Disney Infinity

Completing Collections

When Disney announced that they would be pulling the plug from Disney Infinity and their publisher (Avalanche) I was heartbroken. I love Disney as a company and grew up watching many of their movies and cartoons. Although I had lost touch with the Disney franchise a bit over the years, discovering Disney Infinity has been a blast for me, especially since they added the Star Wars franchise.
In March they announced many many plans stretching way into 2017. There would be a DI 4.0, there would be more playsets, limited edition figurines, crossplay. You name it, they were working on it. Alas in May completely out of the blue Disney announced they would be stopping with the Infinity franchise. Cancelling all future plans and basically pulling the plug on the most beloved toy-to-game franchise out there. I’m still baffled as to why they decided to do this, but unfortunately it has happened and there is nothing we can do about it now.
Fast forward to this week and I see Disney Infinity figurines and playsets being priced down like crazy. All the stores here want to get rid of their supplies since it’s a dying brand now and I still wanted to pick a lot of them up to complete my collection… So I did.

This was my collection two days ago after coming home. I picked up three additional figurines yesterday (Chewbacca, Poe Dameron and Fear from Inside Out) which leaves me with only one Star Wars figurine I still want to have: Darth Maul. Then I will have completed my Star Wars movie set and can sleep “easy”. No I’m not planning on getting the figurines from Rebels because I have no idea who they are and am not interested whatsoever.
I did complete my Inside Out collection now and I have almost all 3.0 Disney cartoon figurines with only Olaf, Mickey/Minnie, Spot and Baloo missing. And the newly released Alice Through the Looking Glass and Tron figurines which I have 0 interest in. The only thing I DO want to have is the Finding Dory playset which turns out to be extremely rare and the Nemo figurine you can get on it’s own.
All in all, if I look at my wishlist, there is still one playset (Finding Dory) and four figurines (Baloo, Nemo, Olaf, Darth Maul) I want to get. The rest of the figurines either do not hold my interest or are made in such a way I don’t like them (I’m looking at you Mickey and Minnie). So for the next few months I will be scouring the stores trying to get my hands on these, and any other interesting ones from maybe 1.0/2.0 that I can find.

What I find particularly interesting is the fact that I’ve been whipped into this crazy collection frenzy, knowing that it’s a franchise that will probably not be around for much longer. Although I never actively participated in the online community I did fell in love with the concept and it majorly triggered my collectionist self. I guess I’ll have to shift focus to another brand, with Amiibo being the most logical ones. I’m already planning to buy the first one of those, in the form of Wolf Link due to the new Legend of Zelda game. I’m also planning to get Kirby: Planet Robobot with Amiibo edition so that would mean the beginning of my Amiibo collection.
Let’s hope that Nintendo doesn’t pull the plug on those aswell.

Girly Gamer Time

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I spent a big part of my day roaming around Amsterdam, picking up various things from various stores after visiting my uncle. My main goal today was to get help with my taxes.. Which was impossible since the program I need isn’t able for download untill March 1st. So my uncle showed how everything works using the old program and now I should be ready to do my own taxes. If all goes well I get quite a sum back from the government, which will go nicely towards being able to buy my own place to live.
Once I left my uncle’s place, the first station on my journey was Game Mania (big Dutch gamestore) because I needed to pick up a Mew for my Pokémon game and I had pre-ordered a special Disney Infinity figurine: Yoda with a light up lightsaber! There will be a Disney Infinity themed post coming soon where I will show off my light-up goodies. All I can say for now is that it looks seriously cool and I’m very happy with my purchase.

I’m also super excited to get my Mew. It’s one of those Pokémon you can only obtain through special events and seeing as it’s Pokémon’s 20th anniversary they distribute at lot of legendary Pokémon this year. This particular one I had to pick up at the shop with a code. Unfortunately it’s only one code per 3DS so I could only get Mew for one of my games for now. Luckily I have 2 3DS’es so when I go to pick up my other figurine around the 20th I will most likely bring my other 3DS so I can get the Mew for Pokémon X aswell as having it on my Alpha Sapphire game right now.

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Beauty Secrets
Next to being a gamer, I’m also a very girly girl. I like make-up, even though I don’t use it that much, and am especially a big fan of lipsticks and lipbalms. Having chronically chapped lips since a very young age, I always carry some sort of lipbalm around with me, usually a clear one, to keep my lips moisturized throughout the year.
You need to understand that my lips get so chapped that they frequently end up bleeding throughout the winter and that there’s constantly big pieces of chapped skin showing, making it near impossible for me to wear regular lipsticks if I don’t take care of my lips at all.
Luckily for me Maybelline has a line called “Baby Lips” that is a lipbalm and lipstick in one. Some colours are brighter than others and currently I only have the three variants you see above, of which two are pink and one is coral. They do wonders for my lips and make me feel like I can actually wear lipstick to work, without having dried out and chapped lips after. After trying a lot (and I mean a lot) of different lip balms, I can really say I’m in love with this particular brand. I bought my first one in Norway (the white one in the picture) and picked up the two pink ones today because they were on sale. I am planning to go back and pick up more colours now that they are still on sale, since they are €3-4 a piece normally (it’s 50% off now).

