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A New Year, A New Start (Coming Soon)

Howdy folks,
So we’ve been back from the UK for a week now and I am already counting down the days until summer! I thought the nosebleeds due to the dry air were bad enough (after using my hands to stem the flow while hurrying to the bathroom, I now know what I’d look like if I feasted straight from the flesh of a warm animal corpse. Haunting, I tell you, very haunting…also sort of badass), but then we drove home and were greeted by snow, freezing temperatures and horrible road conditions. Thanks Minnesota for that lovely welcome, we missed you too. Yep, after almost three weeks of a moderate English winter where the worst we experienced was a few blustery days that caused us to entertain the idea of wearing a second layer, we really needed that reality check the first day back in the US. The worst part is that the weather we have now isn’t even that bad. Oh the joys of living in the north.
*sigh*
Anyway, I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year! Although the celebratory closing of 2016 was rather uneventful for us (sadly I was too ill and too miserable to go anywhere), we had a wonderful time visiting my homeland.  Seeing family and old friends after over two years was awesome. Although we didn’t explore as much as we perhaps could have, Vanna and I did what we set out to do – visit as many people as possible. And on top of that, we did have a fantastic experience in Edinburgh near the end of our trip too. Saying goodbye again wasn’t much fun, of course, and the flight home was fairly arduous (not to mention the horribly abrupt return to work and responsibilities)…but it was all worth it. I don’t regret a single moment. Except for my decision not to bring more food with us. I do regret buying only the two boxes of wine gums. They did not last long at all.
Other than that, it was a truly great holiday. BUT, as much as I would like to tell you about everything we did, there isn’t actually that much to share other than our aforementioned trip to the Scottish capital, so I’ll spare you the details (what really can I say? We went and saw my family, ate British food, watched British TV and went to a few places that I’ve already blogged about before, such as Seaham and Hardwick Hall. Interesting to us, but to you? Not so much). Regarding Edinburgh, however that story will be uploaded soon; I’m still waiting on the pictures (Vanna went overboard) but I should be posting sometime within the next week. Our day in Edinburgh was the tourist/blog highlight to the trip, so please come back for that.
Beyond that, both Vanna and I are really focused on getting back to normal life. Her studies are going well, my work is fine (actually attended our Christmas party last night) and I’m slowly finding a balance to my waking hours. I mentioned in my last post about my goals for the future, including a minimum monthly post on the blog, and I still intend to achieve that goal. It probably wont result in the blog reaching the dizzying heights it had back when I had the freedom to post almost daily, but I think it will benefit me, and if there is one thing I’m good at, it’s doing things that benefit me.
And on that wonderful note, I’ll end this post. Only a quick announcement I know, but I have three weeks of no Xboxing to catch up with. And there will be pictures and more coming soon, so I reckon I can get away with a 600 word catch up.
All the best guys,
Alex

A Short New Years Eve Post

Howdy folks,

Well I hope you all had a good Christmas break! It didn’t last long enough for my liking, but thankfully I have another three day break starting tonight. It offers much needed respite, or at least much wanted respite, and it should be a great time as I mostly plan to do absolutely nothing. Football, Xbox, lounging in my chair…oh yeah, I’m excited to do nothing, especially after the busyness of Christmas.

So what did I get up to last week? Largely what I said before; Friday and Saturday in cities, Sunday at home and with family in Brainerd. My favorite part was probably Thursday night though, eating curry and watching The Great Escape with the wife. We also opened our gifts from my folks, which was a good combination of  chocolate, British sweets, and some personal items. There was also a few other cool things we didn’t expect to get, like a personalized calendar and a Skye jigsaw that I might complete someday. It’s only 100 pieces…I’m sure I can manage that, right?

From the Vanna side, we got more food-related gifts and a cool knife which I’m looking to use at any occasion, whether it is necessary or not. The ‘big’ presents, aka my games, were bought in advance so no surprise there, though I have enjoyed playing Rise of the Tomb Raider during my Fallout 4 hiatus (it was getting too much for me, I could sense that I was losing enjoyment for it…should be good to play again after a few weeks though).

What else is going on? Well we still hope to see Daddy’s Home at some point, but that might not happen until midweek. Tonight Sharissa is coming over for New Year celebrations, and Friday we’re having dinner at Becky’s with her family. As for the rest of the weekend? Well, I think I’ve already covered that. And for the New Year? Um, I suppose I do have a few resolutions:

1) Be healthy. Couldn’t hurt to exercise and lose some weight.
2) Spend more time with Vanna. Now that she works less, we can do more things together.
3) Write every day. I need to finish my book already!

I think that’ll do. I’m not sure how far they will go – according to my work calendar, 17th is the give up day for resolutions – but I’ll do my best to be consistent, especially with 2 and 3.  They are both very important to me, and things I want to do. Eating healthy…that’s just a bonus.

