Thursday, 13 November 2014

Getting ready for Jimcon

Well it that time again, time to pack up the games and head for my local gaming convention.  I am blessed in that I have two different gaming my province.  Better still the organizers of the cons had the forethought or at least the good planning abilities to set the at opposite ends of the calendar.

My plans for the weekend pretty much have gaming starting around 6 o'clock on Friday and go right through to Sunday around 4 when the gaming ends.

Slot 1 - My open open slot for the weekend. I'm hoping to make my way around the con to check things out and explore a bit.

Slot 2 - Friday Night Fiasco
This has become something of a tradition at the last few cons I've attended.  The last couple of times I've run it the game it included much alcohol. This time it will be played straight but hopefully it still goes over well.  I'll be running the AfterMath play set I wrote.

Slot 3 - Star Wars 
Fantasy Flight has done a really good job on their Star Wars license.  The system is pretty much rock solid from what I've played and what I've run of it.  For this one I will be running Rebel Dawn, the adventure that was released for Rebellion Day back in May.  Hopefully I get enough players this time around to run it.

Slot 4 - Battle Skies
Slot 5 - Battle Skies
I've got a double slot of Battle Skies a game of my own creation, that is available through Final Sword Productions. It is a Dragon Combat game that is played in in 3 dimensions allowing the the dragons to climb and dive at one another as they fight.  I'll talk more about this in future posts it is a sizable part of my life.

Slot 6 - Casting
Slot 7 - Casting
Casting is a new project I am working on.  It is a card game where players take on the roles of wizards and other spell casters trying to gather the components they need to cast a spell.  It is a cross between a hand management and resource gathering gaming.  With a bit of screw your neighbour component for added fun.

Slot 8 - (RPG) D&D 5th Ed: The Lost Mine of Phandelver
Slot 9 - (RPG) D&D 5th Ed: The Lost Mine of Phandelver
This will be the first time I've played 5th edition D&D.  I've honestly heard nothing but good things about the system so I'm really excited to finally get the chance to play it.

Slot 10 - Time Jockeys
This is a new game by another local developer and I have no idea what it is about.

Slot 11 - 13th Age: Crocodile Island
Slot 12 - 13th Age: Crocodile Island
Another RPG that I have tried and one I'm looking forward to.

Slot 13 - Battle at Kembles Cascade
I don't know a lot about this one, other then that it describes itself as being like a side scrolling video game.  That was enough to sell me on it.

Anyways more on the weekend another time.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

The Interview

Well the surgery interview happened today.  I think it went fairly well I think and honestly I think it was way scarier in my head then it was in real life.  The reality of the interview was that it really was four separate interviews and at the end of each of them they give you a few goals they want you to work on.  I'll quickly run through each of them.

Medical History:  Really this one was pretty straight forward.  We basically ran through my family medical history and my own history.  The sad truth of this is my medical history is really boring.  I'm a 39 year old man who still has all four of his grandparents alive and well. My own medically history is pretty boring as well.  I've had three surgeries in my whole life; both big toenails removed, Tonsils removed, and I had all of my teeth removed to be replaced with dentures.

Dietary: I think of all the different discussion this was the one I was kind of dreading the most.  I've been using MyFitnessPal for at least a year now. So I have a pretty good history of my eating habits and I know they are shit.I have McDonalds for breakfast an average of 4 times a week.  Of course it also isn't uncommon for me to grab it or some other convenience food for lunch as well.  Bottom line is that I need to make some serious changes.  I guess I shouldn't be to concerned about my current standing, if I was doing everything right I wouldn't be going through this process

Fitness: Here we talked about what is challenging me and preventing me from being more.  For the most part I am physically able to be active.  It is a matter of getting up and making the time to do the activity.  I'm confident that the time table will keep me on track and since it will really show me where I am along the way.

Psychologist: This was without a doubt the toughest of the interviews.  I was asked a lot of why questions which I've never been fond of.  The concerns my wife has about the procedure came out most in this interview, She made it pretty clear that she would support me and be for there and their is no doubt in my mind that she would.  I'm not so sure the doctor we were talking bought it.  In the end I guess it isn't about them believing her it has more to do with my believe in her.

This was also the section where we talked most about the after effects of the interviews.  Things like a life long change in my eating habits, the need of supplements for the rest of my life, and the loose skin.

At one point in the discussion the psychologist is talking about addictions and rattling off some examples.  Tamile pipes and tosses Porn in to the mix. Then the psychologist turns and looks at me with this hugely serious face and asks "Do you have a porn addiction?" it was completely out of left field and I don't have anything close to a porn addition.  So the whole question left me speechless for a moment until I recovered with the clever comeback of "Is that on your questionnaire?" From there we go into a discussion about transferred addictions.

So the chat with with the psychologist ends with her asking me if I wanted to start Challenge Craving, a program they offer that is mandatory if you want to go ahead with the surgery, today?  I was really thrown by the question at first, but said I would Tamile brought up a concern of rushing in to everything.  The psychologist explained that they liked people to talk it as early as possible because there is a lot of information that will help make the changes.  In the end I said I would start today, but after I got home I called and asked to be removed from the class.  I've no idea if it was the right decision in the long run but it is the one I needed to make right now.

