i wondered why the last couple of days i have felt like i never truly woke up all the way - slightly under the weather and slightly groggy, like the inside of my brain was a little fogged over between the synapses. i realised, eventually (through the fog) that i am not sick but simply recovering from our holiday dose of family togetherness, which was delightful, but stressful to an introvert like me. i don't like much in the way of excitement, and i always need a proportional amount of time insulated from the world at home in my armchair, with blankets and hooked up to lj and aim and a steady supply of fanfiction. the family togetherness was of extra intensity and duration and the anxiety on this trip was especially high, so the recovery is taking longer. at this point it lacks only a certain quantity of mindless tv consumption (where to start?).
wax and i gave mece (my elder brother-outlaw, and the father of carmela) a boardgame called SAMURAI, because he is quite into samurai movies and samurai swords and things like that. well, he and his wife are into board games, and last night i went over to try it out with them.
something you have to understand about me is that i am horrible at strategising. i hate it, but i'm also naturally bad at it. as soon as a game flirts with the idea of involving strategy, i lose at it, even if i have not in fact started playing
it yet. (i like board games, but i prefer fast-paced and light-hearted ones usually, and ones which depend more on skill or random chance. i adore pictionary because i'm good at it, and am also very fond of sorry, a revenant of high school pe classes.)
SAMURAI involves a lot of strategy. it is an EVIL game. it's like the twisted offspring of the time go and chess got really drunk and intimate in a dark alley, and then ran into risk on the way up to the hotel room and invited it in on their night of debauchery. and it is somehow more obnoxious than go or
risk, although on the plus side it's played on a map of japan and involves wee buddha figures and also mini japanese folding screens for each player. enough strategy was involved to make my head hurt a little and also to let everyone get bored while the others thought over their moves.
and now for something completely different... arashi
aeslis: oh man! aiba straddling--well i'd imagine someone else.
cim: i got a cap, don't worry. XD
aeslis: *imagines that's Jun there*.
( and after that the conversation verged a little bit on the porny )