Last post I posted on Christmas Eve, this post I’m posting on New Year’s Eve, though its only 9:30pm here at the moment so there’s still a few hours left of 2006. Currently there are premature fireworks going off all around us, but that’s nothing new, there doesn’t seem to be any major parties nearby but we probably won’t hear anything of them until midnight anyway. Sydney are putting on their family fireworks broadcast (ones for the little kiddies to watch before they go to bed) though that’s probably finished by now and the next lot of fireworks don’t start until around 11:30pm. Whether I watch them or not depends on what I’m doing at the time. 2006 was a year of changes for me, I was heading on a downward spiral at the beginning of the year but I had a lifeline thrown at me and was pulled back up… temporarily. At the moment that hole is still sitting under me but I’ve yet to fall in it and I’m hoping something will end up blocking that up for a very long time so I don’t always feel like I’m gonna be dropped any minute now. There were a lot of interesting times both good and bad in work and at home. I don’t feel like I’ve achieved anything at work, and the only thing I feel achieved at home is the redecorating we did though it wasn’t a huge job (but it did seem like it at the time). As for 2007, I don’t like to look back unless its to remind me of something that I needed to have done but may have not gotten around to doing it. I don’t really like to make resolutions either because they don’t work out and they only last for a month if you’re lucky. At the moment I’m just waiting for what will happen. Its not a good thing, I should be the one going out and grabbing ‘it’ but I’m not really sure what ‘it‘ is (and most people will say ‘it‘ is life, but it can be interpreted in different ways for different people) so I don’t feel confident enough to try and grab ‘it‘. I’m hoping to at least get more energy back to be able to work on these ruddy websites of mine! I delay and delay and then I feel pretty useless because I’ve still not done anything. And then I think of all these fabulous ideas that give me the inspiration to go ahead and work on the site, but when it comes to the actual working on the site… the inspiration often disappears. One thing I need to evaluate is how much time I’m spending on everyone else’s website instead of my own. I promised to buy all these CDs when they come out next month and the following month, but now I’m thinking I’ll just pick up one or two and the others can wait. They’ll have to find someone else to release those other CDs instead. I need to really put more money back into my accounts so that all the stuff I want to do to my house I can actually do! I got thrown a lifeline by the bank just before Christmas but I’ve almost used it up. I can say it was Christmas and my Mum’s upcoming birthday bash that ate into my money but I know I’d be lying lol.
Its currently 11:40pm on Christmas Eve here in Adelaide, only 15 minutes till Christmas! Not that I’m overly excited about it, its a nice day but its really just another day. I think when you get older and there aren’t any kids around to share Christmas with it tends to end up being like every other day, just that you still spend it with family and you get presents! We’re heading over to my sister’s house in the morning, opening up some presents there and then we all head down to my brother’s house which is about an hour and a half away (on the opposite side of the city from us). It probably won’t take all that long to get there as I doubt the traffic will be congested lol, and then we spend lunch at my brother’s house. My nephew is driving down there and he’ll be driving me back once we’ve had lunch. Neither of us are terribly keen on hanging around for too long and I am not all that happy with some of my family members at the moment but that’s another story. At the moment, though, I’m pretty excited about the fact that I am finally on leave. I have 3 weeks of vacation and I’m going to enjoy it all! Even if I end up doing stuff all, its better than being buggered like I have been the past few weeks. My last day was on Thursday last week, so I’ve had a few days to relax already lol. So far I’ve not done a lot – read Vol 7 and 8 of “Death Note”; played Dirge of Cerberus and a bit of Final Fantasy X-2 (barbie doll game… >_>); played a bit of Sims 2; watched “Happy Feet”; wandered around Gaia-Online and listened to Luciano Pavarotti singing a couple of my favourite Christmas tunes (“Ave Maria” and “O Holy Night”). I bought Final Fantasy X-2 the other day just for the heck of it. I mean it is a platinum version now so its cheap to buy at the moment. Its mostly a frustrating game similar to Final Fantasy X (and every other FF game) in that you take a few steps and then you fight a monster/enemy and then when you’re done you take two more steps and another fight occurs etc etc. The worst part about FFX and FFX-2 is that you could inevitably run into a beast that’s a heck of a lot stronger than your whole party combined and with some fairly heavy attacks that knock your whole party out – even moreso than meeting up with a boss (the Boss’ so far are pretty easy). I became more frustrated at losing all of my health items (potions/Phoenix Downs etc) before I got to the Boss stage that I was almost ready to throw the whole console out the window lol. And even though I am a girl, the three heroines in this game are way too girly for my liking lol 😛 I am looking forward to Sims 2 – Seasons expansion pack. It has to be the best XP they’re releasing! The fact that you can have the four seasons and that there are different interactions during each of those seasons is pretty cool in itself. I still haven’t bought pets and I’m still not interested in buying that XP. Death Note was a bit disappointing when I read Vol 7 – my favourite character… ;___; The new characters are pretty cool though, and its still a good manga I still haven’t started watching the anime yet. Not sure how far they go in terms of the manga, whether it will end quickly (say around 26 eps) or will it continue as long as the manga is being published? Next year, which is just around the corner, I’d like to get a few things done around the house. I’m spending a bit too much money on things like games, anime goods and asian music CDs/DVDs and I keep wanting to get some new furniture. Not that I can afford it right now, but I’ve got to start saving money a bit better. Then again I reckon I say that every year… >_>
