Online changes

December 10th, 2017

Well, I’m about to sound old, but I opened my very first website in 1999, and I’ve been making sites since. In the beginning, I was obsessed. I wanted to make as many as I could, and I went through a phase where I mostly focused on Anime sites and graphics sites.

Now I want to own fewer, and I’ve been slowly closing up sites I don’t want to update anymore. There were a few that I left in an “archived” state – no more updates, but I didn’t want to delete the content. However, with no updates and barely any visitors, I’m now wondering why I bother. So, these have been shut down:

  • NokoNoko – group gaming blog
  • Hachi Roku – Initial D fan site
  • Dark Abyss – Gasaraki fan site

Shattered Wings is now updated (also with a slight design change) with my active sites. Though it’s still a lot (currently 10), most of them don’t need frequent updates.

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Recap: November 2017

December 2nd, 2017

Even with (US) Thanksgiving, November felt like a pretty chill month for me. Not much happened early in the month, and then when Thanksgiving came around, I took that whole week off. I realized I hadn’t taken a long vacation this year like I usually do and was starting to really feel burned out. I just needed a break.

Some things I did this month:

  • I treated my husband to a birthday dinner at a Spanish tapas place. We had never been there before, but a coworker recommended it to me, and it was really good!
  • I saw Thor: Ragnarok, and man, that was a fun movie.
  • We had Thanksgiving dinner with my parents, my husband’s parents, and his grandparents. It was at the grandparents’ house, and they have a pretty traditional Thanksgiving dinner – you know, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc etc. Oh, and also four pies. Yeah, it was a lot of food.
  • I did Black Friday shopping online and bought myself new winter tops. Of course, I’m still waiting for winter weather. I’m wearing a T-shirt here sometimes!
  • We also took advantage of Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals to buy new appliances, specifically a new microwave, stove, and dishwasher. Such adulting.
  • I got my hair cut and colored. I normally grow out my hair during the winter, but the length and amount I had was driving me crazy! I asked for it to be cut to my shoulders and dyed to a dark red.

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How we met

November 12th, 2017

Nancy asked about how my husband and I met, and it made me realize I haven’t written about it! Thanks for the suggestion ;) I don’t want to list people’s names in this post, so I’ll be using the initial of their first name.

Let’s go way back to my college days. In my sophomore year, I joined the officers group of a tech/computer club, and it was the best decision I made back then. It made me love my major, and I made so many lasting friends. It’s also where I met all three of my boyfriends, my husband included.

Our club had an office in the Computer Science building, and at any time, there was usually someone there. It was a regular hang out place for many of us when we weren’t in class, and we had a TV in there with a Super Nintendo and a Gamecube. It’s funny because I can tie how I met each of my boyfriends back to a single game: Super Smash Bros Melee.

1. My first boyfriend, M, said he first noticed me when I was sitting in there playing Smash. He thought to himself, I want to date a girl like that, and then pushed himself to get to know me.

2. I first noticed my second boyfriend, L, when we were playing Smash together. He wasn’t very good at the game, but every time he died, he’d laugh about it. He never got frustrated and kept playing, even though he wouldn’t win. He seemed like a fun guy, so we started hanging out after that.

3. One time I walked into the office, and my (now) husband, D, was sitting there playing Smash. At the time, I didn’t know who he was, but the whole time I was in there, he just sat there in the same place, playing game after game. I remember leaving for class, and when I came back later… he was still there… in the same spot. I thought to myself, what the hell, who is this guy who keeps playing Smash for hours??

So yeah, as you can see, my husband actually left the worst first impression of the three! We became friends anyway, but I don’t think we became close during my sophomore year. Every time we hung out, it was because we were both at a club event or it was in a group of friends from the club.

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