Been a busy time here as of late, lots on the go. We had a vacation in Mexico last month, actually we left a month ago today, how did that happen? Wow. But yes, it was only for a week but it was a fantastic week. I keep meaning to write up a review on TripAdvisor but haven't, maybe that'd be too final or something, I don't know. I really should though, before I forget too much.

But yes, that was awesome, and then I came back and ended up getting sick for a few days. That ate up most of my first week back to work, along with a holiday, and then last week I was off to Halifax for a work conference. So it's been a lot of coming and going for me, more vacation/quasi-work than work until tomorrow. And then I have three weeks currently earmarked for more annual leave in August, though I don't know if I'll use all of that or just two and change, we'll see.

I've been trying to write more too, mostly little 100 word drabbles here and there but other stuff too. I'm hoping that'll stick as there's a lot I want to try but I haven't been able to do anything in months until lately. We'll see how that goes too I suppose, been reading more too which usually helps feed into the writing, so that's good. Mexico helped with that as I did get a fair bit of reading done, not as much as I'd hoped but way more than I do here at home.

And on that note, off to read a bit before sleep. :)

update!

Nov. 5th, 2013 11:08 pm
canadiandiamond: (*snugs*)
Keep meaning to do this but keep getting side tracked, so in the interest of time here's a little update by way of bullet points beneath the cut.

Stuff! )

on relaxing

May. 26th, 2013 11:58 pm
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Had a nice, relaxing day, highlighted by sampling the new Arrested Development episodes - only watched two because Sara's not quit caught up and has two episodes left in season three yet; I couldn't resist watching at least some of them while she was attending a bridal shower this afternoon XD - and reading a lot. I even took a nice bath in the middle of the afternoon, reading a long ago started D&D book for which I've bought sequels that I've yet to get to as well, heh. Never winter has gotten me into reading a lot of the old Forgotten Realms stuff I've left laying about, which is good. Finished Elminster Must Die and now it's onto Bury Elminster Deep. Still not a fan of the whole 4th Edition Spellplague stuff, mreh, but it's nice to revisit some of the old characters again. Plus having it all tied in with the new MMO is kinda cool too.

Yesterday and Friday night were more of the same. Meant to try and write but it didn't happen. It's all good, though, no worries. There's a local competition which I want to try, and had intended to last year but forgot, whoops. Submissions are due in early July so I've plenty of time, and it's only 1200 words, so we'll see if I can get anything together to submit this time around. There's no fee either, which is good, and you can submit up to two works, so if inspiration really strikes I can try a few things. I won't hold my breath though and will count myself lucky if I can get even one thing submitted for it. XD We'll see, good to have goals at any rate, right?
I haven't been updating this as much as I should, but will try to cover everything that's been going on lately, with convenient LJ cuts and everything. :)

On Work )

On Writing )

On Hockey )

On Reading )

On Movies )

On Gaming )

Misc. )
I had a pretty good weekend, all things considered. Friday was very easy going, and I finished watching Season 7 of How I Met Your Mother, since Netflix finally fixed whatever was wrong with the episode that kept glitching out on me. Love that show so much, will be sad when it's over. I didn't do much else, really, and I think I actually fell asleep on the coach, whoops. I woke up after 1am and dragged myself to bed, where I slept in until the phone woke me the next morning.

A friend called me around 10:30am with a few questions, and then I was up for the day. I basically picked up where I left off Friday night with the whole 'doing nothing' thing, surfing a little, reading, and then being a grown up and doing the dishes and the like before the wife got home. We went into the city after her shift was done and had a very nice supper in the city, followed by some errands and then going to a friend's house to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. That was nice too, since my mother came into the city with us and drove all of us to and from said friend's house, enabling all of us to drink. We got home around 1:30am or so, not too, too bad, and had a good night's sleep.

Sunday we got up around 10am-ish and ran more errands, hitting up CostCo before it got too busy (it was still swamped with people at 11am-12noon, sheesh) and then grabbing a bite to eat. We hit up Chapters on the way out, and then Sara got a call from a friend asking us to run another errand for her, which we did, going to the Village Mall before heading back home. We got back around 3:30pm to an excited cat and had a relaxing Sunday afternoon and evening after that. Mom dropped in with cold plates for us, which was nice and saved us the trouble of cooking, and I introduced Sara to The English Patient, finally getting to watch the latest Blu-Ray release of it. I have it on... gee, VHS, DVD, and twice on Blu-Ray - the first release of which was only 720p, bah - but haven't watched it for ages, and Sara hadn't at all, so that was nice. Lots of special features on the newest, 1080p edition too, will have to watch those some time, and am inspired to re-read the book (or perhaps In The Skin Of A Lion, hmm).
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of pastimes

Aug. 27th, 2012 12:29 pm
canadiandiamond: ([LOTRO] Golwyn - *buffs you!*)
Big Brother is in full swing now, which has been pretty much the only tv show we watch regularly now, aside from the ever present Storage Wars / Love It or List It / Pawn Stars etc. that's almost always on otherwise. It's been entertaining this year, better than last year, and it's nice to actually have someone here watching it with me instead of just texting my sister about it. We still do text and e-mail, of course, but sharing it with my wife makes it much better. :)

