Our lounge area has been increasingly buried under wooden train track pieces and Duplo Lego. We held back sorting the problem out because we're planning a complete top-to-bottom refurbishment of the lounge, someday soon. Well, last weekend I cracked, we went to Ikea to get some storage units, I told myself that if these units don't form part of the new room, I'll put them elsewhere -- maybe in the boy's room or even in the loft space.
After rushing to build these Kalax Shelving units, we celebrated by having a night out -- after settling to boys down at my mum's. We had a fantastic meal at Lokanta, a Turkish restaurant in Broomhill.
Okay, calling this blog entry a "letter" is maybe a stretch, but this definitely feels like the edge of Christmas, given that tomorrow I have my office Christmas party and Clara has hers on Friday.
For the first time ever, I started my Christmas shopping in November, although that didn't stop me from waiting until the day before the work party to by my secret Santa gift.
The promise of a return
Tabletop Role Playing Games!
I bought a game big game book, based on a long-time love of the work of artist Simon Stalenhag, who inspired many with his paintings of the rural Sweden of his childhood, chock full of giant robots and rusting futuristic metal hulks. Tales from the Loop is an old-school table-top role-playing game, in which you play young teens who solve mysteries in an alternate history 1980s where certain technologies blossomed, giving the world fusion, giant robots and mysterious particle accelerators which appears to be causing strange things to happen in the PC…
Things are pretty good. It must be said. Yes, there's Trump, Brexit, the seemingly inevitable pendulum swing of the far-right, not to mention the obvious climate catastrophe. But, if you accept that the world has always been in a mess and there will always be great challenges to face, then things are pretty good.
Loving The Division 2, getting to know Washington is fun, although it doesn't have quite the personality of Midtown Manhatten - The Division (1) always felt like you were "home" because New York has been such a familiar part of any TV/Movie viewer's existence. By Contrast, Washington, even while fighting in very iconic locations, feels a little artificial, being a singular design from Peter Charles L' Enfant.
Hard to believe that Leo will be starting school in a few months.