Posted in Video Games

Tiny Living Stuff Pack – The Sims 4

I’ve never actually done a proper post before for a specific pack, so I’ll start with the most recent. I am that person who has every expansion and pack to the game and with this one and University I bought them on release day then didn’t have a chance to play them.

So recently I did; using a game I started for University I moved my recent graduate out of her family home (divorced her wife and left the kids) and into the tiny micro home that maxis waved in my face in worlds mode.

Tiny house. Not my sim strolling by…

The top images show the entirety of the house and my sim during her siesta. The bottom images show the wonder of the Murphy Bed closed by remote, turning into a two-seater sofa and a shelving unit. (Using the remote for the bed gives the sim a bluff making them feel powerful, hmm.)

I didn’t play in this house for a long time, it was painfully basic, though cute. My sim is much like myself (materialistic) and there was little to occupy her. So she wrote a few more books to earn some extra money.

I pull the same faces when I’m writing!

And then she moved!

I forgot to take a full exterior shot of this bigger micro loft home – a level 2 but it’s on the gallery and has a good bit more space.

I’m not a builder by any means but I’ve been looking at different sim builds on the gallery and I’m impressed by the variety and attention to detail people can afford to put it. For me, I’m all about the gameplay. I’ll happily download someone else’s wonderful creation (legally) and ship my sims in to wreak havoc.

Ultimately Tiny Living is cute and maybe like living off-the-grid some sims are happy with this. I like that there are new compact objects like the TV, stereo, and radio all-in-one which I will use elsewhere but my sims would rather start off skint and in a big empty apartment/house and eventually fill it as they progress in careers/skills.

My sim has started dating a guy she was at Britechester with and he hates tiny living – he’s always throwing a strop trying to use the bathroom and the lack of space. So I guess they’re saving for a bigger place now.

e x

Posted in Crafts

Crochet Updates

I’ve been promising for ages to do this, but time and space to take photos were a problem. However, today I’m showing off some of my recent creations/works-in-progress (WIPs).

First up is my giant blanket made with Bernat Blanket Stripes.

As you can see I played yarn chicken and lost four stitches from the end. I’ll probably need to wait a few paydays before I can buy more of this yarn. It’s a super chunky, around a size 8 I think, but I used a 12mm hook in the double v-stitch to make the most of the size of the yarn. At the moment it is big enough side-ways to cover me to my feet but the plan is to keep going as long as I can for it to cover my arm chair in the living room (because it’s red and my sofa is blue) not complaining about free furniture though.

Next up is my other blue blanket worked in the single moss stitch and with Painbox Chunky pots yarn. I’m using a 6mm hook and currently on the second ball (I bought many in the sale).

And lastly we have my Caron Cake corner to corner scarf, my first ever Caron Cake might I add. I was incredibly uncertain just given how expensive it is but I think it turned out lovely and just one ball too. Worked in a 5.5mm hook or a 5mm, can’t remember.

Ignore my feet.

And everything looks squinty on the floor because I couldn’t be bothered spending ages flattening it all out. My edges are very straight, I promise!

Anyway, those are just a few of my creations. As I unpack more I’ll get pictures of the things I made as presents but then didn’t get gifting to anyone in the end :/

Let me know if you’re into crochet or making things!

e x

Posted in Reading Challenge

Book Challenge 2020

So having surpassed my own expectations of reading 50 books in 2019 and moving house, I have now realised the actual ton of books I own which have been sitting pretty on shelves and not getting read. Thus, I have set myself a new challenge! I’m still doing the goodreads 50 book challenge, however I have made some rules to try and get through my massive TBR pile.

No buying any new books in 2020

But of course there are exceptions.

1. The only ‘new’ books I can get are if they are gifts, but my birthday and Christmas are the only times this really happens and are ages away.

2. I can continue my subscriptions to Audible and Kindle Unlimited. Though if I can read the books I currently have with KU I might get rid of it and save myself £8 a month.

3. The only major exception to buying a new book is if Peace Talks by Jim Butcher comes out or if there’s suddenly a new Harry Potter book or if Dante is brought back to life and writes a scathing epic poem about the current world situation.

So there, I’m in February already and I’ve only read 3 books, apparently I’m one book behind – but I moved house and I’m working tons. I’ll catch up 😉

Anyone else got their own book challenges going on this year?

I might post a list of all the books I’m hoping to read this year, as ever it’s subject to change based on my mood.

e x

Posted in Reading Challenge

My 2019 Year in Books

Taken from Goodreads.

I read 11,723 pages across 50 books

The shortest book I read was Enamócciate en España by Federico Moccia at 48 pages

The longest book I read was The Stand by Stephen King at 1,153 pages

The average book length was 234 pages

The most popular book I read was Becoming by Michelle Obama – 433,917 people also read it

The least popular book I read was Dr Rayne’s Guide to Writerly Disorders by Rayne Hall – 17 people also read it

My average book rating for 2019 was 4.5 stars

The highest rated book on Goodreads was Becoming by Michelle Obama

Here’s to more stats in 2020

Posted in Musings

Happy 4th Birthday!

I can’t believe it’s been four years since I started this little blog. I remember it as if it were yesterday, sitting in the Uni library fretting that I only had a couple of months to go before my second last year was over and I created Adventures of a Perpetual Student to document it.

Then it stalled many times.

And it has continued to stall many times.

Anyway, that’s really just me. When I have something important to say I say it, but I’m trying to get more into the habit of writing consistently.

Alas, here’s to another four years of more content, more travels and more coffee.

e x

Posted in life

Moving into 2020!

Happy New Year!

I’ve been ridiculously busy and was ill (again) around Christmas time. Only had a couple of days off work and then into the new year… I beat the post-Christmas blues by taking two weeks holiday from work – and moving house!

It’s been hard and I’m nowhere near completely moved yet, but I have all the big important things in and now everything is functioning properly. (Had some issues with the boiler, because in a past life I must have done something to dishonour them).

My bookcases are up, but mostly empty; my dining table is up, but no chairs built yet; my study room has desks, but no equipment yet. And I’m back to work tomorrow, but it’s fine. Have roped the parentals in to helping move stuff a little at a time from each of their houses, and my brother is a flat-pack assembling machine. I feed them, don’t worry.

I don’t really have any pictures to show of it yet, other than cooking in my new kitchen! But once it’s all fixed up then it’s going to be flat-spam all the way.

In the meantime, I’ve drawn up a huge list of blog topics I want to crack on with this year, scary things are happening around the world, but it’s also important to remember the good things and celebrate happy moments. So here’s a spectacular sunset for you to enjoy:

View from my window… worth the rent!

e x

Posted in life

Winter is here

So winter in Scotland is hard enough, we don’t really get an autumn it just hits September and gets ridiculously cold, then October happens and the cold bites into your bones. Every year without fail, it happens and I think it can’t possibly get any colder… then November arrives and it does.

I’m a November baby, but not adjusted to deal with this kind of cold. When I first moved to Aberdeen I realised how tropical Glasgow was in comparison, to which those from even further north laughed at.

So how does it get worse? Well, my last few jobs have had serious issues with temperatures and dodgy germs offices where I kept getting ill. As I mentioned in my last post my new office is super cosy warm, comfortably so, except on Sunday where it was just so cold outside none of us could heat up properly on shift.

Now my heating’s just broken.

*freezes*

e x