Forever Learning

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There’s so much information, especially today, available online and in libraries for anyone to access and educate themselves on various topics/disciplines.  Unfortunately when in school as a kid, like many I didn’t fully appreciate my free education.  As an adult and college student I’ve grown to love learning.  Not just to get good grades and graduate, but for the sake of learning itself.  I have many interests, including but not limited to;

  • Art
  • Cooking
  • Yoga
  • Italian (Language and Culture)/ Same with Japanese
  • Psychology
  • Videogames
  • Religion
  • Mythology
  • Writing
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Music (particularly the violin, used to play, would love to pick it up again)
  • History (never my favorite subject when I was a kid but now I feel motivated to learn more
  • Science
  • Weather/nature (volcanoes, geology)

Whenever I come across something I don’t know much about that even slightly interests me, I see it as a challenge and begin researching and learning what I can. Education is a lifelong journey.  It doesn’t have to be complex stuff, it could be as simple as a card game my friend introduced me to, I knew nothing about it and have never played any living card games but I went and learned as much as I could about it, which ended up turning into a big interest/hobby of mine.

I’m very happy that I’ve come to fully appreciate the value of education.

 

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Animal Crossing, What it’s About and Why I Love It

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Animal Crossing is one of my favorite game series. I love it because it’s charming, relaxing, laid back, and can be played endlessly as there’s really no beginning or end/complex story line, which may sound unappealing to some but I find it to be wonderful and freeing, giving players the ability really make the town their own.

I had never played an Animal Crossing game until I bought New Leaf, and instantly fell in love.  It’s a series that began all the way back in 2001.  Somehow, I never heard much about it, probably because I wasn’t seriously into gaming aside from the Pokemon titles until a couple years ago.  In AC New Leaf, you become the mayor of a town full of Animal characters.  As the mayor, you have many duties such as keeping up with maintaining the environment (pulling weeds, watering/planting flowers, disposing of any garbage found), doing tasks requested by the villagers which may include things like getting them a certain type of fruit, fish, bug, or piece of furniture.  You also get to do public works projects which are different features you can fund to be put into your town like water fountains, bridges, windmills, and many others.  Another responsibility as mayor is enacting town ordinances.

As the mayor you get to have your own house and expand it by paying off home loans from a character named Tom Nook.  To do this you can sell fruit, fish, sea shells, fossils, and any items you acquire throughout the game.  That’s another amazing aspect, there are SO many different items, wallpapers/flooring and furniture that can be used to decorate one’s home.  Another task is bringing fish, fossils, bugs, and pieces of art to the town museum run by an owl named Blathers.

There’s endless possibilities to make the town and your home into whatever theme or style you want.  It’s the most laid back game I’ve ever played, and the music is very relaxing.  I often find myself playing to relieve anxiety and stress, which from what I’ve read many others experience mental health benefits from playing.

After falling in love with New Leaf I discovered there was another AC available for the DS previously released called Wild World.  I’ve been playing around with that one and it’s a lot of fun as well.  The new AC game (titled New Horizons) for the Nintendo Switch was announced last week at E3. It’s not being released until March 20th, 2020 but I believe it’s definitely worth the wait.  The trailer/gameplay looks wonderful and I’m looking forward to playing when it’s released.  It happens to be coming out on International Happiness Day, not sure if that was intended or not but it certainly fits as Animal Crossing brings happiness to many. 🙂

Recovery Update

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It’s 2 and a half months into my eating disorder recovery and I’m doing very well.  I’m to the point where I eat when I’m hungry and don’t obsess about whether I should or not.  I think one thing that’s helping is that I’m happy in my life.  I have hobbies and goals again.  There was a long time where I wasn’t motivated or excited about anything like I normally am.  Nothing held my interest, I just felt flat emotionally.  When I’m doing well, I’m generally a very happy person that enjoys life.  That disappeared for awhile, and I was indifferent about everything.  Last Christmas was the first time in my life that I didn’t care one way or another about the holidays.  Normally I get so excited over the them, like crazy excited! I’m sure the med changes have helped a lot.  Now that I’m stable mentally I’m able to fully enjoy my life again.

So back to the recovery part, I still worry about my weight, but I’m not obsessed about it.  I’m not doing stupid, dangerous things to be a certain weight anymore.  Finding things outside myself has helped immensely.  My faith, taking walks/being outside, art, music, and other hobbies, I have actual interests besides what I weigh for once. I was so wrapped up in my ridiculous goal to be the “perfect” weight that the rest of my life was put on the back burner.   I may have gained some recently with a medication increase but it’s not the end of the world.

I’m just me and I’m learning to be okay with that. 🙂

Random Post/Playing with My Camera

 

Have been having fun with my digital camera lately.  I still use my 3DS despite having a Nintendo Switch, it has a wonderful library of games available too so I will keep on playing it.  The one I have is the Galaxy New Nintendo 3DS XL.

The Arkham Horror thing is a living card game one of my friends got me into, I finally have a desk set up so I can play.

