is a good chance you HAVE been served by an ex-con, but you just didn't know it
First of all, I will state that I'm talking about Matt
So, I've been laying about all day today because I have a killer cold. I've had it since Friday (I swear, I sneezed 500 times). We had a yard sale yesterday and it probably made it worse since I didn't rest, but hey, the extra funds were nice - though I HATE the prep for a yard sale. I've felt so awful that I haven't even felt like gaming - though I have watched a ton of tv
Anyways, I g ot up and tried to help out a little bit this morning, but was feeling pretty blah. Erin had a friend coming over so we were cleaning the house up a little. We'd left the basement in pretty bad shape after getting ready for the stupid yard sale. Everyone was busy so I said I was going to go to the store and get some OJ (not the murderer) and some cough drops. Then I proceeded to fall over into bed because I was so worn out. Matt comes in and gives me this certain look he does when I'm being ridiculous (stupid) and asked me why I can't ever ask for help.
I have this real problem asking for help. And I hate having people do stuff for me.A prima donna I am not! I'm an "I can do it myself" kind of person and it's not really a good way to be. I'm better than I used to be but obviously still not great. So, I finally asked him to go to the store for me and he was happy to do it for me. And I was happy to to have him go since I felt icky.
The man comes back from the store with my OJ (he wrote the "not the murderer" part on his list and it made me smile), cough drops, some Vicks and lotion Puffs (these are awesome on a sore nose) and last but definitely not least...he brought me HERSHEY"S KISSES! What a man he is. I may not be a girly girl, but I still love chocolate The Kisses made my day.
It's a little thing in the grand scheme of life, but sometimes the little things make all of the difference. I've been blogging about so much bad stuff lately (my mom, court, the accident) that I wanted to blog about something happy! So, this is happy
I feel really lucky to have someone out there that is willing to do the little things for me. My only advise to anyone reading- don't take anyone close to for granted and don't forget about the little things
15Jul 09Ok, another blog where first of all I want to thank all of my friends on GS! Your outpouring of well wishes after my accident last week was really, really nice! You guys paid more attention to me than my family did - sheesh! Anyways, thanks again - I'm sorry I didn't respond individually, but I've been pretty busy...oh, I'll explain in a little bit.
If any of you have been in a car accident, then you know what I'm talking about. It's a pain in the butt. I get to talk to insurance agents, adjusters, body shop people, tow truck drivers, car rental places...the list seems to go on and on. I really behaved myself on Thursday and stayed immobile most of the day - I didn't do anything. Well, I played some video games I did get to talk on the phone a whole lot and by Friday at noon I got a Trailblazer for us to take to the track meet. I just couldn't quite get it through the guy's head at the car rental agency that I had 2 13' long poles to take with me. He really, really wanted to give me a sedan. I also went and got some things (maps mostly) out of the Outlander to take with us. I took some pictures of it all smushed up to keep for memories. The garage told me the damage was pretty extensive. I was at the point where I really wanted to see it be a total loss so I didn't have to deal with front-end shimmies for the rest of its lifetime. My insurance agent told me they should know by the end of the day. Well, the adjuster called and told me in order to do a good estimate he'd need to take it to another body shop and it needed to be taken apart so I wouldn't know until Monday. Anyways, we got packed and got going and had a great time (as Matt described in his blog).
Monday comes and no word. Tuesday morning I finally hear from the estimator and yep, it's totalled. Now I get the joy of car shopping again. It was made pretty easy for me since I was still on a first name basis with my salesman at Mitsubishi (I got the smushed one in February) and he actually had one on the lot that is almost the exact model - except for color. I had no question in my mind that I wanted another Outlander. It had saved me from being hurt badly and I just loved the way it drove. I was able to get charcoal gray instead of white, which I think is an improvement. I get to pick it up tomorrow!
You may wonder why the vehicle means so much to me that I'd blog about it. I'm not some kind of car weird-o. I don't spend money freely because we budget and this kind of investment was huge for me. I drive an average of 500 miles every week. I have to travel a lot for work and the kids live and go to school across the county from where we live so I'm in it a lot. I don't want a used car that I have to put a bunch of money in every month and if I'm going to spend this much time in my car, I want to at least be happy in it! Ok, I sound like I'm still trying to justify my purchase...
Physically I'm doing much better. I'm still stiff and sore but that should all fade with time. I am still pretty anxious about driving. I pretty much forced myself to drive all weekend so I could start to get over that, but I still feel butterflies whenever I approach an intersection. I imagine that will fade as well. I'm still feeling pretty angry about the whole thing and I thought blogging might help. I know there was nothing I could do about it but that doesn't make me feel any better I'm still mad!
