Saturday, December 27, 2014

Bored? Games!

We had an awesome after-Christmas part last night, with Michelle, Scott & Sherry, and Sitka and Sake. We stuffed ourselves silly and played board games, and after discovering we were all really awful at Trivial Pursuit, we moved on to Apples to Apples, followed by a rousing game of Pictionary - a good time was had by all!

Even Mighty didn't let the company or the pack of eskimos bother her, she spent most of the evening sitting in laps, clawing the guests, and lounging in the middle of the action with her tummy up.

So, today I felt like we needed some more board games to add to our party stash. Now that we live in town, we can have friends over more often, might as well be prepared!

We headed out to the local games store and examined all the board games. I was very temped to pick up Settlers of Catan, just because I've always heard great things about it, but it was pretty spendy. Instead we picked up a new card game, I'll report back on that later. Then at the first Goodwill store we found another old card game that sounded interesting. But the last Goodwill store turned out to be the jackpot, as I not only found a used copy of Settlers of Catan for $4 (!!!), but for another $2 I brought home something really unique!

The amazing acrylic tower is a game called See-Queue - and it's a 3-D tic-tac-toe game. It was made by a company in Salem Oregon in 1993, and designed by Mr Karol Kersh, but I can't find out much about it on the web. It was 'some assembly required', but everything was there except for the marbles. We headed back out to find some marbles...

All set up and ready to play. Do you know how hard it is to find colored marbles nowdays?

The trickiest part was figuring out all the win conditions, and then trying to build them without attracting your opponents attention. It was really fun! I imagine it would be crazy with four people! You can turn the board around as you play, and you are making rows using all four levels sometimes, it's kind of mind-bending. Cool game!


Friday, December 26, 2014

New comforter on the bed = most interesting place in the house

Only one cat short of a full load.

Speaking of cats, Mouse is recovering from some injury to her face. She came home with a bloody nose a few nights ago, and looked up at me and a fang dropped out and 'tinked' on the floor - to my shock! She seemed of, so Dave took her to the vet the next day, and the vet said two teeth were broken and scheduled surgery for this week. After surgery the vet said her teeth were quite healthy, and that the two broken teeth had been broken through some sort of trauma. Either kicked in the face or maybe got some glancing blow from a car. She also had lost part of her tongue! Either way, she is recovering well, and enjoying all the soft food and extra attention. 


Saturday, December 06, 2014

New (old) Wheels!

Life is good...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Grand Theft Auto Update

I have been enjoying Grand Theft Auto Auto 5 for a whole year now! Crazy! I have wasted entirely too much time playing it. It's my favorite thing to do to kill a couple hours before bed, and I don't even want to admit how much total time it says I have played! We enjoyed it enough we finally bought a second XBox and copy of the game (found both used on CL) and setup the second console so Dave and I could team up and play together. So much fun! Here we are between missions. The masks are to protect our identity ;)

I've kind of maxed out what I can earn in the game, so sometimes I just go hiking around the game and exploring. It is stunningly beautiful in places.

A year later and this game can still amaze me.

One thing that wasn't so amazing though is the kids I have run across while playing it. The other day I played with a 9 year old. This game is rated for 18+ for a reason! Do their parents not know, or not care?! The little guy had the mouth of a sailor too, I've never heard so many F-bombs - clearly he was trying to be a big guy to the other players. It's just disturbing. The game is great fun, but it's so inappropriate for a little kid to be playing it!


Sunday, October 05, 2014

Wag that tail!

What's happier than a Miata? How about a Miata with a tail?

Dave helped me work through a backlog of Miata projects today. I installed power mirrors, a new antenna, a new shift boot (black leather with red stitching), and best of all - a tail!

I have always wanted one of these rear spoilers on my Miatas. Finally! I got the piece from a junkyard on eBay and spray-bombed it stain black.

A couple weeks ago I finished up a couple big Miata projects as well. I pulled the crappy old radio and installed a new ipod-friendly radio, so I can finally listen to my tunes.

