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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!

[image via bulbapedia]

[image via bulbapedia]

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!

2014 Favorites

It’s that time!  With the year winding down, here is my very own Obligatory 2014 TV Favorites List.  Now, if you’ve been reading for a while, none of these should surprise you.  I thought it might be a fun thing to do year to year, so even though you’ve probably read a million of these, I’m giving you another.  I’ve got two categories for you; my favorite things, TV & video games.  Without further ado:

 

TV Shows

5. Orange is the New Black | Probably my most anticipated new season of the year, OITNB’s second season did not disappoint!

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LostGirlTVSeriesLogo4. Lost Girl | I stated watching this late last year, early 2014.  This show hit every note for me, and I recommend it for Buffy fans and similar.  It’s final season is just beginning, so jump on this train.

 

Ecran_Titre_d'American_Horror_Story3. American Horror Story | Coven straddled 2013 and 2014, and Freak Show will bleed into next year.  I’m just so onboard with this show and especially Jessica Lange.  I only hope she is as onboard as I am for the next season!

 

 

The_Walking_Dead_title_card2. The Walking Dead | I watched the first season years ago, and picked up again recently just in time for the mid-season finale.  I am constantly impressed with the emotional depths this show brings me to.

 

1. Orphan Black | Recommended to me in late 2013, I watched the first season of this show just in time for the second to begin.  You may have caught my Clone Club Catch-Ups, and expect to see more next year.  Tatiana Maslany’s masterful performance as almost all of the show’s main characters is always worth watching.

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Honorable Mention: Top Chef | Another show whose seasons straddle two years, I absolutely loved New Orleans and Boston might be my favorite season ever.  Stay tuned for more recaps!

 

Video Games

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03. Super Smash Bros. WiiU/3DS | Okay, this is two games.  I’ve played the 3DS version more because it’s portable, and I’ve had it longer.  This is my favorite installment of Super Smash since the original N64 version.  The novelty of this concept has not worn off!  Kirby smashing up Pikachu is still awesome.

02. Mario Kart 8 | I hate to say this, but I’m not really a Mario Kart girl.  Sure, I loved Super Mario Kart, but the N64 days had me with Diddy Kong Racing and don’t even get me started on Double Dash.  MK8, however, single-handedly justified purchasing a WiiU for me.  I am so impressed with this game.  I love the online component, and find the DLC exciting.  I keep on coming back for more!

01. Pokémon Alpha Sapphire & Omega Ruby | Hoenn was always my favorite region so I was more excited than ever before for these amazing remakes.  I got through Alpha Sapphire fast; faster than X by far.  These games have even reignited my desire to complete an Unova adventure.  I’m so happy that more people will be introduced to this region and this story.  These games are fantastic and I can’t wait for what Pokémon has in store for us next!  I’d write more about how much I’m obsessed with these fantastic games, but I want to go wonder trade.

And there you have it!  What are your favorite shows and/or games from this year?