Astral Conjunction

It has come to my attention that I haven't posted in a while. (Thanks, Sarah the serial-poster!)

You know what's great about thumbdrives? They're tiny and convenient! You can take them anywhere! They can hold my whole thesis!

You know what's not-so-great about thumbdrives? They're tiny and inconspicuous! They could be anywhere! You could lose your whole thesis!

Not to worry, though. While I have lost my thumbdrive (for the moment - it's around here somewhere....) it's not the only place I have the most recent iteration of my thesis saved. I know myself far too well to have done something like that. I mean, I'd lose my own head if it wasn't firmly attached! Honestly, I'm shocked I haven't lost the thing before now.

Anyway, it's been a while, so here are some updates.

Over spring break, I went to New Orleans to fence in the Crescent City Open. I won a medal! I placed 6th in women's epee because I rock. We stayed at Le Richelieu and had a great time. I was a little nervous about seeing New Orleans after Katrina - it's the first time I've been back. The French Quarter looked really good, especially considering it was all underwater at one point. Outside the Quarter.... there were some places that are still totally devestated. I didn't see much of them, but from what I did see on the drive in and out, a city with a large economically-underpriveledged population cannot escape unscathed from a disaster of that magnitude. I mean, New Orleans was simultaneously underwater AND on fire... it's had some scarring effects. That being said, the population seems to have really pulled together, and it's definately enhanced local pride in the city and it's heritage. Some things are new, though:

Also, for our 7-year dating anniversary, Max got me some beautiful peridot and diamond earrings that I picked out while we were window shopping for engagement rings. Yes, both the jewelry purchase and the window shopping were his idea. Confused? Me too. I've narrowed the possibilites down to alien body-snatching or serious illness resulting in dramatic psychological shift. Not that I plan to DO anything about it....

Now, for the most serious question you've been asked all day:

Have you played Puzzle Quest?

It's a puzzle-RPG.
Do you like Bejewled? You'll like this game.
Do you like RPGs? You'll like this game.
Do you like Bejeweled and RPGs? This game will seize you by the throat and demand your undivided attention.

I happen to be one of the lucky indivuduals who has managed to obtain a copy. Oh yes, did I mention it's RARE? As it wasn't properly marketed (read: not marketed at all), it didn't fly off the shelves in the first 5 days, so most stores sent it back. Now people are clamboring to get it. I heard GameFly has a waiting list for it.

I have a copy, however. You can play it after you pry it from my cold, dead hands.