November 2018: The Legend of Pumpkin Cat

If you ever want to see what you’re truly capable of, spend 13 hours on a flight with a sleep-deprived toddler and then try it in reverse.

It’s been a busy couple months, so this post will cover both of them. Starting in October, we traveled to a location wedding in Dubrovnik, Croatia. With layovers in Frankfurt and Munich (there and back), we stayed in an apartment five minutes from the OldTown and spent three days boating, exploring, and wrapping our heads around exchange rates. Dubrovnik really is one of the nicest cities I’ve visited, and the people were exceptionally friendly. Thanks to “Game of Thrones”, it’s still a young tourist hotspot, so the tourist fatigue that I’ve seen in other European cities hasn’t set in yet (currently I think Paris and Munich are tied for the most passive-aggressive customer service.) But Dubrovnik is a place I’d visit again if we happened by on a Mediterranean cruise. There’s still a lot of the city I missed and we felt welcome everywhere we stopped.

On the job front, I was promoted to Lead Animator in October and I’m now forced to learn those horrible, horrible people skills I’ve been neglecting all these years. I’m still animating, but now I’ve become the mediator between people’s problems and the people who fix those problems. In doing this job, I’ve learned to appreciate all the Leads who came before me because now my work actually feels like work. I want to call this a First World Problem, but since I space out so much, I feel this counts as an Off-World Problem.

Hey, so now we’re calling my baby a “big boy”! He’s at that stage where we can talk to and try to reason with him. Plus he’s developing his own sense of pop culture awareness as within the matter of two months, he jumped from “Peppa Pig” to “Curious George”, and then suddenly became an “Avatar: The Last Airbender” fan. And thanks to his Lego cartoons and my game collection, he’s been figuring out superheroes and Final Fantasy characters whenever I’m not looking. He still doesn’t know who the BB-8 on his shoes is yet, but that’ll happen in due time. He wanted to be Spider-man for Halloween, so we obliged, but when we asked who he wants on his pumpkin, he simply said “a cat”. So then we had a pumpkin cat for Halloween with lots of little orange babies. Also, I encourage everyone to start making Halloween oranges a thing. They’re like little pumpkins you can draw on and fill your home with. And unlike pumpkins, you can eat them.

Into November, it’s still pretty busy. I have family visiting and haven’t had a lot of time to make games or even play them. I’m sure my job is wearing me down a fair bit, but I went through the same thing when I started at Nerdcorps back in 2012. I just need to get used to the new workload before I start getting my energy back. I’ve been brewing up an original idea for next year’s Adventure Jam that I’m really exciting about and I want to start writing it as soon as possible.

And that’s that for updates. Thanks for stopping by and checking on me, you awesome person you.

November 15 2018 04:02 am | Daily Life

One Response to “November 2018: The Legend of Pumpkin Cat”

  1. Jonathan Kay on 19 Nov 2018 at 12:22 pm #

    I could get behind this hallowe’en oranges idea.

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