mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (manic)
Now, it may seem like a bad idea to have a party only a week after getting the last boxes out of the apartment. As we continued to clean and stack and sort and discard it became clear that indeed, it really really was a bad idea.

Our favorite lifestyle group decided not to hold a December party this year - a month off was the group's gift to the folk who usually host it. Well, we jumped into the gap, and by Friday, we'd begun to wonder if we'd remembered to don parachutes first. Friends came over Friday evening to move large furniture, but by the time we'd exhausted ourselves that night, the place still wasn't ready.

Somehow - I have no idea how - we got the house ready by Saturday evening, and if one bedroom was full of re-packed boxes and odd pieces of furniture, well, we were willing to pay that price. The actual party went smooth as silk; we had about 20 people or so, and several of them decided independently to bring housewarming gifts. Conversation was geeky, food was yummy, and the company was awesome. Starr spent much of the evening looking slightly dazed, as if still thinking "Did we really pull this off? I mean, really?" Or maybe that was me.

I had decided earlier that, around 1:30 or 2, we'd politely show people the door; somehow, this didn't happen, and we still had about six or eight people in the middle of an intense discussion at 5:30, when I collapsed entirely. Starr had to wave the white flag as well; we picked a friend who we could trust not to steal the silverware, and asked him to make sure that everyone got home okay.

When I finally got up yesterday, not only was the place locked up and shutdown nicely, they'd even cleaned both the kitchen and the table where we'd stacked the party food. Talk about a bunch of twisted perverts...

We've got to do this again sometime. But not soon.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (decipher)
Mad Scientist University: Apples to Apples meets Mad Science.

I think I need this game. Apples to Apples is a proven, repeated winner at any party I've seen it appear, and the additional mad science elements seal the deal. Games like these are absolutely perfect for most of the groups I'm in: minimal setup, simple rules, and more focus on playing the game entertainingly than actually winning.

Won't be buying it before Xmas, but I may put it on my Xmas list :)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
T - I - R - E - D.

Went back to Roanoke on Saturday. My mom's doing great: she can move both her leg and arm now, and on Sunday took a few steps (with a great deal of support). I'm told this is still Gold Medal performance, and my optimism was repeatedly fed this weekend. [livejournal.com profile] nanoreid was there for a bit, and I got to say hi to Ginny and Ian as well. Starr bought my mother a knitting loom which can be fastened to a solid surface, and now my mom can indulge her addiction one-handed for the duration!

Roanoke felt a little odd, there are buildings and shops which weren't there last time I passed through - a bit like hearing an old song on the radio and finding an entirely new chorus after the second stanza. I took a hotel room there Saturday night to save us the drive to and from [livejournal.com profile] shrewlet's offered crash space in Blacksburg, but while the room was huge, the bed was hard as a plank, and we slept poorly for folks who would be driving 204 miles home. Route 460 was a beautiful, tranquil drive, though. I'm sold on that road for now.

Yesterday we woke too early, and headed over to spend lunch with Starr's mom, then the afternoon at Amy's with the gamer group. Her mom was going to gas grill the food, but after the gas loop rusted away at a touch, we went with good old charcoal, and lunch was yummy. I now know where Starr gets her habit of cooking a regiment's food for a few people, and felt guilty leaving before I could consume a second hamburger.

While the afternoon was sold as a combination grilling / gaming event, I'm not sure anyone was really into the gaming, and after a few hours of excellent chatting and cattching up, we left to get me some badly needed quiet time. I developed yesterday something that feels much like my old migraine headaches, something which comes in short, searing pulses then goes away for a half-hour or so. (One of the first things Starr did when hearing about that was to check me for stroke indicators - of which I seem to have none.)

