Life truly has its ups and downs.
Just wanted to post a brief summary of things that I've been dealing with, or celebrating so far.
Still loving my job as a Game Designer for Indigo Entertainment. The work can be tremendously stressful and at times, feel like I'm juggling way too many projects with one hand, but man the idea that I am creating GAMES as a living is truly a dream come true. The idea that I have started games that have entertained, challenged and been enjoyed by kids all over out there in the world is amazing. I have James and Dokes to always thank for that.
My dad was recently confined at the hospital and I had to stay with him for a week to make sure he was doing well. I was happy to be able to be there for him, given all the years that he and mom spent making sure that their second son was happy, healthy and given access to education and safety. It was a scary time for us, admittedly, but thankfully we were able to get through it and found our bonds as family members even getting stronger in the process. Dad's home now and on the road to recovery. Life get's better.
I started cooking and baking again. And each time I do, I find myself dedicating it to PJ. I still miss PJ a lot. I still find myself sometimes wishing he'd suddenly text or call me and ask me to head out with him to Ortigas and enjoy the music, the dancing and the laughs. I still find myself replaying the scenes in the hospital. Still find myself at times wishing I could have done more. But I do push myself to focus on the positive side of things. To remember the lessons he taught me. To think of the tips he shared with me. I tried using a bigger knife when I prepped dinner the other night. I recall PJ used to always tell me that I should stop using a Pearing knife for everything. I don't think I'll ever stop missing him.
Yoshi is also doing better. After a bout of fungal infection, he's feeling much better now and is starting to grow back his wonderful hair. We are considering trimming him this much once a year to help him deal with the summer heat better. He kinda looks more like Doby the House Elf right now, which is quite endearing.
Rocky and I have also been spending lots of time celebrating our geeky life together. He got us a pair of Star Trek communicator/badges which have powerful magnets so we don't ruin the shirts we wear. We also invested in getting a few more board games including Risk: The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Lords of Waterdeep, Pret-A-Porter and Merlin's Company, the expansion to Shadows Over Camelot. Gaming kinda slowed down given the recent events and summer trips, but now we are working on getting thinks back to stride. Rocky is also now the proud owner of the Dr. Who novels, both the individual novels for each doctor and the novels dedicated to the different monsters. It looks tremendously beautiful on our selves and I'm happy to have helped him make up his mind to get them.
Then there's Ben Woerner's A World of Dew which is a spin-off of John Wick's Blood and Honor game. I was very excited about the book that I messaged Ben ideas on how I'd love to expand the game. Thankfully he took my pitches seriously and has made my contribution one of the stretch goals for the release of the book! The Kickstarter was incredibly successful, netting over $16,000 even with an initial goal of only $2,000. This will be another chance for me to contribute to the rpg community and I'm pretty psyched about it. You can still check out the Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/381911690/a-world-of-dew-a-samurai-noir-role-playing-game
Finally, we're watching over Misty, Prince's dog, for the meantime while he has his trip to Cebu. The dog has been a bit demanding for attention but I've been training him to be more calm and orderly. He still whines every now and then, but I am hoping to teach him to be more patient and calm like how Yoshi is. Given she's a girl and Yoshi is a boy, I've resorted to keeping them separated with a pen for now, just because I'm worried they might.. you know.. when I'm not looking.
But yeah, overall, life is good.
And tomorrow is going to be better!