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#51 2017-11-01 12:28:34

Peter
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Re: QM - The Haunted Mint

Hey Kia :)

Fortunately I was not assailed by kids. Never happened here, but I usually have some emergency candy around. Yet I forgot this year. I was actually shoppign for it and then bought everything but candy. Good for my stomach, I guess :D


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#52 2017-11-01 12:29:02

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Re: QM - The Haunted Mint

Doing NaNo again this year?


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#53 2017-11-01 12:50:40

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*waves to Peter*
I think the kids are cute - the costumes get better every year. A few years ago I did actually host a halloween party. But most of the guest didn't want to dress up. Oh my. Maybe we should host a smarch-costume party one day. We could dress up as characters from Tad books and call it cosplay :-)

our office is the official 'halloween-leftover-digestion unit' so everyone brings all what wasn't looted so others would eat it. Needless to say, we oblige :-) Bad for the stomage...and for my weight ;D

NaNo? *blinks unintelligibly*

 

#54 2017-11-01 13:04:50

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NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Lots of crazed people try to write a novel at least 50k words in length (that's roughly 1/10th of To Green Angel Tower). I am not one of them. I just watch in horror and fascination as they curse at their muses.


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#55 2017-11-01 13:05:38

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As for costumes... I... uh... I could go as a grumpy old man? Or a shy nerd? I guess I could do Barrick, I'd just need a sling for my hand or something :p


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#56 2017-11-01 13:07:23

Kia
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great - now my muse is cowering in fear under the couch. Don't expect new fanart anytime soon *tries to lure the muse with a chocolate bar*

 

#57 2017-11-01 13:08:24

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Re: QM - The Haunted Mint

Peter wrote:

Doing NaNo again this year?

Trying to, anyway.


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#58 2017-11-01 13:17:41

Kia
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Peter wrote:

As for costumes... I... uh... I could go as a grumpy old man? Or a shy nerd? I guess I could do Barrick, I'd just need a sling for my hand or something :p

that's the spirit ;P

 

#59 2017-11-01 13:51:19

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Re: QM - The Haunted Mint

No trick or treat here. Kids over here come on November 11, with lanterns, singing songs. I prefer to keep our own traditions rather than importing them. Although for all the regions where they don't do Sint Maarten, I wholeheartedly suggest they take up either one of the traditions. (What is more fun for kids than going round the neighborhood to collect candy?)


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#60 2017-11-01 13:52:03

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Careful, Peter, I might just make you a Waldorf or Stattler costume! ;)


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#61 2017-11-01 13:56:26

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Sahi wrote:

Careful, Peter, I might just make you a Waldorf or Stattler costume! ;)

Hahahaha! Now that's a funny image!


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#62 2017-11-01 14:00:54

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Firsfron of Ronchester wrote:

Sahi wrote:

Careful, Peter, I might just make you a Waldorf or Stattler costume! ;)

Hahahaha! Now that's a funny image!

Waldorf? Stattler? I am confused. Google isn't much help either.


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#63 2017-11-01 14:01:29

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Kia wrote:

Peter wrote:

As for costumes... I... uh... I could go as a grumpy old man? Or a shy nerd? I guess I could do Barrick, I'd just need a sling for my hand or something :p

that's the spirit ;P

I am taking a page from the Flupi book of (actually not) dressing up.


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#64 2017-11-01 14:06:50

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Peter wrote:

Firsfron of Ronchester wrote:

Sahi wrote:

Careful, Peter, I might just make you a Waldorf or Stattler costume! ;)

Hahahaha! Now that's a funny image!

Waldorf? Stattler? I am confused. Google isn't much help either.

These grumpy guys. They don't have the Muppets in Austria?


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#65 2017-11-01 14:09:50

Kia
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Sahi wrote:

No trick or treat here. Kids over here come on November 11, with lanterns, singing songs. I prefer to keep our own traditions rather than importing them. Although for all the regions where they don't do Sint Maarten, I wholeheartedly suggest they take up either one of the traditions. (What is more fun for kids than going round the neighborhood to collect candy?)