In geek news, the Mars Phoenix robot probe has a Twitter account. Andy Ihnatko referred to the account as cosplay for rocket scientists, but I'm enjoying keeping up with what the probe's doing (or at least what it was doing 15 minutes ago - speed-of-light lag, y'know). Some quick Googling finds images taken by the Mars Recon Orbiter of Phoenix on the way down (Phoenix Down?) which means that we Earthlings not only managed to hit a target scores of millions of miles away, we got a picture of it from another camera that had previously done so under our instruction. [T]hese are the things that hydrogen atoms do when given 13.7 billion years. - Carl Sagan

So, yeah. Probably another early bedtime tonight, which is a shame because I wanted to get some WoW levelling in. With luck, the rest of the week will go a little easier on me!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
Last night I had my first taste of lobster in decades. I'd been putting a lot of energy into taking care of Starr lately, with her overwork issues and such; she decided it was my turn, and set up a lovely lobster and shrimp dinner for me.

Those things are hard to stare down - I've always been a bit wary of food that's looking back at me. Luckily, lobsters look evil enough that I can tell myself that it would gladly eat me if our roles were reversed, and start dismembering the thing. (Cows are the same way. Don't trust 'em, that's all I'll tell you.)

Very tasty; in fact, it tasted better with lemon juice than melted butter, to my surprise. I think that crab legs are still the shellfish win for me, but this is not a complaint I'm registering. I greatly appreciated the effort and expense!

Saturday was fun, but hectic and busy. A local crafter's group pow-wow led into an unsuccesful Korean food run which preceeded a graduation party which turned into an unexpected late night hot-tubbing which became an overnight stay which included brunch the next morning with our host's parents. I may not have gotten my explicit mileage in, but given the amount of time I spent on my feet, I'm calling it an exercise win.

Sunday mostly involved the couch, the kitten, and a lot of Discovery Network.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (space_tech)
Taking a short break from reporting on weather and virtual worlds:

Tomorrow is Yuri's Night, the anniversary of the first human spaceflight, and of the first space flight of the Shuttle. Forty-seven years ago, a Soviet cosmonaut took mankind's first step toward the final frontier. Twenty-seven years ago, the American space program began our first experiment with reusable spacecraft. On April 12th we celebrate a milestone which will stand as long as we reach for the stars.

There are Yuri's Night parties in Richmond, DC, and the Raleigh area, and more all over the world - even in Second Life! The Yuri's Night website has plenty of information about the celebrations, including a chance to win a ride on G-Force One, a plane that performs weightless simulation flights.

Our space exploration efforts have faltered in recent years, but mankind hasn't given up; whether it be aboard an Orion capsule, a Soyuz spacecraft, or a Rutan spaceplane, a steadily-increasing number of us will have the chance to see the world from above, and dip their toes in the vast sea of stars that awaits the human race.

EDIT: [livejournal.com profile] jameshroberts correctly points out that our robotic exploration efforts are remarkably successful; it's just the manned side which has faltered somewhat.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (orbiting)
I drove back to Blacksburg in a much happier car. On the way, [livejournal.com profile] jsciv called and set up a meet, wherein I found that for $10 more a night I could have had a suite twice the size (not that I would have used it for much). We hit Christiansburg's new Panera with Lucy, and talked a lot of game industry shop. Joe seems to be doing quite well for himself these days, which is great; we made hyper-flimsy plans for a Disney run out there sometime in the hazy future. (Flying. Not driving.)

Made it to the con, and picked up my Staff badge. I think I'm permanent TCon staff now... not that I mind, it's a pleasure every year, but it amuses me nevertheless. I did not recognize [livejournal.com profile] tltrent at first, gomen, gomen! But I traded a lot of greetings with lots of great folk in those first minutes. I remember [livejournal.com profile] yubbie looking quite distracted, for reasons I would later discover...

I spent most of Friday re-learning my way around McBryde Hall on the Virginia Tech campus, location of many VTSFFC and USS McKay events. I socialized quite a bit, catching up with long-time fandom friends. In a lot of ways, Technicon for me is like getting to be 25 again, and getting to spend time with all these fun, intelligent people without being a broke, know-it-all slacker fanboy. I don't miss that aspect of myself much!

