Two Months: Video Games

Starting after cleaning up Thanksgiving dinner, I’ve been putting in a few 8-12 hour days of video games. Steam had an unbelievable sale going on, and I had a backlog of computer games I haven’t been able to play in the last two and a half years since my PC broke, so I’ve been getting some play in on anything I can find that has a Mac version. This started with Evan playing a little Civ 4 on his new laptop, which I then got for myself. This destroyed Evan’s NaNo progress and my ability to go to bed at a decent hour. One thing lead to another, and we now both have Civ 5 as well (which I think I prefer, overall). I also ended up grabbing Papers, Please (a bureaucratic, detail-oriented thriller), Fez (bright and colorful!), Eldritch (MineLoveCraft), and finally got around to playing Amnesia: Dark Descent (super scary).

It is also (wonderfully so) Skyrim season here in Colorado…the sub-zero temperatures outside have made me thankful that I get to stay in. I definitely get a bit less stir-crazy every time I look outside and realize I want nothing to do with the snow. That said, in my decade plus of computer access, I’ve never spilled on my keyboard…I’ve probably spilled liquids on my bed, bedroom floor, or nightstand 3 or 4 times since I moved my Xbox into the room.

If anyone has awesome game recommendations (for 360, PS3, or Mac) let me know.

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9 Things

9 Things Every Happy Person Should Have

1. A go-to drink.

Sours. I like when they’ve got a little something extra going on for them like a flavored simple syrup or a unique base spirit (Canon has one with chamomile scotch). I love that Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s version has both amaretto and bourbon. I’ve still never had one with Pisco.

2. A go-to Karaoke song.

I have opted for the life-long oath to never sing karaoke again, or to be roped into going somewhere involving karaoke.

3. A uniform.

I’m still ironing this one out (get it?! Ironing?) I’m moving towards dark, tight pants tucked into boots, a tank top, and if I’m lucky, it’s a day that’s cool enough to wear a long-sleeved shirt or jacket. I need to work on accessories, and have been trying to hunt down the perfect black pants (and perfect purse).

My Clothes Pinboard

4. A hair stylist they love.

So, originally it was Jenny at Studio Be. She moved. I have a new hairstylist now…I can never remember her name, because it’s not Jenny (and probably because I only see her every two or three months). Luckily I called them earlier today to schedule an appointment, so I have it saved away for a few weeks…Kirsten.

For my last haircut, I cheated on Kirsten, and it was a nightmare (the girl I went to no longer works at the salon). I get to seek Kirsten in a couple of weeks, and I know she’ll make things all better.

5. An exercise routine.

I picked up the book Escape Your Shape (‘Smarter, Not Harder’ is pretty much my mantra) about 5 years ago after getting a little frustrated with an experience with a personal trainer. The exercises are easy to do without much (or any) extra equipment, there’s a little room for personal tastes (like how you want to attain your cardio) and none of the exercises hurt my back, doesn’t require an unreasonable amount of time for the workouts, and it’s really easy to find ways to increase the duration/intensity if exercises become too easy. It works unbelievably well when I bother to do it…but it’s been two or three months since I stopped doing the routine regularly. I’ve done it off and on often enough that I can do it in my sleep.

6. A hobby.

Gosh, where to start? I cook. I sew. I play video games. Sometimes I read books or watch tv. I like to do some graphic design/web design/programming outside of work-related projects. Every once in a while I do art.

7. A best friend.

I think I have a few. I hope.

8. A healthy sense of self.

Yes? Maybe?

9. A guilt-free indulgence.

Boxed mac and cheese. I prefer shapes, but you get less mac and cheese in those boxes, so it’s a bit of a trade-off. I recently made the switch from Kraft to Annie’s, and I couldn’t be happier.