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).
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)
A few shorter trips in early 2015…
Spring 2015 Europe trip (Munich, Reutte, Salzburg, Paris, Collioure, Carcassonne, Barcelona)
We 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.
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!