I will not make any New Year's Resolutions this year. Instead, I will be embarking on "Operation: 2012". "Operation: 2012" has three primary goals:

1: to get myself healthier. Note that this is not "Lose weight". That will happen as a result of getting healthier.
2: To save $$$. Our reserves are far lower than I would like, and want to remedy that.
3: To game more, both online and with family & friends. Gaming is one of the activities I love doing the most, and that has fallen to the wayside.

Doing these things will go a long way towards making me a happier human being.

OPERATION: 2012 IS GO!

::logs off to go play WOW::
...and here I am, pounding my fingers on a keyboard and my head on my desk.

In other words, it's Monday. Hey, how the hell are ya?

So, it's been almost 2 weeks since I last blathered at ya. Been busy in that time. Between the getting ready for the holidays and putting in about 12 extra hours at work, I've been busier than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest. So then, a quick bullet list.
  • Me: Doing OK. Trying to not think about [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0's upcoming surgery. Yeah, I know, it's routine. They probably do tens of thousands of them a day. But still - it's surgery, and there's always a risk. So, I try not to think about it. Otherwise ok, if somewhat tired last week from putting in extra time to cover the time I'll be taking off for the surgery. Had a bit of a revelation last week...but more on that later.
  • Family: Doing well. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 is off some of her meds in preparation for the surgery. Everyone's been busy with schoolwork and holiday prep; it's sometimes hard to stay focused.
  • What we've been doing. Well, since the last real update...
    • Went to parent-teacher conferences
    • Went to [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo's and [livejournal.com profile] ginabeth's place for family, food, and football.
    • Did the Thanksgiving baking (4 loaves of pumpkin bread, 3 cornbread rounds, pumpkin pie, pear cranberry pecan pie, chocolate pie, thanksgiving sugar cookies)
    • Did the Thanksgiving cleaning (well, a lot of it, anyway)
    • Finished the Thanksgiving shopping
    • Did some Christmas shopping.
    Blearg.
  • Gaming: You may have noticed a lack of gaming listed. I think, though I'm not certain, that the lack of gaming, whether tabletop or electronic, is one of the reasons behind some of my depression of late. Gaming is far and away one of my favorite things to do, and I haven't really done any lately. No fault or blame here, just the way life has worked these last few months. Once I realized that, I tried to get myself to do something, even if it's just noodle around on WoW for a while. Haven't been able to. Too much to do. Must work on this.
  • Work: Still no word on the contract award. Still feel about 99% certain I'll have the same job come Jan 1, but about 85% likely that it'll be with a different company (in other words, I'll still be here, but someone else will be signing the checks). We shall see.
  • New Year's: Yes, we will be doing the Open House this year. Saturday and Sunday. official announcement and eVite to go out tonight, I hope.
  • Food Network shows: I liked Food Network Live this year. It gave me one or two ideass to work with. Also, the Swedish Chef made an appearance. What's not to like? Also appreciated the new Good Eats Thanksgiving special. Yum.
OK, I need to clean up and head for home. Got a 12 hour day tomorrow, and need to make some spiced pears and cranberry apple ginger chutney tonight.

Once again, I'd like to take a moment to remind all of you of why we do this. Yeah, the food is good and the pies better, but this is a time for family and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. In all the hustle and bustle, let us not lose sight of that.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
Good lord and lady. Feels like I never write anything here anymore.

AIn't like I'm all that active on Twitter or the BookFace or the G+ neither.

Well, whatever. I could navel-gaze about it all day long and not get anything out of it, other than a possible detailed inventory of my navel lint.

