HAPPY NEW YEAR It's Power Stone 2 Time!

Awkward and Awesome v5


■ The maintenance people at my apartment complex were cutting down a tree next to my place and it faced the room I was exercising in... so the blinds were closed.
■ A dude I dated for two days back in junior or senior year in high school came by the store today and kept eye contact for far too long.
■ Instagrams new policies... ick.
■ Rocking out to Kalafina while waiting the drive thru at the bank and one of the business owners near my store seeing.

■ I have a friend I can spam emails to all day. (I don't think she minds) x(^o^)x

■ I got set up with Tumblr, Flickr, and Google+ (again) because I want to be more active on the internets. Flickr's mobile app does just as much as Instagram does (plus quite a bit more photo editing options) so I'm making the switch there.
■ Found out one of my friends asked his lady friend to marry him. I'm so excited and happy for them!

I Remind Someone of Link


Outfits of the Day - Rinoa & Me

Thrown Together Outfit

Doesn't it feel great when you throw a few pieces together (when you feel like you have nothing to wear) and it turns out great?! Yeah me too! Feeling pretty confident today. d^__^b


Practice Makes Perfect

Serious talks about going to Japan next year have prompted Aaron and I to get cracking at practicing Japanese. Again. We've decided we want to go back to Osaka and this time we'll to "backpack it". And maybe go around baseball season so we can see a Hanshin Tigers game.

We've also started by diving in head first and quickly going through everything we've learned before, while sprinkling some new words in there just for fun. I was happy I remembered more hiragana than I thought I would, but I should have remembered more. So I have been doing lots of lines to help reinforce it in my brain:

In addition to hirigana, we worked on numbers. But not just numbers, we worked on numbers for counting things (because those two things are different in Japan). You pronounce a number differently when you are giving someone your phone number than when you are telling a person who many cats you have. Fun times!

I've been able to get a couple hours of studying and writing things down over and over and over again so I'm really happy about it. Tomorrow's study session will be awesome!

Is A Woman Not Entitled To the Body She Has Grown Into?

Yesterday I was asked by a male customer if I was pregnant. This is the second time in my adult life I've been asked this when I am indeed NOT pregnant.

I am 5 feet 4 inches tall. I weighed 129lbs at my last doctors appointment a few weeks ago. I am, by no means a big girl. I'm not fat. I'm not chubby. I'm not flat tummy-ed. I'm not toned. I'm pear shaped. I have "muffin tops". I eat well. I exercise. I'm healthy.

So why do I get asked this? Why is it that these men think that because I don't have the body of a Dallas Cowboy's cheerleader that the only other explanation for my body is that I'm pregnant?

What is wrong with my body? NOTHING.

Why do I get asked this? Because there are stupid people out there who apparently don't have a grasp on reality. And what real (read: average)women look like.

Why do I let this effect me when I try so hard to not let it?

I don't know, but I'm trying really hard to not let it.

Why do I lose confidence about myself over how far over my jeans my tummy is? Why can't I just accept myself and my body as it is? Why do I even have to think these things?

Even more so, why do I think these things even though I know how LOVED I am by my husband. By my family. My friends.

What is it going to take to make society understand that women come in all shapes and sizes and that is ok? Not just ok~ 100% PERFECTLY OK. We are all amazing people. We are all placed on this Earth for a reason. We should all learn to accept ourselves and other for what we are. For the effort we put into ourselves. For the goodness we project to others.

I am cut from a pretty stubborn cloth and I will not let this keep me down. I'm going to do as my Dad say's: "Tape it and go". I'm going to tape a little bandage on my heart and I'm going to go out into the world knowing that I am a wonderful and beautiful woman. I am going to reaffirm in myself all the qualities that make me me and LOVE MYSELF. I'm going to love every single detail about myself, because I work for it. Because this is the body I have grown into and it's wonderful.

All Aboard!

While Aaron and I were in San Fransisco a few weeks ago, we had decided to take a self-guided tour on board the SS Jeremiah O'Brien at Pier 49. It was awesome!.

Since it's a self-guided tour, we were able to just wander and get up and personal with a lot of aspects of the ship.

That is Alcatraz Island out there. Pretty crazy.

"Hey Aaron! Look what I found! This gun is so cool! I'm so hardcore, huh?!"

