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Three things I'm grateful for...

1. I got my test results back. My gestational diabetes was temporary. I don't have diabetes!! But I really need to dial back on the amounts of sugar I'm currently eating.

2. Loving my maternity leave combined with Josh's part time working. We have 4 day weekends together as a family every week! We like to go out and do fun stuff on the Fri and Mon when things are less busy and then hang out in the garden and do errands on Sat and Sun.

3. Athena is regularly sleeping for 7 straight hours at night. So I am feeling nicely rested given she is only 8 weeks old.
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Hurrah on all three!
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Sounds like politics not RPGs - which is fair. RPG content is mostly at the end.

So I've not posted about Brexit before. I voted to remain. It's taken me a long time to process the result. I know why it happened and that saddens me. But it doesn't change the fact I feel the country just sprinted over a cliff based on lies. More tragic now I have I children. I spent the first 17 years of my life living in Tory Britain and most of it Thatcher - it shaped who I am, largely defining myself against those values. I wonder how the fall out from Brexit (which I fully expect to last for a good 20 years) will shape who they are. I hope it will make them people who fight for a better world, fight for social justice and rail against the entitlement of the priviledged and the rich... just like Thatcher made me. But I've no doubt it will make their lives harder (and my kids will probably be the lucky ones).

And then I'm watching the rise of Trump from here in the UK. After the vote for Brexit it feels a lot less comfortable watching US politics right now. I see you guys coming to join us from the bottom of this cliff - and you guys let everyone have guns for fucks' sake.

So why is this in the RPGs collection...

I'm struck by a deep desire to start playing/running some cyberpunk. Mostly I think I need some catharsis - to play out the worst possible post-Brexit world knowing it won't come to that. But also feeling that channeling my despair into running some c-punk right now would probably result in an awesome campaign.

And on that note +Kira Magrann (one of my favourite G+ peeps) has just shot an email of cathartic joy into my inbox!

Time to start a playlist:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPfhAksS28g
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Plus one would cyberpunk. Better than just running around swearing at everything...
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Inspiration for +Elizabeth Wootten. Tonight's dinner is Shakshuka with quinoa. 
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+Becky Annison Yup. It's such a simple dish that it has to have been created all over the world.
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Cooking is a bit of a intellectual challenge at the moment.

I'm trying to cook things that are healthy (whole foods with lots of fruit and veg - rather than any no carb, no fat type stuff) and either fairly quick to prepare OR can be prepared with a toddler 'helping' and then slung in the slow cooker or reheated. Additionally we are trying to stay true to our principles around ethical meat, and eating meat only twice a week for climate reasons (and to have a more varied diet).

Pretty hard brainwork!

It is the combination of having an excited toddler who doesn't nap and has a classic toddler attention span - along with a baby who the chef of the evening simultaneously looks after whilst making dinner. Sometimes this means you have lots of time as she sleeps, sometimes she wants to feed and scream throughout the entire period. Also need to fit bottle washing and sterilising and putting on the dishwasher in this period because post dinner is really close to bedtime.

So far I've done a stuffed breast of lamb in the slow cooker, a lot of variations of tomato pasta sauce, homemade pesto with pasta, homemade pizza, a chick pea and butternut squash stew and next week I'm planning on making the following:

Greek Shrimp Stew (probably not proper Greek sorry +John Stavropoulos - they just chucked some feta in it.)
Creamy Pork with Mushrooms (slow cooker)
Shakshuka
Cauliflower Bake with potato rosti topping.

Crossing my fingers!
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+Ralph Lovegrove no no no. No Jansson's temptation for the baby for another two and a half months. See also: sausages, ribs, beer.

(I'll have his share.)
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So I've tried it out!

I don't play computer/mobile games very much. I like the idea of them but I can loose track of time far too easily when I play them and it freaks me. I really hate finding 20 mins has turned into 4 hours without me realising - it makes me feel like I've lost time somewhere.

