Right off the bat, let me laugh at my last post when I declared that I'd short circuit the procrastination cycle... while I did procrastinate less on the planning process for my weekly Word blog post, and with my melatonin regimen resumed got back to a normal sleep pattern, astute readers will probably note that I managed not to write my post here at all last week.
Well, I can't just go cold turkey on the procrastination thing, right?
Anyway, as a result today I have a two-for-one special on links to my Word shared blog contributions:
First up is from Sunday, 2/12, in which I compare and contrast the parting of the Red Sea and the Garden of Gesthemane scene in Matthew. Ummm... yeah, you'll have to read it to get the picture. It looks something like this, though:
Click here for Day #43 - Grand Gestures and Silent Suffering
Second is today's post, in which I discuss the consecration of the priesthood in Exodus, how married couples end up ignoring one another, self-righteous religious folk, and Jesus' scandalous behavior in the book of Mark. I also use the dreaded term "paradigm shift".
Click here for Day #50 - The Letter of the Law
As mentioned here, I've gotten rather involved in playing online mafia. By that, I do not mean anything like Mafia Wars on Facebook. This is more of a game of interpreting others' behavior, as well as plotting and manipulation, and I've found it to be thoroughy entertaining. Here's a flash tutorial on the basic concept, for those who haven't heard of it.
I just finished my first full game a few days ago, and it turns out I've got something of a natural aptitude, which... strangely enough, worked against me. I made it clear at the outset of the game that I was very new at it, so as to keep expectations low and keep me from feeling utterly self-conscious if I flubbed up or didn't measure up to the standards of the more experienced players. However, I apparently did so well at my analysis of the other players' actions that they quickly became suspicious that someone was coaching me on what to say... and that would mean I was mafia, if I was able to communicate outside the game thread with someone else giving me suggestions.
It made me laugh, because it was so utterly untrue, at least in one way. I actually was part of the mafia team, but my teammates provided me next to no help whatsoever. Two of my three teammates were killed during the first two day phases, and on the third day, there was a sudden rush of people calling for me to be lynched, because they just couldn't believe I was this good at the game as a newbie.
Well, they were right to lynch me, it was just the wrong reason. ;)
This game was themed, and as it was based on something I was not horribly familiar with (the X-men movies), I felt like I was missing out on some of the more subtle hints people were dropping about their characters. One of the players in that game is set to moderate his own game soon, which will be themed around the TV show Firefly, which I've also never watched. Lucky for me Amazon Prime members can watch Firefly on streaming video for free.
Anyway, I'm next up to substitute into a game in progress that's a bit more advanced in its setup, and promises to strain my brain in mutiple ways before it's through.
Speaking of newbies and brain strain (look, Bob, a segue!)... Friday was my last day on the phones for 6+ weeks as I have been tapped yet again as the Subject Matter Expert (read: assistant to the trainer) in our next new hire class. I've been trying not to rub salt in the wounds of my overworked and stressed-out coworkers, but it's hard not to be a bit jubilant. I had such a great time working with the new hire class last September.
I'll be back to working Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm, which gives me time to get up at a decent hour and hit the gym before I get ready for work. Technically I could have been doing that for the last several weeks as well, but after catching the creeping crud that was going around the office, I got out of the habit of forcing myself to get up at oh-dark-thirty to exercise. One change in routine is sufficient for me to commit to another change in routine. Plus my Kindle has been missing me lately -- with as many "to be read" paperbacks as I have sitting around the house, I refuse to let myself use the e-reader unless I'm traveling or at the gym.
My blog posts here, with the schedule change, are most likely to happen on Saturdays or Sundays for the next couple of months. I'm still trying to get in at least one a week here, while sticking to my weekly schedule at the Word blog. Additional creative writing will eventually be worked into the schedule as the muse strikes.
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