April is my favorite month for a number of reasons. It’s a time when the weather begins to get nicer. Flowers are starting to bloom all around the city. Outdoor events become more frequent. And April happens to be my birthday month! That last one will obviously make me particularly bias towards April being my number one, but there’s a lot of good things happening this month.
This coming weekend I’m heading to Boston for another PAX East. Like the last two years I’ve gone to this convention, I’ll only be attending Saturday. It’s not that I’m not interested in going for an entire weekend, but my schedule hasn’t quite made it possible for me to do more than a day. Maybe I can make that my aim for the next PAX East. I haven’t mapped out what I plan on seeing and doing at PAX yet. However my day turns out at PAX East, I’ll be giving a full report with pictures for the blog when I return.
I’ve still been watching Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card religiously and I’m nearly convinced that this anime sequel can do no wrong. Every single episode has me enraptured and feeling absolutely uplifted. Sakura and the gang have a way of making you gush at how adorable they all are, especially the continuing relationship and romance between Syaoran and Sakura. They have always been my favorite anime/manga couple right next to Usagi and Mamoru from Sailor Moon. Watching the anime has also renewed my interest in re-watching the original Cardcaptor Sakura from the beginning. Luckily, Crunchyroll has both series available to stream. Going back to the original Cardcaptor Sakura not only felt comforting, but you really appreciate how far some of these characters have grown and changed. For instance, I almost forgot how bratty and moody Syaoran really was in the original CCS until he started to change and mature as the series progressed. If someone started watching Clear Card without having seen CCS will miss out on some good character development that happened for Syaoran as well as the steady and natural progression of Syaoran’s relationship to Sakura. There haven’t been too many anime/manga that get these relationships right, from rivals to friends to lovers, but CLAMP really nails it. Syaoran and Sakura are impossibly cute and made for one another. They are the ultimate relationship goals in my book.
Now that we started a new month, I’ve been working on at least finishing Turnabout Time Traveler in Spirit of Justice. As I mentioned in my last progress report, I haven’t been doing too well on the gaming side of things as of late. If I can’t finish the entire game, I can at least start small and finish up a case. Traveling to Boston later this week makes Spirit of Justice the perfect companion for a 4-hour bus ride and to keep me occupied until I reach my destination.
My reading collection has also been building up a mini-stack lately and it has been high on my to-do list to finish the current book I’m reading so I can move onto the ones begging to be read. I’ve been stuck on Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy for over a year now, and while I devour classics like this one, there’s never enough time to fit in reading with everything else going on. I’m starting to think audio books may be the way to go over actually picking up a physical book to read. At least I’ll get more reading done, even if it’s someone narrating the book in my ears. I’m making every attempt to balance all the gaming and TV watching with some book reading. The word lover in me needs me to.
This is pretty much how my April is shaping up to be, and I’m looking forward to everything I have planned for the month. What geeky things are you doing this month?