Rounding It All Up

Wow. I haven’t had a gap between posts this big in a very long time. My blog is starting to look like it did during those years when I only posted once a month. I don’t like it, and I tell myself every day that I should write something but I hate feeling forced when it comes to my writing. I enjoy having passion about what I’m writing, or at least having something I feel that needs to be said. At this point, something needs to be said so that everyone knows I’m still alive. So yes, I’m still breathing and living and going about my day to day stuff that is mostly boring but sometimes exciting. I’ve actually had plenty of things I could be sharing but at the end of the day I don’t typically feel like writing it out. Then time passes and the thing I wanted to write about loses some of its relevance and then it feels pointless to write about it. So instead, we’re doing a catch-all post, and hopefully I can get back on track with everything in the coming weeks.

Life: Real life has had me pretty busy as of late. Between work and my budding social life along with playing games and watching shows there isn’t a lot of spare time for writing and some of my other hobbies. Hell, I bought a book the other day for the first time in years, and still haven’t begun to read it. Sometimes you get home from work and just want to lay around, and that has been me as of late. I visited my mother this past long weekend and was surprised that my step-brother was also out to visit, and I hadn’t seen him in over 17 years we figured out. Was a nice visit and I hope to see him again in the near future. Most of you probably know that I’ve been single for a long time and I believe the last time I mentioned anything about it on the blog I entered into a committed relationship but that was so brief that I don’t really count it anymore. However, between then and now I’ve done more dating, had some good times and have finally come to a point that I think I’m ready to be in a monogamous relationship again. I have known the woman in question for several months now and it’s progressed naturally to the point where we feel something for each other, and I’m hoping to build upon that. That is also going to be the reason for my slacking on anything hobby related in the near future, as most can attest that maintaining a relationship takes work, and usually means putting less important things to the side. Fear not though, I refuse to let this blog die or to let my podcast die, so I’m not going anywhere. Just doing some reshuffling of things for the time being.

Gaming: Despite making it sound like I have absolutely no free time, that isn’t entirely the case. I have been doing some gaming almost daily, just not quite as much as I was doing a year ago when I was an unemployed loser with nothing but time on his hands. Lately I’ve been really stuck on MOBAs, two in particular and both of which I’ve been playing on my PS4. I’ve talked about SMITE a few times here and there, but I’ve been really focused on earning the trophies for the game. I was really bad about being a self-proclaimed “Trophy Whore” a few years back and broke myself of obsessing over it, but when it comes to a game I really like and am going to be playing anyway, I always find myself wanting to earn them all. Those included with SMITE are pretty straight forward, just taking time, and like I said I’d be playing the game anyway. Mastering gods, mastering roles, it’s been a good time. Plus I play the game with my IRL best friend so that makes it even more fun. I’m also responsible for creating his addiction to Awesomenauts, to the point where we both have purchased the game multiple times. I had it for PS3, then bought again for PC and again for PS4. He had it originally on Xbox 360, then on PS3 and now on PS4. The PS4 version has finally been updated to the point where I think it is nearly identical to the Steam version, which was good news. I haven’t really played the game on Steam lately, having burnt out on it a bit about a year ago, but having my friend to play it with and having it be basically the same thing on the console has sucked me back in. Oh MOBAs… how I love you.

I also picked up Legion. Yeah, that Legion. I resubscribed to WoW a couple of weeks prior to the launch of the new expansion, and had a hard time deciding what I was going to do. Two years ago (the last time I played) I ended up having a good time with some fellow bloggers/twitterers, but only raised a couple characters into their 30s. I found out that most of them were playing elsewhere, so I deleted those characters and decided to start fresh elsewhere. Apparently sometime between then and now, they added some cross-server tech so playing with your friends is easier to do, but I wanted to be on a higher population server than where I was anyway. I rolled elsewhere, but then had some conversations with people in my guild and ended up starting anew again. When Legion released, I ended up using the boost to get a Rogue to 100, just so I could check out some of the new stuff, but ended up feeling like I didn’t really know my class or what was going on. So I started a couple other characters and will likely level up on my own or by dungeon spamming just so I can get a better feel for the world and the class. I don’t mind the idea of a boost for someone who has played the shit out of the game, but for someone like me who hasn’t seen anything except for vanilla content (save for some other starter zones like DK or Pandas) it’s probably a better idea to level a class from scratch. Anyway, I rolled on Tichondrius which is a high pop PvP server. I also have a character on Emerald Dream, which is RPPvP. No more normies for this guy, I like me some PvP.

Really that’s it. I’ve been watching Halt and Catch Fire, The Strain, the new season of Narcos on Netflix, and hanging with my girl. It’s been tough to find the time for this, but I’m going to make more of an effort from here on out. Also, stay tuned for big news for the podcast. Yes, episode 100 should have been out already but the guests we had backed out and it ended up being delayed. Don’t think I can record this weekend either. But episode 100 will answer your questions and explain our plans going forward. Structural changes, but the show must go on! I’ll see you guys soon.