My Current Hyperfixation

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So, I’m making a blanket. I found all my old crochet materials and decided I’d pick it up again. I’m not very good at it, but I enjoy it, and I can actually see the progress I’m making which helps my ADHD with consistent dopamine hits.

Stole this picture from my dad

I decided, I think it was my last year of high school, that I was going to learn to crochet because my grandma knit a lot and I wanted to hang out with her doing something similar. It was all mostly just to prove that I could. We would spend hours watching The Waltons and just making stuff. I remember lying to her about if I had a spare block just so I could come home early to get some episodes in before my dad got home from work.

Fun fact about this hobby, I can’t read crochet patterns, so I watch YouTube videos to learn stitches. I know how to do all the different stitches, and I know their names, but I just can’t read them and understand. That’s amusing to think about actually. I’ve made blankets, bows for Christmas presents, a bag once, and so many other things now, but I can’t follow a written pattern at all.

I think I’m going to put this blanket on my couch. It’s rather large as I was using my bed to measure width. Work today is slow, so I’m making more “knots” as my dad likes to say while waiting to go home this evening. I don’t mind waiting like this though, it’s supposed to hit almost 40° today and I get to spend that inside in air conditioning. If I wasn’t doing this, I’d probably be farming today. I’m almost done Year 2 in Story of Seasons now. Am I a boring person? Sometimes...

My Instagram will have updates on my blanket if you’d like to see it. Low key too, I’m using that app more, so if you want to see what I do in my spare time, go check it out! Shameless plug? Yep! Anyway, I’m struggling to focus, all I want to do is work on this blanket, so I’m leaving this post here. Thanks for stopping by today! Stay safe out there!
— Deryn

Art Gallery

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So, the Bob Ross showing is happening in Penticton. My dad, brother and I are going to that today! It’s a nice day in the Okanagan for a drive. It’s only supposed to hit 28° today, which is nice since Monday is supposed to hit 35+° for at least a week…

Accidentally got here an hour and a half early. So, Denny’s for breakfast I guess. It’s tons safer here than in Kelowna right now, so I’m not overly worried. The poor staff here are clearly overworked. And I swear, the next person that pulls a “Karen” of decides being racist is fun, I’m going to punch them.

A real, like I could touch it, Bob Ross painting! That is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen! I remember sitting with my grandmother watching these episodes together! I think the cutest part is that the exhibit is called “Happy Little Accidents”.

I took pictures of my favourites, but there were so many paintings! Here are some highlights!

These paintings, it’s such a unique experience to see them in person. My grandma would have loved to see them. The art gallery did a great job with placement and keeping everyone socially distancing.

That wasn’t the only exhibit on display. There was also an exhibit on video game scenes under the name of “En Game Air”. The artists for those being Connor Kenney, Clifford Kamppari-Miller and Dr. Merlin Seller. These paintings I also recognized, but that’s because I played the game they’re from. The one Zelda one I knew immediately.

Seeing video games interpreted in such a unique way was just stunning. I loved looking through and trying to guess what game they were from!

If you’re in the area, I one hundred percent recommend going and checking it out. For a donation you can get a pin for the Bob Ross exhibit. Masks are currently mandatory, which I totally understand. But otherwise, ten out of ten!

But yeah, that’s what I got to do! It was honestly awesome! And I’m glad I got to publish this in time for my grandmother’s birthday. Anyway, thanks for reading!
— Deryn

One Summer Afternoon

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Holy frick it got hot quick! Out of nowhere we got hit with 35° weather… I vividly remember sharing things on Facebook with captions such as “we aren’t allowed to complain about summer,” and I am trying but holy crap man. It’s so hot…

I spent Wednesday afternoon just sitting with a friend of mine, talking about life and having a drink. I don’t know what made that so special, but I just had a stellar time. And it was one hundred percent better than being in the sun.

The high for today is only 29° which is a lot nicer that yesterday and the day before, but I really just want it to be autumn again. A season where I can sit under a cute tree and read for hours. I really enjoy fashion in the cooler months too, just because sweaters are the best!

