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  • <Plays new party member music> Celebrating the day as my 2nd daughter was born not so long ago!!


    On the same day my first daughter was born no less!


    :3
    What a wacky, crappy and stressful month it's been!. I've got a bunch of notifications and personal messages to catch up on and I'm gonna feel like Rikifive when I catch up on the "introductions" section. So many welcomes and hellos to send out!
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    Hollow 1977
    Hollow 1977
    Yeah it can get busy here. I try to reply to as many status updates as possible but sometimes its hard. :(
    Mr z how did i know you would be online? Its coincidence m8te 


    Btw i use android 
    Zortik
    Zortik
    Yep, got a minute to finally look over and read some intro posts and respond. All done though, it's late and sleep is calling.
    Almost done with my crazy drive ~_~.


    Another few hours to the next hotel and then I can get some rest. I want to chill out already!
    Alexander Amnell
    Alexander Amnell
    No, flying sucks. Driving is great as long as you don't have a schedule to keep to...or children to sooth.
    Luck Of Kurisu Saimon Des
    Luck Of Kurisu Saimon Des
    Yeah well 12 hours to sydney nsw aus is a pain 
    Zortik
    Zortik
    It was 19-20 hours of driving for me. Flying wasn't a valid option, I'm relocating for a new job opportunity. So I packed my car to the brim with essentials from my house and started the drive early April 1st. Got into the last hotel (about 10 minutes from the new apartment I'll be moving into) about an hour or so ago.
    Meeting the landlords tomorrow morning for the keys and to sign the last few documents.
    About time to turn off the laptop and start phase 1 of a 15 hour drive.
     


    Off to start a new chapter in a new state. Wish me luck, please! ^_^;;
    amaSenpai
    amaSenpai
    Have a great move, and be safe!
    Zortik
    Zortik
    Thanks. Still driving at the moment. Taking a short dinner break.
    I only frequent a few of the subforums. So, when I suddenly see a HUGE number of unread topics (Introductions) I get confused.


    Then, I realize @Rikifive was there playing catch up. -.-;;
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    Shaz
    Shaz
    yeah, Rikifive has the spotlight this morning :D
    Rikifive
    Rikifive
    That's what happens when you'll use Welcome skill, that has scope set to all new members and use it, when there are 3 pages of new threads in the introduction section. So much exp. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
    amaSenpai
    amaSenpai
    I also noticed that! I was surprised.
    Loads and loads of paperwork to do today... but all I want to do is watch more Hiakyuu  :rsad:

    Darn responsibilities.
    Daughter is sick. :C
    So today is now going to be a movie and cuddle day (with poppity corn).
    Movie options will be:
    Inside Out, Puss in boots, Tangled, Despicable Me 2, Minions, How to Train Your Dragon 2.
    After an immense amount of consideration I've accepted the job that'll have me relocating to Malvern, PA.
    14 1/2 hour drive away


    All the feels.
    taarna23
    taarna23
    You'll be okay! And you'll find a balance that works for everyone, I'm sure of it.
    Zortik
    Zortik
    Thanks for the vote of confidence! ^_^

    I'm going to have the next two weeks off and outside of required planning and packing I think I'm gonna focus on relaxing and enjoying the freedom.
    For those of you curious about audio books, and coincidentally are a fan of The Lord of the Rings, Humble Bundle is running a promotion where you can get all of them for $15.00.





     





    I've never listened to an audio book before and I had some serious doubts about what to expect. I was actually ridiculously impressed when I decided to buy it and give it a go. The reading pace is great, the annunciation is on point and the range of voices is outstanding. They even go so far as to bring in multiple voice actors to read their parts and the background music sets the scene well without disrupting the narrative/dialogue.





     





    It's worth it. So, check it out if you're curious.





    https://www.humblebundle.com/books/lord-of-the-rings-audiobook
    Zortik
    Zortik
    I'm not sure why there is such strange spacing on this status... oh well.


    I also looked into Harry Potter audio books and learned that I didn't care for Jim Dale (the US Version) and much preferred Stephen Fry (UK Version) only to find that due to copyright I cannot purchase the Stephen Fry audio books :(.

    I have much sadness about this.
    taarna23
    taarna23
    You would not believe the happy dance I did when they did this one. I got it right when they started, although it's worth noting that the numbering for The Hobbit is out of order. No clue why.


    As for audiobooks, some are just awful. Some guy with a bland voice reading a book at you. Ugh. At the very least with these, The Hobbit has more in common with a radio play, and may well have been one at one point.


    As for me, the happy dance came about because I used to have this version of The Hobbit on cassette tape. 8 of them, in a neat little wooden box. Well, this got lost in a move and I never thought I'd find it again, never mind legally. I happily threw money!
    you must really like david bowie 


    Ive Seen One Of His Movies Called The Labrynth 


    Hey Maybe You Should Do A Game Based On 


    The Labrynth  Also One Song Of His I heard Is We Could Be Heroes
    Zortik
    Zortik
    This is a picture of him from "Labyrinth" and it's a fun unique avatar. I don't know if I could ever make a game that'll do labyrinth justice without a team of talented people to help out :) .
    Luck Of Kurisu Saimon Des
    Luck Of Kurisu Saimon Des
    You can try though ;)
    So... I'm already in consideration for another career move. So many ridiculous things to consider.

