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Apr. 15th, 2014 @ 04:27 pm I wouldn't mind being this lazy if it was out of the ordinary.
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: depresseddepressed
Current Music: Shut Up And Dance - Aerosmith
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So far today I've had breakfast (even if it did take nearly five hours to eat the last of it), put laundry in the machine and then hung it on an airer under the heat pump, played through a run of FTL (winning with 1 hull point left on the new Lanius Cruiser), and spent a couple of minutes trimming my facial hair. I can't think of anything else I've done that counts as remotely constructive, even getting dressed hasn't happened yet.

I should have been out almost all of Saturday night with a couple of friends, playing games and getting hugs. I did get hugged a bit before I left, mostly as I was about to leave because I'd started feeling unwell. As per usual I was about back to normal by the time I got home, leaving me annoyed again. Much of that evening was spent making use of my PS2 again, getting some more SSX3 played to unlock more stuff with yet another character.

With me not working since Monday last week my sleep schedule drifted back to sleeping late mornings again, and I'm not looking forward to getting up at 5am tomorrow. I am also not sure how much of the upcoming stat days I'll be able to get paid for, there haven't been a lot of days I got to work recently and that's been the big factor in prior years. There's also the fact that this new company seems to handle things differently. There was talk the last day I was there about how I'm not the only one to dislike the woman in charge of organising shifts though, which was good for me to hear. "Not the only one" and all that.

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Apr. 8th, 2014 @ 11:43 pm Faith no more.
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Endless Summer Nights - Richard Marx
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Last week didn't seem like a good choice for me to post this entry. The date could have caused some confusion.
I no longer consider myself a Christian.
Over the past year especially I've found my opinion on a number of things changing to be in contrast to that of accepted Christian doctrine. I also happen to be very aware that aspects of my behaviour don't sit right with what they "should" be for a Christian, and while I had internal conflict about some of that previously I've come to the conclusion I prefer to be as I am, and thus claiming Christianity isn't something I should be doing. I am well aware this will be surprising to most people, and I'm also aware there's probably going to be a few questions coming my way about this.

I spent most of my weekend feeling sorry for myself, I came down with a cold and missed out on TableTop day. Having been up at 0500 Friday and going out to a party that night probably made me a bit more susceptible to whatever it was. The fact I once again stayed out until the early hours of the following morning instead of heading back home after a couple of hours like I intended was the bigger thing, I think I ended up awake for nearly 23 hours, barring maybe 10 minutes of nap during my lunch break. If it had been almost any other weekend I'd have only one regret about being out that late, and that would be me not participating in the theme of the party.

Last Wednesday night I learnt how to play Caverna, which to an extent is Agricola 2.0. I don't feel any particular need to go back to it, although I will if others want to. For the most part there seems to be too many options each turn with easily 10 things a turn seeming like equally useful things to do.</ p> This entry was originally posted at http://avron.dreamwidth.org/156350.html. Feel free to comment here as normal, or there using OpenID.

Apr. 1st, 2014 @ 11:49 pm Don't call me Uncle
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Jessie J - Who You Are
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It has never sat well with me when my friends, let alone others that I'm not that close to, refer to me as Uncle Gareth when talking to their children. I'm probably still not going to be able to explain why all that clearly, but I think I'm closer now than I would have been a few years ago.
For a start there's the obvious fact I'm not the child's Uncle and therefore it's a lie. Sure, you can argue it's something of an honorary title, but it's still not something that I want to be called.
Secondly, isn't it going to cause some level of confusion in the child's mind if you call me uncle when there is no blood tie between us, not even through a spouse? That dilutes the meaning of the word.
Thirdly, and this is probably the most important to me, I'm never going to be an uncle (technically the chance exists but it seems there's a better chance of me being a father). Even if it doesn't register immediately there's usually a span of time where I consider that fact and am sad about how my sister won't get to be a mother. I'm never going to get to visit her and spend time with children that I do have that relationship with.

I was out every night last week, gaming through the week, going to a party on Saturday and a club meeting on Sunday afternoon, not getting back home until after I'd been to the Warehouse to deal with a small problem. This week could be even busier with a party on Friday that I might be out even later with and games most of Saturday thanks to TableTop. As yet my Sunday will have nothing besides church though.



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Mar. 25th, 2014 @ 10:59 pm Things aren't great
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: depresseddepressed
Current Music: Skype
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"My life happens to, on occasion, suck beyond the telling of it. Sometimes more than I can handle."
And while that's not an accurate representation of life, it is how I've been feeling for a while.

