Happy New Year Everyone!
2011 was a year of many ups and downs.
I spent the first 6 months unemployed. Then I got a great job with a local IT company. The pay wasn’t as much as I made before, but I am really happy with the working conditions.
In February, we found out we were going to have a baby. We had been trying for just a little while. Violet is amazing. She joined us on Halloween. Everyone says how much it will change your life, but you really can’t understand until it happens to you. I love her so much it makes my heart hurt when I don’t get to see her for a while.
It seems that this was the year to have a baby. Kristen’s sister had a little boy in April, her cousin had a girl just before we had Violet, and our good friends Patrick & Lindsay had Stella about 2 weeks after Violet arrived. Yay babies!
Our gaming sessions have been interrupted a bit because of the babies, but it was a great year for games. We started playing Pathfinder and have been working through one of their huge adventure paths. Collin introduced us to some more Steve Jackson games. It seems that every week we get some games in. I’m hoping we can get back to a regular schedule.
All in all, there were a lot of ups and downs in 2011, but it ended on an upswing. We closed out the year with Erin, Billy, & Robbie over to play games and watch the Dick Clark special.
I hope everyone has a fantastic 2012!
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.
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.
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.