Jul 27

Replay: The Longest Journey (Spoilers)

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I miss the old point-and-click adventure games. Sure, contemporary games are action-packed and fast-paced, but there’s something to be said about a game that you can take your time with, if you like. I love the concentration on stories and puzzles. And while most contemporary games have those elements as well, it’s a nice change of pace to play something that’s more a thinking game than anything else.

Soon, Red Thread Games will be releasing the third game in the series, Dreamfall Chapters, with its first episode or “book” available in November of this year. Since it’s been nearly a decade since I first played The Longest Journey and Dreamfall, I thought I’d brush up on the series. The Longest Journey was released way back in 1999, and follows the story of April Ryan, an art-student-turned-reluctant-hero who travels between two worlds in the hopes of saving them both.

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Jul 22

Sailor Moon Crystal – Act 2: Ami – Sailor Mercury

Sailor Moon is alone in her fight against evil… but not for long! Usagi meets genius student Mizuno Ami, who is more than what she seems be.

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Jul 13

New to Me: L.A. Noire (Spoilers)

The Steam Summer Sale took place late last month, so I picked up a bunch of video games that I missed the first time around. The first that I played among them was L.A. Noire, the law-abiding little brother to Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto. In it, you play Cole Phelps, an ex-Marine-turned-cop who is cleaning up the streets of LA in the late 1940s. The game employs complex facial animations, puzzles, shoot-outs, car chases, and a strong storyline to make a detective game that is both fun and immersive.

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Jul 05

Sailor Moon Crystal – Act 1: Usagi (Spoilers)

The quintessential magical girl returns! The first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal premiered today!

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Jun 26

Potty Training Palooza

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Potty training is hard. Even if you’re not a parent, you’ve probably heard somebody complain about it. And let me tell you, it’s no exaggeration. It’s frustrating and hard work, even for those occasional lucky parents whose children pick it up quickly over the course of a few days of potty bootcamp. Even worse for parents (like me) who have been working at different strategies for weeks or (ahem!) months. (Warning for the faint of heart: Potty talk ahead!)

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Jun 18

Game of Thrones – “The Children” (Spoilers)

Here we are again, at the season finale! Jon Snow meets with Mance Rayder, but their meeting is interrupted. Meanwhile, Bran’s group reaches the large Heart Tree, Arya and the Hound are discovered in the Vale, and Tyrion finds he has more friends than he thought.

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Jun 14

New to Me: Chuck, Seasons 1-2

Ever have those shows that you mean to watch when they’re on the air, but never get around to them? Chuck was one of those shows for me. I mean, the premise alone is pretty awesome: bumbling, under-achieving genius computer geek accidentally becomes a spy. Add in comedy and a few strong female characters, and I’m sold.

The thing that happens with these promising shows is that they either come on at a time when you have two other shows on that you like (so you watch one and record the other, but don’t know what to do about a third), or they just slip your mind entirely whenever they come on. I think the former is what happened with this show, since I think it broadcast on Monday nights, and that’s when I used to watch House and How I Met Your Mother.

Chuck is over now, but – lucky for me and my husband – still lives on through Netflix. You can find the whole series on there, and we just got through the first two seasons. And we love it! We’ve watched at least an episode (but usually 3 or 4) every night since we started the series. So I thought I’d talk about it a bit. Even though it’s an old show, it may be new to you too, so if you haven’t watched the first two seasons yet – watch out for possible spoilers ahead! Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 10

Game of Thrones – “The Watchers on the Wall” (Spoilers)

The Night’s Watch faces their greatest challenge thus far as Mance Rayder’s army attacks the Wall.

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Jun 06

Game of Thrones – “The Mountain and the Viper” (Spoilers)

Daenerys discovers a secret Jorah’s been hiding from her, and Sansa is forced to testify about what happened to her aunt. And in King’s Landing, the trial by combat for Tyrion’s innocence begins.

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May 26

Shout-out to the Singles

And by “singles”, I mean single parents in particular. How do you all do it?

My family has been traveling a lot these past couple weeks (So if you’ve been wondering why my posts have been sporadic lately, that’s why. Sorry!). All three of us drove out to see my husband’s family about a week and a half ago. Though somewhat tiring, the trip went off without a hitch. Easy peasy. But then for the past few days, Munchkin and I have been traveling out of state to attend a wedding. It’s just the two of us this time – my husband has class so he can’t join us – and boy! It’s sure taken a lot out of me.

I’m used to dealing with my son alone. I am a stay-at-home mom, after all. But I’m also used to having help eventually. My husband comes home and I don’t have to be the only one running after the kiddo or quieting him down. When my patience has finally run out, I can let my husband care for him so I can recharge for a moment. I’ve had some help from relatives this past week, but naturally I’ve been in charge of him for the most part. And boy, is it exhausting!

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