Saturday, January 20, 2018

Really? A Facebook survey? In 2017?

FINALLY, an adult version. Tired of those surveys made by high school kids? Here are 29 questions for Grown Ups!!
1. What bill do you hate paying most?
Health insurance. $342/month, with a deductible so high I can't even use it. I'm just making some prick executives at Blue Cross Blue Shield even more filthy rich than they already are. At least until I get on Steph's insurance after the wedding, and get to give BCBS the finger.

2. When was the last time you had a romantic dinner?
Steph and I try new restaurants all the time. A week or two ago we tried Empire Slice House, it was really great.

3. What do you really want to be doing right now?
Heh. Is this what makes it the "adult version"?

4. How many colleges did you attend?
Just OSU.

5. Why did you choose the shirt you have on right now?
Black Fruit of the Loom shirts are $4 and super comfortable, so I own, like, seven of them.

6. Thoughts on gas prices?
Oil companies are just as greedy and shitty as health insurance companies. Convert everything to electric, and give Exxon the finger too.

7. First thought when the alarm goes off?
Usually some variation on "I fucking hate mornings"

8. Last thought you have before you go to bed?
Usually some sort of practical problem. "How can I rearrange the garage to make it more efficient to work in there?"

9. Do you miss being a child?
On occasion. Adulthood has fun things like money and sex and cars and wine.

10. What errand/chore do you despise the most?
Dishes. Steph does them! (And I vacuum, since she hates that.)

11. Up early or sleep in?
If I never had to wake up before 10am again, that'd be fine by me.

12. Found love yet?
Oh, I'd say so :p

13. Favorite lunch meat?
Pepperoni, if that counts.

14. What do you get every time at Wal-Mart?
Hand soap (I'm kind of a germophobe). Or coffee creamer.

15. Beach or lake?
About the same. Maybe slightly more 'beach', although the only one I've ever been on was South Padre Island.

16. Is marriage overrated?
Depends on who's getting married.

17. Ever crashed your vehicle?
Meh. I've never had any trouble affording the repairs to anything that happens to it.

18. Strangest place you've brushed your teeth?
I pretty much exclusively brush them by the bathroom sink?

19. Somewhere you've never been but want to go?
Lots of places, mostly in Europe. I also want to visit New York City, and go snowboarding in Colorado.

20. At this point in your life would you want to start a new career?
Thinking about it.

21. Do you own your own house?
Hell yeah, it's the best.

22. Do you have a go-to person?
A couple of them.

23. Are you where you want to be in life?
-ish. I'm working on it.

24. Growing up, what were your favorite cartoons?
Batman. Ninja Turtles. Animaniacs. Nickelodeon.

25.What has changed since you were a child?
Serotonin used to be plentiful. Man, those were the days.

26. Looking back at high school were they the best years of your life?
Pffft HAHAHAHAHAHA. With the exception of 2016, high school was probably the worst years of my life.

27. Are there times you still feel like a kid?
Sometimes. My philosophy is that you can either complain about getting old or you can complain about other people not acting like adults, but you can't do both.

28. Did you have a pager?
What? No? Do I look like I'm in my early 50s?

29. Were you the type of kid you want your kids to hang out with?
Kids, pffft.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

New Year's 2018

2017 was....well, not anywhere nearly as atrocious as 2016 was, but admittedly that's just about the lowest bar you could possibly set.

Much like everyone (c'est moi) predicted, Donald Trump has proven himself to be an authoritarian, autocratic fascist; luckily, despite being the worst president the United States has ever had by orders of magnitude, he has also proven himself to be far too incompetent to bring his malevolent, dystopian vision for the country into complete fruition - only partial fruition, which is the best we can hope for at the moment.

Highlights of 2017:

• Took another awesome Universal/Disney vacation to Florida with Steph, Dani, and some others
• Successfully completed one of the most challenging Escape Rooms in OKC for my dad's birthday
Proposed to the love of my life (spoilers: she said yes)
• Had a great pair of birthday weekends with friends and family
• Took part in the "seven black and white photos" meme from Facebook
• Had an amazing Christmas at home, and built my sister a table for her apartment

I also spent a good chunk of time hammering away at the unmitigated stupidities of Republicans [1, 2, 3, 4], misandrists [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14], and the clueless, self-satisfied "moderates" who helped get us into this mess [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].


