Well it’s obvious that a big chunk of my time was spent playing the launch of Guild Wars 2. It’s phenomenal. You don’t need to go all out like me, but if you want to get on board, it’s $60 at buy.guildwars2.com. No I don’t get any kickbacks or anything. I’ve just really been having a lot of fun, and it would always be cool to play with awesome people like you. And compared to the price of a Wii/PS3/Xbox360 game, I think it’s an incredible bang for your buck. I wish my computer was beefy enough to Livestream some of my gameplay, but I’m only getting about 35 FPS as it is… so if you want to watch some action, head over to www.guildwars2live.com.
Luke and I played a lot this weekend. He sleeps until about 11AM so I’ll hear him wake up and go to greet him, and it’s so cool watching the big smile on his face every time he sees me first thing in the morning. Usually it’s 6PM or so until we see each other for the first time, so it’s been really cool spending more time with the family. I was able to give Andrea a little help with the daily household stuff, so it was KINDA a vacation for her too.
He is officially walking EVERYWHERE. He will rarely crawl at all anymore. I think he realizes his little fingers can reach more stuff when they’re off of the floor. Andrea took him to the store to use up the rest of his giftcard he got for his birthday and got about 20 different Hotwheels cars. He has a blast with those things on the coffee table. He’ll roll them to you, and you’ll roll them back. And he’ll pick out a car he wants you to play with and hand it to you (and usually take from you whatever car you WERE playing with). It’s gonna be so fun when he’s a little older and we can set up a bunch of the race track and go down the stairs and over furniture.
While I would be feeding Luke I had the laptop set up on the counter in the kitchen. I got to watching Tabletop, a show that Biebs turned me onto a while back where Wil Wheaton plays various boardgames or card games with internet notables. It’s a pretty fun show, and if nothing else introduced me to some pretty cool games I didn’t know existed. Or maybe it’s my social substitute for real people coming over and playing real games. I can count on one hand the number of times we’ve used the poker table for actual games of cards. But that’s just part of being busy, and having busy friends.
The repaired lawnmower is still working fairly well. Though I noticed there’s a crack where the wheel mounts on that same corner of the mower. It’s just a matter of time before it reaches its end of life. Until then I’m going to keep mowing on. The garden is out of control. Or rather the grass in the garden. I don’t know how you’re supposed to grow stuff like pumpkins and watermelon. The pumpkins are okay, but the watermelon vines have almost completely been swallowed up by the grass. I can’t mow it, or I’ll mow over the vines. We’ll see what happens. I’ve got about 3 watermelons on the vine right now, and had a recent explosion of pumpkins. I was worried we were only going to end up with 4 or 5 small ones, but since the heat wave ended, there’s probably 10 new ones and a couple are getting pretty big!
I never did get around to rotating the tires on the cars, but there’s always next week for that. There’s a lot of stuff I can do car wise, especially on my car. But it’s all minor stuff. As it cools off earlier and earlier I get more excited about working on the cars. It’s just hard to get motivated when it’s 90+ outside.
So all in all it was an awesome vacation. I didn’t play GW2 continuously, and honestly, I’m going to take my time with the game and relesh every bit of it. Like I talked back when I was playing Skyward Sword… you only get to play a game for the first time once. Most of all, it was a great mental refresh. Work can get the best of me sometimes and I really was starting to feel burnt out. I go into tomorrow knowing that it’s going to be crazy and hectic, but I’m almost ready to deal with it. I mean heck, I could probably hang around here for another week and not miss that place, but eventually… I would. I really do enjoy what I do.
So I’ve got a few more vacation days in the bank for the rest of the year, which feels good too. Might take some long weekends, or save them for the holidays, I dunno. Maybe actually go somewhere on the next vacation… but honestly… my favorite place on earth is home.