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Watching: Meteor Garden

It’s a fantastic Chinese drama about a poor girl in at a rich college. It’s based on a Japanese manga, which is easy to tell based on the monologues the main girl has and her interactions with boys. I’m watching the entire first season on CrunchyRoll for free.

Playing: Etrian Odyssey

I started playing EO again to take a break from Final Fantasy CC My Life as a King because that was taking up way too much of my time. Unfortunately, EO is just as addictive and I can’t stop playing it once I start. Hopefully I can finish the first one before the 2nd game comes out later in June.

The first time I played the game, I noticed that I was always in need of money, but now I have a great strategy for earning money. I already had one Survivalist in my main exploring party, but I created three more. I then take those four Survivalists and a medic to the first floor of the dungeon and I max out the newly created Survivalists’ chop stats so they can chop loot in the two chopping spots in that dungeon. I can easily get 1000 in one day just doing that.

Reading: The Dictionary of Maqiao

I’m only starting this book, but so far I like it. It’s different in that instead of having one story to focus on, the book is a collection of entries about different Chinese phrases or words and how it relates to the people of the fictional town of Maqiao. It takes either during or after the Communist Revolution when most of the educated youths were sent to work in the fields.

Drinking: Boylan’s Birch Beer

It’s a bit like root beer, but with more bite and a bit more minty tasting. I don’t know if it’s because I don’t drink soda that often, so when I actually do, my taste buds are skewed, but this soda is delicious.

Bleh, Mondays

I had a much needed wine spritzer before dinner tonight. The BF made it with some club soda and wine we opened last night. I had it with some chips and salsa because I’m classy like that.
Dinner: Orzo Salad
The BF also made orzo pasta salad for dinner, which was simple and tasty and made use of the leftover herbs we had in the fridge. I hate how when we buy fresh herbs from the store and never end up using all of it.

After too long of a day at work, I came home and played some more My Life As A King. I know I’m not really being productive, but it feels productive and rewarding knocking a feel more dungeons out in the game. I wonder if this is how project managers feel after engineers finish projects.

I’ve started turning off my email at work these couple of days and I think I’ve been more productive without it. I don’t really need to be checking it every ten minutes. This way I can just focus on the things I need to finish that day instead of stressing over other things I need to add to my queue.

Break It Down

It’s slightly amusing how in My Life As A King, each adventurer’s day is broken down into what they did every couple of hours and players can read about each day in the daily logs. If I were an adventurer in that game, today would look like this:

  • 10:30-11:50am: Played FFCC: My Life As A King.
  • 12pm-1:30pm: Drove to Topanga Canyon with BF to pick up BF’s cabinet. Lots of winding* roads.
  • 1:30-2:30pm: Went to Vin Loi Tofu and had ridiculously hot and spicy noodle soup. Did I mention it was over 95 degrees outside? So hot, but so good.
  • 3:00-5:00pm: Drove to parents’ house and hung out.
  • 5:00-5:30pm: Took a nap, or at least tried to. It was so hot, the back of my head was sweating onto my pillow.
  • 6:00-6:45pm: Had dinner with parents. Dad told an amusing earthquake story about when he was just a lad in Shanghai.
  • 9:00-9:30pm: Went to Scoops for some ice-cream. My flavors were: Banana & Irish cream and Lemon & Hefeweizen.
  • 10:30-11:45pm: Played some more FFCC: My Life As a King.
  • 12:00am-present: Staring at the computer, wondering if I should go to bed or watch this week’s BSG.

* I just realized that maybe we write ‘winding’ when we mean ‘really curvy’ because if we wrote ‘windy’ it would get confused with ‘windy’ as in ‘lots of wind.’