Tomodachi Life Mii QR Codes

I’ve been working to fill up the apartment building in my game of Tomodachi Life and there are SO. MANY. APARTMENTS. I love looking at Miis others have made, but they don’t always have the Tomodachi Life data — which makes adding them to your island super quick (not to mention they’ll come with an outfit, interior and catchphrase). I thought I’d add some of these here in case anyone else is looking for new residents!

Got any to share? I still have like a dozen empty apartments.

Please not that I did not make all of these. Many are regular Miis from MiiCharacters.com and I gave them personalities, outfits, etc., in Tomodachi Life.

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Disneybounding!

Growing up on the East coast, I went to Disney World very frequently. I only recently took my first trip to Disneyland and decided to DIsneybound while i was at it. (Disneybounding is going dressed in an outfit inspired by a Disney character.) While we were at the park I decided to do a Minnie-inspired outfit.

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The next morning, we did a Surf’s Up breakfast with Mickey and friends, and I did an outfit inspired by Mad Madam Mim from the Sword in the Stone.

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Review: Espionage Cosmetics Nailed It

I finally got my Espionage Cosmetics Nailed It nail strips in the mail! Nailed It was a Kickstarter from Seattle-based Espionage cosmetics, who had previously been selling pigment in nerdy-themed palettes. They set about to make ridiculously awesome nerdy nail wraps, and they 100% succeeded.

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I received eight sets of nail strips for being a Kickstarter backer, and I’ve used two sets already (one sparkly Cthulu, and one kitty set). Application is comparable to other nail wraps, and both sets have lasted five full days after application. I most likely could have ridden the manicures out another few days, but I’m a nail perfectionist and have to switch polish as soon as things even start to look a little warn.

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Espionage Cosmetics will start selling the nail wraps later in 2014, but for now a few designs are for sale on Think Geek, including my favorite – the glittery Cthulu style.

Review: Washio

I am not ashamed to admit that doing laundry is my biggest pet peeve. It’s a pain in the butt to get enough quarters to feed the overpriced, impossibly tiny washers and dryers in my building. There was a startup in SF for awhile that would let you “subscribe” to rolls of quarters via the mail and I almost actually signed up for that because I hate having to get quarters so much. (Tenderloin pro-tip: Golden Gate Tap Room has a change machine near their pool tables.)

It’s frustrating that the washers in my building are so tiny sometimes I have four loads but there’s only three washer/dryers. (Yeah, I’m super lazy and try not to do laundry more than every other week.) I hate the fact that every time I set aside time to do laundry, someone cool calls me and wants to go do something cool but I have to be all, “Nah man, gotta wait for these clothes to dry.”

Enter Washio, an iPhone app that does your laundry for you. I decided to try this out between business trips, when I was out of quarters, only had two days before I left, and needed my comforter washed as well. That comforter would never fit in the washer in my building, and I’m not sure if you’ve ever sat in a laundromat in the Tenderloin, but it ain’t pretty.

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You set a time for pickup and delivery, fill up a tote bag with your laundry (separate bags are available for dry cleaning) and that’s it. Laundry is delivered the next day folded impossibly neat. Seriously, it’s the best thing before a business trip, because stuff’s folded so tiny you could fit your wardrobe into your carry on.

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It is a little on the pricey side compared to doing everything yourself, but for sheer laziness factor, I give it an A+.

UPDATE: Minutes after posting this, Washio came to pick up a load of clothes AND THEY GAVE ME A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE.

Want to try Washio for yourself? Use Washio coupon code katebryant10 for $10 off your first order (also I will get $10, so do it so I can keep being incredibly lazy). 

 

2014: two week report card

As I mentioned, I’m not really into making resolutions, but January 1st just really is a good time to start new things.

The most surprising thing I just decided to start on the first was an existence free of Diet Coke. I’m a huge Diet Coke fiend, and I know that drinking as much as I did isn’t ideal. (It’s free at work, so I didn’t really have to think twice about drinking lots of it.) I’m pleased to report that I haven’t had any of it ALL YEAR.

