October Blogging Challenge! Day 9: A Day in the Life Of!

Today’s challenge is a day in my life! So I kept my camera with me all day to show you what I typically get up to. I absolutely LOVED this as it makes you realize how much you do actually accomplish and help you capture tiny moments you may otherwise not think about. So here we go!~

Waking up to kitty nibbling at my feet…
Coffee in a donut
Runs and rainbows
Fighting bad guys with Sakura
Relaxing
Cleaning and watching the world go by!
Hanging out with friends in Animal Crossing! <3
And got a little batty! 😉
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Happy Anniversary, Animal Crossing!

Animal Crossing arrived in North America exactly eighteen years ago today (September 16, 2002). It was just a quirky little game with super cute but chatty animals, working odd jobs to earn money, and your very own… mortgage?! That kind of game couldn’t possibly go anywhere, could it? Of course!

Santa brought me and my brother a Gamecube for Christmas in 2002 and we were transported into a world where a talkative cat demanded to know who we were, where we were going, and why! Once we finally escaped the shakedown, we arrived at our own little town and were given a house of our very own. We were absolutely enamoured and have been living in the world of animals ever since! Following the original game for Gamecube, there have been multiple versions of the game over the years. While I’ve covered my adventures in the newest Animal Crossing game (New Horizons), I wanted to time-travel back to the earlier days of Animal Crossing!

Animal Crossing: Population Growing ~ Gamecube ~ 2002

The original game! While there were other simulation games that were super popular at the time (The Sims, Harvest Moon, etc) Animal Crossing was so different from anything else out there. You could befriend animals (or well… not!), decorate your own house, fish and catch bugs, shop, and join in festivals depending on the real world calendar, do as much or as little as you wanted… it was ENDLESS fun!

This is my little house! Back in the day, you could only pick from one of four houses and the upgrade the size and change the roof! It seems basic now, but was absolutely mind-blowing back in the day! The little guy standing next to the door is your personal Gyroid assistant! He would help you save the game and save extra items. I miss them so much. ^_^

The map with all of the locations! Everybody’s town was completely different which made it more exciting. You could travel by train to your friends’ towns which would require their memory card in your Gamecube (this was way before Wifi!)

There was a Police Station run by two cop dogs who would let you take lost goodies. Don’t you just hate it when you misplace your… rocket?!

And a look inside my house! Me, making questionable decor choices since 2002!

Animal Crossing: Wild World ~ Nintendo DS ~ 2005

Wild World moved from the Gamecube console to the handheld and was a much more open and customizable world than its predecessor! WW had the same familiar kind of fun, but customization was expanded, had upgraded graphics, and you could take it with you and even interact with friends over the internet!

Animal Crossing: City Folk ~ Nintendo Wii ~ 2008

City Folk (also known as Animal Crossing Let’s Go to the City!) went back to the console and added the fun feature of going… well into the CITY! There were shops and other little features that made you feel very chic and adventurous for getting out of your little village.

City Folk is the only game that I haven’t really played too much of other than tinkering around in my brothers’ town a bit growing up. It’s been on my list to play it more because I feel like I’m missing out on so much!

Animal Crossing: New Leaf ~ Nintendo 3DS ~ 2013

New Leaf really changed the game! It is a completely customizable game that you could make your very own! I have spent hundreds of hours customizing every single detail of my little town, PinkLove!

My town as you’d probably guess was…. PINK and filled with cuteness and love everywhere (just realizing the axe is probably making that sound less genuine – oops)!

My house! Filled with Lovely furniture and cuteness as physically possible!

New Leaf had a whole street with the shops! The Nook’s had an EMPIRE back in the day!

Loved going to grab a coffee in the early morning too! 3 sugars, 3 milks please!

New Leaf had some of the cutest sets! Look at the delicious Sweets Series! I miss it so much (not so much Gracie’s price tag though ;))

It’s a game full of creative expression that has been a big part of my life. I love seeing my animal friends when I need a boost of happy!

