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So far I've been out playing boardgames for much of the month. The weekend was Saga's second mini-con and I think I played games for more of it than normal. I went out to the Monday group again last night, with no work today I figured I might as well see how things were. I spent a while playing with a little cat that I'd probably now have as a pet if we were allowed pets in this flat, and felt I'd be able to take care of it.

The Steam summer sale has cost me about $30 all up, and should lead to me having plenty of games to play for quite a few months. Especially when a couple of them are RTS games. If I already had Tabletop Simulator or had felt like spending $15 on it, there would probably be another half dozen purchased games as a fair few boardgames are available there. Unrelated to that, I did purchase Colt Express, largely because there is a mission aspect to it that I hope will get expansions at some point.

By the time I got up on Thursday last week the heat pump had been fixed and working for a while, the flat hasn't felt cold since then which has been very good. The weather in general has also been better than I expected, I even managed to have laundry on the line for a while yesterday afternoon.

Steam sale

2017-Jun-27, Tuesday 11:41 pm
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I have managed to avoid spending a lot of money in the Steam Summer Sale, mainly by not having a lot of money in my steam wallet. That might be changing tomorrow after I go to the supermarket. Deciding what I want to acquire, and will actually play, is the current factor holding me up from spending the last of what's there right now. With all I've seen about it (and the small amount I was able to play of the sequel) Mass Effect is currently at the top of my to buy list. The number of LEGO games for $6 would be tempting as well, if I had a working controller at the moment.
Apparently posting about how cheap Portal was a couple of days ago was enough to get one of the Saga regulars to buy it. He's got about halfway through after a couple of play hours.
As I was warned a fair while ago, the Hexcells follow ups are not as good. I'll almost certainly finish the pair of them, but it's going to take a lot longer than the Hexcells game did.

Work picked up again after nothing for nearly three weeks, I've been getting simple enough jobs while there. Getting out of bed quickly hasn't been happening, I'm not sure whether it's more because I'm tired and want to sleep more or the cold making me want to just stay under the covers. Apparently the heat pump is getting fixed on Thursday though, it'll be good to find the house warm again. Still thinking that a dehumidifier would be worthwhile.

Unenforced lethargy

2017-Jun-13, Tuesday 11:54 pm
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I went to the Monday game group last night for the first time in over a month, and it may be done for me. As the past six years have passed those that were attending at the start got married, started working full time, etc. and attendance has dropped significantly from peak. I got to play a couple of games each of Race for the Galaxy and Dominion, only one wasn't 2-players. It was kind of weird to play Dominion with physical cards again after so many games online.

I've had a week longer without work than I intended, taking a little extra time off to deal with Buckets of Dice, and started trying to bring my sleep schedule back to "normal" a few days ago. Didn't really work that well but I have actually been managing to sleep more than the six or seven hours I seemed to be peaking at. The distinct lack of physical activity won't have been good, if it wasn't for last night and Wednesday last week I'd have barely been further than 1.5 km from home for the past week. Two days I didn't even leave my flat.

Fallout Shelter is probably ending it's interest span for me. This afternoon I built the last room type I hadn't got to, and the Quests are mostly simple now that Dwellers have levelled up. I wonder if a better specced computer would lead to other games holding my interest more, I think I'd have played Skyrim longer if I could run that with YouTube playing on the TV at the same time. The FPS I typically get seems likely to be low enough that most people wouldn't put up with it. I know I managed to deal with TV display issues that my parents wouldn't have.

I started wondering a while ago if I would benefit from a dehumidifier in the flat. An air purifier also seems likely to do good.

Buckets of Dice 2017

2017-Jun-06, Tuesday 11:59 pm
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tl/dr I'm glad I went along, but on the whole it was something of a disappointment. Having a cold for much of the weekend is going to be a big part of how I feel about the event though.

Friday night was the quiz that seems likely to continue as an annual thing as long as someone can be found to organise it. I ended up on a team that had a poor early round and gave up, aiming for funny for most of the rest of the rounds. The first round not taken seriously I'd have managed 8 of the 10 answers which was a moderate disappointment but I was entertained by the others trying to be amusing.

