I’m a fan of Kraken Rum, but not so much their limited edition Black Roast coffee rum. It had a sickly fake coffee flavor. This bottle label was the only good thing about the bottle.

the bottle label from a bottle of Kraken Black Roast coffee rum.

Finished reading: The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik 📚

Really enjoyed this series, and this one wrapped things up with a solid ending. I think I’ll be looking for more of Naomi Novik’s work.

Finished reading: The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik 📚

The cliff hanger from the first book felt insignificant, but once I got halfway through, I didn’t want to put this down. The lead up to the the final pages sucked me in like a maw-mouth. Looking forward to book 3.

My Dungeon Crawl Classics handbook has arrived. I was not expecting a college textbook sized tome.

Pretty sure this is proof that both college textbooks and WotC D&D books are grossly overpriced.

a photo of the Dungeon Crawl Classics handbook with a AA battery standing up next to the spine to show how thick the tome is.

My D&D book collection. I haven’t played in about a year, and hope to play again soon. I have no plans to get rid of these books, except maybe the 4e ones (ugh, bad), but WotC won’t be getting more money from me. I have a few other TTRPG handbooks headed my way to review.

a bookshelf full of D&D handbooks

Set up a new micro.blog theme. Still playing around with ways to combine omg.lol and micro.blog.

Micro.blog is amazing. I’ve been using it for a few years now. Omg.lol is also amazing, but I haven’t done much with it yet as I need to figure out someway to combine them to work together.

Finished reading: Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne 📚

Really enjoyed this one. It was a bit interesting, I can’t say I’ve ever read a book written with Glaswegian dialect written out, but after a couple chapters, it got easier. A modern day setting, with old fantasy elements.

Played Magic the Gathering for the first time in over a decade. Pulled out my old decks to play with friends. We had a good time, and even played with my Planescape cards to throw chaos into the battlefield. Might have to pick up some booster packs in the near future.

Finished reading: A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik 📚

Already ordered the sequel through my local library.

The fountain pens of 2022.

First is a Kasama Una, to celebrate a job change and escaping the corporate hellscape of my previous employment.

2nd is a Moonman/Majohn T1, to replace a yet again cracking TWSBI 580.

3rd is a Schon Pocket 6 Faceted, a Christmas gift, and one I love.

3 fountain pens on a wooden pen block.

Finished reading: Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree 📚

This is certainly the best book I’ve read this year. Yes I know it’s only the 2nd. But it’s also the best book I’ve read over the past year. I need more cozy post “d&d campaign” books in my life.

Sad day today. Deleted the Dark Sky app, as it will stop working after tomorrow.

Gave the 3yr a sour Skittle.

3yr: I don’t like it.

Me: That’s ok, you don’t have to like everything.

3: Do you like it?

M: Yep, I think they are delicious.

3: Oh, I like them too.

3: Can I have another?

Santa brought a Christmas train this year. I had a ton of fun setting it up under the tree, and seeing their faces this morning was priceless. The other presents didn’t matter for a good 10 minutes.

It’s a winter wonderland here, and I love it. So nice to see significant snow.

a snow covered landscape, with a partially frozen creek meandering through, and a couple trees in front of the creek.

The 2022 Best of Bootie mashup album is available now. I look forward to this every year, these mashup albums are some of my top played music.

I’ve been really happy with iTerm, but Warp.dev looks really cool. Time to try it out.

We got snow finally! We’ve been eager for snow this year, and finally got about 4in in total. Hopefully it sticks around and we get more before Christmas.

view across a snowy field with a creek meandering through. there is a large tree just off center in front of the creek, and the top of a purple fence is visible at the bottom of the image

Pearl is usually not cuddly, but has been a bit more recently.

a grey kitty snuggled up against a leg

I love my Logitech MX Ergo trackball, but it suffers from trackballitis. It’s the reason I quickly made the switch to optical mice, as they always work and the rollers don’t get clogged when optical mice became a thing. I hate having to clean the bearings so it rolls nice.

We picked up our Christmas tree on Friday. Went to a new place as the previous place we went to unexpectedly closed. They have a beautiful wall of wreaths as you walked into the barn. I think we’ll be going here again next year.

Finished reading: Book of Night by Holly Black 📚

This is the first Holly Black book I’ve read, this was also her first adult debut, everything else has been young adult. I really enjoyed it, and will have to look for more of her work in the future.

Moose would not appreciate these two laying on his bed. He’d be staring between them and us and whining about the situation.

MOOSE

Really hate this part of pet ownership. Moose was a fantastic puppy over the past 8 years. He lived a good life in our laps and on the couch. Lots of walks through town, and plenty of car rides.

We got very lucky and adopted him at 18 months old, 2 months after we bought our house, and 3 weeks before Christmas. The day after we brought him home we went out for our Christmas tree in 2.5ft of fresh heavy wet snow, and he had so much fun.

He’ll be very much missed, and we’ll have a giant hole in our hearts from him.