Another bonus would be keeping up more regular appearances with the blog. I’ll try that too. For now though, I’m off to celebrate.  Have a happy New Year, guys. See you again in 2016!

Alex

2012: I’ve Forgotten Most Of It Already

8 more hours. 8 more hours and 2012 is over (for me anyway). Done, finished, history. Hello, 2013! What have you got for us?

At this point most people would write a review of their year,  talking about the good and bad parts to 2012, what they’ve done, what they’ve learned, what mistakes they’ve made and what they are going to do in the future etc etc. A reflection, a breakdown of the last 365 days of their life, you could say. If you’re incredibly lucky they might even do it on a day-to-day basis, covering every single moment of every single hour so that not a single little of detail of 2012 goes unnoticed.

So, with that in mind, let’s begin.

January 1st, 2012: 12:01 am

Nah, I’m only joking. I wouldn’t do that to you. Mostly because I’m not that much of an insufferable oath, but also because, as the title alludes to, I’ve forgotten a lot of 2012. I’m serious. My brain doesn’t work that way. Important dates or occasions? Nah. Couldn’t tell you any of that. It could tell you what games I’ve played over the past twelve months though. I could even stretch to who I was playing with when, or maybe even who I was playing against. Yeah. Tragic isn’t it? But while you’re thinking ‘what’s wrong with him?’ I’m thinking ‘I need Xbox Live back now!’

Anyway, even if I could recall every moment (the blog certainly helps with the second half of the year) I wouldn’t review 2012. I’m not interested in that kind of thing. Frankly, it just depresses me. I begin to think of all the things I did wrong, and how I should have done better. It’s the same reason I don’t set myself New Years Resolutions: I’m bound to disappoint myself in some way or another. Of course I’m not the only one who feels this way. I’m sure some of you go through the same torture every year (assuming you are like me that is; if not, congratulations). How did losing 3 stone (42 pounds, Americans) go for you? An hour in the gym every day, hmm? Did that even last a week?

So yeah, I prefer to go by week by week. It’s easier for me that way, more flexible. It’s strange that I operate this way considering I used to be one of those annoying kids who planned out every day, but this laissez-faire attitude towards my life works (sort of, my writing might disagree) so who am I to complain?

In all honesty, I just don’t like planning out my future because I know there are so many different things that can go wrong there is a good chance that one thing will go wrong and I’ll be thrown off-course as a result.

I should say at this point that I’m not a pessimistic person. I don’t expects things to go wrong (the use of ‘will’ in the previous paragraph was only for dramatic effect), but I’m a realist who is wary that not everything works in the way I want it to. I found that out when I turned twenty and realized that the girl I want to spend my life with lives on the other side of the damn world. You figure it out pretty quickly that life doesn’t want to make it easy for you when it takes 13 hours to be with the one you love.

Of course this ‘I don’t think ahead more than a week babe, that’s how I roll’ attitude doesn’t work well with Vanna, as she is, uh, trying to plan out our future at the moment. I’m trying to help though, I really am.

Right, where was I?

Ah yes, 2012. All in all, it’s not been a bad year, I suppose. There’s been some good things, such as:

Spent New Years With Vanna

Mass Effect 3

Starting Writing My Novel

Saw Chelsea FC Win The Champions League

Summer In The States

Invited To The Writing Squad

Moved House

Hmm. It doesn’t seem like much when I list it off, but I know I’ve accomplished a lot this year. Managing to spend 4 months with Vanna is an achievement in itself, and figuring out what I want to do as a career was a big step too. Add in the progress I’ve made with my book, this blog (how could I forget WOTC?!) and what I’ve done with Solidus, and well, I can’t complain too much.

So despite my reluctance to set myself long-term goals, I can’t really afford not to.  There are several things I am aiming for in 2013, and fingers crossed I’ll manage them.

  1. Work out a future plan for Vanna and myself (try to see her a few times over the course of the next 12 months too!)
  2. Finish writing my book
  3. Start networking/gaining contacts to assist with my book
  4. Take steps towards my dream of writing for games
  5. Win the lottery (not serious, but I needed five)

That isn’t too ambitious is it, number five excluded? I can do it. Yeah…

Bah, I’m not going to worry about any of that now because tonight, I’m going out drinking! Yay! Finish 2012 in a drunken state because, well, I have money and I can. It should be fun. I’ll let you know how it goes later. Providing I don’t pass out and wake up in a field somewhere. It hasn’t happened yet but who knows what will happen?

Nah, I’ll be fine. I’m uh, responsible.

Anyway, that’s me finished. All I have left to say is I’ll speak to you in 2013, and I hope you all have a great New Year’s Eve.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Cheers

Alex