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It Needed to be Done

Not to be repetitive about it or anything, but it's funny how simple changes can be so liberating. I closed the tab I had previously always left open to Google Analytics earlier tonight, because it goes completely against what I want to get back to. Not to mention I was seeing only one or two new visits per day, several coming from somebody searching for snow leopard bath salts, if such things even exist, so there's little point. I haven't actually removed the web property ID from my account settings here, so visits will still be kept record of, but only for perusal in the future, if ever I should let curiosity take over and want to have a look. Likewise, I removed several entries from Privoxy's User Actions settings, and also from Windows' hosts file, because I'm better than that. I shouldn't have to forcibly block things as a safeguard against unpredictable emotions, so all that's blocked now is eBay, simply so I don't go searching for things on there and decide "Oh, I want to buy that even though I don't have the money to!" Also by the same token, I've been thinking about things with commissions and such recently, and came to a slightly different conclusion than before. Aside from having dealt with only a couple people who completed their part of the deal in a timely fashion, it's dangerously easy to pay for things directly from my bank account, and have that feeling of satisfaction instantly. The only reason I have that allowance is because my Visa card is linked to my Paypal account, and I don't want to do away with that because it is convenient to have set up, in such that I can buy music and other inexpensive things with it, but towards other online purchases, what I need to start doing is either paying with my Visa, or transferring the funds to my Paypal account first, and then paying with those. The latter takes about a week, and by that point I'll have had enough time to decide if I really want whatever it is that caught my interest before, and the former involves going to Money Mart, which is inconvenient even on nights that I have to work. I mean, let's look at the list of things I'm expecting in the mail right now:

a] Two spare camera batteries. Shipped out on the 31st of January if memory serves, so if they aren't here by the end of the week, I'll have to send a message to the seller.
b] A personal purchase from the "zephyr" people mentioned such a long time ago. Purchased it on the 31st of December, 2010, got an email on the 3rd of January saying that it had entered the queue, and asked for an order update on the 30th, to be told eleven days later that it'd be ready to be sent out a week or two from now. It's been 12 days already, but I'll give them until the end of the month.
c] A tri-wing screwdriver with which to open my GBA carts and properly clean the games. It was purchased before I got my EZ-Flash, however, so it isn't of quite as much use now, but it only cost 99 cents, making it exempt from further consideration. It hasn't arrived yet either though.
d] A Japanese guide for Kirby and the Amazing Mirror. I officially collect game guides. Enough said.
e] An English guide for Megaman Battle Network 4. I first wanted to buy it some time ago, but only recently decided "Hey, why not", and just earlier today received confirmation that it had been shipped out.

There would've been a sixth item on that list too, if it weren't for receiving not one but two packages in the mail today, both from Nintendo. Inside were the pouches I redeemed 500 of my Club Nintendo coins for, and they are... nothing else really worth mentioning. I like them, but what am I supposed to say? "Oh, I love these pouches I got! They're so big that I can fit all of my DS games into one, and carry my DS in the other!"? Maybe, but that's something I would only say sarcastically, and it's somewhat difficult to be sarcastic in text. Anyways, aren't I a little worried by freely listing everything I've purchased and am waiting to receive in the mail? Somebody might steal the package, like I suspect they did before, but when I really think about it, that was only one incident. The keychain I was waiting for never showed up, yet when I contacted the seller, they provided me with the entire text of the tracking page I was never given the URL for, showing that the package had apparently been delivered successfully. For all I know it could still be somewhere around here too, because I remember buying CDs from VulpVibe and finding them behind the laundry hamper in the hallway, but if so, it's very well hidden. Speaking of keychains though, the artist / person accepting commissions that I contacted back on the 14th of February still hasn't responded. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised, but it's kind of ridiculous, in such that the wait continues to get longer and longer, but full months don't even make a difference anymore. In any case, I would also like to make up a list of commissions that I am waiting on in here, mostly as a means of getting used to writing about things again that I was previously holding back on. So here is another list:

a]Two keychains / charms from Jaguarspots. Purchased on February 14th, 2010, artist last heard from on July 23rd, 2010.
b] Three colored pictures, a sketch, and prints of everything from Qemba. Things with her were started on the 18th of April, 2010, but I added to the list of what I wanted partway through, so that's no longer an accurate representation of how long I've been waiting. I last heard from her on February 10th as well, so things are rather unremarkable there.
c] Five icons from somebody I'm going to refer to as Muddlekin, because I'm not sure what their proper name is. My commission(s) from him are almost complete, because there's only one pixel icon left to go, which, given what he's said about it thus far, should be finished by the end of the month, if not before.
d] A story from Mistress Deerdre. I paid for 14,000 words, and to date have given her a detailed idea of what I want the first part to be (a description of what happened after the snow leopard came to life and jumped into me in Prized Possession), but she hasn't responded since January 5th, and that's on top of things with her having begun on October 9th.
e] A set of five pictures (that's what the auction was for) from PluginBamby. Started on October 13th, last heard from on the 24th of the same month.
f] Two pictures from Lardo (the Fox). One is complete, and I should've received a sketch for the second back closer to the beginning of the month, but she's been absent since the 8th. Moderately annoying? Yes, but not enough to say anything about.

Plus one more, although I'm still undecided on whether or not I want it yet. I'm considering contacting Bladespark about sending the tail I have right now to her, as reference to make a new one, which I would then pay for. That one I have now is pretty beat up, but I washed it just earlier tonight so it's nice and clean, and would rather send it to her so I can get a new tail that's exactly the same length, instead of too long or too short or not rounded on the end like before. The rest is exactly what I mean when I said I want to clear off my commissions list though. Not only because of a curious bit of behavior that I might write about tomorrow since it is fairly interesting, but also because I need to tie up these loose ends.

The rest will actually definitely have to wait until tomorrow. I didn't realize it was already 6:30, and I start work an hour earlier than normal, so sleeping in until 4 again won't do. I still have much more to write about though, so hopefully this mood lasts for more than half a day. I like this feeling, and it would be nice if it were to stick around <3

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