Monday, August 8, 2016

June & July (Moving, Job, etc.)

This cat is happy!!

Hey guys, insert generic "it's been a while" statement here! Since my last post, I feel like half a year has gone by, but it's really only been a little over two months. The top part of this post will probably be a bit text heavy with a lot of pictures at the bottom~

Firstly, after we got back it was time to get moving! ...only not, because the apartment we were told we would get approved for we somehow didn't. Still no clue how. Okay. So that was a lot of panic. We had a little over a month before our lease ended at our old place and there were so few vacancies at places we could actually afford. My husband makes a good wage, but because I am now on his insurance, his checks are smaller. I have a whole rant about how unnecessarily stupid apartment and house renting/leasing is that I still need to get out, haha.

But mid June I get a call. A company found my resume on one of the many sites I posted it to and wanted to offer me a position that day! It seemed honestly unreal, so while I was on the phone I was also one-handedly Googling this company to make sure it wasn't a pyramid scheme or a commission type deal. It was legit! So I accepted their offer.

Because I was now hired by this company (being vague for my own safety/paranoia, hah), my husband and I's gross income was now much higher, so we could expand our search for somewhere to live. And we did! We found a great place managed by a sweet woman that's only a little bit away from where we were previously. We got our application approved and had our move-in date set. The only issue date was that our move-in date was also the last day of our lease at our old place. 

When you have too many little knick knacky "where do these go" things

 Moving day was a bit of a struggle, I won't lie. More people were supposed to help, but things came up for them - which I understand. But there was only so much only my husband and I could do by ourselves. Because we had both been working, our packing wasn't even 100% done. I was actually supposed to work the day of our move, but my boss let me take the day off (like, without me even asking for it off. I can't believe how nice that was.). It was a pretty stressful day, but we got it all done (with help from friends of course)!

New place and many boxes

Unpacking has been a little slow going for the same reason packing was such a chore, work. But except for a few of my little things and our posters and pictures and such, we're all nice and settled in. Thus place is a whole lot bigger then our old one and we even have a little kitchen bar! Of course we're still aiming to get a nice in a year or two, once we've saved enough, but for now this place is lovely.

Horus got acclimated very quickly.

As for my job, it's pretty good. As I said above, once I said I was moving my boss told me to go ahead and take that day off. Everyone's very nice there and it's a pretty easy job. The only issue I have right now is a new development for me, haha. When I worked at a fulfillment center, I stood in the same spot for ten hours a day. My sciatic nerve pain was so horrible I actually had to leave after a month (and I liked that job, so I was very upset) even after going to doctors and getting medicine to help manage the pain. I'm on my feet all day at this job as well, and I was a little worried the same issue might happen. It did hurt there for a few days, but now I don't have a lot of sciatic nerve pain. However, my feet. I have never felt foot pain like what I do now, not even when I worked at the fulfillment center and weighed more then I do now and stood for longer hours. It started out being pain in the center, along the tendon, but now it's my heels and it gets worse at night to the point it wakes me up. I'm sure me saying "my feet hurts" sounds like a childish complaint, but to me it felt like something was wrong. I've looked it up and it might be plantar fasciitis. I'm doing daily stretches and taking lots of medicine, and I bought more heel-supportive insoles. I guess I'm managing the pain better, but I can't really say if it's getting any better. That said, if my feet hurting are the worst I have to deal with, that's pretty good.

Unfortunately, still getting acclimated to my job's hours and being tired all the time means I don't have too much free time to draw, write, play games, etc. I know this will change as time goes on, but for now it's a little frustrating to not be able to draw all the time. But! Last night my husband and I were able to go out with friends to the drive-in theater! We saw Suicide Squad and Lights Out...well, I slept through Lights Out. But it was still fun to be somewhere new and socialize.

I'd like to do a favorites post soon with all the things I've been liking recently. I've been trying to do as much as I can with my free time! What do you do when you have free time?

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Today I am 26

Hello! It’s my birthday! We came back from our Disney World honeymoon yesterday and it was wonderful! …but I’m quite sick now, haha. I’ll definitely be vlogging about my trip and such later this week, but for now I’ll just be writing a bit about last year and what I would like for the future. 

When I turned 25, I said, “I have been alive for a quarter of a century and I want to really live my life now.” Or something to that effect. And now, my 25th year is through and I don’t have much to show for it. A little more then last year, but not that much progress, I guess. If you have read other entries in my blog, you might realize that in the past few years, this has become a common theme. I make plans and say I want to change myself, and then I don’t, and I feel sad.

