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~ Got the tree all set up and decorated, which was fun, so now my house smells like evergreens, which is always nice. Handmade wreaths at the farmer's market were almost as expensive as the tree itself, so I'm passing on a wreath this year. Still, I'm pretty happy with what I have, and that's the main thing.

~ I spent most of the weekend working on embroidery, and while I probably should have spent a little more time reading, it was kind of nice to just watch TV and play with needles and thread. I finished my rewatch of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and made more progress in my rewatch of Supernatural, finished another bookmark and listed it on my Etsy store, and finished almost half of a different patterned one, so I'm considering it all a win, even if most people wouldn't consider all that to be very productive.

~ A little luck was nicely on my side this week, and I won $23 off a $7 lottery ticket! So for fun I spent some of those winnings on a couple of scratch-card games, and won another $25 from those!

I probably used up all my luck for the coming year on that, but hey, it was still pretty cool.
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~ I ranked high enough on the last challenge battle in Pokemon Shuffle to get a Manectite! I'm really glad I'm getting to the point where I'm strong enough to stand a decent chance when these challenges come up.

~ I started embroidering a Christmas present for my grandmother. It's a simple thing, really, and it shouldn't take me longer than a few days to get it all ready and mailed off. Money being tight at the moment, I thought she might understand and appreciate something I made myself, and something that she might be able to use.

I'll try and remember to post pictures once I'm done.

~ It finished raining and instead there was snow on the ground in the morning. Just a little, barely an inch, but it looked beautiful. Apparently last winter didn't make me as snow-phobic as I first thought!

~ While I was asleep I left a slow cooker chicken and bean stew to heat. I haven't had any yet, but it sure smells good!

~ I finished my rewatch of Victorian Farm and have moved on to Edwardian Farm. I do love these historical recreation shows. Especially the ones that are done by experts and not just random people in an attempt to create a unique reality show (and all the associated annoyance and drama or reality shows).
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~ I've been very tempted to make 2016 an SMT year, and dedicate that year to playing all the SMT games I own. My biggest problem with this plan? I have so many, and they're often really hard games!

Let's see, as a quick tally, I have Persona (the original PSX game, and the rerelease for the PSP), Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Persona 3 (the original PS2 game, the FES rerelease, and the PSP rerelase), and Persona 4. And Persona Q. I have SMT: Nocturne, SMT: Strange Journey, and SMT IV. I have Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, and Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs The Soulless Army. I have both Digital Devil Saga games. I have Devil Survivor (the original DS release and the 3DS rerelease) and Devil Survivor 2.

If I played 1 game a month, and only stuck to playing 1 version of each game (not playing all 3 different versions of Persona 3 that I own, I mean), I still wouldn't have enough time to beat them in a single year. And that schedule also ignores that fact that Persona 5 and SMT IV: Final are coming out next year, too. I'd need to finish a game every 28 days to play all the games that I own from the series, not including any new ones that come out.

...I wonder if I could stick to that schedule. Or at least, I wonder how many I could play through in a year, if I mostly only played that series.

~ Another of my embroidered bookmarks sold, which makes me very happy! I love knowing that I can make things that people actually want.

~ Finished rewatching all of Tales From the Green Valley. There need to be more historical recreation shows. Preferably involving Ruth Goodman. (Going to watch all Farm series now, because I enjoy them so much!)
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~ I made a turkey chili last night. I didn't have as many of the usual vegetables that I typically put in a chili, so it's mostly beans and tomatoes and meat, but it's still tasty, and after a weekend of not eating anything that resembles healthy food, I think my body was craving something with even a small amount of vegetables.

It wasn't as good as the usual chili I make, but it was pretty good anyway, especially with garlic naan.

~ I played Final Fantasy VII to distract myself. Got Vincent in my party, and started heading through Mount Nibel. For some reason I've always loved level-grinding in this area. I'm not sure why. Maybe because this is the area you see in the story Cloud tells in Kalm, when you see Sephiroth be awesome and have level 3 spells, so it feels like the kind of area that can make you strong. Either way, I've never minded spending a while getting lost on the twisty paths, because the battles are good and I get quite a bit of experience.

~ Caught both Celebi and Lugia in Pokemon Shuffle. Now I have almost 2 weeks to work on catching Ho-Oh before that event disappears. Fingers crossed that I can get strong enough, because so far it's a tough battle and I haven't managed to defeat it once, let alone catch it.

