I’m not the easiest person to buy a gift for. I have a few wishlists scattered across the internet.1 But this Christmas, I knew exactly what I wanted, the Bioware Mass Effect LootCrate. I’m generally not one for random things to put around my office. But how could I pass up a box filled with things from a universe I absolutely adore? Unfortunately, we missed our opportunity to get the box. But my fantastic fiancée put one together for me anyway. First up the box she gave it to me in! Stellar job.
Next up, the cloth articles. First a hand towel. Then a t-shirt. Finally a patch. Towel is already in use after a wash. The t-shirt is a bit too small at the moment, but it gives me a reason to keep working out. I haven’t yet decided what I’m going to do with the patch.
The Art of Mass Effect book! I like to pick up art books here and there and this one definitely deserves a place in my collection. I plan to use it as drawing practice and reference material for my future Mass Effect cosplay.
An N7 glass that will be primarily used to contain orange juice. Also an N7 card box she printed on our LulzBot Mini and painted. Inside a set of Mass Effect sketch cards from Etsy. Still need to figure out how I want to display the cards but for now the box is awesome. Finally, an iPhone 6s case. It took me a few weeks to get used to but it does it’s job and looks great.
This haul was better than the box of stuff LootCrate delivered. I’m glad I missed out on that one and got this carefully curated selection of Mass Effect items from my fiancée. She did a kick ass job.
While I’m not a fan of celebrating on New Year’s Eve, I am fond of turning the page onto a new year. The clean slate. The upcoming events. There’s always a sense of wonder and excitement for me.
So here are my 2016 resolutions for all to see!
- Read one book every month.
- Watch one movie in a theater every week.
- Design a game as part of 1GAM.
- Continue progressing my workout routines.
- Continue podcasting at least bi-weekly.
- Improve the quality of blog posts and journal entries.
Most of these are incremental goals. Small steps that move what I have been doing forward. But that’s what makes them great resolutions. They are improvements that will take effort and dedication but are wholly achievable.
Oh and I’m getting married this year!
It’s been a great year but I’m excited for 2016. 2015 was a year filled with growth and change.
In April, I asked the woman I love to marry me.
In June, I moved to Tallahassee and in with my newly minted fiancée.
In July, I said goodbye to Gainesville for one last time.
In September, I returned to Atlanta for our now yearly pilgrimage to DragonCon.
In October, I helped two of my dearest friends get married.
In December, I built my third video game for 2015.
There were many more events. Seven weddings in total. Numerous holidays. Travel throughout the Southeast US. And a decent showing at the gym.
Smile Friday: Graduation & Family Edition.
About a year ago I graduated from Santa Fe College with an A.A. in Business Admin. I took me a while but I’m finally headed in the right direction and this night gave me plenty to smile about.
I went to my best friend’s graduation today. It was quick and painless. Afterwards I packed up and headed home. I got to surprise my family as they were expecting me tomorrow.
I’m gonna have a busy time while I’m here. Going to be working remotely a lot. Also, doctors appointments and visiting friends.
Tomorrow might go to church. Then brunch with the family. Then wash my car and vacuum the inside. Then hopefully visit Nicole.