October 19, 2014)
You might have notice some changes, as
I completed my new Home Page today. I hope that you all like the new
look. (I just love my little weather addition!) After having the
basically the same look since my site went online, it was time for a
major change. My entire website is in the process of being redone, but
that's going to take a while yet.
Monday, Jan 24th, I have to go back to the medical center for yet
another operation (sigh). This is just minor surgery, and involves two
procedures, which are both follow ups from two of the surgeries that I
had last year. The whole thing is expected to take about four hours, and
I'll be awake the entire time (oh joy). I'm supposed to be able to go
home the same day. Hopefully this my last surgery for a long while, as
this will be my fifth operation in the last 20 months. I really would
like to be done with all this so that I can get on with my life.
Made a few minor changes to my home page. I also just put my newly
redone Avatar Page online.
Medical: My latest surgery (Jan 24th) went very well. There were a
few minor complications (which were overcome) and it was more involved
and much more painful than I had anticipated, so it was a very long 4
hours (I had to remain awake the entire time). So I'm currently
recovering and aren't allowed to do any real physical activity for at
least another week or so. I'm still pretty sore, so it's not like I feel
like doing that much just yet. But I am finally able to sleep reasonably
well, after a really bad first week. I go back to have the rest of my
bandages and all my stitches removed (ouch!) on this coming Wednesday
(some of my bandages were removed last Saturday.)
Website: I just
put my newly redone
Journal Index Page online. The rest of my
Journal will eventually be redone in this format.
Medical: My latest surgery was Jan 24th,
and involved a couple of procedures, and lasted 4 hours (I had to remain awake the
entire time). I'm still currently recovering and my surgeon won't allowed to
do any real physical activity for another couple of weeks. I was hoping to
be more recovered by now, but I'm still pretty sore. But I am finally able to sleep
again, after having the rest of my bandages and all my stitches removed just over a week
ago. I can now at least get out some and take short walks. And I've got
approval to try some short periods of xc skiing, as soon as I'm feeling up to it.
Website: My new updated
Morrowind Intro Page
is now online, with the new format.
Website: The first 9 chapters of
my Morrowind Journal have been
redone to match this format. Also my MW Intro Page and my MW Journal
Index Page have both been redone.
Medical: My healing from my latest surgery (Jan 24) is going very
well. Last Tuesday (2/22) I was able to xc ski again for the first time.
I started out taking it really easy, but felt so good that I ended up
doing 10K. Two days later I skied for 4 hours and did 18K. It's so good
to be active again!
Website: I'm working on a new
which is online, but is still very incomplete at this point. And I
really need to spend some time getting things updated here.
Medical: Earlier this month I had a follow up for my
Jan. operation. One of my procedures appears to have been completely
successful, but the other one didn't seem to improve this much. Oh
well. My surgeon wants to examine me again in three months. Hopefully
it's just too early to tell yet.
College: It been a
long process, but I just found out today that I have been accepted in
the program that I applied to! Less than three years ago it didn't
seem likely that I would ever be going to college, so this is pretty
amazing. I'm going to be taking a course there this summer, just to get
adjusted to the school. And then I'll be a full time student starting
this fall. I'm both excited and a bit scared.
Website: I know . . . I'm way
behind in updating things again. But I have a really good excuse this
time . . . honest. The thing is that I now have a new computer (a really
cool laptop ... which I love). So now I'm running Win XP, and my website
software would only work for Win98 ! Sooo I had to upgrade to the new
version. The next problem is that the upgrade was sort of expensive ...
and with college expenses, the ridiculous price of gas, and buying a new
computer (on credit), and concert tickets, my funds were really, really
low (as in the minus digits). So I had to wait until I could actually
afford this software. Pretty good excuse, huh? Anyhoo . . . my new
website software arrived in yesterday's mail and I stayed up late to
install it and to FTP all my files from the server to my laptop. Now I'm
trying to figure out how to run this program . . . but hey, I got this
far. I will be doing a bunch of updating really soon . . . promise.
College: I completed my summer class in June. This was my very
first college course, so I was a bit nervous. Plus I had to prove to
myself (and to others) that I was actually ready for college. Well, I
worked really hard, but I enjoyed my class, even though it was a bit
intense (a full semester course in just 5 weeks!). And I did just fine .
. . in fact, I ended up with the highest grade average in the class! I
attended my freshmen Fall Orientation a couple of weeks ago, and
registered for all my classes. Unfortunately it looks like I'll have to
commute for at least my 1st semester, due to very limited dorm space.
This is a real bummer, since my college is 90 miles away, which means
that I'll be driving at least 3 hours every day that I have to be there.
Fortunately I was able to get my classes arranged so that I only have to
go three days a week (I only need to take four classes, since I took my
fifth class this summer). Anyhoo, I'm sure that it will all work out.
Right now I'm going to enjoy the rest of my summer. :)
Website: I still
need to update more of the site. I have updated more of my MW Journal to
the newer format.
College: Woohoo! .
. . I have a dorm room! My "very slight chance" at getting into a dorm
room actually worked out. What happened was that the international block
(rooms reserved for international students) didn't need two female
spaces. And I was given one of those spots. I just found out last
Friday, and I move in next Monday afternoon (Sept 5th), so I've been
going a bit nuts trying to get all my stuff together, and shopping for
stuff that I needed, but didn't have. And rescheduling (or relocating)
all my appointments for the next month or so. Today, with the help of my
advisor, I added a 5th class. I just figured that I should take a full
course load, now that I won't have to make the three hour drive every
day. I also had to find a way to finance my room and board. On Wednesday
I have to drive down to my college for another meeting with the head of
Disability Services, pick up the rest of my textbooks, and straighten
out my finances.
Website: Still too busy to keep up with things.
College: As you can tell by my lack of updates
lately, college is keeping me very busy. I have a pretty full course
load, which, along with just adjusting to being in college, and living
on campus, was nearly too much for the first week or so. Being a full
time college student can really be a bit overwhelming at first! By the
start of my second week I had adjusted pretty well. Then I went and
complicated things by trying out for volleyball. And I made the team! So
my already busy life was even busier. But I felt like I needed some
real physical activity, and the team needed a 6th player. Unfortunately
I didnít realize that playing volleyball would be so painful! We had
four 3-hour practices during my first week. I've never really played
volleyball before, so after 12 hours of practice my arms were covered
with bruises. And my ankles swelled up, until my skinny ankles became
fat. I was sooo sore! Our fall season just ended last Saturday. We had a
really good team (I was by far the worse player), and finished out the
season with 7 wins, out of 9 games. And came in 2nd in Saturdayís
Website: Completely redid
Girl Gamer page, as it needed it badly - I still have some
more stuff to add, but I wanted to get what I have
completed online. I also redid my
MW Mods page to match my other
updated Morrowind Journal pages.
College: Currently home for a 4
day Thanksgiving break. Only four more weeks left
in this semester, so things are getting a bit crazy - as
we all gear up for finals.
