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I didn't read any books in September. I think this puts me behind on my goal of reading 25 books this year. I'll have to correct that in October.

I did do a TON of crafting in September, though! The Red Heart Lovers group's KAL/CAL was softies, which coincided nicely with Nerdopolis' Cute Critter War. So I, uh, went a bit overboard crafting critters:

Final Fantasy Amigurumi

Pokemon Amigurumi

Other Critters

I made so many softies that I managed to win the raffle in the Red Heart Lovers group, for the third month in a row. Yay more free yarn!

I also did a few non-critter projects. There was the Mystery 220 KAL, which turned out to be the Bandana Cowl. I figured out what it was from the first clue, but I didn't spoil it for anyone. It was still a fun mystery, because I couldn't fanthom how it was made. Turns out it uses short rows!

I did two projects for the Holiday Stashdown CAL, the Rockskipper Wristers and Fall Thicket Coaster. I have a third in the works, but I don't have a picture of it yet so I won't bother to link my project. But it's the Holiday Hostess with the Mostest Shawlette, if you want to see what it looks like.

I made two hats for the Hat of the Month group, the cute Snow Bunnies hat, and a Shell Stitch crochet hat.

Finally, I did a washcloth for the Dishcloth Weekly group, Veined Leaf. I wasn't going to do it, but another group member was having difficulty with it so I did it to figure out where she might be going wrong.

Whew! Lots of projects! October should see less crafting. Nerdopolis is back on, so I have five projects for that, plus a shawl for the ministry, and I'm doing the Mystery 220 challenge. But otherwise I don't have many crafting plans.

I'm hoping to get back to playing Final Fantasy XII this month. It'd be nice to get it finished. I'm near the end of the story but still have a lot of hunts to do. I also started yet another playthrough of Final Fantasy V last night, as the Four Job Fiesta is doing a speedrun party this month which sounds fun. I have no way to record myself so I won't be officially entering, but I thought I'd try it out anyway.
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I reached 300 projects on Ravelry! I had reached 200 projects on May 26, 2015, so if I'm mathing correctly that's a project finished every 2.83 days. Sounds fast, doesn't it?


* 26 Ministry projects
* 16 doilies
* 67 dishcloths
* 4 garments
* 112 knitting projects
* 187 crochet projects
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I didn't get a lot of crafting done in January as I was busy playing with my Kindle. I became rather a boring person, just refreshing Twitter, Facebook, and Ravelry over and over. I think I'd feel less bad about this if I was more engaged in creating content, by posting more to the sites. Instead, I was rather passive. Meh.

I did manage to complete some items, though! I finished another prayer shawl. It came out much bigger than I expected! But this is good; as someone in the ministry said, people come in all sorts of sizes.

I finished a cowl for the Red Heart Lovers group. I keep hoping to win their raffle, but it was not to be, again. Drat. I'm sitting this month out because they are making slippers and I've just made a pair, plus I am running out of Red Heart yarn.

I also made a pair of wrist warmers using up some leftover yarn I had. I've worn them while using my Kindle. They are cozy.

Finally, I made three dishcloths for the Dishcloth Weekly group: basketweave, Nancy's Square Cloth, and rib and welt.

Nerdopolis has started again, which always inspires me to craft. I started four new projects on the 1st, and have worked on each of them each day so far. February should be a productive month!
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This may be the last month I do two shawls. I managed to finish them both, but I had to do a LOT of knitting the past few days to do so, and it was tedious.

Anyway! Yesterday I finished my Celtic Myths shawl. The cable felt like it took forever. If I do this one again, I think I would do less repeats; since I was using Aran weight yarn instead of DK it came out nearly ten inches bigger than the pattern states.

I also finished a second Boneyard shawl. I'm pleased with it, but weaving in the ends from the color changes was annoying. I didn't have enough yarn to do one color, though.

I made a doily, Mini Moods of Change. As I was working on it, the initial section really wanted to be a bowl. It flattened out once I got to the second section, but there's a bit of extra fabric in the first section so it doesn't lay perfectly flat, which annoys me. The designer did warn that the beginning rounds would be tight and not to change hook size, but still.. I feel like there aren't enough stitches in some of the rounds. So I'm just okay with the results of my work.

