Go Away Winter

After a few days of pleasant weather, it’s back to snowing again. It’s so freaking cold. We went out to get milk late this afternoon and it was hailing. We should have just stayed home, but we left anyway. Bad idea, it started getting icy just a few minutes later, and Pittsburgh is a city of hills. After we got the milk we couldn’t stop to eat, and we took the street car downtown, then caught the bus back, instead of walking. By that time it was snowing so hard it was practically blizzard conditions. We got back a few hours after leaving, and then the snow decided to calm down. I am so pissed off. I was hoping to get to South Hills Village tomorrow to get my headphones and Visa gift card, but that’s most likely not happening now, and if this weather doesn’t cut it out soon I don’t know when that’ll happen. It’s been at least a month since my headphones broke and this is driving me crazy. The old ones my mom found stopped working a few days after she gave them to me.

On Friday I went out with mommy dearest to the library to help her get her taxes done, then she took me to see the new CVS, and then to Eat n Park with an old gift card Cynthia gave me. She’s such a freaking liar. She says she’s hardly been drinking or smoking anymore, and that at most her an Walt share a pack a day. Yet when I called her later that day she was drunk. Like she is most times I call. A couple weeks ago she said he is an ex-Marine. And she’s said in the past that Walt couldn’t get on welfare because he isn’t disabled, which was a lie itself, you don’t have to be disabled to get on welfare. I found out that not only is he on welfare, but he also gets food stamps. Basically everything she says is a lie. And anything you say to her goes in one ear and out the other, she doesn’t listen to a word you say. If I say something to her most often she starts talking about something else, and doesn’t even look at me or acknowledge that I spoke.* But anyway, later that night I got an email saying the IRS had rejected her tax return because of some error with her pin number. She said she’d call them again on Monday, but I don’t know if they’re working today. It doesn’t matter anyway, because Cynthia’s phone isn’t working for some reason so she can’t contact me. She could have used the IRS online system, but she refused to go to the library again, instead having me do it on my computer, with her on the phone talking to me. When I’m at the computer trying to do things for her it always ends with her yelling at me because she doesn’t understand something. That’s not my problem, all I can do is read to her what it says. I wasn’t going to go through that again. So I didn’t bother telling her she could do it online.

On the night of Valentines day, and the early morning on the 15th my heart decided to go one strike. It was protesting long working hours and little pay. First my arms were aching, the kind of ache like if you exercise too much. When I get that it’s awful, it starts in the inside of my arm and goes down into my hands and fingers, and up to my shoulders and into my back. I try to stay as still as possible when it happens, because even the slightest movement can cause excruciating pain. It wasn’t so bad when I first when to sleep, but when I woke up an hour later it was horrible, the worst it’s ever been. And, I had started getting chest pains too. I also get them sometimes (not indigestion), but this continued to get worse and wouldn’t go away. I got so bad I had to go ask Cynthia for aspirin. I can’t swallow pills so I crushed it, and Cynthia gave me some arthritis cream for my arms, and put me downstairs on the couch. My heart was appeased by the sacrifice of aspirin, and went back to work. I slept off an on until dawn when I went back upstairs, and my arms were feeling a little better. Later that day my legs decided they wanted to cause trouble too, but it wasn’t as bad as my arms had been.

Edit: Cynthia does this too, except instead of just ignoring you she’ll talk over you if she disagrees with something she said. Just start yelling to drown out what you say, like a little kid putting their hands of their ears and going “nah nah nah I can’t hear you.” Most often it happens with me drying my hands. She’s always yelling at me to dry my hands. I can have a napkin in my hands drying them, and she’ll still be yelling at me to dry my hands. So, I think she must have the intelligence of a monkey or a baby. Both think if they don’t see something, it’s not happening, or it’s not there. A couple days ago she walked into the room while I was drying my hands, and she said “oh, you’re drying your hands for once!” I told her I always dry my hands, every single time, but she started yelling over me that I need to start drying them so they don’t crack, and to use lotion as well. Today it’s because the telephone started working again today, and whoever she talked to said it was because of her computer (translation: “we don’t know what the problem is, so we’ll blame it on something most people have.”) She says I had my computer hooked up to the phone line or that was I recharging something (WTF, she knows nothing about computers, recharging what?) She wouldn’t listen to me that my computer not only doesn’t connect to a phone line, it can’t. And why would I? What would the purpose be. But when I said that the computer physically cannot be hooked up to a phone line she just started yelling over me, like she always does, not to use the computer during the day. The laptop wasn’t even on or plugged in when the phone stopped working, and hadn’t been for hours, and I’ve been using it here since June without any problems with the phone, but she can’t explain to me why the laptop would make the phone stop working, just that she knows it does because that’s what someone decided to tell her, and because computers are scary newfangled technology, and she loves to talk about things she knows absolutely nothing about.

Edit2: Ha, I’ve been vindicated, next door’s phone wasn’t working either. Now Cynthia’s complaining that it smells, because my mom made me Tuna Helper, which Cynthia apparently thinks is “disgusting.” She says she hates noodles, but likes pasta. She won’t accept that they’re the same thing. She also hates Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and thinks it’s disgusting too. So anything she doesn’t like to eat is disgusting. My mom says she’s just disagreeable, which is true.