What are your favourite Animal Crossing memories?!

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My Favourite Games to Celebrate National Video Games Day!

Happy Video Games Day! It’s another one of those fun unofficial holidays, but I will never pass up a reason to celebrate!! I was first introduced to games by my uncle when I was 4 or 5 and spent hours just sitting there watching him beat Super Mario Bros. on the NES. I was completely sucked into the little pixel universes behind the tv and never looked back!

I love video games, but I’ll admit that I’m not very adventurous in finding new things to play! I tend to return to the same games I’ve enjoyed for decades, as you know you can’t go wrong!

These are my top go-to video games of all time!

Super Mario 64
This was the very first game that my brother and I got for the N64! I remember so many late nights spent begging my parents for just a couple more minutes to try and nab the stars for levels or trying to see if maybe there was a way to sneak to the top of the never-ending staircase (so much time…)! And of course that iconic soundtrack (crying at Dire Dire Docks forever!)

Pokemon
So much of my life has been influenced by Pokemon games! The series will forever be my favourite video game as it still holds incredibly strong memories for me more than 20 years since I first played! I love any game where I can collect, and even more so if it’s collecting cute creatures and kicking the butt out of anyone who gets in my way.
I tried to pick an absolute favourite in the series, but it’s hard! Blue was my first game, and nothing will beat those heart-pounding first playthrough memories! But Crystal, Ruby, Pearl, and spin off games like Pokemon Stadium and Snap hold special places in my heart!

The Legend of Dragoon
LOD was the very first Playstation game that I had ever actually seen. I remember watching my cousins play in about 2000, and fell head over heals with it and became a Playstation girl from that day on!
The game is an epic fantasy video game that starts as your standard guy needs to save a girl from a terrible mysterious hooded man, and then evolves in an incredibly layered story with an expansive universe and memorable characters. It’s always been a bit shocking to me that it never became that popular (as compared to Final Fantasy for instance), because there aren’t many other games that have as much depth or beautiful graphics.

Final Fantasy VIII
I randomly picked FF8 at the store when deciding how to spend my birthday money when I was 12, and had no idea that it would have such a big influence on my life! The game involves the adventures of Squall Leonhart, a cadet at a military school who needs to save the world from a time-compressing evil sorceress.
While all the other kids were obsessing over Hogwarts, I spent my early teens involved in a number of roleplays around the greatest school of them all – Balamb Garden – and it was a blast.
Last year, Square Enix released a remastered version with beautifully updated graphics (and yes, Squall you NOW are the most handsome guy here!)

Animal Crossing
Adorable talking animals? Cute clothes? A never ending mortgage pedalled by a half-naked raccoon?! Could be nothing other than Animal Crossing!
Animal Crossing for Gamecube is also what got me into journalling/blogging in the first place! I remember trying to explain blogging to my Dad so he could purchase me an account as you needed to pay to register back in the day. There used to be an incredibly vibrant AC community on Livejournal in the early 2000s where we would share photos of our towns taken with digital cameras – and it was amazing!
I’m still playing, most recently with Animal Crossing New Horizons and after almost 20 years the game still fills me with just as much happiness!

Other runners up are Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure, Harvest Moon, and Mario Kart!

Video games are such a fun way to unwind and fully escape into other worlds and be anyone you want to be! I love that there’s something out there for everyone. Now go forth and celebrate with your favourite games!

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Step Right into a World of Pure Sugar~Coated Imagination! An Updated Tour of My Animal Crossing Island!

It’s been a while since I showed off Cupcake, my Animal Crossing New Horizons island. But I’ve been hard at work earning Bells and filling it to the brim with all sorts of sweet goodies!

So get your golden ticket out and lets get ready to enter the sugary candylicious world of Cupcake Island!!

I didn’t have any big plans or expectations of what my island would be other than sugary, fun, and happy! The island took on a life of it’s own and kind of turned into a scene out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! There’s so much candy, colour, and well chaotic fun that I hope it makes Mr. Wonka proud! 😀

Let’s jump in! In the middle of the island is the big cupcake with all the shops and my house as the cherry on top!