I finished some crocheted slippers. Who knows if I will ever actually wear them, LOL. The toes are too long; I actually ripped one of them back and tried to make it shorter but didn't have much luck. These might end up being frogged....

I made a cowl based on the Elegant Ellen hat. It curls somewhat, but not too bad. I wore it to the Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting and got compliments on it.

I also made two projects for the Crochet Holiday Stashdown, the Holly in the Snow Cup Cozy and Adelyn Earwarmer. That latter one is Tunisian, so that was fun.

Finally, I made some dishcloths and tawashi for the Dishcloth Weekly group: Maidenhair Fern dischloth, Magic Spike Mandala, Tribble #2, and Scrubbie Dots.

Whew! I sure was busy! Funny thing is that I felt like I didn't do as much crafting this month because at the beginning of the month I was spending a lot of my time reading and playing Final Fantasy V. So the crafting went to the side for a bit. But I obviously found time to get a lot of things done, even though it doesn't feel like it.

In January I plan to take a break from the shawls and work on my Nerdopolis Summit Seeker projects: my Turkish Treasure Redux and Cockleshell Camisole. I'm also making a cowl for the Red Heart Lovers group, but I haven't picked the pattern for it yet. Any suggestions?
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I finished my first knitted garment for myself - my Harvest Cardigan! I am wearing it right now. It is very cozy. The arms came out too long, but I simply turned back the cuffs, and that is working nicely. So I don't think I will rip out some of the sleeve, as I first thought.

I finished two more shawls. My Wavedeck is going to be for myself, as it came out better than the first one I knitted. That one will go to the ministry. I also finished a Boneyard Shawl. It looks much better in person than it does in the pictures. I liked the colorway enough that I knitted a swatch with the scrap yarn to keep for myself, to remember it by.

I'm working on two mysteries. The first is a knitted mystery that I think will end up being a cowl. I love the pattern so far. That was the yarn I was untangling, by the way -- I did end up cutting the yarn in one place once I got to the knot, as there was no other way to untangle it. The other mystery is a crochet one that I think might be a container for plastic bags. I can't imagine what else it could be that is that skinny.

In December I plan on crocheting a Mini Moods of Change doily, and knitting a Celtic Myths shawl. I've also started on another Boneyard shawl with some more variegated yarn. I don't have enough of the variegated by itself, so I will alternate sections with Red Heart Super Saver in Aran.
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I'm a dork. Someone on Ravelry posted a thread asking for cozy shawl recommendations, and one of the replies mentioned the Boneyard Shawl. I thought that would be a good shawl for my Sunshine Print yarn. The Sunshine print is highly variegated, and thus needs a simple pattern as anything complex would get lost in it. So I queued the pattern.

And then started it that night, even though I still need to finish Meandering and the Butterfly Stitch shawl.

Deadlines are weird. Nerdopolis has one-month deadlines, and I find that I'm able to finish projects for Nerdopolis fairly quickly. But I have a deadline of finishing Meandering by this Friday, and I just don't want to work on it. It's become a chore, you know? So I work on other things instead.

I can still finish Meandering if I do a lot of knitting over the next few days, but I'm already given myself permission to not finish it. There's another shawl ministry meeting in December, so as long as I have it done for then I'll be happy.
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It is only the 18th and I already have my five stars in Nerdopolis. For Nerdopolis University: Pluto and Friends, I made a crocheted pumpkin treat bowl which is orange like Jupiter. The pattern pic looked so big, so I was surprised at how small this turned out. It'd be good for holding Hershey's Kisses. For Carousel Nerdception: Sidekicks and Pets, I made another baby chocobo. The eyes turned out better on this one, I think, but still no where as cute as the pattern pic, which used felted eyes. Eventually I'd like to make felted eyes myself. For Wildcard: Boo! I made a Tunisian scarf. It had two new stitches in it. I had to watch a video to figure out the twisted stitch, and I did the shells wrong at first due to misreading where the repeat was. But I eventually got it, and it turned out nice. It's destined for the frog pond, though, because I used yarn earmarked for a shawl. Finally, my last two stars were in Area 51: Oldest WIP. My oldest WIPs are Summit Seekers projects, so instead I made a knitted pumpkin and finished a Seraphina's Shawl that I started in a fit of anxiety on September 30th.

