I have had six days off work in a row (10 counting weekends), thankfully that ends tomorrow although I'm not looking forward to the getting up early and walking in the cold (ETA 2315 Or not, while I was out getting SubWay there was a call to say one of the machines was behind so I don't have work.). Even with half of those days being my choosing to not work, it seems that there is a definite slow down at work and I'm going to be much better off working whenever I get the chance to do so.
Monday night I went to R18 again and, like has been the case for quite some time, I spent a lot of the time distracted by the baby/toddler. For the most part the group seems constant, which is probably a good thing as being used to and knowing the others there is going to mean each of us is more open. And I might start contributing more than just when I'm asked questions.
Tuesday and Thursday nights I went and played games with Steve, three games of Stone Age
each night and it seems obvious that when the two of us play whoever has the first move in the game is going to win. I haven't played enough (especially recently) with more than two to have noticed a similar tendency. If there is such a tendency though I think it's going to sour me on the game.
Wednesday morning I went and helped with Mainly Music again, for some reason I tend to be a focus of attention for a few of the children, I'm getting used to having them come over to me and offer toys.
Games for the evening were cancelled (not an April Fools thing like I wondered initially) and so I was free to head to church
and attend the Prayer and Praise meeting. I'm not likely to go back to them, especially at the expense of playing games.
Friday I got up early (for a day off) and caught a bus to the Beach, where I walked out on the pier and took photographs
. In between getting those loaded onto my laptop and continuing to clear out some of the mess that I'd accumulated over the prior months/year I also made a start at getting my desktop PC working properly again (I had been unable to access the internet). As the cooling fan of my laptop no longer operational I'm unable to use it for more than an hour at a stretch. With me having recently uninstalled almost all the "essential" security programs as I wasn't intending to use the desktop for anything but data storage and games I wanted to get XP SP3 installed and had trouble due to prerequisites. Once the evening got nearer I headed to church again and spent a couple of hours helping children with their craft evening.
After I got up on Saturday I continued to make inroads on the mess that is my room and proceeded to actually get stuff installed on this computer. Shortly after 6 I headed to the Dux de Lux
for the first time (in the evening anyway, NaNoWriMo TGIO get-togethers have previously been held there in the afternoons) and have decided I am unlikely to go back, the "music" was far too loud in my opinion. Not knowing anyone else of the organisers friends probably didn't help at all either.
Yesterday morning I spent some time in the local park as children hunted for rocks, and distracted one nearly 2 year old by pushing her on a swing while her grandfather was was minding the older kids. I also discovered that I"m no longer able to hang from my feet the way I used to. Or, at the very least, will require practise to become good at it again.
The afternoon saw me catching up with three friends I hadn't seen for a long time, a couple that went to Auckland when they got married a couple of years back, and another guy I probably hadn't seen since we left High School. If not for the coincidental timing I'd have been able to play Wii games as well. Facebook has been very good in getting me in contact with people again, not that I'm actually doing much in the way of talking to others in any way.