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.

A bit more gaming.

2017-Jun-20, Tuesday 11:54 pm
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As I knew Buckets of Dice would leave me drained at the start of the month, I chose to take a few more days off around that weekend than normal. I then didn't get asked about work for nearly two more weeks. Yesterday and today were both simple enough work but I haven't missed the early starts. FB indicates that this time of year is comparatively short on shifts so it may just be the time of year, but paranoid me wonders if I missed out because I wanted time off.

I got to play Chicken Caesar at the weekend, with a couple of the other players teaming up with much younger family. I ended up scoring very well after getting more tokens of one particular office than could be placed on my chickens. Games tonight didn't go quite so well, although I did win Jamaica after a particularly slow start, and the last three treasures (which were the only ones I picked up) being the special cards not point cards.
Messed up an Agricola game this afternoon though, was meaning to take food, got distracted by resources due to not counting properly, and have taken a begging card.

The heat pump has been looked at by a professional, and there's some of fault in the electronics. Not sure how soon the fix is going to be possible.

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.

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2017-May-23, Tuesday 11:54 pm
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Simple work for the past couple of days, still tired though. I spent about half of my lunch break today napping and went to bed "early" last night. Getting up early on Saturday to attend the garage sale of the former Game Depository didn't help either, especially with me falling back to sleep and missing the offered ride.

I decided at the weekend that I'd rewatch the Star Wars trilogies, for the first time in years, probably a decade actually. With the reminder of Machete order I might watch in that order, although I'll probably watch the "first" movie as well. If the controller I have worked at the moment I was also considering playing through the LEGO Star Wars game I have, each episode after the relevant movie. That doesn't really seem worthwhile attempting with keyboard controls though, and I'm now thinking it's Episode I first in the game.

The next couple of weekends I'll be playing games again, this weekend is Dune again, with some different people than last time. Not sure if there'll be other games as well this time, or if we'll end up playing just Dune because it will last longer.
Queens Birthday weekend will be my eighth Buckets of Dice and I expect to be there more than half of both Saturday and Sunday. I doubt I'll be playing much that's long at all but there's been a request for Die Macher already. The reminder of how long it's been since I went and spent an afternoon with a friend isn't overly welcome though, the second attempt fell through due to other plans, and then neither of us has made another attempt.

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.

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2017-Mar-14, Tuesday 11:51 pm
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I decided today that I wasn't going back to work this week. I've been taking Wednesdays off since Mainly Music started up again and don't really want to be going to work on Thursday morning after being out gaming the night before either. Which leaves Friday, during which I'm more interested in going to the community lunch. Having a lot of rain recently probably impacted that, I don't like walking in it and we've got a bit of a heat pump issue again.

I helped a friend shift on Saturday, much of the time just waiting at the new place as I wasn't wanting to be travelling between the old and new places but felt inclined to help lift things into the house. Fairly close to me which is why I volunteered to help and a massive back yard compared to what I'd have expected for the area. Time didn't pass as fast as I thought it had when the last trip was made, I got home nearly two hours earlier than I thought I was going to.

Reflections

2017-Feb-07, Tuesday 11:53 pm
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I spent nearly 72 hours of the long weekend just been a little north of Amberly, enjoying the heat a little less than I would have had I made a slightly better choice of clothing. As expected I didn't take part in almost anything that had been organised activity wise, choosing to not go orienteering, rafting, climbing rocks, or going through the confidence course etc. I did however spend a short while with bow and arrows, although it seemed to be over very fast compared to what it might have been. Much of my time was spent using my smart phone to occupy me with games or playing physical games of Star Realms with the 10 year old I taught on Saturday. Aside from a couple of aborted games of Galaxy Trucker I might as well have left my bag of games here, aside from the Star Realms box.
With a 14 month old being there I ended up spending a reasonable amount of time watching over him, letting one or other of the parents go do other things briefly. I also had the younger children of another individual monopolise some of my time, one wanting me to read to her which is something I've done very little of considering how often I spend time with children that young.
My current expectation is that I won't be going back again next year unless the attendees change a lot. Most of those that have been going in recent years have been families, and while I get on with those I know from that grouping I don't "fit in" as a single middle aged man that doesn't want to talk. Being there also led to me missing out on a game day that I'm sure I would have had a good time at. Getting fed etc. is good but not worth the inconvenience of sharing a room, not having internet, etc.

