Friday, December 2, 2016

Thanksgiving

I guess I've been on a bit of a blogging hiatus. It wasn't intentional, but I think the cold weather just leaves me uninspired??! When you follow so many wonderful bloggers, it's easy to get caught up with the idea that you always need something "cool" to write about, or that everything needs to be an "article" or something. I don't always (or rarely ever, tbh) have particularly cool things to write about, and I always let that deter me from writing ._. But not today! I still don't have anything super exciting, but I wanted to write about my Thanksgiving :) It's more of a journaling piece, really. But isn't that how blogs started out, anyway? :)

Photo courtesy of new bud Ultraman.

On Thanksgiving Andrew and I went to my families house. I have two brothers that were also there, along with my older brothers longtime girlfriend. We kept things a little more casual this year. I don't can't cook, so my food contribution was an apple and pumpkin pie from the grocery store ;) I don't even like pie, but I understand I'm the minority and that it's a traditional Thanksgiving thing so whatever. When we got there Andrew made the mashed potatoes (he has for the last few years, but they came out particularly good this year). As we ate we did the whole "go around the table and say what you're thankful for" thing. Things have felt a little bleak lately *coughTRUMPcough*, but even so I think it's important to be mindful and thankful for the blessings you have. Just a few things I'm thankful for this year:

- My wonderful friends and family (typical, but couldn't leave them out obviously)
- Having two jobs that I'm happy with.
- Finally getting referred to an ear specialist (I have a lot of ear issues lol)
- The candles from Bath & Body Works going on sale fairly often (#bless)

My family is really into board games, card games, RPG games (well, some of us are hahah) and all that stuff. So after we ate and let the food digest a little, we played a game my mom has, called Geek Out! After playing that for awhile (we don't really keep score, we usually just keep playing until we start argue over the semantics of a card) we tried out a game I recently bought, The Oregon Trail Card Game. It's a Target limited time exclusive, so hurry and pick it up (plus it's only $11.99 - a great deal compared to most other tabletop games)! It's modeled after the classic computer game, but you get to play it with your friends which makes it even better :) Our wagon made it almost all the way to Willamette Valley, but in the end we all died :( Maybe we'll do better next time hahah. The rules were a little confusing, but again hopefully we'll do better next time :P

After we left my families house...it was time to go shopping. I picked up a 3DS on Thanksgiving. I'm always so torn on Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping :( On one hand I hate how stores force people to work on the holiday, but on the other hand some people actually WANT to work on holidays and that's cool too. I don't know if all places are the same, but when I used to work at Target we were paid time and a half on Thanksgiving, but regular pay on Black Friday; so many of my coworkers wanted to work on Thanksgiving. I understand that technically Black Friday is just a regular day. I just think it's silly that you're paid your regular amount to work on the most stressful shopping day of the year, and time and a half on, like, Independence Day or something. Not that Independence Day isn't important, but I've worked plenty of retail and I can promise you that working on Black Friday is 1000x worse than working on Independence Day.

My beautiful new DS.

As I was saying...the 3DS. I had to line up outside of Target an hour before the store opened. It wasn't pleasant, but I had my friend who still worked there take a look and he told me the store was only sent eighteen of the 3DS's. Eighteen. Wtf? And I definitely wasn't going to pay full price for one, so I knew what I had to do. I knew exactly where the 3DS's were, so as soon as the doors opened I sped over. They were in a locked up case, and as a Target employee went to go get the key for the case, a line (more of a group/huddle since I guess we don't know how lines work) started to form around me. As the employee starts unlocking the case I feel someone leaning behind me (gross) and is shoving his hand in between me and the case that I was sandwiched against, trying to grab the DS that the employee is about to hand me (RUDE). This next part I'm not proud of - I shoved him back with my elbow (seriously, he was full on AGAINST ME) and said "Can you chill out? Back up." I mean. Really? Can you chill out? Out of all the badass things I could have said, and I said can you chill out? I am appalled at my behavior, but also disappointed to know that I will never be a hardcore badass fighter with witty one-liners. Ah, well. After nabbing my DS we went to look for the Chromecasts, which were also on sale. I wasn't entirely convinced on the need for a Chromecast (mostly because I hadn't done my research, but I love it now, more on that later) but Andrew had been talking about getting one for a few months now, so we figured we might as well get it while it's on sale. The weird part was that even though it was one of the "door buster deals," NONE of the Target employees had any idea what a Chromecast even was. If the Chromecasts had been sitting where they normally sit then this wouldn't have bothered me. But they weren't, so we kinda wandered around the electronics dept in circles, looking around and asking "excuse me, do you know where the Chromecasts are?" to every employee we saw. Luckily we found them ourselves, eventually :)

I also picked up Pokemon Sun that night. It wasn't on sale, but how could I get a 3DS and not get Pokemon Sun? (The only correct answer is that I couldn't, unless I was getting Pokemon Moon instead.) I'm really enjoying it so far. The graphics are fresh and so different from the Pokemon games I'm used to (the last one I played was Pokemon Black). Also I am obsessed with my starter Pokemon, Rowlet. HE IS SO CUTE.  There's a feature to clean up/take care of your pokemon after battles, which I do whenever I can because then Rowlet smiles and does a little spinny dance! Sigh. Another DS game I want to try is Monster Hunter. Aside from Pokemon, Monster Hunter is one of the main reasons I've wanted a 3DS. I haven't played any of them, but I've been following it for a long time and that type of game is right up my ally. It kind of sounds like Dynasty Warriors...but with Monsters. I asked Andrew to get me a Monster Hunter game for Christmas, but I'm not sure which one I want?? I kind of just want to start with 4, but some people say I should start with 3. If you've played this series please weigh in ;)

Now, back to Chromecasts. Basically what it does is make it really super easy AF to stream things from your computer to your TV. So if you watch a lot of shows online/on your PC then you may find this useful. Last year Andrew and I were gifted a super badass 4k TV. Since we don't have cable we mostly used it to watch Netflix and play XBox, so the super badass TV just wasn't being utilized as well as it could be. For current shows we always had to watch them on our computers, which was a little frustrating when we wanted to watch shows together. Bring in the Chromecast! Now all the shows we watch on our computers, we can watch on our TV while snuggling on the couch.

Annnnnd that about sums up my Thanksgiving. This post turned out a lot longer than I expected, hahah. Now I'm off to...do something. Maybe I'll watch Bridget Jones Baby. I totally meant to see it in theaters (no shame) but I guess it was a total bust, because when I was trying to go see it, it had already left theaters??? Disappointing.

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