My Saturday ended up being about what I remember as far as getting to play games is concerned. Mostly longer games with a fair amount of waiting for other specific people to finish so I could play with them or the "what do you want to play" discussion that always takes time. Three of the games I played are my top three games so that was good, although one of them was ended earlier than it should have been by a player throwing the game because he wasn't enjoying himself. If he was a SAGA member I'd probably have put him on my (short) list of people to never play with again.

Before going to bed that night I decided I wouldn't set an alarm for Sunday morning, as I'd started to experience cold symptoms. I ended up waking up every couple of hours or so through the morning, not cold or with a sore throat or anything else to explain it. By the time I actually got up and sorted things it was about noon, I didn't actually leave until about quarter to one. Games were ending when I arrived and one game I'd probably have been otherwise quite keen to join seemed too much for me so I helped explain Eclipse and then got asked to play Dune. I probably would have been better off not agreeing to play that considering the head cold. I did still have fun though, at least until the final played round (half the group needed to leave early evening), where I overcommitted forces and was basically eliminated as a relevant force. Timing of that was such that I managed to spend most of the prize giving time in that room, and was awarded a voucher for something (I was apparently nominated for something by someone at some point). The other thing I played on Sunday was a partial game of (co-op) Eldritch Horror, where we'd managed to deal with two of the three things that would grant a victory by the end of the booking. With another hour or so I think we'd have won.

Monday started a bit later due to the less regimented session times, and many of the attendees going to breakfast together. I still showed up more than 30 minutes after the doors opened and spent a fair while doing nothing or helping shift things to help with the Grand Start. I played a couple of good games, and another I'd have enjoyed with more involved (Tiny Epic Galaxies with two doesn't seem worth it). The last game ended up being a somewhat mixed up DC Comics DBG with a player that had played before but didn't seem like he had a clue. Having all the non-Grand Start gaming in one area isn't a great ides, the RPG that happened mid afternoon was loud and distracting.

As a follow on, tonight at SAGA was very empty compared to recent weeks, no doubt because of the general tiredness/exhaustion of members. Probably also because another Club had claimed two of the rooms we use which may have led to at least one RPG group heading away. Whether counting completed games or not I nearly played more tonight that I did over the entire event weekend, although that statistic is biased heavily due to playing Coup and Red 7 multiple times tonight.

Upcoming weekend

2017-May-30, Tuesday 11:41 pm
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I miss certain people when gaming more than I probably would have expected to a while ago. Not getting to hug particular people is part of that, there have been a few over the years that I'd hug while playing, or waiting for games to start, or whatever. I'm seeing less of those people now and I miss them. I might be seeing some of them this weekend, but not all. On the other hand, I'll be spending more than half of Saturday and Sunday at a game convention and should manage to play a lot of board games.

With the weekend I'm about to have I decided yesterday that I'd be declining work until near the end of next week. That means I have a full eight days without a reason to be up quite so early and will likely sleep in every day aside from those of the gaming weekend. Annoyingly enough the latest start of the three days is the one closest to me so I'll be out in the cold for the shortest time on the day that should be the warmest as I'm heading out.
If I could be assured that Thursday would be like today was I'd have been willing to work then as well. For an eight hour shift I feel like I may have worked about two hours, most of which was the 90 minutes helping load one particular job.

I played Dune again at the weekend just been, with a couple of people that hadn't played the first time and three that had. Things didn't go as well for me this time around, probably a result of not having other people pay me for things like was happening in the game a fortnight earlier. Still felt like there was a chance that I'd have managed a (combined) win, but the host had to go out for a family thing. After packing up I got offered a lift home and "suffered" a mini interrogation on the way home. Nowhere near as in depth as the conversation over chat that happened a year ago with a friend but I insinuated a truth that I normally don't talk about, which surprised me.

