How you been? I hope better than me. Last month wasn't so great for me. But before I tell you what happened I would like to mention that I updated the featured site on the header. This month it's Alaina's cute pixel and css site named Milky Glitter. Visit her site and show her some love.
So what happened in March? I had a depressive phase in March and during that phase my grandma also fell down the stairs to the basement. She was still recovering from last time when she was sick and not very sturdy on her feet yet. We told her not to go into the basement, but she did it thought and tripped on the last step. Luckily it was only the last step so she didn't fall harder. She has a crack in her pelvis now and can't walk at the moment. She has been in the hospital for 3 weeks now since then and will be there for another week. Since she won't be able to walk a few more weeks until that crack has fully healed she will be transfered to a nursing home next. Everyone in my family works fulltime and nobody has experience in nursing care so we can't take care of her at home. We are afraid to make a mistake and make her injury worse. But we were lucky and found a spot in a very good nursing home. I hope she will be able to walk again. She is over 80 y.o. already. I think it's hard at that age to recover from something like that. But I'm hoping for the best.
The worries about my grandma also made my depressive phase worse. During this pandemic the hospital and nursing home isn't the greatest place to be because of all the people there. But they are very strict with testing in those facilities here and they don't allow any visitors, so it should be ok. It's just sad that we can't visit her. We can call her though and once she gets better she can come back home.
Speaking of the pandemic: It's been a year now since the first lockdown here. Last year in late summer things got a little better here and it was possible to go out again, go to restaurants etc. But since autumn everything is closed again. All you can do is sit at home or go to work. So far the weather is still terrible and cold here so there is not much you can do outside yet. It feels like its been forever since the current lockdown started. I can't wait until the weather gets better.
Last week, when I thought that I finally start to get over my depressive phase, I received more bad news: another colleague told me that he is going to quit. I felt even worse after that. I don't think I have the energy to work for x people again and to teach everything to a new employee once again. I had a talk with the department manager this week and also talked to some other colleagues about it. I will take next week off because of my boyfriends 30th birthday and because I have to take care of some things related to my car. I'm still feeling out of energy and depressed so I hope a few days off will help somehow. I was told that a former colleague will come back in May and my other colleagues (who don't plan to leave) were optimistically too so that gives me some hope that everything will be fine at work. So my current plan is to regain some energy and get over that depressive phase for now. I don't feel like doing anything at the moment. I don't feel like playing any of my console games, I don't feel like working on my websites, I don't feel like doing anything of the stuff I usually do, and I feel kind of sick too. I hope that will improve during my days off.
I hope you all are doing better and stay healthy. I wish you a great weekend.
posted on Sunday, 18th April 2021 - comment?
Hello, Hola and Kon'nichiwa everyone!
I'm a little shocked myself but we have a new and quite different to what I usually make layout. I wanted to create a more modern looking layout and this is the outcome. Too bad I didn't come up with this earlier, before I uploaded the new design to my graphic page. I probably would have used this design for my graphic page and not for BALC. But it doesn't really matter, the current layout on my graphic page will stay for a while, while we enjoy this one here. Maybe I will create something similar for ARW as the next layout or as a free design. BALC's new design already benefits from my other project that I mentioned in my last blog post. It might seem like a small achievement, but I found out how to use two background images (one vertically and one horizontally). I'm a little embarrased. But I shouldn't be as I'm no professional at coding. It's also the first time that I tried out image shadows (the affiliates on the right). The PNGs on the header are from Kuroi Inku. Yuumiko has a really good taste when it comes to choosing images for PNGs. There were so many cute ones that inspired me, but I decided to use this one of dreamy looking Asuna (and the flowers in the back). I had something clean with soft colours in mind that would go well with Asuna's colours and I think I nailed it.
This month the site Catch A Star is featured on the header. Caz got some insanely cute pixel art there. I especially love the pixel animals. Check out her site! I think I will look for more sites to add to my link collection soon. I already got one or two sites on my mind that I would like to add.
I also received a new application for the awarding by the talented Amanda for her colourful blog & pixel art site named Ruber Rosis. You can find the award of my choice in the awarding section.
To be honest I'm writing this blog post over the span of two days. Yesterday I was full of excitement and energy and today I'm somehow tired and gloomy. It had gotten way to late yesterday so I had to call it a day and continue today. I'm trying to keep up the energy that I had in the first part of this post.
