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Labor Day September 3, 2018

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Had a nice weekend in Chicago with friends. We went Pokemoning around Elgin, and did a few raids. We went to a local pizza place for lunch and a ridiculous football game. Had fun gaming and porch swinging/rocking in the storms. Today was a Battletech scrum.

First week of Fall semester went smoothly. Though the heat and impending storms postponed Week of Welcome fairs. I’m putting together a guide to a new art/history exhibit for mid-month. I’ll post it when it’s public.

Still chugging my way through the Critical Role season two podcast. I’m at episode 14 and this week was 33, so, soon I’ll catch up. Unfortunately, they play at 7pm California time. But I’ve also got Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne in the queue.

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New Year January 3, 2013

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Happy New Year!

I hope every is having a good 2013 so far, and had a safe celebration of the turning of the year. I had a great time with friends who live nearby. We spent the day smoking pork, and watching Fringe, among other things. Then went to a party that was half New Year’s and half goodbye for the house owner who is moving to Chicago. Many well wishes to him and his fiance.

I have updated my resume (more polish to come, as always), and my job searches with an aim towards Web Content Management/Development/Editing type jobs. Rich is still busily applying to jobs and looking for new opportunities. On a more personal level, I’m hoping to spend more time writing and learning web design this year.

ChiCon 7 Was a Blast September 6, 2012

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Spent the weekend in Chicago, from Thursday night through Monday lunch time. It was a ton of fun, though I really didn’t do as much of the actual convention as maybe I should have, responsibilities (fun) and sleep intervened. As did several really nice meals. We gathered for our own brand of quiet party that first night, meeting all the people we didn’t know yet, and some we had not seen for a long time, but would be working with the rest of the weekend. There had been some load in earlier, but Rich and I didn’t get there until mid-party.

Friday morning and afternoon we spent cleaning up and preparing the suite and three adjoining rooms for two nights of public parties. The rest of the gear arrived and we made a couple trips through the freight elevator to finish stocking the room. Carpet was covered, Christmas lights were hung, and a very cool holodeck door frame was installed. The DJs set up, the punches were mixed and we were ready to go.

Both nights were excellent parties. Nearly 500 guests the first night(causing the temperature differential alarm to go off), and many more than that the second night(thankfully we had better air circulation). We were voted best party of the con, and most people were glad to be a part of it. Some of the more middle-aged of our guests were even tickled to be ID-ed at the door, saying it had been quite some time since that had happened. We had so many fleet there, that even working was easier, most shifts not lasting more than an hour, unless you wanted it to. The four rooms gave us a nice flow, and the lack of horizontal surfaces and the great job of commemorative cup sales, meant I didn’t even have to spend all my time picking up abandoned cups.

As for the food. It was quite the adventure. Friday lunch we walked through the Pedway(an interesting, indoor way to get through downtown), to a place called Wow Bao, which serves “hot Asian buns.” These are spongy round pastries with your favorite flavors stuffed inside. We had chicken teriyaki, as well as some traditional fried dumplings. Friday dinner was deep dish Chicago pizza, it was amazing an huge. I couldn’t even manage two full pieces. Saturday I went back to the Pedway for lunch, but the subshop didn’t have beef, so I ended up with a nice tuna(better for me anyway). For dinner, I headed out via a very terrifying cab ride with friends to Weber Grill. I had a delicious prime rib, wonderful garlic mashed potatoes and nicely grilled asparagus. Excellent meal.

Sunday was busy with putting the rooms back together and getting all the gear back into trucks, vans and trailers. I’m pretty sure I missed lunch this day. So, for dinner, a bunch of us went out to Houlihan’s. Where we shared some homemade potato chips (I avoided the drizzled cheese), Ahi tuna wrapped in wonton, and some shrimp that I also avoided. For dinner, I had a plate full of broccoli, mashed potatoes and meatloaf. Nothing spectacular, but a very tasty, and filling meal. We dropped in on a couple parties that night, but one was too quiet, and the other too loud and bright, packed with people we didn’t know, so we ended up hanging out in one of our hotel rooms, though, I admit, I was nearly asleep during this, listening to stories and jokes.

Monday was final pack out for most of us, and a long drive home, now in the daylight, for Rich and me. The fields of windmills are far more fun in the dark, with their single red, blinking eyes. I imagine Don Quixote would be more convinced of their dragonish nature had he seen them in modern times. We found out that we won best party on the drive home, and tired spirits were buoyed, even into the next day. All in all, it was quite the successful weekend away.

Anniversary Weekend August 30, 2012

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Had a nice time celebrating our 8th Anniversary this past weekend. We went to Avenue Q, produced by CATCO. If you’ve never heard of it, think Rent with Muppets. The main character has just graduated with a B.A. in English and is trying to find his way out in the real world of jobs, bills, relationships and layoffs.ย  We had a nice dinner at P.F. Changs, and then spent the evening at the dollar theater. We watched Men in Black 3, and Hunger Games. I really enjoyed MIB3, it had a good story, and kept you hooked til the very end. Hunger Games was a good, action packed overview of the book, but they skipped over so many important details, including getting you to care more about the main character than her little sister, but it was still fun.

