Today was the start of our Christmas decorating. Outside lights were put up, but we’re likely going to add more.
Outside of that, it’s also been laundry day, and I also was chauffeur for my mother for an hour or so.
So, on to that beard…
With the exception of a couple of trims to try to get the moustache and chin the same length as the rest, and trimming around the mouth so I don’t eat beard with my meals, I haven’t shaved since my birthday, or thereabouts. Somewhere about nine weeks of growth.
It’s way too sparse for my tastes, and the big strips of color amongst the gray that just make my beard look dirty are annoying. I’ve gotten in the habit of combing it regularly, and it still goes where it wants. You can also see empty places where there is no hair, and there has never been hair. Those spots are why I’ve never really let my beard grow out like this before. Folks have said the beard would fill in, and this just proves them wrong. So, I have the day off tomorrow, I’m going to shave it off, as well as trim my hair. I’m getting shaggy, for me.
Tomorrow is also the end of NaBloPoMo. I’m noticing a trend to my posts I want to address when I make that final post this go around. I passed my 250th post early this month, and 25 more as of today. I’ll hit 300 sometime about June 2016, if I can keep up with weekly posting.
That’s it for tonight. Later.
Today was kind of a wash. I got a couple of Christmas gifts (including my own) and spent time with the kids playing Terreria, completing my Floating Fortress. That’s about it.
Tomorrow, I hope to have up some decent pictures of my so-called beard. After ten weeks, i really doesn’t look that good. Between the hair growth being too sparse, the curliness of my beard, and the weird patterning of dark spots, gray and blond spots, I think the experiment can be considered a failure.
And that’s pretty much that for today. These short posts are really not my thing, but I’ll keep to the promise of NaBloPoMo, darnit!
A short day at work, at which my fanny pack broke. I’ll need a new one ASAP. Did some shopping today after work, but couldn’t find anything I like.
Came over to the Kids’ house and we watch the original three Star Wars movies. Seeing the inconsistencies between those three and the prelude movies is interesting, as is being able to watch the movies critically and be entertained at the same time.
That’s pretty much my entire day, right there. So, I’m done for the night. Later.
So, yeah. Last night after work, I came home, had dinner, messed around for a bit, and then sat down in the recliner and crashed with the laptop, well, on my lap. Woke up after 11pm, farted around a little longer (including that last post) and went to bed, just before a brief power outage here. Slept pretty well after that.
So, this is kind of a “what I’m thankful for” sort of post, as well as what I was planning for yesterday.
Monday, I had to drive out to one of the little towns surrounding Fresno, and again yesterday. Around here, it’s mostly Ag land. On one of the roads out to this little town are some peach orchards (at least, I think they’re peach trees). Their leaves turned such a beautiful shade of golden yellow and orange-yellow they practically fluoresced in the sunlight, especially as it passed through the trees and lit the leaves from above.
Since, I’ve been looking for trees with such brilliant colors. Those are rare hereabouts. My mother once mentioned that she missed the changing colors of her birthplace, West Virginia. So I took her to see the maple trees at the college I attended, but they weren’t the same to her. Due to the local “warmth”, trees don’t change as deeply, if much at all. A lot of places have trees that still have green leaves.
Doing this has been very unlike me. My attitude in past years as simply been “Yeah, seen one, seen ’em all.” But I’ve been downright emphatic in my pleasure with changing leaves. And I’m thankful for that. I don’t know what’s caused this change of mind and heart, but I’m happy for it.
That’s all I’ve really got for today. I’m working tomorrow (Boss changed his mind, as I knew he would), but not a full day. So for now, I’m done for the day.
Was going to post about the turning leaves, but slept all evening after dinner. I’ll do it tomorrow. Later.
Sorry, no time. Day’s highlights follow-
Did some prep around the house for Turkey Day.
Went to the Kids’ House, picked them up and took them to the FLGS. Spent afternoon playing Batman Flux and Martian Dice (basically Zombie Dice meets Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock).
Coined new word on the way home: “Grankry”, a combo of Grumpy, Cranky and Angry, which all tried to come out of my mouth at once.
After dinner, played the HeroScape resurrection, Magic the Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers. Not the best for the kids, as it is somewhat more complex than HeroScape, with the addition of spells, basically cards from MTG turned to affect minis.
Home and this.
Work tomorrow. Likely longer post, too. Later.
The other night, I got a freebie sampler of a new setting for Pathfinder called Aethera. It was being Kickstarted until yesterday. I missed the campaign, it closing before I could read the preview.
The Aethera setting is another one like the StarSea: A space opera with a heavy dose of magic. I’m seeing a lot of setting like this coming out recently. Fate has The Aether Sea (a title far too close to my own), Sails Full of Stars, Masters of Umdaar, and The Three Rocketeers (See here). There’s Strange Stars and Baroque Space Opera, which are more Sci-Fi than my setting, but they’re similar. There’s this new Aethera setting and Golm. I’m sure I’ve seen others recently that combine magic with space opera, or have a heavy emphasis on psionic powers or some similar wyrdness.
How will the StarSea standout from the crowd? If I publish this setting, I have to face that fact. It seems that, right now, this idea of magic in space is very popular.
I wonder how much of that is being fueled, however unconsciously, by the upcoming release of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens?
Well, that’s more than I thought I could write tonight. Later.
Started the day with a shiny new Costco membership and some shopping. Got a thing that won’t do what I thought it would. Hmm…
Played D&D tonight. Became completely frustrated with my character’s blasts that seem somewhat useless, as they’d either fry my party or only hit one creature, and that only after a lot of maneuvering. Screw it, this is a short term aside (we’re not playing our regular characters, but characters in another part of the world), the character is essentially a warlock-priest committed to ancient evils, it’ll be time to betray the party soon.
Day’s over. Need to go home for the night. Just keeping up with the daily posts.