What’s up, bloggy-type people? I haven’t written any entries recently because I’ve been letting my standing station entry sort of sink in. I shared it with people at work, so I kind of wanted a gap between that and my normal content.
Here’s a few things and stuff and words that matter to me today (get out of my head, Phillip DeFranco!):
1. Eating is (mostly) on par, but I still eat too much sugar.
2. Jeff got a new desk and it’s REALLY COOL. It’s an Obutto Revolution cockpit built for a range of PC activity, but specializing in flight sims, racing games, and other stuff. His friend came over on Monday and helped with the assembly.
3. When I went to Ikea recently, I happened upon a set of perler plates and a bucket of beads. My first creation…?
Well, I have had a week of static. To the point that I shocked my computer mouse the other day and killed it (thereby leaving me stuck with a mini mouse that only fits one and a half fingers):
Because of this, Jeff proudly proclaimed via Facebook that he married a pikachu. My first creation then, was a pikachu.
This is actually a pretty hearty cereal. It generally keeps me sated until lunch time.
I know I haven’t posted fitness in a bit… I didn’t take pictures, but I wanted to share one of my fitness exploits from the weekend: minute to win it One minute intervals. I set a 1-minute timer (really 1:05 so that I could get back to position) and then just did whatever I wanted for a full minute. Then I reset the time and did another minute. And another. Soon I had a 20 minute work out in, where otherwise I wasn’t doing any. I did high knees, bosu cross-overs, push ups, crunches, squats, punches–etc. It was a great way to blast just a handful of calories and wake up before going back to work.
Tonight, I have a fitness assessment and personal training session at the gym. Once my loan is paid off, I’m investing in personal training.
It’s time for a reboot 🙂 I’ve been blogging really heavily over at the MegsFitness Photo Tracker and I’ve got a lot of “followers” over there. The problem? I’m not writing here any more and I really miss writing about more than just food.
From day one, this blog has been about ME (thus, the tag line “and then there’s me…”) and it’s time to get back to that.
Branching off to a sub-blog was a good idea at the time, because I thought it’d be a good way to keep track of what I’m eating. It’s been doing that, and I’ve developed the habit that if I’m going to photograph it, it should look good. Generally, I’ve noticed that food doesn’t LOOK good if there aren’t freggies included. That inspires me to include fruits and vegetables in my shots where possible, or to include the raw ingredients (as in the eggs pic in the gallery, above).
I don’t want to overload your inbox, so as we go along, if the posts are too frequent, feel free to adjust your delivery status. WordPress allows you to get the posts immediately, once per day, or once per week. All you have to do is go to your notifications and change your preferences. If you’re a WordPress user, just go to https://wordpress.com/settings/subs-delivery/ to adjust your preferences.
The plan (in as much as I really follow plans) is to post exclusively here 🙂 You’ll get my sweets and sweats, things I’m studying/learning in school, and yes, even gaming updates… (If you play Hearthstone, add me! Aminarra#1211)
P.S. My latest bit of news is that I upgraded my phone–and I shopped with this blog specifically in mind. I bought an HTC One – it’s got a LOT of fancy camera features, and it takes much better photos than my previous phone (Droid Razr):
AH! I still sort of have ‘wedding brain.’ I go home at night and still feel like we should be planning a wedding. If you’re interested in mini updates and food photos then you can subscribe to follow me at http://megsfitnessphototracker.wordpress.com. I upload pics of my daily eats and lately I’ve been updating on the day’s goings on too. I still intend to update here, but I feel like I owe you better content and right now I just don’t have it. You deserve better!! So, if you’d like to wait for better, I’ll have it soonish. If you’d like to settle for good-enough, check out my alt blog where I just update from my phone and call it good.
I am slowly starting to get back into Guild Wars 2, after my forced hiatus and subsequent return. The only down-side is that my mic doesn’t work so I cannot grace the guild with my lovely voice. The good news, though, is that my headphones themselves work, so at least I can get verbal cues from my team. It makes running dungeons and stuff a lot easier and it means that I get to be introduced to content that I didn’t know about–like Super Adventure Box: [start this video with the official sound track here: http://youtu.be/6Ut8xPZVLMQ]
From what I’ve read, Super Adventure Box is supposed to be a virtual reality sim created by one of the engineers in Rata Sum. It is to-the-bones 8-bit fun, which, is kind of hilarious because my own character and that of my guild-mates are fully fleshed out but our environment is an 8-bit wonderland. Here is a no-spoilers beginning review of the game:
Level 1 starts with a picnic with a princess who is then (predictably) kidnapped–then her handy helper pops up “omg the princess has been kidnapped” and challenges you to find her–arming you with a Pointy Stick! (lol)
My mates were describing it as “Minecrafty” and I thought I kept hearing bits of Mario and Legend of Zelda playing through my headphones. I was completely enthralled. What originally started out as an April Fool’s joke turned into an immersive playable game with 3 levels and a final boss. I haven’t reached the final boss, yet, but needless to say, this portion of Guild Wars 2 is a welcome distraction from the serious warfare going on in Tyria.
The game has got all of the old fashioned elements that I appreciate in the 8-bit games including haunting bass lines for dungeon-type areas, and exaggerated elements. I mean, have you seen the happy cloud above? It’s ridiculous and I love it. Haha. When you kill monsters, break pots, or go flippin tables, you’re awarded with baubles which can be used to buy health potions or better weapons. The life-bar uses a heart container system and has extra lives available. Getting food refills your heart containers. Not jumping into poisoned water or getting hit by enemies ensures you won’t need food… easier said than done.
The part I liked the most was discovered last night–You can play Super Adventure Box by yourself, without a party. It’s not that I’m being anti-social in an MMO, but sometimes I want to do things that my guildies are not doing at the moment. Being able to get in a round of Super Adventure Box while they’re off doing an AC run is really liberating. There are all sorts of secret rooms and easter eggs to discover in this portion of the game, so if you haven’t already–please get GW2, and check out this unique add-on available through April.
For more about composing 8-bit music with modern technology, take a look at this handy report from the Guild Wars 2 Team:
I think that the subject line is about as deep as this entry is going to go. I wanted to write about a new board game that we’ve been playing called Risk: Legacy. The idea of the game is that far into the future there came to be a way of creating clones of Earth–and you have one of them. The factions that are colonizing and settling the new Earth pledged to live in peace, but war invariably comes.
I’ve been going through some things IRL that make it seem like I ripped up the wrong cards. Questioning career decisions, loathing school one day and loving it the next, looking at dogs instead of cats, friends, relationships, everything changing. In Risk: Legacy, the decisions you make in one game perpetuate ad infinitum. If you play a scar card, for example, it may help you in one battle by increasing your roll by one pip. That scar stays on the land forever and, if, in another game you are attacking that land–whoever claims it benefits from that scar.
The good news is that there is great reward for perseverance. I know that this post, where it concerns real life, is rather vague. That’s okay–just remind yourself that I’m telling you about my new favorite board game. Perseverance–is key to this game. You want to expand your horizons, forge your friendships, smite your enemies, and choose your next steps wisely for you can only go forward, never back.. Unless you win. If you win, you have the opportunity to remove a scar. To take a mark off of the land that would have been there forever. To erase it and it’s effects–both positive and negative–never to be returned. (Unless of course someone makes a new scar–new scars are almost endless. The ability to remove them is a rare gift).
The good news is that no matter what happens, what scars appear, what factions come and go–You can always play another game, kick back with friends and have a ton of fun. Cheers!