Category Archives: Life

100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 28: Sorrow

The newest topic for the 100 theme challenge is sorrow.  These negative topics are feeling rather redundant at this point, considering #26 was tears, leaving me to write about some of my saddest experiences in gaming.  How many times must I write about sadness, hmm?  Well, today’s topic hits a bit closer to home because writing about such a thing as sorrow is especially poignant when in the right mood for it.  And dear readers, I am in the mood for sorrow, whether I like it or not.  Of course, I am not the only one.  We’ve all been through it.  Many of us are probably feeling sorrow right now.  I will not claim my situation is unique, but that doesn’t mean I can’t write a little something from the heart. Continue reading 100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 28: Sorrow

The Ni no Kuni Wizard’s Edition Has Arrived!

As you may remember, I recently attempted my very first auction on eBay in an effort to purchase the Ni no Kuni Wizard’s Edition at an affordable price.  Long story short, I lost the auction, but ended up getting a similar item for about the same price.  The only difference is I got the European version (more specifically, the German version) instead of the North American one, so I missed out on a few extra goodies.  Fortunately, nothing of any real importance is missing, and now that it has finally arrived, it’s about time I talked about it. Continue reading The Ni no Kuni Wizard’s Edition Has Arrived!

Crushing Defeat at the Duck’s First Auction

The very first auction I ever participated in involved fake money in elementary school.  We earned this money throughout the year and had several auctions.  But I saved up all of my money for the very last auction, allowing me to obtain highly coveted items no one else had the money for.  I think I got a fair number of things, namely a large box of colored pencils that I still have to this day. Continue reading Crushing Defeat at the Duck’s First Auction

A Surprise from Beneath the Blanket: A Kitty Story

Seeing as our two Siamese kitten sisters, Rosalina and Carmelita, have proven to be an endless source of entertainment and silliness, I thought I’d write about another goofy story.  Since we’re currently living in a rental, we have a huge pile of boxes overtaking the dining area.  (Who uses dining rooms anyway when you can eat dinner on the couch in front of the TV…?)  And our cats love chewing on cardboard, so we have a blanket on two of the boxes to prevent our feisty felines from tugging on a few bits of cardboard that have become loose.  This story revolves around the fact that Rosie enjoys napping on this blanket and Carmelita’s obsession with going under blankets. Continue reading A Surprise from Beneath the Blanket: A Kitty Story

A Duck and an Octopus Visit Disneyland: A Quirky Dream

As the Fourth of July fireworks began to fade into the background and my mind, at long last, drifted off into slumber, I had a dream.  A silly dream.  A dream where I went to Disneyland with Zucker the octopus from Animal Crossing. Continue reading A Duck and an Octopus Visit Disneyland: A Quirky Dream

The Great Grape Massacre of 2020

If you’ve been following along with the Duck’s blog for the past year, then you’ll know we got two Siamese kittens back in August of 2019.  They are now a little over a year old, but as naughty as ever.  At the moment, they seem to have a great obsession with getting on the kitchen counter, and no amount of discipline has yet been able to dissuade them.  The only positive aspect of this obvious lack of respect for rules and boundaries is that it has led to three rather humorous tales. Continue reading The Great Grape Massacre of 2020

A Decade of Blogging Well Spent

It suddenly occurred to me that my blog’s anniversary was coming up.  As I do every year, I sat down to write up my usual post on the topic.  And this is when I realized that this is a mighty big occasion indeed.  Ten years ago, on this very day, I started this blog here on WordPress!  Yes, the one you’re reading right now!  And today, on this most special of days, I’d like you to join me as we reminisce on what has taken place in all that time. Continue reading A Decade of Blogging Well Spent

100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 27: Foreign

Another 100 theme challenge, proving the Duck is low on ideas!  The newest topic is foreign.  The first thing that comes to mind are foreign countries, but I haven’t really been to any of those.  Not enough to speak about, anyway (I went to Tahiti once when I was way too young to remember, so it hardly counts).  And I already wrote a similar post for topic #21, vacation.  It’s one of my most popular posts, so perhaps you’d like to read it.  The next thing that comes to mind, and the focus of this post, shall instead be foreign languages. Continue reading 100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 27: Foreign

The Baby Bird and Its Posse of Protectors

Not too long ago, I woke up one morning to a sound that I could only describe as some very frantic and angry popcorn popping.  Utterly confused by the mysterious sound emanating from outside, I did not come to understand the source of the racket until I peered from a downstairs window.  A brown bird (a grackle, to be more precise) was standing on our neighbor’s roof, boldly scolding a cat standing on our fence.  The cat, who is known to patrol our fence-top from time to time, simply stared at the bird, seeming quite confused by the bird’s sudden rage. Continue reading The Baby Bird and Its Posse of Protectors