I have been quite remiss in posting lately and for that, I apologize. Balancing my daytime office job and my entertaining on Twitch in the evenings takes a lot more work than I sometimes realize. Unlike some Twitch streamers, while I DO consider h4tsum1 to be a persona, I don’t really act too differently on Twitch than I do in real life. h4tsum1 isn’t as shy as I am, though, and keeping that up takes a lot of work, so it tires me out. When you combine that with trying to readjust my internal clock after spending two weeks on the east coast, catching up at work, and dealing with the stress of an increased workload with a decrease in pay, some things get pushed to the side. In this case, I took a night off from streaming last night and I haven’t been posting on my blog AT ALL.
BUT! I really don’t want to sound like I’m complaining… Life is good!
My son graduated from college with a BFA in Art Video from Syracuse University. I am SO VERY proud of him! ❤ He is staying in NYC with my sister to find a job in media. There aren’t really any good opportunities for that kind of work in Hawaii, so I encouraged him to stay on the mainland.
We did a LOT of wine tasting in the Finger Lakes area. I think I bought eight or nine bottles. I had 3 shipped home, packed 2 in my suitcase, and drank the rest while we were in NYC.
We rode on trains! (From NYC to Syracuse and then back to NYC.) I love love love trains! We don’t really have any on Oahu. There’s one that operates as a tourist attraction every Sunday and I heard that they’re going to be shutting it down. 😦 That reminds me… I should stream Train Simulator sometime. If you need to fall asleep, I’m thinking watching me play that game would be perfect! LOL
I FINALLY got to check out Barcade in Brooklyn! I’ve been wanting to go there ever since I first heard about it years ago! It was so awesome! I played Frogger and Tapper. I still suck at them. Hehe.
OF COURSE, we went to the newly renovated Nintendo Store in NYC.
We went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. My husband was particularly fond of the armor and weapon section. He took a picture of me with this tanking shield because I’m a tank. 😉
He also took a bunch of pictures of the failgoon gear. 😀
We rode on the Seaglass Carousel. The fishies light up. So cute and fun. Also, remind me to scold my husband for taking so many pictures with the phone up instead of sideways. OMG LOL
We did a bunch of other things that I either don’t have pictures for or just don’t feel like posting. We spent a lot of time with my baby sister and my younger sister and her family. We went to the Museum of Natural History and watched the presentation about Dark Matter at the Hayden Planetarium. (I got motion sick in there, though, so I had to close my eyes a lot.) We went to the top of Rockefeller Center (Top of the Rock) for gorgeous views of NYC. We ate ridiculous amounts of food. (PS – If you’re ever in NYC, I highly recommend Ravagh Persian Grill if you want to try excellent Persian food. If you want to try good Polish food, our Polish friend from Poland recommended a place in Brooklyn called Karczma. It was delish! Try the tripe soup. The tripe just melts in your mouth…) We wandered around Times Square on a Friday night. We wandered along the High Line. We went to the Transit Museum in Brooklyn. Oh! I should post some of the silly advertisements that were in the old subway cars. So much Cold War propaganda and weird ass nutrition advice.
I really didn’t want to come home. New York City is such an amazing town! Things stay open late and you can travel anywhere in the city via one of the most amazing transit systems in the country. This trip reminded me how badly I want to live on the mainland and it definitely lit a fire under my ass to work toward our goal for moving to the mainland by 2020.
MY REAL LIFE:
I applied to graduate school! My original plan was to go for my Master of Accountancy (MAcc), but then my boss told me about an MBA program with an Accounting focus. With either degree, I could take the CPA exam, but with the MBA, I’d also have the business management training to qualify me for management positions, thus increasing my earning potential. (We’re talking two to three TIMES my current salary.) If I’m accepted, I would have class two or three nights a week, so my Twitch schedule will have to be lighter. This bums me out a little, but the end result will be worth it. 😉 I’ll keep you guys posted on what’s going on.
Final Fantasy XIV’s Patch 3.3 is releasing on June 7th. With this upcoming patch, they’re adding more housing wards and normalizing the plot prices, so I’m frantically trying to save up enough money to buy our Free Company a mansion. Between the three of us that regularly play, we have to come up with a minimum of 40 million gil, so that’s all I’ve been working on since I got back from my vacation. I’m honestly not sure if we’re going to succeed, but we’re trying really hard. Cross your fingers!
I’m slowly making progress in Bravely Second: End Layer. I really wish I had more time to play handheld games. This game is really fun. I’m enjoying the challenge since I can’t just button mash. I actually have to plan and strategize.
My son got me into playing that Kingdom Hearts Unchained phone game. I haven’t gotten very far, but it’s surprisingly good for a phone game. The best part is that it’s long-fingernail-friendly. Honestly, that’s one of the major reasons why I generally don’t play phone games. And no, I’m not going to carry around a fucking stylus JUST so I can play games… Give me a break!
Like ALMOST everyone else who plays games, I picked up Overwatch. I played through the pathetically shitty tutorial (seriously, why did they even bother?) and played one game against AI. I wanted to play a tank class, but the game said there were too many, so I had to play a support class. I HAD NO IDEA WHAT THE FUCK I WAS DOING AND IT WAS HORRIBLE. People were running all over the place and I couldn’t figure out what was going on most of the time. I just ran after my teammates and cast heals on them. Did I get any commendations? Of course, not. It was painfully obvious that I had no idea what I was doing, but there was absolutely no opportunity for me to really understand what my abilities did. And yes, I know there’s that place where you can try different classes, but the game didn’t let me pick the classes that I had previously tried! So I was stuck playing a class that I hadn’t looked at before and was just running around like a chicken with no head. FUCK THAT. I’m pretty sure I’d have had fun if I got to play Tank or Offense (since I had tried those), but being forced to play Support and then not understanding what was going on left a pretty bad taste in my mouth. Of course, now that I’ve TRIED support, I liked what it brought to the table, so I may try that again. However, as someone who does NOT play team shooters AT ALL, I really wanted to start out with something with a lower learning curve… So UNLIKE almost everyone else playing Overwatch, I do NOT have Overwatch fever. In fact, I don’t understand why everyone is so addicted to it. After that one game, I was so stressed out that I just left my computer and went to bed!
I have to say, though… This Overwatch Collector’s Edition is pretty spiffy!
Tonight on Twitch, it will be more of me trying to make money in FFXIV, so it won’t be very exciting. Still, I enjoy hanging out and chatting, so come by and say hi!