2017 Mini-Con 1

2017-May-02, Tuesday 11:56 pm
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I spent most of my waking hours of the weekend just been on Uni grounds, playing board games or waiting for something to start. There didn't seem to be as much of the waiting around as prior years, although that may be perception due to people. Nearly one third of the games I played were Roll for the Galaxy, pretty much everything else was just played the once. Getting to play Agricola and Galaxy Trucker alone would have made it a good weekend. Attendance seemed well up on last year, that may be because there was less RPG stuff happening.
Less fun was getting home from gaming on the Saturday night, and after dealing with a bird in my room, finding out there was a flat inspection scheduled for Monday morning. Fortunately I'd decided to not work on Monday because I expected to be tired (I was) and I spent a while Monday morning cleaning up some of the accumulated mess. Things are apparently okay, although smoke alarms need put in, and airing clothing needs to be done with more ventilation.

Tomorrow morning I'm heading back to Mainly Music, it's been weird during the school holidays to not have that as part of my Wednesday activities. Not heading that far has also led to me not getting to the supermarket as much. With the weekend of games I've not been in a long enough time frame that I'm out of a bunch of things.

Carry on

2017-Mar-28, Tuesday 11:58 pm
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Work continues to be about as much as I want it to be, with extra I'm turning down.

I decided to not work last Thursday, partly as I'd thought I'd go out to game Wednesday night. (With rain starting late afternoon I stayed home though.) After getting up later than intended I headed to the Uni and helped out a little with the "Week of the Geek" event for the day. I basically sat there most of the time, and spent a little while playing King of Tokyo or Tsuro for a short while.

I haven't really felt like I'm missing the games on Monday nights, the walk was obviously more of an issue than I'd realised. Knowing that what's being played is simple/short has probably impacted things as well. If I'd not gone back to the Wednesday group so much this year that would likely be different. It will probably lead to another drop off in yearly game plays though. I seem unlikely to ever again reach the peak of 800+ that I was at about five years ago.

I really ought to start having conversations elsewhere to cars. Considering how little time I spend in cars it cuts down on how many conversations I get to have for a start.

Another year older.

2017-Mar-21, Tuesday 11:45 pm
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Like I've been doing for a while now I hid certain information on FB a couple of weeks ago so I'd not get as many messages about being older at the weekend. I also prevented posting to my wall by everyone at least a year ago.

I took almost all of last week off work, only going in on Tuesday and letting the agency know I wasn't interested in working the rest of the week. That left me completely free to go out and game each night, without the minimal concern for when I'd be getting home.
Gaming on Wednesday night ended up being a single relatively simple game, that took longer than it ought to have. I shouldn't complain about it though, one of my best scores, and only my second win at four player, after 17 games at that count.
Thursday night I got to play an even longer game, that was new to three of us and only the second game the owner had played. Time travel was a part of it, with resources potentially sourced from the future and needing to be sent back later to avoid penalties. I don't want to play a lot more,yet anyway, but will definitely be interested in a second game now I've got a better idea of what's going on.
A friend recently acquired some more board games and hosted games on Saturday. One of which is a game I've known about for more than half a dozen years and refused to play on the rare occasion I've been asked. Because of how I feel about that particular group I was interested in playing, had a good time, and will now consider playing with others depending on time available. I'm not going to play it at regular sessions of SAGA though if people decide to try it there, length is one of the biggest factors in what I want to play at SAGA.

I had the entire flat to myself for about 72 hours at the weekend as well, most of my time here was spent the same way I spend it when my flatmates are home. Watching YouTube on the TV and catching up on Tumblr, BGG, FB, and the other assorted sites I keep up with.

tastes change?

2017-Mar-07, Tuesday 11:57 pm
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It would seem that I might be playing a lot more "social" games at SAGA this year. I spent what seemed like an hour or more playing four games of The Resistance tonight and then played another couple of games of a simpler level. Started with Roll for the Galaxy though which was good, even with the obvious poor play that had me tied for last place. I am still struggling to remember names of a number of the seemingly new regulars, I hope to be able to call them by name before the month is out.

I took the second part of the regular Friday shift off work last week, so I could go to the Community Lunch, getting there late because I took longer to deal with laundry than expected. While there I was again assumed to be the father of a baby, perhaps understandable considering how I gravitate to the baby and mother when they arrive and don't really interact with others that are present.
I might already be finished with work for this week, it seemed likely that there won't be work for the rest of the week because things are a bit quiet at the moment.

