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Old shoe full of jam

I've been busy, so the updates have slowed down. I'm not going to whip myself about it - at least not extra hard.

Birthday Party
On Saturday I took Noah and Leo to Ted's 5th birthday party, at Castaway's cove which was the boy's favourite soft play, until last year. They had a great time, and I had one of those weird realisations, that I've had a few times, that I've shared the bus home with Ted's dad for about 10 years -- Britain's biggest village eh?

Clara cut short her catch-up sleep and came to collect us in the car.

Sunday, Clara was off work. We had a lazy morning and a relaxed stroll around the city centre in the afternoon.

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So last week we got hit by the "Beast from the east", a weather front of heavy snow that gripped the UK with icy claws for the whole week. Tracy, Rose, and Jake had to cancel their trip to Scotland as the train service was knocked out for most of the week.

Noah had half the week off school and I ended up working from home, as a result. We finally managed to play a session of Amazing Adventures. I used Magiporr as the setting.

And also, progress on the Shamreyev.

Winter Weekend

Saturday Pleasant enough. We enjoyed a late morning, I handled mum's shopping delivery and we visited the city centre in the afternoon. In the evening I made some progress with the Shamrayev rebuild project:

Sunday Mum's fall, last week has kept her bedridden. On Sunday she finally managed to get downstairs. Tracy and Adrian are back from Ron's funeral. We met Tracy, Rose and Jake at Medieval Mayhem, while Adrian replaced mum's door lock.

In the afternoon I was hoping to play this new Amazing Adventures game with Noah, Rose and Jake but the excitement of being together made any kind of organising a gathering around a table all but impossible.

Noah got his character created, and I knocked out a setting map, in about 20 minutes.

The week that flew by


A visit to Weston Park Museum to attend the Teddy bear clinic, which is a really cool exercise where small children bring their soft toys in for 1st-year medical students to treat. The children get some experience of dealing with doctors/dentists/medical professionals - hopefully making them seem less scary in the process. The students get valuable experience with a lot of young children. Nice though it was, this year was massively oversubscribed, so the most durable lesson we learned was that going to see a doctor can involve a great deal of tedious waiting.

Sunday Another visit to Medieval Mayhem - Sheffield's latest soft play venue. It's great, but I really hate how the two play areas are separated. I once again lost track of Leo. I spent many minutes trying to spot him climbing in either area, only to find him wander between. We miss the small soft play centre, in Hillsborough, which remains closed after getting water damage from a leaky roof.
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Time to catch up.
Good weekend. On Sunday we had one of those stay-at-home days. Not going out all day is still a revelation -- playing games during daylight hours, amazing!

So far, this week
My Netflix got hijacked. I received a warning that my password had been successfully changed. WTF WTF WTF! I was still logged in to the service via my phone, I could see a new email address associated with my account and two new profiles had replaced my own set of profiles. They were situated in Spain, judging by their IP addresses and new language assignment. I got straight onto customer support via their VoIP contact system and immediately grabbed my account back. Very damned strange. I changed all my passwords and set up 2-step verification on my email. I wish I could identify where they captured my password - was it my recent use of Discus, the video editor I trialed or maybe an infected mobile device? Damn, I hate not knowing.

Dishonored 2: Death of the Outsider
Loving it! I knew I would but…

A day to remember

Yesterday, history was made. Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy launched and recovered successfully - while delivering Elon's own road car onto a crash course with the inner solar system. It's mission to prove that Musk's SpaceX company can get stuff into space at a greatly reduced cost when compared with the likes of NASA.

The Heavy Falcon costs about 100 million dollars per launch. By contrast, the average space shuttle mission would now be closer to 1.8 billion dollars. That's some saving! It's too early to say if this kick-starts a new golden age of space exploration/development.

First visit

On Saturday I took the boys to the new Soft Play centre, located in a huge warehouse in Neepsend: Medieval Mayhem. Pretty good. It has a really exciting drop slide and is nicely laid out -- except that the younger children's area is on the opposite end of the centre, making it very difficult to track both Noah and Leo. In fact, I lost track of Leo for the longest time. I kept my calm because soft play areas seem pretty safe and this one had absolutely loads of staff. I've never seen so many staff attending the actual play area. In the end, Leo confided that he still preferred the regular soft play -- It's smaller and less noisy, I guess it is also somewhere that Leo is now comfortable. Alas, it has been closed for weeks due to flood damage.

On Sunday I found time to start a quick 3D model, a spaceship, of course. It didn't take long, it's been nice to build something with only a loose plan (see the sketch, below). I was toying with the idea of seating a single ast…