children, crafty, home, life

Stuff that happened, Part 2

March through today has been pretty much all about Josh.  Good things and bad things and then good things again.  One thing I’ve decided is that I will be blogging less about him because he’s now at the start of that transition into manhood.  I can’t tell you how much I hate that word, manhood.  Not because of the actual word, but because it means my baby is not a baby anymore.  He hasn’t been a baby for a long time.  I rationally know this but he’s my first born and I’m weepy as fuck.  So let’s get on with it then.

All of these hyper sensitive emotions are because my baby son just turned 10 years old.  Double digits.  One decade.  One year closer to being out of the nest.  This should be a happy thing!  I am happy and blessed to have a perfectly healthy 10 year old son!  I am a total ass for being weepy about this and yet, here we are.

I’m super into Ansatsu Kyōshitsu and just binge read the whole series.

The birthday was fun for him but also fun for me to plan and execute.  He made this year a hard theme for me:  Blizzard Entertainment.  Not just one game, but all the games.

Challenge accepted.

First, the quests:

Time to go on an adventure!

Before we go any further, you can download the “LifeCraft” font right here.  I want to use it for everything, but oh well.  He had 10 quests with a total of 3,650 experience points.  One for each day of his life.  I’m not crying.  Not at all.

Magnus Finnegan Chesterfield also turned 2 years old this year. 15.1 lbs.

Since there are no party supplies actually licensed by Blizzard for any of their games I had to make do with my Macgyver-like skills.  Okay, maybe not Macgyver, but solidly mediocre art skills:

Overwatch and Hearthstone painted wrapping paper. Not pictured: Starcraft, WoW, D3, HotS.
Hearth Stones, Apexis Crystals, various mis-colored potions.
My crowning achievement!

Seriously, though, that fucking cake.  I had to get two 10″ pans which was basically two boxed cake mixes (I’m not a from scratch baker, sue me).  The top is actual icing from a company called Edible Prints on Cake.  It’s literally not literally magic.  If I can do it, anyone can do it.

For posterity, here is my 10 year old baby son opening his presents.  Wearing the pajama pants that he wanted his mom to make him.  Because one day he won’t want handmade things from his mom.  Who won’t want family parties anymore one day.  Who won’t want Magic cards and Attack on Titan swords or Star Wars light sabers.

*sigh*

The next big Josh thing to happen was that he quit his Tae Kwon Do school.  He quit about a week before he was to test from 2nd level brown to red belt.  It was only late summer when he joined the newly formed Black Belt Club and we paid out a ton of money for a new uniform, new gear, and a new higher monthly tuition.  His new instructor left (was practically forced out) and a new-new instructor was somehow amazingly ready to go within two weeks.  How convenient.

This entire year so far has been trying to adjust to the new teacher and his new methods but frankly, it just wasn’t going to happen.  There was absolutely no discipline in the class so the other kids literally –yes, literally– would run around and yell and scream and do whatever the hell they wanted to.  No reprimands from the teacher, nothing.  We went to the coordinator and discussed the situation and she told me “I’ve never seen him teach” so she’d have to look into it.

What.

Who hires someone that you’ve never seen teach?  We even showed her video of the stuff that Josh has to put up with to which she responded ‘unacceptable’.

Well no shit, Sherlock

Now, I don’t want to project my emotions or mental lunacy onto my children, but I can honestly say he was becoming depressed over this whole thing.  The boy who used to practice every day and was always so eager to go to class and learn was gone.  He wouldn’t eat, he was moodier than usual, withdrawn, and most importantly, he didn’t want to go anymore.  A total 180°.  He would gladly not go which used to be the ultimate punishment.  I won’t say much more because we’re still dealing with the whole thing but we made it very clear that he was quitting the school, not the sport.  The day we said “if you want to quit, you can quit”, he made a face akin to hearing that he was going to Disney.

