I've been away for too long, and there's so much to tell.
First off: I am performing auto mechanics on my car- blew the head gasket so I have to go in and open it up, take the head to TDC on compression stroke and pull the head. Once that's done I take it to the shop for cleaning resurfacing and pressure check before I put it back on. While the head gets worked on I can replace hoses and drain the oil. When the head comes back from machining I can put the gasket on, button it down and put all the fluids back in. It would have been done sooner if I had a garage and all the tools to rework the engine. Grateful I'm working on a Honda! The drawback is that I have to wait for the snow to melt and the weather to warm up a bit or else I'd be out there and not here composing a new journal entry.
Next: Dragon Age: Inquisition! Already played through once, going for a second round! There's so much stuff to do! Players get totally immersed in a world that feels like different places on planet earth without leaving home! I'm still stoked about the game because of locales, dialogue choices, characters and CRAFTING. Sure, gathering resources may seem like a tedious thing- the results of forging heavy armor from Silverite are just extraordinary!
Also: I have taken up model building again. I started a kit and detailed it to the nines, and all I have to do is tighten it up and apply decals. It took me less time than I thought it would- seems like I never forgot the skills, and the eye for detail needed the practice.
There have been a lot of changes where I work. People move on, sure. The management has changed, the menu changed too- and we're supposed to have another menu change soon or else there wouldn't be a meeting for it this weekend. I just dislike making nachos in a chicken joint.
And...my birthday is coming up. next Thursday. I don't FEEL old, and I certainly don't LOOK old. And I have a birthday twin- so I decided to be nice because we share a birthday and ordered cupcakes and drew some artwork. Taking inspiration from 40's era noseart, I drew something similar- I hope to finish soon and post results here- and sinced I have a deadline, let's all hope I can finish on time....!