Moving day

Oct. 14th, 2014 12:15 pm
jjmarika: (original)
Saturday I moved from Pelham to Watertown. I'm now living with JC, who is full of awesome, and have a nice room and space to do my crafting. And I'm 20-25 minutes from work now, which basically means I'm getting back two hours of my day every day, which is sort of fantastic. I can already feel stress levels dropping from being able to sleep later.

Move itself went well. There was rain, which I could have done without, but aside from that, ridiculously smoothly. The truck was there when I showed up to pick it up, no incidents on the drive, and people started showing up to help out around 10:45. We were done in Pelham by noonish, and drove straight to the storage place, where parking the truck took about as long as unloading did (yay dollies and elevator). We were at the new place by 2-ish, where a bunch more people met us to help, and eating pizza by 3:30, which is pretty fantastic. And my bed was made. Truck drop-off also was without incident. There are four or five boxes that should have ended up in storage that did not end up there that I will be dropping off today, but really, as these things go, that's entirely minor.

Have a lot of mixed feelings about the things that caused the move, of course, but I know that it's the right choice in the long run. (And it helps if I keep telling myself that.)

And am looking forward to being able to think of things that aren't the move.
jjmarika: (original)
Had a fun time at Cottington Woods, and the weather was even halfway decent! :)


highlights )
jjmarika: (original)
Life continues to be busy and at least moderately stressful, but onwards and upwards and all that good stuff.

work stuff )

housing )

larping )

other stuff )
jjmarika: (original)
Had a fun time at the CW one-day.

highlights )
jjmarika: (original)
Had a fun time at MM. Still having some issues connecting with the game, but had some awesome stuff happen regardless.

highlights below cut )
jjmarika: (original)
Another weird event for me. Weather was nuts, too.

some highlights )
jjmarika: (original)
Good Madrigal event, but man it took it out of me. So much prepwork, so many details to try to remember/get in, with no chance at a second take if they got messed up. Not everything went exactly as I'd like, but there was SO much awesome I can't be that sad about it.

some highlights )
jjmarika: (original)
Fun event. Weather was weird, sort of cold and wet Friday night, followed by enough warmth to knock some people out with dehydration/heat stroke.

Anyway, on to the highlights! )
jjmarika: (original)
Fun Aralis event. I'm still waiting for the weather to actually feel like 'spring'. This event it was (literally) freezing at night, and hot and sunny enough during the days that I got sunburned (note to self: acquire sunscreen). Way less emotionally wrought that my last several events, which was sort of a nice break. Plus, Fathom really needed that time to get her head screwed back on and to become less insane.

Some highlights:

- You want me to meet with who? Does he realize that's not the sort of thing you just 'get over'?
- Listening to the completely-reasonable request of the usery demon and finding that there was no fucking way Fathom could agree to it.
- Meeting in the tea house.
- Extremely rough fight on Jingoku island. At one point I was maimed in both my right arm and my right leg, rolled under a table to hide from the NPCs, with Phoenix's unconscious body on one side and Squint's unconscious and bleeding body in front of me while I tried to first aid him while ducking packets. Fun times. :)
- fun mission crawling through a trapped building to fight blood zombies, solve a riddle/puzzle to get our objective, and then crawling our way back out.
- "You regret that incident? Oh no, you don't regret it yet..."
- several of the NPCs at the art house were utterly hilarious. (And hearing that someone tried to hire the company to steal something I already had was pretty funny, too.)
- which leads to... the professor of psychology, who I think was my favorite NPC of the weekend. And wow watching his face while Sade explained her decision-making 'process' was fantastic...
- the tourist trip was pretty awesome, too. "You are in a fair amount of physical danger right now, yet you seem remarkably calm. Is this not alarming to you?" :Several New Liberty veterans glance at each other as we step over each other's bodies in a narrow hallway trying to get to bugs and shrug:
- watching people descend en masse upon the pile of puzzles and codes that I was handed
- realizing that Mitsuko wasn't being difficult, and that she really was *that* out of the loop on the elemental items thing. Oops.
- the trip in to the caverns was pretty awesome, too. Rough fight, but everyone worked together really well and was on-plan and we got through it relatively smoothly.
- being asked about Gwynneth wedding customs and not knowing what to say.
- standing alone in Jingoku watching the undead demon garandi people inflict most everyone and not being able to do anything to stop it while the demons commented on how much it must suck for me to be a silent witness to all of this.
- the Terrant fight was rough, too. And being stabbed in your spirit SUCKS.
jjmarika: (original)
Had a really good time at Cottington Woods. Was a weird event for me, seeing as the plot member who runs most of the stuff I'm doing was unavoidably unable to attend, but I was still pretty busy and got involved in a bunch of stuff.

highlights below cut )
jjmarika: (original)
Reposting Melissa's evil test so I can find it again. :)

test beneath cut )

And for my own reference, my current score on various PCs:

Omi got to 10, after over a decade of playing, mostly on technicalities like 'turns into a supernatural being' and 'inflicted someone'.

