New Phone and Family Updates

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Samsung has been my go-to for cell phones since I was in high school. Black Friday has spoiled me, and given me the opportunity for a Note 20 Ultra for a good price! I mean, I did steal my brother’s upgrade to do it, but we won’t talk about that. But yeah, I got a new phone! I’m not a stats person with phones, but I’ll add them for those who are. Specs, not stats, apparently. My bad.

First picture I took on the new phone

I am not retyping the specs, but I did find an amazing website. The camera is really all I’ve been playing with in terms of “new features”, but I’m in LOVE! Well, apparently I only had my last phone since March… Oops, guess I was too excited by sales. And this is what we call – ADHD – folks! No matter, the way it worked out, I’m not hindered at all which is hype. 
I just discovered the drawing app that comes with the phone, and I totally just spent an hour drawing. This is going to make my brain so happy!

The clouds are so nice!!!

Other than that, I haven’t had the chance to properly play with all the phone or the s-pen’s features yet. Taking this a whole different direction now, a more serious one... Dad wasn’t feeling well yesterday. He had a few of the symptoms, so I’ve got him staying home. I’m sure he’s actually just got the “man cold” but these days you can’t be too careful. After quite a bit of explaining, I think I’ve convinced both him and my brother that they need to stay home. Fingers crossed for now I guess… Means I’ve got a car for the next few days though. 

This shot is with the 50x zoom on. I took this at work

Black Friday is going to be crazy I’m bettin’. I was hoping to get some shopping in, but I may just order stuff online for now. It’s also safer that way lately. If everything doesn’t close though, there’s a couple early Christmas shopping things I should go pick up. But for now, back to drawing. Be safe out there, and have a great day! 
— Deryn

What About Calgary

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Yesterday while hanging out on Discord, a friend suggested moving to Calgary. He lives in like, the South East I think? After sending me a link to a townhouse going for less than what I’d sell my trailer for, I’m honestly considering it. I’ve lived in BC my whole life, and have always just, never liked Alberta. But at the same time, I’ve usually only driven through it or been visiting family I don’t care for. It would be that real “fresh start” I am looking for too. Moving though, that’s a scary thought.

Housing prices is what really gets me. A townhouse for example, in my part of town like on the other side of the highway from where I work. $300K, one bed and one bath, strata is upwards of $500 with a mortgage looking about $950 a month. That works out to $1450 a month for a TOWNHOUSE. As you can tell, I’m upset, and that’s without even taxes involved. Now, looking at Calgary, a two bed and two bath, for $250K. Only like 3% taxes, and putting the same money down, $740 for the mortgage and $122 for strata. Makes the living price $862 a month. The price difference is nuts! And the taxes in the province is a huge difference too!

I know I know, I’m rambling on about money, and I’m sorry about that. But in my defense, I’m a broke bitch. Calgary is not a place I visit often, so I don’t actually know much about the city. I know there’s three major highways which is nice. And getting about 20km doesn’t take two hours in rush hour. There’s no family of mine out there though. See, this is my issue with moving that kind of distance – No family out there, none of my really good friends unless I bring them with, and I’d have to 100% rebuild my life. Stuff like favourite grocery stores, preferred dentists, and dog walking routes would be a whole new thing!

I know Shadow looks dirty, but my dad gave him like, an entire $5 bag of catnip. He was rolling around in it

I’ve never moved like this before, or really ever before. I wouldn’t be able to go alone, that would be too much. However, the more I think about it, the more I kind of really like the idea. As of right now, I’m not doing anything besides rebuilding my place and preparing for Christmas. Oh right, I’ve got a month and a bit until that. Anyway, that’s all I have for today! Be safe out there, and we’ll talk again soon!
— Deryn

Sims and Some Demon Souls

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Today, when I’m writing this piece, Sims 4 Snowy Escape has gone live! Oh I am excited! I’ve put over a thousand hours into Sims 4 and that’s just, well honestly kind of sad but whatever. This pack is based on Korea I believe, let me double check that. Oh, Japan apparently. Man, I suck at this.

Since all the footage started releasing, I’ve come to realize I know nothing about how homes are built or how Sims look. My god the basics of this pack got super difficult for me… Google tabs are open of houses and people just so I can see something that looks right. My god I suck at this apparently…

With the new platform tool, there’s so many new things I want to try as well! I saw a YouTube Sims person..? Sims YouTuber? I saw a video on making a toddler dungeon, and another one on bunk beds. Family homes are going to be way more fun now! At least, European and American ones. So much more research has to go into any other style…

As for Demon Souls. I’ve got a copy, and I can stream it. My dad bought both new consoles day one, and I really, like, really want to play Demon Souls. Is it worth learning to stream that game? Yes it’s brand new and would probably be an great experience… Now I’ve talked myself into it. I’ll have to invite the boyfriend over to help me set everything up. He streams too if you want to check him out!

