February 22nd, 2016

Macbeth the Usurper


I bought the Lego Movie video game last week (on sale, $5) and I've had a grand time playing it. I fully admit that I sank far too much time into playing it this weekend. I feel like I've been on a bender.

Unlike Lego Star Wars, this game doesn't crash constantly, so my daughter's been able to join me in playing. Yay.

On Friday, my daughter wanted to rewatch the movie, so we rented it and had a blast. Our family has some new catch phrases.

I redid all my covers and title texts for the latest series. I made some branding adjustments that need to echo out. I still need to tackle the paper changes, which involve resizing the covers and interiors for a smaller format.

Jenny's been working on DesignGirl's party. It'll be viking themes, a la How to Train Your Dragon. I have a game of cypher written, along with making catapults out of popsicle sticks. Jenny's doing the heavy lifting my making boffer shields. She collected up a mass of cardboard to make four layers of cardboard. I'd the cutting out.

I've been making bread for breakfast lately. This weekend, I finally got everything down, understanding what I was doing well enough to get a decent loaf out at the end. With each iteration, I've been learning from my mistakes to understand why each loaf went wrong, building a narrative of the bread growing process. (Bread is alive, you know.)

This weekend I also tackled fruit filled coffee cake for the first time. The recipe's been there for ages, I just hadn't gotten around to it. DesignGirl accepted the suggestion, so I made a foray into corn starch as I simmered the fruit. Corn starch is a transformative ingredient that I don't know very well, but I suspect that I will use it more in the future. I'm already getting ideas.

We spent part of Saturday over at a church potluck for kids. The hour worked out very well. The adults sat about and the kids played as they preferred, coming in and out, but spending most of their time out. I think that this was the lowest key pot luck we'd had in a long time. It's too bad that most of the year, the families are just too busy with Saturday activities.

What's not getting done is the yard. I'm still not done autumn and my spring cleanup is getting far too close. In great news, our kale survived the winter. Yay for more kale. Hopefully our fig will have survived the winter and we'll actually get figs in August.
Macbeth the Usurper

New Monitor

My new monitor came in over the weekend. I picked up a 27-inch full HD monitor for $180. The monitor was cheap, but many people had bought (well over 1,000), so I let the crowd lead me along. So far, it looks mighty good. My previous monitor had been 24-inch semi-HD IPS (used), so it had served mighty well for four years. I have no complaints.

Meanwhile, movie nights are still celebrated in bed with a laptop. So much for technology?

My daughter wanted the old monitor so that she could have two, but she doesn't have any room on her desk. Honestly, she has the better of the two monitors.

I rotated out my Mitsubishi monitor (2003). I bought it to relieve my eye strain from my jittery tube monitor while playing Star Wars Galaxies. It served me many years and will continue to serve as my repair monitor.

Thirteen freaking years. Monitors are just so good these days.