For those who wondered where I have been during these past 2 weeks or so, I can provide an explanation. I didn't have any computer access and I only had my tablet to assist me - that was how I was able to write that journal about the problems I experienced with the Rooster Teeth website. So yeah, that's why I been very quiet and really inactive. What sucked was I couldn't finish the writing challenges I was doing last month, which were the National Poetry Month one as well as the National Haiku Month. Overall I failed both challenges and I was kinda disappointed in myself, however as they say shit happens in life. You just have to accept things and hold your hands up to your mistakes before moving on from the situation. As far as I'm concerned there's always next year, so it's not totally the end of the world if I failed this year.
Anyway in my absence from here everything has been fine on my end. I can gladly say that despite a slight rough patch regarding the start of this year, 2015 has been treating me better - maybe it's because emotionally I'm in the right place and I've been more or less trying my best to take care of myself. Even if it means treating myself by buying something like a DVD or a video game, I realise small things is all it takes to make me happy and feel good within myself. I still need to play Destiny (and also The Evil Within) as I finally convinced myself to get the game while it was still there. The way I look at it is if I enjoy playing the Halo series I will no doubt enjoy Destiny. The other day I realised there is an expansion pack for the game - it was advertised when I signed on xbox Live and I seen the trailer to it. To my understanding it's out today and it has kinda aroused my curiosity as to what it is.
Speaking of achieving inner peace/happiness I had such an excellent weekend. On Friday night I went out with mum and her work colleagues as one of them was leaving at the end of this month, and mum said I could come along if I wanted to. I thought it would be great to have a night out and enjoy myself. So anyway we went to Romford and us girls had dinner at a place called Toby's Carvery. This was me and mum's second time there and the food there is delicious. There are four choices of meat you can choose from and they are pork, beef, gammon and turkey - you can have as many types that you like but you can only go up there once. As for the vegetables and potatoes, you can go up for that as many times as you want. I couldn't finish every bite on my plate as it was very filling, not to mention the Yorkshire Puddings are so freaking enormous. They take up a good quarter of your plate I would guess. And one of the girls said to me "How can anyone have dessert after that?" and I agreed with her due to the fact that the desserts there are rumoured to be very big. The first time mum and I ate there there was a couple sitting on the table next to us and the girl ordered apple pie and it was quite a sizable piece they served.
So afterwards when our stomachs were good and filled up we walked a short distance and ended up in a pub called The World's Inn. One of the girls, who's not much older than I am, said that she's been there before and that the cocktails are served in massive glass jugs. Needless to say mum and I thought she was kidding but it turns out she was correct. Now I've had a few cocktails when I have went out during a girl's night out but you can imagine my surprise at the sight of the drink. The jug must have been a litre in size and it had a ridiculous amount of ice in the cocktail too. I don't think you could get drunk on it purely based on that reason alone. Since you could buy 2 cocktails for only £10 I ordered a Cheeky V for myself and I got mum a Blue Lagoon. Even though I drank half of the contents of my jug I really liked the cocktail - it was the first time I had that particular flavour.
Not only was it a pub, but it had a dance floor in the centre of the building. After half an hour sitting down on my arse talking to mum along with her work mates, I went up to the dance floor and from there to the time we practically left I spent the entire night dancing away. Nope, I didn't dance with any men if you're wondering, I just danced in the company of the girls. So yeah, I wonder if that took any of you by surprise that I like dancing/drinking because generally I can be a shy girl. What made me laugh is some of mum's work mates asked me how old I was, so I told them I was 27. They were very stunned, and Kerry (the one who organised the night out) said I look around 22. Speaking of which, I'm so glad I brought my ID out with me that night as they were asking everyone for ID at the entrance of the pub. I can honestly say that I'm beginning to understand the advantages of having an ID and I'm loving them. I have so much freedom that I didn't have before
I wonder if this would shock you or even make you giggle/smile but when I was making my way to collect my things from the table as mum and I were on the verge of going (as it was after 11 in the night) there were a couple of lads dancing in the corner. Mum went past them and I was making my way past them, one of the guys was kinda gyrating his hips and I kinda stared at him - yeah, he was good looking. And then he said "Come on" to me, so me being bold I actually stood with my back close to him, kinda danced for a few seconds just merely brushing my arse up against his groin. Afterwards we kinda done a high five. What was more entertaining was when we arrived at the bus stop so we could catch the bus home there was this fella walking with his mate and then the bloke actually done an acrobatic flip/front spring before whooping as soon as he was done. Everyone at the bus stop didn't react so I enthusiastically cheered out "Yeah!" He gave a half smile and he then walked off. On the other hand his mate stood for a brief chat and he said to mum and I "To be fair that was pretty good." while mum agreed and I smiled and said "Very impressive."
