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05:56 am: Scarily busy week
This week has been the busiest I've had in a long time. I started on the weekend by working in the garden a little and then finishing Benny's Halloween costume.

One of the things I did, in an attempt to get out of the house more, was go to an online site where people can arrange group activities and sign up for some gaming gatherings in the area. Tuesday evening I joined a group called Board Gaming Gals of the Peninsula, which met at a bar/lounge in a nearby city. We played King of Tokyo with the Halloween expansion and then Betrayal at House on the Hill. Neither are games that I would buy personally, but they were a good fit for the holiday. The gathering lasted until late, and by the time I took the bus home, it was around 11pm.

This makes waking up at 4am to get ready for work quite difficult. @_@

Wednesday was our training day, so we took the dogs off site for practice. While there, we had a photo shoot of our dogs in costumes (those of us who had costumes, that is).


I gave out candy for Halloween, though I only got about half as many trick or treaters as the past two years. I only used up one bag of candy, and that's with the stragglers taking entire handfuls. Skittles were the preferred treat this year, and almost no one touched the chocolate bars. (More for me, I guess.)

Friday I went to another game gathering, this time with the San Mateo Indoor Fun Group. I played three games of Dominion with the Guilds expansion. All three were from the recommended sets in the rulebook; every time a randomized game was suggested, the other players all made "ewww" noises. Out of the three games, I didn't win any, but I came in second by 1-2 points in two of them.

Again I got home at nearly 11pm just to collapse into bed to catch a few hours of sleep before work the next day. Imagine how startled I was to be awakened in the middle of the night by a loud, insistent buzzing. At first I thought it was my alarm, but my alarm beeps, it doesn't buzz. Then I thought it might be my fire alarm, but it wasn't nearly obnoxious enough. I finally figured out that it was my radiation detector, which I had forgotten to turn off after coming home from work.

What the heck is radioactive in my BEDROOM?

...

Does that question sound as bad as I think it does?

Anyway, I was too groggy to do anything more than turn the darn thing off. I suspect it was reacting to a truck or something driving past outside. A lot of commodities are radioactive enough to set off the detector without actually being dangerous, particularly medical supplies. I don't know whether it's sensitive enough to react to a truckload of bananas headed to the nearby grocery store, but that's also a possibility.

I was practically a zombie on Saturday due to sleep deprivation, and it didn't help that I also had a couple hours of overtime. By the time I got home in the afternoon, I was ready to crash. I curled up on the couch at 6pm, slept for two hours, then woke up and decided it wasn't worth the effort to make supper and just went directly to bed instead.

This weekend I've mostly been catching up on sleep and clearing out more shows from my DVR. I did hear from the appliance vendor that they are ordering me a new refrigerator with the door handle on the opposite side, so that's good news. It's supposed to arrive in about another week.

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From:firesign10
Date:November 4th, 2013 02:22 pm (UTC)
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Holy cow, Benny is SO ADORABLE!!! That's fabulous!! Kudos, and an extra pat for him for being so tolerant.

Glad to hear they're taking care of the fridge issue! How annoying!

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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 4th, 2013 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Benny is SO ADORABLE!!!

Isn't he? I'm really lucky I have a job that pays me to see him every day.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:November 4th, 2013 04:34 pm (UTC)
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Look at you, going out and meeting people!

I'm not sure I want to own Betrayal at House on the Hill, but watching it on Tabletop made it look really fun and I would like to try playing it. (Definitely a great game for Halloween!) How long did it take you to play?

every time a randomized game was suggested, the other players all made "ewww" noises

This is sort of funny, but it's also a bit annoying that they weren't willing to try if someone else wanted to. I get that randomizing can give you some bad combinations, but it can also give you some really fun combinations, so...I guess I don't get being completely unwilling to do it.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 4th, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
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How long did it take you to play?

I didn't time it, but definitely under two hours. We had a few delays because the little clips that are supposed to indicate stats on the character sheets are incredibly loose, and they kept falling on the floor and sliding under chairs.

I guess I don't get being completely unwilling to do it.

Yeah, I didn't really understand it either. I think they were mostly assuming that if a set was described in the rule book that meant it was supposed to be extra good. That isn't necessarily the case.

