marsden_online: (BlueDragon)
This long weekend I spent at a family reunion. Sparked by the current owners of the High Country station my (paternal) grandparents and parents built up having constructed quite a cosy wee lodge looking up the river as part of their tourist operation, it at some point became a thing that the three kids (my aunt, father and uncle) and as many of their families as could make it should all get together up there for a couple of nights. There were in the end only a few missing from the assembled tribe although some were only able to stay the first night.
family things )
Will link scenic photo gallery here when it is done.
Scenic photo gallery
Across the river
marsden_online: (Cat Yarn)
The weekend started as planned, in that I got to the airport and parked in good time. After that things went a bit awry. It turned out that fog had prevented some earlier flights landing so (at least) three flights /out/ of Christchurch had been cancelled, including mine, due to not having the aircraft available.

elsnippo )
marsden_online: (BlueDragon)
I was planning to spend this evening writing. I have a backlog 4 or 5 gaming-related posts in mental draft. This is none of those posts but is the one I have found the energy to write.

My journal has been quiet lately but life has been busy. I am now in 3 games a week (DMing a new story in my Broken Kingdoms setting as well as playing in the two campaigns I am journalling). Russian lessons have resumed. Work has started back busy and for the most part I have been putting in numbers of hours which I consider good. This week I started training a new hire straight out of study - this is somewhat of a new (and learning) experience.

I have literally been cleaning house - freed up much space in the hallway wardrobe by by taking the accumulation of obsolete appliances (VCRs, CRTs etc) away for recycling and last weekend I finally hired a truck and cleared the 20+ years of accumulated junk out of the garage and back shed. They feel ... kind of empty, but in a good way I guess.

This included the washing machine which blew its circuit board (again) at the end of January. It was only 10 months since the last time and I had the money "spare" so I bit the bullet and purchased a new one (ex-display, commercial model, good power and water efficiency ratings (for a washing machine)). Spent more than I intended to but expect it to have a long life under domestic conditions. I also replaced the lounge suite which while in as-new condition when it came with the house 20 years ago had seen hard use by gamers over the years, with several broken springs and other metal poky bits where the covering had worn through at the corners. I have replaced that with a cheap trade-in 2x2 + 1 suite as a bit of an experiment in space usage that I can flick on with no remorse if it doesn't work out.

It was a pretty big effort coming off the back of a very full work-and-other-things week (very grateful that D. turned up to help out) and I've been paying for that this week I guess. Emotionally I'm feeling pretty shattered and weak right now. Other contributions to this include hall dramas and stepping up as emotional support for various friends.

This coming weekend I am in Wellington for a wedding - flights mean it looks like I'm going to have a lot of downtime (like maybe all of Sunday). I am taking my Russian notes with me and maybe I will find the inspiration to actually start those other posts.
marsden_online: (BlueDragon)
I took a couple of extra days this weekend to travel to Dunedin (Friday - Sunday) and recuperate/get the chores done (today).

The drive was a bit nerve-wracking in both directions - although I ought *not* have been tired I found myself at risk of nodding off / zoning out behind the wheel more times than I would have liked. And on the return trip the weather came in wet and *dark* between Ashburton and Chch which didn't help.

Dunedin itself was mostly good, turning on a beautiful day on Saturday much of which I spent traipsing around town / catching up with first [livejournal.com profile] salahdra and then S. My legs did not thanks me for this on Saturday evening/Sunday.

Friday evening I dropped in on [livejournal.com profile] avaiaal at work but it was quite busy so there wasn't time for more than a hug :( It was the first weekend back for the Uni - there were drunk students everywhere. I had just driven past one party which appeared to be being broken up by police.

Sunday I had lunch with [livejournal.com profile] micheinnz before heading back north.

In between times I mostly spent at my excuse for the trip, the OURS minicon, either playing board games or, as my busy social calendar meant I kept getting there after people were all organised into games, watching/listening to people play games (somewhat bored). I should have taken my Russian homework and some other reading material to the con with me but I kept leaving that behind in my motel room :-/ Fortunately for me (and only me) the Saturday night LARP didn't reach critical mass.