Today’s the Day

Today’s the day. The Super Bowl. The Super Bowl that my team is playing in. I’ve been planning on watching it, I always watch the Super Bowl, and it’s a requirement when the Steelers are playing, but I might not be able to. There’s two TVs here, a newer, digital one upstairs, and an old one downstairs that’s hooked up to a digital converter box. The government, in their infinite wisdom, made everyone switch to digital. It does not work. Those digital converter boxes are shit. The picture quality is still bad, and some stations don’t come in at all. Cynthia says her religious programs don’t come in on the TV downstairs so she’s going to watch them upstairs, sticking me with the crappy TV. And the problem is (other than watching the Super Bowl on an old TV that’s no bigger than 20 inches) I don’t know if Fox does either. This shit should be live streaming online. Edit: I was right! Fox is one of the messed up channels, it doesn’t have any sound! I am so pissed off!

I spoke to my mother the other day. She’s been having my rent the mini series Shogun for her from Netflix, and she wanted to know if a DVD had come. She told me great aunt Nita sent belated Christmas cards with $50 for each of us, and once again she took my money, and that she’ll “pay me back” but is only getting a $500 tax return back, and she needs that from rent. She said she’s also getting some from the state so she’ll give me my $50 from that. She started to say she thinks she owes me $20 more, and I had to correct her, $40. She now owes me $90. She took Nita’s Easter money, Nita’s birthday money, and now Nita’s Christmas money. $20, $20, $50. And she better stop BSing around, I need that money. My anti-virus expires in a couple months, and I cannot he without anti-virus protection.

I finished the first season of Skins on Netflix, and am almost done with the second. I don’t know if I’ll continue after that, since the original cast isn’t in it. I still like Jal and Chris, Cassie has fallen on my like list, still hate Michelle, like Tony a lot more now, don’t like Anwar anymore, he’s been replaced by Maxxie. I had started to like Sid a little bit more, but he starts acting like an ass again and by the end of the episode “Effy” I hated him again. Michelle is still a selfish, bitchy slut. After Tony’s comeupance/redemption episode last season he’s been a lot more likable. I hated Anwar in the first season because of the way he treated Maxxie, and don’t like him now because he’s such a weak whore. What he did was just wrong. As for Sketch, I have a complicated relationship with her. She’s such a complete psycho, which is both good and bad. Her episode was so scary and disturbing.

I still don’t have new headphones. I asked my mom if she had seen any of my old ones, and she found some and checked if they worked. She said they did, but when I got them up here and tried them they had the same problem they all do, only working in one ear. They’ve gotten even worse since then, and now stop working in both ears. Hopefully I’ll get new ones on Friday. I need anime, I need music, and I want to watch more Netflix instant. Roseanne and The Cosby Show are on there now. They need to add The Nanny next, I love that show.

Since I’ve been headphoneless off and on, I’ve been reading a lot of manga. I got caught up with the Pandora Hearts manga a couple weeks ago, since I really liked the anime, and now I’m very impatiently waiting for the next chapter. Such a good series. I loved the Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge anime, but the manga is really dragging. It seems like nothing ever changes. I’ve also started the Shiki manga, am going to start Monochrome Factor, Mitsudomoe, and some others.

That is All

That was brutal. I wasn’t even playing and my body is aching, and my head has been pounding since the first quarter. Every time I’d accepted that we were going to lose they’d get a touch down and give me hope again. Even at the end we were so freaking close. Steelers are known for their amazing, last minute wins. And they let us down. It’s going to be a while before I forgive them for this. Until next Super Bowl.

AFC Championship Today

The AFC Championship is today, which will determine whether the Steelers or the stupid Jets will go to the Super Bowl. Obviously Pittsburgh should win. When I found out the Steelers had won the last game I dressed up my Subeta avatar up in black and gold to show my support. Even my headshot is awesome. You can hover over them for an explanation of each. Regardless of the outcome, I’m going to be changing my avatar again in after. I’ve had a great outfit put together for a while that I’ve been waiting to use. It took me at least 30 million sP (the wig alone cost 20 million) and looks great. I might even put it on Style File I like it so much.

I was going to watch the game, but I decided not to do that to myself. If I’m awake when the game is on I’ll watch some anime or Skins on Netflix. After hearing everyone raving about Skins (the original UK version) I finally decided to watch it, and it’s available on Instant. So far I’ve seen three episodes. It’s actually a pretty good show, but depressing. I don’t know why these characters always ever together, they don’t act like friends they treat each other like crap. Tony is an arrogant bastard (who is not very good looking and can’t sing as well as he thinks he can), Michelle is a bitch and a slut, and Sid is just pathetic. Cassie and Jal are my favorite characters right now, Chris and Anwar are okay too.

I started playing City of Wonder on Facebook. I had to do it for a task to earn CSC on Subeta, and it was okay so I kept playing. It’s pretty simple so I can just keep the window open while I’m on Subeta or Netflix and click over to it when I need to. I named my city Damocles in honor of aku-nii. I also changed my username on Subeta from gwnedolyne to Schneizel, just because. As soon as I can figure out how to code profiles on Subeta I’m going to make a Schneizel layout for mine.

