Thursday

[gaming] I can't wait for Carnage!

Nice, I checked on the status of the custom game cards and FedEx says they should arrive tomorrow. I'm hopeful but... they left the printing facility in Hong Kong this morning. And they should arrive to my house tomorrow? Oh... kay... I really hope so- I would like to see the cards before I leave for DC on Sunday.

Also, a couple new games are coming via UPS tomorrow. An expansion for Shadows Over Camelot (which I am running at Carnage) and a new sheep game called Wool Rules. Another sheepy game. I actually did a search through BGG and there are lots of games with "sheep" and "wool" in the title. I'll have to collect them all!

Wednesday

[misc] Lack of interest, boredom or depression

AMY: siiiiiiigh

DOLLAR: What's the matter, sweetie?

AMY: I'm filled with ennui.

DOLLAR: Maybe you should go to the bathroom then.

AMY: ...

DOLLAR: I don't know what that word means.

AMY: I could tell.

Tuesday

[misc] Getting stuff done

I'm finally crossing things off my list. I spent the weekend doing nothing but playing waste-of-time games on Facebook: Farmville, Cafe World, Rollercoaster something-er-other, Bejeweled blitz. It was awesome but now I have to pay the price: unwashed dishes, unfolded laundry, unclean bathroom, etc. Siiiigh.

I finally have Dollar's and my Carnage pre-registration choices and check to mail off. When are they going to make this registration process available online? I would like to be able to fill out an online form and pay via Paypal. Dude, I would so get my registration in first, rather than having to... you know... handwrite stuff and write a check and mail it with, like... postage and stuff. What is this, the 1890's?

And the super-good news is that I finished making digital custom cards for a game I am running this year. They've been uploaded to the printing website and should arrive via FedEx next week.

Alas, I will be in DC next week. Which I'm not really feeling too thrilled about. I've got to figure out what knitting to bring. Or crochet.

Crochet, you say? I may. Actually, I did start this Catherine Wheel Scarf with some sock yarn in my stash. It's coming out very pretty, although I might use it as a table runner if it doesn't feel good around my neck.

I know I haven't posted pictures of Murderface in ages. He's fine. There's been construction going on in the street in front of my house that vibrates the entire house. So Murderface spends his days hiding out on the stairs or in the basement, staring fearfully at the ceiling or the backhoe outside. I don't know what's taking these guys so long. They started this project well before I left for Germany and the street has looked post-apocalypic ever since.

One last thing- a knitting retreat that was supposed to take place Nov. 13 - 15 at the Comfort Suites in White River Jct. has been cancelled but Lois at White River Yarns is planning on making her own Holiday Knit In that weekend to replace it. I will be there running one or two sheep/wool themed games. The hotel will still be offering a $99/night rate (including breakfast) for the weekend. Things will be taking place at her shop, as well as other rooms in The Junction Marketplace.

Wednesday

[misc] Carnage is coming...

Cold weather is here and I think it's here for good. Reports were coming in yesterday from all over Vermont- snow. We got a wee bit of slush mixed in with rain. No snow. Yet. But this morning my car was covered with thick frost and I had to pre-heat.

Dinner last night was a very simple but yummy salmon, potatoes and asparagus. I use filets, rather than steaks. It's so easy and I love that it's all done in one pan. Tonight I have plans to make bacon wrapped scallops; we were at a wedding this past weekend where they were served but they were gone before Dollar had a chance to have some. So, these will be for him (xoxo).

I'm totally procrastinating on sending in my registration for Carnage Con. We probably won't get our first picks for games. But for the first time, I'll be running two games this year!

Spinning is going well. I have 4 bobbins full to start plying- some purple-gray merino and some black alpaca. I had a little set back this weekend when the leather strap that connects my right treadle to the footman broke mid spin. I bought some new, pink leather trim to use. Anything to make my spinning wheel more girlie. And now I have spare on hand in case it happens again.

Thursday

[misc] Random random

I had to use my iMac's Photo Booth to snap a picture of the cat that has been staring at me all day from my page-a-day calendar:

page-a-day


Is the cat panting? Is it on ecstasy? I started out the morning thinking, "Hah hah hah, isn't that cute." Now I'm wondering what's wrong with it.

In Photo Booth, I had to take a couple of me, too.

Playing with photo booth


Messy Office


These pictures are nice, I think. I don't know why my sister has to post such bad pictures of me on Facebook. Are you listening to me, Brahbrah? Take them down!

I had my birthday this week. It was very good. Except I think Murderface forgot. He didn't get me anything. Jerk.

Does anyone watch Dancing with the Stars? Hulu just started showing it and I am in love with this show. It's inexplicably entertaining to me. And inspiring and funny and impressive. I'm serious. I've actually starting spinning to it (I call it Spinning with Dancing with the Stars, or SWDWTS) and have managed to fill a whole bobbin just during the [3 part, 6 hour] season premier. This will be a good way to get through my huge fiber stash this winter.

Monday

[travel] Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival 2009

Saturday my sister and I braved the chilly wet weather to attend the 2009 Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival, for the first year at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds in Tunbridge, VT.

The festival looked like a ghost town compared to the World's Fair...

wet


But I thought there was a good turnout considering the weather...

sheep fans


Misty fog settled into the surrounding hills:

gray day


fog and foliage


There was a sheep-herding demo (it looks like he's conducting the animals like a symphony... I'm sure one could find an analogy between the two):

herding demo


Animals to visit:

goats


Friends to see, bunnies to pet, yarns to buy, fiber to pet and then buy, etc... I wore my holographic handspun scarf and brought it to the Fantom Farm vendor to show. The woman there was happy to see it, saying, "We never get to see our stuff."

Feeling a little soggy and cold, we left after a few hours. I saw some people walking around in wellies with their jeans rolled up. Me?

messy


Yeah. I'll get it right next year.

I hope that the festival stays in Tunbridge. It's a good arena (lots of buildings) and I like how close it is to me now. My only complaint was the food vendors. I think there were only three. I waited in line at the lamb vendor for lamb chili and I have to say, the chili wasn't even warm. Standing in line for 20 minutes in pouring down rain for cold chili pissed me off. Next year it might be worth bringing a cooler with homemade sandwiches and drinks.

When I got back home, I took a looooooooong hot shower and then got into bed. Later than evening, Dollar took me out for an early birthday dinner. First, though, he surprised me with a stop at a jewelery store and I picked out a couple pairs of earrings. Very nice of him. Dinner was sushi and japchae at Yama. I know japchae isn't the fanciest thing in the world but I love it and I can't make it at home, so it's my favorite thing to order.

Thursday

[cooking] Soba noodles with vegetables

I have more soba noodles in the cupboard than you can shake a stick at. After returning home from Germany (where some form of pork is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner), I wanted meat-free Asian meals. I went to Stern's for veggies and made:

Soba with veggies


I sauteed red and green bell peppers, asparagus, re-hydrated shiitake mushrooms and garlic in toasted sesame oil and added a generous splash of ponzu sauce. Boil the noodles and top with the veggies. Nom.