I made an Aerith dress because I really like her portrayal in the Final Fantasy VII Remake. I had completed this dress, uploaded screenshots to this site, was about to make a post, and then noticed during a cutscene that her dress has little diamond patterns that weren’t present on any of the reference pictures that I had googled. So, the pattern has been updated with the little diamonds that are barely visible when outside.
I used skin tone #6 because that’s what my Animal Crossing avatar uses. I may upload patterns for other skin tones as I do change my avatar occasionally. I swear that the custom patterns always look a shade darker than they do when you actually put them on. That always throws me off a bit when doing the colors. I guess it’s the lighting.
Here are a couple of Animal Crossing tools and sites that I have found useful:
Turnip Prophet: If you are not opposed to mild cheating in the form of data mining, someone reversed engineered the turnip market information. There are several calculators available, but I like the interface and charts on this one the best.
Animal Crossing Pattern Tool: You can use this to convert images to Animal Crossing QR Codes. You will need to have an active Nintendo Online membership and the phone app to use your patterns in New Horizons.
The backyard is still a hot mess, but I guess that topic is probably best relegated to a post of its own. My pachypodium saundersii compacta is coming out of hibernation now that it’s warming up (it literally went from a temperate 70 to 80 to 90+…). I kind of want to repot it, but I have heard that since it grows well in compact situations, not to overpot it. Most of our small to medium sized pots however are being used by other plants so it will probably just stay where it is for the time being.
I don’t have a picture, but I think my lithops got a bit sunburned this past week. I normally keep them under an overhang on one side of the house to make sure they are kept out of any rain that we have and also don’t get too much direct sunlight (this side of the house gets direct sun in the morning but is kept shaded during the afternoon heat). Because it has been super overcast in March and early April, I moved them to a different table to make sure they got enough sun. I had forgotten to move them back to their normal spot during the heatwave.
We have finally kinda sorta started a vegetable/herb garden in the form of planting food waste from stuff that we get at the grocery store to see if it will actually grow. The garlic and green onions are growing well so far, not too sure about the ginger as it hasn’t broken soil yet. I still need to weed and till the plot of land that I had set aside for a proper vegetable garden, but that project is going to require several trips to a hardware store/nursery (and now is not a great time to be doing that) so we’ll have to make due with what we have laying around the yard.
Here is a blurry pic of spider bro who gets MVP for eating and warding off all of the stupid aphids that were infesting some of the plants on this table. The cobwebs are a little unsightly but I, for one, welcome our arachnid guests so long as they are outside of the house.
For whatever reason, I don’t think I ever posted this video. Throughout the year, I try to record short 8 to 15 second videos on my phone of whatever we happen to be doing for the sake of collecting the most interesting clips from each month and stitching them together at the end of the year.
I was watching the video again and just noticed that the footage I had recorded from the Cubs game at Wrigley Field never made it into the video. I guess it must have gotten dropped somehow when I was migrating my video editing workflow from my phone to the iPad? No clue. I may readd it then reupload it to YouTube, but we’ll see.
I don’t have any idea why I just never made one for 2018. I may dig through my phone and make one or at least make one for our 2018 Japan trip since I recorded a buttload of video..
Anyway, 2019 was a great year. We had originally planned on not traveling anywhere aside from maybe one short family visitation trip. Instead as it turned out, we ended up traveling quite a bit (for us). I am glad that we did Japan trip #2 in 2019 since we uuuh are not likely going to be flying anywhere anytime soon.
Suffice it to say, a lot of Animal Crossing was played this weekend. Was there ever a more perfect time for Animal Crossing to come out? I really wanted a physical copy of the game, but Amazon delayed my preorder (as well as literally everyones preorder for obvious reasons). As such, I cancelled the preordered and purchased it digitally.
Also, super pleased that I can scan the QR code’s for the clothing that I had made in New Leaf using the phone app.
New working from home/social distancing hobby: Doodling line art in Procreate on the iPad and then coloring it in a different layer. It’s not the cleanest or the best line art, but I have uploaded and attached the Procreate file for anyone who is interested.