Other than that, I've mainly entertained myself by reading and messing about with various mini games, namely Marvel Avengers Alliance on Facebook and The Simpsons: Tapped Out on the iPad. There's also been some MMO playing again, with the Guild Wars 2 headstart having gone live as of Saturday. That's been pretty fun, especially because I picked up a couple of novels set in the Guild Wars universe that's gone a long way towards familiarizing myself with the lore of the game. When I played the beta ages ago I felt a little overwhelmed and lost in the game, both with its setting and its lore being so unfamiliar to me, but having just about read one of those books when I started playing on Saturday it was way more familiar to me which helped a ton. I still need to find a strategy guide or something for it as I still have a lot of questions about the mechanics of the game but that'll come in time; the game has a Wiki but it's down right now, and an online "manual" which is a bunch of videos, so I need something more than that.

I finally watched The Hunger Games last night too, having picked it up on Blu-Ray when it came out last week. Thankfully watching it at home didn't make me sick unlike the IMAX experience where I had to leave and ask for a refund. I enjoyed it, though I hope I didn't bug Sara too much with my "it's different in the book..." and "instead of that, in the book..." comments throughout. XD

update

Jul. 6th, 2012 01:04 pm
canadiandiamond: (Hmmmm that's interesting...)
Been meaning to update this for awhile, and started to on Wednesday morning, but that day turned really bad really fast. Working on righting the ship now which is good, and it'll take time and hard work, but hopefully we're moving in the right direction now.

I was meaning to gripe about a whole bunch of things but I'm trying to be more positive now in general so I'm giving up on what I'd started to post here. Mainly it was complaining about shows I hadn't watched yet but should have, things I haven't read, games I haven't played, etc. Instead of just ranting about it, though, I'm going to do something about it.

I sort of have, in relation to reading more (though I need to stop buying more books!), since I'm at least reading regularly again - right now Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (I know, I know), a biography on Houdini, and this neat novel called Shadow of the Wind are what I'm working on - and with respect to video games I've been really playing the crap out of and enjoying Final Fantasy XIII. I bought the game, like, pretty much as soon as it came out back in 2010 or so, haha, complete with the strategy guide, and I'm glad I finally got into it. FFXIII-2 came out in January and I managed to snag a collector's edition of that for just $19.99 the other day, because I'm burning through this game and want to have more ready for after it's done. :) I really like the characters and am overly fond of the battle system; each new FF game comes with something different to master and sometimes it's hit or miss but I really like this system. So that's been taking up the majority of my free time lately, working through the game. I think I'm just about finished with Chapter 7 of 13 total chapters, though there's a lot to do after the main storyline is finished I think. We'll see if I stick around for that or just jump to XIII-2 I suppose, but either way, loving it so far.

I'm also trying to keep up with my writing. So far I'm lagging behind on the Get Your Words Out challenge - I signed up for the 150k level and should be at 75k after June, but I'm only around 53k total or so. NaNo will boost that in November I suspect, but I want to be writing more before that. I've got a neat little idea I'm cultivating and I just need to start actually writing things out. There's some plotting that I can't quite work out in my head but I think if I just start typing it'll come out organically, hopefully. XD I have part one of it written, and I'm debating whether to post it to my AO3 account or not. I keep meaning to post more things there, and it's been awhile since the last thing I posted there - a little Firefly ficlet I wrote for an exchange. We'll see I guess.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! :)
Last night while watching the Oscars I was thinking about movie watching in general, and my lack of it lately. I think this year's Oscars was the worst ever for me in terms of having seen nominated movies - Moneyball was the only one of the nine Best Picture nominations I'd seen and I think the last Harry Potter movie was up for a technical Oscar or something, but other than that I hadn't seen any of them, I don't think. The whole Oscars in general got me thinking back to the Oscar pool Yahoo used to host and how we'd always do them each year in Law School, having a viewing party at Jillian's place, it was always a good time. Back then I would have seen most if not all of the big pictures, but things have certainly changed.

These days I hardly watch movies at all, it seems. Even my formally frequent forays to the theatre are more and more infrequent lately. I still pick up the odd Blu-Ray or DVD (being a video snob nonetheless I go with the former when I can, but still don't mind DVDs for TV shows) but you should see the stack next to my TV alone, ugh. I've been better lately, as part of my global media initiative to consume what I have before buying more, but even with that working well for books, CDs, TV shows, and video games, it's not really working with movies. I just don't watch them.

A big part of it is this: for some reason, I'm always telling myself I need to do more. I need to be mutlitasking. Why sit back and watch a movie when I can put on a hockey game (which, thanks to the NHL Network, there's virtually always a game on every night), listen to music, all while either writing on the computer, chatting with people, or playing a PC game? I can do 3-4 things at once instead of just one, so the choice is obvious, right? I've broken through that line of thinking somewhat with reading, as every now and then I'll just read instead of doing a bunch of things, but that's reverted back to being a bedtime thing; that's how I wind down at night, unplug myself and read for awhile before sleeping. I haven't sat down and read just because I could since, oh, a few weeks ago when I powered through the first Hunger Games book, which ironically enough I did in anticipation of the movie, heh.