I think I really haven’t known myself lately. I know me from the past, and I know the me I want to be, but I don’t focus on the me in the present at all. It’s always “what can I do to become X” or “how can I get back to Y.” I feel that I know who I am now, though. I am told I am impatient, that I worry too much, that I talk badly about myself too much, and I reply, “I know.” I undertand that I am depressed, that I am overweight, that I am not where I want to be. But I guess I kind of…look past it. There is a straight line between past me and the me I want to be, but when I put my current self into the equation, it gets messed up and I’m like, “what went wrong? how can I now get to where I want to be?” I don’t accept who I am now, I see it as something went wrong and it’s bad and now I need to fix it.

Of course, that’s not to say I shouldn’t want to change and improve. Even if I were living my “dream life” I would still want to better myself. But I shouldn’t see myself as I am now as “bad” or “wrong” just because I went off the path I vaguely had planned. I am here, and I have to accept that, and make a plan from where I am now, not from where I was. 

I am 26 now. I say this every birthday, but I want to make this year the best year of my life and make lots of steps towards something great. These are the things I would like to work towards this year:

HAPPINESS. Overall, this is most important. I feel like I have been a bit better with stopping negative self talk and removing myself from upsetting people or things, but of course I have a long way to go.

MONEY. We are moving in about a month to another apartment. We’re going to stay there for about a year, and while we’re there we’ll be saving for a house~! So I need to find a good job so I can save up! But, I also need to find a job with a schedule that will cooperate with…

CAREER. While I want comics to be the thing I do in life, I undertand that this could just be a hobby forever, and not a source of income, and that’s fine. But I’d like to have a specific field or specialty that I can work in for sure. When trying to figure out what to do in life, many people say you should look at what you wanted to be as a child. I wanted to be a Sailor Senshi, so tht doesn’t really work. But another thing was…something medical. Not a doctor or nurse, but something more behind the scenes. My parents have both worked in many medical settings, and when I was little my favorite thing was going to my mom’s work before school, where she worked as a pharmacy tech in a hospital. So, I’ve decided that’s what I would like to aim for! I’m not sure exactly when this will start, it depends on the school I’ll be getting my certificate from. But, I am excited!!

ART. I feel like lately I have been drawing more then I had been (which was very little), so I am happy. But I’m still not confident enough to post most of it online anymore, and I feel I’ve been very stagnant in my improvement. Lately I’ve been forcing myself to practice drawing things I wouldn’t normally draw or styles I don’t feel comfortable drawing in and I think it’s been helping! I’d love to keep it up!

HEALTH. I feel like now more then ever I am very ready to make changes and stick to them. This includes eating much better and controlling my portions, and being active much more often. This time around, I would like to enjoy the journey, instead of focusing on a goal I have not yet achieved.

DO MORE. I guess this is the “etc.” category. I would like to be more social, online and off. Do more vlogs and blogs. Watch more movies and shows. Play more games. And so on. I would like to feel like I have done things. 

And, I suppose that’s it! I’m sure I will think of more things, but these are what come to mind first. I can’t wait to see what this year of my life brings! 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May Updates!

We took a walk the other day~

Hey! Hi! Hello! Let’s try this blogging thing again-again! I guess instead of a long written out thing I just have some bullet points for now.

I have been married for over a month now. Um…nothing new to report there, I guess! Our wedding and reception were very nice and fun! But aside from that, nothing has really changed since we had already been living together, haha. But of course, we are happy.

We also went to our local Jazz Fest!

In a week, we are going on our honeymoon to Walt Disney World! I love Disney World so much but I guess I don’t show it very often, or I don’t really have the chance to. This is the first time I’ll be on a plane without my parents, and the first time my husband and I will be on a trip alone (well, as alone as one can get at Disney). Surprisingly, this makes me feel more like an adult then paying taxes or anything like that.

After we get back, I turn 26! Ah! 26 sounds older. Not older like, you know….older…but, older as in, definitely not a teen or young adult. Just adult. Since my birthday is literally right after we get back, I don’t have any plans aside from eating with my dad. But that’s nice too!

An adult.

