First Auction Of The Year!

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On Saturday I went with Becky to an auction at Janzen’s Auctioneers in Aitkin. This was the first auction of 2015 (at least I think it was…well, it was my first one for six months anyway) and the place was packed with eager buyers…including me.

Here’s a quick recap of events.


We arrived shortly before nine (in the morning, obviously). The auction started at ten, but Becky wanted to check out a few items before bidding began.  I amused myself by taking pictures of things that caught my eye…

Auction Begins…

By the time the auction started, there were about a dozen items Becky was interested in. While she waited to bid, I ate lunch and observed the auctioning. Most items were going for a high price, probably because it was the first auction of the year (again, I’m not certain of this…but I am pretty sure)

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Lots Of Pain, Not Much Gain

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Hello everyone,

Now, in my infrequent posts over the past month I’ve mentioned a few times that Vanna and I have been talking about something. This something is something that I would then never explain.  Remember that? No? Did all those somethings not jog your memory? Oh. Well we were thinking about…a gym membership.

Yup, I’m trying to be healthy! Shed some of my winter weight, tone up those muscles, add some structure to my day, motivate myself to work on my book, build up my self-esteem…there are plenty benefits to gymming (that’s what the cool kids call it) so we finally went for it Tuesday on 7 day trial. Well…I went for it (Vanna read a book).

Oh man, it was rough. It’s been seven years since I last went to a gym…something I realized about five minutes into my workout. Despite this, I think the session went reasonably…

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An Anya The Kitten Update

Hello again,

So you’ll be glad to hear that Anya the Kitten is fine and well after her trip to the vets. She has some antibiotics as a precaution (she eats them like a pro, we don’t even need to hide them in treats) and some, uh…tuna flavored laxative gel (a theory is that her problems are, well, poop related) so hopefully things will improve within the next month. And though her chunky little face is super cute, we also have picked up some techniques from the vet to help Anya lose weight. We love her, but she really could do with dropping a few pounds. Guess we’ll see how that works out, as Anya isn’t exactly the friendliest when she’s deprived of her food.

Note: I had hoped to add contrasting pictures of Anya here, but my internet is being so slow I can’t access the blog’s archive. Sorry.

The highlight of the clinic visit was definitely the car ride. Oh yes, that was an interesting twenty minutes. When Vanna took Anya to the vets a few years back, she loved the journey. Monday however, was a completely different story. If she wasn’t meowing at the window, she was hiding in the foot-well, or burying herself into my sweatshirt. Crying, crying, crying…until she got into the vets, where she was of course, good as gold.  I get scratched or bitten just for walking past Anya at the wrong time, but at the vets the doctor could weigh her, listen to her pulse, X-ray her and measure her temperature with the non-mouth thermometer(!) without a single complaint! How did that happen? Did we accidentally grab the wrong carrier and switch Anya for a nicer, well-behaved cat?


Ah well.  Anya’s better now, and that’s all that matters, right? Oh, and the vet bill. That matters too. But let’s just try to forget about that. I know I am.


Note: I did intend to write about something else in this blog post, but I am in so much agony at the moment (a consequence to this ‘something else’) I really don’t have to energy to do anything except for sleep and cry. I’ll talk about it later when I’m not swallowing ibuprofen like they are tic-tacs.


Anya The Sick Kitten

Originally posted on Even More Photography On The Citadel:

Hello all,

Has it really been over two weeks since I last posted? Oh man, time just flies when you’re moderately busy! I had planned to write something much sooner (I’ve had mental drafts on various topics for a while), but for one reason or another (I’d like to say it was mainly because I just didn’t have any free time, but the truth is I kept forgetting…and Xbox), I haven’t got around to booting up WordPress until today. What can I say? Sorry, folks.

In my defence, the Xbox and a wintery laziness (is seasonal depression a valid excuse? It has been pretty miserable here…) aren’t the only culprits for the blog being so quiet. We have actually been rather busy since my birthday. In the past fortnight, my time has been taken up by:

  • My new game! (My obsession has switched from Destiny to something far more…

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A Belated Birthday Post

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Howdy all,

So cast your mind back to Thursday the 12th February, otherwise known as my birthday(frankly it should just be called Alex’s Day, for convenience). Now I realize that the 12th Alex’s Day was ten days ago, but I did have a good reason for delaying this blog post; one of Vanna’s presents for me wasn’t delivered on time (thanks Presidents’ day…) and it didn’t feel right to publish a birthday blog until I had all my gifts.

