Trying Out a New Hobby: Gardening

Yuriko/ May 11, 2021/ Gardening

I have a black thumb.  For the most part, anything I’ve ever tried to grow in a “garden” has always died, one way or another.  Either I water it too much, or forget about it and don’t water it at all. I had an opportunity last year to start a garden, I suppose, but I didn’t.  Some of the reasons

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Distractions: Knitting

Yuriko/ April 23, 2021/ Knitting

My current project is a pair of socks.  The pattern is from Knitpicks and the pattern name is Shorties Socks. My first attempt came out a little loose and not quite right.  Of course, I also made them one at a time, instead of two at a time.  And the bind off was too loose and flared. My second attempt

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Vomit Draft Progress Report #3

Yuriko/ April 30, 2019/ Hobby, writing

Well, I think this might as well be the first report again. After 36k words, I decided to redo the story from scratch. It was a hard decision but I think I like the direction it’s going right now. I’ve changed some of the attributes of the MC and the love interest. She’s older now and in college. So far,

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Vomit Draft Progress Report #1

Yuriko/ April 18, 2019/ Hobby, writing

I had started this project a few weeks ago. And though I promised that I would not let Marcia (my inner critic and editor) out of her cage, I fear she had learned to pick the locks. Damn!  I guess this is why I am still on chapter 8 and only at about 25k word count (nothing that it matters

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A is for Ascension

Yuriko/ April 1, 2019/ 2019, Blogging Challenge, Games, Hobby

All right, I thought I had this blog challenge beat!  I was ready a week and a half ago when I posted about it.  I had everything in my head… but then it all fell out of my head before I could write anything down.  Yes, sad face.  So, I’ve been scrambling for the last week at ideas that I

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Dice Hate Me

Yuriko/ March 15, 2019/ Games, Hobby

In a previous post, I spoke about how games have changed since your grandparents were your age.  I may be dating myself, here, but I remember growing up with Monopoly, Clue, and Battleship.  These are still popular games today, and yet, people don’t turn to them as the first choice of entertainment?  Why, I asked myself, would mainstream board games

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Sticker Shock and the Indie Board Game

Yuriko/ March 4, 2019/ Games, Hobby

When you hear the phrase board game, what image springs to mind? Long before I had learned of indie games, I pictured Monopoly, Clue, Sorry!, and Risk… But also Checkers(where my brother always won – I suspected he cheated), Battleship, and Scrabble. And why wouldn’t you think about those games? They’ve been around for decades! They are considered classic board

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It’s Only A Game

Yuriko/ February 20, 2019/ Games, Hobby

I can be very competitive. It’s true. I think it’s part of being human. Some people can do it better than others. And when I say that, I mean good sportsmanship. But, I can totally understand a person if he or she isn’t a good sport. Nobody wants to lose. Nobody likes to lose.  Society – the whole world as

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