April 26th, 2012
On GamingAngels, we launched a contest encouraging our readers to create their gaming ponies based on the My Little Pony model.
Someone on deviantart created a Pony Creator which allows you to create your very own personalized Pony! The pony above is how I would like to see me. Although I couldn’t think of a cutie mark.
So what would your Pony look like?
Megan from Sunshine Wonderland made me the most awesome pony evar!!!
April 24th, 2012
My picture is not very good, but last week I not only got to meet some wonderful ladies from Socalladybloggers but also The Bloggess as well. I had heard of the Bloggess from the twine incident, but in reality I was not a follower of her blog. That has all changed now.
The event was to celebrate the launch of her book with a reading and Q&A with Soleil Moon Frye who admitted she had as much anxiety as Jenny. As we discovered in the Q&A, most of the room seemed to suffer from anxiety. Jenny opened with a reading of a part of her book and I couldn’t stop laughing.
The thing about Jenny that I gathered from the Q&A is that her fans love her because she speaks from the heart. While she admitted that she has anxiety speaking in front of crowds, she easily opened up to us telling us stories and moments from her past. You can’t help but fall in love with her.
I bought two books, one for me and one for my mom to read. After the Q&A, I stood in the very long and slowly moving line. But eventually I met Jenny and got my autograph.
I also took a picture of her stuffed animal? I think she has a thing for stuffed animals? lol
Jenny is funny but also incredibly inspirational. She writes tales from her heart and I can’t wait to read more.
I’ll be reviewing her book for GamingAngels. ^_^
April 20th, 2012
In Trying to Conceive it seems like there are always crazy moments along the way. Not the crazy thing just happened to me moment, but more like the…I would be committed if anyone else knew about this moments. To poke fun at myself and hopefully get others to share their moments so we can all laugh at ourselves, I’m starting a weekly look at my personal crazy and hopefully you will share yours too.
In my crazy moment this week, it’s all about dreams I’ve been having.
In one dream people were smoking in a room. I ran to the bathroom to throw up and someone asked if I was okay. I stated that I was pregnant and can’t stand the smell of Cigarettes.
In another dream, I took a pregnancy test and ended up with two lines on it. Then told husband that I was pregnant.
To add your crazy, submit your blog below. I’ll try to make a blog badge next week so we can make it all kinds of official. But for now, enjoy the simplicity (read ghetto). Add your blog and your story and let’s celebrate another week in our journey together. ^_^
April 18th, 2012
AJ reminded me through a conversation on Facebook that Idol is on today and Thursday. Which triggered a reminder about a blog post I wanted to write.
Typically I watch Idol and I’ll watch the beginning and then maybe phase out. Every few seasons it catches me. This season is one of those. I believe this might just be the most talented group that Idol has seen yet. My personal faves are Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez. It’s no secret that each week I have put in my vote for Phillip Phillips. It’s great that American Idol allows for online voting because otherwise I probably would not vote. Having online voting allows me to vote again and again with ease (you’re limited to 50 votes online I think).
Last week I was pretty aggressive with my voting for Phillips. The judges weren’t kind and it’s getting to where every vote counts. But I never thought Jessica would be in danger. Jessica sings like a pro already and yet was the person with the least votes. The only thing I can think of is other people, like me, thought she was safe. Chime the feeling of guilt. In my mind, the best at American Idol is Jessica, Joshua, Phillip, and Skylar. Sorry Colton, Holly and Elise, I’m just not that into you. Although let’s get real here, they are all more talented than most people. Just not my favs. In fact, I really think Holly and Elise missed a bullet last week.
It will be a travesty to the competition if Jessica goes home. I hope others will use their votes this week to make sure she’s not in the bottom again. Now that the judges don’t have a save, I will be sharing my votes among the people that I think did the best. And Phillip Phillips too. ^_^ Come on, I have to have my favorite too!
April 14th, 2012
Pottermore is open!! I’ve been waiting for what seems like forever for Pottermore to open. I was unable to get into the beta, so when Monique (from GamingAngels and RazingMayhem) mentioned in the staff chat today that Pottermore is open I raced over there.
