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Autumn Colors September 24, 2017

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Fall has finally fallen, though it is, of course, warmer this week than it has been recently. The leaves are turning, the pumpkin spice and apple cider flow. We had our fall party last night, it was nice and relaxed. The week was pretty quiet. Did not get the job, but applied for a couple others. My car hit 200,000 miles this week as well.

I did, finally finish the Robert Jordan. Now I’m trying out a new Robin Hobb: Ship of Fools. The narrator has a quiet, soft voice, and I haven’t quite figured out what’s going on, yet. Currently watching the newest Alien movie.

Hope everyone had a good week, and more to come.

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Summer Games June 1, 2017

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I had a wonderful time at Barfleet Summer Games this past weekend. There was, unfortunately, an inordinate amount of rain. This put a damper on both our usual camping arrangement, and our usual circles around the bonfire. However, this led to us all camping much closer together and getting to know each other a lot better. Our socialization was confined to smaller spaces, and so it made for more of a fleet feel, instead of individual ships/bases. This was also bolstered by the two planned group meals, and the two unplanned group meals held in the Pavilion. It was a great time, with 133  of my fellow fleet campers.

In work news, Summer Reading Club starts this Saturday. As does a lot of the kids’ summer breaks. It’s going to be a fun summer. We have a lot of afternoon activities set up for them, and the prizes for SRC are pretty nice for adults and kids.

I finished The Expanse, and then started into Red Seas Under Red Skies by Lynch. However, my next library book became available, so I put that on pause, and started into The Greyfriar by Clay Griffith, read by James Marsters. It’s my first steampunk novel, but I’m not far enough into it yet to know what I think. Speaking of, I watched the 2011 The Three Musketeers last night, it was awesome. 🙂

Game Time April 7, 2017

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Late night post. It’s been a cold and dreary week down here in Ohio. Full of lovely storms, at least, and some nasty ones, too. But it’s COLD today.

Had a nice weekend with friends, played a game or two and chatted a lot. We’re gearing up for May, so this was a nice relaxed event. This coming weekend is a Rifts gaming marathon with my Tuesday group. We’re playing in the New West, with a wide variety of characters. I’m playing a stealthy healer/protector mage/psionicist. (WordPress doesn’t know how to spell that word, but neither do I.)

I’m a little over half way through Knife of Dreams, and will make a lot more progress at work tomorrow. The loan period is about to expire, so hopefully, I’ll get it done. Not sure what’s next, though the reading challenge at work is a book by a comedian. I’ve done all the ones of that genre that I wanted to, so I’ll have to look a bit harder to find another.

Hope everyone is well. Until next week, stay safe and love freely.

Long Week March 31, 2017

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Long week, full of things. Most of them were not my things, but most were crazy and/or draining. I love my friends and family, and I’m happy that I can be there for them. And I appreciate all they do for me. One of the major me things that did happen, was a friend helped me build a new gaming desktop, to put on the desk another friend had given me. So, Yay!

WordPress says this is the second time I’ve used that Post Title… I’m really surprised it hasn’t been more often. Work went alright, mostly quietly.

Finished Dune, and started Knife of Dreams on audio. If I’m not going to finish Reading it, I might as well listen to it. 🙂

Barfleet party this weekend, with More Gaming. So, I’m looking forward to that.

Last Week February 9, 2017

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It’s my last week at Whitehall, this weekend I start at the Martin Luther King branch. Looking forward to the event this weekend, and then starting my first shift on Sunday. I get to spend the week at Main training, too, that’ll be interesting. 🙂

Tired today, so I stayed home in the afternoon. That means I have to spend all of tomorrow at Sprawl, finishing my weekly hours. Should get the current layer of the pallet finished, so just one more layer to go on this collection. Another collection is waiting. 😉

Party with fleet friends this weekend… between work shifts. Should be  a good time.

Tried a few more stories in Rogues, but couldn’t get into them. So, I started Redwall. It’s amusing, if simple. Also got through Ghost Story, now into Cold Days… and nearly done with it, actually. Skin Game up next.

Moving, Moving, Moving September 22, 2016

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Big news of the day: I signed my lease and got the keys to my new place (freshly cut for the freshly re-keyed locks). Weeee!  The walls look nicer with a fresh coat of tan paint. The stuck doors are unstuck, and all sockets are properly covered. There’s a plumbing issue to resolve, but hopefully that’ll be all set by the time I’m actually moved in. I did some re-measuring and am now more secure in the idea that everything will fit through the doors. Though, the washer and dryer are still going to take a bit of work to get down into the basement through the tiny kitchen. Hurray for professional movers.

In book news, I finished Practical Demonkeeping, and am currently listening to M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman, another short story collection, this one for a younger audience. I also read the second volume of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer graphic novels. More confusing than the first, but possibly just because I’m not used to the format. I also sold a short stack of books to Acorn Books, and a slightly taller stack to Half Price Books, today. The rest of my discards are going to CML Friends of the Library.

