torachan: maru the cat giving the side eye (maru side eye)
1. I had a good day off today. Got a chapter of You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead finished, and almost finished a chapter of Fulldrum. Did some housework, ran some errands. Got a lot of reading done.

2. I finally got the last memory in Breath of the Wild. Also finished up one of the sidequests I had hanging about (the Stalhorse one), and decided to search for the DLC treasures. So far I got the Twilight Princess mask and Majora's mask. (Both of them, as well as Misko's journal, which tells you the locations of the treasurers, were all in areas I'd never explored before, too.) Oh, and I picked up the reward for finding all 120 shrines.

3. When we were out running errands, I stopped at See's Candy and got some stuff that turned out to be almost exactly the amount left on the gift card my mom got me for my birthday. So I got a big bag of chocolates and only had to pay 28 cents. :D

4. Got soooo many great kitty pics today. I really love this one of Chloe looking regal.

torachan: arale from dr slump with a huge grin on her face (arale)
1. My mom called me this afternoon and said her husband was having problems with his computer, could I come over and fix it and she'd give me money off the rent if I did. Well, that's always good incentive, but especially considering we just had $1500 in car repairs, I rushed right over. :p And it was an easy fix, so I probably spent more time driving over there in lunchtime traffic than actually spent at his computer.

2. I finally got the last of the twelve memories in Zelda, and now there's another final memory to get. I played for quite a while today but I don't even know what all I did. Mostly wander around central Hyrule and kill Guardians in hopes of getting some damn ancient cores, but I killed like ten or more and only one dropped a core. I need three more cores to upgrade the last piece of my guardian armor! I also randomly found the Tingle tights even though I wasn't even looking for them. Oh, and I played some of the Trial of the Sword, but I died and then decided to do something else for a while.

3. Jasper is getting so big! He's almost nine months and he's pretty much as big as Chloe now, maybe even a little bigger.

torachan: a cartoon kitten with a surprised/happy expression (chii)
1. The check engine light came on the other day and both Carla and I noticed the car was feeling a bit wonky when we were driving, so we took it across the street to get looked at and...it's going to cost $1400. D: But, on the bright side, I hadn't gotten around to taking it in to get the bumper and stuff repaired from the accident yet, so at least we didn't just have $1000* in repairs and then this. The bumper stuff is all cosmetic (except for the fact that the trunk latch is now misaligned and hard to shut, but that just means we can't use the trunk, and we can do without a trunk for a while), so we can just keep putting that off for a while until these repairs are paid off. SIGH.

*I don't think I mentioned this, but the repairs that were supposed to be paid 50/50 by us and the other driver's insurance? Well, apparently the other driver changed their story and insists they weren't backing up, and their insurance has decided to believe them even though they had previously admitted to backing up, so now the insurance won't pay, and my insurance says the only way we can get them to is to take them to small claims court, which I do not have the time for, so we're stuck paying the full amount. We are going to see if we can get another estimate from somewhere else, though, once we do finally take it in for repairs.

One other plus is that they should be able to get it back to us tomorrow, so we won't be without the car for long.

2. I posted so much manga today. I feel very accomplished!

3. I played some more Zelda this evening. Finally got the last two shrines done, and also finished up a few more quests and did some armor upgrades. Still trying to decide if I want to do the master sword trial in this game or not.

4. Speaking of games, I got an email from Nintendo informing me that the new Pikmin game is out at the end of this month, so I pre-ordered it. I've never been that interested in Pikmin until they made it a side-scroller and then I was like, I'm there! XD

5. I love this picture of Chloe so much. (That's one of her favorite places to curl up for a nap.)

torachan: jason momoa/ronon smiling (ronon)
1. We went out to lunch with my aunt today, who is in town for a few days.

2. I got in some Zelda time this evening. That new map feature is just so awesome. I would have sworn that I had completely explored everywhere, but with the tracker on, I could see that there were some huge areas I'd managed to just completely go around every time, including one which had a shrine in it. So I did that, farmed some more materials and was able to upgrade a few more armor bits, found some Koroks, got another couple quests done, and now I am that much closer to feeling like I could go beat Ganon and be satisfied with my level of completion (definitely want to get the last two shrines and the last memory; I'm not going to force myself to upgrade all the armor sets just to say I did, because at this point that's still going to require a lot of farming, and I'm probably not going to try and get every last quest done). Still not sure if I want to do the Master Sword trial this game or save it for my next game... I'm definitely going to save the new armor quests for the next game, just to have something new to do.

3. Chloe was being super cute this afternoon.

torachan: onoda sakamichi from yowamushi pedal with a huge smile (onoda smile)
1. It was definitely a lot cooler today!