I also started my Harvest which is coming along nicely. I haven't worked on it for a week, though, because I'm trying to finish my Meandering shawl by the ministry meeting this Friday. As if I didn't have enough to do, I saw someone post a nice crocheted shawl that features a butterfly stitch, and started one myself, which I'm also going to try to finish for the meeting.
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I don't get to go shopping often these days due to lack of money, so when I do get to, it's a big deal.

My parents gave me $50 for my birthday, yay! I quickly planned what to do with it: either buy enough yarn to make Harvest for myself, or buy The World Ends With You.

I went to Joann after my therapy session on Tuesday to scope out yarn. I had planned on using Lion Brand Wool-Ease, which is what I used for my Grande Mocha, as the price is pretty cheap and I like the yarn. Well, my local Joann had the yarn for $5 a ball, and it was only $3.50 on their website. Plus they only had four skeins of the Pumpkin in stock, which is the color I planned on using. At least I got to see the color in person and verified that I did indeed like it.

So I stopped at Walgreens on the way home and bought a Vanilla Visa card. The next day I went to Joann.com to check things out. The yarn was no longer on sale, so no longer 3.50, but was still only 3.99, cheaper than in in store. I ordered 9 balls, plus the first pair of needles I'll need (a size 8 in 36 inches). I'll also need a size 6 in 36 inches, and a size 8 in 16 inches and DPNs. I have enough money left over to buy one pair of needles, but I'll have to ask mom for the money for the other needles... or just wait until Christmas and use the money I get then. It depends on how fast I knit the sweater, I think.

I'm excited. I want the yarn OMG NOW, but they haven't processed my order yet, grr. I did use a coupon for 15% off and 3.99 shipping, so maybe it's slowed due to the cheap shipping, but it did say I could expect it in 3-7 business days. So probably sometime next week.

In other news, Nerdopolis is gearing up for tournament 1.3. Sign-ups end tomorrow. We have 11 people on team Co-op so far. A few months ago, I had a dream that we ended up in third place in tournament 1.2. Well, we did end up in third--third from last, that is, LOL. But I think that was better than the previous tournament, and we moved up in the rankings ever round, so I'm pretty pleased.
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It's my birthday! Yay! To celebrate, I spent the past few days finishing my Wavedeck shawl as a birthday present to myself. I'm pretty pleased with it, but there's some errors in it. So I'm probably going to make another one, and whichever one is better I'll keep for myself. The other will go to the shawl ministry.

I'm also working on a crocheted shawl for the ministry, the Silver Bells shawl. I'm not really a fan of pink, but I do like this soft pink. I probably should have made it wider, but I was concerned about running out of yarn. The pattern says it took 1000 yards, and I've only got the one skein of Red Heart Giant.

There's also the two scarves I'm making for the Red Heart group on Ravelry. I'm making a drop stitch scarf in a sunshine print. The color changes are very short, so it's coming out kind of busy. I do like it, though. The other scarf is a crocheted mesh stitch scarf in Real Teal. Love the color.

My parents went on vacation the beginning of this month. I spent most of the time in front of the computer, reading various threads on Ravelry. Also, eating. It appears that when left to my own devices, I default to overeating *sighs*. I did go to the library while they were gone and rented Skyrim, but was meh about playing it. I finally fired it up the day they came back, and played about two hours. It's brown. Why do games feel they need to be brown? I do not like brown. I also didn't like the combat. I felt like I wasn't hitting anything. I did successfully hit a chicken -- which put a bounty on my head and got me attacked by a townsperson. So, I wasn't too impressed with Skyrim. I might give it another chance and rent it again in the future, but so far it is not on my to-buy list.