~ Fully caught up on Once Upon A Time now, right up to this week's episode. I have my theories about what's going on, but I can't tell if that's because I'm so used to the way the show pulls twists and turns all over the place and I'm getting used to thinking how the writers think, or if I'm just falling for the hints of misdirection. Or if I'm just hoping something will happen even though it never will. I guess I'll have to wait and see, really. At least now that I'm caught up, even when I don't have TV anymore I can watch the most recent episode on the CTV website, so I can stay caught up instead of waiting for this season to appear on Netflix.
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~ I'm a bit addicted to Nestea honey ginseng green tea. They come in these huge 695 ml cans for $0.99 (except at a nearby grocery store where they're on sale for $0.88 right now), and I swear I can drink 3-4 of these things in a day if somebody doesn't give me a good reason to resist. When I first discovered them, I carried 10 of them home in grocery bags and limited myself to 2 a day, so that I wouldn't have to go back for more very often, and it was really hard to limit myself. Each can has a fair bit of sugar (18% of the RDV, which is so out of touch with reality that it's not worth paying close attention to anyway), so 2 cans has a lot of sugar, but they also have more liquid than I usually drink in a day, so it's worth the tradeoff.

I've always been terrible at keeping myself properly hydrated. Really, even if I get a bit more sugar than normal, it's worth it to have warm hands and feet and to not have headaches and dry mouth and a stuffed up nose so much.

~ I started watching The 100, because it was on Netflix and I'd heard it was better than the books (which I found to be pretty lackluster). It's not bad so far. Definitely some strong visuals, and the plot moves forward much more quickly than it did in the books, which is a definite point in the show's favour. Some events seem utterly out of order, but that was probably done to make for a better visual experience, and granted, I'm only 3 episodes in at the moment, but it hasn't caused any weird conflicts or anything that I can spot. The acting's decent, the cinematography is good;, so it seems like it could be a pretty good watch. There are only 29 episodes, so it shouldn't take me long to watch all of them.

~ My replacement FitBit arrived today! And it actually works, which makes me so wonderfully happy! Now the challenge is to see if I can actually get 10,000 steps in every day. This in my account, if anyone feels like adding or friending or whatever it is you do there so people who know people can follow each other's exercise attempts.

This makes me extra tempted to go out tomorrow morning before bed, for a nice long walk to Starbucks so I can see if they really do have a decent chai latte. Last time I had Starbucks, it was pretty unimpressive, but they get a lot of their tea from Teavana at the moment, and I know that's good stuff. It'd be a treat for me, and give me exercise!

~ I slept so badly last night. I got only around 4 hours of sleep before cats woke me up with their rambunctious running around, combined with gnawing hunger, and a really stuffed up nose that meant I had to take the last of my decongestant pills. So one way or the other, I have to go out in the morning no matter how cruddy I feel, so I can get more pills. (I can take a relatively short walk to the pharmacy to get pills, or a longer walk to get chai and then pills at a different store, so it all depends on how I feel in the morning. But I'm going out either way.)

~ I want to spend my upcoming night playing video games, but alas, because the landlord's coming by at some point later this month (possibly next week, but I have yet to hear definitively) so he can clean the furnace filters, I want to get the rest of the water out of the basement. And the carpeted stairs need a good vacuuming. And while I'm at it I ought to mop the downstairs floors, too, to make them look extra good. I normally wouldn't go all out like this when it comes to cleaning, and my house is generally pretty presentable and not one I'd be ashamed to have people see, but the landlord is the kind of person who complains that it's messy if he sees cat fur stuck to a chair, so. I want to give him no reason to get ridiculous when he's over. Quick visit, in and out, and then I can go back to my life without as many interruptions.

Part of the deal for renting the house is that the landlord takes care of the yardwork, and I take care of snow removal. Which is fine by me, and means that at least in the winter, I won't have to deal with weekly, "I'm coming to mow the lawn tomorrow" texts and emails. If last winter is any indication, he'll generally leave me alone until it's time to cut the grass again. Of course, then it'll be non-stop interruptions for the whole grass-growing season, but at least I do get part of the year without that hassle.

~ Now it's raining, and the sound of rain on the windows makes me want to curl up under blankets and not do anything. Of course, on the night when I have to do things!
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~ I had a nice 3 km walk yesterday. The more I measure the distance I walk, the more I realize that a kilometre isn't actually as long as it sounds, nor as difficult to walk. Well, assuming it's a relatively flat kilometre, anyway.

~ I watched the latest episode of My Little Pony. This is twice now that Big Mac has done something undeniably feminine and seemed really happy about it. I'm starting to have plotbunnies about a transgender Big Mac!

~ I slept for about 11 hours today. I didn't mean to sleep so long, but it's a side effect of being warm under the blankets and it being cold outside them, so even if I'm not tired anymore, I stay in bed because I'm comfortable and then I just end up falling back to sleep anyway. I really need to break that habit; it's resulting in me sleeping far too much and feeling too crunched for time by the time I finally do get up.

~ It's definitely the time of year to wear fuzzy fluffy socks around the house!
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~ I caught up on episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, watched the newest Equestria Girls movie (which was awesome, by the way!), and once I was done with those, I started watching season 4 of Once Upon a Time, which has recently appeared on Netflix. So, last night wasn't exactly a productive night, if you count productivity as making things or fixing things or what have you, but I did catch up on more of my TV-watching, and it was nice to just take a night and relax with happy things like that.