Does anyone else feel this way sometimes? Like you have to be doing all that you can in your free time or else it's a waste of time, that you're not maximizing your potential? I'm wondering how much of it is influenced by the world we live in today, where you can always be plugged in thanks to cell phones, tablets, wifi, 3G, etc., and how much of it is my own way of thinking. It's a question that comes to mind all the time lately, about whether I'm doing enough or if I should be doing more, or am I doing too much as it is? Just food for thought, I guess, which came to mind last night and I figured I'd throw out here just to see if anyone else has ever pondered the same thing.

lazy sunday

Jan. 22nd, 2012 11:09 pm
canadiandiamond: (Laaaaaaaazy!)
It's been a long weekend for me, unintentionally so, but no real complaints here. Well, no, I had a little complaint against myself but more on that later. It started out with a snow day on Friday, which was anticipated on Thursday but I still was good and went to bed at a decent hour on Thursday night, just in case. Besides, chances were if I stayed up late and just assumed there'd be a snow day then we likely wouldn't have gotten it, heh. I just worked on my hunter a little in LOTRO, who I thiiiiink was 68 when I started playing her that night, and made an early enough night out of it by going to bed and reading. I finished Fahrenheit 451 that night too, which was awesome, and was a Christmas gift from my darling wife [livejournal.com profile] believeitup. It's the 50th anniversary edition she got me too, so it has an interview with Ray Bradbury in the back as well as an epilogue by him, so that was nice. I'm very tempted to buy this book now as a follow up but it can wait, as I have far, far, far too many things to read and watch and play etc. as it is.

Friday was a snow day after all, a particularly nasty one too. There was a lot of wind and snow, not a ton of snow but the wind stirred it all up so there were huge amounts of drifting going on and very limited visibility. In the city it was worse, as even the government offices, who are notorious for not shutting down most of the time, were closed for not just the morning but the entire day. MUN closed down, as did the malls and the buses. Out here apparently the banks were open all day but most everything else was shut down, for the morning at least. I slept in a little but was up and about by 10am or so, getting breakfast and surfing the net and all that good stuff. More work went into my hunter in LOTRO and then after lunch it got better, so when Mom suggested I check out the office and see if anyone else went over I couldn't really argue with her. I drove by around 3pm but nope, no one there. There were a few cars around though and the mall (well, Wal-Mart at least) was open, as were most of the fast food places and things, so I made a quick trip to Wal-Mart for some shampoo and things, grabbed a bite to eat, then even got my hair cut as my barber's store was open. After supper I spent the rest of my night, you guessed it, leveling my hunter, followed by a raid in LOTRO with my wife and the others in the kin. It was over sometime after 2am and then I passed out myself.

Saturday was more of the same. I slept in longer than on Friday but when I got up I went back to leveling my hunter. I got her to 75, the current level cap, around 8pm or so, after taking a break for supper and things, so that was nice. Then I got her some new gear and fiddled with that for awhile before quitting the game for the night. The rest of the night was pretty lazy, with me just chatting with people on gchat and doing a little writing for rp and such. I listened to a lot of music, a lot of Kanye who I've really gotten into lately. It amuses me to no end as I never really thought of myself as a rap fan before, outside of being a Beastie Boys fan but that's not really the same thing at all. I owe it all to loving Camp by Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover from Community) and following his references to Watch the Throne, which I love omg, and then I explored onward from there. I also have Jay-Z's The Blueprint, which apparently Kanye produced too, hehe. But yes, lots of listening to music and just chilling I suppose. Watched a lot of hockey too while that was on, it was a nice, quiet night.

Today has been very laid back too. I turned down going into the city yesterday in favour of relaxing at home, as I knew if I went into town I'd likely a.) get drunk (there was a scotch tasting which I really wanted to do but yeah), and b.) spend a lot of money. Not to mention I wouldn't have left to come out here until late too. But yeah, today instead turned into relaxing some more, reading some more Hunger Games (started that yesterday too), and popped into the office to get my files for tomorrow. I have court in the morning and every single effing day this week, ugh, don't want to even think about it really. And got to watch hockey this afternoon, seeing the Bruins scrape out a shoot out victory against the Flyers this afternoon, the end of the Patriots/Ravens game, and am now watching the Giants/49ers game. Lots of sports! Oh, and the reason why this is flocked, I also sent off my resume to a firm in the city for an associate opening in there. I honestly don't think I'll even get a call back, because they're a pretty elite firm in my mind, and I'm just not that good I don't think (not beating myself up here, truth is truth; I applied for positions with them as a student and on graduating several times and nope), but I put it in there. The worst they can say is no, or nothing at all, right? We'll see how it goes anyway, if I get further along in the process it'll open up a whole plethora of questions but not going to go there just yet.

