Walkin’ in Memphis

All about my recent trip to Memphis!

Hello all of you wonderful internet beings! Collinswoah13’s back with another great post, this time about my trip to Memphis!

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I have been a HUGE Elvis Presley fan ever since I was a little, little girl (thanks Dad!) and Graceland is honestly one of my favorite places in the world. I knew that Graceland gets a beautiful holiday makeover every single year and ever since I found that out AND that they used the decorations that the King himself used when he was alive, so I have been dying to go. Now I have been to Graceland once but it was on a really really hot day in May so no holiday decorations. Don’t get me wrong it was an amazing and beautiful trip and it was my first time going so I loved it, but I NEEDED to see it decorated for the holidays. (Okay, I didn’t NEED to but I definitely felt like I did!) Naturally I told my boyfriend all about the decorations and how much I wanted to go and blah, blah, blah. That wonderful, perfect man of mine actually planned and tried to surprise me (I ruined it but it’s okay! It’s the thought that counts!) with a trip to Memphis and Graceland.

During our trip to Memphis we ate a loooooot of good southern food.  On our way down we stopped in Nashville and got the best hot chicken at Hattie B’s. While in Memphis we were fortunate enough to go to a wonderful place called Dyer’s which is quite famous (thank you Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!), got some fantastic barbeque and gorged ourselves with the always fantastic Zaxby’s (we’re from Ohio so we unfortunately don’t get such a delicacy). Beyond the food my man was able to see one of his old college friends which I was very happy for him to be able to spend time with his pal. And of course me being the lovely girlfriend that I am, I listened intently for some embarrassing and/or funny stories which of course I got 😉

So like my previous post about my video game pick-ups, I did quite a bit of video game hunting in the Memphis area. We were able to hit up every single video game store, that I could find AND that wasn’t a Gamestop, where I was able to make some great additions to my ever growing collection. Game hunting in different cities is honestly one of my favorite things to do. I just find it so exhilarating and fun!

Now on to the best part; Graceland!

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I must say even if you are not an Elvis fan, I highly recommend going to Graceland as it is an experience and everyone can have fun. We were able to walk through the entire mansion and see all the decorations for Christmas, visit the family graves, buy too many things at all the gift shops, see some of Elvis’ personal vehicles, see some of his personal items, walk past his planes and see what I consider to be the holy grail of it all; Elvis’ red white and blue eagle jumpsuit that he wore in his Hawaii special.

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The trip was short and sweet but it was everything that I wanted it to be and more. I was able to share a place that is very near and dear to my heart as well as a love for something with someone who I love very much.  I was able to spend some quality alone time with my best friend and favorite partner and for that and that alone the trip was perfect.

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I hope y’all look forward to hearing about my other upcoming trips but for now stay classy and sassy friends!  🙂

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Video game pickup/haul!

December video game pick ups

The month of December was a very very great month for me in regards to pickups. Now this haul is a combination of a day of game hunting in southern Ohio while visiting the boyfriend as well as what we found in Memphis just this past weekend. And just keep in mind that we’ve established that I am a collector and I am actively trying to obtain a complete GameCube collection so the majority of my pickups have been GameCube. 162

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Don’t get my wrong, I love collecting for other systems but my main focus is getting my GameCube collection as close to 100% as possible. As you can tell from the pictures I also picked up quite a few N64 games. All super cheap crappier games but I picked them up because I also am going for a complete N64 collection, not nearly as actively as my GameCube but I’d love to own all 388 games one day. And if you can tell from the prices it was too good to pass up on. I had happened to visit this particular game store while visiting my boyfriend and looking for his Christmas present and sports games are easy to find but not easy to always get so cheap so I jumped on this deal.

So the indigo GameCube in the second picture was probably my biggest score and I am QUITE proud of it. So the boyfriend and I were hitting up a couple game store before we met up with his friend for dinner and stumbled upon that lovely indigo GameCube. Now my original GameCube (which has since gone to console heaven), was a lovely indigo variant. I have wanted another one ever since but they are not nearly as common as I had hoped and I settled one black one instead. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE my black GameCube and have decided I would really like to own one of each color of GameCubes so cue indigo GameCube.

