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My Somewhat Busy Day

We haven’t been able to drive because of car issues. This has been going on for over a week, and I have been depressed because I feel trapped in the house. I also haven’t been able to go Ingressing, which I find really fun.

I did get to Ingress a little today, because we had to take Alex up to Chicago to get him on the train. I think I’ll miss him more than I think I will, if that makes any sense. Next time he comes up, though, we don’t have to jump through the hoops of him being an Unaccompanied Minor, because that cuts off at 16. Which, eek, he’s going to be 16!!

I did get him to agree to play Pathfinder with us on Saturdays. As well he should… his dice were on FIRE Tuesday night! (Not literally, though.) He rolled 3 natural 20s in a row! We play on, which works out well with everyone scattered like they are; we have two additional players, Cohesion and Demoman_Chaos, who don’t even live in the state, so Roll20 works beautifully. Everyone can see the map, it’s got built-in virtual dice, and we can communicate with webcams and mics like on Skype.

We met my dad for lunch, which was nice, since I haven’t seen him in months. Ben was very well-behaved, and even my dad noticed and commented. After that, we decided to stop at the chocolate factory that Mar used to work at and get some of their very good chocolate. The scent of cocoa is so thick in the air there that I was having trouble breathing! Then we came home and did some work. Alex just called and he got back ok, and I’m calling him tomorrow to help him with his character sheet, since we leveled up and the sheet wasn’t filled out correctly to begin with. Which reminds me that I need to do Ben’s, now that I have a website that calculates stats automatically for me.

We also signed up for the Indianapolis Anomaly, which is an Ingress event coming up next weekend. I really hope we get to go, because it will be a lot of fun! Plus it’d be nice if the Resistance actually was close to the Enlightened’s score. 😛

So that’s my boring day. 🙂


More about Heritage Home, and Real Life.

I just found some areas I’d missed in Heritage Home, and I am very impressed with this mod. I thought I’d gotten to the end of the mod and that was it, but there are still two (possibly three) flamingos to find, and some mixtapes, and obviously I need to go through all the areas I’ve been in with a fine-toothed comb to make sure I didn’t miss anything else! As I told the author, this is going to be the mod I measure all other mods against. I’ve been fortunate in the mods I’ve installed so far, and I’m looking forward to Heritage Home: Part 2.

I’m still sick, but we had to get Ben’s feet measured for his orthotics today, so we did. It didn’t take long, and afterward we went to Denny’s for gaming night. (I’m a cat chick who answers to the name of Catnip. Not her real name, but it works for now. Mar’s a drow. It’s an interesting campaign setting.) It was fun, although I’m not sure I was braining enough (or able to hear enough) due to this cold to contribute very much. I actually in-game got beaned in the forehead with my own weapon at one point. We had to leave when Ben got squirrely… well, more so than usual. And now I’m about  to take some off-brand NyQuil and go to bed. Tomorrow we have a birthday party to go to, and we haven’t gotten a present yet. Maybe when I wake up things will make more sense….

Not a great day.

Today was not going to be a good day, given the weather. The temperature has dropped 40 degrees in two days, and my shoulders and hips are protesting. To add to this, the credit union we joined now claims that our debit cards are actually just ATM cards and can only access our savings account; we can’t use them at stores. This is basically telling us that we can’t access our money, which is not acceptable. Tomorrow we’re switching banks; neither of us could deal with it today.

We had further money issues because my PayPal card has a withdrawal limit of roughly half our rent amount, so we have to use the card to pay online, which has a $30 surcharge for the “convenience” of using a card.

Ben left his backpack either at school or on the bus, we’re not sure which. I made an appointment for him with the podiatrist, as he’s pigeon-toed and knock-kneed, but the only time they had was Wednesday, so I had to reschedule helping my best friend pack for their move.

It’s looking like a fairly busy week: tomorrow Ben has a dentist appointment, Wednesday is the previously-mentioned podiatrist, Thursday I help my best friend pack, Friday we have gaming night. Saturday we have a birthday party and then I help another friend pack and run a garage sale, which also takes care of my Sunday. So if I don’t post anything gaming-related, that’s why.

However, I am working on several characters for the one-shot Pathfinder group I joined on I’ve gotten as far as names, races, and classes, and I’ll have Mar double-check what I’m doing with stats after Ben goes to bed. I also plan to play some more Fallout 3, of course.

That’s basically what’s going on with me lately. Oh, and I got a flash drive to put the Pathfinder pdf’s on. I’m really going for redundancy there; I’ve got it on the drive, on my computer, and on my Google Drive. Initially my plan was to get a tablet so I could check out the rulebook while I was on Roll20, but money is tighter than we thought it would be. I was going to use the Chromebook, but unless the update that just installed made it run faster than molasses, that’s not going to work. And I don’t think I can reasonably access it on my phone; even if it would load fast enough, the text would be too small, and enlarging it would result in me having to scroll both horizontally and vertically and make it more trouble than it’s worth. If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear them, because I’m out of ideas.

RPGs and Icons

I’m signed up on and I just joined a couple of one-off groups. Tomorrow I’ll create some characters according to their guidelines to be ready if something interesting comes up. I might make a level 1 character or two, if I’m not burned out on it.

One of the things that amuses me are old ads. I have a bunch of them saved, and I decided to make icons out of some of them. I got the original files from James Lileks’ tumblr; he also has a great website if you, like me, find commentary on old media amusing.