So yeah, in spite of all that, I keep telling myself that I wasted my weekend. I know I didn't, but I do this all the time. Which is crazy because I know several people in my life who've said similar things about themselves, like, oh I napped for 3-4 hours and feel like I wasted time, or didn't do anything this evening or weekend, what have you, and my reply is always "pfft that's what time off is for, taking care of yourself and just relaxing." Yet when it comes to me I don't tell myself the same thing. I need to have something concrete to point to, as in, hey, look, here's what I did this weekend and I can prove it. This weekend maybe I can point to my hunter I suppose but still. I wanted to write so much, I'm trying to do a few big bangs right now but I didn't really touch them at all. Thursday night I was telling myself that oh boy, if I get a snow day on Friday I have all weekend to write! And I didn't. Which is ok, I need to remind myself of that constantly, and yet. I hate beating myself up like that, so I'm not going to do it now, but the temptation is always there or something, I don't know.

Anyway, going to go and say good night to my wife and rest up for the start of a long, long week this week. Hope everyone had a nice weekend and that you have a good week ahead of you! :)
Hope everybody had a good weekend! Mine wasn't that bad at all, despite not really doing what I would've liked to have done. It being my first full weekend at home since returning from the US, I have a lot of books, movies, tv shows, etc. that I was just planning to immerse myself in but instead I had other obligations to fulfill.

Friday night was nice and relaxed. I think I had a brief nap after work and then started in on watching season one of Flashpoint. I picked up seasons one and two in the city last Wednesday and I'm pretty excited about it, and have been really enjoying the episodes I've seen so far. After that I puttered around a bit, putting in some time on SWTOR, and then I did my first bit of raiding in LOTRO in awhile. I finally got to see the new raid, and more than just see it, we did what I think is all four of its wings (albeit on tier 1, the easiest level of difficulty) in one go, in just over two hours. That was nice, even though we had to stop and couldn't do the final boss that evening. Still, I hadn't even set foot inside it before then so that was pretty awesome, getting to see almost all of it like that. Of course winning is nice too, so doing all of those bosses without any wipes (except for one non-boss pull that got us twice, hehe) was nice. The only downer to the night was me making an announcement that I'll no longer be looking after the kin's SKL, which is how we keep track of loot, because I just can't be around all week. Somehow a new schedule got set for raids (still no answer on how/when that came down, but it's set now anyway) and I won't be able to keep up with it, so that's all you can do. I'll still be around when I can, mainly on the weekends, but we'll see how that goes. Regardless, Friday night was a nice time and I even got in bed at a decent hour, around 2am, though Kristen Bell was on Craig Ferguson so I had to watch that haha.

Saturday was the day I wanted to stay home and absorb all the new things, but instead I had a party to attend. Which, well, I knew I'd have fun, and I did, but I was a little reluctant to head in for it. Maybe that makes me a bad sibling, because the party was a birthday get together at my sister's place for her and our friends Jackie and Chris, since all three of them have their birthdays within 4-5 days of each other. I slept in pretty late, because even though I had a decent-ish bedtime I was pretty tired from my first week back to work post-vacation. When I did get up, I pretty much showered and got ready to hit the road asap, getting into the city before dark. I went to my sister's first to drop off some things Mom had sent in for her, then I went to the comic book shop where I picked up the Schism trade, a D&D supplement (I have plans!), and some dice. Next was supper at Quiznos, mmm, toasted subs, and then a quick pop into Chapters where I only walked out with a new magazine (PC Gamer that covers Diablo III, SWTOR, and Skyrim ftw) and a Starbucks coffee. I went to J&A's place then where we hung out for a few hours before going to my sister's place. It was a great little party, so many people showed up, and I picked up a little flask (375ml) of scotch that I polished off over the entire night, haha, complete with a large can of this yummy German beer. I haven't drank that much in a long time and thankfully somehow I avoided a hangover, though I was pretty drunk. Those of you who follow me on Twitter could probably tell that. XD I went home with J&A because the stupid parking ban is in place now and I can't really park at my sister's place (not without a lot of fancy maneuvering but it's too much of a hassle and really only works with two smaller cars and my Sorento's too big I think) so I left the car at J&A's, since they have a double driveway with room for more cars on the side, and A was driving anyway since he was feeling under the weather. We were home by 1:30 or so, so another earlyish night out, and I slept like a champ until 10:30 or so. I was afraid I'd have a horrible hangover so I did have something to eat and a lot of water before passing out and it appears to have done the trick. \o/

Sunday was nice and quiet. I woke up and hung out with J&A some more, having lunch with them before stopping by my sister's place around 1pm or so. She was up and about and cleaning up from the night before, and apparently everyone else at the party had stayed until 3am. A good time was had by all and she said the landlords upstairs got home at around 3:30 and mercifully they were only stomping around for 10-15 minutes before sleeping themselves so Jen got a decent night's rest. I hung out with her for an hour or so before heading back out home. I got back around 3pm and spent 30-45m at the office, sending out a quick letter before I went home since I knew I wouldn't want to come back over once I was home, hehe. Then it was a lovely evening at home by myself, which is what I'd planned for Saturday, but I still had a fantastic time so it's all good. I had a little nap, then a nice supper, followed by a relaxing shower and then a good shave with my new straight edge razor and oh my. It is so choice, if I may borrow a line from Ferris Bueller. If you have the means I highly recommend it. And I didn't even cut myself this time, woo! I think I need to sharpen it though, as there was some tugging and such, but it shaves so nicely and is just a relaxing process, I dunno. I'm so glad I gave it a shot, it's an investment I'm happy that I made. Plus I shaved with it last Sunday and yesterday when I shaved again, the first time since last Sunday, it felt like I only had 2-3 days' worth of stubble, so it cuts way better than an electric razor. Plus it makes me feel all grown up and manly, haha. I wonder when I'm shaving with it if this is how Hemingway felt all the time or something. Shh, yes, I'm weird.

