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Jun. 21st, 2016 @ 11:52 pm Shortest day, longest night.
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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Shortest span of sleep I've had for a while as well, not getting to sleep until about 0130 this morning before waking up at 0500 for work. And my intention to sleep during the lunch break didn't pan out, I spent much of it talking with one of the forklift drivers.

The solstice has arrived and for most of the rest of the year the days will be getting longer again, which I hope means that I'm going to see more sun. I've been aware for a while now that I barely ever leave the house during daylight hours, with work early in the morning and sundown well before gaming starts.

I ended up spending longer at church on Sunday than I have for quite some time, even after arriving an hour late. The children's church leaders and helpers had some sort of meeting and I ended up with some of their children watching videos as a responsible adult. The youngest of those that was present spent much of the time sitting on me, and on a few occasions offered me food from the plate that was present. It sometimes seems that even children realise I could probably do with eating more.

I'm going to spend a large portion of this coming Saturday afternoon gaming, unless problems develop, and if it was going to be evening as well I'd probably be considering asking to spend the night again, so I could again go visit the friend I saw two weekends ago. It was good to just spend a few hours sitting together, watching TV and talking.

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Jun. 14th, 2016 @ 11:39 pm A better weekend
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I'm not sure the weekend I just had wasn't better than the Bucket's of Dice weekend at the start of the month. I didn't play anywhere near as many games but I feel like I might have had a better time. I only spent 24 hours away from my flat instead of the better part of 72 involved in Buckets stuff or sleeping between days.

Saturday night I walked to the new home of a couple of friends for their housewarming (missing one turn that cost me a couple of minutes). While there I got to spend a little while interacting with someone I've been friends with on-line for a few years, as well as limited interaction with others besides the friends I went to see. Once most of the attendees had left there was some limited conversation between the hosts and myself, where I talked about a couple of things I likely wouldn't have a few months ago. Fairly soon after I arrived the nerves I feel in such situations were pretty much gone, still not wanting to eat but I did snack for the rest of the evening.

With another friend I hadn't seen in person for a couple of years moving back to the city recently and the housewarming being sort of half way there I had asked earlier in the week if she wanted company on the Sunday. I ended up spending the night on the couch and apart from waking due to cat standing on my chest slept quite well considering. I waited around a while after waking properly to make sure I could say goodbye to both of the couple, and learnt a bit more about D&D stuff as everyone else was discussing the game. My walk to the other house ended up being nowhere near as direct as it should have been due to me missing a turn and not being familiar with the area, about 25 minutes more walking than I had intended. Thankfully the rain that had been forecast didn't eventuate although it was colder than I'd have preferred.

Once I got there however the two of us quickly settled back to the comfortable hugging and general closeness that was normal when we saw each other often. I got to meet her cat Luna, and we were both surprised with Luna eventually allowing me to stroke her head while she sat off to my side. I also got to see some "old" TV due to her flat having netflix(?), including a few episodes of Buffy, that I really should get around to watching again after not really seeing it for a decade (besides the four(?) episodes I watched with my most recent ex). I also had conversations with her that I'd likely not have had months ago, especially back when we were seeing a lot of each other. I don't know when we'll arrange to spend more time together, distance is enough that I'm not wanting to walk that far often, and she's still getting used to the new place. I have however arranged to take over a video game that she hadn't been aware of and am now thinking I might find a couple of books as well.

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Jun. 7th, 2016 @ 11:54 pm Buckets of Dice 2016
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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As expected my weekend was largely full of gaming and not enough sleep. I only played a few games each day through the weekend but some of them were a significant length. A small number of people I'd have like to game with either didn't make it at all or were distracted by the mass of RPGs and LARPs on offer. Two new games over the course of the weekend although I'd had some idea about each beforehand, one being a development of a nearly 10 year old game and the other being one I saw video play through on YouTube.

Saturday morning I woke three hours earlier than I intended to for some reason and spent most of that time lying in bed trying to sleep again. I got to the event shortly before the spiel about RPGs that would happen along with LARPs etc, before having a very short attempt to get people interested in Quantum Werewolf. I spent the normal amount of time waiting around through the day with no clear idea of what game to play but at least some of the time I wasn't playing was to avoid an individual or a game I wasn't interested in.
Sunday I managed to sleep in longer and showed up after whatever speech might have happened. I also ended up playing everything with someone I spent a lot of the day hugging as well. Even though this day was the one I played the most games I went and got food at one point, which would have taken a while.
Monday was a later start than I'd have wanted due to people needing to sleep and many of the attendees wanting to eat breakfast at a group event. The trickle in was perhaps worse than last year but that's always going to be an issue, especially on day three. Clean up was almost completely dealt with well before I'd expected it to start, perhaps due to there being very little in the way of RPGs so only one room was in use for most of the day.