One Eleven Eleven

I decided to post today, since 1/11/11 is a special occasion, and so is my blogging. :angel: First up are two incidents that I forgot to write about last time. The first happened a few days before Christmas. I was just going to bed and I heard some male voices outside, and then a loud crash a minute or so later. I thought one of the idiots had thrown a rock at the metal awning over the door, because that’s happened before. Then Tiger (my/aunts cat) went crazy and started running around the house, up and back down the stairs again. I went down and Cynthia said someone had thrown a rock at Tiger when he was in the window. The window was fine, but Tiger wasn’t. I went looking for him and found him hiding under the sink. When Cynthia came over he hissed at her and then leapt out and went running again. I found him again upstairs hiding under a rocking chair, and then later on hiding behind an end table. We were very worried about him, since he’s an older cat, and overweight. Even hours later the next day he would barely eat and wouldn’t leave the room without me. He did get over it, and is fine now. We don’t know who did it, because they left right after, but I would say based on their voices there were about 3 of them in their late teens or early twenties.

The second thing that happened was on Christmas Eve. Cynthia had gone to church, and after she left I went to bed. When I saw her the next day I found out that when she came home she stopped at the house of the woman across the street, and ended up slipping and falling on porches stairs. Luckily she didn’t break anything. She’s in her 80’s and has osteoporosis so it’s a miracle she’s alright.

The Code Geass LJ posted a scan of the new Code Geass Gaiden – Boukoku no Akito. The comments exploded but I haven’t been able to bring myself to go back there. I am still not happy about this. Somewhere my psychic message for more Code Geass got messed up. Maybe it’s because I wished it in English, and they didn’t understand me. I desperately want more Code Geass, but this and Renya is not what I wanted. Someone there said there might be characters from the real Code Geass in it, like Schneizel, which caused a pang in my poor heart. I’d be so happy if just Schneizel was in it, and not like Nicholas D. Wolfwood was in Trigun: Badlands Rumble, he did not get enough air time… No, I’d still be happy if it was just that!

It’s a new anime season, and I’m “watching” mostly everything. And by watching I mean, watching the first episodes then getting around to the rest when I feel like it. I’m only just finishing some anime from several seasons back now. Here are my shows.

Rio: Rainbow Gate – Don’t ask me why I’m watching this. Like always I knew what I was getting myself into, but I did it anyway. I did enjoy making fun of it though, like the blushing breasts, and trying to figure out whether Mint will grow up to be a stripper or a hooker.



Stripper it is!

I also have already chosen my favorite character.


Green bunny girl! Just because I like her voice.

IS: Infinite Stratos – I think I would like this anime a lot more if it wasn’t a mecha. Yes, then it would just be a bunch of annoying characters in a boarding school, but it’s a futuristic school, so that makes it more interesting! Seriously, I think the environment is the most interesting thing about this show. My first thought when watching the anime – the clouds are pretty. This is really stupid, but the clouds are pretty. The school itself is very… pointy. But I like all the floaty hologram things, and the dorms. Okay, the things I like most about it are the holograms and the students bedrooms. Can we just devote the episodes to those? It would at least be tolerable if there was a character I could devote myself to. When I saw the blonde girl I thought maybe her, then she opened her mouth – bitch. Boy main characters sister – bitch. Girl main character – I think she’s supposed to be tsundere, which just means bitch to me. The main character – meh. So far the most likable characters are the girls who were fangirling over boy main character in the first episode.

Yumekui Merry – All the ANN reviewers were going on an on about Yumekui Merry, and a fan on MAL promised it wasn’t really about warring cats, or as stupid as it’s description made it sound. It is as stupid, and it really is about cats.

GOSICK – I had high hopes for this anime, and the first episode really let me down. Victorique’s clothes are pretty. If I was rich I dress like that all the type, and then I’d just be eccentric, instead of crazy as I am now. They’re so pretty! The thing I liked most about Gosick though was the end theme, Resuscitated Hope by Komine Lisa. Also, it took stupid me going to the official site to figure out it’s actually Gothic.

Mitsudomoe Zouryouchuu – This is what I’ve been waiting for! My Mitsudomoe! I love my Mitsudomoe! And how do they repay me for my love? A pointless episode about the Gachi Rangers! I am not watching this for the Gachi Rangers! I am watching it for Hitoha the Marui triplets! What I wasted episode. I guess it’s because they needed filler because the manga isn’t that far ahead, but if that’s the case I’d rather they make something up rather than waste everyone’s time with this. There’s only 8 episodes for this one, and now ones been wasted. Hopefully, the rest of the episodes will be devoted to Hitoha our wonderful Marui sisters. Hitoha!

Freezing – I was expecting this to be a lot worse than it was. Yes, there are melon boobs flying everywhere, panty shots every other frame, and clothes that just pop off during battle, but after the anime below this, this was actually very enjoyable. I’m shocked that this fan service palooza might end up being very entertaining.

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – This is the best episode I’ve seen yet of this season, and seems to be the most promising. I am very, very shocked that it seems the best anime there is this season is a bloody, fan service show, and a mahou shoujo. But damn, this was all around good! The characters were all interesting, there interactions were believable, great setup. Can’t believe the characters thing. Haven’t seen one bimbo yet.

