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Lazy roads to nowhere

Or, well, not to nowhere, but it sometimes feels like it, haha. Anyway, my grandmother’s funeral is over, her will is known to her children, and they are all three working together on it. I’m glad they managed to figure out what to do without the help of a lawyer, like I’m used to when someone dies in this family. I don’t know much about the will, and quite frankly, I don’t care much, as I’m just a grandchild, but according to my mom, it was very specific, which was to be expected of my very well organized grandmother.

Few days after her death though, I got a letter from DR1, the biggest TV station in Denmark, and I had no clue what they wanted from me. Opening the letter and reading the first few lines made it very clear though; my father was trying to contact me through a show called “Aldrig for sent” (Never too late), and it made my piss boil. I don’t want to explain in every detail why I don’t want to have anything to do with that idiot, but my mom has tried to make it very clear to him over the past 11 years, that he’s to stay away from us. The problem is though, that he’s a dense motherfucker, who doesn’t give a shit about what other people think or feel. So yeah, this was just another one of his awkward attempts at wanting to include me in his pitiful life, with his stupid ass wife and mother, who fit him so well. When someone says that you cannot choose your family, I always say “Yes you can!”, and I’m choosing not to acknowledge this fucker even exists. If only he’d have enough brain cells to actually accept that, and stop wasting time on pursuing me. Anyway, I called the TV station and told them the truth about him, and that they should not help a maniac on the loose. Sounded like it was not the first time someone tried to contact people who wanted nothing to do with them through that show, so the woman on the other end was very understanding, and would call my father to let him know he is not wanted. I wonder what he comes up with next…

Sooo, I also called the shop from where we got this problem child of a PC, because I keep having issues with FFXIV, as some stuff isn’t loading properly, and the graphics are actually worse than on the 11 year old PC we parted with for this piece of trash. Turns out we didn’t get what we ordered last year, and it finally shows now that I’m using the PC for what I wanted to. My boyfriend told them to build a PC that could handle FFXIV specifically, so that I wouldn’t have to choose between graphics or performance. They promised him (and still do) that this is a gamer PC, and it can handle FFXIV without any issues. Well, that’s a downright lie. Now they want us to drop off the PC at their shop (again, again, again, again, again) for them to check what is wrong with it, but we know how it ends. One week without a PC, and then we get it back with them saying, that it’s working as intended, and the problem must be in our end. I was even yelled at when I called them last month, before I could even explain what my issue was. My boyfriend then asked a colleague at work for advice, and he gave us the address of a website, where you can check if your PC is able to run a specific game, and if not, what needs to be changed in order for it to work. I ran the check at home, and of course it ended up telling me, that this PC can’t even handle FFXIV on minimum settings. The graphics card is simply shit, and not made for gaming. At that point, I had gotten a mail from the shop, that they were having a sale this weekend, and that I could get new parts at their event. Yeah, sell me parts because you didn’t deliver? No thanks! Needless to say, that we’re done with their bullshit, and that we’ll buy parts elsewhere. I’ll get a new graphics card, and then put 32MB RAM (or, well, we’ll see *lol*) into this piece of trash, and then get rid of the problem child nickname it’s had for over a year now. I’ll make that PC shine brighter than the sun! And then get a new monitor too, because I need it…

While being on the topic, the PC can miraculously still play FFXIV, even with the issues I have, and I managed to reach my goal of all lvl 60! I’ve still not stepped into Stormblood territory, and probably won’t until I’ve got new parts for the PC, but I’m still having lots of fun. I leveled Red Mage as the last class, and it felt so weird when I reached lvl 60 on it. Nowhere to go from now, but… Crafting! The screenshot is already a bit old, as my Astrologian is lvl 65 now, and all crafting skills somewhere between 50 and 53. My next goal is to empty my bags and retainers as much as possible, so I’ll be able to loot new stuff in Stormblood, without having storage issues. Crafting is expensive though, especially when you’re so shit at it as I am, so I’m only moving very slowly, since I’m a cheap ass Scrooge who doesn’t like wasting her Gil on gear and materials. At first, my biggest issue was getting shards though, but I found a solid solution to that. I’m planning on making a tutorial for shard farming here (for some odd reason), so I won’t get into that now.

Switching topic, I’m also crafting a bit in real life again, and am better at it with my real hands than my gamer hands. I got my package from Pandahall a while ago, and did some chainmaille jewelry crafting for the fun of it. I really like working with jumprings, and would like to buy more in different colors someday. It takes hours of work to create a simple bracelet though, so I’ve only made 2 so far (partially because of all the shit of the past 2 weeks). I can show you one of them, as the other one is a gift for my FC leader Y’neea. Well, they’re both on Instagram, but you can look at the other one yourself if you really want to.

From my Instagram.

I’ve still not opened the shop, and I’m annoying myself with my laziness *sigh* However! I completed chapter 2 of my novel, and even posted my weird little piece I made while taking a break on Wattpad. I might write more stupid stuff like that and post it on there, but we’ll see. I plan on finishing Bakura too, but am not in a hurry with that one, so if I complete it before 2018, I’d be happy. Also, I got some nice books at a flea market last weekend, and would really like to read more again, especially since 2 of them were written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! The first thing I did though, was ripping jewelry apart and clean everything, then pop it all into tiny bags. Oh my gosh, I have so many funny beads now, thanks to that flea market, haha! Aaalso, I’m almost done watching the first season of Little Witch Academia, but it’s hard concentrating on it, when also wanting to watch Kakegurui. I don’t care what people say about that show, I find it very funny, but I’ll elaborate on that when the final episode has aired, and I can write a review here. It’s been a while since my last anime review. Not good! Gotta watch more anime!