I recently became a member
of the Student Senate, and am on the Student Concerns Committee. I
just can't seem to do anything without getting totally involved.
College: I've been really busy
college - it's been a tough semester!
Medical: I have to have some minor eye
surgery tomorrow (just getting zapped with a laser), but
I have been doing a lot of work on this site (it's just
not obvious on this page)
Website: I needed more space and finally
found some. I just moved all my Morrowind pages
and images there, and have been trying to get the rest
of my old pages updated to this format. (Now updated
through chapter 26, Avatar page, and MW-Tips page.) But the biggest news is that
Oblivion was finally released last month - to very mixed
reviews from Morrowind fans. I have some major issues with
the game, but I'm hoping that these are fixable.
Anyhoo I decided to start an
Journal, as a sequel
to my Morrowind Journal. The Intro page went
online a couple of days ago, and I just posted Chapter
last final was on Thursday, so now I'm back home for the summer.
Now I just need to catch up on my sleep for a bout a week.
Medical: My eye surgery went very well and
looks to have been successful - I should know more by
the end of the month, when I have my next checkup.
Website: I have
started working on my
again - updated the Intro page and added a couple of new pages on tips,
tweaks, and MODs. I finally have the game running well on my
computer, and am about to start the game over again from the beginning -
this time with some MODs that will hopefully fix most of the issues that
I have with the released version.
College: I made it through my first year!
Now I'm back home until fall. This summer I'm working on all the
Freshmen Orientations at my college - giving tours of the campus to all
the new paralegal and criminal justice majors (part of my duties as the
Secretary of the Student Senate).
Kayaking: (I really need to update that
page!) I went out for an evening paddle a couple of days ago and
got to watch a bald eagle catch a large fish out on the lake, then I
follow him and saw where he landed in a big pine tree, where he ate his
dinner. My friend and I floated right below him for about 20
minutes - what an awesome sight!
Medical: Currently everything is fine.
My eye exam last month had promising results - my next eye exam isn't
I posted Chapter 6 of my
this morning and just updated my MODs Page as well. A few weeks
ago I started the game over again from the beginning - this time with a
bunch of mods that have fixed most of the issues that
I had with the released version of Oblivion. My journal is both a fantasy
story and sort of a role-playing guide to the game.
College: I'm currently on break, between
semesters . . . for one more week. College life has me insanely
busy, and the new campus network with its firewall makes it impossible
for me to update my web pages.
Which is why that I just started my own blog . . . which I should be
able to keep updated, even while I'm at college. Here's the link
to my blog:
Iím finally home between semesters, but still not having much free time,
as I always have to use my breaks to catch up on doctor appointments.
Iím also about to start my internship and spent last Wednesday at sort
of an orientation (which was a bit scary for me). Plus Iím
planning on going on for my BA, after my spring graduation, which means
transferring to another college (somewhere) next year. So Iím trying to
figure out where to go right now. My college nominated me for two
national scholarships, so I have to do all sorts of paperwork and write
several essays on my supposed break.
Recreation: Like none, since it's too cold for kayaking, but
too warm this winter to have any snow . . . even in northern NH . . . so
no XC skiing this break. This is serious bummer, because I was
sooo looking forward to getting in some good long workouts. Oh
well, there's always the gym at college. So when are we going to
actually wake up and try to do something about global warming?
Medical: Currently everything is mostly fine.
Tomorrow I do have to make a trip down to my favorite medical
center again . . . but just for one of my semi-annual checkups.
received my Associate's degree! And I've just been accepted into a
University (RWU) - and they awarded me a two-year scholarship! So
I'm going for my BA (actually I'm going to be doing a double major).
taken me a couple of months, but I've finally got everything together
for attending college next month - the hardest part has been finances
(or rather, my lack of), but I just receive a huge grant, so I can
actually afford to go now! This has been sooo stressful!
Medical: Currently everything is mostly fine.
I made my semi-annual trip down to my favorite medical
center again . . . but just for one of my checkups.
Website: I finally updated my
intro page, which was way overdue.
Website: I spent some yesterday getting
some of my
Oblivion Journal's MODs Page
updated. It's a very slow process, because I have to make sure that I'm
posting the latest version - as well as locating all the download links.
also just added a
MOD Load Order
Page, which lists all the mods that I'm currently using (that have
esp's or esm's) in the order that I'm loading them.
College: I made it through my first week at my new
university. And, just
to complicate my life a bit further, I decided to try out for my
university's sailing team - and am now sort of a member (new members
have to prove themselves for a couple of weeks).
Website: This month I completely updated my
Oblivion Journal's MODs Page to reflect the MODS that I'm currently using in my game. I still need to add a few of the newer MODs that I'm using. I also have rewritten my
through Chapter 10 - to match my current game (and the current MODs)
College: Things are going well, although I'm having trouble keeping up with my class assignments. Taking 5 courses, that all require a lot of reading and writing is perhaps more than I should have taken on (due to my language issues). The good news is that I'm officially a member of the sailing team! I'm the most inexperienced member (I never even sailed until this semester), but I'm slowly getting better.
After many hours of work, my entire website is Finally on one site,
which should improve loading times and will make it easier to update.
I also updated a bunch of my pages, so you might notice some changes.
I've just made same rather cool additions to my site (well, I think they
are neat) - please send me an
email and let me know
what you think. I now have a chat box, that even lets you know when I'm
online to chat with you. There a new
video section, plus my own first attempt at making an in-game
video, that I named
Oblivion Nightfall is now
available to view. My Oblivion Journal
now has 14 Chapters, which are all new since
College: The semester is nearly
over, which means I'm very busy. Only one more week of classes and
then finals week (groan). I have five major papers due (one/class) - 2
are totally done, 2 are nearly complete, and the last one is barely
started. (I sooo need a break)
Website: I just completed a
few minor changes on my website. My
Oblivion Journal now has 15 Chapters. I also just updated my
College: My fall semester
is now over, which means I'm very on winter break, and
finally catching up on my sleep, and getting in some
great xc-skiing at home. The last two weeks of
school was very exhausting, as I was getting by on only
about 4 hours of sleep each night (and some nights I got
no where new that much).
Website: I just updated my Kayak
Page (even though it is still mid winter).
College: I moved back into my dorm
on Jan. 22, so I'm now in the second week of my spring semester.
College and Medical: On Valentines Day I took a really bad fall
during my morning team workout and was rushed to Newport Hospital by
ambulance. It turned out that I broke my femur at my hip joint and had
to have surgery. I now have 3 metal pins holding me together, and am
going to be on crutches for most of this semester - so no sailing for
me, although I'm still attending meeting and helping out when I can.
Website: Goodness, it's been a month since I've updated this site.
But I did finally do a major update of most of my pages today (pretty
much everything but my Morrowind Journal).
