Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Checking in

Lots of stuff happening. I should post, but I'm tired and stressed. All you get is a 'I'm still alive.' And I'm tatting. And working. And stuff.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My Laptop Is Alive and Healthy Again

The evening of August 20th, a day that will live in infamy. For me, anyway. I was searching for a fillable 3rd ed Shadowrun character sheet and I hit a....bad link. My laptop was infected. I went through and deleted everything that had downloaded. It was too late. I had adware, badly written ransomware, and a trojan. I tried downloading anti-virus software my friend recommended (Avast) but it was infected; it interfered with my ability to get online. The ransomware put up a fake blue screen of death, but that didn't take long to ignore and fix.

The trojan was harder to get rid of. I spent 2 weeks trying and finally took it to a computer shop to get it cleaned. It was not cheap but at least it's functional again. I missed the rest of RPGAday. Oh well.

Yes, I should try to recount what happened over those three weeks, but frankly, I can't remember. That's why I keep a journal. I did Jane Eborall's New Moon twice, or almost. I messed up on one (in purple thread) and decided to keep the mistake as 'do as I say, not as I do.' I did it again in orange-red thread. I tatted Nina Libin's split ring jewelry set I. Once in red metallic (oren bayak?) and once in silver thread Nina provided. Such a pretty pattern. I went to a tatting meeting. I tried a demo

CD and I went shopping at the same time I dropped off my laptop. He found a couple of very nice shoes for me. One of them didn't fit so we had them check. Another store had them in the (possibly) correct size. The next day however, it was off to do stuff for my mom.

Wednesday, it was errands (like picking up my laptop) and a dentist visit. I did laundry and packed for Palmetto Tat days.  Our new washing machine takes longer than our old one. I didn't take that into account.

I left early Thursday morning to get Anitra and we drove to Georgia. We took my car because her car AC died. We stopped at lunch and I took a call regarding mom's insurance. I'm glad it came while I was at lunch because it was a long phone call.

We knew about two construction zones and planned our timing to accommodate the delays. The other two work zones came as a surprise though. We got to Tat Days about 10 minutes before the teachers and aides meeting. We went right to it, not even enough time to register.

After, we registered, took a load out of the car and went to supper. After supper, we got another load of stuff out of the car. We had both packed fairly lightly. We had a suitcase each, a tatting bag each, and some stuff for the swag table.

We tried the bobble pattern. I finally understand the rib method for 3d tatting. I need to try that pattern again. I used size 20 thread and the button really needs size 10 thread. I bought some thread from the vendor and promptly lost it (I spent all weekend thinking it was lost in the bottom of my bag).

The lady who won the vintage tatting spread last year brought it back, sewn onto a quilt. This looks fantastic doesn't it? The podium is included for size comparison, then a closer look at the the quilt and a close up of a motif.

Friday, I spent every break making phone calls. I was scheduling movers to get the furniture out of mom's apartment and to her new one. It wasn't easy.I never got a chance to go to the vending room. I did manage to drop off my stuff for the silent auction. I gave some duplicate thread and tins.

I helped Nina with her class in the morning. She had 3 assistants, so each of us could help people at each table. The individual focus really helps. I'd managed to leave my Nina thread sample at home, so I quickly tatted up one earring Thursday night.

Friday afternoon, I assisted Jane. There were one remarkable tatter. She hadn't known how to tat before the weekend started and came into the class not knowing how to make rings. But she already knew how to make split rings.

As usual, one picture (at least) of the lake outside the dining hall.

The banquet was Friday night. As usual, there was great fun. There were two colored handbells on each table. Volunteers went up and Donna T held up flashcards. I was one of the people from our table. Then I handed off my bell to someone I didn't know. I figured we could talk later and it would be a nice ice breaker/conversation starter.

The live auction was after and I didn't buy anything. The things I like went out of my reach fairly quickly. Oh well, at least the charity benefited. 

Saturday morning, I was taking the rocket ship with Richard E. He's a new teacher at Tat Days. I'm glad it was a two session class. None of the techniques were new to me, but I had a brain hiccup and could not remember how to make pearl tatting. He had to show me.

A few auction items had gotten mislaid so they had a second live auction. I managed to snag a crochet hook in a pen tube. Instead of an inkpen, a crochet hook emerges. I also managed to get one of Marie Smith's beaded shuttle bags. I got it early, before other folks woke up or warmed up. And yes, I danced in my seat.

After the auction, Georgia wiped her forehead with a cotton hankie. Sort of as a joke, one of the Palmetto Tatters bid $1 for the hankie. I bid $2. Georgia pulled out her beginner kits; which have a hankie, a small shuttle, a cluny shuttle, etc. We paid her and she distributed them.

Saturday afternoon, I took a simple class. Sherry P taught how to make a flower hair clip. I finished it in class; the only project I finished this weekend. Other than Karey's early bird magic decoder ring class.

I also picked up my sole win from the silent auction. I got outbid on everything else. It's a tatted dresser scarf. I really didn't expect to win it. I'll try to remember to take a picture of it. I also need to take pictures of my purchases.

At breakfast, I found out I'd left my thread on the vendor's table. And they'd already packed them up. We came to a solution so I can get my thread. After breakfast Sunday, we headed home. We took the wrong turn circling Charlotte. I finally got home around 8 pm.