In fact, St. Martin is done over here too. But the kids just walk outside with their laterns - no candy collectiong involved. If I remember correctly, it was like this even when I was a kid (so waaaaayyyy before Halloween became popular). So Halloween filled this 'CANDY!' void :-)

Peter wrote:

Firsfron of Ronchester wrote:

Sahi wrote:

Careful, Peter, I might just make you a Waldorf or Stattler costume! ;)

Hahahaha! Now that's a funny image!

Waldorf? Stattler? I am confused. Google isn't much help either.

oh, I'm glad to help out here *snickers*

 

#66 2017-11-01 14:19:44

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Peter wrote:

*waves back back*

Not doing anything special, really. Not doing much at all. I just had some more sleep and am feeling better now, though I may regret this when trying to sleep tonight.

Bit bored, really. I have not gotten into a fresh game, or clawed my way back into the games I already started. Books don't seem to do much for me either at the moment and movies only work some of the time.

I can relate to that to some degree. It doesn't matter if it is movies, books or games, it gets harder to find new stuff that is really good, something that you really want to engage in and that makes you feel excited. I still have some of those, Dark Souls is the latest example, and I am happy to be still able to fangirl over stuff, but a lot of new stuff is just not appealing. Most of the time you get the same stories, narratives and cliches over and over again and I find myself returning to my old favorites.

Ok, a lot of babbling. I assume it is not just the lack of good games and movies and books for you. I often feel bored as well when I do and see the same thing over and over again in my free time, even though I love what I do. But the lack of alternatives and people with whom I can talk or do domething with also make me feel lonely very often.

I hope the upcoming mini-moot can cheer you up a bit. :)

*hugs*

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#67 2017-11-01 14:22:46

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No cute Halloween kids here, either. But I guess they are just smart enough not to go into my district when it is dark. ;)

 

#68 2017-11-01 14:24:22

Merenwen
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As to the costume party, I would prefer something without much effort for me. A bukken or something. ;)

 

#69 2017-11-01 14:27:05

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Sooo torn - want to write more, want to Smarch more, but also want to go to bed with LG...


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#70 2017-11-01 14:52:05

Kia
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*spent the last 30 minutes to browse muppets clips* *snickers*

sleeping sounds like a good plan *waves goodnight*

 

#71 2017-11-01 15:04:50

Merenwen
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*waves good night*

Not that I would follow your example and be a reasonable human being for once. No, I will go to bed far too late again, to make sure I am all dead and tired at work tomorrow. *nods*

 

#72 2017-11-01 15:07:59

Peter
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Firsfron of Ronchester wrote:

These grumpy guys. They don't have the Muppets in Austria?

Ah. Did not know their names. Also one was misspelled, making Google harder. I did watch the muppets when I was young, but that was like a billion years ago :D . Yeah, I think I can go as one of those!


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#73 2017-11-01 15:12:25

Peter
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Sleep well, Kia!

We do celebrate St. Martins Day here as well, both with lanterns and with food. No candy for kids though, but a roast goose. I don't care about the lanterns, but I love eating those big birds... geese and ducks especially.


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#74 2017-11-01 15:12:58

Peter
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Merenwen wrote:

Not that I would follow your example and be a reasonable human being for once. No, I will go to bed far too late again, to make sure I am all dead and tired at work tomorrow. *nods*

Sounds entirely reasonable to me! And if not reasonable, at least relatable :D


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#75 2017-11-01 15:39:09

Peter
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Merenwen wrote:

Ok, a lot of babbling. I assume it is not just the lack of good games and movies and books for you. I often feel bored as well when I do and see the same thing over and over again in my free time, even though I love what I do. But the lack of alternatives and people with whom I can talk or do domething with also make me feel lonely very often.

For me it's a lot about getting into things or starting something new. Sometimes it is hard for me to just start something. I know there's plenty of games waiting for me, but somehow I end up surfing the web or playing FreeCell on my phone (well, I mostly do that instead of sleeping).

The second phase, once I picked something up, is to get into it. Often enough, something new takes a bit of work to get into and there's a risk I will put it down for a bit and not resume. If I drop something for too long, it'll be back to stage 1 and I'll have to motivate myself again just to start.

Books and some types of games are especially hard to get into. But movies and shows can suffer from the same problem. I totally love Agents of Shield, but there is one episode full of embarassing moments and I stopped there. Haven't gotten back to it in months.


May the birds who shelter in your branches never poop on the innocent. -Tad

 

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