Cupcake… where the streets are lined with sprinkles and gumballs!

Outside of the cupcake is all the fun islands (hard candy, ice cream, donuts, a creamsicle, lollipop, cookie and a sundae!) surrounded by colourful paths, chocolate mazes, fudge filled rivers including the “chocolate tube” (made of cliffs and waterfalls) from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where Augustus Gloop lived my dream of being sucked up a tube of flowing chocolate!

My house is still pretty small right now, because I’ve spent most of my money on ramps and sweets! XD But here’s what it’s like right now.

I’ve even packed up a couple of treats to send you off on your way!

Thanks for coming by! If you’d like a personal tour, comment below and I’d be thrilled to have you over!

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Greetings from Cupcake Island! – My Adventures So Far in Animal Crossing New Horizons!

I can’t believe Animal Crossing New Horizons is here! After years and years of speculation on whether there would be a game, the game being pushed, and then countless wondering, the game is out and has been for a couple of weeks! I started writing this post the very afternoon that I got the game but had been a bit too exhausted (work and the of course COVID-19) to finish it up until now.

Because of the COVID-19 situation, I decided to digitally download the game instead of waiting for Amazon to ship it out (I had originally preordered from EBGames, but I’ve decided not to go out of course~ eventually I’ll go pick up the physical copy of the game and give it to my brother :)). The game couldn’t have come out at a better time for everyone given the COVID situation. Here’s what I’ve been up to on my sweet island of Cupcake!

Day 1 – arriving and picking my island name! Pink hair wasn’t an option initially AHH! Only a slight panic though as I unlocked it with Tom Nook’s new “NookMiles” program pretty fast!

Upon my arrival on Cupcake, I ended up getting the green airport and oranges, which weren’t my top selections – but what can you do! I decided to NOT reset the game, because I find that it really takes the fun out for me. I can collect the fruit and I’m hoping that there will be customization features for the airport sometime later (come on PINK FLOATPLANE!)

ACNH is a bit different from other games because you basically start with nothing and build up your own world by way of DIY projects. You find new DIY projects and then craft them by finding resources around your expansive island. It’s somewhat repetitive, but there really is NO obligation to actually do anything if you don’t want to! My kind of life!

Lately I’ve been tinkering around collecting all the cute pink things I can, getting ready to terraform (that’s right – you have the power to change land and water at your fingertips SO COOL!) my island into one big cupcake shape, and fishing up an absurd amount of… eggs in the Bunny Day Easter event.

My honest review is I really like this game. It’s probably one of my favourites out of the five main games in the series. I especially love the customization aspects of this game. The graphics are STUNNING (and here I was thinking New Leaf couldn’t possibly be beat XD)!! You can customize your character and their outfits, your island, and your home exactly as YOU want. There’s even a cat tree and a pink stand mixer so I can literally create ME in game. But fortunately unlike real life, you can do whatever you want and block out the bad things going on elsewhere. Why stress when you can talk to your animal pals, fish, catch bugs, or travel to other tropical islands to get away from it all (WATCH OUT FOR THE TARANTULAS THOUGH!!!)

But I’ve always been a SLOW player who shows up for a few minutes when I want to unwind (occasionally between checking my email – hurrah for #workfromhome ;)). But there is also the competitiveness in this game that I’m struggling with. I adore most of the people in the AC community. They are some of the most friendly, funny, creative people I’ve ever come across! While there isn’t a way to “beat” the game as your island is whatever you make for yourself, but it’s a bit exhausting to see fully landscaped islands filled to the brim with all sorts of carefully placed sparkly treasures that I ONE DAY hope to get my paws on! I’m just going to continue to have fun and relax with the series I’ve adored for most of my life. <3

~ XOX and Oranges Erika! (Aka Frosting from Cupcake Island!)

PS I would love it if you added me as a friend and came to visit! SW-7166-2365-8220

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