Anyway, here are some of the icons I’ve come up with. You’re welcome to use any of these, as long as you give me credit.

Well aren't you special     coffee crusader   knight in shining business suit  dixie cup boy with head parasite dixie cup girl    dixie cup older boy

Old ads used some very odd imagery. You’d think those kids had just been given a Golden Ticket or something, but no, it was just a Dixie Cup. The lady on the moped and the knight in shining business suit were campaigning for “more coffee in their coffee”, whatever that means. And the snarky-looking woman was in an ad for Budweiser, looking like she was contemplating hitting her husband with a heavy objet d’art, although I think she was supposed to be admiring a wedding gift.

More to come; I didn’t want to make a huge graphic post, so I’ll probably do them in small batches. I have plenty of material, though, and some of it is straight-up nightmare fuel.

Comments are welcome, too.


Progress! And pictures! Now with added non-Fallout content!

Good afternoon, Wastelanders! I am using my spiffy computer table in comfort today! It’s actually an over-bed table, similar to the ones they have in the hospital, and when I got it, I thought it would be great to use as a computer table because it would mostly fit under the couch. Unfortunately, our couch is about an inch too low to accommodate the base, but I had A PLAN. Today that plan finally got put into action: Ben helped me put the 2x4s, cut to the right length, under the couch legs, and it works beautifully! This also means that Mar won’t stub his toes on the base so often, which is definitely a selling point.

An update on An Evening With Mister Manchester: I got the textures to work!! I was getting very frustrated, because without those textures, I couldn’t move on in the mod, so I finally just uninstalled all my other mods. It worked, as I hoped it would. I might experiment to find out which mod was causing the conflict, and I’ll probably let the author of whatever mod it is know about it, as well as posting in the thread on Manchester. There’s just so many good mods out there that I tend to go overboard wanting to try everything that sounds interesting, but I may have to just do two or three at a time, then swap those out when I finish the story in each one.

Current project progress:

An original Captain America shield in the middle stages of being repainted.

I got the red paint taped, and I’m slowly working on getting the excess red paint off. I taped the part I want to keep because it’s really tricky trying to use sandpaper in an arc without accidentally sanding the good parts. I think this part is going to be one of the slowest, because some of the paint is on the surface, but some of it seems to have dyed the plastic. I’m thinking of maybe adding some plastic filler when I’m done and then painting it, but that might just be more trouble than it’s worth. Alternately, I might just paint the white part after I at least get the lumpier bits of red paint taken off.

Finished project:

Iron Man's helmet as a mask

I just wanted to show off something I actually finished. I just used a gold Sharpie to fix the paint that was scratched off, because Ben is 6 and not very careful with his stuff. But the parts I fixed looked better than the original, so I ended up coloring over all the gold paint. I think it looks pretty good: battle scarred but not beaten. I want to get a silver Sharpie and redo the silver bits on the side (they’re not visible in this picture), because they weren’t particularly well-painted to begin with. Still, I have no problem with Ben wearing this in public, so I count that as a win.

Other random geekery: I finally got my haircolor to where I want it, yay!

Vampire Red hair

That’s Manic Panic’s Vampire Red. I thought it would be darker this time, since I left it on overnight, but it is darker than it was on previous application, when I just left it on for a couple of hours. I may have to accept the sad fact that my hair is just not as absorbent of color as it used to be, or at least not as absorbent of reds. I’d get a shot in the sunlight, but a. it’s cloudy out, although the temperature is AWESOME, and b. I’m lazy. (Side note, that thing by my mouth is a scab; I have a terrible habit of picking at things, and that’s the result. I did not get clocked in the mouth.)

I love these lazy weekends, when everyone stays in their jammies and just hangs out, reading or playing games or watching videos or whatever. Ben’s working on Lego Marvel Superheroes. Well, I say “working on”, but he’s really just running around Marvel’s New York and messing around with stuff; he’s thrilled that the characters can ride the subway. It should be entertaining to see his reaction when he actually rides the New York subway this summer. Oh, and I must mention the weather: It’s SEVENTY-TWO DEGREES. I have the windows partially open, and I’m wearing SHORTS. This is perfect weather.

Random thing I’m happy about: I got my swimsuit! I had ordered it online, which made me a little nervous, but the website had really good fitting information, so I decided to give it a shot. After all, if it didn’t fit, I could return or exchange it. I finally got it on Thursday, and it fits wonderfully! Another plus is that it’s a tankini, so I don’t have to take the whole thing off when I go to the bathroom, but the best part is that it looks like a tank top and skirt/shorts combo! It’s really cute, and really comfortable, and it looks like something I would wear as an actual outfit. Added bonus: it’s navy blue with purple trim, so when my haircolor bleeds getting out of the water, I don’t have to worry about it staining the suit.

Mar said that this blog was really Fallout-centric, so I’m trying to include more non-Fallout stuff. Speaking of which, has anyone played at I signed up, but I’ve yet to actually join any campaigns. I think that’s my social anxiety trying to take over my brain, though, because I just keep thinking, “What if the people I end up playing with are jerks, or mean, or [insert list of negative social traits]?” and my logical brain has only just piped up to remind me that I can close the window and never speak to any of them ever again if they’re any of those terrible things. So now I guess I just need to figure out what rulebooks I have and take the plunge. (Most of the rulebooks I have are pdf’s, thus the trying to figure out what I have.) I’d like to have a tablet for the pdf’s, but I suppose that’s not a deal-breaker. If anyone has any experience with the site, though, I’d love to hear about it.