Weekly Update

When you take meds every day for years. It’s easy to forget why you take them. A week off my ADHD meds and I was an unmotivated and disorganized mess. A week off my anxiety meds and I started freaking out over nothing. Back on my meds now and the best I can say is that I’m “Normal”, whatever that means :).

Anyways, back to business. After watching some K-On and Sound! Euphonium, and playing BanG Dream! on iPhone, it’s urged me to go back into music. So this week I’m focusing on music. So I dropped off my electric guitar in for maintenance yesterday. Should be back today.

I’m seriously considering picking up an acoustic when I’m there. I like the sound, the simplicity (no amp or pedals required), and I like the extra layer of difficulty in pressing down on the strings, which will only improve my electric guitar performance. It’s also pretty cheap compared to what I put in for the electric.

The downside? Well, I haven’t practiced on my electric in over five years, and nearly sold it a few months ago. Now I’m thinking of an additional guitar? Where will I put it? Will it collect dust for another five years?

At the same time, one of the reasons I’ve been discouraged from playing the electric for the last five years is primarily the setup. Purchasing it was a great idea at the time, but as I had less and less time to do stuff at home, I realized sometimes I just want to pick up something and play without adjusting knobs and dials. I also just want the simple sound of the strings, without having it amplified/modified by the amp. My tastes have also changed, I’m less into rock as I used to be and more into classic country, blues, and folk-style music.

So it makes sense to get an acoustic. I wouldn’t dare trade in my electric however. It’s a beautiful instrument, and even the guy at the guitar shop suggested that when I nearly sold it a few months ago, it would have been a great loss since it’s a well-made Fender Stratocaster.

They also brought about taking lessons. This sounds interesting. Having to take lessons is much more motivating for me than just saying “Hmm, should I play a YouTube training video today? Nah I’ll play Star Wars Battlefront II instead”.

I’ve also been weighing in getting a keyboard for years now. But that’s primarily an issue of space. I literally have no place to put it. An acoustic guitar is portable, a keyboard…not so much. So that’s a thought for another day.

So there you have it, another hobby to add to the list of hobbies I already have. It’s an ADD thing (so says my doctor), but at this stage in my life, I learned not to fight it, but just live with it.

Which brings me to another point. Balancing hobbies and activities during my time off. While I was unmedicated yesterday I ran into overwhelming anxiety issues with having too many things to do and not sure where to even start.

Last week, I was determined to focus on one activity at a time, and this week it’s somewhat the same. However, I’m not going to be as strict in my approach, since it makes my hobbies becomes a chore.

Still, I like my lists. Here’s what I’d like to do this week:


TV/Anime

  • K-ON! – Finished up Sound! Euphonium last week and now on K-On. I’m only on episode 4, but I’m enjoying it. It’s a good comedy, though a bit too Shoujo for my tastes. I’m still interested in it though.
  • Demon Slayer: Kimitsu no Yaiba – I love the art direction in this, the music, and the storyline so far. It can be a bit dark however, so it’s not something I can watch entirely in one sitting.
  • Stranger Things – I’d like to at least watch one episode this week. Enjoying Season 3 so far.
  • Formula 1: Drive to Survive – This is one I’ve been watching off and on Netflix. I plan to finish this in the next day or two. A great behind-the-scenes look at the last season of Formula 1 and brings the drivers and the teams behind the drivers into a greater perspective that you don’t see during the race.

Gaming

  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch) – I’m about 12 hours into it. I try to put in at least an hour each day. Basically run through the school grounds and put in a battle or two to level up my class. But it’s not really something I can play for hours on end in one sitting.
  • Deemo (iOS)Picked this up again. They added a lot of new songs and features since I last played. Going to try to get through all the new songs at least once.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4)- I nearly forgot about this game until this morning while trying to decide on what to play next on the PS4. When I played last month, I was about 1/3 into the game, but I’m enjoying it a lot so far.
  • iRacing (PC)- Since I’ve been watching Formula 1 on Netflix, it’s got me thinking about doing some online racing. I had a lot of fun with this last year, and it feels more like a serious simulation than a simple game. Works great on my wheel and VR headset too…though I’ll need to do some reconfiguring on my VR Headset which I’m too lazy to do at the moment.