We were able to explore four or five floors inside the ship. We saw the teeny timey crew bedrooms, mess hall, lounges, and even the engine room!

Aaron is seriously contemplating whether or not to hide and scare me. And also thinking about food. xD

ALSO. You can have sleepovers on the ship!! There are rows and rows of these cots that were three beds tall. I think that the sign said you can have up to 50+ people included at a sleepover there. HOW COOL! We thought it'd be super great to have an overnight party there. d^_______^b

We had walked so much that day, I was ready for a little nap. *^^*

I have this thing for military vehicles. I think they're just about the coolest. So I was thrilled to be so close to one, even if it was just a Jeep. (It was a COOL Jeep!!)

After we toured every inch on the inside of the ship, we went back top to find the gun we heard you can sit at and get really hands on with.

Aaron thought this was just about the coolest thing ever. I laugh at this picture every time I see it. It's totally amazing!

It was very fun to hang out someplace that had so much history. We found out that it was actually one of the very few armada ships that returned from Normandy, and that part of the ship was used turning the filming of the movie "Titanic".

If you ever find yourself at Fisherman's Warf in San Fran, and you have the time, definitely check this ship out! It was $12 per person, and it was $12 well spent. I'd love to come back and tour it again someday. Alongside the pier, next to this ship, is a submarine you can tour. That would be super cool to check out also. Maybe next time!

Have you ever had a chance to tour something like this? If you haven't, is there any place like this you'd like to visit?

Awkward and Awesome v4

■ Being told by a customer that he appreciates that my "moral compass points North". o_O (I appreciate his appreciation... it's just weird being told that in such a way)
■ Being asked by a customer if I was going to give them something for their birthday. o_O;
■ Not realizing that my lip color was crazy super bright until after I ran errands and got to the store. (Maybelline Baby Lips Pink Punch might be a tad too bright for me. Maybe I'm just not used to it?) What do you think?
(It's kinda bright huh?)

■ Getting another order of super awesome string backpacks with the store's macsot, Seilah, on them for the store.
■ Getting ready to host a regionals tournament for a card game that we host at the store. The British Columbia location isn't able to host regionals so we're welcoming our friends from the North to join our party.
■ The store is sponsoring a few charities this month because we can. *^_^*
■ NORO yarn has a MAGAZINE!! The next project I knit for myself is going to be the striped shrug. I don't have enough yarn for it so I guess I'll just have to go buy some~ bummer... ;D
■ Inspiration hit me the other day and I scribbled down some notes for what I hope to be my next pattern! It's going to use variegated yarn. FUN!
■ I'm able to knit for a decent amount of time again and I even finished a project!! Pictures coming soon.

That's all for now friends! Hope your Tuesday is going spectacularrrrrr!

The Quest for the Golden Cheese

A story based on true events. Penned by KnittedFox

It was a dark night. A late night also. Who knows how late it really was. Our adventurer, Sarah, had found herself face to face with a dilemma of an acute kind. She was making tacos for herself and her adventuring partner, Aaron the Loyal, when she realized she was out of cheese.

"Oh bother!", she said. "What are we to do!?"

Aaron the Loyal jumped out of his chair and ran to his shoes. "I will get some for you!" shouted he, as he hurried to put his shoes on. He ran out the door before Sarah could reply. She grabbed her cloak and shoes and sprinted to catch up him.

As our adventurers started out on their quest, they wrapped their cloaks around them. They could see their breath on the air. It was only early October but the night weather was already biting cold.

"Are you sure you want to go get cheese? It's rather late." Sarah asked as she rubbed her hands together. The thought of tacos without cheese was unbearable, but was it worth the long trek JUST for this one item?

"We MUST have cheese for our tacos!" cried Aaron. His pace quickened. This journey would take some time, and he wanted to be there and back again as quickly as possible.

With a determined look on her face, Sarah agreed. "Yes, we must." She hurried to match Aaron's stride.

They crossed street after street until they came to a wide field. It was dark and the grass smelled wet and sweet. For a second, only a second, did Sarah delay. Walking with cold wet toes was something she dreaded. Few things slowed her down on a journey as much as that. Tonight she would gladly sacrifice her toes to frostbite if need be. It didn't take more than a few steps for water to pool inside her shoes. "I can over come this," she kept telling herself.

