November Wishlist…

November is always an odd month for me… The clocks have just gone back, so I’m struggling with the darker nights (I have mild to moderate SAD) and it always seems a relentless tirade of Christmas right from the off.

Now don’t get me wrong, I like some of Christmas, but there’s a time and a place for it, and that time is DECEMBER. I really like the 12 days of Christmas tradition personally, it gives it a bit more meaning and also a more manageable timeframe, but whenever, it should definitely be after my birthday, which also happens to be in November.

So this post, is basically my birthday wishlist I guess…. although I don’t tend to work that way – I have an Amazon wishlist, and people can look at that, or generally Steam or Amazon vouchers are great things for me… but there are a few people who like to buy things, rather than vouchers or money (especially some family members who know I’ll spend money on bills) so having had a good think, and in no particular order, here is my November wishlist.

 

1. An Aeropress coffee maker. Now, I love tea, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing like a good cuppa, but I also love coffee as well, and I like proper coffee, but I can rarely be bothered to make it at home in my filter machine. I’ve heard nothing but good reviews about the Aeropress, and I think it would be a great little thing to try. It’s got some pretty awesome claims about it, but the thing that excites me the most is that I can do it straight into the cup and it’s easy to clean. Perfect for work!

2. Makeup Revolution. This is a fairly new brand to me, but after using the  Give Me Nightmares palette that was included in the #SheffieldBBloggers goodie bag on Halloween to turn me into a corpse (the picture wasn’t great unfortunately as I was at the venue, but I’ll recreate at some point) there’s a bunch of other stuff I’d like to try.

3. Amazon Vouchers. This isn’t a cop-out, although they ALWAYS come in handy, but I’m going to start felting. I tried it at a craft event last month and really enjoyed it, so I’ve bought  bunch of stuff already, but there’s some stuff that’s cheaper on Amazon, so I’d put it to that, or give a list of the equipment.

4. Something off my Steam Wishlist. Anything off there would be well received, although my eye is on the new Fable stuff in particular!

5. New camera and gear. This one isn’t something that one person would buy, but I do want to update as I really need long manual exposure for night shots, and get a light now that I’m doing more photography professionally.

6. Ikea trip. I’m not a big shopper person, (although I do have my moments) but Ikea is a weakness. I don’t even have to buy much! It’s nice to just get out and about and have a browse. I love Scandinavia in general, and am looking forwards to going back and seeing more of it, but I really love the style elements, whether it’s the traditional wooden, or more modern sleek and clean design elements.

7. Yours clothing. I LOVE Yours clothing. Being rather plus-sized it’s difficult to get cute clothes sometimes, especially with a good fit, so when Yours finally came to Meadowhall (there’d been one in the Metrocentre for a while before I moved back to Sheffield) I was so pleased. I’ve already decided that when I’m out of plaster, and able to wear tights again I will be purchasing a skirt/dress from there.

8. Mead. Mead is a weakness of mine, and I do love a good mead (it’s the Viking in me!) and there are a good few to choose from now, especially thanks to Beer Central in Sheffield Market having a decent stock of varieties. I’m looking forwards to trying the Tournament Mead and the Christmas Meads, both of which are spiced.

9. Socks. Socks are another weakness of mine. Some people cheer themselves up by buying Shoes, I do it with socks. I like Fat Face socks in particular, although there are lots of funky ones out there. Another thing I’ll be getting when the plaster comes off!

10. As I wouldn’t feel right not rounding it up to ten, I would have to go for Tea here. Something a bit unusual maybe, but I’d equally be happy with a really good Assam, or Earl Grey. I like Mango Tea, and have recently discovered white tea, which I’m quite into the idea of at the moment.

 

So there you go! x

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Sigils of Elohim

Having finally gotten the Steam Platform working happily on my Asus Transformer running Windows 8 (it had a few teething problems as Steam seems to occasionally decide it’s a tablet not a netbook (which to be fair it is both… ) I went onto the steam website to see what was new and if there was anything interesting coming up as well as checking out the Free To Play section for a friend I’d just downloaded and introduced to Steam, and came across Sigils of Elohim by Croteam.

 

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The store page over there says that “Sigils of Elohim is a free mini-game prelude to Croteam’s upcoming first-person puzzler The Talos Principle that challenges players to solve dozens of formidable sigil puzzles under the watchful eye of Elohim. Subjects are tasked with deciphering a series of puzzle sets by rotating and placing the sigil shapes within the board in an effort to unlock helpful items and relics within The Talos Principle.”

Now Croteam, for those who don’t know, are the indie developers behind the Serious Sam games, which frankly, are not serious at all (go youtube it, and you’ll soon see what I mean. Or, mention it to a gamer and wait for the “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRHHHHHH” to be screamed back at you- *then* youtube it…

Not exactly the guys you’d think would be behind a random puzzler, so immediately my interest was piqued.  The game itself, is impressively stylised, with a soundtrack fitting to be a great background accompaniment but not intrusive at all to the ear. Immediately you’re taken straight into the game, and it’s straightforwards enough – fit the blocks into the shape. However, it’s not easy. Just as you think you’re on a roll, and doing well, you find one that you simply can’t see a way to finish, or, as I kept coming up against, I had the right shape left, but flipped over, which meant having to backtrack a lot!. You’re on a timer, which you can’t always see, until you’re towards the end of a puzzle, but I didn’t find there were any penalties (except my own imagined ones) for taking a longer time to solve a puzzle than not.

 

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At the end of each set of puzzles, is a QR code and a code to type in for a reward in the game this is promoting: The Talos Principle. At the time of writing, the release date is set as “Fall 2014” so soon, and there is no confirmation of price, something that the team were happy to confirm to me on their Facebook page, however I’d be more than happy to put a few pounds to play this, as the puzzles in Sigils of Elohim is listed as just one type in the “philosophical first person puzzler” and it’s a game I’ll certainly be keeping a close eye out for as it comes closer to release date.

As a stand alone game though it’s great to keep brain power in check, if a little short, (which I’d expect from a mini game) – it took me around 90-100 minutes to complete in two sittings, but I got super engrossed.

If you have Steam, then you can get it from the store, and it’s also been released on the App Store and Google Play, so you’ve no excuse!

 

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