So, What's been going on? Well, since late September...
  • Hallowe'en has come and gone. We decorated the front of our place with plenty of props and spiders and corpses and such. The inside gets more cutesy stuff: Peanuts related stuff, stuffed animals, etc. [livejournal.com profile] mouseling1 and two of her friends hosted a Hallowe'en party at our place the weekend before. It went off very well, everyone behaved, everyone had fun. To my pleasant surprise, at the end, everyone helped the co-hostesses clean up without anything resembling prompting. On Hallowe'en proper, we had a bunch of trick-or-treaters come to the door, and everyone had a good evening.
  • [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 has parted ways with her former employer. This was a mutual decision with no acrimony or bad feelings on anyone's part. They've gone so far as to say that when called for references, they'll say that their business required the position to go a different direction, one not suited for her abilities. The severance package was a good one, and we're covered under the insurance until the end of the year. Which is a good thing, given the surgery happening at the end of the month. I suspect we'll really hit the job search hard after the holidays. I'm not really saddened or depressed in any way by this, especially since the job was really getting to her. Being on call all day, every day, gets to you after a while.
  • We spent a long weekend at Long Beach Island in NJ in October. Our family has a long history with LBI, and my folks rent a house there during the fall for 3-4 weeks every year. We try to make it a point to go up for a long weekend each time. This time, [livejournal.com profile] mouseling1 brought a friend along. While there, I took [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 out for her birthday dinner. We went to Stefano's Seafood & Pasta , in part because of their wins in this year's LBI Chowderfest. I had a bowl of their New England style chowder - OMG! It was like eating a bowl of liquid velvet. YUM! We also went to the Haunted Seaport at Tuckerton Seaport. Everyone had fun there as well. I cut loose with several of my evil laughs and cackles - then was offered a job. heh.
  • Last weekend, we did the first round of Thanksgiving shopping and deep cleaned the dining room and kitchen. Yay.
  • Me: Doing ok. Gearing up for the holiday fun.
  • Work: Busy. I started this entry somewhere around 10am. It's now 5 pm. This is about how my day goes anymore.
  • Gaming: The weekly Pathfinder game is on hiatus until 2012. Between the holidays and the fact that both healers are having chronic pain issues which makes it impossible for them to hang out around a gaming table made this a good decision. Well, either that or the other players are tired of seeing us. ;-)
  • Kids: are doing fine. Report card come home today/tomorrow.

That's about all I got for the moment.

As usual, I'd like to take a moment to remind all of you of why we do this. Yeah, the food is good and the pies better, but this is a time for family and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. In all the hustle and bustle, let us not lose sight of that.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
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$30 adult/$15 youth until 7/31! http://barkingmad.org

New this year at TCEP 18 : Official demo staff from AEG will be on hand to teach people Thunderstone, Nightfall, and others!

I'll be running the Arneson/Gygax Memorial Dungeon Crawl, as well as another RPG event for the younger guests! Our Game Room Staff has all kinds of stuff scheduled, including several "In It To Win It" events, where the winner gets the game! Combine all this with the best con suite around, good food & good people, & you have the best 4 days of gaming & fun in the DC Area!

So go now and register by Sun, 7/31 & get the pre-reg rate of $30 for adults, $15 youth

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Another glorious day! Today, the kids & I had a 9 am session of the "D&D Boardgame Challenge". Our hope was to be able to play Wrath of Ashardalon, as we own Castle Ravenloft. We did get to play it, fortunately, but died as a result of Ashardalon, the big frikkin red dragon, finding us before we could complete our mission. We had fun, regardless.

After that, it was time for me to get into the annual Nuclear War game. It was fun to see a number of the same people playing again, picking up the fun where it left off. The tournament was decided in the final round at my table; it came down to one other player and myself. He had ~5 million more population than I did, and that made all the difference.

I had reserved Saturday afternoon for me to wander the dealers area and talk to companies to either thank them for their support of TCEP or to see if we could get demo reps or prize support for TCEP. I talked to some folks, but I don't think anything will come of it. That's life, i suppose. I met the rest of the family before they went to play in the last "Andy versus Everybody" event, then went to rest for a bit. Got up to meet the family for dinner, and [livejournal.com profile] mouseling1 and I went off to play in our annual Mutants and Masterminds game.

As usual, we had a blast. [livejournal.com profile] mouseling1 played Siren (Think Aquaman, but female and useful) while I again took on the role of Raven (Think Batman's daughter following in his footsteps). I played it again because I enjoy the character, I play "Batman" well, and I like figuring out how to use my talents and skills to take supers down. We've run with this GM before, and he always cautions the players that it can be tough to play the "Batman" and "Green Arrow" equivalents. OTOH, he loves it when I play Raven.

This time was to be no exception.

Without boring everyone by going into details, one of the high points for everyone was when Captain Thunder (think Captain Marvel with electrical powers added) and Raven snarled at each other for a good 5 minutes. If you can visualize the DCAU Superman (after having been depowered and spending 6 months in hard labor, watching the people he'd sworn to protect be transformed into faceless soldiers) and Batman (who has been leading the underground resistance for those same 6 months) snarling at each other, you've got what we had at the table. The GM was wishing that the designer of M&M, Steve Kenson, was there to watch this.

