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A Quiet Week July 28, 2017

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It’s been a very quiet week compared to my super busy weekend. I got to see all the people I planned to, running up to north western Ohio, and then to Michgan, and back down again for even more birthday celebrations. And tonight, homemade spaghetti sauce to finish off the week.

I had a great time visiting with my brother, mom, dad, nieces and nephew. We played a couple new (to me) boardgames: Black Sail and Quartz, which were competitive enough, but not overly so. My brother and his kids gave me another board game that I have not yet opened: Champions of Midgard.

I had lovely food with everyone, including trying out a new Sushi place near where I live (I had a Korean dish instead), and a beef brisket, freshly smoked, for my birthday dinner.

The week I have spent relaxing, cleaning up, and working. A nice quiet week to finish out July.

I’ve also been lazy about audiobooks. I listened to The Martian, and Catching Fire. I really need to go through and find next books in all the series I’ve been listening to. I’ll have to do that this weekend. Also this weekend is finishing up my newest D&D character for a brand new campaign on Tuesday: Guardians of the Multiverse. It’s going to be great!

Advent Begins December 1, 2016

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Today is the first day of December, the first day of Advent. The weather, after briefly warming up Tuesday and Wednesday, has dropped down to winter temperatures. Tomorrow, I will be putting up the last of my curtains to keep it out. With the help of a couple friends.

I had a nice Thanksgiving weekend with the puppy. Watched a very good, very hard fought football game between UofM and OSU, on an actual TV and everything (usually, I’m seeing the poorly broadcast Gamecast on ESPN). I also got my haircut in preparation for my interview tomorrow (good thoughts, please). Not a very Good picture, but here’s what it looks like:

New Hair Cut

This weekend looks to be a quiet affair. Possibly going to watch people bowl tomorrow night. And I’ve borrowed some Lego Harry Potter Wii games from the library. 😉

I’m a good bit into Cursor’s Fury by Butcher, and I got Harm None by Sellars from Audible to listen to next. New D&D campaign has begun in a haunted puzzle house, so that was a really fun start this week.

The holiday season is fully upon us, and I’m still trying to decide about decorating.

Hailstorms and Heinlein April 14, 2016

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Two hailstorms in Texas this week, one after another. So, I spent my week trying to schedule increasingly frustrated customers with increasingly busy glass shops. As you can imagine, this didn’t go particularly well. But people (mostly) understood that they weren’t the only ones in trouble. I hope the extra techs arrive soon… Even the rentals are completely booked out. And they’re expecting Rainstorms this weekend.

 

Finished Moon is a Harsh Mistress this week, and now I’m into Number of the Beast – the most science-y of his books so far – time, space, and universes colliding, not to mention four narrators. It’s a tough one, but I’m managing through. Another great D&D night on Tuesday with adorable puppy and jealous older puppy included. Had fun at the party with friends last weekend, despite having to leave early to get up for work next day. One more day at Sprawl and I’m done for the week. Looking forward to sleeping on Saturday, as well some fun with friends this weekend.

What Fun!? April 8, 2016

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This past weekend the weather went completely nuts, and I had to drive through blinding snow to get home Saturday night. I had to pull over twice because I couldn’t see the front of my car. Fortunately, I had a passenger along to keep me calm.  And take pictures:

SnowStorm

 

Sunday at work, was a more relaxed day, but still decently busy. This week I’ve gotten more comfortable on the phone. Still have questions now and then. Starting next week, I’m officially on a team. I hope to meet my Job Coach on Monday. 😉

Finished Time Enough for Love last night and was very nearly, very angry. Next up, Moon is a  Harsh Mistress. I got it just in time from the library wait list. Also working my way through season 2 of Daredevil on Netflix.  Tuesday we got a bit further in our new D&D campaign as our MechWarrior GM has a brand new, super adorable puppy, so he was a bit distracted.

I’ve got a big crockpot full of turkey chili simmering for tonight (anyone want to come over?), and a cocktail party with friends tomorrow night. Looking to be a very good weekend before I get back to work on Monday. I do have to finish lunch and get to Sprawl soon to finish out my workweek.

Thank You For Calling… March 31, 2016

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First week on the phones. Day one: WHY won’t the phone Stop Ringing??? Day two: This isn’t as bad as yesterday… Day three: I think I’m getting the hang of this… Day four: Did I do that right? I think I did…  And now it’s my weekend. First week completed without meltdown. Learning new things, and figuring out my mistakes, and being glad I made flashcards for a few processes.