Dwight's Friday night dance was short and unfortunately-scheduled, turning more into an excuse to play exotic cuts really loud in a University auditorium while the iTunes Visualizer hypnotized the small crowd. [livejournal.com profile] nius's quote, "We're rocking McBryde 100, bitches!" ended up on buttons for him and Dwight and me.

Shut down con and move to the Microtel conference room, where I snagged [livejournal.com profile] ursulav, Meche, and Bert for Saturday night's panels, and finally caught up to [livejournal.com profile] shrewlet. First, [livejournal.com profile] colleenk and I got some long-awaited personal chat time - let's not make it so long before the next one! - and then Cindy and I got a little conversation in before she had to take a guest home for the evening.

An excellent Technicon Friday! Saturday would be a bit rougher...
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (orbiting)
Started off the weekend with a fever on Friday, caused probably by having to run around in the cold cold rain on Thursday. But I medicated the heck out of myself, and was well enough to travel with Starr to Williamsburg on Friday for MarsCon.

Most conventions are, for me, opportunities to socialize with friends I don't often get to see. [livejournal.com profile] southernsinger, [livejournal.com profile] kittykatya, [livejournal.com profile] impink, [livejournal.com profile] geckoman, and [livejournal.com profile] stori_lundi were all there, as well as folks I get to see a little more often such as [livejournal.com profile] ptownhiker, [livejournal.com profile] fixitup, and [livejournal.com profile] torn757. Got to spend some quality time with Jesse and Dwight too!

Convention loot: a Devil's Panties graphic novel (Jennie Breeden remembered me from Dragon*Con), character sketches from an artist in the dealer's room, a Carcassonne expansion and an book of Paranoia XP modules, two White Plectrum CDs and a Coyote Run CD, some erotica from Helen Madden's table, and a couple of buttons. After spending the weekend avoiding the purchase of T-shirts, Starr and I were handed free ones by a local game store - now I have to get rid of more old ones to make space!

Next year, the con is supposed to move to a bigger location, and it really needs the space. MarsCon completely overflowed its host hotel, which is a shame, as I think it's a nice place to hold the weekend. I got to hear some other VA con politics I didn't want to hear about, but that's the down side of having friends who are so heavily involved in things.

Speaking of being involved, this was the first time I can recall having my con badge paid for as a "Guest" presenter. I have to say I found it very cool, though somehow I had always imagined it would be for my Great American Science Fiction Novel. Still, the panels (which I talk a bit more about in the Lifestyle filter) were great fun, and I can't wait to do them again next year.

We'd really intended to stay longer on Sunday, but despite finally getting the MarsCon Charity Chair Massage I'd been wanting to try for years, we had a bad case of burnout. Excitement, dancing, endorphins, and little sleep all hit at once, and Starr and I headed home around 1:30 to veg for the rest of the day. Still haven't quite come down though. How long 'till T-Con?

Oh, by the way, for people who didn't go see Cloverfield, or restrained themselves from visiting YouTube this weekend, here's the new Trek movie trailer. Total geekgasm.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cyberpunk)
I enjoy staying up late. I'd read in bed until (gasp!) 8:30 or 9 as a little kid, with nothing more than a red night light (one reason I think my night vision got pretty good, and why I have to wear sunglasses a lot during the days). As a teenager and young adult, my preferred sleep schedule was 2am - 10am, with the occasional 4am - noon if I got into something really worthy of my tunnel-focused attention.

These days, though, I'm up between 5:45 and 6 every morning, and just being able to drive to work without major injury means I'd better be in bed by 11. 10 would be better; 9:30's been known to happen. It made this year's New Year's Eve a little duller than I'd planned, let me tell you.

Well, my quasi-conscious train of thought upon leaving REM sleep this morning went as follows:

Voice 1: Dude, why on earth did we put the clock where we can't easily see it without moving? It's gotta be about 5:40, the alarm's gonna hit any minute.