2. I played some more Zelda this evening and finally did the final Divine Beast. I'd been holding off on it because every time you defeat one of them, the overworld enemies level up and I didn't want them at the highest level when I still had so much exploring to do. I also did one of the new DLC sidequests and got the teleportation thingy! Not a whole lot of use for it in my current game since I'm almost done, but it will help out with one of the last shrines I need to get.

3. Look at this sweetie Jasper. It took me like five tries to get one that wasn't a squirming blur, lol.

torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
1. Since we're still only just halfway through the year and I'm at 39/40 of my reading goal, I went ahead and upped it again, this time to sixty. That seems doable. :)

2. I played some Zelda tonight and got down to just four shrines left. I've already watched a complete playthrough so I've seen all the shrines, but I couldn't remember which ones I was missing except for one, but looking at the map jogged my memory about one other, and then I remembere the other two on my own. They're all easy to find ones, which is good because I spent a lot of time today wandering around in the snow trying to find that stupid Hebra skeleton one. (Though after I finally did find it, at least I could complete that quest, too!)

3. I love Molly's soft, soft fur, so I'm always happy when she wants pettings. :D

torachan: sakaki from azumanga daioh holding a cat, with the text "I like cats" in Japanese (sakaki)
1. It's so nice having two days off in a row! And now I have just one day of work and then another day off!

2. I have to go in at six-thirty tomorrow morning, which sucks. But I used to have to go in at that time ever Wednesday, and haven't had to do so in over a year, so compared to that once in a while isn't bad. And hopefully I should get to go home early that way, which is always nice.

3. I made delicious lemon bars tonight. A bit different than the usual sort of lemon bars, these were more cheesecakey, but not really cheesecake. Very tasty, though.

4. I finally played some of the new Zelda DLC. My plan had been to play a bunch of Zelda last Thursday and maybe finish my game so that I'd be ready to start a new game the next day when the DLC came out, but then Chloe went missing and I was in no mood to play, and then I just haven't touched it since. Well, now I couldn't resist trying out some stuff like the spiffy new map feature on my in-progress game, but I'm not sure if I want to get all the new treasures and do the trial in this game or just continue on as-is and save those for my new game. The map is really awesome, though. I was finally able to find a shrine I'd been missing since I was able to see where I hadn't been yet.

5. Jasper and Chloe were sooooo cute looking at a hummingbird this morning. It's usually hard to get good pics of the cats by the window because the sun is shining so bright, so I'm glad this turned out so nicely.

torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
1. I decided to take the day off today. I was thinking about it since last night, and there really wasn't anything urgent I needed to do today, and Tuesday is one of the days when we have the most people scheduled, so everyone should be able to take care of stuff on their own...so I just stayed home. :D

2. I posted manga! I feel like poor Gunjo is a cursed series. I have had so much trouble getting it out due to the typesetters having problems. Each time I change typesetters, it seems like it's going to get better, and then they end up having problems, too. D: But finally after two months of radio silence, the current typesetter got back to me and said she had the chapter done, so yay!

3. The date of the first Breath of the Wild DLC was announced, and it's June 30th! You know what that means? I have to finish my current game before then, so I can start a new one when it comes out! I am near endgame and have been kind of dragging my heels on finishing up, because I want to upgrade all my armor, but that involves grinding, and I've done most of the exploring and just have a few last things to wrap up, basically, so it's a combination of the fun part being over and not wanting the game to end. But I'm really excited about the DLC and I think I want to enjoy it on a new, fresh game, so I played some more tonight, got a few more shrines (just eight more to go!) and upgraded a few more armor pieces. (I think I might give up on the idea of upgrading them all...) I really do love this game.

4. As of today we have taken a walk every day for a whole month. Although Carla's health is still not great, she has definitely seen an improvement in stamina from these daily walks, so hopefully we can keep this up.

5. I've got a silly Jasper.

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1. I got my hair cut today! Haven't got it cut since early February, so it was getting really shaggy and annoying, but as usual I was dragging my feet about actually doing it. I'm so glad to finally get it done, though!

2. I had a pretty relaxing day off. Did some housework and translation and just chilled out.

3. I also played a little bit of Zelda, though not much. I decided I want to concentrate on farming stuff to upgrade my armor, so I wasn't doing anything super exciting. I haven't really been using the camera function much, but I figured it would be helpful to set a tracker for whatever I'm trying to farm at the moment, so I did get it out and take pictures of a few things. I needed like forty electric Lizalfos tails, lol. Thankfully those guys are all over the place in the desert so I'm down to just needing like ten more. I also got one more shrine quest done in the desert while I was there, and accidentally stumbled across another shrine, too. Just twelve shrines left to go!

