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Stormblood Music

They released the main theme for Final Fantasy XIV: StormBlood. Once again, it is done by the master, Nobuo Uematsu. Entitled “Revolutions”, I think it’s very indicative of the journey about to be undertaken by our hero, the Warrior of Light.

The video contains a lot of StormBlood footage, as well as some Heavansward spoilers.

Feeling that StormBlood hype for sure! Doesn’t help that I’ve not really played FFXIV much since my surgery, so having new content to look forward to is really nice.

Vlog #3

A little FFXIV love

The FFXIV love is still strong. It’s a bit slow at the moment, with StormBlood coming in June. My group is still working on A12S, and making some progress. It’s fun (as fun as raids can be, lol) and I think we can eventually do it, though I’m not convinced we’ll get it done before my surgery.

Yesterday Square Enix announced a free DLC giveaway with Amazon, so of course, being a lover of FFXIV, Amazon and free things, I immediately participated. Since I already had Stormblood preordered, and FFXII, my choice was Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia or Final Fantasy VII Remake. I went with FFVII, because…well, I was shocked at myself for not having it preordered already.

It took a few tries. I entered the code Amazon sent, but had to re-enter it after SquareEnix send me an email that said “Here’s your codes” but they were blank.  Oops. It did finally work, and upon logging in, my items were waiting for me.

This was the free staff you got for your Dragoon/Lancer. It’s a power pole! The DBZ nerd in my squealed.

Here is the “Cumulus” mount, and also the clothing equipped. Hello Nimbus! I love it, it’s one of my favorite mounts now. Again, DBZ fangirl is crying in joy.

No shame, I’m proud of my nerdiness.

More Vlog

I’m not very good at this whole vlog thing, but I’m picking certain things up as I go. Like looking at the camera and not the screen on my ipad. I actually might use my camera next time, since that takes longer videos, and I might avoid the whole splicing videos thing. I’m trying to learn, at least and I will get better!

One week, one night left until surgery. It’s really scary, but I’m doing okay. I’m much more relaxed than I was, though I’m certain that will change. This weekend, I’m guessing, is when the real freak out begins, and then Monday.  Oh man.

Mr. Hoppy- mind the gross water, I’m in the middle of spring cleaning my pond.

In other news, I got out and cleaned my pond some today. It needed it badly. Needed a new pump, so that’s in. I’d love to add a waterfall feature, and this new pump can do that. The neat thing about my little pond is that it’s own little ecosystem. I’ve got lily pads and water lilies, and my fish somehow survived. Despite the grossness…and my fish have a little friend, Mr. Hoppy. It’s really neat, and I look forward to the summer when it’s a nice place to sit and relax in the warm air. Fresh air will be good for recovery, too.

 

Vlog

I did my first vlog.

Not the best, I know. I hope to do more than. It’s sort of therapeutic.

A11S video

Team member Takato got the video up for us.

Good first win, even if I did get sacrificed.

We tried A12S for the first time, and my initial reaction is despite echo, fuck this shit.

Alexander 11 Savage

We’ve been working on A11S for almost 5 weeks. Most weeks we do one lockout, 3 times a week. Our group is pretty good about getting together, with us only missing one or two raid nights for various reasons. It’s been a long strange lewd duty.

Victory!!!

Video coming soon. I made the mistake of taking a screen shot first, which is not how it works on the ps4. This win comes at the price of a 3% wipe, a wipe in which I face the wrong direction during Limit Cut, only to be outdone by our cat WHM healer doing the same, and then we had the dreaded (but necessary) 1% wipe. This win, our first win, and one done without Echo (because Tomo is stubborn, and we all decided to be stubborn with him), was brought to you by sacrificing their main tank, me, at 1%.

Now we have 2 weeks to beat A12S…

Warm weather

I think I gave up trying to post in the winter. Honestly, it’s just hard, there’s nothing exciting or even worth talking about during the winter. HALP I AM TRAPPED INDOORS just doesn’t make a good post over and over again.

But the warm weather is here, and with it brings lots of things to do and talk about. Gardening! Projects! Adventures! New games! Ok, so I could’ve been talking about the games I was playing, but I was also suffering from lack of focus, which I’ll get into in a second. And the biggest thing is that I’m 22 days away from surgery.

My entire focus this winter has been getting approved for this surgery. I’ve add working out to my daily list of things to. I got my EGD done, I’ve had more appointments, and finally around mid-March, I got the green light. I’m still waiting on hearing from the insurance, but that shouldn’t be a problem (knock on wood). Ok, I admit it, I’m feeling pretty anxious that they will decline and I’m gonna have to fight them to get approved.

SO yeah, I should have more to talk about. What can I say, my life is pretty boring. Doesn’t exactly make for a riveting blog, I know.

Did I mention I’m getting a puppy in August? Deposit down, contract signed. Awwww yeah <3 If anything, I’ll just turn this blog into a FatChocoboMom’s Minion page.

Smoothies

There’s a nasty little stomach bug going around the house. All three kids got it, and at least one was the cause of poor FatChocoboMom having to steam clean her rugs. Ah, the joys of parenthood. I’m also on some antibiotics for an infection, which has left my stomach feeling quite queasy. Today is the worst, after taking my last pill, so I’m praying to the Gods that it’s just the pill and not whatever nasty little bug the kids brought home.