Oh, and also there's that whole 'wedding' thing coming up. :D

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Christmas 2017!

For my money, Christmas was awesome this year! It was the first time that Steph and I spent Christmas day at our own house (last year, we just went to visit our families separately).

Steph and I both took Dec 26 - Dec 29 off from work, so combined with weekends and holidays we both had a full 10-day break. But we also traveled and had family and friends over the entire time:

• Saturday: we visited Steph's dad and stepmom
• Sunday: (Christmas Eve) we finished up Christmas gifts
• Monday: (Christmas) my parents and sister came down for the day
• Tuesday: Steph's mom came down,
• Wednesday: our friend Dani and her boyfriend came down
• Thursday: we actually got to relax and do nothing!
• Friday: my family came back down for the Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert
• Saturday: we all went to Penn Square Mall and ate at Huhot Mongolian Grill
• Sunday: New Year's Eve (Game of Thrones marathon, etc)
• Monday: New Year's Day

For Christmas dinner, instead of having the traditional ham/turkey, I grilled steaks and asparagus for everyone. Steph also made her buffalo chicken dip, and mom made stuffing and a crapload of desserts, including her raspberry bars WHICH ARE THE BEST DESSERT ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET I WILL FIGHT YOU OVER THIS.


In addition to her new glittery purple stocking, I got Steph a necklace, a Tetris game and the ingredients to a mixed drink (a reference to one of our first dates), and a rotating photo box that holds some of our engagement photos in it. I had originally planned to make her something out of purpleheart wood, but when I was researching it I discovered that purpleheart wood fades from bright purple to brown after its been cut. So I scrapped that idea and tried to mimic the look by using purple dye on normal wood instead (as was suggested by Reddit). The result came out decent, but I'll need much more practice with the technique.

I built a wood dining room table for my sister and her new apartment. It's pictured above, but I went into much more details about the build on this blog. I'm really happy with the result, and I've gotten a ton of compliments on it!

For my parents, Steph and I got them a new ice cream maker (theirs broke on my birthday party this year) and a framed engagement photo. My sister and I had a gift planned, but as the late-December cold started wreaking havoc with my wood staining, we decided to delay giving it to them until we could really get it finished and completely knocked out properly. I'll try to remember to post the result later.

As far as gifts I received, Steph got me a scroll saw that I've been wanting FOREVER (<3 <3 <3), as well as a tabletop foosball game, as Murder Mystery Dinner Party game, and the new CAH gift "Cards Against Humanity Saves America".

Steph's mom, knowing that I am a board game fanatic, got me both the Scoundrels of Skullport expansion to Lords of Waterdeep (which is awesome!!) and Monopoly Millionaire. Her dad got me a bag of treats for the dogs and a new framing square (I can't believe I've gotten by for so long without one). Her step-mom got us a massive salt rock lamp, and her brother Trevor got me a waterproof bluetooth speaker for the shower.

As for the Dani's, my sister got me a gift card to Lowes (which is always always always a good gift for me), and a Star-Trek-themed Christmas shirt. My friend / future-best-(wo)man Dani got me the game Bears vs Babies.

My parents blew the ceiling off, as they do each year: gift cards to Amazon and Lowes, Mario Kart 8 for our new Nintendo Switch, Metroid: Samus Returns, a digital caliper and new razor blades for my garage, two board games (Mysterium and Secret Hitler), three movies on blu-ray (Stalag 17, A Christmas Story, and the Episodes I-VI Star Wars collection). We all played Mysterium, which is a CRAPLOAD of fun, and I cannot wait to give Secret Hitler a try.

If we can find a way to make next Christmas less stressful (in terms of travel and gift-building) and more inclusive (in terms of families), it'll be as close to perfect as anyone could ever hope!