chibichan: → female farmer & neil (harvest moon » so this is love)
I HAVE HARVEST MOON: A NEW BEGINNING FOR 3DS.

Andrew bought it for me as a late birthday present. He spoils me too much. Nevertheless, I am happy.

I don't know if you can exchange friend codes in this one, but if it's possible, feel free to leave your FC in the comments. Or let's just fangirl together in the comments, either suits me. XD

I'm probably going to disappear into this game for a bit. I shall post if anything big or interesting comes up.

Off to start playing! ♥
chibichan: → sarah farron (ffxiii » beauty in the breakdown)
I've been video gaming like there's no tomorrow. This is partly due to the fact that Andrew got me a super amazing RPG for 3DS which I've been wanting for a while. It's called Tales of the Abyss and man, I LOVE IT.

small tales of the abyss talk )

As for my birthday, it was great. Since Andrew had to work on my actual birthday, we decided to celebrate my pre-birthday, that is the day before my birthday.

We went to Perth and just spent our time going around shops and having coffee. We wanted to have lunch at an Italian place, but it was closed (however, we have decided to go have lunch there sometime soon), so we ended up going for a coffee and a snack at Costa. We went to an art shop and Andrew bought quite a lot of stuff (because he's thinking of going into environmental architecture) and he got me a reporter notebook, so I can write down ideas for articles/stories and whatnot. Then we went to Game and Andrew bought me Tales of the Abyss. I thought he had bought it for himself at first and I was indeed surprised when he told me that it was actually a gift for me. XD Then we went to Waterstones and Andrew bought a manga. And that's about it!

I spent the day of my actual birthday at Andrew's house and it turns out his mom and his sister also bought me gifts! Andrew's mom got me a teacup with a cat on it, plus a small red teapot, which I adore. ♥ (I have a thing for teapots.) Andrew's sister got me some very nice chocolate from Thorntons, which I am enjoying slowly, day by day. ♥

And let's not forget all the people who wished me happy birthday, both here on DW and on Facebook! :D Every one of your wishes made my day so much better and made me so happy! ♥

So yeah, overall my birthday was great, thanks to everyone both in real and internet life. :D

I'm also getting into the habit of writing an article every day to put into my "clippings" and that I can then use as samples for magazine editors. It's just a bit hard coming up with ideas, though. If you guys would you like to suggest an idea for an article, go right ahead! Pretty much anything goes (as long as I'm able to talk about it, of course). :)

And now, I shall go back to Tales of the Abyss.
chibichan: → elizabeth bennet (pride&prejudice » bookworm)
I have too many fandoms and not enough icon space. You'd think a paid account of 250 icons would be enough, right? Nope. Not for me. I'm trying to delete some icons so I can make space for other fandoms and I'm trying to have between 3 and 5 icons for each fandom... but of course it doesn't work that way. Because for some fandoms I want to upload 10+ icons and that leaves no space for other fandoms. Also, the ever-present problem of 'which icon do I delete'. I want to keep pretty much 90% of the icons I already have uploaded. So I have no space to upload new icons. I'm seriously considering giving in an just buy some permanent icon space, but I don't know if I should.

My advisor of studies replied to one of my emails. She wants to meet on Thursday, which is the day of my last resit. That, and the fact that she did not reply to my second email (the one where I had asked her some serious questions and told her I was considering not going to the resits) slightly ticks me off, to be honest. I kinda needed some advice about my resits. I know she probably wants to meet and talk about this calmly, but she could have written something via email. She could have told me what she thought about me not going to my resits. But nope. Nothing. She's not exactly doing much to make me like her.

I have some great news though - I think I've made a new friend! :D Her name is Aisling and she's an American who's lived in Scotland for most of her life. I met her a while ago, while going with Andrew to this place where young christians hang out (although I'm not religious, Andrew is and I decided to tag along for the discussions). I added her on Facebook, but I was too shy to talk to her. But I wanted to get to know her better, if that makes sense? So after thinking about it, I decided to send her a message and we started talking. She's studying coding and programming at a college, so we geeked about that for a while and then moved onto a variety of other topics, like books, games, university and such. We talked for hours. She doesn't play much video games, but I told her that there's a variety of games out there and that she probably hasn't played the right game yet! So I told her about the Harvest Moon games, which I'm completely addicted to. She told me she'd like to try them out! :D So we're meeting sometime next week, on Andrew's day off from work, to hang out and I promised her I would lend her my Harvest Moon game so she could try it out! Ahh, it's so great to make friends. Shows that I still can make friends. And as usual, I make more friends outside of my uni course than in the actual classroom. So yeah, I'm really happy about having made a new friend. ♥

Andrew and his dad went away yesterday with their climbing coach to do some serious climbing and they won't be back until Thursday, which is the day of Andrew's birthday. I'm getting him a cover for his Macbook, because I don't know what else to get him and I already got him a copy of Catcher in the Rye last year as a random present. Ever since he started his job he's bought me quite a lot of presents: a pair of earrings, the whole Sailor Moon manga in Italian and Animal Crossing: New Leaf! And I'm pretty sure he's going to buy me the new Harvest Moon game (A New Beginning), as soon as it comes out in Europe, as a present for my birthday, which is... relatively soon, actually (20th August). I'm going to be 22, you guys. Scary thought.

