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Date:2009-06-09 11:58
Subject:The Sims 3
Mood: amused

Honestly, I haven't played it that much. Sooo crazy-busy. I wish I had more free time though!

So far, it is AWESOME.

Many more customization options. Like that dress but don't like the color/pattern? Change it! For example, I liked a white evening dress. It had four parts to it. I was able to choose a color/pattern for each of the four parts. Color is fully customizeable through a color wheel. You can do the same thing for furniture.

The traits are hilarious. You get to pick five. I wanted a kickass sim with a bit of loopiness thrown in for good measure. I picked out "Genius" "Good Sense of Humor" "Family Oriented" "Great Kisser" and "Easily Impressed".

Other available traits include "Evil" "Inappropriate" "Hates Kids" "Artistic" "Computer Whiz" "Loves the Outdoors" "Hotheaded" "Insane" "Kleptomaniac" "Green Thumb" "Vegeterian" etc. etc. etc. There are some hidden traits you can discover later, such as "Pyromaniac".

Gameplay highlights so far:
-My sim clapping her hands before she eats spaghetti, her favorite food
-My sim clapping and cheering at a child on a swingset ("Easily Impressed")
-My sim waving down this guy she barely knows and running to greet him - in the upper left it says "Soren thinks Emma is being creepy"
-Compliments ALWAYS being misinterpreted by flirty sims
-I went into my boss's house and started making hot dogs from their refrigerator (long story, still figuring out how things work…). Her and her husband got all confused and uncomfortable. Upper left - "Morgan thinks Emma is being inappropriate" Hahahahahahahahahaha!
-The seamless neighborhood is kickass
-gossiping gets you actual info about your neighbors

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Date:2009-05-30 14:19
Mood: content

So much for resisting temptation.

I just ordered Sims 3 off of newegg.

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Date:2009-05-29 09:59
Mood: amused

Must...not...buy...Sims 3...until...after...honeymoon!

Is it weird that the thing I want to do most is make a couple get married, have the wife cheat with someone of a totally different ethnicity, and then see if the husband notices when the baby looks nothing like him?

I played out this scenario multiple times on Sims 2. No dice. Hubby was all "Yay! A baby!" Yeesh.


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Date:2009-05-26 09:55
Mood: productive

We've been doing some back and forth with the 3 adult males we have left. I did some more reading on males and crowing, and we plopped the biggest one back outside with the eight girls.


So I tried putting another one of the males outside.

As soon as I put him down, he began to frantically mate with as many females as he could get to, all the while crowing up a storm. The other guy got wind of this REAL quick, ran over to the interloper, and dragged him off of one of the ladies. They then began an epic fight, interrupted sporadically by the new male attempting to get some more lovin's.


So, we hypothesized that maybe the big guy was already territorial over all his ladies, and we would try switching him out for the two smaller guys who had been cohabiting in the garage.

We did that. It was quiet. BUT, I went to check on them 30 minutes later, and both males were practically crawling up the sides of the hutch in their attempts to get out. It was then that I observed the largest female (she is massive!) attacking them! She was actually chasing them down and pecking at their heads, all the while peeping angrily. I've nicknamed her Godzilla. She's got thick legs, a wide girth, and an attitude.

The two males are back in the garage, and the big guy is back with his girls. He's the only one who can stand up to Godzilla.

P.S. If you want to see the quail dinner we had, I posted pics in my sustainability blog! Yum! We're getting eggs regularly now too.

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Date:2009-05-22 09:02
Subject:...and then there were 23
Mood: disappointed

We HAD 24 quails until last night.

One of our boys mysteriously died while we were out playing poker. At first I thought maybe they'd gotten aggressive and one had killed another, but there wasn't a mark on him. It's possible he bonked himself on the top of the cage, but it's a soft wire mesh, so he would have had to REALLY bonked himself.

Really strange.

But I used the opportunity to practice my processing skills. The quail looks just like a miniature chicken underneath all those feathers! It was really a shame, because now we're short one quail for my mom's bday dinner this weekend. Plus, this guy was one of the larger ones, and he had a good amount of meat on him.

Since I really had no idea how he died, I left the guts in and gave the quail to Zorro.

He very kindly left half of it for me on the doorstep this morning.

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Date:2009-05-15 09:34
Subject:Almost there
Mood: loved

We ordered our wedding rings. Less than two months to go!

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Date:2009-05-05 11:08
Subject:Delta Airlines = suckage
Mood: aggravated

Don't use them unless you want to have $0 available credit on your card, no flight booked, and spend hours on the phone getting transferred so you have to explain your story all over again...only to have everyone tell you that they can't help you even though it's the fault of their effed up website.

At this point I am willing to pay $60 more just to NOT use them. Of course, wait, I can't book with someone else because of Delta's stupid-@$$ pending charges.

I am never EVER going to attempt booking with them again. This has been such a distasteful experience.