Work is really taking a toll on my health at the moment. Its coming to the end of the year and we’re just being bombarded by many things and many people who are in a state of panic to get things done before Christmas and the school vacation period. My boss is only managing to keep up with it all, but he’s hardly in the office as he’s always in a meeting or he’s been ‘required’ to attend one. Everyone who rings up says “I need to speak to him urgently! My matter is extremely important!” and since everyone has something important, then they all get pissed off when my boss doesn’t return their call. Prioritising at this time of year is out the window as everything really IS important and must be done as soon as possible. I guess the other factor is that I can’t say I’m the most healthy person on the planet lol, I do eat a bit of junk food, usually because its quick and simple and I can continue working while I’m nibbling away at some chocolate or a packet of chips (crisps to those in the UK ;-)), but of course with it being a demanding time and not eating the right things it makes it worse for me to handle the stress that’s currently flowing over me. Today was probably the worst it had gotten. I hadn’t had a lot of sleep over the weekend and last night I managed to crawl into bed and was out almost instantly (which is extremely unusual for me since it usually takes me about an hour or so before I finally nod off), and was still quite groggy in the morning. Went to work and it was full-throttle the whole day. I did manage to get out for a break but that was a bit stressful too lol. I wanted to go and buy a clock radio so that I could have it at work and listen to the radio with a nice big digital clock (handy since there’s no clock near me except for the one on the computer). I ended up down at Rundle Mall – the main shopping strip in the centre of Adelaide – and that was the start of it all. It was busy and over crowded as a lot of kids had finished up school (high schoolers mostly who had finished all their exams) and so you were having to weave in and out of the flows of pedestrian traffic to get from one side of the mall to the other. Anyway I went to one store which was an electrical store – nobody asked me if I needed any assistance and I couldn’t find a clock radio anywhere. So I went to the second electrical store that I knew – same deal. There were hardly any customers in there, but a lot of staff and they all ignored me while I stood in front of a very small choice of clock radios for about 10 minutes. I’d had enough then so I wandered into the Myer Center, and then into the actual Myer department store. I wandered up to their electrical section and found myself looking everywhere again, but before I knew it I saw something that really grabbed my attention. And it wasn’t a clock radio!!! What did I buy instead of a clock radio (which I found heaps of in Myer but changed my mind since I’d just spent a large amount)?? I bought Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus!! Its actually really hard to find in Adelaide. My nephew turned up one weekend not long ago and showed it off to me. He said he’d wandered around a number of the usual game stores but they didn’t have it. He finally found it out at EB Games at the Elizabeth Shopping Centre. I didn’t think I’d be out there anytime soon so I did wander down to the EB Games in Rundle Mall a few days after he’d shown me his copy but they didn’t have it. So when I saw it in Myer, I grabbed instantly lol! I haven’t yet played it as I’m completely stuffed but I may look into playing it on the weekend Anyway, yeah so when I got back to work – and realised I was running a bit late after all the running around I did in the mall – there were a whole pile of things to get done and I’d suddenly realised that I’d forwarded my phone to our voicemail instead of down to our receptionist. I know that the girl before me used to do that all the time, even when she was at her desk (stupid idiot!) so my immediate thoughts were that I’d done something stupid and it would be frowned upon. After that I did a lot of stupid mistakes and kept forgetting things and I realised then that it was getting a bit dangerous and that the stress was causing me to not be able to concentrate very clearly. I ended up speaking to a colleague and he agreed that when that begins happening, its time to take a bit of a breather. I also mentioned it to my boss and he understood too. So I said that if I didn’t feel too well in the morning, or still felt like I was a bit stressed, I wouldn’t be in tomorrow to work. My boss was fine with that and said I should look after my health first. But then after I left I thought that perhaps what I’d do is sleep in in the morning (I normally get up at 5:15am) and then go to work later like maybe arrive around 11am. I ended up ringing another work colleague and she said she’d pass that onto my boss in the morning. The thing is, if I end up waking up in the morning and I am worse then I’ll be sending her a text message to tell my boss that I won’t be coming in at all! I think that the other stupid thing about it, and its my fault and I am aware of it, is that during the day at work I’m usually on the computer all day. I do leave my desk to go to other sections and go to meetings, but the bulk of the time is spent in front of the computer (or on the phone). And then when I come home what do I do? Go onto my compter! So that most definitely adds to the list of ‘stupid things I do’ especially when I’m stressed out (see I’m doing it right now!)