So, I promised I'd talk about books... and here it is! Beware though, I've read quite a lot of books in the past few months, I'll try to summarise my thoughts as much as I can, but for some books I need to rant, so... you've been warned!

cut for huge list of books + spoilers! )

Aaaaand that's it! Whew, that was a long update. Do follow me on Goodreads if you're interested, though!
chibichan: → fashion (stock » vintage soul)
Hello, guys! I'm not feeling too well today, so I decided not to go to my lectures (I only had two hours of lectures anyway) and instead write an entry here.

First of all: if you like Gossip Girl, please consider joining [community profile] gossip_girl! I offered to help bring the community back to life and I became the new admin! So now I'm promoting the community as much as I can, so that more people can join. Right now there's a friending meme going on, so everyone can get to know each other. I have many plans for this community and I really hope it becomes the "hub" for Gossip Girl fans on Dreamwidth. So, if you're a fan, please do join! :D

Now, onto other matters. As far as real life goes, everything is okay. Andrew was here from Monday until Wednesday and now he's back home. It was really nice to have him here and to be able to spend time together, just the two of us. ♥ We watched Scrubs, had a marathon of How I Met Your Mother (I want to watch the whole show and Andrew doesn't mind watching it with me. Now we're almost finished watching season 1), went around town - the usual stuff. We found an amazing shop which sells second-hand games/movies/tv series/etc. which has stuff at incredibly cheap prices! It has become our new favourite shop in town! I bought a game, Folklore, for the PS3, for just £12! It looks really good though, I can't wait to try it! Andrew has also bought me the Mummy trilogy (all three movies for just £5), which are my guilty pleasure movies. XD He has never seen any of the Mummy movies, so I'll make him watch all three when I go back to his house.

On another note, I've been thinking of buying an eReader for a while. reasons and self-doubting behind the cut )

So yeah, should I buy one or not? I thought I would ask your opinions on this, guys, before I bought one. Right now I'm eyeing the Kobo glo, which is coming out here in the UK on Monday, October 1st.

And that's all for this entry. I'm going to get something to eat now. :D Until next time!
chibichan: → lightning (ffxiii » lead the way)
Hello, LJ! First of all, new layout! I quite like it, I hope you guys like it too! :D

I cannot wait to see The Avengers. Andrew and I are going to one of these days, at the cinema in Perth. We've gone together to see Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows when it was released, too. Needless to say, I loved it! I liked the first Sherlock Holmes movie, but this one... this is what I was expecting from the first one. It was so brilliant, it seriously filled me with adrenaline and it was such an emotional roller-coaster. I'm a big fan of Moriarty and the rivalry between Holmes and Moriarty, I seriously left the cinema with a smile on my lips. This movie has definitely earned a place in my favourite movies list. ♥

On another fandom note, I've been watching The Big Bang Theory for a while - and by 'a while' I mean... some months. XD I never wrote about it 'cause it always slips my mind, haha. Anyway, I like it :D Sheldon has got to be my favourite character - he's just too funny and rational! Also, on a less important fandom note, I've also gone back to playing Phoenix Wright and Harvest Moon. So much fun!

For the time being, I'll just answer another one of those Writer's Block. damn they're addictive

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Well, I guess right now I kind of live in two places - in Scotland and Italy. Which, I must say, sounds like quite a nice combination. :D

Anyway. Technically I'm living in Dundee, as I spend most of the year here to attend uni. My parents and friends, however, are back in Italy. I have to be honest - I've always wanted to leave Italy and I don't regret choosing to study Law in another country. I would have never had the chance of becoming a lawyer in Italy, seeing as no one in my family is a lawyer - and nowadays that's what really matters in Italy, sadly - who you know, not what exactly you're capable of doing. It might sound absurd or overdramatic, but that's exactly what happens. I am ashamed to say this, but it's nevertheless the truth.

I've been living in Dundee for almost an academic year now and I quite like it. I know where all the shops are, I know where the places to eat are, I found an hairdresser quickly, there are a couple of theaters, I know where the medical centre is if I feel sick - I know my way around (I only need to learn how the buses work and I'll be an expert! XD). However, to be honest, right now I can't see myself living in Dundee after I get my degree. I do love Scotland, though, so I might decide to live here, just not specifically in Dundee. But who knows, maybe that'll change over the years? To be honest, right now my goal is to get my Law degree and then we'll see what to do from there. As my mom says, 'One thing at the time'. So I don't want to over-think this stuff now, also because it's kind of pointless to worry about it now, when I've got to spend three more years in Dundee.

Will I ever go back to living in Italy? Seeing the nature of my degree, I think that's a very remote possibility. I've actually been thinking of the possibility of convincing my parents to come and live in the UK. I think their shop would benefit from it, too. But again, we'll think about that once I finish my degree - there's really no rush.

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