I had a bad (bad even for me) food day yesterday, which didn't help my mood or head or eyes: I had an apple for breakfast, then needed to go to Target at lunchtime so got popcorn there for lunch. While I like popcorn a lot, it isn't a good meal when breakfast was lacking. By dinnertime, I was starving and grumpy as heck. I couldn't decide where to go, so I hit a new place: Carrows. (They seem to be a chain or something, I've seen them around but never went into one.) It was a very, very odd place. Apparently it's a place for old (really really old, like hardly able to walk) people. The hostess was... interesting. She just turned 70 and talked my ear off. She told me exactly how much she makes ($100 per day for a 12 hour shift, five days a week. She takes home $500 a week, so apparently they don't take taxes out for some reason...), how she threw up while having her heart attack (she said that was a sign of them, but I never heard that before), and the life stories of all the cooks there. And there I sat, grumpy and annoyed and ready to bite someone's head off, and this overly friendly woman just wouldn't be quiet! But she was being nice (kept trying to give me free soda), so I just smiled and nodded and tried to keep up with the conversation. Between her and the food not being very good, I won't be going back there.
We partied last night in FFXI, which was fun even though I was dealing with issues on my end. (It's hard seeing a little bar of the party's HP when your eyes won't focus on the screen!) I hit 27, which is just wow! I really hadn't planned on ever getting that far, so it's especially nice. And once I hit 30, all sorts of new job options will open to me!
Non-players: You can start out being any (or all) of the basic jobs: Warrior, monk, thief, black/white/red mage. Once you hit level 30, you can start opening up your "advanced jobs". Each one requires a quest to unlock it. They include things like ninja, beastmaster, dragoon, dark knight, and a whole bunch of other ones. The game is set up really nicely job-wise: You're never locked into one! If you start the game as a warrior and hate it, you can switch to something else. You can play a different thing every night!
I know I've said this before, but it's just amazing how busy the game keeps you. I sit here at work, thinking of all the things I need to do when I get online. Quests, leveling various jobs, gardening, etc.
I've made a decision on crafting... or rather I keep making the same decision. Apparently I'm not very satisfied with the decision, since I keep revisiting the issue again and again. Anyway, here it is: It would be really, really stupid to go into some new crafting area. I put the time and the money (major money) into getting leathercraft up to 20. It would be crazy to start something new now. The only way I could reasonably go into goldsmithing is if I bought in-game money off-game with RL money. Game money doesn't cost overly much, and buying some wouldn't hurt my budget at all, but I have personal issues with the idea of it. I don't know why it bothers me (is it so different than paying for extra characters so you have more storage space?), but it does. (I think it's against the TOS as well, but that's less of an issue for me.)