Admittedly I didn’t expect my final present to take this long to arrive, but as I was committed to giving Vanna full credit for her efforts, I had to hold off even after my intended deadline (last Monday). So for those of you who were really desperate to hear about my birthday (all of you, in other words) but had to wait for an extra week, I do…

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Yesterday & Tomorrow

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Hello all,

Before I get into today’s news, I just want to quickly apologize about my most recent absence. I do try to maintain a regular supply of posts while avoiding long breaks (like this almost two-week gap…), but for one reason or another things didn’t quite work out as planned this February. Sorry about that. But, uh, I’m here now, so that’s something!


So what have I been up to lately? Well, there are definitely a few things to catch up on (social events[!], TV shows I’ve watched, films I’ve seen…and of course, Dragon Age Inquisition*) but today I’m just going to limit myself to what I did yesterday, and what I’m going to do tomorrow (hence the title Yesterday & Tomorrow…). First, let’s discuss the past!


Yesterday, Becky and I went ice fishing. As I haven’t been on a lake since Christmas, I…

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Christmas Fun (In January)

Yesterday Vanna and I went to our friend Becky’s house for her family Christmas (we’re honorary family members), which was postponed to Tuesday because of various work/travel commitments (it was a similar story last year). It was a really fun evening; we had fish fry (crappie, bass, Northern, Walleye; if you cast your mind back, I even caught some of the crappie), played cards, had a few drinks…and of course, played the dice game.

To recap, the dice game is where everyone sits around a table stacked with gifts (usually novelty things, or small household items) and rolls two die (dice? I still haven’t cleared this up) in an attempt to pick out a present (7,11 and doubles are the numbers needed to take something). Once the table is clear, the presents are opened, and then there is the steal round, where each player gets three turns to take a gift of their choosing from their friends/family/mortal enemies…providing,of course, they roll a 7 or 11 (doubles don’t count this time). Fairly straightforward, right? It’s a fun game to play.

Now the last time I played the dice game (check the first link in the introduction), I didn’t do too well. I ended up with some decent stuff, but that was mostly down to pity and bargaining. This time, however, I was far luckier. Four of my rolls were good uns, and by the end of the first round, I had:

  • A big bag of pistachios
  • Cherry stick chocolates
  • Two martini glasses
  • …A Duck Dynasty Dancing Santa. Ugh.

My luck in the steal round was largely bad; I failed to roll a 7 or 11, and my martini glasses were stolen from me (boo Larry!). But I did manage to ditch the Duck Dynasty Dancing Santa, so I suppose I can’t complain too much. And after some clever trading, I left with…

A small flashlight and multi-tool kit! Better than pistachios!

Useful and stylish!

And the best mug ever. Seriously, just look at it.


Vanna loves it. You can just see the joy light up in her eyes when I ring the bell. She doesn’t say it, of course, but I can tell she is really pleased that I’ve got it in our house (cheers Larry!). I’m not entirely sure that the ringing guide works for me, so I might have to devise my own system before I can start using it officially. 1 ring = refill works, but I think 2 = toast should be changed to 2 = food. As for 3, I’m willing to listen to suggestions. Emergency situations perhaps, like if I need a pillow or my laptop charger (just now I realized my phone needed to be charged and the charger wasn’t plugged into the wall, so I had to get up and plug it in…that’s just ridiculous). Hmm, I’m not sure what to choose. It isn’t something you rush into, y’know? I’ll let you know what I pick.

Wem-ber-ley, Wem-ber-ley! *football reference*

As well as an awesome mug that will help her be to be a good an even better good wife, Vanna also collected an owl sensei (I think that’s how you spell it), a power screwdriver, and some mixed nuts from the dice game. I didn’t bother taking pictures of her stuff, because, well, who cares now that I have that mug?

You’ve probably noticed that this picture of the box is a little brighter than the other one. Most people would achieve this effect by moving closer to the light, or by using flash. I, however, used my new flashlight LIKE A MAN!

Aaaand that was about it. Oh wait, here’s a picture of the awesome food we had yesterday.

(modelled by Becky’s dad, who couldn’t wait for us to finish taking pictures)

Speaking of food, I’m starting to get hungry…and my new glass is downstairs. I suppose I’ll have to go into the kitchen so I can then bring the mug back up here to ring for food. Such effort. Boy, it isn’t easy being me.


Speak to you later (if I don’t die of a bell-related incident),


An expression of my love for gaming and writing


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