Voice 2: No, no, this is our semi-regular 3:30 Brief Moment of Pseudo-Lucidity. Just roll over and go back to sleep.

Voice 1: Yeah, you're probably right. But let's wiggle over and get Line-of-Sight on the clock just to be sure.

Voice 2: Uh-oh. 6:30? We didn't set the alarm, did we?

Voice 1: Dude, and you were the one who wanted to go back to sleep.

Funny thing is, since I awoke naturally, I felt much better this morning. And I still managed to get to work on time.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (orbiting)
I slept quite late Sunday morning; I'd not had enough rest in the last week, and a five-hour drive is still draining even when it's pleasant.

[livejournal.com profile] shrewlet fixed a big breakfast for us. I was starving, I honestly ate too much. I spent a few minutes checking e-mail and trying to log onto WoW - I'm trying to earn enough quest tickets to win a prize in-game - but I couldn't get a good connection. It wasn't long before I had to give up and get dressed for [livejournal.com profile] yubbie and [livejournal.com profile] colleenk's wedding.

Wile dressing, I amused myself by considering the far greater number of times I've worn a Starfleet uniform than a suit, but it's not as if I'd forgotten how to put it on. Dwight and I left the Arthur digs early, for we had stops to make - I picked up a cute card for the happy couple - and we arrived pretty much on time.

Listing the LJ and fan folk who were there would be quite tedious, so I shan't try. The wedding was wonderful. Colleen was gorgeous and Ron looked great. I saw people there I hadn't laid eyes on in years!

That sad part was that I couldn't stay for the reception - we had a 5-hour drive back (6, really) and Dwight had to be home in time for an early work day. So I didn't get to pass on my congratulations in person. But the pictures prove I was there!

Home now... I had a great time, and wish I could have spent more time at that end of the state. The Roanoke and New River valleys need to be brought at least 2/3 closer to Hampton Roads (or vice versa).
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (slaine)
I accomplished very little this weekend, which I think my body and soul needed badly; this morning I went into work quite bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, clearing a lot of tickets over the course of the day. Actually, I slacked a bit too much, as it was my turn to do dishes, dinner, and laundry this weekend, and I only managed 1.5 out of three. Have to do better on that.

I did have a social obligation Saturday, which was nice - got to see some old friends - but the weather had gifted this little cookout with 90-degree temperatures and 90-percent humidity. I was still chugging glasses of water all day Sunday trying to rehydrate myself.

Don't know if it was related, but I had a weird dream Sunday morning. Someone had physically wrenched the display screen completely off a laptop, and it was my job to fix it with nothing more than a roll of Scotch tape. The dream ended long before I found out how best to approach this little issue.

Mirandala dinged 61 Sunday night, with [livejournal.com profile] shrewlet's invaluable assistance. Soloing quests in Outland is less practical than in Azeroth, though simply grinding wandering monsters can be good for XP. My last level was in February: at 5 months per, I should hit the level 70 cap around the time they've raised it to 90 :) Hardcore, yep, that's me. (Okay, I'd move quicker if I played alts less often. What's your point?)

Speaking of such - WoW fans are agitating for personal housing in the game. Can the FFXI and SWG players chime in here and tell me what's so interesting about that? What can you do in your house? Can you watch the magic bard-in-a-box for extra resting credit, or cook special meals for +25 Health bonuses. or throw a party for your friends to get Diplomacy XP? Or is it just fluff? (I like fluff fine, mind you.)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cartoon)
I was working on a journal post this morning, but my USB 2 expansion card freaked in the middle of that, ruining an iPod update and crashing the computer. So no post.

That's kinda the tone for the whole month of October. Good things certainly happened, but it's been pretty rough. My workload's been amazing - I netted almost 120 hours in one 2-week period. As well, a carefully-arranged Halloween costume failed to materialize; then sickness killed a carefully-planned Halloween party trip.

On the other hand, I was too lazy to put together an interesting outfit for a later party, and wound up just attending in my Enterprise uniform... winning First Place (Men's), to my surprise!