Thanks again to all of my GS friends! You guys are the best.
*Sigh* Ok, I know the title of this blog is pretty harsh, but I'm feeling pretty pissed off right now. I was in a car accident yesterday - I'm ok, just feeling like I was tackled by Brian Urlacher (Middle Linebacker for the Chicago Bears)- but I'm really mad because my car is smushed it it wasn't my fault.
We have an intesection in the middle of the City at which the north-south road is a state highway. No bypass here - just semi after semi going through the middle of Town. Well, I was sitting at the intersection (I was heading east) getting ready to turn left to go north towards the high school. My light turned green and there was a semi in the nearest lane to me that I made sure was stopped before I started going. Off I went and BAM from the middle lane a minivan came slamming into me.
I've never been in an accident before where I knew that I was going to get hit and knew there was nothing I could do about it. I let off the gas and the van hit my driver's side front end. My side airbag deployed and it was a darn good thing or I think my head would have crashed into the window. The van was going probably 30 mph trying to get through the red light so it hit me pretty hard.
The poor policeman that came to check on me had to hear quite a few choice words come out of my mouth. I dropped the f-bomb a whole big lot I was really mad! I was also worried that there had been no witnesses, but I found out that the county sheriif was actually parked at the light and witnessed it. Yay for having some luck.
I went to the hospital and got all checked out. I got all kinds of x-rays done and my very first CT scan. They wanted to make sure my spleen was ok. Everything checked out a-ok other than a ton of bumpsand bruises. The did send me home with some vicodin which makes the pain all go away
So I get to spend the rest of my vacation getting insurance stuff worked out and finding a rental car that will be able to carry pole vault poles 400 miles this weekend. Oh, and being loopy since I always feel a little odd when I take pain medication. The most important thing is that I wasn't hurt badly. I'm very sad about my car though. I got a new Mitsubishi Outlander in February and it only has about 11,000 miles on it. And now it's smushed
*Sigh* So that's why I hate stupid people
First of all, Happy 4th of July to all my fellow American gamespotters!
So today starts 10 days of vacation for me and I'm purdy excited I always try to take some time off around the 4th to spend some quality time with the kids and Matt and just have some fun in general. No big vacation plans - except going to the regional track meet next weekend for our pole vaulter Hopefully her head will get straightened out enough to jump by next week (if you don't know what I mean, ready mprezzy's blog).
It's a big weekend here at the Prezzy house since we ALL seem to have a little pyro in us. We love fireworks. We started setting off bottle rockets two nights ago and will continually through the weekend. I know, our neighbors probably hate us, but we live in the country so we only have a few. And anyways, our old guy neighbor cuts his grass at night! No lie, I dunno why - but he's out there until midnight sometimes all grass-cutting season long! And he's a grouch Oh, I kind of got off on a tangent there.
Anyways, back to the fireworks fun. Matt made bottle rocket launchers for safety. A little pvc pipe and scrap wood will go a long way. We also spent part of his birthday buying lots of fireworks. Ok, we really can't get some of the super big stuff (it's hard to justify spending $100 on one thing), but we did pretty well and he will be able to put on a more than respectable show for the relatives that always seem to be over that day.
On a gaming note, our two youngest girls have discovered Viva Pinata. We picked it up used a few days ago and they've been playing non-stop. I've been pleasantly surprised by the depth of the game. It's much more than just feeding a pinata. It's bright and colorful and just plain fun!
On a sad note, we also found a copy of God of War 2 used, but it won't work so we have to return it. Sadness, but our record for used games is pretty darn good overall.
I started my vacation today by attending our daughter Brittany's (phoeniix454) art show at the park. It's a culmination of 4 weeks of summer school and an opportunity for the students to have a show of their own. Her work received high praise from many of the attendees and I was extremely proud of her dedication to her art. She's come a long way from drawing heads with legs and arms when she was in preschool.
So, Happy 4th to my fellow pyromaniacs I hope the rest of you have a good weekend, too!
Hellooooooo Fellow Gamespotters!