Souls games are great, and I’ve played them all now except Demon Souls. Adding that game to my list would be amazing! Once I start getting into that, I’ll update everyone! That is, if I can figure it out.

But yeah, that’s been my weekend. Way too much sims, as per the usual at this point, and “YOU DIED” screens. Sorry about being late today too. I forgot my kids needed food, so I had to run out and grab that. Thanks for stopping by today! Be safe out there, and we’ll talk soon!
— Deryn

Making Up For Lost Time

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Over the past few years I went through a lot, and with that, I missed a lot. I loved sitting on my couch and catching up on the newest TV shows and movies. Dating someone long term who takes something like that away from you, well, all I can say is I’m never doing that again. Since I have some free time again, I’ve been catching up. TV shows mostly are what I’m trying to get ahead of right now. With working being quiet, which happens too often, I’ve been doing some light bingeing.

I am a HUGE Supernatural fan. Great show, fantastic, amazing, I love it, and now I’m finishing it. Starting where I left off, season thirteen, I only have two more seasons before the show is just over. After that I’m thinking the Haunting of Bly Manor. Oh man I am so excited! The boyfriend is letting me use his Disney+ as well, so maybe I’ll pick up something on there too.

Yo, The Boys is awesome! We picked that up since we’re caught up on The Mandalorian. The concept is amazing and I don’t think I’ll ever watch a superhero movie the same ever again. Definitely graphic though, there’s a scene I actually just couldn’t watch and had to be told it was safe again. The premise of corporately owned superheroes is just brilliant, and people die so violently, it’s an adventure every episode.

Actually turning Supernatural on again, I’m realizing I should start from the beginning again. There’s quite a lot that just doesn’t him home as hard anymore. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still an amazing show, but I really need to devote a weekend to just rewatching it. I’ll probably cry a whole bunch if I do that though…

Monday, when I got home, dad wanted to watch New Mutants. I thought it was going to be a TV show, but apparently not. I went in expecting a more adult themed X-Men style of show, with more blood and swearing kind of thing, but holy frick. The movie was intense and had an amazing tie to Native American mythology. More movies, or spinoffs? like this should get made! The odd scene had some scares, but is still totally worth watching!

Eventually here, the boyfriend and I are going to watch Breaking Bad too I think. That show has a good amount of seasons, so that’ll keep us busy for sure! As for now, that’s all I’ve been watching. And that’s all I have for today! Thanks for stopping by, and be safe out there!
— Deryn

The Best Few Days

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I spent a few days with friends and family, not paying attention to social media or the world really, and enjoying the company for my birthday. I stayed with the boyfriend for a couple days to start everything off. Most of our weekend was watching TV, which I’ll have a separate post for, but it’s more than that. Homemade meals, quality time, and getting overly spoiled, I had a great weekend. Turning twenty-three was so special! Before I met up with him, my lovely roommate had to spoil me first. 

Boyfriend took this picture, and yes I totally am using it

Starting with my lovely wife*, we got home from work about 6:30ish. *I call my roommate my wife. It’s a thing we’ve been doing forever now. Presents, a new hair colour and some needed bonding started my weekend off strong. I’m currently a red head with a new Little Mermaid backpack to match! Mind you the hair was a last minute “we should do this” kind of thing. There was more with the backpack, but that’s for me. From there, my dad offered to drive me to the boyfriends place since it’s getting cold and snowing now. 

He made an amazing dinner! Chicken stuffed with .. fancy cheese, ham, and some other goodies (I honestly forgot everything that he used) and wrapped in prosciutto with veggies and pasta! Dang, thinking back I was, well am, so spoiled! I should have taken a picture of it! From there, caught up on the Mandalorian. We’ve started The Boys now too, and I have a new headset and microphone to use! The comfort of spending time with someone who enjoys my company and makes me feel safe is just, amazing. I’m a sap, I know, but he’s just, the best! Oh, and I had a frittata which is super yummy. I will never get tired of his cooking.

Outside my window this morning

Getting home Monday, since I stayed there for two days, my dad and I spent some time together. And now I can make my own London Fog’s too which is cool. They’re my favourite latte, and he got me a milk frother. I spend an unholy amount of money on them, especially working next to a Tim Hortons. Milk, vanilla syrup, earl grey tea and a bit of water makes the most amazing drink ever! We also got to see New Mutants which is an interesting movie. I’ll write more on that later. 

My great friend Will took this one. England is less snowy than here

I’m not the kind of person who needs a lot for holidays or birthdays, the experiences and time spent with the people I care about is the best part of my life. I can’t thank the people around me enough for being there. Since I didn’t post yesterday, expect that tomorrow! Updates from The Mandalorian, The Boys, New Mutants and gaming! Those kitty headphones from Razer I loved are now mine! I spent a good hour making them glow pink too! Pictures of my setup will go live eventually. But, that’s all I have for today, thanks for stopping by! Be safe and warm out there if you live near me!
— Deryn