As usual… the blog has gone neglected. Man, I never really thought when I had a kid that so much of my free time would be completely soaked up. Existing parents feel free to laugh it up in the comments. But seriously. After Luke is in bed at 8:30 (when things go smoothly) that leaves me 2 hours to get what I want and NEED to do done. That’s just about enough time to start something and not finish it. Work has been pretty exhausting the past few weeks as well, and when I do finally get a chance to relax I’m really only in the mood for something completely passive, and writing isn’t it.
Was that an excuse? An explanation? I don’t know. I feel a bit of regret that I don’t put more of my thoughts here these days. Seems like if I don’t write it down, it’s a day that can be lost forever, and if that’s the case what good was it? Good, bad, tough or easy, I really need to remind myself this is one of my favorite places. It’s the place I feel comfortable talking about anything other than bitching about work. That’s just not a practice I recommend for the internet…
So what have I missed? Well if you follow my Twitter you’ll see I’ve got the Christmas lights up on the house. Did that the weekend after Thanksgiving (appropriately). The two weekends preceeding Thanksgiving were absolutely gorgeous. Just knock down beautiful days. That would have made the most sense to put them up then, but I just can’t do it before the holiday. Not because it’s tacky… but because I refuse to dilute my joy of the Christmas season. I really love Christmas and all the traditions surrounding it. But I don’t want to be one of those people that as soon as Halloween is on the horizon, it’s Christmas time. I prefer my holidays to be potent and rare enough to be savored.
So I spent one of those weekends working, and the other one I spent Saturday being productive otherwise outside of the house, raking leaves, cleaning out the garage. Got the black car tucked good and away for the winter. And that Sunday I was a total bump on a log.
Thanksgiving itself was very nice. We drove out to Cimarron and spent the holiday with Dad and Carrie’s family. Then we stopped by Mom’s house briefly and Luke and Daisy chased Mom’s cat around. It was good to see everyone as usual, but it’s just so hard to see everyone in a day. I’m glad that Mom is coming up for New Year’s so we can hang out and do some level 5 relaxin’. Some people’s idea of thrill is zip-lining over a forest canopy (read: Andrea), my idea of an absolute blast is sitting with some good company, enjoying a beverage, and soaking myself in the lack of urgency.
I don’t think Andrea gets that sometimes. How much, when I’m sitting at home, beer in hand, staring at the firepit… that inside I’m going out of my mind nuts with joy. There is literally no place else I’d rather be. God bless her, she wants to go everywhere and do it all. And I’m up for it from time to time, but it takes a toll on me, because it’s not a release for me. I think we do a fairly good job balancing each style though. I don’t always get what I want, but then again, neither does she.
Post Thanksgiving has been a blur. I really couldn’t tell you much of anything specifically that’s happened in the two weeks since.
Yesterday I took one of my last vacation days. No particular reason other than it was use it or lose it by the end of the year. I pretty much hunkered down in the basement for the entirety of the day. After breakfast with Luke we went down stairs and he played with his toys. We built a scale model of Albert out of his blocks and then I installed Morrowind on my computer from an old disk I had while he continued to play. I also played a significant amount of Guild Wars 2 and made some considerable progress with my character, something I haven’t been able to say for months! I’m up to level 72. Only 8 more levels until I can finally start investing in my “final” gear and progress towards beating the storyline. After that I hope to play some World vs World… but I don’t know if MY real world has time enough for what I know that game could occupy.
Today was another nice day. I spent the morning in with Luke doing our usual “weekend” routine since today was a day off too. Breakfast, Care Bears then lots of hard core playing! It was actually almost 60 degrees outside this afternoon so I decided I needed to get the salt washed off the Cutlass and give it a good wax to keep it protected for the winter. Luke and Andrea hung out with me while I had the tunes on in the garage. It was a job that was over due, but an enjoyable task with the company I had.
I’ve started “playing” Wii Fit U. I use the quotes because I’m not so much doing the games as I am actually trying to use it as a fitness tool. Andrea got a Wii balance board ages ago that she apparently had been keeping tucked away for some reason. So upon the realization that we had a balance board, we downloaded the Free Wii Fit U trial. It only last a month, but here after Christmas I’m planning on buying a Fit Meter and registering it, then we’ll get the whole game. I like it so far. I use it mostly for the “Free Run” to get my heart rate up and burn some calories. I think it’s pretty need to “jog” through Wuhu Island. It’s been in so many other games from Mario Kart to Pilotwings, that getting down on the ground level and taking a slow jog brings a really neat and immersive perspective for me. It has really exposed how out of shape I am though. I’ve been aching for the past few days from all the workouts, which I guess is a good thing. I’ve been trying to get in 30 minutes to an hour a day with it. I’d love to find a good Wii Fit U Community to help keep me accountable.
Back in the day, as I’ve written here before, I used to spend a lot of time on the IGN forums. Well… lately I’ve been kinda sucked back into the forum life. Not on IGN. Sadly it’s just a husk of what it once was. But I’ve found two new more niche forums that I am really enjoying thoroughly. The first is N64Forever.com. As you would assume, it’s a message board focused on only the N64. It’s not a huge community and the topics don’t move very fast compared to the old IGN days, but they are all good mature people. Many with families of their own like myself now. It’s fun to share with a group of people that’s as passionate about those old games and system as I am.
The second is the new ClassicGameRoom.com forums. CGR has recently put a lot of effort into their website since some YouTube policy changes, and it is really blossoming by the day. The forums there largely center around retro gaming, but also touch on modern releases, just as the show does. But much like N64Forever.com the demographic skews a bit older, and with that, a bit more mature. Lots of good folks. Guys that just love old games, love beer and are just there to relax and have a good time. If that’s not right up my alley… I don’t know what is.
So that’s it. That’s everything I could have been writing about this whole time. It feels good… this writing thing. I’m so rusty. Just like Wii Fit… I need to keep exercising this skill. I really have plenty to put on here. It’s just getting the uninterrupted time to do it. Here’s to making it important enough that I find time to keep it up.