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Introducing Nessa

Friday, February 8th, 2013

We got a doggie! It’s been something myself and Jess have known would happen since we moved house – I literally didn’t have a choice in the matter, a dog would be part of our family, but I was always on board with the idea. This week, Nessa entered our lives. Jess had seen quite a bit of Nessa (then called Candi), a black Labrador Retriever, in her volunteer work, and had already fallen in love. I’d seen pictures of her even before we considered adopting. Once we’d set our minds on a puppy, Nessa was the only one.

Nessa

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a puppy, and I still remember joys of puppy training and the endless “presents” we woke up to each morning, but aside from one or two minor gripes, Nessa has been an absolute star. Surprisingly, she took immediately to house training (her previous owners must have done some work on that), and every day she is seeing improvements in her lead walking and command training. She gets a little over excited around new people and other dogs, but Jess is constantly working on those point. I swear she has the patience of a saint and definitely a lot more than me.

We’re also taking a slow approach in introducing Nessa to Farnsworth. All of their contact so far has been brief, controlled interactions. It’s progressing as well as can be expected after five days, but Nessa’s “enthusiasm can sometimes makes kitty nervous, so it’s something we need to continuously work on.

Writing for Thunderbolt Games / New addition to the household!

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

In my goals post last week, I committed to doing more writing in my free time. Writing is always something I’ve enjoyed doing. Those that know me will know that I’ve attempted to launch sites where I could write about games. Maybe I was too ambitious, maybe I took on too much at once, but for one reason or another, those sites failed to take off. Trying to write enough content to justify an entire site was something that was beyond me.

So at the start of the year I decided to go out on a limb and apply to write to an independent gaming site. I’ve been back and forth for a few days now, but I’m happy to say that I’ve been accepted as a Staff Writer over on ThunderboltGames.com. I’ve only discovered the site recently, but they have a rich history (dating back to 2000), and focus primarily on Reviews and Features, which is exactly the type of content and writing I’m most interested in. They have long supported budding writers, and I’m extremely appreciative to have been accepted and being given a shot at contributing to the site.

Also, after much (read: little) discussion, myself and Jess will be welcoming a new addition to the household very soon, all going according to plan. We’re looking to adopt a new dog :) . We haven’t settled on breed or anything of the sort, but we really want to give another loving animal a great home, and give Farnsworth some companionship.

Plus, if I get my way, and he’s a he, I want to name him Wernstrom!

Goals of 2013

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

I’ve been neglecting my blogging since Extra Life 2012. Getting things done around a new house really takes it out of you, and combining that with making sure Farnsworth doesn’t climb up the walls (literally) doesn’t leave much time for posting. But with a new year comes new initiative, and so my first post of 2013 is one to lay out my hopes and goals for 2013

Write More

Given the opening paragraph, this one is a no brainer for me. I really enjoy writing and conversing about video games, so I hope to get back into the full swing of game writing. I’ve applied to a site, so I’m hoping that something comes of that. Other than that, I hope to keep contributing to A Band Of Gamers with community reviews, and post with a lot more regularity on my own blog here.

Eat better / healthier

It’s no secret to anyone that knows me that I like food. When I first moved house, I began to get lazy and order a lot more take away food. I hope to change that in 2013. I’m going to try to cut out most of the crap that I eat, as well as reducing the portions that I eat. This will hopefully lead to goal number three.

Run a 5K / 10K race

Last year, I began to take up running as a way to improve my fitness. It lasted a while, but again, moving house has a huge effect. Jobs around the house began to take precedent, and eventually I got out of the habit of going out and running. This year, I hope to get back running, and run a few short distance races over the summer.

Reduce gaming purchases / finish more games

This one seems to be on my goals list every year. I suffer from what some gamers call “The Sickness”; an affinity for the new and shiny, having to buy each new release that peaks my interest on release day, and oftentimes playing them very little or none at all. I’ve a huge backlog of games waiting months (or years) to be played. I’m hoping to play and finish more games this year, and only buy those I really want to play at that point. I can wait on the others to drop in price before shelling out my hard earned.

I’m hopeful that writing out these goals will help keep me focused on them, and I’ll be able to look back at the end of the year and see where I’ve succeeded, and where I’ve let myself down.

Introducing Farnsworth: Our Rescue Cat

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Those who know me know that I’ve recently moved house to live with my girlfriend Jessica. It’s been an interesting change, but one thing I know she’s been missing is her pets. She’s a real animal person, and as long as I’ve known her, I’ve been convinced she prefers her dogs and cats to me (not that I blame her, my PS3 is very close to edging her out). So anyway, this week we decided to foster a cat, and lo and behold, we’ve decided to keep him. Meet Farnsworth.

Farnsworth

Jess has always been a huge advocate of rescuing animals, so there really was no other option for us than to get a rescue cat. There are so many animals looking for homes (Jess works very closely with Cat’s Aid and Dog’s Aid) it’s such a shame that people treat them as possessions which can be thrown out with the old curtains when they get bored. I’ve gone out to Dog’s Aid once before too, and every dog there is so full of character, playful and yet have not always had the best of treatment from people. Neither charity will ever put a healthy animal down, and are always looking for people to adopt and foster animals.

We definitely plan on fostering again (we can’t keep every one we do, as much as Jess wants to), and being able to help in any way is rewarding. If you’re interested in finding out more, both charities have websites (Cat’s Aid and Dog’s Aid). Definitely worth taking a peak.

That’s my first two posts about various charity endeavours. My next one will be a little more lighthearted, I swear :D

Mick