Long story short: we saved the day. With a lot of heroics along the way.

Well, after all was said and done, we went back to the room to hang out with everyone one last time this year. Another evening of fun and drinks was had by all.
Well, [livejournal.com profile] mouseling1 and I had a session of Fury of Dracula at 0900, so we got up, scarfed some breakfast, and found our game. Sadly, we did not defeat Dracula, as he was able to evade us by one of his cards just as we had him pinned. [livejournal.com profile] mouseling1 was getting a little bored by the end, but I think that everyone getting up for drinks or whatever near the end had as much to do with that as anything.

We ate some lunch, then [livejournal.com profile] mouseling1 & [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 went off for their final Witch Hunter game, while F & I cruised the dealers room some more. He picked 2 booster boxes of Beyblade cards and some other stuff, while I found a box of Gregory Horror figure boosters and some possible adventures for the gaming group. Once we got tired of cruising the dealers room, we checked out the board game area to see if any demos were going on. Got to sit in on a demo of Thunderstone, which I had a blast with. F sat next to me, happily going through his cards.

The ladies finished their game long before the scheduled end, so they came over to say "Hi". They ended up going up to the room while I finished the demo. About the time I finished, it was time to head over to BD's Mongolian for dinner. And it was, as usual, delicious. Our server was a bit...surly. The bigger problem ended up being that one of the other MiB's lost his hat and bag while at dinner, which had, among other things, his glasses in it. This was not cool.

The rest of the evening was spent doing a little laundry and hanging out with people in our room. Not much to tell there, save that there was much laughter and fun to be had.
And so here we are at the end of day 2 of Origins 2011.
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Yes, once again, I'll be trying to keep a nightly log of the day as I saw it. How successful will I be? Who knows...
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Howdy Hey!

Jun. 1st, 2011 03:53 pm
So, hi there!

Hope y'all haven't missed me too much. Yeah, I know I go through bursts of writing. Thing is, the number one place I'm used to writing at is work, and work has had the nerve to keep me busy of late. So anyway, here I am, fingers to keyboard, updating this silliness.

Me: Doing well, overall. I really need to go to bed earlier than I do. This is more a factor of my needing to put aside the fun things I'm doing and get some sleep. But they're fun, dammit! Starting to get psyched for Origins.

Family: [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 had her MRI last Friday, and had it interpreted today. Seems that there are 2 herniated discs in her upper spine, one much worse than the other. This is what is causing the pain in her arm. The doc wants to try cortisone shots first for pain management, but is thinking that surgery will probably need to happen at some point. Meanwhile, F is on a class field trip to St. Mary's City, MD today, and [livejournal.com profile] mouseling1 is preparing for her end of year choral concert.

The Last Two Weeks: Well, lessee, Since I last update 2 weeks ago, there hasn't been too much going on. The kids & I went to NJ last weekend for the annual family Memorial Day picnic; [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 had to stay in MD for work. In a way, it may have been just as well, as she had a chance to relax somewhat without us being in her hair. It was good to see everyone, however.

Coming up: Well, it's the end of the school year, so things are getting busy. Have a cub scout pool party this Friday, maybe a Pathfinder session on Sunday, plus I'm stickin' by my cell phone in case a friend needs an ear to rant in or a shoulder to cry on. Yeah, I have someone specific in mind, and no, I'm not gonna mention a name, because they know who they are.

Monday is the final choral concert for [livejournal.com profile] mouseling1. The following Saturday, there's the Book Release Shindig for [livejournal.com profile] punkwalrus's book Trolley (which I will be at, [livejournal.com profile] mouseling1 will be attending a friend's Bat Mitzvah in the AM, and then a party for the young lady that night at Shadowland in Gaithersburg. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 will take her to that, and then she and F will see a movie. That Sunday is a Barking Mad/TCEP meeting. The kids are out of school on the 16th, and will come to work with me on the 17th for "NOAA Family Day". We may go to NJ to attend a graduation/birthday party on the 18th; this will depend greatly on available $$$, since we leave for Origins on the 22nd.