My username is MoonOwl887 if anyone wants to add me. I’m trying to find my way around and get sorted. I’m not sure what the load is but it may be substantial because it already kicked me out once. From what I can see, most of the features are actually still in lock down. It also says Beta all over the page still. The odd thing is I can’t seem to find out how to get sorted. It mentioned it on log in and now nothing…
I’m clicking through the first book to see if I can get to the sorting and it seems really odd. Like stuff should be clickable but isn’t. Purchasing items in the store User Interface is pretty wonky. They should have taken a note from video game inventory systems. If I bought something and there is one of it, I don’t need a buy confirm, just take it off the shelf. To have to click through to buy and get a confirmation and then have to click back to get back to the list of books is way too many steps.
Finally got to my wand…SYCAMORE WITH DRAGON CORE, ELEVEN AND A HALF INCHES, SURPRISINGLY SWISHY. haha I’m swishy. Eventually I made it to the sorting ceremony and I’m in house Ravenclaw. Which is interesting because I always thought I was a Hufflepuff. Just glad I’m not Slytherin! haha
We’ll see how often I go back. As I said earlier, the User Interface is pretty poor and is a turnoff for me. It took me almost an hour just to get that far. One last thing… I know that users have been pretty active in beta, but shouldn’t all the points be nullified at release? Some of the top people in the house have hundreds of thousands of points…how am I supposed to catch up?
Oh and a bit of a bragging point for Ravenclaw…we have the least members, but the second most points. Now I have to go to brew to add points to my house. ^_^ Have to beat Slytherin!
April 11th, 2012
How can that be? How is it possible? How can I not feel like gaming? Aren’t I the GamingAngel? I run a website that talks 24/7 about gaming. And yet… I don’t want to play. I’ve been trying to catch up on what we call a “backlog of shame”. The backlog is filled of older games that I never finished but mean to. Some games even have the cellophane wrapping on them. When I look at the games that are slated to come out, I am ecstatic. I can’t wait for Diablo III or Torchlight II or Borderlands 2. I want to play Journey which recently came out. But there is something in me that wants to do anything but play a game.
What have I been doing? I’ve been working on organizing my project ideas. Thinking about creating an app for TTC couples. Working on launching a new project and trying to figure out new ways to keep GamingAngels interesting. Our staff had a great weekend at PAX East (a gaming convention in Boston). But while they were gaming, I was planting bulbs and digging out dead trees from our backyard.
Even tonight, Matt is not feeling well and I have a book I want to download to read for a review on Pulp Angels. My last book review was Oppression by Jessica Therrien. Which I loved and recommend. Maybe it’s that books are easier to sit and digest in a smaller amount of time than a game? Less commitment in case I feel the need to put it down and multitask?
I absolutely love gaming. I have loved it since I was a little girl playing arcade in a laundrymat for hours. But lately I feel uninspired with games. Like we’re getting more of the same. Lately I feel uninspired by the gaming community, a community that most recently launched a very vocal campaign because they were dis-satisfied with an ending of a game. Note, I haven’t played the game, so I have no idea if I would feel the same way. But in the grand scheme of SHIT THAT IS FUCKED UP, I have to say this is very low on the list. Is it wrong to feel that if half that energy went into what our government is doing then maybe Gay and Lesbians would have the right to get married everywhere and women wouldn’t have to feel like second class citizens where men are deciding what should happen in their bodies.
Typically I don’t play games because I feel like watching tv. While Game of Thrones, House and 2 Broke Girls are amazing, some of my previous guilty pleasures are now turning me off. I watch Dance Moms and watch the moms scream at each other while they should be focused on the happiness of their child. Man can those kids dance. I told Matt I watch the show for the 10 minutes that they show the kids performing. Because it’s joy to see the passion for dance in their eyes. But the way these parents act on reality shows (the new Texas show, Dance Moms, Toddlers & Tiaras) it makes me wonder just how fucked up the next generation is going to be. There was a time where being in public meant to act with respect and dignity. But now it seems everyone has thrown that out the window for 15 minutes of fame.
I wonder if I’m going through a phase. Where I just don’t want to hear or deal with the bullshit. I don’t want to see bickering over things that just don’t seem important. I don’t want to see people putting each other down for reasons that don’t matter. I don’t have time for it. I don’t have time for the drama and I just want to create. I want to create something inspiring and amazing. I want to get lost in a great story for hours. I want to fight a dragon and feel like I’ve saved the world. I want to put time in and feel a reward not a financial but a reward of personal satisfaction. I want to network and meet other people like me. I want to talk about our problems and come up with solutions. I want to create. I want to be creative.
In the end…maybe I just don’t feel like gaming for right now.