A bit after that, we are moving. The apartment complex we live at now was wonderful at first, but now they don’t care about the people who live here at all. I cannot rant about how frustrating this is enough, so expect a blog or video about this in a month or so, haha. We’re not moving anywhere special, just another apartment. But we’re planning to only stay there a year, and while we are staying there we will be saving up money so we can move into an actual house~!

And that is what I have in my future for the next few months. I have some bigger goals I would like to dive into in this year, but I need to figure out the steps I need to take to get there. I’ll probably talk about these in one of the next upcoming posts. 

Until then, here is a vlog I made recently about my favorite things in the month of April!

Have a nice day~!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

What's New?

Hello from the Yoshi family~

I think I want to blog again so that's what I'm going to do! But it's been six months! Some things have changed. So I think it's time for a reintroduction. 

My name is Bunny and I'll be 26 in two months. In less than a month I'll be getting married to my best friend. We live in a small apartment with the cutest cat ever. I'm not sure exactly what I do with life, but I know I want it to be something creative, probably comics? I want to tell stories and have them reach people. I also really love helping people. Right now my future is a little uncertain, but that's okay!

For many a year I have felt limited in what I can do because of my depression, anxiety, and general fears of failure and such. I'm really sick of that, so I am trying to overcome that. And I think it might slowly be working!

On this blog, I am going to be sharing reviews about pretty much anything and just talking about things in my life that I like and want to share, whether that be fashion, makeup, video games, comics, etc.!

I am going to try and also use this blog as the center point for some things I would like to do - dances posted on my parapara channel, I want to experiment with a podcast because it seems like fun, any art or comic thing I do, and the very rare video.

A few things I am not going to talk about on here that I used to - lolita fashion (I love it to death but I;ve accepted that I don't think I'll be wearing it again), and most things related to mental health/weight loss/self help (because while these are things I like and things I want to help other people with, I I don't feel I am at the point to be able to be helping others). 

Some things that have changed or not changed since my last entry that I had been talking about: I haven't cut or dyed my hair in a long time, I am not going back to school just yet (I'm still not sure what I'd like to do), I really don't feel like making videos much anymore and that's ok (except parapara videos), I really feel like doing a whole bunch at once lately.

So, hello if you're an older reader, or hello if you're new! See you soon~

Sunday, September 13, 2015

San Francisco, My Future, and the Blog's Future

So it's been...a while, hasn't it! In all honesty, I was planning to stop using this blog and just make YouYube videos instead. But now, I'm not so sure anymore. I don't feel like making videos and updating my channel anymore, suddenly. I don't really know what I want to do. I'm not even sure if I want to use this blog anymore. I guess I'm going through a Melty Bunny identity crisis! I do have a vlog coming up tomorrow, though.

Enough about that, however! The past is the past and the present is a little uncertain but that's okay.

Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to take a trip to San Francisco with my mom! I've been before and I loved it, and this time we went as part of a tour group so we got to see and do a lot of things we didn't the first time.

One of these things was going to Lucasfilm! From a tourist-y view, maybe going to Lucasfilm wasn't the most exciting thing, as we didn't really do that much. But for me personally...Lucasfilm kind of did something to me. One of the things we did there was watch (in the same theater where the dailies are watched!) a reel of what Lucasfilm, Skywalker Sound, and ILM really does. And it made me remember my time majoring in digital animation. Around this time was when my depression and anxiety really spiked and I was never able to finish the program and graduate. Because of the difficulty I had at that time and because so much time had passed since taking those classes, I just figured I'd never finish with that degree. But sitting in that building, in that theater, watching some of the things that ILM really got me missing digital animation and creating.

And so, I decided that in Fall 2016, I'm going to go back to school to finish my degree in digital animation! I'm super excited!

Another thing going on in my future wedding! While on the plane to San Fran, I asked my mom if...instead of paying for the wedding/reception, she and my dad could pay for my honeymoon! We planned on having a small, small wedding and focus more on the reception, anyways, but when it came to the honeymoon, it was something we figured we may not be able to do for a while because of financial reasons. BUT! After about a week, my parents said YES! And where did we (well...moreso me, haha) want to go? Disney World, of course!! So in Spring, we'll be getting married and going on a fun trip! I can't wait!

What else is new? Not much. I'm searching for a job because I want to save up for a new desktop and some other things. I'm going to start a new workout routine tomorrow, and I also have an interview! We're probably going to be moving in a month or so to a larger apartment in our complex, so that's exciting. I miiiight start seriously working on beginning my webcomic soon.

