Hey, whassup?

Long time, no write, I know. It's not just that I've been busy (although I have), but I've also been fighting off some depression and other issues, that, well, when combined have led to a decided lack of posting.

Well, I'm gonna try and buck that latest trend. Part of that is because I do enjoy writing somewhat, and part of it is my hope that getting some things out, even if it's just in here, will help improve the overall mindset.

And with that...on with the Bullet-Point-List-Of-Doom!
  • Me: Generally speaking, doing better than in my last post. Right now, I'm tired, but a lot of that has to do with the last 4 days or so (which I will explain later). I'd venture to say I'm losing some more weight based on the fact that I have to cinch my belt tighter of late. I also think I need to get back into my vitamin and supplement routine. It will help on a number of levels.
  • Family: The kids are doing well enough. They've been in school for a few weeks now and are more-or-less back in the routine of not wanting to get up or do homework. [livejournal.com profile] mouseling1 and some of her friends are starting a "study group" which will meet at our place on occasional Saturdays. This was their idea, they came up with it, I'm just helping to implement. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0, however, is a different story. Up until the 11th, the pain in her arm from the herniated discs in her neck had been generally under control. Sunday the 11th, however, brought with it pain equivalent to what she had been experiencing before. She saw the quack on Thursday, who jiggered around the meds. Now we have to wait and see if they work.
  • Work: Well, it is what it is. The contract ends Dec. 31. I will be surprised if my current company is signing my paychecks come Jan 1. I expect that most or all of us will be here then, however.
  • What we've been doing: Well, since Origins, we have:
    • F. spent a week at camp with the Cub Scouts
    • Hosted the Annual Independence Day Suburban Charred Meat Festival
    • Seen the Bowie Baysox
    • Shipped the kids to their grandparents for a week
    • Drafted multiple fantasy football teams.
    • Attended 2 back to school nights.
    • Helped run 2 conventions (and prepped for both on the nights of the aforementioned back to school activities).
    • Spent NFL Kickoff Sunday at [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo & [livejournal.com profile] ginabeth's.
    • Spent way to much time dealing with repairing my car.
    • And too much $$$
    • Went out with old friends from college for dinner and drinks one night.
    • Moved a bunch of furniture that belonged to [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 from her brother's place into our condo or into storage.
    • Attended/helped with "Back to Scouting" night.

    Doesn't sound like much, especially over 2.5 months, but trust me, that layered onto the regular stuff is a lot.
  • What's coming up: Not a whole lot at the moment. We will be visiting Long Beach Island in mid-October. Bridget & her friends want to co-host a Hallowe'en party at at our condo. [livejournal.com profile] luvmomh's birthday is coming up, as are the birthdays of [livejournal.com profile] ginabeth, [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0, and Kelly. Football & gaming. Gotta decorate the outside of the condo for Hallowe'en. Fun stuff!
  • Das Auto: My fracking car. Since Origins, I have replaced the fuel pump (after it died on me while on the DC Beltway), had the gibbering baboons who fixed the pump fuck up the fueling neck and vent (which has yet to be repaired, although they allegedly have the parts in now), and had the ignition cylinder replaced after it was ripped out of the steering column. Lotta money dumped into that thing. Grrr.

That's all I got for right 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.
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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!

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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!
Yeah, I lost track again. Go me. :rolls eyes:

To be fair, I have been busy since last I wrote here. Like, wrote for real.

How busy? Well, I'll detail that...
under the cut )
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...
  • Administrivia: Please give a warm welcome to the three newest readers of this little slice of insanity: [livejournal.com profile] rusty_chevy, [livejournal.com profile] nyxalinth, and [livejournal.com profile] adelheid_p, all of whom honored me by choosing to follow me after reading last weeks rant. 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.
  • 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!
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!
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!
Yeah, I've been meaning to try and post for a few days weeks now. Thing is, every time I was up for writing, I was either not near a computer or bogged down with work. When I had the time, I had no interest.

Hate that crap, I do.

Enough, I say. Time to put fingers to keyboard and get some of this crap rollin' about in my head out and down on e-paper. And, I think, time for a Bullet List of Doom (tm)!Cut for length and stuff )I think that's about it for now. I'm a-gonna see if I can crank out one or more of the posts alluded to above.

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.
Well, with the passing of Dave Arneson earlier this year, I couldn't help but rename the Dungeon Crawl. And it was sooooo popular last year, there was no way I couldn't NOT run it again this year.

And so, my 8 players ended up being challenged/ordered to stop the depredations of marauding giants by taking out the Steading of the Hill Giant Chief. Their first foray to the Steading ended in a bit of disaster, when they were unable to stop the alarm from being raised. This lead to a veritable outpouring of giants. While the party was, in fact, able to put a hurting on them, they suffered at least one death and several other significant wounds. Their strategic retreat (RUN AWAY!!! RUN AWAY!!!) allowed them time to regroup and plan. Due to the late hour, the good plans got mixed in with the silly plans and it took a while for anything to get done. When all was said and done, the two best warrior types were almost dead, the main thief was down, and most everyone else was in not the best shape. But, they routed the giants, and in the end, they achieved much more success this year than last.