We come back from Origins on the 27th. On the 28th, there is the annual 4th of July shindig at my mother-in-law's country club, which we usually go to. On the 3rd, we take F. out to his Webelos scout camp, where he'll be for a week.

And the 4th is the Annual Independence Day Suburban Charred Meat Festival.

We're a bit busy.

Conventions: Well, I'll be at Origins, TCEP, and Intervention. I'm trying to make sure that [livejournal.com profile] mouseling1 & [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 get to Otakon.

I am, at the moment, a bit annoyed with Origins. For the next two years, they are going to hold the convention the weekend after Memorial Day. Now, I don't know what went into this decision, though I suspect a lot of it was financial. I do think that this is going to be a Very Bad Idea. Now, I know that there are some school districts that are already out, but a lot of them are in school until June, and that means that parents like myself are going to be unable to go. This has become a family vacation time for us, but I can't justify pulling them out of school for it. And I've seen a lot more people opposing those dates than approving of them (at least on the Facebook community). I have a bad feeling that this might sink them financially. We'll see.

We do have alternate vacation plans in the works, however. One that will have us visiting sunny Orlando, FL in the spring of 2012, and Indianapolis in the summer of 2013. heeheehee

Gaming: No tabletop since last I wrote, though I have gotten Ticket to ride for the iPad, as well as all available maps. And there goes days at a time... ;-) Done some WoW, I've managed to get my Archaeology skill maxed out. Turns out that it's a good skill to work on during Laundry night. Find bits, fly to new place, fold laundry while in flight. Lather, rinse, repeat.

I think that's all I got for now.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
Origins: 20 Days!
TCEP 18: 124 Days!
Intervention: 138 Days!
Not much, how 'bout you? I'm not sure why I called...

Ok, enough o' that crap.

Yes, I know I've done that before, but not recently, and I'm not firing on all cylinders right now, so go soak your head. ;-)

Anyway, this is likely to get long and rambly, and before it's all said and done, I may put it behind a cut.

So, lemme start out with some administrivia. Please give a warm welcome to [livejournal.com profile] rainlust who found me through the [livejournal.com profile] ljover30 community. Pull up a chair and help yourself to somethin' to drink. I generally suggest that people read this post if they want to know more about me.

[livejournal.com profile] mousecat0: Normally I start out talking about me (this is *my* LJ after all), but this needs to be put out there first. For the last month/month-and-a-half or so, my lovely wife has been having problems with her left arm. Shooting pain, numbness, etc. She saw one of the docs in one of the buildings she manages, who recommended she see a specialist. Long story short, they believe she has a pinched nerve in her neck causing the problem. They put her on a relatively short steroid regimen and prescription ibuprofen, as well as physical therapy.

Unfortunately, it hasn't worked. If anything, things have gotten worse. And to the point where last night she sat in bed crying for 20-30 minutes from the pain, and there wasn't a damn thing I could do except sit there and hold her hand, because I didn't know if doing anything more would make things worse. I gave her some Tylenol PM to help both the pain and to help her sleep. I didn't sleep well because I was constantly monitoring her. If she didn't have the followup visit today, I might have considered taking her to the ER. Of course, I don't know what they could have done.

Anyway, today's appointment resulted in her getting an appointment for an MRI. I don't know when the appointment is, unfortunately.

Me: Um, take away the stress and frustration over the arm thing and I'm ok. Otherwise, right now, I'm tired and frustrated. The tired thing I can handle, it's the not being able to do anything that's...not so easy to handle. For all of my gifts, healing is not on the list.

Kids: Doing well, champing at the bit for school to let out for the summer. Both are concerned, however, for their mom, and this tempers their spirits a bit. However, a note of congratulations is in order for [livejournal.com profile] mouseling1 and the rest of the North Bethesda Middle School Chorus for taking first place in the "Music in the Park" competition last weekend at Busch Gardens. The NBMS Band and NBMS Orchestra took second place in each of their respective competitions there as well, and congratulations are due them as well.

Work: is work. Contract has been renewed through the end of December. We'll see what happens then.

Mother's Day: Went very well, despite my attempts to screw up the baking. How so? Well, lessee, first there was the sugar-free cheesecake, which I could have sworn called for the graham cracker crust to be baked first. Except I obviously read it wrong, for I burned two crusts. The third, made with the last of the graham crackers I bought, was fine, and so was the rest of the cheesecake. Then I tried to make the cinnamon rolls, and the dough wouldn't rise. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0, being the consummate baker that she is, warmed up the oven and threw the dough in there...where it promptly rose. [livejournal.com profile] luvmomh seemed to enjoy everything, and I think it was a great time for everyone.

