February 25th, 2019

bluebeard

Derailed plans

We had my Star Wars game scheduled for this weekend, but life happened and the game did not.

My parents came into town for a funeral of a family friend -- the sister of one of my brother Dave's good friends. It was someone who I knew in middle school, but hadn't seen for probably three decades, so I didn't go, but we did get together with them (and Dave and Leah) to get dinner at Wishbone.

There was also some kitty health drama. Nico threw up a couple times during the day, and after we came home from dinner, he threw up yet again and we decided, okay, time to take him to the emergency clinic. So we got there and handed our boy over for exams and x-rays and sat there worrying and fretting until they were able to tell us that he was otherwise in good health, but very constipated. So he was throwing up every time he ate because there was no place for the food to go past his stomach. Mr. Kitty got to spend the night in the hospital to get IV fluids and an enema, poor guy.

We brought him home Sunday morning and after a little bit of checking that he was indeed home, he retreated under the bed and spent the rest of the day there. He came out a little bit today and this evening he's been acting a bit more like his usual self, so I think he'll be fine, but it was emotionally stressful for all of us.

After that, I definitely didn't have the focus or mojo to prepare and run game Sunday night, so instead we got together at Thomas's and played a couple board games. We tried out the game the bears got us (Gunkimono), which was fun, and played a round of Sentinels of the Multiverse (losing horribly to The Matriarch).

I also cooked a big pot of Thai soup on Sunday. Working of an outline Brandon posted, I fried up some garlic and green curry paste (it was supposed to be red, but it's what I had in the fridge to use up), then added a couple cans of coconut milk, some lemongrass paste, a spoonful of dashi granules, and some fish sauce and let it simmer a couple minutes. Then added an onion, three bell peppers, a bunch of shiitake mushrooms, eight or so baby bok choi, and let it simmer half an hour. Fried up a brick of tofu for extra protein and tossed in a bag of frozen shrimp at the end. Adjusted the flavor with salt and aji-no-moto, and it turned out pretty darn tasty.

Oh, and I finished doing our taxes. (Well, federal, anyway.) Still need to print them out and mail them in, but I did all the paperwork. There are BIG CHANGES to the forms this year, so if yours are at all complicated, you may want to start early!

So a lot of worry and stress this weekend, but it all turned out okay.