I'm so Tired

May 26, 2022 8:51 am

I'm so tired of the number of children that don't get to come home from school.

I'm so tired of the suffering of the parents who will never see their kids grow up.

I'm so tired of police officers who hide and wait while children are massacred.

I'm so tired of people insisting that if we just had more guns this wouldn't happen.

I'm so tired of politicians using any excuse to do nothing to stop this from happening.

I'm so tired of cowards who love their guns more than children.

I'm so tired of hearing that the 2nd Amendment is sacred.

I'm so tired of this country's completely broken relationship with firearms.

I'm so tired of this bullshit.


Heather is in 4th grade this year. The thought of her in a classroom being shot while we are outside screaming at police to do something is too much. I'm just so tired.

Gymnastics Recital 2022

May 21, 2022 6:18 pm

Like Heather's class play, the girls' gymnastics class held their first recital since 2019 this weekend. Corinne was nervous about it, but had a great time. She was positively beaming when she got her medal. Heather is always very stoic during public performances, her play and this recital included. Pictures came out a lot better this time since I have the new camera. The gymnastics recital is always incredibly challenging for getting decent pictures. Full sun outside, but dim inside with lots of backlighting. We went and got frozen yogurt afterwards.

Hero Forge Miniatures

May 1, 2022 4:45 pm

At the end of March we started playing the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set which contains 5 pre-generated characters, a slimmed-down rule book, and the adventure "The Lost Mine of Phandelver." Heather is playing as Zulak, a human fighter. Jess and Corinne are playing Riswynn, a dwarf cleric. And our friends are Zorien, another human fighter; Ara, an elf wizard; and Reedawn, a halfling rogue. I'm the Dungeon Master.

To make the experience more engaging and fun I used Hero Forge to design and purchase custom miniatures which match each character's detail. Each miniature has the character name, real name, and the year on the bottom and they'll keep them as souvenirs when we're done. I hadn't purchased anything from Hero Forge before and wasn't sure what to expect. I ordered the "standard" quality miniatures and I'm really pleased with them. If this is the "standard" quality, the high-quality/high-resolution versions must be really impressive.

Left to right: Ara, Riswynn, Zorien, Reedawn, Zulak

Each miniature was $20. Which is a little pricey if you were trying to make an army, but is quite reasonable for a one-off special character at this quality level and customizability (and they are crazily customizable). The Hero Forge UI for customizing the characters is an impressive feat by itself and that you can then have that custom character 3-D printed and shipped to you is really cool.

I probably won't paint them--maybe I'll get around to the one's for Heather and Corinne--but I suggested perhaps we could have a painting party during which each person could choose 2 or 3 parts of the character to paint and provide some pop. I don't know if that will happen or not though.

I'm quite pleased with them and now I can happily and heartily recommend Hero Forge for custom miniatures.

Easter Egg Hunt 2022

April 30, 2022 11:13 am

Easter Bunny made another visit this year. The girls had a blast and some "lost" items were re-discovered as having been put away inside plastic eggs last year (which had also happened the previous year, but we thought we checked them last year before putting them away--apparently not).

I also learned the secret to perfect, no-fuss hard-cooked eggs. Fill saucepan with enough water to just reach bottom of steaming basket. Remove basket, bring water to boil. Load basket with eggs (we fit 6) and place in saucepan. Cover and steam for 13 minutes. Immediately transfer to ice bath for 15 minutes. We did 12 eggs this way, some from a new carton some from an old carton. Every single egg peeled flawlessly with no trouble and was cooked through with no over cooking. We did have a couple crack though.