Programming Note: Just a reminder that NO ROAD HOME Book Two: Hunter, Hunted comes out in just two days on 11 February, 2020!
I know that last week’s Bloggish article was kind of bleak. I’m trying to offset that a bit this week. Not everything is shadows and demon farts. I have bright moments: sunbeams. Moments where the sun breaks through the clouds and shines a light on me. Here are a few.
This is a tradition that stretches years, now. Every Sunday, I make time to play a Fallout game. I’ve most recently been playing through Fallout 4. I’m on my second play-through now(Go, Institute! I guess!) Before then, I played Fallout: New Vegas and its add-ons(for far, far longer than was probably healthy.)
I don’t always get time to do so, but I try to play every weekend if at all possible. It’s my hour or two to be ultra violent and/or make questionable (albeit consequence-free) decisions. It’s a great stress reliever, to be honest. It also helped in the development of After, so…
As hinted at, New Vegas is hands-down my favorite, as evidenced above. If I had more money, I’d probably have a room full of prop-replicas and memorabilia. So here’s one example where being poor is maybe a good thing? Nah, still bad.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
My latest bent has been re-watching Avatar with my kids. Both have scant memories of the show, especially the younger one. It’s been a lot of fun.
We watch a couple of episodes every Saturday after I get off of work. I’ve never been a fan of bingeing shows. Besides, I feel like both the kids and myself will retain more memories of the show — and watching together — if we take our time. It’s a lot more exciting looking forward to the weekend, as well!
I even have my very own Appa, now. I’m poor, so he’s a cheap knock-off Appa of questionable quality, but I love him. A licensed equivalent is half the size and twice the price, so… yeah. He watches with us every Saturday, now.
Continuing my push to be make more time for fun and family bonding, I started showing the kids the “essentials”. Specifically, the older one (18 in a few months, OMFG) is getting schooled on the um… more adult classics. We started with Robocop and are going to watch Robocop 2 later today. Robocop 3 doesn’t exist. Fight me.
Both of them got assaulted with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. I started with the second movie, because I want them to enjoy the Star Trek movies, not be in fear of watching them. Hell, I even yawn through The Motion Picture. We’ll be watching The Search for Spock before I scar my daughter with Robocop 2 later.
Time will tell how long this lasts. It’s only a matter of time before spring rears its ugly head and starts eating up my time with yard work again. I just need to keep reminding myself that I’m worth it and, more importantly, my kids are worth it.
It’s nice, standing under those warming sunbeams.