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My computer died earlier this week. It had still been freezing up, as always, and I think my hard drive had finally had enough and just died. Fortunately, it's not completely dead, so I'm able to retrieve some data from it, but it can't be used right now. Just to save us the trouble, my fiance ordered a new hard drive for me until we can isolate the overall problem.

During my PC-less week, I ended up renting Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. I had heard good things about it, and I sure as hell was not disappointed. A little predictable, yes, but the combat is really fluid and fun. I have to take it back tonight, but I'll probably end up buying it if I can find it on sale.

My fiance and I also got tickets to see Video Games Live in Saint Charles, Illinois. I'm really excited about that, since it'll be the first real vacation we've taken together that didn't involve either of our families. We're also going to see a show at Medieval Times, as well as spend some time sight-seeing in Chicago.

Oh, and best thing ever about today? My fiance went to McDonald's tonight and got me a Pinkie Pie toy. :)
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We finally decided on a place to have our wedding. It only took a few years to figure it out. :)

We're having it next May at the Somewhere in Time gazebo on Mackinac Island, a touristy-type island in Lake Huron. At least, that's our first choice. If we can't get that specific gazebo, we'll likely have it at one of the hotel gardens, since they're just as pretty. :)

Since that's been somewhat settled, I've been working even harder toward my fitness goals. I want to actually feel like a pretty bride instead of being so uncomfortable in my own skin. So, working harder it is!

I updated the tickers on my profile page today. I'm showing a little bit of progress, which has me feeling a bit more confident about it all. According to the Walk to Rivendell chart, my mileage puts me nearly to Farmer Maggot's fields; hopefully I'll reach them by tomorrow.

Only 400 more miles to go!
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There's been a lot to think about the past couple of weeks. I just needed to hear this again. Cheesy, but it's helped.

artanis: (MLP: FiM Pinkie Pie 1)
A bit of a slow day today.

Last night I made this strawberry mousse for tonight's dessert, since it was our bi-monthly dinner at my parents' house. My mom ended up having to cancel and move dinner to next week, so my fiance and I will be eating mousse all week long. I'm somehow okay with this. :)

We didn't have any other plans, so I decided to make something for my niece and nephew for Valentine's Day. I had a big box of 96 crayons that I bought last year and hadn't done anything with, so I melted them down into larger crayons using my silicone baking trays. I know my niece will get a kick out of the shapes and colors, but I mostly had my nephew in mind when I made them since crayons are a little hard for him to hold onto (he's almost 18 months old).

I kind of want to go buy more crayons to melt now.
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It took long enough, but I finally got around to putting something on my profile page. All that's left is to fill out my icons a bit more and find a journal layout that I like. Unfortunately, I don't really know how to put together my own layout, so... that might take awhile.

Also, I adore this game and this song. It was really unappreciated by the critics and a large part of the gaming community, but it is so damn good.

For the full experience, play the PC version (with PhysX enabled) while wearing headphones in a dark room. :)
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So, a new year. I'm a bit late with writing about it, but that's just how it goes sometimes.

New Year's Eve was spent at home with my fiance. We decided to order a huge pizza, cuddle up on the couch, and watch the entire extended edition of The Lord of the Rings trilogy back-to-back. We started around 5:45 PM and finished at nearly 5:30 AM; I was exhausted. I think we were both starting to lose it near the end of The Return of the King, but we survived! Woo!

Neither of us are big into making resolutions, but we did sit down last week and talk about what goals we want to work toward this year. We both decided that saving for a down payment on a house was a priority, since we want to start a family after our wedding next year and we just don't have the room for it. He's also been wanting a different job that doesn't make him feel so miserable each day, and I have a crafting business that I've wanted to do, but haven't had the nerve to actually do it yet.

I haven't shared my personal fitness goals with him, but I think he knows what I want to accomplish. My first personal goal is to put a large dent in my Walk to Rivendell mileage. I've already managed to do more these past two weeks than I had when I first started, so that's a good sign.

My second goal, which ties into the first one, is to start training for a 5k. I'm still working on walking those three miles, though I'm getting better and faster. I hope that I'll be able to run a decent distance by this summer, and maybe do the local Turkey Trot 5k in November. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Lastly, I want to get to a point where I feel comfortable enough with my body to go try on wedding dresses. I've put off wedding plans for over two years because of how uncomfortable I am with my size, but I can't do it anymore. I'm not going to let that beat me.

Yay, motivation.
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I've been itching for an MMO to play. Again.

I've cycled through World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings Online, and Rift for awhile, but stopped playing altogether around August. The problem is that I never had anyone to play with (I'm kind of a loner in games), so I'd eventually get bored and quit.

There are a few free MMOs that I've played around in, but I can't stick with them. They just don't seem to have any 'spark' to them; they're nothing but generic grind-fests with some quest text sprinkled in for good measure.