Hobbies

  • Practice on my guitar – Whether or not I get an acoustic, I’ll be practicing guitar this week. Already queued up some videos on YouTube to practice along with.
  • Study Japanese -I’d like to spend maybe an hour this week catching up on my vocab list.

Also to add, visited Victoria, BC last week. Had a lot of fun there. It was nice to take a break from sitting around the house all day and to clear my mind up a bit. Though next year I might settle for somewhere a bit closer to home.

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Mid-Week Update

Just finished both seasons of Sound! Euphonium. Overall it was a good lighthearted anime. I’m not sure what to watch next, unfortunately. I’m still not quite in the mood for anything violent. I’m thinking Does Rascal Not Dream of Bunny Girl Sempai as the next anime to watch? I also need to finish Bakemonogatari one of these days.

Played Fire Emblem Three Houses yesterday. Finally switched over Edelgard’s class to Lord. Doing a bit of grinding as well, since Bernadetta’s level was way down to Level 3, when the average for the rest of my group is around Level 6-7.

As far as grinding in FE: Three Houses, I’m not sure how much to do. It seems like I can just keep battling over and over again. The average difficulty of these battles is Level 7, with one battle at Level 9. I’m not sure if I should just average out everyone to Level 9 or to Level 7, and I don’t want them too severely gimped before the main battle at the end of the month. It’s just replaying the same maps over and over again is boring and tiresome.

Picked up a new dedicated headset for the PS4. While I haven’t necessarily needed a new headset, I’ve found a few instances where I’d like to work in a group and I’m left spending five minutes looking around for the cheap earpiece that came with the PS4 that’s uncomfortable and falls out of my ear. I ended up getting the Sony PS4 Gold Wireless Headset, which sounds great (uses 7.1 audio) and provides most of the functionality I need in a headset. It’s not as great as my Arctis 7 on PC, but for the PS4, it’s exactly what I need.

Sadly, I haven’t really found an opportunity to use it yet. Been playing Star Wars Battlefront II and everyone is mostly silent. I’d like to see if my friends can get together for Destiny 2 sometime so I can use it.

Planning on a trip to Victoria, BC this weekend. I’m planning on having some relaxation time in a hotel over the weekend. I’ll have to look at hotel prices and things to do out there. I’ll most likely bring my Switch and iPad, at the very least so I can play some FE while on the Ferry or in the Hotel.

Ever get that feeling where it’s like “Okay, I’m done with that…now what?” Well it’s 9AM, I’m finishing up with the blog entry for the morning, and I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of the day. I’m considering maybe getting some Flight Sim hours in, but I really don’t want to spend most of my morning downloading addons, reading manuals, or working on flight plans. Truck Simulator sounds like fun too, but sometimes I feel like if I really wanted to drive, I’d actually go in my real car and drive.

Probably, at the very least, I’ll set up Mansions of Madness this morning and just work from there.

My Staycation

This week I’m on vacation. I originally planned on travelling to Europe, but plans changed and I’ll be just sitting at home instead (will travel to San Diego later this fall though).

No major plans this week, it’s going to be a staycation really. I might do some local travelling over the weekend, however. There’s a lot to do in the Pacific Northwest and I don’t want to be couped up in the house the whole week.

For the days I’m home, what am I going to do?

I haven’t quite decided yet. Ideally I’d like to focus on a few things instead of getting myself overwhelmed with the amount of things I can do. One of the issues with modern technology is the overwhelming amount of choice available. Just look at the anime selections alone on Netflix, Crunchyroll, and Hulu. I can spend every day of an entire year devoted to watching anime and I still won’t be able to finish everything.

Then you add TV, movies, video games, tabletop games, and daily responsibilities. I find myself constantly overwhelmed to the point of inactivity. Decision Paralysis.

