- hello Helen Besoe
- Username: symbol
- In response to: "What do you do on the side?" That depends. I tend to go through phases. I just finished a bit of a knitting binge. I knit myself a shirt and a few pairs of socks. At various other times it will be reading, baking, writing, etc.
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- 2011: a Poem in Rhyming Couplets
Happy birthday and a happy new year.
Sudden, sad news, full of fear.
Birthdays again, somewhat subdued.
A vacation, a hope, and car trouble blues.
Weddings and cheer; a happy time of year.
Death and loss, crying and tears.
Busily moving forward, but everything's numb.
Can't stop now, there's another wedding to come.
Big day has arrived; family's all here!
Thanksgiving; Hallowe'en: food, fun, and fear.
Traveling south and trying to prepare.
Back from vacation to more death and despair.
The year wasn't all bad, but it sure wasn't good!
Like a repainted house in a bad neighbourhood.
As my husband said, before the midnight clock struck:
"With four hours to go, 2011 still finds ways to suck!"
- Arkham Horror == Best Board Game Ever!
I'm a pretty big fan of board games in general, but if I had to pick just one. If I had to choose one board game that I'd never tire of... it'd probably be Arkham Horror.
Seriously, awesome game!
Newbies? No problem!
It's complicated yet, because of its co-operative nature, easy to introduce to new players.
Come on! Who doesn't love Lovecraftian horrors from beyond devouring the world and driving everyone mad?
It's highly variable
You can play the same game, with the same characters... even the same elder god/opponent and things will be completely different every time! I mean, don't get me wrong, I definitely recommend switching it up a bit, but you don't have to worry about it getting boring because Audrey always wants to play her favourite character or anything.
It scales for various numbers of players
Four players is probably optimal, but you can play a great, highly enjoyable game with anywhere from two to eight players. I'm not sure, but you could probably even play solo if you wanted to (since you're playing against the board, not each other).
It can be scored and adapted for tournament play
What happens if you put a bunch of Arkham Horror players together with half a dozen boards or so for the weekend? Arkham Horror tourney! Sweet!
Now, rather than just trying to win, you can try to win in the fastest, coolest, and/or most elegant way. See who can rack up the most points by the end of the weekend!
Co-op means that you're working together and helping each other rather than trying to screw each other over
Did I mention that this is a HUGE plus for me? Seriously, I hate games where you're encouraged to backstab each other. This is fantastic! There's no backstabbing. Either the players win or the game wins. No one will ever lose to a fellow player. No one will ever get screwed over by a fellow player. Brilliant!
Really, seriously, can't say enough good things about this game! Love it! Wish I got a chance to play it more often.
- Making Jewellery Might Not Pay the Bills, but It's Artistic!
I'm not the most artistic person in the world. Far from it, in fact! But, if I had to make a living by "creating art", I'd definitely go with making jewellery.
I already make chainmaille jewellery in my spare time. I'd love to learn how to do other types of metal working and gem setting. I'm not sure that I'd always have the inspiration or creative flare to make new and interesting things, but I could certainly come up with a few pretty patterns.
I'm not sure how well I'd be able to actually support myself with something like this. Based on my experience with chainmaille, you either pay yourself way, way below minimum wage or you charge outrageous prices for your pieces. I'm not terribly fond of either option.
But, this isn't about being practical. This is about asking a... less than artistic person to choose and artistic career. So, there you go! that's my choice.
- What do I speak? A little bit of everything!
How many languages do I speak? Well? Only one: English.
Have a general working knowledge of: French, Spanish, Ancient/Classical Greek, and Latin.
I can also read and understand a fair bit of Portuguese, but I don't have any formal understanding of the grammar, nor can I speak it.
I imagine that the same would go for Italian if I tried.
I also know a little ASL, but not enough to carry out a proper conversation with any sort of fluency.
I started trying to learn Tagalog, but I never got very far with it. The grammar was very interesting though.
I'd love to learn more someday, but one thing at a time. I'd like to focus on Greek and ASL for now. If and when I can master those, then I can worry about where to go from there.
- I'm a sunrise kinda gal
Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise. Definitely.
I mean, I'm almost never awake enough early enough to enjoy them, but they always have a way of making me feel fresher and more alive when I am. A day when you've seen the sun rise, feels like a good, purposeful day, right from the start. It feels like a day for accomplishments and productivity.
Sunsets are very pretty, but there's also this sense of loss and sorrow that comes with the lengthening shadows of the evening. The day is drawing to a close; there's so little time left to get anything done. Never enough time.
Watch the sun rise.
Have a full day.
when you've finished your tasks,
watch it fade away.