So any ladies (and gentlemen, they have clear lipbalms too!) that have issues with chapped lips.. This is the product for you. I almost feel like a commercial, but I feel so much better when I don’t have to worry about my skin, whether it’s on my face, my hands or my lips, that I really feel like this is one of the products in my life that deserves some recognition.
I really think a healthy mind in a healthy body is the best way to live your life, and taking care of how you look and being comfortable with how you look is a big part of this. I might do a few more articles on stuff I use from day to day for myself to make me feel healthier and better. Because a happy gamer is a good gamer!

2016, The Year I Finally Grow Up?

Before looking ahead to 2016 and what the year will bring to my personal life, I need to look back at 2015 first.
To be fair, 2015 has been one of the roughest years in my life so far. Things were looking very grim at the start of the year when I decided to go into therapy to tackle my many many issues. Mostly they had to do with insecurities that were my demons and were driving me insane. I spent a good year of 2015 in therapy, from January untill September and even though I wasn’t always happy about going, I’m really glad I did.
I have some demons I will probably never get rid off. I’ve been firmly raised with the idea that nothing I did was ever good enough, so whenever something goes wrong I immediatly blame myself and kick myself over it again and again. I shouldn’t do that and I’ve come far enough to prevent it a lot now, but every now and then I still go back into that black mood. It’s almost cost me a friendship and probably a lot of job opportunities, but in the end I feel stronger for it. It was also the year where I was desperately trying to find a job and finally managed to get a permanent one in November.
For the first time in my life I have actually been challenged to manage my time better and even though the first weeks or so were panicky for me I think I finally managed to find a rythm that works and so I can start doing other stuff than just sleep when I come home from work.

I don’t want to look back on 2015 too much because all in all it has just been a painful year. Instead I want to focus on 2016 and how I plan to achieve my goals!

First off: The Weight Thing
I’ve been struggling with my weight for a very long time now and last year marked my peak where I was on my heaviest. A combination of not getting any exercise and binge eating brought me to 75kg, which is quite too heavy for a girl my length. Ever since I’ve started my job in November I’ve gotten a Fitbit and a more healthy lifestyle and the results are slowly paying off. Even though I’m not going to the gym as often as I should, I already am losing some weight and am hovering around 70kg now. My goal for 2016 is to get down to 60kg again and preferably a bit below. This means I will need to keep an eye on what I eat but also make more of an effort to go to the gym, especially on days where I don’t work.
My ultimate goal is to drop down all the way to <55kg but no further than 50. I have been down there in the past (about 3-4 years ago) so I know I can do it, it just requires some effort on my behalf.

To help me get there I decided to try out a reward system for myself. One of the game stores close to where I live has a sale on Disney Infinity Figurines and I’m planning to buy 3 of them and pack them up. Whenever I drop 2 kg’s I get to open one up and use it for my game. I really hope I can stick to this and that it will be positive reinforcement to keep on losing weight! Ofcourse this means I only have a reward for the first 6 kg’s going off, but I’ll think of more rewards later for when I hit 62 and ultimately 60kg. I want the 60 kg to be a big reward since it means I will have reached my goal then… Any suggestions in that area are therefore welcome!

Moving Out
The moment I got my job I started cheering. Not only does this mean I have a more permanent source of income… It also means I can start looking for a place to live.
I’m turning 27 in March and it really is time to get my own place. I’ve been desperately wanting to move out since I was 18, but real life happened and it’s been delayed and delayed. Now that I can start building a steady and solid income and put a lot of money aside I think moving out will be one of my biggest priorities in 2016.
This will mean I need to discuss a lot of money things with my dad and my uncle, mostly about whether I’m able to buy a house or that renting is my only option for now. For now I’m just waiting for my first real tax business so I can learn the ropes there and maybe get some money back that I’ve paid to much last year!

Other resolutions
Like most people I have to admit I’m more or less addicted to screen time. My job involves hanging infront of a computer three to four days a week and when I get home I immediatly transfer to another screen to play games. Put phone/tablet use inbetween and it feels like I am online 24/7. I want to try to limit this time by not allowing myself to take my tablet and/or phone to bed with me anymore.

Tieing in with this is my desire to finally get a healthy sleep rythm going in the first place. Going to bed early on workdays is something that is already happening, but I notice I just don’t get enough sleep. So I put an alarm on my phone that will go off at 22.45 on evenings where I have work the next morning, signaling me to close down and finish whatever it is I am doing and start heading to bed. This way I hope I’ll be able to fall asleep easier and at a more appropriate time so that I don’t feel so tired during the day anymore. Which also means I don’t feel the need to immediatly head to bed the moment I come home from work. If I can pull this off I will probably also feel much better on my days off… Which will help me be more energetic in general and pursue my weight loss goal by just going to the gym on the mornings I am off.

All in all I hope 2016 is the year where everything comes together for me. I’ve had such a shitty time last year on so many fronts… I really just need some positivity in my life.