So, I want to talk a little bit about Red Sonja, just a bit.
I know I talk about her often but I CAN'T HELP IT, I just love her, all right?
Some of you already know parts of this story, it shouldn't be long.
The thing is, I had been exclusive at one publisher for many years, which meant turning down other characters I would have liked. And eventually, other publishers learned I couldn't take their offers.
So I had no idea, when I left that publisher, if I would have any job offers anywhere else. I just didn't know.
Then the thing happened with Batgirl (it's all good now, I swear!) and I thought, huh, I may have to go back to hairdressing. :)
So, this just happened, for real. We decided to go kayaking, and we were in our cove which is pretty much just us. And we were just getting in and warmed up, @rocketspouse is by the short, his back to the land. I'm further out into the deeper water.
And I turn around and look and notice there is a big bear right behind hubby on the shore in the vegetation. @RocketSpouse has no idea, not a clue, he's just getting his paddle grip situated. Bear. Right behind him, looking right at him.
Now, I don't know the plan when you are in a kayak and a bear is RIGHT BEHIND you, maybe five feet.
So I don't know, do I yell at the bear, do I throw something at the bear, do I yell to warn @rocketspouse?
Fortunately, my finely-tuned survival instincts kicked in and...
Okay. So, a couple days ago, I took RocketKid to the dentist, and it was a sunny day so I waited outside in our car, reading a historical novel called Rose Code (quite good, too!).
This older gentleman, maybe in his early seventies came out of the dentist’s office…
And he had obviously had some work done, his mouth was clearly hurting.
It was sunny, I had my windows open, he gets into the car next to me, and leaves the door open, and grabs his phone. I;m not trying, but it’s on speaker so I can hear as he calls his wife.
And I can hear every word. He is speaking a bit loudly, and his wife is speaking a bit loudly, maybe one of them has diminished hearing, not sure. But she asks how it went, clearly concerned for him, he reassures her that he’s all right. They speak with pure kindness.
Okay, due to work, I've gotten a little behind with the #TableTopGails reports (AND last week's was massively huge). BUT I have been asked a lot about shorter, simpler games that people can play quickly so I thought I would talk about that a little and names some new faves!
So, every day, either at breakfast or lunch, @rocketspouse and I, sometimes with Rocketkid, go out on our back patio and play a new game. We call these “Cup O’ Tea” games because they are quick to learn and we have them with a cup of tea. Here’s the view!
First, LAST WORD STANDING, by @chroniclebooks, a very high quality word/card game, with an interesting twist.
You form words not just from your own cards, but also those of the other players, and from ‘community’ cards.
Okay, so this lovely company that makes a lot of family games and puzzles, @ThinkFun, saw that we love Escape Room and mystery games, and sent this big lovely box...and I really want to talk about two of them that we freaking LOVED.
The games I want to talk about in particular are the COLD CASE games, but first, check out these ESCAPE THE ROOM games...we have played a few from other companies, but they were not this elaborate...these look incredible. Anyone played them?
Okay, so the very lovely people at @LuckyDogHotSaus, knowing my family loves good hot sauces, sent a gift box of four of their favorites. Seriously, without hyperbole, they are the tastiest bottled hot sauces we have had, I think.
Heat’s a Peach—an x-hot peach sauce
Year of the Dog-a Thai pineapple sauce
Dia Del Perro- an applewood/serrano mild with label by @DarickR!
And HELL HOUND—an XX-Hot.
The sauces have been praised repeatedly for flavor on the Hot Ones show...
We cooked eggs to try them on and this was our unanimous ranking.
I worked with three massive video game franchises in the past couple years where women working on them each individually told me their bosses were shocked and unprepared for the number of women and girls buying their games. Some expressed disbelief rather than delight.
When Disney Infinity and Lego Dimensions launched, it was believed at the corporate level boys would be turned off if the starter sets included female characters. Lego fought to include one, Disney zero.
(The sole female starter character was Wyldstyle).
This continued during the run of both games (and I stress, I loved these games, two of my all-time favorites), despite the actual developers fighting to include more female characters, which led to weird decisions like Lone Ranger getting more in-game content than Frozen.
Okay, here is the thing...there is a backlog of games that have been sent to my #MagicPorch, and I don't want to get behind so I am going to do some shorter ones once in a while to catch up for #TableTopGails!