Here is a post on how I use and setup my regular sized Traveler’s Notebook. My passport sized TN is used as a daily planner/general notebook whereas my regular sized TN is used as a creative outlet for watercoloring, sketching, scrapbooking, and stuff like that. I really like the TN system because of how modular it is; I use my notebooks for a variety of things so being able to swap inserts in and out is crucial. For daily use, I usually have 2 or 3 notebooks inserted at a time (detailed below). For travel, I will have one notebook (an insert dedicated to travel journaling) to keep the thickness of the TN down to a manageable size, since my travel journal insert is filled with about a dozen pamphlets and stuff like that.
This is the Traveler’s Factory Tokyo Station edition notebook that I picked up during our first trip to Japan in 2018. The red mizuhiki charm (the knot thingy) was purchased during the same trip. The brass charm was purchased from the Nakameguro store when we visited in 2019.
I keep my notebook as well as my most commonly used journaling supplies in a large atelier’s PENELOPE Diary Pouch from Baum-Kuchen. It’s great for preventing my journal from getting scuffed and makes a decent lap writing platform. I try to only keep a bare minimum of what I need in the pouch to avoid it getting bogged down with stuff as this item is a part of my travel setup.
The blue canvas organizer insert is a Fourrof x Traveler’s Factory Collaboration purchased at the Tokyo Station Traveler’s Factory store when we had visited Japan last year. It has a zipper pouch on one side and card inserts on the other. The card inserts are great for storing washi tape samplers, stickers, and well… card shaped items. The zipper pocket and back pouch has a small ruler, paper clips, paper scraps, stickers, etc.
First Notebook: Baum-Kuchen SKETCH Notebook
I absolutely love this insert. The texture and page thickness of the paper is perfect for watercoloring and sketching projects.
Second Notebook: TN Kraft Insert for Journaling
I had mixed feelings about the kraft paper insert because the color made some of my pens and watercolors look weird. It has though, forced me to start writing and drawing on some of the paper pads that I have hoarded (before cutting/gluing/whatever it to the insert), so that is nice.
I originally had planned on printing vacation photos at home and then adding them to my journal later, but that’s a huge pain in the ass of a workflow. I purchased a portable Polaroid Zip printer for photo journaling a while back and I am glad that I did. Great quality, easy to use, great to travel with. The downside is that the refills aren’t super cheap so I have to be somewhat conservative about what I choose to print.
Third Notebook: Random Dot Grid Insert from Amazon
I started migrating my RPG notes over to the regular sized TN. It was easier to use the smaller TN for D&D 5E session notes because most, if not all combat and character based things are tracked on D&D Beyond. I needed a larger notebook for Shadowrun and 4E because there isn’t a good web-based character tracking site or app. As such, everything is done old school style using *gasp* pen and paper.
I also purchased a plastic three-fold file insert as pictured above. It’s great for holding papers as well as character sheets.
Here is how to add an unregistered Suica card to your iPhone. Keep in mind that only iPhones 8 and newer have the chip that allow you to use your phone. I think Japanese iPhone 7’s have it as well. Mind you that this post is an imperfect guide. I don’t read Japanese fluently.
We found that using the NFC chip on our phones to be way more convenient than carrying around a physical metro card. It’s one less thing to have to worry about losing and it’s way easier to recharge it using Apple Pay (vs feeding yen into a machine).
There’s an English app that allows you to add a card without the need to change your phone’s region to Japan, but it doesn’t allow you to view the full virtual card number on your phone. It’s not really that big of a deal for normal metro use but if you need to register your card for any reason, the full number will be required to my understanding.Set your phone’s region to Japan.
1. Set your phone’s region to Japan
2. Download the Suica App and hit the plus sign in the top right corner.
3. Swipe to the third option (Suica Unregistered) and tap the green bar at the bottom
4. Hit the next at the top right
5. Accept the agreement.
6. Tap the green text on the right to choose the amount of cash to add.
7. Choose the amount of money to add. Yen transfer rate is roughly ¥100 per each $1. So ¥1,000 = around $10
8. Tap the Apple Pay button
9. Choose a device to add your card to.
10. Tap next
11. Tap ‘Agree’ at the bottom right.
12. Tap ‘Done’
13. When you are all done, make sure to change your phone’s region back to what it was before.
If you need to recharge your Suica card, you do so from your Apple Wallet, not the Suica App. Once the card is added, do yourself a favor and open the actual Suica App, tap the card picture in the middle and take a screenshot of your Suica card number.