I might start using this blog regularly again, I'm not very sure. I'd like to have an outlet and either make videos and/or post vlogs, but I guess I'm not really feeling it right now.

Whatever happens, thanks for reading~!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

June 2015 Favorites!!

Hello! I'm a little late for June, but I wanted to get this out! I didn't have too many favorites this month, but I did really enjoy some clothing and video games! So, let's get started~!

I mentioned this in a previous post, but - SPLATOON! When this game was first announced I wasn't too thrilled, but the more and more I saw of it I wanted to play it! For a while, I just watched my fiance play the game while I drew fanart, but now I'm playing it often and I'm in love! This game is so fast and fun and colorful and everything I could have wanted from a multiplayer game. Plus, everything is just so cute!! I highly recommend this game if you have a WiiU. If you want to add me, my name is meltybunny!! 

I really got into Harvest Moon the past few months. This was in my last favorites, wasn't it? This month is one of the newer games - The Tale of Two Towns. This game in the Harvest Moon franchise is unique in that at the beginning of the game - animal-loving town or the Asian-inspired crop town. Of course you can have animals and crops in both towns. I'm really loving these newer games as they add so much more to the world. I was lucky enough to get this $10 off while in the eShop. I also got A New Beginning, which may very well be in next month's favorites!

For my birthday, I wanted to get a few things from the new Forever21 that opened up in town. One of the things that I got was this lovely dress in pink! It comes in black also, but I feel it's much more charming in pink. This dress has such a good fit and lots of movement at the bottom. Forever21 and F21+ has really been putting out some good clothing lately!

These shorts also came from F21+, but from my bestie about a week ago! Unfortunately, they appear to be sold out of every size on the website, but there are probably still some available at your local store! I've been wearing these shorts practically every day since I've gotten them - they're so comfortable and cute! I love distressed clothing so much and this has just the right amount of distress without going overboard.

Might as well get the rest of Forever21 out of the way now! This ring is something else I got for my birthday at the end of May and wore throughout June. Nothing much to say about this; it's a very simple piece with a moon and star on it. I love cosmos!

Crystal Necklace - ??? from Forever21

This necklace I can't seem to find anymore on the website, but I did get it during my mini F21 shopping spree. I love crystals, real or fake, and this necklace has a really unique build. It goes with so much since it's clear and silver. I love it!

Flower Tumblr Saying Necklace - $7.50 from KawaiiClaires

Claire's shop is on vacation now, so unfortunately I can't link to the item right now, but I'll update when it's back! I already did a huge review on a bunch of her items, so you all know how much I love her pieces, so I'll make this short. This necklace is so big and sparkly and eyecatching! I'm in love with how cute this is.

This isn't a new product for me, as I got it in a set from my parents for the holidays. But I never really used this nice bright purple color until this month! It's so space-like and wonderful. I wear this when I have my hair in buns and wearing a 90s tattoo choker! The quality of Kat Von D's lip products is so good. It lasts so long and usually doesn't smear!

Purple/pink hair - priceless

This is my hair for the month! I believe I already posted about breaking my no-dye promise, but I added some purple to the top to give it some dimension and I love it! I guess also faux septum rings could be a favorite, haha. I love this one but it broke; I need to fix it ;(

And those are my favorites for the month of June! What were some things that you loved last month? What do you think you'll be loving in July? I hope you're having an awesome day and thanks for reading!!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

KawaiiClaires Review!!

Hello! Today I'm going to be doing a review here (my first "official" review??) of my friend Claire's Etsy store, KawaiiClaires! She sent me a lovely package filled with a sweet letter, candy, some adorable pastel handmade headbows, hadmade soaps (which I can't show because I used them all up!), and the items which I'll be reviewing today! Claire is a really crafty person and she seems to be always making something new, whether it be soaps, phone cases, DS cases, or jewelry.

A selection of some of her items~

KawaiiClaires is located in Canada, and the theme of her store is, of course, kawaii! Her package arrived really quickly from when she sent it out, and everything arrived very nicely; all the jewelry in individual fabric baggies which I thought was a good touch.

Here is how the package arrived to me; featuring the headbows, soap and candy!

Although these items were free in return for doing a review, her prices are very affordable! I'll get to the individual prices when I review each item, of course, but for example - the large flower necklace above is only around $7! (I say around because the exact one I received is not on the site for sale)

Overall everything is very clean, very nicely made. I don't know anything about resin making, perler beads, or decoden-esque crafting, but everything seems to be very high quality and nothing scrimped on! So, let's get to what she sent me!