College/Medical: I saw my surgeon
on the 1st, and he told me that I'm healing very well, but also that I'm
going to have to remain on crutches until at least the end of April, and
I won't be able to sail competitively until next fall. I'm getting
really tired of my crutches, but they do enable me to get around my
campus - even if everything seems 4 times as far now. Crutching around
with 30 pounds of books in my pack is a bit of a workout, but it's just
not the same as working out with my sailing team or competing. There's
only another month till classes end this semester, which means that I'm
constantly overloaded with all my school work. And then I get to face
finals for a week.
Website: Sorry for not updating this page (my updates have been just posted in my
Oblivion Journal this summer - I'll try to keep this page better updated
in the future). Anyhoo, here's a really brief summary of what's been
Medical: I really hate to sound like I'm
complaining, but the truth is that I've had a rather difficult summer -
in fact, the only real traveling I've done (other than my trip home from
college ) has been my repeated drives down to my medical center over the
summer. I was really hoping to have a more enjoyable summer, but it just
didn't work out this year. I have been able to do a fair amount of
kayaking, but doing so has been quite painful, as I'm still not totally
recovered from my fractured femur. I'm also being treated for a
frozen shoulder (from being on crutches for so long and from the 30
pounds of textbooks that I hauled around on my back). And then I had
three biopsies for skin cancer in July - which all came back positive
(major bummer). The good news is that I have Basil Cell cancer, which is
very treatable, through minor surgery. I had surgery for two areas last
week and had my final surgery today. So now I just have to heal (and
accept the fact that I now have 3 more scars to add to my collection.
Website and College: I haven't done very well at
all at keeping things updated here. It just turned out to be my most
difficult semester ever, so I had to stay totally concentrated on my
academics and on sailing (my team is currently #3 in North America). Now
that I'm home for a few weeks, I plan on updating a bunch of stuff here.
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Ok so my plans to add a bunch of stuff here (while I was on winter
break) didn't exactly happen. But I haven't have nearly as
much free time as I was hoping. Basically my life has become
crazy busy and I had to do so much writing in all of my classes,
that I get headaches from trying to force my brain to do what is too
difficult. So, when I do actually have some free time, the last
thing I want to do is spend more time writing. I know, it's a
pretty lame excuse. And I do really want to keep my
Anyhoo things are going pretty well
overall. I'm like 90% healed from my injury now. I had
to have a minor operation just before Thanksgiving, to have the 3
long metal pins removed - which set me back a bit. But now I'm
doing much better and am running 5K a couple of times a week, at
well under 30 minutes . . . which isn't bad.
Ok, so even though it is
still very much winter here . . . our team has actually begun
sailing again (we returned to the bay on February 28th) - which is
not nearly as fun as when it is warm out (the air and the water are
currently not much above freezing).
And I'm in my toughest semester
ever (thank goodness this is my last one!) - as a double major, I
have to do two thesis - plus major research papers in two of my
other classes, plus I have a 5th class that is also all reading and
writing. (Which reminds me, I have tow papers due tomorrow,
and my first class is at 8 am, so I have to hit the books really
Websites: I'm doing yet another rewrite of my
- in my completely redesigned website (eventually
I'll redo my entire site in my new format). My problem is
that never have enough time to get very far, and when I do
have some free time, I end up installing a bunch of new
mods, and then restart my game. Then my game doesn't
play out the same at all, so I have to start rewriting
everything yet again. Ok, so here I am
whining about not having enough free time, and get what I do?
I get involved in another RPG, and add a whole new section to my
website. By "involvement" so far has only been in ordering
in getting my website ready for it.
Journal is now online, even though I haven't started playing
the game yet. Mostly this is just my way of getting
this journal organized for any future mods that I'll be
adding. But I have started collecting mods already,
Future Fallout Mods
list is now online (with download links).
Over the past month or so I've updated my website to match
this new format. The following sections are now
completed: New Archives, My Avatar, and my Girl Gamer page.
Journal has now expanded to cover nine pages; most
of which are devoted to mods. I now have all 30 plus
of the mods that I'm using posted in my recommended Fallout
3 mods list, along with my new mod load order guide, and a
Fallout 3 tips page. So there's now a lot of
information available on this site.
break ended yesterday, so I was back in my classes today.
The final push is on (I graduate exactly 2 months from
today), so we're all busier than ever. The library was
full today and it was a bit of a challenge to be able to
find a free computer there to work on.
I've only been back home for a few weeks (after graduating
from my university), and my life has been sort of unsettled,
so I've only been out kayaking a few times - paddling only
about 25 miles so far. Part of the problem has been that it
has been a really rainy and cool spring, so it has been
difficult to get people interested in paddling (plus my
weekends have been rather full with other things) -
hopefully the weather will improve soon and I'll be able
spend more time on the water.
Journal has now expanded to cover 16 pages; most of
which are devoted to mods, but it also includes my new Fallout3
fantasy story, the
Trials of a Wasteland
Wanderer. The first four chapters
are now online.
I also just updated the following:
- on June 9th;
My Avatar Page -
on June 11th;
Kayak Page - on June 11th;
White Mountains - on June 11th;
Page - on June 12th;
Girl Gamer - on June 11th
I graduated on May 23, after
completing a double major at my university. In the
first week of June my sailing team competed in the
Nationals, taking 6th place. Now I just need to figure
out what to do next. I'm currently back home, working
though a state agency, in hopes of finding employment.
Websites: Nearly all my efforts over the
past month has been focused on
Journal. I hate the fact
that I've been neglecting the rest of my site so much
lately, but I am capable of only focusing on one thing at at
time . . . and this is particularly true when it involves
any amount of writing . . . and it is also true with my game
play. The big news (for me) is that I've
actually been creating my own FO3 mods - and have released 4
of my mods in the past few weeks:
Gore No More - removes most of the excessive gore from the game.
- reduces the amount of excessive blood displayed in
the game, while improving the decals.
Tweaks - many small
changes that make game play much more realistic and more challenging
(includes changes to
Arwen's XPR -
takes you roughly 3 times longer to level up, with more
emphasis on rewards for the RPG aspects and less for
Websites: I just changed over to a higher
priced hosting package, which should now allow me to keep my
site online for the entire month. My website is now
averaging 3000 hits per day, which is 4 times the amount of
traffic it was getting just a year ago (69,000 hits so far
this month). I'm thrilled about this, but success comes with
a price, as I was exceeding my monthly allotted bandwidth
(which meant that my site would be unavailable during the
last week of each month).
Journal has now expanded to cover 20 pages. I
just released my latest update to my
FO3 Realism Tweaks,
which now contains 7 modules.
I was been so busy modding
all summer that I did not have any time to really play FO3 (or
Oblivion), but I'm hoping to get back into playing
FO3, so that I can add some new chapters to my
Trials of a Wasteland
my Bio Page
last night: Now in an easier to read format on a single
My computer is currently vacationing in sunny California
(being repaired) and I'm home
in NH shoveling my driveway in 17 degree weather, trying to function without it.
A word of advice: BACKUP . . . and do it often! It's been a real pain
recreating a bunch of stuff that, had I been smart, would have been a very
Fortunately my best friend is letting me
use her computer, but trying to share one computer is not at all easy for me.
