Thursday, March 27, 2014


Now reading:

  • Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  • Darkship Thieves (Sarah Hoyt)
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis (Larry Correia)
  • Royal Flash (George Macdonald Fraser)

Saturday, March 22, 2014


And the new carpet is finished. "Finished" meaning we still need to adjust the furniture placement, put all the books back on the shelves, paint the strip of baseboard which was concealed by the old carpet but now shows a 3/8" wide strip of paprika-brown between the white part of the baseboard and the cream of the carpet. So the house is not "in order" yet, but it's getting there. Now it's time for a break before the next pro...wait, break's over already. Hang a picture, install a door, uproot a plant killed by frost, install pegboard in a closet...

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Ah, Virginia Beach in the springtime. A day at 70°, two days with icicles on the deck, and then it's 70° again.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Last week we ordered new carpet. What we have was here when we bought the house, and we'd been talking about replacing it since last August, but didn't want to deal with new carpet while Zoe was sick. But the time has come, and the carpet is being delivered tomorrow.
Which means that all that furniture from Montreal, that we've just gotten arranged? We're moving that. Well, the carpet guys are moving it, but we have to get all the stuff out of and off of it. Empty the closets. Move all the books. We have an amazing number of books. More than five bookcases worth. Oh wait, that's just in one room. That doesn't count the bookcase downstairs, the two bookcases in our bedroom, the closet full of books, or the boxes in the attic.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Snow, with Bonus Sleet !

We got a nice layer effect with sleet, then snow. In March. I shall have to speak sharply to the Chamber of Commerce about this weather.

To be fair, though, I drove to our usual Monday night RPG group in South Norfolk; the Virginia Beach roads were pretty clear, while the Norfolk roads were still entirely covered with packed snow. Not just the side roads, but the interstate and major highways. So we have a "fail" for letting snow fall in the first place, but a "partial win" for the transportation department. Good enough.

Saturday, March 1, 2014


Had a good game with Ryan, Dan K and Bob S of Ironclads.Our Confederate ironclads got beat up enough by the Union (and, in my case, my own ram and spar torpedo--a bow-to-bow isn't healthy even if your target is frail) that we had to withdraw; however, we'd pulled the Union ships far enough off to one side that our blockade runner was able to slip along the edge of the channel and the Union never got a shot off.