For the past couple of days I've put a podcast on my phone and listened to them while getting to work. Road noise is a bit of a problem for some of the trip, but I'm missing very little of what gets said.
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SAGA started up again properly this evening, with at least 20 people playing board games at one point, and some others arriving once early departures had happened. There seemed to be a fair amount of simple, social, games that I've little interest in. But there were a few play Castles of Mad King Ludwig, and an individual showed interest in some of the more involved games during a discussion about game types. I'm expecting Thursday night to be smaller based on past years but with that I may be able to play something more substantial.

As of Monday afternoon I've decided that I won't be gaming most Monday nights for the foreseeable future. I was no longer getting to game as long as I wanted, making the walk there and back too long for what I was getting from the evening out. Since five years ago it's gone from maybe 15 minutes of walking total and more than four hours of gaming, to nearly 90 minutes of walking and barely three hours of gaming.

Yesterday after I got home I noticed that my smartphone wasn't charging, and after pulling the cable and trying a different USB port realised it was something more problematic. There's still some connection, as a little red LED goes on when I plug in the cable, but there's no charging at all. Being without Snapchat is bothering me, I don't know if I'm getting messages/pics from my ex, my friend in the U.K. and I know I'm missing things from a few "famous" people. Getting around without music has been odd as well, I quickly got used to the audio. On the upside, I napped during my lunch break today as I couldn't play games like I've been doing for most of the past four months.

Gaming

2017-Feb-14, Tuesday 11:59 pm
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For what may be the first time ever I did something relevant to Valentines Day on valentines day. Love Letter, Batman edition, was played at Saga tonight, and I was leading strongly when one of the others had to leave. I also played a decent game of Elysium earlier, and a good game of Dominion after. Next Tuesday is the first of the Uni clubs days so we'll likely see an upswing of numbers from then and could well see simpler games getting played more for a couple of weeks. I am interested to know how many people will be sticking around this year. Unfortunately one of the regulars, five years or so, will likely be shifting to Dunedin soon and another has relocated to the east of the city such that making it to sessions is awkward at best.
I'm currently thinking that tomorrow night will be the first Wednesday night this year that I don't go out gaming. The location is even further than the other locations tend to be and I'm hopefully going to be working on Thursday morning. Last week was the birthday of one of the hosts and she wanted to play Concordia, a game I've not played as much in person as I'd like, so I got to be a part of her winning that. My tendency for my first action seems to be different from other people's which may have helped her start. I also got to play Endeavor for the second time recently, winning handily.

Back to work

2017-Jan-24, Tuesday 11:59 pm
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I've had shifts at work for the first time in more than a month, I am sleepy and sore. With the recurrent short slowdowns or stoppages of the machine I was working at the past couple of days I managed to read about 70 pages of Robinson Crusoe, after getting through barely double that in the six months or so I was reading it last year.

I've pretty much guaranteed that this January will be the best for games played yet and I'm still expecting to game on three nights and maybe even a fourth. I'm not sure if there will be Wednesday games yet and even if there is I might already be breaking with my intention to attend most of them for the year. Working the following morning won't be particularly pleasant if I'm out late, wherever it might be. I may be spending pretty much all of next Tuesday evening playing Scythe if a couple of (suitable) others can be found to join in. There are people at SAGA I just won't considering playing it with, especially when we'd likely all be learning. The holiday sessions are going well though it seems, decent numbers, especially considering the lack of students around.

A couple of weekends ago I purchased some DVDs, watching the first season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine that afternoon. This more recent weekend I consumed almost no media that wasn't the first couple of seasons of The Newsroom

We've been warm

2017-Jan-17, Tuesday 11:57 pm
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I feel better about SAGA so far this year than I was at the end of last year. Part of it may be the numbers are already high enough that multiple games were going for a significant portion of the evenings. I have yet to decide what I think about the intention to theme evenings through the year. Much of it will be RPG stuff which isn't of interest to me, but some of it is relevant to Board Games. I also realise I'm not really the target for the theming.
Unless the weather is worse tomorrow night than I'm expecting it to be I'll be gaming again then as well. The Wednesday group does seem to have regained my interest as well, although when the location is further away I might not be as inclined to go out.