Well, I wrote a while back that I would be a bit absent since I had so much stuff going on and I was studying to take the LEED certification exam. To add to that, we've had all kinds of drama going on with my ex-husband that Matt has filled everyone in on. (thanks, Matthew )
With respect to all of that, I would like to tell everyone thank you. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I can't tell you how much I appreciate each and every one of you and your kind thoughts, words and support. I really never thought I would find such an incredible group of people on Gamespot, but I did! It's been a rough few weeks but I continually came to GS to take my mind off of things for a short time. I've been lurking a lot and I've responded to a few blogs here and there - please don't take offense if I was absent from any of yours!
On a happy note, I took the LEED test today and passed it. I got my score as soon as the exam was finished and I was sweating it, but was hugely relieved to see "PASS" on the computer screen. I get a little financial compensation for passing the test from my employer (which is nice considering we're pole vault traveling) and I get to add some letters to my business card. Big giant thanks to Matthew and my girls for being so understanding about my cramming! I love you guys!
The nicest thing is that it's over!!!! I don't have any more tests to study for in the upcoming future and I can actually begin to enjoy summer. And wait, oh yeah, I CAN GAME AGAIN!!!! I haven't done much gaining in the past few weeks and I'm having a bit of withdrawal. What am I playing you ask? Well, I've been skirmishing on Age of Empires III (I still need to buy the final expansion), I'm playing Dragon Quest V on the DS and I got my copy of the strategy guide for FF VII so I may start that one over. Yay!
Thanks again to all of you. You're the best!
Yay @korino55! LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design -A system to categorize the level of environmentally sustainable construction in sustainable buildings. It has to do with building green. Some of the stuff it promotes is pretty neat-o. there was just a TON of memorization and I really suck at memorization.
Ok, first of all, I'd like to say thanks to everyone and their kind responses and words of wisdom when it comes to my relationship with my mom. I can't tell you how nice it is to have that kind of support!
So, as the title of my blog states, it was indeed an epic fail today It's never good when she walks out the door two hours before she said she was going to leave and as a last statement says to one of my daughters, "Well, I don't know when I'll see you again, maybe never." *Banging head on table* Why, Mom, why?
Things were going fairly well for a while. We visited and caught up on some stuff going on with the rest of my family. She gossiped about every one of her neighbors. We ate. She actually didn't call me fat - it was a banner day! And then, here it comes. She asked if she could come get all of the kids for a few days in a few weeks to stay with her. My response: maybe. I would discuss it with them and see if it was something they wanted to do. I'm not all about telling my kids they HAVE to go spend a lot of time with their grandparents. Then as I sat and thought about it I told her that one has art class every day and another is pole vaulting through the summer and has practice or meets almost every day. I told her it would be tough to do. She asked when the art classes were done and I told her end of June, but then I was taking a week off to spend with the kids before they went and spent the rest of summer with my ex. So, she proceeds to tell me that she'll just call him and ask him if the kids could come over during the last half of summer. I was pretty perturbed to say the least and Matt walked out of the house. My ex is one of those people that would MAKE them go and wouldn't care less if they missed a practice or class. And it just really made me mad that she was going to just go to him and get her way! I mean, please, I am her daughter, right?
Anyways, I tried to tell her why it upset me. I've had this same conversation with her many times over the past few years. She can't get it through her head that her grandkids don't think spending a week with grandma is a great thing. It's not that I don't want them to have a relationship with their grandparents, but they are not 6 anymore. When they were younger, she would take them to the fairand to Chuckie Cheese and they would have a blast. Once they hit 15 and 17, those kinds of things aren't appealing anymore. The kids are polite and friendly whenever we visit and they talk to her on the phone several times a month. So, I was trying to tell her that not all families get to see each other all the time. Some grandparents only get to see their grandkids once a year (thanks, Max ). But she bases her expectations on her family (that all lives close to each other). Not all families are like that. She kept telling me she didn't understand. I tried very calmly to explain to her, but she got all dramatic and as I tried to tell her my side, she said she was done discussing and the discussion was over. Wow, talk about feeling like I was 15 again...At this point in my life, I was a little (very little) amused by her and it was interesting to see the kids expressions as this discussion was going on. They had never seen her behave the way she was. (Honestly, she was petulant and mopey and was acting completely immature.) But as of that point, the visit was over. She just sat and moped. She wouldn't take part in any more conversation and then she just got up and said she was leaving. She said goodbye to me (no hug or anything) and then gave her parting shot out the door. So, yeah, epic fail today. My mother-in-law came over to visit shortly afterwards and Matt and I ranted to her for a little while. (Aberinkulus, I get along WAY better with my in-laws even though that's not the norm.)