I got sick of the darker looking scheme so I changed it. This theme has only just been out for a short while but its nice. Probably a bit too bright for my usual tastes lol, but its a change. I should start posting up some photos sometime. I know you can get a flickr plugin for WordPress though I don’t have an account with them (yet). I went to Borders last week as I remembered that they sell a little bit of manga. Well their ‘little bit’ has grown into a huge amount! I was really surprised at how much they were now offering, though it had been a few years since I was last in the store so no doubt it was popular enough for them to add to it. They are behind, however, in their releases and they don’t have as big of a selection as some of the online stores I have frequented (and they’re waaaaay more expensive) but at least its another option for me to go to I bought the first two volumes of “Demon Diary” and since there’s only 7 volumes in total I’ll probably get the rest on line. $21.95 (AUD) per book is a bit much! Tamarket sell their manga anywhere between $11 – $21 (AUD) depending on the title. Most of the bigger ones and the heavier books (like yaoi stuff) are the more expensive, where as the bulk of their releases are on average around $16 per manga. I’ve seen that the latest expansion pack to the Sims 2 has been released. I wasn’t really a big fan of the original “Pets” version so I’m not likely to go for this one either. There is a new holiday ‘stuff’ pack that is also out, and that’s probably the version I’ll be picking up when I next get to it. I’ve heard things about Pets being a bit buggy, in that they’ve changed a bit of the structure and this has caused some problems and strife for modders. Its always the modders that have to update and create work-arounds and the EA mob just seem to wait until 4-5 months later before they decide to release a patch that will solve the problem. So long as the new mods coming out from fan sites still cooperate with my current versions then I’ll be happy enough without getting . Listened to Dir en Grey‘s latest single titled “Agitated Screams of Maggots”. I have the single and I was reading the lyrics. They’re pretty full on and nasty (completely in English), however lead singer Kyo screams them and the words mesh together so you can’t really friggin understand anything he’s saying anyway. Can’t say its their greatest song, they’ve done a heck of a lot better, but some die-hard fans love all of their stuff including this screaming single. I also got 12012‘s latest single and the last of a trilogy they were releasing over 3 months called “over…”. Slower and a bit more ballady but still got the j-rock sound that I love from them. Out of those two singles I am definitely happier with the 12012 release! Currently I’m on my flexi-day – also referred to as a day-off lol. If I have enough hours up I can take up to two per month, though I rarely ever do. I’m about to put in my request for leave over the Christmas vacation and with all the public holidays that abound in that time of the year I end up getting about 3 weeks off. Normally I take about 4-5 over the Christmas vacation however I’m taking some time off in March so didn’t want to be too greedy! 😉 I usually try and take my flexi days off on a Monday as I’m a shocker when it comes to the first day of the week. A real grouch. I usually bite people’s heads off as soon as they look at me or talk to me first thing lol, but usually I’m a bit calmer by the end of the day. So having Monday’s off is usually a good thing ^_^ And finally, I’ve been finally catching up on a fairly lengthy anime series – “Naruto”. I had been downloading episodes and was up to somewhere in the 100’s but then got overloaded with other anime stuff and couldn’t be bothered downloading a long series that I hadn’t even started watching. So I’ve found all my older episodes and started watching them, and will be downloading all the newer stuff to catch up. I’m still a long way off from Episode 210 – which is the most recently released episode as of this post – (I’ve reached Episode 51 lol) but I’ve been watching a fair number of eps in a row and it won’t be long before I’ll be almost caught up!