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Weekendy Updating - Elf M. Sternberg
Weekendy Updating
It was a quiet weekend at the Villa Sternberg. We did a lot of yardwork on Saturday, mowing and trimming and cleaning and doing all of the mundane, suburban things that I've more or less settled into. The children were made to go outside and get sunlight (oh no!), and Kouryou-chan and the neighborhood kinds tore up the place with the kind of enthusiasm that 10-year-olds can muster.

The strawberries are still alive, which surprises the hell out of me. Cleaning out where they're still alive, getting the blackberry and grass away from them, is going to be a herculean undertaking.

Sunday was more organized. Omaha had a morning event to go to, and I ended up driving her to Columbia City, one of the last neighborhoods in Seattle to be proto-gentrified. It's going to be, real soon now, as it's probably one of the few places in Seattle where I could get a home for what I paid to live in Burien, and the bus lines aren't as murderous. It's not nearly close enough to the light rail line, but it will be soon. This is one of those neighborhoods due for an upgrade. There's a wonderful old-school used bookstore there, along with the immanent yoga and yogurt shops.

We had our Sunday D&D game after that. Omaha led Yamaraashi-chan through the process of roasting a real chunk of roast, with vegetables and everything, and while we slaughtered orcs and kobolds by the handful (it was a gruesome hack-n-slash session, where I learned that monks are mostly immune to damage because of their awesome armor class, but in a fight against lots of nasties they don't kill 'em quickly enough) Yamaraashi-chan fretted over slicing and browning the meat, prepping the vegetables, and mixing the gravy.

After the guests were gone, we got the girls into their nightclothes and I read to Kouryou-chan. We've been reading Watership Down, and we just read the last two chapters of what I think is the creepiest part of the whole novel, the "shining wire warren." Kouryou-chan was more than a little disturbed by the whole notion, and I could see the wheels in her head turning as she tried to fit the lessons of those chapters into what she knew about how adults lived.

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Current Music: Boom Boom Sattelites, Spine

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creepingcrud From: creepingcrud Date: April 26th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
where I learned that monks are mostly immune to damage because of their awesome armor class, but in a fight against lots of nasties they don't kill 'em quickly enough

Are you guys playing 3.5, or is this the new 4e PHB3 Monk? I've been running a monk for a while in 3.5, and while my AC is OK, I've lagged behind other classes as we level up, and that's with 16s in both DEX and WIS (at the cost of lower STR than would be ideal for the facepunching).
trinsf From: trinsf Date: April 26th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is one of those chapters named "Like Trees in November"? I think that's my favorite chapter title ever.
elfs From: elfs Date: May 6th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it is. And looking back, I see what it means, too. Man ,that stuff just gets creepier the more I look.
kistha From: kistha Date: April 26th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Funny, I just finished re-reading Watership Down. And I too think that's the creepiest bit. I'm now reading the "sequel" Tales from Watership Down which is a collection of short stories, most are about El-ahrairah, but the last section is tales from the original rabbits in Watership Down.

I saw the cartoon first around 6-7 or so, these days I'm surprised it didn't scar me for life. LOL I love that cartoon, and the books. Most awesome, and I think it's great that you are reading it to Kouryou-chan.

Edited at 2010-04-26 10:54 pm (UTC)
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