Games I played over the weekend included Blood Bonds[?] which was OK but not something I'd like to play a lot, DC Heroes (mostly the new set), Biblios, Seven Wonders (with and without expansions) and briefly filling in in a game of Fiasco for a player who had to leave, during which I managed to get the character body-swapped with a very angry sentient tavern (instead of the enchanted crow the other characters thought I had been put in - there was a lot of it going around) effectively removing the character from the game by the time I also had to leave.

The weekend proper was completed by an invitation to dinner (which I was lacking the energy to produce myself) by [livejournal.com profile] littlel who had over-catered for her evening with a very tasty spiced pork dish.

All very good, but not at all rejuvenating. I feel like I need a long weekend to get over my long weekend - and the week that went before it.

The hall also had several alarms and a few other things which I wound up co-ordinating by phone :(

#Prius round trip (filled tank to passing petrol station again) 735km 4.7L / 100km and that with the a/c on quite a bit.

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Today I slept in longer than planned, and also took a longer-than planed nap in the afternoon evening, but I did also get a number of things achieved which I'm going to list here because hopefully in one place they will look more impressive than the things I planned to achieve but didn't :)

- made a number of information-seeking phone calls / sent emails
- caught up the accounts
- bought the reading list/inbox back under control
- logged on to work and dealt with some urgent stuff
- did laundry
- chopped firewood (acquired minor injury but all fingers accounted for)
- filled the green bin
- prepped for tomorrow nights game
- did Russian homework (some of the actual exercises not just the reviewing I have been doing).
- wrote journal post
- about to go an research something writing post has reminded me of.
marsden_online: (Kea)
Actually things went pretty well. It was just the last day that went off the rails a little. It was however very non-stop and quite exhausting.

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Friday )

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Saturday )

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Sunday )

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Prius stats )
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The trip down was grey and mostly uneventful. I did stop in at the Ashburton graveyard to track down and photograph the grandparentals headstone (paternals) and plaque (maternals). Otherwise the traffic was surprisingly light - whether because all the rugby fans travelled Friday or later Saturday I don't know.

Anyway,
- arrived safely,
- checked in to [livejournal.com profile] cthulhu_dream and [livejournal.com profile] satanicpushcart's where I was kindly being put up
- caught up with and farewelled [livejournal.com profile] lenfant_de_jeu
- took a much-needed nap (remember I drove down on 5 hours sleep)
- chatted to [livejournal.com profile] satanicpushcart and bumped into [livejournal.com profile] _nonchalance_ and Slosh over Velvet Burger (I had a Babe and burnt my tongue on the juice)
- motored over to the party which never really got past a drinkies although a lively one. Bailed early at about 11:30 - turns out the reason for the discomfort I was feeling was that something I'd eaten was disagreeing with me, probably the fluffy pastry on the sausage rolls :(
- as a result managed another solid 5 hours sleep plus an incredibly pleasant and guilt-free lie-in / period of dozing.
- emerged to a brilliantly sunny day and an excellent brunch with [livejournal.com profile] micheinnz, [livejournal.com profile] salahdra and B. Unfortunately H was unable to join us, being out of town and not making it back until I was on the road north.

I really didn't feel like leaving, for those few hours today I was just really happy and relaxed. The trip back to Christchurch was both brighter (sunny) and lonelier than the trip down. Once I was firmly on the road again without distractions of course my brainmeats returned to slowly grinding over the things I have to deal with here over the next few days. Particularly another 3 LJ posts.

I do hope for another good nights sleep - although I was back early enough and awake enough that I could have asked to be back on the Antonio Hall alarms tonight I've chosen not to. If I am really needed for some reason I'm sure M will call me. And after catching up with stuff online, and a shower, and dinner ... I haz a tired.

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Prius stats - Return trip 4.7 L/100km over the 357 km from the forecourt of the petrol station where I usually fill up for the return trip, directly to my garage with no detours for passengers or any other reason. Was only 4.9 L/100km when I checked in Timaru, so doing better than that over the plains.

There was a queue at the petrol station and heavyish traffic north - mostly travelling at a steady pace and quite polite.

