Thursday, 15 February 2018

Nayu's News #241 Still resting!

She is so peaceful!
I hope to post something next week, but it is going to be a while longer because I'm still exhausted from the move - at one point I was too tired to game, so it was just dvd watching. Now I can game and read which has made a huge difference! I've an annual routine hospital appointment in London today, which will wear me out even further - just wanted to let you know I'm ok! Will be back when I can, but I can't push my body or I'll be worse for longer. It's a fine balance that I'm managing carefully. 

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Nayu's News #240 My Secret Project Revealed!

What is it?
For a while I've been talking about a mysterious secret project that's taken a lot of my time. It's been going on for over a year, and I can finally reveal what it is. 
It involves a lot of boxes, without me in them.
A lot of boxes!
I've moved house! My family has moved house, so since I live with them I've moved too. Thankfuly it's still in the same area, which I like a lot. It's a lot of change, including keeping my cat inside for a few months (not that she wonders much past our old garden). I'm showing no photos for privacy reasons, mostly for my family's sake and also mine - I spend a lot of time in my room and only want friends and family to see it. Once I'm back online you'll notice any pictures I take will have a different carpet as the background, but that's the only change that you'll see. The rest is in the chaos of packing/unpacking/waiting for the internet to be connected - at the time of writing this post it may not be for at least a week, although my family are trying to persuade the service provider to do it sooner. 
I feel like Akari from Aria does - happy the secret is allowed to be revealed!
That's why I asked for happy thoughts and prayers 2 weeks ago, because at the time everything nearly fell through, but thank God it didn't. That's all the info I'm giving, there have been a ridiculous amount of difficulties and it's wonderful for it to finally happen. It's why I've been randomly busy for several days in a row, it's called packing. Thankfully I've just got my room to pack/unpack, not the whole house.

I'll be feeling a lot like Aika from Aria when she has to clear a load of stuff.
My family visiting from Australia is leaving soon, so I should have had a gaming day with them yesterday, and I'm now happily in lala land from taking my mega strong meds last night too.

You'll know when I'm back online because I'll probably say something on Twitter (my posts are auto-scheduled by software so it's not me putting them up in real time, as it were). Until then take care, and I'll see you when my new room is all set up! 

Monday, 29 January 2018

Nayu's News #230 'Things' Are Happening

Thankfully I'm not an inpatient.
Today I'm up in London for annual routine check up for my heart - this is a prescheduled post as there's no way I'd have energy to spare otherwise. Tomorrow should be a full rest day, but has to wait until Wednesday....when I'll reveal the big secret project I've been working on! Because of it I may not be online for up to 2 weeks, so the next post that goes up will be the last one until...nope, can't tell you that or you'll be guessing what's going on! You'll have to wait and see...
Feeling a bit sneaky like Holo from Spice and Wolf!

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Nayu's Gaming Time #9 Pokemon mania including my first crystal Pokemon!

This is what a normal Mudkip looks like.
Recently including most of last week I've played a lot of Pokemon while I got over my mega strong meds. It's been a brilliant distraction from the evil side effects, with me being able to stand the numerous screen changes without wanting to stop playing (I'm looking at you, Animal Crossing!!!). I love it so much! 

It's the perfect game for me. I can explore without thinking I'll miss an event or somewhere I'm supposed to be as you get told where to go, and how long it takes you to get there doesn't matter (like in the Atelier series, which I love but can struggle with the time element). It's possibly aimed at children (I don't know if it originally was), so it's not super complex like Final Fantasy, it is mostly really light unlike Kingdom Hearts. I get to dress up in it, although it's taken a while in Pokemon Y which I'm currently focusing on. I get to farm berries, which I enjoy doing in games. I can level up for hours if I want, or simply get on with the story. 
Thanks to both catching Pikachu, and trading I've got Bulbasaur and Charmander, not Squirtle in

I've a bit of an idea how I hadn't tried it the 20 years it's been made over & over, but I can assure you I'll be playing it for the next 20 years and more! I'll post more in the future, but know that I'm in love with all the Pocket Monsters! Some give me the heebie geebies but most I find utterly adorable, even if they aren't obviously cute. Do you like Pokemon? Which are your favourites? Yes I love Pikachu but there are so many more and oh I have my first shiny Pokemon!
This came up in a google search, so not my gam play, but my Mudkip looked like this before it evolved - its pink! (& the sprite remains blue in the game which is only how I realised it was special)
Got the different coloured Mudkip from an online trade, and couldn't work out why it wasn't blue until I remembered about the uber rare crystal Pokemon. You can Google it, but basically they are different colours, and the possibility of catching one is so slim it's insane. I'm surprised someone gave it away in a simple trade, definitely very blessed to have it on my team as Mudkip can get to mega evolve, so I'm leveling it up as fast as I can.  And all the other cute ones. I am trying to go through the story, as I have some of the other games to play, so I can be a completionist later. I want 1 pokemon of each type with a high level, which I haven't yet got, so I'm working on that as I go along. If I can beat a trainer easily I know I'm at a high enough level. If I struggle, even when I switch Pokemon types, then I know it's time to level up. 

That's it for today's Pokemon talk - I've other posts to write and don't want to bore those of you who don't game. I think you can understand how much I love Pokemon right now! 
No idea who this cutie is, but love her hair!