I went into work an hour late this morning, because of miscommunication yet again. I also found out the supervisor has also been annoyed at how late the casuals are getting contacted about shifts, sometimes four or more hours are going by before the message is passed on. I do still get offered shifts though which I still have to count as a big improvement from a year ago. A depressingly low bar.

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.

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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I seem to be having trouble sleeping in the way I used to almost any day I didn't have work, didn't reach much past eight hours this morning. Maybe I should close the curtains at the top of my bedroom but I don't recall it being an issue until recently, even during summer.

I went back the Wednesday Night Gaming last week, and had a couple of very good games of (Rise of) Augustus, before a much longer than it should have been game of Castles of Burgundy. With the game end being nearly an hour later than I'd have estimated I was home noticeably later than I'd have preferred and had a somewhat unwelcome morning at work the next day. When I'd last been to the supermarket I'd purchased a can of LIFT+ figuring there would likely be a day it could be useful, I hadn't really expected it to be so soon. At some point in the past month or so Pak'n'Save stopped carrying Glucozade it seems, that's been my "energy drink" of choice since I felt inclined to buy any.

Saturday was the annual Community Fun Day in the park up the street from me, and I stuck around for the entire three hours this time. Most of the early portion just walking around to find people I know, lots of the later portion with particular people, including a baby. I don't look my age it seems, a couple of the young adults got engaged very recently and he wasn't present, sitting down by her briefly I got mistaken for him by a person new to the area. Granted, there probably hadn't been any discussion of what he looked like, but I'd have presumed I look significantly older than she does.

Next Monday is Labour Day, and I'll be spending the afternoon playing Eclipse, after actually making the minimal effort to set up such via FB. It would be better if there was a sixth that seemed likely to fit the group that's already organised, she that I would have asked is due to give birth on (or very near) that day.

I like to complain...

2016-Oct-11, Tuesday 05:40 pm
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... it's easier than actually taking steps to fix the "problems" that I see. I've started to make some changes in my behaviour regarding that however, and it seems to have cost me one friend on FaceBook already.

During the weekend I attended the third SAGA Mini-Con for the year, spending less of my time playing board games than I wanted due to a couple of factors, one being other people not having the stamina to stick around on Sunday evening. I also wanted to play different games than some of those that got played but had prepared for that with my laptop having Eclipse on it, getting through an entire game over the course of Sunday. A couple of people I'd have liked to show up didn't and the one person I avoid gaming with was present (briefly), but for the most part I got to play games with people I like spending time with including a couple of people that I hadn't been expecting to see there.

I did four days of work last week, most of it simple enough although a couple of the jobs were more taxing than normal. More than half of my Friday was spent putting things in bags which is always easy, there was a portion of Monday where I had to put stapled paper on the conveyor as magazines were going by, something that always strains my eyes and has once resulted in me leaving due to induced headache.
Having expected to be out later than I was on Sunday and at home for as little of the weekend as I was, I preemptively took yesterday off work and didn't get offered today. Leading to me agreeing to work tomorrow, and likely the rest of the week if I get offered those shifts. Tomorrow night I will be gaming unless I'm even more wiped out than I expect to be and will probably perform poorly in whatever I play.

This coming weekend will be the fifth in a row that I've had plans, although the one just been was the only one that was a full weekend of things. I'm now wondering if I'll be motivated enough to try and organise tabletop Eclipse for Labour weekend, it didn't get played at Mini-Con and I don't think waiting until the 48 Charity Event is a great idea.

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2016-Oct-04, Tuesday 11:56 pm
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Two and a half years ago I would have been getting back from SAGA late for an entirely different reason than I was tonight. Walking a friend to the bus stop she'd wait at led to me also getting more hugs than I managed while gaming with her. Tonight on the other hand I stuck around partially to let a committee member know a thing and make a request. (There's also no particular reason to come home as soon as I'm done gaming especially when I'm not working the following day.)