Also while my parents were gone, the U.S. Puzzle Championship took place. I find I have less of an attention span for it the older I get. I lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes before I gave up. I only submitted answers for two puzzles: the battleships, which was easy, and four of the ten differences in the picture puzzle. I did try the Sudoku but didn't make much headway, and was intrigued by a crossword-type puzzle but had no clue how to start it.

I had been playing Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift before my parents left on vacation, but wasn't in the mood for it when they returned. I was enjoying the gameplay, but the story was sparse, and I was wanting something with more meat to it. So I started a new game of Final Fantasy XIII. It's been about a year since I played it, because I had bought a new xbox controller with my birthday money last year and played it then. I'm enjoying it.

I'm going to the library today to see if I can find a copy of The Scorch Trials (the second book in the Maze Runner series). The movie is coming out soon, so it will probably be hard to find the book, but one was due back recently, so maybe I'll get lucky.
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Yay, June is here! That means that Nerdopolis officially started. Here's this month's challenges:

The Lab: Medieval Art - This month, your challenge is to craft something inspired by Medieval Art or Architecture. The Lab is for non-Ravelry sanctioned crafts, such as needlework, painting, drawing, etc.
Area 51: Reboot - Rebooting your WIPs by frogging and starting over, or ripping back to fix mistakes.
Wildcard: Signs - For this month’s challenge, craft something inspired by a road sign. Please use an existing Real World sign (not imaginary or fictional, please).
Change the World - Water Water - This month we would like to focus on water, either for people or animals.
Nerdopolis University: Archeology - This months theme is you guessed it Archaeology. And your mission should you choose to accept it is to craft something inspired by Archaeology.
Carousel Nerdception: In Memory of … - make something inspired by the memory of someone that one of Nerdopolis’ fandoms has lost.

I don't do Change the World, as that is for donations to places and I don't have any money to donate. And I don't do anything for the Lab because I don't do non-Ravelry crafts. Instead, I submit two things to Area 51, which is allowed.

So, the plans! For Nerception I crocheted a bookmark in honor of Terry Pratchett. For Wildcard: Signs, I'm making a 198 Yards of Heaven shawl, which is triangular, just like a Yield sign. For University, I'm doing my Kable. The plan is to tie it to tools which area found in archeological digs. For Area 51, I'm going to finish my Tunisian Treasures shawl, and also going to frog and reknit apair of socks that came out too big.

I'll be very busy this month! I'm already halfway done with the backing for Kable, and am on the third repeat of eight on the Heaven shawl. I'm on row 55 of 81 on the Tunisian shawl. Haven't touched the socks yet; I plan to get to them around the middle of the month.
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Hurry up, June! I want Nerdopolis to start!

I'm very excited about being captain. I plan to do Weekly Summary posts on Mondays, WIP Wednesdays, and Game of the Week on Fridays. That should keep the thread moving.

Team rosters were announced today, and we have 7 players on Team Co-op, which puts us in the small team category. It's too late to sign up for a team, but you can still play as a Rogue (and independent player). I've gone ahead and locked our old thread and started a new thread for the new tournament. I've been writing the intro post in my head for days now, LOL.

I've been planning on what I'm going to make for Nerdopolis. I'm going to finish my Tunisian shawl for Area 51. I'm also going to do another 198 Yards of Heaven in white and pink. There's the needle holder I'm making for the Red Heart Lovers group. That's three projects. I'm also thinking of doing a Fishy Tawashi, which makes four. Finally, I'll probably do some more baby blankets for the ministry, which makes five projects. Hopefully I can fit these projects to the themes.

I dug through the yarn [personal profile] goody_scrivener gave me and pulled out the skeins I'm going to use for the needle holder and shawl, so I'm good to go. I just need it to be June already!
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I reached 200 projects on Ravelry. WOW! Here are some stats:

* 60 BAMCAL squares
* 9 Ministry projects
* 13 doilies
* 41 dishcloths (wow, that many?)
* 2 garments
* 60 knitting projects
* 139 crochet projects

...which means that somewhere I have a project that's marked neither crochet or knitting. Hmm.

