This looks to be somewhat long and rambly, so if I get enough complaints, I'll make appropriate cuts.
Things have "cooled off" a bit over the last two weeks. The boss and I have decided that it's time for me to work on my prospectus, which means less time doing experiments and much more time working on the actual paper. The current time-frame is to have a draft by mid-October, another draft ready for my Prospectus Committee (4 professors + my advisor who will comment/critique my plan) in early-mid-November, and the actual Prospectus presentation 'round the beginning of December. Right now, I'm hitting a bit of a lull as I try to come up with wording for certain sections that won't come off as too repetitive; after that, I need to dig into some research, and get my data organized to be able to present that properly in the paper, too. Not too worried, though; I'll pull this off, no problems.
I'm still playing FFXI, and I'll probably just do so until I can beat the first storyline of the game; Ideally, I'd like to beat the second and third expansions (the fourth one doesn't have a conclusion yet, as far as I know), but if I can't get them done, no skin off my back. Gone are my desires to be ultimately equipped by the time I reach the maximum level, if I ever manage to make it that far. Honestly, with 3 people I knew really well gone from the game, a few others I've met through it taking a long hiatus and/or quitting entirely, and only 2, maybe 4 people still around that I know well, there's not much incentive for me to continue beyond clearing the stories; leveling up and farming for money and/or equipment takes far too much time right now, time that is going to be an increasingly precious commodity in the next few months. I'll probably cancel my account by the end of the year, if not sooner.
On the new games front, I'm most excited right now for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, rumored to be released in the States sometime Q1 2007. I'm currently going through Pokemon Emerald for the GBA, trying to get as much of its Pokedex filled as possible; I'd like to go to a Toys 'R Us this Saturday, as some of the stores around the nation are giving away "Mew" for the first (and possibly only) time for this generation of games1. Of course, I've also got the Wii to look forward too, but I'll probably rave a bit more about that as its release date approaches.
Not much to report on this front, unfortunately. Most of RL issues have been dealt with appropriately in Jen's journal, so you can read that for the updates on that front. I did realize, however, that I need to get back to exercising and eating better. Today is no good for that, as I need to stay at work a little while and thus won't be able to make it to the gym. I'll go Wednesday, and hopefully I can sneak in a workout Friday night, too.
Reminder to self: Scan in the bill for the wedding photos and send it over to mom and dad. I apologize to everyone (especially Jen) who's had to wait on the albums as a result of this :/
1Random Pokemon Babble: In the US, Mew, as well as Celebi, Jirachi, and Deoxys, can only be obtained "legitimately" by receiving them through special means; Mew is thusly obtainable by a download offered through this TRU event. However, Mew is also "hard-coded" in the game, catchable in an area that can only be accessed through an event thus-far unavailable in the US.