19 Oct 2016

Day 3

It's 0650 EST in Ottawa. The sun has started to show evidence to it's rise and dim patches of light ebb their way over the tall grass fields that surround my subdivision. I have Moby in tow, we've just come back from what has become our morning walks. I'm approaching the flat where the open kitchen widow has let the smell of the coffee seep out into the early morning. I make a fresh pot, just enough for two small cups of coffee, before I take out Moby. Once the winter snows cover the ground being able to let him out anywhere will change. None of the neighbors want to see pools of half melted yellow snow, so I'm getting the old dog get used to moving away from the flat.

It's also an excuse to wake up and keep my current sleep schedule. I don't leave for work until noon and I've been home the last two nights around 2130 (9pm). It leaves me some time to see Lady Bear as she's settled in the bed, already at Morpheus' doorstep. We chat as we drift off to sleep. She'll wake up at 0430 rising for her early morning job for Parliament. I'll wake up when she says good bye and slow rise fighting off the urge to go back to sleep.

This is the third day of 9 weeks of intensive work. I have after today I still will be working the next nine days in a row before I get my first day off. It will be a blissful four days off before another twelve day stint of working the odd side of the day.

I make a fresh breakfast with Moby tired from our short walk lying in on the floor nearby. He's emptied his bowl of water and finished the food in his bowl. I quick have toast with butter and an egg scrambled. A blend of soft spices keeps me from adding salt while still keeping the egg flavor. With the food I take my dose of medication to keep the gout at bay. It seems to flair up every morning, my right foot slightly swollen due from standing for most of the day in front of my audience who between rounds of chaos take on my instruction.
Dire Foes: Mission Pack 1 - Train Rescue
by Corvus Beli

Today I'm planning on working on the next step of my PanOceania for Infinity. Yesterday I completed the rest of the basses and I base coated all my minis. I have the whole slew of miniatures from the Operation: Ice Storm Starter box. A limited edition Joan of Arc from Angel Giraldez's Masterclass Vol.1. I also have Bipandra from my Dire Foes box set, a Jotum, and the Fusiliers box set to go. Today I'll be working on the armour platting.

I have two hours to spend on the minis. In between coats of paint I'll be running some laundry, taking a shower, and listening to music. I may even get about 30 mins of time on Dues Ex: Mankind Divided on the perma-death setting aptly named 'I didn't ask for this'. I don't want to waste the time playing video games and I have plenty of minis to work on.

So far the new schedule is working out but I do miss Lady Bear and I'm looking forward to Saturday and Sunday when we get to spend the morning together before I leave for work.

Well that's me so far.

- Cheers


14 Oct 2016

The Plan

Unless you’re Yasha, who is enjoying nice gentile 3 meter waves at sea, you may not be familiar with “the plan”.

That sound is God laughing at your “plan”. All plans are doomed to fail upon first contact with the enemy. Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans. All human plans [are] subject to ruthless revision by Nature, or Fate, or whatever one preferred to call the powers behind the Universe.

There is a lack of confidence in “the plan”.

We’ll I have a “plan”.

4 Oct 2016

The quiet before the storm...

... but it's not that quiet.

So my day job is super busy. We're about to roll out and when that happens I'm working 49 out of 61 days. Starting 17 October I'll be putting in three 12 day stretches, a 8 day stretch, and a 5 day stretch of work. I'm gona be le fucking tired when I have some down time. My other job has also been busy as all hell and I've just passed on to my second job bosses this news I got yesterday.

So here's the skinny on what the deuce I've been doing and what's on the go.

Well I missed the Kalidesh pre-release, completely gapped the events. The set is looking interesting and I'm seeing lots of Rogues and I like the feel of the Aetherborn. Commander 2016 is still on the hush and I've not seen a lot from that set yet. The Planechase Anthology is looking good and I'm interested in it but it may be an end of year pick up. I missed the Planechase set and it's Planeshifting mechanics are a neat twist to Magic the Gathering. For me the next big release is Amonkhet the Egyptian themed block that follows Kalidesh and Aether Revolt.

Infinity wise the Kessel Run has been great in supporting the short time we've been there. Right now we're playing games of Infinity RECCON - go look up it up on Data-Sphere and you'll find the rules. It's a great way to play small games of Infinity without watering down the experience. The six missions are well sorted and balanced. Army generation is neat and they make sense. I also love using my painted MDF terrain on the 24x36 paper mats that come with products like Operation: Ice Storm and Operation: Red Veil. I've even started painting again and I'm 1/4 finished all my PanO minis, next up is the Nomads that came with Operation: Ice Storm. Lady Bear has been super supportive and helped me sort out the office so I can get back to work - when I have the juice to do so.

I've been playing MechWarrior Online - I have a post drafted on this topic but understand the game is neat and it's allowing me to play some quick and rewarding matches as the weather turns cold and while I have little energy to work on anything else. Video game wise, I play very little due to little time and most of my games need larger blocks or I just don't have the energy to jump in and play. Mass Effect Andromeda is looking good and will be bought once they sort it out. I have Dishonored 2 on my radar but sadly that's all I can think of. Which is not so bad, I'm behind in my games so the break is ok.

I've been watching TV and when I don't pass out on the couch, I'm enjoying Longmire season 5 and Luke Cage season 1. Nothing else has caught my attention recently and I'm waiting for the next waves of films.

So that's it. I'm busy at work so I can be even busier at work. My free time is spend resting and helping folks out when I've got any juice left in me. It's start of October and I'm already looking forward to the month of December when it all calms down.

Oh last thing! Lady Bear and I are planning a trip in March of 2017 for the South Western States but I'll write more later. Until then I'm busy and slow but I'm still here.

- Cheers


20 Sep 2016

Where has Dozer gone!

It has been about 20 days, and math sucks...I also don’t care.

I have a fancy old school drafting table that needs a home. I have boxes of books to store in my brother’s basement since we moved into the house in August.

As the first Canadian backer to get his pledge reward for the Secret Hitler Kickstarter, I’ve only played the fantastic game three times. The number is only one larger but the same can be said for my special edition of Scythe.

Since returning from GENCON I’ve not been able to do a single lick of painting and I wanted to start up a weekly game of Infinity and a demo night at my LGS (Local Game Store).

My day job is spooling up for a major release that has been 3 plus years in the making. Since joining the project 2 years ago on 3 September 2014, I’ve been busy learning the product and becoming a bit of a master so I can teach it to others.

My second job has me in a new position as I await my medical for word of my promotion. Seems having a CPAP machine make me no longer valid for promotion and my whole medical history had to be reviewed. Of course this year starts off with a bang and instead of ramping up to a good start we scrambled into a series of wet hot messes that are one; getting more tolerable or two; getting better – maybe a bit of both.

So with work being crazy before GENCON and both job jumping to elven since GENCON my time off. This has made things hard for me to enjoy my time off or at least where I can direct whatever juice I got left in the bones. Work 12 hour days over the course of two jobs sucks. Lady Bear dislikes the evening or over super e-mail from one job person or another, whose lack of planning is now trying to become my emergency. Some of them I need to deal with since the only people fucked in those situations are gone be me and mine.

Last weekend I worked after a long week at work and this week was also long and this weekend is another on the job site away from my family and home.

I’m tried and sadly this project of posting and writing practice was an initial casualty. Other casualties were my painting and Infinity projects, the unpacking and setup of the office/guest room, any games that require focus and attention.

Let’s get into the update after the break…