Overall it was such a brilliant night out. I actually made an effort in talking and getting to know the girls from mum's work - one or two I know already as I have went out with them last year during the Summer. At first I was a little nervous, but as the night went on I really enjoyed having a laugh/having fun while chatting with people that I didn't know that well. Saturday was rather nice as well because dad came out with mum and I to Romford and we ended up going to Toby's Carvey again
Honestly, we have been itching for dad to come with us to there as he likes roast dinners and what pleased me is that he enjoyed it too. I had a cider with my food because why the hell not? One of my favourite drinks is cider as I've had three or four brands of the drink - plus the fact I'm a full grown woman so I'm entitled to have a pint and a quarter. And I bought myself some films while I was at it too.
From the 10th to the 17th of this month I actually took a week's break from playing any of my xbox games. I only used the xbox if I wanted to watch something on youtube, All 4 or BBC IPlayer and to watch my DVDs in general. When I first announced my idea to my mum she was surprised due to the fact it's normally a thing I wouldn't say. Plus the fact all of you know that I enjoy playing the xbox for hours on end when I have the time. The reason why I decided to refrain from playing the xbox was I really wanted a change. I realised I was gaming too much due to the fact I had an urge to finish off the remaining four missions of the Halo CE Anniversary campaign on Heroic. In the end I managed to get it done and it was a fun experience for me - I managed to get a few more achievements in the process, including This Side Up Achievement. Surprisingly that wasn't too bad and I gained some rather good tips from others who shown how to get the achievement in their youtube videos. I think I finished with less than a minute to spare considering the fact I took my time and I avoided almost every ramp and lip in the rooms.
So when I finished the campaign on Heroic I went terminal/skulls hunting. I've collected all the terminals and as for the skulls I've got half of them. Oh, do you remember when I wrote a journal a few weeks back and I complained that I couldn't get the Bandanna skull despite the three various methods I tried? Well, I managed to succeed in getting the skull!
I wish I could say that I successfully done the damned grenade jump, but that would be a lie. I decided to give that Warthog glitch another try, and what do you know? It actually works. What really helped me was I remained patient in my attempts despite me saying beforehand "I don't know why I'm bothering to try and get this skull - it's stupid." The reason why it didn't work for me a few weeks ago is because I thought that the Warthog had to be turned upwards on its side after throwing a grenade directly underneath the car. It turns out that the Warthog has to be flipped completely on its back before jumping on top of it and pressing the X button to flip the vehicle. Anyway when I pressed the X button much to my surprise I fully glitched out of the ceiling and the skull, a few yards from where I stood on solid ground, was mine for the taking.
I've messed around with the Bandanna skull while searching for other skulls in the missions, and I have to say having unlimited ammo and grenades is such a bonus. Of course the skull means you won't get twice as much frustration in levels, especially while playing on a higher difficulty. Then again the Bandanna skull will help me get these three achievements: That Just Happened (Complete the level “The Library” on Heroic difficulty or higher without dying.), Leave It Where It Lay (Complete the level “Two Betrayals” on Legendary difficulty without picking up a new weapon.) and Grenadier (Escape the map room in “The Silent Cartographer” without firing a shot on Heroic or Legendary.)