On the writing front, I have a lot of plans but need to sit down and actually write. Last night I meant to but then pre-shave I put on last week's Sherlock episode and then post-shave I watched some more Flashpoint. I keep seeing all these big bangs being advertised, as I joined a channel that pimps them here, and I keep wanting to sign up for them ALL, haha, but I can't. I did sign up for one (an SPN crossover one), and have another ambitious fic plot started that may or may not fall under one of the other big bang categories, so that's more than enough for now. It's exciting, though, gotta say, I'm enjoying what I've done with it so far and hopefully there'll be much more writing done as a result of it all. :D

Lastly, in general as well, I've been listening to Watch the Throne and really, really liking it. Which is so weird because normally the only rap I listen to is the Beastie Boys. I got turned onto it from another rap album, by Childish Gambino which is Donald Glover's rap name. I love him from Community and follow him on Twitter so when he put this album out I gave it a listen and loved it. He makes lots of references in the songs to many things, as most rappers are wont to do, and it lead to me checking out the Kanye/Jay-Z album and voila. Weird, I know, but hey, I'm proud of my wide spectrum of musical tastes. :)

And today I'm back to work. The boss is away until next week and I've no court at all, so it's a nice, quiet week, or so I hope. Next week and most of the week after will be crazy busy so this week is for prep work and such, so I'm enjoying the quiet while I can. Hope everyone else has a good week!
It was a great long weekend, very relaxing and informal, which was just what I needed after a chaotic couple of weeks of work.

Thursday afternoon my sister came home for the weekend and we got to hang out, with me picking up supper for the family after work and then watching some tv. She fell asleep while Community was on but it was alright, as the episode was hilaaaarious as usual. :D I got to spend a little time in LOTRO too, getting some new gear for my character, then made an earlyish night of it.

Friday was Remembrance Day and was appropriately peaceful and quiet. After lunch my sister, my mother, and I went to our house in Salmon Cove and retrieved our 50" plasma tv and the table on which it stands to take back to my folks' house in Carbonear. Their rear projection tv has been nonfunctional for over a month now and I kept saying we should just move our tv up here, get some use from it since it's just been sitting in the house, but until Friday no one wanted to hear it. What was the difference then, you might ask? Well, Friday morning Mom asked about taking the Wii down to our house in Salmon Cove since my Aunt Wendy and cousin Melissa were coming out, so they could play some games down there on Saturday. That's when I said we should just bring the tv up, since it made much more sense to have that kind of thing in our house instead of the near empty house in Salmon Cove, so we did just that. Our tv kicks ass too, especially since the HD receiver Mom & Dad had for their tv actually shows HD channels in 1080p on my tv, hehe. Their tv doesn't have an HDMI input, I don't think, but ours does and it looks very nice! The Wii is great too on the big screen, so I hooked that up for them too. Friday night saw more raiding in LOTRO, taking down the dragon raid once again, which is pretty much on farm mode already I guess which, mreh. It was an earlyish night again for me after that.

On Saturday I was originally planning on going to the city with my cousin, who'd called me earlier in the week to suggest that we do something on Saturday, then wasn't around when I called to confirm on Friday like we'd also discussed. However, he did call me after lunch, while I was dogsitting for my sister, and we managed to meet up for awhile in the afternoon. We went to Wal-Mart where I picked up another Wii controller (I only had the one before) and this cheap game Mom had played with Aunt Wendy at her place last weekend that she wanted to have for that night, and I also picked up a copy of Skyrim for the PC, heh. >.> Then my cousin was having bad heartburn so I dropped him off at his place, where he has medication for it, and he came back around 5pm to pick me up for supper. We went to Quiznos which omg, so yummy, and then came back to the house where we played some Xbox 360 for a few hours before he had to go to his fiancée's house for the night. After that I put on some hockey and played a bit more LOTRO, then when nothing was going on I tried a little Skyrim. So so so very pretty, need to get a strategy guide though because holy crap it's a large world. x.x

Yesterday was very low key, with a lot of reading - I'm on the White Night book in the Dresden Files series right now - and I volunteered to bring my sister up to meet my folks after their accordion practice, rather than having her go with them first and have to sit through that. XD After that Mom went to the city with Jen, while Dad and I came back home. Dad's getting the winter tires put on my sister's car this morning, you see, then driving it back to her after lunch, bringing Mom back out with him. I then spent the evening writing for the most part, mainly on NaNo but also working on the weekly summary for XP and making nominations for Yuletide. I messed up the latter, haha, by not looking at the list of banned fandoms; instead I just checked AO3 and Fanfiction.net to see if there was a lot of Dresden Files fic and there didn't seem to be so I nominated that but it got shot down. Which I would've known if I'd had bothered to doublecheck the list, so my bad! I did get one nomination in though, for How I Met Your Mother, hee, something I've thought about writing myself but never did, maybe this would be a chance. And I couldn't think of a third (most of my fandoms are huuuuuge, it seems) so I added Ghostbusters as a favour to a friend. :)

