Photo Diary: Back To Gaming w Bonus Story

I’ve decided to come on here and make a post since I’m pretty sure I’ve already neglected my New Year’s Resolution to post something once every two weeks. I think it’s week 3 since I’ve posted something last. But that’s okay, because I haven’t been up to anything interesting, so I don’t want to forcefully talk about… nothing.
I guess it’s not entirely true that I haven’t been up to anything. I’m back to work, which I love of course. And then there’s the thing I’ve been hinting at on Twitter and in recent posts. I guess I’ll just go ahead and say it’s about buying a house. I just didn’t want to make a whole post about it until it’s official. There’s been a lot of ups and downs there, and I’ve been actually writing the post as it goes on. Once it is official, that post will go live, and if nothing comes of it I’ll discard it completely.

This is gonna be a bit of a two for one post because I have a photo I wanted to share that has a bit of a story behind it.

I took this photo when inspiration hit me… when I was nowhere near my camera.IMG_20160205_214934

 

In addition, what I wanted to talk about today is, GAMING! If you’ve been here for awhile you’d know that I’m a bit of a casual gamer. I really love it but I feel that I seldom have the time to commit to games hardcore. It’s probably going to always be that way, but I play when I can and that’s fine with me.

It’s been a couple years since I’ve joined a D&D campaign even though there’s ALWAYS one going on in my group of friends. I honestly can’t think of a time when there wasn’t a game happening since I started hanging out with them.

The last game I played, I bowed out because I played a character that had a very specific backstory thinking it would fit. The character was Jessamine and the game was evolving in such a way where her story line simply didn’t mesh with the game’s.

Since then, I’d been toying with joining again but never really wanted to commit to it. Then one of my friends from a different social circle said he was starting a campaign: zero commitment. Roll a character, show up when you feel, the game will go on just fine if you don’t show. Perfect for my life. So I joined.
We’re playing 5th edition (my usual circle plays.. 3rd? Or statless.) and I decided to be a ranger. It’s been too long since I’ve played anything, so I wanted to stay in my comfort zone… and archers are my bread and butter.

It was a bit of a gateway game because now I want to join one of the games that my usual circle is playing again. I’m going to try Jessamine again, because I think it should work this time. It’s statless so it’ll be a bit easier to mold everything together.

My roomie has been playing her Pokemon: Heart Gold a lot recently too, which made me pick Pokemon: Y back up.  I saw in my old “Gamerz Corner” posts that I was going to do a Pokemon Adventures segment while I was playing White, where I update you where I am and what I’m doing in the game. I never did that, and I don’t know if I will. I never even finished White, if I’m being perfectly honest. It’s been disgustingly long time since I’ve finished a game of Pokemon… probably not since I’ve played the original Silver. 😦
I’m pretty determined to finish Y, because I really like it!  I’ll leave the rest up to you: if a lot of people like this, I’ll try and work some sort of gaming segment into my posts more often. If not, I’m just gonna go about my merry gaming ways on my own, which is fine too.

So, my gaming readers: what are you currently playing? What video game are you loving right now? Are you in any awesome D&D campaigns? 🙂

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♥J

 

Christmas Haul 2015

Hello everyone! I hope you had an awesome Christmas! For me, and I’m sure for a lot of people as well, Christmas was almost a week long affair. But I’m finally recharged and relaxed and ready to share some of the wonderful presents I got from friends and family!
(I’d also like to preface this, as many people do, by mentioning that I am not trying to brag about the things I got. I’m incredibly lucky to have such great friends and family who think of me. If Christmas Hauls are something you don’t like to see, then click away.)

I’m gonna split these up by party, I think just so it’s a little more organized.

So first up is Friendsmas!
I’ve recently starting hanging out with a new circle of friends and we went to a Friendsmas party with them. I don’t know anyone that well yet but we did do a Grab Bag Gift Exchange. We all drew a number and picked a gift to open. I ended up with this really pretty box with a wolf on it! There were some strange gifts in the bunch but I’m really happy with the one I ended up with! I’m not so sure what I’ll be doing with it yet, but it’s really nice and I love it!

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Next is the stuff I got from my friend Barry. He came to visit from DC.
He brought me this multi colored scarf with a Lego pattern on it and this adorable Pikachu hat!
Also not pictured, is a little Hearthstone from World of Warcraft and a card pack for the game Hearthstone. Love it!

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On Christmas Eve Grizz and I exchanged gifts with Tarara, our roommate. She got us this adorable container for holding spatulas and things like that. It’s cute because it looks like a mason jar! Also, you can see the rainbow whisks in there, which she gave  us as well. Because rainbow.

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Grizz and I also decided to give each other one of our gifts as well as the new ornament tradition.
The ornament he got me is this awesome Dalek one. He’s wearing a Jayne hat, which is the ornament I got for him.

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And the “secondary” present is a camera strap. Super colorful and boho which I love. I took a picture of the picture of it because I’m so meta. But mainly because it hasn’t arrived yet.