We toured a few other schools but I think we’ve found a place that he will fare better at–it’s literally everything we wanted and it’s completely amazeballs.  The Grandmaster used to train the South Korean military, so there’s that.  It may be a couple of months before he can even start but he actually said he didn’t mind since he knew he was going to a much better school.  Could he be any more wonderful?

MY BABY

 

crafty, health, home, life

I was going to think of a title…

If you work at PetCo corporate, you get to bring your pets to work EVERY DAY.

Yes, that was random, but I’m distracted. I’m watching Tanked and it’s probably my favorite show right now. It’s no secret that I love my fish, but the upkeep can be cost prohibitive. So, until I have a place that can support thousands of pounds of aquarium, I’ll have to settle for watching TV shows about things I can’t afford. I didn’t mention it (or did I?), but we got a new mascot for the classroom!

Meet Ichigo!

I made the picture sepia toned because I can’t get a good shot of that fish to save my life. He’s bright (strawberry, geddit?) red and he’s super active but the only pictures I seem to be able to get are completely blurry or off color:

He’s not pink. He’s really not. My phone lies. Tank not provided by ATM.

The next thing that’s been occupying my time has been catching up on abandoned manga. I stopped reading certain manga because they reminded me too much of people that are no longer in my life. You know how it is–just too much connection, you know? Thankfully I’m over that and I’m so glad. I am finally caught up all the way on Bleach and Ouran High School Host Club! I think I stopped reading Bleach somewhere around the Fullbring arc and OHSHC somewhere around the end of the first year.

After my own heart.

I actually feel okay about how OHSHC ended. It was adorable and absolutely pulled my heart strings. I found out only today that there is a live action movie–it looks absolutely ridiculous. I think it works much better as an anime and manga; it’s just so cartoon-y and fun.

Bleach is still ongoing and I’m so glad I’ve finally caught myself up. When you were a kid, did you ever hear adults talking and had no idea what they were talking about? You simply didn’t understand because you were too young? I feel like I finally figured out some great secret.

OHMYGODBESTINFORMATIONEVER

I actually read this small section to Josh without revealing all of the other information (he is only now starting the Vaizard arc). I couldn’t help it. I needed someone to scream and jump around with! I didn’t tell him everything of course. I left it somewhere around here:

SQUEEEEEEEE!!

Lastly and leastly, I’ve been fairly obsessed with adult coloring books. Adult as in ‘for grown ups’ not adult as in x-rated. There is only so much coloring you can do on x-rated pictures anyway. The worst part about the coloring is that I think it’s somewhat counter productive. I’m not getting any serious stress relief and it’s actually hurting my hand because I am gripping the markers so tightly.

Absolutely worth it.

I am having a lot of fun, so at the very least, it’s not stressful in the bad way. I’m staying up too late some nights and I get easily distracted during the daytime when I should be preparing lessons or whatnot. But oh well.


The book is called Secret Garden and I like it enough. My biggest complaint is that it’s SO DIFFICULT to color the bound edges; some images go all the way into the binding crease. The markers bleed through so I have to choose which picture I’m going to color. I figured as much and frankly choosing isn’t very difficult for this book. A lot of the pages are ‘draw the rest of the page’ and I came here to showcase my poor coloring skills, not my poor drawing skills thankyouverymuch. I also wish the pages were perforated (which would also address the issue of coloring on the bound edges). The next book I get I’ll color with colored pencil if there are actually pictures on both sides of one page that I’m interested in. I picked this one up on a whim at Target but I’m sure I’ll be more selective with my next purchase. I’m not trying to sound critical, it just comes naturally I guess.

Basically, that’s what I’ve been doing instead of focusing on normal household duties. I also fell down the basement stairs because the HAND RAIL BROKE OFF and I hurt my shoulder. Then just as I was feeling not dead, I had the pukes (allergy related) and got laid up for one more day. In short, I’ve been a mess and a half. My hope is that this week will be  better and more productive barring any debilitating accidents, illness, or major manga story line developments.

