Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Completing the Pokedex.




I have been playing Pokemon since 1998.  I was 13.  I'm now 31 and I still play.  It's fun.  It keeps me entertained and gives my brain a work out in strategy, or something, I don't know, who cares?  Pikachu is fucking cute!

Anyway, after all those years of playing, I have never completed the Pokedex.  It's one of those things you are supposed to do, but I haven't.  Now two new games are coming out at the end of the year (which might I add is the 20th anniversary) and that's only going to add even MORE monsters to acquire.

Part of the problem with completing the Dex over the years was ease of accessibility.  In the old days you needed to be in the actual presence of a person and possess a link cable, but people were unwilling to trade their beloved Pokemon!  Then with wifi things got easier, perhaps a little too easy for hackers.  I do have some hacked Pokemon that I use for breeding.  (Yes, I make them do things to each other to produce eggs.) This gets me the ones I need for trade.

Lately, I've been having some varied success in completing my dex.  My strategy is to get a Kanto Pokemon (those seem to be elusive for some) give it Pokerus (another rare in-game condition) and attach an Enigma berry, because those were event only and people want them.

Thusly, I am able to get what I want, usually quite quickly.  Sometimes, it's been over night, but very rarely.

So far I am at 667 out of 722.  721 is Hoopa, and 722 is Volcanion which technically hasn't been released get in the US, but kids in Japan have them and of course hackers put them out there with their perfect stats.

I'm hoping to complete it within the next few weeks.  Then, I'll get back to my knitting.  Usually knitting and writing take a back seat, like third row seat, to playing Pokemon.  It is a time consuming game, but all of my hobbies are!

Now, back to the fields of Kalos I go!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Humira aka Fake AIDS

That's what I call it anyway.  Fake AIDS.  It shuts down you're immune system, within hours.  It's kinda nuts.

I took my first inject last week and it burned like hell, the next day, most of my arthritis pain was gone, but I had an ever increasing headache, no appetite (thank god, cause I'm a foodie who HATES hunger pains) and nausea.  This lasted about 5 days.  The final day I had a full blown migraine.  It was awful.

I was exited for my pain to go away, it would have also been nice for my skin to get better.  Instead I wound up with a viral infection.  My lymph nodes are severely swollen.  I look terrible, and the swelling in my joints is beginning to return, probably because I need the injection every week instead of every two.

I went to the doctor and he said not to take next weeks dose.  To give me a week to get better.  They did blood work, they gave me a chest x ray.  I have a sore throat and my bottom teeth feel like they ALL have cavities (which of course is impossible).  They are all sore too.

I just want to feel better for once.  I'm tired of this bullshit.

I'm also trying to stick as best as I can to the autoimmune protocol.  It's tough, but doable.  I did loose two pounds in less than a week.  Which is awesome.  No grains means Spiral doesn't gain weight.

Well, I hope I get better soon.  My neck hurts from my swollen nodes.  It sucks.  They were also concerned about my fever and exceedingly high heart rate.  I can feel my heart beating very fast, even at a resting state.

At the end of the day, it would be nice to have clear skin, but I want to ride my bike again and have energy!  That's more important to me.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Finds from the Gem and Mineral Show



That is a gigantic pyramid shaped quartz crystal and a chunk of pyrite.  

We go to the New York and New Jersey Gem and Mineral Show every year since we've become a "family".  It's usually fun.  One year, I dropped a ton of money on pieces to place on our newly acquired altar.  This year however, Shadow only bought a few things.

I was looking for a ring, but he'll never buy me one, so what's the point.  Dino got a spy kit and bag of crystals from water sloughing.  He does that every year, it's his favorite part.  Last year he got a plastic treasure chest with real fossils.  I think we paid 20 for that.  This year the choice was a bag of crystals or one geode for 10.   I got nothing.

I also yelled at Shadow for being so fucking gullible.  He bought lightbulbs, when he can't even get on a chair to change them.  They're LED, IKEA sells LED now.  I bought some already.  No big deal. But he was so amazed at the sales man who threw them on the floor, and oh man!  They didn't break! Gee whiz!  Idiot.