My walk to games on Monday night was little more than half the normal length due to relative locations, and attended by only one other aside from myself and the host. I got to play my second game of Samurai, doing quite poorly, and another game of St Petersburg where I actually felt I might be competitive from early on.

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May. 31st, 2016 @ 11:49 pm Wearing out
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
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Over the past two weeks I've worked as much as I ever expect I'll want to. It also means that I probably worked more over the last half of May than in almost any full month for the past two and a half years. Presuming things continue on with me getting asked about shifts as often as it seems I may now be, I could be dropping back to working only three days a week in a couple of months with monetary reserves back where I want them. The specific jobs I've been doing have mostly been at the place I prefer to work now as well which has been good. The only downside is that when I'm working where there isn't a machine I don't get reading time during the work portion of the shift. Many days when I'm working at a machine there'll be some problem that stops the machine and I'm left with a short span of time in which I can read at least a paragraph of the book I have with me.

This weekend is Bucket's of Dice and I'm going to be occupied for much of a 72 hour span either gaming at the Uni, sleeping, or moving between those two activities. Contrary to the past few years I have no responsibilities regarding the organisation/running of the event and will be able to just play whatever I feel inclined to play (presuming I can find opponents). Some point on Monday that may change however, I've received indication that Quantum Werewolf will interest enough people to make running a game worthwhile. My issue is going to be getting the night actions from people without everyone knowing and being certain the program I found runs right, something I've been meaning to check for at least a couple of weeks.

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May. 24th, 2016 @ 11:59 pm (no subject)
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I was at work on Friday, and shortly after the lunch break got sent a text message asking if I wanted to work Monday. When I headed home I replied to that message in the affirmative and before I got home received another message basically saying "don't bother, the shift was full". I chose to let the shift supervisor know, as he'd asked if I'd be in on the Monday and I'd indicated I would if asked. He let me know I should go in anyway so I was at work yesterday, and today after getting asked before lunch. I also became aware of some of the business details that would definitely be considered corporately sensitive if I went into it all. The big thing I came away with was even more certainty that management makes bad decisions.

ETA (2016-05-26) One of the other casuals (who has started back last week) didn't get paid last night like the rest of us. Because the pay was put into an account with a suffix of 04 instead of 01(?) even though she has never had an account using that suffix and her resigning with the agency mostly being a case of "this is correct from last time" more than filling it all out anew. So the previous account should have been uses.

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May. 17th, 2016 @ 11:54 pm I don't really feel like writing about anything ...
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... besides things I'm not willing to write about.

The shift supervisor at work seemed to agree with my general feeling that the temp agency (representative) is causing problems for more than just me by bringing in new casuals instead of offering me work. After all the machine operators have to train and monitor the new people while they can just point me at a part of the machine and know I can do the work.

I went out to the Wednesday night game group last week for the first time in what felt like months (and probably was), learning how to play Porta Nigra where I managed to plan ahead on a few occasions. I might do better in further games but I'm not "eager" to play again and see how much better I can do. Was told that getting a game of Asgard some weekend could be managed without great planning so once Buckets of Dice is done I might see about that.

At the Long Board Game day I managed a narrow win at Die Macher with three of us having only a 9 point spread (the new guy wasn't quite 70 behind my score but did well for a first game). Eclipse ended up being similarly close (proportionally) between three of us although one of the new guys was second in it.

I watched the three Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies today between getting up and heading out to SAGA. I'm probably going to watch more of my DVDs tomorrow afternoon, it's been quite a while since I saw some of them. The Magnificent Seven seems like a good choice for one.

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May. 10th, 2016 @ 11:59 pm Room for improvement
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I barely played any board games last week, after only going out on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and playing a single game each night. This week on the other hand looks likely to be games every day aside from Friday and I could likely play then if I was inclined to go as far as it's likely to be for as short a time of games. Sunday is this year's SAGA Long Board Game Day where it seems I will again get to play Die Macher and Eclipse, maybe something else in the evening if we get through things as quick as we did at the last one.

I worked at the start of last week and haven't heard anything about shifts since then. I have also been sent an email requiring me to fill in some sort of H&S thing to keep my employment. My first inclination was to email a reply asking why I should go to the effort of signing up to another site and filling out a form to keep my employment when I'm not getting the work offers I should be.

Laundry happened again at the end of last week, but as per normal I've still got a lot of clothes on the airer instead of getting around to putting it away. Of all the things I should do around this flat that's probably the one that would make the most difference on a regular basis. Actually finishing the sorting of my stuff after a couple of months would also be good.

