Ramblings of a Shurturtle..

"Hey, nobodys perfect...."

*pokes her head out from under a rock*
Yes, I'm alive.

And I think that I may actually start posting again....though I have to gather my thoughts.

The long and short of it; I am a 'stay at home wife', spend my time cooking, cleaning, piddling around on the computer, yoga, and making 'stuff'. Stuff, being, wine, beer, food (obviously), soap, shampoo, conditioner....the list goes on and on.

I have entires that I want to write about blogging, video blogs, politics, the oil spill....so, get ready. Or...get ready to remove me. :)

*waves and gets her notes together*

Long time no post-y! :)
I had quite the crazy weekend! :)

First, it started with meeting Ryan for drinks at Taco Mac on Friday. We met him there right before 8, and didn't leave until almost 1 am. Thats what a GREAT time we had. :) It was really wonderful to talk to someone new about Gateways and get his perspective on things. While we didn't agree on everything, he brought up tons of good points that we all met on Saturday about worked into our business plan. So, if you're reading this, Ryan, thanks! I can't wait to do it again sometime soon! :)
Courtney and Dave dropped by, and it was nice to see them both again. Chad talked to Jeremy on the phone for a good while, and I got to visit with Courtney and Dave. Chad and Courtney are planning on having lunch on Thursday, which I personally, and thrilled about. I'm so glad that they have decided to try and work things out and talk about the issues they may have with each other. A friendship that old is worth fighting for.
Amanda seemed to enjoy herself on Friday; its been awhile since she's been out. It has been frustrating hearing (through the grapevine) over the last few weeks the lies and crap that has been made up about her because of this divorce she is going through. Its frustrating seeing people get intamatly involved solely because they have no lives, or because they are excited about the prospect of a new 'newly single' bachlor, but I suppose that is just what happens in divorces. People choose sides and sully each other's good name. I'm glad that the constant lying and basking from 'the other side' hasn't made her a bitter person. She has continually defended him to those that wished to get involved intamatly in the drama sourrounding this break up, and I'm so proud that after 9 months of this crap, she is done defending him and is looking out for herself.
Saturday, I recieved an e-mail back from my little brother on my dad's side. I was so happy to hear from him and catch up that I e-mail him back and forth all weekend long. Four years of search has finnally come to a close, and I not only found Del, but I found my biological father, Dee, as well. While I'm not really seeking (or interested in a relationship) with my dad, I'm thrilled at the possiblity of a relationship with Del, my youngest of four brothers (15). He was suppose to tell Dee that he was talking to me; hopefully that will not be an issue and we'll be allowed to continue talking.
In other news: Jessica is buying a house!! Wow, huh? Its so crazy to me that her and I have been friends for over 10 years this year, and she is buying a house now! Congratulations, Ms. Jessica on your new beautiful home! I hope Chad finds it perfect in every way today when he looks at it!

So far, so good!

My weekend was pretty good. We had a really big combat with the Beta Testers on Saturday, and it went very well. I'm actually surprised; we won! :)

Somehow our couch broke Wednesday night; one of the supports was kind of of crappy. That's IKEA couches for you. So, Chad spent a good portion of the day Sunday figuring out exactly what was wrong with it, getting the supplies, and fixing it. Happily, I have my massive 5 person couch again, and after a little bit of Chad magic, it looks to me that it is more stout than it was when we started. So, hopefully it won't happen again, because I'd hate to have to get a new couch. Not only are couches expensive, but I LIKE the one we got. Its very firm, which feels nice when your sitting on it, and its easy to take care of with the slip covers. So....yeah. I'll be bummed if there is another issue with it.

Other than that, we didn't really get a whole lot done. We bought a few groceries for today, the beginning of the 'revamp' as Chad calls it. He is doing a bit of a lifestyle change, and I figured I'd change some of my eating habits to go along with my new found exercise and swimming. So, Chad actually got up at 6:15 to make me breakfast. Woah... :) The pancake recipe was sort of....glue like, but I think with a little tweaking, it will be okay. I'm a bit of a pancake elitist because my pancakes are THE BEST in the world, but hopefully I can spread my pancake magic to make even diet-y pancakes taste good.

