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Pokémon Go – One week in

Like so many other people in this world, I’ve started playing Pokémon Go, because it’s fun, regardless of what you might think of the franchise. The last time I played Pokémon was back when Blue was still new in Europe, and that wasn’t exactly last year. I can’t say I was hyped about Pokémon Go though, and patiently waited until its official release in Denmark, as I had hoped for the servers to be more stable by then. Okay, so they are still not stable, but it’s getting better.

I registered an account close to midnight on the 16th, but since it was impossible to enter the game with the newly created account, I decided to log in with my Google account. Of course this resulted in me not being able to use my normal nickname, which I had already registered on another account, but I just chose something else. It didn’t take long for me to understand the basics, and a few Pidgey’s and Weedle’s were caught that night. Those 2 seem to be the most common Pokémon in our apartment, so I kept catching them the next day.

Actually, I was already lvl 5 and a member of Team Instinct before I even left the apartment the first time after I started playing. Since I suffer from severe anxiety when having to leave the apartment, I never go out alone, unless I have something important to do, like going to the doctor or the like. After going out hunting with my boyfriend though, and thinking about how horrible it is to stay in an apartment with monkeys as upstairs neighbors (see previous post), I decided to go out alone on Wednesday. It took me a while to leave the building, but I eventually did.

This resulted in me walking 8 kilometers for 5 hours, getting a little sunburned, and me now knowing where the weirdest Pokéstops in the city are located. I actually wanted to go to the beach at first to look for sea glass, but it was plastered with tourists! Me + people = nope. I ended up wandering close to the water up and down the harbor and beaches, where I found a lot of water Pokémon, funny enough. 1 big Cocio, ½ liter of water and 2 second hand stores later, I found myself with used jewelry in my bag, my phone plugged into a portable battery, and myself waiting outside my boyfriend’s work.

His plan was to come pick me up after work, and go hunt with me, but I was so tired, my feet hurt like hell, my arms were burnt red from the sun, and we had to attend his cousins birthday even though we were not originally going to. I guess that was the result of teasing her with her birthday gift for 2 months. It was a Carmine artbook by the way, an item which screamed her name when I found it a while back. Anyway, it turns out that her big brother plays Pokémon Go too, but there is absolutely nothing to get out there where they live, other than maybe some Rattata’s, Weedle’s and the occasional Ekans. There is not even a Pokéstop nearby…

That made me think about our new house, where it turns out there is nothing to get either, so I guess I’ll write the creators and ask for a Pokéstop. No, I’m not kidding, I’ll write them.

While Thursday was rather lazy (besides getting a Hitmonlee without leaving the couch), because the whole country was struck by some evil curse breaking the mobile internet for hours and hours. I decided to take another walk yesterday, while getting help from my mentor when getting out the door. She walked me to a part of the beach where there were almost no people (aside from some nudists further down *cannot unsee*), and this time I looked for sea glass. After almost 2 hours of doing so, I had enough and started hunting Pokémon. This time I walked 10 kilometers, and hatched a Jynx right behind our car at my boyfriend’s work, and guess who was already on his way there? Perfect timing!

This time though, I got a major sunburn, and my arms hurt like hell, so I’ll just stay inside today and lick my wounds. Battling in Gyms yesterday was more than enough for me right now anyway. My poor Magmar was sent home late yesterday evening with wounds all over, and he needs a break too. I’m home alone most of the day, so I guess I’ll take a cold shower, finish the bracelets I’m currently making, pull apart the second hand jewelry I got on my first Pokéjourney, and then maybe grab a bite to eat, which isn’t always easy when it’s as hot as it is right now.

So how about you, have you played it yet? Is it a yay or nay for you? 🙂

In search of a place to call home

Last time we wanted to escape our so-called home, we had no luck, and ended up in a far worse place than our old one was. This has resulted in many health issues, mainly because of noise and harassment from our upstairs neighbors, who seem to have never heard the word ‘respect’, nor did any of them ever grew up knowing what common sense is. It’s come to the point where I am not even able to call them humans anymore, as they behave like wild circus animals, and seem to have no life whatsoever, other than being dicks toward us. And no, we’ve never done anything to deserve this, and actually talk well with all the other neighbors, who on the other hand don’t even come near the upstairs monkeys. Go figure…

We found out that we needed to move again during the first week we even moved in here, but it costs time and money to do so, and it’s been a struggle with both. Since the start of this summer though, we’ve been working on getting away from this here rat hole, as well as helping the housing association trying to get rid of the ones causing this situation for every family who has moved into this apartment over the past 10 years. Because, although they want to, they can’t just kick them out, like a landlord could do with ease. It requires having evidence against them when they do something wrong, which they need to take to court. Recording their noise night and day, as well as taking photos of their food being thrown out the window and other stuff sadly wasn’t enough, so we’re kind of giving up here.

Another issue is the building itself, so even if they’d get kicked out, we’d not want to stay here. The outside is literally crumbling, and pieces of bricks can be found all over, and I can even hear the plaster inside the walls disintegrating at night, waking me up from my needed sleep. As a result, we have ants coming in, and once again (like in the old apartment) we have mold in the windows and in corners where the outside wall is leaky. To top it all off, the housing association decided to raise the rent, while doing nothing about the problems at all. As things are now, I’m quite sure we’d have to wait at least 5 years until they do something about the wall, while I’m gonna give it a max of 1 year until ants and mold will be a bigger issue than screaming monkeys.

