Weekend Wrapup vol. 01

Time away from the job flies by in an instant. I plan to write down stuff that happened so that I can slow down/recall a few moments from the blur.

Plain Stuff.

On work days I mainly eat those microwaveable breakfast sandwiches or cereal, but on days off I cook sausage, make toast, waffles, scramble eggs, & all of that other good stuff. I don't cook for myself much these days but breakfast is the exception to that.

Did regular chores. Wash dishes, fold laundry, and so on. It's not exciting, but has to be done. Something about it is kind of relaxing though. Once I get into it I'm able to zone out and be in the moment of some simple task. 9x's out of 10, I've probably got some tv show or movie on in the background or listening to something to help pass time.

Every moment I spend at home isn't truly spent alone. I've got my faithful feline companion, Penny, to keep me company. About a week or so ago, my fiancé bought a bird feeder that attaches to the window and Penny has been loving it! She spends hours on end sitting by the window, staring at all of the visitors that come by. 

She still finds time to crawl into bed with me for naps.  I like being at home (a lot), but I do enjoy getting some fresh air & being around nature. Being around people, not so much, but nature is cool. I love seeing all of the flowers blooms, plants sprouting, and the world showing signs of life again. I used to go on photo walks on a regular basis. Walking with no real destination and snapping photos until I ran out of film. I haven't gotten a chance to do that yet this season, but whenever I do go out, I have been snapping shots with my phone whenever I come across something that catches my eye. Looking at nature is when I'm most inspired to shoot. I hope I get to visit some new places or travel some time soon because my interest in photography has kinda declined since I haven't seen anything new on top simply being busy with other projects or life in general.

She still finds time to crawl into bed with me for naps. 

I like being at home (a lot), but I do enjoy getting some fresh air & being around nature. Being around people, not so much, but nature is cool. I love seeing all of the flowers blooms, plants sprouting, and the world showing signs of life again. I used to go on photo walks on a regular basis. Walking with no real destination and snapping photos until I ran out of film. I haven't gotten a chance to do that yet this season, but whenever I do go out, I have been snapping shots with my phone whenever I come across something that catches my eye. Looking at nature is when I'm most inspired to shoot. I hope I get to visit some new places or travel some time soon because my interest in photography has kinda declined since I haven't seen anything new on top simply being busy with other projects or life in general.

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This has nothing to do with anything, but I had strawberry milk for the first time in a long while. Still tasty, folks.

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Personal Projects.

Right now, the only thing I'm actively working on is preparation of materials I want to use to pitch for an animated short. Visited a neighborhood print shop to print copies of a pitch bible/comic. I've never printed a comic in this way before so I had to revise some things. Mainly, rearranged pages so that they're in the correct order and fixed some text portions. Still thinking up additional ideas to make this project really stand out, but it's coming along.

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While I like working on stuff like this, it's pretty tedious work. So, this is when I catch up on all of the podcast that have been downloading to my phone. I am enjoying doodling and thinking up stories. It's been a nice change of pace after focusing on music so much. It's funny (not in a ha-ha way) how dreams and attention can shift. Everything I do has been something I've liked or wanted to do as a kid. I can remember being middle school age and being really dedicated to the idea of being a game designer, then toward late middle school to post-high school I was all about being a musician, then at some point I found myself heavy into photography, now here I am being more interested in comic & cartoon making. I still love all of these things so I guess as I've gotten older I've learned that I don't have to be one thing. I can have varied interest and try anything that I think is fun & see where it leads me. Why cut myself off from anything?

Playing.

Since I've been taking a break from "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild", I've felt like I've kinda been neglecting the Switch. I did try out the demo to "PuyoPuyo Tetris". 

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After playing, I decided I won't be picking up the full game. It didn't quite click with me. Same goes for "Splatoon 2". After the global test fire I thought about it for awhile and felt like it wasn't a game for me. I don't feel like getting destroyed by players that have mastered the game. I am still looking forward to "Arms" though & I'll be picking up "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" this week.

I started a Japanese profile on Switch so that I could get access to 'import' games from that region's eshop. "Kamiko" made me finally pull the trigger. I've liked Skipmore's other games. I played the original "Fairune" on my phone and when I finally got around to picking up a New 3DS XL, I went for "Fairune" & its sequel right away.

Wouldn't ya know it though - as soon as I get everything setup, they announce that the game will be released in America next week. Ah well! I'm sure there'll be some Japan exclusives that come out that will be super-niche with no hope of a U.S. release so, the profile will still be useful.   I also picked up "Wonder Boy: Dragon's Trap". I never had much experience with the Master System, but this seems like a hidden gem from that console. I'm not very far into it, but I'm really digging it. The gameplay is pretty simple and the remade music & animation are great. I might be going off on a tangent, but are people paying enough attention to the French animation scene? I can't say that I'm huge on it, but movies like "Ernest & Celestine" , shows like "Wakfu", things I've discovered online like Atelier Sento, and the work put in on this game. I think everyone should be checking them out.

