May 17th, 2013
A couple of nights ago, I put on a Netflix disc of We Bought a Zoo; we both liked it. I recall hearing that it was out, but I don't recall hearing any critics discussing the film. As my beloved said: "Schmaltzy".
We're running services tonight, and of course, I'm on call again. Feh.
May 15th, 2013
Last evening, I finished reading a piece of fan fiction from Babylon 5, apparently written by Claudia Christian called Red Fury, a short story set before the Psi War in the B5 Universe. Quick read, fit in well, not bad at all. This makes two items she's put out there from the old TV show; I wonder and hope if she'll keep it up?
May 14th, 2013
May 13th, 2013
Just before going to sleep last night I finally finished reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell. I suppose you could call this one an alternate history novel, a very large book, set in the Napoleonic Era Britain, a world where magic can still be called up, and where fairies exist and can plague Man. Not exactly an easy read, and knowledge of the era helped a bit. I'd say it's worth reading, in any case.
Mother's Day found us meeting up with family at my Mom's. She'd had several guests in from out of town staying for my niece's Bat Mitzvah, and so the festivities were all the more fun. Family included cousins from both Chicago and the Twin Cities, and of course all my siblings and my sister's in-laws joined us. It was relaxing and I had good chats with folks of several generations.
Afterwards, we headed home to feed the equines, but I made a stop intending to do a quick perusal of The Last Grenadier, a game shop on Hollywood Way near Bob Hope Airport. Apparently, they'd closed their doors in late March, as I found out with some Internet digging later. That leaves me wondering about Aero Hobbies (Santa Monica), Brookhurst Hobbies (OC) and The War House (Long Beach): are they still open and are they "healthy"? We have two game shops nearby, but both of them have extremely limited stock (which might just be why they manage to stay open; Grenadier had so much ANCIENT stock that they might have had a severe money crunch), and I rarely find anything I'm interested in at their stores.
Work week ahead...
May 12th, 2013
A few days ago, I finished reading Bloodstone, a Brother Athelstan Medieval Mystery by Paul Doherty. The author spends a lot of time on accurate descriptions of life in the era, and tacks the mystery onto the tapestry he's woven. I've enjoyed many of Doherty's books in the past, and this one is in keeping with his other work. I will continue following his various series.
I know I haven't been posting much of interest the last couple of weeks, but I've been working hard, and had little to say.
Most important thing to mention, in catching up, is that yesterday, we went to my youngest niece's Bat Mitzvah; it was very well=done, and it was fun watching this bubbly young lady behving so seriously. Wonderful day.
I recently left on Tinker Sailor Soldier Spy while my beloved worked on a quilt. Though there was a bit of good acting in it, I didn't find it to really give me the same feel as the book did. Not the best thing I've watched in a while. Speaking of watching, we've worked through all the Netflix discs of Castle (though I admit that we missed a few episodes because I didn't realize that there were two screens of episodes, not one), finishing season four this last week. We await the release of season five discs. I'm enjoying this series pretty well.
To all mother's out there, enjoy your day!
May 11th, 2013
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May 6th, 2013
Last night was the season-ending show of Dungeonmaster with a climax combat between two dragons. Pretty spectacular. The fact that the party was caught between them was sort of secondary...
One more show in this season, the Guardian of the Flame episode for which announcements have been made as to who will be honored, and then we have two shows at the gaming convention the holiday weekend, and two planned one-shot shows during the summer, until it's time for the next season; September, I think. We'll keep busy. I have to remember to ask Bradd who is writing the convention shows...
At 5PM, I'll be off call (though I probably won't be done with work...), and there's a couple of bottles of Magner's that's going to have my name on them. Oh, yes.
May 5th, 2013
It's a week of slogging through work, the weekend also. However, yesterday we added panic to the mix.
brushette and corveys got out of the yard while both of us were away. We'd forgotten to double-check the east gate on Sunday after the rental folks came for the jumpy tent and the other gear that we'd rented for Carnivore's Feast, and the dogs managed to get it open. So, forestcats was upset, and I had to veer off my path to help with the search.
Luckily, they hadn't gone far. corveys was especially good, doing the Mighty Dog imitation when he heard my wife calling. By the time I'd gotten into the house, the two of them were enjoying the air-conditioning.
Once I REALLY got home, we watched the replay of the Kentucky Derby; I had learned a lot about horse racing from an article by Mike Resnick, and this race really showed the details, with the winning horse covered in mud.
Remember, Dungeonmaster today!
May 4th, 2013