We scheduled development meetings starting next week, and I'm THRILLED to get them started. We have decided to dedicate one Wednesday and one Saturday a month to development with the Beta Testers. I have heard non-stop all weekend about how excited that are to actually assist with some of the behind the scenes work, so we'll see how it goes. The plan was actually to start the development meetings this coming Wednesday, but out Beta Group A was sort of stuck in the middle of something pretty fun, so we decided to push it off a week.

I swear, this game is quite crack like. :) Everyone that has played or become involved has really gotten sucked in, which is sort of crazy, but awesome at the same time. Good thing its copyrighted! :)

Chad and I had the discussion on  Friday about opening the doors up a little bit. As much as we'd like to do everything by ourselves, I have finally convinced him that we are going to need more manpower. Unfortunately, out of everyone that he has ever met, he has come to the realization that there are only two people that he would ask if they'd like to get involved (who isn't already)...and one is his high school best friend, David, who has already offered to handle all of the agent/lawyer/business creation issues for us. Kind of crazy, but I do understand. This game is his baby, and its really good. So, I can understand his hesitance. I think we both agreed that when it gets going, (which we are still a few months away from there), there will have be be resumes submitted for paid staff....and our target for staff, but like our target market, won't be LARPers.

Friday was the Web site meeting. I have been monkeying with Yahoo! PageBuilder (which is a piece of shit), and finally I got both Doc and Chris and Jess together in the same room to go over everything that we need the site to do, what we expect and want, and how we're going to go about doing it. They made it sound like cake. I know how good Doc is with the art half of the actual web site, Chris has a degree in web site design, and Jess is good with programs, so hopefully it will work well with no issues. But it was nice to get to hang out with the three of them without anything crazy happening, and I was happy to get the feeling that Chad was more involved. I will have to be patient with the web site, but it will only be a few more weeks until progress is made. Until them, it will have to look sort of NASA-y.

Other than that, same old same old. But the day has started out good, followed by a (fairly) productive weekend...so the week seems to be off to a good start. So far, so good. :)

So, I'm in a disgustingly great mood...

Yesterday wasn't super abnormal...for a normal day.

I mean, I did swim on my lunch break (which MUST have something to do with the great mood I'm in today), and I'm looking forward to doing it again today.

I got my normal amount of sleep (somewhere around 6 hours), but for some reason it really hit the spot.

Dinner last night was really good, for some reason. We had ricotta and spinach ravioli with a tomato basil sauce (that was SO good). It will most likely be a repeat. :)

We all watched a neat show on the Discovery Channel, 'The Alaska Experiment', last night that I really enjoyed. Chad was pestering me to sit down with him and watch it while I was working on character sheets, but I'm glad I did. I didn't get some of the stuff I needed to get done for Gateways finished, but I'll work on it today, and finish it up when I get home before the game (which is going to prove to be...interesting. Poor Wednesday night group; they just can't seem to have a 'normal' game! :)

Amanda has got the 'move out of state' bug. Chad and I always have the 'move out of state' bug, so the pairing of her and us aren't so good. Luckily we are in a 14 month lease, so we can't do anything until it is over. BUT, I did take a little quiz last night about what I like as my surroundings and what I like in my environment, and apparently I'm a North West girl. According to this test, I should be North....either far West or far East.

I've always wanted to go to Maine, but it was a hard sell on Chad and Amanda. I guess I'll just get to vacation there....sometime. So, the only place we could all agree on together was Missoula Montana. Chad has been before and said it was a not so suck ass version of Seward. Like, it was all the 'awesome of Alaska' without the 6 months of 18 hours of darkness. So, yeah. Sounds like a plan. Sorta.

Nobody freak out yet. We're still working on Gateways. We are here for at least 14 months. All three of us are still paying off debt and saving money. Now, it just could be a possibility that all that saved money will be for us moving. :) *shrugs* We'll see. First things first. Gateways first. Everything else is second.

