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Rainy day, rainy evening.

Sometimes, you need the rain. Particularly when your whole state has been under red-flag fire warning for the past week.

Kristen is almost completely better. It's been more than a week. The last time I tangled with salmonella, it took me two weeks to get back to normal. She still gets icked out by food occasionally, but it turned out that her refusing to eat more than a few saltines whenever she got hungry was actually making her feel worse. Not eating more than 800 calories a day for eight days would screw anyone up inside. She's lost five pounds during this ordeal. I've probably lost about three, because we ate pretty much the same bland diet for convenience's sake! XD I made her tomato risotto this weekend and encouraged her to eat it. For some reason, having an orange and some sweet potato fries made her feel worlds better.

For people who take a lot of joy in preparing food and eating, having to deal with food poisoning sucks more than most illnesses.

At least my ankle's feeling better now.

I haven't done much writing lately, for obvious reasons. Replaying Atelier Lilie for the PS2 has been my big stress reliever. I finished the game for the second time on Sunday. I managed to accomplish a lot of what I failed to do the first time, but still, no perfect ending!

It's a pity this game never made it outside Japan. It has a hell of a lot of text, I guess, but it's so much better than Annie and Rorona!

I finished the game in 6 years this time (I think the max is 7), got the Private Academy 2 Ending and did LoveLove with Theo. If the ending sequence was anything indicative, I had the highest relationship points with Karin (a woman, thus undateable), then Gerhard (turned down the opportunity to give him the Pendant), then Theo, then Ingrid (my apprentice this time around). I believe the only way you can avoid ending the game really early and missing out on a lot of events is by opting out of the King's contests from Year Two on. I didn't have any trouble raising the money for the Academy on my own. I guess I could have dragged it out for a little longer and tried to finish the game at Alchemist Level 45...but I figured that I'd accomplished what I wanted for this playthrough.

I got two new movies during this playthrough: Karin's and Irma's. Saving Irma's grandmother was an anticlimax, but it felt good to tie up that loose end from my first playthrough! I finished the game with only 85 Friendship Points with Irma, for some reason. Gerhard was, like, my best friend for this playthrough. XD

All in all, I found the game to be very satisfying. It's going to be really hard to finish Rorona after this. Maybe I'll replay Elie instead...


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Apr. 28th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! ^_^

Maybe it's just my southern Italian side talking, but regardless of how tired I am at the end of the preparation I become very frustrated if I can't nurture people with food. :D
Apr. 27th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
I don't really like to eat much, there are few dishes around that makes me want to eat with purpose, other than being yet another chore in my life! I do believe it is sweet you would cook for your sister, it makes you look like an older person who cares, even though being sick can mean she may be unable to fend for herself anyway.
Apr. 27th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
I've gone through periods of time when food hasn't interested me at all. Usually I end up having to experiment with cooking new things--I hate having to eat (or do)the same thing over and over again.

^___^ I think that my sister and I developed the tendency to mother and take care each other at an early age, because we're the middle children in a family where the oldest and youngest child are both male (and thus, demanding a lot of attention from our parents)...^^;....A long time ago I got really sick with a sinus infection that lasted for months, and my sister cooked me a lot of nice meals and got me to start eating again. I think I'll be paying her back for that kindness for ever. XD She's actually older than me (by one hour, but still...)

My parents were never very sympathetic to the two of us when we were ill or in trouble, probably because they knew we would take care of each other. I guess that after all these years the habit has still stuck. A few friends of mine had commented about how strange it is that my sister and I are still as close as that...but over the years, we really have become like each other's mother!
Apr. 30th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
This reply has really touched me! So is the power with being with dear family. To some people that is more important than the rest of the world, I'm not very close with anyone in the house, but I can tell I get along best around my Mother even when she needs extra care. She is rather sensitive about any issue I may own. I had no idea you guys are twins until now!
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