Fathom, unsurprisingly, made it all the to 28 (probably 1/4 of which were in the last event or two).

And Trev made it to 6, despite having played her only a year.

Need to do Mary, too, at some point, though I expect her to be very low because she was only around for three events.
jjmarika: (original)
Madrigal revel went well. Physical conditions at the site were rough, which was especially sad because the weather was actually pretty fantastic (50s during the day, low 30s at night, about as good as you're going to get for a winter event). But the inch and a half of ice (with 1/4 of an inch of water on top) made walking from one end of the site to the other an exercise in balance and really wore me out more than I expected, so I crashed early and didn't get off some mods I'd have loved to have time for.

Still, there was plenty of coolness to go around )
jjmarika: (original)
Madrigal is nearly upon us, and I'm buried in prep, but want to get a few things down while they're still fresh in my mind. The weather was rough (yay snowstorm in the middle of the event! Icy doom path! Knee+ high snow everywhere!), but you know it's a good event when, asked to come up with my favorite moment, several different encounters were all vying for attention in my head.

highlights between camp )

Edited to add: crazy Nyorai stalking town. "Hey, wait a second... it's like I've seen this before." (Nyorai's player played the Jester in CW.)
jjmarika: (original)
Had a good Madrigal event. We had a ton of NPCs, more than we knew what to do with, sadly. Ran into a new and different problem where we had so much stuff going that we couldn't ever find the PCs we wanted to in order to run targetted stuff. But the NPCs were awesome and tireless and out in the cold a lot. Actually made it through most of my to-do list. Felt like I was hit by a truck yesterday, but that's not uncommon. Spent the entire day sitting in front of the TV staring at it. I'd say 'watching tv', but that really implies more comprehension than was involved.

highlights )
jjmarika: (original)
Had a fun time at the event, and did not DIE in the cold. Mother Nature did make a solid shot at it, though. Blanket forts for the win! Also, ALL the fire.

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jjmarika: (original)
They're good people and can use all the help they can get:

http://www.gofundme.com/4or9w0
jjmarika: (Fathom)
Mostly recovered from Aralis. Been a long couple of days since then, tons of stuff at work, and I got my very first ticket, which an afterwards-review of driving laws seems to indicate was due to the policeman being in a bad mood and not me actually breaking the law. (Boo) Good Madrigal meeting last night. Have ALL the things to do.

Anyway, had a fun event, even if I was not allowed to sleep Friday night. :-P

highlights )
jjmarika: (original)
Mixed bag. Had a lot of fun with the stuff I did, but also had a lot of downtime, and then the entire flow of my weekend got screwed up by me having my own little medical emergency Saturday night. I took a nap outside, and when I woke up, my lip felt all wierd. That was apparently because my upper lip was swollen to 4-5 times it's normal size. At this point, we're pretty sure I got bit by a spider or something. At the time, no idea what was going on, and people all around me were grabbing me and going "OMG THE BENADRYL". So most of my Sat night is a vague blur of sitting around waiting for the Benadryl to kick in and waiting to see if my throat was going to close up, followed by being high as a kite before falling asleep. Wheee.

some highlights )
jjmarika: (original)
Had a really fun time at Aralis. Fathom, less so, but eh, these things happen. Was up *way* too late both nights (Sat night actually had two aborted attempts at bed ended by other PCs). Need to nap more.

some highlights )

Am only mostly greater-unslept at this point, and almost ready for the move on Saturday. Cannot wait for all this to be done.
jjmarika: (original)
Had a fun time at MM, despite the constant heat and humidity. You know it's pretty bad when the crackers they are putting out for snacks keep turning into mush before people can eat them...

And when it wasn't just plain muggy, it was pouring BUCKETS of rain. Luckily the second time it happened was during the last fight so it didn't matter so much that we got soaked (Except for my poor books. :( So sad.), but MAN, that was a lot of rain. I can't think of the last time I was that wet while larping. I can't think of the last time I was that wet outside of jumping into a body of water to go swimming.

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