holiday party masochism 

Last night, I couldn't sleep with anxiety. Stayed up till around 4 am playing Fire Emblem Fates in a grip.

Go with Grandma to a luncheon drink/food thing with her extended senior group. I steam a dozen tamales, make queso, pick out a white wine gift.

I make it half an hour before I'm outside watching the river, avoiding the quite elderly talk about their love of Fox News & Trump. Their hate of anything not white and/or male, basically. Fuck their noise. Back to FE:FATES

Birthday Schwag Diary 

Sis got me a sous vide with a vacuum bag kit. So far, I've made:

Ribeye at 130 for three hours, seasoned and bagged with garlic cloves, white onion, yellow pepper, asparagus tips.

Rip-off Starbucks egg bites, in quiche mini-dishes, bottomed with bacon, green pepper, gouda cheese at 172 for an hour.

Good Eats carnitas. Pork loin seasoned and bagged with two halved tangerines, white and red onion, and garlic cloves. 165 for 18 hours.

Bonus: Fire Emblem Fates + Shadows.

played a bunch of splatfest on the birthday, way too late last night.

working on a project or two today, with lots of coffee for stimuli.

re-didding the bedroom. bed against a whole nother wall, and the perspective change is a welcome one.

Making my way through Threed in Earthbound again. I find myself enjoying the grind and weird item experimentation.

Just started up year two on Stardew Valley Switch. Between that and Mario Odyssey, the joy-cons are finally starting to live up to their name.

I caught a weekend matinee of Thor : Ragnarok, which worked just fine.

Current reads: Book 5 Redwood of The Familiar and Final Dossier : Twin Peaks.

Got mine birthday thirty-nine coming up shortly, and don't even want to think on it.

Bird references abound: reading The Sparrow and drinking Famous Grouse.

Maybe I'll dream of birds when I turn in shortly, instead of weird shit like the other night when I dreamed someone died and came back as a podcast.

More Earthbound thoughts. I played Mother 3 when the fan translation hit on a trip to Disneyworld as an adult. It was just after the crash and things were weird all over. Sort of dreaming about a Mother 4 on the Switch, as unlikely as that may seem.

Really enjoying my replay of Earthbound. Just rescued Paula. Having 25 years of distance between playthroughs makes me want to explore, experiment with all the weird items and characters, and get lost in the oddities and enjoy the tunes. Legal weed may or may not add to the experience.

It was cold and humid as balls here today. I made up about four dozen tamales, because that's what I do these days for iterative self-improvement. Hot goddamn tamales.

They're the best I've made in the dozen or so years I've been making them.

In non-tamale news, today is fucking me up and so I'll retreat into fan translated SNES rpgs and other oddities. There's so many, and they're so good, and I vaguely remember them from magazines and never seeing the light of day because words.

got out of blade runner 2049, and still savouring.

do mandroids day-dream of electric birds & bees and other ambiguities.

like the original in many ways, the character actors steal their small scenes frequently.

good use of meta-text Pale Fire, musical refrain & laziest champagne brunch salon drone strike.

Ah, Stardew Valley hitting the Switch this week. I'm going to need it after this fucking week.

athletics, life, ugliness 3 

Most sports seem to be the reconciliation of knowing you're better off finding a tribe of your own among the opposition, than your own team mates.

Internal strife, drama, prestige and pack dynamics all at play on them fields.

Your mileage may vary.

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