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Largely cross-post from the Sutekh Forums, as a stimulating measure to get me posting again.

Sydcon )

Apart from that, life not too bad. Ran the first session of Worlds Apart in more than a month, which was good. I was really stressed about it earlier, but it turned out pretty well I think.
Invading other people's lives via dream sequence = fun!

Yesterday, [ profile] regency_rhi and I drove up to the mountains to play the inaugural session of Mark's new Ravenloft campaign with Felicity and [ profile] sad_frog. It was a good time. We spent a fair bit of time talking crap and joking around, but still managed to brazen our way through Mark's planned adventure in a single sitting, which wrapped the plot up well as a standa-alone story but leaves us well set-off on our journey to deliver a message of great importance (but little interest; census data or some such, which I think is a neat way of demistifying a Macguffin) for the temple of the Morning Lord.
I look forward to further adventures of those three halflings (and one creepy, black-clad, shovel-wielding wizard).

Work's going fine. I'm now partaking of the (fairly; it started a couple of months ago) new 19-day month program, so I have a rostered day off this coming Thursday. Sweet, sweet RDO.

Okay, time for bed. In honour of spring, we have just switched back to our cotton sheets. Back in the cupboard, flannel sheets!
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Recently, stuff has been going on. It's all been fairly low-key stuff, I think, by and large.

Rhi and I decided on a celebrant and have booked her services.
I've had further thoughts on my outfit for the wedding. I must pursue avenues of manufacture and purchase.
It's all coming together! Whee!

I'm now slightly more than two months into my new job. As of yesterday I'm the acting branch delivery driver, as the usual guy is on annual leave for the next month. It would appear that I am way better at his job than he is. I can't say I'm super surprised.

Worlds Apart hasn't been running very regularly. Between various people not being available, it's hard to get together enough people to make it worth running a session.
To be fair though, it's been able to get off the ground much more regularly than it's other-alternate-Sunday counterpart Outside of Time.

This weekend, for instance, Worlds Apart didn't go ahead. I spent the evening in with Rhi and watched the Steve Coogan/Jackie Chan Around the world in eighty days, which is, uh, different, from the novel.

I also replaced my clunking, non-functional PS2 with a new, sexy, sleek (and, most importantly, working) slimline PS2. Picked it up in a bundle with Singstar Legends, to my lady love's great excitement.
Hurray for having a working console again!

In other news: I love Rhi enough to never party with Jodie Foster ever again.
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Looong time since last update, so it's about due.

Rhi and I celebrated our first glorious year on Monday. We combined a romantic (and rather swish) morning tea with scouting for a wedding location. Beautiful grounds and view, but a bastard to get to. It's off the list. Ah well, we enjoyed going, all the same.

Work still haven't given me a single shift. Bastards.

Got back a rejection from Fisher Library about the position for which I applied. No reply at all from anywhere else.

Sent off an email to a recruiter whom Tanith ([ profile] sad_frog) recommended. Maybe nifty things will come of that. Rhi says she has a good feeling about it, so here's hoping.

Necro was good fun. I had a great time helping Rhi run a reprise performance of Request the pleasure. I rather like running freeforms, they're just so much effort to write.

Played lots of top-shelf games over the long weekend, with my highest praises going to the two other previously-run games: Hydra and A third world war. Gripping stuff. I dug them.
The last dragon was outrageously 80s hijinks. Nice.
Born of fire and lightning has some cool experimental content, including unprecedentedly cool sets, very interestingly laid out and in-depth character sheets and a bardic wrap-up, which I thought was a particularly intgriguing experiment, which didn't quite come out right.
Bunnies, bunnies, bunnies! had a vanishingly (and disappointingly) small amount of the titular bunnies. We somehow avoided encountering the character for whom these bunnies were made mention. Ah well. Wacky Cremaine antics, as per Zombies, zombies, zombies. Character sheets could easily have been a lot more informative, though, as they really threw players new to Vampire in at the deep end with little to nothing to work with. Shame, that.
A new world was another fairly experimental freeform, with a very cool-looking version of random character allocation. Ended up a little too paper-chasey, but the concepts were kind of neat. I had an especially interesting typo on my character sheet, which suggested that I would gradually change from Hate into Love, over the course of the game. I was a little sad that this was not so, when I checked with the GMs, but c'est la vie.
James' ([ profile] sim_james) The bells was a stirling intro to the world of Stephen King's The dark tower, if a little linear. Jo - with whom we were playing - seemed to be railing quite hard against the linear nature, but it wasn't too problematic. Especially if one considers the themes of destiny present in the game and setting. I enjoyed it. Good to see Unknown armies put to good use. Gogo Hardened/Failed!
I also ran several games of Strange synery, at Riley's ([ profile] reborne) behest. It was fun to break that out again. Nice game.