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Archie Goes to the Doctor + Archie's First Day at School by Emma Brown (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E)

 August 2017, Cico Kidz, 32 pages, Paperback, Review copy

Summary from Cico Kidz
Archie and his big sister Amber are two of the Shady Bay Buddies who live in the close-knit community of Shady Bay Island. They love playing outside together, but one day Archie falls from the garden swing and hurts his arm. He's very worried when it's made clear he'll need to see the doctor. With his mum and Amber by his side, Archie goes off to the doctor is pleasantly surprised to find it's not that bad after all. There are fun things to do there and the doctor is very kind. 

Archie and his big sister Amber are two of the Shady Bay Buddies who live in the close-knit community of Shady Bay Island. Archie is starting school and wondering what to expect. Amber reassures him that it will be fun. We join Archie as he gets ready for school, meets his new teacher, Miss Whimsie, and enjoy lots of fun activities on his first day. He even makes a new friend called Woolie.  

Nayu's thoughts
I fell in love with these books the moment I discovered rather than being drawn or painted, the characters were crocheted! Emma has such a talent, the characters are adorable and look extremely well made. I expect she had a lot of fun making them, and whoever photographed them had fun too! I'm more a flat crocheter, animals aren't my type of skill (prefer something without a pattern that I don't have to think about or follow as it's easier when I'm tired (which is all the time...)).

I want to reach out to touch Archie and his friends as he experiences what can be intimidating situations for people regardless of how old they are. The backgrounds are a mix of real life objects, fabric, and illustration, which add to the appeal of it. The tales are equally charming, dispelling Archie's worry about getting his arm checked out and the milestone of starting school, with the crochet characters adding a lot to the story. I love Archie's sister who seems to be there supporting him through life along with his trusty toy bunny - his answer to the last page on the school book was hilarious! I half expected to see bunny in the washing machine, which can be an ordeal in itself, so perhaps there will be another tale on that. 

Suggested read
Another sweet and hilarious read that I've enjoyed in the last few months is Hamster Sitter Wanted by Tracy Gunaratnam and Hannah Marks (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E) 

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

National Trust: Up and Down, A Walk in the Countryside by Rosalind Beardshaw (Children's, Picture book, Board book,

 September 2017, Nosy Crow, 28 pages, Board Book, Hardback, Review copy

Summary from Nosy Crow 
The fourth in a series of concept books created for the National Trust, this board book takes very young readers on a winter walk through the countryside, going up and down, left and right, from cold to warm and light to dark. With beautiful illustrations from Ros Beardshaw, this elegant little book is a great way of bringing children closer to nature.

Nayu's thoughts 
I saw the cover of this book and instantly wanted to review it - I love the style of illustration, the children are even cuter inside when the hood is shown from a different angle she is extra adorable! Every single page made me feel warm and fuzzy with the sheer joy the children have exploring the world around them. I love how each page has just one word, with the opposite word on the other page, because the illustrations speak volumes for the concept. 

Whoever reads the book to another reader can easily elaborate more on the story to make it more fun, asking questions about what the children do as they play happily in what could be one single day. As a National Trust book I think it does a brilliant job of enticing readers to check out the countryside, while teaching them how they should be behave outside: there's a short poem which I think may be anonymous, but one I saw and remembered as a child along the lines of 

'Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, verb nothing but time.'

 I don't remember the exact words, indicated with the italic word, but it's a good motto to go by. Flowers, even wild ones, shouldn't be picked because whole ecosystems rely on them. Pictures don't harm nature (obviously stay safe while you take them), all litter should be taken home so it can't harm anything, and whatever that word is time is all that should pass/be done on your visit. Through using so few words this book echoes that sentiment.

Suggested read 
A book which is full of more words and facts but equally as fun for older readers is from a series that I highly recommend: A Kiwi Year and A Canadian Year by Tania McCarney and Tina Snerling (Children's, Non-fiction, 10E/10E)

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Beware the Mighty Bitey by Heather Pindar and Susan Batori (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E)

 November 2017, Maverick Books, 32 pages, Paperback, Review copy 

Summary from Maverick Books 
Deep in the jungle, in the still waters of the Nippy Pool, listening, lurking, waiting, live the Mighty Bitey Piranhas! Mouse, Goat and Bear play some music for them but the Mighty Bitey have other, more scrumptious things on their mind!

Nayu's thoughts
I accepted this book for review without seeing the cover - the synopsis on it's own had me smiling away and intrigued! I find piranhas cute just as I do crocodiles, they tend to be used in picture books with humour so my imagination was running wild. The story is awesome! 

The piranhas are as hilarious as I'd hoped, their expressions and thoughts as they tempt animals to go on their falling apart bridge was clear to see and funny, with lots of great words and different fonts used to bring the story even more to life than it already is. Their hungry nature is depicted perfectly, with a surprise end that I didn't see coming, which is always a pleasant surprise in picture books. I'm not sure how much the Mighty Bities would want their tale publicised, but I certainly want everyone to read it! 

You can see more of Susan's artwork on her website - she has a cat which is always a plus in my view!
Suggested read
The other Maverick title I got alongside this book is the fun Bonkers About Beetroot by Cath Jones and Chris Jevons (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E)