It has been three weeks since I last posted anything here. As I look at my history over the past couple of years, I see that that's unfortunately not out of character for me, but I had just written in my goals for 2013 to blog more, so I feel that I needed to update somehow. It's not out of lack of desire that I have stayed away; I really have not been able to do much, other than thrift on a couple of Saturday afternoons, throughout which Macklemore x Ryan Lewis "Thrift Shop" repeated in my head - best hook I've heard in awhile. I have had to cancel most of my social engagements, including each of the past four weekends, from an unexpected variety of illnesses. So, in lieu of three weeks of absentia, I figured I would give a snapshot of ten things that I have accomplished in that time in the kind of style I had when I first started blogging in July and August 2004. This really is what has been going on in the life of Turner in the past month.
10. I have started three as-yet-unpublished blog posts, along with a few other as-yet-to-be-composed ideas for posts. My hope is to get most of those posts up within a week or so, but that may prove to be overly optimistic. I know I have to write at least one tomorrow before the Oscars, though.
9. I caught up on a number of TV shows and movies. I finally watched Homeland Season 2 (whaaaat?!), I am making progress on my goal of watching every episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, and I have started to catch up more on some of the comedies I had let slip recently (Go On, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock). My wife and I also watched through Season 3 of MasterChef (US) on YouTube - it was strangely addicting. I have also been getting good use out of Netflix lately, as I have watched double my usual average of movies. Of course, I haven't been able to do much more than watch stuff most days.
8. I made one new bead sprite - Annie from Community's Season 3 episode "Digital Estate Planning". I wanted to make more, but I have not been able to focus well. I hope to make the rest of the Greendale Seven in the next few weeks.
7. Although I missed out on Gottacon (Victoria's annual board game convention) and I have not been able to play many board games, I have tried and thoroughly enjoyed three new games: Eclipse, Lords of Waterdeep, and At the Gates of Loyang, which is great as a solo game.
6. I finally read through the classic science fiction novel A Canticle for Liebowitz after almost six years of combined waiting to find it and delaying to read it. It is brilliant, but its heavy language and subject matter made it a challenge for me to make it through the text, especially with the sinus headaches I had going on. But I made it through, and it's onto the Foundation series next (I think), since I found them all for about $3 today at a thrift shop ("this is...awesome").
5. After finally buying a copy of Link's Crossbow Training for the Wii, I mastered every course within a week, much to my wife's consternation. Of course, there is still room to improve all of my scores, but I always have my new copy of Mario Kart Wii to keep me busy.
4. I played WiiU for the first time - mostly NintendoLand, but a bit of New Super Mario Bros. WiiU and Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed. I can't wait to get one of my own - maybe in the fall I'll make it happen.
3. I was able to work for two weeks despite my generally unwell state. It worked out that the week that I had the nasty cold/sinus stuff going on that I didn't miss a call, so I was happy about that. I'm still hoping to add more schools, but that may have to wait until after our assorted spring breaks happen in March.
2. On Thursday, I vomited for the first time since high school - and it was not because I ate a black and white cookie (that reference was fresh the last time I honked). I figure it had been about fifteen years since I had experienced the vile bile smile, and I can only hope that it's another fifteen years before it happens again.
1. I realized that, sometime in the past week, I have set a new Turner record. I have lived in this house, at this address, longer than I have ever lived at any house in my life. My previous record was from halfway through Grade 8 until I moved out after Grade 12 - and that was the longest by well over a year anyway. It seems kind of surreal, since I never expected to live in Victoria this long, much less in one house, but I am happy I am still here, and that it looks like we'll be here for the foreseeable future. We are always looking at new ways to make our house more livable, and our recent efforts have focused on decluttering, especially in the kitchen. And I finally bought a toaster - it seems like an insignificant change, almost mystifying in how I had not truly recognized its absence years earlier by buying a new one - but now I have one, and that's what matters.
So that's what has been going on in the Life of Turner over the past month. Now you know.