March 14th, 2012

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Memorial Day Party!

It looks like we're getting close enough in that I should do a date-grab. So -- I will be having the traditional Crossert Memorial Day Party on the afternoon/evening of May 28th. Details to follow, but assume that it'll be pretty much as usual, an open potluck in the back yard with me grilling stuff. Y'all are invited; hope to see you then...
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State of the Justin

Haven't written a personal update in a fair while, so it seems time. In no particular order:

The main focus of life these days has been Kate: we've been dating for most of a year now, and have found ourselves in Deep Schmoop. It's really quite delightful, and we've been spending the bulk of our time together. I took last week off from work to straighten out my head, so we basically spent the whole week together, and wound up mostly wanting to spend *more* time together -- one of the better signs of a strong relationship.

(And we've recently discovered that we very much like gaming together. But I need to find a good card-shuffler for Dominion: Kate's wrists can't tolerate the constant shuffling that the game demands. There seem to be a lot of automated shufflers around, but mostly intended for 2-6 full decks; I need one that does a decent job with as few as 20 cards. Recommendations welcomed.)

Work has been so-so. The company is doing extremely well -- indeed, I'd say that it has finally completely hit its stride, and is moving from strength to strength -- but suffice it to say there was a management decision that affected me personally, that I am cranky about. (Hence the head-straightening week.) Haven't decided yet whether it's time for me to move on -- there are still projects I'd like to accomplish at Memento, but it really isn't a startup any more, and I'm a startup guy at heart.

Jedi is well, if occasionally a bit cross at how much time I am spending at Kate's. I'm trying to make sure he gets as much quality time as I can give him.

Still don't know who won the Baronial election, and getting asked about it quite frequently. Hopefully Kingdom will get us an answer soon.

Spent yesterday pretty sick, with fairly ordinary stomach-flu symptoms plus what seems to be called "sulfurous belching". Seem to be okay today -- quite weak and stiff, but no more diarrhea or vomiting -- but kept myself largely quarantined in case I'm still contagious. That one really just qualifies as a minor annoyance, I think.

Intercon was solidly fun -- I played one game and AGM'ed two, which seems to suit me well.Collapse )
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Pictures of Jane

[Side note: no, I haven't forgotten the Timeline project. But I realized, a few weeks ago, that Google really does archive all of my chat history. This means that I have *vastly* more actual documentation of the history than I remembered, especially of the early weeks of Jane's cancer. So I've wound up going back and doing a lot of rewriting of sections that are already written, but not yet posted, correcting my faulty recollections.]

Anyway -- I just came across this pointer to a collection of photos of Jane that cat9 collected for the funeral. It's a great assortment of pictures of her life, and I suspect a lot of folks might be interested in it. I'm going to annotate some of them with when and where; I encourage others to do so as well...