While browsing this store I had found some GameCube games and an Xbox 360 game that I didn’t have but also looked good. The great thing about this particular store was that they were having their winter sale which was buy 2 get one 1 on all pre-owned products as long as they weren’t current gen related. So I found some more expensive games and when the employee was looking for one of my games he couldn’t find it. Which totally happens but of course whenever this happens to me its always the game I’m most excited about getting (don’t worry I found it at another store and snagged it real quick!) The great thing about my man is that he is always looking out for me, he may not always know exactly what I’m looking for or what are good prices for things but he always looks for me and he was the one who spotted the indigo GameCube and pointed it out to me. I wait a minute and ask the clerk some questions and he lets me take a look at it. Now this thing desperately needs a deep cleaning and to be loved but it was only $30 and came with an actual Nintendo branded indigo controller. It also works perfectly. But the great thing about this find was they had forgotten to replace the price sticker with one for $55. The gaming Gods were looking out for me on this one. And so was the boyfriend 😉

Now the little green squid amiibo was someone I was also stoked to find and pick up. I also collect amiibos because they’re REALLY addicting to collect and they’re just super adorable. So when the first generation of Splatoon amiibos came out I was only able to pick up Squid Girl and Squid Boy. Separately. So I wasn’t able to get the green squid because he only came out in the three pack which was so hard to get a hold of back then! I was so happy to get my hands on this little guy and for only $10!

The last item in this haul that I am going to single out and talk about is my Harvest Moon Boy & Girl for the PSP. I fell in love with the Harvest Moon series with the Save the Homeland installment on the PS2 many many years ago and since then I’ve wanted to own every. single. installment. Personally the PSP entries are hard to find in the wild. (And I only look for games in the wild). I had passed a couple years ago on this game because of the price and have regretted it ever since. So when I walked in to this particular game store I saw that they had two copies for very different prices. One for $28 and one for $37. Both I thought were a little high. The lower costing one did not include the booklet while the higher costing one did. I immediately knew I was going to buy the high priced one no matter what but I was not happy about the price. I kindly asked the owner of the store if he would be willing to go lower in pricing and we settled on $30 being fair. That man was a peach and helped me out! 🙂

So now I’m sure y’all are curious where this puts me with my collection. Now I still need to catalog everything BUT this puts me at 130 GameCube games so I am 19.66% complete there and I have 38 N64 games which gets me to 9.79% complete. Not too bad considering I more than double my person N64 games and my goal for 2017 is to get my GameCube collection to at least 30%.

Until next time beautiful beings, stay classy and sassy.

 

Tips of surviving a road trip!

What to bring/do on a road trip to keep from wanting to strangle your road trip mates.

Today the boyfriend and I drove all the way to Memphis from southern Ohio. A nine hour long car trip. We did get stuck in traffic AND we decided to stop in Nashville at THE best place for hot chicken (if you are EVER in Nashville, please do yourself a favor and go to Hattie B’s. You will thank me and it will be worth it)

Now I am lucky enough to have a fantastic road trip partner but others are not always as lucky. And what can you do to keep the trip from getting too boring even if you have great road trip partners? OR WORSE WHAT IF YOU HAVE TO BE A PASSENGER THE ENTIRE RIDE?! The horror. But don’t worry. Collinswoah13 has your back!

My first suggestion is to make sure you bring a book to read and your handheld game system, whatever that may be. AND DON’T FORGET YOUR GAMES! I have to say this because sadly I have been the person to forget more than one game and let me tell you, there is only so much you can take of Animal Crossing on a long road trip.

Next, it’s always nice to make sure you have some music that y’all can jam too. (God I sound old. I promise I’m not old, just uncool.) Now another good suggestion is to bring along an audio book and/or an episodic podcast for when and if the music gets to grind on the nerves of the other car companions.