I finished the first set of ministry baby blankets. That used up 5 of the 39 skeins of yarn I got from [personal profile] goody_scrivener. I have a plan to use two skeins of One Pound yarn to make another gigantic 198 yards of heaven. Another skein is in use for a MCAL in the Mystery 220 group. And I'll be joining [personal profile] goody_scrivener for a KAL/CAL in the Red Heart Lovers group.
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I had the best possible outcome from jury duty: they didn't call my panel number, so I wasn't even interviewed. They let my panel go at 2:00pm, too. Yay!

The seat I was sitting in was uncomfortable. I spent most of the morning just sitting. I did kind of watch TV a bit. They gave us an hour and a half for lunch. There was no where to eat in the building, so I walked to 159th street and had Burger King.

I got a check for $17.20 for my trouble, which will be used tomorrow on yarn as celebration for getting through the day.

I have a new worry, though: my PSP appears to not be charging. I noticed it yesterday, when it turned itself off twice. It's supposed to do that after a period of inactivity on battery power, but I leave it plugged in all the time so normally it doesn't shut off. I checked all the connections and they seem to be okay. So I don't know what's wrong. I will be upset if it doesn't fix itself, because I spend a lot of time on the Internet on my PSP which helps keep me sane.

In knitting news, I finished the socks I was working on. They are too big. *sighs* This is the second pair I've made that have come out too big. I don't know why, because the first socks I ever made were done on size 2 needles with a cast-on of 64 stitches, and they fit perfectly. I did these on size 1. They seemed okay when done, but when I wore them they sagged around the ankle. So I will probably re-knit them.

In other knitting news, I started a new shawl for the ministry. I have three WIPs I could be working on instead, but no, I wanted to do the shawl. It's coming along fast as the top is a lot of plain knit stitch. I should finish with the top portion today. The lace will probably take me a bit of time to do, but I don't expect it to be too long.
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I finished my Ministry Shawl #3! I'm very pleased with how it turned out. I showed it to my therapist, who asked if it would be hard to give it up. I said no. I think I'm a process knitter--the enjoyment comes more from the process than the finished product, although I do love the finished objects, too!

This month I am knitting a pair of socks. I don't think I've finished a pair in a month before, but it should be doable. I spent 65 hours on the shawl, and only 38 hours on my Jaywalker socks so yeah, should be doable.

I still haven't tried Lightning Returns again. I guess the game really turned me off. Instead I've been playing Final Fantasy III. An acquaintance said that he maxed out all the jobs in the game, so that's my goal for this playthrough. Right now I have the first set of jobs all at level 10 or above.
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I've been doing a heck of a lot of knitting the past week. On Monday I managed to put work into all of my WIPs, yay! Otherwise, there's been quite a bit of work on the camisole, which is going well now that I've restarted from a twist in the cast-on. What I should be working on is Ministry Shawl #3, which I want to get finished this month. I estimate I have about two hours of knitting a day to do on it in order to finish it. Doable, but a lot of work.

If I don't finish it I have other things I can submit for Nerdopolis, because I've been so busy with projects. In addition to all the WIPs I have, I also knitted a headband. Because I saw someone post it on Ravelry, and it was the perfect use for yarn I had left over from a scarf, and nothing would do except to knit it NOW. So I did. I'm also crocheting socks. Yes, crocheting. Why? Because it is International Crochet Month, and the Party group on Ravelry is making socks and there are prizes. I'm a sucker for prizes, so I am making a pair. I already know that I will likely frog them to knit socks instead, but it's kind of a proof-of-concept thing. I've been intrigued with crocheted socks for a while, so now I can say that I've made a pair, lol.

I dreamed about them. I was over in England, or possibly Ireland, and was in a yarn store looking for yarn to take home as a souvenir. They had some really fine yarn, like thread-weight but softer than thread, to be used with steel hooks to make socks.

