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Winter, Spring and Leprechauns March 18, 2019

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Crazy weather week had me running around coatless one day and freezing the next. Sorry for the late post.

Spring Break at work went quietly and well. I got to have a meeting about my big project and get some plans in place. We will have an awareness campaign over the next few months and hopefully be able to provide better resources in a more accessible way to all our students.

In health news, my weight is mostly maintaining a slight downward trajectory. I have started seeing a therapist to work on anxiety and self care to keep my journey going in a healthy direction. I have also started writing a new short story and my drawing is improving, too.

Nervous Goblin: Nott the Brave from Critical Role

Nervous Goblin: Nott the Brave from Critical Role

I finished listening to Every Heart a Door by Seanan McGuire and now am on to Friday Black, written by Nana Qwame Adjei-Brenyah, the older brother of a good friend. I am also very excited for a new comic coming out this week: A Darkened Wish, written by B. Dave Walters and drawn by Tess Fowler. And also, the Critical Role Kickstarter just surpassed another stretch goal, now reaching over 10 times the original requested amount!

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Women’s History Month March 8, 2019

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Or Herstory month, as my morning brunch was calling it. Lead by an amazing woman here at CSCC, who is leading the charge for equal pay and better maternity/paternity leave policies. Dr Crystal Clark is a wonderful speaker, and left us with this message: It is better to speak, and be a powerful and dangerous woman, than to be silent and forgotten. When we stand up for ourselves, we stand up for everyone. Happy International Women’s Day, indeed.

In other work news, I am tabulating my use and usability tests to create action items for a meeting next week. I am also preparing a presentation with a co-worker for our In Service Day next month. We are heading into Spring Break this weekend (for students anyway).

In life… ConCoction was a fun weekend with friends. Going to see Captain Marvel tonight. I’ve spent my week obsessing over the Critical Role Kickstarter which made its goal in 40 minutes, and has had to scramble to create new stretch goals when we blasted past all their original ones in less than 9 hours. We are well on our way (6 episodes so far) to an animated series.

In book news, I finished Girl of Paper and Fire, and started listening to Stephen Fry talking about Victorian Secrets. Next up is Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I have finally finished Campaign one of Critical Role. Next is catching up on Relics and Rarities. I’ve read a few more Captain Marvel comics, as well as the Vox Machina Origins series. A new issue of DIE is out, and I should read Locke and Key v. 3 soon, too.

ConCoction March 1, 2019

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Heading to a convention soon. Looking forward to a weekend of relaxing with friends. May do some writing, I have a story that is poking my brain a bit today. Otherwise, planning to hang out, maybe play some games.

Had my final usability test this week, and it was a really good one. Excited to move forward with gathering all the data together and making a plan with the team. We have Spring Break coming up in a couple weeks, but it doesn’t change my calendar.

Still working my way through Girl of Paper and Fire in audiobooks. I’ve read a bunch of Ms. Marvel comics in preparation for the movie, as well as Umbrella Academy in prep for the Netflix show. This week’s art lesson was the full body, but I won’t be showing that here, it was challenging.

Snow Day part 2 February 20, 2019

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We’re having another day off thanks to Ohio weather. This time I noticed Before getting out of bed. So, slept in and have spent my morning practicing drawing. Getting better bit by bit, thanks to Babs Tarr:

First and Fifth lessons.

At work, I only have one more Card Sort until I am done with my Usability tests. Then analysis and changes to propose and make. We’re also going to be trying out new website software (an upgrade, so not Completely new), which will be great for this.

At home, still working on weight loss, and I’m nearing 20lbs off since I started. It is Con season, so I had some puppy sitting last weekend, and I have a con in early March, that I’m excited for.

In reading, I finished listening to Children of Blood and Bone. Now, I am on Girl of Paper and Fire, by Natasha Ngan. In CR world, I am up to Episode 105 of 115, so nearly done with campaign one of Critical Role. Excited and terrified, but the January throw back episode is coming out this weekend, so that will help. And I might be joining a monster of the month D&D game, too, with brand new kid players.

Spring or Winter February 10, 2019

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Weather shifting all over the place this week has had me feeling rather rough. Work has gone quietly, with a new coworker and one more card sort done. Tried to pick up the pace on exercise, but stomach disagreed, so have been taking it a bit easy.

Happy (belated) Birthday, nephew!

Sorry for the late and short update, hopefully more to report next week.

Extreme Weather Days January 31, 2019

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Day two of no work/school because of the Polar Vortex. I’ve taken it easy, watching Critical Role and cleaning up my house. I even did the Pub Draw working on facial features.

At work this week, I did manage to get one card sort interview completed. I also got started on a new research guide and started preparing for a class for next week.

In listening, I ran out of time on Children of Blood and Bone, so I had to re-reserve it. Now, I am listening to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It is super weird. I’m up to CR episode 86, so only 20 more to go. Finished D.I.E. 2 and subscribed to the series.

Pirates at DeCon January 16, 2019

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The semester has started and the students and winter have returned in full force. Icy mornings, and full computer banks fill my days.

This coming weekend is also DeCon, in a new hotel. And we will be full of Pirates. We have a pirate family coming, and our very own pirate artist as Guest of Honor, along with our usual shenanigans.

On a creative note, I have restarted my gaming blog, and added my NaNo project, planning to put a lot of my new writing online. This time as a separate account at WordPress: Ravonlocke.

Watching: I am up to Episode 75 of Critical Role, campaign one. Listening: I finished Mask of Shadows and started Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Reading: I have moved on to Locke and Key v. 2, and read DIE Issue 1, a D&D + Jumanji mashup. Looking forward to A Darkened Wish. I did read the first volume of Saga over the holidays, and bought a bunch of comics on sale. And finally figured out that Chronicles of Atlantis is an Aquaman comic. (This is how little I knew before The Wednesday Club.) There is just So Much.

Holidays Are Done January 4, 2019

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I had a great holiday week off from work, and it was super busy and fun.

I visited my brother, sister-in-law and family. Five kids is a lot, but we played a few games together, and had a nice time. The kids’re all playing Fortnite these days, when not on YouTube or running around.

I finally got to visit my parents’ house as well. (Pictures in previous post.) We mostly relaxed and watched TV while Dad colored. Mom made tasty food and treats for me. Bailey is a silly dog, but she’s a good girl.

I also got to visit with Erika, Alyssa, and Kate ( and Kate’s Mom). That was nice, just to hang out and chat like we used to. Only now it’s about kids and family.

Over the weekend prior to the New Year, I spent around 50 hours playing D&D with a small group, and we had a blast. We started and ended in a homebrew world, and powered through Curse of Strahd in the middle. The DM went above and beyond, including organizing an in-character candlelit dinner with Strahd.

Formally set table with rose centerpiece and candelabrum.

Pre-Dinner Shot

I am organizing my writing into one place again. I also started listening to a new book after finishing City of Brass. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller, a young genderfluid thief strives to become one of the Queen’s assassins.

U.P. Visit in Photos January 2, 2019

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Christmas is Coming December 15, 2018

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Graduation at CSCC was yesterday. I watched via the live stream, and it was nice to see nearly 1400 students receive their diplomas.  Students have finished their exams and we’re now heading into semester break. One week of work, and then a week off for the holidays.

Heading to a Festivus party this evening with friends. I’ve finally gotten all my Christmas presents taken care of, and my first convention ticket for 2019 taken care of for my own present. Looking forward to seeing my family this holiday season.

Started our new Mage School campaign on Tuesday, and finalizing my character for the holiday marathon. Still working on City of Brass, about 2/3 of the way through. I still have long waitlists on all my other library books.