Monthly Archives: February 2016

“Enjoy your game”

Many many years ago, (before we had children, even) we had friends over for a day of GURPS IOU. At one point we ordered pizza, and as the delivery guy left he gave us a big knowing smile and said “Enjoy your game!” At the time, I thought “Wow, that’s amazing. How did he know we were gamers?!” It was only much later that I realized what he actually meant.

I’m running low on shrub!


The last two times I’ve been to the Seattle Steampunk Exhibition, I’ve bought bottles of shrub from the Sage & Sea Farms booth in the vendor room.  Shrub, in this case, is a fruit flavored drinking vinegar that’s just as historical as all get-out, and the samples they hand out at the con are very seductive! Still, the bottles sat neglected on the shelf for a long time, until I discovered that it’s very good for settling my stomach. So I’ve been using a little bit of my stash every day. I mix it out with water and it’s really nice. Hooray for simple chemistry!

Now I’m getting low, I’m thinking I’ll make some of my own. It’s a very simple recipe, and I can experiment with different flavors. I’ll probably still pick up a couple of my favorites next year at the con, though! –Kaja

Music Night Happened!


A while ago I backed this KickStarter for Strangely, a musician who is a friend of friends of friends. The reward was that Strangely would come to your house (or workplace, or whatever) and perform a song for you. Hooray! Carol over at Cheapass Games was also a backer, and we decided to combine our rewards into one event…and then things kind of snowballed.

Seriously, we just thought he’d come over, we’d give him some drinks, maybe feed him, and he’d play a song for each of us. Instead, we wound up having a full evening of music featuring Strangely, the Nathaniel Johnstone Band (Nathaniel, Kate and Dogwood), Sarah Shay, her brother Aaron Shay, and even Xanthea, an artist visiting all the way from Perth. It was so much fun! These people have incredible talent, and we were ridiculously lucky to be able to experience so much of it in our own living room.

January can be a hard time of year, when the twinkly lights go down but the nights are still long and dark.  I love the way everything looks, with the silver weather and the beautiful dark nights, but it still hits me hard emotionally. It’s probably chemical. I do a lot with full-spectrum lights. My point is, an evening of wild, cheerful, live music was so very much just the thing for a dark winter’s night. I had no idea. Clearly, I need to get out more.

All of these folks have websites, CDs and/or Patreons and do all kinds of traveling to festivals and events, and are well worth looking up online, and keeping an eye out for local sightings!