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Mostly Happy July 9, 2015

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Happy Birthday, Dad!

Happy Independence Day, last weekend!

Missing the Dusty Kitty, though. 😦

Got my website project started, need to find better color scheme and make a header banner. Have to write my digital library proposal this week, too. I think travel photos. We have to have 50 objects, and I’ve got tons of pictures from Ireland, Australia, and England, so… That should go alright.

Fleet Tiki picnic/party this weekend. πŸ™‚ Β And sleep… hopefully sleep. πŸ˜‰

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June Is Here June 4, 2015

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June already? Where did the year go? Well, I guess we keep moving forward.

Classes start next week, though, just for fun, I started taking a free beginners Python class this week – seems slowly paced enough to add on top of my other classes, and it’s a language I’ve not worked with before. So, it should be fun.

New manager at work – really seems to know her stuff, and is friendly and personable. Things are looking up. I’m still working on getting out, but right now that energy is focused on my fall internship – still looking. I tossed an email out to a digitization listserv today, see if I get any good leads there.

This month will be relatively quiet. Going to have a relaxing weekend starting after work tomorrow, then a picnic next weekend, and just the usual work-homework-hang out with friends the rest of the month.

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.Β  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.Β  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.Β  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. πŸ™‚

I Have a Kitchen! August 8, 2013

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Got my kitchen together finally this week. Also received my first textbook in the mail. It’s trade paperback sized, which surprised me, but it’s here!Β  P.O. Box plan worked flawlessly.Β  Unfortunately, my in apartment building mailbox is causing more problems. Yesterday my key got stuck in it. So that’s fun. I’m using bay leaves, catnip, mint and eucalyptus to keep the bugs away, and it’s going well so far. ::knock, knock::Β  Job is putting me in the Music department a lot, so I’ve been training how to do everything back there. Awesome weekend ahead, with COSI on Saturday, including the Mythbusters exhibit. Then a fleet picnic on Sunday for our annual meeting. Much fun to be had by all.

Kitchen photos:

Appliances

The appliances, and the on useful cupboard.

Counter

My counter and cutting board area.

Shelves

And pantry/shelves/substitute drawer area.

Welcome Summer June 27, 2013

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Two parties this past weekend to welcome summer. The picnic on the Sunday was full of kids with water-guns, and tasty smoked meats. I had a great weekend of hanging out with friends and relaxing. Even got to play with a old portable typewriter that a friend had found at a yard sale. He needs to take me to these yard sales some time, he always finds the best stuff.

Work goes on. Our new hires have completed the first round of training and are being thrown into the mix/tossed to the wolves. Summer has a lot of people moving on or going on vacation, so we’re doing our best to keep up. The computers haven’t been cooperating this week, but we’re managing.

Apparently, we’ve given up on the tablet business, though. Going to stop making the HDs and let someone else do it instead. It appears that we will still carry and support whatever they come up with, but we won’t be financially responsible for them. Simple Touches are sticking around, though, and the Glowlight. In the meantime, our HDs are ridiculously cheap.

Another relaxing weekend ahead for me. Going to go visit my brother’s family on Sunday, so that should be fun. Should start packing soon, signing my new lease in three weeks.

Celebrations June 20, 2013

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Aside from Father’s Day, Sunday held two other important events. My Parents’ 40th Anniversary (thanks for the reminder, Mom), and K’s Birthday!Β  So Congratulations and many Salutations to all of them. Hope everyone had a great weekend with their families and friends. I did a lot of relaxing and random Netflix watching. Tomb Raider was an odd little movie, I liked the characters better in the second one.

Finally did all the house cleaning on Monday. Went through all my files, shredded a bunch of Really Old Stuff, including some 5-year old, 1 year warranties. Found a spare passport picture, in case I ever do get in gear to send for my student ID. I’m just not sure it will be useful to me since I’m not on campus. Might just do it for cheaper movie tickets. πŸ˜‰

Switched my phone today, so I’m without service until the new plan kicks in at midnight. That’s probably something they should have told me ahead of time, but oh well. Back to a basic flip phone, but I do have unlimited text and data. Still not sure what good data is on a tiny flip phone, but we’ll see.