Life is funny like that, I guess. A few months ago, Chad and I had the big 'family' talk. I'm 24 years old, and Chad is 26. Chad and I both have stable jobs, we're happily married, and things are going well for us (hopefully I didn't just jinx myself!!). I don't want to be an 'old parent'. I want to be young when I have children, young enough to be active and do things with them. And I want to be able to enjoy the later half of my life with Chad, having raised children. We're both on the same page. Yay!

So, without divulging too much information about our business plan, we've decided on a set 'number' of attempts to make this game happen. I'm 99.99% sure that the first attempt will work...but there are some fail safes in there just in case. Either way, we've both decided that we want to work towards the goal of having children within the next couple of years, and Chad is toying with the idea of getting a job certificate in the field he is in (or one he is interested in) to ensure job stability and income for a family. But until our deadline, we're to give Gateways our all.

I'm very proud of him. The product that he has built has turned out beautiful. He has set deadlines for himself that he always meets with flying colors, and things are coming right along. His work ethic is impeccable, and I can't wait to see it when its all done and its paid off. Just a few more months of hard work...it will have been 4 years when the deadline arrives, and if we can get everything on our list to accomplish completed, it will be (easily) the best in the market. I'm both thrilled and excited, not just because I want to see it finished, but because I want him to see it finished....does that make since?

Ramblings....sorry. :)

Its the good mood I guess. Its almost like everything has a 'nothing is impossible' glow.... :)


I didn't know I had muscles there.


It worked and the timing was fine. The annual pass is only $144. Which, is, like....$0.55 a day (M-F).

I'm sore. I didn't waste anytime. Man am I excited.

Oh, AND....

I can bring pictures in to sit on my desk now and I got permission to listen to music at my desk! Life is goooooood. :)

Its the little things, you know?

An update....sort of...

So I think I've found a solution.

I have been wanting to try and find time to work out for the last month or so, but I've had some pretty weird hang ups.

1. I stay up late working on Gateways....my bedtime is normally around 12:00 am, and I get up around 6:00 am to get ready for work. Because I go to bed so late, it is REALLY hard for me to get up in the morning. If I go to bed earlier, I don't get everything done that I need to get done.

2. I get home from work around 6:00 and I have stuff I have to get done. Clean house. Dinner. Laundry. Gateways. Try to spend some time with my husband. More Gateways. Try to relax. Sleep. Walk the dogs (which has now progressed to a walk around the apartment complex). There just is no time to dedicate 30 mins, much less an hour to working out.

So, I have tried to find time somewhere else in my day. So, I started looking at my lunch break. I have an entire hour, here, in Norcross, where all I HAVE to do in that hour is eat something. With this new diet that Chad and I are on, my lunches are small (we eat 6 small meals, instead of 3 big meals), so it takes, at max 10-15 mins to eat. That gives me 45 mins to mess with.

There's a huge soccer park right next to my work. I could go run on my break, but then I'm nasty and sweaty, which I can't be coming back from work.

But I can swim.

And luckily for me, they opening a huge aquatics center about (literally) 2 mins away from my work.

My hair is super short (I just got it cut again). I won't stink, because its water. Swimming is excellent exercise. And I could book it for 30 mins (at least), get out, get ready, and eat some food. Boom! Work out completed. Lunch completed. I don't have to get up early and I don't have to do it when I get home.

So today is the first day....I'm gonna give it a shot. I went yesterday and did all the prep work; got my little swipe-y card, found the bathrooms, located the lap pool. All I have to do today is go in, swipe my card, change, get in the pool, and swim.

Hopefully, it will work out and I will have a chance to do everything I need to in that one tiny hour. :)

I want this to work. It will be a 'Shelley Thing', and it will be all for me. The bathing suit part sucks, but if I can make it work and keep at it, the bathing suit part could be the best part!!

Wish me luck. :)

I blame Amanda...

Well, this weekend was the first actual weekend where I felt like I live in my new apartment. I'm not really sure what it was, but something clicked. Nothing really out of the ordinary happened this weekend, but here it was none the less:

Friday: Amanda and I both got home from work, and then her, Chad, and I headed over for a quick Hobby Lobby run. We stopped by Home Depot so Chad could get some  wire cutters, we grabbed some quick Italian food and this new place by the Mall called Artuzzi's (I was actually pretty tasty!), then headed back home. Chad put the new light kit on the ceiling fan in the living room, and Amanda and I worked on our 'Weave Map' for the the game. Chad finished up his OSAs, and I crashed out fairly early.

