Dec28

Farewell 2014: Quiet Holidays

I’m a little bit late as well as early, but Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

My holidays are usually not very different from the everyday, except I catch up with a few friends I don’t often see and watch a little more TV than usual. I don’t have relatives to visit so naturally I don’t need to buy presents nor do I receive them, except from my mom. I got my Christmas present early this year – my mom told me to go out and buy Super Smash Bros for Wii U and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire on November 21st, the release day, since buying games upon release is something I never do. Yay!

Presents!

If you follow me on Instagram, yup those games were bought over the past month because of great holiday deals, yup those presents under the tree are just decorations used every year, and yup I posted them just for some laughs. It’s the holidays!

My holidays have been very quiet, but it doesn’t mean I’m not having a great time. My new job is allowing us to take a mental break and work from home for two weeks. Two weeks! Every day I can wake up at 9, do my work, log my hours, and email my boss on my progress. It’s been efficient because I don’t have to waste time on commute and lunch, and I am 100% comfortable not dressing up. I know I should not get used to this, but I haven’t had this many days to be lazy ever since the winter of my junior year of college, before I started serious interning and working.

But according to Sue as well as some of my old co-workers who have also left my old workplace, working from home occasionally for people in technology is very, very common. I had absolutely no idea because my old job was a strict 9-6 environment, with no exceptions, not even snow days.

Speaking of my new job, I am absolutely loving it. My only responsibility so far has been building WordPress themes, but on a much higher level than what I do for this blog. Some of the features that I have to build into client websites are things I am familiar with but not great at, such as custom posts. Only two weeks at this new job has allowed me to know WordPress functions better overall. Taking advantage of my free time, I have started enhancing this blog. I finally added a search results page that highlights the search term and returns the number of results. I know that’s no rocket science, but when I first built this theme, I was in a rush and was too lazy to look for the syntax in the Codex.

WordPress manipulation

But more importantly, I converted my tedious manual Playlist page to Custom Posts, displayed as an archive. It’s not perfect, but I can now add each game as a post with just a title and a featured image, and change the Category and Tag for it to show up under the right platform or status. I definitely have plans to clean up the way this blog looks and works a lot more!

I think my free time has been much needed, because I’ve been a bit sick ever since my holidays started. I haven’t had the energy to play games that require sitting up, sorry Alice B & Raisa for putting Dragon Age (+ Bioshock for Alice) on hold.

Screenshot from Ocarina of Time

Instead, I picked up Ocarina of Time 3D from where I left off July 2013 (according to my save file) in the beginning of the Water Temple, and conquered it. It wasn’t very difficult like it’s infamous for, and I’m not sure if that’s because the 3DS mechanics turns it into an easy dungeon, or that I’ve gotten the hang of water-level based puzzles (looking at you, Lakebed Temple from Twilight Princess that I had to go through twice because the genius in me overwrote my own save file). Finishing the Water Temple is an achievement because it tells me I’ve completely curbed my OCD and can now tackle dungeons without the need to look at a guide just to “make sure I’m not doing it wrong.” I might be able to take this game off my backlog before the year ends!

That’s all there has been to my holidays so far, and it will be the same in the coming days. The most exciting thing I will do is see a high school friend I haven’t seen in over four years. I don’t mind not partying and doing crazy stuff. It’s nice to be home. 2014 has been a tough year for everyone, everywhere. I do hope 2015 will be easier.

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9 Comments to "Farewell 2014: Quiet Holidays"

Cat wrote on 28th December 2014 at 6:03 PM

I’m glad your holidays has been going well! Those are nice choices in games!

That’s awesome that your work is allowing you guys to work from home for two weeks. Our work lets us to do it whenever we need to, but I’m not as productive at home, haha. My husband also works from home twice a week. It really does save a lot of time when you don’t need to worry about the commute!

I’m glad you’re loving your new job! I like how there’s a lot you can do with WordPress, and I’ve converted a few of my non-blog sites to it. It made me use the Codex a lot to figure out how to customize things the way I wanted to. That’s nice that your Playlist page is easier to manage without the tedious manual work anymore 😀

I think people get confused in the Water Temple because it’s easy to forget where you’re supposed to go and keep track of how things change with the water levels. I don’t think I found it too difficult, but it was kind of annoying!

I hope you’re feeling better from being sick! Have a happy new year, and I hope 2015 goes well for you!