I still haven't been back to work, although I was offered a shift on Monday night. Starting at 2200 and pushing a button when there was a problem on the conveyor was really not of interest. Both because of the time, and because I've found that watching that sort of motion causes a headache. Going back will result in the normal shock to the system with me having been going to bed after midnight for the past month.

Temperatures of late have been what I like, although being able to stay at home throughout the day makes it less of an issue than it would be for others. Walking to games has still been t-shirt and shorts weather, and getting home would be as well (if I'd needed to walk home). The fact this house has so much shade from trees keep the house cooler than it would be without fans etc.

Reflection on gaming

2017-Jan-10, Tuesday 11:56 pm
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I got asked recently about my lack of desire to play 2-player games. I'd not really given any thought to the why, since it became obvious to me more than a year ago. Two obvious reasons came to mind as far as influential factors when I did start thinking about it.
The first being that the games I like most are typically (much) better at the full player count. Agricola, Princes of Florence, Galaxy Trucker.
The second was the factor of a 2-player game being, of necessity, myself and a single other person. There aren't many people whose company I enjoy that much that I'd seek out a game with them that way, and fewer still that I expect to enjoy mine enough.
A third reason, upon further reflection; I have two basic experiences with two player games (most but not all). My opponent was either a man that I sort of saw as a father figure (or, much earlier, my actual father), or, in more recent times, a romantic partner. Neither of those apply in any way to most of those I might game with now.
There's also going to be an element of correlation between 2 player and abstract games. For someone that claims to not care about theme, and largely ignores it during explanation, I am disinclined to play most abstracts.

Before I headed to Saga tonight I had already played as many games this January as I did through all of January last year. That was largely based on three game days, each being about 10 hours. I'm not expecting any more day long sessions this month but wouldn't likely turn down the option. Especially while I'm not yet back at work I'm going probably going to go to the Wednesday game nights again, the slightly "heavier" games than Monday and Saga typically have is good. I still haven't felt inclined to make it to the Friday group, but that's mainly distance, and expecting the games to not be of much interest to me.

Bah Humbug (again)

2016-Dec-20, Tuesday 11:59 pm
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Not even a week until Christmas is done with for another year and if was subjected to much in the way of media I'd be looking forward to that even more than I am. I might go spend an hour at the Christmas Eve service RBC is having on Saturday but it's unlikely I'll be making the effort to get up in time for the Sunday service. Most of the rest of the "Christmas" time will be spend with my laptop watching YouTube videos or in the lounge watching DVDs.

Board gaming has picked up for me a bit recently, going back to SAGA on Thursday because of the SGM led to me doing the best I've ever done with Castles of Mad King Ludwig. I also went to the Wednesday group last week and had a good time there. Fortuitously being present for the last session one of the regulars will be at due to him shifting away from Christchurch the following day.
With Game Depository getting sold I decided to spend some money there at the weekend, placing an order on Facebook Sunday night. The box was at my door when I got home from work yesterday and I've already played one of the games. Two of the others were a game I play elsewhere as friends have it, and online through STEAM.

Work dropped off a little quicker than I'd have expected, I got a single day last week (declined Friday afternoon) and have had a short day yesterday for this week which will probably be it until next year. Having done so many weeks of more than two days recently I'm not hurting for money at all and it's left me in a position to help a friend shift house tomorrow.
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Two weeks from now Christmas will be over and I'll be in the enforced two weeks of time off work. I'm not sure how things are going to go once the factory starts up again, it's probably been heavily Christmas work leading to the mass of shifts available. Then again, the last time I did less than two days of work in a week was August (discounting a couple of days I left an hour early), corresponding reasonably closely with the departure of the prior intermediary. Over that time frame (late August to now) my average weekly income for the financial year to date has gone up by $50.

