Monday, December 29, 2008

I ♥ games

Alex and I played games with the Upstate Boardgamers a few times, we really enjoyed it but life got in the way and we haven't been back for a month or so. We hope to start up again after the new year. Wendy at work told me about a new book store in Greer, The Silver Chair, a while ago and I've been meaning to stop by but again- life in the way as usual. I also picked up a copy of the store's zine The Revenant Culture at O-Cha one day, it peaked my interest even more. They seem to have some pretty good stuff going on, mainly I am referring to a program that they call BookLove and that they are selling board games. It sounds like they are selling GOOD board games and they are in Greer. How awesome is that? They describe BookLove as " . . . basically a book club that smells of leather bindings and community hipness. Subscribe to the program, and every month receive one or two books selected by Joffre and his team. . . to meet your interests and tastes." Doesn't that sound wonderful? I think I need to conquer the bloated mass of books in my bedroom before I add to the queue, but I am going to keep this in mind. I love the smell of leather bindings.

Well, anyway before I scatter my bullets any further, I saw a post that one of the guys from Upstate Boardgamers did an interview for the The Revenant Culture podcast. I liked what he had to say about games and why we play them. I also like the Agricola joke and the use of SAT words like eschaton and zeitgeist. Ah. . .Thank God for spell check!

This has motivated me to 1) finally go to this bookstore and 2) finish reading the rules for 1960

Since I'm thinking about games, I thought I would document that I lost TI3 this weekend. Shaylan won. . .grrrr. I had a good plan, it just took me too long to get my act together. Damn Imperium Rex card! Alex did pretty well too. We did manage to win two games of Last Night on Earth while playing the Heroes. We haven't won with the Heroes ever before. I'm pretty pleased.

Soundtrack for the motivated gamer: White Winter Hymnal-Fleet Foxes and $1000 Wedding-Willie Nelson

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Lurking. . .

I have a confession to make, I am a lurker. One of my New Year's Resolutions for 2008 was to stop lurking and start posting. It didn't stick. Recently, my friend Roxanne considered taking a break from posting because she didn't think that anyone was reading, but I was reading! This got me thinking about all of the other people that bring joy to my life through their blogs. I am going to start showing my appreciation, maybe I will even post on a forum! I lurk on some of those too.

The other resolution was to stop cursing. Those who know me, know that didn't stick either. 2009 is right around the corner, I think I will try again.

soundtrack for self-improvement: Pink Moon - Nick Drake

Sunday, December 21, 2008

never drinking again

I felt my age this weekend. I drank too much on Friday and I can't seem to shake it. It is the end of an era. On the upside, I had a great time. Our friend, Tim, got a break from his Army life in TX and came to visit. I was very happy to see him! Other than that, I don't remember much. This is probably a good thing.

I made some snowflakes and taped them to the kitchen window. Loud-Neighbor-Mark made some comments about our lack of decorations. This leads me to believe that he has noticed that we are the dark house in the neighborhood. If they only knew :-)

Soundtrack for the 2nd day of HO recovery: Nouvelle Vague and a little Velvet Underground

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

43 Things

In an effort to post more, I am now copying email forwards for content. Rebecca sent this to me.

43 Odd Things about you!

1. Do you like blue cheese? mmmm. . .Yes but feta is betta!

2. Have you ever smoked? Yes, but I didn't understand the point

3. Do you own a gun? We have a pellet rifle and a crossbow, we need a real gun to take with us when we
run to the hills :-)

4. What flavor Kool Aid was your favourite? Grape

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Yes, mainly because I think I will have something
bad wrong with me and the Dr. won't find it.

6. What do you think of hot dogs? I like them with chili and slaw but the hot dog itself grosses me out if I
think about it too much.

7. Favorite Christmas movie. Charlie Brown Christmas

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? OJ w/ heavy pulp

9. Can you do push ups? don't push me, push a push-pop (that was for you Alex) and No, I can't.

10. What's your favourite piece of jewelery? wedding ring, did a Canadian write this?

11. Favorite hobby? Oh, I've tried SO many! Currently, sleeping, listening to music, hiking (although I don't
get to do it much and I am not very good at it)
12. Do you have A.D.D.? probably. I know I don't have ADHD, though.

13. What's one trait you don't like about yourself? jealousy, I am kind of a sore looser.

14. Middle name? Genell

15. Name 3 things you are thinking about right now?
dogs, this email, I'm kind of thirsty

16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink?
water, cranberry juice, OJ

17. Current worry? the economy

18. Current hate right now?
how easily people are brainwashed by the media

19. Favorite place to be?
in my bed

20. How did you bring in the New Year? I don't remember, it must have been great!

21. Where would you like to go?

22. Do you own slippers? What kind of slippers? Yes, they are pink and fuzzy

23. What color shirt are you wearing right now? it's polka dotted and the dots are all different
colors (orange, brown, blue, yellow)

24. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? Yes! They stay cool all night long, I want a purple set!

25. Can you whistle? Yes, my Nana says that it sounds like I've been eating chicken when I whistle ?

26. Favorite color? Purple

27. Would you be a pirate? a music/software pirate? 'fraid so. a eye patch/peg leg pirate? not so much.

28. What songs do you sing in the shower? I make lists in the shower

29. Favorite Girl's Name? Ruby

30. Favorite Boy's name? Alex

31. What's in your pocket right now? chap stick and a post-it with the name of a song I heard today
on wncw

32. Last thing that made you laugh? Some guy saying my last name on the phone.

33. Best bed sheets as a child? clouds, there are two questions on here about sheets?

34. Worst injury you've ever had? herniated disk and I fell out of a moving car when I was three,
I don't remember much about it though.

35. Do you love where you live?
Not at all, my neighbors are CRAZY!

36. How many TVs do you have in your house?

37. Who is your loudest friend?

38. How many dogs do you have?

39. Does someone have a crush on you?
I don't think so, does my husband count?

40. What is your favorite book?
It's too hard to think of just one, I am really enjoying the 2009 Ikea
catalog right now.

41. What is your favorite candy?
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

42. Favorite Sports Team? Team Quest

43. What song do you want played at your funeral? So Long and Thanks for All the Fish! not really

Monday, December 15, 2008

Monday all day long. . .

I purchased tickets for the Ani Difranco show at The Orange Peel in March, yay!

Monday is over, double yay!

My dogs are stinking up the kitchen because it's been raining every time they go out-but we are in the middle of a terrible drought so triple yay!

I can't think of a fourth one.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

missing something

Christmas has been kind of strange for me since we stopped gift giving. I've been forced to think about why we observe the traditions that we do and how I want to celebrate Christmas in the future. I don't want to stop doing anything at all but I don't want to fall back into the mindless perversion that is Christmas. I think I need to examine all winter traditions and maybe pick something else after I figure out what they are all about and how they came to be. I miss the sweet smell of an evergreen trimmed with lights and hand-me-down ornaments. I guess I can go buy a candle.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door

The moon was HUGE last night, as I was driving on 29 home from work. I read this today. It sounds like it will be the same tonight, I am setting a reminder on my phone now to go out and take some photos.

Monday, December 8, 2008

If I every have children, I am teaching them french

I guess I have to learn it first. Oh, and I am going to read them whatever they've been reading to this kid. I could listen to her all day!

Once upon a time... from Capucha on Vimeo.

I found this here

Saturday, December 6, 2008

people disappoint me

I was attacked by an atheist last weekend, it has bothered me all week. Not because I am angry with this person but because he is so empty and depressed that it makes me very sad. I think I've decided that there is no such thing as an atheist or at least there is no such thing as bitter, hateful, oppressive atheists. I now believe that those people are just mad at God.