To make things worse, her computer is not really fast enough to run Fallout 3 or
Oblivion. So I can't even complete the latest update of my FO3
Realism Tweaks mod.
But I have succeeded in transferring all my website files over to
this computer, so
I will be able keep this
website somewhat updated while my computer is away.
My computer arrived back home on Christmas Eve, while I was away for the holidays, but I had it up and
running by Dec 28th.
Since then I've been totally focused on completing v.3.2 of
my Realism Tweaks,
which was finally released on Jan 6th. Version 3.2 was a major update (my biggest yet!).
And I just released v.3.3 yesterday. I'm going to taking a break from modding,
but will continue to release minor updates for my current mods. I just began a
new Fallout 3 game . . . am I'll finally back to writing my
"Trials of a Wasteland Wanderer" again.
My computer is acting up yet again . . . this time my
graphics card decided to die at the end of the month.
A new one arrived last week . . . but it was apparently
defective, as it wouldn't run at all. So now I'm running my
computer on an old borrowed card . . . which means no
graphic intensive games until my new card arrives (hopefully
But I have not been idle .
. . in the past few weeks I have totally redone my Morrowind
Journal . . . including adding a final chapter (the end of
the main quest . . . finally!).
My computer is all better, and my games are running better
than ever, thanks to my new GeForce card (a GTX 260 Core 216
Superclocked 896MB). I'm still working on my Fallout 3 mods (primarily on
I received Mass Effect 1& 2 for my birthday (in the end of
February), and took a couple of weeks off from Fallout 3 to
blast my way through both games (I actually found that I
enjoyed ME1 more than ME2).
Sorry for not posting any
news posts for like a month and a half. I really have been
doing stuff . . . but not all that much has been news
Mostly I've just been
working on my Fallout 3 site, and updating my
Tweaks (I just released version 4.4 on Friday).
And I finally released Chapter 5 of my
"Trials of a Wasteland Wanderer." I'm
now slowly writing Chapter 6, but I need to put in some more
time playing my game (instead of spending so much time play
testing my mod).
Ok, so I've like totally neglected to update my home page
for . . . like ever! Sorry. I really do mean to keep this
page updated, but it just falls through my memory cracks . .
. so it just sits here, with the same old stuff for months,
until I happen to notice that I've neglected it yet again
(but when I do notice it, I generally don't have the time to
do anything about it).
Well, I've been very busy since my last update. I'm now
creating an overhaul mod for Fallout New Vegas (my
Realism Tweaks), while still releasing updates for
Fallout 3 Realism Tweaks. Plus I'm trying to
keep up with my support for both (by answering tons of
email, pms, and forum posts). My Realism Tweaks have
become much more popular than I ever would have imagined . .
. which is great. The only problem is that I'm
spending so much time working on my two overhauls that I
have like no time to play my own Fallout games. 90% of
my own game time is spent play testing my latest changes.
So besides this home page being neglected, my fantasy
stories have not had new chapters added for ages!
So here's my plan: I'm going to try to complete my New Vegas
Tweaks in the next few weeks (and release another major
overhaul to my FO3 Tweaks). And then I'll see if I can
get back into actually playing my own games . . . at which
time I'll start adding new chapters to my fantasy stories
So I'll (hopefully) keep you posted here every week or so on
how my plan is working out.
So much for keeping up with things here.
Anyhoo, I do mean well . . . I just cannot possibly keep up
with all that I want/need to do in my life . . . so some
things tend to fall off my radar, unless they are near the
top of my to do list. I'm going to try to do better.
And, in case you didn't notice, I have recently made a LOT
of changes here. There's now a brand new
and most of my website has now been update with my new
Skyrim theme. And I updated this page's content as
well . . . and even update my video section.
Version 2.3 of my
New Vegas Realism Tweaks
was released very late last night. I'm
now slowing adding other mods to my own game,
and to my FNV mod list. I'm also working on trying to complete version 5.6 of
Fallout 3 Tweaks,
which should hopefully be released in a few days. I recently updated my Skyrim Journal, mostly with some
additions to my
Concerns section, including my Post E3 gameplay demo
Since you found your way here, you likely noticed that I moved
my entire website to a new host. I was exceeding my monthly
bandwidth with my previous host, which often resulted in my site
being suspended for the last few days of the month. When this
happened just after mid way through July, I figured that it was time
to do something (and my older hosted site was up for renewal in mid
My new hosted site is quite a bit faster and I now have unlimited monthly bandwidth.
So I'll be able to expand my site and will even be able to add large
file downloads. But my monthly hosting fees are quite a bit
higher. So, for the first time ever (in the 9 years that my site has
been online), I have added a PayPal donation button to the bottom on
I released version 2.4 of my
New Vegas Realism Tweaks
this past week.
I'm hoping that this version will be my last Major update. But I'll
still likely continue to release minor updates.
A LOT has happened in the past few months (since this page was
1.) First of all I need to thank the two people who made such
generous contributions to my website, which were very much
appreciated (even though it took me a while to figure out how to
accept PayPal contributions). So THANK-YOU very much!
2.) I released the final versions of my Fallout Realism
Tweaks (for both FO3 and NV). There may still be an occasional
minor update, but my overhauls are essentially done. I'm
actually working on v.3.3 for my NV Tweaks (a minor update to
improve a couple of things). I'll also be releasing
compatibility patches for most of the NV DLC (just as soon as I have
the time to create them).
3.) Skyrim was released! And my
Skyrim Journal is
now my most active journal. When the Creation Kit is released in
January, I'll begin work on my Skyrim Realism Tweaks.
4.) 2011 has been a very tough year financially. The year
started off extremely well. Several years ago I had opened a CD
(Certificate of Deposit) at my local bank that to be used to help
pay for my college expenses. I was very fortunate to receive
several large scholarships and grants (I was actually recruited by
RWU). So my degree ended up costing me MUCH less than I had
expected. Last year I withdrew enough from my CD to totally
pay off my college loans. That's the good news.
5.) Then in February I needed medical treatment, which ended
up wiping me out financially for most of the rest of the year. I
still had my remaining CD funds, but a withdrawal before its renewal
date comes with a large fine. My doctor let me pay off my medical
expenses over 6 months (in very large payments) and my best friend
loaned me enough money to get by, but I had like no money left for
anything else. I finally made my last payment to my doctor in
the end of August and have just recently been able to repay my
friend in full. So I'm no longer drowning in debt. Yeah!
6.) To celebrate, I finally ordered a brand new gaming
computer yesterday (which was my CD renewal date). This time I
transferred some funds into my regular savings account (which was
like totally empty), just in case I run into any unexpected expenses
this coming year.
My new gaming computer is being custom built for me by a small
company that specializes in gaming PCs. Wth a LOT of help from the
owner, I picked out every single component (from the case to the
memory), they order all the parts, assemble my PC, tweaks it and
tests it (and fully guarantees it, along with free life time
technical support). The cost is actually way less than a
similar PC from a large company (like Dell). But a custom
build like this takes a bit longer, so I won't have my new PC until
sometime in January (hopefully by the first half of the month).