I'm really bummed about missing Rising Star this year. It sounds like they're gonna have some fun! But we've dropped $700 on car repairs this month, and holiday gift-giving's on the way, so we have to watch the budget like a hawk. (Here's hoping I don't have to replace that PCI card.)

Questionable Content - one of my favorite webcomics, and worth reading through from the beginning - is selling a t-shirt which proclaims, "She Blinded Me With Library Science!" which keeps bringing to mind a certain Yeager crew member.

I did in fact begin NaNoWriMo this week. I have no expectation of finishing in time - the demands on my time are manifest right now - but I'm starting it anyway. This is the closest my head has been in years to having a complete plot and interesting characters lined up, and I'm not giving up now. I may even get around to reposting my WARS stories to elfie, just for my own inspiration.

Taverncast - a WoW podcast - did a Halloween episode called "War of the Murlocs" this year. Despite the fact that I listened to it during the day at work, am closely familiar with the old Orson Welles broadcast, and caught many of the in-jokes, they still managed to creep me out a tiny bit. Maybe it's my overactive imagination: judge for yourself at war-of-the-murlocs.mp3 if you like. I'll be having fish for dinner tonight as my own strike back against the slimy rampagers.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
This last weekend I missed the Fire for the first time in years. I was pretty darn disappointed, though we managed to spend our time here in good ways. But as Friday night came closer I had to confront the reality of the situation: the engines couldna' take the strain.

For the last two weeks, 2 of the early-shift typesetters have been absent from work: one on vacation, and one on family emergency. Doesn't sound too bad, except I'm the only other one! For those 10 work days, my shifts ran from 10-12 hours apiece.

I kinda rate my combined mental, emotional, and physical energy levels as "main power", "reserves", and "emergency". Reserves is a subjective 25% of capacity - enough to supply me comfortably for an hour's drive home at 3am after a good party. Emergency is about 5-10% of capacity - if I expect to do anything useful in that state, adrenaline or caffeine should be involved (preferably both).

Well, I've been working on "reserves" since two Wednesdays ago, and all I was getting from a night's sleep was back approximately to that 25%. After a 10-hour Friday shift, I was running at close to emergency levels again. Oh, technically I'm sure Rain and I could have made it to Blacksburg. We're tough. But did I really want to attend an event with my friends while I operated in total zombie mode? No. That was more fun when I was 18... which was some time ago.

So, we stayed home, and did some cool things around Norfolk and Va. Beach, which I'll talk about later. Kind of a mixed blessing, to be honest; while we had enough fun to make up somewhat for missing our friends, it was still energy-consuming fun. Even by Sunday evening, I didn't feel recharged much past 30% or so.

Last night, OTOH, I came home from the shift, nuked some very tasty leftovers, and plunked myself down in front of WoW for about four hours. Say what you want about gaming too much, this was 4 hours of physical rest, endorphin production, and frankly not too much challenge at any point. This morning? Why, I may be up to 40-50%.

Just in time to go to work...
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (slaine)
Halloween's a holiday dedicated to things that aren't what they seem, so it's a bit appropriate that George Takei is choosing it to come publically out of the closet.


Good for him! I can't help thinking that some of the people involved with RoVaCon way back when would have been less excited about inviting him had they known... but that's far in the past now.

I haven't decided yet what to wear to Mandy & Krys' party tomorrow night. I do wish VTSFFC Halloween wasn't 5 hours away. I also wish Rain didn't work Saturdays and Sundays, making a 2- or 3am Rocky Horror evening this weekend a bit impractical.

In good news, Rain welcomed me home last night to a spotless living room lit by candles, served me an excellent dinner, and snuggled down with me for a romantic evening of TiVo'd MythBusters. (Hey, mad science is too romantic.) It was a good way to wrap up the day.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
Busy life these days... I haven't been taking time to slow down and write lately. I'm hoping to do more of that this weekend.