Speaking of board games, last week I received three new ones: Snit smashing, Snits' revenge and King's blood. So far I've only played the latter. It's a fast card game of the "get rid of your hand" style, but includes forming genealogies, which meant I was able to very quickly get Rhi on-board to try it out with me. :)

Jaime's "crappy movies based on video games" day of last Friday was a good time, even if we did watch the deplorable trio of Mortal kombat, Mortal kombat : annihilation and Street fighter. Terrible. Just terrible.
It did mean I got to see Jaime and Alice's new place, plus see them for an extended duration.

I finally managed to run another session of Worlds apart : the same tree last Sunday. It was a little quiet, with no real "plot" per se, but people seemed to enjoy the chance to say "what the hell are we doing?". Even hoity nobles question the duty that comes with power, apparently.

Now, home, to prepare for dinner, I think.
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As it's now almost three weeks since I last produced an update that could be called anything other than a quiz - or "meme" if that's what you want to call them (that's not what they are, mind; though I don't so much mind them being called "me me"s) - I figured it was about time.

Things have happened. I've been doing stuff.
Being social is nice.

Getting the new series of Worlds Apart moving has been good, over the last couple of weeks.
Tonight's session wasn't quite as punchy as last, but that's to be expected, given that their big confrontation was last session.
Still, they sure did unearth stuff about these weird butterflies, all right. After chasing them around like loonies for a bit. Heh. Good times.
Yay, magic butterflies!
Also managed to get those poor suckers back out of Siberia, to civilisation. Which ends their poacher-hunting adventure and provides a good point for Kane's character to get off at the station, so to speak.
After Kane took Kristen home, the tone seemed to suddenly change (since they were now back in town and able to ponder such things) and now the game is suddenly "fantasy dating". There are those of you in the audience who know what that means.

Search for work: Little to no movement.
Asked Fisher for more information on their current opening. Recieved no reply. Bummer.
Talked to my old manager for advice. Her advice was to settle for whatever I can find, to get my name out there. I guess that's all I can really do.
Certainly if I can't even get further information on a job opening from something that sounds good.

TAFE has been vaguely okay so far. I made it to zero of my first week's classes, due to illness. Last week, not nearly such an issue. Classes seem possibly slightly less crappy.
"Events and Promotions" looks the most interesting so far.
"Database Searching" is dead last, for excitement.

Plans for moving are looking all right. Utilities stuff discussed. Mum found me my heavy gardening gloves (at least I assume it was her; I guess it could have been the Gardening Tool Fairy), so I can pull out this nasty patch of spiky, spiky weediness.
That'll be good. It'll feel like I'm really doing something.

Rhi, speaking of moving:
Obviously the couch-covering we need is the Couch dress!
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Mostly for Bez: Alatriste

Stuff's been happening.

Helped Tanith ([ profile] sad_frog) and Phil move last Friday.
Their new apartment is nice. VERY close to uni, which is what Phil was looking for. A fair amount of space.

Then helped Greg ([ profile] sim_puyo) and Lucy move on Saturday.
Their new house is gorgeous. Some of the little fittings aren't what I'd choose myself (they look like they come from a trendy bar, rather than a real person's living room, for instance), but it's big and has beautiful hardwood floors and quite a pleasant, rustic-feeling kitchen.
I look forward to seeing more of them, now that they live here in the real world. :)

Saturday evening I went along to Age of Aquarius for Ordo Mundi.
Played the Rabbi Loew, which was fun. Toddled around trying to put together a mighty claw defender for my people.
Watched it all go to hell.

Lazy Sunday spent with Rhi, lazing about. I read and fiddled with things online, she played Pandemonium. All good.

Monday I frittered away the day, watching The Brothers Grimm, Flightplan and Gigli.

Monday evening was spent, as per usual, with Rhi, with us intent on catching Grey's anatomy.
Tennis precluded this plan, however, so we caught Supernatural instead.
It's not too bad. My GOD, but the elder brother is such a PC. He casually defrauds law enforcement officers and flees custody with nary a thought that this might be a bad idea in the long run. He's completely focussed, but completely flippant at the same time. Typical PC.

Tuesday, I went to Flodge for the first time in months, then went and saw Broken flowers with Andrew ([ profile] andrewaskew). Good film. Strange.

