Let's start with Christmas. I got a key chain from Nathan, one of this year's Hess trucks (the monster truck), a Sports Illustrated swimsuit calendar, some candy, gift cards to Barnes and Noble and Starbucks, and a new stand for my TV. After Christmas I got a matching bookcase, so now my room has some more actual furniture.
I finished Re:CoM a while back, in about 2 weeks or so, and that was after taking four days off after my last real entry. 100% completion in both. It was both easier and harder than the original. Plus, the new cards gotten from finishing Sora's story would have been nice to have earlier than that, or at least in linked fights (which was taken out in and replaced with theater mode).
Then, I started Eternal Poison, finally. It's as gorgeous as the videos I'd seen beforehand. Also, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE FUCK I'M DOING. Seriously. There's no guide at all (not even a printed one), so I've been winging it a lot. I started with Thage's story. After getting over her Negate ability (unaffected by any magic, positive or negative), and trying to figure out how abilities work, I finally started working on the Second Strata today. And the story doesn't get any less confusing.
Favorite mercenaries (based on use): Yuri (yay light elemental magic and an extra healer) and Alexei (a very slow, but very well defended, tank)
Favorite mercenaries (based on looks): Ares (just finally recruited her, no idea how she functions), Vivian (though I have used her, and her non-elemental spells are nice)
Favorite characters: Thage, Duphaston
I managed to miss out on going back to school because the school I wanted to go to didn't receive my transcripts in time, so I have to wait until the fall semester. Thankfully, I'm already in the system, so I don't have to re-apply. On top of that, I'm going to go ahead and learn how to drive in the meantime (and get my license, finally).
Also, I'm typing all this on a new laptop. The original hard drive failed in my original one, and so I had it replaced with one I had bought for my sister's laptop, though it didn't actually need it (she needed a new motherboard, as her's wouldn't even start). So I went ahead and bought a Dell, similar to the one my sister has, but a different model number. The keyboard is a little touchy, the buttons at the top don't light until you touch them (making it hard to find the volume controls in the dark), and for the first couple days, the wireless card didn't want to cooperate with the router.
And then, on Monday, I managed to stupidly fall for a virus over MSN, so, after finally getting rid of it (and crashing my login), I had to start over as though I had just gotten it. Thankfully, the wireless card took less time to get used to the router again.
I think I say this every time, but I need new icons.