Version 3.3 of my
Fallout NV Realism Tweaks was released
late yesterday. I also just updated my
Girl Gamer page.
To get into the Christmas spirit
(and to show my prayers for snow), I've added a new
background image. Today, while out Christmas shopping, my best friend
and I took a detour over to our favorite Nordic Center and
bought our season passes, which are still a great deal this
(the cost of a season pass is now less than paying for 8 day
passes). It has been such a mild fall, that they still
don't have enough snow on trails to really ski yet, but we
wanted to beat the Holiday rush (when the place will be
packed). Hopefully this will turn out to be another
snowy with up here in the White Mountains . . . as our
economy really relies on visitors coming up here to play
(and pay) in the snow.
First of all, I would like to
thank the individuals who have been so generous in donating
to this site since my last update. Your gifts are
currently the only way that I can afford to keep my website
online . . . so they were VERY much appreciated
So far, 2012 has not been a very good year for me,
I continue to be plagued by unexpected
medical issues and the high bills that always
accompany them (and I had really hoped to be able to catch
up a bit this year). I hate to complain, but I could
really use a break.
My new gaming PC
arrived on January 7th, which should have been really good
news. Unfortunately it was damaged during shipping (by
a FedEx gorilla?), so I had to send it back for repairs.
The damage was pretty extensive: the SSD, motherboard, and
one of the GPUs all have to be replaced. The end of
February is now just a week away, and I'm still waiting for
my new PC. This has been more than a little
frustrating, and has left me in limbo with a lot of things,
modding for Skyrim,
since it doesn't make sense to install a bunch of things on
my current PC, when I'll just have to reinstall everything
when my new PC finally arrives (that was my rationale, but
when I ordered my PC on December 1st, I expected to be using
it way sooner than the end of February).
On top of that, despite my prayers for snow, this
has been one of the most snowless
winters I can remember. The ground
around my house has been white with a few inches of snow/ice
mix for most the winter (when there should be a foot or two
of base by now). February is normally our snowiest
month, by so far we've had maybe 2 inches total, and even
that melted after a day or so of our latest unseasonably
warm weather. My yard is now covered by large bare
spots. Fortunately the Nordic Ski Center is located right at
the base of the mountains, where there has been a bit more
snow. X-C skiing hasn't be very good, but I have been
able to find days when it wasn't bad. So I have gotten
out some . . . just not nearly enough. So it has been
a long, rather depressing winter so far.
The only real good news is that I was selected as a
Beta Tester by Microsoft,
for a new game that will be released at the end of this
month (02/29/12). My beta testing lasted from Jan 5th,
until Feb 14th (and it was a lot of fun . . . which was
something that I really needed during those weeks). I'm
still bound by my Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) until Feb
29th, so I cannot release any information at all on this
game until then. But I will be adding a new section on
this website, as I will be supporting this new game (which
is not a RPG) with information, links, and my own tips.
My new gaming PC arrived again on March 1st (I had
initially received it on January 7th, but had been damaged
during shipping, so I sent it back to be
repaired. Unfortunately it arrived damaged again! I
cannot believe my incredibly bad luck with my attempts at
getting a new PC! And the damage was even worse this time.
The upper graphics card had been ripped out of its socket in
the motherboard, and had bent the socket badly, nearly
flattening the back side. This time I sent it back and asked
for a full refund.
I give up! For some unknown reason, I'm just not
meant to have a new PC right now. So I guess I'll have
to make due with my current PC until it dies.
The most snowless winter
I can remember ended last weekend (even though Spring
doesn't officially begin until March 21st). The latest
unseasonably warm weather resulted in the early closing of
my Nordic Center (which normally stays open until at least
the end of March), so I've put my cross-country skis away
for the season. What a crummy winter this has been! Well, at
least all this warm weather should mean that I'll be able to
kayaking a few weeks earlier. But I'll still
have to wait for at least another couple of weeks, as the
lake is still frozen over.
PC quit on me on April 21st. One of my hard drives
died, and it was the drive that my Operating system was on.
It was fixed in just over a week, but I have to reinstall
everything, so getting back up to speed has been a slow,
painful process (as it had been a while since I had done a
full backup, as I was planning to just move all my data over
onto my new PC . . . and THAT never happen, since my new PC
kept arriving in a non-working state. So my bad luck in 2012
continues (sigh). I'm still working to reinstall
everything, but it will be a while yet until I'll have my Fallout and Skyrim games
(and mods) up and running again. So any updates to
those pages will likely not happen for a few more weeks.
Medical: So far
this year's medical expenses have turned out to be less than
I had expected (since there were no complications this time)
. . . so financially, I'm much better off than last year
(when I was totally broke for most of the year). And,
according to me endocrinologist . . . I'm very healthy ( I
even gave blood this past week). I still have to
schedule a full physical, but I'm feeling pretty good . . .
just a few pounds over my optimum weight (probably from less
than normal ski outings this winter).
Weird Weather: This ended up being the warmest winter
on record here . . . but when Spring officially
arrived, the weather finally decided to get cold. It
actually snowed here on Easter Sunday (April 8th). But
then we had another warm spell, and the temperature shot up
to the mid 80s F. Then it got cold again, and we had
like a week with below freezing temperatures every night . .
. and I had to start making fires again to keep my house
warm. And I'm still burning wood, and I've NEVER had to burn
wood in May before. Totally weird.
Kayaking: Despite our flakey
Spring weather, I managed to get in four good paddles in
April (in very cold water), and have already paddled about
30 miles. Yesterday we drove down to the Squam Lakes
and did a 3-hour paddle in VERY nice conditions . . . on
practically empty lakes. The air was warm, but I guess
the water is still too cold for all but the most fanatic
paddlers. The big news is that I'm finally trading up
to a New
Sea Kayak. After paddling my current kayak for 7
seasons, and well over 2000 miles, I'm more than ready to
more up to a more advanced model.
Fallout 3 Journal:
So far this year has been a total disaster as far as trying
to accomplish anything. After four straight months of
computer issues, I finally seem to have my old computer
running pretty well again (after replacing my main hard
drive and reinstalling everything over the past few weeks).
Today I finally reinstalled Fallout 3, along with all my
previous mods. I had to start a new game, so I'll
first have to catch up with where I left off at the end of
Chapter 5 (along with any necessary edits to my current
chapter), before I can finish writing Chapter 6 . . . but
this should not take too long.
Fallout 3 Journal: My current focus is on my Fallout 3
Journal, as I have I am now
playing the game again from the beginning and will soon be
caught up enough to begin writing a new chapter (once I get
all my older chapters updated to match my current game).
