Checkpoint: Leesa Edition

Checkpoint: Leesa Edition

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Those who know me think I’m a bit of an odd ball for ordering so many items off the internet — specifically Amazon. They found it odd that I’ve ordered clothes, furniture, non-perishable groceries, candy, and other “common” items off online retailers. Well now I’ve stepped up my game and ordered a king sized Leesa mattress.

My girlfriend and I have been using it for the past couple of weeks and we’re both happy with it. It’s not too soft for me and she doesn’t find it too firm either so we’re both coming away happy. Now I’m awaiting the arrival of the bed frame and a “box spring”. I could get away with just a mattress foundation but since I like my bed a little higher, I opted to get a “box spring” as well. I use quotation marks because the box spring I’m acquiring is going to be made out of steel and I have to assemble it myself. 

These relatively blind purchases have panned out for me. I consulted sources like The Sweethome and Sleep Like the Dead but that only gives me an idea of what to expect and doesn’t beat me actually trying it for myself. So I put faith in Leesa and Amazon.ca’s return policy to take care of me if I happen to not like the mattress. Fortunately for all involved, we like the mattress and are keeping it. I just hope it endures the test of time and I’m not looking for a new mattress in 2018.

Checkpoint: August Long Weekend 2017 Edition

Checkpoint: August Long Weekend 2017 Edition

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This is the first time I’ve visited Toronto. I’m specifically in the Markham and Thornhill area. It’s an eerie place from someone who is not used to seeing Asians sprawled across such a huge area. The very concept of an Asian bakery existing in the middle of an industrial park is foreign to me.

I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen thus far though. My girlfriend’s parents live in a very nice neighbourhood albeit older than I would like. I’ve been near Lake Shore and Union station which are all well kept areas with plenty of space for people to wander. We were smack dab in the middle of the long weekend and it’s not as densely packed as the busiest areas of Ottawa during tourist season. 

The much touted Asian food in this city has mostly panned out. The dim sum is noticeably better than Ottawa’s but that’s not a high bar to clear. I was honestly more impressed with the low cost which was easily half of what I’m used to paying for adequate dim sum in Ottawa. The prolific Korean restaurants impressed me as well with options the eye can see. 

While the people have been generally nice, there is a noticeable aggression to the driving around the city and parking lots. People don’t wait for pedestrians or other cars to their thing in the parking lots. I’ve witnessed more honking in parking lots this past weekend than the last 3 months in Ottawa. Relaxed driving doesn’t seem to be part of the vernacular in this city. “Don’t give a fuck!” and “Fuck you, I want mine.” driving seems to be more common here.

I still have a day or so to go in the city but so far it’s been a very pleasant visit. The girlfriend’s parents have been very kind to me and I feel very welcomed. It’s been a wonderful trip and I wouldn’t mind returning. 

What have I been playing lately? Games? What’s that? Actually, the girlfriend and I just started playing Diablo III via local co-op on the PlayStation 4. It’s taken her a bit of adjustment but she seems to have warmed up to playing it with a controller with me. She even power-leveled me while I took a nap the other day. That’s love.

Checkpoint: Minimal Gaming Edition

Checkpoint: Minimal Gaming Edition

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While my girlfriend and I are fans of video games, we are not playing nearly as much as when we’re both single. I’m currently watching a Korean drama that’s silly and delivered in a quality that I haven’t witnessed since the mid-2000s. And if we’re not watching something or doing couple activities, then I’m sneaking in an hour of Breath of the Wild or Overwatch here and there. It’s not optimal. If I want more gaming time, then I’m going to have to carve out some time for myself.

I’ve been keeping tabs on the latest gaming developments courtesy of GiantBomb podcasts and NeoGAF. I haven’t watched any Quick Looks but I’m keeping up with Digital Foundry’s analysis videos.

There’s just not enough hours in the day to consume and do everything that I used to do.

Checkpoint: King Sized Edition

Checkpoint: King Sized Edition

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It’s a no brainer but there are things that I didn’t properly account for when you’re single. The most prominent example is my bed. For the longest time, I thought I didn’t need a king sized bed but after logically breaking down the size differences, I’m upgrading.

I was of the mindset that if my folks and many other couples in the world were happy with a queen size, why wouldn’t I be? But when I actually looked and compared the comfort a king sized bed offers – it’s a no brainer. A king size bed is essentially two twin beds stuck together. Why wouldn’t I want that? So now I’m in the market for a new bed.

For my queen sized, I just went to a Sleep Country and found a bed with a pillow top that I liked and bought it. I didn’t do too much research or consider online options but I was happy with my purchase. I even purchased a box spring which really wasn’t necessary when I could have done with a modern foundation. This time, however, I’m open to buying a memory foam mattress from the likes of Leesa and just putting more time into looking for a quality mattress for both my girlfriend and I.

There hasn’t been much gaming as of late. I’m dabbling with Breath of the Wild for about an hour or so every night with the occasional bout of Overwatch on PC and PS4 but that’s about it. So this is my gaming life in a relationship huh? It’s amazing how we both enjoy games and yet we do just about everything else but spend time gaming.

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