4. Carla took a picture of me with Jasper. :)

torachan: onoda sakamichi from yowamushi pedal with a huge smile (onoda smile)
1. Season 5 of Arrested Development was announced! I know season 4 was far from universally liked, but I loved it, so I'm really looking forward to another Netflix season.

2. As of today I've read 24 books this year, so I went ahead and changed my goal on Goodreads from 30 to 40.

3. I didn't end up having to go in to work at all today!

4. I didn't play much Zelda, but I did do the Yiga Clan hideout quest, so now I can do my last divine beast if I want to, though I will probably hold off for a while and do a bit more side-questing and shrine-searching, just because having all four divine beasts done seems so final.

5. Molly got up on the top bookshelf last night and I got lots of super cute pics of her exploring, including this one with Mr Meeseeks (sadly blurry, though). I moved him to a different shelf after taking the picture, though, so he didn't get knocked down.

torachan: tavros from homestuck dressed as pupa pan (pupa pan)
1. I felt kind of groggy earlier in the day, so I didn't really get a lot done, but I did get some translating done this evening, and also posted some manga, so I feel good about that.

2. We got pizza for dinner and it was delicious.

3. I played a bit of Zelda tonight and got like four or five shrines done. One of them was the one where you have to ride a deer to the shrine pedestal to make it open up and I had tried before to catch a deer with no luck, and then today I decided to go at night in my Sheikah armor so I'd be stealthy and also have the night speed up bonus, and I was just running along and leapt off a cliff right onto the back of a buck! Without even meaning to! I saw there were a bunch of deer below me and noticed one of them was a buck (the only kind of deer that will work for the quest) and meant to land next to him and try to mount, but I just supremely lucked out and landed right on him. XD And I have my stamina maxed out so it was easy to tame him once I was on, and then I just trotted over to the shrine pedestal and tada!

4. I hardly ever get all three cats in one photo, because Molly is usually off doing her own thing (or if she and Chloe are together, Jasper is somewhere else), but I snapped a quick shot of them together today.

torachan: (Default)
1. I really, really love this vacuum we got a few months ago. Since we got it, I've been vacuuming once a week and it's so easy! I was never able to invest in a really good vacuum before, but it makes such a huge difference.

2. I only played Zelda for a little bit today, but I finally got both the snowboots and sandboots. I love Link's interaction with skeevy boot guy, lol. Now I can explore more easily!

3. I love when Molly gets all curled up!

torachan: arale from dr slump with a huge grin on her face (arale)
1. Today was a pretty nice day off. I got some housework done in the morning, scanned a couple chapters of Gunjo, translated a chapter of You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead, and did a little bit of translation on some other stuff, read a few chapters in both the books I'm currently reading, and played Zelda for several hours.

2. Zeldaaaaaaaaa. Oh man, I had a great time with the game today. I just happened to be on the north side of Hyrule Castle and thought, let me just look around and see if there's an easy way in here, because I would like to explore the castle some. And there was an easy way in, and I explored the castle a TON. It is huuuuuuuge. I killed a bunch of guardians and got enough gears to finally buy the third piece of ancient armor (and almost enough to upgrade the hat or the pants another level - the shirt is already at max). I got a ton of royal guard weapons, which let me complete a quest I'd had forever. Also got the recipe quest completed. And picked up enough lizalfos tails to upgrade one more piece of Zora gear. Oh, and I fought a blue lynel in the castle, too. I kind of just stumbled on him, haha. I got the memory in Zelda's tower, too. I think I'll do other stuff now for a while, but I probably will go in and explore one more time before going in for reals to get Ganon. I really didn't expect the castle to be as large as it is, but like everything in the game, it is way bigger than previous installments of the series.

3. The cats really outdid themselves with cuteness today. Look at these sweetie cuddlers!

torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
1. Day off tomorrow!

2. It rained a bit more this afternoon, but it looks like the rain is over for a few days. However! It's supposed to rain a bit more later in the week, so I hope that happens. And even if it doesn't, I'm enjoying the return to chillier weather.

3. I played a bit of Zelda tonight after work. I've almost completed the Tarry Town quest. My town is looking so built up! Since the Gerudo area was the last place I went, once I sent the Gerudo lady to Tarry Town, I was able to get the other two really quickly since I'd already met them long ago and knew where they were.

4. Lately Molly has been preferring the higher shelf in the laundry area, and a couple days ago she knocked down a towel so that it was hanging down, and I hadn't bothered to fold it back up again. Then tonight she decided to perch on the lower shelf and now she has a nice curtain to give her a safe, hidden spot, so I'm glad I didn't move the towel!

torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
1. We've had homemade tacos for dinner every night this week and I'm super okay with that.

