I'm been so preoccupied I forgot to give my standard happy equinox/solstice greeting this year. :-/
Of course, I've been so preoccupied I forgot to write several recommendation letters for students... and had to run into school to bang them out before deadlines passed.
...and while I was here I was informed that I needed to finish transferring files/equipment from my old office to my 'new' one - after all, it HAS been 4 months since I moved in... and I'm still using my old office-mate's room as my annex. ;-)
So an hour of frantic typing followed by 3 hours of moving several items weighing a sizable fraction of a ton from one room to another. Alone. Over carpet.
One of them was too heavy for the industrial dolly. I broke the axle on it. :-/
So I had to get prehistoric on its ass and found some 1" wooden dowel rods and *rolled* it like a giant stone edifice from the mountain to the sea.
Take that, Easter Islanders! And I did it w/o eating myself in the process. :-P (although I haven't had breakfast yet so it was a close call there for a second)
I'm still working on communication issues at home, but have hope that things will work out for the best in the end. Overall I'm pretty happy - I just don't handle phases of intense stress well. Constant low-grade stress? Sure. Back and forth stress? Not so much. There's a reason that my natural state is a hermit.
Perseverance is the key. Perseverance and a lot of love, that is.
Love doesn't solve everything... but mix it with perseverance and it gets all sticky. Something to do with the molecular nature of chocolate, I think.
I've been running a game for the past month or so. We've had 3 sessions with attendance cracking 12 at one point. My usual style doesn't lend itself to groups this big, but since I've covering for someone else's group I really don't have the luxury of paring it down any.
Of course, what makes it more trouble is that most of this group isn't used to open-ended game worlds. No linear plot here. Figure out what you want to do, then do it.
Preferably as a group. ;-)
I provide a world, a history, and some challenges. If you want to work around hooks I throw out, more power to you. But just don't go crying to mama when 1) some NPC gets the glory instead of you, or 2) the repercussions for not tackling the problem comes a knocking... often with consequences that affect far more than you.
Case in point. A war is brewing. The party *could* have known by now what is going on... or at least have the tools necessary to figure it out later. As it stands, they'll be in the dark as much as the next guy.
Always a good thing to be a small cog in a large war, yes? After all, who wants to be an indispensable problem solver? Geezus. ;-)
This was supposed to be the year I finally got back on my feet financially. As it turns out I've had sooo many unexpected costs that I may have to take out another loan this summer to make ends meet. :-(
I ~do~ have THREE summer workshops scheduled, but the approximately 6 grand I'll get for those won't arrive until after summer ends
I'm hoping to see The Freak sometime this week. No plans were made yet (can't get hold of anyone down in Lexington) but I'm trying to keep the schedule open.
Traveling to Chi-town next week to visit edwarddain
, and sylvarthorne
in what is rapidly becoming a bi-annual event. :-)
Uhm... other than that:
1) The Deathsled still rocks... despite it being the time of year (and weather to exemplify it) that gave the Deathsled it's name in the first place.
2) Coke Zero still rocks. :-D
3) Haven't seen TRON yet. Grrr.
4) Even at 42, I'm learning a lot about myself this year. For all the hopes I had pegged on 2010, it started out as crappy as they come. It didn't stay that way, fortunately... and despite a few glitches along the way it looks like it will end strong springboard for 2011. ::crosses fingers::