Beelzebub – Also a lot better than I thought it would be. It helps that the main character is good looking, and I like his seiyuu. Very good fit for the character.

Level E – Haven’t watched this yet. No, I am not just watching this because of the shirtless guy in the promo art. How shallow do you think I am? The summary sounded good, but when I saw the PV for it on YouTube, and it looked very stupid. Except for the beginning and end of it, which wasn’t actually a part of the anime.

Kore wa Zombie desu ka – Haven’t watched yet.

Dragon Crisis! – Haven’t watched yet.

Fractale – Not aired yet.

There may be others, but I can’t remember. FukuJun isn’t in anything this season. :tears: He’s in at least one anime that’s currently airing, plus one stupid show online that I’m going to have to watch now just because he’s in it (Starry☆Sky).

In addition to the new anime I’m also watching other things. I finished Shiki, Oreimo, Pandora Hearts, Trigun, Trigun movie, Angel Beats, Shinrei Tantei Yakumo. I’m about to finish Okami Kakushi and the first Sailor Moon. I’m also watching Star Driver, Hidamari Sketch x 365, and episodes from various other episodes. I was enjoying Kanon until animals were brought into it. I don’t really feel like watching it now. Shiki went from horror, to infuriating (really, getting pushed around by vampires), to horrifying. I loved it. Oreimo was okay, Kuroneko was my favorite, I couldn’t stand Kirino. Really liked Pandora Hearts, Gil is so cute. I really liked Trigun until my favorite character died. After a while Vash’s naiveté started to get on my nerves, and I blame him for my fave characters death. Angel Beats was good, I loved the OVA. As for Psychic Detective Yakumo, Haruka was dumb as a rock, and her and Yakumo. Yakumo was cute and I like his seiyuu, Ono Daisuke. I wish there had been more actual plot and less individual episodes. I think the whole deal with his father is really interesting, some backstory would have been nice. Okami Kakushi and Sailor Moon are okay, Star Driver is so crack, Hidamari Sketch is so mellow. I like to watch it before I go to bed, particularly after a more dramatic or scary anime, it really helps me to calm down.

ANN says Bleach is ending. People in the comments say it definitely won’t, but I’m not so sure anymore. I love my stupid Bleach and my stupid Bleach fillers. I always thought it could survive a nuclear bomb, like a cockroach, but I’m not so sure anymore. There’s been so much talk of it ending, for months.

I’m following Yamane Ayano on Twitter now. I know I’m going to forget and then wonder why there’s Japanese in my Twitter feed. Chrome automatically “translates” everything, but only for what’s on the page at the time. She recently said the Finder series isn’t ending, which it seemed to be. I’m happy but who knows what’s going to happen to it now, and my beloved Junjou Romantica and Okane ga Nai, because of those bastard Japanese. The Japanese have earned my eternal hatred, and when I die I hope to become a Ju-on and haunt them/destroy them, and many violent J-horror movies will be made about me. :devil:

Bah Humbug

So, Christmas… yeah. I hate holidays. They’re such an inconvenience. There’s no mail, everything’s closed, there’s nothing on TV, none of the sites I read are updated, and it’s all you ever hear about whether you want to or not. Sometimes it lasts for months. They started playing Christmas music on PBS in September. I’m spending my day doing two things, Christmas events on my game sites, and watching horror movies. I think Jesus would be proud. I’m looking for snowflakes on Zantarni, reindeer on Kingdom of Knuffel, Christmas eggs on Dragon Cave, and Xmas Pokemon on VDex Project. I already have the Xmas Pokemon, but I want to get one Xmas Staryu and one Xmas Voltorb caught on December 25. I’d also like my Dragon Cave Christmas dragon to be born on December 25, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to get one today. It’s hard enough as it is, but Snap Links keeps stopping working and then I have to close the site and start again. By then I’ve missed out on 10-20 eggs, and sometimes all the eggs are gone and I have to wait another hour to try again. Subeta’s holiday events are luckily not too labor intensive, and practically over. Unfortunately, I’m not going to get the Melody’s Visitor achievement, since I apparently missed a day. I’ve been on Subeta every day, so I’m pissed that I forgot to go to Melody’s Cottage one day. Magistream’s Christmas event has sucked. I wasn’t on last year, so I didn’t know what was going to happen, and they didn’t bother to say until the 21st, so I missed the event and the eggs. I’m starting to really hate that site.

Anyway, like I said, instead of Christmas movies I’m going to be watching horror movies. I haven’t decided which ones yet, whatever is streaming on Netflix, but they’ll all be foreign, probably Asian, and one will most likely be The Heirloom. I watched Phone, a Korean horror movie, on Wednesday, and Noriko’s Dinner Table and The Orphanage on Thursday (Jap, Spanish), and took a break on Friday for my sanity’s sake. Phone was surprisingly good and somewhat original. I was expecting a Korean version of One Missed Call, but it was actually nothing like that, and it had actual reasons for “long haired Asian girl” and “hair coming out of tap”, two popular things in Asian horror movies. Noriko wasn’t actually a horror movie, and was very good. I wouldn’t say I liked it, but it was good. It started off very boring, but eventually picked up pace. It’s a very screwed up story, and just reinforces the fact that the Japanese as a whole desperately need to be medicated. It’s just a movie, but those feelings and attitudes that drive the movie are very prevalent in Japanese society. The Orphanage – oy. I make a point of only watching horror movies during the day, but I had so many problems getting this one to play, that it was getting dark by the last hour of the film. So I was freaking out even more. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the others, but it was scary, and sad, and the acting was very good, particularly from the lead actress.