Why won't you come save me, Guild Wars 2?
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After a day of relaxing, I think I've finally recovered from Christmas.

I woke up earlier than what I'd wanted to on Christmas morning, all thanks to my cold. My fiance woke up shortly afterward, so I made us some hot tea and we exchanged presents. He spoiled me rotten this year, I swear. He got me the extended edition Blu-ray set of The Lord of the Rings, a hardcover copy of The Hobbit, and a gorgeous necklace with a blue topaz stone. I think the necklace was the most surprising thing; we've been together for over eight years, and he's never gotten me jewelry. Granted, I never ask for it, but still... it was really thoughtful of him, and I love it so much.

As for gifts I gave to him: Two PS3 games (Ace Combat: Assault Horizon and Metal Gear Solid 4 - both games he'd specifically asked for), a demotivational calendar from ThinkGeek, a replica of the 10th Doctor's sonic screwdriver (also from ThinkGeek), the Invincible CD by Two Steps from Hell, a miniature remote-control helicopter, and a set of 3 display swords. I probably spent more than I should have, but Christmas is the one time of year I'm able to afford to spoil him a bit. My fiance really deserves it for supporting me and the decisions I've made over the years.

My parents had dinner at their house again this year. We had the usual Christmas dinner - turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, etc. My Aunt Pat and her son were there, which was surprising since they never show up to family functions. My grandpa was also supposed to call from California to talk to my sister and I, but he didn't. I can't say I'm too surprised by that one, though. I haven't spoken to him since I was in sixth grade, and he really hasn't shown an interest in his own children's lives, let alone his grandchildren. Regardless, we had a good time with my family and made sure to bring home plenty of leftovers.

Now to just start making holiday plans for next year...
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So, my 29th birthday was yesterday.

My fiance didn't have to work, so we started the day out by sleeping in until almost 11:00 AM. After we crawled out of bed, he told me he had to run to town to take care of something, so I spent some time online and just generally being lazy. He returned about 15 minutes later with a pretty little chocolate cake that he'd secretly ordered while we were running errands on Thursday. And nothing is better than cake for breakfast. :)

He also got me the Blu-ray versions of A Charlie Brown Christmas and A Christmas Story. We watched A Charlie Brown Christmas yesterday, and we'll be watching the other one today. It's kind of a tradition for us to watch A Christmas Story before bedtime on Christmas Eve, so that makes me happy. I don't care if it's the most overplayed or overhyped Christmas movie in the history of ever, I love it all the same.

My parents took us out to Olive Garden later that evening. Unfortunately, it started snowing on the way home, so we got back later than what I'd expected. I also had to make a dreaded trip to Walmart for a few last-minute things, which was completely not fun.

However, there is one gift I received yesterday that I'm not too pleased with. Life decided that I needed a cold for my birthday. My throat hurts, my sinuses hurt... I'm doing my best to nip this as fast as I can, but I think I'm losing. :(

Overall, I had a really good day yesterday. I got to be lazy, eat cake, have good food, and spend some time with my family. Next year should be entertaining.
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Well, I'm definitely feeling better since my rant the other day. It just helps to let it all out sometimes.

I spent most of Sunday night and yesterday baking cookies for some gift boxes that were sent off this morning. I did double- or triple-batches of peanut butter, shortbread, sugar, vanilla almond, and no-bake cookies... of course I made a huge mess, but the place smelled awesome all day long.

As for today, I haven't done anything productive. I browsed the Steam sales a bit... tried a game demo or two, but I didn't find anything too interesting. I might pick up Costume Quest since it's only $3.74, though.

... I think I may go sneak a sugar cookie. Yum.
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I'm happy to say that most of my Christmas shopping is done, and all that's left to do is to sit back and wait for it all to arrive. I only have to find Christmas gifts for both of my grandmothers and a birthday present for my niece; I may also try to find a pack of bubble solution to go along with my nephew's gift (we bought him a bubble mower... it comes with bubble solution, but a little extra never hurt anyone).

Good news: I was finally able to pick up my glasses last night. Yay! I can see!
Bad news: After arriving home, I noticed a scratch on the left lens, so it needs to be redone. The optometrist office was closed when we got home, so we had to go back today to take care of it. It should be done by next week, I hope. I still have my glasses though, so I guess it's not all bad.

The one productive thing I did today was sort through my Ravelry account. I had nearly 500 untagged patterns in my favorites, plus redundant tags, nothing in my project queue, and an outdated profile. All of my patterns are now tagged, projects are added to my queue, defunct groups have been removed, and parts of my profile have been updated. If I can muster up the energy, I'll add the books I own to my Ravelry library and (maybe) add the yarn from my stash (most of it's Red Heart, so... yeah).
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My first week of walking was relatively successful, I suppose. Due to appointments and such, I was only able to commit three days last week, for a total of 3.75 miles. I know it's a bit pathetic, but I'm also taking this Rivendell walk as an opportunity to improve my mile time, and eventually stretch into a 5k. I didn't think to remember my exact mile times for last week, but I do know they were all at the 30-minute mark (so slow).