Over the weekend just been I attended two different gaming events. The first was SAGAs final event for the year, with what seemed like lower turnout than had been expected, and the usual RPG bias in attendees. Aside from the 2-player games of Pandemic, and a few games of Sentinels of the Multiverse (also a co-op) I think I played in every Board Game that was played while I was there apart from the game of Paperback that was started very early on the Saturday. I ended up leaving a few hours earlier than I'd have liked, as the attendance had dropped enough that to play in something I'd have had to put up with gaming with someone I refuse to.
On Sunday I headed to church, spent a little while talking with a few people, before heading back home to pick up my bag with a couple of games and head to Sydenham for the birthday party of a friend. While there I taught many of his extended family how to play Chicken Caesar and Sushi Go, as well as getting to play Hey! That's My Fish! for the first time in nearly two years (and play a few other games.) Even knowing fewer of the people "well" I had a better time there and I'm sure that wouldn't have been the case a couple of years ago.

Tomorrow morning will be the last Mainly Music for the year, and it's expected to be packed, partly due to "Santa" showing up. I will be braving the mall afterwards so I can buy food. My evening may (hopefully) be spent gaming with the Wednesday group I was once very regular at, I just need to not feel tired in the late afternoon and be willing to go walking.
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I'm going to miss the second day of SAGAs final event for the year, so I can spend that afternoon/evening with friends and play games there instead. With certain people not likely to attend the SAGA event, I found the decision incredibly simple.

I'll be "getting" a couple of weeks off over the Christmas / New Year period as the factory shuts down almost completely. I've been told that the forms to request leave will be at the factory, but I'm feeling a bit doubtful. I'm also feeling that I'd rather just keep working a couple of days each week but realise it's completely not practical.

While machinery wasn't working today there was a brief discussion about money, and needing to work so many days, etc... Yet again the amount of work I need to sustain my lifestyle surprised someone and I got the unneeded reminder of how unique my lifestyle seems to be.

Going up?

2016-Nov-29, Tuesday 11:54 pm
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I've started going back to Mainly Music on a regular basis, skipping work Wednesdays for extra time in bed and a little over an hour in a room with lots of preschool children. Since the prior liaison left the temp agency I've been getting offered more than enough work to feel completely at ease turning down shifts to do more fun things. I've also managed to accumulate funds in my bank account such that I will easily afford the next holiday I'm possibly taking. The extra work is conflicting with sleep however, and now I have a smart phone I've not even been trying to nap during my lunch break. This might have to change.

At SAGA tonight I played a game of Castles of Mad King Ludwig, doing best of the three that didn't win. He that did win was easily ahead from early on and had paid much more attention to the favour tiles than I did. I also played in a game of Colosseum and did the best I ever have. Not quite as good as I've seen a couple of other people manage, but very close. A feat admittedly helped largely by divesting myself of tiles I'd been gathering in exchange for others that had seemed unwanted by others.

Looking at my calendar it seems that I've just started a couple of weeks of friends anniversary celebrations. Adding in the end of last week there's also what seems like a higher than normal number of birthdays.


With a couple of very warm days recently I've noticed the colder days a little more than normal, but been quite happy to have time not needing shirts, socks, etc to stay warm. Today at work was hot enough in the factory that it was me that opened the external door near the machine I was at. Typically I'm barely getting hot at the end of the shift. I might need to figure out shorts to wear instead of the jeans I typically wear.


ETA 2016-11-30: I had intended to mention NaNoWriMo as it finishes tonight. This was the second year in a row that I didn't sign up, going to meetups, try to write anything, etc. after a decade of taking part. I miss spending time with a couple of the people that I met because of NaNo, and that's the thing I regret, not the lack of writing. I wonder if I'd have been more inclined to take part if I'd realised earlier that Thursdays at SAGA would be a non-issue for me? Or if I'd considered using my smart phone to write at work?

Lethargic weekend.

