A traumatic [read: wimpy] experience

This Monday I went to the doctor about my leg pain. She ruled out a stress fracture and said it was most likely a calf strain, but that the pain I describe could also point to deep vein thrombosis. “I’ll just take a little blood so we can run a test.” She told me. I froze like a deer in headlights in my chair. “Blood? Right…right now?” “Yes, just to rule out the unlikely possibility of deep vein thrombosis.

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Revelation: I don't actually want to run a half marathon...

Yestreday I realized that I don’t actually want to run a half marathon. It’s not like I couldn’t, if I trained up for it. I’ve done the distance before. Heck, I even entered the City to Surf half marathon in Perth with every intention of running it until I broke my foot a couple of months before the race. And it’s not like I don’t think running a half marathon would be a great achievement.

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A weekend of train-ventures, dodgy restaurants, and the most amazing weather in the universe.

I was meant to write this blog post four hours ago. Instead I got home and decided that since this one would have quite a bit of pictures in it and I’ve been running into bandwidth issues I may as well find a better solution for image hosting (as opposed to uploading everything to this server). I signed up to Amazon S3 on its free trial account and have been attempting to set it up ever since.

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Running, unfortunate sprites, and GDC sessions

Sweden is slowly getting warmer. I’m hoping by the time I get back from SF it’ll be all nice and sunny. Then I can finally start running outside again, and get a bike to cycle around the city instead of catching subways everywhere. Stockholm is too pretty to be on a subway. The run to work would now be a bit under 5km, perfect warmup distance for the real training - for a half marathon.

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More tea...Silver Needle!

Well, the toughest part of the move is complete. I’m sitting in the kitchen of the new apartment (which is so much more awesome and homey than the old apartment), drinking Silver Needle white tea (a consequence of my aforementioned tea craze) and trying to convince myself to do at least some work on the rhythm game tonight. Although to be honest it’s 10:43pm and I’m falling asleep on this extremely comfortable kitchen stool right now, so it is probably not happening tonight.

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A potentially unwise newfound interest in tea.

This week is shaping up to be full of crazy. Not only do I still have to finish my February One Game a Month submission, but just a couple of days ago I found out I’d have to pull off a move. The apartment now looks like a bomb went off as I stuff things into what empty boxes we have left and garbage bags. I’m trying to get as much as I can done over the weekend so that I don’t have to pull packing, cleaning, and JavaScript all-nighters on work days…which I think I’m going to have to do anyway.

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Sweden update - snow and Finland and Russian food and stuff!

I haven’t updated the blog in a while and people have been asking me how it’s going in Sweden. I’ve also gotten a few emails from people who have actually been considering a move here and I still can’t really give any proper advice on this front because I haven’t been here long enough. But I thought I’d do a quick update about how things are going so far. Careful, this might get long.

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So long and thanks for all the fish.

No seriously, Perth had some extremely tasty fish. I am at the airport, and my plane leaves just under an hour. First I fly to Doha, Qatar and then on to Stockholm, Sweden from there. Sweden will be my fourth country of residence - I’ve gone from Ukraine, to the US, to Australia, and now back to Europe. Four countries in 24 years doesn’t sound like much, but I think it’s awesome that I’ve gotten to see so many different places as a kid.

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Male-female interaction and the thing that I just realized has been nagging at me

I have been mulling over something today. It’s been one of those things that nags at you, but you don’t really realize it’s nagging at you until you find yourself writing a (probably rambling) blog post about it. Those who know me in real life or have seen some of my relevant tweets know that I have never thought of myself as a victim based on my gender. I haven’t consciously experienced the sexism some people talk about when it comes to being a woman in insert male-dominated industry here, and have never thought of myself as disadvantaged in any way.

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I miss Alabama sometimes. Here are things that remind me of it.

I’ve been running into many things online and around the house that are reminding me of some of my favorite memories (or rather things attached to memories) from Alabama. These things don’t even have anything to do with Alabama itself. They’re just reminders of that time. The years I spent in the States were pretty much the ones where my hobbies and interests kind of developed properly after leaving Ukraine (because they had a chance to).

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