On my way to SAGA tonight I had the thought that if I got to play Agricola I would probably either do very well or quite poorly. There weren't a lot of people there to start with, the weather probably had a few people stay home, and three of us sat down with Agricola, partly to avoid someone else. We got through the game quickly and I finished with what almost certainly has to be the best score I've ever had. 19 points after the first seven categories, when I'm normally lucky to manage a dozen. Home and people was another 19 which is more standard, although I have something of a reputation for more. Getting another 20 from my cards was unexpected. 61 total points when anything more than 40 is usually considered competitive.

In positive news, I had thought my bank balance was a lot lower than it actually is, after failing to update records with the two most recent deposits from my employer. Not that I'm rolling in money by any means but things are better than I'd started thinking. Not to the point that I'd have turned down work tomorrow for Mainly Music had I known but still better.

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Mar. 18th, 2014 @ 11:50 pm Older now
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: depresseddepressed
Current Music: Mark Kinney, Mags, and Carol - AGC News Late March 2014 (21:31)
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I woke up late this morning, but at least it was still this morning. I didn't really do anything for about six hours besides listen to a few podcasts and catch up with more BGG and other things online. Some small amount of game time and dealing with food also happened but most of the six hour spread was spent sitting here on my bed killing time.
I finished HexCells and HexCells Plus a couple of weeks ago after a friend gifted them to me on Steam. I recommend anyone that has enjoyed Minesweeper have a look. If I had the money I'd also be getting a copy of Democracy 3 that is available. At least a couple of friends have played and enjoyed it.

When I did leave the house I got takeaways on my way to SAGA as it seemed worthwhile eating more. As per normal it took a while before the RPG groups headed to the other room and people started making choices about what board games to play. Partly due to how few board gamers were present at the start time. Once a decision was made I taught three new players how to play Ad Astra and had all of us beaten by another player that showed up as I was finishing the rules explanation. I was in a game of DC after that, where most of us had particular cards we wanted purchased by another player. And there was one particularly unpleasant hand for one player that saw him lose one of his 5-point cards to the middle (where I purchased it).

33 years old and it feels like there's not a damn thing of worth in my life now that wasn't already there 5 years ago, and barely anything more from 10-15 years for that matter. A few different friends, but others are gone. Different laptop, but a computer is just a computer. New stuff but that's just stuff and would be easily replaced should it go and I started working more.
I am admittedly depressed at the moment, probably a combination of various factors, but I just don't see much going on that's worthy of note.
If my feelings about things don't change in the next couple of weeks or so I'm going to be cease attending church.

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Mar. 11th, 2014 @ 11:48 pm A day away
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: The Orange Terrace - Bombay Dub Orchestra
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I got up this morning about as early as I ever do apart from when I'm heading to work; about an hour later I was at a friends place to help with some stuff. I didn't get home again until more than 12 hours had passed thanks to heading to SAGA from there and I've spent the past hour and a bit catching up on stuff that happened while I was out. Tomorrow I'll be leaving at a similar time, but for nowhere near as long.

I headed to church late on Sunday, moving back out to the foyer not long after getting there. A while after that I found myself back in crèche spending time with the children of my ex and others. It's still a little weird spending time there and there's going to be mornings I just don't want to stick around (at church at all), but I'm not as inclined to leave as I was over the past month. There is still some other stuff that needs to be dealt with in some way however, I'm not sure how soon I'm going to get to that.

My intention to get "Long" games played through/at SAGA hasn't been as simple as I expected. There's already an event early in April, coinciding with TableTop day (although not related) and then Easter a couple of weeks later. I had thought I would get the first session in the weekend between those two but I have been invited to a thing in Hanmer Springs that weekend and I'm somewhat inclined to attend. If I try and arrange Eclipse, which seems like the best first choice, for the last weekend of March it might work. But that only three weeks now, and the day of party I'm going to in the evening. A party that at least one of the most likely players is already going to be late to due to other plans that day.

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Mar. 4th, 2014 @ 11:47 pm Ugh, it's wet out there.
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ, Christchurch, NZ
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I did two days of work last week, after finally having an overdue conversation on the Monday with the intermediary that organises shifts. I kind of expected that I'd caused problems during the middle of the week. The prior week was nearly nearly a full week, every day apart from Wednesday, and I didn't seem to struggle with it at all. With the exception of the Friday morning, when I started drinking a LIFT+ and quickly started feeling unwell. To the extent I came close to asking to go home sick. It may be that that is enough that I won't even bother with energy drinks again, not that I've really bothered with them previously.
This morning on the other hand was difficult again, at one point I came close to falling asleep on my feet while putting pieces of paper in other paper. While actually needing to pay attention to what I was doing I didn't struggle to stay awake at all.