Bye! Off to be an adult now!
entertainment, life

Crud

I think I’m just a stewing cesspool of death and disease lately.

That might be a bit exaggerated.  I’m sick and have the pukes.  I think it’s just a quick bug.  But I’m hungry and cranky and pukey.  In the middle of Josh’s tae kwon do class I had to excuse myself because I was having cold sweats and had to have the administrator usher some kid out of the only available bathroom so that I could barf.

I’m pleasant to be around.

So anyway, I’m sacked out on the couch, playing video games and being generally pathetic and fevery.

I will use any excuse to use this picture again.

I know, I know, laying around playing games on the computer is such a stretch.  But seriously, pukes.  Kind of miserable but we’ll just trudge through.  In fact, through my fever and pukes, I chauffeured my entourage around for haircuts, groceries and books (from the library).  I’m reading what is possibly the girliest manga I’ve ever read and I heart it very much.  It’s so over the top and silly and sweet and I’m a dork.  Can I just say that my public library is the best ever?  That is where I got hooked on Otomen and I am waiting for the last volumes once they come in.

Teens in love, and not in the pervy way. So cute.

Bonus sick day material:  VH1 was showing the 40 Best One Hit Wonders from the 1990s.  It was like they just *knew* I was sick today!  They played some of my favorites and Duncan Sheik’s Barely Breathing made the list.  I love that song, but this song brings back the feels:

(No actual fancy moving pictures in the above, just the song)

In the Absence of Sun – Duncan Sheik

For all the good you say it does 
It seems no better when you had your say 
You may believe it’s just because 
Words get colder when you’ve gone away 
I thought I understood 
What I was to you 

I don’t want to feel this way no 
I don’t want to say I’m just a friend 
I don’t want to wait around here 
Cause you don’t want to feel no pain again 
We just lie about it 
As we become shadows of ourselves 

Some may fear committed lives 
I sure am one of them without you 
Does it come to you as some surprise 
I lay the ground beneath to doubt you 
Was it ever, girl, something you could hold 

I don’t want to feel this way no 
I don’t want to say I’m just a friend 
I don’t want to wait around here 
Cause you don’t want to feel no pain again 
We just lie about it 
As we become shadows of ourselves 

I don’t want to look away 
I don’t want to be the one denied 
It ain’t no fault of mine 
Someone somewhere told you lies 
We don’t talk about it 
We just become shadows of ourselves 
We don’t talk about it 
We just become shadows of ourselves 

For your reference, this is what Duncan Sheik looks like.  This is who Duncan Sheik is.  The following pictures do not depict Duncan Sheik:

Beardy Affleck
Beardy Reynolds

 

Non Beardy Will from Will & Grace
Beardy Affleck again, because I’m so happy he’s a normal guy again.  Also, he looks like one of my dude friends.

I’ve been drinking sugary drinks to quell my nausea and it works for a while.  Food = bad news, so I’m avoiding.   I’d love some sleep though…

 

 

 

 

entertainment

Needed a Quickie

I am in serious need of a Bleach fix.  I am so sad that the anime and manga series is ending.  It’s rare that I’m on the bandwagon from the start.  I’m seriously concerned about all the episodes that are on my other hard drive and I need an external drive case ASAP.

While I was waiting for my car at the shop I couldn’t help but watch a few of my favorite AMVs:

I can’t love this mix enough: Japanese anime and epic rock about Nordic gods? The best part is watching Josh totally mesmerized by both the music and the imagery. There might be hope for that kid yet.

This will always be my favorite amv, ever.

I can’t bring up my heartfelt longing for Bleach without mentioning my favorite single father, Kurosaki Isshin.

Oh dear god YES.  I do, I really, really do.