    Does anyone else feel pangs of guilt if they need to turn down one positive for a better positive?
    Shaz
    Shaz
    That was my situation when I left the bank to work for Degica.  Working at the bank was great, and I know if I'm ever looking again, I can go back to them.  To help you decide, which one will get you and your family closer to the place where you want to be in 5 years, or 10 years?  Go for that one.
    Zortik
    Zortik
    Thanks, @Shaz.

    My Wife (and her immediate extended family) have been discussing this pretty heavily the past few days. We'll probably keep up the discussion as it comes down to the wire (This Monday).
    Career A offers us the chance to stay in Iowa where all of her family is at. Family is really important to her. It also offers just barely enough money for us to sustain the lifestyle we desire. 
    However, it has a high risk of ending suddenly (contractor work) and there is nothing in the area that could replace that level of income.

    Career B offers us the chance to move near my family again (I'm not a big family person...), It offers us more money, really good benefits, retirement plan, PTO, etc. Comparing jobs it's an absolute no brainer in which is better. 0 doubt.
    The concern comes from uprooting my wife and very young daughter from the somewhat close-knit small family here in Iowa. This is where all of the deliberation and weighing of pros and cons is occurring.

    We're making progress but it's a rough conversation to have since her family is pretty much desperate to not see us move away. My wife is fine with being able to come visit for the holidays though ^_^.
    Shaz
    Shaz
    Ultimately, you, your wife, and your daughter are your family - your primary concern.  When you're looking out for your future, what your relatives want should play a very small role in comparison to what's best for your family.


    If visiting during the holidays is enough for your wife, you should not let yourself be swayed by the fact that they don't want to see you (or her) move away.  If your contract falls through and you have no income, are they going to come to the rescue and provide for you for as long as you need it?  It also depends on how far you're considering moving - maybe her family can come and visit as well, rather than your family doing all the travelling - that would allow them all to see each other twice as often.


    I don't know what kind of work you do - if it's primarily internet-based, there's a lot of work around where it doesn't matter where you live, as long as you've got good internet.  Otherwise if you really want to stay, looking around for other similar roles, or reskilling, are also options, though probably not as desirable.
    Well, I'll be starting my new job in a week (and transitioning out of my old one over the next few weeks).
    Nervous and excited all at once!
    Hollow 1977
    Hollow 1977
    It will probably be better than the last one. Good Luck!
    Rikifive
    Rikifive
    And I'll be starting my new job in ~31 hours.


    I don't want to! D:


    ~ Anyway, good luck!
    Breakfast for dinner...?
    Yeah, let's do breakfast for dinner.


    Does anyone have a favorite way to make french toast? I usually keep it simple with cinnamon and maple syrup.
    I finished Struggle. Need to get some sleep so I can test play it a few times tomorrow.


    Holy rabies am I tired X_x
    17 pages of dialogue / story later and I've finished my rough draft for Struggle. I just need to make the events now.


    :rhappy:
    I've never eaten eggplant before. I think I'm gonna try to make eggplant parmesan for dinner.

    Does anyone have any general tips? I'll google some recipes but I figure I need to slice it, flour -> egg -> panko bread crumbs -> pan fry until golden.
    Zortik
    Zortik
    @Nirwanda


    So, I tried a piece of eggplant raw. It was the yuck.


    So I sweated it after slicing it down (a bit of salt on both sides and left in a strainer. for 30 minutes). Tried it again and nearly all that bitterness was gone. Kinda reminded me of a raw potato.


    After this though, when I coated it in seasoned flour, egg, and panko breadcrumbs and fried it up... it actually tasted kind of yummy. Sort of like a tasty potato chip.


    @mlogan


    Food cooking was a great success. However, we still prefer chicken parm over eggplant ^_^. It was an interesting alternative and now I have a new recipe for my friends who don't eat meat.
    Nirwanda
    Nirwanda
    You're a braver man than me, zortik.
    mlogan
    mlogan
    Glad to hear the experiment was a (relative) success! And yeah, I was a vegetarian for a few years, which is why I ate this dish, lol. But I was picky about it for sure. 
    Invested in some exercise equipment. I say it was a good choice.


    Zortik
    Zortik
    My mistake, I sincerely figured you were just asking for general information. :)


    This is the model "Energy Metal Dance Pads"


    http://www.ddrgame.com/ddmuplsuseen.html for your browsing convenience.


    I was able to find a coupon on retailmenot for free shipping. So it was cheaper to order from the website directly than to order off of amazon.
    Zortik
    Zortik
    Got the chance to test it tonight. Has a little bit of flex, but nothing that concerns me.
    Sensitivity and everything was excellent!
    0 regrets for this purchase.
    taarna23
    taarna23
    Nice! I'll get one like it eventually. I think maybe I don't have space for something I can't squirrel away somewhere, sadly. Have fun with it!
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