Ramblings from the Gryphon Rose

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Catching up

Let’s see, what’s gone on since my last post?

I wrote and turned in a project, on time, so that’s all good.

Took our daughter trick-or-treating on Halloween, which was amusing. She was dressed as a princess—see the lovely wife’s LJ for pics—and loved going out, loved getting candy, loved seeing other kids. But she was too shy to say “Trick or Treat!”—I got her to the point where she’d at least hold out her bag, while smiling shyly and looking away, then she’d whisper “Thank you” after they gave her candy. Then she’d drag me to the next house. And she insisted I carry her half the time, because she was too scared to stand at the doors. Fortunately the neighbors were amused and understanding. I had fun going around with her, and it’s nice to meet a few other people on our block.

We also met several other kids her age, including a little girl who now lives two doors down. I’m hoping the wife will go introduce herself to them soon—between them, us, and the little girl two to three doors on the other side we could start a nice little local playgroup, which our daughter would love. She’s starving for friends her age, really.

Got together with Qadgop and Mook on Friday to watch noir films in prep for the noir game Mook’s going to run for us. We’ve stopped playing Serenity—the second adventure didn’t really take off, in part because we kept not being able to play, and we were all a bit lackluster about it continuing so I called it off. We’re doing noir (using M&M) for a little while instead, and then playing Mage starting in January, possibly alternating it with something else. So we watched The Maltese Falcon and then Sin City (three-fourths of it, anyway), which was a fun double-feature, and hung out. It was good.

Went out to the wife’s grandmother this weekend—drove out Saturday late-morning and got there in time for lunch, then headed back yesterday just before noon (I took the day off work). It was nice, as always—she’s a sweetheart and adores the kids, and our daughter is always thrilled to spend time with her. We didn’t do much while we were there, though I did manage to read a novel and do some work during the quiet times.

Not much else, really. I’ve got the new novel to start on, and the project I worked on this weekend, plus a biography to write and a YA book to write and another project that needs a background story. Some of those are due this week, some next week, and the novel’s due next month. So yeah, I’m keeping busy. :)

We’re also starting to get ready for Thanksgiving—only two weeks away!—and for paintersam’s visit next week. I’m psyched—I’ve taken the day off next Wednesday so we can run around and hit museums and so forth. And yes, I’m dragging him to lunch with me so he can see the crazies I have to deal with all the time. :)


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