But Pokemon doesn't have that risk and I LOVE the real world element. Since having Athena I've found it hard to exercise - with one kid we would pack up together and go for walks but wrangling a newborn and a toddler in public on my own is something I'm not yet ready for so I've been putting it off and putting off exercising as a result.

But this is a nice little incentive and I really love the real world overlay it is so clever and fun. I had an errand in town recently where I had an unexpected 25 min wait. So I bodded around stopping at pokestops and catching pokemon.

Then I went to a soft play centre with the kids only to find that some bored parent had set up a lure over the soft play.

So many fun little moments - I'm sure my interest will wane in a week but so far it is a piece of pop culture I'm pleased I tapped into.
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Survey for Lovecraftesque is live!!

If you missed the Kickstarter then now is the time to grab a copy.
 
Lovecraftesque surveys just went out. I'm enjoying the responses to the mandatory[*] "is there anything else you think we should know" question.

This also means you can now pre-order Lovecraftesque, if you missed the kickstarter.

https://lovecraftesque.backerkit.com/
A GMless roleplaying game (RPG) of brooding cosmic horror. Create stories like HP Lovecraft; forget Cthulhu - create your own terrors.
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Day 3 for +Elizabeth Wootten

Cauliflower and chick pea bake with a homemade hash brown and cheesy topping.

Served with green beans.
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Excellent, recipes as well! This is quite a service (especially while minding the baby at the same time...). Thanks :)
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Day 2 for +Elizabeth Wootten.

"Greek" shrimp stew served with Basmati Rice

Tomato sauce flavoured with dill, mustard, honey and parsley, with prawns and feta.

Very tasty - almost nothing Greek about it. Quite similar to a Greek dish I have had in Lindos called microclimate sp.? 
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Even sliced thinly?
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3 things I'm grateful for:

1. Hanging out my washing before we went out for the day - taking advantage of all that super sunshine!

2. Athena sleeping from 10.20 to 6.00am last night.

3. Lemon meringue ice cream
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2. Woot! Also, envy. Waking every hour from about 3am here this week :-(
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Day 2 of living the Pokemon dream.

Firstly I'm starting to feel like Sherlock Holmes - making deductions about the people around me. Not a simple "are they playing pokemon go?" but more complex than that. Friday we went to Soft Play and someone put a lure on the soft play pokestop. I imagined it was a bored parent, getting a break from their rampant toddler on a rainy day. Yesterday I went to a local beauty spot in a fairly out of the way place - there were lots of pokestops and a gym controlled by Team Mystic. Perhaps some employee at the National Trust Gift shop was in charge of the Gym - constantly fending off attacks from reluctant teenagers being dragged on walks by their parents. Today I saw someone had put a lure on the war memorial down the road which is in range of a retirement home - did an older resident set the lure, perhaps someone without a great deal of mobility attracting the pokemon to them?

Secondly I have actually spoken to strangers in my neighbourhood and helped a teenage girl to use a pokestop. She'd just started playing and couldn't work it out.

Lastly because of some issues with the app freezing I realised I've not been shutting down the apps on my iphone properly. I now know how to do that so I'm using my phone way more efficiently than I was before. Even if I give up the game tomorrow I have gained important knowledge.
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Managed to spend time yesterday on proper actual writing (as opposed to just editing old things). My first bit of writing since having Athena 7 weeks ago. Not bad given I'm getting variable amounts of sleep.

In fact the whole day was just great. R was at nursery so I only had one kid to wrangle and new babies sleep a lot - although I ended up reading out bits of my research to her during a particularly cranky moment. I even managed to do a bit of typing with her on my lap but I couldn't keep it up for long as she is a pretty heavy baby.

One deadline nearly achieved... and it looks like Thursday will be my day for quietly getting things done for the next little while.
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For +Mo Jave as requested.

Feel better soon!
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I'm a game designer living in Derbyshire, UK.  I like knitting, cooking, green sustainable living, reading and role-playing games of many types.

Currently in the middle of a kickstarter for Lovecraftesque here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1122788890/lovecraftesque

Find me at the Black Armada website posting about gaming here: http://blackarmada.com/
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