This review is obviously going to be picture heavy, so be warned! 

Firstly is this pixel Pokeball pin for $7.50! I wore this on my badge when I was at Colossalcon! I have a thing for pins and badges and such, and the Pokeball is something so recognizable to so many people. This badge is about 2", so it fits anywhere you like! If you like this design, she also has Pokeball headphone holders!

Detail on the back and pin

Next is this adorable strawberry pink heart ring for $3.54. This ring could easily be a staple piece in many peoples' cute wardrobes! It looks a lot like a piece of candy to me!

Although it's hard to see from my pictures (and that's my fault ^_^;) the color isn't just a solid pink, but it has little flecks of red inside! I think what I love most about this piece is that it's not at all small! I love big pieces.

You can see a bit of the flecks of red here. As you can see, it's not a small piece, but it's not so huge that it would hinder your hand movements. I've worn this out and about for a while now, and it's very sturdy and holds up nicely!

The second ring I have is this cute decoden whipped sparkle ring, also for $3.54! This ring is a must have for fairy kei, decora, or even sweet lolita! This ring is a perfectly swirled dollop of whipped cream decoden with chunky glitter all over!

This ring has also been worn quite a bit and it's very sturdy as well. I have lots of decoden pieces from lots of different people, and unfortunately some of them don't really hold up. This one has held up through me reaching in my cluttered bag, worn at a busy convention, and other daily wears.

What I think is the best thing about this piece is how unique the glitter all around it is. On a lot of pieces like this, you see very small glitter, but this one has bigger dots and strands of glitter which really stand out and look like sprinkles atop whipped cream! 

Next is the first of four necklaces, and unfortunately I only have one picture of this necklace for some reason. This piece is the most simple of the four, but still very eye catching! It's also the smallest, but I consider it still very sizable. This necklace has a pastel pink and pastel purple merging with each other with glitter all throughout. It reminds me of Nerds candy! This one isn't on her Etsy right now, but I'm sure you could request it!

This necklace is probably my second favorite! Please excuse the glare on this picture. This exact one isn't on her Etsy, but she has many similar piece with other tumblr-esque/sassy phrases, such as this one that says "I hate you"! 

This piece is extremely shimmery and shiny, and definitely catches the eye when you wear it out! I'm really into the offensive sort of tumblr phrases (I'm not sure how to describe it?) that she puts on these necklaces. 

As I said, I really have no idea how resin pieces such as these are done, but I really love how the phrase is put inside of the resin itself. This whole necklace looks like a glittery lollipop to me, with the glitter frozen in mid-swirl. I really, really love things like these. I love wearing this necklace out in the sun!

Second-to-last is this adorable purple glittery kitty necklace! This one also isn't on the website right now, but again, I'm sure you could special request it! Something cool about this necklace is that if you hold it in the right light...

You see the kitty face! Much like the last piece, the glitter on this necklace is extremely glittery and shiny. The glitter catches the light no matter which angle it's turned at! 

Again, I think the glitter Claire used is very unique compared to other resin makers. It's huge and very reminiscent of the 90s! All the edges of this piece are very clean, and you can tell she took care when she makes these pieces.

Lastly is my absolute favorite necklace! Like the heart necklace, similar pieces with other tumblr-esque sayings can be found on her Etsy, such as this one that says "I ship us" for $7.50.

I think my favorite thing about this piece, besides the fact that the shape reminds me of some jewelry I had when I was a kid, is how big it is! The entire necklace fills up the palm of my hand, so it's definitely a statement piece! 

I love that the huge pieces of glitter inside the resin change color from a yellowish color to a green, it definitely compliments the color of the resin. I honestly just can't speak highly enough about this piece, it's so sturdy, yet not at all heavy to wear, and just so very adorable!

So, that's it for my review! I'm also going to be doing a review on my vlog later tomorrow, so I'll be posting that here if you want to watch me actually hold and move the pieces and see them shine and such in the light!

I can't say just how much these pieces make me smile. Yes, I'm doing this review because Claire is my friend, but I truly do believe that these pieces are well made, fairly priced, and completely cute! I hope you all check out her Etsy store and perhaps order an item or two, or share her shop to your friends!

I hope you all enjoyed this review and I'll be writing soon~