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Date:2009-04-20 13:58
Subject:OMG Tired
Mood: exhausted

Working on drawings for the quail hutch plans. Had some before, but they sort of got trampled, ripped up, and written all over during the process.

Going to do homemade deoderant too. I found a few recipes online - I think I'm going to take a little of something from one and a little of something from another and see how it works for me.

Jerimiah and I are considering brewing our own sake as well. We love sake, and it sounds like it could be fun! I think this will be my latest obsession.

Jerimiah made amazing vegetarian chili over the weekend. I could eat it all day long. He was on a roll - also made a delectable Gazpacho soup.

Have to do some PYP books stuff tonight. If I can squeeze it in, I also have to get materials together and start submitting my book again. I revised the ending for a hopefully more satisfying climax.

Busy at work. Quails are bigger - going into the hutch on Thursday. New hatch starting Friday. Tomatoes are doing great, especially Green Zebra. Planting them in the ground this weekend! Still conditioning our garden and picking the rocks out of it.

Jerimiah got the scooter running this weekend as well. We took a ride on it to the grocery store. I love it! I need to get a full-face helmet though. There are a lot of bugs around at dusk.

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Date:2009-04-08 10:54
Subject:They must be so proud!
Mood: amused

I mailed off some invitations today. The guy at the post office asked me if they were for graduation. I told him I was getting married, and he said, "Your parents must be so proud!"

Sort of verbally stammered for a couple seconds before replying, "It's not exactly an accomplishment."

He went on to talk about how happy my parents must be, and how they would be gleaming on my wedding day.

My mom tells me that I need to get my sleep so I can be a "glowing bride" and also to "fatten up for my wedding dress" (was a bit loose last time I tried it on). LULZ!

I was doing the calligraphy for the envelope addresses, and Kaleb told Jerimiah, "Isn't she going a little overboard on the invitations?" I had the sad duty of telling him that mine were rather simple, and a lot of people pay others to do the addressing for them.

Quails are 1 week old today and entering scruffy adolescent phase!

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Date:2009-04-03 10:03
Mood: bouncy

Jerimiah and I have been totally stoked about this quail thing. We've been sitting around watching the chicks and talking about how amazing it is that they hatched from those itty bitty eggs that were just yolk and egg white two weeks ago.

We're going to order some more and do it again! ASAP! w00t!

Posted more chick photos to my blog, btw. THEY ARE SO CUTE. I woke up this morning and they were running around and eating everything.

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Date:2009-04-01 18:03
Subject:Quail Hatching!
Mood: ecstatic

OMG first quail egg hatched! It's so adorable and so...loud. Hahahaha, hopefully it will inspire the others to make a break for it.

See http://www.suburbansustainability.com for the first pictures.

And I finally found the time to take a shower. Phew! I stank!

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Date:2009-03-31 20:45
Subject:4 days off from work
Mood: exhausted

Today was my last day.

I'm exhausted.

I still have to shower.

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Date:2009-03-23 19:36
Subject:Cheating on El-Jay
Mood: accomplished

I started a new blog: Suburban Sustainability at http://www.suburbansustainability.com.

I hope to update it about once/day, and will go more in depth with what we're doing at our house. Tomorrow I'll probably go into growing plants from seed.

Still working on PYP...we'll see if I can manage both at once.

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Date:2009-03-16 08:36
Subject:Soy Milk
Mood: awake

My mom had an old soy milk maker machine lying around that she didn't use anymore, so she gave it to Jerimiah and I. Couldn't find any place locally that sold soy beans, so I bought some organic ones online. Big 13lb bag for ~$20 (shipping included).

You soak 3.5oz of beans (less than a cup!) in 1-2 inches of water for 8-10 hours. Then it pops into the grinder of the soy milk machine, fill the water to the line, press a button, and in about 10 minutes, it's done!

I added 2tbsp of oats to the soy beans to make the milk thicker, and added about a tsp of vanilla extract and about 4tbsp brown sugar to the water for flavoring.

It came out really well. Very much like the Silk soy milk in flavor, texture, and color, but with a slight bean-y flavor. I hear you can eliminate the bean-y flavor by pulling the skins off the beans, but that seems very time-consuming. So I wonder if there is an easier way to do that. I soaked my beans for 8 hours, and I have some soaking for 10 hours today while I'm away, so maybe the skins will come off easier after a longer soak. But the taste is barely noticeable.

If you like soy milk at all, I'd highly recommend making it yourself. I'm not sure why my mom didn't want the machine anymore! It's super-fast to make with practically no labor. The machine my mom gave me is old, but it works like a dream and I didn't even need the manual.

Cost-wise, it comes out to about $0.67/gallon. If you can find the beans locally, I'll bet it costs less. Cost goes slightly higher if you put in sugar and vanilla extract. Oat cost is negligible.

I'll post photos tonight.

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Date:2009-02-24 19:17
Subject:EPIC Self-Sufficiency Photo Post
Mood: accomplished

So, finally took a bunch of photos of my projects and got around to posting.

