Monday, September 24, 2007

You'll be taking on a luxury liner!?!?!

Dave ran his oneshot tonight and I got stuck as team leader. I suck being party leader and hilarity ensued. Dan was the first PC kill, but not until after he rolled a ridiculous overkill damage roll and destroyed the "boss" in one turn! All in all, I think it was a good intro to gaming for him. He enjoyed himself and plans on joining us in the future.

On a side note, we realized that if everyone who's been threatening to join us shows up at once, nobody owns enough chairs to host. oops!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Zombie game could be big!

Wow! So it turns out that this zombie game thing is getting bigger than I planned. I've asked a friend do to the art for me and I sent off a copy to the guy who posted a comment about my last post. He going to playtest for me! It's good because that way I can see if my rules are clear without me being there to translate "me to English" so to speak.

Carl and I looked some today at putting on as a .pdf download and it looks like that will probably be the most reasonable way to distribute it. It will keep the price to a minimum and make it widely accessible.

This is all really exciting!

Thursday, September 20, 2007


I've been "threatening" to throw together a zombie slaughter oneshot for almost 2 years now, inspired by a particular job I used to have that I hated so much I used to ask my husband to call me in dead.

So, when our gaming group decided that, at least for the time being, we were better off doing oneshot games, I said I would finally get everything down on paper. We've been playfully calling the game "Retail Hell" for quite awhile now and decided to just title it that once and for all.

This past Monday, we playtested it and I've been working on some edits since then. We're going to playtest with the edits to intro a couple of newbie gamers into our group and if all goes well, I think I might see about publishing it on Lulu.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Holy Crap, or the biggest zucchini EVER!

So, I got out of work early today, we're short payroll, so I volunteered. Anyway, I'm trying to find constructive, but small things to do because I don't want to be caught up in some humongous project when Carl comes home, which could be any minute, or in two hours, that's sort of how working for family goes.

Anyway, I looked out the back door and noticed, among other things that the weeds are ridiculous and there are MORE TOMATOES! How is that possible? It's September! And not only are there still ripe ones, there are still green ones! AND BLOSSOMS! What the hell!

I know I plant tomatoes because they do really well, and don't get me wrong we are getting pretty small ones. Not cherry tomato small, but think smallish plum tomatoes. But I have in complete honesty picked roughly 200 tomatoes already this year. I made a quart of homemade sauce, two quarts of salsa fresca, a huge mixing bowl full of bruschetta and have given away in the neighborhood of 75 more. And I just picked about 35 more.

And that's not the best part! I picked all of the tomatoes I could reach from the sidewalk, well until my bowl was full and then I went in the house for another bowl. When I went back outside, I decided to sneak around the back of the grill and pick from the other end, so I could get a better look at my broccoli while I was out there.

But I wasn't prepared for what I saw. I knew that my zucchini was still blooming, but I didn't realize another zucchini had actually started. I've given two away already, a large but still basically normal sized one and one that was huge - especially considering two days earlier I had looked at it and thought it needed about a week before I could pick it.

There was a zucchini that is hands down the biggest zucchini I have ever seen. And my friend Tony used to pick 5 pounders regularly. The thing is as big as the cat and weighs probably around half as much. I'm guessing not less than 6 lbs.

With absolutely no exaggeration the thing is 16 inches long and better than a foot in diameter! It look more like a bludgeoning weapon than a vegetable. The cat is actually afraid of it!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Yay! Photos!

Finally, a pic of Peanut! Yay! It's about time, right? If you don't already know Peanut is the sole muppet in Jeff Dunham arsenal of characters.

Yes, I know, his shoe shouldn't be green, but I like it anyway, and yes, the shoe does come off and he does have 4 toes on that foot as well. His hair is lime green ostrich feathers just like the real thing!

So, this is Kon. I'm particularly fond of the belly button. I cheated a bit on this one and use some felt. The inside of his mouth and ears as well as his mane and claws are felt. Ironically enough, the eyes are buttons and the belly button is a crocheted disk because I couldn't find a button with the holes in the right place.

Yes, there's a reason he looks so angry. On the show Bleach, he is a stuffed toy inhabited by a "mod soul." A soul that was artificially created, but is a living soul nonetheless. However, being stuck in the body of a stuffed lion, he is generally treated like just that.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Woo! Hubby might get published.

It's all in the very fledgling stages right now, but the short version of the story is this.

Hubby found an RPG book he really liked, had a great idea about instead of fighting monsters you could fight aliens, the author of the original book loved it and it looks like he'll be writing the supplement. So far the guy likes everything Carl's doing, so YAY!

Kon is finished! Mostly.

Well, since I have an impending baby afghan, I thought that I'd try to tie up a couple of my loose ends projects before I get started on that. So, I'm been working my fingers off trying to get Kon finished up and I finally did last night, except that I still need to buy button eyes and sew them on. (will get photos up as soon as I can)

Also, we have hot water again! YAY! (UGI badly [$300] undercharged us and then we incredibly unclear about what we needed to do to keep them from turning off our natural gas while we bust our asses to make up the difference that they undercharged us. I think it sucks because most places [well, retail, anyway] are like "crap, we undercharged that person, guess we eat it, that sucks" and these guys can take anyway our hot water cause they screwed up - twice)

Ooh, and the flowers went over unbelievably well at Dave and Julie's wedding. People were commenting on them all day. Someone asked who their florist was. Oh, and Dan and Robyn are thinking they might have me take care of their flowers. (photos here too, I promise)

All in all, things are pretty good, except that the living room is still not painted. Damn!