So what happened in February? As mentioned in my last post I had a week off in the beginning of the month. After my grandma felt better I got quite addicted to Animal Crossing for the rest of the week. Here are some screenshots of my island so far:
(areas are not completely finished yet)
I had Animal Crossing on my Switch Lite before, but I never really used terraforming. This time I plan to recreate a lot of cool areas that I saw on Youtube which require terraforming.
After that week my energy dropped quickly again. This time my energy was even lower than in January. I was worn out before I went to bed and still felt worn out after I woke up. So last weekend I was laying down the whole weekend and did absolutely nothing. This week I was lucky that there was not much going on at work. I was able to leave in time or even earlier each day. I really needed that. I'm definetly feeling a little better now. I wonder if my energy lows are a result of my stressful job that I had for several years now. I've been thinking about quitting my job for a while, but I'm such a scaredy cat. I like to know what awaits me every day. New people and environments scare me. And this job gives me a lot of security for the future. The industry I'm working in benefits from the decrease of plastic packaging because we produce alternative packaging which is more environmentally friendly. We probably won't run out of orders for many years to come. I also thought about staying at home for a while and live off of my savings. I would have time for a lot of things that I usually don't have time for when I work 10-11 hours a day. But I would have to find a new job after that too. I'm not sure what I will do yet. Unfortunately things will get rougher in my current job soon too because a colleague has quit in February and another one will quit soon as well because of her pregnancy.
Besides that good news are that my dad found my old Yu-Gi-Oh duel disc in the loft when he was sorting out there. He wanted to throw it away. Luckily I saw that and was able to rescue it. I changed the batteries and excitingly the display is still working:
I think these duel discs used to be sold for 25 bucks and now sell for over 100$. I could sell it but I prefer to keep it as a collectible and display it somewhere at home for nostalgia reasons (and who knows, maybe these duel discs will increase in worth even more? I could still sell it later on).
I think that's all for todays blog post. I'm happy that I can include larger images now because of the wider content area. I hope you guys like the new layout and wish you a great day!
posted on Sunday, 7th March 2021 - comment?
Time has flown by like crazy. My last post is already exactly a month old. But a lot has happened since then. The first weeks of this year have been quite stressful. We had a lot to do at work and if you follow my graphic site you eventually already know that my colleague had the Corona Virus. I was very nervous because I was worried that I might have caught the virus too and I didn't want to pass it to the people I live with. But luckily all my test results were negative. My colleague is also feeling better by now. Somehow I felt out of energy all the time though and had to take things slow.
But despite all that I managed to finish a new website project of mine: my very first fan listing. It's a fanlisting for the Pokémon Sceptile. Sceptile has been my favourite Pokémon ever since the Ruby and Sapphire games came out. I wanted to create a fanlisting for a while now and feel very lucky that there was no fanlisting for this Pokémon at TAFL (The Anime Fanlistings - a collective for anime related fanlsitings) yet and that I was able to have it approved by them. If you like Sceptile too I would be happy if you could join my fanlisting. The only information needed for the registration are your Name/Nickname, eMail Adress and Country. (The eMail Adress won't be shown in your profile if you don't want it to be shown.)
Besides that something else exciting happened in January. Someone that I met through a friend at an anime convention a few years ago randomly contacted me on my social media and we happened to talk about websites. Since this person runs a small convention himself and didn't have a website for his convention yet he asked me to build one for them. I told him that I'm no professional at website creating and only do it as a hobby but he didn't mind. I love conventions so I was very hyped to build this website for him. At first everything went smoothly, I had the layout and the basic coding done quickly and he agreed that everything was fine at first. But then he showed the site to some of the other people who run the convention with him and they wanted things changed here and there and in a certain way. I underestimated how difficult it can be to build a website for someone else and to meet their expectations. My coding knowledge is very limited, I only know a little bit of HTML and CSS. At the moment I'm stuck at creating a mobile version for the website (haha mobile devices, my old enemy ). I have never done that before. It will be tricky for me but I will try to make it work. This is a good opportunity for me to learn something new. I already found some flaws in how I usually do my layouts and was able to fix it for that website and will consider that for future layouts for my own websites.
But before I continue to work on that site I'm planning to finally upload something to my graphic site. I already finished a few graphics which I will add to the site after this blog post. A new pixel set will follow as soon as possible too, but these take a very long time to create. I have this week off so I will see what I can get done, but I also plan to relax a lot (and play Animal Crossing on my new Nintendo Switch ) to get some energy back. I couldn't relax yet because in the last few days I had to get some things done first and I also had to help my sick grandma. But she is feeling better now.