I'm glad I took the time to do the characters earlier rather than later. I think the characters were a decent mix as well (Dwarven Fighter, 1/2 elven ranger, human mage, 2 human clerics, human monk, gnome illusionist/thief, halfling thief, and elf fighter/mage). I erred, however, in not ensuring that one of the clerics had a scroll with Resurrection on it. Raise Dead...not so good on elves.

The Wand of Wonder, though, in the hands of the Gnome...that was AWESOME!
Short version: People came, they played games, they ate fresh bread, they had fun. By any standard, this makes it a success.

Long version: This will be placed behind cuts.
Thursday )
Friday )
Saturday )
Sunday )
Monday )
Random thoughts about the Con and the games I played )
And that wraps it up. Hope to see everyone next year for TCEP 17: One Night In Laurel
Hi folks. How are ya.

Me, I've been busy.

So, let me drop this thing into the Bullet List of DOOM format
dropped behind the cut )
OK, I have things to do and people to beat. TTYL.

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

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 16: 2 Days!
Yes, ladies and gents, we here at Barking Mad have just confirmed that we will be playing host to a Live Action Murder Mystery event at TCEP 16: Craig & Tad against the World Crime League!

For as long as there's been a New Orleans, there have been rumors about what lurks in it's shadows. Is that the baying of a werewolf? Did I see a glint of fang in that woman's smile? Come and be a part of our Murder Mystery and find out for yourself!

This event is for 20 players; signups will be in the game room at TCEP.
You can read it by going to the main site http://barkingmad.org and clicking on the "A Little Bit About TCEP" link under news, or you can go to it directly: http://barkingmad.org/2009/07/a-little-bit-about-tcep/

Don't forget, early bird pre-reg ends 1 week from TODAY! After July 31, prices go up, so get your registration in!
Hey, y'all. How the hell are ya?

Time for another bullet list o' doom!
  • Administrivia: I must needs welcome the lovely [livejournal.com profile] cassildra to these writings and ramblings of mine. Pull up a chair and set a spell! I generally suggest that people read this post if they want to know more about me.
  • Me: Still rockin' and rollin'. Went and took the test for a Technician level Amateur Radio License on Saturday - passed with a perfect score. My call sign is KB3TDX. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, I suggest checking out the information here. I plan on taking at least the General level exam in August, maybe the Extra as well.

    Side note to [livejournal.com profile] ironkite: The Laurel VEC does all levels of exams at the Women's Club in Laurel on the 3rd Saturday of every month. No charge.
  • Family: Everyone still doing well. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 finds more and more stuff every day that her predecessor either blew off or didn't want to deal with - which means that she now has to deal with old business that needed to be taken care of a while ago as well as the stuff she needs to do now. Joy. Kids enjoying the summer.
  • Weekend: This weekend was a bit busy. Spent Friday trying to deal with the prep work in order to sell the Mazda - which included trying to find documentation that I *swear* I had filed. Friday was also "International Day" at B's camp - they asked that people send in dishes representing their ethnicity. So, we got some pierogi (Potato & Cheese and Potato & Garlic) from The Kielbasa Factory which I cooked up and brought over to the camp while still warm. Saturday was the exam in the morning, then a Barking Mad meeting in the afternoon. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 & B went up to MSD HQ for the monthly C&S game, while F stayed home with me. After the meeting, we went to Jerry's for sandwiches. Sunday was more relaxing, though we did get the holiday bins out of the downstairs storage unit and over to our other storage.
  • TCEP: Yes, TCEP 16 (Sept. 4-7) is a go! In fact, the early-bird pre-reg price of $30 for adults & $15 for youth (12-17) is still in effect, but only until July 31! It's the best 4 days of gaming and relaxation in the DC area! And yes, I will be running the 2nd annual Arenson/Gygax Memorial Dungeon Crawl! For more information on the con, see this post!!!
  • WoW: Not much to report on here. Didn't have a great group for Thursday's raid - missing a lot of regulars. As such, we weren't up to our normal damage dealing potential.
  • Next weekend: We go to see the Bowie Baysox take on the Reading Phillies on Saturday night. Our seats are second level, 4th row, right behind home plate. Plus Fireworks. Yay Fireworks.
  • Football: Less than a week until training camp opens. I'm already excited and more than ready to see my beloved Philadelphia Eagles take the field. This is our year. Time to bring another championship to Philly.

I 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 this a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 16: 46 Days!
Early bird pre-reg ends at the end of the month!
Good afternoon, dear friends. Welcome to the latest installation of my ramblings, wherein I set down some thoughts about where I am and what I will be doing in the near future, and perhaps about what I done did.

Or some crap like that.

First, need to get some administrivia out of the way: Welcome to [livejournal.com profile] hai_kah_uhk & [livejournal.com profile] shaharazad, two lovely people whom I met last weekend (details on this to follow). Pull up a chair and rest a bit. Hope I don't bore you! I generally suggest that people read this post if they want to know more about me.

