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I Had a Pretty Good Weekend

I finished Super Paper Mario Saturday morning. That was an enjoyable game, if a bit too verbose at times. Now the last major Wii game on my list to finish is Super Mario Galaxy. But first, back to the Xbox for Dead Rising. I gotta admit, though, right now I'm addicted to School of Magic on Facebook. It's a simple watch-your-numbers-go-up game with a just-enough-Harry-Potter-to-just-avoid-copyright-infringement theme. As addictive as Progress Quest, but with actual clicking, and multiplayer! There are hundreds of games like this. I dunno why this one happened to grip me.

You perform certain tasks (quests in this theme) to earn experience and gold by clicking on them. You spend mana to do this, and it regenerates over time at a fixed rate. You can battle others using stamina, which regenerates the same way. You invest money (in this game, to buy Familiars) to earn recurring income. The only downside is that in order to play more than 5-10 minutes at a time, you have to complete advertising offers. You can get gold, refill your mana/stamina, etc. by doing this. This isn't required to play, but if you don't want to wait for these things, you can spend waste money. I did a free auto insurance quote a couple times to get some offers (using bogus information). It's pretty mindless, so I started doing the math to determine what quests give you the most gold/xp per mana point, and which familiars give you the most recurring gold per unit of gold spent. This way at least I can maximize my progress and minimize the amount of time I have to spend on it.

Megan and I have started Maddie and Murray on a more regular eating schedule. We feed them a fixed amount once in the morning, watch them eat out of separate bowls, and then let them out. We've also cut down to almost no human food at all. The occasional piece of popcorn, but no more licking plates of spaghetti sauce. This came to pass after the vet told us that both of them were slightly overweight for their size. They're already all but house-trained now, but this should have the latent effect of stopping even the occasional accident. They're also starting to shed, since the weather's warming up, we need to start brushing them.

Speaking of the weather, I had a rare motivational spurt on Saturday to mow, since it rained on Friday, so I mowed both yards. It clouded up afterward, raining again Saturday night and Sunday. Quite a lucky break. I've been looking into maybe sodding our yard with some new grass that requires less mowing, but so far I can't find anything that I like enough. I think planting a few more trees might be enough to keep me from going too crazy with the mowing. As much as I hate it (and I abhor it), there's something endorphin-related about the combination of exercise and the feeling I get when I look out over the lawn and it's just so neat and organized. In a week, a rowdy few will start pushing and shoving to try to get more sun, but for now, all the blades are just standing at attention, awaiting my command.


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Apr. 6th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Dead Rising, eh?
Apr. 6th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Interspersed with Alien Hominid and Galaxy, probably, depending on my mood.
Apr. 6th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
Alien Hominid HD is infuriatingly difficult at times.
Apr. 7th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
So do the pups just get fed in the morning then?
I've thought about trying to put Juls on a schedule. He totally free feeds right now b/c when he was a baby he hardly ate a thing. He still doesn't eat more than around a cup a day though. I'd like to have a stricter potty schedule though!
Apr. 7th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
Yep, just one cup each in the mornings. We put a little warm water in their food so they're more enticed to eat in one sitting. They recommended 1 - 1 1/2 cups a day, so we started with the smaller amount. One night Maddie was getting hungry around bedtime, but for the most part, it's been over a week, and they're doing alright. We may have to go up to 1 1/2 in the summer when they get considerably more exercise and outdoors time. :D
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