I have finished packing everything in the bedroom, office, and bathroom that I’m not going to need this weekend. First step moving is tomorrow evening: all the boxes. Monday is all the furniture. I’ll probably move some of the smaller furniture bits myself on the weekend, if we don’t add them to the trailer tomorrow. My computers probably won’t move until Monday, either, as WOW! hasn’t established if they serve my new apartment complex or not. TWC does, but I’d rather not, if I can avoid it.

Barfleet party this weekend, so I get to relax with friends in the middle of moving craziness. Yay! One more week until October, and all the craziness that entails.

Family June 10, 2016

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Sorry for the late post, I fell asleep for three hours when I got home yesterday. I had a great visit with Mom last week. We watched a couple movies and did our usual shopping. We watched The Butler on the new TV and went out to see The Jungle Book in the theater. Both very good, in their own ways. She got me early birthday presents this year of short sleeved work shirts (I’ve never been warm at work before…) and a new TV and stand to put it on. (I had to go buy a screwdriver to put it together, I don’t know What happened to the phillips-head I used to have.) She also brought me down her old Wii that she no longer uses with WiiFit, WiiPlay, andWiiSports to boot, as well as Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader. I’ve set it up with the TV, but I haven’t played any of them yet.

Third week at work this week, and first payday. I’m getting all the little bits down now. Still proving I can shelve the way they do, but we’re getting really busy with the kids out of school. Today, I hope to learn how to do a little bit more with their computer systems on the floor (signing in patrons and helping them send print jobs), so I can actually help when I’m out shelving and they ask me questions. Remember, this summer, Everyone can get in on the Summer Reading program at your local branch.

Tomorrow is our Picnic on the Lawn with my Fleet family. Looking forward to spending time with them, relaxing and eating delicious food. I’m still waiting on the last book in the trilogy I was working on, so I spent this month’s credit on Wizard’s First Rule, to have someone else read Goodkind to me.

Summer Has Arrived June 2, 2016

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I had a great time last weekend with my Barfleet family. Four days and four nights of camping, delicious food, fun games, silly stories, campfires, singing with guitar and banjos, and 90 minutes of solid, straight, echoing laughter. It was glorious, and the rain stayed mostly away, though we starting wishing it wouldn’t as summer came in and sat heavily upon us. Already looking forward to our fall camp out.

I finished the second book of Night Angel, but now I’m waiting my turn for the last. In the meantime, I’ve been listening to a lot of TedTalks, and some more scifi. Last week was some Bradbury and Wells. I’m trying to decide what to spend my current Audible credit for. Maybe another Salvatore, I’m getting further and further behind.

But onto the big news of the week. I started my new job! I had orientation on Monday and learned all the details of benefits and the employee systems. Tuesday and Wednesday I learned all the things about my job. How to check books in, how to shelve and clean up shelves, where all the things belong, how to find and process reservations, and how to use Polaris and email. This week I start working on my own a bit, and learning the minutiae. Saturday we (CML) kick off our Summer Reading Program – and it’s not just for kids, everyone can participate and enter the prize drawings. So, head down to your local branch on Saturday and sign up. 🙂

Last Day May 19, 2016

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My last day at Safelite today. All the weird. Computer wasn’t verifying insurance, and several complicated calls in the afternoon. No word from supervisors this week, more storms keeping everyone busy. Ah well. Looking forward to starting at the library next week. On-boarding on Monday, opening and closing with my new manager on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Next weekend is Camping! with 125 of my Barfleet friends. I have more dogtags to type up this weekend. It’s going to be a really fun time. Lots of campfire and castiron cooking. 🙂 And s’mores. Plus silly games.

Finished Way of the Shadows and now I’m onto Shadow’s Edge. Good series.

A Very Good Week May 12, 2016

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I had a really good time at MarCon with friends this past weekend. Some tasty beverages, as usual, from the bar – even the premixes were delicious (maybe a little Too delicious…). Some very good food from both the hotel and Max & Erma’s. I visited the Art Show and the Dealers Room. All full of fun and crazy things. I even bought a new book, though I resisted buying any art – I really am bad at decorating with what I have already. I also played some games, both at the parties, and in the official gaming area – my first time ever playing a miniatures game – Star Wars Attack Wing, I believe – and I didn’t do too poorly at it, either. I did manage to be too responsible/helpful, and got promoted on Friday night, but my friends took good care of me/celebrated with me.

And the week just got better and better. On Monday, I was asked to do some further paperwork for an interview I’d had. Then, on Wednesday, I was offered, and accepted a new job from the Whitehall branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library – Just up the road from me, and half a block from where I had my internship this fall. I start on the 23rd. So very excited!! (Submitted resignation letter to current job today.) It’s part time, so I can keep cataloging for Sprawl Library, while I get my feet wet learning the CML’s systems. Also, looking forward to being back on my feet and moving around on the job again.

I’ve finished the set of Heinlein I was working on, so now I’m listening to the first book in Brent Week’s Night Angel trilogy – thieves and assassins, my kind of book. 🙂

On a more political note, a post came across my Facebook yesterday that I think is very important: More Than 100 Methodist Ministers Defy Church Rules, Come Out as LGBT. Having grown up in the UMC, I feel that it is high time we remember that God is Love.