Went to Rising Star last weekend, and had lots of fun. I showed off the new Utilikilt on Saturday, and it went over quite well, though I have to think more carefully about the process of sitting down while I wear it. [livejournal.com profile] raininva and I scored over 20 PS2 games for around $100 or so at the auction - of course, lord knows when I'll play any of them. With WoW on the computer, I have to poke myself to make time for my new copy of We (Heart) Katamari.

I missed [livejournal.com profile] meiran, [livejournal.com profile] ranchonmars, and [livejournal.com profile] madwriter... maybe I'll see some of you at Marscon, and if not, there's always T-Con.

We listened to the audiobook of "So You Want to Be A Wizard" on the way up and back. The narrator does good work with the voices, I'd recommend it. We bought it from iTunes, and while I understand this is not Apple's idea, the process of getting the audiobook onto an MP3 CD for my car player was unpleasant. I hate the freaking music industry.

Three movies I want to see soon... Serenity, Mirrormask, and Curse of the Were-Rabbit. I haven't been to see a movie in a while - no idea if I'll make it to any of these.

I've been offered a ride to VTSFFC Halloween, and heard about another H'ween party in Richmond I'd like to go to, but either way, Rain can't go because of her work schedule. This bites in great measure. OTOH, Trans-Siberian Orchestra is coming to Newport News in November, and that I might be able to see! There's something about "Xmas Eve / Sarajevo" that makes me tingle when I hear it for the first time every season... it's so angry and beautiful at the same time. Elton John's "Funeral for a Friend" is the same way.

Tried "Second Life" last night. Lousy framerate and poor responsiveness were my first impressions... and this is on a Mac that does WoW quite tolerably. We'll see if I go back.

More on my mind, but I gotta go to work.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (mecha)
A poster on websnark this weekend pointed out exactly what's bothering me about the Tom Cruise War of the Worlds trailers; they make it look like a run-of-the-mill disaster flick. Instead of concerning invading aliens, most of the scenes in the trailer could be cribbed from any asteroid impact - tidal wave - volcano - invading commies / killer bees / killer tomatoes / plague-carrying R.O.U.S. - movie.

Finally finished Ringworld's Children. It was substantially better than The Ringworld Throne, and had an interesting bit at the end that nevertheless seems somewhat implausible for a Larry Niven novel. Still, two months to finish a single genre hardcover is a depressing record for me, and the Public Library isn't much happier about it. :(

Scientifically implausible, with spoilers )

Saturday, I went to a very good party and that's all I'll say here :) Sunday was mostly errands, as I muzzily recall. Both nights I was up until 3 AM, which makes it pretty hard to adjust to a work schedule when the weekdays begin again.

Memorial Day, however was quiet and fun. A few friends came over, and Rain and Laura grilled beef kabobs and garlic chicken (yummy!). I figured out how to hook up the sound on the laptop properly, so the TV played an Internet radio station and the iTunes visuals while we did two rounds of Talisman (the game goes faster if you take a level every 5 XP instead of 7 XP). It was a good evening.

Rain leaves for Wizard World on Thursday... hope she has fun... I still hope to make it to Dragoncon!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (dressed)
I'm quite pleased! My work is giving me an extra hour to vote tomorrow; I think I'll take either a long lunch or a late morning. I'm loving getting up an hour later by my body's clock, but I know all too well that I'll adjust soon. And I'm gonna hate driving home at night for the next few months.

This morning, I gave all the buttons on my radio the chance to hold my attention by playing some music. Sadly, they all insisted on taking phone calls instead, so they lost to the mp3 player.

I'm sorry I couldn't make it to VTSFFC Halloween - especially since I'd been looking forward to it for months :( But 2 tanks of gas hit my check card a lot harder than they used to, and I just couldn't swing it. Those VTSFFCers I don't see at MarsCon, I hope to see at Technicon.

