A Return to Blogging

Me in a viking hat

How I feel when I think about how long it has been since I posted on this blog

Hi! I’m back. Wow, it has been more than three years since my last post. I just read through my old posts, and it made me miss blogging about games.

My last post was at a time when I was getting really burned out at work. Not long after that, I gave notice at my job. I then freelanced for a year for that company, and I lived at our cabin for part of that year while we remodeled our house. I took our three pets up to the cabin to keep them out of the way during the biggest part of the remodel, while Sean stayed in Seattle to be close to his office and to oversee the remodel project. Every weekend, one of us drove to the other so we could be together, but it was a crazy time and very few games were played.

Since I was alone at our cabin for a while, I got into more solitary activities, especially running and biking (and, of course, my usual reading). When I returned home at the end of the remodel, I was very busy with some family stuff and with job hunting. I eventually ended up at a software company where I work now. I like my job and have a pretty good work/life balance most of the time.

Here are some photos from freelancing, remodeling, and outdoorsing during the blog hiatus… (scroll further for photos of our recent travels – including a trip to Carcassonne! – and a couple of games played recently).

garden chair with laptop

My outdoor work area at the cabin

Cat with laptop

Booja helping me work

Lily napping on the couch

Lily napping on the couch at the cabin

Cat and deer looking at each other

Booja and a deer checking each other out

Cat sunbathing

Oogie sunbathing at the cabin

Living room demolition

Living room during the demo phase

Home interior demolition

View toward dining room and kitchen during demo

Temporary remodel kitchen

Our temporary kitchen (an improvement over the tiny space in the bedroom)

Remodel work area

My home workspace during the remodel (it’s the chair and paint bucket desk)

Remodel kitchen being built

Kitchen begins to form

 

Living room after remodel

Living room after remodel

Kitchen after remodel

Kitchen after remodel

Family room after remodel

Family room after remodel

Burke Gilman trail run

Fall colors on a run

Mountain biking

Mountain biking

Mercer Island Half Marathon

After finishing the Mercer Island Half Marathon this spring

In the last couple of years, Sean and I have started to travel more. We sold our boat and truck about a year ago and have gone to Europe twice in the last two years. On the first trip, I brought some games, but we were so busy that we didn’t really play them, so I didn’t bring them on the second trip. Here are some photos from our travels in the last couple of years…

Spring 2014 Europe trip (London, Ireland, Provence)

Big Ben London

In London

Father Ted's house Ireland

At Father Ted’s house in Ireland

Irish cows

Hanging with some Irish bovines

Slea Head bike ride Ireland Dingle Peninsula

Bike ride around Slea Head on Dingle Peninsula in Ireland – so beautiful

Locked in Nimes arena

We were accidentally locked in the Nimes arena (staff left early!) and had to be rescued by police

Jardin de la Fontaine in Nimes

Jardin de la Fontaine in Nimes

Avignon Pride Parade

Avignon Pride Parade

A few shorter trips in early 2015…

Austin skyline

On the deck at my company’s Austin office

Maui snorkelers

Preparing to snorkel on Maui

Old Lahaina Luau on Maui

At the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui

Black sand beach on the way to Hana, Maui

Black sand beach on the road to Hana, Maui

San Diego

Exploring San Diego

Spring 2015 Europe trip (Munich, Reutte, Salzburg, Paris, Collioure, Carcassonne, Barcelona)

Munich Englischer Garten

Goofing around the Englischer Garten’s Chinesischer Turm in Munich

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein during our week of heavy rain in Germany and Austria – we biked from our B&B in Austria to the castles

View of Eiffel Tower from the top of the Arc de Triomphe

View of Eiffel Tower from the top of the Arc de Triomphe

Parc Guell in Barcelona

Parc Guell in Barcelona

Carcassonne walls at night

Exploring the real live city that inspired one of my favorite games – Carcassonne!

Carcassonne walls at night Walls of Carcassonne at nightWe have still been occasionally playing games, but less frequently than before. We’re going to try to get back into it more now, though. We have played a few games so far this month (Tobago, Archaeology, Slide 5). I still own a bunch of games I haven’t even played, and others that I love but never blogged about.

Ticket to Ride cards

A particularly frustrating recent hand in Ticket to Ride

Tobago board game

A recent Tobago game in progress

We’ve been sorting through our stuff recently and trying to get rid of things we don’t really use or need. I am beginning to turn my eye toward our board games to consider which we really like and which aren’t worth keeping around. I think I will give each of the questionable games a last shot by playing each one before giving it up. That would be fun to blog about!

4 thoughts on “A Return to Blogging

  1. Hey Elizabeth, it’s so great to see you and Sean doing so well! I’ll always have fond memories of our lunch break and afternoon game sessions at work.

    Cheers,
    Shawn

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