I spent much of my Saturday at the home of a couple I game with less than I'd like to. It ended up being close to seven hours that I was there, with the last half hour or so being conversation instead of games. A conversation that had me admit/confess a couple of things directly that they'd probably had a chance to guess at prior but wouldn't have heard specifically. It's good to have that level of trust with other people, probably far from necessary when talking with most of my friends, but I don't trust easily.

Work picked up a while back and hasn't faded in the interim like prior spikes have led to. I am taking tomorrow off after working yesterday and today, with an expectation for work on Thursday and Friday. If things keep being like they've been of late I'm going to consider taking Wednesdays off as a regular thing again like I was a few years back.
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And didn't walk as much as I'd thought I would be. A couple of friends had a weekend away and I got to go and feed their cat Jarvis, not that I saw him much. Considering the location I asked another friend a week prior if company on the Saturday would be welcome and with a yes arranged to go there instead of home between Saturday feedings. On the Friday night I was unable to see the cat and stuck around to make sure he did come in and eat. During contact with friends I got told it would be okay for me to spend the night on the spare bed and so I didn't head home. Over the course of that afternoon/evening I'd been keeping in contact with the other friend and found out other plans has been made; plans that ended up taking precedence over a visit from me. I didn't actually get all those details until the Saturday morning though, and after feeding the cat again headed back here, getting more exercise than is normal for a Saturday earlier than I'm normally up at the weekend.

I worked the last three days of last week, and was probably more tired at the weekend than I might have otherwise been. (Which likely led to me sleeping earlier and for longer than I otherwise would have on the spare bed.) That and the specific thing I was doing yesterday morning at work led to me turning down the offer of work I had for today. The listing on the board also made it seem I'd be getting an offer for tomorrow, that didn't happen. With it being school holidays this week and the next Mainly Music isn't happening tomorrow and I have nothing to do after I get up. Which means I'll probably end up spending a lot of time playing more Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy. Since getting it about 10 days ago I've spent an average of more than 2 hours a day playing, and even considered taking my laptop to work so I could play during my lunch break. Still haven't managed to win with all six of the Alien races though.

Facebook has shown me a couple of posts over the past couple of days reminding me even more of someone being not around. I miss hugs, smiles, amusing talk. I regret letting things go so long without conversation again. And I regret other friendships fading as well.

Almost busy again

2016-Sep-13, Tuesday 11:58 pm
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In only one of the next four weekends am I not already expecting to do something out of the ordinary for a weekend.
This coming weekend I'm gaming off Colombo street with a couple I haven't seen enough recently due to scheduling conflicts. Not sure what I'll end up playing but even the games I don't much care for are still fun with that group.
The following weekend I'll be going back to feed their cat while they do something somewhere else. Chances are good I'll spend a while reading at least one of their books while I'm letting the cat eat and such. I'm also heading further afield on the Saturday (unless plans change) to spend time with the friend I visited about three months ago. Time gets away from me far more than I'm okay with. The first time I was there I noticed a PS2 and had the thought she might like to play the Buffy the Vampire Slayer game I have.
The second weekend of October is Mini-con III, the first irregular SAGA event I'll have any part of for a nearly three month stretch. I am hoping that certain people show up and I get to play with them. Regardless, it could be a good opportunity to get games of Princes of Florence, Power Grid, and Rococo.

Work hours/offers seem to be keeping at the level they "should" have been earlier in the year, I did get offered Friday last week but felt I'd not really slept enough on top of the extra working, so didn't think it was wise to do the fourth day. Today was simple enough, especially with the shifting between machines as small jobs were finished quickly leading to down time throughout the day. We also finished all the different jobs earlier than expected, before the last thing was ready so many of us left early. I'm taking tomorrow off because it seems likely that I'll get either Thursday or Friday again (or both?) and would rather spend tomorrow morning sleeping in and then surrounded by little children.

Over the past couple of years at least I've not been getting to church much if any before it was halfway done, and normally later than that. This weekend I arrived no more than 15 minutes after the start of the service, and was there well past end time. For about half of that time I was holding a nine month old, or had let someone else hold him briefly.

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