January 1st, 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I would like to wish each and every one of my LiveJournal friends a safe, healthy, and Happy New Year. May the Goddess bless you with health, prosperity, safety, and good cheer for the coming year.

Happy New Year, one and all! :)

A Thought for the New Year

January 1st, 2011. A new year. Also a time for contemplation, a time for New Year's resolutions and thoughts, and a time when we discard the destructive, old habits for healthy, new ones. A good friend of mine, Janet Wilson, suggested that I journal today the New Year's resolutions that she makes every year, based on her time in Alcoholics Anonymous. She got this list from the column that Dear Abby wrote way back when. So here's some thoughts for folks to think about as we get ready to head into a New Year...

Just for today: I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once.

Just for today: I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.

Just for today: I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct, and accept those I cannot.

Just for today: I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.

Just for today: I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I'll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking.

Just for today: I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.

Just for today: I will do something positive to improve my health. If I'm a smoker, I'll quit. If I am overweight, I will eat healthfully - if only just for today. And not only that, I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it's only around the block.

Just for today: I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.

The 2010 Year That Was (For Me, Anyway)

This is the time of year when, as per usual, I do an overview and summary of what happened to me in 2010, and how I feel about the year that has just passed. So below, I present the personal survey of my life for 2010.

So without further ado, I present,

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As you can see, that was quite a long set of questions and answers. But a good indication of the basics of how 2010 was. Looking forward to 2011, for sure! :)

Happy and Sad Primeval Thoughts

Today, January 1st, 2011, there is good news and bad news.

First, the good news. Today is a great day for fans of the science fiction tv series Primeval. After an 18-month period off the air, during which the series was cancelled by ITV and then brought back to life when a new financing deal could be made, Primeval launches its new, Series 4 to the airwaves today.

The bad news is that Primeval Series 4 is airing today in the U.K. and in the U.S.. But not in Canada, where it won't debut on the Space network until January 18th, by which time much of the 4th Series will have aired (if it hasn't finished airing completely, since the UK is getting two hour-long episodes per week; don't know about in the U.S.) on both the U.S. and U.K. channels.

While I'm glad that Primeval is back, this means that I'll not be reading any of the forums related to the show, or the communities here on LiveJournal. I hope folks enjoy the new series of the show, and I'll try and catch up on stuff on the mailing lists, communities, and forums when I get the chance once the show starts airing in Canada.

In the meantime, I'm just glad that the show is back - and I hope it sticks around for a long time to come! :)

New Year's Day Doings

Had a pretty good day on this 1st of January so far.

This morning, I had a wonderful breakfast of croissant and café au lait that left me feeling quite happy and pleased with myself.

Sat down, and did a bit of writing of some blog entries here, as well as a new piece of hard science fiction that I've been feeling like writing for the past week. I managed to write about 2,600 words of the piece, and am quite happy with what I've jotted down.

Over a lunch of some roasted chicken in a salad with oil and vinegar and some spices, I went over the new Pandemic board game that I purchased on Friday, broke up the counters that needed to be, and generally enjoyed myself with what appears to be a very solid little game.

I made a few calls to rustle up some gamers, but the only one available to come and play this afternoon was spross, so afer lunch, I cleared some of the dishes away, and then he arrived and we played some three games of 2-player Pandemic. The game is a real delight to play, with simple rules and mechanics, and a minor amount of strategy required to get into the game. The first game we lost, as we ran out of Player Cards, but got a good grasp of the game. Nothing really went against us, but it was difficult to see certain strategies at first. The second game we lost as well, losing literally by one turn as we ran out of Player Cards again. Got hit in that game with a couple of severe Epidemics that caused Outbreaks in large chunks of the board, and couldn't get the cure for the diseases in question as we needed to take out the disease cubes in several places to prevent an even worse outbreak. The third game was the one where we won the game, even if it was by the skin of the teeth, when he and I managed to get the win with one Player Card left in the deck, but in that game the Outbreak counter hit 6. It was very close, but it was neat to play the game.

The game has left me wondering about whether or not it would be enjoyable to play Pandemic too often, as it seems that it might get predictable or always play the same after a while, but I suspect that may be moderated somewhat in the expansion set, which allows for several variants of the game. What I really liked about Pandemic was the fact that it was a cooperative game, rather than one where one constantly competes against other players, and where the players have the same basic goal. It'll make an excellent game to play with my goddaughter, Ellie, and her folks.

This evening, I plan to make a simple of supper of pasta of some sort with a side salad. There's the Senators-Maple Leafs hockey game on tonight, and then perhaps I'll watch another episode of Primeval, since I have to wait over two weeks to see the new material.

A good New Year's Day, if I do say so myself. :)