I had just finished updating chapters 1 through 3 (and
uploaded them); and should have the others done within a few
Future Games: I just found out that the new
Raider game has been delayed to early 2013. This is
one of the few new Fall games that I have been looking
forward to. From the developer: "Our
priority now is to make sure we fully deliver the very
highest quality game. In order to do this, we have decided
to move the gameís release date by a few months, from Fall
2012 to the first quarter of 2013. Weíre doing things that
are completely new to Tomb Raider in this game and the
additional development time will allow us to put the
finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level
that you deserve. We believe this is the right choice and I
guarantee it will be worth the wait. The game is looking
amazing and we can't wait to show it to everyone at E3 in a
Fallout 3 Journal: As I posted earlier, after
replacing my hard drive, I had to reinstall Fallout 3 (and
all my mods), so I've started a new game and am currently
updating my early chapters to match my current game (and the
most recent version of my Realism Tweaks). Chapters 1
through 5 have now all been updated. And I just
posted Chapter 6 (much of which is totally new).
Fallout 3 Journal: I've made some pretty good progress
with my long neglected Trials of a Wasteland
Wanderer (my Fallout 3 fantasy story).
Late yesterday I completed my rewrite of chapter 6, so all
my previous 6 chapters have now been edited to match my
current game and my current mods. I'm currently
working on chapter 7
I finally completed a major update of
Journal. It is now broken up into 3 pages, with new
sections on summit weather and on hiking gear (which
includes my weekend quest to find some new hiking boots
. . . after my old ones blew out last Fall). I've also been
doing some regular updates to my
Fallout 3 Journal: Chapter 7 of my Trials of a Wasteland
Wanderer should be finished
within a few days (too many other real-life issues to deal
with last week, so my gaming time was pretty much
Today I found out that
kayak is due to arrive on June 15th.
So, recreationally, things are definitely going well.
Other things have not been so great for me lately, but I'm
hanging in there, trying to stay positive, and keeping my
faith that things will eventually get better . . .
eventually. This past weekend was a mess for me, but
today has been better, and I'm hoping to get back to work on
my Fallout 3 Journal by tomorrow.
Kayaking section: Yesterday I found out that our
new kayaks, which we were planning to
pick up next week, were both damaged during shipping.
Bummer! What is it with shipping companies lately?
First my new computer was damaged (twice!) and now my
new kayak has been damaged (along with my best friend's
new kayak). It will now be at least the end of
July before replacements will arrive . . . and it may
take even longer than that. Both the store in
Maine, and the kayak manufacturer were full of apologies
on the phone. I'm not upset at them, as it wasn't
their fault. And there are much worse things that
could have happened, so I need to stay positive about
all this. In time it will all work out. It
is just that I was really looking forward to being able
to paddle a new kayak this summer. And I have been
very patient (I ordered my kayak on March 31st). The
store manager has been great and is given us a number of
options, including giving us a special reduced price for
any kayak that we buy from them (as replacements for the
Tempests, that he cannot guarantee will even arrive
before the end of summer). So we are driving down
to the coast on Saturday to take a look at a couple of
other sea kayaks, that he is holding for us.
I just finish a long overdue update to my
by adding a whole new section at the end of the page.
Fallout 3 Journal: My
other responsibilities and interests (such as kayaking and
hiking) have been taking up most of my time lately, which
means that Chapter 7 is still unfinished. If things go
as planned, I should be able to wrap up this chapter a bit
later this week and post it here. No promises, but
I'll try to get this long overdue chapter finished this
Kayaking section: On Saturday morning my best friend and I made the
2.5 hour drive down to the store in Kittery, Maine to see if
we could find alternatives to the new
kayaks we had ordered (which had been delayed
for about two months). We spend about an hour "trying
on" a number of different kayak models, but none of them
felt exactly right. So we were given a refund for our down
payment, but the manager is still going to try to get our
'WS Tempest' kayaks, and we will have the first option to
purchase them (at a discounted price) when they finally
arrive (hopefully by the end of July). Not really what
we were hoping, but we both decided that waiting to get the
kayak that feels right to us is more important than settling
on kayaks that are not exactly what we want.
Added my last three paddles (under
My Latest Paddle Outings)
including a photo that I took from my kayak, of the bald
eagle nest, that is new this year on my home lake.
Fallout 3 Journal: I finally released version 6.2 of my Fallout 3 Realism Tweaks
late on July 10th. This is a Major
update . . . and the first major update since last November.
If you are using my mod, I highly recommend that you grab this
update, as there are a number of pretty significant improvements.
I'm currently working on adding most of these
changes to my Fallout
New Vegas Realism Tweaks, which is overdue for an
update (v.3.3 was released last December). Version 3.4
will take me at least another week to complete.
Added my last few paddles (under
My Latest Paddle Outings).
My best friend's new
kayak unexpected arrived at the end of June (mine is
still on back order). So we made the 5-hour round
trip on June 26th, arriving in Kittery at the same
time as a semi-severe thunderstorm (and I really
don't like thunderstorms). We waited for the
downpour to let up while we both took turns 'trying
on' her new Tempest. It was a tight fit for her
compared with her Dagger, but was actually a perfect
fit for a sea kayak. I had more of a problem, as my
longer legs made it a real challenge, so I had to
actually slide my legs in first, and then drop my
butt into the seat. This was doable with the kayak
sitting on foam cradles on the floor, but it was
going to be a LOT trickier trying to do this on the
water (without tipping over).
The manager had
reduced the price of our kayaks, as compensation for
all the delays so we were getting ours for 25% off .
For me, the discount will only be beneficial if my
Tempest actually arrives at some point. But the manager said
that he has both a 165 pro and a 170 pro on order,
and that I can have first choice of either one. The
storm had let up quite a bit by the time we loaded
the kayak on my friends Jeep . . . but we still got
pretty wet, and I never totally warmed up until I
took a nice hot bath at home that evening.
I'm a bit bummed
about that my kayak is still on backorder, since the paddling season is half over. But I'm happy for her (she
loves her new Tempest), and she did let me paddle it for a
few minutes. For more than anyone could possibly want to
read about my long struggle, see
Selecting a New Sea
Hiking section: I still need to add a
post about my last hike (on June 30th). I'll try to
add it this weekend.
I finally spent some time this week getting my game
reinstalled and all my needed Skyrim utility programs up and
running correctly again. So I am now back hard at work
on my Skyrim Journal. I spent the entire day updating
Skyrim Mod List.
Skyrim Journal: My Skyrim Mod List has been expanded a bunch over the past few weeks, with the
addition of over 30 new mods.
New Vegas Journal: This week I'm back working on a
major update to my NV Realism Tweaks, and hope to release it
sometime this weekend.
Added my last three paddle outing, and added another entry
Selecting a New Sea
Kayak section. If things work
out this week as planned, I'll be picking up my new
Tempest on Friday! I still don't know whether
I'll end up with a 165 or a 170. My best
friend let me paddle her 165 Tempest on Monday, and
I really liked it, but it was pretty challenging for
me to get into and out of (as my legs are a bit too
long for this kayak). I'm hoping to finally
sit in a Tempest 170 Pro on Friday (I haven't even
seem a Tempest 170 yet), and then I should have a
better idea of which kayak is best for me.