2. I got my ticket this morning, so I will be seeing Fall Out Boy in November! :D

3. We recently started carrying Magnolia brand ice cream at work, which is a Filipino brand and has sooooo many delicious flavors. We just got it in Wednesday, but I already bought the Thai tea and buko pandan flavors. :)

4. I didn't play much Zelda today, but I did enter and explore Gerudo town, and then head out into the desert to explore. I fought two moldugas, which have to be the easiest of the boss-type monsters you encounter here and there, and I also found the fourth and final great fairy, and was able to upgrade a ton of my armor (though there's still a bunch more I couldn't upgrade, so I made a list of items I need for each, and how many of them, so I can go farming for stuff sometime soon).

5. Chloe face!

torachan: nepeta from homestuck (nepeta)
1. I haven't played Zelda for a couple days so it was good to get back to it. Even with all the exploring I've done, I had somehow managed to miss a stable and its associated shrine right on the border of Lanayru and Central Hyrule. I mostly did exploring today, and got a few quests completed.

2. Speaking of Zelda, the upcoming DLC is available for purchase now, so I bought it. The first one isn't available until August and the second until December, but I'm already looking forward to it.

3. Jasper was all stretched out on the bed today when he napped and he was just so cute!

torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
1. I posted manga! Might get another chapter or two posted before the end of the month, but if not I've at least gotten seven chapters posted this month, which is not bad for as distracted by Zelda as I've been. :p

2. Speaking of Zelda, I didn't play much today, but I did do a bit more exploring in the mountains around Hebra Tower and found two more shrines. I think I'm going to leave off any more exploring there until I get those snow boots, though. It's just such a pain to move so slowly in the snow...

And then I went to turn in some gourmet meat to that guy to finish up a quest and suddenly started to get a blood moon. As soon as I saw the signs, I immediately transported to the shrine at the top of Mount Satori or whatever its called and then flew down to Washu's Bluff and this time I made it in time and finished that shrine quest! (I tried it once before, but landed literally right as the blood moon phase passed and the platform light blinked out.)

I also had enough bits and bobs of Guardians to buy one piece of the ancient armor! I need to kill some more Guardians, though, because now I need a ton more parts. :(

3. Tomorrow is Alexander's birthday, so we went out for karaoke and dinner today. We went to Jollibee, which is a Filipino fast food chain. Everything was delicious, but the peach mango pies were especially good. And the halo-halo. It's a good thing it's not very close by, otherwise I'd be going there for dessert way too often. -_-

4. Carla got some cute pics of sleepy Chloe tonight.

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1. Day off tomorrow! We're doing stuff (probably) but not until the afternoon, so I can still sleep in and relax in the morning.

2. I played a little Zelda tonight and found three shrines, two stables, and Hebra tower. That leaves only the two Gerudo areas that I don't have the towers for yet. I'm actually kind of sad to have so much of the map filled in. I remember when I first got off the great plateau and realized how huge the world is, it was so exciting, and now it's like, aww, I only have a little bit left to explore. ;_;

3. Somehow I don't have any new pics of kitties, but luckily I have plenty of backstock to choose from. Here's an explorer Jasper from a week or so ago.

torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
1. My meeting with the company president got changed to today instead of tomorrow, which sucks because it was my day off and I had to drive to Gardena and then the person who was scheduled before me ended up going way over, so I had to wait for an hour and a half! But my review went well, and I got my raise, and now it's done with. And at least that means tomorrow I can just go for the afternoon meeting and can have the whole morning off.

2. We went to McDonalds for lunch and they have a new burger. It looks like the sriracha one was discontinued and instead they have a sweet bbq bacon one. I got it with the crispy chicken instead of hamburger and it was soooo good. Honestly probably the best burger I've ever had at McDonalds. (Not a terribly high bar, but it really is good!)

3. I only played Zelda for a bit today, but I did do four more shrines.

4. I posted more manga!

5. I got some super cute pics of Chloe tonight. :)

torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
1. Day off tomorrow! I'm really looking forward to sleeping in.

2. It's been getting pretty warm during the day the last few days (especially yesterday) but thankfully it's cooling down a lot at night. I don't mind a few warm days, but I really don't want full-on summer weather just yet!

3. I had to go drive all over the place this morning to pick up a special order and deliver it to the customer (we don't usually do delivery but this customer is an exception) which was a pain, but I got reimbursed for my mileage so now I have some cash.

4. I played Zelda tonight and beat Windblight Ganon! That was the easiest of the three I've fought so far.

5. Jasper just can't resist wriggling around and doing silly poses in his sleep.

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