It’s not even August yet, so the worst of the heat isn’t here yet, but I’m honestly ready for it to be over. Although, I haven’t had the opportunity to spend much time at the beach. I’ve got to do that more first. I have a tan line I want to fix from my backpack strap.

Anybody else as excited as I am for cooler weather? The pictures for this post are from my hike up Rose Valley, for those curious. Anyway, thanks for reading!
— Deryn

Busing Again

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It’s been a hot minute since I got to talk about taking the bus. And I know I just got my car fixed too, but that doesn’t mean I’m driving yet. There’s still so much to see out in the wild public transportation world.

June 22
Man it’s been awhile since I rode a bus. Today, the roommate and I are headed into town for just a couple hours. It’s been long enough now that bus drivers are collecting fare again even. Hopefully I can start making these regularly again! And hopefully the plague goes away soon…

My dads flowers

July 9
There’s a leak in the light fixture, water from outside is getting all over the bus. And of course, I had to sit under it because there are too many people on the bus and I’m shy… I think the dude next to me is asleep. His nose is whistling but I don’t want to stare just in case he’s actually awake. 

Dad loves his lilies

July 20
Going into town with the roommate again. Kelowna is currently the largest epicenter for Covid in BC, so we’ve got masks and are trying to stay safe. People keep looking at us funny, maybe it’s just anxiety, but I feel like too many people are disregarding how problematic this is. I do not want to get sick, that would ruin me. 
On the way home…
“Hey Blondie! Nice glasses!” Best bus interaction I’ve ever had. Some guy smelling of booze was trying to be friendly. I’m a social person, but you could see my poor roommate just freaking out inside. We got asked all sorts of questions, like where are we from, I lied of course, visiting or, again, totally lied. Like, buddy, frig off. And then, the best thing ever, “hey Red, your tattoo mean anything?” 
When we got off the bus, this guy tried to skate away and biffed it on his board. People man, got to love ’em. 

Such pretty flowers

But Yeah,
That has been my slow entry into busing again. I missed this, people are so odd. If cases end up getting worse here, I’ll have to postpone doing more of these just for safety. Thanks for coming around today! Have a good one!
— Deryn

My New Gaming Addiction

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Like, all I want to do is farm in Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town. That’s all I want to do all day, every day. I remember playing the original on GameBoy Advance so often that buttons on the little unit started to die. I had seven in games years clocked within a few months.

I’ve wanted this for so long!

At first I was a little turned off by the art style of the game. Something about the more cartoon like look just wasn’t what I was expecting. Now that I’ve put in about ten hours a day since I bought it… I’ve really grown to appreciate how the artists made the game look. The animals are adorable and the villages feel like they have personalities beyond the words on the screen.

Plus, they’re so damn cute!

Some parts of the game have been changed for the new Switch edition, but so far I enjoy what they’ve done. At first, I didn’t even notice, and then I found a new staircase here, and a couple villagers over there, all of which don’t feel forced at all. I haven’t made it through the first year yet, so we’ll see come year two.

Old gameplay! Man I missed this game!

Gameplay mechanics for games like Story of Seasons normally isn’t hard to accomplish, but it really feels smooth and natural. I don’t find I’m looking at my controller to see what button I’m supposed to hit. Although, that may be because of the crazy amount of hours I’ve put into my switch and into games but the same developers.

The old title screen. Pardon the low resolution

It’s crazy to think I’ve been playing this game since about 2007, which was a couple years after it’s original release. With this remake, I’ve fallen in love with Mineral Town all over again, and I love befriending everyone. This journey down memory lane has been a great time, and I recommend this game to anyone who loved the original as much as I did. Plus, you can be gay and I love that. Girls in these games are always better.

The map of town

I’ve put in way too many hours into this game, and I’m going to go add more now… Thanks for stopping by today, and if you want to pick this game up but don’t own a Switch, it’s on Steam for some reason. Have an awesome day!
— Deryn