April 2015 archive

7 Days of TruFusion: Gym Review

TruFusion logoA couple weeks ago while I was running errands, I stumbled upon a gym called TruFusion that offered a variety of different classes of Pilates, yoga, TRX, kettlebell, and more! I asked the girl at the front desk to tell me a little bit about the gym and pricing, and received a tour of the facility, which seemed great! They had a few different rooms that specialized in different activities, a healthy snack and smoothie bar, and even a retail area where you could purchase fitness clothing and supplies.

I had been bummed that my favorite Pilates instructor at my usual gym had dropped to only one day a week. Additionally, lately it has been difficult trying to fit in classes that I like in my schedule (gaming, appointments, various other errands and full-time job), and my usual gym does not always offer classes that I like during times that I am available. However, this new gym does, and so I took advantage of their 7 days for $7 to try out their classes and the gym to see if I would like to join.

Here is how my 7 days of TruFusion went!

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Sharing The Love: Call For SWTOR Q&A Questions

leslie knopeI finished watching the television series “Parks and Recreation” and a while ago, and I loved it! If you are not familiar with the series, a woman named Leslie Knope (who works in the parks and recreation department in her city) works very hard to make her city a better place for everyone. Unfortunately throughout the series, she receives a lot of criticism and a lack of gratitude from the residents of Pawnee for the good things she has done. Eventually she works her way out of this and is very successful by the end of the series, but it made me consider a few things.

While I like most of people within the SWTOR community, I also have felt less passionate to talk or write about the game recently, due to some of the people I’ve run into. I would much rather just log into game and play with my guildies, who are fun, kind people. Although I can block and mute and avoid as much of the bad stuff as I can—and I do receive positive feedback—thinking about the bad, for me, overwhelms the good and makes me less happy to do anything. (FYI this is not about Facebook; I really like the Facebook people!)

Then I thought of The Princess Diaries. If you are unfamiliar, it is a book series and a movie in which a teenage girl named Mia Thermopolis discovers that she is a princess born out of wedlock to her prince father (who has died) and artist mother. She is not a genius nor is she extremely charismatic—simply average. And at first she does not want to be a princess. There was too much responsibility, she didn’t want to let anyone down, and she didn’t think that she could do it. However, her friend Lily, who runs a fairly unpopular public access television show discussing politics and social issues, says that Mia has a huge opportunity to make a difference in the world, whereas someone like herself tries very hard to do so but has no clout or people listening to her message.

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I’m certainly not saying I’m a princess, but I am saying that I have somehow made my way through the SWTOR community, and I do have a voice on Corellian Run Radio, on my blog, and whenever I’m not busy on Thursday nights to be on The Republic. I have an opportunity this weekend to bring questions directly to the developers of the game, and I know that players have many things that they would like to ask. It would be a shame if I let something like a voice go to waste because of “haters,” and I would still like to help people as long as they let me or would like me to.

If you would like me to bring a question with me to the Anaheim SWTOR Community Cantina and any other opportunities where I can speak to a developer, please leave a comment here, tweet me @Heather_PLS, or e-mail me heather@prettylittlesith.com.

Brunch With Brian of Bad Feeling Podcast

IMG_8176On Sunday I went out to brunch with Brian of the Bad Feeling Podcast! He, along with his cohost Chuck, were in Las Vegas for a conference. Unfortunately Chuck had less time in town and I wasn’t able to meet him, but brunch was still pretty fun!

There are many other restaurants that I like in Las Vegas that are excellent for brunch, such as Bouchon, MTO Café, Babystacks, and more! However, I chose Hash House a Go Go located at The Linq, which has very large, indulgent portions with a convenient location to where he was staying. It has also been featured on Man vs. Food!

I ordered the sausage gravy and buttermilk biscuits with two over-easy eggs and mashed potatoes! Brian ordered a corned beef hash, I think. It was absolutely delicious, but the portion size was huge! I took half of it home, which I actually ate during the first few minutes of my SWTOR operation that evening!

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We discussed SWTOR of course! He also plays a Deception Assassin, so I enjoyed talking to him about that. We also talked about the upcoming Community Cantina in Anaheim (which he will not be going to), and other aspects of the game.

I’m glad I was able to meet another member of the SWTOR community! I had not previously met Brian at any community cantinas before. It’s nice living in Las Vegas! Many people are drawn here, either on vacation, for conventions, or for work, and I feel like I get to see more people that I’ve “met” from the internet by being here.

Corellian Run Radio Ep 142 is Out w/ Tait Watson

Hello! This past Sunday I recorded Corellian Run Radio with my cohost Jason, and we interviewed SWTOR Community Production Coordinator Tait Watson. We asked a few questions to get to know him as a person and also about his job! We specifically asked about the best way to report bugs and the process in which developers put them on their priority list. You can download this episode on iTunes or your favorite podcast app, but here is the video of the episode as well! Click here to read the full show notes on the Corellian Run Radio website. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYkqTSX8WYM&w=560&h=315%5D

Upcoming Tait Watson Interview + Life Update!

Hello everyone! I am alive! I have so much going on in my life right now; it’s unbelievable. I’ve been preparing to move to my new house, which has almost completed construction. I’ve been searching for the perfect dog to adopt (no adorable cats unfortunately, because my boyfriend is allergic, and apparently cats don’t love you the same way?!). I’ve also been working really hard at work and at the gym. And my grandma is visiting from Hawaii, and I’m so excited to see her, along with my boyfriend who is visiting in a couple weeks! Plus Easter with my family last Sunday, my nephew’s huge birthday party this weekend, Brian from Bad Feeling Podcast coming into town…. On top of that, I am not playing SWTOR any less!

Conquesting With <Despair>

This week my guild <Despair> is going after Belsavis AGAIN because for some reason we have not gotten #1 on this planet yet! I’m glad there are many opportunities to get points with operations and flashpoints (my favorite things to do because I am a carebear). On Tuesday I did quite a lot of both with my Assassin and even played with Vengeance Juggernaut a bit!

Upcoming Tait Watson Interview

Also, I wanted to let you guys know that on Sunday, April 12th at 2:00pm PST, Community Production Coordinator Tait Watson is going to be live on my podcast, Corellian Run Radio! We will be streaming live on Corellian Run Radio’s Twitch channel.  I would like to emphasize that this is an interview to meet and get to know him—not a SWTOR Q&A. That blog post about asking serious game questions will come sometime after the Star Wars Celebration Community Cantina in Anaheim, which I will be going to next weekend! (On that note, if you have any questions you would like me to bring to Anaheim, please let me know!)

Eric Musco Interview Video

In the meantime, I realize I never posted about the interview I did with SWTOR Community Manager Eric Musco, so here’s the video! You can also listen to it directly on CorellianRun.com or download it on iTunes or your favorite podcast app!

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I love my readers, listeners, watchers, and followers very much, and I love contributing to the SWTOR community. I have a few very special SWTOR things coming up in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!