This Week

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Life

So many things were disrupted this week that I don’t know where to start. I’ll start with the most important: despite a health scare, Zen is okay.

On Thursday morning, Zen started to show signs of discomfort due to constipation, and by the early afternoon her health appeared to have deteriorated rather quickly. Despite our vet being closed due to the weather, we managed to get her an appointment with an emergency vet six miles away. But neither FunkyPlaid nor I could drive due to the state of the roads. Portland’s largest cab company had just stopped answering the phone, and another cab company let me schedule a cab ride hours in advance but then never called to tell me that they were running 30-45 minutes behind schedule. Thank goodness for Lyft drivers with chains and 4-wheel drive.

48 hours of hospitalization later, Zen is starting to approach her old self. She is still worn out from the procedures, but she is eating and drinking and purring and cuddling. Right now she is happily curled up in her favorite cardboard box. Her prognosis is good, especially for a cat about to turn twenty, and I am so grateful.

Of course, I have been a total wreck over this, plus I came down with my own illness on Thursday morning (a standard yet persistent head-cold), so it has not been the greatest of weeks on record.

And then there’s the snowpocalypse. Portland pretty much shut down on Tuesday evening and started to open back up again on Friday morning, but as of this writing the roads in our neighborhood are still packed with snow and ice. FunkyPlaid has been an expert forager, but I’m really, really, really tired of not being able to do basic things like drive to work or even walk to the bus stop safely.

Work

I only had a two-day work week, and although I tried to enjoy the enforced downtime I am fairly stressed about everything that has piled up and is waiting for me tomorrow morning. RescueTime tells me that I have been 50% productive this week, which seems high for being snowed in and having a sick cat and the lurgy.

Media

I was too restless to spend much time reading, but Mini Metro has been an exceptionally good distraction in times of stress. It’s a subway layout game; what’s not to love?

Spotify’s Winter Classical playlist is a treat, especially on snow days.

As a side note, I upgraded my car’s software so it now has CarPlay, which means I can listen to Spotify on the way to work! If I ever get to drive my car again.

FunkyPlaid and I are almost finished with Luke Cage and are loving the soundtrack too. I also have a lot of reading to do.

On the Internet

Standing room only. #snowpocalypse #pdxtst

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Ink o’ the Week

Kaweco Summer Purple: a muted, calming purple. Breathe. Visualize the snow melting away … there, that’s better.

Day 249 of Project 365: Mystic Vale.

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FunkyPlaid and I hosted our friends C & R for a wee Labor Day cookout. After we ate lots of grilled meats and veggies, we retired to the game room for a go at Mystic Vale, my new favorite game. Mystic Vale is similar to Dominion as it is a deck-building game, but it goes one step further and allows players to craft the individual cards in their deck as well. I found the mechanic ingenious and much easier to learn than I expected it to be.

This is a photo of the best card I crafted. I can’t wait to play again!

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Writing from: my study in Portland. Listening to: my inner adult telling me it is well past bedtime.

Day 49 of Project 365: Ghosts busted.

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Tomorrow morning FunkyPlaid and I will leave for Portland to find a place to live. Tonight we played games with friends at Gamescape North: Ghostbusters: The Board Game (pictured here), Qwixx, WordARound, Anomia, and Blurble. I had a great time, and I am ready to tackle this next part of our big adventure. I’m also grateful that we will be close enough to the Bay Area to visit often. There are wonderful people here that I adore, and Gamescape North is such a special place.

Writing from: a quiet room in Marin, our last night here for a little while. Listening to: some game on FunkyPlaid’s iPad.

Day 42 of Project 365: Roll the dice.

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It feels good to be near Gamescape North again. There are game shops in Edinburgh but I never found one that I fit into as well as I fit into this one. My first mention of Gamescape North here was in 2000 (“yesterday”) but I know from offline journal entries that I was first there in late 1999. Sixteen years! Now that’s history.

Writing from: just down the road from the best game store. Listening to: Zen’s satisfied purrs.