How was your weekend? Mine was very good, filled with brunch with friends, a trip to the farmer’s market and lots of nerding out. We even managed to almost catch up on Game of Thrones. Oh man, I mean, I already know what’s going to happen because we’ve been reading the books, but I have to say this is probably my favourite season. People are going to lose their minds at the end of this one.
We also watched a little Doctor Who, but so far this season has been kind so-so. Seems like they’re saving everything for the big 50th anniversary special, so even episodes with great names like “Journey to the Center of the Tardis” are sadly underwhelming.
The rest of the weekend was spent prepping for the week ahead and watching some beauty YouTubers. I think I have a girl-crush on Bubbi from bubzbeauty. She’s just so cute and perky, I can’t help it!
Feeling really good and full of good intentions this week. Made up “smoothie packs” on Sunday full of fresh fruit in single servings to make healthy breakfasts a breeze. I even got Rick to make some healthy breakfast cookies for himself. Boy is becoming quite the little baker!
Your Vegan Recipe:
Little Girls Are Better At Designing Superheros Than You
This one is great for renewing your faith in humanity after too many crappy new stories about shitty things happening to women. These little girls rock.
Yeah, I know this one is a little late, but so’s everything on this blog lately, so let’s just run with it, shall we?
So, welcome to the redesigned Gamerwife. In addition to the fresh coat of pain, you’ll also notice I’m shifting the focus of the blog a little bit. Since I started working full time I’ve been having a lot of trouble figuring out where the blog fits into my life and how everything fits into the blog. After taking some time to think about it I realized that the housewifery posts and recipes were a) inconsistent, b) time consuming, and c) less indicative of my life now.
I actually spend more time at work than Rick does, so blogging about being a domestic goddess doesn’t seem honest anymore. I’m a working professional woman now. I still love crafting and cooking, but I’d rather do those things for fun, not because I have to blog about it. But don’t worry, you can still find all the old recipe and craft posts in the DIY menu at the top of the page.
Instead, I’m going to focus on what makes Gamerwife really unique. Video game reviews, profiles of women in the industry and articles related to video game culture in general. There’s lots of great things happening in gaming right now that I feel need the noob gamer perspective, and I’m more than happy to provide that.
I also want Gamerwife to be more personal. Sure, anybody can put together a collage of geeky Christmas presents. But only I can write about disordered eating and geek culture. Also, being that my new job is with a digital design company, there might be some posts about user experience, gamification and progressive learning, or whatever else I happen to be researching that day that seems relevant.
Let me know what you think about the new Gamerwife, or if there’s any features you think I should add…
True, Rick and I are avowed cat lovers, I do harbour a dream of one day owning a medium sized dog. My preference would be for some sort of French Bulldog/Boston Terrier cross, but this daily dose of Frenchie cuteness will have to do for now.
Since this is D&D week here at Gamerwife I went ahead and whipped up a little collection of what I would deem D&D night essentials.
1. Gaming Mat – You need some way of keeping track of where your characters are during a fight and from game to game. Something with a grid is usually preferable as most RPGs measure movement in inches or squares on a grid. And make sure it has a write-on wipe-off surface. Pictured: Kids Party Table Cover
2. Miniatures – Sure, a couple of pennies or a flat marble will do in a pinch, but isn’t it more fun when your placeholder on the game mat not only represents but resembles your character? Pictured: Aspect of Bahamut & Thundertusk Cavalry
3. Notebook – Sure you can scribble reminders about your inventory and hit points on your character sheet, but it’s nice to have somewhere to keep notes about game details like NPC names and special locations to refresh your memory from game to game. Pictured: Potions Notebook
4. Dice – What’s a game without dice. Most RPGs involve a variety of dice with different numbers of sides so it’s good to have at least one full set to be safe. Pictured: Beige & Black Earthdawn Dice
5. Pencils – For filling out your character sheets and making lots of notes. Pictured: Video Game Engrish Pencil Set
6. Dice Bag – Obviously you’re going to need something to keep all your dice organized. Pictured: Wesley’s Sweater Stripes Dice Bag
Infographic by Sam Potts. From the New York Times Article Geek Love, 2008