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Christmas morning was main gift day for Grizz and me!
He got me Pocket Wizards for my camera! For those who don’t know, Pocket Wizards allow me to remotely fire my flash instead of keeping my external flash mounted to the camera. I’ve been using cheap knock offs until now, which do the trick but are nowhere nearly as reliable. I’ll need more as my “studio” grows, but I have an awesome start now, so I’m super excited!Xma2015-1850

Then it was off to my parents house to exchange with them and my sister. And Bonnie!

My parents got me a Rogue Flash Bender. Pictured is the box it came in because I’m using it to shoot this.  But it’s good for when I am using the flash mounted to my camera because it’s a large bounce panel, for softening and spreading light.

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And here is a Luxi Light Meter Attachment. You’re supposed to be able to attach it to the camera on your smartphone and then download a light meter to use it with. So far I can’t find a good light meter that does all the things the Sekonic does. Particularly, catching the exposure value of a flash. Anyone know of one? To be honest, I just threw this on my wish list without researching it, so it could be that this item is just a dud. Which is no one’s fault but my own. It was totally a thoughtful gift.

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I got green Skullcandy Earbuds which I wanted with the intention of specifically using with my tablet. Love it. Skullcandy has never failed me. Hands down, best headphones.
To also go with the green theme of my tablet I got this green case for it. It comes with a bluetooth keyboard. Which I find super awesome but I am having a slight issue. Nothing with the keyboard itself but with the bluetooth on my tablet. I noticed a problem with it when I bought my color changing bluetooth speakers. When I go to connect my tablet to it sometimes it won’t connect and I have to restart the tablet. Even then it cuts out eventually. I also noticed the same problem when trying to send something from it to my phone via bluetooth. I was hoping I wouldn’t have the problem with the keyboard, but same thing. It’s definitely something wrong with my tablet but I have no clue how to fix it. Any ideas?

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Another adorably thoughtful gift is this little handmade car trash can. It has a little weight on one end, which you put in the glove box. I was there when my mom got it because we went to the craft show together but I love it. This is a huge life saver for me, as I tend to just throw my trash all over my car and never clean it. So this at least  holds me accountable to throw it all out when it gets full. And the Pac-Man design is the best.

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No Christmas with be complete without a nod to my favorite store, Bath and Body Works. I have enough travel sized bottles for a million vacations now. ^_^

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Miss Dolce Vita had also given me some B&BW stuff! A Sweet Pea gift set. Love, love, love!

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My big present this year was a joint present for me and Grizz from my parents. They’re these super awesome chairs. Looking at them they’re just regular dining chairs that go really well with our table. But they also fold up! So my parents got me this set and we’re gonna get a couple more that we can tuck away nicely for company. My mom actually needed to use my Costco membership to get these so she never wrapped them, she just left them at our house as an early present. So we’ve been using them for the past few weeks and they are fabulous!

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After Christmas morning at my parents’ house, it was time for Grizz’s family. We went over to his older sister’s house and did our Secret Santa gift exchange. My future mother-in-law got me these fabulous crow leggings. I adore them, and they happen to be the one pair of leggings I wanted the most!

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And then of course, I overheard her asking Grizz on the phone what else I wanted because she was looking for one more thing and he said to check the wigs. So I was kind of wondering which one I was gonna get and she got me the one that happened to be my favorite on the list! It will appear on my wig collection post, so I’m just gonna throw a little selfie in there. I promise, whenever that comes out you’ll see a much better photo.

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The day after Christmas was spent with my dad’s side of the family. We do a Secret Santa every year. This year one of my cousins gifted me an AMC card and some yummy movie snacks. It’s like a cute little movie date kit. I think we’re gonna go see Mockingjay Part 2 with it sometime this week, so yay!

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We all received a check from our late great grandmother as last Christmas gift from her. I’m not going to say how much, but I will say that I’m going to do the adult thing and kill some of my debt with it. But with a little bit of it I still wanted to treat myself, so I got myself a Wacom Drawing Tablet. I just ordered it so I don’t have a photo, so I’ll just leave a link to it. I have HUGE Photoshop goals I want to achieve next year, and this will really help out. So, thank you Grandma, I love you.

I’ll even have a little bit left after doing the responsible thing AND getting my drawing tablet so I will be getting a new wig. You can help me decide which one I want by voting on my last post!

AND for the last Christmas party. This was with my closest group of friends. We also did a Secret Santa. My friend Tim got me a Pokemon Origami book. Isn’t this so adorable?!

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What did you get this year? Who did you spend your holidays with? Was it awesome? I hope it was!

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♥J

 

 

 

My Pokémon Type

I might have you fooled by the title, I’m almost sure of it. This is more so about a moment of self discovery than it is about Pokemon. But Pokemon has a hand in it, that’s for sure.

I have been meaning to talk about this for months. Like, since ACEN, I have been brewing this topic. I’ve waited so long to actually do it, as usual, so here I am trying to remember what it was I was going to say. But I’m gonna do my best.  To be honest, I’m a bit appalled at myself for waiting so long to talk about such a moment of self discovery.

When my friends and I grew tired of walking the sales floor at ACEN we decided to check out the different panels and anime screenings the convention had to offer. One in particular caught my eye, of course. It was titled “What Pokemon type are you?”