I just finished another mile a few minutes ago, running about a quarter of it (broken into chunks). It may sound silly, but it's a huge improvement for me, since I wasn't even able to run a complete mile in high school. My time for today was 25:34, so yay for me. Unfortunately, because of the holidays, I'll only be able to walk/run until Wednesday. At least I'll be able to get back into the swing of things next week.

So, according to the Walk to Rivendell mileage chart, I am currently closing in on Tookland (the 5-mile mark). Yay, progress.
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I had my first optometrist appointment in nearly ten years today (well, Thursday morning). I have an astigmatism in both eyes (used to only be in my left eye) with a touch of near-sightedness, which is new. I get my new glasses the week after next, which means that I'll finally be able to see! Yay!

And being able to pass the eye exam for my license renewal next month*? Double yay!

*Disclaimer: While I do have my license, I'm aware my vision sucks right now and, as a result, I have not been driving. My fiance does all the driving, so... there we are.
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Everything finally settled down enough for me to finally recommit to my Rivendell walk. I decided to just start over because it had been quite awhile since I had last walked, and I hadn't gone that far anyway. Rather than set another start date, I just went ahead and did the first mile this morning. No more medical stuff in my way, and no more excuses. I'm doing it this time, and that's that.

In other news, I finally have a small crafting space for myself to work on things. I've had to use random tables and counter tops, but now I've finally got a dedicated table set up in my fiance's computer room. I even have my own little crappy work chair, so yay. My only complaint is that it gets a bit cold in there in the evenings, but who cares? Because work space!

We also had our first snow of the season last week. I think it was Thursday or Friday evening, but I'm not sure. Either way, it's all gone now, but it'll be back soon. It's Michigan... snow never truly goes away.
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We've been moving furniture and de-cluttering the house the past few days. It's been slow going, but at least it's been steady; the treadmill has been moved out of temporary storage, the old couch and entertainment center are ready to be loaded up for Goodwill later this week, and everything else has been falling into place. With any luck, we'll be done by the weekend and I'll finally have some space to work on my craft projects.

Now that the treadmill's been moved, I've decided to restart my Walk to Rivendell challenge. I'm starting completely fresh and will only be counting the miles I put in on the treadmill; I want this to be separate from any other daily exercises. I don't have a specific goal date in mind... maybe I'll just see how long it takes me to do it first.

I've been thinking about opening up an Etsy store in the near future. I want to get some feedback from friends and family first, but I've been thinking a lot about it lately, and I really want to have my own business. I'm not looking to make huge amounts of money... maybe just enough to supplement my crafts, but still... it would give me something to do during the day, at least. I do understand that it's going to take a lot of work, but I'm okay with that.

I just hope I don't talk myself out of it.
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My last doctor's appointment for awhile was today. Nothing was helping with my issues, so my doctor is referring me to a gynecologist to see if something more can be done. I have to wait for them to call me to set an appointment, though; they need the results of a pregnancy test and stuff in my file before they can do anything else. In the meantime, my doctor put me on Ortho Tri-Cyclen. I hope it works out because this week has been hell.

On the bright side, at least I didn't have to have blood drawn again.
artanis: (MLP: FiM Pinkie Pie 1)

I got this song for free on iTunes a few weeks ago, and now I can't stop listening to it (1:11 makes me smile). I'm also loving this one:

When my iTunes card finally gets here, I think I'll buy the whole album.
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Note to self: Find icons that are not related to My Little Pony.
artanis: (MLP: FiM Luna)
I was a bucket of nerves, but I went to my appointment this morning. The doctor was pretty nice and talked me through some of the things that could be causing my issues. He said that there's a chance I could be anemic, but I had to get blood drawn for testing. I also have to go back next week to get a pelvic ultrasound (which I'm not looking forward to), with another appointment to go over all of my results on the 14th of October. Whew.

Because of all this going on, as well as other things, I've had to put my Walk to Rivendell challenge on hold; it's disappointing, but I'm hoping I can pick it up again in the next week or two. I could just "cheat" and count my normal walking, but I'd like to keep this as a separate exercise.

On a somewhat better note, I bought more craft supplies online the other day. I ended up getting more perler beads from one store, and a bunch of random supplies that were on sale from Joann's site. I also got free shipping on my Joann order, so that was awesome. The day after I ordered, I got a coupon in my e-mail for free shipping on another order, so I may have to find something to use that on. So many things to play with~
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