They trekked far across the field, past grassy puddles and sticky mud until finally they came to dry land. Their path was lined with trees of all types: pines, oaks, and dogwoods. As the two adventurers walked along the path, the darkness hid many low hanging branches. Branches that Aaron kept running into as they hurried along.

"There is nothing on this Earth as bad as being hit by branches one cannot see!" Aaron cried as he was hit for a third and fourth time. The clouds had covered the night sky, therefore there was no moon to guide Aaron away from the branches. By the time they had come out of the forest, Aaron's face was red where the branches had scratched his face, and there were a few bits of leaves ruffled through his hair.

Our brave adventurers were making great progress. They were about half way to their destination when another obstacle blocked their path. Out of the shadowy brush sauntered a giant skunk, the dreaded Pepe de Tila Pew Pew Pew. He was on the prowel for his next meal. This stopped our adventurers dead in their tracks.

Aaron looked at Sarah and put a finger to his lips, "Shh... let's go around". Luckily, Pepe did not see or hear our adventurers. They quietly crossed to the other side of the path and tiptoed well past his field of vision. Releasing a sigh of relief Aaron and Sarah walked on, glancing over their shoulders every once in a while making sure Pepe wasn't following them.

They quickly arrive at their destination and acquire not one but two packages of Golden Cheese. As Sarah and Aaron start their journey back home, they much on a few bites of cheese. This boosted their energy and prepared them for the journey home. They quickly made their way past Pepe de Tila Pew Pew Pew, ducked through the forest, kept it together while they walked through the wet field, and made it home.

With the Golden Cheese grated and piled high, the adventurers built and devoured their tacos with huge smiles on their faces. "What a successful quest! These tacos are THE BEST tacos ever!" Sarah said, delighted with their feast.

"Yes, indeed! The best ever!" Aaron replied. Sarah noticed a little Tapatilo on his lip. She wiped it away and started giggling. Aaron joined in, and the two giggled themselves happily ever after.

The End.


Today started out with the idea of doing one of those "picture an hour" posts where I take a picture once an hour showing you what one of my work days is like. Then I was late for work, the electricity was out in half of North Richland, and then we got crazy busy and before I knew it the last four and a half hours have flown by. Today definitely hasn't been a typical for me.

So instead I'm going to talk about some of my favorite things. I recently added an "About Me" section to the blog and thought it would be fun to add even more random crazy info about me here. So read on, if you'd like~

■ Anything by J.R.R. Tolkein
■ Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind
■ The Jane Austin basics
■ "The Cat Who" series by Lilian Jackson Braun
■ various Star Wars series
■ Spice and Wolf
■ anything about physics, particle physics, and/or astronomy

■ Girls Generation
■ AKB48
■ Grizzly Bear
■ Eikichi Yazawa
■ Ellie Goulding
■ Electric Light Orchestra
■ Vocaloids
■ Neutral Milk Hotel
■ of Montreal
■ LCD Soundsystem

■ waffles w/butter and honey
■ olives
■ pickles
■ Bibimbop
■ ramen
■ curry
■ curry ramen
■ Brussels sprouts
■ sunflower seeds
■ chocolate covered pretzels
■ yogurt covered pretzels
■ Pizzaria pretzel Combos

■ caramel macchiato
■ Starbuck's Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher
■ chai latte w/a shot of espresso
■ Stella Artois
■ green tea
■ melon flavored Bubble Tea

Video Games
■ Final Fantasy XI (PC)
■ Dragon Quest IX (Nintendo DS)
■ Final Fantasy 3/6 (Super Nintendo)
■ Phoenix Wright series (Nintendo DS)
■ Ghost Trick (Nintendo DS)

Card Games
■ Cribbage
■ Weiss Schwarz

■ Lord of the Rings
■ Pride & Prejudice (w/Colin Firth)
■ Persuasion (the one with Amanda Root and the one with Sally Hawkins)
■ Happy Potter series
■ Star Wars Original Trilogy
■ Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

■ Tenchi Muyo
■ Sailor Moon
■ Star Trek Next Generation
■ Deadliest Catch
■ Baseball (Go M's!!)