Hopefully I want to collect the skulls in Halo CE. I think the skull that will be a really big bitch to find in terms of location is the Fog skull which is in the 343 Guilty Spark level. I've heard some people find it very hard to find that particular skull for some reasons. I remember the first skull situated in the Library mission it was required to do a grenade jump as the skull was located in the third set of vents right where you begin. It was so laughably easy to do that grenade jump - it was pretty much a raised platform so you throw the grenade at the base of the platform and when you're on top of it you have to face the right vent, do a running jump and crouch while jumping at the last second to get into the vent. There's another grenade jump for one of the skulls in the Assault On The Control Room, but I think I'll manage it hopefully. In my personal opinion that grenade jump in order to get the Bandanna skull is something I won't be able to pull off in a million years, not that it actually bothers me as a) I've already got the skull and b) I don't fancy driving myself crazy in learning ever again.
Oh, and I'm currently back to playing Reach's campaign on Legendary after my one and a half years hiatus. I think the Long Night of Solace did break me in a few ways considering how many months it took me to complete that mission. Anyway I'm almost at the end of the Exodus mission; I just to arm the three or four batteries (I think that's what they're called) and then I'll be done. But seriously, it is me or the friendly Marines that bad in Reach? They fail to support you thus ending up getting killed quickly and it takes them a long time for them to things. Here's a good example: I was trying my best to give a marine a rocket launcher so he could blast away the Brute Captains with the Concussion Rifles on the opposite side. Because he was cowering behind the columns and not taking the rocket launcher my health and shields went down quite rapidly despite my very best in taking cover from the blasts, and I ended up getting killed due to the splash damage quite a few times. What's even more ironic was where I was hiding there was a health pack in the corner and it wasn't before long since my health was fully regained that within a few seconds of me standing behind the cover I died. At least in Halo 3 and Halo CE the marines were a lot more helpful - the ones in Reach however are just plain ridiculous.
But yeah, the break from playing the xbox games really done me the world of good. It allowed me to focus on different things and spending more time with my family. I even managed to read Halo: The Ghosts of Onyx -it's such a fantastic book as it delves more into the Spartan III Programme and how Kurt Ambrose (a Spartan II) ended up being in charge. Beforehand I read the book New Blood which I was excited about. It focused on the events after the Halo ODST game and the whole gang was featured. I mean, when I was reading it I pictured Buck's voice in my head as it was written in his point of view. I was kinda surprised that Buck and a few others joined up as Spartan IV after the war ended and Sarah Palmer as well as Jun is featured in the book too. As for Mickey, who's one of my favourite characters in the ODST game, I really don't know what to think of him anymore. Basically he didn't intervene in the Rookie's death and he also betrayed Buck along with the rest of his teammates by joining the Insurrectionists. All I can say is that he's a real arsehole and he's no better than his parents who were actually Innies. While reading, I wasn't all that shocked about Micky and the Rookie dying due to the fact
released some spoliers in one of his journals. But what I didn't expect though is how much I've grown to like Romeo as a character. Seriously, some of the ballsy/sarcastic things he said in some parts had me laughing a few times.
I'm really enjoying the current series of Red vs Blue so far. It's ten times more better than the previous seasons in the Chorus Trilogy in my opinion. The plot has progressed strongly and it's great to see how the characters are portrayed and developing/growing. The Chairman has my interest due to the fact he's getting more screen time. A part of me thinks that he is a character to be feared - not physically though, but from the way he threw the suppressor rifle to the ground in a fit of rage and from the way he told Locus and Felix off he does have a formidable, imposing aura to him. It's extremely clear that with his collection of the Freelancer related things including the Meta's armour he has an obsession even though Project Freelancer as well as the Director died a long time ago. What leaves me wondering is he said about in wanting to acquire an AI in order to run Maine's armour (and trust me, I bet it will be Sharkface in wearing it - I can't imagine the Chairman putting on Maine's armour as he's not the fighting type).
