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Month: November, 2012

Back from travels

I went to BoardGameGeek Con in Dallas, as I do every year.  It’s my favorite convention, and I had a lot of fun.  My favorite new game was Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar.  I came back with a renewed interest in my Dark Galaxies project, and have already made a bunch of changes that I think will make the game both much simpler and much more interesting to play.  I’ll be testing the new changes this week.

Right aftwerwards, Shira and I went to visit her family for Thanksgiving in Boulder.   It’s one of my favorite times of the year, but the altitude really kills me; I wind up taking naps once or twice a day.  We had a professional pet-sitter come play with Cleo twice a day.  Since we’ve returned she’s been a love-sponge, purring up a storm every time she sits on our laps or gets her ears scratched, so we can tell she missed us.

Election and Cat

I was really worried about the election, Shira and I were very relieved.  Watching the election returns turned out to be pretty fun.  I confess to watching some Fox News to indulge in a little schadenfreude.

We’ve adopted a cat!  I’ve been allergic to cats my whole life, but a couple of years ago I went in for allergy testing and they told me I wasn’t allergic to anything.  We thought the results must be off, since I’ve been tested before and was definitely allergic; but they came back negative the second time as well.

Recently, the most adorable cat in the entire universe started coming around, slowly spending more time on the porch, gradually letting us scratch behind the ears, apparently auditioning us for the role of vassals.   We took her to the vet and she had a microchip, but we found the owner and it turns out she had sort of run away from home, probably because of not getting along with another cat.  She let us adopt her, and we’ve had her in the house for over a week now.  At first she’d meow to be let out when she needed to do her business, but she quickly got used to the litter box and now seems quite content with the world of electric blankets and cat toys.  We bought her a “cat tower”, a tri-level carpeted jungle gym sort of thing, with a platform three feet off the ground; it tooker all of a minute to figure out it was hers, and she now surveys her domain from her perch, and curls up to sleep there most of the time.