Sunday, January 19, 2014

I thought January was supposed to calm down after the holidays...

... but instead it's been just as busy. This week I had things going on every single evening, and while they were fun things, I was definitely ready for a weekend come Friday night. (So much so that I bailed on my Friday night obligation in favor of staying home and playing Diablo III.)

So, quick recap:
- Monday was my birthday, which was delightful. Coconut milk ice cream, fun presents, and sushi, not to mention crepe paper covering my doorway in the morning.
- Tuesday we hosted book club, but it turned out only one other person showed up. It was actually quite nice. My dairy free/gluten free brownies turned out well, and I got to eat a lot of them myself since nobody came.
- Wednesday we went to the temple.
- Thursday I attended a service project extravaganza at church, where I helped make 100 valentines with goody bags for orphans. Then I hit up the Target for their clearance event, but I only found a few things that were worth buying.
- Friday we already covered.
- Saturday was Stake Conference. So was today, for that matter, though thankfully not in the evening for this session.

Work is going well, and Nathan's new batch of classes seem to be interesting (if a bit heavy on reading). I've been listening to audio books on my way to and from work (it's a 35 min commute each way; not terrible, but long enough that radio wasn't going to cut it) and in the last month and a half have managed to finish 4 and start on a fifth, all adult fantasy (two epic by Lois McMaster Bujold, two urban by Patricia Briggs, and the newest is Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman). I am definitely soliciting suggestions for what I should listen to next, so let me know if you have any favorites you think I'd like! I'm limited to what the OC public library offers, but they do have a pretty good selection from what I've seen.

Oh! And of course I almost forgot to mention our super secret project that has officially launched as of last Monday! Nathan is reviving his YouTube channel and has begun posting new videos every day. They're "let's play" videos, where he records himself playing a game with him offering commentary throughout the gameplay. As a special feature, once a week (on Mondays), the "let's play" he posts will also feature a simultaneous video of me making a perler bead sprite related to the game. These are called "Perler Play" videos, and after they are posted, we also offer the featured perler sprite in our etsy shop. Check out the first one here, and stay tuned for a new one tomorrow!


  1. So glad the YouTube channel is being resurrected!

    Any of those mentioned books worth picking up?

    1. Definitely read the two by Lois McMaster Bujold if you haven't: The Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls. The two by Patricia Briggs were okay (it was her Alpha and Omega series), but I like her other (parallel) series better (the Mercy Thompson series). Neverwhere is good so far, and I remember liking it the first time I read it several years ago, so I'd say give that one a shot too if you like Gaiman's style.