Saturday: Went to work, worked on character sheets, went to Frontera's for lunch, picked up John and Dante for gaming, and headed back to the house. Did a little cleaning, and when Bob and Mel came over, we start at about 5 and went until about 4. :) Yes, Gateways is crack. We had a blast!

Sunday: Slept in until about 10, then I got up and attempted the coveted 'Cheese Biscuits with Molasses recipe that Chad's mom used to make for him when he was a kid. Not to sound cocky, but my first attempt (according to Chad) was almost on the money. Because it was a southern recipe, the measurements and times aren't perfect (not to mention, I think my oven is off), so the bottoms of them were a little more done that I had hoped...but I'm fairly certain my next batch will be right on. And THAT makes me happy! :) I also attempted his mom's 'Berries and Bits' recipe, which we'll being eating tonight for desert. I'm hoping I did that one right too, but we'll just have to see. It looks right....

After everyone cut out on Sunday, I cleaned. I think thats what help me feel  a little more at home. I've been sick all week, and Sunday was the first day I actually felt well enough to do things around the house (like laundry, cooking, etc.) I'll probly continue the cleaning when I get home tonight, with the goal to be done by Wednesday. I don't have a ton of people coming over that aren't gaming, so I may actually get to have my 'Shelley Time' again. w00t!

After cleaning, I also went to Home Depot (again) and bought some window boxes and a few herbs to fill them. When I got home and set everything up, I realized that I actually have room for 2 to 3 more just on that railing side. So, I plan on picking up a few more over the next couple of weeks. I have no issue with the railings on my deck looking like a jungle. :) I'm actually musing with the idea of getting a few more pants to sit out there; a fern....perhaps even a tomato plant or something. :) We'll have to see. I never knew Amanda was a plant freak like she is, and I think she may have passed it along to me. I blame her.

Earlier this week, I also bought a Beta. I think it was just a 'life' week...with the herbs, and the fishy (who I named 'Kane' because he is quite possibly the most aggressive Beta I've ever seen). I got him a little fish tank and a couple of 'live plants' for him to swim through. I'm prepping myself for a bigger aquarium with this little one. If Kane can live fine with no issues for a couple of months, I'll assume I'm ready for the next step up....with the goal being me prepared enough for a Salt Water Aquarium.

We didn't sign up for the belly dancing class in time, but I'm going to pre-pay for the next session. I'm such a freak about 'my space' and making sure everything is put away, clean, and organized, that I just don't think I could dance right now without worrying about house my house was still not quite all the way unpacked.

Not a crazy eventful weekend, but just right I think. :)

Well, the plague is almost over....

I was VERY sick for the last couple of days. Fever, aches, sleepys, cough, head cold....the works. I Went into work on Monday and was sent home because I 'was gross' and had a fever. :) Tuesday, I called out. Now, I'm back (YAY!!), but I'm still all of the above, minus the fever and aches. So, over all, I guess its not too bad.

Chad drug me out last night to a tasty dinner, in which he was right, I did feel better after. We had a good time, and we went to a place we don't get to go to very often. He was sweet too, and had no issues with me not looking super presentable. I literally just put clothes on. I didn't do make-up or hair. I just wasn't feeling up to it.

After dinner, though, I was pretty exhausted, went home, updated character sheets, and went to bed. I feel like all I've done the past few days is sleep, but I've been so sick, I needed it I guess. Just taking Dundee down the stairs last night to go pee about killed me.

Apparently, there was some drama over the weekend about Chad not going to some birthday party. I didn't even know he was invited, but after talking to him about it, he wouldn't have gone because he has his Beta B test on Saturday. I think the random phone call he got from Sarah Bragg was the 15th person in the past two weeks that has called Chad to ask if he's 'ever going back to Legynds'.

The conversation is always the same:

Random Person: So, when are you coming back to Legynds?