Gaming: My Pathfinder game has started it's next stage, as the party has moved on to helping a small Keep on the Borderlands. Perhaps the best line of the last session was made by the barbarian, who, upon arriving at the keep and being questioned by the surly corporal of the gate, announced "We're from the Government! We're here to help!" They have also been introduced to the "Curse of Competence" - since they did such a remarkable job of taking care of a bandit problem they'd been having, they were given a chance for greater fame and glory by being commissioned to find and eradicate the threat of the so-called "Caves of Chaos". Ah, what fun!

Not much electronic/online gaming of late. No time.

Cons: As has been announced elsewhere, the current plan is that we will be attending Origins this year. In fact, we've already registered for the con and our events. Plan is to leave early in the AM on Wednesday and come home Monday. I'm glad that we were able to make this happen - if what I'm hearing is true, we may not be going for a while. It seems that they may move Origins to Memorial Day weekend. This, IMO, is going to be a major mistake, as most students are not out of school yet. And for all that they've been pushing this as a family convention...I foresee a sharp drop in attendance if the date change becomes a reality.

Otherwise, TCEP 18 is on track, and Intervention 2011 is full steam ahead as well. At TCEP, I'll be running two sessions of the 4th annual Arneson/Gygax Memorial Dungeon Crawl, as well as a RPG session for the younger kids (probably Avengers based) and who knows what else.

TV notes: Watched the latest ep of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes last night. Loved the cameo appearances of Ben Grimm & Johnny Storm. This series is REALLY Good. So, for that matter, is Young Justice, though some of the vocal mannerisms are gonna drive me up a wall.

I think that's all I got for now.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
Origins: 34 Days!
TCEP 18: 138 Days!
Intervention: 152 Days!
...but only $0.02 after taxes.

Hey there, how are ya today? Got a little bit of time right now, so I thought I'd drop by and rearrange some electrons. Maybe even post something? Heaven forefend!

OK, ok, enough of all o' that. Time for a Bullet List Of Doom (tm)!

DOOM! Doom, I say!
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  • Me: Doing well. Slept for about 10 hours on Tuesday night, and have felt better since. Looking forward to the upcoming 3 day weekend.
  • Family: Doing reasonably well. Still have to occasionally sit on people to get them to do their homework. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 may be enjoying the next few days of work a little, since the boss will be in the Bahamas. B turns 13 in 18 days. Not sure I'm ready for a teenager yet. ::sigh::
  • Work: is work. And nothing on the other front, but nothing was expected yet. Have about 2-3 weeks before I hear anything.
  • Where we've been: Not much of anywhere, really. At home for the most part, relaxing, cleaning, gaming...you know the routine. Got some stuff coming up though, which I will talk about in...
  • Where we'll be: [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 & B will be at Katsucon this weekend, at least on Saturday. F & I will be at home doing some work, then probably going to [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo & [livejournal.com profile] ginabeth's on Sunday for the Daytona 500. I'm not really a NASCAR fan, but F. likes it, and it's a chance to see family for a bit. Monday...is a bit of a treat/surprise for the kids. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 is gonna take a half-day and we're gonna take the kids to see the International Spy Museum. After that, we've got meetings, and scout functions, and birthday stuff...we'll be good and busy until the end of March. I think.
  • Wisconsin: I need to take a moment here to talk about this mess. Let's leave aside the fact that I'm looking for a federal job, ok? If we are going to tak a serious look at things, we have to admit one thing: in certain ways, the unions are broken. Anyone who has spent any amount of time in any job where they have to deal with a union can tell you that there are some people who need to go, but you can't get them out because of tenure. And I'm not talking about some worker who has put in many long years and is kinda coasting the last year or two until their retirement - I honestly don't begrudge them that. But I am talking about those people who know that it's damn near impossible to get fired and who use that fact to get away with being obstructionist, petty, lazy, incompetent, burned out, or just plain useless. I've seen it in every government agency I've worked in. Every teacher worth their salt that I've known sees these people too. Yes, there's a place for longevity and not being able to fire people just because they're older, but there has to be a way to get rid of the deadwood. And this whole idea of stripping away the collective bargaining rights is also fucking stupid. Especially from teachers, who are not, and have never been paid enough. The unions may be a part of the problem, but the bigger problem (by far) is the ridiculous idea on the part of the American people that they want it all, they want it now, and they don't want to pay for it. Paying the people who run the government (and I ain't talking about the politicians - they're about as useful as a gnat's fart in a windstorm - I'm talking about the rank and file...the people who actually do the work) a good wage is neither wasteful nor unreasonable. Paying the people who we trust to educate our children a good wage is neither wasteful nor unreasonable. *IF THEY ARE DOING THEIR JOB* The unions need to get off their ass and figure out a way to make merit part of the criteria for tenure. The politicians need to get over themselves and look at people and corporations and say "Hey, you want this stuff? Pay up".
  • Gaming: Well, we're 3 sessions into the new Pathfinder game. I know I'm not "feelin' it" as a GM as I take them In Search Of The Unknown, but that's in large part due to the fact that this is a straight-out dungeon crawl with little to no story. In this case, it's probably just as well, as we're all learning the system. It's just that I like my adventures to have a little more story behind them. We'll get there. They've only got one more session in here, I think. Then it's on to the Keep on the Borderlands (I think).
  • WoW: Still playing a few nights a week. Completed the new questlines, just have Dungeons and raids to see. Probably start leveling my Archaeology and Fishing.