But yes, the highlight of the weekend was the NaNo writing last night, in which I managed to bang out 10,074 words in one sitting, haha. XD It was definitely an anomaly but a very awesome one at that. Last week I wrote almost 7k words in one night and vowed not to fall behind again, and didn't touch it again until last night, but this time I definitely am not going to fall behind that much again! XD It was awesome, though, things just seemed to flow well last night and I actually liked what I wrote, which makes it so much easier to do. In previous years I've had to slog through scenes that I didn't really enjoy writing, which always makes it more difficult, but last night I enjoyed all of it. I'm still making it up as I go for the most part, though I do have an overall plan for where things are heading. I think I have just enough of a plot so that things aren't too rigid or inflexible, but not too little like I have no clue at all where to go or what to write next. It's nice.

I hope everyone else had a nice weekend and that everyone has a good week ahead of them! :)

~update~

Nov. 7th, 2011 03:39 pm
canadiandiamond: (Let's go!)
It's been an interesting week or so. NaNo has been chugging along, with me being very slow after getting the daily quota on day one (I started at midnight, November 1st, as is my custom) but catching up to the quota yesterday after writing all day. Movember is moving along too, and it's neat to know that the bailiffs at the court house are doing it too so I won't feel as goofy when I appear in court. Or, well, no more goofier than normal. :D

LOTRO has been ok, I suppose, as I put in more effort over the weekend at it and made some headway with new gear and such. Oh, and even though our kin did it before when I wasn't around, I managed to take part in a successful completion of the new raid which... mreh. Really not impressed with it, it's actually very long and pretty boring, at least for my class. Maybe for others it's better, I don't know, but it was a little disappointing. Lots of loot though, which was nice, I think there's like four chests in there, plus some new crafting items needed to make a kick-ass cloak that everyone wants. It's alright, I guess, but it's not the same lately.

I've been keeping up with the reading too, finishing Rise of the Governor yesterday afternoon which was pretty good. And musicwise I'm still really, really digging Foster The People and their debut album, it's become somewhat of a daily ritual for me, to listen to it at least once, usually several times. Between that and getting hooked to the new Rihanna single (I heard it through a YouTube clip and it stuck) I'm wondering how I've managed to expand my musical horizons into more techno-y/electronic frontiers, but I guess I started leaning that way awhile back when I think about it.
Hope everyone had a good weekend and a good Thanksgiving, for all of my Canadian peeps anyway! :)

I had a nice weekend, doing something different in going to Burin for the weekend, which is about a 3 hour drive away, to stay with some friends. My buddy Marc lives there, with his wife Charlene and their two kids, Amy, 4, and Billy, who turns 2 this coming Saturday. They have SO MUCH ENERGY OMG. Which, well, is to be expected, but haha, what a weekend. Highlights include Amy (who remembered me from last year when I was down) loudly proclaiming on my arrival that "I'm going to sleep with Mr. Jeff!" (she refers to everyone as Miss or Mister), instead of her Mom or Dad taking her to sleep, her being very disappointed to hear I was married and she didn't believe it, and her reaction to me telling her Dad she had chocolate on her arm too while he was cleaning up her face against her will - to which she said to me "YOU STOP THINKING ABOUT ME! YOU START THINKING ABOUT YOURSELF! >:|" hahahahaaofjkdalkdmalwawdl,k just wow, adorable. XDDDD So many other things too, too many to list, and Billy was great too but he doesn't quite talk yet, hehe.

I went down after work on Friday, after being stood up for a late appointment I made and stuck around to make rather than leaving early for Burin, rarar, so it was after 5pm before I finally gave up and left anyway. So not impressed, mainly because it gets dark here around 7pm or so now and it's a long, open, barren road with crap reception and many moose, so I didn't want to drive in the dark any more than necessary. Thanks to the no show and me not being smart enough to say eff her and leaving after 15-20m, I drove the last half in the dark or so. There were no moose around, thankfully, and not too too much traffic, so it was ok. I got there after 8pm and stayed until around 4pm yesterday, getting back home close to 7:30 or so. It wasn't quite completely dark but dark enough then too, a tiny bit of light left in the distance, but better than the drive down at least.

Last night I got to get in some beta testing for a game which I shall not name, hehe, and went to bed earlyish for me on a holiday night because I was just so tired from playing with the kids for almost 2 days. x.x Then today I didn't do much of anything, other than watching hockey and playing a bit more of the aforementioned beta, so that was nice. I popped into work briefly, but didn't do much, really couldn't bring myself to it and I may regret it tomorrow but it'll be ok. Tomorrow's a busy day, though, so off to bed as soon as I post this to read for awhile (have a book so close to being finished that I'd love to get through before I sleep) and then sleeeeeeeep. Hope everyone had a good weekend and that you're all off to a great start of this week too. :)
So, long time no post! I've been insanely busy with work lately, and then I come home and bury myself in something else to forget about it. Last week LOTRO put out its latest expansion, upping the level cap from 65 to 75, so you can guess what my latest time sink has been, heh. Well. Same old time sink, I suppose, just in a different light. Now instead of just raiding on the weekends I'm leveling up most week nights. I did take most of Saturday and Sunday off, though, after a very frustrating Friday night, but I've been working on it again lately. I'm still amazed at how past some people are burning through it, though; I saw people in the game hitting 75 the effing day after it came out, just, why? And people in kin are flying too, we have 4-5 75s now, and have for awhile. To each their own, I guess.