Yesterday, I was going to go and pick up my new washing machine, but Rodney (the guy in whose ute I'll be going) was unavailable.
Same goes for today.
*twiddles thumbs*
Should be tomorrow.
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The man who japed wasn't really engaging my interest.
The Princess bride, however...

Work is a little dull this afternoon.
I'm looking forward to this evening.
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Happy Birthday, [ profile] malinari86!

I've had the car window replaced. They were really very good: I got out of there in an hour and it was only $155, which is about $200 less than last time this happened.

I got called in to work unexpectedly, yesterday. That was good.

Did a little more present shopping. I still have a little more to do, but not much.

Today, I've done very little of the things I'd intended.
I have finished reading Paycheck and started reading the Man who japed, though.
And ate cashews.
And done stuff online.
So it hasn't been a complete loss.

Work, then James' ([ profile] sim_james) Ghostwalk campaign in the evening.
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-AoA: The swastika and the spear
Played what seemed to me to be the nicest, least extreme conservative of the lot. This wasn't saying all that much, as I was mostly surrounded by rabid, hardline Nazis, but - having signed up for a Nazi game - I was slightly disappointed to have got the most moderate character.
Who was also a bisexual jew.

Felt pretty uninvolved in everything that happened, just being a bystander to things unfolding.
The atmosphere was good, though.
Saw some excellent, fervent performances.
Also some good costuming. Definitely not the spectacle of the last game, but there's only so much spectacle one can manage in conservative suit-wear, as compared to lush Elizabethan garb. :)
I was reasonably pleased with my effort. I think I cut an okay figure.

-Job interview

I think I went fine. Not really anything else to say here.

-Collection maintenance exam

Did this today, instead of the two weeks ago it was meant to be. Finished twenty minutes early, having neatly covered a copy of Kaz Cooke's Get another grip and applied appropriate labels to a video cassette case.

I've just finished my Career Path Report, for my class tomorrow. Off it goes!

Giving Julia a break, I spent last evening with Rhiannon, watching Grey's anatomy and having dinner. It was lovely.
Work and TAFE feel oddly distant these last few weeks, even my social life, to an extent.
But not my Rhiannon. She is so bright and clearly in the middle of my world.
People probably don't need to hear me gush any more, so I'll stop now. :)

All in all, I'm pretty happy.
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A lot has happened since last time I updated.

Placeholder engagement ring )

Birthday/engagement weekend away )

La boheme )

Actual engagement ring )

Helping people move )

Dan and Jo's party )

Wrought iron and catgirls )

Work, Washing and Wock n' Woll )

Tonight, I get to see Rhiannon again.
Plus: Seeing Kane ([ profile] malinari86) and Kristen ([ profile] thebluefairy) for the first time since their wedding, as they're now returned from their honeymoon.
Plus: Going to see a play ("Emergence", I believe it's called) at the Opera House Playhouse. It has my friend Nick in it.
(above are in descending order of import)

Tomorrow, TAFE class starts back up again. I have a presentation to give. Meh.

"I like to go just like the rest,
I like my sugar sweet
But jumping queues and making haste
Just ain't my cup of meat
Everyone's beneath the trees feeding pigeons on a limb
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here
All the pigeons gonna run to him"
-The mighty Quinn, Manfred Mann
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Well, it's been quite a while since I've cast one of my thoughts out into the etherial realms. I’m very often disappointed by the dearth of response to them, but maybe I’m just thinking my thoughts matter far more than they do. *shrug*
Ah well, I deliver to the natives of the internet, all the same.

Cut for roleplaying ponderances )

Okay, now to decide where to put this. LJ? Sure, why not?
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My computer decided to crash and eat my enormous post. There goes 45 minutes I'm never getting back. Sigh.

So instead of the glowing prose I'd intended, I'll do a little dance!
...or just sum up )

  • Today:
    I'm feeling many a furlong better.
    So far all I've done is risen, read a bit more of Blood music, written a verbose entry, had the computer crash and thrashed this little piece together.

    But later:
    • Shopping!
    • Cleaning!
    • Work!
    • An evening with my amazing lady!
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    In non-chronological order!: )

    "I like to wear white in the Winter time
    Pay my penance before the crime
    Have my reason without the rhyme"
    -How do y'all know?, Harry Connick, Jr.
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    As it's been more than two weeks since I actually updated, I thought I'd post before I wink out of existance. :)

    More... )
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    Previously, on ... whatever this show is )

    That's my day, as planned.
    Now, sleep.
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    Cut for people who can't be arsed reading about my week )
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    In the golden future time!! )

    It's raining. Still.
    This is bad for my plans of doing washing, so I'll have nice, clean pants to wear for my interview tomorrow.
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