Okay, this is already a really long post, but I’ve not written (nor done) anything noteworthy for a while, so whatever 😀

The road is plastered with leveling

It’s been 10 days already? Time sure flies when you are having fun! So I got back into FFXIV, and although I’m far from being a healer again, I did have some fun playing Monk and Dragoon. It’s funny, because I never really liked those classes much, but now I do. Maybe I’ll like Ninja now too? We’ll see after I’m done leveling Dragoon to 60.

At first, I was in doubt about what to do, but decided to just pump all battle classes to 60 before getting Stormblood. I might also do the story quests before buying it, but I’m afraid that I will miss out on some nice EXP if I do, so I’ll probably get it when all are 60. I’m using my challenge log to get some EXP boosts, and my Monk is already 60 (from 50). Dragoon is at lvl 53 (also from 50), and I’m also trying to level up Botanist, Fishing and some crafting, because I’m behind on those. I’m also trying to get used to the new features, and think I’m doing quite well (I’m probably just noobing around like a retard, but I’m having fun).

Gaming is not everything though, and I finally got my boyfriend to help me with my product photos! We took photos of almost everything, except the bookmarks and some stuff that’s not finished yet. We’ll get to that later, and it’s fine, because now I have a ton of photos to start the shop with. I just need to go through them all one by one, because of course they are a bit greyish, and I want them all to be the same size. It’s a lot of work, and sadly I won’t make it until the end of this month, which is today! I could of course stop playing FFXIV, but seriously… After correcting 3-4 photos, I get itchy and need to do something else for a few mins.

Which leads me to the third thing, I’ve been doing within the last week; pulling apart jewelry! Yeah, I got some really nice stuff earlier this week, and I also had a lot of older stuff I never got to pull apart, so I’ve really been at it. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, charms, I’ve got it all! My fingers actually hurt from polishing and cleaning, haha. But it’s nice, as I get a lot of unique parts, and usually for cheap, because they need so much love before they shine again. Now my issue is though, that I have no space for all the new parts, and looking at my collection, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to use them all. So I’m thinking about selling them at some point.

Oh, and guess who just turned 1 last week? Arthur! He got a new toy, some nice food, and lots of bellyrubs… and had no idea why, but enjoyed it anyway! And I found out he really likes rain, that weird dog. Usually he just runs inside again if he’s out to pee in the rain, but these days, he almost can’t wait to get wet. I’m thinking it might be because he likes to be dried with a towel, as it equals playtime for him. Getting wet because he likes to be dried… Yeah, weird dog!

(screenshot in header is old, as I forget to make new ones…)

Further down the road

Still using a PC that acts like a diva on drugs, I’ll just keep going as good as I can. It felt good getting it out of my system last week though, which opened my eyes to another thing I’ve been pondering; what to blog about. This is a personal blog, where I write about personal stuff, and of course articles about things that interest me, but I thought about turning it more into a hobby blog, where I’d write more about my hobbies instead of personal issues, experiences and chatter. But no! I need to vent now and then, and this is the place where I can do so without annoying anyone. Yeah okay, if you feel annoyed by it, just skip those entries, haha.

Anyway, I’ve been a bit creative the past week, and have broadened my horizon. My boyfriend got me some jewelry wire, probably because I wouldn’t shut up about how I really wanted some, and I’ve been working with it a few times now. Since I live on a small island, beaches are always just around the corner, and collecting seaglass is one of my hobbies. I sometimes find very pretty pieces in perfect condition, and wanted to create jewelry with them. And that’s exactly what I’m doing now! It’s by far not easy, especially with smaller pieces, but I’m having a lot of fun. I really like working with something you can’t buy in stores, so this is right down my alley!

From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.

I also work more with metals now, in contrast to the many friendship bracelets I’ve made over the past year, which were mainly created using various kinds of thread. Though it requires a lot of patience, I find it incredibly satisfying. I have used only new pieces for my new jewelry sets, which really makes those creations shine. Sure, they are not as unique as what I usually create, but they are still based on my own ideas, and duplicates will not be made!

From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.

Taking a break from wires and beads, I decided to paint some seashells again, which I haven’t done for quite a while. After some rather bad attempts, I succeeded in creating galaxies on shells. This was once again something that required a lot of patience, not only because I had to learn how to paint a galaxy/nebula, but also because the paint had to dry rather often. It took me 2 days to finish them, but I’m happy with the result, and will surely make more at some point. As mentioned above, we have beaches all over, so I can collect the seashells myself.

From my private Instagram account.
From my private Instagram account.

Bookmarks are still a work in progress, as I just haven’t gotten around to finishing them. You know that feeling, when there’s something else you just really want to do? Yeah… I’ll get to them though!

On a side note: I made an account on Ko-fi today, because why not? It’s not like I want to beg for money, and I don’t expect anything big from it, but now it’s possible to donate to this blog and my projects. Proceeds will go towards keeping this blog up and running, and new materials for crafting. Should it become a bigger thing than expected, I’d really like to start some frequent contests here, where it would be possible to win some of my stuff that I create for those events only. I already have some things ready for a contest, which I wanted to start last year, but now I’m waiting until the grand opening of my Storenvy instead, as I haven’t had the time nor PC the past months.

Why Ko-fi? Because I’m not good enough to ask for anything on Patreon, don’t want ads on my page (they are ugly, m’kay?), and PayPal buttons are… also ugly. Haha! 😀