The Animal Drawing book I got for $2 at a used bookstore the other day, really can’t beat that!  I love going there, they have such a huge variety of books for awesome prices.  Hopefully it will help guide me in my drawings.

Of course Pikachu is there, huge Pokemon fan, have been since I was a little kid and probably will be till the day I die!

Just Do It

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I’ve been very productive lately.  Studying math on Khan Academy, Italian on Duolingo, drawing, exercising, reading a lot, cleaning.  I feel good!  Having trouble sleeping the past few days, it’s going on 5am now, I only got 4 hours of sleep though, same the previous night.  Either way, I feel much more motivated which is so good, because I was in a rut for a long time.  I’ve been excited about things in my life, and managing my anxiety better.  I tend to tell myself “Just Do It” like the Nike catchphrase, when needing or wanting to do certain things but feeling apprehension about it.  I just go right into whatever I need to do without thinking about it, the hardest part is starting, whether that be drawing or exercising, once I start I can really get into it and the motivation follows, I had been wasting so much time in my life waiting for the right moment to do things or waiting until the motivation comes to me, and never getting anything done.

Thanks for reading!

What am I Playing?

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On my Nintendo Switch I’m playing Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles.  This is a fun, relaxing game with beautiful graphics.  It’s been described by some people as being kinda like a cross between Zelda and Stardew Valley, and in my opinion that is a fantastic combo!

On my Xbox 360 I’m playing Smackdown Vs Raw 2009.  I don’t have an Xbox One yet, I plan on getting one, but I only just recently (One year ago) received the 360 as a gift from my brother in-law since he upgraded to the Xbox One.  Prior to that I had never had any consoles by Microsoft, I mainly had Nintendo systems.  I always loved the Smackdown Vs. Raw games, I used to be a huge wrestling fan, it started with a crush on John Cena over 10 years ago haha but I eventually really got into it.  I remember playing one on my PS2 and loving it so much, I really enjoy the character creation thing, I love making really bizarre characters 🙂  It’s very nostalgic for me.  The main reason I got the 2009 version (I’m aware there’s much more recent versions) is because I know all the wrestlers from then, I’m not familiar with any of the newer ones.

Of course, I’m still constantly playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf on my Nintendo 3DS. It’s so relaxing, and I’ve had the game for over 5 years but I’m just this past year getting into it since I’ve discovered all the things you can do.  I’m still paying off my home loan from Tom Nook, it seems like it’s taking forever!  But it’s a lot of fun.  My town is called Mapleton, it has a long way to go. I’m really hoping for news on AC for the Switch tomorrow. Either way I have lots to do in New Leaf for now.

Here is my backlog of games, there’s 17 of them I own that I’m wanting to play within the next year or so.  I have many other games but these are on my priority list.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

The Sims 4

The Sims 3

LEGO The Hobbit

LEGO The Lord of the Rings

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare

Alan Wake

Minecraft

LEGO Harry Potter (Years 1-4 and 5-7)

Grand Theft Auto IV

Fantasy Life

LEGO The Incredibles

Call of Dury 2

Skyrim

Red Dead Redemption (The first one)

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It’s Raining in My Apartment

My ceiling is dripping, it has been almost all day for the past several days.  Maintenance is supposed to find out what the problem is on Monday.  This was a huge issue like 2 years ago, I had to have half my ceiling replaced.  Now it’s happening again.  It’s driving me crazy.  I just want this resolved as soon and as fast as possible.  I hate having a bunch of people in my apartment doing work.  Especially with my 2 cats here, they get scared of people they don’t know and hide.

I’ve been playing Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles for the Nintendo Switch and OMG it’s amazing!  The graphics are stunning, and the gameplay fun and relaxing.  I’m just 16% complete so far and am in no hurry to finish, exploring the island of Gemea is so much fun.

I’m anxiously awaiting and hoping for information on the new Animal Crossing game for the Switch at E3!

Here’s a few screenshots of Yonder:

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Update

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I love nature, this is a picture I took around the autumn of this year

I’m extremely frustrated with the place I currently live, I’m trying to get into a different apartment, hoping there’s an opening soon in the place I applied to.

I was struggling very badly with sleep for awhile but my seroquel was increased and I’ve been getting great rest.  I was actually hallucinating from so much sleep deprivation, that’s how I spent my birthday

I plan on doing some things I’ve been putting off for way too long next week.  Dentist, and also getting a physical.  Trying to stop putting stuff off and procrastinating and just do what I need to when I should.  I’m a little worried about going to the dentist.  A few years ago I got all the work I needed to get done from the damage due to purging but I had maybe a 6 month long relapse since then and I’m scared to find out how much I screwed up my teeth again.  I really hope this will be the last time I have to deal with this, I know I’ll have to get a lot of work done.

This coming weekend is going to be relaxing.  I’m going to make peanut butter fudge and enjoy the new game I bought for my Nintendo Switch, Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles.  It looks like an amazing game from what I’ve seen!

 

Thanks for reading! 🙂