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I have returned home to one fewer flatmates and two fewer cats as [livejournal.com profile] flufmeister's time as an EQC/Fletchers refugee has ended and they have returned to their repaired flat. I will miss having someone around who is more proactive about doing the dishes than I am, and who voluntarily vacumns. Those chores getting done before they come up on my list has been really helpful over the past few weeks.

So the office is empty but I think I'll hold off moving for another few weeks - until I don't need to turn the heat-pump on in the mornings to make the lounge comfortable. maybe until after the next party here to give people the chance to really draw on the walls.
marsden_online: (Default)
Leave sometime tomorrow morning. Arrive sometime tomorrow afternoon.

I'll probably be bumming around town for some time in the afternoon - is there anyone I'm unlikely to see at the party who wants to catch up? I'm spoken for for dinner :)

Returning sometime Sunday.

KWW log

Aug. 7th, 2011 07:55 pm
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Friday afternoon I returned my furry guest to her home and headed out of town for a couple of nights. I wasn't as out of touch as usual having acquired a T-Stick and the lodge now having decent mobile coverage (if you're with Telecom). What I wasn't doing was checking anything that might be related to work, except turning on my phone a couple of times just in case (it had been one of those weeks).

Most of my weekend was taken up with either board games or eating, the usual. I briefly wandered outside .. twice. 3 times if you count the group photo.

Games: AlHambra, 500, a marathon game of RoboRally (won!), Hansa, trionimos, Ticket to Ride Europe . Possibly something I've forgotten.

There were fewer people there this year (circumstances :( ), and I actually found that to be an improvement. The previous couple of years I have mostly found it to be crowded and loud. It may just have been that movies weren't a big thing this year, which meant the big room was opened up for general (lit) activity far more.

Even so I think two nights will remain my limit.

I was planning to stay until the end (after lunch today), but it started snowing about 11am and my car (and driving experience) isn't really designed for snow so I played it safe and bailed early. In truth everyone else seemed busy packing and I was standing around bored anyway (probably could have rounded up players for a last short game, but wasn't confident enough :( )

Returned home with a large amount of leftover rice and (very mild, very meaty) chilli, rather more than it looked like in the bags. Guess what I'll be eating for the next couple of days.
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Primarily for those who aren't likely to be at the battle or party, current plan has me arriving Friday evening sometime. That means I'll have

- Saturday morning/lunch and
- Saturday afternoon/evening between battle and party
- Sunday brunchish

available to catch up with people / seek entertainment :) Anyone want to claim a time?

Travel log

Dec. 12th, 2010 06:52 pm
marsden_online: (Default)
Trip down was very sunny, except for some rubbish over the hills. Checked the net from the motel, but it was slow as molasses and I discovered one of the things I had forgotten was the power cable, so I had to conserve laptop battery.

Caught up with [livejournal.com profile] micheinnz in what was left of the afternoon before heading to [livejournal.com profile] cthulhu_dream and [livejournal.com profile] satanicpushcart pre-wedding thingamabob at 10 Bar, which is a nifty underground (or at least dug-into-the-side-of-the-hill) place. The music wasn't too loud, the snacks kept coming (and I may have overindulged) and I got to catch up with several people and meet a few more out of members of the varied social circles who were present.

Photos, but not tonight.

[livejournal.com profile] martial_lore walked the shorter distance back to my motel so I could drive her the longer distance over the hill to her accommodation, saving me braving the drunks of George St by myself.

This morning I loaded up on breakfast at Capers then cecked the net with the last of the battery before catching up with [livejournal.com profile] salahdra and then eventually managing to collect passengers and heading north about 12:30.

There was a brief period of concern as the Prius persistently flashed up the warning that means, according to the manual, "Problem with the Hybrid system. Take to dealer IMMEDIATELY" but after a short drive and topping up the tank the message vanished. Best guess is it had been sitting in the sun and was just overheating a bit, but I'll mention it when the car goes in for it's annual service this week.