This post probably doesn't make a whole lot of sense since I'm kind of frustrated still, but I just wanted to let some of the feelings out. Thanks to all of you again for your support I imagine she'll call me in a few days and pretend like nothing happened. That's her standard mode of operation. I guess we'll see...
Hmm, ok, I wonder if I will get all kinds of neat-o responses to this blog or if everyone will just stop reading after they read the title. Either way, ok by me, just something I feel like writing about.
Well, my parents are coming to visit tomorrow. They live about 180 miles away from us and we don't see them very often. We make a trip to visit a few times a year, but we always have to stay at a hotel since they don't have room for us so financially, it's just not an easy decision for us. Anyways, they drive here every few months and that's enough for me. Please don't get me wrong - I love my mother. I really do. But she drives me CRAZY!
Let me explain a little. She'll walk into the house tomorrow and she'll tell me that I look fat. Ok, she won't say the word fat, but she'll say "It looks like you've gained weight." Ugh. She's done this to me my whole life. She could never reconcile the fact that I was bigger than her. I was an athlete with muscles and she was pencil-thin (probably helped by her smoking). It drove me crazy and I'm surprised I never ended up anorexic. I do have a sister who is bulimic. That's just the beginning. Then she'll move onto my hair. I'll either need a haircut, need to get it highlighted...something.
Then she'll start on my kids. She HATES that I let phoeniix454 dye her hair black. She'll tell everyone who will listen that she doesn't like it. It doesn't matter - it's not her hair and it's not her child! Sheesh. She's learned not to say anything to Matt since he calmly explains to her why she's wrong - and she listens to him, but she won't listen to me since I will forever be her young child. I get along with my step-dad great and I always enjoy seeing him. (Thanks for that!)
I've often wondered why my mom is the way she is (and I worry constantly that I'm going to end up just like her). She seems bitter to me and has my entire life. I know she went through some tough times when she was young, but she has two sisters (one of them an identical twin) who went though the same things and they're not like her. It's strange to see my mom and her twin next to each other. My mom looks mean and my aunt looks nice. Too weird.
She's been getting worse lately and I think I understand why. She's getting up there in age and I know she really feels like she misses out on things with her grandkids since we're so far away. See, her two sisters and all of their kids and grandkids live within 20 miles of each other. I'm kind of the black sheep of the family since I moved away. I'm the one NOT there for every birthday party and holiday that is celebrated. My sister also moved about 40 miles away and she doesn't have a family yet. To top it off, we live next door (about 200 yards away) to my in-laws so we end up spending a lot of time with them because of convenience.
I have no desire to live near the rest of my family, mostly because they live near a big city and I like the smaller town that I live in. My employer is here and I like my job and the opportunities for advancement that I have. All of my extended family that lives near my parents are also very close and everyone knows what everyone else is doing (they seem a lot like high school kids) and that would make me crazy. So, I guess I'm just going to have to keep the situation as is since she's going to keep being the person she is.
Thanks for listening to me. I always get really tense when my mom is coming to visit. I guess it's still the little kid part of me that wants to please her. I also know that I am not as compassionate as I could be so sometimes I just get frustrated with her. Like I said, I love her, so I care.
Wish me luck!
Well, I know a lot of you probably don't follow the Cubs, but Matt and I got to see quite a game on Sunday! He finally got to see them win. That was pretty exciting in and of itself, but the stupid Cubs took 14 innings to do it. We stayed for the whole game (5 hours 13 minutes) and it was definitely worth it. After I badmouthed Alfonso Soriano the whole game, he went and hit a homerun in the top of the 14th inning. It was pretty tense because the Cubs had to hold the Reds in the bottom of the 14th, but they managed to do it and get the win. They haven't been playing great lately an the Reds have been pretty hot so I really didn't expect a win. But they did! Yay!
Anyways, just wanted to share the rest of the weekend fun, since Matt already shared his fun Honestly, you should have seen the look on his face when those girls just all climbed right into the hot tub. Hehe - made me smile a little bit
Well, to me and Matt it's a pretty special weekend It's our anniversary (7 years) and we're celebrating in a pretty cool way. We're going to see the Cubs play in Cincinnati. (Thanks for the tickets, Dad!) It's not too bad of a drive from where we live and the new stadium on the riverfront is really beautiful. Now, I know a lot of you aren't into sports, but Matt and I both grew up as sports kids and while we're not fanatics of any sort, we ARE both baseball fans, specifically Cubs fans. I grew up outside of Chicago and spent quite a bit of time at Wrigley as a kid. I had an uncle that had season tickets and he would take my cousin and I to see a bunch of games. I happened to find and marry a Cubs fan when I ended up where I am now. Something brought us together, I suppose
I know the Cubs are perennial losers, but there is just something exciting about being at a ballpark and seeing the action. My youngest daughter went to a minor league game a few weeks back and she even had fun - of course, that may have been the cotton candy, hot dogs and souvenirs talking It's not quite the same at Wrigley since Harry Caray is gone, but Wrigley is still Wrigley. We haven't been there for about 4 years but I hope my uncle will score us some tickets again soon. It's always nice since he has front row tickets now!