Wouldn't ya know it though - as soon as I get everything setup, they announce that the game will be released in America next week. Ah well! I'm sure there'll be some Japan exclusives that come out that will be super-niche with no hope of a U.S. release so, the profile will still be useful.  

I also picked up "Wonder Boy: Dragon's Trap". I never had much experience with the Master System, but this seems like a hidden gem from that console. I'm not very far into it, but I'm really digging it. The gameplay is pretty simple and the remade music & animation are great. I might be going off on a tangent, but are people paying enough attention to the French animation scene? I can't say that I'm huge on it, but movies like "Ernest & Celestine" , shows like "Wakfu", things I've discovered online like Atelier Sento, and the work put in on this game. I think everyone should be checking them out.

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For some reason I've been thinking about my beloved retro games. One of my next days off, I think I want to play some classic SNK fighting games & some shmups..!

"Persona 5" has been sucking me in deeper & deeper. Somehow I get attached to the characters, invested in the world and want to keep playing for as long as I can. I play it on easy mode because I don't care about any of the RPG aspects of the game. I simply want to be in that world and interact with those characters.   

Of course I play via remote play! Sitting in front of the tv for extended periods just doesn't jive with me anymore.  Before I started playing, I attempted "Night In The Woods" & "2064: Read Only Memories" and I hear people praising these games for the way they handle deeper social issues & mature subjects but from the opening moments I had, they haven't really connected with me. We'll see if that feel changes after I can seriously invest some time in them. For now, I'm seriously trying to decide if I want to romance Makoto or Ichiko. Although I do think Sadayo is cute. Ok, enough of that before it leads down a strange rabbit hole. Watching.  I don't really watch tv during the work week. I might put on a YouTube video here & there, but I don't really have time for much else. Once I have some downtime I catch up on:  Empire Black-ish Fresh Off The Boat The Simpsons Bob's Burgers Those are my mainstays, but there's tons of stuff on each streaming service that I subscribe to. New shows, old shows, stuff I discover, something that was recommended... It's basically media overload. How can anyone complain that there's nothing to watch? I've still gotta watch the latest episode of "Samurai Jack" that I have waiting on the DVR. I haven't watched the last two episodes of "Dimension 404". Really, I only watched one of the shows that I counted as a mainstay. I did watch "Joe Cocker: Mad Dog with Soul", "Barbershop: The Next Cut", and a BBC nature documentary. I've recently been getting into "The Carmichael Show" and before my weekend ends, I'm watching all of the shows in my queue on Crunchyroll. Man, there's just too much to keep up with & not enough free time. Even when I have time off, I'm not parked in front of the tv. There's other media, interest, projects, or life happenings to tend to & I can't be glued to the tube. Sometimes it's on as background noise while I'm doing something else, but I don't actively watch a whole lot.  That was my weekend in a nutshell. Now to rest up before I'm dragged back into the working world. I wish Summer vacation was a thing for adults.

Of course I play via remote play! Sitting in front of the tv for extended periods just doesn't jive with me anymore. 

Before I started playing, I attempted "Night In The Woods" & "2064: Read Only Memories" and I hear people praising these games for the way they handle deeper social issues & mature subjects but from the opening moments I had, they haven't really connected with me. We'll see if that feel changes after I can seriously invest some time in them. For now, I'm seriously trying to decide if I want to romance Makoto or Ichiko. Although I do think Sadayo is cute. Ok, enough of that before it leads down a strange rabbit hole.

Watching. 

I don't really watch tv during the work week. I might put on a YouTube video here & there, but I don't really have time for much else. Once I have some downtime I catch up on: 

  • Empire
  • Black-ish
  • Fresh Off The Boat
  • The Simpsons
  • Bob's Burgers

Those are my mainstays, but there's tons of stuff on each streaming service that I subscribe to. New shows, old shows, stuff I discover, something that was recommended... It's basically media overload. How can anyone complain that there's nothing to watch? I've still gotta watch the latest episode of "Samurai Jack" that I have waiting on the DVR. I haven't watched the last two episodes of "Dimension 404". Really, I only watched one of the shows that I counted as a mainstay. I did watch "Joe Cocker: Mad Dog with Soul", "Barbershop: The Next Cut", and a BBC nature documentary. I've recently been getting into "The Carmichael Show" and before my weekend ends, I'm watching all of the shows in my queue on Crunchyroll. Man, there's just too much to keep up with & not enough free time. Even when I have time off, I'm not parked in front of the tv. There's other media, interest, projects, or life happenings to tend to & I can't be glued to the tube. Sometimes it's on as background noise while I'm doing something else, but I don't actively watch a whole lot. 

That was my weekend in a nutshell. Now to rest up before I'm dragged back into the working world. I wish Summer vacation was a thing for adults.