 And since everything was apart for the radio install I decided it was time to plastidip the console and 'tombstone'. Two cans of red plastidip did the job.

I think this looks pretty nice with my red vinyl covered door panels, especially when the red hardboot is on. Unfortunately today we had to put the hardboot up in the rafters for the winter. I sense top down days are going to be in limited supply very soon.

When we bought the car there was no pocket under the radio, so you could see wires under there, and it basically looked like someone had already stolen the stereo thanks to the gaping hole Now everything is buttoned-up and civilized looking! And of course the other big addition this year was the glass-windowed top. This is turning out to be a pretty nice Miata, especially considering the odometer just rolled over 200k! For less than $2k, I'm having a LOT of fun with this little car!

Next comes the red wheels. Soon, I hope!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

A visit to Seattle Pt 4 – Nisqually Wildlife Refuge


Sunday morning we only had a little energy left, and decided to spend it on a short hike at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, which was really close to where we had camped in Lacey, WA.





It was very pretty, but there weren’t a lot of birds to be seen, at least not in the parts we were at. We only walked in about half a mile, to the twin barns, since we had forgotten sunscreen. The part we walked was mostly on the shady boardwalk.



We saw cool trees,







And frogs.





Finally we got to the barns, which were pretty cool – for old barns.




For a second I thought I hadn’t gotten pictures of both of them, but they are different, just very much alike!


Once we realized the rest of the walk would be out in the open sun, we headed back via the shady walkway again. Visiting a refuge is a much more contemplative visit than running around at air museums or photographing downtown.




This was a nice way to end our vacation!



A visit to Seattle Pt 3 – We finally arrive in Seattle


We rolled out of the Air Museum headed for Tacoma, but before we could even get on the freeway we had to turn around and go back, when we drove by what appeared to be a giant hat and boots.




Hmmm. Yup, gonna have to confirm that one. It’s the Hat ‘n’ Boots in Oxbow Park.



Damn big boots!



Well, that was unexpected and fun – on to Seattle proper!

You can’t go to Seattle without taking lots of pictures of the Space Needle. I think there’s a law…




And of course every angle is more interesting with this monstrosity, er, I mean, creative-looking building next to it.



I does make for interesting pictures!








Neat reflections!





Chihuly glass sculptures




After wandering around the Space Needle for a bit we decided to head up to Kerry Park, because I heard it was THE place to get a great shot of Seattle. We knew it would be really crowded, as it’s a tiny park, and you have to park blocks away and walk to it.



There were tons of people there already, taking pictures. We even saw foreigners taking selfies with their cameras held out on long sticks to get a better view of themselves! I guess they didn’t want to hand their phone to strangers to snap a pic for them? Anyway, we worked our way around and found a spot with a view to snap a few pics at.



Totally worth it. Seattle with Mt Rainier in the background, and sailboats and ferries on Elliot Bay.



Closer view of Seattle (with a little tweaking to make it pop!)



I wanted some sunset/night shots, so we decided to go to dinner to kill some time. Our favorite restaurant, The Keg, was not very far away, so we headed there, going over the floating bridge…which was open for boat traffic!



Well, that was fun. Don’t get to stop on a bridge, get out and walk around everyday!

Back to Seattle after dinner



Still lots of people at Kerry Park, possibly MORE than during the daytime. Or it just felt like it because now they all had tripods for night shots. I brought my tripod too, just for this! So I had to just be patient and wait for a spot to open up. I aimed for this grassy area below the main viewing rail and waited to squeeze in there.



Again..Totally worth it!



I’m really impressed with the quality I’m getting from my Nikon 5100 and kit lens. For a cheap little DSLR, I think it does pretty well. Check out the close up!



That was enough fun for one day. We had to pack it in, since when you take a weekend trip, you really only have Saturday to play. Well, Saturday, and maybe a tiny bit of Sunday. Coming up next – Sunday!