Since my original Saturday plans didn't work out, I ended up going to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Naro theater down here. It was a pretty fun show, with some good cast members and excellent costumes. It suffered from "line creep" - so much shouting of lengthy response lines that 75% of the movie's drowned out - but hell, it's not like I don't know all the dialogue already. Yes, I dressed up :) They run their show about once a month, and I'm tempted to make it a repeating thing for me.

Sunday was a very good day. In a seeming non-sequitur, I want to mention that I love [livejournal.com profile] raininva very very much. She's always reminding me why I'm so happy to be with her.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
Just dropped off the first load of boxes in the new place.

On second look, I like it even more. There's room for 3 or 4 gaming tables for a party, 1 fewer if we want a PlayStation/DVD group or a chat group. I've tentatively claimed the smallest bedroom for my office, and it's twice the size - I can get back to modeling and miniatures. I've found the closest grocery store, a nearby Taco Bell for Rain, and a nearby lingerie store :p And I drove from work to the house in about 17 minutes, so the commute will actually be a little shorter than my current one.

The garage will only fit one car, but we might be using it for storage at first anyway. I'm not sure where the closest Wal-Mart is either, but I do know where to find a movie theater, a Barnes & Noble, and a Best Buy within about 20-25 minutes. All very important.

Happy me!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (space_tech)
Feeling better this morning. Went to the pub last night with Tom and Donna and had a pretty good time.

Tom wants me to go up to the new National Air and Space Museum with him on October 10th. I like the idea - I'd hardly want to miss a chance to make a pilgrimage to the STS Enterprise - but October is loading up quick. The 22nd is a weekend trip to Salem for Rising Star, the weekend of the 29th includes a trip to Blacksburg for VTSFFC Halloween, and the weekend of 11/05 is another con I've always wanted to go to.

My poor car. The last months have been really hard on it.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (decipher)
TNG actor in Enterprise Season 4 (cut to avoid spoils) )

Over GenCon weekend, we released two Demo Deck pdf files and a rules sheet for the new Wars game. Certain artistic types may find this useful as reference material, others may want to try out the game. Michael Stackpole's first Wars-universe fiction is posted too.

Overheard at [livejournal.com profile] platypusgirl's party: "Looks like AbsorbentRobert RectangularTrousers is on Nickolodeon right now."

I am reassembling the broken display hinges of a Titanium PowerBook. This is clearly not something Apple meant me to do.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
Quite a weekend! I burned myself out just a teeny bit, but I did have a lot of fun.

Friday morning, I decided I'd get right on the road after work, so I threw a weekend bag into the back seat. I even got to leave work a bit early to take care of an iMac repair at CompUSA. It was a good thing I did leave early, because there were 30-60 minute delays at every tunnel out of Norfolk, and if you're heading north, you pretty much have to take a tunnel.

I'll spare you the next in my ongoing series of traffic rants, because I still showed up at [livejournal.com profile] kittykatya's place just in time for [livejournal.com profile] lekythen and [livejournal.com profile] pulp_tarentino to return from an errand. Spent a couple hours catching up with J.J., whom I haven't seen in 6 years. We've both grown up a bit, and I almost felt that we clicked better as reunited friends than we did when we were dating. So that was quite good.

Friday night and Saturday morning were spent catching up with Alex & Barb & Chris (look, alphabetical). Unfortunately, I had to head off before J.J. came back for her stuff, so I didn't get a final goodbye. It was a good thing I left when I did, because the sky opened up as I left, and I lost another 90 minutes heading back down 95. Luckily, [livejournal.com profile] platypusgirl and [livejournal.com profile] krysturtle were willing to accept a soaked, bedraggled Borg into their home and I had a very good time at their party.

I met many people, some of whom I recognized from con meetings, but few of whom I can remember their names :) The party was fun - lotsa people, good food, nervous kitties. We established that cat toys are far better for amusing small children than small-children toys are, and I have finally seen more than 50% of "The Goonies".

Sunday, I napped a lot. I also tried to track down used copies of the "Riverworld" books - so far, no luck, but there are lots more places to look.



mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)

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