I find self-limitation the best way (so far) to solve this. Basically what I’m doing is creating a list, and sticking with that list until either the activity is complete, or I find myself just far too frustrated/bored with the activity to move on. I’ve also divided my games by console and genre.

So here’s my list so far. I hope to stick with it through my vacation at home. We’ll see at the end of the week how far along I am, and what my plans are for the following week.


Entertainment

Sound! Euphonium (響け!ユーフォニアム) (Crunchyroll/VRV) – A lighthearted Shoujo anime focused around some girls practicing in a high school band. I finished Season 1 just a couple days ago. Currently on Episode 3 of Season 2. I’d like to finish this and move on to something else, preferably lighthearted (not in the mood for Shounen stuff lately). I’m thinking Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai or Violet Evergarden.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Hulu) – I’d like to continue with this show. It gives me a lot of 90’s nostalgia and I really enjoy it. Though the amount of silly filler episodes (such as the episode of the praying mantis teacher) makes me want to watch something else instead, perhaps Veronica Mars? Vikings? This may change.

The Last Wish (Book/Kindle) – Rereading this, and working through the entire Witcher series before the Netflix series comes out this Fall.

Video Games

BanG Dream! Girls Band Party(バンドリ)(iOS) – This is the only mobile game I’m playing at the moment. I lost my save last year and couldn’t bare the frustration of reinstalling this game and start again from scratch. They introduced cloud saving, fortunately, and after a week of playing I’m about the level of where I was before I lost all my save data. Fun game, and I’m just enjoying the VN elements to the game. I’ve spent over two hours alone on just Chapter 0 of Poppin’ Party’s origins.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch) – I originally wasn’t too crazy about the scenario compared to FE Awakening and FE Fates, but it’s growing on me. I’m playing through the storyline of the Black Eagles (I had to go with Edelgard!). It has a very Persona-like feel to it, which works surprisingly well with the Fire Emblem formula, and you really feel a connection to everyone in your party.

Total War: Three Kingdoms (PC) – The only strategy game that I tell myself each day “I really want to play”, yet don’t actually do. Not that it’s a bad game, it’s just that it’s a time sink. I can find myself easily watching 2-3 hours go by, and sometimes I want to do other things.

Star Wars: Battlefront II (PS4) – This is my multiplayer choice for this week. I just picked this up for $7. Not sure what the state of the game is, but if it’s not good, I might go back to Magic the Gathering Arena. It’s a quick pick-up-and-play multiplayer game so I don’t anticipate spending too much time on it.

Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations (3DS) – I should probably put at least one handheld game on my list. My 3DS has been collecting dust for months (the Switch has been taking over instead), yet there are still many games I’d like to play for it. I’m going to try to finally finish AA: Trials and Tribulations before moving on to other games.

Hobbies

Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Not sure where I’m going to go with this game. I have it all set up, but had no motivation in the last week to actually play it. I might swap it out to try out Mansions of Madness instead, so this might actually change.

LEGO Apollo 11 Lunar Lander – I got the base done, just need to work on the lander itself. Unfortunately my work area is taken by my board game setup.


That’s about it. I’m going to try to knock out as much as I can from this list, but things can and will change through the week. I’m eager to see how far I’ve progressed for next weeks blog update!

Happy Sunday

Hey,

It seems like no matter what day, it’s not a good day to play Magic in person. The local game shop hosts events Fridays and Sundays. Yet Friday’s are difficult because I am just coming out of a 10-hour workday. Sundays are difficult because it’s my special day to relax, and the entry fee is twice as much ($30).

Ended up not attending today’s event and just opted to pick up some Magic cards/accessories.

So far played my white deck online and haven’t won a single game. I have yet to play my black deck though. Probably will start constructing a blue deck over the next few weeks.

