With a house appraisal guy getting ready to roll through our house we decided it was long past time to finish a majority of the projects we started. Base boards went down in a flurry of thumb injuries, entryway tile went down to the beat of a throbbing back, and our backyard was tamed by a new weedeater. I felt like I was destroying architectural history when I painted over the artwork of numerous kids from my walls. I think it took us only a few days of constant work but the days sort of blend together so I can't be sure. I don't know what we would have done if Tracy hadn't loaned us his air compressor though. I nailed up the living room base boards in just under an hour. An air compressor is almost as good as having super powers.
Anyway, the major stuff was knocked out and it took our bodies a few days to recover. Lana and I skipped our weight-lifting while working on the house but it didn't feel like it.
With all that out of the way I've been having fun roleplaying again. It's been far too long since I sat down to do some gaming that didn't require a mouse or button mashing. It's been very nice. Between the RPGA games and the regular Sunday group Oscar and I play in, I've been getting a pretty regular fix of "geeking out" as Lana calls it. With all the creative juices flowing again, I've been taking notes like a madman for a new GURPS game I want to run.
So hopefully in the next week or so, I'll be kicking off an Old West game! I've been on a western movies kick the past few weeks which inevitably led to me writing a scenario. So to better capture the mood, I've been watching Deadwood again too. Such an awesome show even though the final season wasn't very good for numerous reasons. Despite that, I thoroughly enjoy the company of the characters every time I watch it.
With Marcel only days away from being out of school, I'm really looking forward to this summer. He made nearly straight A's this year and hardly blinked at any of the work. I see lots of beach time, barn trips, and camping in our future this summer. I've got lots of camp grounds scoped out and some awesome family activities marked out this go around. Hopefully we'll get Marcel back into riding again especially since the little girl loves it so much!!!
I guess I should get back to work. I say work but I'm playing in Photoshop and Dreamweaver for a friend. While out with some friends the other night, a friend of ours told us he opened a catering company, Wide Open Cattle Co. Catering. After talking awhile about it, he told me he built his website in Microsoft Word. Being that I really enjoy creating web layouts and logos, I offered to revamp his site. I used to charge but honestly with most web designers offering stuff like Flash and CSS I just can't, in good conscious, charge for anything I do. I enjoy the graphics work and have no intention of learning CSS or Flash anytime soon. Too much else to do. Besides, it's a favor for a friend and he did bribe me with a brisket and a family get together. I can't say no to that. ;)
To make it even better, he said it would be cool if I come out to his next catering job to take some photos for the website! More time behind the camera means more practice for me! This whole thing is just a win-win for the both of us I think. :)
So if you need to have an event catered, go to Wide Open Cattle Co. Catering in Crosby!!!
Here's a sample, but not the final, revamp of the logo. Web coding to be done as soon as I catch up on some dishes and get Olivia down for her nap. :)