■ cats
■ dogs
■ foxes
■ owls
■ cats *^_^*

■ Crossbody purses
■ long necklaces
■ tinted chapstick or lipbalm
■ my ipod touch
■ my neon pink big sunglasses

■ my wedding ring
■ a one of a kind necklace my mom bought me
■ my dad's military unit coin (drinks are not often on me lol!)
■ a necklace that my sister's and I all have one of
■ a doll I've had since I was a baby (I called him "My Baby With No Hair" or "Baby" for short)

■ Instagram
■ Hana fuda
■ Jack Lumber
■ Hot Springs Story
■ PicFrame

■ Questionable Content (my homepage)
■ Twitter
■ Gmail
■ Ravelry
■ Huffington Post
■ Universe Today

■ pink
■ blue
■ mustard yellow
■ peach
■ grey

Fashion Friday and DIY!

Happy Friday friends! Hope your weekend is starting off awesome! Mine is so far. Today has been a great day at the store, I'm going to be heading out here soon to go on a yarn date with my friend Danielle, Aaron and I are going to have a bunch of friends over to play scary video games tonight. Yeah, awesome day is awesome!

To add to the fun, I have a little DIY to share. It's something I saw on the Beauty Department and just loved! Handy dandy foundation and blush~ in a contact case~

This is so incredibly easy~

Step 1: Gather your foundation, a cream blush, and a contact case.

Step 2: Add foundation to one side.

Step 3: Add cream blush to the other side. This stuff was really easy to tear and smoosh into the case.


This little guy is sooooo much nicer to haul around than the foundation bottle! (Cuz I'm totally a person who does that... along with all my other makeup stuffs).

In addition to the DIY, I wanted to post some outfits. It's been a while and I'm currently enjoying the cool weather we're having and pairing shorts with long sleeves.

Shorts and long sleeves is my all time favorite style to wear. Soon enough I'll be bringing out the cardi's and sweaters. What are you favorite late summer/early fall styles?


It Only Took Me A Year To Notice

Somewhere along the line when I moved my blog from a personal domain to a Blogspot blog I forgot to add an "About Me" section. It didn't occur to me until just the other day. So I spent some time and made one. It's weird writing about myself. And it's weird writing about how weird it was to write it. So I'll stop and point you in the direction of the About Me page. *^_^*v

Distant Worlds

Last weekend Aaron and I went to the orchestra. We totally traveled to Berkeley California just for it. But it wasn't just any concert. No no no. It was a 10th anniversary concert for Final Fantasy XI, which we have been playing for years and years. We even dressed up a bit for it. *^_^*

We had EXCELLENT seats! Were about 10 rows back and there wasn't anyone sitting in front of my so my short self was able to see the entire stage! The orchestra performed all our favorite songs in their own unique way which made it even more special. They performed a medley of the four main Nations in the game which was the best version of these songs I've ever heard! Two of the game's composers, Naoshi Mizuta and Kumi Tanioka flew in from Japan for the concert which was very cool.

Kumi Tanioka, Arnie Roth, and Naoshi Mizuta.

Aaron purchased us VIP tickets so we were able to meet the conductor and composers. They autographed posters and we chitchatted a bit in Japanese. Talking with the people who are the creators of music that is close to our hearts was very special.

I was able to tell Kumi Tanioka that her how much I loved her piano performance, and thanked her in Japanese for coming to America to perform. We had a moment. *^_^* Arnie Roth talked to me a bit about the challenges they faced with the music and that they weren't sure how well the music would be received since it was performed slightly different than in game. I reassured him that the performance was nothing short of amazing. Aaron told Naoshi Mizuta about our store (in Japanese) and he thought it was really neat and wished us luck. I told him I loved his music and thanked him for being at the concert. The night was just incredible!!!

Not only did we get to see the orchestra, but Aaron got us tickets to see a San Francisco Giants game! So we made the trek to San Fran on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), which was pretty darn quick and easy, and spent the day in the city by the bay.

While we were in San Francisco, we visited Pier 39, Fisherman's Warf, Musee Mechanique, and USS Jeremiah O'Brian! We walked all this by the way. xD I'm going to save talking about these places for another post because I have so much to say about them. I can't wait to show you all!

In the mean time, I hope everyone has a wonderful Saturday! [waves]

PAX Prime 2012

Tickets in hand: check
Hotel booked for five days: check.
Store covered for five days: check (thanks again my super-awesome-amazing family!)
Friend picked up from the airport two days early: check
Full car of buddies ready for a long weekend of games and shenanigans: double check!