This weekend, is the Pride parade. I actually don’t have to work, so I think I’m heading down to the short north for that. Not sure where exactly. Sunday is a big picnic with friends, so that’ll be fun.

Welcome to Summer!

Ba-Con June 28, 2012

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This weekend, most of my friends down here will be running or attending Ba-Con. A convention dedicated to gaming, geeks, technology, and, of course, Bacon. It started last year, and is promising to be even more awesome this year. So, if you’re bored Friday night or on Saturday, come on out to the best new con in Columbus. I’ll be in the group throwing the big party Saturday night. It’s going to be a blast.

In other news, we leave Tuesday for our week in Boise. So everyone out there, heads up. We’ll be in town, but without wheels, so if you want to see us, give us a call and come pick us up. πŸ˜‰ Need our phone numbers? Just email. Anyone still gaming? Got big party plans for the 4th? Let us know. We can hardly wait to see everyone. (And for folk here in town, enjoy theΒ  various picnics, I’ll be missing you and the tasty food.)

June is almost over, it’s been rough. Looking forward to a better July.

 

Don’t Go June 14, 2012

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Prometheus was so much bad packed into one movie. Bad writing, bad acting, bad plot, bad explanations, bad suspense, bad logic. It had pretty special effects and a couple good lines. That’s it. Don’t go see it, and if you do, don’t spend too much money to do so. Very disappointed.

The picnic on Sunday was a great success though. Lots of friends and food and good times. Really hot and sunny, but I’m a fan. Though a storm would have been fun, too. The smoked pulled pork was amazing as always. Lots of fruit and desserts floating around, too.Β  And another cookout has been added to my schedule for next weekend.

Father’s Day this weekend as well. Happy Father’s Day to my dad and all my friends who are dads or are becoming dads. πŸ™‚

 

 

Busy Times July 7, 2011

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I didn’t exactly forget that the 4th of July was coming, I just didn’t take it into account in my plans. I grabbed a lot of things that needed done and thought I’d have the whole weekend to do them. I was wrong. I ended up going to visit friends in Michigan for the weekend and then spending Monday at a picnic and cooking out.

I had a great time. It was good to see Erika, Kate and JD, as well as their families. The campfire was nice and the kayaking was a lot of fun. I didn’t even get sunburned or sore muscles. I did, however, get mosquito bites. Which got multiplied on Monday. It’s summer, though, so bug bites are required, I suppose.

As far as the apartment, that got majorly stalled, but I got a pantry rack yesterday and now the kitchen is complete. All that’s left now are the desks and entertainment system and final clean up. We have discovered a problem with the oven – it smells of gas when on (not the stove, just the oven), and sets off the smoke detectors (I guess they don’t just detect smoke). So I’ll be calling in the morning to have that looked at. I also Googled the problem for a few things to check myself if maintenance takes forever.

I’m working on the first full edit of The Legacy of Heroes this week as well. I have enjoyed the play-tests so far, but reading everything in detail makes me want to play/create characters even more. When I get through the whole thing, I may even understand it all. πŸ™‚

Ba-Con this weekend! So that’ll be a great time. Gaming, geeks and Bacon!

Still Packing June 16, 2011

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Office is fully packed Including the junk closet. Bathroom is half packed and the bedroom has a couple boxes out of it. Some stuff has been thrown out, some has been donated, some sold for a pittance. A bag of donation clothes is forming in the hallway as well. My note about getting someone to cover my shift is gone, so I’ll call a couple possibles tomorrow. Hours are good, but getting the keys before everyone is sitting around waiting with a truck full of stuff would be better. People have donated tons of boxes, I think I might have enough at this point. We’ll see. Excited for the move, but still a lot to do.

Lovely picnic with friends this weekend. Smoked brisket and pulled pork and a deep fried turkey. Delicious. And the weather was nice this year. I even managed not to get a sunburn.

Father’s day is coming up. Thank you, Dad, for always being there and being understanding.

Oh! Went to the doc, got back on Plaquenil and Naproxen. She was impressed, but we’re gonna try to get me up that last little bit to great.

So much to do, I can’t stay focused to write much more. I don’t think next week is going to be any better. πŸ˜‰