My dealer is now holding a red 165 Pro reserved for
me (which arrived last Thursday), and a 170 Pro
scheduled to arrive this Thursday, which he is also
reserving for me. So it is all up to me now,
as I can have my pick of either Tempest. Wish me
luck in making the right decision.
I just released version 3.4 of
New Vegas Realism Tweaks, which is definitely a MAJOR
update, which includes a TON of changes.
My new sea kayak finally arrived at my dealer in Maine on
Friday (I ordered it way back on March 31st!), and I drove
down there on Saturday to pick it up. (My
journal/story of all that I went through is covered under
Selecting a New Sea
Hiking section: I still need to add a
post about my last hike (on June 30th). I've plotted
out my route and added my photos of the hike, but I have
misplaced my notes on the hike itself, so I'm trying to
write out the details from memory.
After a 3-1/2 month wait, I finally picked up my new
sea kayak on August 12! That was the day that
I finally saw my first Tempest 170 Pro . . .
and it had my name on it. As soon as I sat in
the 170, I instantly knew this was the kayak for me.
It fits me like it was custom made for my build, and
it is MUCH easier for me to get in an out of than
the 165 was.
I have now paddled my Tempest over 25 miles and am
VERY happy that I decided to go with the larger 170.
It paddles like a dream for me, and tracks
extremely well. My guess is that I've gained about 1
mph in average speed over what I was paddling in my
Dagger. Yes, the 165 is a bit more responsive, and I
have to work a bit harder to hold my 170 on edge.
But the differences are fairly minor, and being able
to easily get into and out of my kayak is more
important to me. Plus I have a bit more storage
space, when I need it.
Skyrim Journal: My Skyrim Mod List has been expanded a bunch over the past month, and currently
includes about 40 mods and utilities.
New Vegas Journal: Just checked all the mods on my
FONV Mod List,
to make sure that all the latest versions were listed.
Hiking section: I finally added my hike
up Mount Crawford.
Skyrim Journal: I just updated my Skyrim Mod List again, with the latest versions of all the mods.
Updated to cover all my latest paddle outings.
Sorry for the lack of updates. Mostly I've been spending my
free time trying to get both my Fallout Realism Tweaks to
final versions, so that I can move on to other things. My
overhauls are sooo involved now that when I'm doing a major
update, that I have to totally focus on them (which means
that I end up neglecting other things).
I'm getting close
. . . version 4.0 of my FONV version was released on Feb
2nd, as a "final" version (but I'm working on v.4.1, which
is needed to fix a few minor issues). Version 7.0 of my FO3
version is nearly done.
The other news is that there have been a couple of
medical issues that have slowed me down a bit this winter.
Yesterday I had to drive a couple of hours south to have
surgery done on my left eye. I had the same surgery done
about 7 years ago, and never expected to have to go through
with this again. My surgery went ok (I won't know how
successful it was for a few more weeks), but it was very
painful this time, and my vision is going to be messed up
for another day or so (driving home was not much fun). If my
vision is better by tomorrow, I may possibly be able to
release V.7.0 of my FO3 Tweaks by late Friday.
I just completed a major rewrite of my Girl Gamer Page,
where my latest game section covers
DreamFall Chapters . . . the long awaited third game
in "The Longest Journey" Saga.
Version 7.0 of my
Realism Tweaks was on
February 23, 2013 and is a Major update. This update
includes a bunch of changes that will have a major effect on
your game play. This finally completes what I began in
v.6.4: the re-balancing of my Full Tweaks, optimization of
all my scripts, overhauling my optional features, and the
addition of a few brand new features that I have been
working on. If you've never used my Tweaks before, you're in
for a whole new experience; if you've used my Tweaks before,
you're in for a few surprises. This is likely the last major
update, as this should be the final version of my Tweaks.
But I'm currently working on v.7.1, as a minor update that
will probably just fix a few bugs in the final version.
I'm also working on v.4.1 of my
Realism Tweaks, which will add some of the latest
changes from my FO3 Tweaks, and fix a few bugs in the final
version. Then I plan to get back to work on my
Trials of a Wasteland Wanderer again, which is
desperately in need of a new chapter.
I also updated my
Bio Page, but my
update ended up being way more of a downer than I intended
(it didn't help that I just found out that I need to go
through yet another expensive medical procedure in April).
Medically I'm mostly doing ok, and my left eye seems to
have healed well. I have to make another long drive
south on Friday for tests to see if my latest eye surgery
was successful . . . and to see if I need to go through the
same procedure with my right eye.
Today is the first day of Spring . . . but
yesterday's snowstorm left us with about 8 inches of new
snow and it is still only 20 degrees (F) this morning . . .
so it is still winter here (in every other way).
Personally I'm thrilled, as that means I get another week or
two of Nordic skiing. Besides, the lakes here are
still frozen solid, so it will be a while until I'll be able
to kayak. I love both seasons . . . it is the
in-between season that I hate . . . when there is no longer
enough snow to ski, but still too much ice to kayak.
I just updated my Girl Gamer Page again,
and added a new "Games to Watch" section that
a new cyberpunk adventure game that is scheduled to be
released in June.
We've had a week of Spring weather . . . with temps up in
the 40s (F) . . . so my snow is melting fast now.
There's still more snow than bare ground, but it won't be
long until the balance tips the other way. We had a
warmer than normal winter, with less than normal snow (for
the second year in a row), so we never had much of a base,
so it should melt fast . . . even in the woods. I still
ended up skiing an average of once per week all winter . . .
but I definitely prefer winters with more snow.
Last Saturday was our last Nordic Ski outing (the
center actually closes tomorrow) there's not much snow left
now, after a week of warm weather, but a week ago it was
still like the middle of winter with blizzard-like
conditions (high winds and snowing hard). We skied
over to a trail (the Mountain Road) that climbs most of the
way up the downhill ski area, that is 5 miles long each way
and gains about 1200 vertical feet. The trail is in
the woods most of the way, so we were mostly sheltered from
the winds, but it snow hard the entire time, and the summit
was only 18 degrees (F). The trail had just been
groomed that morning, and the new snow made for perfect ski
conditions. We probably skied 15 miles total
(including a section at the bottom that we had to walk up,
as it had recently been logged). The weather made this
feel a real adventure, and it was my best ski outing all
winter. What a great way to end the season!
Up here in Northern New England, Sugaring is now in
full swing (when people collect sap from maple tree, and
boil it down until it becomes maple syrup). I have a
neighbor who has a sugar house, so a number of my trees are
tapped, and now have buckets hanging from them, that fill
with sap as the day warms up (I get all the free maple syrup
that I need).
The lakes up here are still frozen solid, but the
state law requires that all ice houses (for ice fishing)
must be off the lakes by April 1st. Now that skiing is
now likely over for me, I'm ready to start kayaking again .
. . but I'll have to be patient for a few more weeks.
I've been working on updates for my Fallout Overhauls:
version 4.1 of my
New Vegas Realism Tweaks was released yesterday. This is a Minor, but important
update that fixes some bugs and further improves game play
balance. My Fallout 3 version should be out soon.
