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23 September 2013 @ 12:31 pm
Lazy(?) Weekend  
So this weekend i had plans to play Minecraft and hang out with Avalyn. However Avalyn had been fighting off a cold(?) for most of the week, so of course as soon as the weekend arrived she finally succumbed to it. So i didn't get to do either of the fun things i had planned.

My next thought was to play some other games and catch up on LJ. Well i did play a little Sins of a Solar Empire (i've been playing bits of that on and off trying to get the last dozen or so achievements) and a lot of 3DS Mii Plaza games but then got distracted by organizing my finances.

Way back when i had to spend a lot of money on car repairs and was in a fair amount of debt (for me anyways, i think it was in the $3000-$6000 range) i started tracking what i was spending on what every month. I put together a spreadsheet (my answer for everything!) and every month i'd look at all my accounts and categorize all my expenses into a dozen or so different categories. This would take up an hour or three every month. Even after i'd paid off all the car repairs i kept it up because it was kind of cool to see how the numbers changed over time. Plus the whole it being a good habit to have thing. However a little over a year ago keeping the spreadsheet updated was one of the many things i let lapse at the time.

So since it was the right time of month to pay my bills on friday and i didn't have any other plans for the weekend i decided i ought to at least make a start on getting the spreadsheet back in order. And then once i started i kinda didn't stop =P Well that's not 100% true, i did do other things over the weekend, but i spent a fair bit of time every day on it. I was up till 3am friday night/saturday morning getting all the American Express records recorded and sorted (and in the process adding several improvements to the spreadsheet.) I think i actually got to sleep around 4am. Then i started in on the Capital One records saturday night and was up till 3 or 4 doing that. Then i tackled my checking account records sunday evening and was only up until 11 or midnight doing that.

So the other stuff i did earlier in the days before getting sucked into mucking about with finances and spreadsheets:

Friday: Sins of a Solar Empire and 3DS Mii Plaza

After getting a couple Sins of a Solar Empire achievements i switched over to 3DS to run through the anemic 2 people i'd collected in the past couple days. In the process however i realized that one can really burn through the Gardening game if you've got coins to spare. I ended up spending slightly over 150 coins going from 9 or 10 plant types to 20, picking up two rares in the process. (Oh kirinn, i was amused that you showed up in the first 5-10 people i randomly hired, out of the 1200 or so people in my Plaza =)

If i'd spent the same amount of coins on the Warlord game it would have given me a little over 20,000 troops, which sounds impressive, except i keep running into people with streetpass who have 300,000+ soldiers. I really wish i knew how they've managed that in such a relatively short time =P

Saturday: TV, mall, and Freebirds

I didn't get up till 11ish on saturday. I spent a little time watching TV and poking at the net before heading off to the mall. I considered getting my usual dinner at Daphne's, but reccently i'd stumbled across a discussion claiming that Freebirds was a much better burrito place than Chipotle, and since i'd noticed there as actually one kind of near me i decided to go check that out. All in all it's decent, but i don't think i really prefer it over Chipotle. One of the big draws is supposed to be that they have four kinds of tortillas, to which my response is "what?" Even when i'm not just getting a burrito bowl i'm not sure why i'd want a flavored tortilla. And notable they don't have barbacoa as a meat option. And to add insult to injury they're a pepsi place. So i took the food home and spent awhile eating and watching TV before getting back to the finance stuff.

Sunday: Lords of Waterdeep

I got up at 11ish again on sunday. I went to the weekly boardgaming session around 12:30 where we played two games of Lords of Waterdeep, but i think i'll actually save that for another post.
 
 
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Catbirdcatbird on September 24th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
$$ geeking
I admit, I actually like 'doing the books'. I grumble at the work of catching up when I don't update things weekly so I can't imagine going through MONTHS of backlog. I use Moneydance these days after becoming feed-up with Quicken, kudos to you for going old school with Excel!
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 24th, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: $$ geeking
Hey! I'm not using Excel!!!! I'm using OpenOffice! ;)

And yeah, i kind of like it too, otherwise i never would have gotten the motivation up to go back and do all the old data.
Kirin: Goomba-transparentkirinn on September 24th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
You're still one of only three Level 7 Miis in my plaza (though I guess that doesn't matter for the new games?). Amusingly the newest one is Tony Stark, who evidently had a hotel room within wifi range of ours at DragonCon this year.

I only bought the shooter out of the new set of games. It's fun enough, but I was disappointed to learn you can't just slowly farm hat-buying tickets forever, there's a set number generated like achievements, some of which are quite difficult. Poo. I'm not silly enough to spend any money *just* for hat farming, though I hear the mansion game is pretty fun so I might consider picking it up eventually. Or the flowers, I dunno.
DonAithnen: Games: Nintendodonaithnen on September 24th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
I like all the games really. The warfare one is probably the simplest. You start out with a number of troops based on how many people you have in your plaza. You then divide them up between Cavalry, Archers and Pikemen. Cavalry beat Archers beat Pikemen beat Cavalry, and by "beat" i mean get something like a 1.5x advantage or some such.

Every streetpass person will either give you as many more troops as they have people in their plaza if they have not bought the game, or give you the opportunity to fight them. If you decide not to fight they _might_ give you a few troops. If you fight then their troop disposition is set (presumably based on whatever they used last when you streetpassed) while you get to rearrange yours. Then you each send out one of the three groups and fight and then repeat until one of you has won two out of three.

After you've gone through all your streetpass people you have the chance to invade the next one of 20 NPC countries on the map. (I get the impression there's at least one more map, or at least a harder level, if you pass the first map.) Unlike PCs the NPCs don't necessarily have one of each type of troop and they may have a few other perks, but otherwise the fights work essentially the same.

And of course you can use coins to hire troops to add to your army.

The mansion game involves the people you streetpass giving you tetris-like pieces which you use to fill in the floor of each level of the mansion. If you manage to make blocks of the same color you get treasure, the bigger the block the better the treasure, frequently the treasure is a weapon or an item and sometimes it's gems. If you put non-matching colors together you might have to fight a ghost. There are of course a number of pre-placed "boss" battles, so you can't get out of fighting altogether. You win gems from fights and XP for your weapon. And sometimes you have the opportunity to spend gems to merge weapons together to boost stats.

The garden game is fun, but very random and not very strategic at all. You plant seeds, the first 4-6 streetpass people make the plant grow until it blooms, and every streetpass after that makes a seed mature until the plant runs out of seeds. The type of seed you get depends on the plant you're growing and the plant the streetpass person is carrying, ie very random unless you're working closely with a friend or something. There are some quests you can do, but mostly the game is just about trying to grow lots of different kinds of plants and trying to collect enough money (by selling seeds, selling plants, or completing quests) to buy more rooms to keep plants in and buy stuff to decorate those rooms with. So really it's mainly just a grinding game.