My mom's birthday was on Friday, and on Saturday we went out to a German restaurant. They spelled our name wrong on the reservation, which is a bit of a fail since our last name is German. Otherwise, everything was lovely. I played it safe and had wiener schnitzel, which was good. I was tempted by the sea scallops, but it came with rice instead of potatoes, and I really wanted German potato salad. There was live entertainment. He was quite talented - played the accordion, trumpet, tuba, and handbells, and also sang and yodeled. It was a nice evening.
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People have played the Final Fantasy XV demo, and it's getting great reviews. AM SO EXCITED! Oh, how I wish I had the money/console to get Type-0 HD so I could play the demo for myself. Alas, it is not meant to be.

So, on Tuesday I did indeed start Lightning Returns. And well, um. first impressions. SPOILERS. )

Instead I've been knitting and crocheting a lot. On Friday evening I made a doily, which was entered in the Nerdopolis Pi challenge. I woke up early on Saturday and couldn't fall back asleep, so I frogged the original Orchid Top I had tried making. Then I split the yarn from the frogged swatch, and knit a swatch for the Cockleshell Camisole. On Sunday I entered that into the Nerdopolis Summit Seekers challenge, to give me motivation to do it. I'm really eager to get started on the knitting part of it, not so eager to split the yarn. Yes, I am crazy and splitting yarn for this, LOL. But I split 11 skeins for my Orchid Top, and that turned out nicely, so I'm willing to do it again for the camisole (which I will wear underneath the Orchid).

Also on Sunday, I worked on ministry shawls #2 and #3, and did a few more rows on my pumpkin socks. Which means that all the projects I currently have on the needles were worked on, yay! I'm hoping to finish ministry shawl #3 this month so I can submit it to Nerdopolis, though I'm not sure what challenge I will submit it to yet.
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On Friday we went to the fish fry at our local VFW hall. This is the third time I've gone, and it was just as good as the last two times.

Saturday morning I finished my BAMCAL blanket, finally. Just in time for the end of round 1 of Nerdopolis, which I submitted it to in the Area 51 category. Saturday night was pizza, which we usually have on Friday, so that was a bit weird (but good!).

On Sunday I completed Final Fantasy XIII-2. I still have some achievements to unlock, but the story itself is 100% finished. I immediately went out to obtain Lightning Returns. Alas, my local GameStop did not have it. I checked Best Buy, too, since I was in the area but didn't expect them to have it (they didn't). I'm going to check a different GameStop tomorrow after my therapy appointment. I really hope I can find it, because XIII-2 ends on a bit of a cliffhanger and I want to know what happens next!

I also stopped at Joann to pick up some size 9 needles for a new ministry shawl. I'm doing 198 Yards of Heaven but continuing on in pattern to make it bigger. I started it yesterday and knit for about two hours. Then I was bored and went to bed early.
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On Friday there was a meeting of the Shawl Ministry. I had to walk there and it was COLD, especially on the way home as I was walking into the wind. The meeting went well. My shawl was admired (as was my crocheted sweater) and I got yarn, hooks, and patterns.

I spent a good portion of this weekend knitting and crocheting. I've made good progress on the BAMCAL afghan and should finish it this month. I also knitted a hat and finished a scarf I've been working on. While doing so, I listened to the soundtrack of FFXIII-2, which I think is better than XIII's soundtrack. XIII-2 has three composers, one of which is Naoshi Mizuta who composed XI, which music I love. There's a lot of vocals in XIII-2's soundtrack which I think works very well.

The rest of the weekend was spent playing FFXIII-2. I spent time building the perfect Ravager. To do this, I needed to recruit Tonberry and Don Tonberry, which are rare monsters, so I needed the Battlemania fragment skill to up the chances of meeting them. To get this skill you need to get 100% exploration of all the maps in game. That took some time, especially the final dungeon. Once I recruited all my monsters I had to level them up, which required farming materials. Honestly, this all feels a lot like XI to me -- not that the gameplay is similar, but there's a similar progression of your character. It was hitting the same pleasure spots of my brain that XI hits.