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Michelle wrote on 28th December 2014 at 8:45 PM

I hope 2015 is better for you and me, because I too, had a very tough year.

Still great games that you got. I too, got a copy of Alpha Sapphire for Christmas and LOVE IT! I love Pokemon games ever since Heart Gold (my first Pokemon game, like ever), but even so, I’m glad.

I do want Ocarina of Time on my 3DS, but I’m glad to hear that the water temple isn’t too hard, but heck, I enjoyed the water temple in Twilight Princess. It was interesting, to say the least. Lol

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Kristine wrote on 31st December 2014 at 8:37 PM

Happy new year, Liv!

It’s great that your job allows you to work from home! That’s pretty sweet. I feel at times all I need is a cup of coffee to help me stay productive at home, but then that gets too repetitive and I start making excuses to not be productive. hah!

I really enjoy quiet holidays if I’m with the people I care about the most. At least, I don’t feel too lonely.

I hope you have a wonderful 2015 ahead! More power to you and your new job! 😀

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Jhanz wrote on 1st January 2015 at 4:30 AM

Happy New Year, Liv! <3

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Alice B wrote on 1st January 2015 at 5:57 AM

your MOM actually TOLD you to BUY games? omg. wow. if only my parents are like that LOL how very supportive. my parents don’t even support me – or anyone for that matter – to play games, let alone tell me to purchase any, heh.

i admire you for playing dark souls, man. i watched someone else played it and all i could think of was “wth???” because one slash from the enemy can kill me. dark souls is only good for the patience heart LOL

i’m not sure if this applies to your current working environment but i think people who work in technology/creative industry tend to have….relaxing environment. i mean, as opposed to those who work in a business-secluded environment, you know? especially those who sit behind cubicle tables. from what i’ve seen, creative media industry have working environment that let employees to have the freedom in doing almost whatever they want – like if a designer cannot find inspiration, it’s okay to listen to music or roam around near the vending machine to find inspiration. at least that’s what i heard from my friend.

wordpress is such a powerful blogging tool and i really hope i can enhance my skill to know about it further. there are so many plug-ins and whatnot which makes it so complex yet interesting if one knows how to operate it. i think wp is sort of difficult, tbh.

HAHA OMG you’re using my real name there!! shush, it’s supposed to be a secret!! haha just kidding.

DUDE, you owe me dragon age AND bioshock!! not just dragon age! LOL

happy new year to you too, liv! 😉

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Liv Reply:

LOL at this point I have no idea what your name is. I think I know someone else named Alice and was confused. I have changed it to match your comment and added Bioshock just for youuuuuu!!!

Well instead of reading to the baby, my mom played Duck Hunt instead so she’s been training me since before I was born. XD She never let me play video games throughout my school years but she doesn’t care now.

I haven’t actually played Dark Souls but since it’s an RPG instead of FPS, I have a bit of an advantage. I’m hoping the combat won’t be like the combat in Dragon Age Origins … I have no idea why Elissa crouches all the time, like the assassins in Assassin’s Creed do. Why can’t they move normally like Link???! I finished the hardest four dungeons of Ocarina of Time in only four days because Link moves like a normal person! XD

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Chester wrote on 2nd January 2015 at 7:32 PM

Happy Holidays Olivia. Like you, I had quiet holidays with just an intimate celebration with the family. We went the to the north part of the country and headed for the beach.

Working at home is my dream. You’re right. You don’t have to waste 40 percent of your time nor to think what to dress up, eat or whatnot.

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Raisa wrote on 2nd January 2015 at 11:50 PM

Happy holidays, Liv!

My holidays are typically quiet too. I cook a big spread and we eat it for the next few days. 😛 I didn’t receive anything this year, which is okay because all I really wanted was the time off.

I’m also learning a lot about custom posts at my new job! Does your work make you tired of WP? Coz I’m so sick of looking at my own admin panel after looking at WP all day at work lol. I’ve been looking at other platforms to switch to, but I haven’t found another that has everything I want. Honestly, I just need to apply myself to WP. I prefer Rails a lot more.

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nyuu wrote on 3rd January 2015 at 8:35 PM

That’s so nice, working from home! My work place does the same, but it’s only if there’s a storm coming or something lol So people take their work laptops home and work from there.

Your mom is so sweet ^__^ Ugh, I cannot play mash bros with others…. I end up physically attacking and pouncing on top of people 🙁

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