At gaming we finished one adventure and dipped our toes into the next D&D campaign, as we were missing half our players. It was good fun. I see all kinds of awesome trouble brewing.  Finished Methuselah’s Children. Moon is a Harsh Mistress has a waiting list at the library, so I’m on to Time Enough for Love in the meantime. This one’s been a bit trickier, as it goes into long passages about genetics, and the narrator changes without warning quite often, though this is noted by a voice tone change, which helps, but is still confusing. Lazarus is still wonderful, though.

I spent the last weekend working on a To Do list, including a bit of tax refund shopping for clothes and a couple needful kitchen things, as well as a new lapdesk big enough for my laptop + mouse. I also finally cleaned out my “Donate This” corner. I actually managed to get everything done on it, except for finding a new pair of jeans.  This weekend is for putting together a stellar job application for OHC, and relaxing.

All Done! November 5, 2015

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Completed both my internships this week. Now, to land a job. 🙂

Halloween weekend went really well. All the things went smoothly and were lots of fun. And I didn’t eat ridiculous amounts of candy. Nor did I buy ridiculous amounts of candy. Good job, me.

This week’s CSA cooking pic, butterkin squash:

butterkin

November now, conventions and holidays galore. This weekend: Stuff with friends, and maybe a BAD OGRE drop by. Pondering the D&D game and the VtM game, but it requires me to get up and over the Granville by noon on Saturday. I might just sleep. But as I’m not planning on going out on Friday, it IS possible.

Next week, my plans are rest, paperwork, writing (semi-seriously pondering NaNoWriMo), and job applications. Then puppy-sitting the Ralphie. 🙂

First Fall Cold September 17, 2015

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Internships still going well, though my posts last week were a few days late, due to busy and tired. Finally got the Annual Reports caught up, and now on to more items for the African American collection.

Received my welcome email from the CSA today. They changed my delivery day to Wednesdays. This Could be problem. They suggest leaving a cooler with ice in front of your house for the delivery, but I live in an apartment building. Originally, the delivery day was Friday, which is my day off. Hoping I’m early in the route, and can just head to work after they arrive. We shall see, first delivery is next week.

Fleet party this weekend. Looking forward to relaxing with friends. Haven’t had a local event since the early Summer picnic. Also a wedding shower to attend on Saturday. A day full of friends and chosen family.

Missed gaming this week, trying to fight off ConCrud before the weekend. Last week we made new 5th Ed characters, first time with the newest edition of D&D, to use when our GM is absent. Seems good so far. I need to flesh her out a bit. Regular game is going really well, my character is having a lot of fun. I’m slowly working on my gaming blog, getting his adventures online. It is hard to catch up when you’ve been playing for six months without blogging any of it.

Awesome Times August 15, 2013

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We went to COSI on Saturday, to see the Mythbusters exhibit and everything else. Mythbusters was a lot of fun, they had tons of their props from the show, with little plaques explaining the experiments. There were stations where you could try some of the experiments, like building a little block house to see if it would stand up to a windtunnel, or whether running or walking through rain got you wetter, or how fast your reaction time was to being shot at. The little live show took off from this latter bit and actually picked a few fast folk to compete for the chance to dodge a paintball. The guy in our demo was able to dodge fast enough to avoid a shot from 75ft away.  The rest of the museum was fun with lots of interactive exhibits. Gears and pulleys and body tests, and robots, and of course the laser harp, heartbeat drum and the Foucault’s pendulum in the lobby.

Sunday was the picnic/annual meeting. It was a smaller gathering than we’re used to, but the weather was nice, and the AC was running. The kids continued to amuse themselves with waterguns, when the weren’t just dumping the whole bucket on each other. Good food, good conversation and good times. And we voted to keep everything running smoothly the same way it did last year.

Last night was the topper for the week of awesome. I went to the Columbus Museum of Art to “The Sundering.” A discussion, Q&A, and book signing featuring R.A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood and Erin Evans. They talked about the creative process, and how the collaboration of creating The Sundering series began and went along, as six authors pulled their characters and their craft into the newest revision of D&D and The Forgotten Realms.  It was awesome, as a writer, to listen to them all talk about how they create, how their outlines are just to please the marketing folks, and have very little resemblance to their final products, how they don’t know what’s on the next page. It was very cool, as a gamer, to listen to their excitement about the realms and playing D&D, and their specific characters.