Now I have a theory regarding the AI that the Chairman wants in his quest. I bet it's a full, smart AI; much like Cortana and the Alpha in some ways. It would make sense that this AI isn't a fragmentation like the others the Freelancers were equipped with. I mean, when the Meta was killing off Freelancers and stealing their equipment/AI he had problems with maintaining his armour enhancements - that's why he had to recharge his armour in the Wind Turbine along with the Time Distortion Unit backfiring on him when he went to hit Doc. A full AI would run the Meta's armour properly and since the Chairman mentioned that Epsilon is too old to run it, this AI will be relatively new/young. Who knows, it might be superior to Epsilon in a few ways. Needless to say I am very curious as to learn the AI's identity. At first I thought it would be kinda cool if it was Sigma who managed to become a full AI after achieving Metastability, but that would be pointless as he along with the AIs died in the EMP shockwave at the end of Season 6.
Earlier on I managed to catch up and watch the newest episode. I couldn't be bothered to watch it last night as I was dog tired. I have to say it was an interesting episode for so many reasons. As soon as Felix said "So... anyone care to take the first step?" I knew that the man who discovered the gateway portal was going to be pushed in - well, technically he was kicked in, but still I was right much to my amusement. I really loved how Locus slipped up when Felix made a remark about him not crying when he loses/not chosen as a true warrior = Felix taking the piss out of him for that brought a smile to my face. As for the True Warrior thing, if I were a gambling woman I would put some money on the warrior being Tucker. It would make perfect sense as he's got a sword which can be used as a key and let's not forget the whole epic hero quest he took in Season 4 that involved that Alien and that Tucker got knocked up by the said Elite.
I admit that whole Locus segment when he found himself in that gateway blew me away. When the Alien language boomed overhead I was jokingly translating what was said.
Me (translating): Who are you?
Locus: I don't understand.
Me (once again translating): I'll fucking castrate your balls!
What made me laugh, and kinda made me half stunned, was when the Alien said a few seconds later, in perfect English, "Who are you?" Seriously when I was playing around with translating what the Alien said I didn't expect it when I called one of his lines without knowing beforehand. Needless to say when that happened I said "That's what I said!" You know when those UNSC soldiers showed up and then one of the men said to Locus "Speak English!"? I didn't know what the fuck was going on as it confused me, but then I started to understand that it was an illusion from Locus' past. I have no idea why it seemed rather awesome that there was a more different side to Locus in the flashback. He wasn't always the hardened, soulless soldier that he is now and now we see the exact moment in which explained why he took up the proper soldier mentality that he has thanks to his former CO.
My only complaint is during the flashback scene it could be implied that they have captured what I assumed is an Elite. If that's the case, then I find it very hard to believe that an Elite would be so freaking scared of a group of human beings. I'm sorry, but I'm not buying into that idea as that is so far fetched. I mean, I could understand it if it was a Grunt or an Engineer (or perhaps a Jackal) that will cower in fear before humans, but an Elite? Seriously? That's unheard of. The Elites portrayed in the Halo games/books/films/animations are fearless and noble Covenant badasses warriors who are brilliant strategists in battle and they will never show any signs of weakness against their human opponents - hell, even when you stick a plasma grenade on them most of them stand their ground and just roar with fury at you before blowing up. The Elites are very much similar to the samurai warrior class of feudal Japan.
I know that the Halo lore has no bearing/real influence on Red vs Blue, but I'm speaking as a Halo fan right here. An Elite would rather commit suicide or die taking out Locus, Felix and their CO/fellow soldiers rather than pleading for its life or even surrendering. For me personally it would be more believable if they captured one of the three Covenant species I mentioned in the previous paragraph. Well, if it was an Elite they tried to interrogate all I can say is that particular Elite must have been a cowardly pussy if you pardon the phrase. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the newest episode however that one detail was something I couldn't overlook as it made me question the very idea.Journal skin created by Halo-Yokoshima
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