Little Town

Raisa's personal blog

A Cool Summer

I find summers very cool here on the east coast. In reality, it’s been on the upper 80s, but here I am thinking how lovely the day is. I guess when you’ve spent summers that’s over 110° F (43° C), anything 2-digit is a godsend. I’ve even been sleeping without the fan on because I’m cold in the morning. Not looking forward to winter though!

Aeropostale jeans, Predictions saddle shoes, Aldo watch, Foster Grant sunglasses, purse from Taiwan

Aeropostale jeans, Predictions saddle shoes, Aldo watch, Foster Grant sunglasses, purse from Taiwan

It’s been a while since my last outfit post! Sometimes I feel like I’m not a ~*real fashion blogger*~ because I post outfits so sporadically, and a lot of my stuff is cheap. I don’t even remember where I got the top. It’s a no-name brand so probably Savers or some such.

I’m actually planning on transitioning to a more classic, timeless wardrobe. I’ve never paid much attention to trends, and I don’t want to be flighty about my style anymore, so I’ve resolved to buy pieces that will look good for years to come and nothing more. Of course, that would mean splurging on said pieces but if they’ll last me a long time, it’s worth it.

Still no internet at our place, but we should be getting it installed this coming Thursday! I’m warming up more and more to our apartment. It’s starting to feel like home, though I’m not too crazy about the wood floors. Looking into a few rugs to make our room seem more inviting. And perhaps a large ottoman? How do you all decorate your floors?

Cross Country 2014: Touchdown

Philadelphia City Hall

We’ve arrived in Philadelphia! We’ve been here for a few days, busy unpacking, buying furniture, and setting up utilities. We did hit a stumble with the power because the previous tenant had an outstanding balance with the electric company, and they’re giving us a hard time about it. Still working on getting that settled but here’s to hoping it clears by the end of the week. At least we have power now!

No internet at our new place yet, but I’ve been so busy with errands and unpacking that I’ve barely noticed. This last week has been a blur. I do have data on my phone so I’ve been checking in with friends that way. Every now and then, I’d hook it up to my laptop and access the internet that way through USB tethering. Yay technology! I don’t know what I’d do without my phone.

Otherwise, I’ve been filling my downtime with gaming. After years of owning it, I finally finished Escape Rosecliff Island! I also completed another Final Fantasy 6 run. I never get tired of that game. I’m thinking of restarting Chrono Trigger too. You can tell I’ve been on a SNES kick lately.

I guess you can all treat this as a mini-hiatus until I can get steady internet fixed up. I’ll catch up with everyone once we’re totally settled. See you all then! Hope everyone’s doing well. :D

Cross Country 2014: Almost There!

I-70 East

We’re now in Columbus, Ohio! We have one more day of driving left, and finally we’ll be at our new home. We took our time on this drive to give us a chance to enjoy some of our stops. It’s still pretty rushed, but it hasn’t been that bad at all.

We stopped by Denver the other day and had a quick lunch at Ling and Louie’s in Northfield, and then it was back on the road. We decided to play A Game of Thrones audiobook to keep us entertained. I was never that into audiobooks since they put me to sleep all the time, but Michael enjoys them and now I appreciate why. It’s a different experience, however still enjoyable and I was able to visualize the narrative more easily. When I read, I tend to gloss over the finer details especially after a while when I zone out a bit.

Spent one night in Kansas (which is… an interesting state), and then another day of driving till we reached St. Louis.

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Cross Country 2014: Goodbye Canyons


I’ve mentioned a few times that we’re moving to the east coast this summer, and it’s finally happening! We left Vegas this morning to start our four-day drive to Philadelphia. I’m typing this entry from Grand Junction, Colorado!

It was a good drive today. Uneventful, but good. We had music on blast while driving through the canyons in Utah with clear skies above us. I’m always amazed at the sight of canyons. Those things have been around long before we came to be, shaped by thousands of years of weathering and erosion, and they’re absolutely gorgeous. That right there, that is nature.

This picture is actually taken in Red Rock Canyon in Vegas. I couldn’t take a good one of the ones in Utah because we didn’t want to stop. So here’s a generic canyon picture!

I’m going to miss driving out and hiking through canyons. I’ve always felt invigorated after walking through Red Rock, and I don’t know when I’ll get to do that again. Of course, I’m excited to be moving back to a big city, and I’ve always told people I’m a city girl, but I’m just as well a desert rat.

Steam Summer Sale Haul

Steam’s summer sale ended on June 30, and if you’ve been following my Tumblr, you’d see I was posting some sweet deals while it was happening. I hope I managed to convince someone to buy because they had some really awesome games on sale! For their own benefit, of course. I’m not trying to recruit anyone into my fandoms so we can geek out together or anything. Completely for their own benefit.

My own purchases this year are pretty modest because 1.) whenever I’d place a game on my cart, it’ll say I already own it oops, and 2.) Michael already owns it so there’s no point buying a game I could access already. I did pick up a few recent titles. I spent less than $20 for these which is not bad at all.

Game Dev Tycoon

Game Dev Tycoon was my first purchase. I don’t remember exactly how I stumbled into this game, but I sank an entire day on this. I had so much fun developing my own games, even though my success was very hit or miss. I did really well in the beginning (the “Game Boy” era), but I stumbled a lot once the game’s equivalent of Playstation came around.

The game aligns its events to things that actually happened in the gaming industry, such as Sega’s downfall and last year’s Xbox One mess. That was helpful because I knew to completely ignore consoles that were inevitably going to croak. I tried developing games after actual games too. Not all of them worked out, but I’m happy to report that in-game players also enjoyed Elder Scrolls and Fallout. By the way, I named my company Bacon of Light, after my friend’s WoW guild. :P

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