Long weekend

This has been a pretty long and trying weekend, though I suspect even more for my brother than I. At the moment I’m staying in his house, and on Friday we picked up his two kids (he has my nephew every other week, and my niece every other weekend, so basically we pick them up together, but she goes back to her mother sooner). As it turned out… My nephew had the stomach flu, so we spent the entire afternoon and evening on Friday taking care of him.

He was in such a sorry state as well. It had apparently started already on Thursday morning, so by the time he came to us he was exhausted. To the point where he would just sort of fall into a heap on the floor, and you had to carry him. This is a kid that’ll be four in August and usually wants to prove that he can do everything himself. Whether he can or not.

Saturday he had stopped vomiting at least, but he was still exhausted and spent the entire day lying on the couch/in bed half watching movies and half asleep. We figured at that point that the worst was over.

Ha!

Around 10pm on Saturday the niece woke up in her cot, sat up… And started vomiting. Since she’s just over one year old, it’s a lot more difficult to deal with. Panic, since she doesn’t know what’s going on… Inability and unwillingness to vomit into something tidy, like a bucket. You get the idea.

Today (Sunday) she was at least not longer vomiting, just very tired and feverish. She spent the majority of the day plastered to me on the couch, too tired to move. Normally she’ll be running around touching everything. For once I could actually leave the dog’s food and water bowls on the floor, she didn’t even think about messing with them.

Poor kids. I feel bad for my brother though, as well. I helped as much as I could, but obviously he did most of the work – cleaning up, washing bedclothes… I’m just glad that both of the kids seem to be getting better now. Hopefully they’ll both be feeling better by tomorrow.

Finished!

So, I finished Dragon Age: Inquisition last night… I really enjoyed this game! And the romance. I’m such a romance nerd… It’s one of my favourite parts of the game. Sadly, I forgot to take much screenshots of the last half of the game, it’s definitely a feature I miss from Origins. Maybe it’s for the best though, I can’t accidentally spoil something with images!

It’s a great game, and I think anyone who likes RPG games should give it a go. Obviously, you’d have to start with Dragon Age: Origins and also play Dragon Age II. Okay, okay! I realise you don’t have to… but you should, it’s such a great story! And even if you can easily play each one as a stand-alone, they work so nicely together!

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I’ve enjoyed them so much that I’m actually tempted to go back to Origins and do a full playthrough from game one through three!

And also, the romances… If you’re not into that, you can ignore it… But I love, love, love the romances. They’re so well written. BioWare definitely knows how to write good and interesting characters. Even if you’re not romancing anyone, just walking around your base and chatting with your companions can be hilariously funny. I loved the little cut scenes you got with your companions.

Now, I just need to decide if I should do the full Dragon Age playthrough… Or maybe get something useful done… Hmm…

Because every post needs a Cullen picture.

Because every post needs a Cullen picture.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (no spoilers)

Tuesday night I went to see the new Avengers movie with two of my brothers. I really don’t want to spoil anything for anyone still waiting to see it, so I will just say this.

I loved it, loved it, loved it!!!

Admittedly, I may not be the most unbiased reviewer since I absolutely love superhero movies. Still, I really enjoyed this one. The sense of humour was still there, same as the first one – and the story was interesting. Oh, and naturally lots of superhero action!

Special mention must go to James Spader, who is absolutely amazing as Ultron. His voice and way of speaking really suited the role, and made the movie even better.

So, if you haven’t seen it yet… What are you waiting for!!??

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German poster, cause I’m too lazy to search for more. Also, slow internet = very slow image searches!

 

Unhappy

We’ve run into some snags in regards to the move. The cost for flying to the UK with Bailey is insane – best quote I got was 1400 euros. It’s an insane cost, and just not doable. So now we have to look over our options and see how we can best proceed. It’s frustrating. We thought we’d figured out the best way to go forward, only to realise it’s not possible.

So, back to the drawing board!

Also, I’m getting frustrated because so many of the flats in the UK don’t allow you to have pets. There have been so many that I have to ignore because of it. Some of the ads don’t even mention it, so we have to ask them – and so far the answer that comes back is always the same. “Sorry, but no pets allowed.”

I have to stay positive though. We’ll figure out a way to get Bailey across, and eventually there has to be a nice flat becoming available that allows dogs!

Throwback Thursday

This is baby Bailey. He’s three weeks old in this photo, and it’s the first time we met. Originally I was interested in another puppy from his litter (when only seeing the photos), but when I came to see them – Bailey was the one puppy that snuggled up to me, sniffed me a little, then promptly went to sleep in my arms. How could one resist that?