My mother has been harassing me to come down for Christmas since Thanksgiving. And today she finally had to accept that I am not. She said she’d bring up a plate for me when the food is done. The psycho bastard is making standing rib roast. He acts like a child. Whenever she calls he is always talking in the background. 3 year olds do that. At this point he should know that when someone is on the phone you do not talk to them, or talk over them. It’s because he’s so obsessive and controlling, she can’t talk on the phone to someone because it doesn’t involve him. He’s the reason she’s been harassing me about coming done, because he “wants to meet me.” I did meet him a few months ago. My mom called and asked if I wanted McDonalds, but since I wanted a meal instead of something off the dollar menu (I can’t eat another gristle burger) Cynthia had me take money done. When I got there they were both standing on the porch, and I was furious. Luckily, a guy from down the street had been walking his dogs (purty huskies), which distracted them, and my mom and I walked to McD. My mom said they’d been arguing because he wanted to meet me, and my mom told him I didn’t want to meet him. We weren’t inside for a minute when the psycho bastard came in. He followed us to McDonalds. Like a stalker. So on the way out she made me say hi to him. Well, I said the word hi, I wasn’t looking at him. I didn’t see why I should be forced to say hi to a stalker. So, she says I have to meet him again because I didn’t do it right last time. BS. I have nothing to do with him. And when I say harass I mean harass. Asking over, and over, and over again. I hate that bitch and I hate holidays!

Belief-O-Matic Religion Quiz

I found this quiz through the Duggar/Quiverfull/fundie snarking forum Free Jinger. It’s Beliefnet’s Belief-O-Matic. You answer a series of 20 questions and it tells you what religion your beliefs are most similar too. I didn’t understand all the questions, some were a little too… theological for me, but I did end up scoring in my own religion first, 100%. I’m a Presbyterian, so a liberal Protestant. I scored Seventh Day Adventist last at 24%, whatever that is, but my $cientology score wasn’t low enough for my taste, at 22 with 38%. So, what religion are you, or supposed to be?

1. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (100%)
2. Liberal Quakers (98%)
3. Unitarian Universalism (95%)
4. Secular Humanism (79%)
5. Neo-Pagan (77%)

6. Reform Judaism (75%)
7. Baha’i Faith (73%)
8. New Age (73%)
9. Mahayana Buddhism (64%)
10. Theravada Buddhism (63%)
11. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (58%)
12. Orthodox Quaker (55%)
13. Taoism (53%)
14. New Thought (52%)
15. Sikhism (51%)
16. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (51%)
17. Nontheist (50%)
18. Jehovah’s Witness (48%)
19. Jainism (47%)
20. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (42%)
21. Orthodox Judaism (42%)
22. Scientology (38%)
23. Islam (35%)
24. Hinduism (31%)
25. Eastern Orthodox (24%)
26. Roman Catholic (24%)
27. Seventh Day Adventist (24%)

Meg and Cyn’s Excellent Adventure

Or not. Last week my great aunt and I were going to go to Sears in the mall to get my eyes checked. My glasses have been broken for a while now, and I haven’t had a real eye exam in over 5 years, so I am in desperate need of some new frames and a new prescription. We ended up not going because Cynthia heard on the news that it was going to storm. It ended up briefly raining that evening. We finally went yesterday. The news had called for rain again, but only scattered showers. So we ventured out. Getting to South Hills Village is even more complicated than it has been in the past. More and more bus and street car services are being cut, so now it usually takes a street car and a bus both ways. First you have to go downtown than catch the street car that goes all the way out to South Hills Village. Or you have to take the street car halfway to SHV, then take on the rest of the way. Like I said, either way you have to do it twice, because there are almost no street cars going all the way there anymore. Luckily, there was one a little after two, so we caught a bus and went a ways to Mt. Lebanon because Cythia didn’t want to walk up all the hills to got to the street car near us. We waited about 20-30 minutes both times for the bus and street car. When we got to the mall and into Sears one of the people working there said the eye doctor was at lunch and to check back after 3. So we went to get my Visa gift card first. I always get Visa gift cards twice a year, once with my birthday money, and then in the early spring with my Christmas money. I’ve been doing this for years and never had a problem before, but this time the woman didn’t understand that I wanted ALL of the money on there. I had $100, and it’s about a $3 activation fee. So whatever money I have I get whatever left over put on the card. She just couldn’t understand that. So she only put $95 on there and gave me a two dollars and nickle back. I was so pissed. I don’t do this very often and I didn’t have a lot of money to begin with, every dollar counts.

