So, I've been busy with nothing lately. Well, not "nothing", just nothing exceptionally interesting to write about. Little Blue is now approaching 2 months old, and gaining weight nicely. He (thankfully) doesn't have Hannah's issue with eating. Like Hannah, however, he sleeps pretty well at night.
Minis & Mechs
I've been continuing to paint my Battletech miniatures. I've gotten a bit better at it, and I'm almost done with the ones in the original set. I'm planning to pick up a couple of the Alpha Strike lance packs to get a few models the intro set doesn't come with. And Catalyst told me over Twitter that they just might have some plans to bring some of the reseen 'mechs out in plastic form - I'll definitely be getting a few of those if and when that happens, too. I've actually got to play the wargame a few times, and that's been fun. I'm still really hoping to run a mercenaries campaign in the future.
Current and (Far) Future
I'm trying to gently nudge our World of Darkness campaign toward a conclusion, and getting ready to start a Numenera campaign. I think the campaign I'm planning to run will in some ways might run smoother for this group. Also, Crackle Nights are, in some ways, getting...difficult...as game nights. Might need to try to move this back to the weekend.
I've actually been trying to do a little songwriting lately. My list of hooks and inspiration notes is growing. I've got a solid set of ideas. I'm pushing the boulder closer to the edge. At some point, I'll be ready to push it over and we'll get this rolling.
As of 11:29am on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015, we have a new family member: Micah William Shoemaker. Mommy and baby are doing well, and recovering here at JCMC.
A quick update for the blog:
As of this afternoon, Sheri & Hannah were released from the hospital, and both seem to be enjoying being at home. Ally isn't quite sure what to make of the munchkin, but there are other visitors here right now so I'm not sure it really registers as odd yet.
Photos are being posted on my facebook page here - though I have really not begun to post what will be there after a few weeks. :-D
Thanks to everyone for the congratulations, well-wishes and hospital visits. We can't wait for more of you to meet our little Bunguin.
Most people who would see this here already know this, but for a little posterity:
Hannah Rose was born on May 21st, 2011 at 4:36am - after quite an arduous day for momma and baby which ultimately required a C-section to complete. She's healthy (multiple pediatritions have said 'perfect') and beautiful, has a fuzzy head of dark hair and some very, very dark eyes. I'm actually not sure what color they are, but at the moment they seem to be a very dark gray. For those of you interested in the "christmas-turkey style" statistics, she was 6lbs, 8oz and 20in on arrival.
She seems to be very alert most of the time, and often tries to wobble her head around to look at anything and everything. She loves to be held - and doesn't seem to like being put down unless she's too tired to care (mommy is trying to get her to sleep in the bassinet right now, and she's not too happy about it). She still seems a little foggy on this whole "feeding" thing, but she loves to suck on her fingers (already) and generally feel around her face. Also, when she gets the hiccups, it's as funny now as it was before she was born.
I haven't had a chance to take tons of pictures yet, but I have a few posted on Facebook. Still, her "number of photos" to "hours of life" ratio is pretty high.
Can't wait for you all to meet her!
|Thursday September 30, 2010 at 1:30pm||state of the penguin, work, family, bunguin, gencon, parties, jamming, website||Comments (5) »|
If you're the superstitious type, you might suggest that the title of my last blog entry was tempting the fates... ...but then, I'd probably have to pat you for it.
Much is different since my last blog entry, and some of it is responsible for the gap between posts. Most relevantly, I am no longer working for Legend Web Works. I have a wide array of thoughts on this particular matter, but I do not wish to belabor them here. Further, if you're reading this you probably already know about it - I simply wished to state it for posterity. This is generally the case for most things on my blog and this entry is no exception.
So now I'm looking for a new job. Unfortunately my particular area of expertise is rather narrow in scope and directly-related opportunities in this area are somewhat limited. I've found a few leads, but things seem to be slow in developing. I'm not entirely sure what to do and I'm a little stressed about it, but I haven't hit a brick wall yet, so I'm still trying to be optimistic.
Anyway, on to happier things:
First and foremost, Sheri is pregnant! We're going to have a Bunguin! We actually saw the first ultrasound yesterday, which admittedly doesn't look like much at this point - but still. The expected due date is May 14th 2011. We're really excited!
Secondly, as I mentioned previously, I finally got to go to Gencon back in August. It was pretty awesome. The Exhibitor's hall was an amazingly geeky mall full of cool stuff, but the most fun was hanging out and playing games with the Playgrounders and a bunch of guys from the Fear the Boot forum. I have a few souvenirs from the con including a new set of dice, the Savage Worlds Explorer's Edition, and a lanyard from the Fear The Boot guys. I really liked it, and I'd like to go back at some point, but my favorite parts were things that didn't have anything to do with the con itself - things like Chris's Battletech game. I think i prefer less commercial and more gaming - things like our local mini-cons. Also, I'd really like to go out to Fear The Con one of these days.
On that note, we had Gamesplosion back in late August - our third local mini-gaming-convention. This one, I believe, was the biggest one to-date. It was held at our place for logistical reasons, and took place from friday-sunday as usual. I ran a session of Mouse Guard and one of my own homebrews called Bot. I played in a Weird War II (Savage Worlds) game, and played Agricola during one of the other slots. It was definitely a great time.
And of course, I've been continuing my normal gaming. We started a D&D game using the Sandstorm rules/setting (along with some stuff from Unearthed Arcana), and that's been interesting. The WoD game has resumed and is starting to build in the "action" dept. I've also spent quite a bit of time reinterpreting the Battletech rules into Savage Worlds - this is intended to make 'mech combat a bit more fast-paced and also tie a roleplaying system directly into it. Sheri and I playtested it a bit, and I was quite happy with how it played.
We were finally present for Robb's "Talk Like A Pirate party" this year, which was lots of fun - and the location of perhaps the most epic nerf war we have witnessed to date. Another item of note related to this is the piratey shirts Sheri's mom made us for it - they're really cool and I think they'll be handy for a few different costumes should the need arise.
Robb and I have been jamming with Josh & Bill again, which has been cool. I think we're supposed to do that again soon. We've picked out about 5 cover songs and we're just going over them again and again as we try to gel as a group. It's been a lot of fun - I really missed getting to play with a band.
Finally, as I'm sure you've noticed, my site has been reincarnated yet again. This is partly due to my job situation - I really didn't want to keep it on any framework related to my former employers. It just felt...odd. This rebuild is being constructed purely according to my preferences. As of now, it's still under construction. The blog was the first piece - additional pages will come online in the coming weeks as I'm able to build them to my taste. Also, there is, as of now, a very modest mobile site (which looks awful on a pc), currently only capable of reading and commenting on the blog - but I'm sure I'll start working on it after the main site is completely set. Accessing www.penguinsushi.com on a mobile device should direct you there.