Everything has just felt so rushed in the whole process.  I felt I needed to slow things down a little bit.  Take some time to learn to make the changes that I need to make in my life so that I can be successful at this.  If I just kept rushing through everything I might just rush right past the point.

Appointment Moved Up

So I had fully intended to write tonight about RPG Night with Cliff.  Which is  a weekly RPG night that I host at my local game store.  Thanks to a phone call I received today that plan has gone out the window, instead we have more about weight loss and my journey and that direction.  I’ll talk about gaming another time don’t worry.

So like I was saying this afternoon I received a call from the hospital.  At first I assumed it was them calling me back because I had left a message with them on Monday.  That couldn't have been further from the truth.  Basically they wanted to know if I could come in for the appointment earlier.  I was  apparently enthusiastic and they had an opening.  The oblivious from was how soon?  I was expecting to be told a week or maybe two at most earlier.  To my surprise I'm going in tomorrow.

Right now, I'm super nervous about the whole thing.  Alex, my wife is coming with me.  She is concerned and has some questions she wants to have addressed.  I don't know if that is a good thing or not from their point of view, but she will be there.  Hopefully being there will help to put her at easy about the whole process,  I know she is feeling a little nervous about it.

For what has me worried is I don't know what to expect really.  I absolutely hate walking in to a situation where I don't know what to expect or what is expected of me.  So much of it is in the air in my mind.  I've been told by people who've gone through it before me to just relax.  I've set out my goals for them in my initial application and at the meeting they will set out their goals for me.

Anyways stop back tomorrow and I'll try and post something about how it went.  I'm off to try and get some sleep.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Trying to start again

Well it has been almost 2 years since I last wrote anything here. I was logging on to Blogger with the intent of setting up a new blog.  I have a lot going on in my life and figured that would be a good way to help sort some of it out in my head.  When I saw my old blog sitting there on the screen I decided that this would be the place to do it rather then starting a new one.

I could spend a month writing posts trying to update people on the various events of my life.  Instead I will just leave it out and post things that our current and that matter to me.  Hopefully they are things of interest to readers as well, but if not I don't really care all that much.

So lets get back to the reason I was on blogger in the first place and why I was looking to start a new blog: My health!  I've always been a large man, and by large I mean obese.  In fact from a medical point of view I am morbidly obese.  My BMI is in around the 50 mark. I have tried various things over the years to lose weight with different levels of success, all of which ended in long term failure and the return of any weight lost with a little or a lot extra.  :(

Now about a 1 and a half ago I spoke with my doctor about the possibility of Gastric By Pass (I know that isn't the medical term) Roughly 5 months after the referral I received a nice email say I was to fat for the guidelines under which they were doing the procedure.  So that I figure as they say was that.  Now we fast forward about 3 months ago, another letter arrives with a time and date for me to come down for an orientation session.  That was October 22nd, I left the meeting excited and hopeful about the future that the operation could lead too.

I was lucky enough to be able to talk with a couple of people who had been through the processes. They offered a wealth of useful and exciting tips.  One of those tips was to get my application in as quickly as I can. The faster I get in my application the faster I would be moving forward in the process.  So I followed the advise my application was dropped off on Friday October 31st.  This afternoon in the mail was a letter from their offices I move on to the next step which is the interview that will take place on December 5th.

Anyways the processes is underway and I will post more about it and other things going on in the next couple of days.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Thursday Tips - Camp NanoWrimo

NanoWrimo tips So I'm having a hell of a time with Camp Nanowrimo this month. So I'm taking a few minutes to look back on my practices from past Nano making some notes on what has worked for me to try and remind myself of what I need to do.
I think this might become something of a regular thing. Thursday tips, so check back often and see what I'm writing about each week. If you have suggestions or requests for a tip list then just comment and I'll see what I can do for you.
  • Write in chunks, 3-5 times per day. 
  • The minimum is 1,667. We all know the magic number and so many of us struggle to reach it some days. Always try to build in some padding to your word count. Instead of shooting for that aim for 2,000. That way when you're short one day you have that back up. 
  • Buy yourself a reward and don't let yourself touch it until you hit that 50k 
  • Turn the TV off. If you have to cook/clean/do other chores, make them brief. 
  • Limit yourself to checking your emails & Facebook with meals and for no longer the. 30 minutes at a time. This one will be different for each person as everyone uses Facebook and email for different things. The important here is set a limit and stick to it. 
  • If you have spare time and for whatever reason can't work directly on your novel then use the time for outlining. 
  • Take the time to read the encouraging emails sent out by Nano. They offer a variety of tips and suggestions.
  • Find local group, it is great motivation to be writing along side other people with a similar goal. 
Well that's it for now I have a lot of catching up to do at this point.  So back to the word mines.