Now to some topics related to this blog:
I changed the featured website in the "latest added" area to Jessica's website Sictaena Ethereal Goat. She is also the first person who got an award from me. You can check out the award in the "Awarding" section.
I also have my very first affiliate for this blog now: Suzy and her blog Redvelvet (linked on the heart symbol in the affi area). Thank you for the affi request.
That's all for todays blog post. I hope you all are doing good and I wish you a nice evening.
posted on Wednesday, 3rd February 2021 - comment?
Hi and happy new year everyone!
A lot has happened here since I opened this site. I added lots of scans and photos to the anime and manga section. For example of my first manga ever: "Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch". I still remember the day when I got the first issue as a kid. We wanted to go to a public swimming area in summer and went to the supermarket beforehand to buy snacks and something to read. There I found it on a table with discounted books. I think I found the second one a little later in a supermarket as well but I don't really remember how I got the other ones anymore. I think my parents ordered them for me online.
I also added pictures of most of the anime figures that I own. They represent the obsession that I had for some of the animes for a long time. I loved "Sword Art Online" for years, but I didn't like the last season that much. I'm also dissapointed that "Swort Art Online: Progressive" will be just a movie and not a whole series. But I will watch it though and still love the older seasons. I especially have a soft spot for Sinon's and Leafa's character design. Blue, yellow and green are my favourite colors and I also love cats (i.e. Sinon's Alfheim version is love! ). But what else can I say? The "Super Sonico" anime wasn't too great, but she loves cats and is kinda cute so I somehow ended up with way too many figures of her, haha! I also loved to watch all kinds of music anime for a while. My favourites were "Love Live", "Love Live Sunshine", "Bang Dream" and "Bang Dream 2nd Season".
I'm thinking about adding more pictures of my weeby collection soon because I still have lots of cool stuff to show you here.
Another new thing that I added here is the awarding area. You can now request a cute award from me for your website. Check out the samples that I added, maybe they will help you decide if you want to give it a shot.
I had some time during the holidays to browse through the internet and found some really cute pixel websites. So I decided to add the first websites to the link collection. I will feature them one after another in the "latest added" area too and will leave each of them displayed there for a few days / weeks, starting with Lejla's lovely site named "Appledust". I'm in love with all those pixel websites at the moment. Each of them is so cute!
Since I finally had some freetime now I was able to relax a little bit as well. I was really stressed out during the weeks before christmas. As I already mentioned on my graphic page: the customers were crazy around that time. So work had been very stressful, plus I also had lots of stuff on my To-Do-List which needed to be done before chirstmas. Now my bf and I have put up a new shelf in the bathroom and spent the last few days eating nice foods, playing games and watching youtube videos all day. Yesterday I was somewhat bored so I even made a spring layout for my graphic page already. I found a cool PNG of one of my favourite characters of all time and was so inspired that I immediately had to create a layout with it. Ofc I will keep the character and layout a secret for now so you have a little bit of a surprise when I release it. I would love to already use the new layout but we are still in the middle of winter. That would be way too early. Maybe I will upload it by the end of February. Meanwhile there's a little sneak peek to the left.
This blog entry has gotten way longer than I thought it would. I think I said everything that I had on my mind for now. I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday.
posted on Sunday, 3rd January 2021 - comment?
I decided to start a little blog where I share my random thoughts and things that I like. I will also collect links of graphic & anime related websites here and share my personal collection of anime and manga related items so you have something to browse through. I might also talk about the websites and items in my blog posts.
About the layout: I found this awesome PNG of the anime "Vampire Knight" on A Glimpsed Horizon and was hyped to use it for something. I really wanted to create a pastel blue layout so I tried to make it work with this color. Aand I love the result! It looks very winterly and is perfect for this season. My graphic page "A Random Website" acts as a place holder for the "lastest added" area until the first site is added to the collection.
Maybe you also noticed that I refer to myself as "Ran" in the introduction in my navigation. I decided to use that as my nickname. It's a shortcut of "Random Webmiss" and reminds me of the badass character Ran Mouri (Rachel Moore) from "Detective Conan".
I hope you like my website so far. Since I have a terrible headache I will have dinner now and rest for a while. Have a nice day everyone.
Best regards, Ran
posted on Sunday, 6th December 2020 - comment?