As far as other tabletop games? Not sure yet. Considering playing Arkham Horrors: The Card Game or Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. Just not sure what I’m in the mood for, Lovecraftian Horror or Fantasy? I picked up some official gamemats for these two games so it’ll add a bit to the flavor (as opposed to playing on a MTG playmat.

Gone back to playing some iOS games. I’m currently playing Azur Lane, Girls Frontline, and BanG Dream! I’m watching the BanG Dream anime but I’m a bit disappointed there’s no mention of the other bands. I’m also watching a bit of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. I haven’t picked up on any of this summer’s anime just yet though. I might just watch Dr Stone or something good.

No plans as far as console/PC gaming for the week. I’m playing a little bit of Fire Emblem Three Houses, and I’m considering getting back into Monster Hunter World or maybe even God Eater 3.

Nothing much else this week. I’ll most likely just be chilling on the couch and on my desk for the next few days until I get back to work on Wednesday.

MTG Stuff

Well, I requested today off a month ago. Came to work today and was told…”Why are you here?” Whoops! I came back home and now enjoying the day off.

Had a hard time sleeping last night. Woke up at 12:30AM thinking about setting up Gloomhaven for some reason. Going to refrain from that board game for now as I’m trying to limit my focus to just a few areas, primarily Magic: The Gathering.

Now I’m not quite skilled yet, I play a few games online each night, primarily with prebuilt decks to get a hold of what my strengths and weaknesses are, what strategies I work best at, what colors I’m good at…that sorta thing.

I did create a real paper prebuilt white deck and have been tweaking it the past few days. I also replicated the deck in MTG: Arena to see how well it plays and what I can do to refine it. I find it really depends on the opponent I encounter. Some are average like me, and I found a few of them drop out of frustration or just run through a bit of bad luck…others are incredibly skilled and completely destroy me within 5 minutes.

I’m playing primarily Core 2020 cards, but I’ll be incorporating some of the cards from the previous expansion sets. My goal is this: Buffs and/or Life restoration. I have quite a few cards that say “Give +x/+x to a creature” and a few that say “Gain x life when…”. I’d like to incorporate both types of cards, if possible.

I’m also planning on building a Black deck. I’ll have to go through the cards and figure out what goes with what. My overall end game though is to incorporate both black and white and make a really cool black/white multicolored deck.

With all that said, I’m finding deckbuilding a lot of fun. I thought it would be the least interesting aspect, but finding out what works with what, and operating within some boundaries has made it incredibly enjoyable, almost as much as playing the game.

Well that’s it for now, I’m going back to bed and will enjoy the rest of my day off.

Getting in the Mood

Tomorrow I head back to work for another week. I’m tired and quite eager for a vacation. I have a week off mid-August so that’s that.

I haven’t been much in the mood for hobbies today. I’d like to continue a game of Gloomhaven, but that’s a massive undertaking and I’m not sure I want to start on it just yet. I’m also considering picking up an organizer for Gloomhaven, but the best one I can find is about $100, which is almost the price of the game itself. It also requires a lot of assembly which I’m not sure I have the patience for.

I haven’t figured out any other solo board game in my collection I’d like to play just yet. I’m thinking LOTR or Mansions of Madness, but the setup for those games takes up so much time I’m not even sure I’d want to commit to it, especially during the weekdays.

With consoles, I’m mainly playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which is fine so far, but I haven’t been quite “hooked” as I had hoped. One of the reasons I loved the original Fire Emblem games was the tactical strategy mechanics. But this game focuses a lot on the social JRPG aspect, drawing heavily from Persona, and I’m not sure I’m able to commit to a game like that. Haven’t been much in the mood for other console games.

My mood mainly has been with mostly on PC games: Total War: Three Kingdoms immediately comes to mind. Something I can play for an hour or so and contribute to a larger overall story that I made. A story of epic conquest, battles, and all that sort of cool stuff. Games such as Civilization, Age of Wonders, Total War have had me hooked for years…and it’s a good way to take an hour or so out of my day.

