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Bits and Pieces - Qualified Perceptions
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Bits and Pieces
Wednesday has become make-soup-for-leftovers night. This time was a ham and barley soup, a change from the different variants on beef stew. It was supposed to use ham hocks, but they creeped me out too much looking at them in the store. I'm probably a better adventurous eater than I am an adventurous cook, but things on bones always seem to be too much trouble.

The sweater for mjperson is slowly coming together and blocking upstairs, and in the meantime I'm starting socks which obviously have to be for shumashi. Maybe I can work through some of my boxes of yarn stash.

Oath Season Finale was Saturday. Mostly a bunch of combats, with a jeopardy mechanic for extra credit and several dramatic plot resolutions. In the end, though, it seemed very straightforward for the amount of work that went into it; the duplicate-timestream finale of Season 2 was (I think) more clever, and the dr-cain-wedding at the end of Season 3 had the nice plot twist. Still, there's not too much misdirection that is fair to do with a save-the-world ritual that the party has been prepping for for years. Now, though, (after getting over being exhausted) I'm somewhat at a loss for what to do with myself, without production to grind through and the players running around like mad things puttering with everything in sight.

Easter Egg Hunt was Sunday. (Mom promises more pictures; my camera batteries gave out on me.) This was the first time in the new house; there are certainly a lot more places to hide things than in the park (or in the Ibbetson St. upstairs). However, candy is clearly no longer the thing to put in the eggs - perhaps next year will include bulk dice from Chessex. Those were popular as wedding favors.

I feel like there should be more exclamation points in my anecdotes, but I'm still sort of devoid of exclamation points, having used them all up over the weekend.

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chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: March 30th, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was thinking that the egg hunt might be a good sink for decorated (empty) shell eggs next year...

(or maybe the solution is just a lot less candy)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: March 31st, 2005 07:23 am (UTC) (Link)
The fun part of that is decorating the eggs, rather than finding them, though! Hmm, Maybe hiding blank blown eggs and then having egg-decorating after finding them? That's a little non-standard, though. :)
desireearmfeldt From: desireearmfeldt Date: March 31st, 2005 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)

hiding eggshells

Pro: standard? We scoff at standards! :)

Con: Crunch!
merastra From: merastra Date: April 1st, 2005 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: hiding eggshells

Ooooh, decorating after sounds really cool to me. Not sure everyone's into crafts though. I just remembered the paint floating on oil thing. Wonder if that'd work well for eggs.
merastra From: merastra Date: March 30th, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
How about filling the eggs with puzzle pieces? Though I guess if an egg doesn't get found, it doesn't bode well for the puzzle.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: March 31st, 2005 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Puzzle pieces is clever.

We've developed pretty good tracking by now that makes sure that eggs get found. A few years of "Well, we've found all but two eggs - I wonder where they are!" trained us pretty well. :)
mijven From: mijven Date: March 31st, 2005 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)

I like the above-mentioned puzzles. Although with the seriously scary amount of prep you did for your run (wow!) I somehow suspect it could easily morph into the mother of all riddle trails.

BTW, nice socks!
desireearmfeldt From: desireearmfeldt Date: March 31st, 2005 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Seemed like there were fewer guests this year than usual, and most ran off pretty quickly to dinners and whatnot, which I think leads to less candy being consumed, too. (But on the other hand, I think it's also fair to say that between people watching their weight and adult metabolisms just not being as into sugarsugarsugar as they once were, there probably is less demand for candy, too. :) )

Season Finale was indeed startlingly straightforward, but I think that's because a) the amount of stuff that had to be in it by pre-definition was so long that there wasn't room to add extra clever bits, and b) unlike the other season finales, we had been anticipating it for a long long time and had all sorts of ideas about it already. And really, it'd be hard to top season 2 for cleverness. :) But it was a fun run, and everyone seemed to be engaged for pretty much the whole time, and there were definitely some cool surprises in there, and a cliff or two to dangle us off of... Seems like a win to me. :)

And don't fear the ham hocks! They're sweet and innocent. :)
baronet From: baronet Date: March 31st, 2005 07:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Dice!

I vote for Dice! You can never have enough cool dice. I know I need more d12s for some reason...

I think Dylanna's role in the finale was cool. It was great to listen to Drew alternately cursing her and extoling her virtues.

I'm totally unclear what's going to happen with Mirris though. It;s hard to forgive being betrayed twice. At least she didn't abominate any Tinorri this time.
desireearmfeldt From: desireearmfeldt Date: March 31st, 2005 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Mirris

I'd have called it "the bad guys blew her head up" more than "she betrayed us," but perhaps we'll have to debate in character later. :)
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firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: March 31st, 2005 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup, you agitated for graduation socks. Someone else agitated for socks, too - I have to remember out who that was before I finish these. :)
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chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: March 31st, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agitated for "hey, I found this yarn could you make socks" socks. And I shall bring you the yarn tonight.
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: April 3rd, 2005 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)

sox

I agitated for socks, but I guess the yarn is still in transit from Kalmykia?
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