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 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.


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.

Alright, I think I need to figure out how to link my to my mastodon account, so I can easily cross post.

My Fountain Pen Day orders all came in. 9 new inks to the collection.

Got a Loupedeck Live S, and it’s mostly set up on the first page. Having trouble setting up shortcuts for Magnet, but otherwise it’s really nice.

I’m a bit more active on Mastodon lately, you can follow me @sgtstretch. It reminds me a lot of What a fantastic platform that was.

One very excited toddler now that this is put all together.

Three days ago, the 3yr old saw the bucket to Lego 8043 in my giant tub of Lego. She immediately wanted to build it. I spent the next 3 evenings digging through a 40 gal tub of Lego to find all 1100+ pieces. I think we’ll start building this weekend.

Surgery time. I’ve got drift.