When all else fails make sure you have read up on some interesting articles like what’s going on in the video game world, such as when games are coming out or have been announced, etc. Or just have your phone handy so you can help the conversation from getting too stale.

This is also a great time to further figure out the vacation plans once you arrive to your destination! Make sure the hype train is real and everyone stays aboard it.  I also like to take the time to pay attention to my surroundings as we pass them and if something is too cool to pass up on and there is extra time then make sure to stop and check it out either on the drive there or on the drive back. I am lucky enough to have the most amazing road trip companion in my boyfriend because he has a fantastic sense of adventure and is down for just about anything. If I get excited enough then he’s more than down and excited as well. Exploring is just half the fun.

I hope these were helpful road trip tips! Let me know what your tips are for keeping a road trip fun and exciting. And as always stay classy and sassy y’all 😀

VIDEO GAMES!

Showing off most of the collection!

So I know that I’ve stated MANY times that I am a nerd but it’s true. And I know, saying it only goes SO far… That’s why I thought it would be fun to show you guys some of my video game collection! Yes, you read right, my collection:

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Ever since I was a kid I always had a hard time getting rid of my games. I would have rather hang on to them and wait longer to buy a game than to sell/trade them in. I wasn’t consciously collecting video games but I guess that’s how it all started.

As I got older I accumulated more and more game systems since they just kept coming out I was accumulating more and more games as well. One day I just decided it would be amazing to have ALL THE GAMES. Yes, I realize how ridiculous that is so I’ve settled for more attainable goals. What are those goals you ask?

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Well from the pictures you can most definitely see that I love Nintendo. Which is most definitely true. So somewhere along the line I decided I want a complete GameCube collection. All 661 games in all regions. 563 in just North America alone. But I will have all 661 games, eventually. I also made it harder on myself by wanting to find all of these games in the wild. If you don’t know what that means, it’s to find all of the games in games stores, not online but in real life; hunting and scouring. I honestly have a blast going game hunting especially when I get to drag people along with me 😉 To give you an idea of how far along I am in my quest for my complete GameCube collection, I currently possess 102 games, one of which is a Japanese exclusive the rest are North American games and that equals out to about 15.43% complete.

The most important thing about this collection is that I do it for me. Not for resell value. Not for bragging rights. But because I absolutely love video games. I love hunting for them. I love the rush of a good deal and I love to find hidden gems and to play them. This is my hobby, one of many hobbies I have, but my main one. I can’t wait to share with you guys the excitement of the growth of my collection and to document my quest for all 661 GameCube games.

If y’all want to see what wasn’t included in these pictures or to go any more in-depth with it please let me know.

But until next time my sweet and wonderful beings, stay classy and sassy 😉

Bonus bits and bobs of info!

Blog housekeeping information.

I wanted to take the time to write a little extra post this week giving a little bit more info about this blog since we are now THREE posts in! Wow. I can’t believe it’s already been three whole posts and over a week since I have truly been working on this blog. And yes I know this makes number four but I’m speaking of the posts already posted prior to this one 😛

ANYWAY, I haven’t been too clear about what I will be posting about and when I will be posting so let’s get into that:

I will be posting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I will be working on having a consistent time but right now just count on them to be posted sometime in the evening most likely after 6 or 7pm EST since I do work a lovely and wonderful full-time job 🙂

As far as posts go, they will be a little all over the place. I have been planning out some posts having relevance to what’s going on in my life but I am going to stick to what I know best, nerdy things (like cons, books, video games, etc.) and DIY/crafting. I will be continuing to do fitness updates, life updates and creative writing posts from time to time like the three previous posts. Now nothing is set in complete stone so if there are things you’d like to see from me or not see from me PLEASE let me know 🙂 I want to cater to you guys for the most part. My eyes and ears are all open to y’all.

Now that we’ve taken care of this bit of housekeeping I guess you could call it, stay classy and sassy beautiful internet beings!

