Month: November 2016

November’s End

November’s end is the ultimate I-can’t-believe-the-month-is-over.  Maybe you’re already embroiled in the holiday season and happy to see December, but December means the year is coming to a close.  November’s always been a favorite of mine, and I have a major reason to love this particular November…

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[1] We went to a wedding in Tennessee in October, but I didn’t get my hands on these photos until this month. [2] Matt made these little pumpkin rolls twice.  I hope he realizes he’ll be making them a lot more. [3] I taught myself to weave!  It went okay.  Here’s the first thing I made. [4] Matt sent me these flowers on the day he proposed.  I had no idea they weren’t the end of it. [5] Yes, this is the reason I am sad to see this month go! [6] POKEMON SUN & MOON [7] Celebrating Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday [8] Driving up north and seeing the first signs of snow. [9] And the Christmas tree is up for our first Christmas together!

So, there’s lots of good stuff to come.  Are you looking forward to the holiday season?

Sun & Moon so far

A little over a week into Alola adventures, I’m ready to dish about generation 7!  I beat the main game the first weekend, completed the ultra beast missions the next day, and largely put the game down for the work week.  Last weekend, I completed the little Eeveelution quest, scooped up my Cosmog, and captured my second Tapu– just two to go!  I’m pretty much loving these game, though!

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They did such a great job creating a cohesive, yet diverse region.  My favorite part of this game is when the captains & kahunas all dance together… y’all know what I’m talking about.  I also just love Z-powered Lillie.  Being able to add pokémon to your party instantly is a great feature– why did it take us so long to get this?  I love PokéPelago too, though I’ve not quite figured out that hot spring island yet.  Obviously, I’ve got a little work to do, but I thought it might be fun to try my tag again now!

Which Version: Moon right now, only have played Sun to get the other starters into my main game.

Played On: Hyrule Gold New 3DS!

Starter Pokémon: Poplio!

Favorite Town: Konikoni City and Malie City are my favorites!

Favorite Gym Leader: I’m going to go with favorite Z Crystal keeper– hands down, Mina!  She isn’t really a trial captain or a kahuna or anything, but she was super cool.  The way she hands over the Fairium Z isn’t the most ceremonious, but she’s quite the battler as we find out later!  Plus, did you come across her house?  Her art supplies and her parents!  She’s just a cool wandering artist, I love her.

Favorite Pokémon: Stuffel, Sandygast/Palossand, Shiinotic, and Mimikyu are my favorite new additions!

Favorite Legendary: Cosmog is pretty cute.  The Zygarde collecting makes some pretty adorable pup form too.

Proudest Moment: I think getting through that Ultra Beast quest and not running out of beast balls was great.  I’m also super pleased I found a Mimikyu as quickly as I did!

Most Embarrassing Moment: I accidentally ran from my first Tapu Koko battle.  Not realizing I could come back and fight him later, I restarted and had to battle the Elite Four champion all over again.

Master Ball Used On: Necrozma.  May I recommend Max Repel for this.

Thankful 2016

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I have so many things in my life to be incredibly thankful for, but today I just want to say: I’m thankful for you, whoever you are, for taking time to read this, to view something I’ve created.  I hope you’ll come back for more.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  May you have health, happiness, and a delicious turkey dinner.

nikkisee, bride to be!

Well, blog readers, I have an exciting announcement: I’m engaged!

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Matt and I got engaged last Wednesday and we couldn’t be happier!  He completely surprised me on the anniversary of the day we met.  Thoughtful as ever, he made sure the moment was captured on video.

So, get ready for some wedding planning on this blog!

What I Read: October 2016

Okay, it’s pretty late in November to put this post up.  I’ve been busy with Pokémon Sun and Moon, duh.

The good news is, after a slow summer with books, October saw me picking up the pace again.  My trip to Tennessee with its immense flight delays helped me get two books under my belt and feel up on my reading game again.  Here’s what I read last month!