I think that's all I got for now.
I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
Origins: 125 Days!
TCEP 18: 197 Days!
Intervention: 211 Days!
That's right. It's time for my annual post where I refuse to promote Brunswick Games Day

Again this year, this post will not talk about Brunswick Games Day (aka I wish I was at EveCon), happening on Saturday, January 22, 2011.

There will be no additional paragraph talking about how cool it is or how much fun we've had over the years. And I'm certainly not going to thank [livejournal.com profile] kmusser for spearheading this.

So there. ::gives Spaceballs salute::
Hey there! So, how the hell are ya?

I'm doing fairly well. Getting over a cold that my son brought home. I love my kids, and I'm so proud that they freely share. I just wish they'd stop sharing their mini-plagues with the family.

*sigh*

Anyway, here I am and there you are and here we are and isn't it a loooooooovely day! OK, no it's not, given that it's cool and rainy. But we need the rain here in the DC area, so I can live with it.

So, not much has happened since the last time I wrote in here. We went to AnimeUSA for Friday & Saturday. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 & B had a good time wandering around and going to various panels. F & I kinda camped out with a bag of games and played them with each other and random passers-by. Played/Taught several rounds of Castle Ravenloft. Also played Ninja vs. Ninja, Munchkin Impossible, Frag! Gold, and one or two other things. Had lunch in the Maid Cafe. We left around 7 on Sat because I was really starting to feel run down.

I have to say that I saw only a minimal amount of body-inappropriate outfits at AnimeUSA. This is a good thing. I had a longer writeup, but decided to cut it because I know y'all don't need that. The only one that disturbed me a bit was the dude dressed as some anime chick who had long, dark, curly chest hair poppoing up over the top of his bra. Looked like some sort of cthuloid tentacle thing waving around in the breeze.

Watched the Sam Kinison Tribute on Comedy Central Sat night. The man still makes me laugh after nearly 25 years.

Watched my beloved Philadelphia Eagles lay the smackdown on the Redskins last night. It was...painful to watch at times. Loved Sonny Jurgenson's line "They were Vicked".

Need to finish up Thanksgiving shopping on Saturday. Need the fresh fruits, veggies, herbs, and other stuff.

Actually, I need to put up a Do-List for myself. Get my shit together.

But, before I do that, I want to take a moment to remind all of you of why we do this. Yeah, the food is good and the pies better, but this is a time for family and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. In all the hustle and bustle, let us not lose sight of that.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.
So, it's been farrrrr too long since I've done any update of substance.

