Now that the holidays are over, and I’m finally sober enough to update my website, this is going to be a long post. Please feel free to go get a cup of coffee, bring world peace, and cure cancer while you take breaks from reading.

Christmas

As usual, I spent Christmas with Jen’s family. One thing I really like about this time of year is the sheer amount of food I was forced to ingest on a regular basis. This included turkey, green bean casserole, sandwiches of every description, vast amounts of potato chips, precarious desserts, and inhuman amounts of candy. There was obviously more, but the food stupor left me incoherent, and I barely remember anything aside from stuffing my face.

Thankfully, I did not get another Mensa calendar from Jen’s Parents; this time they elected to give me a gift certificate for a book store. I wouldn’t say the Mensa puzzle is a bad gift, but whoever designed it seems to think repeating variations of the same five puzzles is somehow entertaining. Hey Mensa! If you’re a bunch of geniuses, why not use your combined brainpower to come up with merchandise that doesn’t make you look like obsessive compulsive freaks brimming with useless esoteric knowledge.

Jen is of course still trying to fatten me up, apparently. This year, she filled my stocking with a ridiculous amount of candy and beef-based snacks. I have almost eaten all of them, and I’ve lost weight since New Year’s. Hopefully I’ll be able to remain above 135, but I can’t make any promises. I’m not as bad as Nic, who is about 136, but who is also over six feet tall. Still, something tells me if I keep up with DDR, I’ll probably bottom out near the low 130’s. I already eat 7 meals a day, so I don’t really know what else to do about that. Ah well.

After Christmas was over, and I went home to wait for New Year’s, I found out that Doug and Emily were in town, and Becky was passing through on her way back to Eden. Becky didn’t make it through in time, but we did manage to get Doug, Emily, Rob, a friend of his named Andrea, and her sister Laura, both of whom have some kind of knitting fetish. Don’t quote me on the two later names, I’ve only met them once. We all met up at Azteca, easily the best Mexican restaurant in the Quad Cities, where we consumed crack-infused salsa and enjoyed each other’s company. Eventually we made it back to my place, where we had an impromptu drinking / movie party. We watched Men In Black while I consumed an unhealthy quantity of Bacardi-O Crushes. Sadly, everyone had to go home, but it was fun while it lasted. Though Andrea did knit a yarn thong for Rob to wear later.

We tried repeating the event the next day when Becky appeared, but Doug and Emily seemed to be hanging out with Doug’s family. We still acquired Rob, and Becky demanded Azteca once again. When we’d finished gorging ourselves on cilantro-salsa and enchiladas, Becky scampered back to the highway. Ah, fun times!

New Year’s Eve

For this particular event, I traveled to the far-away land of Chicago. Ryan and Amanda heartily welcomed Jen and me into their home, where I proceeded to continue cramming fistfulls of food directly down my clutching gullet. Thus began another obligatory drinking party that witnessed many Bacardi-O Crushes. I don’t know what was more fun: playing party games, or playing party games while highly inebriated; it certainly made Lunch Money more amusing at least. It was a nice, slow weekend up in the Chicagoland area, and it all went by so fast. Somehow, we didn’t end up playing DDR. I’ll have to rectify that situation the next time I’m up there. How can I show off and inspire people to practice, if all we do is play card games and watch TV?

The Aftermath

After I got back, normal life resumed: DDR on Wednesdays, Anime night on Thursdays, San Andreas every other day. Thanks Jen, gang wars and reckless driving are just what the doctor ordered for some well needed venting. I also managed to pick up a Game Boy Advance SP Classic thanks to eBay, since you can’t buy them anymore. I should have bought one when they were first released, but you can’t win ’em all. Now I have something to do when I’m away from home and don’t have a book handy.

While I have the GBA, I’m trying to get a complete roster of RPGs and other fun games to play that are good for a hand-held system. Here’s what I have so far:

Still on my list to get later:

I’m probably missing some important event, since it’s been about a billion years since I’ve updated my site, I don’t remember everything. I can always make another update. ^_^

Until Tomorrow.

Lazy Holidayzie

2 thoughts on “Lazy Holidayzie

  • The games you already have are among the best. Link’s Awakening is my personal favorite – good job on obtaining (or keeping, whatever the case may be) that one.

    Final Fantasy: Dawn of Souls. I have it, but I warn you: If you liked the difficulty of the original Final Fantasy for Nintendo, prepare for a watered down, ridulously easy, version of the game compared to the original. We’re talking playing Max 300 on heavy, then going to Ordinary World on light here. The spells-per-day system is replaced with MP. By the time I got my Black Mage/Wizard high enough to use Nuke (called Flare now), he had 450 MP. It costs 50 to cast. So we’re looking at obtaining a level 8 magic and being able to cast it 9 times already. Exp and gold obtained from battles is upped, so that’s good or bad, depending on how you look at it.

    There are a few new dungeons added too, but I have not found myself enjoying them. That’s just me though.

    And I haven’t played FF2 on the game yet, so I can’t comment on that.

    It is conveniently portable, being on the GBA, and I found myself playing it when I had a little free time away from my dorm. However, it was quickly replaced when I found Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow.

    By the way, add Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow.

    Anyway, I should go. I’m technically at work, and the professor probably thinks I’m being productive with all this typing, so I should have something accomplished today.

    -Ryan

  • Glad to know my initial list is somewhat accurate. I’ve never owned a Game Boy of any flavor, so my knowledge of its game library is somewhat limited.

    I heard (and read) that FFI was made way easier, but I don’t really care. I played it the first time in 8th grade, so I don’t really need to revisit the grueling hell I remember. Until you got the Rat’s tail, the original FFI is just ridiculously hard. Game boys are to blow off steam, ya know? Besides, there’s always Dragon Warrior III if I want to do any mindless leveling. Hehe.

    I thought about adding a Castlevania game, but I haven’t really played since the first one; though I remember renting Simon’s Quest once upon a time. With all of the gushing I’ve heard about Symphony Of The Night, I should probably pick that one up just to see what all the fuss is about.

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