I think a bullet list is in order:
  • Me: Still doing well. Seem to be dropping more weight, as the pants seem to be looser and more prone to be affected by gravity.
  • Family: Also doing well. Kids enjoying summer camp. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 still doing well with her job. The summer progresses... ;-)
  • Work: Did very well on my 90 day review, so I am no longer on my probationary period. Moved cubes earlier this week in an effort to insulate the engineering & sysadmin staff from the userbase.
  • Last weekend: The big event last weekend was the wedding of [livejournal.com profile] pleasantlyevil and [livejournal.com profile] deceptiverose. They were kind enough to invite the 4 of us to the wedding, and so on Friday, we drove to my parents house in NJ, where we spent the night. Got up the next morning, got ourselves together, and headed out to the site of the wedding. We made one stop en route to consult maps, as the directions we had from Google Maps became slightly confusing. (This is what prompted the question regarding GPS devices earlier this week) Got there just in time. Sat behind [livejournal.com profile] servergirl and family. The hawaiian shirts the groomsmen were wearing were the same ones that we wore for [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo's first wedding - this brought a lump to my throat. The wedding went well, with the only issue being the wind not allowing the candles to be lit. The reception was a lot of fun as well, with the couple having the good sense to sit [livejournal.com profile] blackpaladin & [livejournal.com profile] cassildra at the same table us (which also then precludes inflicting us on the other guests), as well as [livejournal.com profile] hai_kah_uhk & [livejournal.com profile] shaharazad, two more good peoples cut from the same cloth. Yes I snarked and made ribald comments, and yes, I did get my traditional dance with the groom in. As they say, a good time was had by all.

    We stopped on the way back to my folks at a Stewarts for some root beer floats. Yum. Spent Sunday vegging out at my folks place, then headed home.
  • What's coming up: Taking my Technician's class Amateur Radio License test on Sat Morning. Got a Barking Mad Staph meeting on Saturday afternoon. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 & B are, I believe, going to MSD HQ for the monthly game. Sunday will be some well deserved quiet time and cleaning. Next weekend will be a Baysox game.
  • Gaming: Finally got a copy of Carcassonne, or rather, the Big Box "2", in a package that came with the Tower and Catapult expansions as well. Looking forward to introducing the kids.
  • WoW: Well, I was invited to my first 25 man Ulduar raid last night. Despite my misgivings at possibly being undergeared, things seemed to go decently. Died more than I would have liked, but am still unsure how one of the deaths came about. Whatever. If they'll have me back tonight, I'll be happy to continue.

And, that, as they say, is that.

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

Peas. Out.

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Welcome to Monday, you wonderful wacky weirdos! Another bright and brilliant start to a week!

Oh relax, my enthusiasm will wane. The whole thing won't be so...exuberant.

But here we are and there you are and isn't life grand?

So, an update!

::checks archives to see when last post was::

Me: Doing well. Didn't sleep as much as I should have for most of the weekend (exception: Saturday night/Sunday AM). Still, doing good and feeling good. Trying to get back on vitamin and St. Johns Wort regimen.

Family: Also doing well. Kids are enjoying camp. B. is taller than some of the camp counselors. I think that F being in a different camp than B. is good for him. Only real issue anywhere is that F got sick on Sat night and didn't make it to the bathroom, so we had to strip the bed at midnight. Fun. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 is enjoying her job so far - but the person she replaced had essentially stopped doing much of anything at the beginning of the year after she announced the retirement, so [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 has had to hit the ground running and deal with crap that should have been dealt with months ago.

Car: Yeah, so as I may or may not have related elsewhere, the Mazda died two weeks ago tomorrow when I was leaving work. Now, it's got 110k miles or so on it, needs a new exhaust system, a new belt, and the windshield has a crack in it. Yeah, I could replace everything, but it would cost a bit. Meanwhile, my mother-in-law was getting rid of one of her cars. So, we figured to sell the Mazda, give her the money and take over on her car. Of course, two weeks before we were going to set everything in motion, my car decides to throw me an $800 repair bill for a distributor system. But, as I tweeted, we had the money to take care of it without having to not pay other bills. So now the Mazda is at home and I'm driving the new one.

The 4th: The Suburban Charred Meat Festival went off beautifully. 'Twas our pleasure to play host to Necros (from TSC) and his kids, [livejournal.com profile] allura, Sean, Drew, [livejournal.com profile] byronczimmer, [livejournal.com profile] principiacoh, my sis-in-law, [livejournal.com profile] aylinn & [livejournal.com profile] tth. It was a nice enough day that we were, for the most part, able to sit around outside and chat. Plenty of good food was shared (the kielbasa I grilled disappeared so fast it made my head spin), and many laughs were had. We caught the DC, NYC, and Boston fireworks, and [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 & I finally got to play Dominion (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] byronczimmer & [livejournal.com profile] principiacoh). I enjoyed it greatly - [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 did as well. This one we will be buying.

I tried a recipe for roasted potato salad - I'll post it later.

What's coming up: Well, next weekend is the wedding of [livejournal.com profile] pleasantlyevil and [livejournal.com profile] deceptiverose, and the plan is still to be there for that. Maybe Sat night we'll get together with some old friends. The weekend after that is a Barking Mad meeting.

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

Peas. Out.

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