I'm growing seedlings right now for spring/summer. What I have planted: eggplant, zucchini, carrots, bok choy, watermelon, bell peppers, four varieties of tomatoes, butternut squash, crookneck squash, beans, corn, and spinach. I think that's it =)

I've set up my seedlings by the window so they can get plenty of light. They have plastic covers to contain the moisture and create a greenhouse effect.

Click for the rest of the seedlingsCollapse )

My Outside Garden...Collapse )

Homemade Incubator!Collapse )

And there you have it!

Now it's time for me to get back to work =)

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Date:2009-02-05 09:21
Subject:It's pretty, oh so pretty!
Mood: accomplished

So after much hullabaloo, I got my computer up and running yesterday. I pretty much went ahead and replaced everything. I got a new hard drive (I'll keep the old one for backup/storage), new DVD burner, etc.

Everything is so PRETTY when I open up my case. It's all in bright colors, everything seems to be labeled nowadays, and it all fits very nicely.

I'm installing the Windows 7 beta so I can give it a whirl and so I can install my full 4GB of RAM.

Now I have all these clunky old parts that I don't need. Most of them still work, but they are sooooo outdated (a modem card, whaaa?). What am I supposed to do with all of them? If worse comes to worst I'll just give them to Kaleb and he can break them apart and use them for his time machine.

Can't wait to see how sims 2 runs! Also...I can finally use Painter without it being uber uber slow!

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Date:2009-01-30 09:04
Mood: annoyed

So, I was thwarted in my quest to get my computer running last night.

Should have known I'd need a new power supply. Also, the new motherboard only supports two drives, and my IDE cable isn't long enough to stretch between my DVD drive and my hard drive. I have a separate CD burner drive and a DVD drive - that was back before they had DVD burners. Looks like DVD burners are pretty cheap now, so I might just nab one of those. Honestly, I hardly ever use my CD burner except to back up paintings. I back up my writing now just by gmailing it to myself.

Went ahead and installed the processor, RAM, and motherboard. It's all pretty and new! Makes my old motherboard look like a dinosaur. Also found some stuff in my computer I forgot I had. Hookup for a dial-up modem, for one.

So that'll clear out some space.

I'm going to visit Fry's tonight and hopefully get it running then.

I need to work on my invitations, backyard layout, and I'm (sadly) sort of stoked to see how Sims 2 runs with my new video card, memory, and processor.

I set up a tasting appointment with a possible caterer for Monday! I'm excited! The food sounds particularly nom-worthy.

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Date:2009-01-28 08:06
Mood: ecstatic

Can't do work at home anymore without a working computer. And I checked, and I don't have an onboard video card on this motherboard, so...bleh. Just for kicks, I dusted the inside of my case and tried the video card again. Nothing. Oh well.

Since I had nothing better to do, I read another Octavia Butler book last night and am now working on another one. But once I finish this next one, there will be no more unread Octavia Butler books in our house =( She writes such lovely stories. My friend Jamie recommended Kindred, so maybe I'll nab that one next.

BUT, my computer stuff is scheduled to arrive tomorrow! I'm so excited! I hope they all install without a hitch. Maybe I'll clean my desk tonight in preparation. Jerimiah always complains that it's so cluttered...and then I tell him I like it like that, just to be a little contrary =P

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Date:2009-01-27 11:41
Subject:"New" Computer!

So...I suck at living in dead computer land. I can't do it.

I just ordered a new motherboard and processor (3.1 Ghz, YESSSSS!) plus 4GB of RAM.

It's been a long time coming - I've had this computer for seven years, and it was a hand-me-down from my brother. Over the years, I kept talking about upgrading or buying a new one (I bought Painter a few years back but haven't been able to use it because it runs SO SLOWLY) but was just too gosh-darn cheap to. This way I get to keep my lovely case and my lovely Windows XP =)

My "old" computer - 1.01 Ghz and 756MB of RAM.

Sad, sad, sad.

Now I'll be able to actually run Painter and to play Sims 3 when it comes out.

Also, I am dumb. I forgot about the onboard video card, so I'll have to give that a go when I get home.

Next...one of those new-fangled netbooks.

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Date:2009-01-27 08:12
Mood: aggravated

So I totally intended to put up garden photos last night. I'd finished a bunch of errands, had eaten dinner, and was ready to plop in front of the computer, download photos, and get some work done.

No such luck. I turned on my computer, but my monitor only sat there with a blinking green light. So I turned it off, unplugged the monitor, and replugged it in (twice). No luck. So I opened up the computer, unplugged the video card, dusted it, plugged it back in, checked to make sure the fan etc. was working...no luck. Just in case it was a problem with my cable, plugged Jerimiah's monitor into my computer. Nothing.

So apparently, my video card has gone kaput.

Not too stressed out, I took out my laptop. I tried to turn it on. Nothing. NOTHING.

Two computers in one day. Just my luck, huh?

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