In the new music category, so many good new things lately. Namely the latest Jim Cuddy album, Skyscraper Soul, and the newest Wilco album, The Whole Love, both of which I've already given several listens and both of which I am fond. I've also been playing the accordion a little, haha, mainly because of a traditional song I downloaded on .mp3 back in my law school days (when I lived away from home and was nostalgic) that comes on after the Jim Cuddy album on iTunes. I heard it the other day and realized it was in the key of G, which my folks' accordions can play, and I picked one up and messed around with it until I figured it out, hehe. Need to transcribe it, as it were, for Mom since she asked. All their songs are in simple notation, not sheet music, i.e. there's a row of buttons for each key and the songs they play are written out with button numbers, with a stroke over the number if it's a pull out note instead of a push in, hehe. So that was kinda neat. :)

What else... hockey starts soon, which reminds me, once again I've failed to call my buddy Marc about that, whoops. I'm guessing we'll pick our teams either tomorrow or Wednesday night before the season starts, though due to people being away and/or busy we've picked teams after the season has started in the past, it's just not preferable. We'll see, and I also need to talk to him about potentially visiting him this weekend, if I still wanna do that, I dunno. On the fence but leaning towards going, I think.

I'm also reading a lot more again, thanks to some various books I've dug out of the "oh hey I forgot I had that!" pile, haha. XD Mainly a Christopher Hitchens one I started months ago, and an Elminster book I should finish since I've already gone and bought the next one in the series on hardcover for some reason. ^_^;; I'm horrible like that, I know, I know.

I also finished a Resident Evil marathon of sorts tonight, though I suppose since I started on Saturday night it's not really a marathon, haha. XD I watched the first two movies Saturday night, then the third on Netflix last night, and tonight the latest on Blu Ray. I bought it in the US ages ago when it first came out but kept meaning to watch the first ones before seeing it, and finally broke down and did just that this weekend. I meant to awhile ago but couldn't remember if I owned the third one and couldn't find it if so, but finally realized it's on Netflix so that solved that. I'm watching season 6 of How I Met Your Mother too which is awesome.

Speaking of tv, I also finished Supernatural season 6 and have started watching season 7 now, and am attempting to watch many tv shows this year: The New Girl, Survivor, Supernatural, The Ringer, Community, and Archer to name a few. There may be others that I'm forgetting, but yes, am trying to get back into the swing of things.

Alright, off to bed for me now, trying to get back to a better bedtime since it's been helping with work when I do, so it's something I should keep up, yes? :)
I cannot recommend Ready Player One enough right now. I'm only on Chapter 20, maybe a little over half way through it, but am loving it so much and want to share how great it is before I even finish it. :)
Just need to get through this week and then it's vacation time. Only a brief one, just over a week, but still. This week is mercifully shorter than usual, too, since Friday is Good Friday, though I won't be leaving to fly out until Saturday afternoon, getting into Philly late on Saturday night. That's a bit of a bummer, as I usually fly in the wee small hours of the morning and get there in the afternoon, but that's all you can do when that's all that's available. Likewise for flying on Saturday instead of Friday; Friday had nothing available for flying on points, and to buy a ticket would've been insanely expensive, since it's a holiday and the airlines don't let you forget that they know it is, heh.

Been listening to a lot of music lately, which is pretty cool. In the last few weeks I've been grooving to new albums by The Strokes, Jeff Martin, Elbow, Foo Fighters, Paul Simon, and TV On The Radio, not to mention dipping into some Muse that I've never checked out before but am loving - namely Absolution and Black Holes and Revelations. Will definitely be checking out more of their stuff, love it. And of the new material, all of it is great. The Paul Simon album is classic Simon, to me anyway, from his There Goes Rhymin' Simon era, The Strokes is rocking, all of it is awesome, I'm very very happy and musically satisfied. :D

I've also been reading more, finishing off two Star Wars books, Fatal Alliance and Deceived, both of which were good. I've now moved on to the George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, thanks to friends' recommendations and the new tv series, which I'm liking so far but am only a few chapters into at the moment.

Also, coming up I'll be traveling to be with my wife for a little over a week, which is totally awesome and I cannot wait omg. Really need the break, and it's been far too long since we've been together, so that should be awesome. :) I'm leaving on Saturday and will be back on late Monday night, May 2nd, so if you don't hear much from me during that time you'll know where I am. :)
Just need to get through this week and then it's vacation time. Only a brief one, just over a week, but still. This week is mercifully shorter than usual, too, since Friday is Good Friday, though I won't be leaving to fly out until Saturday afternoon, getting into Philly late on Saturday night. That's a bit of a bummer, as I usually fly in the wee small hours of the morning and get there in the afternoon, but that's all you can do when that's all that's available. Likewise for flying on Saturday instead of Friday; Friday had nothing available for flying on points, and to buy a ticket would've been insanely expensive, since it's a holiday and the airlines don't let you forget that they know it is, heh.