I yelled at him a second time when he was looking to buy this cheap looking TENS machine.  They wanted 300 for it.  No way was the thing worth that much.  Allegedly, the lady came over, after I yelled at him and gave it to him for free.  Well I don't believe him.  He has lied to me about spending money before.  He bought another Xbox and lied saying he fixed.  He spent over 1000 bucks in a few weeks on fishing equipment and lied about that too.

I'm seriously tired of all the lies.

I just want to be able to go somewhere and have a nice time, or at least a semi decent one, but he is just plain dumb and stupid sometimes.  Only my youngest sister is that gullible.  I swear, you could sell that man some organic caca from the lemurs of Madagascar and he'd buy it thinking it's the best shit ever.

I did not have a good time.  He took way too long to look at everything, when me, Dino and New Baby circled everything three times.  Seriously, he takes too much time to process information.  It completely boggles my mind.

I'm really waiting for the mind body spirit festival, but that's not until October.  I think I do not want to take him.  He's such a hassle, he's worse than a freaking child!  It will be a fine time just me, Dino and New Baby.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

This Week's Obsession

Shadow has a nasty habit of changing his mind too much.  Are all Gemini's like that?  I don't know, I'm too lazy to look it up.

Basically, every week, or two weeks or sometimes, every month, Shadow gets a brilliant idea but never sees it through.  I can count so many, fishing, herbs, building a tiny house, "making money" (this has been in various forms) and so many other schemes.  He has too much drive and not nearly enough diligence.  It's terribly annoying.

Right now, it's jewelry making.  He's taking crystal points and wrapping them in wire hoping to get 25 bucks or more out of each piece in the city.

I wonder what he'll move on to next week ?

The main problem is, that each time he get's an obsession, he buys A LOT of stuff that goes with it.  He has purchased a closet full of fishing junk.  We have a huge box of dried herbs, we have books he hasn't read.  He has always had crystals, so I won't complain about those.  I own many pieces myself. But now he wan't to buy all the jewelry making paraphernalia.  Do you see where this is going?

All these endeavors have been nothing but a waste of money.

Then, he asks me to support him.  He needs my support.  Bullshit.  I don't support anyone unless I see a finished product.  Or in his case, multiple finished products because he's terribly lazy, will make one and he's done.

The other problem with people thinking that they can make stuff is the quality of work.  Due to youtube, everyone and their mother thinks they can make shit.  They don't have talent.  I'm sorry, but I'm not going to buy something from you unless it looks good.  Don't charge money based on your labor when it looks like shit.  The do it yourself movement has gotten completely out of hand.  STOP making shit if you don't know how to.  Find something you're good at, and buy the stuff you want and can't make from other people who can make it well.

For example.  I can knit but can't crochet.  If I want something crocheted, I sure as hell ain't gonna sit there and make it myself, I have no talent for it, it will look like shit.  Therefore, I ask my mama to make that crocheted baby hat.  Or I'd purchase it from someone else who's workmanship meets my standards.

I would love to make my own soap, but I don't have the money to buy all the necessary equipment and sit there and make batch after batch until it comes out to my liking.  So, I buy soap from other people.  These people have talent in soap making, it smells good, it is ascetically pleasing, and it cleans me.  It's a win win situation.

I'm sorry that Shadow hasn't found his calling in life, but he's probably too old for it now, or has to wait a couple of years for his mid life crisis to hit.  He'll be 37 in June, so that's soon, men don't live that long.  Perhaps then, he will have a real epiphany and be driven to create something worthy of my patience, because very little things are.

I can also say that it was his idea to start this blog because he read online that one could make money by blogging.  Well, he has yet to write a single post, and I the writer (I actually did go to school for writing) haven't made a single penny.  Don't writers get paid by the word?  Or do I have to endorse some company and sing it's praises, lying to the readers about how this is the only vaginal cream I use for my poor post child birthing hole?  I mean, that's what most bloggers do right?  Stick to the one awesome thing that pays the most bucks?  I think I'll skip that.

So, onwards to a new day, and next week, or month or soon, when Shadow decides that his new calling in life is selling vacuum cleaners or some such thing.