So my perfect Ravager is built, and I beat some of the optional bosses in game. I also saw one of the paradox endings. THAT fight took forever - a whole 54 minutes! I'm not sure I could have done it any faster. It wasn't a real difficult fight, just looooooooooong.

Tomorrow I have to pick up some medication. I'm hoping to have time to go to Michaels and get more yarn for my afghan, and some new needles for another ministry shawl. It all depends on if my mom has to drive the kids to soccer practice again. If she does I likely won't have time.
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On Halloween I finished Infinite Undiscovery on hard mode. It wasn't all that hard, in my opinion. I've decided against playing the Seraphic Gate bonus content, mostly because I lack the ingredients to make the special sword. You can buy the ingredients from a store if you have downloaded some free vouchers, but as my Xbox is not connected to the network I don't have those vouchers. Otherwise, you can farm the ingredients...from the Seraphic Gate itself. Since I have problems beating the third wave of mobs in the very first level of the Gate, farming the items is out of the question. So the Seraphic Gate will have to wait until some time in the future when my Xbox is hooked up to the network again.

I needed a game to play, so I decided to go back to Final Fantasy VIII, which I was playing a few months ago. Then I got stuck and couldn't progress the story, so I put it down for a while. I recall seeing the cutscenes at Trabia Garden, but no matter what I did I couldn't advance to the next plot point. So when I picked it up again this weekend, I went back to Trabia, thinking that I must have missed something. And... the game acted like I hadn't been there yet. o_O I must have neglected to save, because I'm positive I saw those scenes already. Oh well. After watching them again I was able to advance just fine, and finished Disc 2 last night.

I've also been doing a lot of crochet and knitting. I'm caught up to October in my Block-a-Month afghan, and have made progress on the ministry shawl I'm crocheting. I'm also working on finishing afghans for my sisters for Christmas. I am not at all embarrassed to say that I have been listening to Christmas music while doing so, even though it is only early November. Finally, I've finished the leg of my first Pumpkin sock, which I hope to have finished by Thanksgiving so I can wear them then.

I've been going to the library for several months now, and have a ton of books checked out. I just finished reading Death Note, which I enjoyed. I have several books in the Pretty Little Liars series checked out, but I think I am going to return them un-read and try them again at a later date. I still enjoy the suspense of the stories, but I'm getting tired of the bad choices the girls are making, which makes me dislike them. I want to re-read Mockingjay soon since the first movie is coming out. I've also been on the lookout for The Maze Runner, which I saw in theaters earlier this year. I enjoyed the movie and now want to read the books, but the library hasn't had it in yet.

And now I need to figure out why the sound is b0rked on mom's computer. It's not on mute and the volume is fine, so that's not it. I think it might be a device issue. Hopefully I can solve it, because my mom likes to listen to streaming radio.
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Wish I had the money to get a paid account here. I miss all my icons. Wanted to use my bored icon, but that's not one of the ones I have as a free account. Grr.

So, the U.S. Sudoku championship was fun. Though I, uh, kind of cheated a bit and used an app I had downloaded the other day. I solved one puzzle legitimately, and another three with help of the app. There's 20 problems so even with cheating I came nowhere near close to winning, so I don't feel too bad about it. Well, okay, I do feel bad because it means I am weak weak weak, but... the goal today was to have fun, and I did. So there.

The U.S. Puzzle Championship is next month, and I'm looking forward to that one. I usually do Battleships, the find-the-differences puzzle, and word search, if they have one. Maybe I will practice with an older test. I'd have to download them since last year's test was done on my no-longer-functioning Mac mini.

I did some knitting today and finished a project. It's a small shawlette, and was done as part of a mystery KAL. Like everyone else in the group, mine came out smaller than expected. I'm currently blocking it, and will probably try to stretch it even more. As is, I'm not sure it's big enough for me.

Right now I am bored. I tried relieving the boredom in Runescape, but the game crashed on me right as I dinged level 56 in Fishing. Don't feel like fighting with Runescape crashes tonight. I'll probably end up playing FFV again, though I'm not terribly in the mood.

Thought last night: Sherlock mood theme. I must investigate and see if anyone has made one.


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