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Conflikt was a thing that happened! Much awesome music was delivered, and I got to be a part of a lot of it. It's always a joy to play with/for fabulous musicians. This year we had no concert of our own, but were part of the band for three other concerts (and at the last minute I was part of a fourth). Also managed to set aside more time for actually hanging out and talking with people! Which is something I always feel like there's not enough at cons, so yay! And an old friend showed up unexpectedly, which was a delightful surprise! We have pledged to help each other with motivation to make time for creative things just for pleasure, since we both keep meaning to.

I am SO HAPPY with my drumming lately. Echo the Ashiko was one of the best purchases I ever made! Because it led to my starting to learn how to play it, and that led to us getting Bijou the Djembe (that's her sensible, everyday name) and the stand (Gibraltar is a brand name which has TRUTH IN ADVERTISING let me tell you) and oh WOW, it was SO MUCH FUN this weekend to be someone else's drummer! I like drumming on my own songs, but drumming while singing lead is a particular kind of challenge, and I don't get to be quite as in to either one because it takes more of my brain. Just drumming, I get to let go and just enjoy it. OH WOW THAT IS SO FUN. (This is not going to lead to me getting a drum kit, though, as coordinating all four limbs is a bit much for me. Watch me playing Rock Band sometime. I can do most songs on medium, but once past a certain difficulty level my brain goes FLAIL.)

Also I started a new song. Actually I got the idea when I was walking to work the other day, but I actually started writing it down at Conflikt. So there's that. :)

Down side is that I seem to have brought some mild crud home; I've got a cough that started up sometime last night, and this morning I feel like my lungs have been scoured with sandpaper. (Usually colds hang out in my sinuses for a while before invading my lungs, so at least I seem to have the Cliffs Notes version this time?)

Work continues to be pleasantly boring or boringly pleasant. In that I work for and with nice people, for a company where I'm alone most of the time and everyone else works out of their homes (so for the most part nobody bugs me), and over the course of a long series of different jobs, it's actually the type of work I enjoy most. I've filled up my Administrative Professionals Disney pin lanyard and am now pondering a nice frame/shadowbox for them. The only downside there being that I'm about to do the February 1st payroll today WHERE DID JANUARY GO I'M NOT EVEN USED TO 2014 YET.

Since acquiring a phone that can actually play casual games without crashing, I've been playing them a lot more. Candy Crush Saga and Monster Match are my current obsessions, but I'm always pretty cyclical in that regard, so I'll be back to Pocket Frogs sooner or later. Monster Match especially right now, though. It's basically a Pokemon ripoff + a match more than 3 game, but without the part where you have to play with your monsters and keep them happy. Evolving things is fun! (I'm vixyish on Mobage's game system, should the urge strike you to friend me and/or send me stuff. Actually I don't even know if you can send people stuff.) Also my somewhat obsessive game playing means I drain my batteries a lot faster, so I have phone chargers strategically placed, like, everywhere. Also I never tire of hidden object adventure games on the iPad; I think they sort of hit the Myst-spot in my brain. Big Fish Games, I salute you. :)

The crows are happy to have me back, as always. Lately we've also had a seagull who hangs out on the back porch at home sometimes. I'm trying not to encourage it, because seagulls are HUGE and give no fucks and if I start feeding this seagull on command, I'll have an entire flock of seagulls begging at the back door all the damn time. (And then the big hair and the running away, yes. Torrey and Tony have already beaten you to the jokes, I'm afraid.) So if he's there I don't put out food, but sometimes he shows up anyway when there's crow food. The crows don't fight with him, although they're wary of him, and in fact sometimes they all eat at the same time, but the seagull is like a vacuum cleaner, SCHLOOOOOOOOOOOP and all the food's gone. Then he peers in at us through the windows-- he can clearly see the humans, and has clearly connected that the humans are where the food comes from, as he's done this to both me and Seanan now-- and makes this rather cute sort of clucking/quacking sound. MACK-MACK-MACK. MACK-MACK-MACK. But quietly, for all the world like he's making a polite inquiry. It's really hitting my cute-trained-animal reflex and it's hard not to go "awwww, here you go." But I won't, because of the aforementioned 80s music invasion that would result.

And now, time to get back to evolving monsters. I mean doing payroll.
Originally posted at http://vixy.dreamwidth.org/788351.html.


( what 7 dormice said — feed your head )
Jan. 29th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
The last time I was tossing crackers out for the crows, a couple of seagulls showed up. I stopped throwing crackers and told the crows to chase off the gulls first. Oddly enough, they did. Then they got more crackers. They seemed pleased with themselves.
Jan. 29th, 2014 06:32 pm (UTC)
It was good to see you at Conflikt, sistahfox.
Jan. 29th, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
Hidden object games have absolutely become my brain candy. My favorite on Big Fish Games is Mystery Legends - Beauty and the Beast, though I've also been getting a lot of mileage out of the Midnight Mysteries series on Steam. Which games have you found on Big Fish that you enjoy the most?
Jan. 29th, 2014 09:40 pm (UTC)
Oooh...I'd really love to talk to you about drumming sometime. I'm really, really interested in learning percussion. Right now I can play...an egg. ;) I also bought a bodhran year with the intention of learning, but HAHAHAHA.

Also, I am sad that Conflikt is so far away and we've not been able to make it to one.

Miss you!
Jan. 29th, 2014 09:50 pm (UTC)
It was really great to see you and thanks for drumming on Deep Blue Sea (The night my best friend called my future wife and mother of my children the Devil). Someday, I hope to have time to learn more of each others' songs and sing together.
Jan. 29th, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
It was great to see you at Betsy's concert a few weeks back! You managed to sing the exact song that my friend had been playing for me a few hours earlier (the one from Bastion), causing much glee on his part (he said you sang it better) and a lot of "what are the odds of THAT happening!" pondering.
Feb. 15th, 2014 11:16 am (UTC)
Ah... I've been feeding a bunch of crows outside my house here in SeaTac. My most recent foray sent me out with a can of slightly stale mixed nuts. And because it was so cold, I set out a pan of warmish water (as hot cocoa doesn't seem healthy for the crows, but the nuts were salty). And then FrankenGull showed up (a seagull and a Thanksgiving turkey had a sick love child). I chase FrankenGull off & the crows came back. So I had a black winged party, all cawing and drinking water, and happily enjoying mixed nuts. It's a shame I couldn't get out the board games. ;-)
( what 7 dormice said — feed your head )


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