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Rainy Days March 28, 2020

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Work has been even busier this week, and the weather terrible. But we did have one shining day.

Not a lot to say what with staying at home by myself these days. Having Zoom and WebEx dinners with friends has been fun though. We’re even playing DnD through Hangouts. And I had therapy through a HIPAA approved version of Zoom.

I made bread, and then got much better bread in a drive-by drop off of flour for another friend.

My attempt at soda bread in the bread machine.
Properly baked wheat sandwich bread by Beth.

I may have also picked up WoW Classic again to entertain myself, even though I still have my regular work week. Just paid a single month, though.

I got refunded for the big convention I was planning on attending this weekend, so I may have also bought some fancy dice on sale and backed Kickstarters for two others.

Dark Blue Aluminum d20
Purple Striped Agate D20
Clear quartz d8
Malachite d10s
Snowflake obsidian d10
Tigerseye d12
Silver Ref Imperial Jasper Trustone d4
Bloodstone or Indian Agate d6

I’ve been consuming visual media instead of reading like I said I would. This is all very exhausting, I’m working harder from home than I was in the office trying to move the library to a completely virtual space.

Be safe out there friends and family! Love to you all.

Work From Home March 19, 2020

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My library is now physically closed and we are working to setup virtual supportfor our students when they return to online classes next week. This has meant learning new technology, and various tickets into our IT department for the things I could not troubleshoot myself. It’s been a hectic week, and chat hasn’t even been approved yet.

On the home (office) front, I’ve bought a seat cushion/lumbar support set. It arrived very quickly, and is certainly a step up from two pillows, and cheaper than a new chair.

We also ran our D&D game on Google Hangouts this week. A bit of lag here and there, but an overall success.

A lot of people are putting out free media online. From performances, to virtual conventions, to cooking lessons and exercise routines. My favorite came for Gail Simone over the weekend.

Starting on Friday, @GailSimone ran a comics writing bootcamp, she called #ComicsSchool. In six days, she helped over a thousand creatives, including myself, write a script for a 5-8 page comic. A Discord server was created by one of the attendees, as a place for us all to gather, socialize and give each other feedback and support. That community will keep going and growing. It even got a mention in the New York Times.

In book news, I’m listening to The Library of the Unwritten, but with self-quarantining, I have a lot less car time. I do, however, have all my comics to catch up on, and Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount showed up on Tuesday.

Be safe everyone!

New World March 11, 2020

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Covid-19 is all over the world, the news, the internet. What does it mean for me? Right as of this moment, it means our students are getting a two week spring break instead of just one. It means that, when classes do start back up on the 23rd, they will be mostly, if not entirely, online. It also means, we at the library are looking at all the ways we support distance learning and are kicking it up a notch. It’s a complicated time for our community college.

Personally, I’m just going about my normal introverted business. Finally picked up my comics from the store, and did my house cleaning on the weekend. Didn’t cook anything huge, just some banana-almond butter breakfast bars. I painted the miniature for my weekly DnD game and finished Yasha. I’m trying some things out and still need to get a miniscule brush for facial details. But I think she came out alright.

Miniature blonde woman in a blue dress.

I finished listening to Harry Potter, book one. Now, I’m nearly done with a dramatization of Carmilla by La Fanu. Next up is The Library of the Unwritten by Hackwith. Next week The Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount comes out, so I’ll have a lot of physical reading to dive into!

Everyone be safe and take care of yourselves!

March In March 5, 2020

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Pot of Beef Noodle Soup

Started out my March with a big pot of Homemade Beef Noodle Soup. It is delicious. 🙂

Work has been busy this week. The Composition Reading Bank folk gave me their Table of Contents to add and has been sending me tiny edits all week. Getting ready for Spring Break next week. Which, for me, means bothering everyone to work on their research guides. And getting the new folk to take on research guides. I did get to publish an OER textbook for the English department. A collection of short stories, called Off The Shelf.

I was ill over the weekend with sinus issues, so my creative forays got a bit stalled. Planning to pick back up on a few things this weekend. Ideas have been percolating.

I finally decided to listen to the first Harry Potter book recently, and it came through on my library holds. Still not fond of the narrator, but he’s not as annoying as I remember from my first attempt. I was going through all the trades (Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal) at work today, so my To Read list is growing again.

A quiet weekend ahead, but soon I start my Convention Season in earnest.

Happy Birthday, Big Brother! November 10, 2019

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Halloween was busy and exhausting last weekend, so I thought I’d save my post for today. To offer birthday wishes to my older brother. I blame the snow this week on you. 😉

Tomorrow is also Veterans Day. Thank you to all who served!

It’s a rare meal prep weekend for me. Beef stew yesterday, all packaged up for lunches this week. Sunday roast for today’s lunch and weeknight dinners. And soon the baking of bacon for breakfasts.

