Monday, July 30, 2012

Re-Pinked

I just can't stay away from my neon-strawberry locks. Kind of makes me want a haircut, though - I loved when it was medium length and pink.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Science, Yo


Nothing's wrong with a little radio silence to rest and relax in the few minutes I have here and there; but there are two boys that miiight be a little responsible for my absence of late, as well. Hope everyone is having a lovely July!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

What I Wore: Curly Girl in Grey Tones


I'm not thaaat good at doing my hair. When I decide to curl it (the, uh, most complicated thing I can do), I get about two curls in and am immediately no longer into the idea. Sometimes I want to just shower again so I don't have to curl the rest of my head. But, most of the time, I truck on through and do a mediocre job? Just kidding, it's alright - but I do forever envy the girls who have long luxurious locks that look so effortlessly curled every day. Yesterday, though? Mine wasn't so bad.


Felt like a nice and simple outfit - I looove my Alternative Apparel tank and my fake red Toms. My favorite, though, is the red bandana in my pocket that my lovely friend Klea bought for me because I didn't want to charge 80 cents on my debit card. My super goth necklace is Betsey Johnson.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

I Wanna Be The Very Best: My Pokemon Challenge

As you can tell by a few of my last posts, I've been feeling very Poke-y lately. There is so much talk about Black & White 2 that, even though the game doesn't come out until October, I'm getting pretty antsy. That's, like, three months away, though, so I had to come up with another plan to quench my Pokemon needs. A marathon!

This was partly inspired by Mark, who has been playing through the Metal Gear Solid games in order this summer. That sounds so fun, so why couldn't I do it? So, with help from the wonderful Kenny of PKMNcast fame, I decided on my games of each generation. I ended up picking the "third" versions, which (of the first three generations, at least) I haven't played. So, in order: Yellow, Crystal, Emerald, Platinum (which I've mostly beaten already..), and then, if I have time, finish up the endgame stuff I have left in B&W. Phew!

Mark and I had the first half of yesterday totally free, so we took a trip to the cities to find some used video game stores for the first three games I needed to pick up. At the first stop, High Score in Chaska, I was happy to see Yellow right away! It was $30, though, and a little dirty.. I was glad to see it, though, because it was a back-up. We left there and stopped at the other location in Shakopee. Yellow was there, too, priced at $35, and the guy who was working didn't even take a second to say hi to us as we walked in. After that, we went to a few Game Centrals (one in Eden Prairie and one in Southdale) and weren't too happy with the condition or prices of any games we found. I was getting a little nervous, though, because at all of these places, I didn't spot a single Crystal or Emerald..

Time was getting short and we had to make it back home soon for a family supper, but we had time for one more stop. Discland in Bloomington. I love that place - a record store, movie store, and used video game store all in one, mixed up with some incense-y stuff, pop culture toys, t-shirts, and body jewelry. The staff is always super friendly and it's just a fun place to walk around and look at stuff.

Driving to Discland
We walked in, were greeted right away, and I crouched down to flip through the super-clean looking Game Boy carts. First one I grabbed - Pokemon Yellow for $14.95. Right behind it? Two copies of Crystal for $25 each. I stood up to show Mark and when the cute girl working noticed what I had, she told me she had some more games up by the counter that had been on hold for a guy who ended up changing his mind. The game she pulled out was Emerald! What are the odds?! I was excited, but Emerald was another $25, and that was definitely way more than what I was planning on paying at once for these games. She told me that all used games were buy two, get one for $10 or less free.. Which I didn't qualify for.

Until she told me that she'd let me get away with getting Yellow for free! So.. all three games that I wanted, all for $50? I knew that I couldn't pass that up, especially since all the copies of Yellow that I had found already were at least $30 alone. I went for it, and walked out smiling, since our last stop definitely paid off.

My treasures!
Now I'm all set to get through as much Pokemon as I can before the new game comes out. I started Yellow today and I'm already one gym in.. I'm excited to work through Yellow, since the closest I've come to that first gen is the remake, FireRed. Mark is letting me borrow his SP for the first two, and then I'll bust out my Pink DS to finish up on Emerald. I am excited, to say the least!


Friday, July 6, 2012

FINISHED PROJECT: Chibi Pikachu Amigurumi

Now, this is a finished project I am definitely extra-proud of! I made this pattern up to create my own cuuute little Pika plush. I hope you love it!

Crochet Pikachu

This little guy took about four-ish hours, but a lot of it was trial and error. I used Red Heart Super Saver for all of it, since I have a LOT of basic colors of that laying around from when I started crocheting. The body was the ~soft~ super saver. My favorite is his little button eyes!

I used an H-hook for the body and an F-hook for the ears and the cheeks. I found the little button eyes at Hobby Lobby, and used a black embroidery thread for the mouth. That took the longest.. I wanted his expression to be cute, but I don't have the most experience stitching on faces.

Pikachu Plush

Here he is, hanging out with his little friends. (I don't know what that little indent is on the side, it must be a shadow or weird angle.) Let me know what you think! I wonder if next time I make him, it goes a little quicker.. I'd love to have more and more and more!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

How I've Been Beating the Heat

Here are a few sneak peeks of what I've been up to lately, and more importantly, what has been helping me stay cool, or at least, what has been keeping my mind off this summer heatwave.

DRESSING COOL

I know I sound like a whiny Midwesterner, but it's been HOT out! Temperatures in the upper 90s, with an awful humidity level. My work IS air conditioned, but half the walls are floor to ceiling windows, so it can still be pretty uncomfortable in there. I've been dressing nice and cool to help me through the day. Here I am in my silly little horse-dress, a crochet vest, and some (imitation) mocs!


SUMMER SNACKS

I love little tomatoes. During the summer, we used  have a little cherry tomato plant out in the back yard, and I loved when my mom picked a bunch and brought them inside. There was always a little cereal bowl of warm tomatoes that I could snack on every time I walked through the kitchen. I thought of that yesterday when I was at HyVee picking up some summer - I saw a little package of these guys for $2, so I bought them for the car ride back home. Yum!

CUTE TOYS

You know how much I love Pokemon and you know how much I love little cute toys. So when McDonalds busted out some more Pokemon happy meal prizes, I knew I had to have them ALL! Did you know you don't have to buy food to get these?! Just ask for the toys - only like $1.50 or $1.99 each. I go inside and make the workers pull them out for me so I can pick. I was so happy to finally get AXEW, my newest prized possession.

VIDEO GAMES

Too hot outside means fun inside! I'm trying to beat the last Professor Layton (Last Specter) before the new 3DS one comes out. This also means I have to figure out how to buy a 3DS finally! I'm also planning a Pokemon marathon of all the old games (well, not all) to lead up to the new Black & White 2. Eee!


CRAFT PROJECTS

Yes, I crochet year round, and yarncrafting is most know for the cosy, cold winter months, BUT.. it's not like I'm making a big afghan or anything. Here are some little Pokeballs I'm starting to crank out for who knows what. WINK.