Breaking Radio Silence

Oh, hello there.

Brief recap of what did and did not happen this wonderful, phenomenal Winter Break.

  • We hosted Christmas for April’s family. Eric got into town a few days early, with the rest here on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The day after Christmas, we traveled to St. Louis, and then visited Piedmont the day after the day after Christmas.
  • I got some awesome gifts. Now, Christmas isn’t about gifts, and what we really loved was having the chance to spend lots of time with our family. But it cannot be denied that I also played Dragon Age: Origins for about 60 hours this week. It may be the best game I have played in the last 6-8 years.
  • I didn’t write a whole lot. I was stymied on the story I wanted to write, and didn’t feel like I could write anything else until I made progress on it. That was stupid of me. I should have dropped it and done other things, coming back to it once I had something to write, but I got stalled and played Dragon Age instead. For what it’s worth, I finally found the idea I needed to drive the story forward, but it’s a bit late now.
  • I have had the best week of vacation ever.
  • Finally finished our D&D campaign. Not that it has comprised too many game sessions, but between us we have so many scheduling conflicts that we end up only playing about once a month. Since I’d originally intended this campaign to be 15 games, I had to revamp it and cut it short–we’d already been playing it over six months and it was getting old. Really looking forward to the next (much, much shorter) story arc.
  • April and I celebrated our second anniversary, somewhat to our surprise. Not that we’re surprised we lasted two years, because it’s been a pretty blessed and easy two years. It just came up on us fast. Totally awesome. We stayed in Springfield and saw local touristy things, like Bass Pro and fancy restaurants and little shops we never visit. Good times.
  • Snow!
  • Seriously, such a good week.

I don’t even feel [too] bad about not writing. April made the excellent observation that I really oughtn’t put a ton of pressure on myself to get everything done and caught up in the one week I have off a year. I should enjoy the time instead, and work harder to build writing time into my daily schedule instead of forcing a lot of it into this week. I was gratified by this and went right on playing Dragon Age.

I’ve got nothing prepped for this week, so I don’t know what the publishing schedule will be like. Need to get my sea legs back under me, so to speak. For the first time in six months, though, I do not dread going to work tomorrow. I had an amazingly productive end-of-the-semester and got everything done that I wanted to get done. There’s nothing really hanging over my head tomorrow. I have lots of good stuff to report. All-in-all, things are looking up.


Upcoming Events

We’ve got a number of social engagements coming up, and maybe you’d like to come to them? I don’t know, but if you did, here they are.

October 23, 2009 – Game Night

My D&D group usually meets on Friday nights, but with Ryan’s wedding and subsequent honeymoon our group hasn’t been traversing dungeons as usual. Since Ryan will be out of town this night, we’re going to shift to a board game, and I’m thinking Runebound just because it keeps with the D&Dishness of our usual Friday evenings. If you’d like to join in, the game can support six people and we only have… well, four, but feel free to come by and check it out! We also have several other board games as well as Rock Band 2, so there’s that.

October 27, 2009 – Pumpkin Carving

In preparation for our kickin’ Halloween Party, we’re going to carve some pumpkins for decoration. April and I will buy a few (probably 4-6) and people can carve on those, but people are welcome (and encouraged) to bring their own pumpkins and pumpkin it up! I’m scheduling this for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

October 31, 2009 – Halloween Party and Kitten Birthday

Yeah yeah, it’s Halloween, but our kittens are also ONE YEAR OLD. This is a BIG DEAL to April, so we’re having a birthday party for them.

We have a theme and that theme is DON KNOTTS. Dress up as your favourite Don Knotts character and we’ll be playing movies featuring him all night.

Party starts at 5 p.m. and will feature DISASTROUS DRINKS as well as TERRIFYING FOODS and fantastic Halloween Videos like Scooby Doo and… I don’t know, SOMETHING ELSE that may or may not feature Don Knotts. Our neighborhood’s also got a ton of kids, so we’ll be handing out candy pretty constantly for an hour or two.

If you’ve got kids and want to take them trick or treating, feel free to bring them around 🙂 Our neighborhood’s a good one for it. Just be aware that the party will be an Adult Party which means there will be Adult Language and Alcoholic Beverages. Younger kids might be bored and/or hear things you don’t want them to, so just be aware of this.

Party goes to midnight, and April has a trip downtown to the Spook Show scheduled at 9 p.m. I don’t know what that is and probably won’t go so, YOU KNOW, whatever floats your boat.

PS if you’re dressing up as a (Don Knotts) pirate you should probably bring rum because there can never be enough rum yo-ho yo-ho

November 14, 2009 – Neighbourhood Dinner Party

This is for a relatively small group of people, but if you live around us, you should come to dinner on Saturday, November 14th at 6 p.m. I intend to bake a spiral ham and we’ll have water, iced tea, and wine. Please bring a side dish and/or dessert.

In particular this is for Vineyard Friends, but if you’re not a Vineyard person and still want to come, you ought to. Good times await!

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