Well, 42 weeks in means that there’s only 10 weeks of blogging left for the year. Eeep! Here’s this week’s update, with lots to talk about:
-Apparently I’ve had over 5000 views on my blog, wow! I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has been reading or checking out my progress with blogging (even if you’ve just been having a bit of a stalk, lol). It’s been an incredible year so far, and not only am I happy that I’ve kept the goals I made in January, but I’m really thankful for those who have been cheering me on, or just helping me stay motivated by reading or sending messages of encouragement. It’s been hard to open up and talk about my goals and progress, particularly in a public forum like this…but it has made me feel much more confident, empowered and true to myself. Hard to explain, but yeah, I’ve really appreciated the encouragement I’ve received! 🙂
-Things are definitely starting to look up for us to maintain finances over Christmas. Ray has received a job as Santa in Wollongong and Menai, plus we have some other odd jobs up our sleeves which are available over the school holidays. If anyone wants to know when Ray will be working for Santa photos (if you’d like to get photos with an epic Santa), let me know and I can let you know his roster 🙂 But yeah, things are starting to work out so that we can afford Christmas and keeping up with bills over the school holidays. Yay! Thanks for everyone who has been helping out 🙂
-We got a pleasant surprise this week when we received our electricity too! Our solar panels ended up taking about half of the cost off our bill! When we build our own place, we are most definitely going to get solar panels now! It certainly pays off as a long term investment 🙂
-Wedding updates: Well, as of yesterday it is officially 6 months until the wedding! YAYAYAYAYAY! We’re still tackling the budget and sorting out things we needs for the reception/catering, but otherwise we seem to be on track. The next exciting thing is me getting to choose the lace for my wedding dress! I’ll have about 30 samples arriving in the mail soon which I’ll have to choose from…I’ll be in heaven with so many options available!
-Last week, Ray and I started Rock N’ Roll dancing lessons. It’s pretty much the first weekday “thing” we’ve committed to since moving. We rocked up and found that we were the youngest couple there…until a younger couple showed up 30 min late. It’s funny, but it was quite the workout…even for a beginner lesson. Firstly, I epic failed in my shoe choice…never wearing any form of heels to dancing again! Well, at least until I’ve mastered the moves…as my ankles had a shooting pain in them for the rest of the night, derp 🙁 Ray and I initially took some time to master doing the steps together (we did them separate, then joined up as partners to combine them)…but there were some really friendly older dancing couples who helped us out. After one week, we can do a “basic step” and a form of a turn/spin….and we will be going back this week for more (we’ve signed up for the full program). Who knows…maybe we’ll chuck in a dance at our wedding!
-I’ve had an incredible weekend filled with inspiration and getting my nerd on: something I am proud to admit! Over the weekend, we were very lucky to have 2 D&D games (which means we’ve had about 5 within the past month!). I have really enjoyed gaining this experience as a gamer. The knowledge that the other players have (some had up to 15-20 years of gaming experience!) was something that I really enjoyed being able to see in gaming action. I’ve only really been D&Ding for about a year now…but the people you meet and the experience itself is incredible. I love the effort that the party puts into a story and their characters, the chance to be something completely different to what you’d be in other games/real life, and the chance to use your imagination. I will not hide my nerd any longer, because I have some amazing people I get to share it with now (who I definitely call my friends). We got to try our Basic First Edition on Saturday…which was freaking hard! After 6 hours, we only just got into the entrance of the first dungeon after almost dying in our first battle (yeah…I only had 4 HP as a thief). It was very different from playing 3rd ed, with no THACO and present stats….but the differences made it really enjoyable and we had some fun characters who had a joint dislike of another character (always fun :P) We then started a 3.5 edition game with some new D&D friends (who definitely are the most intelligent and knowledgeable players I’ve ever met…it’s incredible watching them play!) This is the first D&D game where Ray and I have both been players, and it’s set in my favourite setting…the Forgotten Realms. This is also the first 3/3.5 ed game where I’ve played something other than a paladin/fighter-I was a rogue/ranger combo. Sneak attack is an awesome move…and I’m learning quickly the values of being a thief. But yeah, overall….I’m loving being able to play D&D on a regular basis, and hopefully will have a game once a fortnight, at least! Thanks to all who have allowed me to game with them-your patience and help with making me a better player has been fantastic. Here’s to many more games until the end of the year!
-Speaking of gaming…I have also been playing WoW quite regularly. HOWEVER, I am not playing this online (I hate online gaming for a combination of reasons…mainly because I dislike the majority of online gamers and prefer to do my own thing and not be dissed for being a sucky inexperienced player). Ray has set up our own private offline server for now…which we’re wanting to expand and LAN with…maybe eventually opening it up to our friends. I was totally anti-WoW, mainly due to the money-grabbing nature of it and a dislike for MMORPGS…but, I will admit that I am loving playing it offline. The open-ended nature of the game…which still gives you lots of flexibility to complete easy tasks for easy experience points is really appealing. I spent most of Saturday playing WoW…I’m now level 14 (which is pretty weak, but I’ve only been playing for a few hours). Most of the private servers seem to have extra experience enabled (at 100% or more), however we don’t have this on ours (it was at 20%, but we may even reduce that to 0). I think playing WoW is something I’ll be doing more regularly…but as a balance with other gaming/everyday activities, of course! If anyone wants to play sometime, let me know and you may be able to twist my arm into popping online 🙂
-I’ve also started curling my hair again. After the disappointment in trying the “Sleep-In” Foam Follers, I decided to try out my pillow rollers again. I seriously forgot how awesome the pillow rollers are! The brand I use is “Goodie”, some American brand you can pick up from Wallmart (mine were through Ebay), and all they are is some silk mini “Pillow cases” (about 15cm long by 3cm wide) with sponge and wire on the inside. I find that they set the hair really easily for a long-lasting curl (if you were to do a wet set, it would last for days!), as well as being really easy to sleep in! My hair came out incredibly curly, so I did have to brush the curl out slightly. Overall…I’m most definitely going to keep curling my hair at least once a week, I hope.
-Based on all the above, so far, I should make another note. I’m becoming incredibly comfortable in my own skin. For the first time in a long time, I’m become content with who I am and what makes me who I am. I will happily acknowledge that I am a nerd: that I would prefer a night in gaming or playing D&D than going out drinking and clubbing. Yes, I can be awkward in conversations and communicating with people…however I’ve learned that most people feel this way: they’re nervous about communicating with others, though even just making the effort to communicate with them is appreciated. I am happy to have time on my own (which is not a bad thing!), where I can read and work on keeping myself healthy: mentally and physically. I don’t feel the need to impress others or go out of my way to change myself to fit in with others…as I learn every day that there are many true friends who will accept me for the more introverted, nerdy, quirky self I am. And lastly, that I would prefer to be comfortable in my own curvy-yet-gradually-getting-healthier body (in having healthy eating habits, regular exercise habits, controlled diabetes levels and a ulcer that is healing) than completely pushing myself to drop 2-3 dress sizes for the wedding as per normal “bridal standards” (where I would also be incredibly stressed out, and with poor diabetes levels and a leg ulcer that never heals). This is a big realisation for me to have, and I’m really going to try and keep with this mindset for the remainder of the year, no matter how stressful it gets. Thank you to everyone who has helped me with this realisation, and supported me with it!
And that’s about it for this week…it’s been a nerd-filled week with updates basically all about me, sorry, haha. Thanks to those who I/we get to share our gaming experiences with, as well as our other new hobbies 🙂