No updates in six months! I'm really slacking on my community interaction skills.
So what's going on? Not much, and yet a bunch!
After eight super fun, mildly stress-filled years of being on contracts at work, they switched us over to permanent status! Yay government! I mean.. nothing.
I also got a call to begin testing for the next position up from my current gig - after applying three other times in three other pools for this job, getting to the testing stage for the first time is intense. Wish me luck.
I've also been busy at work helping the social club advertise their events and running things. It seems I can't quite shake the RvBTO joy of event planning with others from my system. And to top that off, the Charitable Campaign Committee headhunted me last year to become their communications officer. A title.. fancy! So I've been doing that for the last year and a bit. Working with that group has been really challenging, since personalities just love to clash, but it's also been a really unique opportunity to be creative with the way I draft our comms and no one complains when I flex my pun muscles.
Personal life and weight have been lackluster. Weird bouts of depression and sickness and just a blase feeling had slowly been dragging me down, but it was so gradual I didn't even realise it until I stepped on a scale and thought - Damn.
Recently I have returned to seeking help from a professional trainer and after 4 sessions I can comfortably say he is kicking the crap out of me. My muscle strength was way way down and they are just in tense mode all the time. This means we are doing a ton of stretches to break up the damage and try and get me back on the track to wearing a size that is a single digit.Mostly I just want to feel better mentally and feel better in (and especially out) of clothes.
I'm upping my water game, trying to move around a lot more, cutting my meal portions and snacks and really try to drink less Dr. pepper (but I loves it.......)
Baby steps y'all.
Over the past year and a half I have also gotten in to playing D&D 5e online with various friends (@RoadBlock @Optimizer @GoobertheGr8 @Izzi @Toku @Vicki @Dopp @john - just to name a few). It all started with one game for ExtraLife and that one game turned into one regular game with that crew, and now we are up to five regular games with the occasional one-off game thrown in here and there.
And one of the craziest parts about this?
It led me to a sort of job offer.
At the end of RTX Austin my friend group always goes out for some Texas BBQ, usually it's Salt Lick, but last year it was Cooper's, and we had a few extra folks tag along since they were hanging out with @john. Alex A. and Lady Alex from Level Up Dice came to lunch with us, and they ended up showing me their dice - I had wanted to visit their booth during the show but didn't end up having time, so I was thrilled at the one on one demonstration.
I explained how I wanted to see their dice and was sorry I missed it, and they, in super friendly Australian fashion, invited John and I back to their hotel where they would unpack and show me all their merchandise. I ended up buying a set of caged anodised aluminium dice that afternoon and spent the rest of the afternoon taking them shopping for American treats with John.
Then we all met up with RT Community folks for a light miso dinner. And then we decided the four of us would all go see Spiderman: Homecoming together. Throughout the day Alex kept joking with John and I about coming to work for him at conventions, but I think we both laughed it off thinking he was just being polite and quirky. Still, he persisted. After the movie, as we were all walking back to the car, he handed me a card and said "I meant what I said, but I won't pressure you. Think about it. Any questions you have, you email me here directly and I will get back to you. There's no time limit on this offer."
And a few weeks later I did just that.
After that, they sent me to meet them at PAX: Unplugged for my first training wheels run at helping at the booth. And I met an AMAZING crew of people. Welcoming and helpful and just a little bit cheeky, I felt right at home.
Until that time I'd either been a convention attendee, lost in the sea of people, or a volunteer holding down a post and helping other attendees enjoy the show. What an exhausting but thrilling difference.
Since I still hold a full-time job here in Canada (see "Muggle Job") I couldn't attend every convention they held, but I was asked out to PAX: South a little later on. Much longer hours and I am afraid Con Crud gave me a savage beating the second day forward, but I hung in there and did my best. Saw some of my wonderful friends who tried to take care of me with tea and water and various con crud battling medications. And the LUD Crew again was super supportive and lovely to work with.
It took about a week and a half to recover from the con crud and so I put conventions on the backburner for the time being - I had other things to focus on, training for other duties at work, charity stuff and of course, planning for RTX Austin 2018.
I will be returning along with @MissMegumi as a Registration Team Leader and am honoured to have been selected to serve again this year as a volunteer. The RTX Guardian family is probably my second favourite group of people ever. So many talented and wonderful people busting their butts to try and help RT make RTX the best event it can be for all the other community members and exhibitors. I want to squish you all, but I won't. (but I probably will).
Reg will take more and more of my focus as the time draws near.. BUT as I got that time off settled, my pals over at LUD came back a -knocking. Bless their souls..
SO - if you're looking for me you can come say hello to me at:
Origins Game Fair in Columbus Ohio June 15th-17 (I'm not there all the days).
Michigan Comicon in Detroit Michigan August 17-19th
Dragoncon (RWAAAAAAR) August 30-Sept 3
Aaaaaaaand possibly at Twitchcon in San Jose California October 26-28
Seriously, if you are going to be at these things come by the booth and say hi to me. Hugs are optional, crisp high fives are mandatory.
<3 you all