2016-Nov-08, Tuesday 11:59 pm
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I made it along to the Mainly Music session on Wednesday last week, which involved a bit more walking than normal as most of the group had headed to the Community Garden for a time. Once getting to where they were I got to hold the nearly 1 year old and then spent much of the following hour with him in my arms or beside me.
After the clean up of that I headed to the mall and started wandering around the stores that sell smartphones (and had an extended wander through the DVDs at JB) before deciding to spend a little money on getting my first. I didn't get around to registering the number on that SIM and probably won't be, initially because I didn't remember the need for such more than a dozen years after getting my prior SIM. With the fact that it's an Android and I have been adding various things to the app WishList for quite some time it didn't take long to download a number of apps. I am going to need to get a mini-SD card though as the memory is unsurprisingly low for a cheap phone but the "essentials" seem to be working fine. If I get the current Humble Bundle of at least half a dozen games I'd like to own I'll need even more space to get them as well.

Near the end of my work shift on Thursday I had a couple of sneezing fits and had been feeling weary enough before lunch that I let the agency know I wouldn't be working Friday. By the time I might have been leaving for SAGA (if not for my prior decision to skip it on Thursdays) I was feeling more lethargic and had started going through tissues. I woke earlier than I wanted on Friday and then spent almost all day just on my recliner with my laptop and occasional smartphone play. The dreams I had that night were the first recurrent dreams I remember having, with me waking up three or four times over the 11 hours or so I spent in bed trying to sleep.

On one level I feel like I should be in Hanmer Springs at the moment, with another couple of hours at least before I'd be heading to bed. The Wednesday night came group that I was once a regular part of is having their annual getaway over Show Weekend and some of them have headed up particularly early. Having missed the past couple of years due to the first SAGA 48-hour-charity-event and then money issues last year, I was again unsure of whether I'd be able to attend until very recently. This year the 48 event is again over show weekend so I'd been thinking I'd be there most of this weekend. Instead I've been invited to a smaller private gathering with friends and I'll be there on the Friday, probably heading home after. On Saturday I do think I'll be attending from as early as I can be bothered, and probably leaving much earlier than I would have expected a few months ago. It's become obvious to me that many of those I'd be gaming with over the 48 aren't people I want to spend a lot of time gaming with.
Tonight I had my new phone with me, and in addition to using it to do the scoring for 7 Wonders (and get a headstart on BGG play recording), I also had it playing music most of the time I was playing, and found myself far less irritated by the slowness of others at the table than I think I would have otherwise been.

Being busy

2016-Nov-01, Tuesday 11:49 pm
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Since the end of August I've been typically getting three days of work and that's with me turning down Wednesdays for a while so I can go and spend time at the Mainly Music sessions I used to be helping at every week. I don't know how long the better situation will last but I'm managing to save money each week which is good.

This coming weekend will be the eighth in a row that I've had plans besides simply attend church on Sunday morning. One of those weekends I was going to go visit a friend that ended up with conflicting plans such that I didn't go see her. I still spent much of that weekend away from here feeding the cat at another friends place (and walking). There is a local area community event this Sunday around noon and while I'm not expecting to spend a lot of time there I do hope to see certain people.
Show weekend will make nine with the SAGA 48 hour charity event and while I'm not going to make any effort to stay awake the entire time I'll probably be there most of the weekend.

The mass of activity at work and weekend has impacted on how far through my Media backlog I manage to get each day. iTunes is currently at about 18 hours of podcasts not listened to and YouTube has 60 unwatched videos on the Watch Later playlist, without me updating it today. I had thought I'd buy a smartphone yesterday which might have impacted how much audio I listened to each day, but the branch I went to doesn't sell phones.

A short while ago I started thinking about what should happen to my stuff when I die, I don't know what brought it on. So far I've decided that my copy of Chicken Caesar goes to someone specific as it seems she's enjoyed it more than I do each time she's played. Her husband requested another game and I'm more inclined to leave him the Babylon 5 DVDs I own. The actual listing is going to take a while and I'll have to make it obvious somewhere so it could be found when needed. About a dozen years ago I signed a will, but there wasn't a lot of detail in it, and my parents would currently be tasked with dealing with all my stuff. Most of which they'll have no idea about.

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