This week has been a flurry of get ready for ChiCon 7.ย  WorldCon is being held in Chicago this year, and we’re going with a huge group of friends. It is going to be a blast. I don’t know a lot of the authors, but there are quite a few panels that look interesting. And it’s Chicago, so I’m sure we’ll have some pretty amazing food adventures as well.

I have my car back, good as new, though reeking of the cleaner they used on the dashboard. The Altima was interesting to drive, but I missed my Prius, and definitely want it for the Chicago drive. I’m doing pretty well myself, getting some Chiropractic care, and I’ll be good as usual in a couple weeks.

 

Week Twenty October 21, 2009

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No news is good news?ย  Still in a holding pattern. Expect a big update next week about this time. Heading to Chicago in a few hours. I said to a very good friend of mine earlier today: I’m not doing worse or better, might learn something Sunday. Might not. Doc might have something new for me next month, might not. I will do my best to not use it as an excuse any more.

Food of the week: Spiral spelt pasta, broccoli and tomato sauce.

Life, Work and Everything October 1, 2009

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Two weeks ago, I stepped down to a part time shelving position at Barnes & Noble. This was not entirely voluntary, but it is a position I will enjoy more than Head Cashier. This had many repercussions, some were unexpected, and others were met with relief. All in all, I will stay there only as long as I need the money at this point, as health insurance is no longer a noose around my neck(it was taken away by my manager).

On the front of getting away from needing the B&N income, I have started working as a consultant for Bookup.com which is owned and run by my friend Mike Leahy. In this job I do website updating and upkeep, database upkeep, as well as managing advertising campaigns on Google, Yahoo and MSN. Not to mention keeping him more on task than he’s used to with my OCD nature. Thus far a lot has been accomplished and a lot more work still has to be done. I am really enjoying this opportunity to help him out and to learn more about small businesses.

I am also regaining focus on my writing career. Right now, I have nine stories submitted to magazine markets, with a tenth sitting behind me waiting for a read through and polish. I am looking into starting an informational blog for writers for another stream of income. I’m also considering a Masters or a Certificate in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. And, going along with the starving artist theme, I currently have an application in with the Ohio Arts Council for an Individual Excellence Award, a grant for the beginning of next year.

My health is fairly stable, but I’m back on all my drugs, including my shots, trying to get my elbow to calm down. I’m still on the alkaline diet, but quickly losing faith in my ability to limit my medicinal needs. It’s obviously healthier than what I was eating, but my elbow frustrates me. The rest of my joints are doing well, though and I have a lot more energy.

On a random lark that I haven’t the slightest idea how to capitalize on, I have come up with an interesting(to me) product idea for carrying around the massive amount of gaming books(and minis and dice) we are once again amassing as 4th Edition D&D keeps printing new books every month. On the D&D tangent, our Tuesday group is having a great time and we are all getting geared up for our next game as we finish our current one. Details for those who are curious may be requested via email. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Speaking of random larks, I’m going to Chicago in October to attend Unleashing the Power Within, a Tony Robbins seminar. The website says participants will: Break through the fears that hold you back (including unconscious fears). Create momentum in your life to make difficult things become effortless. Develop the physical vitality and energy you need to passionately follow through. Understand and take advantage of recent changes in the economy to secure and build your personal wealth. Learn the marketing principles you need to take advantage of the economic crisis and revolutionize your business. I’m going because the aforementioned Mike has been working at Tony Robbins seminars for twenty years and he finally talked me into going. I’m hoping for inspiration and information to help me on my newly decided path.

Week Sixteen September 23, 2009

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Four moons of this diet and where am I? I reserve the right to edit this post when I’m not in such a foul mood from today’s work-related problem.

This weekend, aside from my elbow, my opposite ankle also swelled up, so on Sunday I took a 25mg shot of Enbrel. My elbow is still very swollen and my ankles both appear to have very minor swelling right now as I type this. I am back to my usual full dose of drugs and full of stress. It was my zag day this weekend, so that probably did not help matters. I keep saying I need to refocus on stricter eating guidelines and start exercising, but I’m also getting very frustrated. I suffer from a sense of entitlement, too… I want to be able to eat โ€œlike everyone else.โ€ I get attacks of โ€œit’s not fair!โ€ Then I go to, well, the drugs work, I can just take those and then I can do what I want. But as a very good friend pointed out, I started this diet because the drugs weren’t working, because I was having to take more drugs, not less. The cycle continues.

My zag was lovely party food Saturday night, Bob Evans’ steak burger for Brunch and an early dinner of lettuce wraps and Mongolian beef at PF Chang’s for dinner. I had a very fun weekend with friends and Rich and I finally got to see 9. It was a good movie, I need to watch it again when I’m not so tired, I think I only missed about 1/3 of it.

The week is not going as planned, but the majority of things are going well. I did find reasonably priced Almond Butter today. Delicious! I will be going to Unleashing the Power Within next month in Chicago. I go for inspiration, motivation and with any luck, useful information. My life is changing a lot right now, and a little affirmation wouldn’t hurt either. And who knows, maybe I’ll come out of it with a million dollar idea/novel/business model/financial plan. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Food of the week: Almond Butter (yes, again, it saved me from Custard)