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Bye July!

July’s end is always such a sad thing… man, does summer fly by!  Let’s revisit a couple of my favorite July moments.

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[1] Visiting the Mystic Aquarium! [2] Rhode Island adventures through Wickford [3] all of the hydrangeas [4] sunset walks by Boston harbor [5] Halibut Point State Park! [6] anticipating Rick & Morty’s return with Summer [7] this cool wall of plants [8] strolling through Amazon Books [9] Hey, Pikmin! …which I played all weekend.

What was your favorite thing about July?  Any great August plans?  Follow along on instagram to see what I get up to!

Pokémon Direct

Weekend vlog is getting pushed because yesterday’s Pokémon Direct literally blew my mind.  So, we need to talk about this.

Here’s the Pokémon Direct, for those of you who missed it (or want to see it again!):

Pokken Tournament DX

I loved Pokken Tournament before it came out, being a huge fan of Tekken and pokémon.  When the game came out, I got to play competitively a little bit… something I never dreamed of doing.  Although I wasn’t so great, I loved it.  I really miss playing it, too.  I was absolutely elated to hear that the deluxe version of the game is coming to Nintendo Switch!  I’ve been dying to play with some new characters, and I can’t wait to get back into this game!

Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

People were hoping for “Pokémon Stars” but I didn’t expect that at all.  Think back to our recent generations: we’ve had no Gray, no Z, so why would we have Stars?  Instead, we’re got Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon!  A new story in Alola sounds better than a souped-up remake to me.  My personal countdown is already on until I can get my hands on these games, so like please be warned that I am busy the weekend of November 17th.  I’m happy these titles are coming to 3DS, simply because I don’t want to have to buy a second Switch!  (Matt & I share… but not when it comes to Pokémon.)

The other little bit of news is that Gold & Silver are coming to the virtual console!  They will be compatible with Pokémon Bank, which should really help us fill up the Pokédex!

Who’s as excited as I am?!

Sun & Moon

So friends, we got WONDERFUL news yesterday!  Pokémon Sun & Moon got a release date: November 18th!  This girl is ready to put her pre-order in for both!  Which game are you picking up?!

We also met our starter Pokémon.  I happen to think the grass-type is the most adorable, but I’ll probably go with Litten.  Who are you picking for your Sun or Moon journey?!  Let me know in the comments!

Halloweekend Vlog

Guys, since I’m still pretending my gym relationship is going well, I at least wanted to tell you that I took a new class last week!  It’s Body Flow, which is a yoga/pilates/tai chi kind of deal.  My core finally got some attention, and I will definitely be returning.

How was everyone’s Halloweekend?!

Marching On…

Happy April!  It’s got to be spring now, right?  There will be no April Fool-ing you here today– just an insta-recap of the month we just left!

March started out slow for my instagram game, but before the mont was over, I had so many awesome shots to chose from!  I’m sharing 9, as usual, that signify some of the cool stuff I did last month.

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[1] March started with the oddest flower delivery of all time– this arrangement was sent to me by UPS as an apology for a customer service faux pas! [2] I enjoyed a couple of restaurant week dinners.  Here’s my delicious dessert from dinner at Tapeo with Celina and Elissa. [3] I have been mildly obsessed with the tiramisu latte at Starbucks.  [4] I shopped a lot!  I wasn’t in the mood to buy clothes in the cold weather, but I did pick up some pretty make-up items [5] I played a lot of Nintendo 3DS!  This should come as a surprise to no one.  I’ve been trading pokémon with my friend, Tim, which has made the experience so much better. [6] I won an instagram contest with this picture from a barre class at Simply Barre in Southie, hosted by Elissa! [7] I battled more cold weather.  Boston will just not let up! [8] My new Hunter boots arrived!  There is a whole saga behind this, but the short version is: my beloved Hunters bit the dust after the worst winter ever.  Customer service did me a little bit of a solid and helped me get a new pair to love! [9] I took some selfies.  Again, this should come as a surprise to no one.

Links For A New World [08]

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Well, it’s been a solid 2 months since I’ve gathered links for you.  February and March were tough here in Boston, alright?

But anyway, links!

  • Majora’s Mask | This is my favorite Legend of Zelda game and one of my favorite games ever.  I didn’t put up enough fanfare about the 3DS release on this blog and I’ve literally been saving this fantastic article since it came out.  Play this game, you guys.  Especially since you’ll be waiting a while for a new one…
  • The Office | It’s been 10 years since the American version of The Office premiered.  Angela Kinsey did an awesome instagram takeover in celebration and I had so many emotions.  I love this show and this history of the Diversity Day episode really highlights what made it special.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer | You must know by now that BtVS is my number one.  My cousin Nick sent me this article entitled Every Argument about Buffy on the Internet from 1998 until Now and I just loved it.  Had to share!
  • Narragansett | I have a lot to say about Rhode Island neighbor of mine– mostly, that I miss it horribly through all this Boston snow!  I voted for Narragansett in Coastal Living’s Happiest Seaside Town contest and you can too!
  • ‘Gansett | Narragansett beer is also on my mind lately.  Summer brews and the delicious Del’s Lemonade Shandy are hitting shelves soon to help us remember that spring is here and summer is around the corner!
  • Game of Thrones | I’m getting so pumped for April TV.  We’ve waited so long for Mad Men, Orphan Black, and Game of Thrones!  Watch the lovely Maisie Williams talk about watching the show with her family and Arya’s sword skills.
  • Grace Helbig | Ah, my spirit animal!  She’ll always be dailygrace to me, but as of next Friday night she’s on all of your TV screens on E!  Here’s Grace on Fallon being perfect.

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Pokémon: The Adventure Continues

At this point, I’ve put 100 hours into my Alpha Sapphire file, and I have no intention of stopping.  Of course, I’ve captured the last of my legendaries: Zekrom, Reshiram, and Kyurem.  (For the full count, refer to this post.)  Beyond that, I finally feel like I’m playing this game at a new level.

I admit, up until this point I’d played through these games like I played through Red and Blue.  You train; you beat the elite four.  Post-game really became a factor to me in generation III, and it took these games again (or remakes there of) to get me to delve into the finer features, like trading online and breeding.

Just like I’d made it my mission to get every Eeveelution, I made it my mission to get every starter pokémon from all generations.  Through GTS, I’ve accomplished that and will be fully evolving them and breeding more!  I’m also working hard on Masuda Method-ing myself a shiny Charmander to evolve into a shiny Charizard!  If anyone has a shiny Charmander for me, I’ve got a Ho-oh, Latios, and Latias for trade…

But speaking of fully evolved starter pokémon, the Unova distribution is going on now!

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Through Mystery Gift, you can get Serperior with the code POKEMON497 and Emboar with the code POKEMON500.  Samurott will be available starting Feburary 5 with the code POKEMON503.  They will all be available until November 30th!  You have some time, but don’t miss out!

If you want to play Pokémon (or other games!) with me, my Nintendo 3DS friend code is 4639 9658 6765.  Leave me a comment to link up, trade, or just chat about pokémon!