So .... what I've been up to lately.

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Lots and lots and lots of work on Mark's STARSHIPS game. It's debuting at Kingdom-Con next week. I have been rather swamped. I think we have one last thing to take care of for that, and it will be all done except the printing.

I have an application in as a background / wallpaper artist for http://www.recolor.me -- that necessitated updating my portfolio in order to have some decent backgrounds to show them.

Still playing around on GaiaOnline, but much less than I have been. It is still my game-baby, though. Playing hockey either once or twice a week (thank goodness for knee braces). Writing letters, and getting them back. Expecting an online friend to visit me in May. Watching summer barrel down on me like a Mack truck. Occasionally playing Pokemon when I have time -- ahahahaha.

Very slowly working on the yard. Very slowly working on the house. More projects in the pipe for Mark, if nothing else. Hoping to get back to working with Point of Descent at some point, if that gets off the ground again.

How've you all been?

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So.

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The Host Club is eating my life much in the same way, I suspect, as Alternity is eating some of my other friends' lives.

This is in some ways a good thing and in some ways a bad thing. I have a desperately active mind and need to keep it occupied, or I get depressed. And I pretty much got depressed for over a year while we were moving.

I am no longer depressed. Turning the tiny game that one of the other (departed) players started into a gigantic, powerful piece of roleplay has been an achievement I'm pleased with. I have since restructured it to give a bunch of the other players more responsibility (yay) and less for me (yay, because I am not Kyouya Ootori, even if I play him online).

Still working on fixing proper boundaries, but dear God. I needed that on so many counts. Now I need to figure out how to balance it, because I still dearly love it, and want to keep it as part of my life. I have the best players, OMG, and have made the best friends. But I need time and space to take care of my life too, now that my brain is ticking along again.

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Heh.

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You know how I was moaning about the fertility people never getting back to me?

I just pinged the County for information on adoption, and they got back to me within *15 minutes*.

Edited to add: and it's not even 8am yet.

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A letter to my 10-to-12-year-old self

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Dear little one, I want to let you know -- yes, I kept your dolls. I kept them for 28 years. They spent a lot of time in a big luggage box, which you wouldn't have been happy about. I wasn't very happy about it either, but they were safe, and they stayed with me.

I'm much older now, married to the the best man ever (and you'll never believe how I met him), and we have a nice house with lots of room. We're hoping to have our own little one, which I know you hadn't really thought of as an option at that age. He helped me put up a shelf in the room where our future little one will live, and all five of those dolls are on that shelf, where I can see them every day and play with them if I want to. And maybe our little one will play with them too.

You took really good care of your dollies, sweetie, especially since I know how much you played with them. I changed out their rubber bands, because they didn't last thirty years, so Angie and Rennie and Pauline all have nice new ponytail elastics. I see where you carefully sewed their fingers and wrists back together, because while your dollies were very expressive, they didn't always hold up to your enthusiasm for making them hold things and talk with their hands.

I am amazed that you were so careful with their clothes and their clothing patterns. The only things that are missing are hair ribbons, and we both know how easy those were to lose. All the shoes and socks and even the little beach towel are still in the box. Maggie still has her pacifier, and every one of them still has their original diaper, though Marty's is scotch-taped together. I think all the pattern pieces are there, and I know you used them, because there are two outfits that you sewed yourself in with the rest of their clothes.

When I get a chance, I'm going to hand-wash their clothes, because they were well loved, and see if I can find a way to clean up their faces a little bit, because they were well loved too. And maybe I'll get around to making some of those outfits you never did, because you were wise enough to save those patterns for a later time, when you could afford more fabric and understand sewing a little better.

You did good, little one. I'll carry that forward for you. *hugs and love*

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Busy/tired/sick

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Yes, there were holidays. Yes, we went to Disneyland yesterday. Yes, even while we were both sick (not very) -- it was a family trip we've had lined up for months.

Yes, I'm supposed to be mural-painting on Friday, so I expect to continue to be scarce for the next half-week at least. (And yes, we had a great time, sick and all.)

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Wow. Um.

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We blew through 10 pounds of Halloween candy by 7:40. o_O

I guess next year we'll need to double that!

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To the back-east peoples

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You are smart peoples and I know you're all squared away for whatever the weather decides to throw at you. No nagging from me. Just wanted to say:

All my best wishes for your safety and no property damage. Love you all.

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Miscellanea

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My in-laws are visiting. I was insufficiently prepared -- they had been planning to have breakfast at the hotel, but Mary can't eat anything there. So I've got extra mouths to feed for the next few days for more meals than I'd anticipated, with more restrictions than usual (no sugar at all, no grains aside from whole wheat/multigrain) and no chance to go shopping.

Bring it on.

I spent a chunk of yesterday whacking back one of the butterfly bushes. Had I known that it was going to be a three-lawn-bag-plus-greens-can deal, I might have waited a day or two, but noooo. So yeah, three lawn bags. Go me?

Pondering doing the A&S 50 challenge, haven't decided what yet. I would like to be able to make the target deadline (the 50th anniversary), but don't want to do anything too easy or too hard. Link here for interested peoples. http://artsandsciences50.org/index.html

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Blargle

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Not feeling well. Been fighting allergies for months, but I think this one's a cold.

Meh. ):

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Question for my flautist friends

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Of which I know there are at least two and possibly more ...

OK, so if you're intending to play a C on the flute, what is the right way to support the flute with the rest of your hands? I have been mostly just holding it tightly under the left forefinger, between the forefinger and the hand, which makes that joint very achy. That strikes me as a suboptimal way of doing things, but I'm not sure what a more robust way to hold the flute would be like.

(yeah, I know, I should probably take some lessons, but I'm currently flat broke. /: )

Also -- beginning to be more My House. Have noodled around on both flute and piano. <3 Yay!

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