Review: Getting my Japanese food fix (ramen) at Misoya

The other week lunch was offered on the office, and I was cruelly denied my choice of Japanese cuisine. What happened next? I was forced to endure cravings for miso soup for two weeks. (And I couldn’t settled for the instant variety you can get at the supermarket.)

However, today that all changed.

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I’ve had a desire for a while to get back into blogging. For several reasons…

  • The act of maintaining a website is enjoyable for me.
  • I need a place to get my thoughts, feelings, and opinions out.
  • I want to feel heard and connected to people. (It goes without saying that I will do my best to return a comment with a comment. 😊 )

Getting back into aikido

On 27/5/2019 I started my first official class at a new dojo. The last time I practiced was sometime in 2014.

I was never graded in aikido before, and very frustrated because I couldn’t perform a roll. Hopefully my new sensei can help me achieve this action.

Anyway, returning to the mat was, no kidding, like being a baby deer on ice. And this is not just because I’m rusty – but because this dojo is much more physically demanding than the one I was at before. But this is okay actually, because I believe the physical activity is doing me some good.

One thing that prompted me to return to training was all the sitting down I was doing.

Up until recently, I spent all day sitting down at a desk (occasionally using the standing feature or taking a break to play table tennis). Then I sit down all evening to watch Netflix, YouTube, or to play a video game.

Now I look forward to spending my evenings doing physical activity, because it’s doing me some good.

Saurian: Support Fuzzy Dinosaurs!

I’ve just backed a Kickstarter project for the first time, and man am I thrilled!

Saurian is an open-world game where you get to live out the life of a dinosaur, from hatching to adult. It combines two of my passions: Sandbox games, and scientifically accurate dinosaurs! What I’m especially excited for is that the world is said to be dynamic: Any action you take has an effect on the balance of the ecosystem. Also, it appears as though there may be random events, such as weather and bushfires.

Followup on RUMPs

A few months ago, I decided to switch to reusable menstrual products (RUMPs). How is it going?

Well, like the majority who switch, I’ve decided I don’t want to go back! I have so far tried two different cups, the Lunette cup size 2 (large), and the Ruby Cup small. The Lunette cup is proving great on my heavy days and overnights, while the Ruby Cup is good on my light days. I used to find bloody patches on my bed in the mornings, but now that only happens rarely, if the air holes happen to be blocked (and I sleep in).

I have tried a few different cloth pads, but cups are definitely the winner. I tried an “overnight” cloth pad, but woke up in a wet puddle. 🙁

What I like the most is that cups are easier to wash than pads – a lot easier. Also, you can put them in and forget they are there, and not feel bad about sitting on wet gunk.

It took me a few tries to get used to placing the cup correctly. If you do it wrong, the discharge will simply run down the side and not into the cup – fortunately that only happened once, and I had a heavy pad on as backup.

pukka-tea

Additionally, I have been using cloth panty liners from my favourite Etsy seller, Gypsy Heart, as backup. It just happened that her star liners are the right design for me, and that her fabric choices are super cute. She almost always includes a sample of amazing tea with her parcels. 🙂 Above is a picture of Pukka star anise & cinnamon tea.

In conclusion, RUMPs are awesome and you should try them! 😀 Please don’t be put off by the expensive price of menstrual cups – save up and buy yourself a good quality one! I think AUD$50-60 is a fine investment towards something you can re-use for years!

Goal Setting

By the end of 2016 I would like to:

  • Have a blog with 3000 subscribers. (Or at least if that’s the combined total of followers via email, Twitter, and Facebook… that would be nice!)
  • Get my membership with AWIA. (If they ever open up registrations again!!!)
  • Have a competent understanding of Angular.js and/or React.js.
  • Film/produce at least 3 short videos for promotional purposes.
  • Figure out how to get preprocessors to work on my computer. (What is command line? I don’t even…)
  • Convince people that I’m actually a better designer than developer…
  • Actually get comfortable with using the command line…? o_o

Within 5 years I would like to:

  • Attend a WordPress camp, or other developer conference outside of Melbourne.
  • Attend a LARP in another country.
  • Attend a gaming convention in another state or country.
  • Be earning a decent passive income from blog mentioned above. (Probably not to live off, but any extra income is good.)
  • Co-author an app/software with someone. (I cbf learning to be a full-blown programmer, but I can at least have some say in it!)
  • Speak at a conference/seminar! o_o
  • Win an award for something I designed, photographed, filmed, authored, or co-authored.

Within 10 years I would like to:

  • Have been part of designing/co-authoring a LARP, tabletop, or board game.
  • Have attended LARPs in at least two other countries.
  • Have met at least one of my idols/heroes in person.
  • Have my own house where I can be as messy or neat as I want! (If I’m married and/or raising a family, that’s ok too, but not a must.)

Do you have your own list of goals? Have you made a list like this before, and attempted to achieve your goals? Please share. 🙂