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A little while ago, we had our eyes on a house in another town that was just what we needed. It was quite small, but big enough for the 3 of us, had a neighbor on each side of it, and was located in a very family friendly and quiet place. Sadly though, we needed to sort a lot of things with the bank, because they don’t have any trust in my current situation, and decided to ignore my boyfriend’s economy. We’ll take a loan through my stepdad though, and he trusts us. As everything was finally settled with the bank, and we called the real estate guy, he had sold the house few days before though, and overbidding was apparently no option at all.

Devastated, and bound to stay here until we’d find something else, we’ve been looking at houses every day, waiting for something affordable to show up. As a matter of fact, few weeks ago, something did show up. It’s a bit far away though, and we’re not too fond of living that far out, but our situation requires us to act now, and if it’s within our budget, we’re going to buy it and move the heck away from this here place. So yeah, we decided to take a look at it, and that’s what we did last week. It’s really nice and spacy, and since it was built in 2005, the new rules for how to isolate a house were already enforced by that time. I don’t mind the higher rent, if we can save money on heat and water, which we surely will, as it’s not leaky, and no toilet will be running all night.

There are also no direct neighbors, as the nearest house is separated by 2 carports, so we are not sharing a wall or ceiling with anyone. As a matter of fact, the neighboring house is empty and also for sale. As it’s a bit cheaper than the house I’ve been writing about, we had a look at that one first, at least from the outside, and on photos on the internet. Sadly though, it’s nicotine yellow inside (like the very first house we looked at few months ago, yuck!), and the isolation around one of the windows doesn’t look good at all. Thinking about how we’d have to spend the money we could save on the price of the house itself on repairing stuff (which we don’t have time for); we decided to go for the slightly more expensive one.

As you might be able to read in the text above, we already decided to buy the house the same day we had a look at it, so we did. Earlier today, I signed the contract to become the next owner of the house, and by the end of next month, we’ll cancel the contract for our current apartment. I’m done with monkeys and lazy housing associations, and from November, I won’t have to think about either anymore, as our new neighbors seem very friendly and everything but noisy. Maybe I’ll be able to finish reading The Divine Comedy without using headphones with loud music after all?

On a sidenote: A dog will be welcomed into our lives next month, but you’ll notice soon enough if you stay put 🙂

Jewelry all over the place

I finally got around to using some of the new materials I’ve been buying the past few weeks. And not only that, but also some recycled material as well. It’s hard finding the time and energy for stuff like that right now, but I managed to squeeze in 4 bracelets in 2 days. It’s not a record, but it’s better than nothing at all. What made me kick my own bum and get something done might have been the fact that I sold some jewelry recently, and my stash is shrinking, which is a bad thing, considering that I want to open an Etsy shop.

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A while ago, I got a custom order from a friend who wanted a bracelet to represent every person that meant something special to her, and she gave me instructions on what she had in mind, to which I commented on what was possible for me to do and what not, until we came to an agreement. I began right away, but got slow really fast, as my energy faded into nothingness. Yet, I still managed to get all of them done, and even came up with a good idea for the one that was meant to represent myself. They were shipped as soon as possible, and she got them after only 3 days.

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At the same time I did the bracelets, another friend wanted a bottle charm I had posted on Instagram, and asked me to put it on Etsy for her once my shop would open. As I wasn’t sure when I’d get to open, as I’m really busy trying to find a new home, getting a dog, and overall just being alive, I uploaded it especially for her. I was afraid of the shipping part though, as the bottle was made of glass, so I made sure to buy a tiny box to put it in, while shipping it in a normal small sized box stuffed with newspaper. It arrived few days later in perfect condition. She was so happy with it, that she’s getting a custom order ready for me, for another necklace.

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Yesterday, our old family counselor stopped by, not only to bring a birthday present my son forgot at her place last week, but also to buy some of my bracelets. It felt rather awkward opening my box of self-made jewelry for her to look through them, but as it wasn’t the first time she was looking, she already knew what she was going for. She grabbed the acrylic rose bead bracelet, and the green faceted glass bead bracelet, as she thought those would suit her best. She’s a sucker for roses! Watching her trying to close the macramé closure by herself for the first time was rather fun, but she quickly got the hang of it, and went out the door with the green one already on her wrist.

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During the weekend, I found a nice golden necklace in a second hand shop, and pulled it apart and cleaned it when getting home. The parts were screaming at me to create something with them, so that’s just what I did. I had some old black waxed cord lying around, which I used to create 2 half recycled bracelets, using a piece of chain and a ring from the necklace. Today, I grabbed my newly bought waxed cord in flashy colors, and made some summer bracelets with some of the materials I bought over the past few weeks. I need to get used to working with that kind of cord, but I really like the results.

While sending my boy off to scout camp, I met one of my old friends who thought I should make earrings, as she’s really into self-made earrings, and believed it to be a good addition to my hobby, when already making bracelets and necklaces. I must admit, I never really gave earrings a thought, as I don’t have any holes in my ears myself, but I looked into the idea, and I rather like it. As it requires almost the same materials as I already have, I’ll be sure to at least try it out. But no rings… I’ll never do rings, as they differ too much in sizes for each person, and I’m just not into the trouble of creating such things!

Hope I’ll get more done soon, and that my Etsy shop will be filled with colorful pieces 🙂