Quick review:

  • Single father, widowed and very much in love with his deceased wife
  • Doctor for the good of the people, not for profit
  • Holy shit he’s hot
  • Holy shit he’s badass

You know what makes me squeal like a fan girl?  This:

My optometrist hates me.
entertainment, home

Lazy ass motherfucker

There is meat to be cooked, children to be taught, things to be washed but yet I sit here.  At my desk.  My blog has been a little bit neglected mostly because I am a lazy ass motherfucker.  I’m also having a shitty couple of weeks on a personal level.  I was going to  post a pity party comment here, but I will refrain.

If I had a laptop, I could do my work and then sit on my very comfortable couch and slack with my computer.  I’m not going to get a laptop until personal computers are implanted in human brains.  GOOD GOD I CAN’T WAIT.

Here is what I’ve been doing:

Building forts with my Tetris skills. Those aren't gaps, they're balistraria.

 

Taking advantage of the downfall of Borders.
Watching Deadman Wonderland, a series after my own twisted, bloody heart.

Off to it, I guess.  I will hopefully be building a computer for the kids this weekend, finishing unbelievably tedious quilt squares.  Maybe I will get crazy and vacuum the floors.  In the mean time, it’s 11:20, and I would like to eat breakfast.

crafty, entertainment

Bleach spoiler; other distractions

Before I get all fan-girly over Bleach chapter 460, let’s have a wip photo dump, shall we?

Don't panic---I totally finished that ramen.

Not pictured: the king sized Halloween quilt, a robot fleece that just needs some binding, the Celtic cross stitch and a red scarf for The Red Scarf Project.  All of those things are languishing in a corner of my bedroom looking at me with varying degrees of disdain and sadness.  I’m also in desperate need of some hats (hahaha, a few people know that joke) and there is at least one child running around this house with no hand made socks that fit (she demands purple).  There is also that thing called Christmas that’s coming up that has already been tugging on the hem of my shirt, trying to get my attention.   Okay, enough photo dumping, on to spoiling:

That is all.

news, web

Japan

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It has been 11 days since the devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan and I haven’t blogged one word of it. At first, I was pretty stunned and couldn’t think of anything to say. My blog is mostly frivolous and fun and boring. I rarely get serious. As the days went on, this enormous event on the other side of the world affected me less and less and daily life took over more and more. And let’s face it, it’s much easier to NOT turn on the news and NOT think about it. What can you do when you’re so helpless? The need was immediate and while my monetary donation was being put to good use, it wasn’t as if I could comfort people, hand out food, or search through decimated villages.

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Helplessness makes you feel like a wiener.

I felt so much better after getting the first update after the disaster from the Tokyobling Blog, a photography blog that I have been following for years. This really allayed my worries for the most part and helped me realize how sensational news media is. Don’t get me wrong–this is not me trying to pretend that something bad didn’t happen or me trying to play down what happened in the very least. But it did ease my mind; the news made me feel like the whole of Japan had been obliterated. It’s simply nice to see a different perspective and to understand a country that is as prepared as humanly possible for all of these cataclysms. Check out his blog and photography; you don’t have to love Japan to appreciate great photos. Doesn’t hurt, though.

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In other news, don’t “Pray for Japan”, or at least, don’t just pray for Japan. Donate what you can. Be aware and spread awareness of what is and what isn’t happening. Follow the strength and resolve of the Japanese culture and get on with your lives otherwise Mother Earth wins.

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I leave you with this: Donald Duck invented Manga. Reading Cracked makes me wish I still did drugs.

entertainment

four-eighteen

I just had to take a moment to talk about Chapter 418: Deicide 20. I’m trying hard not to be super nerdy fangirl, but let’s face it, I’m a super nerdy fangirl! WHEEE!!!!!!!

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It’s Thursday, yet I don’t see a new chapter. I’m so impatient. SO IMPATIENT!

Also, let’s not forget how awesome this was:

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I don’t think this is over by a long shot, but this was definitely a great chapter. So happy!