Chad: *laughs, and in the most polite way he can say it* I'm not.

Random Person: Your not? Not EVER?

Chad: *Polite, once again* Nope. I've got my plate kinda full right now.

Random Person: Oh yeah? *acts like they don't know what he's talking about (LARPers are like Highschool students; they gossip more than the old ladies at church)* Whacha got on your plate?

Chad: I've got something in the works...

Random Person: *frustrated because they didn't get the desired info* I heard your working on your own game...

Chad: I am. It takes up a lot of our time. Just trying to get it finished...

Random Person: Well, we really miss you! You should come back!!!


Poor Chad.

So if any 'Random People' are 'lurking', let me sum it up for you:

Yes, Chad is working on a gaming project and has been since he was asked to 'step down' from Legynds EC 3 years ago. Yes, it is awesome, and it by far the best thing in the Table-Top and LARPing industry I've seen so far (and I'm not just saying that). No, he's not going back to Legynds. No, I'm not going back to Legynds. Yes, we are still happily married. No, Chad or I do not want to sleep with you or have an affair with you. No, we are not planning to 'steal' Legynds  or SOLAR players. Yes, we have a good 'PLOT/EC' team. No, we don't NEED more 'experience LARPers' to 'help' us....unless we ask you :). Yes, it is about to take off. Yes, you are a fool for not getting in on the ground floor. :) j/k (sort-of) Yes, we both still have friends that we talk to and see on a regular basis. If you are not one of those people, then we are currently not friends. That doesn't mean that I or Chad hate you, or that we somehow ended on bad terms. It just means that we aren't friends, you know?

We've got the Beta Group A tonight, and I've got to finish organizing player files and office stuff. The dead line is slowly approaching, and I want to make sure that we are done when it gets here.

Lunch time....yum. I want Mexican.

So 'The Man' came through....

We actually got our tax return money!!! YAY!

Chad and I have been having 'the talk' about what we're going to do with it. For those of you that don't know, I made a deal with Chad that he could have 80% of the refund, if we bought new couches when we moved in. He took the deal, and now I have 20% (which is still a nice chunk of money to play with). Chad has been toying with the idea of buying a PS3, a scanner for 'the game', an HD TiVo for our new HD TV we got (for FREE!!), stuff for our office, etc.

Amanda went to Best Buy yesterday to get a few things-the woman has always wanted a TiVo, and she got an iPod awhile back, so she got the 'docking station' and the 'car thing' so she can listen to it in her car and at home. She got a scanner, too. So, ultimately, she blew Chad's plan for his $$ out the window. We had fun going with her though; she was never allowed to spend any money before hand, so she splurged a little to get it out of her system. Good for her; she deserves it.

I'm probably going to buy clothes (I desperately need some for work), and maybe a few little things for the house. I'm going to buy some material to make pillows for our living room...maybe a piece of art or something for the living room wall....but other than that, that's pretty much it. I'm going to get my breaks fixed tomorrow (we've been budgeting for it for awhile), and possibly go shopping (!!!!!). Neat. I haven't been shopping in a long time; I hate malls on the weekends (all those people), so I may have to tough it out this weekend and get it done.

I have to update characters for the Beta Group on Saturday, and if we get office stuff, get the office set up. We've gotten so far behind on finishing up the last final things for 'the game' to get it ready for presentation, that we really have to get on the ball if we want to finish in time.

The 'Quitting Smoking' hasn't gone so well, but over the course of the week, I have cut back. Significantly. I went from Sunday to smoking a pack and a half a day (that's 30!!), to Monday going to 7, to Tuesday going to 5. I've fluctuated between 7 and 5 all week. So, I haven't quitted. But I'm doing really good, in my opinion. Its not a race, and I'm doing this for myself. So, if it takes me awhile to actually QUIT quit, then that's okay, I guess. I'm just taking it a craving at a time, a day at a time. I have made a promise with myself to not give up. Last time, I gave up because I think I set unreal expectations for myself. This time, I'm not going to give up and keep trying, every single day. That's all I can do, right?


Nicotine is the devil.

I want to stab someone in the eyes.


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