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Spring Days April 13, 2019

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I don’t know what to say this week. I attended the celebration of life of one of my oldest best friend’s father this week. He was much loved by all who knew him, but his body had grown too weary. He passed, as we all might wish, surrounded by family and friends. And on Thursday we gathered to remember him and tell stories of what he meant to us. It is a reminder to live every day to its fullest, and to live with love and joy.

Spending this evening doing just that, at a toga party with friends, testing out non-alcoholic drinks for our convention next month. (MarCon)

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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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What a Great Weekend July 30, 2018

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My brother’s wedding was really very nice and included quite a bit about not just bride and groom, but the families becoming one. They had some very nice music and the kids all looked adorable. A very large number of his parishioners came out to support them, as well. More than they ever planned on. Very nice, indeed. And was great to see my parents, aunt, uncle, and cousin. 🙂

Cedar Point was a great day as well. Tried out the Valraven and the Rougarou, both were were fun, but the former very short. Did not make it on Steel Vengeance as the line was very long, and we were making a short day of it. Also rode Millennium Force and the Maverick. The new harness on the Mav is very nicely padded. Did the Gemini, the SkyHawk, the Power Tower (down), and the super high swings and Cedar Downs. Oh, and in the middle of all that, we did take a ride on Snake River Falls, which they have deepened the water since I last rode it. Tiffy took a picture after and captioned it “You won’t get that wet, she said” in which I look like drowned rat. 😉 But hey, we got to watch a nice lady make a glass turtle after, while we tried to dry off in the heat of her forge.

At work, I finished scanning and uploading all the items for our mini archives. I am still waiting on word back from a few places about space for a bigger archive. It’s about to be finals time, and then semester break and when we get back in September, I’ll be officially starting the Use and Usability study.

In reading, I finished Skin Game and Side Jobs, and am still working on Penric’s Demon.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, as well, my friends. 🙂

Mid July Already? July 16, 2018

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July is a busy month for my family. Last Sunday was Dad’s Birthday. Mine is coming soon. (And a wedding after that.) This weekend was a mini Denison Reunion. And yesterday I went to my fleet chapter’s annual meeting. Busy busy busy. Sorry I haven’t been keeping up with this.

Work is awesome. I will be launching my usability study soon. Today, I started scans for a small archival test collection. Also today, I will be teaching my first batch of Freshmen about the library and how to verify a website.

Pictures from Denison visit:

Bookwise, I am up to Cold Days by Butcher. And listened to Ready Player One. I’ve picked up a few random things for later in the year from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, so expect less Dresden in the coming months. 😉

May Days May 20, 2018

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May is always a busy month, and this month is no different. First weekend I went up to visit my Parents, Nieces, Brother, and his Fiancée and her kids. Second weekend was MarCon. This weekend was a Pokemon Community Day, Deadpool 2, and lots of cleaning to get ready for next weekend. Next weekend is Barfleet’s annual camping trip. For which, I’ve been busy punching 160+ personalized dogtags, with a very old and cranky machine.

Work is going great. I’m loving all the things I get to do, and my lovely coworkers. I had a great time at Innovate 2018 at OSU, and an ALAO conference called Actively Inclusive. Currently creating a Use and Usability study for our Research Guides.

On the reading front, I finished Dead Beat and listened to The Magician. New Butcher book coming next month, and a buy two for one credit sale on Audible right now. Haven’t looked at it yet, but my credit just came through.

Also, there’s a new baby kitty outside.

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.

Happy St. Patrick’s and St. Gertrude’s Weekend! March 18, 2018

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Snakes and Cats, what a combination!

Anyway, I hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday weekend. I went to a couple parties with friends, and now I’m having a lazy Sunday. Found old character sheets that are going to be used again soon. Found one of two needed notebooks for those old games. Updated this month’s budget numbers, and decided I could order delivery for lunch. I should do some cleaning and such, but that’ll probably wait for tomorrow.

I didn’t go skating, but soon, I’ll get to go a lot more often. Yay!

Congrats to my brother, I forgot to say, who is now engaged. More family members, coming soon.

I’m liking The Black Prism, and I have a teen book The Alchemyst waiting in the wings. Watched Zootopia and Emoji Movie this weekend, too. They were alright, just fluff for a sleepy day.

Merry Christmas!!! December 25, 2017

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After a week of baking and preparation, I have had a very nice Christmas weekend. I got lots of cookies in the cookie swap, and this week, I shared them with a group of friends. I cooked up my usual Chex/Crispix mix and shared it with my gaming friends. I exchanged presents with a few good friends, and soaps with a few old friends. I got to visit Alyssa and Noah and then Alyssa and I got to visit Erika and her little one. (Alyssa and I even when to Frank’s for lunch.) I even got to have dinner with Erika, the little one, and Brian. Christmas Eve and Day, I got to spend with my favorite puppy, make a Christmas roast, and eat all sorts of cookies. 😉  On the Eve, I watched Die Hard and Die Harder, Rogue One, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. (It amuses me that there is only one movie between Return and Last.) 😉

In the library field, I only work two days this week before visiting my brother on Thursday (hopefully), and gaming all weekend. (And Chewy.com’s commercial’s doorbell just set off the Ralphie.) I have four applications out, in various stages of consideration. Full-time job in the new year <fingers crossed>.

As for books, I listened to I am Malala last week. This week, I started Mists of Avalon, and for my long drives, I’ve got Summer Knight keeping me company.

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and will have a safe New Year.

Happy Holidays! December 21, 2016

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Merry Yule, Happy Solstice, and Merry Christmas!

Christmas

Hope everyone is having a great holiday season. I’ve attended two gatherings so far, five more to go. Having a great time with friends, and this weekend, I get to spend time with the puppy, too.

Rogue One was a great movie, looking forward to seeing it again. 🙂 Still listening to more Dresden at home – up to book 6 now.  Still working on Captain’s Fury at work. Have another short story collection ready to go next.

Work is good, and fairly busy. I’ve got a handful of applications out for full time work, as well.

Hope everyone has a wonderful, and safe, holiday season.