Category Archives: Life

How Abzu Helped Me Overcome an Irrational Fear

Around Thanksgiving of 2020, I was browsing the Nintendo and PlayStation stores for some great deals.  One of the best was a 90% discount on a game called Abzu, which I got for $2 (its usual price is $20).  If it wasn’t for the cheap price, I might not have bought this game because part of me worried it would be a tad boring.  Relaxing, yes, but otherwise uninteresting.  Fortunately, I was very wrong, and this post is going to cover both my review of the game and, as the title suggests, a personal tale of my own.

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11 Years of Blogging!

Behold, I have reached 11 glorious years of blogging!  Because I’m a weirdo who likes statistics, I’ll start this post off with a few.  There has been a general downward trend in viewership over the years, which is odd because my subscribers have been growing faster than ever.  This year, I grew by 76 subscribers!  Sweet!  I also finally beat my previous best day for views.  Originally, my most successful day was December 9, 2012 with 208 views.  This year, I have bested this score with 647 views on February 18, 2021, with the month itself getting over 1000 views!

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The Paper Bag Strikes Again

So it’s late at night, probably ten or eleven, and I hear a crash from downstairs.  Almost in unison, Mother Duck and I emerge from our rooms at the commotion.  She tells me the cats came running into her room, and so, while she goes downstairs to investigate, I go to check on the kitties.  Carmelita is nowhere to be found, but Rosalina (pictured above) is peeking out from underneath Mother Duck’s bed, looking quite shaken.  On closer inspection, I discover that she has the handle from a paper bag hanging from her neck like a bizarre piece of jewelry (not unlike something Camelita did a while back…).

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Rosie vs. Umbrella Straw

We left this cute umbrella straw in a cup on the kitchen counter. We return later, and the straw is missing. A while later, Rosalina comes over with the straw in her mouth, the umbrella shredded, quite proud of her work. The picture also shows a cute inflatable flamingo, which she later popped. We managed to fix it with glue, but the straw couldn’t be saved.

Rosie and her victims

100 Theme Challenge No. 29: Happiness

The newest 100 theme challenge topic is happiness, and I have to admit, this is a very difficult one for me. Happiness has been very hard to come by in recent years, what with our neighborhood going downhill and the inevitable moment when we realized that we were going to have to leave, as it was never going to get better. Being forced to flee one’s home against their will is bad enough, but it grows worse still when one starts to realize that the place to which we were forced to retreat may not be the safe haven we had hoped for. No, happiness is still not ours, nor has it been for a very long time. So…what would happiness be for me?

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Cat Naps in People Laps

I haven’t talked about my Siamese cat sisters, Rosalina and Carmelita, all that much lately, so I thought I would, once again, recount a few things about my precious, little angels. Because you can never talk too much about your pets. To start, both cats like sitting on Mother Duck’s lap. Usually, Carmelita sits on her lap during the first half of the day, and Rosalina sits on her lap in the evenings. I have no idea why they won’t sit on me during the day time, but…

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I Dream of Hungry Zombies

The night of 2/3/21, I had one of those weird dreams where you keep “waking up”, only to realize it’s just another dream.  The dream began with zombies in our house (it didn’t look like any house we had ever lived in before, though).  Mother Duck and I had trapped the zombies somewhere, and we were trying to figure out what to do about them.  These were rather strange zombies, though.  They didn’t just eat brains.  Rather, they had a ravenous hunger for anything and everything, and there was a very real possibility that, if these zombies escaped, they would somehow manage to eat the world’s supply of food so quickly, everyone on the planet would starve and die before it could be replenished!  (Such an idea seems pretty absurd now, but in my dream, it seemed very dire indeed!  Seriously, how could just a handful of zombies eat that much food so quickly?  How would they even cross the ocean?  Would they board planes?  Zombies don’t have passports!)

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Dunkaroos Are Back: The Duck’s Verdict

In recent times, an old treat from my ducklinghood has returned.  Perhaps you remember it…Dunkaroos was a snack from the 90’s that included small cookies that you dunked (hence the name) in frosting.  (In fact, they’re kind of like those snacks where you get several crackers and can spread cheese on them.  Which were also a childhood favorite of mine.)  I remember enjoying these quite a bit when I was young, and though they were apparently discontinued, I recently learned that they’re back!  Naturally, I just had to try them to see if they’re as good as I remember.

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I won my first auction on eBay last night.  (You guys might remember my post about my first auction where I attempted to get the collector’s edition of Ni no Kuni.) I’m really tired now because it required me to be up at a weird hour of the night.  It was worth it, though.  I got a rare Funko Pop for $80 less than usual.

Can you guess which Funko I got?  I’ll give you a hint.  “He’s Mr. White Christmas, he’s Mr. Snow”!