[Weekly - F/Sa] Week In Review

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Initial player character is right up there with Tidus in the "look how few cares I can muster for you" rubric, but he's much more a player avatar than central character to the plot.
Had to chuckle at this. CloudSquall was my least favorite character of the series, Zidane was, for me, a welcome break in that he actually had personality from the outset instead of just moping (understanding that CloudSquall had reason to mope, but still unable to muster sympathy for a lead that takes his suffering out on the people around him), and Tidus was downright cringey. Vaan was neither good nor bad. He was just...there, like a pair of pants the player puts on.
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Last week was...a week. Seven days. Seemed like 10, but it was only 7.

Little one got her flu shot. Was glad to be able to be there with her. She didn't cry! What a trooper. <3

Work, church, and children's extracurriculars leave almost no margin, but still making it through. We shall soldier on.

Hoping and praying to finally FINALLY get back to editing some original content for the CGA. The path to self-loathing is paved with good intentions, eh? Is that how the saying goes? No?
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Oh my. Three weeks since I last posted.

Celebrated my younger child's birthday this last week. Since the kids didn't have school Monday and Tuesday, we traveled out of town and stretched the celebration across 3 days. My dad came with us and we had a blast--except for the part where I had a head cold for most of the trip. It wasn't too bad until the second half of the last day out of town and the next day (the actual birthday date) back in town. It's been about 10 days since I first noticed symptoms and I finally feel like I'm approaching 100% better (though I was holding at 90+% for a few days now).

Work was crazy busy week before last as we were installing equipment and getting a new site ready to go live later this month. Last week was a 3-day work week thanks to taking Monday and Tuesday off for my younger daughter's birthday celebration. After spending 7 work days installing equipment at the new site, my ticket queue blew up. No rest for the weary, eh?

I've been brainstorming different career paths lately (most recently tonight) and I haven't yet settled on anything that I enjoy or like enough to invest a significant amount of time and money. I was daydreaming about working with assistive technology, but I live in a smaller job market, I can't relocate due to my wife's work, and I don't even know where to begin in terms of certifications or training. I'll keep praying on this one and would ask for your prayers as well.

All in all, we're hanging in there. @Ember has a variation on the head cold I had, though with different symptoms. She seems to be recovering more quickly than I did, though. Here's hoping that trend holds. Kids are staying healthy. Praying that trend holds as well. :)
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Work has been returning to something resembling normal, which is a welcome change after the hectic pace of October and November. It's looking like things will ramp up again before the end of the year, but things aren't getting too crazy just yet.

Thanksgiving went well. My dad came up, stayed Thursday and Friday, and left Saturday morning. Good times, good food, and a good break from the routine.

Family is healthy with the exception of my older daughter, who still has a cough that's lingered about a week after she got past all the other symptoms. We made and canceled two appointments at the urgent care because the severity of the cough fluctuates. Poor kid. :'(

Hey, it's December! Now that we're past Thanksgiving, all that Christmas music is fair game...which is unfortunate for me because I dislike most Christmas music and my wife and two daughters love it. December's going to be a long month...
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Had a short work week this week because @Ember had diagnostic surgery on Thursday (yesterday). Everything went well and she's recovering quickly!

Work got crazy busy Tuesday and Wednesday as the final roadblock for deploying a bunch of computers got removed. Now our team springs in to action! The timing was less than ideal, but I'll be back on Monday and going full throttle.

Kids are in good health, minus my older daughter's lingering cough, which has mostly subsided.
 

Atown

Christian Gamers Alliance Amazon Store Manager
Staff member
Christmas went pretty well. Had some college students over. We did get to play star ears epic duels board game, that was fascinating.

My dad has been pretty ill lately though and that has definitely dampered things significantly.

It's been a little weird too. We've been a paycheck to paycheck family for a while with savings for sure, but always felt tight. But just recognizing how blessed we are and how rich we are. Even in small things, I get like small snacks and Capri sun for my office, and just marveling at how a few months of routine we really have a fantastic office.

Or at home, I've picked up more and fixed more things than ever before just because we could finally afford to do it.

It's really a reminder that God is our provider. I've failed nearly all of my small business goals for the year too, but God has provided everything that He said he would. And even when I doubted, I looked back at my journal notes and found I was remembering wrong what I had written XD
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
Merry Christmas to all!

Christmas was great this year! My dad drove up Christmas Eve, our girls got SO MUCH STUFF on Christmas Day, and we've been enjoying my dad being around these last few days. Unfortunately, @Ember had to work Thursday, Friday, and half a day Saturday, but my dad and I took my girls to the zoo the day after Christmas and my older daughter got to practice taking pictures with her new digital camera.

I spent almost all day Friday and a good chunk of this morning cleaning and I'm pretty pleased with the results. There are so few opportunities for deep cleaning (which largely involves processing stuff that gets thrown in to boxes when we need to reclaim flat surfaces) that I'm reminded that sacrificing a day and a half yields impressive results.

It was wonderful taking the week off work and I'm looking forward to one more week of vacation starting Monday!
 

Atown

Christian Gamers Alliance Amazon Store Manager
Staff member
Ya dude!

I've noted that too!

I use to take "mental health" days off from work to catch up, take a walk, etc.

My wife has been doing a lot better too this week taking off some time from work.
 

Tek7

CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President
Staff member
I RETURN

I last posted between my first and second week of vacation. The return to work was a troublesome adjustment as expected, but not terrible. It was really, really nice to have two weeks to work on the house, spend time with family, and still have some time left to relax on a few occasions. Work has been busy since I returned, but I'm hoping that things will calm down in February (or, more realistically, March).

Family is healthy, which is always nice.

We're back in the regular routine, including church and extracurriculars, so Monday morning to Friday night is a blur again, but life is easier with a cleaner house.

So, pretty much status quo.

Oh, and the Tribe of Judah web site was defaced by an anti-Israel and anti-America group, but @rhematom was able to clear the offending page. (Thank you again, Tom!) The attack served as a helpful reminder to switch to a newer platform, so stay tuned for news of a new ToJ site soon!
 
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