Quick note that I basically shaved my head today. I had tried to trim my beard and my hair before my meetup with the family yesterday, but I had a sneaking suspicion that I botched the haircut part, so I just wore a bandanna and went about my day. Confirmed with Tabitha later that night that I had butchered my hair, so this morning I just buzzcut the whole situation. I'm now in that weird position where my facial hair is longer than my head hair. I mean...I know that's a thing now, but I was never into that look, at least when I see it on others. So...good thing I don't see people out in the world anymore, else I'd be worried that I was going to be pretty self-conscious for a while. ;)
So...good things from today. I got two packages. One was my backer copy of the first volume of collected Agents of the Realm comics. I like the webcomic; it's a magical girls story with a diverse cast of college girls. Good humor and good drama. The other was holiday gifts from my sister for me and Tb and Gb. I'm leaving it unopened until we can all get together -- hopefully tomorrow. Also, since I had the time tonight, I sat in on the live stream of the recording of the Misdirected Mark podcast. They stream the recording weekly on their Twitch channel. I try to stop by when I have the time; it's fun to watch them and also hang out with the #Chatroom4Life, which is what they call the chatroom crowd. Got to meet Jim McClure's partner Emily Reinhart tonight, which was pretty fun, so now I feel fine following her on Twitter. ;) Caught up with Senda a bit. Actually most of the regulars I get to see more or less daily on the Slack team, but it's still special to catch the podcast live show. MM is definitely one of the longer podcasts I try to keep up with on the reg, so somehow it makes it easier if I can set aside the time to watch the live show as opposed to setting aside time to listen to the recorded version plus Aftershow. I'm not sure why it works out that way, but it does.
In other news, I'm trying to rouse interest in Habitica among people again. It's been a good year using the service, and I saw on Twitter that Kevin Bates fired up his Habitica account and was looking for a party, so that reminded me to check in on Stephan. Then I put out a general call on Twitter and FB, and Dorian might be interested. I dunno...I'm sure it's not for everybody, but I found it pretty useful, so I'm sticking with it and seeing if other people might like it.
Oh! Possible board game night this weekend. Basically gotta see if I can muster the will to leave not only my house, but the Rock, and also make it all the way to Brooklyn. Fucking Greenpoint. All these new gentrified hipster neighborhoods are a pain in the ass with the trains, basically because they're still working off the same infrastructure they had back when people nobody gave a shit about still lived there. Which just goes to show my own bias, because I didn't give a shit about the infrastructure in Greenpoint until I had friends living there and hosting board game nights. So, whatever. I won't complain.
Guess that's about it. I think in the olden days I would have had a lot more to blather about on LJ; I've certainly had a lot of thoughts running around my head today. But I guess it's not really for public consumption at this point, and anyway, I'm too burnt tonight. Gonna try and finish my chores and go to bed. Really not enthused about tomorrow. Like...I'm glad 2016 is dead and gone with all its Dumpster fire glory. Some people are using 2017 as a signpost that it's okay to hope again. Some people are taking 2017 to mean buckling down and gearing up for the fight of their lives. I'm sliding from the first camp to the second camp. Certainly on the global scale. On the personal scale, I'm not exactly gearing up for a fight in 2017, but I am sliding away from the hope end of the scale. I think changes are necessary, perhaps even imminent, but change is always scary. It's also always risky, and I can't afford to indulge in the same risk tolerance I did when I was younger and less attached. Nowadays...I basically have a family to think about. So I'm treading more carefully these days...more slowly, more safely. My task for myself is to remember that treading slowly does not mean standing still. Tread slowly, but keep treading.
Anyway. Right now, gonna tread to chores and eventually sleep. So it goes.
EDIT: But wait, there's more. I've accumulated some unreasonable podcast debt from the last, say, three weeks, so I've been trying to address some of that recently, too. I think I mentioned HMOTD yesterday or the day before. Today I got current with One Shot. I won't realistically be able to dig out of this hole, though, I don't think, so I'll have to be making some hard choices soon about what to skip and so forth. I wish I was one of those people who can listen to podcasts and also do other stuff, but...that's just not meant to be. The only thing I can combine with podcast listening is exercise or chores. Which is nice when I have to be motivated to get exercise or do chores. Not so nice when I have a shitload of podcasts to catch up on and no time to do it in. ;)