~ I woke up early to meet with a friend so we could go see Hotel Transylvania 2. It was a slow walk, because my lungs are extra twitchy these days now that the weather's turning colder and I don't have my proper asthma medication (I'm waiting for my provincial health card to arrive before I make a clinic appointment to get refills, because otherwise an appointment is likely to cost me at least $50 on top of what the medication will cost, and that's money I just don't have right now), but at least I'm still able to walk, and even if it's slow I like getting out and getting fresh air because soon it'll get too cold and snowy for the outside world to hold any appeal at all!

It was a pretty good movie, too. Not as good as the first movie, I think, but I still enjoyed it.

We also stopped at Pita Pit for supper, and I tried their chicken caesar pita. Very tasty! I want to try their gyro pita next time, or possibly the falafel one!

~ I found a drug trial for asthma that I submitted my info for. They're not currently accepting new patients for the study, but they've got my info in case anything opens up, which excites me a bit because I might get to be part of something that could, at the very least, provide some research data, and in a best case scenario might contribute to making things easier for me and other people with asthma.

~ I did enough surveys through MintVine this past week that once my points clear, I should be able to get $10 into my PayPal account, which will be a nice little boost, especially considering that it took me less than a week to get that many surveys done. It's not much, but even a little bit of extra money here and there makes me happy and gives me a little more freedom to buy silly things that I can't justify from the rest of my income.

~ My mother surprised me with a subscription to Humble Monthly, so now I'll have plenty of new video games to play around with on a regular basis! If anyone wants to add me on Steam, I'll be giving away codes to any duplicate games I get, and friends get first priority.

The first batch of games doesn't release until November, but I'm already excited to see which ones are there!

~ Took a trip to the Dollarama and I found a package of chocolate cookies with tiramisu filling for $1.50. When I paid for them, the cashier said she tried them and they were so good, so now I can't wait to try them!
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~ The 4th season of Once Upon A Time is on Netflix now! I definitely have to make some time to catch up on that show!

~ Did 20 situps tonight: 8+8+4. This is something I want to do more of on a regular basis, because it takes almost no time at all out of my night, and over time it'll help me get stronger and hopefully lose some of the extra weight I'm carrying.

~ Managed to catch both Latias and Keldeo in Pokemon Shuffle! :D Much happiness, because I didn't think I'd get either of them so quickly! If I can keep grinding away at the Latias level, though, I might be able to get a Latiasite so it can Mega Evolve, but I'm not sure my team's even strong enough to get that far anyway, so I don't know if it's worth trying and using up time that could be better spent on other levels.

~ I joined a few "get paid for doing surveys" sites last night, partly because I've had some luck with them in the past (from 1, I ended up getting about $40 in gift cards, and that was with me mostly slacking and missing out on a lot of potential surveys). Any rewards I get aren't going to make a huge difference to my budget, but even a little bit extra now and then can be helpful.

~ Because I had to wake up earlier than normal, I woke up even earlier than that, so I think I only slept for about 6 hours. My eyes are burning, but not so badly that I'll need to nap later. I think. But it was worth it, because I had a lot of fun at embroidery class.

~ Touch wood, but I think I'm on the mend and that stupid cold is finally leaving me!
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~ I spent most of the night watching TV. I finally finished every episode of Full House, and started rewatching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Because sometimes I just need some comfort watching.

Also, I can't believe I'm saying this, but there are totally characters in MLP that I ship.

~ Walking to the Farmer's Market and bought eggs and pastries, which is mostly what I go there for these days because as much as I love supporting local farmers and the prices there are good, sometimes the price of meat and vegetables is still lower at a grocery store. I'd like to be able to buy all my meat and produce there someday, though.

But there's a woman there who makes delicious baked goods. I nearly always get a cinnamon roll from her, but today I decided to get a pumpkin walnut cupcake with cream cheese frosting, and an apple crumble bar instead. I've had the cupcake already, and it was wonderful! I'm saving the apple crumble bar for tonight.

~ Finished the book I was reading (the one I mentioned previously that had good writing but wince-worthy content when it comes to sexism and slut-shaming). Not sure what I'm going to read now, but looking at the number of books on my e-reader, I have plenty to choose from! I know what I want to read, but I still have some responsibility reading to do before I can settle down with the other stuff and just read for pleasure again.

~ I definitely have a cold, and am feeling a bit miserable from it, even if there's still plenty of other positive things going on. I just feel stuffed up and achey and tired and gross. I'm trying to drink a lot of juice and tea and cuddle up under warm blankets (which is made even more appealing by the fact that the temperature dipped down to 6 C last night, and it's just as cold tonight) and just rest until I feel better.

~ The best thing about a slow cooker is the ability to put a roast in there, turn it on low, go to sleep, then wake up to the smell of delicious cooking meat and to know that the most time-consuming part of dinner has already been taken care of while you were unconscious. The pork roast needs to cook for a little while longer, but I really only just have to take care of preparing the vegetables and then dinner's ready whenever I want it!

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