It was after 3 when we went back to Sears and the eye doctor still wasn’t there. We waited for a while, but I started to feel sick so we gave up and went to eat at Eat n Park. The day hadn’t been great so far, but it wasn’t exactly bad. I got my card, and I got a nice lunch. It was near the end of the meal that things started to go downhill at a fast pace. I was seated facing the window so I noticed it getting darker and darker outside, and then wind started to pick up. The trees outside were really flailing. Then it started to rain. Then pour. Until some moments you couldn’t even see more than a few feet outside. I told my aunt she said the weatherman had said “a chance of showers” not “a chance of armagedon”. Like most of the people in there we waited it out. One of the waitresses said they had gotten a call from someone saying they were being advised on the news not to drive. In terms of severity, there have actually been worse storms. It was quite windy and rained a lot, but except for a lot of lightning flashes in the clouds, and probably no more than three cloud to ground lightning strikes, and one big thunder/lightning clap, at was pretty uneventful. The rain was heavy though. It was even coming in one of Eat n Parks windows. The lights also blinked a few times. But nothing gave any indicator of what we were to see later.

After it stopped raining we walked from Eat n Park down to the parking garage, which you have to pass through to get to the street car. We saw two parked buses out front, one broken down, but didn’t think anything of it then. When we got to the street car some people who had parked there to catch the street car were held up at the pay station. When we approached one of the kids with them said the street cars weren’t running and the man said that the power was down and we’d have to take a bus. They left and the guy at the pay station said that a bus would be coming and we could take that and catch a different street car (he turned out to be wrong). We went to one of the buses out front where another group of stranded people had gathered. We were the last ones on and we left. We came upon what looked like a mass exodus out of the city. Cars were backed up everywhere and many places were without power. Even some traffic lights were down. I told Cynthia there should have been a cop there directing traffic, and there usually is in these situations. Now I guess one was on the way, but he was having trouble because of all the traffic. Some streets were closes because of down trees. I saw one street roped off with a huge tree that had tumbled right into the middle of it. Everyone on the bus was staring at the chaos around them. I think a few micro bursts had to have happened, because I saw one tree that had not only fallen down, but had had its roots ripped right out of the ground. There was about 3 feet of roots/dirt attached to it. Another tree had fallen on the back of someones car. Some trees only had branches snap off, albeit large ones. And of course there were many down power lines. Unfortunately for us our troubles weren’t over yet. As soon as we had set off the bus had been lurching quite a bit, and when we got to Banksville and Potomac the whole thing just stopped. One of the women asked the driver to explain what was going on, because most don’t they just leave you sitting there for a while, but this one seemed nice and after that kept us informed. He said that the last bus he was on broken down and they have him another broken bus, the trasmission and generator were down and he was waiting for another bus to come help. We waited for a while, but after talking on this phone a few times he told us we could stay and wait or walk up the hill to the street car (wrong again). Because of the traffic and how many downed trees there were it would take a while for anyone to get there. Most people decided to take the hill, except for one woman turned back because of how steep it was. And it was steep. Pittsburgh is a very hilly city with some very steep hills, and added to it the uneven and cracked pavements it can be hard to navigate. It took us a while to get up because it was a couple miles. We continued to see more split trees and power lines down. I was on the lookout for them all the time, because many were probably still live.

Now, I said that both guys were wrong because when we got within distance of where the street car was it was clear none were running. There were many people standing around, and more backed up traffic. None of the places there had power either. We thought that was strange because normally SHV gets bad weather, but our area always seems to avoid it. Not this time. Three street cars in a row, the first one a double, were going out towards the South Hills area were finally going in when we finally made it to Potomac/Dormont. There still weren’t any street cars going our way so we decided to continue walking. A few minutes later one came but we didn’t bother to try to get on. Cynthia wondered why all the street cars including the ones earlier were moving so slow, and I think it’s because they had to be on the lookout for trees on the tracks. If they were going at normal speeds and it one they could derail, and even if they stayed on the tracks people would get hurt when it impacted. Of course with all the street cars moving slow and traffic backed up to begin with people were throwing little hissy fits and honking their horns. It was so ridiculous. Everyone was in the same situation, there’s nothing anyone can do about it. You’re probably not on your way to the hospital, so just deal with it. And they were lucky to be in their cars. We walked about 2-3 miles that day, they just got to sit in their cars in the air conditioning. Before we got home we continued to see downed trees and power lines wherever we went. There were the constant noise of police and fire engine sirens in the distance. Walking home we passed one ambulance, but his sirens weren’t on, saw one police car zoom by, and one small fire engine passed us, sirens blaring. We saw him later parked in someones driveway, but it was a small truck, and there weren’t any hoses out, so I think a tree fell on someones house. We finally got back and a neighbor came out to say how bad it was here, and that some branches fell off her tree and ours. She also said the power was out.