Been listening to a lot of music lately, which is pretty cool. In the last few weeks I've been grooving to new albums by The Strokes, Jeff Martin, Elbow, Foo Fighters, Paul Simon, and TV On The Radio, not to mention dipping into some Muse that I've never checked out before but am loving - namely Absolution and Black Holes and Revelations. Will definitely be checking out more of their stuff, love it. And of the new material, all of it is great. The Paul Simon album is classic Simon, to me anyway, from his There Goes Rhymin' Simon era, The Strokes is rocking, all of it is awesome, I'm very very happy and musically satisfied. :D

I've also been reading more, finishing off two Star Wars books, Fatal Alliance and Deceived, both of which were good. I've now moved on to the George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, thanks to friends' recommendations and the new tv series, which I'm liking so far but am only a few chapters into at the moment.

Also, coming up I'll be traveling to be with my wife for a little over a week, which is totally awesome and I cannot wait omg. Really need the break, and it's been far too long since we've been together, so that should be awesome. :) I'm leaving on Saturday and will be back on late Monday night, May 2nd, so if you don't hear much from me during that time you'll know where I am. :)

26 days!

Mar. 28th, 2011 12:14 pm
canadiandiamond: ([Glee] Hell no!)
What, me, counting down until I leave? Preposterous. >.>

It crossed my mind earlier today (though who am I kidding, I totally am counting down) when a client brought in papers recently served on them with a court date during the dates I'm away. Of course it'll have to be moved, since I wasn't advised ahead of time, and I've e-mailed everyone involved to do so asap, so it'll be ok, but it has me thinking about and anticipating the trip once again. Work has been so busy lately, even if the court time has tailed off as of late, so I really do need this break.

Not much else to report, really. Saw Sucker Punch over the weekend and even though I know it was a bad movie I still enjoyed parts of it. Hoping to see Paul tomorrow night with friends as I'll be in the city for work the next morning. Also want to get back into writing some more, thanks in no small part to rereading some of my older projects, but still haven't done so.

Oh, and started reading yet another series of books, as if I didn't need to start yet another book, based on the Star Wars universe and in line with their upcoming MMO set in the Old Republic. I'm really liking the one I'm reading now though, which is good, so that's something I guess.

Hope everyone had a good weekend. :)

26 days!

Mar. 28th, 2011 12:14 pm
canadiandiamond: ([Glee] Hell no!)
What, me, counting down until I leave? Preposterous. >.>

It crossed my mind earlier today (though who am I kidding, I totally am counting down) when a client brought in papers recently served on them with a court date during the dates I'm away. Of course it'll have to be moved, since I wasn't advised ahead of time, and I've e-mailed everyone involved to do so asap, so it'll be ok, but it has me thinking about and anticipating the trip once again. Work has been so busy lately, even if the court time has tailed off as of late, so I really do need this break.

Not much else to report, really. Saw Sucker Punch over the weekend and even though I know it was a bad movie I still enjoyed parts of it. Hoping to see Paul tomorrow night with friends as I'll be in the city for work the next morning. Also want to get back into writing some more, thanks in no small part to rereading some of my older projects, but still haven't done so.

Oh, and started reading yet another series of books, as if I didn't need to start yet another book, based on the Star Wars universe and in line with their upcoming MMO set in the Old Republic. I'm really liking the one I'm reading now though, which is good, so that's something I guess.

Hope everyone had a good weekend. :)
Waiting at the airport in Philly for our plane to arrive from Norfolk. We were supposed to have boarded an hour ago so running pretty late, but thankfully (now anyway) I had a 5+ hour layover in Toronto so I thankfully am not in a hurry, unlke a little over two weeks ago. *grumbles about missed connections to Cleveland* They just announced that we're a full flight and that there's people waiting on standby too, thankfully I have an assigned seat so I should be ok. It's 5A too, wonder if that'll be first class on this ickle jet? HmmMMmm.

Had an amazing time, as always. Love my time with [livejournal.com profile] believeitup and [livejournal.com profile] onlyonechoice (feat. [livejournal.com profile] samzimmerman & some crazy cats). I missed my little buddy Simon and was glad to get to know Ms. Kensi Kensington the Third, Esquire (aka Kensi, which is her real name, I am just ridiculous sometimes), who I think warmed up to mesa the trip went on. I owe everyone a great big write up, which maybe I'll do in Toronto, depending on when I get there I suppose. Suffice it to say it was a blast and I miss my wife and everyone dearly already, and can't wait for my next visit.

Not much else to say at the moment. I am in full on travel mode and focusing on that rather than missing my wife, and enjoying the seat I finally found - I was seated on the cold hard floor there for a bit - and may read a bit more. Sort of inspired to write a bit, I meant to during the days / evenings Sara worked this week but never did. Instead I just slept / watched tv / spent incredible amounts of money, take your pick. Some days all three. XD

Alright, reading it is then, I think. Got so many books on this trip, and may have just enough time to finish the Coffee with Hemingway book this darling girl got me for Chrismas before our flight boards. Hope everyone else is having a nice weekend! :)

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