Five Gallons!

Now technically this is gallon 6, but Red Cross doesn’t care that my first gallon went to a regional blood gathering organization rather than them, so here we are now with the five gallon pin as of July!

Still a milestone to be proud of. 🙂

TJ, meanwhile, just got his 1 gallon pin!


Just… One… More… Turn… (Happy Birthday Civ!)

Welp, thanks for making me feel old…I started playing Civ from Civ II with a demo.

Sometimes seeing how fast I could “beat” the demo (by discovering gunpowder) and sometimes seeing how long I could avoid beating it (by avoiding gunpowder at all costs). Alpha Centauri, a spin-off game, saw a full play-through the night TJ was born because Redflare was in the hospital in a shared room so I couldn’t stay over and be with them.

Too excited to sleep, I spent the whole night from turn 1 to victory playing that game, waiting until visiting hours were available so I could go see them again. Through the years, Civilization games are my default go-to when I’m pinned down holding a sleeping baby. From TJ and Little Miss to Fireball and Potato.

I believe I held Superman while playing Civ IV, for example with Newbie likely sleeping with Civ V and Thunderer while playing “Beyond Earth” (another spin-off).

Hard to believe the game now celebrates its 30th anniversary.

So off we go now, for just… one… more… turn…



Here’s where that whole blog delay is really kicking in. I got this back in April.

Oh, I was advised not to laminate the card and instead make physical and/or digital copies of the vaccination card. Something about the ink used on the stickers they put on the card possibly having issues with being laminated.


Stolen Chair

Based on my shirt this actually happened back on Mar10 (Mario Day) but Lady Grey felt the need to curl up in my chair and sleep when I got up to use the bathroom.

I present this as further evidence that I am a cat person.

Newbie helped me out by taking this picture as I worked.



I’m going to preface this with the fact that I am a long time blood donor and will be going again. My body not cooperating is in no way the people who were serving at the particular blood drive I went to’s fault.

That being said, they had to get both my arms this last time I gave blood. I’m nearing five official gallons with Red Cross and over six total because when I started giving it was to the local organization that served the Southern Missouri region.

Every time I go in I’m sure to warn them that I have “rolling veins”. It’s a precaution for both of us so they can get it going with as much ease and as little pain for me as possible.

This time, however, it got away from them anyway, for just a moment, but it was long enough that my body went “nope, I’m done!” and started clotting after filling the bag but before they could fill the test vials.

So they went to my other arm to try to only fill the vials… but I was the stone that they couldn’t squeeze blood from on this day.

For clarity sake, my t-shirt says “Love Has No Borders” by the way. One of the people at the drive thought it said “hoarders” at first glance. I mean, that’s a good message too since one can’t hoard love, but no, that’s not what the shirt said.

Needless to say, it bruised up nicely.


Five Games, Five Generations

So before I get started, where the crap have I been? Well, after that last post on 11/16/18 I ran out of pictures and time to post anything more. The joys of helping run a family during the holidays. It’s been a rough couple of months.

I mean, it’s taking me almost a month to get to looking at this tweet we’ll get to into a moment.

Now, if you don’t follow this guy’s blog about gaming yet, I’d highly recommend heading his way. You can find him over at Adventure Rules.

So this challenge was to pull five games from five different generations (and challenge five people, which I’ll leave alone).

A tweet wouldn’t do my response justice, hence why I’m here.

You want generations of gaming? I’ve got generations of gaming.

Let’s get started!

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Water Stops

While visiting there was very much a lack of air conditioning, so taking refuge near water was helpful for Redflare to stave off heat exhaustion.

There was a creek they literally went and sat in.

The creek visiting was probably her favorite part of the trip. Forgetting the outside world and doing something that maybe they’d have done as kids had they been able to grow up together.

And then when this close to the Missouri river, one can’t resist but taking a picture of it, right?