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Unemployed

Thursday was my last day at work, so not going into work this morning felt a bit odd. It’s different to when you just have time off, because you know you’re not going back at all. They asked me to drop by today, and they gave me these beautiful flowers.

Now I have to deal with sorting out unemployment benefits and anything else that may need to be sorted. Lots of paperwork and bureaucratic stuff. Especially since I’ve had a special kind of employment due to my illness. So lots of extra things to deal with. Nothing can ever be simple!

Squee!

If you don’t want any spoilers regarding Dragon Age: Inquisition romances, you should stop reading now. This post is about the Cullen romance, first steps. So if you don’t want any spoilers regarding it, click away now!

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Right! So, after flirting with Cullen at every point possible, I finally got somewhere! It felt like it took a long time, but it was definitely worth it! It’s such a great romance so far! As I said, I’m only on like the first one so far – the one where you get to choose to start an exclusive romance with him.

It all started with my Inquisitor walking in on Cullen playing a game of chess (or the Thedas version of it) with Dorian.Winning rather ungracefully to Dorian’s dismay! As Dorian leaves, Cullen invites the Inquisitor to play. Naturally, I had to say yes.

Your move, Cullen...

Your move, Cullen…

I actually played fair, despite being allowed the options to cheat or letting him win. You also get a chance to ask him about his family, and find out that he has a sister and a brother. Despite playing fair, my character won, and I was happy to see that Cullen is note a sore loser! Then you can flirt with him and say that you think it would be nice to spend more time together. He agrees, and when you’re a little bit flustered and repeat yourself…

Smirking Cullen.

Smirking Cullen.

I never thought anyone could look adorable while smirking, but BioWare has proven me wrong with Cullen!

That pretty much ended the scene, but I was too curious, so I went back to his room and talked to him again. That gave me the option to ask him for a private chat. Yes! Cue cut scene where we’re walking out on the ramparts.

Awkward Cullen talking about the weather.

Awkward Cullen talking about the weather.

Apparently my Inquisitor is not one for tip-toeing around the subject. She asks, more or less straight forward, if he could care for a Mage, saying that she really cares for him. He’s very cute and flustered, but yes – he definitely likes you!

There’s some tension, and he leans in for a kiss…

almost-kissI’m probably squeeing out loud at this point… Then, when you’re just about to kiss. A guard comes running! This had me laughing for sure, because you can so clearly see the frustration on Cullen’s face and in his posture. The guard can see it too…

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“But Commander! The report! You wanted… the… report…”

The guard isn’t quite sure what to make of it at first. Here’s his commander asking him to deliver a report as soon as possible, then when you’re just trying to do your job.. your commander nearly rips your head off for doing exactly what you asked!

Meanwhile your Inquisitor is standing behind Cullen looking like she’s trying very hard not to be noticed.

I'm not here...

I’m not here…

The guard seems to figure out what’s going on and decides that he can probably deliver the report to Cullen’s desk instead and backs away slowly. Because you don’t want to turn your back to an angry Cullen… who knows what will happen!

Cullen turns back to your Inquisitor, and you’re trying to do the responsible thing by saying that if he needs to go to attend to things, that’s fine… But he cuts you off by grabbing hold of you, pulling you close and ravishing you. Okay, okay… No ravishing, but he does kiss you and it looks like a really nice kiss!

You get to have a bit of a conversation at this point, basically solidifying that this is the romance choice that you want to make, and it’s all very sweet.

You're mine now, Cullen! Muahahaha!

You’re mine now, Cullen! Muahahaha!

Anyway, that pretty much concludes your first romantic encounter with Cullen. I thought it was very well-written and a great combination of sweet, funny and hot. I look forward to seeing more of it, but I think the story will have to progress a bit further before that happens. Right now, basically my only choice is more kissing time on the ramparts (never a bad idea!) or breaking up (not happening!).

It’s funny though… When you cue the little kissing scene on the ramparts, at the end when Cullen walks away to get back to work… Your Inquisitor will lean against the ramparts and look at him as he walks away, and she has this really leering look on her face. I bet she’s undressing him in her mind!

Aaaaw.

Aaaaw.

Conversation

I was chatting with the boyfriend on Skype the other night.

Me: I can’t really play Inquisition while we’re chatting on Skype.

Bf: Why not?

Me: Because I might miss some interesting conversation!

Bf: Are you being sarcastic? You’re being sarcastic, aren’t you?

Me: No… But I wasn’t referring to our conversation, I meant that I won’t hear the characters speaking in Inquisition…

I’m pretty sure he facepalmed at this point.