While I’ve stopped drinking Diet Coke cold turkey, it took me about a week to realize that the headaches I was getting mid-afternoon were from lack of caffeine. (Whoops!) I’ve started having a cup of either black coffee or tea each morning and they have totally gone away.

I also started an account with My Fitness Pal and have been food journaling again. I’d like to be back at the weight I was right after my first 5K by the end of 2014. (I think I can handle less than a pound a week.)

I may or may not have mentioned that my first 5K was through a cemetery.

I may or may not have mentioned that my first 5K was through a cemetery.

Weight’s always been kind of a weird thing for me, since I don’t actually change shape much, I just get less jiggly in the middle. I weighed 45 pounds less in the photo above than I do right now, but all the clothes I still have from then (October 2010) still fit, with the exception of a pair of incredibly skinny jeans.

I was also doing Weight Watchers when the photo above was taken, and while I didn’t rejoin, I do remember a lot of the good eating habits and have been putting those into practice.

Anyways, here’s my weight loss ticker to keep me honest. If you see me with cake, tell me to drop it! I’m pretty pleased to say that I’ve lost six pounds in the first two weeks of 2014.

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As I mentioned yesterday, I’m not really a resolution setting kinda lady. However, at New Year’s Even dinner, my friends and I were joking about setting 100% attainable resolutions. Here are my totally doable resolutions:

Clean my room at least once in 2014.

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Finish binge-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Netflix.

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Go on ONE Okcupid date. (After one, I’ll never want another one again.)

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Reactivate my Mint.com account, not because I’m good with sticking to a budget, but because the guilt associated with seeing where I spend my money helps keep it in check.

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At least try a new group fitness class. Pop Physique sounds kinda fun.

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happy 2014

As literally every other single blog in the world is wont to do, I wanted to kick off 2014 by taking a minute to remember a few of the high points of 2013.

It feels like the beginning of 2013 was a decade ago, but the first high point of my year was being brought on full time by Nintendo in February. I had been contracting for about eight months and was, and still am, incredibly grateful to have been given the opportunity to join the company permanently.

2013 was one of the first years I was able to travel. While I lived in Atlanta, I loved to do little weekend trips, but I didn’t frequently take anything that qualified as an actual vacation. 2012 was a money suck between moving to San Francisco and then getting laid off six months after moving. I was incredibly lucky to win a travel credit to Gilt from Gogo Inflight Internet (seriously, how random is that) and used it to have an incredible birthday in Mexico. I also had great vacations in Tahoe, Palm Springs, Denver and Las Vegas.

I also got to travel quite a bit for work. I know not everyone is a fan of business travel, but I really do like it. I got to do PAX East, PAX Prime, New York Comic Con and my very first E3. Conferences and meetings also took me to New York a few times, Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, LA, Seattle and Orlando. (Seriously, my top five places on Foursquare are my house, Nintendo’s RWC office, Nintendo’s Redmond office, SFO and Sea-Tac. I’ve been all over the place this year.)

I’ve tried my hand at a few organized sports this year, including a bowling league with my friend Julie, and a softball team with Corey. While I can’t say I excel at either sport, I do like having something regularly scheduled on the weekend with buddies. So sorry Pitches Be Crazy, you guys are stuck with me as a right fielder until you decide to throw a coup to get rid of me.

2013 was also pretty great of the music front. I normally am not a fan of music festivals, but was incredibly lucky to find two this year that had really strong line ups that made it worth slogging through crowds: Punk Rock Bowling and Riot Fest Denver. Reggie and the Full Effect, one of my favorite bands ever, kickstarted a new album and I was able to kick in enough money to have James Dewees skype me and sing me my favorite song.

Well, I think that’s enough schmaltzy reminiscing for now. I’m not really a resolution gal so nothing to report on that front, but I will say that my personal goals for the moment are finding a way to get back into running (I hate running in the city because of traffic/busy sidewalks) and to stop screwing with my hair (I’ve figured out that Bumble and Bumble surf spray means I don’t have to brush or dry it and it has been LIFECHANGING.)

I hope your 2013 was as good as mine.

xo