Roast beef, carrots, potatoes, garlic, and onion.

My grant funds arrived on Friday, so in a couple weeks, I’ll get to really dig into that project. In the meantime, we are reorganizing the team that creates student handouts/PDFs, so much instructional design and accessibility work. Not to mention learning Publisher.

Recently listened to The Player of Games by Iain Banks and now I’m trying Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Two new authors in SciFi for me. So far, I like Banks better.

December Thoughts December 8, 2018

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Well, it’s definitely winter down here in Ohio. Temperatures have plummeted, and frost and snow keep covering the cars and ground. Nothing serious, yet, but just enough to remind us of the season.

At work, I’ve finished the Guided Interviews of my Usability Study, and next week I try to tempt random volunteers for a card sort exercise. It’ll be finals week, so I don’t know if I’ll get any, but it’s worth a try. Then we have a month-long break between semesters, including an entire week+ off between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. That will be awesome, first time ever, for me. Have already started planning family visits and gaming marathons.

Along the gaming lines, I’ve had a spectacular few weeks, having successfully completed our Marathon and finished off two campaigns. All by defeating super-powerful entities that people/cultists/dragons were trying to bring in/rise up/free to take over the world. Huzzah!

On the reading front, I’m still making my way through City of Brass, but I have quite a few thing waiting in the wings, thanks to reading Publisher’s Weekly at work. I’m still trying to make my way through Campaign 1 of Critical Role, and have made it through Episode 47 so far.

On the writing front, I’ve started writing holiday letters to people, typing up my marathon notes as though being told by the character I played, and an ever-growing backstory for my next marathon character. I’ll have another character backstory to write on Tuesday, as well. I’m still journaling, and pondering the next few scenes for my NaNo piece, too.

Creativity October 15, 2018

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Work was pretty slow this past week. Getting ready for the usability study, but that’s a lot of hurry up and wait. More to do this week.

In creativity news, I’ve decided to do NaNoWriMo next month and have started to work on characters. I’ve also started a handwritten daily journal. My mind has been so cluttered, I need to get back to writing. I even worked on characters at the RenFest this weekend. It was Barbarian Invasion weekend, and the horses showed up in force.

In audio, I’m up to episode 14 of Vox Machina. I spent a good deal of time this weekend on old movies: Angels with Dirty Faces, Chinatown, Brazil… And as if the last wasn’t odd enough, finished off with a newer oddity, The Fountain.

Hocking Hills Weekend October 7, 2018

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We had a great weekend at a cabin in the Hocking Hills. Playing board games and D&D. Last weekend I went to the RenFaire again, and watched three jousts, three mud shows, a couple pirate shows and bits and pieces of other shows.

At work I’ve gotten my survey results and made lots of pretty pie charts. Now, I’m working on getting the Usability Study organized and running.

In the audio world, I’ve caught up on Season two of Critical Role and I’ve started Season one. It was really fun to watch their live show at NY ComicCon and I’ve been watching a lot of random related videos on Geek and Sundry, as well. Since the last post, I’ve finished Dread Nation and also listened to Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. On the writing side, I’ve pickup up an old gifted journal to get my creative brain rolling again.

ORen September 9, 2018

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It was a very rainy week, the weekend even more so. I finished the guide I was working on for The Power of Words. Working with a professor, I also created a couple new course guides for Social and Human Services. Coming up this week, is the next OhioDIG Meeting and the rescheduled Week of Welcome events. Will they get rained out again, we shall see.

On the fun side of thing, both D&D campaigns this week. Fun was had, near-death experiences, and things going epically wrong. I swear, it wasn’t All my fault. 😉

I also went to the Ohio Renaissance Festival today, in the chilly rain. But I dressed for it and the shows were fun as always. Finally got to see the Dante’s Inferno mud show! Found a tiny pewter moth for my collection. Had a beef stew bread bowl and saw a few friends. 10k+ steps to boot.

On the health front, joints are holding stable, maybe a slight up turn. Not great, but not terrible test results on other things. And a new (to me) stationary bike now in my living room.

I need to take a break from Critical Role, but am loving it so much! I have three books that’ll expire if I don’t listen to them soon, though.

Mid July Already? July 16, 2018

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July is a busy month for my family. Last Sunday was Dad’s Birthday. Mine is coming soon. (And a wedding after that.) This weekend was a mini Denison Reunion. And yesterday I went to my fleet chapter’s annual meeting. Busy busy busy. Sorry I haven’t been keeping up with this.

Work is awesome. I will be launching my usability study soon. Today, I started scans for a small archival test collection. Also today, I will be teaching my first batch of Freshmen about the library and how to verify a website.

Pictures from Denison visit:

Bookwise, I am up to Cold Days by Butcher. And listened to Ready Player One. I’ve picked up a few random things for later in the year from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, so expect less Dresden in the coming months. 😉