So here we go. Get some coffee (or beverage of choice) and get comfy.
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  • Me: Doing well. I'm in good spirits. Hallowe'en is done, and the planning and prepping for Thanksgiving begins in earnest. I'm feelin' good and looking...well, like myself. Which is to say that I'd lose to Godzilla in a beauty contest, but hey, that's normal, so it's all good. In early to work this AM since the kids are off from school (Teachers Professional Day) and I can drop F off at his after-school care as early as 0700. I'll use the time towards my day off for AnimeUSA later in the month.
  • I probably don't need to say this to y'all, but it bears repeating: Please, tomorrow, go out and vote. Thank you.
  • Family: Well, everyone is doing pretty well. The kids are on a bit of a sugar high (Duh!) and are enjoying the long weekend. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 & B are gearing up for NaNoWriMo; I'm staying out of the way. F was dealing with some sorta low-end stomach bug about half the weekend. No barfing, just stinky gas, gas pains, mild nausea, and the runs.
  • NaNoWriMo: To everyone who is participating, good luck to you.
  • Work: We seem to have passed the first milestone. Now for the next big one. After that, things calm down a bit. We hope.
  • What we've been doing: Well, lessee, it's been over a month since last update. EEP! OK, by week then:
    • Sept 27 - Oct 3: Cleaned up from painting the Living room. Went to MD Renaissance Faire. Went to [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo & [livejournal.com profile] ginabeth's for football and to celebrate [livejournal.com profile] luvmomh's birthday. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 made an awesome tiramisu for the shindig.
    • Oct 4 - 10: My car wouldn't start after getting cup of coffee (connection to starter motor was bad). Total was ~$130. Touched up paint in LR. Replaced trim around front door (had to do the whole thing because I couldn't find matching trim). Cleaned front of condo. Brought Halloween decorations out of storage.
    • Oct 11 - 17: Enjoyed day off on the 11th. Car needed jumpstart at work on the 15th. Bought battery for my car and tires for [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0's car. Decorated front of condo.
    • Oct 18 - 24: Not much other than take long weekend to go to NJ to visit lighthouses (which will get it's own post).
    • Oct 25 - 31: Watched horror movies. Had car starter die on me. Had starter replaced. Took F. Christmas List shopping. Gave out candy.
  • Gaming: Not too much, not even WoW. I logged on a few times to try for the Headless Horseman's mount, but never got it.
  • What's coming up: Well, lessee, this week, we're going out to dinner on Thursday to celebrate the birthday of [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 and her sister, then grocery shopping on Saturday for Thanksgiving dinner (the menu for which gets it's own post). Also need to defrost the freezer and rearrange and clean out the fridge. Lots of food coming in. Need space. The following weekend is AnimeUSA, which, while we are attending, we will no longer be staying at the hotel (see auto repairs above). If we can get and keep things cleaned up, then one or more of us may go up to [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo & [livejournal.com profile] ginabeth's for football on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
  • Horror flicks: My son F. doesn't care for them, neither does [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0. My daughter B & I watched several over the last few days, most of which she hasn't seen before. I had the joy of introducing her to:She seemed to enjoy them, and jumped at the end of Carrie. Like I still do. And I've probably seen it two dozen times.
I think that's all I've got for now.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes today a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
Anime USA: 11 Days!
Sorry, you warm weather lovers, but the summer is drawing to a close, and with it begins my favorite season of the year: Fall. YAY!!!

But hey, how are ya? Hopefully doing well, or at least reasonably so.

So, let's get this party started with some...
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  • Me: Doing pretty well at the moment. I keep waking up in the morning, so I keep having a succession of good days. With the kids being in NJ last week, we managed to get a number of things done, even though we didn't get *everything* done we wanted to. Wouldn't mind a nap right now, though.
  • Family: Well, the kids aren't ready for summer vacation to be over. Yeah, who knew? They are ready, however, from a school supplies perspective. Have been since the end of July. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 is doing pretty well as well. And the change in the eating regimen has definitely made a difference in our waistlines.
  • Work: Well, tomorrow is the Project Manager's last day...definitely a case (as [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo put it) of "Addition by Subtraction". And we're in the middle of our re-accreditation (sp?). Plus our normal work. Busier than a one legged man in a ass kickin' contest, that's for sure.
  • What's happened since last we talked: Well, let me think. Got ready for 4 Fantasy football drafts, packed the games for TCEP 17, Cleaned, packed the car, watched The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, went to NJ, drafted one Fantasy football team, celebrated Dad's birthday (and F.'s 1/2 birthday), came back to MD, saw Great Big Sea, drafted a second Fantasy football team, started prepping materials for my two RPG's for TCEP 17...and here we are.
  • Ordered Castle Ravenloft Board Game; should hopefully be here in time for TCEP 17. Maybe play Friday night after dinner?
  • Starting to look at replacing the Trailblazer. In an ideal world, would replace with hybrid SUV, as [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 does a fair amount of driving for her job, and needs, at times, to haul largish and/or heavyish items to her buildings as well as be at them in bad weather. Hybrid to save gas $$$, SUV for everything else.
  • So, what do I need to do in the next few weeks?
    • Finish editing Marvel Super Heroes event for TCEP 17
    • Finish preparing Ghost Tow adventure for the 3rd Annual Gygax/Arneson Memorial Dungeon Crawl for TCEP 17
    • Make foldy name cards for both games
    • Get con bins sorted & repacked.
    • Pick up prize for Marvel Super Heroes event
    • Get bins over to storage
    • family photo on Saturday
    • get kids packed up for school
    • breathe
Think that's all I got for now.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes today a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 17: 11 Days!
Intervention: 18 Days!
Anime USA: 81 Days!
Hi there.

