Wow. I took a two-week vacation over the holidays, and it was delicious. We’re all a little sad that it has come to an end, but it will be good to get back to our respective vocations.
I think we had a pretty successful 2008, and I’m looking forward to what 2009 has in store. There are a few things I’m planning on working toward, this year.
One lesson that this vacation has taught me, though, is that I need to make space to be with my spouse and son. With our busy schedules, this will take some conscious effort.
Beloved Wife starts her field work, today. I know she’ll do well. NatureBoy goes back to school; he’s thrilled. (Did I mention that he got straight As on his most recent progress report?)
I’m looking forward to going back to work, too. Well, I better tackle the remaining morning tasks.
Happy New Year!
A slug for this video flickered across the bottom of (one of) my IM client. I’d not heard of Keith Olbermann before, but it was nice to see this kind of message in such a visible way.
Olbermann: Gay marriage is a question of love
I also learned that a protest will be held on Saturday, November 15 at 1:30 PM in Burlington City Hall Park, as part of a nation-wide effort to counter California’s Proposition 8 and other anti-GLBT state initiatives.
Our gaming getaway concluded on Sunday, and I’m thinking it was a good thing. Our room was located in a high-traffic area of the hotel, so we were roused frequently by late night gamer carousing — especially Beloved Wife, who is a light sleeper. Needless to say, we all were pretty tired.
NatureBoy and I were scheduled to play just one game, Star Trek Fleet Action from 10 am to 2 PM. After breakfast, packing and checking out, we headed to the dealer room where we picked up two D&D 3.5 books at 50% off: the Fiend Folio and Monster Manual III complete our monster sourcebooks collection. BW and NB also each got an oversized die. One dealer had some fun t-shirts, but we resisted the call to spend.
Star Trek Fleet Action was a mixed bag. It was a huge tactical miniatures game, with at least ten players controlling several spaceships each. All the players except one hadn’t played the game from which this homebrew rules set had been derived. The GM has lost his voice from running many games already, and the noisy room made it next to impossible to hear. And even though the players unanimously opted to go with his simplified rules, we still each received a 10-page (or so) booklet of the rules and reference charts. (I should have known when I saw that the GM had provided calculators.)
We made our way to the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee for Carnage. We’ve all been looking forward to getting away for the weekend, even Beloved Wife, who isn’t actually participating in the convention. She’s a crafting geek, though, and brought knitting to keep her content (as well as some homework).
One our way through Randolph, we stopped at Mugwort & Malachite, a new-age shop, to check it out. It was small and dark, but had some nice things. I liked a few of the Dryad Designs statuary. NB picked up a dragon calendar.
We did some meal planning, and picked up a bunch of foods that you can prepare by adding hot water. We also brought fruit, snacks, and tea. But we forgot our electric tea kettle. :O So we stopped by the Price Chopper in West Lebanon, N.H., and bought a small electric kettle and a small crock pot (both on sale).
We had pre-registered for the conference, and we got all the games we requested except for the first slot. Here’s what our schedule looks like:
I’m taking NatureBoy and Beloved Wife to Fairlee, VT, for a weekend gaming getaway at Carnage 11.
NB and I will be gaming; BW will be doing a bit of school work, knitting, and enjoying Lake Morey resort. We attended last year and had a good time. This year, we’re looking forward to a bunch of board games, including Robo Rally, Wiz War Classic, Power Grid, and Star Trek Fleet Action.
In fact, we’re not scheduled to playing and role playing games together. I did reserve a slot in a GURPS Prime Directive (i.e., Star Trek) game in the late slot on Saturday, but it’s after my usual bedtime, so I may skip it.
Maybe there will be some Fear the Boot fans pulling together a World Wide Wing Night 5 celebration there.
My son’s sixth-grade class climbed Mount Mansfield as a celebration of their accomplishments, and I had the pleasure of being a chaperone on the hike. It was a humid day, the hike having been postponed from the previous day because of thundershowers. As we reached the top, clouds began to move in, which obscured the great view.
Doesn’t he look thrilled? 😛 I couldn’t be prouder.
After I finished my usual morning email purge, I popped over to my BW’s blog to see her post for the day (she posts very regularly). I found myself reading the best birthday card I’ve ever received. I sat in Waterman Cafe across the table from Dr. Science, trying not to sob…
I only worked a half-day, and spent a very enjoyable afternoon and evening at home. BW got me the very awesome Intersections 1985-2005 collection of Bruce Hornsby music.
Four CDs and a DVD of fabulous music. I have lots of good listening ahead of me, and I finally get to hear Rainbow’s Cadillac again. She also got me a Peter, Paul, and Mary album, which has some nice songs from my childhood. Thanks, honey!
Rumor has it the NB had a super gift idea, but that delivery is taking a while. I’m anxious to find out what it is!
Edit: I see that Bruce will be performing in Lowell, MA, in the middle of August. I can’t recall if I’m supposed to be camping, then…