I’m also craving something relatively mindless, such as Diablo III. Something where I don’t have to sit through an hour long tutorial on how to play and just click things, gain loot. With that regard, I’m playing A LOT of Magic The Gathering: Arena in between activities. I can sit for 15 minutes, battle an opponent, and strategize based on my deck and how I play my cards…like a modern day chess.

I’ve slowed down on some of my big purchases. Only things I’m picking up this week are some card game accessories. I need decksleeves, playmats, that sorta stuff. I don’t need any more board games, figures, or video games for the time being and after some big purchases last month, I definitely need to cut back.

Other than that, I’m catching up on some shows. Watching a bit of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Veronica Mars, and Twilight Zone this weekend. I started Black Sails on Starz recently and I’m finding it enjoyable so far. I also started on Vinland Saga and I don’t see what the fuss is about…so far? I’m still going to watch a couple more episodes to see if it hooks me.

I’d like to watch a bit more JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure since it’s been about a month since I’ve last watched an episode. Also got a few more episodes of Rising of Shield Hero and Reincarnation of a Slime that I’d like to watch sometime over the next couple weeks.

I haven’t been much in the mood for simulators. Did a reinstall of X-Plane 11, but can’t get myself to spend time reinstalling all my addons. I’ll get around to it sometime.

This week

Not too much going on this week. Back on my meds this week. After a two week absence, I didn’t really know how much the lack of it would impact me. With ADHD-PI (or ADD as it’s commonly known), I just found a lack of motivation, particularly at work to do basic day-to-day tasks. I took it this afternoon and after about an hour I began to really feel the impact. I liken it to having the energy of caffeine without the crashes or negatives from it.

There’s much excitement about the new Witcher trailer for Netflix. So much in fact, I’m considering going back to the books and starting back from book one (the short stories). I’ve read it already, but would love to dive back into that world and lore. It’s also been quite a while since I’ve read a good book series…so this is a good jumping off point for that.

Also in the mood for The Witcher 3. I figure I’m reading the books, may as well play (and one day finish) the game. With the series coming out in “Late 2019”, with focus, I can hopefully finish the game along with the book series in time for the TV series.

I’m plateauing in Magic: The Gathering. Basically I have enough cards to create some pretty decent decks, the only thing I can do is show up once a week, play a game with real people, and sharpen my skills online with MTG: Arena. I’ve stuck around it for a few weeks now and still enjoy it immensely to the point where I picked up some art books (I just love the fantasy art). It’s just that good.

Picked up Fallout: The Board Game and a newer game called Res Arcana. Fallout looks like a blast, and I’m looking forward to setting it up and playing it. Being able to play it solo makes it so much better. However, I’ve been leaning a lot towards shorter, easy to set up card games; Res Arcana, although being a newer game, has some fantastic reviews and is something that my brother-in-law and I can play within 30 minutes.

Biggest problem is space, which I’m working out right now. Board games take up a lot of room…

Big hobby this week, however, is drawing. There’s a big sale going on Udemy and I picked up some drawing courses for $15 each (normally $200 each). I’m not sure what the catch is, but I’ll take it. Dusted off my Wacom tablet, got my iPad Pro/Apple Pencil charged up, and I’m good to go.

Don’t quite have the space for traditional sketching, which is a bummer. I simply need a bigger desk. I could draw on my bed…but really it’s not the medium or the software that matters, it’s what I make out if it.

Picked up some new figures this week. I cut back on a majority of my preorders and focusing on quality over quantity (because heavens, I way too many Japanese anime figures on display in my room as it is!). The latest purchase is from BigBadToyStore, and it’s a beauty.

I also have a few other figures to set up: Darth Vader, Arwen (from LOTR), Jyn Erso, and a Viking warrior. I also set up “Fighter Woman” by TBLeague which looks very good. It’s made from a Phicen body with custom head and armor. Looks wicked in person. Replaced the stand though with since it simply looks awful wrapped around the waist in the picture.

That’s about it for the week. Going back to work tomorrow, but I’m not too discouraged by it 🙂