Getting a little personal with Collinswoah13

Doing some reflecting on good ole 2016.

Happy day after Christmas y’all!

Since this entire blog is about me I thought we could get a little personal with one another. Have a sort of conversation if you will.

So 2016 has been an extremely difficult year for me just with all the life changes that have happened. There has been a lot of bad to be frank. A major relationship ending caused my whole world to change in a matter of weeks. I had to get used to being out of college and not having that crutch to fall back on. I also made a major move in my career and moved home which has been difficult to get used to. I had some more relationship problems which turned into even bigger issues. Unfortunately I was robbed by someone I personally knew which just made it feel that much worse. And to top off all the not-so-good, I dealt with the losses of people in my life which hit hard.

Now yeah, this has most definitely sucked and I could sit here and say 2016 has been the worst year in most recent memory but that would be both over-dramatic and untrue.

The first half of the year was my test of my everything and I aced that test. I have personally evolved so much as a human being. I finally fell in love with myself and came to peace with my short comings. I learned to look at things with a positive outlook and practice that most of the time 😉 (we can’t always be positive 100% of the time you know!!) I learned patience and forgiveness with everyone and everything. I most definitely am not perfect with any of these by any means but its a work in progress just like anything worthwhile is.

The second half of the year has had its hardships but has been so much more rewarding and beautiful. I have been blessed by meeting the better than I could have ever asked for man that I am incredibly lucky to call my boyfriend. One of those funny instances of I found him when I wasn’t even looking really for a partner. He’s given me so many experiences that I never would have done if it hadn’t been for him. I honestly could go on and on about this wonderful man but I won’t! I’ll spare you all the mush and gush, for now 😛

During this second half of the year I also have been afforded financial freedom from living at home as well as my new promotion at work, and I have most definitely taken advantage of that. Like you guys, my video game collection has grown so much it’s unreal! But don’t worry I am being responsible and paying off debt as well as saving money 😀

With Christmas just passing I thought it would be a good time to reflect a bit on this past year and share some of that with you guys. Though this year has pushed me to my limits and been very hard, I am proud to say that I have rose above it and came out stronger than before. I might let myself be pulled under by the negativity, which is okay, but coming up for air is both important and necessary. So to end this year and prepare for the next I will quote DJ Khaled, “Another one.” Yes. That’s there to give you a chuckle. But for real, bring it on 2017! You will be great!

As always guys, keep it classy and sassy.

 

Collinswoah13’s Creative Writing

Sharing time of some of my personal writing.

I thought it would be kind of fun to once a month or so share some of my creative writing with you guys. Give you a little insight to my creative side with my words if you will. Give myself a way to be sort of published I guess? I don’t know exactly. I just think it’d be cool! So sometimes it’ll be poetry other times it’ll be prose.

Today will be a poem I wrote awhile back that I just recently found hidden on my computer in the mess of all my old school files. Back in high school I was on the varsity bowling team my junior and senior years of high school. I had always bowled for fun but when I realized that I might just be good enough to represent my high school on our bowling team I jumped at the idea of trying out. Thankfully I made it and loved it immediately. I had always struggled with the feeling of belonging anywhere, especially in high school. I was bullied like most of us are but I also knew and was kind of friends with almost everyone which is why I never really felt like I belonged anywhere. Joining the bowling team helped me gain confidence in myself and made me finally feel like I belonged somewhere. So here is my poem Belonging:

The first time,

That I stepped up to bowl

It was the most

Exhilarating,

Fulfilling,

Rewarding experience

That I’ve ever had.

Throwing the ball

I felt like

I had found myself.

That before I was lost

Among a sea of people

Who knew who they were and

What their purpose was.

Being on the lane,

Having the spotlight on me

I knew I was a part

Of something big,

I knew I finally belonged.

 

Well I hope you all enjoyed that. Whew! We’re just making all sorts of big steps over here. Let me know what y’all think and always remember to keep it classy and stay sassy 😉