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May. 3rd, 2016 @ 11:55 pm My Mini-Con weekend was a mess of up and downs.
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On Saturday I managed to get to the location at about the right time and a couple of others were present and ready to play already. Before we'd got far through our first game more had shown up. A while after noon a young couple I know from church arrived and I taught them how to play Colt Express, then 7 Wonders with her winning the second and only losing the first on tie-break. I then lost a game of Stone Age after failing to get quite enough cards to catch up to the hut point lead that the others had. Galaxy Trucker with a nearly new player and a couple of the newer, weird, boards where I managed to avoid losing almost any portions of my ships but failed to haul enough cargo, winning mainly on the back of still be present at round end with a "pretty" ship. Things started going down when I helped teach a stranger how to play Castles of Mad King Ludwig, he grasped most of it but something seemed off to me.
When that was done almost everyone had left and I ended up agreeing to a game of DC Comics Deck Building with an individual I have known for a long time I shouldn't game with, but keep giving "second" chances. The new individual from CoMKL was also involved and learning, and while he claimed to have played Dominion still took a long time to pick up what was going on. With the two of them we played for 90 minutes and didn't finish because the owner was getting picked up. It should have been a 60 minute game at absolute longest and I know players I could finish a game with in 30 minutes.

Sunday morning I played a game of Castles of Burgundy where I lagged behind each of my opponents in all I was doing, not paying attention enough to lead any of the categories. The game of Princes of Florence went better (as is normal for me) with at least one of my Prestige pickups being fortunate. After a game of 7 Wonders, that had a couple of obvious winners, I played in a game of Elysium where I actually felt I was doing okay and lost on tie-break. The last game I played was me teaching a couple of new-comers how to play Castles of Mad King Ludwig at the request of a friend who had just finished playing something else with them while I was ending the game of Elysium. That was the last game I played, partly because I'd started developing a headache, partly because those I would have preferred to game with had chosen games I wasn't interested in. The last game of the night involved she whom I'm going to avoid from now on and while I stuck around, and helped explain it, I would not have enjoyed playing with her. I did spend a fair while hugging one of the others that was playing though, both during that game and the one she'd been playing prior.

By the time I got home I was actually feeling ill, and decided to leave the lounge lights on as dimmed as possible with a bucket by my bed as I tried to sleep. By the time I woke I was feeling better, but not great. Having not unset my normal alarm I had another two hours before needing to leave so I spent a while longer online than is normal in my mornings and then slept for an hour.


While at work on Monday I was informed that the supervisor had specifically requested I be brought in a couple of times while I wasn't getting work. I also wasn't asked about tomorrow even though it looked likely that there would be enough work for a few casuals.

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Apr. 26th, 2016 @ 11:59 pm Organisation
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Eight weeks ago I shifted most of my stuff out of my room with the intention of shifting the furniture around and cleaning everywhere that was hard to get to. The only thing to not get moved was the large bookcase I have and a lot of stuff was actually moved out of my room. Up until yesterday I had my bed in the corner of my room that is by the two big windows and while that was okay to start with temperatures have dropped enough that I wasn't wanting to keep sleeping there. So as of yesterday afternoon my bed is back where it was three years ago when I shifted it because I felt that here was going to be cold over winter. The mass of stuff that still hasn't made it back into my room is a problem though, I've barely managed to sort through any of it to reduce my stuff count.
I did find the photos that I took during my last years of high school and time at polytech, that I'm no longer able to scan, although most had been already. I'm unsure why I stopped scanning them as I got them developed but there certainly isn't any that I noticed that I'm really wanting to be able to show people.

I managed to get to church again this weekend just been (even it was an hour late), and upon walking into the creche was met by the youngest of my ex. I spent most of the rest of the morning with him and the other two children monopolising my time.

After spending a short portion of the time at the beginning of each recent SAGA session reading the rules to Rococo I finally taught three others how to play tonight. Each of them managed 60+ points and I had 51. I haven't yet read through the rules again to find what I taught wrong (and there's probably something) but the game seemed to work together well enough, even if it wasn't particularly interesting.

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Apr. 19th, 2016 @ 11:58 pm (no subject)
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Another week has passed where I was not asked about working at all, I'm going back tomorrow for another later start like the only shift I got last week. Not needing to be up at 5 is a welcome change especially with how late I tend to stay up after a few days of not working.

After the service on Sunday morning I stuck around, as I typically still do when I go along, and had about 30 minutes of a 5-year old climbing on me, trying to push me over, and wanting me to play tag. I'm starting to feel a little more inclined to pay attention to the service itself, but if certain of the youngest children are in crèche I'm likely to go there instead.

Me getting through Critical Role is going much slower than the others I've heard mention it. Not quite managing an episode a day, although I have also been watching a lot of Let's Play videos of Factorio and a few other games. It's probably just as well I don't have a copy of Factorio myself, it seems like a game I'd spend a lot of time playing, maybe even more than I spent with Skyrim when I first got it.

My room doesn't look a lot tidier than it did a month ago, but I have finally put five of the boxes of books under my bed with the others under the table, leaving me with a lot of empty floor space compared to what there was. I've also put an extension cord around the wall so that I'm much less likely to trip as I get up from my bed.

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