Minecraft ._.

So, my boyfriend got me addicted to minecraft yesterday. It’s insanely fun. You can explore pretty much forever. And create anything you want, two of my favorite things to do in a game. Which does not bode well for my classes that start on Monday, ha ha.

minecraft waterfall

Underground waterfall!

My boyfriend and are are currently building a base together working on opposite ends. He’s filling his area with lava and wood, while I’m taking over what looks like an abandoned railway station. So much to do, so little time!

my base in minecraft

The entrance to my base

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Ice!

I didn’t get around to post these yesterday but it seems like winter has finally come to Chico. It lasted well into the afternoon. Today, by comparison, is fairly warm. And supposed to rain sadly.

grass covered in iceIce drip

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Why I Hate eReaders

Hate is a little misleading. I hate them in that I hate them for myself. I hate when people know I love books and assume I would love an eReader. But that’s exactly it, I love books.  
For me, a part of the whole experience is holding that book in my hands, smelling the scent of paper and ink that only novels have. (textbooks have an entirely different smell. More chemically, less pleasant.)
I can also list the many other advantages books have over eReaders: they never run out of batteries, if they break they’re still readable, and the ink is easy on the eyes.
Part of what I love about books is the whole experience that you just don’t get with an eReader. Starting with going to the bookstore and being surrounded by the many books, being able to see each one. Walking down the aisle looking at the different spines until one catches your eye. Where you can pick it up and feel the heft of it, feel all of the work the author put into it. It’s just not the same when you’re scrolling through a list of covers and names. Maybe you’ll go in for one book but spot a few others and pick them up too.
You don’t get the experience of cracking open that new book, putting the first dent in the spine. Sure, you could put a dent in your eReader but that would more likely just piss you off. The eReader never changes, it doesn’t get that well read look a book would, It could be anyone’s eReader, unless you decorate it with stickers or something.
I’ve fallen asleep with books in my hands and in my bed and never thought of it. Fall asleep with an eReader though, that might be a costly night of sleep.
For as long as I can remember, one thing I’ve always wanted when I become “adult” and own my own home is to have one room in my house to be a library. The idea of being surrounded by walls of books and knowing I’ve read every one of them, I get tingles. The same library with an eReader would be a tablet sitting on a table. A space saver certainly, but one I’m more than willing to give up.
The only thing I need to enjoy a good book is a warm blanket or sunbeam and a cup of tea; I don’t need or want to spend hundreds of dollars on a gadget that takes away most of the experience.
With all that said, I do agree with the idea of eReaders in part. Anything that helps get more people to read is at least partly okay in my book. And thinking about all the advantages they have for schoolwork is astounding. No more heavy textbooks students need to lug around, prices could be dropped, don’t need a whole new edition, updates can be done through wifi. It eliminates a huge amount of waste from the old editions of textbooks that get trashed every year. No need to clean out all the graffiti written by bored students (which, from experience, is a pain in the ass).
Using an eReader or not is really about personal preference, at least for now. I’d imagine, as sad as it is, that one day in the future there won’t be any more paper books, except perhaps in museums or as novelties. That is the way our society seems to be moving. I’ve always been an advocate of accepting change because it’s going to happen whether you want it or not, but this is one change I hope people everywhere fight against.
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WordPress Blackout

So I just discovered that WordPress is one of the websites going dark tomorrow to protest SOPA. I think protest in good faith is always a good thing; however, I wonder if this is the right way to do it. This won’t impact the ones making the laws but it will impact those trying to speak out against it. I don’t know…

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Teatime and daily rituals

 

