Mar. 1st, 2017 01:12 pm
silailo: (mingchao colors)
I've been silent on here because I simply haven't felt like posting. I'll make some quick updates.

The funeral went well. Sadly, my mom didn't go because she got into an argument with my dad (long story), and he pretty much told her not to go. The aftermath of that has made the last few days pretty rough. I stayed in my own hotel room, but didn't go swimming because I forgot my swimsuit, but then I was too tired and it was too late by the time I would've had a chance. I saw a lot of my family, many people whom I haven't seen in several years. We used to have family reunions, or "mini" family reunions, but this was the most people I'd seen in a long, long time. There were even some people there I was shocked had come because of the past drama that had surrounded them. My grandma was highly regarded by everyone, so it was necessary to put aside our problems to celebrate her life. It's still hard to believe she's gone.

I had a doctor's appointment today to test the nerves in my right arm, because of the problem I'd had with my hand. The doctor used a device to send little shocks through my nerves to see how well they worked, and then used these tiny needles to do another test on my hand. Everything came back normal. He guessed that I had probably irritated a nerve or stretched it or something, but it wasn't serious. I can still sometimes feel it, like just now as I was typing. But it's almost completely gone. On Monday I go back to the occupational doctor to have her clear me.

I'm trying to sell a couple of things on eBay. It's been so long since I've sold anything there that I got to experience their new selling page. Typing the item description is annoying because my cursor will suddenly disappear and I stop typing, so I have to click on the box again to begin again. The whole thing is kind of glitchy in that way. I hope I can sell these two things. I've tried to before and had no luck. Anime and manga depreciates in value so bad. You pay through the nose for manga or DVDs, and sell them for a tiny fraction of what you paid. I look on eBay for titles I'm interested in and see how high people try to sell them, but when I look at what has actually sold I realize I just don't catch the cheaper listings. I remember when you used to get really good deals on eBay. That's what it was known for. Now it's no different than Amazon or some other store, at least for some stuff.
silailo: (Mingchao gun)
Still making my way through Freedom of the Mask. I don't know why I keep reading these books, they are incredibly violent and graphic. I don't usually gravitate toward stories like that, but I guess the author does a pretty good job of sucking me in with his characters. And his nonviolent descriptions are absolutely wonderful. I wish so much I could write like that! (It's Robert McCammon in case anyone is wondering.)

I bought three more volumes of Oh My Goddess! because I am so far behind on collecting the series. I have this big gap between Volume 13 and 21, and then after 37 things get spotty because I was buying whatever I could find cheapest. I am such a massive tight wad it makes me sick spending more than $10 on anything. But I splurged, only because I'm worried the individual volumes are going out of print as the omnibus editions come out. Every time I wait until something goes out of print I can't find it anywhere for a halfway reasonable price. This happened when I didn't pick up the whole of Twin Spica when I had the chance. Now I have a hard time finding any of them that isn't a used "library copy" because most of the higher volumes are insanely priced. So now I feel like I have to buy all the rest of OMG before it's too late. But then I'm probably worrying for no reason. Plenty of manga titles go out of print and stay pretty cheap, even in new condition. However, I did make sure to buy all of Children of the Sea in one sitting.

I somewhat regret selling off my Trinity Blood manga because I actually liked it way more than the anime and tons more than the novels (must've been Tokyopop's translation, yeeeeeaach). And I enjoyed the artwork and some of the characterizations. But I started losing interest after Tokyopop went kaput and stopped publishing them, and the only way I could keep collecting the newest releases was by ordering English versions from Singapore at twice the cost. So I decided I didn't love the manga that much and I chose to sell them. Hardly got back what I paid for them. [/bitter]

It's snowing like the dickens out there right now, oh my gosh.

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