December 24th, 2010


With thier snoozlers and whack whackers!

So amid the hustle and bustle here at the in-laws house there appears to be some calm in my spirit. Not sure why. Maybe it's because I actaully have managed some social interaction better than in the past.

Maybe it's because my shoes aren't so tight. ;-)

Regardless things seem to not be bothering me as much as they have in the past. The exception being my daughter who is doing high-speed grazing passes on the food and in general not listening. Such is the life of a teenager on sugar during Christmas.

Still the noise gets to me a bit so I hide in a corner and either sketch or get on the netbook. I don't think I'll ever overcome the sensory issues fully but at least I've managed to make them a little less difficult for me by modifying my reactions to them. I can tune them out for short periods of time - basically until the sound/light levels change and catch my attention again.

We're doing tomorrow morning with my side of the family. Should be interesting. My wife and I agree that if they start fighting we're gone.

The noise level just picked up a bit. It's distracting.

Wondering what other friends abroad are doing for the holidays. I'm supposed to be studying even now but I honestly having relatives in town has thrown my study schedule for a loop. I'll have to make time to pick up the pace again this weekend.

We appear to have been given a Buterball Countertop Turkey Fryer. This actually rocks because a turkey is not the only thing you can fry in these.

My arteries are hardening just thinking about the fried mushrooms, onion rings, and popcorn chicken I can make in these. Hey! I can make batches of the properly sized small spring rolls! Woot!

Of course this also means horribly worse things like fried Oreos and Snickers bars are possible.



On the subject of eating well the crock pot meals seem to be working well. I'm eating regularly and better than pre-packaged food. And that makes all the difference for taking my vitamins. And the vitamins are helping considerably.

Thinking seriously about running my own Stalking The Night Fantastic/Fringeworthy/Metamorphosis Alpha campaign. I haven't GM'd in years but there's a ton of things I want to try and I think my compatriots miss gaming. I'll have to actually make sure I have all my numbers and stuff handy and I'll have to read the books again but I think I'm at the point now where I can pull a game out of my ass without too much trouble. Still deciding though.

Have to go now...on nephew duty...

"Two eyes. As often as I can spare them." ;-)

Happy Holidays and a Joyous Yule everyone!

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