I’m kind of a nerd in that every day I’m able at three o’clock I have tea time. (The Brits have their teatime at four but I just can’t wait that long.) I brew a pot of tea and assemble a plate of snacks that I will consume while sitting at my kitchen table and reading. It usually lasts for about an hour.
At first I started it because I would get hungry and bored since school isn’t in session. But As I continued, brewing the tea, cutting my apples, and picking out whatever would go with it, usually some baked good, cheese, and for awhile, walnuts from my mom’s coworkers tree, I realized how incredibly relaxing the whole process of it was.
It was time I took out of my day where I didn’t think about anything else but making my tea and food and possibly about which book to read. It was even more relaxing that the actual reading of the book and consuming of the food. A lull in the storm of adult responsibilities.
It started to make me think about other things I do that are rituals. When I drink coffee in the morning its more because I’m used to it than for any real kick from the coffee, the simple act of drinking that familiar warm drink in the morning is what wakes me up, not the caffeine. There are smaller rituals that you may not notice. The order in which I shower, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and face. What music I listen to when I do certain things.
Now when I don’t do a ritual I feel strange, off balanced, like something’s missing. It’s interesting how these small rituals are such a part of our daily lives. How they make up who we are.
So, what are some of your daily rituals?


 

my delicious teatime meal

Today's teatime, a gala apple, walnuts, cheddar cheese, a slice of potica, and a pot of tea

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OM NOM NOM

PoticaThis delectable looking thing is potica (po-teet-sah) and my best friend made it for me. 🙂

It’s a Slovenian nut roll bread that her grandmother used to make and now she makes. It’s made by rolling dough extremely thin and layering it with chopped walnuts, vanilla, cream, and butter and then rolling it up tight before baking. It is so incredibly delicious, the filling is so nutty and sweet, it’s like kittens playing in your mouth.

I’m supposed to share it with my boyfriend when he gets home later. But lets face it, if there’s even any left when he gets home, he doesn’t get to touch it. Mine!

Now I just need to get her to teach me how to make it too. Which may or may not be a good thing.  Bah, who has time to count calories when you have potica! Mmmm….

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Having Fun with Cops

The coworkers of my best friend’s boyfriend decided to have fun with a cop sleeping in his patrol car. Be warned there is mild nudity. And silliness.

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The Cal and Niko Series #6

Cover to Cal and Niko Novel #6So I just finished the sixth book in the Cal and Niko series. I thought it was the last book the series but while googling for a picture of the cover I discovered another book due out in March, “Doubletake.”

This book was very different from the others, Cal wakes up on a beach with no memory of who he is. Right off the bat he acts differently from the Cal in other novels. He is still the same snarky killer but with a conscience apparently. Which me makes note of, a lot. I’d estimate about a third of the book is Cal’s inner voice telling himself that what he’s doing is right, or feeling about people he did kill. It gets rather annoying after awhile.

Niko also acts differently in this book, I won’t get much into it so I won’t spoil anything but the way he was acting seemed forced. Sometimes it make sense, but others I’m  really confused.

The rebound from everything that happened in this book should be interesting to read about in the next. And to see what sort of lasting effects everything will have on Cal.

I’d give this novel a 3 out of 5

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think happy thoughts

So my best friend has cancer. Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. Its been just over a year now since she was diagnosed three weeks before Christmas.

I hate it, I hate it so much that I can’t make things better for her. She had to move back home for treatment almost two hours away from me. between work and school I couldn’t see her nearly as often as I wanted to. I miss being able to pop over to her place for a movie or one of our favorite shows whenever I wanted.

But you want to know what I’ve realized I hate the most? You know how once you’re made aware of something you start to see it everywhere? Since being involved in my friend’s cancer I’ve been more aware of cancer around me, the fundraisers, the the ribbons, everything.

And all of it is for breast cancer; it pisses me off. I’m all for fighting against breast cancer, but there are a lot more kinds of cancer than just the ones that attacks the chest. But do you ever see fundraisers or ribbons for those? No, its always breast cancer. All fundraisers go to fund breast cancer research. Where’s the love for the rest of the cancers? They cause just as much pain and death as breast cancer, many cause so much more.

Instead people concern themselves with the boobs, the ta-ta’s. Which tells me something about people’s priorities. Why can’t we just have a basic cancer ribbon? A fight against cancer month? I don’t think black history should get its own month (more on that later) nor do I think a specific cancer should get its own  month. It’s unfair to the families of other cancer victims.

What is your opinion on this?

Yay, for new blogging sites

Well here’s my blog up and running now. I’m using just a theme for now but I’ll probably use my advanced web design class to program something better.

Wanna take bets on how long this will last?