Also, I think part of it is that they didn't want to have to deal with more than 2-3 unfamiliar cards per game. The first game, with 5 Guild cards/5 base cards, took 90 minutes to finish. Part of that time was familiarizing everyone with the new cards. (Also, it was a 6 player game, so I'm sure that had something to do with it...)
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:November 4th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
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90 minutes! Yeah, that is a long game for Dominion. I guess I can see not wanting too many new cards in a game (especially if it's going to take that much longer to play...), but still.

Were the gaming groups big enough that you had multiple games going on at the same time, or just one?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 4th, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
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Were the gaming groups big enough that you had multiple games going on at the same time, or just one?

The first group had two games going, the San Mateo group had three games. (Also, someone brought their pet beagle and let him run around while we played.)
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:November 4th, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
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someone brought their pet beagle

It's the perfect group for you!!

Were you allowed to switch games? I feel like I might have left the random-haters after the first 90 minute game of Dominion. But I guess the games end at different times and make that awkward.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 4th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
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Were you allowed to switch games?

I could have, but one of the groups was playing Betrayal at House on the Hill, which I didn't need to play again, and the other was playing some railroad game that didn't particularly interest me.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:November 4th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
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Completely switching topics: have you read past Conan 72, or is that the most recent one you've read?

(I was thinking about putting it on my list, but then I realized I'd also have to consider 73-80, and...oh dear.)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 4th, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
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Completely switching topics: have you read past Conan 72, or is that the most recent one you've read?

That's as far as I've gotten, I'm afraid. I think I only bought up through #73 anyway.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:November 4th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm. Not sure what I'll do, then. I'll have to think about it some more.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:November 4th, 2013 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Aw, Benny is adorable! (But, um, what is he? Something blue with google eyes?)

I wasn't going to buy candy to give out this year, then I broke down at the last minute and bought three bags, and no one came to my house. Sadness! (Well, the Baptist witnesses came, and I chased them off politely. I should have given them some of the candy.)

Very cool that you've been getting out and joining game groups. I have been bad about going to the Thursday night game nights - every week I think about it, and every week curling up in bed wins out. I also find it hard to arrive home after 11 pm on a school night, and I don't have to get up nearly as early as you.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 4th, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
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But, um, what is he?

Cookie Monster.

I should have given them some of the candy.

Haha. Did you compliment them on their "costumes"?

every week I think about it, and every week curling up in bed wins out.

Yeah, I definitely couldn't bring myself to do it every week, even if my schedule allowed.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:November 4th, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Of course! Silly me. (I was even vaguely thinking Sesame Street, but couldn't come up with it.)

Did you compliment them on their "costumes"?

That would have been awesome! I should have thought of that.
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From:mangaroo
Date:November 4th, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
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Now that I see the googly eyes on Benny's costume, he looks much more like the cookie monster! Was he okay with wearing the costume, or did he miss his uniform?

I didn't think you would ever deprive yourself of sleep for a social event, much less two. Whenever I screw up my sleep schedule (frequently), I remember something pragmatic you once said about getting enough rest. Which I can't quote, but I remember the sense of it and it was very wise.

I'm envious of your ability to go out and game with strangers. More than that, I'm envious of your productivity. I guard my time so selfishly because I need HUGE buffers of time in order to accomplish anything.

Congrats on winning the refrigerator war!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 4th, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
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Was he okay with wearing the costume, or did he miss his uniform?

He was very squirmy. It was hard to get him still enough to take those pictures. (I didn't post all the blurry ones.) But he'll do anything for treats.

I didn't think you would ever deprive yourself of sleep for a social event, much less two.

It was definitely a gamble. But I figure that if I attend a few gatherings, I might be able to have some input on the timing of future meetings so that they don't keep me out as late...or at least maybe they could be on days when I won't have to get up for work in the morning.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:November 4th, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Nice costume!! I'm happy to hear your fridge is being fixed!
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From:jojobruin
Date:November 17th, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
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LOL@ your banana comment - yeah, that's one of the easiest way for humans to ingest radioactivity through the potassium. =P

You get up so early for work. I hope you're getting enough sleep.

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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 17th, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
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You get up so early for work. I hope you're getting enough sleep.

Never fear, I value my sleep too much to deprive myself very long.
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