The weather is hot here, school is finally out (after making up 3 snow days) and I'm ready for summer. Oh, but wait, I'm not in school anymore and I don't get summer off I guess I'll have to be content with the week of vacation I'm taking in July. Yay for vacation! It feels like a year away!
To all of you out of school for summer vacation, hope you have a great summer!
Well, just thought I'd make a brief appearance to say hello to everyone! I was supposed to be out of town for a meeting this evening, but it gotpostponed until Friday morning so I got to stay home - Yay! It's never any fun to have to drive almost 2 hours each way AFTER working all day in my office. I know Matt has talked a little bit about how busy we are lately, but it really seems like I'm never home. I try to log on at lunch, but I don't seem to even have much time to do that lately. I DO seem to get on almost every day, but I usually just have time to read the latest blogs but not respond I'm sorry, yes, I'm one of those lurkers who does a lot of reading, but makes ZERO contribution...it's really not though lack of desire...just lack of time. See, I also started studying for the LEED certification. I get a small bonus and small raise if I pass it, butblah @ studying. Yeah, yeah, the whole green thing is important...(If you don't know what LEED is it has to do with building buildings in a "sustainable" manner). One of the owners in my company is really into the whole green thing and so yeah, I'm taking a test to be certified to LEED certify a new building but do I design or build buildings? Umm, nope, I design water, wastewater or stormwater systems. So why am I spending time studying for a test to certify buildings? Well, I get a small raise and a bonus (and who is to pass up some cash) and I get some more letters behind my name - like anyone cares *rolling eyes*. I know, I'm really lucky that I even get that opportunity - just part of my explanation for where I've been. I do spend some time almost every day gaming, but that's kind of my sanity maintenance, so gotta do that.
I DID start FF VII this weekend. THAT was pretty cool. We bought some new computer parts on Saturday to upgrade some of our computers so the family can play Doom 3 co-op again. Matt spent a bunch of time moving stuff around and installing stuff, so I sat on my butt and played FF VII (for about 3 hours). I had great fun and I can definitely see the potential in the game. I'm close to finishing Chrono Trigger on the DS (I like it a lot, Max)- mainly catching up on some sidequests right now before finishing the game. I have really enjoyed it. Oh, and my score for the weekend...I rounded out our FF collection by finding FF Anthologies for PS at our local used game store. I now have them all - well, except for XI, since we can't play online with satellite internet and X-2 (which I had, played through most of, got tired of changing their clothes, and sold on eBay). And I'm really looking forward to XIII.
It looks the sun is actually going to be out for a at least 5 days in a row this week. That definitely helps my disposition, but also means I'd like to spend a little more time outside (less time to game though ).
I do think of all of you frequently and Matt and I spend at least some time every day talking about your latest blogs (are your ears all burning?) So, if you don't mind, I'll be around lurking, and responding when I can!
Ok, I've been wondering these things for a few weeks, Mprezzy and I were talking about it over the weekend. We'll call this an interactive blog As I've said on several occasions, I'm very curious about my friends on Gamespot (ok, ok, nosey). I don't want to know exactly where you live or what your real names are if you don't share for security reasons (I am NOT a crazy stalker and I am a parent that makes sure my kids are as safe as possible on the internet).
However, I am interested in what your name means, what your icon is (if it's not real obvious), what your Gamer Tag means, all in all, what you put out for everyone to see who you are. I get XBox magazine and there was an article recently about what gamer tags say about you. It was kind of interesting.
So, here I go...
Tprezzy12 - T for Toni, Prezzy is a nickname for our last name and 12 is my favorite number of all time. If I couldn't get 12 on a sports jersey, I would try for 21. Or 3 (1+2), or just some weird variant in my head.
My icon is Vivi as I'm sure you all know - he's my favorite character.
My gamer tag for XBox is currently mispelled and i haven't paid the $10 to change it, but it WILL be Tprezzy12
Feel free to share!