Meet Shivers!

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As you can probably guess from my banner image, I am completely addicted to plushies. Long before I discovered collectible video game plushies, I collected teddy bears and other stuffed animals. So whenever I see something soft and cute, I have to buy it. Halloween is coming up, so the local grocery store had some Halloween themed plushies on an end cap. I saw this bright orange bear and had to have him. His name is Shivers. When I first looked at him, I couldn’t figure out where is other leg was, but after a few moments, I realized that he was actually a ghost bear and he didn’t HAVE legs! The cashier couldn’t figure out the legs at first, either. She asked me, “What happened to his other leg?” 😀

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New Sam Stuff! (9/29/13)

My latest trip to the Sanrio store didn’t net too much. This is probably a good thing. If I check regularly, I can pick up things as I find them instead of not checking for months and then spending a LOT of money all at once.

DSC01718The more I look at this picture, the more I think that I’m pretty sure I already bought those stickers. Oh well, bonus! The little notepad and the cellphone strap are definitely new.

DSC01719I’m so tempted to actually use this thermos. It’s so cute. I run into this problem a lot. I once met a guy who collected Star Wars action figures. He would buy two of everything so that he could keep one and play with the other. He said it was a pretty expensive habit. Yeah, I bet.

DSC01717This is obviously not Sam, but for spending the money I did, this was a free gift. It’s a microwave-safe bento box. I may re-gift it or something. I kind of hate Hello Kitty. LOL

Star Trek Into Darkness Starfleet Phaser Limited Edition Gift Set

I’m a huge Trekkie. My favorite series is the Original Series, although I love everything Star Trek. Personally, I had a problem with Into Darkness. It was a good and enjoyable movie, but it wasn’t Star Trek. But whatever. Like my indiscriminate love of Final Fantasy, if it says Star Trek on it, I have to have it. And even if I thought the movie was terrible, this thing COMES WITH A PHASER!!!!! HOW COOL IS THAT?!? So my set came from Amazon on Tuesday. I didn’t totally unwrap the phaser because I don’t have any place to display it right now, but you get the idea. Now that I have the movie, I’ll have to watch it again. This is the only Star Trek movie that has come out since 1990 that I only saw ONE TIME in the theater.

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New Tuxedo Sam Stuff & The Japan Record Awards

Since logging into Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is still an exercise in futility unless it’s after 10:00 PM Hawaii time, I’ve spent this Sunday of Labor Day weekend doing a bunch of other stuff. My husband and I had our usual Sunday sushi lunch at the mall and then did some shopping. We’re taking a vacation around Thanksgiving to Washington State and Minneapolis, so we bought a new suitcase. Our old one was falling apart and there were some pretty great sales this weekend. We also bought some Aloha shirts (pretty much the equivalent of a shirt and tie in Hawaii offices…seriously) and groceries. And of course, no trip to the mall is complete without visiting the Sanrio store to check for any new Tuxedo Sam things. I found a large coffee mug and a plushie of Sam holding an ice cream cone. I also found a panda plushie to send to my son. (Whenever I see cute panda things, I buy them for him because he loves pandas.) Since I spent more than $40, I also got a free eco-bag.

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When we got home, I tried logging into FFXIV:ARR again. I really don’t know why I bother. I suppose I’m hoping that maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised. Nope. So I decided to clean and reorganize stuff. For some strange reason, when I’m pissed off, I like to clean. I needed some kind of entertainment while I did this, so I decided to finally watch the 54th Japan Record Awards. This was aired in Japan on December 30th, 2012. I got a recording of it and had been meaning to watch it, but I just never got around to it. The Japan Record Awards are pretty much the Japan equivalent of the Grammy Awards. It doesn’t have much to do with talent. It’s mostly just a popularity contest. The main difference between the American popularity contest and the Japanese one is that while in America, the people who are honored and given awards exist primarily in the popular music sphere, enka (traditional folk music) performers are just as, and sometimes more, likely to win. I enjoy watching it because I follow Japanese pop music far more than Western music. Plus I like the performances. In this one, the big winner at the end was AKB48. I’m not a fan, but they’re HUGELY popular in Japan. One of the highlights was one of the final performances of Funky Monkey Babys. As of June 2013, they disbanded because one of the members (DJ CHEMICAL) was becoming the main priest at his Buddhist temple.

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Other random things I did today include watching some lectures for my different classes on coursera, finishing up a program for my Python programming class, and starting Tales of Xillia on the PS3.

Retail Therapy – 8/26/13

On Monday, I was having a really horrible day. I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. One of my bosses misspelled my name when she e-mailed me and she’s been working for the company I’m at for OVER A YEAR. I had this incredible backlog of work to do and people were bombarding me with requests. The aforementioned boss asked me to see if I could download a tax report from our payroll company’s website even though she had already talked to the payroll company, making me do extra work for NOTHING when I was already busy. I had spent most of the weekend trying to play Final Fantasy XIV and running into server issues. People were driving like morons.

You get the idea. Every little thing was raising my blood pressure and sending me spiraling into a fiery rage. I’ve always had somewhat of a temper, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to roll with things and take them in stride. After all, there’s no sense in getting all worked up over things that I have no control over. However, sometimes I just can’t seem to be mellow. It’s like my younger self resurfaces and takes over like a body snatcher or something.

So on my lunch break, I splurged on a spicy ahi bowl and then visited Hakubundo. Hakubundo sells products imported from Japan as well as Japanese language textbooks. They’ve got stationery, manga, toys, books, magazine, cellphone accessories… It’s a very dangerous place for my wallet. On this particular visit, I bought toys:

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I bought one each of the Kamen Rider Tokusatsu Heroes.

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This is Kamen Rider Fourze Fire States.

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And this is Kamen Rider Saga.

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I also got a Dragon Quest Momon cellphone strap. Like the Kamen Rider figures, this was in a package that could have one of many different monsters from the Dragon Quest series of games. I LOVE Dragon Quest. I really want them to bring DQX to the West…

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It was a chibi day, apparently. So here’s a chibi Cloud from Final Fantasy VII. You can even switch out his head and put him on that bad ass motorcycle he rides.

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And you can’t have Cloud without Sephiroth. There were seven other figures and I was tempted to buy them all, but they were $35 apiece, so I settled for these two. I almost bought Squall from Final Fantasy VIII even though he’s one of the most annoying characters in the earlier Final Fantasy games simply because he came with a Cactuar doll. But then if I bought him, I’d feel compelled to buy the rest of them.

So some women buy clothes and eat iced cream when they’re upset. Me? I buy action figures and import toys. I wonder who spends more money… At least I don’t gain weight!