john_egbert: Remind me to underachieve twice as hard from now on. ((KH) Demyx *Underachieve*)
Yesterday my youngest sibling and I decided to head to the next town over to see about a store that sold beekeeping equipment, since the two of us have recently been considering joint-owning a hive. The bee store apparently had closed a while back (note to small businesses: if you're going to have a website, keep it updated), but we spent a few hours wandering around and window-shopping nonetheless. The town is one of those very college-campus-type places, so it has a lot of quirky stores; we explored a used games place, a really nice comic book store, and a shop that specialized in selling fossils and geodes that were as horrifyingly expensive as they were beautiful. I would have liked to stop by my favorite used bookstore too, but we ran out of time.

The games store especially was cool, though wow did it charge a lot for its PS2 game selection. Silent Hill 4: The Room was seventy dollars, and The Haunting Ground was eighty. o_o I like old-school horror games, but not quite that much. They also had Eternal Darkness, which I was super tempted to buy, but I don't even have a working Gamecube system set up rn so it would have been a huge waste.

Speaking of games, apparently Zero Time Dilemma is coming out a whole lot sooner than I thought? I was under the impression it was a 'sometime next year' sort of deal, but I checked just recently and the release date is the end of June. I'm... excited but also panicked--I haven't even played the second game yet, haha. Guess I'd better get on that!
john_egbert: The discovery of alien life. ((PK) Louie *Strange World*)
The very best thing happened to me on Friday, and I almost still can't believe it did.

I was sitting on a bench nearby a fast food place, reading a book on my Kindle, when all of a sudden, I hear someone ask from behind me, "Hey, do you like dogs?"

So I turn around and immediately see a woman holding THE SOFTEST PUPPY IN THE WORLD. She was some sort of rottweiler mix, probably about four months old, with a long black tail and floppy ears and a super-wriggly body.

Apparently the woman needed run in and grab herself dinner, but she'd forgotten her dog's leash and couldn't take her inside. So I got the hold the dog! For probably a good twenty minutes! She was adorable and friendly and--again--amazingly soft. It's been way too long since I got to spend any amount of time in the presence of dog, let alone a cute and well-behaved one like this.

(And then afterwards the woman came out and ate dinner next to me on the bench while the puppy ran around by our feet, and let me just say that the owner was very cute as well. It was a fantastic situation all around.)

On a more fannish note, [personal profile] gloss posted up a pretty neat AO3 meme about looking at the hit stats for your top ten fics by hits and seeing where they all fall in. My numbers aren't exactly anything to write home about, haha, but I thought it would be fun to try it nonetheless. It was interesting to do! Anyway, details under the cut.

Rambling about my own stuff under the cut. )

Real life has been really stressful lately, but the weather, at least, had been gorgeous. Green grass, blue skies, and warm winds blowing. ♥ Late spring is my favorite time of the year.
john_egbert: Delicious. ((SH3) Heather *You're Not Here*)
Lately, the weather here has been ridiculous. Up to eighty one day, and then plunging down the next. I think it hit forty-nine the other weekend. ;_; Is some consistent summer weather too much to ask?

I have an interview for a job tomorrow! And then another on Thursday. They're part time retail, and the times fit basically perfectly with what I need, so I'm really hopeful. I've applied to... I think sixteen places so far? Maybe seventeen? And I've gotten four interviews but no offers yet; I'd really like for one of these to work out! Wish me luck. :)

There's so many interesting games coming out this year. Remember Me, Rune Factory 4, Sweet Fuse, the new Pokemon games, Pikmin 3 (Though I'd need a WiiU for that, which...) and the SMT IV, just for starters. Though if I tried to play them all I wouldn't have any time to sleep, haha. Still, though, it's nice- I'm especially excited for the 3DS games. It seems like the library for the system gets better all the time. (I can't wait for Pokemon to come out, both out of excitement for the actual game and because avoiding spoilers is way too hard.)

Also, I finished training recently and now I am an official AO3 tag wrangler. It's pretty cool, actually- I can't stop being nervous that I'll screw something up, but they don't seem to have too many wranglers for anime/manga/video games, so I feel good about helping out. Right now I'm only on DRAMAtical Murder (which is this super fun and tropey sci-fi BL VN I'm in the middle of playing and oh goodness I should not be as into this game as I am ;_; but I love it) but you're supposed to work up to having at least three- I'm not sure what other two I want. Maybe Baccano!, but I should probably try to get more familiar with the light novels if I'm going to take it.

There's a lot going on this summer in terms of fic fests- Parallels, The Pokemon Reverse Bang, Homestuck World Cup, female_fest, and a few others I can't remember off the top of my head. I'm very excited about Parallels; I still haven't decided everything I plan to nominate. (Though, in fairness, this fest allows a ridiculous amount of nominations. Not that I'm complaining, it's pretty cool). So far I've nominated Attack on Titan, Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro, Tower of God, Assassination Classroom, and DRAMAtical Murder. I know at least a couple people I know do this fest- has anyone else nominated things yet?

Anyway, I hope everyone is enjoying the beginnings of summer! This is my favorite time of year, weather-mood swings aside.

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