Things are proceeding well enough on the surgery path. I hit a bump when the local hospital decided to cancel my EGD and reschedule it for a month later. This puts my entire schedule behind a month, as there is little to do about it, we have to go with the flow. I’ve done everything else, including hitting my initial weight goal. Once I got into the groove of it, it wasn’t that bad.

One of the things that have helped has been protein shakes. I used to think that was just some silly muscle-head fad, but considering the doctors want me to get 80-110 grams of protein daily, it doesn’t seem so silly anymore. At first I was just drinking these shakes. Premier, which is found in Walmart, isn’t so bad. I really like the Unjury ones, and some of the Syntrax Nectar ones are really good (though a few were REALLY bad.) I also found a few various brands at the local natural store, some good, some not so good. It’s all personal though, and I would recommend trying as many as you can, but I’ve also been told your tastes change after surgery. So be prepared to experiment all over again. The only real negative I can think of is I haven’t found a good chocolate protein shake yet.  They all taste bland. However, I did find a hot chocolate that is delicious and higher in protein. It has a touch of that artificial sweetener taste, but it isn’t too bad. Having these in the house has helped me to deal with chocolate cravings. In fact, I need to order more (while I cry over the price…yeah…it’s a touch expensive.)

Seriously, an awesome blender!

Last week, Target had a sale on the Nutri Ninja Blender with Auto IQ technology. This baby is awesome! I’ve always bought cheapo blenders that I could never have green smoothies in. I made a green smoothie with spinach and kale, fairlife milk, strawberries, blueberries and a frozen banana on the first day. It was so smooth I didn’t taste the greens at all. No chunks, no grit. SMOOTH.  It was fantastic. And the kids love it too, because now FatChocoboMom can make them smoothies, one of their favorite foods.

Today, thanks to that queasy stomach, I opted to go for a liquid lunch. I thought I’d share the recipe, because I considered this one to be a success.

Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

1 premier protein shake- Chocolate

1/2 frozen banana

6 strawberries, fresh or frozen (I used frozen.)

Put in your ninja cup, in that order. Put on blender base and hit extract.  ENJOY.

I only used 6 strawberries and it’s not strawberry enough for me. Next time, I might double it, though that adds sugar and carbs. I know a lot of people add sweetener to their smoothies- sugar, honey, agave syrup…even Splenda or stevia. I don’t feel the need, I actually have been developing a taste for more “naturally” sweet stuff. Nutritionally, this is 227 calories, 3 grams of fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 22 carbs, 5 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar and 30 grams of protein. This isn’t for everyone, of course. Many bariatric patients aim for ketosis, but this isn’t what the doctor proscribed for me, and with a net carb total of 17, it’s totally good for me. You just can’t beat those 30 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fiber. (Of course, adding greens would make this even more healthy, I just happened to have run out!)

MKAL fun.

Character sheet and statistics, oh my!

I gonna talk more crafts today.  Because crafts! Actually, my love of crafting has collided with my love of being a nerd, and thanks to Polycraftual, I got my hands on a really interesting knitting pattern and project. It’s called the Yarn Quest 2017, Heroes of Yarnia. It’s an MKAL (Mystery Knit-a-long), in the form of an RPG game. I would say this is not for the absolute beginner knitter, although if you have someone to help you, you could be ok. You need to know how to knit, and purl. It’s double knit, and read from charts, so experience or knowing how to read one is a good thing. Don’t be like me, which is to read the chart from the top down. Because that’s how I roll. And frog. And roll again, anf frog until I slap myself a few times yelling “Get it together, FatChocoboMom!!” until I read the chart right. However, if you’re determined, you could get it done. There are a lot of videos on youtube you can use to help as well.

It will a long project. I started a few weeks ago, and let’s just say, there was many many frogs until I found my groove. Working with fingering yarn is one of those reasons I don’t do light lacy things. Nimble fingers I do not have!  But after about…a couple dozen tries, I finally got going properly, and now it’s just a matter of following the chart precisely.  It’s slow going, I try to do a few rows a day. I’m rotating between my crochet squares, and this, as well as another double knit scarf for my husband.

Currently, I’m still on clue 1. There’s a number of different parts to each clue, adding up to like…50 rows (give or take, I haven’t actually counted yet.) Each chart is determined by the roll of the dice. You even get a character sheet with stats and items and all the other good stuff a RPG game offers, as well as companion sheet. I’m in nerd heaven here. I’m very excited to actually get past part 1 though, just because I feel like I’ve been working on it for weeks now. I’ve only printed out the first clue because there’s so many charts with each clue that it seemed overwhelming to print them all at once (at least the ones that were out. There was 3 clues out by the time I joined. I think there’s 5 now.)

Despite the fact that I have two very large double knit scarves to work on, my brain is looking at other MKAL’s and crying it wants to do them too. I think we knitters and crocheters might have problems with our brains. Either that, or our fingers which cannot keep up with our brains. I will stay strong, and stick to the projects I’m currently working on. NO new ones. 😛  It’s a good thing that this KAL keeps you guessing and the pattern changes frequently enough to keep me engaged. Time to fight my dragon though!