There were people who weren't there whom I missed. One had a death in the family, one has an ailing relative and I don't know about the others. But they were missed.

Monday, I went to help mom move. Met the movers and got her bed, a couple chairs, etc to her new place and got them in place. Then I moved her stuff from her temporary room to her new one. I missed lunch and headed home just after 4pm. I finally got some granola bars about 4:30 pm and CD brought Chinese food for supper.

I woke up aching this morning. But I wore a pair of my new shoes. I took a pair of well-worn shoes, just in case. Good thing, about midday, I needed a break from my high (ish) heel Mary Janes.

Work was as you'd expect after being gone for a week.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

RPGaDay 20

Most challenging but rewarding system have you learned?
Hmm, I've learned lots of systems. Although, unless you have a math or science degree, you never really learn Champions (at least the 1980s edition). That was challenging but meh on the rewarding. Ironclaw was rewarding, but not particularly challenging to learn.

I think the answer is Fate. It's not really a hard system but it's a very different mindset than the games I've been playing for the last..few decades. That made it a challenge for me to learn.

Friday, August 19, 2016

RPGaDay 19

Best Way to Learn a New Game

The best way to learn a game is to play it. You get something from reading the rules, from creating characters, even by having demo conflicts (skill, social, combat, etc), but you never really learn the game until you're at the table.

It's when the dice hit the table, you find out how the rules really work. You find the twists and turns and how they play out.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

RPGaDay 18

What innovation could RPGs benefit most from?
For map and miniature focused games, 3 dimensional hologram maps would be really cool. Come to think of it, anything that would make it easier to game long distance. I mean technology like Skype and Google+ Hangouts help, but real-time map interface, with miniature/icon sync, and better signal clarity would really help.

I have friends who moved to Canada, and I miss gaming with them. Or my high school friends, or gamers I've met online.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

RPGaDay 17

What fictional character would best fit in my group?

Oh, um. It's easy to think of ones that won't fit (even if they are fun to read about). This is additionally complicated by my difficulty remembering names.

Oh, wait, I've got it, Harry Dresden. Leonard (from Big Bang Theory) is another easy one.

There just aren't many who play rpgs. Okay, there are some webcomic strip characters who play, but other than that, well, the numbers are limited. There's Diana Tregarde (from a Mercedes Lackey urban fantasy series). CD suggested Ivy Tamwood (from the Kim Harrison series). 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Family and Tatting

I started the pendant for the beanile class at Palmetto Tat Days. The metallic red thread and black core beads are really pretty. The satin rattail and beads example didn't really work. The beads are too large. Oh well, it was worth a try.

Deadlands game on Thursday. We faced off against the same thug who falsely arrested my character before. Alas, she still failed to kill him. However, the mad scientist was accidentally killed (really, something moved under his clothes and we shot it, missed it and hit him).

Tuesday night a friend of mom's called. Mom needed me to visit. I asked my boss Wednesday morning and thankfully he was okay with it. Thank goodness for an understanding boss and a job with paid leave, and having paid leave to use. 

Friday morning, I went to go see Mom. She ignored the packing list I'd given her. I picked up CC on the way, taking her portable sewing machine. Mom wanted pockets put in her housedresses. We picked up Mom's tv, installed it in her room, took her out to lunch, then left CC at the center to sew the pockets, while Mom and I ran some errands and packed. We still missed a few things, but now she has some toiletries, real clothes beside house dresses, an alternate pair of shoes, etc. CC did a wonderful job of installing pockets.We moved Mom's car and headed home. We stopped halfway for gas and some snacks when I realized I'd left my wallet.

I checked my car again, backtracked to mom's car, mom's room, and then Mom's apartment. I'd left it on the washing machine. Since our washing machine stopped working, with a load of clothes in it, I'd taken those clothes to mom's apartment to wash and dry. I ended up being away from home for more than 12 hours and soooo tired. And I accidentally left my good stork scissors with CC.

But Saturday was the local tatters' meeting. Our usual meeting place (the library) is closed for renovations, so we're meeting at a Whole Foods community room. We can have chocolate at the meeting again. Anitra gave me my exhibit items (scarf, etc). Yay! I had a couple books as birthday presents for her husband and gave them to her.

I messed up my knitting. I noted down the pattern wrong. I bound off and ooh boy, I ran into tension problems. The left side is the cast on.

Sunday, CD and I went washing machine shopping. Luckily, Sears was having a sale. Now I just need to get the basement cleaned up enough to move washing machines through it. At least I have a week and a half.

CC and I met for supper Monday night. She needed a little venting time and I wanted my scissors back. I drank too much caffeine and had a little trouble getting to sleep.

Here, have some clouds.

beads are tooooo big

RPGaDay 16

Historic person you'd like in your game? What game?

Is he still historic if he died recently? I'd love to have played a game with Robin Williams. I think with him in the game I'd either want something really crunchy (rules!) like Shadowrun or something more narrative, like Spirits of the Century. I'm not sure how far he'd stray from his character, but I could see him playing a social chameleon character.

Farther back, Ada Lovelace would be cool. She's got that mathematically trained mind with the creativity she got from her father, but under better control. She imagined computer programming! Imagine what she could do with Shadowrun. Would she play a hacker?