So we went. This panel was very interesting – the person leading it had mapped out all the various personality types on the Myer-Briggs scale and assigned them to matching Pokemon types! It was so cool.
I honestly never looked to deep into it, I always kind of thought there was introvert and extrovert and I was an introvert and that was that. I didn’t realize that there was all these other things that come into play. I wish I took notes. I wish I even remembered what my “type” was. I know whatever it was corresponded with the bug/grass type (she had to combine a couple types. I’m sticking with grass). But I can’t remember which personality type I fell into anymore. (I think it was INFJ) The interesting thing was, once she had you place yourself into the personality type, she went on to describe each type individually and more in depth. So even though I was focusing on my own and waiting to hear about myself, I got to hear about each personality type. And besides my own, there was one other that sounded very like me. And she did mention earlier on that it’s possible to be two types, just like it’s possible for a Pokemon to be two types.
This post would be so much easier if I could remember any specifics. But all I think I can remember is the other type that sounded like it fit my life painfully well is that it fell under the extrovert category. Now like I said, I always classified myself as an introvert. But this panel really got me thinking about where my energy comes from.
I do like to spend time by myself to sort of recharge. Especially after a long hard day of dealing with a lot of people. BUT, what I realized, especially that weekend of being with friends constantly, is I feel very energized after spending time in a small group of friends. After ACEN and a wedding that same weekend I felt so incredibly energetic that it surprised me. But at the same time I wasn’t ready to go back to work because I wanted some time to myself.
I’ve noticed that more and more lately the best weekends are the ones where I spend one day with my friends and another day relaxing by myself.

It was that weekend that I really realized that while I may be an introvert, I’m also an extrovert. Maybe I hate bars, and unfamiliar parties, and awkward social obligations, but there’s no denying the energy I feel when I’ve had a great time with my close friends.
And that’s not weird. If a Pokemon can have two types, so can I.

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-J

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Renaissance Faire – Pictures

Unfortunately neither myself or James brought a camera to yesterday’s incredible trip to the Renaissance Faire. He forgot and I just plain didn’t feel like carrying it around with me.

Seeing as how it took a lifetime to perfect the hairstyle I was planning, I didn’t want it to go unphotographed so I took a few when I got home.


And then this is a picture of the necklace I made, and you can kinda see the new bodice James bought me:

It was a really great day.  So far I think yesterday has been my favorite Ren Faire experience.  I was there with some of my favorite people in the world, I ended up replacing my favorite necklace, which broke and fell off somewhere in a Jewel parking lot (I can only assume).  Our friend Dan got pulled up on stage for Moonie’s show, we had a quite few people in our group who were experiencing the Faire for the first time so it was great to see them enjoy it, I made a new friend: Jess, that Daveface brought with.  I finally got a real Renaissance style article of clothing: my bodice, thanks to James.  Overall, it was just an amazing time with amazing people. 

We all just need really awesome days like that once in awhile.

♥Jessi Michelle

P.S. I’m going back in August with the McD’s crew! Huzzah!

“The Light You Left Remains”

My friend Barry gave me the latest Avenged Sevenfold album, Nightmare some time ago and since I had no room on my Zune I never listened to it.  I recently decided to just purchase the 120GB Zune (which I was shocked to find in a Wal-mart since they’re doing away with the old Zunes) and I now I have room. 
So now that I have all this space I finally put it on there and listened to it. 

This one song called “So Far Away” stood out in my mind.  The lyrics made me think of Holly who’s thoughts never really left my mind since her passing. 

Here’s the song:

So Far Away – Avenged Sevenfold
Never feared for anything.
Never shamed but never free.
A light that healed a broken heart with all that it could

Lived a life so endlessly.
Saw beyond what others see.
I tried to heal your broken heart with all that I could

Will you stay?
Will you stay away forever?

How do I live without the ones I love?
Time still turns the pages of the book it’s burned.
Place and time always on my mind.
I have so much to say but you’re so far away.

Plans of what our features hold
Foolish lies of growin’ old
It seems we’re so invincible, the truth is so cold.

A final song, a last request
A perfect chapter laid to rest
Now and then I try to find a place in my mind

Where you can say,
You can stay awake forever.

How do I live without the ones I love?
Time still turns the pages of the book it’s burned.
Place and time always on my mind.
I have so much to say but you’re so far away.

Sleep tight, I’m not afraid.
The ones that we love are here with me.
Lay away a place for me
‘Cause as soon as I’m done, I’ll be on my way
To live on eternally.

How do I live without the ones I love?
Time still turns the pages of the book it’s burned
Place and time always on my mind
And the light you left remains but it’s so hard to stay
When I had so much to say and you’re so far away.

I love you
You were ready
The pain is strong and urges rise
But I’ll see you
When it lets me
Your pain is gone, your hands untied.

So far away.

I need you to know

So far away
And I need you to,
Need you to know…


If you followed the link to the post about Holly, you might have noticed that it’s been exactly a year.
I just found it really odd that I hear this song that made me think of her at this exact time.

I just thought I’d share that.

♥Jessi Michelle

Holly, your thoughts are still with us. We will always miss you.