Sunday afternoon I headed into the central city for Stray Dog gaming again, and after leaving earlier than needed had some time spare. My decision to walk up to the square and around that area has shown me yet again that I don't feel a damn thing about the quakes. About all that went through my head was the confusion about why I couldn't remember the buildings that had been in the now empty spaces..

The main reason I didn't end up posting anything last week was the pseudo-SAGA event that a few of us attended. After a couple of short games to wait for a particular individual to arrive I jokingly suggested that the six of us that were present could play a game of Eclipse. That actually happened, after nearly another hour of rules explanation for the four that hadn't played before. So we started playing what could reasonably be a six hour game (with six players) at about 8pm. Shortly before midnight we decided to end the game after round 7 instead of going the full 9.

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Feb. 18th, 2014 @ 11:37 pm Summer!!
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: Skype
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Two fairly easy days at work, and with the weather the way it has been that was probably good for me. That sentence was in no way meant as a complaint about the temperature, perhaps a complaint about having to be at work while it was so warm. I would have been more comfortable if I'd worn shorts instead of jeans however. That wasn't the brightest thing I've done this week.

I barely (board) gamed at all last week, totalling only a couple of hours on Monday night after first heading to the Writers Guild meeting. Both the Wednesday and Friday nights I didn't feel inclined to head out so that was it for me playing Board Games. I didn't go into withdrawal or anything. The amount of FTL: Faster than Light that I've been playing will be part of that. I was gifted a copy on Steam back in late December and I've almost reached 100 games played, with 10 of them being wins. I haven't yet tried the "Normal" difficulty level, partly because I was told not to by a friend, and partly because I haven't unlocked all the ships yet. I do have a fair few of the achievements though, and the ships I have are mostly available in both versions.

My parents were in the city on Saturday and woke me up by calling to see if I wanted to spend some time with them. They came around for an hour or so, left me a couple of boxes, and went back out to do whatever it was they were wanting to do. I have been eating candy canes since then.

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Feb. 11th, 2014 @ 11:41 pm Entry 600
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: HowStuffWorks.com - Why are women true crime's bloodthirstiest fans?
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600 entries, just over 10 years, and apart from who I spend time with and the amount of games I play I feel my life is barely changed. Logically that's obviously false but I don't feel different. (The count of entries is based on both the LJ and DW profile pages. The archive program I have indicates this is entry 606.) Most of last year I was managing to post an entry a week, probably not a lot that was of import but I'm of the opinion it was good for me to write more. I'm going to try and continue that this year which may mean I start writing at other times as well, although I doubt it. It's practically a given that I won't be posting much more than that though, I just don't feel that I have much to say anymore.</p>

In my last entry I posted about feeling ill, about an hour later I was sick and spent the next three hours dozing and getting back up to vomit more. Apart from missing games Wednesday night and deciding to not work on the Friday there doesn't seem to have been any other repercussions and I remember a night about a year after I moved in here being worse. But when it was the second time in as many months after not actually being sick anywhere near that often I'm hoping I'm done for quite some time.

Last week I spent a while playing my Rock Band game, getting through the Easy level completely and some of the Medium. I also started a second user name that I've been playing with the Lefty Flip enabled. Many of the scores with that name are better than I managed right handed.

In the arena of board games:
I went to my second Stray Dog Board Games event and was there about eight hours, playing a few good games. My definite intention is to keep going back each month.
SAGA assets have been moved to the new location for this year meaning that Monday Night games has about half as many games available now. With it also being further away from me now the hosts have shifted I have to walk further so I may be a little less inclined to bring any of my games along.

Last week I saw a FB post about these things and went back to see if the site still had mine from the first time I found out about them in 2006. It did. johari and nohari
I suppose if people were to add to them now it could be indication of what has changed.

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Jan. 28th, 2014 @ 11:15 pm Blergh.
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: blahblah
Current Music: HowStuffWorks.com - Do people really run off to join the French Foreign Legion?
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I would benefit from remembering to drink through the day, after getting home from a couple of meetings this evening I drank three mugs of water in quick succession. I might also benefit from not eating dessert late in the evening it would seem. Since Ice Cream and pudding shortly before 10 I've been feeling unwell.

I feel like the past week has been a wash. More work was good and the money will obviously help. But I only gamed a couple of nights and didn't feel I did well in any of those games. I spent a while of Sunday catching up to some extent with a friend, but haven't really had anything to do with anyone else besides those I gamed with.

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