Overall had a really good time. Wish I had been able to stay longer.
marsden_online: (Kea)
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Adrenaline moment of the day - coming around a blind 30kmh corner, on a hill, to discover a truck coming around the other way. Luckily we both fit.

So, home again. Mostly sunny trip up. Convoys of campervans going the other way.

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Taught niece to play solitare, first on the computer then with real cards. Hours of future distraction.

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Going to see if mowing the lawns will loosen up my back a little. Not thanking me for 3 days with long periods of driving.

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Photos later.
marsden_online: (Default)
Once there I need to buy a present for my sister's thirty-nth birthday - any suggestions on good places to shop?
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Leaving a bit later than hoped, but better to be awake. Will check in from the motel.
marsden_online: (Kea)
I plan to travel down Saturday morning hopefully arriving in time for a late lunch, leaving Sunday afternoon sometime. I don't expect you'll all be at the party, so who am I catching up with when? ([livejournal.com profile] lenfant_de_jeu, [livejournal.com profile] heidipina I'm looking at you in particular)
marsden_online: (gemmed)
Hey folks, Adam's birthday party is on the 18th (Saturday) and I'm heading down to Dunedin for it, anyone else up for the trip?

Last years party looked a bit like this - this year the theme is Heroes and Villains

I'd like to be able to finalise my travel plans soonish, so speak up if you're interested :D
(The Dictator has already made interested noises, so there may well be additional vehicles going.)

(x-posted)
marsden_online: (gemmed)
I've been advised that there will be a Heroes and Villains themed party on September 18th in Dunedin. (Last year this event was themed Heaven and Hell)

At this stage I'm tentatively planning to attend, I guess I'll also put my hand up to co-ordinate other people wanting to make the trip down from Christchurch.
marsden_online: (skull)
The trip down was windy. Managed to avoid being blown off the road.

Had a tour of [livejournal.com profile] cthulhu_dream's lab, which is much like other labs I have been in but this one actually has (fricken') lasers.

Had a nap followed by dinner at the Jitsu with ppls.

Attended the party, which was really a drinkies but was exactly the right sized drinkies for the venue. There was good company and conversation and I enjoyed it. I didn't take many photos but they will appear online over the next couple of days. Left a bit after midnight.

Followed some real prats down Princes/Georges on the way back to the motel. Hanging out of their big covered hilux-type vehicle, shouting abuse at pedestrians. The other side of Knox they actually started swerving in and spraying liquid/throwing drink containers at pedestrians. About this point I was angry enough to report their numberplate to the police, but could quite be arsed locating the Dndn police number when I got back to my motel room. I was sufficiently agitated that it took another hour before I got to sleep.

Slept fairly well, despite dreams. This nights being about not being willing to let go of something I'd been given for fear of ceasing to exist altogether. I guess everyone has things like that - I have many.

Between breakfast and leaving Dunedin today I caught up with [livejournal.com profile] salahdra and others who hadn't been at the party :)

The trip back was hot. Had the aircon on most of the way. 30 deg in Timaru, still 28 deg in Chch when we arrived back about 6pm.

Need to write an email which is going to uncork the angst-genie I managed to suppress at the party, then am tired enough to hopefully sleep that off with minimum ill effects.
marsden_online: (Kea)
If there's anyone else vaguely considering going down for their First Party this weekend.
marsden_online: (gemmed)
It has been confirmed via FaceBook that the date is Saturday the 13th. I plan on attending, as usual I have 3 spare seats in my car.

Exact travel days/times have yet to be sorted and may depend both on passengers & when my friends in Dndn have time to catch up :)

Petrol cost is $20/seat, that covers both directions. My accommodation is sorted, yours is your own problem but if given plenty of warning / a suitable bribe our Southern brethren have been known to organise billets.
marsden_online: (Kea)
more kea photos
Kea Photos

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Prius stats:
Christchurch to Greymouth (empty) - 4.5L/100km
Back to Chch 2 passengers, luggage - lifted to 4.6L/100km
Less than 1/2 a tank of fuel used according to the guess gauge.

I <3 my car.

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If no other solutions arise I may be doing the trip again next Sunday. It's much quicker with company, there will still be a spare seat there & back :)

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