Cynthia had been worried that one of the trees behind her house would fall on the people behind us, but they didn’t. A large branch fell into our yard, the other neighbors had some branches fall in ours, and two trees in ours and there’s were bent over. After surveying the damage and finding nothing too bad, we got out the candles and flash lights, and since she has a land line, Cynthia called Duquesne light to get the ETA on electricity. They didn’t have a time frame, but the recording said 44,000 homes were without power. Then she began calling the extended family. I didn’t bother calling my mom, since she has Comcast, and when the power is out the phone is too. I didn’t try her cell phone because I didn’t think she’d want to waste her minutes. She did call later on though, after she had been drinking a while. The power didn’t come on that evening, so we were left in the dark with nothing to do. I tried to lay down, but even though I was exhausted, it was so hot I couldn’t sleep. I kept checking my little digital clock (Harry Potter golden snitch clip on) and the streets to see if power had come back. The old folks home near here had it of course, because they have a generator. Because Pittsburgh is so hilly you can see pretty far in the distance, and I could see people getting their lights back, until we were the only area around here that didn’t. The moon was very bright at least, even though it was cloudy, and earlier on when the moon as out, it looked yellow orange. Very pretty. If it hadn’t been so cloudy I know we could have seen a lot of stars, since this is the only time we would have been able to. It’s usually too bright in the city to see anything. I finally did fall asleep, and when I woke up at 8 there was still no power. Went back to sleep, and at 1, no power. Cynthia said 22000 homes were still without electricity. Later on someone on Vodeli, a street near here said they had been told not to expect it until Saturday and Sunday. Brookline got their power back, Naomi, a cousin, got her power back, and Gary (probably a cousin) in Carrick got his back. But Pap Pap who lives in an apartment building not too far from Naomi didn’t have any power. So it was spotty. Brookline and Beechview are close to here and most of them had their power, Mt Lebanon didn’t, and I don’t know about Dormont, both those are the places surrounding here. Cynthia, my mom, and I were very pissed off to here no electricity until the weekend. It had already been 24 hours since the power had gone out, and 2-3 days? Ridiculous! The ice cream was melted, the ice cubes were melted, and everything in the fridge was going bad. I settled myself down with some catalogs and magazines to try to distract myself from the heat and boredom. Suddenly, after 5, the power came back on. I heard some people screaming in the streets, and Cynthia and I were just like “praise the lord!” So I got the fan on, and plugged the computer in, because I had already used up it’s 1:40 minutes battery. We’re just happy to have power back now.

The animals were going crazy after the storm happened. I saw a few squirrels running around, and a chipmunk dark across the street, and Cynthia found a poor dead bird this morning. She mentioned that she hadn’t even heard any birds today, so I don’t know where they all went. The only things that aren’t acting strange is the bugs. In the early fall there is a barrage of what they call “stink bugs”. They’re trying to get in everyone’s homes for the winter. Last year, or two years ago, my mom and I were downtown this time of year were saw a these beetle looking bugs everywhere. It was like a plague, they were literally everywhere. We had no idea what they were. I saw an article last week on the stink bugs and I recognized them. They’ve been all over the windows trying to get in, and today, since the windows have been open, one made it in. Cynthia flushed him down the drain in the kitchen. It’s like an invasion. There’ll be 4 at a time on several windows. I saw one caught in a spiders web, and I felt a little sorry for it, but it’s so disgusting having them all over the place all the time that I can’t spare too much pity for them.

The night before last I did manage to see a planet. I heard one was going to be really bright, and if it was that bright here I can’t imagine how it would look in the country. I was just in the living room and I saw a bright speck of light through the gap in the curtains, and was surprised to see the planet. I got an extra treat when a few seconds later I was a raccoon run across the street. At first I thought it was one of the cats of the woman across the street because she lets them out, but I noticed it was built differently. Then I saw it’s point tail and its mask and I recognized it. I was so happy to see the cute little raccoony. I’ve never seen on in person before. Apparently there’s some possums around here too, the woman with the cats leaves food out for them. Not as cute as the coon, but I wouldn’t want them to starve either. I hope they all stay safe though because the people around here are jag offs, especially the neighbors who go hunting. They have a couple of emaciated hunting dogs that get left outside all the time. And that’s how they treat their expensive purebred dogs. After we got back after the storm and we were looking out back we saw the two dogs out in their yard. I hope they didn’t leave the poor things out in the storm.

Edit Edit Edit!!!!: After about an hour and a half the power went out. Bastards.
A minute later: And the power is back on? For now…
Another minute: Off. Right after I turned the fan back on…
Turned the fan back on… now stay on!

Warning: Dangerously Long Post Ahead

Okay, okay, I said I’d do this so here it is. Lately I’ve mostly been on VDex Project, Magistream, and watching anime. I also, over the course of 6 hours, got caught up with the Bleach manga, and ugh. I’ll talk about that later. I’m with Bel right now trying to get the heart scale I need for the Recommendation Letter quest on VDex. I have him up to about 188/255 affection, and have been with him around 14 and he has yet to send me anything let alone a heart scale. I’m also stalking the Gacha corner for the remaining starters I need, as well as trying to get Thief TM from it, which also gives out heart scales. So far nothing. I am one Poke away from completing the starter set I need for the quest then all I’ll need is the heart scale. Then I plan on switching to Yun and maxing him out immediately for Mewtwo, then moving on Allen for Shaymin. It’ll take longer to max him out, but after I do I’ll finally be able to switch to Lyrit, which is the partner I want. Lyrit’s so hot. And a crazy stalker. Edward you have nothing on this bishie! I joined Magistream a few weeks ago, and I really like it. I’m going to be doing an article on all the best adoptables sites soon, so I’ll cover that then. But for now you can see my Magistream creatures to the right in the sidebar. If you want you can give them a click to help them grow.

