The MAGFest, the Flu, the Freddy vs. Jason

I'm feeling lazy today, but I'm determined to continue to do one LiveJournal entry per month! I'll be brief.
MAGFest was cool. I didn't cosplay this year,and I kind of liked the lack of attention I got. I may or may not cosplay next year.
I had a very nasty case of the flu that lasted over a week. It was still far more compassionate than my eczema was. Would do business with again.
As there was a Friday the 13th this month, I spent two weeks watching all ten Friday the 13th movies, which made me go and watch all the Nightmare on Elm Street movies also (minus the reboots which I plan to get to soon). Yesterday I watched Freddy vs. Jason. I kind of want to dress as Freddy Krueger this Halloween.

Readings of 2016

Christmas has come and gone, and I received some great stuff this year, including a Wonder Woman blanket and pillow from Wendy, socks (I really need socks and I am not being sarcastic; all my socks have holes in them) and a gift card for the cafeteria at work from Lorena, and a Homestar Runner DVD from Shelby. I still have one last gift to give. (I'm looking at you, Selena.) I'll present it at MAGFest. Speaking of MAGFest, I don't think I'm gonna cosplay this year. I'm not really feeling it. I dunno.

As I mentioned in September I've started taking up reading as a hobby. I'm not proud to admit that I've never read nearly half of the classic novels that every reader ought to. Better late than never I suppose. Here's what I've read this year:

Adventures Among Ants (Mark W. Moffett)
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
Enormity (W. G. Marshall)
The Giver (Lois Lowry)
Guild Wars: Sea of Sorrows (Ree Soesbee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
The Leafcutter Ants: Civilization by Instinct (Bert Hölldobler & Edward O. Wilson)
Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)

I'm currently reading Sherlock Holmes, and I've a few other books on standby that caught my interest. Other hobbies that intrigue me to want to start include archery, painting, playing the trumpet, and sculpting. Perhaps I'll make it my new year's resolution to start one of these things.

Goodbye, 2016. You won't be missed.

Thankfulness and Nostalgia

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and I spent it at my sister's place, where she hosted dinner for the family. I was quite pleased with the variety of vegan options, especially considering I was the only one out of a dozen others at the table.

While I'm on the subject, I'm thankful for many things, and shall list a few, in no particular order. A roof over my head and a very spacious bedroom. A few close individuals (you know who you are). A job I don't loathe going to and a stable income. Pokémon. No, really.

Between Pokémon Sun and Moon coming out, and the double XP event in Pokémon GO, the end of this month for me is all about the Pokémon. And Pokémon overall has had such a big impact on my life since the beginning.

When it comes to playing Pokémon games or watching the anime (especially when focused on the original 151), flipping through my card album, or looking through various figures and plushes and whatnot I've had for nearly two decades, it just fills me with so much nostalgia. One of my fondest memories of junior high school was sitting in the locker room after gym class everyday with a good ten or so minutes before the bell rang, where a few other people and I would show off our Pokémon and do link trades and stuff. Kids in the neighborhood looked up to me as a walking Pokémon encyclopedia; before the days of easy internet access, kids would come to me to ask where this Pokémon could be caught, or at what level that Pokémon would evolve, and I always had the answer.

Well. What started off as an entry about being thankful turned into an entry about nostalgia. ..Which in itself, I suppose, is a feeling to be thankful for.

Now Christmas is just over a year away, and I've got everything all wrapped and ready to give next month. Here's to a stress-free December!*

*Note to self: Get car inspection done early.

Lavender Town

Halloween is tomorrow and, as usual, I have no plans and will be spending it doing nothing. ..Not to sound lonely and depressing. I just need to get off my butt one of these years and actually make an attempt to do something with someone. Then again, the introvert in me is always relieved to do nothing with nobody, so that's a thing. I haven't much in the way of a costume this year anyway.

Speaking of procrastination, I haven't been drawing lately. I have a lot of ideas for pictures I wanna do, but... I suppose it's more of a lack of motivation than it is procrastination. I can't find that inspiration. Maybe I'll make it my goal to try and draw more next year.

Back on the subject of Halloween, I'm liking the Pokémon GO event taking place right now. Ghost Pokémon. Ghost Pokémon everywhere. Also I'm finally able to evolve a lot of Pokémon I need, thanks to the candy boost. I can't think of how the event could be better suited for Halloween.

Now I just need to get my Decemberween shopping finished early like I did last year, and then 2016'll be about as good as it's gonna get.

This is Bug Catcher Andy, signing off.

Number Two

I've been sort of getting into reading, and I've read a few books over the past few months. And not just comic books, but actual literature. Currently I'm reading a book about ants. Because... because ants.

Aside from work, I haven't been up to a whole lot these days. Just reading, gaming, eating, and sleeping, in no particular order. Television too. I've been into watching old TV shows lately, such as Leave it to Beaver, I Love Lucy, and The Munsters. There's just something enjoyable about the originality of old black and white comedies.

A short LiveJournal entry this is, but this rainy weather is making me want to turn in for the night. Just as well, since I need to catch up on sleep after a busy week. Let the dreaming commence!

Late for August

Four months ago I made a goal to post one LiveJournal entry per month, and to little surprise I already skipped one. To make up for it, I'll post two LiveJournal entries for September.

Two Major Things

I want to give a shout out to some of the biggest people in my life, including (but not limited to) Wendy, Lorena, Selena, Liz, Lynn, and Kyle. As an introvert, I'm pretty choosy about who I spend the little time I don't want to myself with, and these people are among the best.

Two major things happened in my life this month, the first of which being that I finally bought an iPhone to replace my old flip phone with the Cingular logo on it. There have been a few considering factors for a long time now, but Pokémon GO was what finalized my decision. I'm currently at level 23 in the game, and I'm loving my Victreebel. Collapse )!

The second major event was being chosen to receive an award at work, given to one employee each year out of the entire company! I can say without a doubt that this is the proudest I have ever felt in my entire life. I love my job so much, I enjoy my line of work, and I take so much pride in what I do. For years I've dreamed of getting this sort of recognition, and it's finally happened. (I got a couple gift cards and a nice bonus check as well!) Collapse ).

In closing, and because this month marks the 13th anniversary of the day she saved my life (long story), behold my Collapse )!

P.S. Happy birthday, Sandra!