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Halloween House Warming Party Planning

By on October 6, 2017

Halloween is one of my favourite holidays to celebrate. You can do so many creative things for decorations, food, outfits, etc.

And after living here for three months, Tim and I are hosting a housewarming. It’s going to be Halloween themed because it’s October! If you know me, I love, love Halloween.

And like last time, I’m going to be using this post as an inspiration post.

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

By on September 29, 2017

This is such a delayed post. I started this on May 19th.

May 19th:

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It came out on Friday, May 19th, but I didn’t have it shipped to my house. And Tim, being Tim, sent me an email of it being shipped out and delivered.

Oh, the anticipation!

 

I also pre-ordered the figures. I’ve been playing this game nonstop, and I love it so far. I set it to hard classic, so I’m having a quite a hard time because I forgot how hard it is to gain experience points.

 


Presently:

I finally have finished the game! The first week I played this game, I got to the 2nd arch, but I stuck on Alm’s battles. I set aside the game for the past few months until I settled into my apartment/studio. It feels so nice to finish the game finally!

I’m really glad that they decided to remake this version and release it to the United States because this is probably one of my favorite Fire Embelm storylines. The twist at the end made me do a sad face.

The last stage, when you’re in Duma’s temple is such a maze. I think I was circling around for a while until I figured out what to do. It was quite frustrating, and I don’t think the hint was as helpful as it could have been.

Anyways, now since I have finished the game, I think I’ll start on the cosplay. I don’t want to make the outfit yet, because I’ve been working on losing weight. I think I’ll start with the buttons and wig and all those other small things.

Have you guys played this game or any of the other games in the Fire Elmblem series? I think this will probably be the last game I’ll be playing for a while.

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S.

Though there isn’t that many scenes where Celica and Alm are together interacting, I really liked their connection with one another.

 

 

 

 

**** Images were all found on Google ******

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I’m so honored! ~

By on September 23, 2017
Posting three times in a week, wow! What a record for me!
The reason I’m writing this post is because I got awarded the Liebster Award by Tessa Van Dyk!
The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the Internet and was created to recognize and discover new bloggers. The earliest case of the award dates back to 2011 and since then it’s been a yearly award. It’s a way of recognizing new bloggers by fellow bloggers, commending their hard work and dedication to their writing. The award is recognized in the blogging community as an honourable badge of accomplishment. Nominees are selected by previous award nominees so the cycle of supporting one another continues.
Thank you again, Tessa Van Dyk! She blogs about motherhood and raising a child with Autism. I enjoy the awareness and openness she has on her blog. It gives another perspective on parenthood that doesn’t get spoken about as much as it should. Go check out her page.
As the rules go, the nominator asks a couple of questions( and the nominee, in turn, asks their nominees), and Tessa Van Dyk asked these questions:
  1. How do you structure your days? I’m quite fortunate to be working in a place where my hours are flexible, so I tend to go to work starting 7~ 9 am – 5 or 6pm. Currently, I’m applying to graduate school, so I have been working on my applications. I’m also enrolled in a course, so I’m studying for the course. After that, I would eat dinner, take a stroll or run(participating in StepBet & DietBet — read more here),
  2. Where and how do you work best?  For me, it really depends on what I am working on. My work environment ranges from being surrounded by noise (like at a café), being outdoors, or being in a solitude place.
  3. What tools do you find indispensable for accomplishing [task]? My planner/diary helps me list out the tasks I need to do at hand, and I like to be able to put a check mark next to the task after I’m done.
  4. How do you solve productivity? I tend to be able to gather motivation and complete the task at hand. If it is something that I don’t really enjoy doing, I set aside a time to make sure I complete it.
  5. What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now? This one is a bit tricky for me to write about, but in short, I would have done nearly everything different in my life. The what-ifs!
  6. What’s the best advice you ever received? The best advice…  I’ll come back to this one and edit this post when I think of it.
  7. Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire most? Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?  My favourite writers, philosophers, professors, a good amount of literature, science have all inspired me for different reasons.
  8. What is still your biggest challenge?  My biggest challenge I would have to say is my self-doubt/self-talk/thinking too much.
  9. What are your favourite books or movies?  Books – oh way too many to list here; Movies – The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 500 Days of Summer, The Grand Budapest Hotel, just on top of my head.
  10. What’s your best advice for handling criticism? Always listen to it. From there, you can either take it into consideration or just cast it aside. You should remember that you know yourself best.
  11. What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?  Have some hope.
One of my favourite blogs, though she doesn’t blog as often as before, is Daisy. We met through a mutual friend via blogging, and we have been friends ever since! One day we’ll finally go see each other and eat! Go check out her blog. Daisy, you’re my #1.
A couple of other blogs that I nominate are:
My questions for nominees:
1. What got you to start blogging?
2. What is your ideal day?
3. What do you hope to accomplish in five years?
4. What are your goals for your blog?
5. How do you get yourself motivated to do ‘x’?
6. What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?
7. What are your favourite books?
8. What is your absolute favourite restaurant?
9. What is your favourite quote?
10. What is your favourite dessert?
Rules if you got nominated:

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Fundrasing for Alzheimer’s 

By on September 18, 2017

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. The symptoms usually develop slowly worsen over time. Most people tend to mistake Alzheimer’s as a part of aging, but there have been cases (unfortunately) where the person is in the 30s.

 

 

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Picture is taken from the Alzheimer’s Association

On the left is a healthy brain, and on the right is a brain that has been affected by Alzheimer’s. What generally happens in a brain that has Alzheimer’s is shrinkage. Common areas that shrink are the frontal lobe which is where executive function lies and the hippocampus where memory and formation of new memory lies. **** I can get really detailed into this, but I think stopping here is okay unless you guys want to read more about the brain. *****

Anyways, why am I blogging about this (besides spreading awareness)?

I have worked with people who have Alzheimer’s (via research and volunteering in centers) and I used to volunteer a lot of the Alzheimer’s Association and back in Boston during college. When I moved back here to California, I wanted to continue being apart of the association. For this past year, I have been apart of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Advocacy team for California’s 19th district (Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren).  I haven’t been as active as I was in college, but it’s the time of year where it’s fundraising for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s!

Donate to my team The Advocates! The donations go towards Alzheimer’s care, support, and research!

Want to find more about Alzheimer’s click here.

~Elizabeth

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Moving In: I

By on August 10, 2017

It’s been pretty stressful, but I have finally moved into my place!

Here’s how it looked like in the beginning:

The place hasn’t finished renovating yet, so I haven’t completely settled in and decorated the place as much as I want to.

Somewhat of a transition:

The walls are exceptionally empty. I need to put up some of the artwork and poster I have, do some DIYs, and then I think I’ll feel more settled in.

More of a transition:

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