PAX Prime was just as much fun as we knew it would be. So much happened that we didn't plan, but isn't the unexpected part of the fun?

We were able to catch up with our friend Cody who drew us this SUPER adorable picture:

We also met up with our peeps from Press Pause Radio:

From left to right is: Sean, Ser (who composed the store's theme song~ he's soo super talented!!), George (who we picked up from SeaTac two days early so PAX weekend really started on Tuesday for us, lol!), Sean-dood (we had an adventure finding him at the train station~ a statue of Anubis ended up being the key to success), Cody, and me. Aaron was quite the photographer that weekend. Sadly, I didn't get to meet up with Eve~ hopefully next year!!

Another friend who we unexpectedly ran into was Darth Vader!!!

Seriously though, I know this dude. His name is Manny and he comes and shops at my store. At first, I wasn't sure it was him, but as soon as I saw him talking to one of his buddy's I know I ran and glomped him (hence the blurry picture). Now, I'm not one who normally "glomps" someone, but I was so excited to see Vader! xD Also the dude dressed up as Darth Revan in the back is one of my customers too, who sadly I don't know his name (sorry!). If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember this picture of me posing with both these dudes.

While we're on the subject of Star Wars, I ran into a SHADOW TROOPER! Out of all the various Star Wars characters I've ran into at PAX and at the store, I haven't seen a Shadow Trooper. I was psyched!

Look at that! I think he was just as excited for the picture as I was! ;D

Games were actually played in case you were wondering. Lots more than the previous two years in fact! Here are just a few of the many many we played (and remembered to take pictures of, lol).

Natural Selection 2. In high school my friends and I had a server for the first NS game. Back in the day it was a Half-Life 2 mod, but now it has grown into it's own deal. The game was playable and it was perfect! (Minus the overheating computers which would crash the games... poor computers).

I will be 100% honest with you here, so don't disown me as a blogging friend when I make this statement: I do not like the new Mario games. At all! I find the controls loose, the animation floaty, and the new game mechanics just aren't fun. That being said, I played the NEW new Mario game for WiiU. I'm not impressed.

The two games that I was MOST excited for, I didn't get pictures of. The first was an iOS game called Jack Lumber. You play as Jack and he's getting revenge on trees as one killed his Granny. You have to use your finger to move the magic axe and cut up the trees into pieces. It's only $1.99 but I would EASILY pay $4.99 for it! I had the opportunity to talk with one of the developers who was so nice and eager to talk to us about the game. We probably talked for about 15-20 minutes about his game, various outlets to release games, and our store. It was super great!

The second game is Go Home Dinosaurs. Think of it as Plants vs Zombies and Tetris. Totally a different concept but it works. And is a ton of fun! This is a free Chrome download and I have spent a lot of free time at the store playing *cough* I mean, researching games *cough*. ;D

ALSO! We met the guys at Gaijin Games, the awesome dudes behind the Bit Trip games. I cannot begin to explain how awesome Alex was when we talked with him. He took the time to talk to us about his company's game's, game production, and we were able to buy his games from the store there at the booth! Not to mention we rock their stickers and tiny pins here at the store. d*^__^*b

Sadly, Sega didn't throw a party this year at GameWorks so we threw our own there. It was super crowded there so we made friends with a couple who was super nice enough to share their table with us. After some games and a few drinks, we all took turns to see who could get the highest score on Aaron's Shooting Watch. The point is to see how many times you can press a button in 10 seconds. Silly? Not one bit! My previous score was 81. Then by a stroke of luck, I hit this:

It's all in the technique! Out of 10 of us, only a few were able to get above 100. While I haven't been able to replicate this personal victory, I'm pretty happy I set it. :D

Lastly, SquareEnix threw a neat little get together complete with every Final Fantasy game they've released complete with a family room set up from that era:

It was pretty darn neat. THEN! SquEnix had a photo area:

Look! It's like we're in the game! ♥ How fun!

I look forward to making so many more memories next year at PAX. It's going to be a four day event instead of the normal three, so I have high hopes for it's awesomeness!

Enough of my nerdiness! Have a great day everyone! *^_^*v

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