I knew of Ed Greenwood before this event, but seeing him on stage, as giddy as a six-year-old, was incredible. I haven’t read much of his stuff, but now I want to read more. I didn’t know of Erin Evans prior to this event, but after her reading of a piece of her book, I want to read the others she’s written. R.A. Salvatore is why I went to the event, and I was not disappointed. Though, after years of reading Drizzt, I did not expect his Massachusetts accent. There were a lot of people there and most stayed for the signing, I was about halfway, if not more through the line, but all three authors were friendly and excited still when I got to the front of the line.  I only had The Companions with me, so I asked Erin and Ed to sign the Realms map where their stories took place, they were both happy to do so, and Bob signed the title page, of course. They gave us post-it notes, so the author could spell our names correctly, too. My first personalized signed book.

This weekend is family stuff. Happy Birthday to my two nieces!!! And visiting with family both there and here. 🙂

Boise Trip, Part 2 July 12, 2012

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By Friday, the temps started to go up, and stayed there for the rest of our visit. It was very nice, but A/C everywhere we went meant I still didn’t wear my shorts. Over the course of the weekend, we completed our food tour with Westside Drive-in, Jack In The Box, Flying Pie Pizza, two visits to Sockeye, a nice brunch on Sunday at a brand new cafe, and lunch at Hugo’s Deli on Monday. Gale made us a nice big Italian dinner Monday night for our last meal in Boise.

So, what else did we do besides eat?

Friday we joined our old group for some D&D Edition 3.5. And helped them work their way through Gluttony(necromancy) and Lust (enchantment) in their dungeon. We had a good time catching up with them, seeing the little one turned into a real person now, and sharing old stories. And no one died.

Saturday we spent hanging out, and chatting and seeing lots of people we hadn’t seen in a while. The waitress we had wasn’t anywhere near as good as the one we had Thursday night. But then Thursday we were inside with only five of us, Saturday, there was an ever fluctuating group out on the patio. Still, we had fun, and stayed both nights til they kicked us out, and then a bit longer in the parking lot. There was Kevin Smith afterward on Saturday.

Sunday we went out to Star, and pretty much played Munchkin for hours and hours and hours. It was good fun. We started out with Zombies and then switched over to regular with lots and lots of expansions. The kid played for a while, too. Did a good job for his first time. I didn’t meet a lot of our friends’ families when we lived out there, so it was interesting meeting David’s folks, sister and nephew. Many positive thoughts for her speedy recovery.

Monday we went to see The Amazing Spiderman. And I actually liked it. I haven’t really liked any of the Spiderman movies I’ve seen thus far, but they did a good job with this one. Start all over at the beginning, make the background more detailed, and for once, got the right first girlfriend. I was afraid I would fall asleep, but there was no even a lazy blink. I’m sure there were cannon problems, there always are, but I don’t read comics. It was a fun movie.

The trip home was not so much fun. Bad airport food, flight delays and no free wifi, made for a very long day. But we made it safely and in time for gaming. So, no harm done.

Another Game? May 19, 2011

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As if my life isn’t busy enough, I’m considering joining a LARP on Sunday nights. (Live Action Role Play for my less geeky readers.) Am I insane? Or just missing the variety of games I played in college?  D&D is tons of fun on Tuesday night, and lately we’ve been running all around the editions. 2nd one week, 4th the next and 3rd the next. It’s been a great time remembering the old, trying the new and planning for the future. But there are so many other games out there. I miss being a Gangrel. But the LARP is Every week. I’ve only been in one LARP before, in Ireland, and it was once a month. But it could be a great time with Rich and Amy and R2 and whoever else I end up meeting there. And I really do miss my Gangrels. And I might even do more writing if I start playing one, just to keep track of what’s happening in game.

MarCon next weekend. I’m working on a toga for Friday night. There will be pictures if I manage it. Last MarCon on Memorial Day weekend for at least three years. It’s going to be a huge blow out of crazy fun. Very excited.

Spent last weekend relaxing and deciding on an apartment to apply to. Further from work, but closer to friends. Bigger and with a more bookcase-friendly layout, for $150/month less than we pay now. Plus basement storage space. Looking to move the last weekend in June.

Rich actually got paid for untaken vacation and such, so that was a nice surprise for this month’s budget. June will be nice, and July even better once we get things balanced with his new job. I’ve written one new story, and have ideas for three more. The muse seems to have come back. We’ll see how long she stays this time.