And yes, anime. Mitsudomoe is ending very soon! Luckily there will be a second season. I love Mitsudomoe! I didn’t expect to because the humor is pretty juvenile, and I don’t really like that sort of thing, but this show is freaking hilarious. Stupid, but hilarious. HOTD, also not my thing (say it Megan: highschoolhighschoolhigh school) I’m not a big fanservice fan (unless it’s fanservice for the girls~), but it’s too much fun. That’s the reason I don’t usually like zombie stories, along with other apocalyptic tales. They’re so depressing. And not in a good way. HOTD (where I am anyway – 7/12) focuses more on the zombie ass kicking aspects of it. You’re too hyped up on adrenaline to care about things like mass hysteria and the world you once knew collapsing around you. You’re watching people beat the crap out of zombies! This makes it seem like a zombie apocalypse would be fun! Kuroshitsuji II ended up being surprisingly awesome. But there I was at episode 10, loving where the series was going, and then my little anime world was shattered. I found out it is only 12 episodes. Just when I was thinking “oh, A-1 Pictures, I’m so sorry for doubting you” it turned into “A-1 Pictures you freaking creeps how can you treat me like this?!!!” MAL hasn’t listed the episode count for the time it’s been playing, so I didn’t know what to expect. I expected more than 12 episodes though! I feel cheated. They made us wait a while as they kept pushing back the date, then screwed with us about the new demon butler and master, and they finally managed to do a good story (the last Kuroshitsuji anime, which also deviated from the manga, was pure crap) and they only do 12 episodes. Though episode 11 and ultimately the final one could be bad, but TastyMelon hasn’t released 11 yet. Shiki also turned out to be surprisingly awesome. I didn’t love the first episode (I rarely do) and the animation put me off a little, but it’s turning out so good. Sick of sparkly, “romantic” vampires and vampire knights? This is the anime for you. This is how you do vampires. And damn that Murasako Masao is one strange looking troll. When I watch the next episode I will torment myself again and watch it at night – just for the kicks. I didn’t learn my lesson with Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, or even the last time I watched Shiki. I just started watching it sometime after midnight and the thought occurred to me a couple hours later “maybe I shouldn’t be watching this at night?” and then “I really shouldn’t be watching this at night!” Did I stop? Of course not! As for the other airing shows that I am watching, it’s mostly just to torment myself. Seitokai Yakuindomo, I hate, Amagami SS, I hate slightly less, Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin just gets an “eh” from me, The Redundant Title of Redundancy and Nurarihyon no Mago… I’m dealing with it. And as for Ookami-san, I still haven’t gotten past the first episode. Unfortunately for me all the anime that I’m enjoying is either ending or possibly going on hiatus (we don’t know yet how the Shiki hiatus on one channel will affect our watching). And with the new season seeming pretty blah this is not good news for me.

I do at least have one currently airing television show here to look forward to and that is Destination Truth, with the hot geek Josh Gates. The new season started yesterday. I don’t have cable right now, but Syfy and Hulu both have the previous episodes available on their websites for a short time. The first Destination Truth episode of the season featured Josh and his team went to Pompeii to search for ghosts, and to Africa to search for a beast called the Nandi Bear. Destination Truth is an awesome cryptozoology/paranormal show that airs on Syfy channel. They go to places and investigate things that no one else does (they’ve even been to Chernobyl), and they found some pretty compelling Yeti proof that’s still being investigated by labs today. Plus, Josh is very cute and charismatic. So if you’re into monster hunting and cute geeks definitely check it out.

I realize I never said what happened after I went to the doctor the Monday after my blood test. He said everything tested normal except for the thyroid, but it way only low by a very small amount. He said he could put me on a low dosage pill for it, but I can’t swallow pills so that was out of the question. There was an injection for it (like I want to be around needles again any time soon), but it was in a large dosage. He also harassed me about going to the psychiatrist again, so after I get my MRI done I’ll go once and after that tell everyone to fuck off. I hate talking about my feelings and my person life. Then, why do you blog, you say. This blog does not detail my whole life, or even a small portion of my feelings. I do not talk about those things with anyone. I don’t like even being asked “how are you?” I only ever say “fine” when I’m asked that because a) no one really cares, it’s just a pleasantry. You’re supposed to say “I’m great” or “I’m fine” and then ask “how are you”, also not because you care, but because you have to. And b) it’s not anyone’s business. The details of my life and feelings aren’t anyone’s concern but my own. There is something I hate more than people being nosy, and that’s people telling me that letting them will make me feel better. Which is of course what I get when the psychiatrist is brought up. The doctor, my idiot mother, and Cynthia all say “it’ll make you feel better” or “it’ll help you.” Oh, yes, thank you for telling me what I really feel. I guess you all know my personality better than I do. What was I thinking? How could I possibly know what I’m really like, what would I do without your helpful input? BS. Ugh, just thinking about going to a nosy psychiatrist send my blood pressure through the roof. I need chocolate.

Absent minded webmistress – instead of align=”left” I put my icon as target=”_blank”. Stupid. And WordPress is putting my quotation marks wrong there, not me.