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A Game of Thrones | I can’t even tell you how long ago I started this book.  I picked it up again and finished in in a combination mass market paperback/audiobook format.  I’ve been struggling with whether audiobooks count toward my goal of 50 this year, but if Goodreads says they do, I guess they do.  Anyway, the book is dense but it’s always better to read the original than watch a TV adaption, just saying.

Mistborn | I also started this before my summer slump and got like, 100 pages into it.  I picked it up again and started loving it.  Once I got into it, it was really a quick read.  This is my first foray in Sanderson and I must say, I’m excited to read more!  I picked up a copy of the next in the Mistborn series already.

Firewalker | I read this in the airport and on the tarmac.  I was iffy about the first one in this series, Trial By Fire, but I found myself thinking about the story and wanting to read this one… this is why I usually take breaks in between series!  I’m iffy about this one too.  We’re much more oriented in the world this time around, but being a middle novel in a series, this feels a bit transitional to me.

Soulless | A friend recommended the Parasol Protectorate to me last year.  I found all 5 in a used genre bookstore in San Francisco’s Mission district and picked ’em up for $4 a piece.  I read this on the plane ride home from Nashville, and it went pretty quickly.  It’s probably not something I would’ve chosen for myself, but the main character is engaging enough and I’ll definitely finish out the series.  I’m glad I got them used, though.

Never Fade | The second book in the Darkest Minds series was definitely not as good as the first.  I do like Alexandra Bracken, though– her worlds are so full and her writing is great.  I got a little emotional at times reading this one, believe it or not.  The ending was unsatisfying, but only in a way that means you need to keep reading.

Magonia | Confession: I read this title as Magnolia and thought it was that until the world came up in the book.  The first maybe 30 pages of this one are slow.  We dive right into the main character, Aza’s, pattern of thinking/speaking.  I grew to absolutely love the way Aza was written, but it’s not maybe the most engaging part of the story.  Once you do get to Magonia itself, you can’t put this book down.  I cried a bunch of times.  I freaking loved this book and read the sequel soon after… more on that in What I Read inNovember’s post!

So, 6 down in October and with November almost over, I can’t wait to share what I got through this month.

For a preview, follow along on Goodreads!

Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire

The Countdown to Pokémon Sun & Moon is on.  From now until November 18th, I’m taking a nostalgic walk through the Pokémon main series releases until the beautiful day I get my hands on the next Pokémon adventure!

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And now the time has come– we’re talking about my current favorite: ORAS!  I’ve already gushed about my love for Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, so the news of Hoenn remakes made me happier than I can describe.

Bringing back Pokémon Contests also made me super happy; sure, we’re not berry blending which isn’t as great if you ask me, but all and all I loved this little side quest and was happy to see it back as part of the storyline.  Cosplay Pikachu, I always thought I could take or leave, but I love the black tipped tail and I officially want all of my Pikachu to be Cosplay Pikachu.

Soaring was an absolutely AMAZING addition to the game, which brings me to the best thing: the fact that you can encounter most legendaries makes the post-game the most fun.  This is what made me finish Black/White/Black2/White2 in the end: amassing all my legendaries together!

This tag is going to be quick, since the time for Sun and Moon is very near…

Which Version: Alpha Sapphires, then Omega Ruby.

Played On: Hyrule Gold New 3DS!

Starter Pokémon: Torchic.

Favorite Town: Slateport & Pacifidlog, but Sootopilis, Dewford, and Lilycove are great too.

Favorite Gym Leader: Tate and Liza are actually awesome, I love that Solrock/Lunatone combo.

Favorite Pokémon: I’ve said ’em all before.  This is the ultimate game, you guys.  All of your favorites are here.

Favorite Legendary: Cresselia!  This is the first time I caught this beauty.

Proudest Moment: Finding all of those legendaries in the post-game.  Completing my legendary collection and now, completing my mythical collection!

Most Embarrassing Moment: The amount of hours I’ve played on Alpha Sapphire is probably shameful.

Master Ball Used On: Deoxys– another first catch for me!

So quick, tell me how much you love ORAS!  And tell me you’re so psyched for tomorrow…