Now that the holidays are over, and I’m finally sober enough to update my website, this is going to be a long post. Please feel free to go get a cup of coffee, bring world peace, and cure cancer while you take breaks from reading.
As usual, I spent Christmas with Jen’s family. One thing I really like about this time of year is the sheer amount of food I was forced to ingest on a regular basis. This included turkey, green bean casserole, sandwiches of every description, vast amounts of potato chips, precarious desserts, and inhuman amounts of candy. There was obviously more, but the food stupor left me incoherent, and I barely remember anything aside from stuffing my face.
Thankfully, I did not get another Mensa calendar from Jen’s Parents; this time they elected to give me a gift certificate for a book store. I wouldn’t say the Mensa puzzle is a bad gift, but whoever designed it seems to think repeating variations of the same five puzzles is somehow entertaining. Hey Mensa! If you’re a bunch of geniuses, why not use your combined brainpower to come up with merchandise that doesn’t make you look like obsessive compulsive freaks brimming with useless esoteric knowledge.
Jen is of course still trying to fatten me up, apparently. This year, she filled my stocking with a ridiculous amount of candy and beef-based snacks. I have almost eaten all of them, and I’ve lost weight since New Year’s. Hopefully I’ll be able to remain above 135, but I can’t make any promises. I’m not as bad as Nic, who is about 136, but who is also over six feet tall. Still, something tells me if I keep up with DDR, I’ll probably bottom out near the low 130’s. I already eat 7 meals a day, so I don’t really know what else to do about that. Ah well.
After Christmas was over, and I went home to wait for New Year’s, I found out that Doug and Emily were in town, and Becky was passing through on her way back to Eden. Becky didn’t make it through in time, but we did manage to get Doug, Emily, Rob, a friend of his named Andrea, and her sister Laura, both of whom have some kind of knitting fetish. Don’t quote me on the two later names, I’ve only met them once. We all met up at Azteca, easily the best Mexican restaurant in the Quad Cities, where we consumed crack-infused salsa and enjoyed each other’s company. Eventually we made it back to my place, where we had an impromptu drinking / movie party. We watched Men In Black while I consumed an unhealthy quantity of Bacardi-O Crushes. Sadly, everyone had to go home, but it was fun while it lasted. Though Andrea did knit a yarn thong for Rob to wear later.
We tried repeating the event the next day when Becky appeared, but Doug and Emily seemed to be hanging out with Doug’s family. We still acquired Rob, and Becky demanded Azteca once again. When we’d finished gorging ourselves on cilantro-salsa and enchiladas, Becky scampered back to the highway. Ah, fun times!
New Year’s Eve
For this particular event, I traveled to the far-away land of Chicago. Ryan and Amanda heartily welcomed Jen and me into their home, where I proceeded to continue cramming fistfulls of food directly down my clutching gullet. Thus began another obligatory drinking party that witnessed many Bacardi-O Crushes. I don’t know what was more fun: playing party games, or playing party games while highly inebriated; it certainly made Lunch Money more amusing at least. It was a nice, slow weekend up in the Chicagoland area, and it all went by so fast. Somehow, we didn’t end up playing DDR. I’ll have to rectify that situation the next time I’m up there. How can I show off and inspire people to practice, if all we do is play card games and watch TV?
After I got back, normal life resumed: DDR on Wednesdays, Anime night on Thursdays, San Andreas every other day. Thanks Jen, gang wars and reckless driving are just what the doctor ordered for some well needed venting. I also managed to pick up a Game Boy Advance SP Classic thanks to eBay, since you can’t buy them anymore. I should have bought one when they were first released, but you can’t win ’em all. Now I have something to do when I’m away from home and don’t have a book handy.
While I have the GBA, I’m trying to get a complete roster of RPGs and other fun games to play that are good for a hand-held system. Here’s what I have so far:
* [Dragon Warrior I & II](http://www.rpgamer.com/games/dq/dw1-2/dw1-2.html) * [Dragon Warrior III](http://www.rpgamer.com/games/dq/dq3/dq3.html) * [Lufia - The Ruins Of Lore](http://www.rpgamer.com/games/lufia/lufgaiden/lufgaiden.html) * [Lunar Legend](http://www.rpgamer.com/games/lunar/ll/ll.html) * [Super Mario Advance - Super Mario 1 & 2](http://www.nintendo.com/gamemini?gameid=m-Game-0000-329) * [The Legend Of Zelda - A Link To The Past](http://www.rpgamer.com/games/zelda/z3/z3.html) * [The Legend Of Zelda - Link's Awakening](http://www.rpgamer.com/games/zelda/z4/z4.html) * [The Legend Of Zelda - Oracle Of The Ages](http://www.rpgamer.com/games/zelda/zeldamsp/zeldamsp.html)
Still on my list to get later:
* [Breath Of Fire](http://www.rpgamer.com/games/bof/bof/bof.html) * [Breath Of Fire II](http://www.rpgamer.com/games/bof/bof2/bof2.html) * [Final Fantasy I & II - Dawn Of Souls](http://www.rpgamer.com/games/ff/ff1-2dos/ff1-2dos.html) * [Kingdom Hearts - Chain Of Memories](http://www.rpgamer.com/games/kh/khcom/khcom.html) * [Super Mario Advance 2 - Super Mario World](http://www.nintendo.com/gamemini?gameid=m-Game-0000-704) * [Super Mario Advance 4 - Super Mario 3](http://www.nintendo.com/gamemini?gameid=m-Game-0000-1858) * [The Legend Of Zelda](http://www.rpgamer.com/games/zelda/z1/z1.html) * [The Legend Of Zelda - Oracle Of The Seasons](http://www.rpgamer.com/games/zelda/zeldamsp/zeldamsp.html) * [The Legend Of Zelda - The Minish Cap](http://www.rpgamer.com/games/zelda/tmc/tmc.html)
I’m probably missing some important event, since it’s been about a billion years since I’ve updated my site, I don’t remember everything. I can always make another update. ^_^