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Back on Thursday May 28, 2020

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May is ending, business is beginning again. The threat hasn’t passed, but people are tired and restless. And angry. But they can’t fight a virus, so they are fighting each other. It’s exhausting. On top of an already exhausting world.

I’m having a rough week, but I’ll get through it. My usual camping trip this past weekend went online through Zoom, Discord, and Twitch. It was an interesting experience. Smoother than other virtual events I’ve attended. My loved ones are finally getting postponed medical procedures. One completed successfully this week, a more serious one next week. And I’ve now been home alone except for food and one afternoon in-car game for eleven weeks.

I still have two meals a week with friends over video chat. The D&D game is steaming right along on Hangouts. I’m a week behind in blogging it, but I’ll try to catch up tonight. And I start getting farm fresh deliveries next week from our local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). And I have a pretty new gaming mouse with color changing lights. And did some coloring to relax this weekend.

Going mouse with LEDs
Colored page
New color pencils

Please be careful out there.

Happy Easter! April 11, 2020

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I hope everyone is having a lovely Easter Weekend!

Things here are status quo. Staying inside except to get food and meds. Going to have to do the food thing again very soon. Even made myself a basic mask.

Hydy in a purple hand-sewn mask.

The launch of chat went well. A few missed chats here and there, as to be expected. We’ll get the hang of it. Most folk even like our new homepage. So, a smooth week overall, and a bit more back to our usual business.

Went to a party over Zoom last weekend. It was fun, and I drank one of the bottles of Coke I’d gotten as donation for a con that was cancelled. I have one more for the camping trip that is also moving online at the end of May. I miss all these events, badly, but I’m glad we are finding alternatives.

This is going to be a cleaning weekend for me. I got dusters and floor sweepers and such. And a whole counter and sink full of dishes. I also made too much chili, so I’m going to have to freeze some of it for later.

Anyway. Have a Happy Easter. Take care of each other and Stay Home if you can.

Spring Cleaning April 28, 2019

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Finally went through all the papers that have been piling up in my office for a couple years and did a few loads of shredding while I was at it. A clean office and living room have been accomplished this weekend. As well as watching Endgame, and having a nice long walk and some good exercise.

At work, we are heading into finals, so there’s a therapy dog visiting this week and next. I have a conference down town for half the week on Best Practices for digital preservation/repositories. Really looking forward to that. I am also working on putting together a webpage to hold the English 1100’s Open Textbook project. (And arguing with onClick tooltips that they requested.)

Heading into a busy May. Mother’s Day, MarCon, and Barfleet Summer Games. And I have the puppy and kitty for four days. Yay puppy and kitty, boo long drive in to work. ๐Ÿ˜‰

In audiobooks, I have taken a break from Wishes and Wellingtons (Julie Berry), and am attempting First Grave on the Right (Darynda Jones), but I am not sure I’ll make it through. I also have Provenance (Leckie) waiting in the wings, as well as Dragonlance’s Vinas Solamnus (J. Robert King) because Liam O’Brien narrates it. In comics, I finished this run of DIE and got halfway through Alias v. 3. I’m a bit overwhelmed with all the comics on my list, so not sure what will be next. Endgame was spectacular, though.

New Car June 4, 2018

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Finished a very busy May with a camping trip with over 160 friends. We had good food, great fun, and rocking music. We only had rain one night, but oh what a night. And about 100 of us took over a small town theater to see Solo.

The rest of my week was consumed with getting a new car and selling the old one.

Blue Prius C Four

I have also started on a weight loss program through my health insurance: Real Appeal. We will see how that goes.

In books, I finished Proven Guilty. Now I listening to Magical Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris.

What a Weekend April 29, 2018

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Hi Readers! (No spoilers contained within.)

I’ve spent the last three days playing a MechWarrior marathon with my gaming group, and it was amazing. I really love my gaming group, and often, even when I don’t want to leave the house, going to gaming always cheers me up. This weekend, we went to see Infinity War together on Thursday and then played Friday night, all day Saturday and all day Sunday. We had a ton of laughs, tables of junk food, a lot of firefights, some arguing, a few big surprises, some moving moments, and a whole lot of heroics. In the end, we accomplished our mission, slowed down the enemy, and kept each other alive, though missing a few limbs. And every one of us is ready for the next installment.

In the regular world. My job is fantastic. My obsessive attention to detail is helping to improve our Research Guides, and has started a jargon discussion within the team. I’ve helped out a few students with their research and computer skills. We’re going to be checking out a new database on Monday. I’m pulling together statistics for our next Fiscal Year’s budget decisions. And I’m learning a lot about CSCC and its library.

April comes to a close with my first paycheck. And May begins with all my health benefits kicking in. I will also be upgrading my phone, and possibly my bed (some research required). May is going to be a very busy. First up, my parents are coming down, and I’m still working out if I’ve got time to drive up to my brother’s to see them. Second is MarCon on Mother’s Day weekend. Then we finish out the month with a big Memorial Weekend camping trip. I’ve also got at least two small conferences to attend for the library.

I did manage to start listening to Dead Beat on my drive to and from work, and on lunches. And The Magician came through from the library for my next book.

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.

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 ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 mostย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Party with fleet friends this weekend… between work shifts. Should be ย 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.