|Thursday December 23, 2010 at 5:57pm||job search, holidays, board games, gaming, photography, birthdays, friends, family||Comments (3) »|
Well, the Blog has been neglected of late. I guess that happens.
My job search has continued with rather sparse results. Still looking.
Sheri & I have been trying to finish up Christmas stuff, which I think we've managed to do. We're trying not to spend lots of money this year, but we really like giving things to our friends and family. This has presented some challenges - some of which have been met wonderfully, some of which have been significantly more frustrating. All in all, though, I think it's going to work out.
Apart from the more mundane aspects of my life, there have been one or two things of interest.
I've been working a bit on board game design for a couple of projects about which I may go into more detail at a later time. Llama and I spent quite a bit of time last saturday night discussing one of these in particular and I think it has quite a bit of potential.
The two rp games I've been running have been going well. The plot in my London 1802 game is coming to a head and I'm interested to see how it will turn out in the end. The Sandstorm game left off for the holidays with a bit of a cliffhanger as the party exited the local wise-woman's cave to the sound of surrounding war-horns. On a related note, I'm woefully behind in my session write-ups. The last two sessions for each game have yet to be elaborated upon. The synopses are really only for my benefit anyway, but I do need to take (what will now be a few hours worth of) time to flesh those out before I can no longer remember them. I'll probably have to reference Sheri's notes as it is.
My birthday weekend was relaxing and cool. On saturday night Tony & Adam came over and we played Dominion and watched a couple of the old Pink Panther movies (Peter Sellers ftw). On sunday we had our last Rogue Trader session (Rucht's game) for the year and Stacie made me peanut butter birthday brownies which were *awesome*. They even stopped the session and sang to me. My friends are cool. :-D
I spent this last monday afternoon shooting portraits for the Hippies. This was a new and interesting experience for me, and I learned quite a bit from it. I've been told the pictures turned out pretty well - they look good on my computer screen anyway. One or two will get put into my Portfolio for this year at some point. Also, I've discovered a poor-man's lighting solution: If you can't afford studio lights but you have a decent flash (with a pivot/swivel head), a 2'x3' sheet of white foam board positioned a few feet away makes a pretty good bouncing surface for indirect lighting when you don't want to bounce from the ceiling or there is no usable ceiling.
At the moment, I'm taking a break. Today we've been finishing up our christmas stuff and cleaning the house in preparation for Sheri's mom, dad & aunt who are coming to stay for the holidays. They're supposed to get in sometime late tonight and I think our current plan is to stay up playing board games while we wait for them - probably some Dominion and Touch of Evil, which were two of Sheri's birthday presents this year.
And tonight we took our annual Christmas picture. Ally kinda freaked out when Jared picked her up. It was very funny!
Hello, Igloo household! Glad we got to see you guys for a bit over New Years!
You too, man! Wish we would have had more time. You still need to message me your mailing address, too... ~PS