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Today I am the “special guest” for a podcast on http://www.nerdemic.com! I can’t wait. I will be talking about my favourite games and any upcoming games that I am looking forward to! Exciting!! I hope you will check out all my nerdiness!

I’ve also bought a new domain name http://www.epicgirlygamer.com I am going to be transfering all my “gaming” posts there and then keeping http://www.midnitefaery.com as my more personal blog. So readers can choose which blog they would like to follow. Perhaps both!? ;)

I know I’ve been rather busy and haven’t blogged much lately, but I had a bunch family come out from Ontario! It’s been loud, crazy, and outrageously fun! I don’t know how I would have made it through the holiday’s without them. I think that they came at the right time and I will forever love and appreciate their brightness that they brought with them.  I was afraid of the holidays. It was the first time we would be “celebrating” without my Dad or eldest brother.  Sometimes chaotic fun is necessary! I had an amazing holiday! …and they were both with us, the whole time :)

I suppose that’s it for now, thanks for reading and I promise…TOTALLY promise, that this year will be filled with many ups-and-downs in my life which you might find amusing, and dammit I will write some fantastic game reviews!

Enjoy your weekend!

Holidays and Surprises

This Christmas holiday was amazing! I have loved the chaos and crazy late nights! I have been going to bed around 6am and waking around 2pm. Not to worry though, everyone in my house has been doing it! As if that makes it better eh.

I’ve played a couple good games of Risk and won the first one (with my girlie cousin). We dominated the other 3 boys and watched them try to create treaties and back stab each other. You definitely need the right group of people (and amount of beer) to sit through a few hours of strategic planning and pure luck of the dice! I couldn’t have asked for a better group! The second game had 7 people although Risk was developed for 6. We took a set of “coloured pieces” from the 2-player Risk game that I own and established a value system.

On Christmas morning, I was surprised to find out that I have a new family member. When I was 10 years old I was given a picture of a small boy, who was incidentally known as my little brother. We had the same biological father. So, sure enough, I was commenting some “merry Christmas” love to my cousins and I saw a post after mine wishing “cousins” a merry Christmas. Hmmm… could it be? It’s been more than 15 years since I’ve considered this small boy. I never  anticipated meeting him, seeing him, or talking to him as an adult. I sent a private message to my cousin asking if he was my brother. This was what she said (edited for privacy):

Huh, that’s indeed an unexpected question! He is, in fact, your brother. He lives with his mom. He doesn’t see the biological father either, as far as I know. I haven’t seen him in years, I think he was probably 5 or 6 when I saw him last, but my mom and his mom were kind of friends much in the same way that my mom considers your mom a friend. I think that your aunt may have seen him more recently than the rest of us but not consistently.

I hope this helps, and if I can think of anything else, or if you have any other questions, I would love to talk about it. I enjoy talking about our crazy family ;)

…so I have found my little brother. I got another brother for Christmas! I sent him a message on facebook and added him as a friend. He accepted the friend request and didn’t say anything in response. But not to my surprise, he is a gamer! LOL of course… his status’s have to be about gaming!

It was very weird and I felt awkward about telling other family members, especially after everything that we’ve been though this year. But it seems to have come across as ok, and I haven’t talked to the new brother yet. Hopefully we can meet up on xbox and kill some stuff together! ;)

Guess that’s about it! My Christmas holidays have been filled with family, friends, food, and beer!

Happy holidays everyone!!

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I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family and fantastic friends in my life. Thank you to everyone and I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I will be around for the next couple days… visiting family and such. If you want to grab a coffee let me know!

~*Merry Christmas*~

Sending loads of virtual love to everyone! <3

 

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This is the first real Christmas that I am not going to spend with my Dad or brother. Plus, it’s the first time knowing that I won’t ever see them again during the holidays. But I’ve decided that life carries on and I have to enjoy the moments I have left and embrace each new experience.

Having experienced such great loss, it changed the way I saw life. If you’ve read my previous posts you would know that I have focused a lot of my energy on helping people and doing random acts of kindness. It was something that began when I gave a homeless man a bagel at the same time someone else was giving him food. I saw kindness. I knew that it was in me to give, so what the hell was I doing keeping it all for people in my immediate family and friends.

I was nervous and sometimes genuinely afraid of the reactions I would receive from people. But I put myself out there and I felt good about what I was doing. So, I created a challenge that including “giving back” and of course my other love, “gaming”.

I was pretty faithful to each challenge, but they seemed to get more tricky and I was dealing with some rather unfortunate people at work, which left me feeling defeated and broken so I stopped writing. Not to worry though, I kept doing kind acts! I just didn’t have the motivation to write about it. I suppose that happens eh.

That said, I am back! Be prepared to be bombarded with posts about gaming and my life!

Christmas

….I haven’t been into the whole commercialized Christmas for a while, but I don’t discredit the happiness that it may bring to others. It just wasn’t for me.

With that, I decided that this Christmas I would sponsor a teen parent family. This was my way of doing Christmas. No more gifts to or from other people. I told everyone that this is what was happening for me and so far it’s been wonderful. I know my brothers and sister don’t fully understand why I wanted to do this, but that doesn’t matter to me because I am happy.

Before wrapping the gifts...

After wrapping the gifts...and picking up a few more! :)

I have spent time volunteering at the mall to collect donations for families in need and I have continued to buy coffee and food for strangers. There is a homeless man I see whenever I go to the grocery store, and I make sure to get him something. What is a couple extra dollars really!?

On twitter, I was contacted by someone requesting I look up the “Go Pay it Forward” challenge online. So I did. It is an interesting concept and I love that there are people out there who really want to make a difference in other people’s lives. I seriously considered signing up, but I would rather focus on my daily experiences and just watch how everything unfolds for me. Please feel free to check out the site. It opens with a video explaining their project.

Go Pay it Forward Online

As for my rocking… I am ranked #10 in the world for total vocals on Rock Band 3. You can check out the latest video that my good friend lowieee posted up on her You Tube channel. It’s a bloody amazing song and we rocked it ;)

An Amazing Band: The Tea Party

Tea Party

I’ve decided that I would make it my personal mission to spread the word about how GREAT The Tea Party is!!

I was talking with lll KiRa lll about The Tea Party and he said that only Canadians and a couple Aussies like them. That is so sad. They are an amazing band! I was listening to them about 15 years ago and my heart melts when I hear their music! It’s so passionate and … well… awesome! :) I asked my good friend Lowieee what she thought of their music, but she had never heard of them!

I would love it if Rock Band would include some of The Tea Party in the DLC or RBN songs! Check out the following videos to see if you like them, and if you do… then start requesting in on the Rock Band forums!! Or you could just comment here about how amazing they are :)

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Gaming & Giving Back Challenge: Day 23

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