Archive for the ‘News’ Category

30
Sep

Moving

We are mostly moved into our new place in Cape Coral. It’s an older quirky 4 bedroom/2 bath house in NE CC. We are just off Hancock and Del Prado. It’s a nice size with a fenced in back yard so Kouga can run til he passes out. 🙂

It’s a little quirky because it has been added on to a few times in the past. And I doubt that all the work was done with permits and contractors. In fact, I’m pretty sure that it wasn’t. They recently tiles the floors and they didn’t do much to level the floor, so not much sits flat. Some of the doors will need to be adjusted so that they fit a bit better. But all in all I like it. Hopefully we will be here for a few years.

A major plus of it is that we are like 10 minutes away from Grandmas. Now if we want to go out to a movie or to dinner, we don’t have to work out how to get VJ to mom’s house. A big draw back is that we are about an hour away from a lot of our friends. 🙁

 
27
Apr

Casablanca

Yesterday, Kristen and I went to see one of my favorite movies. Casablanca was playing at a theater in Naples as part of it’s 70th Anniversary event. I think I have seen it about 50 times. It was Kristen’s first. It was great to watch it with her. I hope that we can go to more of the special screenings of movies. I would love to see Jaws on the big screen one day. 🙂

 
3
Nov

Violet is here!

VJ is hereAt 1750 (5:50PM) on 31 October 2011, Violet Jane came into the world. She was 7lb 11oz & 19 inches. She was due on the 29th, but was running late. We decided to induce on the 31st, but hours later there was little progress. We talked to our Dr about a possible C-Section in case things weren’t going well, but after hours of labor, it was looking more and more like we would have to do that.

I was lucky and got to go into the OR with Kris and was there to bring our baby into the world. It was an amazing thing. Admittedly, I got to see more of my wife’s insides than I would have liked, but it was still an incredible experience. I cried when the Dr held up Violet and showed her to us. Yeah, she was all covered in baby cheese, but she was still perfect.

We are staying with Kristen’s parents for a few days so she won’t have to go up and down stairs until she has some energy back and can heal up some. I’ll add more soon. 🙂

 
30
Jul

Updates

So much is going on now. Less than 100 days until Violet arrives. We have received some gifts already. A stroller and a car seat. Yay! We have a doctor appointment next week. Not sure if we get to have another ultrasound. I hope we can. I’d like more pics to post. 🙂

We went to see the new Harry Potter film. I was warned ahead of time (Tara) that it wasn’t close to the books. I didn’t expect it to be from what I saw of the previews, but knowing that ahead of time made it a bit more enjoyable. I wasn’t surprised on how different it was. Parts of it were incredible. My only real complaint with it is that during the massive wizard fight, they really should have used something besides blue effects. I think a bit more color would have worked. It just looked like everyone was casting the same thing.

We have had a lot of good gaming lately. Pathfinder, Munchkin, and now Zombie Dice. I picked up ZD one day because it looked interesting. It was a bit of a trick to get the others to play it (they didn’t seem that interested in it). 8 games later, they didn’t want to stop. It is a nice quick game. I highly recommend it. The Pathfinder adventures have been a lot of fun too. It’d be nice to have the same group each time, but it’s hard to get everyone together all the time. We are almost done with the first chapter of it. I’m really hoping that we can continue this adventure path. I can’t wait to see them build a kingdom.

Work is going well. I think that I’m really getting the hang of it there. I’m more comfortable now when dealing with clients. I’m looking forward to learning more and dealing with new problems.

 
10
Jul

Busy…

It has been a busy month. Holly & Mad came down for some the end of vacation week and then they stayed a few extra days to get stuff done in the soon to be baby’s room. We have 95% of the furniture in there and it is painted. Just need to get the book shelf and the rocking chair. I’m so excited about meeting Violet.

The new job is going well. I started on June 13th at ITVantage in Fort Myers. It’s a bit different than what I am used to, but I really do enjoy it. Except for firewall issues. That’s a pain in the ass. 🙂

Lots of gaming going on lately. Mostly Pathfinder and Munchkin. I did get Munchkin Quest, but we have only played that once. A bit more complex, but a lot of fun. I would like to have someone else take over some of the DMing. Jim is getting burned out.

 
2
Jun

All sorts of fun stuff

It’s been a while since I posted anything. I’ve been busy… well, not really, I just had little to say.

First: I got a job. Yay! Doing IT consulting work for a local company. More on that soon. 🙂

B: We go to the baby doctor next week. We should be hopefully able to find out if it is a girl or a boy. I put together some of the furnature for the baby’s room. There is a crib (which converts into a small bed, etc as she grows), a toy box, and a changing table. We have a dresser too, but I need to make more room for it. It’s coming along nicely.

Gamma: Lots of fun gaming going on. I have started running a Pathfinder game and we are in the first book of the Adventure Path: Kingmaker. Collin wrote up his own 4e adventure that is coming along well. We have also started playing Munchkin. Between the gaming group, we have 4 or so versions (and more coming in). Lsat night we had a more classic game with The Dash and Thorifin. Annie got her first taste of gaming, and hopefully will be back for more.

 
25
Apr

Robbie

Erin and Billy finally brought Robbie into the world. 🙂 Both Mom and baby are doing ok. She had to have C-section and had to stay in the hospital a few extra days because of it. He’s adorable. I can’t wait for mine now. 🙂

 
16
Mar

Baby!

Kris and I are having a baby!!! We just went to the dr and we got to see the little blueberry and hear the heartbeat. Woohoo!!!

 
29
Aug

Back at the beginning

Red Box D&D sets

New & Original

I stopped into a local game shop with my friend Erik on Saturday. He was looking for some minis and I was thinking about picking up a module or maybe a new guide book. After looking around for a bit, I saw a red box on a shelf. It was the new D&D Essentials Starter Set. I didn’t think it had been released yet (and according to Wizards website, it’s not out til 9-7-10). I quickly looked it over. I had heard a lot of rumors about the new Essentials line of products. Everything from it being D&D 4.5e, to a whole new game, to a throwback to old style D&D. I bought it and took it home to give it a once over.

It comes with 2 books, some maps, a sheet of tokens for players, monsters, etc, and a set of dice. The first book is for players. It is basically a ‘choose your own adventure’ book to help you decide what type of character you want to be. I choose the wizard class and the book takes you through a battle with some goblins. You continue to make choices and it instructs you to fill out your character sheet as you go according to the choices you make. The second book is the DM’s book and has basic rules, a selection of monsters, and some encounters. It presents the rules in a way that you could read them over with your friends and have a game going in a short amount of time. The boxed set only takes you up to level 2, but they are releasing more supplements over the next few months that will take characters up to level 30. It really reminds me of the boxed sets my mom got me when I was a kid (pictured above along with the new set).

I was skeptical at first when I read the rumors about what this would be doing to the game. Every time something new is released, there is always a group that cries “you’re ruining my game”  (I was one of these when 4e came out). I have changed my opinion of it. I think it is a great way to get new players into the game. With all of the books out now (3 player’s handbooks, 3 monster manuals, etc) I think it can get very confusing trying to build a character for new players. There are just too many choices. I think its a great way to introduce new players to D&D. It could also be used to veteran players who want things to be a little simpler.

 
29
May

Birthdays!

Stupid hat...Once again another birthday. Number 38. It was great. After having lunch with my sister (and getting my picture taken), I went home and Kris made one of my favorites for dinner. And we had friends over. Then we all went to play mini-golf. It was great. 🙂

Then on Sunday it was Erik’s birthay. He had a cook out and a bunch of people came over.