Runes and Rhinestones

I'm a modern day Viking, navigating my way through a stormy sea of stuff.

Drama to the n-th degree.

on December 28, 2013

I have had experience of a true first world problem today (I kind of hate that term, but there is no other way to describe the trauma I have been through this afternoon).

Hairy was a dear and bought me Lego Lord of the Rings last night because it was 75% off and who can resist a deal like that? Anyway, I had to download it before I could play it so I thought “Ho hum, let’s get this done with so I can play my new game” and sat around for an hour bimbling on the internet waiting for the game to finish. Hour’s up, I’ve learned how to tie a couple of new knots and I try to load up the game. Nada. My computer is emphatically saying no. I try again. Nope, still despising everything and refusing to play ball.

I get impatient and yell at my laptop a bit, then ask Hairy to take out the rubbish. At least something in this house does what I tell it to! (Definitely joking there!) I uninstall the game, crying slightly inside, and set it to install again and then settle down to wait for another hour and a half because it’s even more unhappy this time around. Hairy and I watch the pilot of Sherlock and I swoon over cheekbones.

Hairy goes to get reinforcements of rum. I sit, scour internet forums for possible solutions, faithfully follow all the instructions and try not to throw things at the walls. Hairy returns, I drink rum and restrain from swearing like a trooper. Finally I manage to download a driver from a German website (thank the deity of your choice for German A-level that allows me to navigate the download process without signing over my life savings (HA! Like I have any) to a nefarious scam artist). I load up the game in tense quiet, only to die repeatedly in the first two minutes because I have no idea what the controls are or what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m pretty sure Elendil isn’t supposed to kill Elrond, or jump into Mount Doom.

I’ve also drowned Aragorn, and exploded Frodo’s head. I feel like I’m doing well with this game…

On the other hand, I’m staying on at Waterstones for a little bit longer. I’m not sure how long for just yet, but here’s hoping that it’ll be a decent amount of time. I really enjoy it there, and apparently they don’t think I’m too bad either.

Working in a bookshop has been really helpful in getting me along with my reading list! I’ve done the trilogy by Hugh Howey and I’ve got an amazing pile of books that I can’t wait to read. In the last month since I set myself the challenge, I’ve read four books and completed a couple of little beading projects that unfortunately I don’t have pictures of.

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