Ramblings from the Gryphon Rose

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Low-key Me

I know, I know.
It’s been a while. I don’t even have the same excuse as last time. Quite the opposite, actually.

I got all three of my major tasks—taxes, RPG supplement, and first half of novel—done and turned in on time by the start of last week. So what have I been doing since then?

Not a lot.

I deliberately took last week off to rest my hands and my brain. I often do that after writing a lot in a short period, and while this was not the most intensive it was demanding enough to require some recharge time.

This week? I don’t know, I’ve just wound up doing other minor things. I fixed the lock on our display case at home, repaired our vacuum cleaner, hung a picture (I think that was last week), sorted through all of my clothes and boxed up a ton to give away, paid bills, sorted some old files and papers, and cleaned a few boxes out of the family room. We’ve been waging war on the ants, though it’s an up-and-down battle. And of course I’ve been spending time with my wife and kids.

So it’s not that I’ve been completely idle, I just haven’t been doing much of note.

The kids are doing fine. Our son is still teething—trying to get all his teeth in at once, actually—but the allergies are down so he’s doing a lot better. Our daughter is good and still as cute as ever—lately she’s wanted me to carry her around again and I’ve told her she’s lazy, so now she’ll hold out her arms, ask me to carry her, then give me a big grin and say “I’m lazy, Daddy.” Super-cute.

The lovely wife is good. She hasn’t gotten as much gardening done yet as she’d hoped, thanks to weather and children, but she is making significant progress and really enjoying it. And we’re doing well. We watched the first two episodes of the new season of Dr. Who and like David Tennant okay, though he’s no Christopher Eccleston.

Work has been fine. Nowhere near as crazed as it was a few weeks ago. We're still busy, but it's back down to manageable levels. And I've been hanging out with some of the designers more, which is fun.

I am working on the rest of the Warhammer novel, and talking to a few people about a few other projects. More on those once they’re definite. Oh, and I got copies of Day of the Daemon the other day, which looks great. I’m still running my Serenity game, which is fun, though I’m way behind on recaps. I can put them up here if people want to see them.

Not a whole lot else, really. But right now that’s not a bad thing.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Yep, still here

Sorry I haven’t posted since the I-Con recap. I’ve got two big projects due at the end of this week/start of next week and I’ve been writing like mad every chance I get. The projects are going well (one is done other than a few stats and the other is on schedule to be finished by this weekend) but it hasn’t left much time for posting.

Things here are fine otherwise. Our son is teething, which is never fun, and he’s also allergic to the neighbor’s tree that extends to right in front of our bedroom window, so he’s been cranky and crying for the past week or so. And who can blame him, with a rash and welts and earaches and a runny nose and swollen gums? Ugh. Despite all this he’s had bouts of cheerfulness where he’ll sit and grin at us and laugh, which is adorable.

Our daughter is doing fine. She’s running around and being super-cute as always. Last night I was getting her ready for bed and she went over to her bookcase (I read her two books each night before bed and she gets to pick them) and said “I have a lot of books!” Then she gasped and said “I left two books in Mommy and Daddy’s room!” She turned around, came over to where I was sitting on her floor, patted me on the shoulder, and said “I’ll go get them, okay? Stay here. Stay in my room. Don’t move, Daddy.” Is it wrong that a part of me wants her to stay this way forever as my sweet little girl?

The lovely wife and I are doing fine. She’s been a bit sleep-deprived because of the infant and we’re both getting allergic reactions to that same tree, but otherwise we’re good. She’s been digging up the front and back lawns so she can plant soon, flowers in front and veggies in back, and she’s very excited about it.

Not a lot else, really. We saw Goblet of Fire this weekend and were underwhelmed. I saw V for Vendetta last week—I allowed myself an outing because I was caught up and even slightly ahead on work—and it was excellent. We tried watching that new show The Evidence but weren’t impressed, but that’s fine because we still have Lost, Veronica Mars, Supernatural, and CSI.

And I think that’s about it. :)