Spring weather has be sporadic so far this month . . . I
actually had to shovel my driveway on April 2nd, but then it
warmed up during the week . . . until yesterday, when
it was cold and windy all day. Needless to say, the lakes up
here are still covered with ice. So no kayaking for me
for yet. I'm sure that we'll be getting some more
consistent warm weather soon, and once that happens, the
layer of ice on the lakes will break up pretty fast.
Version 7.1 of my
Realism Tweaks was release today. This is a Minor update that fixes some bugs and
further improves game play balance. Even though this is a minor
update, it is a very important one, especially if you are currently
using v.7.0. Now that final versions of both of my Fallout
Realism Tweaks (FO3 and New Vegas) have been released and recently
updated, I will be finally getting back to work on my
Trials of a Wasteland Wanderer again, which
is desperately in need of a new chapter.
I'm still waiting for the weather here to feel like Spring.
We have had snow showers for the past 6 days now, and I woke
to another fresh dusting of snow this morning. This new snow
hasn't amounted to anything, as it melts as soon as the
temperature rises above freezing. But my nearby lake
is still frozen solid, so no kayaking for me yet. Last year
my first paddle was on April 14th, so I'm already a day late
. . . and it will likely be at least another week before the
ice is off this year.
But my best friend and I will be heading down to the
University of New Hampshire to attend this year's
New England Paddlesport Show early Saturday morning
. . . so it will at least feel like the paddling season has
This past weekend I decided to completely reinstall
Fallout 3, before beginning a new game and getting back
to work on my
Trials of a Wasteland Wanderer again.
I'm now working on installing the mods that I want to use in
this play through, and updating my Fallout 3 mod list to
My kayak Journal is now
updated, as I get ready to begin the 2013 kayak season (as I
wrote in my last post, we're having a late Spring up here).
I also archived my
2012 Kayak Journal,
but it is still be available, if anyone is actually
interested in still reading it (it includes the journal of
my 2012 paddles and the trials that I went through in
selecting a new sea kayak).
I'm finally back . . . Since late Spring I've been having computer issues, and just
recently got things working well again (at least for the
moment). I also started a new job last month, so I
haven't had as much free time lately. I'm in the process of
putting together a new computer build (that I'll have build
for me). I REALLY need to replace my old +6-year-old
beast . . . and, if my plans work out this time, I may
actually have a new computer by the end of summer.
I just paid to have this website hosted for two more years,
so at least that part is covered (which was possible only
through the donations that I have received, along with
finally having a bit more income).
If my old computer holds together, I should be able to
get the rest of my site updated within the next week or so .
. . and perhaps finally finish version 4.2 of my Fallout NV
Tweaks. Once I actually have a PC that can run Skyrim well,
I'll update and expand that section of my site.
Note: This is just a quick update, as
I need to spend a lot more time learning how to use this new
web authoring program. So far I have only figured out how to
do some basic editing, and even this little update has taken
me a very long time to do.
My computer "fix" in mid July only lasted about a week
before my computer started having problems again.
First I lost my sound, but then it started working again, so
I thought it was just a minor issue that somehow resolved
itself. But two days later my computer would not boot
up unless I reset the CMOS settings each time. I figured
that it was just a dead motherboard battery, so I replaced
it, but that didn't help at all.
The next day, my computer would not boot up no matter
what I tried. It was getting power, but other than the fans
and lights, nothing was working . . . as in all I was
getting was a black screen. The best guess was that my
motherboard shorted out. Initially I decided to take
it to my local tech guy, and get an estimate for repairs . .
. I even lugged the heavy tower out to my car (which was not
an easy task, since it weighs almost 60 pounds). But
then I decided that it wasn't sensible to spend any more
money on repairing this old computer. It made a lot
more sense for me to just replace my old +6-year-old
beast with a new gaming computer.
I had spent weeks doing research on custom computer
companies, selected the one I liked the best, and was close
to figuring out (with a LOT of help) a build that I thought
would get me the best gaming performance, within my budget.
I just needed to wait until the end of the month, when I
would have the funds I needed. Then I spent the next few
days making the last few changes to my build. On July 29th,
I finally order my new gaming computer, and it arrived on
August 14th ... which was like 2 weeks earlier than I had
expected (since my build included two special order items).
I LOVE my new computer, which is faster than I even
hoped it would be. The only problem has been that my
life has been so busy lately, that I haven't had time to
install everything yet. So it's going to be a bit before
I'll have Fallout 3 and NV up and running (with all my mods
installed and the GECK and my other mod editing tools
installed and configured for this new computer).
I also needed to replace my website program before I
could update my website (I have always used MS FrontPage,
which doesn't run on my laptop's Windows 7 OS; or on my new
gaming PC's Windows 8 OS). But I'm slowly making
progress: I install my ftp software and MS Expression Web
yesterday. Now I just need to learn how to use this new
program (which is a bit more complex than MS FrontPage).
I'll begin updating other parts of my website as soon as I
can (starting with
my Computer page, because I've been
getting a lot of email, asking about my new computer).
Lately I've been working on getting this site all updated,
but I'm using a new html program (which I'm learning to use
in the process)m so this is going a bit slower than I had
hoped. So far, besides this Home page,
Gaming Computer page has been updated with
the information on my new system; and my Girl Gamer page has been updated to include some information on "Banished,"a
game that I just discovered, which is planned to be released
within a few months. I've also done some reformatting and
added a few updates to my Skyrim Journal, and to both of my
I work at an Inn in the White Mountains, and this is
one of out busiest times of the year . . . from mid
September through Columbus Day weekend (Oct 12-14). This is
out Foliage Season (which is practically out 5th season here
. . . between summer and (late)Fall). We are now at "Peak
Foliage," which is when the colors are their best (enough
leaves have now turned, and most leaves are still on the
trees), and our roads and inns are full of "leaf peepers,"
who travel up here (from all over the world) to view our
area's natural beauty. So I've been a bit busier than
normal, as I've been putting in some longer hours at work.
I've also been immersed on my next update for my
New Vegas Realism Tweaks
, which was originally planned to be released by late Spring
(until all my computer issues put everything on hold). With
any luck at all, version 5.0 should be ready to release
within another week or so. And then I'll get to work on
porting over most of those changes/improvements to the
Fallout 3 version of my Realism Tweaks.
So I haven't had nearly enough free time to do much
else (although I have managed to squeeze in some kayaking,
when the weather has cooperated). But I have just updated my Girl Gamer page again, this time to include some information on
Assassin's Creed 3:
Liberation HD, which has just been confirmed, and is
planned to be released in early 2014.
Version 5.0 of my
New Vegas Realism Tweaks was finally released on October 30th, as my
final major update. I am currently working on version
8.0 of my
3 Realism Tweaks, with an estimated release
by the end of November.
On November 14th, Bethesda registered Fallout 4
trademark . . . this seems to indicate that FO4 is
perhaps in the works. Here's the