So, yeah, I've been busy. At home and at work. I'm actually having problems understanding where half the month has gone. I'm actually having problems with where the year has gone, too.

Well, whatever. Here I am, ready to recap the last several weeks. And because it's a few weeks...
behind a cut it goes )
It's midnight.

I need to get some sleep.

But I promised an update. And now you have one.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes today a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 17: 19 Days!
Intervention: 26 Days!
Anime USA: 89 Days!
More details (and a contest announcement) can be found here:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/4245177#4245177

This is awesome for me since I really like the original game, but it can be difficult to find
Hey, good to see you!

'Twas a good weekend here at the GrayMouse Inn. Plus, got a few things I want to put out there that you may want to know.

Then again, you may not. But since you're reading, I figure you do. ;-)
First announcement )
The weekend )
Announcement #2 )
Notes on Mom )
Unfortunately... )
What's coming up? )
OK, I think that's all I got.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes today a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 17: 54 Days!
OK, so the family & I spent the better part of the last 7 days either planning for or attending Origins 2010. Here, for those who care, is the recap of those days.

Short version. Another Awesome Time was had by all.
Long version under cut )
With your host, Grayhawk! OK, so this is pretty much a brain dump.

Well, it was a good weekend. At least, for me it was.

Friday, I had to have B. to school at 0530, as the North Bethesda Middle School choir was performing that day in Newport News, VA that morning, and they were leaving by 0600. Now, the NBMS band and NBMS Orchestra were also performing that day; after which, they were heading for Busch Gardens. Turns out that this was a competition, and I am happy to say that not only did the choir take first place, but the band and orchestra did as well!

Meanwhile, I just went in early. Had to make up some time anyway, so it was just a long day.

Picked her up around 11 pm after watching the Flyers beat Boston. We all crashed.

Saturday morning was spent running errands, including haircuts all around and a quick stop at Target. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 went up to the C&S game in F-redneck, and the kids & I cleaned, then napped, until it was time to take B to her friends place for a sleepover. F & I went home and had dinner while watching Smokey & The Bandit. He called it a night, and I got pulled into a ICC10 run in WoW (downed 6 bosses). [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 got home around midnight.

Sunday broke, and we did some final policing before the Barking Mad meeting. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 collected B from the sleepover. The meeting went well, and was productive. As the pork chops I pulled out for dinner were still porksicles, we opted for some take-out fried chicken. Once the kids were prepped for school and showered, I got on WoW and got pulled into a Ulduar10 group (downed 7 bosses). Watched the Flyers beat the Habs.

And now here I am at work.

Still waiting for the dopes at Origins to get their heads out of their asses so I can sign up for events on their site.

I thought I had some sports thoughts, mainly dealing with the Flyers, but they seem to have gotten lost in the "maze of twisty tunnels, all alike" that is my brain some days.

20 years ago yesterday, we lost Jim Henson. My world has never been the same. http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2010/05/twenty-years-later-remembering-jim-henson/all/1 is an excellent memorial.

In Pace Requiesat Ronnie James Dio. Thank you, sir, for the music and the memories. May you be at peace.

Have you registered for TCEP 17: 3 Nights in Laurel (make a hard man humble...) yet? Why not?

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes today a good day.

Convention Countdown
Origins 2010: 36 Days!
TCEP 17: 108 Days!

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