Photo Friday: A Good Yarn

The weather is cooling (and I can breathe again). It's time to start crocheting another set of octoscarves. (I sold my last one at Oz Comic Con.) Randomly picked - green first. Of course, it is a must to wear the appropriate t-shirt... My phone fell out of my new bag (not putting it in that section again) and cracked. It was a tense Easter long weekend, hoping it was the new-beaut glass like screen protector (always had the plasticy ones before). Went to the local phone store. Huzzah! It was just the protector. Back to the cheapy screen cover for me (they bounce better). There's been much talk about the Labyrinth sequel touted as being in pre-production (as long as it is NOT a remake/reboot or whatever. You can't improve on David Bowie.) Family time this week: played the Labyrinth board game. (We beat Jareth!) Today, I'm attempting my first live video post on my FB event celebrating steampunk (if I can wangle the tech). Wish me luck. Lynne will be talking about Australian steampunk authors (at around 10.30am Central Australian Standard Time) and I'll be doing my bit at 2.00pm.

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Letting My Imagination Go

It is that time of the month again where I can play out of character, carrying a sword and lusting for adventure. Yep - D&D Gaming Day. Not the computerised version that many gamers play (I was told by my daughter that it is called tabletop gaming these days) but good (ye) ol' 'grab the books, the 20 sided dice and the character sheets' and have some fun using my imagination.

It is a load off my brain to have someone else setting the story and setting the rules; if the DM (now GM I am told) says it is so, then it is so! I do love writing but this gives me a chance of making things up as I go along but not having to keep track on the plot, clues or character development. I just let my imagination go and someone else has to pull the plot line together and make sure it makes sense (if, indeed, the DM wants it to make sense at all.)

So I spent the evening having a rollicking hoot and did not have to worry about the consequences (all in my imagination) or complicating the plot and how to fix it went when went off to do our own thing (I was not writing the thing). Not my problem.  Ah, bliss.

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Another year…

The only real reason for having a birthday is for an excuse to have a party... and presents! That is what I started writing yesterday beforehand. Today I wonder if actual physical interactions have been replaced with 'virtual socializing' and I am lamenting just how easy it is to say one thing and do another. Maybe I am just having a bad day.

This year's party was a more quiet affair. I was competing with a wedding and several other 'Facebook' events. At least some people sent RSVPs and apologies. Many I knew of their alternate plans. September is like that. Next time I will not acquiesce to modern technology and invite via Facebook. I don't think these events are taken as seriously as actual real invitations. Maybe it is not personal enough?

It was a night of 80s music on MTV and I must admit some of us did sing along to the karaoke (oh the shame!).  For most of the night, we dodged the purple balloons that covered the floor; no one did themselves an injury. Instead of a full-on loud party, I enjoyed meaningful conversation with good friends. Due to life being so busy, I only get to some friends less than I would like; it was great to catch up again.

Food. What else is a party really for but to enjoy food that we really would love to have everyday but really shouldn't. We had finger sandwiches, 'little boys' (savaloy sausages/cheerios - depending where you come from), kabana, a platter of cheeses, fetta and watermelon (sounds weird but is really nummy), cupcakes, dark chocolate coated strawberries, dip with crackers and carrot sticks, mudcake... favourite foods and possibly too much chocolate (is there such a thing?).

party 2013 K

And finally I have played a game of 'flux' (Monty Python version). Oh, my head hurts!

One thing I am reminded of today is that friends are like birthdays; they come and go in our lives and we must appreciate them. We don't always get as many as we would like.